The key is to keep company only with people who uplift you, whose presence calls forth your best.
Fail often so you can succeed sooner.
Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will.
Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.
A player who makes a team great is more valuable than a great player.
college basketball coach
I wake expectant, hoping to see a new thing.
The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who have not got it.
George Bernard Shaw
Optimist: Someone who figures that taking a step backward after taking a step forward is not a disaster, it’s more like a cha-cha.
Don’t worry about the world coming to an end today. It’s already tomorrow in Australia.
Life is a shipwreck, but we must not forget to sing in the lifeboats.
Please kindly go away, I’m introverting.
The key is to keep company only with people who uplift you, whose presence calls forth your best.
The educator has the duty of not being neutral.
It is easy to be bleak about the human race, but there are people who have proved to me that we can be better than we are.
The personal life deeply lived always expands into truths beyond itself.
To safeguard democracy the people must have a keen sense of independence, self-respect, and their oneness.
Today we acknowledge the shadows, but we lean into the light.
As citizens, we must prevent wrongdoing because the world in which we all live, wrong-doer, wrong sufferer and spectator, is at stake.
We can return to the Earth that is our only home, consciously choosing sustainable ways of living with the Earth. Choose it or lose it.
Only by listening inwardly in a fresh and open way will you discern at any given time what most serves your healing and freedom.
It is only on the condition of humility and reverence before the world that our species will be able to remain in it.
Beauty is the antidote to grief and despair, and it is the one sure thing I can bring to bear when I confront a place that has fallen on hard times.
“While there’s life, there’s hope.”
I take a deep breath and sidestep my fear and begin speaking from the place where beauty and bravery meet–within the chambers of a quivering heart.
Terry Tempest Williams
As you sit on the hillside, or lie prone under the trees of the forest, or sprawl wet-legged by a mountain stream, the great door, that does not look like a door, opens.
Be brave enough to start a conversation that matters.
Life is too short to waste your time on people who don’t respect, appreciate, and value you.
Roy T. Bennett
Be careful what you say about yourself. You can’t curse yourself and live a blessed life. You can’t put yourself down and rise up to who you were created to be.
If you want to turn your life around, try thankfulness. It will change your life mightily.
Be helpful. When you see a person without a smile, give them one of yours.
Our notions about happiness entrap us. We forget they’re just ideas. Our idea of happiness can prevent us from actually being happy. Thich Nhat Hanh
The truth is that Trout, like Vonnegut and Ray Bradbury and many others, writes parables. These are set in frames which have become called, for no good reason, science fiction. A better generic term would be ‘future fairy tales’. And even this is objectionable, since many science fiction stories take place in the present or the past, far and near.
Philip José Farmer
So, in the interests of survival, they trained themselves to be agreeing machines instead of thinking machines. All their minds had to do was to discover what other people were thinking, and then they thought that, too.
I am firm. I may sometimes appear impatient at nothing at all, and all that; but this everybody who has had a chance to know me well have noticed: things come my way even though they take years; No one sways me, save in little things of the moment; I am not stubborn but I swing to my purpose as steadily as the needle to the pole; delay, evade, oppose, secretly or openly, it’s all immaterial, the thing comes my way.
It is clear I was never the Pretty Girl. I had my two front teeth knocked out when I was 10 and didn’t fix them until I was 19. I have a crooked smile and a nose that looks like it’s been broken 12 times but never has been. My nose was always red, so people called me Rudolph. My whole face is off-center.
There are some who become spies for money, or out of vanity and megalomania, or out of ambition, or out of a desire for thrills. But the malady of our time is of those who become spies out of idealism.
What is hardest to accept about the passage of time is that the people who once mattered the most to us wind up in parentheses.
John Irving, The Cider House Rules
There are two kinds of truth: the truth that lights the way and the truth that warms the heart. The first of these is science, and the second is art. Neither is independent of the other or more important than the other. Without art, science would be as useless as a pair of high forceps in the hands of a plumber. Without science, art would become a crude mess of folklore and emotional quackery. The truth of art keeps science from becoming inhuman, and the truth of science keeps art from becoming ridiculous.
Too many people miss the sunshine of today because they focus on the clouds of yesterday.
When the choice is to be right or to be kind, always make the choice that brings peace.
I live by ‘Go big or go home.’ That’s with everything. It’s like either commit and go for it or don’t do it at all.
The cleverest of all, in my opinion, is the man who calls himself a fool at least once a month.
You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.
My mother always told me I wouldn’t amount to anything because I procrastinate. I said, “just wait.”
Procrastination gives you something to look forward to.
If it weren’t for the last minute, nothing would get done.
Rita Mae Brown
My friends tell me I have an intimacy problem. But they don’t really know me.
In the end there doesn’t have to be anyone who understands you. There just has to be someone who wants to.
I’m not allowed to rome places of such integrities without devotion of parallel defenses.
Danté E. Xéstà
Treasure your relationships, not your possessions.
Anthony J. D’Angelo
Slow down and enjoy life. It’s not only the scenery you miss by going too fast – you also miss the sense of where you are going and why.
Every day brings new choices.
Without darkness, nothing comes to birth, As without light, nothing flowers.
In some mysterious way woods have never seemed to me to be static things. In physical terms, I move through them; yet in metaphysical ones, they seem to move through me.
You enter the forest at the darkest point,where there is no path. Where there is a way or path, it is someone else’s path.
When one is still and listens, one begins to be in touch with a mysterious element that is within each of us, which can transform and shape us and can help to transform the world.
The world changes according to the way people see it, and if you can alter, even by a millimeter, the way people look at reality, then you can change the world
Words create worlds.
Pierre du Plessis
Study the assumptions behind your actions. Then study the assumptions behind your assumptions.
To have another language is to possess a second soul
If you look deeply into the palm of your hand, you will see your parents and all generations of your ancestors. All of them are alive in this moment. Each is present in your body. You are the continuation of each of these people.
Thich Naht Hanh
You do not need to know precisely what is happening, or exactly where it is all going. What you need is to recognize the possibilities and challenges offered by the present moment, and to embrace them with courage, faith and hope.
In the very deep darkness of this world, little pinpoints of light show up very brightly and can shine a long way.
This is not a time of mere change. This is a time of transformation, and transformation comes not out of scarcity but out of the context of possibility, responsibility, and sufficiency.
You are the sky. The clouds are what happens, what comes and goes.
“There is a time in our lives, usually in mid-life, when a woman has to make a decision – possibly the most important psychic decision of her future life – and that is, whether to be bitter or not. Women often come to this in their late thirties or early forties.”
Clarissa Pinkola Estés, Women Who Run With the Wolves
“There are no bargains at the counter of success. You must pay full price.”
Nothing is as easy to make as a promise this winter to do something next summer; this is how commencement speakers are caught.
Sydney J. Harris
Translation is a disturbing craft because there is precious little certainty about what we are doing, which makes it so difficult in this age of fervent belief and ideology, this age of greed and screed.
The greatest threat to freedom is the absence of criticism.
Wole Soyinka (the first African writer to win the Nobel Prize in Literature)
Do not expect more from the truth than it actually contains.
When a voice actor shifts their focus on to the listener and off of themselves, their instrument (voice and body) has freedom from their mind to fully express itself.
Before you voice a piece, ask yourself, “What do I bring to this that nobody else does?”
There aren’t nearly enough crutches in the world for all the lame excuses.
Although we are in different boats you in your boat and we in our canoe we share the same river of life.
Chief Oren Lyons
If you dedicate yourself to helping others, you’ll be happier.
Do you have the patience to wait until your mud settles and the water is clear?
For grief is crowned with consolation.
Only from the heart can you touch the sky.
Love is its own rescue; for we, at our supremest, are but its trembling emblems.
Love is our true destiny. We do not find the meaning of life by ourselves alone — we find it with another.
There will be time enough for running. For rushing. For worrying. For pushing. For now, stay. Wait. Something is on the horizon.
Wait without thought, for you are not ready for thought: So the darkness shall be the light, and the stillness the dancing.
Dwell on the beauty of life. Watch the stars, and see yourself running with them.
There are simply no answers to some of the great pressing questions. You continue to live them out, making your life a worthy expression of leaning into the light.
A real friend is someone who sees the pain in your eyes while everyone else still believes the smile on your face.
If you chase two rabbits, you will not catch either one.
“I know what I want, I have a goal, an opinion, I have a religion and love. Let me be myself and then I am satisfied. I know that I’m a woman, a woman with inward strength and plenty of courage.”
“We need a backbone, not a wishbone.”
“Courage is more exhilarating than fear and in the long run it is easier. We do not have to become heroes overnight. Just a step at a time, meeting each thing that comes up, seeing it is not as dreadful as it appeared, discovering we have the strength to stare it down.”
Eleanor Roosevelt, You Learn By Living (1960)
“Of all forms of caution, caution in love is perhaps the most fatal to true happiness.”
“Find the right partner when you can. Life is often unforgiving, having someone you love to share it with is invaluable.”
“Bravery is a complicated thing to describe. You can’t say it’s three feet long and two feet wide and that it weighs four hundred pounds or that it’s colored bright blue or that it sounds like a piano or that it smells like roses. It’s a quality, not a thing.”
Mickey Mantle, The Quality of Courage
“I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflections.”
“There is nothing in the world so much admired as a man who knows how to bear unhappiness with courage.”
Nothing teaches us better than our own experiences.
“Life is very interesting. In the end, some of your greatest pains become your greatest strengths.”
“Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed of a greater or equal benefit.”
“I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship.”
Louisa May Alcott
“When written in Chinese the word “crisis” is composed of two characters – one represents danger and the other represents opportunity.”
John F. Kennedy
“Fall seven times, stand up eight.”
“An inventor fails 999 times, and if he succeeds once, he’s in. He treats his failures simply as practice shots.”
Charles F. Kettering
“Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.”
“If one dream should fall and break into a thousand pieces, never be afraid to pick one of those pieces up and begin again.”
“Never say never, because limits, like fears, are often just an illusion.”
“If you are not willing to risk the usual, you will have to settle for the ordinary.”
“Problems are not stop signs, they are guidelines.”
“A problem is a chance for you to do your best.”
“The only thing that will stop you from fulfilling your dreams is you.”
“Don’t wait. The time will never be just right.”
“If you always put limit on everything you do, physical or anything else. It will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.”
“So many of our dreams at first seem impossible, then they seem improbable, and then, when we summon the will, they soon become inevitable.”
In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.
Martin Luther King Jr.
We would do ourselves tremendous favour by letting go of the people who poison our spirit.
Failure is success in progress.
Love is cure. Love is power. Love is the magic of changes. Love is the mirror of divine beauty.
Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.
Forgiveness is the most powerful thing you can do for yourself on the spiritual path.
Failures are infinitely more instructive than successes.
actor, director, producer, screenwriter
What do we live for, if it is not to make life less difficult to each other?
The degree of one’s emotions varies inversely with one’s knowledge of the facts – the less you know the hotter you get.
When you finally let go of the past, something better comes along.