Apart from the cheesy “keep calm and carry on” spinoffs, we have found that getting a taste of wisdom from some of the most inspiring men in history is a great way to reinvigorate ourselves. These are dudes who have freakin’ done it and made some seriously incredible stuff happen. Upon reading, it’s hard to not want to inspire change from within or maybe jump up and do a lap around the block.
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, 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, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the 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 cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”
“In reading the lives of great men, I found that the first victory they won was over themselves… self-discipline with all of them came first.”
-Harry S. Truman
Produce great men, the rest follows.
Even the best intentioned of great men need a few scoundrels around them; there are some things you cannot ask an honest man to do.
-Jean de la Bruyere
I mean, right?!