"Watch your thoughts, they become words;
Watch your words, they become actions;
Watch your actions, they become habits;
Watch your habits, they become character;
Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny."
W. Somerset Maugham
"When I read a book I seem to read it with my eyes only, but now and then I come across a passage, perhaps only a phrase, which has a meaning for me, and it becomes part of me."
"There is a certain enthusiasm in liberty, that makes human nature rise above itself, in acts of bravery and heroism."
"Most groups have a potential for greatness that never quite takes off. But every so often the right person comes along who can put together a handful of superb people, set an impossible goal, engage them in a holy war, and let them rip."
"Every life is a daily series of advances and retreats, intimate victories and private defeats, all measured not by grand events but by an awareness of the obstacles that have been overcome along the way."
Henry David Thoreau
"If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music he hears, however measured or far away."
"The fact that Mr. Elkann is so constantly and determinedly on the go is doubly impressive because he’s been on crutches since breaking three ribs and injuring his spine and right leg in a motorcycle accident 2½ months ago. “When you have investors, people expect things. You have to deliver,” he said. “But I’m extremely positive because I’m extremely lucky. I’m here and have the pleasure of working on things I love.”"
"When times are good, you appreciate them, and when times are bad, you know they don’t need to last forever. Instead of sitting there wallowing in it, you get on with it."