— George Lucas American film producer 1944
— Ali, livro Nahj al-Balagha
„The more jealousy one has in his nature the more critical he is of those who have accomplished things.
If you are critical and mouthing negativisms it could be that your own failures are caused by a mixed-up, hate-filled mind. A sign of mental health is to be glad when others achieve, and to rejoice with them. Never compare yourself or your achievements with others, but make your comparisons only with yourself. Maintain a constant competition with yourself This will force you to attain higher standards and achievements. do not defeat yourself by holding spiteful or jealous thoughts. Think straight, with love, hope and optimism and you will attain victory in life.“
— Norman Vincent Peale American writer 1898 - 1993
Stay Alive All Your Life (1957)
„Let the gym be a sanctuary for you to be at peace. Let it calm you and ground you and allow you to appreciate everything around you. Let it also be a place for you to unload and explode with intensity through your training.“
— Robert Cheeke American bodybuilder 1980
Vegan Bodybuilding and Fitness (2010), Ch. 2
„To be true, you have to take the plunge, to touch bottom. But most people want to be in control. They fear the worst. You can’t control anything. What you have to do is let yourself be taken over... All the paintings I have made, I was compelled to make. You must never force yourself.“
— Bram van Velde Dutch painter 1895 - 1981
„The Master said, […] "Hold faithfulness and sincerity as first principles." […] "Have no friends not equal to yourself." […] "When you have faults, do not fear to abandon them."“
— James Legge missionary in China 1815 - 1897
Translations, The Confucian Analects, Bk. 1, Ch. 8 (p. 7)
„Fear can make you do more wrong than hate or jealousy… fear makes you always, always hold something back.“
— Philip K. Dick, VALIS
Flow My Tears, The Policeman Said (1974), Context: "Fear,” Jason said, “can make you do more wrong than hate or jealousy. If you're afraid you don’t commit yourself to life completely; fear makes you always, always hold something back.”' Chapter 21 (p. 171)
— Confucius Chinese teacher, editor, politician, and philosopher -550 - -478 a.C.
Chapter I, Other chapters
— Haruki Murakami, livro Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage
— Noam Chomsky american linguist, philosopher and activist 1928
„The great trouble with all of us who are struggling with unhappy or unfortunate conditions is that we have separated ourselves in some way from the great magnetic center of creation. We are not thinking right, and so we are not attracting the right things. “Think the things you want.” The profoundest philosophy is locked up in these few words. Think of them clearly, persistently, concentrating upon them with all the force and might of your mind, and struggle toward them with all your energy. This is the way to make yourself a magnet for the things you want. But the moment you begin to doubt, to worry, to fear, you demagnetize yourself, and the things you desire flee from you. You drive them away by your mental attitude. They cannot come near you while you are deliberately separating yourself from them. You are going in one direction, and the things you want are going in the opposite direction.“
— Orison Swett Marden American writer 1850 - 1924
How to Get What You Want (1917).