There are always two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it. Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Begin it now. I expect to pass through this world but once. Any good therefore that I can do, or any kindness or abilities that I can show to any fellow creature, let me do it now. Let me not defer it or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again. Man is a goal seeking animal. His life only has meaning if he is reaching out and striving for his goals. You must be the change you want to see in the world. Can you imagine what I would do if I could do all I can?
Never bend your head, always hold it high. Look the world straight in the face. A mind is like a canvas: The more open your mind, The more colors you can use. People often say that this or that person has not yet found himself. But the self is not something one finds, it is something one creates. The best cure for worry, depression, melancholy, brooding, is to go deliberately forth and try to lift, with sympathy, the gloom of somebody else. No man who continues to add something to the material, intellectual and moral wellbeing of the place in which he lives is left long without proper reward.
With my freckles and messy hair, bruised knee and chapped lips this morning I am splendidly imperfect and alive! Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Begin it now. And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you. The only way to discover the limits of the possible is to go beyond them, to the impossible. Be gentle with yourself. If you will not be your own unconditional friend, who will be? If you are playing an opponent and you are also opposing yourself you are going to be outnumbered. Dwell in possibility. Never bend your head, always hold it high. Look the world straight in the face. A man does not have to be an angel in order to be saint.