The lure of the distant and the difficult is deceptive. The great opportunity is where you are.
The artists must be sacrificed to their art. Like the bees, they must put their lives into the sting they give.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
You cannot teach a man anything; you can only help him find it within himself.
Life affords no higher pleasure than that of surmounting difficulties, passing from one step of success to another, forming new wishes and seeing them gratified.
To become a champion, strive not to surpass your competition, but rather yourself. Those who consistently outperform themselves will ultimately outperform their competitors.
No man can reveal to you aught but that which already
lies half asleep in the dawning of your knowledge.
The teacher who walks in the shadow of the temple, among his followers,
gives not of his wisdom but rather of his faith and his loving-ness.
If he is indeed wise he does not bid you enter the house of his wisdom, but rather leads you to the threshold of your own mind.
The astronomer may speak to you of his understanding of space,
but he cannot give you his understanding.
The musician may sing to you of the rhythm which is in all space, but he cannot give you the ear which arrests the rhythm nor the voice that echoes it.
And he who is versed in the science of numbers can tell of the regions of weight and measure, but he cannot conduct you thither.
For the vision of one man lends not its wings to another man. And even as each one of you stand alone in God’s knowledge, so must each one of you be alone in his knowledge of God and in his understanding of the earth.
from "The Prophet" by Kahlil Gibran