If we wanted to be happy it would be easy; but we want to be happier than other people, which is almost always difficult, since we think them happier than they are.
-Montesquieu (From 'Oxford Essential Guide to Writing')
You never really know what will work or what won't. If you believe in your idea, do it.
-Joseph Sugarman (From 'Advertising Secrets of the Written Word')
As the whore said to the bashful sailor, "It ain't how much you've got, honey, it's how you use it."
-Stephen King (From 'Stephen King: On writing')
Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.
-Theodore Roosevelt (Source)
There will never be another now - I'll make the most of today.
There will never be another me - I'll make the most of myself.
-Helen Keller (Source)
Be like a duck, my mother used to tell me. Remain calm on the surface and paddle like hell underneath.
-Michael Caine (Source)
My mother drew a distinction between achievement and success. She said that achievement is the knowledge that you have studied and worked hard and done the best that is in you. Success is being praised by others, and that's nice, too, but not as important or satisfying. Always aim for achievement and forget about success.
- Helen Hayes (Source)
The wide world is all about you: you can fence yourselves in, but you cannot for ever fence it out.
- JRR Tolkien (From 'Lord of the Rings - The Fellowship of the Ring')
It only takes one person to change your life – you.
- Ruth Casey (Source)