„It is wrong to expect a reward for your struggles. The reward is the act of struggle itself, not what you win. Even though you can't expect to defeat the absurdity of the world, you must make that attempt. That's morality, that's religion. That's art. That's life.“
— Phil Ochs American protest singer and songwriter 1940 - 1976
As quoted in The Complete Phil Ochs : Chords of Fame (1978) by Almo publications
„The most glorious moments in your life are not the so-called days of success, but rather those days when out of dejection and despair you feel rise in you a challenge to life, and the promise of future accomplishments.“
— Gustave Flaubert French writer (1821–1880) 1821 - 1880
„The purpose of life is to struggle as hard as you can for what you believe in, and enjoy the struggle.“
— George Lincoln Rockwell American politician, founder of the American Nazi Party 1918 - 1967
undated, Interview with Ralph Ginzburg in Nazi Rockwell! A Portrait in Sound
„Consider that nothing in human life is stable; for then you will not exult overmuch in prosperity, nor grieve overmuch in adversity.“
— Isocrates ancient greek rhetorician -436 - -338 a.C.
To Demonicus, Context: Consider that nothing in human life is stable; for then you will not exult overmuch in prosperity, nor grieve overmuch in adversity. Rejoice over the good things which come to you, but grieve in moderation over the evils which befall you, and in either case do not expose your heart to others; for it were strange to hide away one's treasure in the house, and yet walk about laying bare one's feelings to the world. Verse 42.
„You'll seldom experience regret for anything that you've done. It is what you haven't done that will torment you. The message, therefore, is clear. Do it! Develop an appreciation for the present moment. Seize every second of your life and savor it.“
— Wayne W. Dyer American writer 1940 - 2015
„The most significant indicator of people’s character comes through their actions over time. Despite what people say about the lessons they have learned (see Howard Hughes), and how they have changed over the years, you will inevitably notice the same actions and decisions repeating in the course of their life. In these decisions they reveal their character. You must take notice of any salient forms of behavior—disappearing when there is too much stress, not completing an important piece of work, turning suddenly belligerent when challenged, or, conversely, suddenly rising to the occasion when given responsibility. With this fixed in your mind, you do some research into their past. You look at other actions you have observed that fit into this pattern, now in retrospect. You pay close attention to what they do in the present. You see their actions not as isolated incidents but as parts of a compulsive pattern. If you ignore the pattern it is your own fault.“
— Robert Greene American author 1959
The Laws of Human Nature (2018), Chap. 4 : Determine the Strength of People’s Character