I don’t have a feeling of inferiority. Never had. I’m as good as anybody, but no better.
mathematician, NASA scientist, Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient
An empty canvas is a living wonder — far lovelier than certain pictures.
painter, art theorist, pioneer of abstract art
Life is very short. What we have to do must be done in the now.
writer, civil rights activist
We know nothing of tomorrow, our business is to be good and happy today.
I don’t have a feeling of inferiority. Never had. I’m as good as anybody, but no better.
There’s a lot that is good in your life, don’t take it for granted. Don’t get so focused on the struggles that you miss the gift of today.
My mother always told me, even if a song has been done a thousand times, you can still bring something of your own to it.
February is Black History Month
Life doesn’t give you all the practice races you need.
track and field athlete, Olympic gold medalist
February is Black History Month
We cannot solve life’s problems, except by solving them.
One extends one’s limits only by exceeding them.
M. Scott Peck,
Pull up a chair. Take a taste. Come join us. Life is so endlessly delicious.
chef, food writer, editor
Be careful who you make memories with. Those things can last a lifetime.
Life doesn’t always require a detailed plan. Just take a deep breath, let it all go, and have faith that it will all work out. Let life evolve.
“When she transformed into a butterfly, the caterpillars spoke not of her beauty, but of her weirdness. They wanted her to change back into what she always had been. But she had wings.”
“When you’re gone would you rather have your gravestone say, ‘He never missed a meeting?” Or one that said, ‘He was a great father.’”
Steve Blank, @sgblank, author of The Startup Owner’s Manual
“You will never feel truly satisfied by work until you are satisfied by life.”
Heather Schuck, the Working Mom Manifesto
Balance is not better time management, but better boundary management. Balance means making choices and enjoying those choices.
“Take care of yourself: When you don’t sleep, eat crap, don’t exercise, and are living off adrenaline for too long, your performance suffers. Your decisions suffer. Your company suffers. Love those close to you: Failure of your company is not failure in life. Failure in your relationship is.”
Ev Williams, co-founder of Medium and Twitter
Balance, peace, and joy are the fruit of a successful life. It starts with recognizing your talents and finding ways to serve others by using them.
I’ve learned that you can’t have everything and do everything at the same time.
“Don’t confuse having a career with having a life.”
“You don’t have to make yourself miserable to be successful. It’s natural to look back and mythologize the long nights and manic moments of genius, but success isn’t about working hard, it’s about working smart.” Andrew Wilkinson, founder of MetaLab
I believe that being successful means having a balance of success stories across the many areas of your life. You can’t truly be considered successful in your business life if your home life is in shambles.
Reconsider your definitions. We are prone to judge success by the index of our salaries or the size of our automobiles rather than by the quality of our service and relationship to mankind.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
“Burnout is about resentment. [Preventing it is] about knowing yourself well enough to know what it is you’re giving up that makes you resentful.”
Marissa Mayer, @marissamayer, CEO at Yahoo
“You are always a valuable, worthwhile human being… not because anybody says so, not because you’re successful, not because you make a lot of money… but because you decide to believe it and for no other reason.”
Never get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life.
It is better to rise from life as from a banquet – neither thirsty nor drunken.
Most of us spend too much time on what is urgent and not enough time on what is important.
Stephen R Covey
Balance activity with serenity, wealth and simplicity, persistence with innovation, community with solitude, familiarity with adventure, constancy with change, leading with following.
Jonathan Lockwood Huie
“I don’t think a lot of founders really want to hear this, but you set the tone from day one, so who you are is going to be reflected in the culture of the early team. So for us, that was a culture of being scrappy, but honest. Working hard, but also having that sense of balance and sort of respecting one’s life outside the office. Making it happen no matter what.”
Julia Hartz, @juliahartz, co-founder of Eventbrite
“Work is a rubber ball. If you drop it, it will bounce back. The other four balls – family, health, friends, and integrity – are made of glass. If you drop one of these, it will be irrevocably scuffed, nicked, perhaps even shattered.”
“The most important career decision you’ll make is who your life partner is.”
Sheryl Sandberg, @sherylsandberg, COO of Facebook
No matter how busy you are, or how busy you think you are, the work will always be there tomorrow, but your friends might not be.
“We aim above the mark to hit the mark.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Disappointment to a noble soul is what cold water is to burning metal; it strengthens, tempers, intensifies, but never destroys it.
“If we will be quiet and ready enough, we shall find compensation in every disappointment.”
Henry David Thoreau
“We must all suffer one of two things: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret or disappointment.”
“The principles of living greatly include the capacity to face trouble with courage, disappointment with cheerfulness, and trial with humility.”
Thomas S. Monson
“There’s always failure. And there’s always disappointment. And there’s always loss. But the secret is learning from the loss, and realizing that none of those holes are vacuums.”
Michael J. Fox
“Disenchantment, whether it is a minor disappointment or a major shock, is the signal that things are moving into transition in our lives.”
William Throsby Bridges
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
Jackson Brown Jr., P.S. I Love You
“When you find your path, you must not be afraid. You need to have sufficient courage to make mistakes. Disappointment, defeat, and despair are the tools God uses to show us the way.”
“Joy is sometimes a blessing, but it is often a conquest. Our magic moment help us to change and sends us off in search of our dreams. Yes, we are going to suffer, we will have difficult times, and we will experience many disappointments — but all of this is transitory it leaves no permanent mark. And one day we will look back with pride and faith at the journey we have taken.”
Paulo Coelho, By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept
“It was one of those times you feel a sense of loss, even though you didn’t have something in the first place. I guess that’s what disappointment is- a sense of loss for something you never had.”
Deb Caletti, The Nature of Jade
“Disappointment is a sort of bankruptcy – the bankruptcy of a soul that expends too much in hope and expectation.”
“There’s an epigram tacked to my office bulletin board, pinched from a magazine — “Wanting to meet an author because you like his work is like wanting to meet a duck because you like pâté.”
Margaret Atwood, Negotiating with the Dead
“You really didn’t see the sadness or the longing unless you already knew it was there. But that was the trick, wasn’t it? Everyone had their disappointment and their baggage; only, some people carried it in their inside pockets and not on their backs.”
Maggie Stiefvater, The Dream Thieves
“The strength of a love is always misjudged if we evaluate it by its immediate cause and not the stress that went before it, the dark and hollow space full of disappointment and loneliness that precedes all the great events in the heart’s history.”
Stefan Zweig, The Burning Secret and other stories
I liked being half-educated; you were so much more surprised at everything when you were ignorant.
naturalist and television presenter
Ask yourself three questions … and you will know who you are. Ask: what do you believe in? What do you hope for? But most important — ask: what do you love?
author, in “The Bronze Horseman”
My little brother just asked, “Why are people so nice to the people are about to die?”
And I told him that we want to make their last few moments on earth happy, and he told me “Everyone dies a little everyday and sometimes we don’t know when a person is going to die, so why isn’t everyone always nice, because we never know what’s going to happen to someone”. Wow
This is going to sound grim, but eventually, all our graves go unattended.
talk show host
“Certain flaws are necessary for the whole. It would seem strange if old friends lacked certain quirks.”
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
“People throw away what they could have by insisting on perfection, which they cannot have, and looking for it where they will never find it.”
“Then followed that beautiful season… Summer… Filled was the air with a dreamy and magical light; and the landscape lay as if new created in all the freshness of childhood.”
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
“The time to relax is when you don’t have time for it.”
Sydney J. Harris
All endings are also beginnings. We just don’t know it at the time.
journalist and broadcaster
What is the use of living, if it be not to strive for noble causes and to make this muddled world a better place for those who will live in it after we are gone?
Optimism is true moral courage.
A true friend is someone who is there for you when he’d rather be anywhere else.
This has always been a motto of mine: Attempt the impossible in order to improve your work.
I hope I shall always possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain what I consider the most enviable of all titles, the character of an honest man.
First US president
“Public opinion is always more tyrannical towards those who obviously fear it than towards those who feel indifferent to it.”
Conquest of Happiness
“In Zen they say: If something is boring after two minutes, try it for four. If still boring, try it for eight, sixteen, thirty-two, and so on. Eventually one discovers that it’s not boring at all but very interesting.”
John Cage, Silence:
Lectures and Writings, by John Cage
“A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.”
“The autumn moon is incomparably beautiful. Any man who supposes the moon is always the same, regardless of the season, and is therefore unable to detect the difference in autumn, must be exceedingly insensitive.”
Essays in Idleness,
The Tsurezuregusa of Kenko
I think education is power. I think that being able to communicate with people is power. One of my main goals on the planet is to encourage people to empower themselves.
I have come to believe over and over again that what is most important to me must be spoken, made verbal and shared, even at the risk of having it bruised or misunderstood.
The sea does not reward those who are too anxious, too greedy or too impatient. … One should lie empty, open, choiceless as a beach — waiting for a gift from the sea.
Anne Morrow Lindbergh,
author and aviator
If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay home.
James A. Michener,
Solidarity among men has one of its strongest foundations in the experience of sharing one’s own suffering with the suffering of all.
Long ago, I made up my mind that when things were said involving only me, I would pay no attention to them, except when valid criticism was carried by which I could profit.
first lady, diplomat and activist
Fight for the things that you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg
“To go against the dominant thinking of your friends, of most of the people you see everyday, is perhaps the most difficult act of heroism you can perform.”
Theodore H. White
Self-awareness, intelligence, and the search for meaning that have –erroneously– been ascribed as belonging only to human beings, are in fact general conditions for every life-form — and particularly for plants.
Stephen Harrod Buhner
“The secret of success is constancy to purpose.”
“Life is precious as it is. All the elements for your happiness are already here. There is no need to run, strive, search, or struggle. Just be.”
Thich Nhat Hanh
What matters in life is not what happens to you but what you remember and how you remember it.
Gabriel Garcia Marquez
“Don’t let the fear of what could happen make nothing happen.”
Inaction breeds doubt and fear.
Action breeds confidence and courage.
If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.
The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.
However difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at.
“There is still vitality under the snow, even though to the casual eye it seems to be dead.”
Agnes Sligh Turnbull
“Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive.”
Pity the nation — oh, pity the people who allow their rights to erode
and their freedoms to be washed away.
I do not want people to be very agreeable, as it saves me the trouble of liking them a great deal.
Only by self-respect will you compel others to respect you.