religion can be real only to those who are engaged
in ceaseless efforts at moral improvement. By
moving upward we acquire faith in an upward movement,
-- Felix Adler
I have to keep trying to manifest actions and
deeds that reflect the real me, even if the world
doesn't yet see me the way I know I am inside,
because I know who I am.
Robert Alan Silverstein
keep on striving to be the me I am inside, even
if the world doesn't yet see and accept me for that
person I want to be on the outside.
Robert Alan Silverstein
yourself responsible for a higher standard than
anyone else expects of you. Never excuse yourself.
-- Henry Ward Beecher
cannot afford to settle for being just average;
we must learn as much as we can to be the best
that we can. The key word is education -- education
with maximum effort. Without it, we cannot be
in charge of ourselves or anyone else.
-- Bill Cosby
cannot hope to build a better world without improving
the individuals. To that end each of us must work for
his or her own improvement, and at the same time share
a general responsibility for all humanity, our particular
duty being to aid those to whom we think we can be most
-- Marie Curie
not obligated to win. You're obligated to keep
trying to do the best you can every day.
not to become a man of success but rather try
to become a man of value.
-- Albert Einstein
have to do the best we can. This is our sacred
-- Albert Einstein
you try to do something beyond what you have already
mastered, you will never grow."
~ Ralph Waldo
at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors,
and let every new year find you a better man.
-- Benjamin Franklin
human beings, our greatness lies not so much in
being able to remake the world ... as in being
able to remake ourselves." -- Mohandas
difference between what we do and what we are
capable of doing would suffice to solve most of
the world's problems”
-- Mohandas K.
"As human beings, our greatness lies not so much
in being able to remake the world -- that is the
myth of the 'atomic age' -- as in being able to
remake ourselves." -- Mohandas
is only one corner of the universe you can be certain
of improving, and that’s your own self.
~ Aldous Huxley
“When we do the best that
we can, we never know what miracle is wrought
in our life, or in the life of another.”
-- Helen Keller
do not want to die until I have faithfully made
the most of my talent and cultivated the seed that
was placed in me until the last small twig has grown.
-- Kathe Kollwitz
“I do the very best I know how, the very best
I can, and I mean to keep on doing so until the
-- Abraham Lincoln
* It is hardly possible
to overrate the value, for the improvement of
human beings, of things which bring them into
contact with persons dissimilar to themselves
and with modes of thought and action unlike those
with which they are familiar... It is indispensable
to be perpetually comparing [one's] own notions
and customs with the experience and example of
persons in different circumstances... There is
no nation which does not need to borrow from others.
-- John Stuart Mill
you do things well, do them better. Be daring,
be first, be different, be just.”
-- Anita Roddick
man can do only what he can do. But if he does
that each day he can sleep at night and do it
again the next day.
-- Albert Schweitzer
tell you that as long as I can conceive something
better than myself I cannot be easy unless I am
striving to bring it into existence or clearing
the way for it.
-- George Bernard
way to gain a good reputation, is to endeavor
to be what you desire to appear. - Socrates
your time in improving yourself by other men's
writings so that you shall come easily by what
others have labored hard for. -- Socrates
know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable
ability of man to elevate his life by conscious
endeavor." -- Henry
improvement of life was only accomplished to the
extent to which it was based on a change of consciousness,
that is, to the extent to which the law of violence
was replaced in men's consciousness by the law of
-- Leo Tolstoy
believe that any man's life will be filled with
constant and unexpected encouragement, if he makes
up his mind to do his level best each day, and
as nearly as possible reaching the high water
mark of pure and useful living.
-- Booker T.
*The kind of national goal we ought
to be thinking about is way beyond national product
- it is how do we as a nation help our children
be the best kinds of people they could possibly
-- Paul Wellstone