"We are lovers of beauty without extravagance, and lovers of wisdom without unmanliness. Wealth to us is not mere material for vainglory but an opportunity for achievement; and poverty we think it no disgrace to acknowledge but a real degradation to make no effort to overcome."
"But the bravest are surely those who have the clearest vision of what is before them, glory and danger alike, and yet notwithstanding go out to meet it."
"We secure our friends not by accepting favors but by doing them."
Thucydides, Peloponnesian War II, 40
Wise words of motivation of assorted variety offered in the hope to cause fewer words written or said without prior profound cerebration.