We could never learn to be brave & patient, if there were only joys in the world.
The way we choose to see the world creates the world we see.
Barry Neil Kaufman
I began learning long ago that those who are happiest are those who do the most for others.
Booker T. Washington
Everyone seems to have a clear idea of how other people should lead their lives, but none about his or her own.
Respect yourself enough to walk away from anything that no longer serves you, grows you, or makes you happy.
Being rejected from something good just means you were being pointed towards something better.
If you don’t step forward you will always remain in the same place.
The strongest people are not those who show strength in front of us, but those who win battles we know nothing about.
Look for something positive in each day, even if some days you have to look a little harder.
A secret to happiness is letting every situation be what it is instead of what you think it should be, and then making the best of it.
Instead of complaining about your circumstances, get busy and create some new ones.
God doesn’t give you the people you want, he gives you the people you need.
Deal with your problems before they deal with your happiness.
We could never learn to be brave & patient, if there were only joys in the world.
It is our failure to become of our perceived ideal that ultimately defines us and makes us unique. It’s not easy, but if you accept your misfortune and handle it right, your perceived failure can become a catalyst for profound reinvention.
Life is short. There is no time to leave important words unsaid.
Saying it again for emphasis:
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Those correspond exactly with:
3) The Pursuit of Happiness
Never apologize for having high standards. People who really want to be in your life will rise up to meet them.
Ziad K. Abdelnour,
Economic Warfare: Secrets of Wealth Creation in the Age of Welfare Politics
Never ruin an apology with an excuse.
What did father use to say? Everything before the word “but” is horse shit.
“Someday, everything will make perfect sense. So for now, laugh at the confusion, smile through the tears, be strong and keep reminding your self that everything happens for a reason.”
Anything that is “wrong” with you began as a survival mechanism in childhood.
Dr. Gabor Maté
Discipline is doing what needs to be done even though you don’t want to.
You can’t force a person to show you respect, but you can refuse to be disrespected.
If today was perfect there would be no need for tomorrow.
If you’re willing to fail interestingly, you tend to succeed interestingly.
Shoulda, coulda, woulda. It’s so easy in the past tense.
One sometimes finds what one is not looking for.
Sir Alexander Fleming,
physician, scientist who discovered penicillin
When everything is connected to everything else, for better or for worse, everything matters.
Ideas are like fish. If you want to catch little fish, you can stay in the shallow water. But if you want to catch the big fish, you’ve got to go deeper.
Research is a matter of overcoming obstacles.
physicist, known as the father of molecular astrophysics
This grand show is eternal. It is always sunrise somewhere; the dew is never all dried at once; a shower is forever falling; vapor ever rising.
naturalist, writer, conservationist
Next to trying and winning, the best thing is trying and failing.
Lucy Maud Montgomery,
The wise man doesn’t give the right answers, he poses the right questions.
A book read by a thousand different people is a thousand different books.
If you want to be happy, set a goal that commands your thoughts, liberates your energy, and inspires your hopes.
industrialist, business magnate, philanthropist
You can’t sit around and wait for somebody to say who you are. You need to write it and paint it and do it.
Generosity is the best investment.
Diane von Furstenberg,
We stopped checking for monsters under the bed when we realized they were inside of us.
Be who you needed when you were younger.
There’s no need to be perfect to inspire others. Let people get inspired by how you deal with your imperfections.
Ziad K. Abdelnour
“We wait, starving for moments of high magic to inspire us, but life is full of common enchantment waiting for our alchemists eyes to notice.”
Storms make trees take deeper roots.
Nobody is superior, nobody is inferior, but nobody is equal either. People are simply unique, incomparable.
You can’t wake a person who is pretending to be asleep.
If you want to get fit, you have to give away only one thing. Your excuses.
Realize how blessed you are.
I feel bad for the people who never go crazy.
Create a life that feels good on the inside. Not one that just looks good on the outside.
Direction is so much more important than speed. Many are going nowhere fast.
The man on top of the mountain didn’t fall there.
Don’t quit. You’re already in pain. You’re already hurt. Get a reward from it!
No amount of security is worth the suffering of a mediocre life chained to a routine that has killed your dreams.
An idiot with a plan can beat a genius with out a plan.
His upward path will require us to climb. My mother used to say to me when I complained that things were hard, “If you are on the right path, it will always be uphill.” And as the world becomes darker and more dangerous, we must keep climbing. It will be our choice whether or not to move up or to stay where we are.
Elder Henry B. Eyring
There is no lack of time. There is a lack of interest. Because when people really want, dawn becomes day, Tuesday becomes Saturday and every moment becomes an opportunity.
Continuous improvement is better than delayed perfection.
Things that excite you are not random. They are connected to your purpose. Follow them.
Only when he no longer knows what he is doing does the painter do good things.
Life is the past, the present and the perhaps.
Where would be the merit if heroes were never afraid?
Discovery consists of looking at the same thing as everyone else and thinking something different.
biochemist, Nobel Prize winner, the first to isolate vitamin C
It is awfully important to know what is and what is not your business.
The Greatest Prison that People Live in is the Fear of What Other People Think.
“Making mistakes is a natural consequence of free will. If you want to be perfect and live a life without mistakes, then you must give up your freedom. Perfection is the most self-damaging mistake you can make because it robs you of your humanity.”
A life filled with silly social drama and gossip indicates that a person is disconnected from purpose and lacking meaningful goals.
People on a path of purpose don’t have time for drama.
author of The Charge
“Unhappiness is not knowing what we want and killing ourselves to get it.”
“The day will be what you make it, so rise like the sun, and burn.”
William C. Hannan
Comfort is a drug.
Once you get used to it, it becomes addicting.
Give a weak man consistent sex, good food, cheap entertainment and he’ll throw his ambitions right out the window.
The comfort zone is where dreams go to die.
Never give up on something you really want. It’s difficult to wait, but it’s more difficult to regret.
It’s not your job to like me. It’s mine.
Very often a change of self is needed more than a change of scene.
Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor.
People rarely succeed unless they are having fun in what they are doing.
Don’t be pushed by your problems. Be led by your dreams.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Obsessed is a word the lazy use to describe the dedicated.
Don’t fear failure. Fear being in the exact same place next year as you are today.
Remember life’s greatest lessons are usually learned at the worst times and from the worst mistakes.
Think once before you act, twice before you speak, and three times before you post on Facebook.
Laughing is the best calorie burner.
“To affect the quality of the day, that is the highest of arts.”
Henry David Thoreau
“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant.”
Robert Louis Stevenson
What is not started today is never finished tomorrow.
You can, you should, and if you’re brave enough to start, you will.
If you don’t see your own worth, you will always choose people who don’t see it either.
No response is a response. And it’s a powerful one. Remember that.
True heroism … is not the urge to surpass all others at whatever cost, but the urge to serve others at whatever cost.
Maybe all one can do is hope to end up with the right regrets.
playwright and essayist, in “The Ride Down Mount Morgan”
hey always say that time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.
artist, director and producer
Courage is not the absence of fear but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear.
Be happy with what you have while you pursue what you want.
Hating someone makes them important. Forgiving them makes them obsolete.