There has been a dearth of new quotes in the commonplace book as i think the last time i read a book was on vacation in February (and don't think that isn't making me kind of more insane than normal). I had to resort to the internet and finally came upon this gem from Orison Swett Marison:
Obstacles are like wild animals. They are cowards but they will bluff you if they can. If they see you are afraid of them... they are liable to spring upon you; but if you look them squarely in the eye, they will slink out of sight.