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Courage: the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can't practice any other virtue consistently. Maya Angelou, poet
  • character

It's fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure. Bill Gates, businessman
  • success

Gymnastics taught me everything - life lessons, responsibility and discipline and respect. Shawn Johnson, athlete
  • discipline

Mistakes are a part of being human. Precious life lessons that can only be learned the hard way. Unless it's a fatal mistake, which, at least, others can learn from. Al Franken, comedian
  • education

The academy gave me a grounding in discipline and hard work that has sustained me throughout my life, and the lessons I learned there I now try to impress on young people. Georg Solti, musician
  • academy

He who follows his lessons tastes a profound peace, and looks upon everybody as a bunch of manure. Moliere, playwright
  • bunch

No movie influenced me more to go after my dreams than 'Flashdance.' After seeing it, I took 15 dance lessons a week. I cut all my sweatshirts. I did the 'Maniac' thing. Elizabeth Berkley, actress
  • dance

Some of the best lessons we ever learn are learned from past mistakes. The error of the past is the wisdom and success of the future. Dale Turner,
  • best

All the lessons of history in four sentences: Whom the gods would destroy, they first make mad with power. The mills of God grind slowly, but they grind exceedingly small. The bee fertilizes the flower it robs. When it is dark enough, you can see the stars. Charles A. Beard, historian
  • bee

When preparing for a concert, I do lots of training. I work with a choreographer to create great moves and then I have to keep my voice strong with lessons. Miley Cyrus, musician
  • choreographer

Men do not learn much from the lessons of history and that is the most important of all the lessons of history. Aldous Huxley, novelist
  • history

I don't have regrets, there are only lessons. You learn from them, and you become a better person. Nicole Polizzi, celebrity
  • become

And we are never too old to study the Bible. Each time the lessons are studied comes some new meaning, some new thought which will make us better. John D. Rockefeller, businessman
  • learning

When there were financial difficulties they still managed to provide us with music and art lessons. Jerome Isaac Friedman, physicist
  • art

We constantly learn new lessons up here. The experiences we gather will enable us to establish a long-term station on the moon and to go on to Mars. John Phillips, musician
  • constantly

One of the best lessons I learned early is that not everything in life is about you. It is about service. If you want trips and excessive gifts, then don't get into public service. Sean Hannity, writer
  • best

But it's important, while we are supporting lessons in respecting others, to remember that many of our youngest kids need to learn to respect themselves. You learn your worth from the way you are treated. Anna Quindlen, journalist
  • important

I come from a generation that suffered school lessons in portacabins and crumbling hospitals. I tell you one thing, for the eighteen years they were in power the Tories did nothing to fix the roof when the sun was shining. Ed Miliband, politician
  • come

The lessons from the peace process are clear; whatever life throws at us, our individual responses will be all the stronger for working together and sharing the load. Queen Elizabeth II, royalty
  • clear

Protectionism is a very real danger. It is understandable that in times of a severe downturn protectionist pressures mount but the lessons of history are clear. If we give in to protectionist pressures, we will only send the world into a downward spiral. Manmohan Singh, statesman
  • clear

By the time we've hit fifty, we have learned our hardest lessons. Marie Dressler, actress
  • time

When I was 12, I happened to see a schoolmate playing percussion, and it looked interesting. I asked for lessons, and it felt right. Evelyn Glennie, musician
  • asked

I stopped thinking about it after trying to figure out what are the lessons learned, and there are so many. After I had basically sorted that out, I figured it's time to really look at the future and not at the past. Kalpana Chawla, astronaut
  • basically

This year has been full of lessons learned and soul searching and realizing I'm an adult. It's time to take responsibility and not take the easy way out. Nicole Richie, actress
  • adult

I've taken singing lessons since I was young, just to work on technique. Skylar Laine, musician
  • lessons

It's the best thing in the world, the most challenging thing in the world, being a parent, and one of the first lessons I learned was to ask for help. Kerri Walsh, athlete
  • ask

I think it's important to have professional lessons or advice. Delta Goodrem, actress
  • advice

I took piano for many years. I kicked and screamed through all of my lessons, but my mom really insisted. Kristin Kreuk, actress
  • insisted

I grew up painting and playing piano so when I was a little kid I thought I was going to be an artist or a painter but my mom had me taking piano lessons for about 10-12 years as a young kid. Mike Shinoda, musician
  • artist

I know what it takes to be fast and I feel like every year I learn valuable lessons about how to be better the next time. Danica Patrick, celebrity
  • fast

The so-called lessons of history are for the most part the rationalizations of the victors. History is written by the survivors. Max Lerner, journalist
  • history

The lessons of the past are ignored and obliterated in a contemporary antagonism known as the generation gap. Spiro T. Agnew, politician
  • antagonism

The very concept of history implies the scholar and the reader. Without a generation of civilized people to study history, to preserve its records, to absorb its lessons and relate them to its own problems, history, too, would lose its meaning. George F. Kennan, historian
  • absorb

Excellence is a better teacher than mediocrity. The lessons of the ordinary are everywhere. Truly profound and original insights are to be found only in studying the exemplary. Warren G. Bennis, psychologist
  • teacher

Lessons are not given, they are taken. Cesare Pavese, poet
  • given

If time were the wicked sheriff in a horse opera, I'd pay for riding lessons and take his gun away. W. H. Auden, poet
  • gun

Have you learned the lessons only of those who admired you, and were tender with you, and stood aside for you? Have you not learned great lessons from those who braced themselves against you, and disputed passage with you? Walt Whitman, poet
  • learning

That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important of all the lessons of history. Aldous Huxley, novelist
  • history

My childhood should have taught me lessons for my own fatherhood, but it didn't because parenting can only be learned by people who have no children. Bill Cosby, comedian
  • childhood

Mistakes are a part of being human. Appreciate your mistakes for what they are: precious life lessons that can only be learned the hard way. Unless it's a fatal mistake, which, at least, others can learn from. Al Franken, comedian
  • appreciate

We have all examined our past critically and are very much aware of even the unpleasant things. Now, we need to look at what we plan to do with the lessons we have learned from the past. Heinz Fischer, statesman
  • aware

My whole belief system is that our paths are drawn for us. I believe in reincarnation. I believe we're here to learn and grow. We choose how we come into this life based on what it is we have to learn. Some people have harder lessons than others. Gillian Anderson, actress
  • based

More time on paperwork means less time spent with students or preparing lessons for students. It is as simple as that. The numerous reforms in the bill will go a long way to free our time of special educators. Christopher Bond, politician
  • bill

It's now possible to play and take lessons from any place of the world. The concept of physical distance doesn't exist in the online world, and that is so cool! Alexandra Kosteniuk, celebrity
  • concept

Poverty can teach lessons that privilege cannot. Jack Klugman, actor
  • lessons

I started studying music at the age of five and a half. My older sister was taking piano lessons. When her teacher left our apartment, I would get up on the piano bench and start picking out the notes that were part of my sister's lessons. Marvin Hamlisch, composer
  • age

I've always had the perspective that roles come into my life when I need them most and sort of teach me lessons. The same can be true of films, films are released into society to aid in a lesson, inspire people, comfort people. Bryce Dallas Howard, actress
  • aid

The lessons of the past should steer us towards ensuring lasting legacies for generations yet to be born. Hun Sen, statesman
  • born

It was the desire to do the complete thing. I only took taking acting lessons because my whole thing, really, was to direct. But my first jobs were acting jobs. James Coburn, actor
  • acting

Sometimes life gives us lessons sent in ridiculous packaging. Dar Williams, musician
  • gives

I took acting and elocution lessons, to get rid of my Sicilian accent. Maria Grazia Cucinotta, actress
  • accent

About 10 years ago, I took some vocal lessons. I'll bet that helped. I got a tape of exercises that the girl gave me, which I don't do anymore, but they were good. And I don't smoke. Dan Hicks, musician
  • anymore

Books are standing counselors and preachers, always at hand, and always disinterested; having this advantage over oral instructors that they are ready to repeat their lessons as often as we please. Robert Chambers, writer
  • advantage

Surely one of the most visible lessons taught by the twentieth century has been the existence, not so much of a number of different realities, but of a number of different lenses with which to see the same reality. Michael Arlen, writer
  • century

Teaching man his relatively small sphere in the creation, it also encourages him by its lessons of the unity of Nature and shows him that his power of comprehension allies him with the great intelligence over-reaching all. Annie Jump Cannon, scientist
  • allies

I'm not a bad driver. And I never will be because I took lessons when I was quite a boy. I never had to pass a test because there wasn't such a thing when I first started driving a motor car. So I didn't have to pass one. Richard Murdoch, comedian
  • bad

That’s the thing about a human life-there’s no control group, no way to ever know how any of us would have turned out if any variables had been changed. Elizabeth Gilbert, novelist
  • life

That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important of all the lessons that history has to teach. Aldous Huxley, novelist
  • history

Happy is the person who cherishes the precious lessons of the past and lives vigorously in the present. Jerome Hines, musician
  • cherishes

I discipline churchgoers with godly lessons and sharp words if they do not change their ways. My goal is to open their hearts so that they seek forgiveness. William Brewster,
  • change

I grew up on musicals, and I know they are quite the thing now, but I'm actually a little indignant, because I started taking singing lessons years ago - I put the time in! Marisa Tomei, actress
  • grew

I went and took golf lessons so Dad would let me play with him. I was just terrible... but I was able to have a wonderful time just walking around with Dad. I can see the real pleasure of that game. David Hyde Pierce, actor
  • able

By that point, I had started taking singing lessons. And after the first session, I mean, I was surprised that the windows didn't shatter. And after the third session, I really didn't know where this voice had come from. Gerard Butler, actor
  • come

Rest assured that whatever station of life we are placed, princely or lowly, it contains the lessons and experiences necessary at the moment for our evolution, and gives us the best advantage for the development of ourselves. Edward Bach, scientist
  • advantage

The lessons of their early youth regulated the conduct of their riper years. William Godwin, writer
  • conduct

The righteousness of Jesus Christ is one of those great mysteries, which the angels desire to look into, and seems to be one of the first lessons that God taught men after the fall. George Whitefield, clergyman
  • angels

If life's lessons could be reduced to single sentences, there would be no need for fiction. Scott Turow, novelist
  • fiction

I saw no African people in the printed and illustrated Sunday school lessons. I began to suspect at this early age that someone had distorted the image of my people. My long search for the true history of African people the world over began. John Henrik Clarke, author
  • african

All those days of waiting on tables until I could get a role on Broadway, all that time going to school taking lessons, and all those years of being a nobody following a dream-and now here it is. Marcia Gay Harden, actress
  • being

I didn't get lessons of any kind I slept through school. Joel Madden, musician
  • kind

Lyrically I like to use themes that make the listener use his or her imagination, and to give a little of the lessons I've learned in my own life. Ronnie James Dio, musician
  • imagination

I've never taken vocal lessons. My early trumpet training and a fortunate talent for singing has always been enough for me. In the case of rock singing, I've always felt it was better to remain a bit untrained to maintain your individuality. Ronnie James Dio, musician
  • bit

Quite a few musicians came to our house. And my ma took me to hear many more, hoping to encourage in me a love of music. But she wouldn't consent to my having music lessons, for she feared I might end up as she had done - unable to play except from paper. Mary Lou Williams, musician
  • came

We in the United States should be all the more thankful for the freedom and religious tolerance we enjoy. And we should always remember the lessons learned from the Holocaust, in hopes we stay vigilant against such inhumanity now and in the future. Charlie Dent, politician
  • against

As for acting, I took drama lessons when I was in high school. Megan Gallagher, actress
  • acting

I took acting lessons when I was 19, 20, and I had my writing. Michael Ironside, actor
  • acting

But presidents matter. That's one of the biggest lessons I learned being in the White House. Sidney Blumenthal, journalist
  • being

It wasn't until after private lessons and learning bass lines that I even noticed bass in the music I was listening to at that age. My ears were blown wide open. Trevor Dunn, musician
  • age

So, to prepare for the role, I had to take music lessons, talk to wives who had husbands overseas, and carefully study the reactions and mannerisms of a friend who was expecting. June Allyson, actress
  • carefully

After about six months, I told my mother that I wanted the lessons to stop, and she was intelligent enough not to force me to continue. Besides, the lessons cost money, which was anything but abundant in our household. Georg Solti, musician
  • abundant

Before Huey was 5, I could take him to work with me. Now, though, he has sports and lessons and friends, and it's not fair to remove him from his whole life. Marg Helgenberger, actress
  • fair

My aunt had a season ticket for the Friday afternoon concerts, and I would go down for lessons. My lessons were Saturday morning. Robert Ripley, cartoonist
  • afternoon

It's about lessons for life. It's not just about winning either. Lynn Davies, athlete
  • either

It is normal for politicians in all countries to profess themselves the pupils of history, anxious to draw the right lessons from her teaching. Douglas Hurd, politician
  • anxious

The first two Prime Ministers whom I served, Ted Heath and Margaret Thatcher drew strikingly different lessons from the Second World War. Douglas Hurd, politician
  • different

You may observe in all my lessons, that I tell you how the legs go, and those who are unacquainted with that, are entirely ignorant and work in the dark. William Cavendish, public servant
  • dark

These are excellent lessons to break him, and make him light in hand: but nothing puts a horse so much upon his haunches, and consequently makes him so light in hand, as my new method of the pillar. William Cavendish, public servant
  • break

I learned how to play the drums. When we were in pre-production, when we were still in LA, I had a couple of drum lessons and then some in Toronto. I got the one beat down and that was it. Mary-Kate Olsen, actress
  • beat

I'm going to have classical piano lessons next. Colin Greenwood, musician
  • classical

This was a tragic event in human history, but by paying tribute to the Armenian community we ensure the lessons of the Armenian genocide are properly understood and acknowledged. Jerry Costello, politician
  • acknowledged

My mother also had us take piano lessons, and this had a similar effect. I hated those lessons, but I now play regularly for pleasure and have even tried my hand at composing. Robert B. Laughlin, physicist
  • composing

I think there are huge lessons there, for young people who are getting started in life, as well as other people. And that is, to take responsibility for your own life. Only you are responsible for the course you take from there. Story Musgrave, astronaut
  • course

My goal was to play drums, but my father made me take piano lessons. He told me I needed to learn to read music first, so I took lessons for six years. I thank God that he made me take those lessons, because it taught me a tremendous amount. Brian Austin Green, actor
  • amount

I had wanted to play drums since the age of 9 when I saw a drum set in the window of a music store for the first time. We took lessons at a local music school and began playing together after about 6-9 months of lessons. Jack Irons, musician
  • age

There are no pat answers - we're pushing through some new frontiers, and lessons of the past don't always apply. Jim Barksdale, businessman
  • answers

Sometimes life's so much cooler when you just don't know any better and all the painful lessons have not hammered your head open yet. Anthony Kiedis, musician
  • cooler

However, I began composing as soon as I started taking piano lessons. Gyorgy Legeti,
  • composing

I mean, it's the life lessons that I suppose you learn that nobody gets a free ride and that you do the best you can with the means that you can and try to open yourself to as much knowledge and all that that you can. Joe Mantegna, actor
  • best

I'd bowled a lot, but I never really had proper lessons. John Goodman, actor
  • bowled

I'm concerned about the insidious influence of the media's bad messages that undermine the lessons parents try to instill in their sons and daughters. John Ratzenberger, actor
  • bad

After a couple years of occasional lessons with Pass I moved to Boston to attend the New England Conservatory. Mark White, musician
  • attend

My book 'Trust Your Heart', which is the story of my life, will be followed by 'Singing Lessons', a memoir of love, loss, hope, and healing, which talks about the death of my son and the hope that has been the aftermath of the healing from that tragedy. Judy Collins, musician
  • aftermath

We discussed politics, but we also talked about the importance of hard work, personal responsibility, living within your means, keeping your word. Those lessons stay with you throughout your life. Bob Ehrlich, politician
  • discussed

Uhm, I'm the one wanting the lessons! I don't want to say too much about it because I'd rather have you see the movie, but he's trying to find his music. Harvey Keitel, actor
  • lessons

I never had lessons. Used to try to play to records, which I hated doing. Still can't play to them. Charlie Watts, musician
  • hated

The fact is that one of the earliest lessons I learned in business was that balance sheets and income statements are fiction, cash flow is reality. Chris Chocola, politician
  • balance

I also thought of playing improvisational jazz and I did take lessons for a while. At first I tried to write fiction by making up things that were completely alien to my life. Amy Tan, novelist
  • alien

I started formal piano training when I was 4. From there I had little violas, and I had dancing lessons of every sort and description, and painting lessons. I had German. And shorthand. Twyla Tharp, dancer
  • dancing

Even if I don't have the money to take vocal lessons, I'll practice in the house by myself singing out loud. Christina Milian, musician
  • house

I took several years of dance lessons that included ballet, tap and jazz. They helped a great deal with body control, balance, a sense of rhythm, and timing. Lynn Swann, athlete
  • balance

My mother stopped working when she had my brother. She was a full time mom until I started getting heavily into ice skating lessons, and it got to the point where they really needed my mom to earn an income. Dorothy Hamill, athlete
  • brother

One of the first lessons he or she learns is that in baseball anything, absolutely anything, can happen. Just two days ago as I write this, something happened that had never happened in baseball before. John Thorn, historian
  • absolutely

Save for thee and thy lessons, man in society would everywhere sink into a sad compound of the fiend and the wild beast; and this fallen world would be as certainly a moral as a natural wilderness. Hugh Miller, scientist
  • beast

I grew up taking piano lessons and liking Wagner when I was in second grade. Tom Verlaine, musician
  • grade

I really didn't even have time to get that many lessons, to be honest, because I was suddenly on the road. I was kind of thrown in the deep end. But that wasn't a bad thing when I look back at it. Caroline Corr, musician
  • bad

Kylie and I were both taking piano lessons at the time and didn't think of acting. A friend rang mum up and said, 'How about bringing Kylie and Danielle in because they might be right for the part?' Dannii Minogue, musician
  • acting

I don't think there are many larger lessons to be found in sports. Gregg Easterbrook, author
  • found

Yes, I was forced to take piano lessons for 8 years as a child. Jim Coleman, actor
  • child

I think I started learning lessons about being a good person long before I ever knew what basketball was. And that starts in the home, it starts with the parental influence. Julius Erving, athlete
  • basketball

It's not right to say that our loss in Vietnam turned out to be a gain. But lessons were learned. And they were the right lessons. Tom Clancy, novelist
  • gain

I am a poor student sitting at the feet of giants, yearning for their wisdom and begging for lessons that might one day make me a complete artist, so that if all goes well, I may one day sit beside them. Rod Taylor, actor
  • artist

It Might As Well Be Spring... I used to sing that as a young girl in my voice lessons. Then I picked it up again and it spoke to me in a whole new way. Bernadette Peters, actress
  • again

It was more fun trying to figure out I Want To Hold Your Hand than to take lessons. By this time I knew basic chords. Tommy Shaw, musician
  • basic

I learnt pity, sympathy, and what it was like to be at the other end of the stick. Such lessons can't be learnt in lecture halls. Lionel Blue, clergyman
  • end

Playing sport was somewhat frivolous, but I liked it. I rebelled a little bit, and wouldn't go to music lessons and things like that, but I would go and play ball. My parents learned to love it because they saw how much I got out of it. Mike Krzyzewski, coach
  • ball

Business wise, I have always learned valuable lessons so I don't regret any decisions I have made. Kiana Tom, model
  • business

It's very important to always put things in their historical contexts. It teaches important lessons about the country in question. Warren Christopher, lawyer
  • contexts

There are a lot of lessons to be learned. We can all learn lessons. David Gill, scientist
  • learn

Да ти е на ухото обеца! Bulgarian proverbs,
  • lessons

Some of life's best lessons are learned at the worst times. Ani Difranco,
  • life

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