One isn’t necessarily born with courage, but one is born with potential. Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can’t be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest.
Maya Angelou (1928 – ) – As quoted in Diversity : Leaders Not Labels (2006) by Stedman Graham, p. 224
Wealth and poverty do not lie in a person’s estate, but in their souls.
Antisthenes (445 BC- 365 BC) – Xenophon, Syumposium, iv. 34
Never esteem anything as of advantage to you that will make you break your word or lose your self-respect.
Marcus Aurelius (121- 180) – Meditations (c. 161–180 CE) III, 7
Outward appearances are deemed of little worth, unless accompanied by an inward and unseen beauty of the mind. The greatest ornament is the inward beauty of the mind.
Francis Bacon (1561-1626) – Advice to Rutland, 1595, Quoted in The Shakespeare symphony: an introduction to the ethics of the Elizabethan drama, By Harold Bayley, 1906
Our heart is a treasury; if you pour out all its wealth at once, you are bankrupt.
Honoré de Balzac (1799-1850) – Le Père Goriot (1835), Translated by Ellen Marriage, Part I.