Nelson Mandela Page

“The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”

- Nelson Mandela

Source/Notes: Long Walk to Freedom (1995). Actually Mandela used the words of Oliver Goldsmith:
C. S. Lewis Page

“A man can no more diminish God's glory by refusing to worship Him than a lunatic can put out the sun by scribbling the word, 'darkness' on the walls of his cell.”

- C. S. Lewis

Source/Notes: The problem of pain, Macmillan, 1962 ed., p. 41
Bruce Lee Page

“Don't think, is like a finger pointing a way to the moon. Don't concentrate on the finger or you will miss all that heavenly glory!”

- Bruce Lee

Source/Notes: Bruce Lee: Enter the Dragon (1973); In a training session with one of the temple students.
Joseph Drake Page

“And they who for their country die shall fill an honored grave, for glory lights the soldier's tomb, and beauty weeps the brave.”

- Joseph Drake

William Wordsworth Page

“What though the radiance which was once so bright Be now forever taken from my sight, Though nothing can bring back the hour Of splendour in the grass, of glory in the flower; Grief not, rather find, Strength in what remains behind, In the primal sympathy Which having been must ever be, In the soothing thoughts that spring Out of Human suffering, In the faith that looks through death In years that bring philosophic mind.”

- William Wordsworth

Source/Notes: The Complete Poetical Works of William Wordsworth, edited by Henry Reed (1837), p. 389, "Epitaphs and Elegiac Poems, Ode. Intimations of Immortality From Recollections of Early Childhood


Ralph Waldo Emerson Page

“Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail.”

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

William Tecumseh Sherman Page

“I am tired and sick of war. Its glory is all moonshine. It is only those who have neither fired a shot nor heard the shrieks and groans of the wounded who cry aloud for blood, for vengeance, for desolation. War is hell.”

- William Tecumseh Sherman

Confucius Page

“Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in getting up every time we do.”

- Confucius

Source/Notes: Attributed. See also Oliver Goldsmith quote:
Ralph Waldo Emerson Page

“The glory of friendship is not in the outstretched hand, nor the kindly smile, nor the joy of companionship; it is in the spiritual inspiration that comes to one when he discovers that someone else believes in him and is willing to trust him.”

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

John Adams Page

“I am well aware of the Toil and Blood and Treasure, that it will cost Us to maintain this Declaration, and support and defend these States. Yet through all the Gloom I can see the Rays of ravishing Light and Glory. I can see that the End is more than worth all the Means. And that Posterity will triumph in that Days Transaction, even although We should rue it, which I trust in God We shall not.”

- John Adams


Honore de Balzac Page

“The glory of surgeons is like that of actors, who exist only in their lifetime and whose talent is no longer appreciable once they have disappeared.”

- Honore de Balzac

Source/Notes: The Atheist's Mass [La Messe de l'athée] (1836)
Johannes Sebastian Bach Page

“The aim and final end of all music should be none other than the glory of God and the refreshment of the soul.”

- Johannes Sebastian Bach

John Gielgud Page

“Acting is half shame, half glory. Shame at exhibiting yourself, glory when you can forget yourself.”

- John Gielgud

Napoleon Bonaparte Page

“Glory is fleeting, but obscurity is forever.”

- Napoleon Bonaparte

Martha Graham Page

“Age' is the acceptance of a term of years. But maturity is the glory of years.”

- Martha Graham


Rumi Page

“There is a certain cloud, impregnated with a thousand lightnings. There is my body, in it an ocean formed of his glory, all the creation, all the universes, all the galaxies, are lost in it.”

- Rumi

Source/Notes: Hush Don't Say Anything to God (1999)
John Calvin Page

“God preordained, for his own glory and the display of His attributes of mercy and justice, a part of the human race, without any merit of their own, to eternal salvation, and another part, in just punishment of their sin, to eternal damnation.”

- John Calvin