Set not thyself to attain much rest, but much patience. [ Thomas a Kempis ]
The fears of old age disturb us, yet how few attain it? — [ La Bruyre ]
The first step to self-knowledge is self-distrust
Nor can we attain to any kind of knowledge, except by a like process. [ J. C and A. W. Hare ]
The thing is not only to avoid error, but to attain immense masses of truth. [ Carlyle ]
Since we cannot attain to greatness, let us revenge ourselves by railing at it. [ Montaigne ]
Guilt, though it may attain temporal splendour, can never confer real happiness. [ Scott ]
To attain the height and depth of Thy eternal ways, all human thoughts come short. [ Milton ]
Love concedes in a moment what we can hardly attain by effort after years of toil. [ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe ]
Not easily do those attain to distinction whose abilities are cramped by domestic poverty. [ Juv ]
The joy of heaven will begin as soon as we attain the character of heaven, and do its duties. [ Theodore Parker ]
To attain their ends most people are more capable of a great effort than of continued perseverance. [ La Bruyère ]
The Golden Rule Of Three.
Three things to be - pure, just and honest.
Three things to govern - temper, tongue and conduct.
Three things to live - courage, affection and gentleness.
Three things to love - the wise, the virtuous and the innocent.
Three things to commend - thrift, industry and promptness.
Three things about which to think - life, death and eternity.
Three things to despise - cruelty, arrogance and ingratitude.
Three things to admire - dignity, gracefulness and intellectual power.
Three things to cherish - the true, the beautiful and the good.
Three things for which to wish - health, friends and contentment.
Three things for which to fight - honor, home and country.
Three things to attain - goodness of heart, integrity of purpose and cheerfulness of disposition.
Three things to give - alms to the needy, comfort to the sad and appreciation to the worthy.
Three things to desire - the blessing of God, an approving conscience and the fellowship of the good.
Three things for which to work - a trained mind, a skilled hand and a regulated heart.
Three things for which to hope - a haven of peace, a robe of righteousness and the crown of life. [ Beattie ]
The age we live in is the true age of gold; by gold men attain to the highest honour, and win even love itself. [ Ovid ]
If thou wouldst attain to thy highest, go look upon a flower; what that does willessly, that do thou willingly. [ Schiller ]
There is no such way to attain to greater measures of grace, as for a man to live up to that little grace he has. [ Thomas Brooks ]
Everything ought to lead to good sense; but in order to attain to it, the road is slippery and difficult to walk in. [ Boileau ]
To continue eternally young is, as poets write, the highest bliss of life; wouldst thou attain to it, thou must die young. [ Rückert ]
Those who attain any excellence commonly spend life in one common pursuit; for excellence is not often gained upon easier terms. [ Johnson ]
Those who would attain to any marked degree of excellence in a chosen pursuit must work, and work hard for it, prince or peasant. [ Bayard Taylor ]
Great men are the modellers, patterns, and in a wide sense creators, of whatsoever the general mass of men contrived to do and attain. [ Carlyle ]
Whoever wishes to attain an English style, familiar but not coarse, and elegant but not ostentatious, must give his days and nights to the volumes of Addison. [ Johnson ]
A wise man will always be a Christian, because the perfection of wisdom is to know where lies tranquillity of mind and how to attain it, which Christianity teaches. [ Landor ]
There are two metals, one of which is omnipotent in the cabinet, and the other in the camp - gold and iron. He that knows how to apply them both may indeed attain the highest station. [ Colton ]
Have you known how to compose your manners, you have achieved a great deal more than he who has composed books. Have you known how to attain repose, you have achieved more than he who has taken cities and subdued empires. [ Montaigne ]
There would not be any absolute necessity for reserve if the world were honest; yet even then it would prove expedient. For, in order to attain any degree of deference, it seems necessary that people should imagine you have more accomplishments than you discover. [ Shenstone ]
Phaeton was his father's heir; born to attain the highest fortune without earning it; he had built no sun-chariot (could not build the simplest wheel-barrow), but could and would insist on driving one; and so broke his own stiff neck, sent gig and horses spinning through infinite space, and set the universe on fire. [ Carlyle ]
Individuals possessing moderate sized brains easily find their proper sphere, and enjoy in it scope for all their energy. In ordinary circumstances they distinguish themselves, but they sink when difficulties accumulate around them. Persons with large brains, on the other hand, do not readily attain their appropriate place; common occurrences do not rouse or call them forth. [ George Combe ]