It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves.
-- Sir Edmund Hillary
God is not on the side of the big battalions, but on the side of those who shoot best.
Emotion is the surest arbiter of a poetic choice, and it is the priest of all supreme unions in the mind.
So long as the law considers all these human beings, with beating hearts and living affections, only as so many things belonging to the master -- so long as the failure, or misfortune, or imprudence, or death of the kindest owner, may cause them any day to exchange a life of kind protection and indulgence for one of hopeless misery and toil -- so long it is impossible to make anything beautiful or desirable in the best-regulated administration of slavery.
Harriet Beecher Stowe
People creep into childhood, bound into youth, sober in adulthood, and soften into old age.