Henry David Thoreau
"I never found the companion that was so companionable as solitude."
"Only in quiet waters do things mirror themselves undistorted."
"My imagination functions much better when I don’t have to speak to people."
"Solitude is a catalyst for innovation."
"The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep."
"I’m in love with cities I’ve never been to and people I’ve never met."
H. L. Mencken
"I believe that all government is evil, and that trying to improve it is largely a waste of time.
"Chess is as elaborate a waste of human intelligence as you can find outside an advertising agency.
"We live in an age when pizza gets to your home before the police.
"An expert is a person who has made all the mistakes that can be made in a very narrow field.
"Anybody who watches three games of football in a row should be declared brain dead.
Sir Thomas Beecham
"Brass bands are all very well in their place - outdoors and several miles away.
"I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying."
"Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful."
"The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will."
"Successful people are always looking for opportunities to help others. Unsuccessful people are always asking, ‘What’s in it for me?’"
"The path to success is to take massive, determined action."
W. Clement Stone
"Success is achieved and maintained by those who try and keep trying."