Happiness is not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort.
— Franklin D. Roosevelt

Motivation will almost always beat mere talent.
Norman Ralph Augustine mere quote

Real love is the love that sometimes arises after sensual pleasure: if it does, it is immortal; the other kind inevitably goes stale, for it lies in mere fantasy.
— Giacomo Casanova

Poets say science takes away from the beauty of the stars - mere globs of gas atoms. I, too, can see the stars on a desert night, and feel them. But do I see less or more?
— Richard P. Feynman

We can choose between the future and the past, between reason and ignorance, between true compassion and mere ideology.
— Ron Reagan