Exigencies create the necessary ability to meet and conquer them.
Physical bravery is an animal instinct; moral bravery is much higher and truer courage.
What leads us astray is confusing more choices with more control. Because it is not clear that the more choices you have the more in control you feel. We have more choices than we’ve ever had before.
Choosing is a creative process, one through which we construct our environment, our lives, ourselves.
Knowledge should be a public good, and I want my ideas to have as much exposure as possible.
You can always get the truth from an American statesman after he has turned seventy, or given up all hope of the Presidency.
What the Puritans gave the world was not thought, but action.
If you want to be an orator, first get your great cause.
Choice is more than picking ‘x’ over ‘y.’ It is a responsibility to separate the meaningful and the uplifting from the trivial and the disheartening. It is the only tool we have that enables us to go from who we are today to who we want to be tomorrow.
As we get older, we get better at choosing in ways that will make us happy. We do a better job at picking activities that make us happy, and at spending time with people who make us happy. We’re also better at letting things go.