„If you doubt you can accomplish something, then you can't accomplish it. You have to have confidence in your ability, and then be tough enough to follow through.“
— Rosalynn Carter Wife of the 39th President of the United States, Jimmy Carter 1927
— Richard Bach, Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah
„Whenever you feel an impulse to perpetrate a piece of exceptionally fine writing, obey it—whole-heartedly—and delete it before sending your manuscript to press. Murder your darlings. [sic]“
— Arthur Quiller-Couch British writer and literary critic 1863 - 1944
On the Art of Writing: Lectures Delivered in the University of Cambridge, 1913–1914 http://www.bartleby.com/190/ Often misattributed, e.g. to Hemingway, Faulkner, and others, or shortened to 'Kill your darlings.' source http://www.randomhouse.ca/hazlitt/feature/should-you-kill-your-babies
„Choose your enemies carefully: you'll probably be known much better and far longer for who they were, than for anything else you ever managed to accomplish.“
— L. Neil Smith American writer 1946
"Some New Tactical Reflections".
„When an old and distinguished person speaks to you, listen to him carefully and with respect — but do not believe him. Never put your trust into anything but your own intellect.“
— Linus Pauling American scientist 1901 - 1994
Context: When an old and distinguished person speaks to you, listen to him carefully and with respect — but do not believe him. Never put your trust into anything but your own intellect. Your elder, no matter whether he has gray hair or has lost his hair, no matter whether he is a Nobel laureate — may be wrong. The world progresses, year by year, century by century, as the members of the younger generation find out what was wrong among the things that their elders said. So you must always be skeptical — always think for yourself. Linus Pauling: Scientist and Peacemaker (2001) by Clifford Mead and Thomas Hager.
„A map says to you.
Read me carefully, follow me closely, doubt me not...
I am the earth in the palm of your hand.“
— Beryl Markham British writer, aviator, adventurer, racehorse trainer 1902 - 1986
„Though you desire the pleasures of this life,
Because of your sins, you will never gain them.
But if you renounce desires within,
You will win the Great Accomplishment.“
— Milarepa Tibetan yogi 1051 - 1135
Context: You man with a human body but a demon's face, Listen to me. Listen to the song of Milarepa! Men say the human body is most precious, like a gem; There is nothing that is precious about you. You sinful man with a demon's look, Though you desire the pleasures of this life, Because of your sins, you will never gain them. But if you renounce desires within, You will win the Great Accomplishment. It is difficult to conquer oneself While vanquishing the outer world; Conquer now your own Self-mind. To slay this deer will never please you, But if you kill the Five Poisons within, All your wishes will be fulfilled.