You don’t believe in these things. You’re just writing pretty images. Write what you feel. And if you’re really honest, you’ll be writing for everybody else.

Oscar Hammerstein, to a 16-year-old Stephen Sondheim

You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they could and should do for themselves.

Abraham Lincoln

Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.

Colossians 3:23

Treat every person with kindness and respect, even those who are rude to you. Remember that you show compassion to others not because of who they are but because of who you are.

Andrew T. Somers

To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else...means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting.

E.E. Cummings

There is nothing noble in being superior to some other man. The true nobility is in being superior to your previous self.

Hindu proverb