Employ your time in improving yourself by other men's writings so that you shall come easily by what others have labored hard for.
People seldom improve when they have no other model but themselves to copy.
Let us strive to improve ourselves, for we cannot remain stationary; one either progresses or retrogrades.
Mme. Du Deffand
The safest principle through life, instead of reforming others, is to set about perfecting yourself.
B. R. Haydon
What you dislike in another take care to correct in yourself.
The highest purpose of intellectual cultivation is to give a man a perfect knowledge and mastery of his own inner self; to render our consciousness its own light and its own mirror.
Frederich Leopold von Hardenberg
In this world man must either be anvil or hammer.
Henry W. Longfellow
What are the aims which are at the same time duties? They are perfecting of ourselves, the happiness of others.
Many only learns in two ways, one by reading, and the other by association with smarter people.
Every man has in himself a continent of undiscovered character. Happy is he who acts as the Columbus to his own soul.
Sir J. Stephen
Discontent is the source of all trouble,
but also of all progress, in individuals and nations.
Slumber not in the tents of your fathers! The world is advancing. Advance with it!
The greatest of faults, I should say, is to be conscious of none.
Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anyone else expects of you.
Never excuse yourself.
Henry Ward Beecher
Never neglect an opportunity for improvement.
Sir William Jones
Remedy your deficiencies,
and your merits will take care of themselves.
Look within, for within is the wellspring of virtue, which will not cease flowing, if you cease not from digging.
Everyone has naturally the power of excelling in some one thing.
Circumspection in calamity; mercy in greatness; good speeches in assemblies; fortitude in adversity: these are the self-attained perfections of great souls.
Practice yourself in little things, and thence proceed to greater.
If you have great talents, industry will improve them; If moderate abilities, industry will supply their deficiencies. Nothing is denied to well-directed labor: nothing is ever to be attained without it.
Sir Joshua Reynolds
There is nothing noble about being superior to some other man. The true nobility is in being superior to your previous self.
What you are must always displease you, if you would attain to that which you are not.
Live up to the best that is in you: Live noble lives, as you all may, in whatever condition you may find yourselves.
Henry W. Longfellow