Our problem is that we make the mistake of comparing ourselves to other people. you are not inferior or superior to any human being...you do not determine your success by comparing yourself to others, rather you determine your success by comparing your accomplishments to your capabilities. you are 'number one' when you do the best you can with what you have.
I wasn't used to living crowded cheek by jowl with numbers of other people, as was customary here. People ate, slept, and frequently copulated, crammed into tiny, stifling cottages, lit and warmed by smoky peat fires. The only thing they didn't do together was bathe - largely because they didn't bathe.
Let us remember the large numbers of citizens who, day in and day out, through acts of volunteerism large and small, bring hope to so many of the world's disadvantaged. Let us ensure that this wonderful resource, available in abundance to every nation, is recognized and supported as it works towards a more prosperous and peaceful world.
If the united states haven't grown poets, on any scale of grandeur, it is certain that they import, print, and read more poetry than any equal number of people elsewhere -- probably more than the rest of the world combined. poetry (like a grand personality) is a growth of many generations -- many rare combinations. to have great poets, there must be great audiences too.
I always thought that eventually there would be a moment where i realized that i had practiced enough and now i was ready to be a professional writer. Then i befriended a number of successful professional writers and realized that none of them ever felt ready. After that i decided i might as well stop waiting to feel ready and just get started.
The number of the fixed stars which observers have been able to see without artificial powers of sight up to this day can be counted. It is therefore decidedly a great feat to add to their number, and to set distinctly before the eyes other stars in myriads, which have never been seen before, and which surpass the old, previously known stars in number more than ten times.
O how far remov'd, predestination! Is thy foot from such as see not the first cause entire: and ye, o mortal men! Be wary how ye judge: for we, who see the maker, know not yet the number of the chosen; and esteem such scantiness of knowledge our delight: for all good is, in that primal good, concentrate; and god's will and ours are one.
We will gradually become indifferent to what goes on in the minds of other people when we acquire a knowledge of the superficial nature of their thoughts, the narrowness of their views and of the number of their errors. Whoever attaches a lot of value to the opinions of others pays them too much honor.