"If I were to listen to, yet alone respond to every criticism made against me, then this shop may as well be closed for any other business. I do the best I know how and I mean to keep doing so until the end. If the end brings me out right then what is said against me won't matter. If the end brings me out wrong then ten angels swearing I was right would make no difference." Abraham Lincoln
"Have you learned lessons only of those that admired you, and were tender with you, and stood aside for you? Have you not learned great lessons from those who rejected you, and braced themselves against you or disputed the passage with you?"
"It is not the critic who counts, nor the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena , whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly ;who errs and comes short again and again;who knows great enthusiasms;great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst if he fails at least fails while daring greatly so that his place shall never be with those timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat"
"Our greatest fear is not that we are inadequate, but that we are powerful beyond measure.It is our light, not our darkness, that frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, handsome, talented and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We were born to make manifest the glory of God within us. It is not just in some; it is in everyone. And, as we let our own light shine, we consciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our fear, our presence automatically liberates others."