I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past.
The end of wisdom is to dream high enough not to lose the dream in the seeking of it.
“Love is patient, love is kind, it does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.”
1 Corinthians 13:4-5
“They always say that times changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.”
Andy Warhol, in Warhol: The Biography by Victor Bockris
In the dark times Will there also be singing? Yes, there will also be singing. About the dark times.
“What if we chose to illuminate the things that unite us as human beings, rather than just the things that divide us?”
It’s a delusion to think that, if you’re an entrepreneur and you want to dedicate everything to your startup, you need to be always on.
Cofounder of The Huffington Post
Because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.
Edward Everett Hale,
writer and clergyman
The worth of a book is to be measured by what you can carry away from it.
“All the goodness and the heroisms will rise up again, then be cut down again and rise up,” John Steinbeck wrote to his best friend at the peak of WWII. “It isn’t that the evil thing wins — it never will — but that it doesn’t die.”
While technology is important, it’s what we do with it that truly matters.
The moment is not properly an atom of time but an atom of eternity.
The things you do for yourself are gone when you are gone, but the things you do for others remain as your legacy.
Kalu Ndukwe Kalu
Let the beauty of what you love be what you do.
Reach high, for stars lie hidden in your soul. Dream deep, for every dream precedes the goal.
Pamela Vaull Starr
When the Marines were cut off behind enemy lines and the Army had written the 1st Marine Division off as being lost because they were surrounded by 22 enemy divisions. The Marines made it out inflicting the highest casualty ratio on an enemy in history and destroying 7 entire enemy divisions in the process. An enemy division is 16500+ men while a Marine division is 12500 men.
(All I can say, is I’m Glad to be an American.)
Attributed to Ronald Reagan
Onward we stagger, and if the tanks come, may God help the tanks.
Col. William O. Darby, U.S. Rangers
We are going to find a solution to the Middle East conflict as soon as the Arabs agrees with us.
Moshe Dayan, Israeli Minister of Defense during the Six day War (1967)
Men are basically smart or dumb and lazy or ambitious. The dumb and ambitious ones are dangerous and I get rid of them. The dumb and lazy ones I give mundane duties. The smart ambitious ones I put on my staff. The smart and lazy ones I make my commanders.
Attributed to Field Marshal Erwin Rommel,
on how he selects officers for staff and command.
The Pope! how many divisions has he got?
In 1935, a French visitor asked Soviet leader Josef Stalin if he thought Pope Pius XI might prove to be an ally.
We have gained a valuable insight into the Russian soul.
It will be most educational – if we don’t die of it.
King Charles of Sweden regarding the Great Northern War, in which Peter the Great perfected the Art of “Scorched Earth.”
I’d rather have a German Division in front of me than a French one behind.
General George S. Patton
I do not like this word “bomb.” It is not a bomb. It is a device that is exploding.
French ambassador to New Zealand Jacques le Blanc, regarding press coverage of France’s nuclear weapons tests in the Pacific
“Self-acceptance is my refusal to be in an adversarial relationship with myself.”
“Regret can be your worst enemy or your best friend. You get to decide which.”
We need in every bay and community a group of angelic troublemakers.
Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly.
No one has ever achieved anything from the smallest to the greatest unless the dream was dreamed first.
Laura Ingalls Wilder
We are all failures, at least all the best of us.
James Matthew Barrie,
We’re slow to believe what it hurts us to believe.
Kindness lights up a sharp world.
Claudia Hall Christian
“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.”
Lao Tzu, Philosopher
“You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.”
To love another person is to see the face of God.
You don’t marry someone you can live with – you marry the person who you cannot live without.
If I could reach up and hold a star for every time you’ve made me smile, the entire evening sky would be in the palm of my hand.
Nobody is superior, nobody is inferior, but nobody is equal either. People are simply unique, incomparable. You are you, I am I.”
“Raise your words, not your voice. It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder.”
“The spiritual path is simply the journey of living our lives. Everyone is on a spiritual path; most people just don’t know it.”
“I now see how owning our story and loving ourselves through that process is the bravest thing that we will ever do. “
“Empathy is seeing with the eyes of another, listening with the ears of another and feeling with the heart of another.”
For the faithful, the patient, the hermetically pure, all the important things in this world — not life and death, perhaps, which are merely words, but the important things — work out rather beautifully.
The soul that is within me no man can degrade.
It isn’t where you came from, its where you’re going that counts.
Growing old is no more than a bad habit which a busy person has no time to form.
I am happy because I am grateful. I choose to be grateful. That gratitude allows me to be happy.
Who dares to teach must never cease to learn.
John Cotton Dana,
Everybody wants to be a diamond, but very few are willing to get cut.
Grief is like the ocean; it comes on waves ebbing and flowing. Sometimes the water is calm, and sometimes it is overwhelming. All we can do is learn to swim.
Life is not all about getting and having; sometimes its about giving and just being.
Joan Halifax: Buoyancy Rather than Burnout
We’re in an era of great breakdown, environmentally and socially and psychologically, and when systems break down, the ones who have the resilience to actually repair themselves, they move to a higher order of organization.
We don’t struggle with creativity, we struggle with originality.
If there is something you care about, make a commitment to do something now- starting with today. And choose to live a meaningful and purpose-driven life where you care about people and issues that are much greater than yourself.
Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world.
Good people are like candles: they burn themselves up to give others light.
All quotes courtesy of Victoria Erickson
“Highly sensitive beings suffer more but they also love harder, dream wider and experience deeper horizons and bliss. When you’re sensitive, you’re alive in every sense of this word in this wildly beautiful world. Sensitivity is your strength. Keep soaking in the light and spreading it to others.’
When connections are real they simply never die. Real connections live on forever.
What if I told you that if you simply mix starlight, solitude, silence and softness, you may just learn everything you’ve ever needed to know about everything you hadn’t known?
Just because you are soft doesn’t mean you are not a force. Honey and wildfire are both the color gold.
1- Stop letting pride win. Don’t let it destroy and unravel friendships and loves. We blinked, and it’s the holidays again. How many more laps around the sun are left? Life is slippery and fleeting, and distance so cold. Stay humble and warm. Remember what counts.
2- Be unapologetically in love with everything. People and the cosmos. Poetry and oceans. The growth everywhere from roses to your heart to the messes that brought you to this level. The ground beneath you. The feeling. Any feeling. The fact that you can feel at all- forever a privilege.
3- Stay tender. Always tender.
Here’s a list of things to remember: Time heals. Mountain winds sound exactly like ocean waves. You are worth everything now. Walls can be destroyed. The sun always rises (and is always beautiful). Children know the answers. Trees can grow through rock. There is music in everything – like rain on city streets or a lover’s heartbeat. Logic doesn’t produce magic. Your heart expands when it’s broken. You don’t need to choose mediocrity when fire exists. The strength lies in the exhale. Love is essentially a seed – it begins as delicate and vulnerable, and requires daily nourishment to build strength. You should do it now. (Really, you should do it now.)
Trust is like an eraser, it gets smaller and smaller after every mistake.
Leadership’s not a title. It’s a behavior. Live it.
Life is about making an impact, not an income.
Actions prove who someone is, words just prove who they want to be.
Remember that your greatest talent is so much more powerful than your biggest fear.
Music doesn’t lie. If there is something to be changed in this world, then it can only happen through music.
You fix it by being kind to every being you meet.
Claudia Hall Christian
Dear haters, I couldn’t help but notice that ‘Awesome’ ends with ‘Me” and ‘Ugly” starts with ‘U’