Nothing comes from doing nothing. Begin difficult things while they are easy. A thousand-mile journey begins with one step. First we form habits, then they form us. Conquer your bad habits, or they will eventually conquer you. You cannot cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water. Do not let yourself indulge in vain wishes. What lies before us and what lies beyond us is tiny compared to what lies within us. First we will be best, and then we will be first. If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way.

To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, be nothing. Do or do not. There is no try. The wisest men follow their own direction. How was Einstein able to conceive the Theory of Relativity? He said the one crucial thing that helped him was his ability to visualise: what would it be like to be riding on the end of a light beam? If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way.

The wisest men follow their own direction. You do not have to be a fantastic hero to do certain things, to compete. You can be just an ordinary chap, sufficiently motivated to reach challenging goals. Normal is not something to aspire to, it is something to get away from. Do not compromise yourself. You are all you have got. The first two letters of the word goal spell go. In the long run, men hit only what they aim at. Therefore, they had better aim at something high.