“Brains have been washed, wheels have been greased, fear has been mongered.”
from the movie “Isle of Dogs”
Detachment doesn’t mean not caring. It’s taking care of yourself first and letting others take responsibility for their actions without trying to save or punish them.
Her tragedy was that she never fitted into the real world as well as she fitted into the world on screen
Graham Daseler on the life and death of Marilyn Monroe
“Light thinks it travels faster than anything but it is wrong. No matter how fast light travels, it finds the darkness has always got there first and is waiting for it.”
These mountains that you are carrying, you were only supposed to climb.
Normality is a paved road: it’s comfortable to walk, but no flowers grow.
Vincent van Gogh
You are my blue crayon, the one I never have enough of, the one I use to color my sky.
If you are more fortunate than others, it’s better to build a longer table than a taller fence.
The best apology is changed behavior.
When the devil keeps on asking you to look at your past, there must be something good in the future he doesn’t want you to see.
“Brains have been washed, wheels have been greased, fear has been mongered.”
It is the ability to take a joke, not make one, that proves you have a sense of humor.
writer, poet and political activist
I am different, not less.
professor of animal science, author and advocate for those with autism
One need not hope in order to undertake, nor succeed in order to persevere.
William the Silent,
Stop holding your truth; speak your truth. Be yourself. It’s the healthiest way to be.
comedian and actress
To consider oneself different from ordinary men is wrong, but it is right to hope that one will not remain like ordinary men.
You never learn it all. … I don’t care if you’re the greatest, there’s always something to learn.
There is no better than adversity. Every defeat, every heartbreak, every loss, contains its own seed, its own lesson on how to improve your performance next time.
minister and human rights activist
To achieve great things, two things are needed: a plan and not quite enough time.
Finding inner peace is vital. If you don’t have inner peace, you are not living.
Kristoff St. John,
If you’ve never experienced the joy of accomplishing more than you can imagine, plant a garden.
Sometimes you think of things to say and you don’t say them and you think, “What a good decision!”
lawyer, author and political analyst
Ideas are like pizza dough, made to be tossed around.
Don’t let yesterday use up too much of today.
Some days it just flows and I feel like I’m born to do this, other days it feels like I’m trudging through hell. Everyday I make the choice to show up and see what I’ve got, and to try and be better.
My advice? Keep showing up.
In a culture that seeks instant results, we must learn the beauty of effort, patience and perseverance. Be strong, present and steadfast.
You can have results or excuses. Not both.
You need to ignore what everyone else is doing and achieving. Your life is about breaking your own limits and outgrowing yourself to live your best life. You are not in competition with anyone else. Plan to outdo your past, not other people.
Train your mind to see the good in every situation.
Success in 9 words:
Do all the crap you don’t feel like doing.
My strength did not come from lifting weights. My strength came from lifting myself up every time I was knocked down.
Devote yourself to an idea. Go make it happen. Struggle on it. Overcome your fears. Smile. Don’t you forget: this is your dream.
Let’s not blame others for our choices.
In this life, people will love you and people will hate you and none of that will have anything to do with you.
You build on failure. You use it as a stepping stone. Close the door on the past. You don’t try to forget the mistakes, but you don’t dwell on it. You don’t let it have any of your energy, or any of your time, or any of your space.
If it always the start that requires the greatest effort.
James Cash Penney
A strong woman knows she has strength enough for the journey, but a woman of strength knows it is in the journey where she will become strong.
Worrying is a waste of time. Good and bad thing will happen in life. You just have to keep living and not stress over what you can’t control.
Leadership is not a position or a title, it is action and example.
I don’t care how much weight you lifted in the gym today, I care more if you held the door for the person walking in behind you.
Happiness is when you realize your children have turned out to be good people.
Your attention please:
No one is coming to save you.
This life of yours is 100% your responsibility.
Today, people struggle to find what’s real. Everything has become so synthetic that a lot of people, all they want is to grasp onto hope.
singer, songwriter and activist
Scarcity of self-value cannot be remedied by money, recognition, affection, attention or influence.
“When you’re constantly thinking of others and what they must be thinking or feeling or expecting, you wind up in this perpetual state of trying to please them. You see yourself through their eyes and you lose sight of who you are.”
Michael Soll, Scorched
Find the love you seek, by first finding the love within yourself. Learn to rest in that place within you that is your true home.
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
“You were born an original work of art. Stay original always. Originals cost more than imitations.”
Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem
“Love yourself and dream bigger.”
Teresa Collins, Live LIFE in All Caps: The Teresa Collins Story
To love yourself right now, just as you are, is to give yourself heaven. Don’t wait until you die. If you wait, you die now. If you love, you live now.
We are each gifted in a unique and important way. It is our privilege and our adventure to discover our own special light.
“You can receive all the compliments in the world, but that won’t do a thing unless you believe it yourself.”
Criss Jami, Healology
“Respect, Love, and Value yourself. Always remember to be good to yourself by taking care of yourself. Make yourself a priority and know that it’s okay. Don’t feel guilty for loving yourself, first! You’re just as important as anybody else.”
Self-love, my liege, is not so vile a sin, as self-neglecting.
William Shakespeare, Henry V.
“The absence of self-love can never be replaced with the presence of people’s love for you.”
“Love yourself enough to have a meaningful life.”
“Don’t suffocate your spirit for the lessons that were only passing through spring.”
If you aren’t good at loving yourself, you will have a difficult time loving anyone, since you’ll resent the time and energy you give another person that you aren’t even giving to yourself.
Barbara De Angelis
“You are not an option, a choice or a soft place to land after a long battle. You were meant to be the one. If you can wrap yourself around the idea that you are something incredible, then you will stop excusing behavior that rapes your very soul. You were never meant to teach someone to love you. You were meant to be loved.”
Shannon L. Alder
I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true. I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live up to what light I have.
“You are responsible for who you become… Love yourself, like your speed; Leave your scars; live your skills!”
Israel more Ayivor, Daily Drive 365
“Begin it now. The moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance which no man could have dreamed would have come his way.”
William Hutchison Murray
“Never allow anyone to rain on your parade and thus cast a pall of gloom and defeat on the entire day. Remember that no talent, no self-denial, no brains, no character, are required to set up in the fault-finding business. Nothing external can have any power over you unless you permit it. Your time is too precious to be sacrificed in wasted days combating the menial forces of hate, jealously, and envy. Guard your fragile life carefully. Only God can shape a flower, but any foolish child can pull it to pieces.”
“Immense power is acquired by assuring yourself in your secret reveries that you were born to control affairs.”
“When any fit of anxiety or gloominess or perversion of the mind lays hold upon you, make it a rule not to publish it by complaints but exert your whole care to hide it. By endeavoring to hide it, you will drive it away.”
“When once a man has made celebrity necessary to his happiness, he has put it in the power of the weakest and most timorous malignity, if not to take away his satisfaction, at least to withhold it. His enemies may indulge their pride by airy negligence and gratify their malice by quiet neutrality.”
Dr. Samuel Johnson
“You either get bitter or you get better. It’s that simple. You either take what has been dealt to you and allow it to make you a better person, or you allow it to tear you down. The choice does not belong to fate, it belongs to you.”
“My will shall shape my future. Whether I fail or succeed shall be no man’s doing but my own. I am the force; I can clear any obstacle before me or I can be lost in the maze. My choice; my responsibility; win or lose, only I hold the key to my destiny.”
“The difference between great people and everyone else is that great people create their lives actively, while everyone else is created by their lives, passively waiting to see where life takes them next. The difference between the two is the difference between living fully and just existing.”
Michael E. Gerber
“A man has to learn that he cannot command things, but that he can command himself; that he cannot coerce the wills of others, but that he can mold and master his own will: and things serve him who serves Truth; people seek guidance of him who is master of himself.”
“If you’re always in a hurry, always trying to get ahead of the other guy, or someone else’s performance is what motivates you, then that person is in control of you.”
Dr. Wayne W. Dyer
“Flow with whatever is happening and let your mind be free. Stay centered by accepting whatever you are doing. This is the ultimate.”
“When things go wrong as they sometimes will,
When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high,
And you want to smile but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit
Rest if you must, but don’t you quit.
Success is failure turned inside out,
The silver tint on the clouds of doubt,
And you can never tell how close you are,
It may be near when it seems afar.
So, stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit
“It’s when things go wrong that you mustn’t quit.”
I never thought of being blind as a disadvantage, and I never thought of being black as a disadvantage. I am what I am. I love me!
singer, musician, songwriter and record producer
“To uncover your true potential you must first find your own limits and then you have to have the courage to blow past them.”
There are two ways to get enough: one is to continue to accumulate more and more. The other is to desire less.
G. K. Chesterton
We have all been placed on this earth to discover our own path, and we will never be happy if we live someone else’s side of life.
James Van Praagh
I never lose. Either I win or I learn.
Compassion for animals is intimately connected with goodness of character; and it may be confidently asserted that he who is cruel to animals cannot be a good man.
Everyone you meet always asks if you have a career, are married or own a house as life was some kind of grocery list. But no one ever asks you if you are happy.
Too many critics with no credentials.
Life is too ironic to fully understand it. It takes sadness to know what happiness is. Noise to appreciate silence & absence to value presence.
Every man prays in his own language.
7 x 7 + love = An amount Infinitely above: 7 x 7 – love
poet, social activist and leader of the Harlem Renaissance
I have had a significant loss of clout. I will have to make up for it with hard work and with extra effort.
longest-serving congressperson in American history
I didn’t break the rules, but I challenged the rules.
civil rights and human rights activist
When I see myself as an old woman, I just think about being happy. And hopefully, I’ll still be fly.
singer and songwriter
I don’t listen to what art critics say. I don’t know anybody who needs a critic to find out what art is.
Play with it. Improvise. Become more creative. Not because you have to, but because you want to. Evolution is the secret for the next step.
True love does have the power to redeem but only if we are ready for redemption.
professor, feminist and author focusing on the intersection of race, gender and capitalism
Evil communication corrupts good manners. I hope to live to hear that good communication corrects bad manners.
first African-American man of science
“Let me not pray to be sheltered from dangers, but to be fearless in facing them. Let me not beg for the stilling of my pain, but for the heart to conquer it.”
“The two hardest tests on the spiritual road are the patience to wait for the right moment and the courage not to be disappointed with what we encounter.”
Paulo Coelho, Veronika Decides to Die
“Music has always been a matter of Energy to me, a question of Fuel. Sentimental people call it Inspiration, but what they really mean is Fuel. I have always needed Fuel. I am a serious consumer.
On some nights I still believe that a car with the gas needle on empty can run about fifty more miles if you have the right music very loud on the radio.”
Hunter S. Thompson
“What I’m not sure about, is if our lives have been so different from the lives of the people we save. We all complete. Maybe none of us really understand what we’ve lived through, or feel we’ve had enough time.”
Kazuo Ishiguro, Never Let Me Go
“My expectations were reduced to zero when I was 21. Everything since then has been a bonus.” [The Science of Second-Guessing (New York Times Magazine Interview, December 12, 2004)]”
“Admiration for a quality or an art can be so strong that it deters us from striving to possess it.”
“In the age-old contest between popularity and principle, only those willing to lose for their convictions are deserving of posterity’s approval.”
Gerald R. Ford
“Whatever your sex or position, life is a battle in which you are to show your pluck, and woe be to the coward. Whether passed on a bed of sickness or a tented field, it is ever the same fair play and admits no foolish distinction. Despair and postponement are cowardice and defeat. Men were born to succeed, not to fail.”
Henry David Thoreau