Leadership is solving problems. The day soldiers stop bringing you their problems is the day you have stopped leading them. They have either lost confidence that you can help or concluded you do not care. Either case is a failure of leadership.
Practice yourself in little things, and thence proceed to greater. Epictetus
If you have great talents, industry will improve them; If moderate abilities, industry will supply their deficiencies. Nothing is denied to well-directed labor: nothing is ever to be attained without it. Sir Joshua Reynolds
There is nothing noble about being superior to some other man. The true nobility is in being superior to your previous self.
What chance gathers she easily scatters. A great person attracts great people and knows how to hold them together. Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.
John Quincy Adams
A willing helper does not wait until he is asked.
There is only one person who could ever make you happy, and that person is you.
David Burns, Intimate Connections
The happiness of life is made up of minute fractions—the little soon-forgotten charities of a kiss, a smile, a kind look, a heartfelt compliment in the disguise of a playful raillery, and the countless other infinitessimals of pleasurable thought and genial feeling. Samuel Taylor Coleridge
The man is happiest who lives from day to day and asks no more, garnering the simple goodness of life. Euripides
Happiness consists in activity: such is the constitution of our nature; it is a running stream, and not a stagnant pool. John M. Good
Happiness is not a state to arrive at, but a manner of traveling. Margaret Lee Runbeck
Men spend their lives in anticipations,—in determining to be vastly happy at some period when they have time. But the present time has one advantage over every other—it is our own. Past opportunities are gone, future have not come. We may lay in a stock of pleasures, as we would lay in a stock of wine; but if we defer the tasting of them too long, we shall find that both are soured by age. Charles Caleb Colton