Richard Collins believes we can find great wisdom and inspiration from a variety of individuals, both real and fictional.
“Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.”
“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.”
– Helen Keller
“When in doubt, tell the truth.”
– Mark Twain
“Man is only truly great when he acts from the passions.”
– Benjamin Disraeli
“If it flies, floats or eats…rent it!”
“Patience and persistence produces profits.”
– R.J. Smith
“Veni, Vidi, Vici.”
– Julius Caesar, speaking to Cleopatra in 48 B.C.
“The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by the dirt and sweat and blood. Who strives valiantly, and spends himself in a worthy cause. So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither defeat or victory.”
– Theodore Roosevelt’s “Gladiator” speech
– Proverbs 20:15
A good name is better than precious ointment.
– Ecclesiastes 7:1
It is better to hear the rebuke of the wise, than for a man to hear the song of fools.
– Ecclesiastes 7:5
The quality of mercy is not strain’d,
It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven
Upon the place beneath: it is twice blest;
It blesseth him that gives and him that takes:
‘Tis mightiest in the mightiest: it becomes
The throned monarch better than his crown;
His sceptre shows the force of temporal power,
The attribute to awe and majesty,
Wherein doth sit the dread and fear of kings;
But mercy is above this sceptred sway;
It is enthroned in the hearts of kings,
It is an attribute to God himself;
And earthly power doth then show likest God’s
When mercy seasons justice.
– Portia, in William Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice