Adversity is the state in which man most easily becomes acquainted with himself, being especially free of admirers then.
People may or may not say what they mean . . . but they always say something designed to get what they want.
Si hay victoria en vencer al enemigo, la hay más cuando el hombre se vence a si mismo.
[If there is victory in overcoming the enemy, there is a greater victory when a man overcomes himself.]
—José de San Martín
Quoted in the original, because the Spanish has a poetic grace and snap and style that does not come through in the translation. But then, generals and poets have more in common than the poets would care to admit.
The cure for anything is salt water: sweat, tears or the sea.
The secret to success is to be yourself as hard as you can.
Even a wagon with square wheels can be pushed, if there’s enough force behind it. I wouldn’t call that an argument for outfitting vehicles with square wheels.
Words are your paint. Use all the colors.
When you want to help people, you tell them the truth. When you want to help yourself, you tell them what they want to hear.
Occasionally, silence is not golden but just plain yellow.
—David F. Maas