In these words of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Sam comes to mind.
Heights by great men reached and kept
were not obtained by sudden flight but,
while their companions slept,
they were toiling upward in the night.
In this world a man must either be anvil or hammer.
Know how sublime a thing it is to suffer and be strong.
Man is always more than he can know of himself;
consequently, his accomplishments,
time and again,
will come as a surprise to him.
Simplicity in character,
in manners, in style;
in all things the supreme excellence is simplicity.
The talent of success is nothing more than doing what you can do well, and doing well whatever you do without thought of fame. If it comes at all it will come because it is deserved, not because it is sought after.
Yes, we must ever be friends;
and of all who offer you friendship
let me be ever the first,
the truest, the nearest and dearest!