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
Every man prays in his own language.
“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
Be Smart Enough To Be Different, Be Strong Enough To Stand Alone.
You are strong enough, you should be the one making your own rules and you don’t have to care about how others think about you.
A truly strong person does not need the approval of others any more than a lion needs the approval of sheep.
“Be strong enough to stand alone, smart enough to know when you need help, and brave enough to ask for it.”
Ziad K. Abdelnour, Economic Warfare: Secrets of Wealth Creation in the Age of Welfare Politics
Hold your head high
Look the world straight in the eye.
Your job is not to judge. Your job is not to figure out if someone deserves something. Your job is to lift the fallen, to restore the broken, and to heal the hurting.
True leaders don’t create followers, they create more leaders.
“Above all challenge yourself. You may well surprise yourself at what strengths you have, what you can accomplish.”
“Sometimes we fight who we are, struggling against ourselves and our natures. But we must learn to accept who we are and appreciate who we become. We must love ourselves for what and who we are, and believe in our talents.”
“Our strength lies, not alone in our proving grounds and our stockpiles, but in our ideals, our goals, and their universal appeal to all men who are struggling to breathe free.”
“Native vigor of impulses and desires conserved by education and experience, the establishment of inner harmony and cooperation among the powers and capacities of the soul, the formation of a life purpose, and the direction of the individual life in accordance with the eternal principles of right that underlie human progress, these are the elements of both strength and righteousness in human character.”
“I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says, “Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes gain.”
Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass
“The honey doesn’t taste so good once it is being eaten; the goal doesn’t mean so much once it is reached; the reward is no so rewarding once it has been given. If we add up all the rewards in our lives, we won’t have very much.
But if we add up the spaces *between* the rewards, we’ll come up with quite a bit. And if we add up the rewards *and* the spaces, then we’ll have everything – every minute of the time that we spent.” Benjamin Hoff, The Tao of Pooh
“Dwell on the beauty of life. Watch the stars, and see yourself running with them.”
Marcus Aurelius, Meditations
“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 — then make that day count!”
Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being
Revolution begins in the kitchen.
writer, from “Other People’s Children”
Conflicts may be the sources of defeat, lost life and a limitation of our potentiality but they may also lead to greater depth of living and the birth of more far-reaching unities, which flourish in the tensions that engender them.
psychiatrist and philosopher
We are told we must choose — the old or the new. In fact, we must choose both.
Do not go mental, and with that, goodnight.
John Cooper Clarke,
punk performance poet
I was willing to do whatever I had to do to break that barrier because all I kept hearing was, ‘If you only had the experience.’ I was trying to eliminate that excuse.
first black Major League Baseball manager
No greater glory, no greater honor, is the lot of man departing than a feeling possessed deep in his heart that the world is a better place for his having lived.
Robert Sengstacke Abbott,
founder and editor of The Chicago Defender, the most widely circulated black newspaper in the US
Perhaps there has been, at some point in history, some great power whose elevation was exempt from the violent exploitation of other human bodies. If there has been, I have yet to discover it.
“Courage is not limited to the battlefield or the Indianapolis 500 or bravely catching a thief in your house. The real tests of courage are much quieter. They are the inner tests, like remaining faithful when nobody’s looking, like enduring pain when the room is empty, like standing alone when you’re misunderstood.”
It all begins and ends in your mind. What you give poor to, has power over you, if you allow it.
My life is constantly under construction.There’s always something to improve.
I hope you know you’re capable & brave & magnificent. Even when it feels like you’re not.
If you want to get fit, you have to give away only one thing.
Never. Ever. Ever. Get rid of the desire to climb a tree or run through the sprinklers.
“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.”
Love without fear and trepidation is fire without flame and heat, day without sun, comb without honey, summer without flowers, winter without frost, sky without moon, a book without letters.
Chretien de Troyes,
Loving someone means helping them to be more themselves, which can be different from being what you’d like them to be, although often they turn out the same.
journalist and author
Character, like a photograph, develops in darkness.
Be not afraid of growing slowly; Be afraid only of standing still.
A great relationship is about two things. First, appreciating the similarities, and second, respecting the differences.
Believing in yourself is the first secret to success.
A simple hello could lead to a million things.
So take a chance and don’t ever look back.
Speech should be fruitful as well as free.
Being humble means recognizing that we are not on earth to see how important we can become, but to see how much difference we can make in the lives of others.
Gordon B. Hinckley
There comes a day when you realize that turning the page is the best feeling in the world, because you realize there is so much more to the book than the page you were stuck on.
Don’t wait for extraordinary opportunities, seize common occasions and make them great.
Orison Swett Marden
The people who drop you off at home and what until you get inside safely before driving off are the type of friends you need in your lie.
The only thing complaining does is convince other people that you are not in control.
We are very good lawyers for our own mistakes, but very good judges for the mistakes of others.
To live by choice, not by chance;
To make changes, not excuses;
To be motivated, not manipulated;
To be useful, not used;
To excel, not to compete;
I choose self-esteem, not self pity.
I choose to listen to my inner voice, not the random opinion of others.
“Strong men can always afford to be gentle. Only the weak are intent on giving as good as they get.”
“Nothing is so strong as gentleness, and nothing is so gentle as true strength.”
“If I had my life to live over again, I would have made a rule to read some poetry and listen to some music at least once a week; for perhaps the parts of my brain now atrophied would have thus been kept active through use. The loss of these tastes is a loss of happiness, and may possibly be injurious to the intellect, and more probably to the moral character, by enfeebling the emotional part of our nature.”
“For strength to bear is found in duty alone, and he is blest indeed who learns to make the joy of others cure his own heartache.”
“Thus all below is strength, and all above is grace.”
“If there is any responsibility in the cycle of life it must be that one generation owes to the next that strength by which it can come to face ultimate concerns in its own way.”
“Patience and time do more than strength or passion.”
Jean De La Fontaine
“Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create the fact.”
“The very strength that protects the heart from injury is the strength that prevents the heart from enlarging to its intended greatness within. The song of the voice is sweet, but the song of the heart is the pure voice of heaven.”
“Man is what he believes.”
“If you don’t stand for something, you will fall for anything.”
“Keep your dreams alive. Understand to achieve anything requires faith and belief in yourself, vision, hard work, determination and dedication. Remember all things are possible for those who believe.”
“It’s what you choose to believe that makes you the person you are.”
Karen Marie Moning
“Man often becomes what he believes himself to be. If I keep on saying to myself that I cannot do a certain thing, it is possible that I may end by really becoming incapable of doing it. On the contrary, if I shall have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it, even if I may not have it at the beginning.”
“What distinguishes the majority of men from the few is their ability to act according to their beliefs.”
“In the province of the mind, what one believes to be true either is true or becomes true.”
“By nature we have no defect that could not become a strength, no strength that could not become a defect.”
“Men willingly believe what they wish.”
“What we can or cannot do, what we consider possible or impossible, is rarely a function of our true capability. It is more likely a function of our beliefs about who we are.”
“It does not take much strength to do things, but it requires great strength to decide on what to do.”
“He knows not his own strength that hath not met adversity.”
“The burden is equal to the horse’s strength.”
“In lazy apathy let stoics boast, their virtue fix’d: ‘t is fix’d as in a frost; contracted all, retiring to the breast; but strength of mind is exercise, not rest.”
“God does not take away trials or carry us over them, but strengthens us through them.”
Edward Bouverie Pusey
“You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’ . . . You must do the thing you think you cannot do.”
“This is the law of the Yukon, that only the strong shall thrive; that surely the weak shall perish, and only the fit survive.”
Robert W. Service
“You can do a thing only if you have the belief that it can be done.”
No art or learning is to be pursued halfheartedly … and any art worth learning will certainly reward more or less generously the effort made to study it.
novelist, in The Tale of Genji
[W]hen you’re scared but you still do it anyway, that’s brave.
author, in “Coraline”
The love of one’s country is a splendid thing. But why should love stop at the border? There is a brotherhood among all men. This must be recognized if life is to remain. We must learn the love of man.
cellist and composer
The secret of joy in work is contained in one word — excellence. To know how to do something well is to enjoy it.
Pearl S. Buck,
“There is a growing strength in women, but it is in the forehead, not in the forearm.”
“It is true that we shall not be able to reach perfection, but in our struggle toward it we shall strengthen our characters and give stability to our ideas, so that, whilst ever advancing calmly in the same direction, we shall be rendered capable of applying the faculties with which we have been gifted to the best possible account.”
“There is no limit to what you can imagine. And with commitment, with effort, what you can imagine you can become. Put your mind to work for you. Believe that you can do it. The world will tell you that you can’t. Yet, in your belief you’ll find the strength, you’ll find the ability, to do it anyway.”
“None of us can hope to get anywhere without character, moral courage and the spiritual strength to accept responsibility.”
Thomas J. Watson
“Where there is no struggle, there is no strength.”
“There is a comfort in the strength of love: it will make a thing endurable, which else would overset the brain, or break the heart.”
I know now that we never get over great losses; we absorb them, and they carve us into different, often kinder, creatures.
Opportunity dances with those already on the dance floor.
Every positive change in your life begins with a clear, unequivocal decision that you are going to either do something or stop doing something.
Once you’ve accepted your flaws no one cause them against you.
Impartiality is a pompous name for indifference, which is an elegant name for ignorance.
A hundred times every day I remind myself that my inner and outer life are based on the labors of other men, living and dead, and that I must exert myself in order to give in the same measure as I have received and am still receiving.
Comedy is tragedy that happens to other people.
novelist and journalist
All you have to do is say something nobody understands and they’ll do practically anything you want them to.
Americans are not a perfect people, but we are called to a perfect mission.
Andrew Jackson, seventh U.S. president
No man will ever carry out of the presidency the reputation which carried him into it.
Thomas Jefferson, third U.S. president