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Benjamin E. Mays Quotes

Please enjoy these encouraging quotes by Benjamin E. Mays.

Every man and woman is born into the world
to do something unique and something distinctive;
and if he or she does not do it,
it will never be done.
- Benjamin E. Mays

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The tragedy of life doesn't lie in not reaching your goal.
The tragedy lies in having no goal to reach.
- Benjamin E. Mays

Not failure, but low aim is sin.
- Benjamin E. Mays

It must be borne in mind that the tragedy of life does
not lie in not reaching your goal.
The tragedy of life lies in having no goal to reach.
- Benjamin E. Mays

 

It isn't a disgrace not to reach the stars,
but it is a disgrace to have no stars to reach for.
- Benjamin E. Mays

Every child comes with the message
that God is not yet discouraged of man.
- Rabindranath Tagore

All things share the same breath -
the beast, the tree, the man...
the air shares its spirit with all the life it supports.
- Chief Seattle (attributed)

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The wise man does not lay up his own treasures.
The more he gives to others, the more he has for his own.
- Lao Tzu

Talent is God-given; be humble.
Fame is man-given; be thankful.
Conceit is self-given; be careful.
- John Wooden

The wise man in the storm prays God,
not for safety from danger,
but for deliverance from fear.
It is the storm within which endangers him,
not the storm without.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Nearly all men can stand adversity,
but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.
- Abraham Lincoln

Adventure is not outside man; it is within.
- George Eliot

The full measure of a man is
not to be found in the man himself,
but in the colors and textures that
come alive in others because of him.
- Albert Schweitzer

When the tempest rages, when the thunders roar,
and the lightnings blaze around us
it is then that the truly brave man stands firm at his post.
- Luther Martin

I learned that courage was not the absence of fear,
but the triumph over it.
The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid,
but he who conquers that fear.
- Nelson Mandela

Wherever a man turns he can find someone who needs him.
- Albert Schweitzer

If you talk to a man in a language he understands,
that goes to his head.
If you talk to him in his language,
that goes to his heart.
- Nelson Mandela

A man wrapped up in himself makes a very small bundle.
- Benjamin Franklin

He is a wise man who does not grieve
for the things which he has not,
but rejoices for those which he has.
- Epictetus

The man who has no imagination has no wings.
- Muhammad Ali

A hero is no braver than an ordinary man,
but he is brave five minutes longer.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

If the stars should appear
but one night every thousand years
how man would marvel and stare.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

An honest man is always a child.
- Socrates

Every man must decide whether he will
walk in the light of creative altruism
or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Man's enemies are not demons, but human beings like himself.
- Lao Tzu

The first question which the priest and the Levite asked was:
"If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?"
But... the good Samaritan reversed the question:
"If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?"
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

For man with no forgiveness in heart,
life worse punishment than death.
- Miyagi: character in the movie Karate Kid 2

Two things a man should never be angry at:
what he can help,
and what he cannot help.
- Thomas Fuller

This above all: to thine own self be true,
And it must follow, as the night the day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man.
- William Shakespeare

I wept because I had no shoes
until I met a man who had no feet.
- old Persian Proverb

If a man is called to be a street sweeper,
he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted,
or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry.
He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts
of heaven and earth will pause to say,
here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dear Father in heaven, I'm not a praying man,
but if you're up there and you can hear me ...
show me the way... show me the way.
- It's a Wonderful Life (1946 movie)

Each man is the architect of his own fate.
- Appius Claudius

The fear of death follows from the fear of life.
A man who lives fully, is prepared to die at any time.
- Mark Twain

Anger is a killing thing:
it kills the man who angers,
for each rage leaves him less than he had been before -
it takes something from him.
- Louis L'Amour

Man is least himself when he talks in his own person.
Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.
- Oscar Wilde

The man who has won millions at the cost of his conscience is a failure.
- B. C. Forbes

No man is free who is not master of himself.
- Epictetus

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands
in moments of comfort and convenience,
but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

There are other measures of self-respect for a man,
than the number of clean shirts he puts on every day.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

There is One Infinite Mind,
which of necessity includes all that is,
whether it be the intelligence in man,
the life in the animal,
or the invisible Presence which is God.
- Ernest Holmes

I submit to you that if a man hasn't
discovered something that he will die for,
he isn't fit to live.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Non-violence requires a double faith,
faith in God and also faith in man.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Only a man's character is the real criterion of worth.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

Non-violence means avoiding not only external physical violence
but also internal violence of spirit.
You not only refuse to shoot a man,
but you refuse to hate him.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

A man's good name is his best monument
- from an old churchyard at Lockerbie, Scotland

The true measure of a man is how he treats someone
who can do him absolutely no good.
- Samuel Johnson

Whenever a man or women is truly inspired,
it is because the same One Universal Spirit
is doing the inspiring.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If a man loses his reverence for any part of life,
he will lose his reverence for all of life.
- Albert Schweitzer

Man must evolve for all human conflict,
a method which rejects
revenge, aggression and retaliation.
The foundation of such a method is love.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

As to marriage or celibacy, let a man
take which course he will,
he will be sure to repent.
- Socrates

The ultimate test of a man's conscience
may be his willingness to sacrifice something today
for future generations whose words of thanks will not be heard.
- Gaylord Nelson

To measure the man, measure his heart.
- Malcolm S. Forbes

Why does a woman work ten years to change a man's habits
and then complain that he's not the man she married?
- Barbra Streisand

Man falls from the pursuit of the ideal
of plain living and high thinking
the moment he wants to multiply his daily wants.
Man's happiness really lies in contentment.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

There is a sufficiency in the world
for man's need but not for man's greed.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Non-violence is the greatest force at the disposal of mankind.
It is mightier than the mightiest weapon of destruction
devised by the ingenuity of man.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

All God wants of man is a peaceful heart.
- Meister Eckhart

How could man rejoice in victory
and delight in the slaughter of men?
- Lao Tzu

Non-violence is a powerful and just weapon which cuts without wounding
and ennobles the man who wields it. It is a sword that heals.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Divine Plan is one of Freedom.
The inherent nature of man is ever seeking
to express itself in terms of freedom,
because freedom is the birthright of every living soul.
- Ernest Holmes

Man lives freely only by his readiness to die, if need be,
at the hands of his brother, never by killing him.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Great and good are seldom the same man.
- Winston Churchill

Try not to become a man of success,
but rather try to become a man of value.
- Albert Einstein

Why should we be in such desperate haste to succeed,
and in such desperate enterprises?
If a man does not keep pace with his companions,
perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer.
- Henry David Thoreau

If a man hasn't discovered something that he will die for,
he isn't fit to live.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

A rich man is nothing but a poor man with money.
- W. C. Fields

Feel Unity with Spirit and All Creation
All things share the same breath the
beast, the tree, the man... the air
shares its spirit with all the life it supports.
- Chief Seattle [actually written by screenwriter Ted Perry in 1972]

During the first period of a man's life
the greatest danger is not to take the risk.
- Soren Kierkegaard

If a man does his best, what else is there?
- George S. Patton

It is a man's own mind, not his enemy or foe,
that lures him to evil ways.
- The Buddha


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