What win I if I gain the thing I seek?
A dream, a breath, a froth of fleeting joy?
Who buys a minutes mirth to wail a week,
Or sells eternity to get a toy?
For one sweet grape who will the vine destroy?
Or what fond beggar, but to touch the crown,
would with the sceptre straight be strucken down?
From The Rape of Lucrece, by Shakespeare
This quote ran through my mind whenever I wanted to do something that might have far reaching consequences. It gave the moment of pause to look before I leap.
There is no chance, no fate, no destiny, that can circumvent or hinder or control the firm resolve of a determined soul.
By Ella Wheeler Wilcox
I knew that failure only came if I was not determined enough to see a project through. That the ultimate success or failure in my life could only be attributed to me.
Have you any quotes that shaped you?