Achievement

What looks like a loss may be the very event which is subsequently responsible for helping to produce the major achievement of your life.

Thought is the original source of all wealth, all success, all material gain, all great discoveries and inventions, and of all achievement.

Nothing stops the man who desires to achieve. Every obstacle is simply a course to develop his achievement muscle. It is a strengthening of his powers of accomplishment.

Faith that the thing can be done is essential to any great achievement.

Happiness does not lie in happiness, but in the achievement of it.

The devotion of thought to an honest achievement makes the achievement possible.

Take it for granted that the greater your achievement the more genuine will be the surprise of your friends and neighbors.

Even a mistake may turn out to be the one thing necessary to a worthwhile achievement.

Democracy is always a beckoning goal, not a safe harbor. For freedom is an unremitting endeavor, never a final achievement.

It has always seemed to me that ruthlessness and arrogant self-confidence constitute the indispensable condition for what, when it succeeds, strike us as greatness. And I also believe that one ought to differentiate between greatness of achievement and greatest of personality.

It may be difficult, too, for many of us, to abandon the belief that there is an instinct towards perfection at work in human beings, which has brought them to their present high level of intellectual achievement and ethical sublimation and which may be expected to watch over their development as supermen. I have no faith, however, in the existence of any such internal instinct and I cannot see how this benevolent illusion is to be preserved. The present development of human beings requires, as it seems to me, no different explanation from that of animals. What appears in a minority of human individuals as an untiring impulsion towards further perfection can easily be understood as a result of the instinctual repression upon which is based all that is most precious in human civilization.

The State of Israel will prove itself not by material wealth, not by military might or technical achievement, but by its moral character and human values.

There is no great achievement that is not the result of patient working and waiting.

Overcoming of all the usual barriers between the individual and the Absolute is the great mystic achievement. In mystic states we both become one with the Absolute and we become aware of our oneness.

The outstanding achievement of twentieth-century physics is not the theory of relativity with its welding together of space and time, or the theory of quanta with its present apparent negation of the laws of causation, or the dissection of the atom with the resultant discovery that things are not what they seem; it is the general recognition that we are not yet in contact with the ultimate reality. We are still imprisoned in our cave, with our backs to the light, and can only watch the shadows on the wall.

Keep a definite goal of achievement constantly in view. Realize that work well and worthily done makes life truly worth living.

Useful and useless, achievement and failure, are all relative, and none are necessarily consistent over time.

The future is not a gift - it is an achievement.

If you are to find rewarding satisfaction in your work, if your life is to be rich and purposeful and crowned with high achievement, it is important you continue to be a growing person. Education is a continuing process. It does not end with the termination of your schooling. Education continues from the beginning of life to the end of life, and balanced growth throughout one's entire life is important for every individual.

Solitude is important to man. It is necessary to his achievement of peace and contentment. It is a well into which he dips for refreshment for his soul. It is his laboratory in which he distills the pure essence of worth from the raw materials of his experiences. It is his refuge when the very foundations of his life are being shaken by disastrous events.