I said here’s the river I want to flow on, here’s the direction I want to go, and put my boat in. I was ready for the river to take unexpected turns and present obstacles.
If I ever felt inclined to be timid as I was going into a room full of people, I would say to myself, “You’re the cleverest member of one of the cleverest families in the cleverest class of the cleverest nation. … Why should you be frightened?”
We live in an epoch in which the solid ground of our preconceived ideas shakes daily under our certain feet.
When I was young I was sure of everything; in a few years, having been mistaken a thousand times, I was not half so sure of most things as I was before; at present, I am hardly sure of anything but what God has revealed.
Yet none use their words more recklessly than the strong, who have not been sobered by the rebuffs and uncertainties of life.
Anger and hatred lead to fear; compassion and concern for others allow us to develop self-confidence, which breeds trust and friendship.Dalai Lama