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There are some things one can only achieve by a deliberate leap in the opposite direction. - Franz Kafka


The true snob never rests; there is always a higher goal to attain, and there are, by the same token, always more and more people to look down upon. - J. Russell Lynes


He who obtains has little. He who scatters has much. - Lao Tzu [Lao Tse, Laozi]


Demand perfection of yourself and you'll seldom attain it. Fear of making a mistake is the biggest single cause of making one. Relax, pursue excellence, not perfection. - Lloyd 'Bud' Winter


There is nothing too little for so little a creature as man. It is by studying little things that we attain the great art of having as little misery and as much happiness as possible. - Samuel Johnson


Those who would attain to any marked degree of excellence in a chosen pursuit must work, and work hard for it, prince or peasant. - Bayard Taylor


With colour one obtains an energy that seems to stem from witchcraft. - Henri Matisse


I don't wait for moods. You accomplish nothing if you do that. Your mind must know it has got to get down to work. - Pearl S. Buck


It sounds like stories from the land of spirits, If any man obtain that which he merits, Or any merit that which he obtains. - Samuel Taylor Coleridge