Paulo Coelho: The great lessons
We always have a tendency to see those things that do not exist and to be blind to the great lessons that are right there before our eyes.
Paulo Coelho ( Rio de Janeiro, August 24, 1947) is a Brazilian lyricist and novelist. He has become one of the most widely read authors in the world today with over 140 million books sold in more than 150 countries, translated into 73 languages. He is the recipient of numerous international awards, amongst them the Crystal Award by the World Economic Forum, France's Légion d'honneur and the Gold Medal of Galicia, among many other awards he has received thanks to his commercial success. Since October 2002 he is a member of the Brazilian Academy of Letters. In addition to receiving international top awards and citations, he is currently a special advisor of the Unesco for the spiritual convergence program and Intercultural Dialogues and Messenger of Peace United Nations since 2007.
Arthur Golden: Adversity
Adversity is like a strong wind. It tears away from us all but the things that cannot be torn, so that we see ourselves as we really are.
Arthur Sulzberger Golden (born December 6, 1956) is an American writer. He is the author of the bestselling novel Memoirs of a Geisha (1997).
John Wooden: A perfect day
You can’t live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you.
John Robert Wooden (October 14, 1910 – June 4, 2010) was an American basketball player and head coach at the University of California at Los Angeles. Nicknamed the "Wizard of Westwood," he won ten NCAA national championships in a 12-year period as head coach at UCLA, including a record seven in a row. No other team has won more than four in a row in Division 1 college men's or women's basketball. Within this period, his teams won an NCAA men's basketball record 88 consecutive games. Wooden won the prestigious Henry Iba Award as national coach of the year a record seven times and won the AP award five times. He also won a Helms national championship (which was decided by a poll) at Purdue as a player 1931–1932 for a total of 11 national titles.
Epictetus: One way to happiness
There is only one way to happiness and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power of our will.
Epictetus (Hierápolis, AD 55 - Nicópolis, 135) was a Greek sage and Stoic philosopher. He was brought as a Greek slave from Hierapolis, Phrygia (southwest Anatolia present day Pamukkale, Turkey ) to Rome, released and then exiled. After his release, he taught the philosophy of the Stoics first in Rome and later in Nicopolis (northwestern Greece),in a school founded by him.
Together with other Roman philosophers such as Seneca and Marcus Aurelius Epictetus was one of the leading figures in the Stoic philosophy in the first centuries after Christ. Epictetus didn't write anything himself, but his pupil and admirer Arrian has composed eight books of learning conversations of Epictetus, of which four books have been preserved. Arrian also put together the Manual Booklet (Encheiridion): a collection of 53 quotes from Epictetus. The practical advice given herein are even now found worth while.
Zig Ziglar: Money
Money will buy you a bed, but not a good night's sleep, a house but not a home, a companion but not a friend.
Hilary Hinton "Zig" Ziglar (November 6, 1926 - November 28, 2012) was an American author, salesman, and motivational speaker. Ziglar worked as a salesman in a succession of companies. In 1968, he became a vice president and training director for the Automotive Performance company, moving to Dallas, Texas.