“We are all born for love. It is the principle of existence, and its only end.”
“Talent is insignificant. I know a lot of talented ruins. Beyond talent lie all the usual words: discipline, love, luck, but, most of all, endurance.”
James Baldwin, Paris Review Interviews, II
“Be patient and tough; one day this pain will be useful to you.”
“Habit makes all things bearable.”
“All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make, the better.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson, Journals
“How often things occur by mere chance which we dared not even hope for.”
“To be mature you have to realize what you value most. It is extraordinary to discover that comparatively few people reach this level of maturity. They seem never to have paused to consider what has value for them. They spend great effort and sometimes make great sacrifices for values that, fundamentally, meet no real needs of their own. Perhaps they have imbibed the values of their particular profession or job, of their community or their neighbors, of their parents or family. Not to arrive at a clear understanding of one’s own values is a tragic waste. You have missed the whole point of what life is for.”
Eleanor Roosevelt, You Learn by Living
“How few there are who have courage enough to own their faults, or resolution enough to mend them!”
Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard’s Almanac
“The pleasure of the table belongs to all ages, to all conditions, to all countries, and to all areas; it mingles with all other pleasures, and remains at last to console us for their departure.”
Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin
“And did you get what
you wanted from this life, even so?
And what did you want?
To call myself beloved, to feel myself
beloved on the earth.”
Raymond Carver, “Late Fragment”
“We are all born for love. It is the principle of existence, and its only end.”
Courtesy of Military Humor
Very interesting article!
James Risner – Pushing the limits!
James Robinson “Robbie” Risner (January 16, 1925 – October 22, 2013) was a general and a fighter pilot in the United States Air Force.
During the Vietnam War, Risner was a double recipient of the Air Force Cross, the second highest military decoration for valor that can be awarded to a member of the United States Air Force, awarded the first for valor in aerial combat and the second for gallantry as a prisoner of war of the North Vietnamese for more than seven years. He was the first living recipient of the medal.
“Books were my pass to personal freedom. I learned to read at age three and soon discovered that there was a whole world to be conquered that went beyond our farm in Mississippi.”
“What material success does is provide you with the ability to concentrate on other things that really matter. And that is being able to make a difference not only in your own life but in other people’s lives.”
“I never took a business course. I run this company based on instinct.”
“You have to know the business, but you also have to know what’s at the heart of the business, and that’s the people.”
“Your job is not always going to fulfill you. There will be some days that you just might be bored, other days you might not feel like going to work at all — go anyway.” “Your job is not who you are, it’s just what you’re doing on the way to who you will become.”
“Every remedial chore, every boss who takes credit for your ideas — that is going to happen — look for the lessons because the lessons are always there. And the number one lesson I can offer you where your work is concerned is this: Become so skilled, so vigilant, so flat-out fantastic at what you do that your talent cannot be dismissed.”
“Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down.”
“Real integrity is doing the right thing, knowing that nobody’s going to know if you did it or not.”
“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.””I still have my feet on the ground, I just wear better shoes.”
“The reason I’ve been able to be so financially successful is my focus has never, ever for one minute been money.” “What I know is, is that if you do work that you love, and the work fulfills you, the rest will come.” “I had no idea that being your authentic self could make me as rich as I’ve become. If I had, I’d have done it a lot earlier.” “You know you are on the road to success if you would do your job and not get paid for it.”
“The big secret in life is that there is no big secret. Whatever your goal, you can get there if you’re willing to work.”
“Life is never dull.” “I don’t believe in failure. It’s not failure if you enjoyed the process.”
Curiosity will conquer fear even more than bravery will.
It has been my personal experience that the true flavor, the real fun, the continuous excitement of work lie in the process of doing it rather than in having it over and done with.
A.P.J. Abdul Kalam,
statesman, scientist and engineer
Our virtues and our failings are inseparable, like force and matter. When they separate, man is no more.
inventor, engineer and physicist
Treat your inferiors as you would be treated by your betters.
You must learn to be still in the midst of activity and to be vibrantly alive in repose.
You know you had a good break from work when you come back and can’t remember any passwords.
Waking up in the middle of the night and realizing you aren’t alone is either the best or the worst feeling.
Smelling is just breathing normally and thinking about it more.
They should make a Florida Man video game. Think GTA but your tasks and weapons are based on real headlines.
January 1st 2000 is now the fake DOB used to get past age verification sites.
When people are annoyed that a business is closed on a holiday, they are basically annoyed that someone is treating their employees well.
“One of the servers just died.” In IT, that’s pretty bad. In a restaurant, that’s REALLY bad.
If someone guessed the year the world would end correctly they wouldn’t get the credit they deserved.
Goths must be so annoyed that it’s now mainstream to hate life and other people.
Buying an ipad to replace a laptop is trading port ability for portability.
We’ll really know inflation when we need to pay more than 99 cents for an Arizona Tea.
Why is “Sean” pronounced as “Shawn” instead of “Seen” but “Dean” is pronounced “Deen” instead of “Dawn”?
If you place a humidifier and a dehumidifier in the same room you can wirelessly transmit water.
“People living deeply have no fear of death.”
“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.”
“When a resolute young fellow steps up to the great bully, the world, and takes him boldly by the beard, he is often surprised to find it comes off in his hand, and that it was only tied on to scare away the timid adventurers.”
“Do the thing you fear and the death of fear is certain.”
“Fear defeats more people than any other one thing in the world.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Fear is the main source of superstition, and one of the main sources of cruelty. To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom.”
“Fears are educated into us, and can, if we wish, be educated out.”
Karl Augustus Menninger
“Too many people are thinking of security instead of opportunity. They seem to be more afraid of life than death.”
James F. Byrnes
“Of all the liars in the world, sometimes the worst are our own fears.”
“Curiosity will conquer fear even more than bravery will.”
“Ignorance is the parent of fear.”
“I am not afraid of tomorrow, for I have seen yesterday and I love today.”
William Allen White
“Who sees all beings in his own self, and his own self in all beings, loses all fear.”
Isa Upanishad, Hindu Scripture
“We are more often frightened than hurt; and we suffer more from imagination than from reality.”
“Where no hope is left, is left no fear.”
“Laughter is poison to fear.”
George R.R. Martin
“Fear is only as deep as the mind allows.”
“Instead of worrying about what people say of you, why not spend time trying to accomplish something they will admire.”
“Do the thing you fear to do and keep on doing it… that is the quickest and surest way ever yet discovered to conquer fear.”
“One of the greatest discoveries a man makes, one of his great surprises, is to find he can do what he was afraid he couldn’t do.”
“The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”
Franklin D. Roosevelt
“Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. The fearful are caught as often as the bold.”
“You can discover what your enemy fears most by observing the means he uses to frighten you.”
“Fear makes us feel our humanity.”
“To overcome fear, here’s all you have to do: realize the fear is there, and do the action you fear anyway.”
“If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself, but to your estimate of it; and this you have the power to revoke at any moment.”
“Fear is the lengthened shadow of ignorance.”
“Fear is pain arising from the anticipation of evil.”
“Keep your fears to yourself but share your courage with others.”
Robert Louis Stevenson
“The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.”
“In time we hate that which we often fear.”
“Fear is the needle that pierces us that it may carry a thread to bind us to heaven.”
“When I hear music, I fear no danger. I am invulnerable. I see no foe. I am related to the earliest times, and to the latest.”
Henry David Thoreau
“Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything – all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important.”
“Of all forms of caution, caution in love is perhaps the most fatal to true happiness.”
“Everything you want is on the other side of fear.”
“Fears are stories we tell ourselves.”
“Never be afraid to try something new. Remember, amateurs built the ark, professionals built the Titanic.”
“Fear: False Evidence Appearing Real.”
“The great acts of love are done by those who are habitually performing small acts of kindness.”
“Wholeness is not achieved by cutting off a portion of one’s being, but by integration of the contraries.”
“Being a mother is an attitude, not a biological relation.”
Robert A. Heinlein
Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth.
John F. Kennedy
To be good and lead a good life means to give to others more than one takes from them.
“Anything I’ve ever done that ultimately was worthwhile… initially scared me to death.”
“Living with fear stops us taking risks, and if you don’t go out on the branch, you’re never going to get the best fruit.”
“There are times when fear is good. It must keep its watchful place at the heart’s controls.”
“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.”
“There are very few monsters who warrant the fear we have of them.”
“The way you overcome shyness is to become so wrapped up in something that you forget to be afraid.”
Lady Bird Johnson
“Don’t fear failure so much that you refuse to try new things. The saddest summary of a life contains three descriptions: could have, might have, and should have.”
Louis E. Boone
“You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you think you cannot do.”
“We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.”
“Fear makes strangers of people who would be friends.”
“In skating over thin ice our safety is in our speed.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
“If you’re not willing to risk, you cannot grow. If you cannot grow, you cannot be your best. If you cannot be your best, you cannot be happy. If you cannot be happy, what else is there?”
“The best way out is always through.”
“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.”
Orison Swett Marden
“It is not death that a man should fear, but he should fear never beginning to live.”
“Fear of self is the greatest of all terrors, the deepest of all dread, the commonest of all mistakes. From it grows failure. Because of it, life is a mockery. Out of it comes despair.”
“Fear is a darkroom where negatives develop.”
Usman B. Asif
“If you look into your own heart, and you find nothing wrong there, what is there to worry about? What is there to fear?”
“The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown.”
H. P. Lovecraft
“To dare is to lose one’s footing momentarily. To not dare is to lose oneself.”
“Find out what you’re afraid of and go live there.”
“No power so effectually robs the mind of all its powers of acting and reasoning as fear.”
“Fear has a large shadow, but he himself is small.”
“Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.”
“There are several good protections against temptation, but the surest is cowardice.”
“Try a thing you haven’t done three times. Once, to get over the fear of doing it. Twice, to learn how to do it. And a third time to figure out whether you like it or not.”
“Fear has two meanings: ‘Forget Everything And Run’ or ‘Face Everything And Rise.’ The choice is yours.”
“Don’t fear, just live right.”
Neal A. Maxwell
“Feed your faith and your fears will starve to death.”
I grew up in a time when people believed in duty, honor and country. My grandfathers were both officers. My father was a General in the Air Force. My brother and I were both in the Army. I’ve always felt a kinship with soldiers; I think it’s possible to support the warrior and be against the war.
There are few men more superstitious than soldiers. They are, after all, the men who live closest to death.
The only thing that makes battle psychologically tolerable is the brotherhood among soldiers. You need each other to get by.
I may be compelled to face danger, but never fear it, and while our soldiers can stand and fight, I can stand and feed and nurse them.
The soldiers that didn’t come back were the heroes. It’s a roll of the dice. If a bullet has your name on it, you’re a hero. If you hear a bullet go by, you’re a survivor.
Never let a man imagine that he can pursue a good end by evil means, without sinning against his own soul. The evil effect on himself is certain.
“Embrace the energy of ease.”
“When I am afraid to speak is when I speak.
That is when it is most important.”
If I had my life to live over again, I would ask that not a thing be changed,
but that my eyes be opened wider.
You are the sky. Everything else – it’s just the weather.
Avoid drama. Walk away in silence from anything that doesn’t improve your life. Calmness amongst chaos is a sign of emotional maturity.”
“Communities are not built of friends, or of groups with similar styles and tastes, or even of people who like and understand each other. They are built of people who feel they are part of something that is bigger than themselves: a shared goal or enterprise, like righting a wrong, or building a road, or raising children, or living honorably, or worshipping a god. To build community requires only the ability to see value in others, to look at them and see a potential partner in one’s enterprise.”
“It is not lies or a lack of loyalty that ends a relationship. It is the agonizing truth that one person feels in their heart on a daily basis. It is realizing that you are coping and not living. It is the false belief that there is a verse, quote, phrase or talk that will magically make you feel content, complete or not care. However, it doesn’t last longer than a few days, before your mind and heart goes back to what it wants. It is the moment you realize that you left without ever leaving. It is the moment you realize that fear, shame or guilt is the only thing standing in the way of the life God meant for you to live.”
Shannon L. Alder
“Whenever the world throws rose petals at you, which thrill and seduce the ego, beware. The cosmic banana peel is suddenly going to appear underfoot to make sure you don’t take it all too seriously, that you don’t fill up on junk food.”
“In a long distance race, everyone gets tired. The winner is the runner who figures out where to put the tired, figures out how to store it away until after the race is over. Sure, he’s tired. Everyone is. That’s not the point. The point is to run.”
“Life would be tragic if it weren’t funny.”
Everything is bonkers.
“No is a complete sentence.”