From a certain point on, there is no more turning back. That is the point that must be reached.

The Zurau Aphorisms (5)
Nothing so consumes a person as meaningless exertion.

The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
The one thing that matters is the effort
Effort is only effort when it begins to hurt
Not every difficult and dangerous thing is suitable for training, but only that which is conducive to success in achieving the object of our effort
If you are going through hell, keep going
It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog


On Anger: "For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind."
On Destiny: "Our destiny exercises its influence over us even when, as yet, we have not learned its nature: it is our future that lays down the law of our today."
Human, All Too Human
On Friendship: "A crowd is not company; and faces are but a gallery of pictures; and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there is no love."