The basic difference between an ordinary man and a warrior is that a warrior takes everything as a challenge while an ordinary man takes everything as a blessing or a curse.— Carlos Castaneda
Unexpected Ordinary Man quotations
The years go by one after the other; time slips past us with out our being aware of it; we grow old like ordinary men and we shall end like them.
There aren't any great men. There are just great challenges that ordinary men like you and me are forced by circumstances to meet.
The great man is he who does not lose his child's heart.
Relish the challenge of overcoming difficulties that would crush ordinary men...learn to suffer.
A hero is no braver than an ordinary man, but he is brave five minutes longer.
The highest point at which human life and art meet is in the ordinary.
To look down on the ordinary is to despise what you can't have. Show me a man who fears being ordinary, and I'll show you a man who is not yet a man.
One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men. No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man.
Genius... is the capacity to see ten things where the ordinary man sees one.
The difference between a great soul and an ordinary man is this: the latter weeps while leaving this body, whereas the former laughs. Death seems to him a mere play.
It is best for ordinary men to have only one wife !
I don’t think there is any such thing as an ordinary mortal.
Everybody has his own possibility of rapture in the experience of life. All he has to do is recognize it and then cultivate it and get going with it. I always feel uncomfortable when people speak about ordinary mortals because I’ve never met an ordinary man, woman, or child.
An artist is only an ordinary man with a greater potentiality.
There are certain events which to each man's life are as comets to the earth, seemingly strange and erratic portents; distinct from the ordinary lights which guide our course and mark our seasons, yet true to their own laws, potent in their own influences.
There is something universal in the theme of a man trying to save his family in the midst of the most terrible circumstances. It is not limited to Sierra Leone. This story could apply to any number of places where ordinary people have been caught up in political events beyond their control.
There are no great men, only ordinary men, who have met extraordinary challenges.
A man of ordinary talent will always be ordinary, whether he travels or not;
but a man of superior talent (which I cannot deny myself to be without being impious) will go to pieces if he remains forever in the same place.
All men are ordinary men; the extraordinary men are those who know it.
When it's time to get dressed, put on your clothes.
When you must walk, then walk. When you must sit, then sit. Just be your ordinary self in ordinary life, unconcerned in seeking for Buddhahood. When you're tired, lie down. The fool will laugh at you but the wise man will understand.
I have always been amazed at the way an ordinary observer lends so much more credence and attaches so much more importance to waking events than to those occurring in dreams.... Man...is above all the plaything of his memory.
Everything has two aspects: the current aspect, which we see nearly always and which ordinary men see, and the ghostly and metaphysical aspect, which only rare individuals may see in moments of clairvoyance and metaphysical abstraction.
It is frequently the tragedy of the great artist, as it is of the great scientist, that he frightens the ordinary man.
I think of the self-actualizing man not as an ordinary man with something added, but rather as the ordinary man with nothing taken away. The average man is a full human being with dampened and inhibited powers and capabilities.
Dads are most ordinary men turned by love into heroes, adventurers, story-tellers, singers of songs.
The passing of an ordinary man is sad.
The passing of a great man is tragic, and doubly tragic when the greatness passes before the man does.
Be assured, he is not an ordinary man.
The simple act of an ordinary courageous man is not to take part, not to support lies! Let that come into the world and even reign over it, but not through me. Writers and artists can do more: they can vanquish lies! ... Lies can stand up against much in the world, but not against art.
I will not be an ordinary man, because I have a right to be extraordinary.
The men flyers have given out the impression that aeroplaning is very perilous work, something that an ordinary mortal should not dream of attempting. But when I saw how easily the man flyers manipulated their machines I said I could fly.
Ordinary men live in fear all the time.
Didn't you know that? We're afraid of the weather, we're afraid of powerful men, we're afraid of the night and the monsters that lurk in the dark, we're afraid of growing old and of dying. Sometimes we're even afraid of living. Ordinary men are afraid almost every minute of their lives.
The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra.
The question isn't who is going to let me; it's who is going to stop me you don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step the man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.
It is difficult, none the less, for the ordinary man to cast off orthodox beliefs, for he is seldom allowed to hear the other side... Whereas the Christian view is pressed on him day in and day out.
All that makes a lunatic are the very ordinary ideas of mankind shut up inside a man's head.
Ordinary men are given the authority of the priesthood.
Worthiness and willingness - not experience, expertise, or education - are the qualifications for priesthood ordination.
No ordinary work done by a man is either as hard or as responsible as the work of a woman who is bringing up a family of small children; for upon her time and strength demands are made not only every hour of the day but often every hour of the night.