“To know what you prefer, instead of humbly saying Amen to what the world tells you you ought to prefer, is to have kept your soul alive.”
Robert Louis Stevenson, An Inland Voyage
“The leading rule for the lawyer, as for the man of every other calling, is diligence. Leave nothing for tomorrow which can be done today.”
“Maybe the reason my memory is so bad is that I always do at least two things at once. It’s easier to forget something you only half-did or quarter did.”
Andy Warhol, The Philosophy of Andy Warhol: From A to B and Back Again
“You do not need to leave your room. Remain sitting at your table and listen. Do not even listen, simply wait. The world will freely offer itself to you to be unmasked, it has no choice, it will roll in ecstasy at your feet.”
“I should say that happiness is being where one is and not wanting to be anywhere else.”
Michael Frayn, A Landing on the Sun
“Repose is a good thing, but boredom is its brother.”
“I love such mirth as does not make friends ashamed to look upon one another next morning.”
Izaak Walton, The Compleat Angler
“Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.”
“Everyone is dragged on by their favorite pleasure.”
“Our bodies are our gardens, to which our wills are gardeners.”
William Shakespeare, Othello
“One half of the world cannot understand the pleasures of the other.”
Jane Austen, Emma
“Men more frequently require to be reminded than informed.”
Samuel Johnson, Selected Writings
I hope I shall always possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain what I consider the most enviable of all titles, the character of an honest man.
First US president
“Public opinion is always more tyrannical towards those who obviously fear it than towards those who feel indifferent to it.”
Conquest of Happiness
“In Zen they say: If something is boring after two minutes, try it for four. If still boring, try it for eight, sixteen, thirty-two, and so on. Eventually one discovers that it’s not boring at all but very interesting.”
John Cage, Silence:
Lectures and Writings, by John Cage
“A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.”
“The autumn moon is incomparably beautiful. Any man who supposes the moon is always the same, regardless of the season, and is therefore unable to detect the difference in autumn, must be exceedingly insensitive.”
Essays in Idleness,
The Tsurezuregusa of Kenko
I think education is power. I think that being able to communicate with people is power. One of my main goals on the planet is to encourage people to empower themselves.
I have come to believe over and over again that what is most important to me must be spoken, made verbal and shared, even at the risk of having it bruised or misunderstood.
The sea does not reward those who are too anxious, too greedy or too impatient. … One should lie empty, open, choiceless as a beach — waiting for a gift from the sea.
Anne Morrow Lindbergh,
author and aviator
If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay home.
James A. Michener,
Solidarity among men has one of its strongest foundations in the experience of sharing one’s own suffering with the suffering of all.
“It doesn’t take a hero to order men into battle. It takes a hero to be one of those men who goes into battle.”
General H. Norman Schwarzkopf
“The good company has no place for the officer who would rather be right than be loved, for the time will quickly come when he walks alone, and in battle no man may succeed in solitude.”
Brigadier General S.L.A. Marshall, 1964
“Because I am hard, you will not like me. But the more you hate me, the more you will learn. I am hard, but I am fair! There is no racial bigotry here! … Here you are all equally worthless! And my orders are to weed out all non-hackers who do not pack the gear to serve in my beloved Corps! Do you maggots understand that?”
R. Lee Ermey, as Gunnery Sergeant Harman in Full Metal Jacket
“All the wrong people remember Vietnam. I think all the people who remember it should forget it, and all the people who forgot it should remember it.”
Michael Herr, The London Observer, 1989
“I am the Infantry—Queen of Battle! For two centuries I have kept our Nation safe, purchasing freedom with my blood. To tyrants, I am the day of reckoning, to the suppressed, the hope for the future. Where the fighting is thick, there am I. I am the Infantry! Follow me!
Creed of the U.S. Army Infantry Center, Fort Benning, Georgia
Bin Laden knew we were coming when he heard the helicopter. I had more respect for Ahmed al-Kuwaiti in the guesthouse because at least he tried to defend himself and his family. Bin Laden had more time to prepare than the others, and yet he still didn’t do anything. Did he believe his own message? Was he willing to fight the war he asked for? I don’t think so.”
Navy SEAL Mark Owen, No Easy Day
“People tell me I saved hundreds and hundreds of people. But I have to tell you: It’s not the people you saved that you remember. It’s the ones you couldn’t save.”
Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, American Sniper
The best use of imagination is creativity.
The worst use of imagination is anxiety.
Don’t believe every worried thought you have. Worried thoughts are notoriously inaccurate.
See rejection as a redirection.
People start to heal the moment they feel heard.
There’s a certain magic in beginnings.
But if you want the magic, you have to take the fear and doubt that comes with it.
Sam Brown @smart twenties
Go for someone who is not only proud to have you, but will also take every risk just to be with you.
Detox your mind, body & contact list.
They all need it.
One of the most sincere forms of respect is actually listening to what another has to say.
Like a lotus flower we too have the ability to rise from the mud,
bloom out of the darkness and radiate into the world.
The groundwork for all happiness is good health.”
“A man who can’t bear to share his habits is a man who needs to quit them.”
“When I loved myself enough, I began leaving whatever wasn’t healthy. This meant people, jobs, my own beliefs and habits – anything that kept me small. My judgment called it disloyal. Now I see it as self-loving.”
“A healthy self-love means we have no compulsion to justify to ourselves or others why we take vacations, why we sleep late, why we buy new shoes, why we spoil ourselves from time to time. We feel comfortable doing things which add quality and beauty to life.”
“The giving of love is an education in itself.”
“Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.”
Robert A. Heinlein
“Love never dies a natural death. It dies because we don’t know how to replenish its source. It dies of blindness and errors and betrayals. It dies of illness and wounds; it dies of weariness, of witherings, of tarnishings.”
“Loving people live in a loving world. Hostile people live in a hostile world. Same world.”
“Love is what you’ve been through with somebody.”
“Love is not only something you feel, it is something you do.”
“To love is nothing. To be loved is something. But to love and be loved, that’s everything.”
Roses are red,
Commitment is cool,
Sugar is sweet,
And I love Amazon Prime so just get me that instead of flowers, please
Don’t wine and dine me, just Amazon Prime me.
I’d love to be a Pinterest Mom but it turns out I’m more of an Amazon Prime Mom.
Life is a process of becoming, a combination of states we have to go through. Where people fail is that they wish to elect a state and remain in it. This is a kind of death.
“I found in my research that the biggest reason people aren’t more self-compassionate is that they are afraid they’ll become self-indulgent. They believe self-criticism is what keeps them in line. Most people have gotten it wrong because our culture says being hard on yourself is the way to be.”
Good or great leadership is rooted in a deep sense of personal accountability.
Author and Advisor
It is knowledge that influences and equalizes the social condition of man; that gives to all, however different their political position, passions which are in common, and enjoyments which are universal.
prime minister and novelist
There is nothing stronger than those two: patience and time. They will do it all.
Invention, strictly speaking, is little more than a new combination of those images which have been previously gathered and deposited in the memory; nothing can come of nothing.
Ignoring isn’t the same as ignorance; you have to work at it.
“There is no greater discovery than seeing God as the author of your destiny.”
“Love is a better teacher than duty.”
“One word frees us of all the weight and pain of life: That word is love.”
“When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive – to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.”
“True love comes quietly, without banners or flashing lights. If you hear bells, get your ears checked.”
“If I had a flower for every time I thought of you… I could walk through my garden forever.”
“Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead.”
“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity and an understanding of life that fills them with compassions, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.”
“The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain. Is not the cup that holds your wine the very cup that was burned in the potter’s oven? And is not the lute that soothes your spirit, the very wood that was hollowed with knives? When you are joyous, look deep into your heart and you shall find it is only that which has given you sorrow that is giving you joy. When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see in truth that you are weeping for that which has been your delight.”
“Wrong is wrong, no matter who does it or who says it.”
If you want a love message to be heard, it has got to be sent out. To keep a lamp burning, we have to keep putting oil in it.
A smile is a curve that sets everything straight.
Silver Lining Specialist
“A blazing fire makes flame and brightness out of everything that is thrown into it”
Truth is powerful and it prevails.
Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.
I try to keep my head on straight and take nothing for granted.
The fear of becoming a “has been” keeps some people from becoming anything.
writer and social critic
Character — the willingness to accept responsibility for one’s own life — is the source from which self-respect springs.
Defending the truth is not something one does out of a sense of duty or to allay guilt complexes, but is a reward in itself.
Simone de Beauvoir
Hope is the most exciting thing there is in life.
“I’d rather take lessons from the past than learn lessons the hard way.”
“It’s better to use something like ground sensors now, rather than something happening and wishing we would have employed measures like this beforehand.
Marine Corps Sgt. John Verhage III