Being a successful person is not necessarily defined by what you have achieved, but by what you have overcome.
A great pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do.
In actual fact, contemplation is not a form of inactivity but an exercise.
artist, art theorist
When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.
neurologist, psychologist who founded logotherapy
The mystery of life isn’t a problem to solve, but a reality to experience.
You are neither right nor wrong because people agree with you.
economist, investor, professor
Certainty is a closing of the mind. To create something new you must have doubt.
Water at a distance does not put out a fire near at hand.
A champion is someone who gets up when he can’t.
professional heavyweight boxer
Being a successful person is not necessarily defined by what you have achieved, but by what you have overcome.
“We are interested in others, when they are interested in us.”
“To be driven by our appetites alone is slavery, while to obey a law that we have imposed on ourselves is freedom.”
Jean-Jacques Rousseau, The Social Contract
“The bird a nest, the spider a web, man friendship.”
William Blake, The Marriage of Heaven and Hell
“Is life so wretched? Isn’t it rather your hands which are too small, your vision which is muddied? You are the one who must grow up.”
Dag Hammarskjold, Markings
“To live is so startling, it leaves but little room for other occupations.”
Emily Dickinson, letter
“To be really happy and really safe, one ought to have at least two or three hobbies, and they must all be real.”
Winston Churchill, “Hobbies”
“There is a myth, sometimes widespread, that a person need only do inner work…that a man is entirely responsible for his own problems; and that to cure himself, he need only change himself…The fact is, a person is so formed by his surroundings, that his state of harmony depends entirely on his harmony with his surroundings.”
Christopher Alexander, The Timeless Way of Building
“The desire of being believed, the desire of persuading, of leading, and directing other people, seems to be one of the strongest of all our natural desires.”
Adam Smith, The Theory of Moral Sentiments
“Experience, contrary to popular belief, is mostly imagination.”
“So, never be afraid. Never be afraid to raise your voice for honesty and truth and compassion, against injustice and lying and greed. If you, not just you in this room tonight, but in all the thousands of other rooms like this one about the world today and tomorrow and next week, will do this, not as a class or classes, but as individuals, men and women, you will change the earth.”
“There are two means of refuge from the misery of life — music and cats.”
“The trouble is if you don’t spend your life yourself, other people spend it for you.”
Peter Shaffer, Five Finger Exercise
“We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.”
“A purpose of human life, no matter who is controlling it, is to love whoever is around to be loved.”
“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.”
George Bernard Shaw
“If I can stop one heart from breaking, I shall not live in vain.”
“Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal.”
“One cannot conceive of objectivity without subjectivity.”
“Any situation in which some men prevent others from engaging in the process of inquiry is one of violence;… to alienate humans from their own decision making is to change them into objects.”
“If the structure does not permit dialogue the structure must be changed.”
“Leaders who do not act dialogically, but insist on imposing their decisions, do not organize the people–they manipulate them. They do not liberate, nor are they liberated: they oppress.”
“Monsters are real, and ghosts are real too. They live inside us, and sometimes, they win.”
“If the world were merely seductive, that would be easy. If it were merely challenging, that would be no problem. But I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day.”
“Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.”
“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.”
“We’re all human, aren’t we? Every human life is worth the same, and worth saving.”
J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
“The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.”
“Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.”
“Laughter is poison to fear.”
George R.R. Martin
“Fear makes strangers of people who would be friends.”
“If it is true that there are as many minds as there are heads, then there are as many kinds of love as there are hearts.”
“When politicians start talking about large groups of their fellow Americans as ‘enemies,’ it’s time for a quiet stir of alertness. Polarizing people is a good way to win an election, and also a good way to wreck a country.”
“I prefer someone who burns the flag and then wraps themselves up in the Constitution over someone who burns the Constitution and then wraps themselves up in the flag.”
“You do not notice changes in what is always before you.”
Sidonie Gabrielle Colette
“Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.”
George Bernard Shaw
“To be furious, is to be frighted out of fear.”
“Ignorance is the parent of fear.”
“The enemy is fear. We think it is hate; but, it is fear.”
So then there was the Greek, Socrates, he was great… He invented questioning. Before Socrates, no questioning. Everyone sort of went, ”Yeah, I suppose so.”
“Opinion has caused more trouble on this little earth than plagues or earthquakes.”
“It is lamentable, that to be a good patriot one must become the enemy of the rest of mankind.”
“The best index to a person’s character is how he treats people who can’t do him any good, and how he treats people who can’t fight back.”
Abigail Van Buren
“Death is inevitable. But living a life we are proud of? That is something we can actually control.”
Feeling helpless? World a little too crazy? Try being kind. “A kind act can sometimes be as powerful as a sword.”
“To shine your brightest light is to be who you truly are.”
Ray T Bennett
“A kind gesture can reach a wound that only compassion can heal.”
There is no them. There is only us. Be kind to all.
Welcome the strawberries of summer and all of the human and mechanical hands that has brought them from the hot field and into your hands. May kindness shower you.
Stuck? Kindness will take you everywhere you want to go. Kindness to another will give you energy. Kindness to yourself will give you energy to move past your stuck place. Kindness is the fuel that will being you the life you want. Be kind.
Be kind because bees need flowers and flowers need bees. Kindness marks the interaction between them.
So it’s happened — some mess. It’s likely your fault, but maybe it’s the other guys. Who knows. It’s just a mess. Be kind — to yourself, the guy you hit, and whoever comes to referee.
You are the star of your own life. Shine bright. Be kind.
It takes time for a tomato to ripen. It also takes time for you to grow into yourself. As hard as it is to fathom, it takes those jerks to grow up too. Be patient. Be kind.
No matter how dark it feels, remember that there is always kind light shining down on you. Share your kindness.
Breathe in. Breathe out. Be kind.
Phew. It’s been a long week and another is just around the corner. Sometimes, you need to get yourself a little something and take a breath. Be kind to you.
I ordered a chicken and an egg on Amazon.
I’ll let you know.
What do you get when you cross a parrot with a centipede?
A young lady visited a computer dating service and requested, “I’m looking for a spouse. Can you please help me to find a suitable one?”
The matchmaker said, “What exactly are you looking for?”
“Well, let me see. Needs to be good looking, polite, humorous, sporty, knowledgeable, good at singing and dancing. Willing to accompany me the whole day at home during my leisure hour if I don’t go out. Be able to tell me interesting stories when I need a companion for conversation and be silent when I want to rest.”
The matchmaker entered the information into the computer and, in a matter of moments, handed the results to the woman: “Buy a television.”
Seeing his shares plummet on a black morning during the recession, the boss called to his secretary, “Get my broker, Miss Wilks!”
”Certainly, sir. Stock or pawn?”
Son to dad: “Dad, why don’t you buy me a car?”
Dad: “My dear son, God gave you two legs for what purpose?”
Son: “One leg is for the brake and the other for the accelerator.”
What did the Brit say when he paid 2,000 pounds for his fridge?
“Goodness gracious, that costs a ton!”
An Englishman, a Frenchman, a Spaniard and a German man are watching a street performer. While he’s juggling, the street performer notices that the four have a bad view, so he stands on a crate and asks them, “Can you all see me now?”
The four guys respond to him, “Yes…”
Upon arrival, the lumberjack started to swing at the tree, when the tree suddenly shouted, “Wait! I’m a talking tree!”
The lumberjack grinned and said, “And you will dialogue!”
A gorilla walks into a bar and, to the amazement of the bartender, orders a martini. When the bartender gives the gorilla the martini, he is further surprised to see that the ape is holding a $20 bill.
The bartender takes the $20 bill, then he decides to see just how smart the gorilla is, so he hands the gorilla $1 change. The gorilla quietly sips the martini until the bartender breaks the silence.
“We don’t get too many apes in here,” he says.
The gorilla replies, “At $19 a drink, I’m not surprised.”
A penguin walks into a bar. He goes to the counter and asks the bartender, “Have you seen my brother?”
Bartender replies, “I don’t know, what does he look like?”
The meaning of MARINES: Marines Are Respected Individuals Needed Everywhere Serving OooooRah!
Roger D. Stewart
Diplomacy is the art of saying, “Nice Doggy”, until your sniper gets the range.
As we all know so well. Each of the services has it’s own acronym… Funny thing is no body knew of one for the Air Force…. until now… A(ny) I(diot) R(eenlisting) For C(ivilian) E(mployment)
When I joined the A.F., I was so gun ho, I wanted to apply for an “In-flight Missile Mechanic”
Jose Hernandez, Jr.
The reason the Air Force, Army, Navy and Marines bicker amongst themselves is that they don’t speak the same language.
For instance, Take the simple phrase “secure the building”.
The Army will post guards around the place.
The Navy will turn out the lights and lock the doors.
The Marines will kill everybody inside and set up a headquarters.
The Air Force will take out a 5 year lease with an option to buy.
Q: What’s the difference between mechanical engineers and civil engineers?
A: Mechanical engineers build weapons; civil engineers build targets.
A trio of old veterans were bragging and jokes about the heroic exploits of their ancestors one afternoon down at the VFW hall.
“My great grandfather, at age 13,” one declared proudly, “was a drummer boy at Shiloh.”
“Mine,” boasts another, “went down with Custer at the Battle of Little Big Horn.”
“I’m the only soldier in my family,” confessed vet number three, “but if my great grandfather was living today he’d be the most famous man in the world.” “Really?
What’d he do?” his friends wanted to know.
But he would be 165 years old.”
We could never learn to be brave & patient, if there were only joys in the world.
The way we choose to see the world creates the world we see.
Barry Neil Kaufman
I began learning long ago that those who are happiest are those who do the most for others.
Booker T. Washington
Everyone seems to have a clear idea of how other people should lead their lives, but none about his or her own.
Respect yourself enough to walk away from anything that no longer serves you, grows you, or makes you happy.
Being rejected from something good just means you were being pointed towards something better.
If you don’t step forward you will always remain in the same place.
The strongest people are not those who show strength in front of us, but those who win battles we know nothing about.
Look for something positive in each day, even if some days you have to look a little harder.
A secret to happiness is letting every situation be what it is instead of what you think it should be, and then making the best of it.
Instead of complaining about your circumstances, get busy and create some new ones.
God doesn’t give you the people you want, he gives you the people you need.
Deal with your problems before they deal with your happiness.
Life is full of losses and disappointments, and the art of living is to make of them something that can nourish others.
Deep inside, our integrity sings to us whether we are listening or not. It is a note that only we can hear.
Rachel Naomi Remen
Seek out a tree and let it teach you stillness.
When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe.
Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.
Owning our story and loving ourselves through that process is the bravest thing we’ll ever do.
First we build the tools, then they build us.
This is part of being human, this knowing that we are all part of one another, inextricably involved; and at the same time alone, irrevocably alone.
We have more possibilities available in each moment than we realize.
In the Light of interbeing, peace and happiness in your daily life means peace and happiness in the world.
Thich Nhat Hanh
If sequestered pain made a sound, the atmosphere would be humming all the time.
Let me fall if I must. The one I will become will catch me.
Baal Shem Tov
Money and success don’t change people; they merely amplify what is already there.
Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
It is our failure to become of our perceived ideal that ultimately defines us and makes us unique. It’s not easy, but if you accept your misfortune and handle it right, your perceived failure can become a catalyst for profound reinvention.
Life is short. There is no time to leave important words unsaid.
Saying it again for emphasis:
Must never be operated for profit:
Those correspond exactly with:
3) The Pursuit of Happiness
Never apologize for having high standards. People who really want to be in your life will rise up to meet them.
Ziad K. Abdelnour,
Economic Warfare: Secrets of Wealth Creation in the Age of Welfare Politics
Never ruin an apology with an excuse.
What did father use to say? Everything before the word “but” is horse shit.
“Someday, everything will make perfect sense. So for now, laugh at the confusion, smile through the tears, be strong and keep reminding your self that everything happens for a reason.”
Anything that is “wrong” with you began as a survival mechanism in childhood.
Dr. Gabor Maté
Discipline is doing what needs to be done even though you don’t want to.
You can’t force a person to show you respect, but you can refuse to be disrespected.
If today was perfect there would be no need for tomorrow.
If you’re willing to fail interestingly, you tend to succeed interestingly.
Shoulda, coulda, woulda. It’s so easy in the past tense.
One sometimes finds what one is not looking for.
Sir Alexander Fleming,
physician, scientist who discovered penicillin
When everything is connected to everything else, for better or for worse, everything matters.
Ideas are like fish. If you want to catch little fish, you can stay in the shallow water. But if you want to catch the big fish, you’ve got to go deeper.
Research is a matter of overcoming obstacles.
physicist, known as the father of molecular astrophysics
This grand show is eternal. It is always sunrise somewhere; the dew is never all dried at once; a shower is forever falling; vapor ever rising.
naturalist, writer, conservationist
Next to trying and winning, the best thing is trying and failing.
Lucy Maud Montgomery,
The wise man doesn’t give the right answers, he poses the right questions.
A book read by a thousand different people is a thousand different books.
If you want to be happy, set a goal that commands your thoughts, liberates your energy, and inspires your hopes.
industrialist, business magnate, philanthropist
You can’t sit around and wait for somebody to say who you are. You need to write it and paint it and do it.
Generosity is the best investment.
Diane von Furstenberg,