Diamonds are nothing more that chunks of coal that stuck to their job.
Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle.
The quality of your work is a snapshot of your character.
"Certainly clumsy, embarrassing, unprincipled, and mean spirited things do occur in our interactions with other people that would allow us to take offense. However, it ultimately is impossible for another person to offend you or to offend me. Indeed, believing that another person offended us is fundamentally false. To be offended is a choice we make; it is not a condition inflicted or imposed upon us by someone or something else."
There is no such thing as a "self-made" man. We are made up of thousands of others. Everyone who has ever done a kind deed for us, or spoken one word of encouragement to us, has entered into the make-up of our character and of our thoughts, as well as our success.
The single most exciting thing you encounter in government is competence, because it's so rare.
Men show their character in nothing more clearly than by what they find laughable.
When the character of a man is not clear to you, look at his friends.
In the final measure, nothing speaks like deeds.
You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift.
You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.
You cannot lift the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer.
You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich.
You cannot build character and courage by taking away a man's initiative and independence.
We have met the enemy, and he is us.