Whatever is flexible and flowing will tend to grow; whatever is rigid and blocked will wither and die.
- Tao Te Ching, Lao Tsu's teachings
The willow is mightier than the oak for it will bend with the wind.
The great use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it.
- William James, philosopher and psychologist
The best place to find a helping hand is at the end of your own arm.
- Swedish proverb
Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could...
- Ralph Waldo Emerson, writer
Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great ones make you feel that you, too, can become great.
- Mark Twain, writer and satirist