A friend of whatever kind is important, and this one learns as one grows older.
John D. Rockefeller,
There’s a world of difference between a strong ego, which is essential, and a large ego — which can be destructive.
Ecology and spirituality are fundamentally connected, because deep ecological awareness, ultimately, is spiritual awareness.
Spiritual awakening has to do with transcending this sense of separation and difference and waking up to the vitality and brilliance of the universe.
Albert Flynn DeSilver
Temperate, sincere and intelligent inquiry and discussion are only to be dreaded by the advocates of error. The truth need not fear them.
“Exuberance is beauty.”
William Blake, The Marriage of Heaven and Hell
“If I can stop one heart from breaking,
I shall not live in vain;
If I can ease one life the aching,
Or cool one pain,
Or help one fainting robin
Unto his nest again,
I shall not live in vain.”
Any pleasure that does no harm to other people is to be valued.
Bertrand Russell, Conquest of Happiness
A friend of whatever kind is important, and this one learns as one grows older.
Strong people have a strong sense of self-worth and self-awareness; they don’t need the approval of others.
Roy T. Bennett
Because one believes in oneself, one doesn’t try to convince others. Because one is content with oneself, one doesn’t need others’ approval. Because one accepts oneself, the whole world accepts him or her.
Always be yourself and have faith in yourself. Do not go out and look for a successful personality and try to duplicate it.
A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval.
Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.
As soon as you trust yourself, you will know how to live.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Life is too short to waste any amount of time on wondering what other people think about you. In the first place, if they had better things going on in their lives, they wouldn’t have the time to sit around and talk about you. What’s important to me is not others’ opinions of me, but what’s important to me is my opinion of myself.
The only person who can pull me down is myself, and I’m not going to let myself pull me down anymore.
C. JoyBell C.
Life is ten percent what you experience and ninety percent how you respond to it.
Dorothy M. Neddermeyer
Know your worth. People always act like they’re doing more for you than you’re doing for them.
Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be attained.
It is confidence in our bodies, minds, and spirits that allows us to keep looking for new adventures.
Each time we face our fear, we gain strength, courage, and confidence in the doing.
To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment. The man of genius inspires us with a boundless confidence in our own powers.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
We are what we believe we are.
Follow your dreams, believe in yourself and don’t give up.
If you’re following your dreams, you’re doing something you love and that you believe in yourself for.
When you’re different, sometimes you don’t see the millions of people who accept you for what you are. All you notice is the person who doesn’t.
Confidence comes not from always being right but from not fearing to be wrong.
Peter T. Mcintyre
Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy.
Norman Vincent Peale
If you want to improve your self-worth, stop giving other people the calculator.
If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.
Vincent van Gogh
Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude
Confidence is a habit that can be developed by acting as if you already had the confidence you desire to have.
Don’t be satisfied with stories, how things have gone with others. Unfold your own myth.
Self-worth comes from one thing – thinking that you are worthy.
“Always remember that you were once alone, and the crowd you see in your life today are just as unnecessary as when you were alone.”
Michael Bassey Johnson
Low self-esteem is like driving through life with the hand-break on.
Role models are only of limited use. For no-one is as important, potentially powerful and as key in your life and world as you.
When teachers doubt your potential, show them how wrong they truly are.
Ace Antonio Hall
There is light in the darkness. You just have to find it.
Find ecstasy in life: the mere sense of living is joy enough.
To drop into being means to recognize your interconnectedness with all life…
Your very nature is being part of larger and larger spheres of wholeness.
Change is the end result of all true learning.
Children have to be educated, but they have also to be left to educate themselves.
Every artist was at first an amateur.
Ralph W. Emerson
Education is the ability to meet life’s situations.
Dr. John G. Hibben
Learning starts with failure; the first failure is the beginning of education.
It is as impossible to withhold education from the receptive mind as it is impossible to force it upon the unreasoning.
Education is for improving the lives of others and for leaving your community and world better than you found it.
Marian Wright Edelman
Intelligence plus character-that is the goal of true education.
Martin Luther King Jr.
Education without values, as useful as it is, seems rather to make man a more clever devil.
“Grudges are for those who insist that they are owed something; forgiveness, however, is for those who are substantial enough to move on.”
Criss Jami, ‘Salomé: In Every Inch In Every Mile’
“I had to cease to mourn what could never be and make the most of what was possible. And I would begin doing that by trying to mend the hurts of the past.”
Cameron Dokey, ‘The Wild Orchid: A Retelling of The Ballad of Mulan’
Love is not honorable unless it is based on equality.
Marie de France,
“Every woman that finally figured out her worth, has picked up her suitcases of pride and boarded a flight to freedom, which landed in the valley of change.”
Shannon L. Alder
“And perhaps there is a limit to the grieving that the human heart can do. As when one adds salt to a tumbler of water, there comes a point where simply no more will be absorbed.”
Sarah Waters, ‘The Little Stranger’
“To be bitter is to attribute intent and personality to the formless, infinite, unchanging and unchangeable void. We drift on a chartless, resistless sea. Let us sing when we can, and forget the rest…”
“Sooner or later we’ve all got to let go of our past.”
Dan Brown, ‘Deception Point’
“One’s dignity may be assaulted, vandalized and cruelly mocked, but it can never be taken away unless it is surrendered.”
Michael J. Fox
“Make it a rule of life never to regret and never to look back. Regret is an appalling waste of energy; you can’t build on it; it’s only good for wallowing in.”
In whatever state of knowledge we may conceive man to be placed, his progress towards a yet higher state need never fear a check, but must continue till the last existence of society.
mathematician, astronomer and chemist
I restore myself when I’m alone. A career is born in public — talent in privacy.
model and actress
If there is no struggle, there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom and yet depreciate agitation are men who want crops without plowing up the ground.
orator, writer and abolitionist
I am and will always be the optimist, the hoper of far flung hopes and the dreamer of improbable dreams.
Trust the wait.
Embrace the uncertainty.
Enjoy the beauty of becoming.
When nothing is certain, anything is possible.
We mature with the damage, not the years.
I would rather be “annoyingly” positive and optimistic than destructively negative and hateful.
No legacy is so rich as honesty.
If I take a bump or bruise along the way, that’s nothing compared to the sacrifices that the women whose shoulders I stand upon made along the way.
The great gift of human beings is that we have the power of empathy.
Better to be without logic than without feeling.
Acceptance and tolerance and forgiveness, those are life-altering lessons.
Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do something, but especially not yourself. Go conquer the world, but just remember this: Why not you? You made it this far.
The finest eloquence is that which gets things done … the worst is that which delays them.
David Lloyd George,
“The older we grow, the more shrewdly we draw sound conclusions from minimal clues.”
The task of leadership is not to put greatness into humanity, but to elicit it, for the greatness is already there.
historian and political leader
We are here not only to transform the world but also to be transformed.
The path is not long, but the way is deep. You must not only walk there, you must be prepared to leap.
Hildegard of Bingen
It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.
Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead.