"If you are irritated by every rub, how will your mirror be polished?"
"All that is gold does not glitter,
not all those who wander are lost;
the old that is strong does not wither,
deep roots are not reached by the frost.
From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
a light from the shadows shall spring;
renewed shall be blade that was broken,
the crownless again shall be king."
"If you will call your troubles experiences, and remember that every experience develops some latent force within you, you will grow vigorous and happy, however adverse your circumstances may seem to be."
"My son made his mother cry, but saved hundreds of mothers from crying for their children."
"A small trouble is like a pebble. Hold it too close to your eye and it fills the whole world and puts everything out of focus. Hold it at a proper distance and it can be examined and properly classified. Throw it at your feet and it can be seen in its true setting, just one more tiny bump on the pathway of life."
"A good city is not one where even the poor go by car, but rather where even the wealthy use public transport."
"Far too many people are looking for the right person, instead of trying to be the right person."
"A government is a living organism. Like every living thing its prime characteristic is the instinct to survive. You hit it, it fights back."