It is well known that the three major characteristics for which people are praised in this world are: wisdom, strength and wealth.
Wisdom is the most secure of these, for it resides within a person’s soul. Moreover, one’s wisdom generally increases with age.
Strength is next, for it resides within a person’s body. However, as a person grows older, his strength generally lessens.
Wealth is the least secure, for it is external. ~ Rabbeinu Yonah of Gerondi zt”l
When Hashem tests a person, it means Hashem believes he can pass the test. ~ R’ Elimelech Biderman, Shlita
A person who drives himself ambitiously to earn his livelihood is like the passenger who impatiently pushes the wall of the train in a vain attempt to make it move faster.
All of a person’s income is determined on Rosh Hashana, so why should he wear himself to the bone struggling till he makes himself ridiculous?
What has been decreed for him will come to him, and even if he turns the world over, he will not receive a penny more. ~ R’ Yosef Yozel Hurwitz zt”l
Be careful not to consider yourself wicked. A person who considers himself wicked will not try to improve and is likely to become worse than he is now. ~ Hamaspik L’ovdai Hashem, p. 68
Someone might commit an evil act, yet be a better person than you – kinder, more generous. ~ Kotzker Rebbe zt”l
Our bodies are earth stations enabling our souls to survive on earth until they return to the world of spirit whence they came. ~ R’ Shraga Silverstein zt”l
Remember this, if you can – there is nothing, nothing more precious than time. You probably feel you have a measureless supply of it, but you haven’t. Wasted hours destroy your life just as surely at the beginning as at the end – only in the end it becomes more obvious. ~ Herman Wouk