Tag: Positivity

Quotes September 16, 2021

What you’re supposed to do when you don’t like a thing is change it. If you can’t change it, change the way you think about it. Don’t complain.
Maya Angelou – 1928-2014 – Poet-Singer-Memoirist-Civil Rights Activist
 
 
 
 
We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something.
Marie Curie – 1867-1934 – French-Polish Physicist
 
 
 
 
“The first rule of any technology used in a business is that automation applied to an efficient operation will magnify the efficiency. The second is that automation applied to an inefficient operation will magnify the inefficiency.”
Bill Gates
 
 
 
 
“Destiny is no matter of chance. It is a matter of choice. It is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.”
William Jennings Bryan
 
 
 
 
Action is the antidote to despair.
Joan Baez,
singer-songwriter, musician
National Hispanic Heritage Month is Sept. 15 to Oct. 15
 
 
 
 
It is necessary to be tolerant, in order to be tolerated.
The first principle of solid wisdom is discretion, without it all the erudition of life is merely bagatelle.
Norm Macdonald,
comedian, writer, actor
1959-2021

Quotes August 10, 2021

“Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better man.”
Benjamin Franklin
 
 
 
 
“Home is a notion that only nations of the homeless fully appreciate and only the uprooted comprehend.”
Wallace Stegner
 
 
 
 
Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day-in, and day-out.
Robert Collier – 1885-1950 – American Author
 
 
 
 
I don’t need an alarm clock. My ideas wake me.
We are cups, constantly and quietly being filled. The trick is knowing how to tip ourselves over and let the beautiful stuff out.
Ray Bradbury,
writer, screenwriter
 
 
 
 
I never say ‘never,’ and I never say ‘always.’
You don’t get anything for nothing. Everything has to be earned, through work, persistence and honesty.
Grace Kelly,
actor, philanthropist
 
 
 
 
If you want to make a society work, then you don’t keep underscoring the places where you’re different — you underscore your shared humanity.
Sebastian Junger,
writer, filmmaker

Quotes August 04, 2021

“It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.”
“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”
Leonardo Da Vinci
 
 
 
 
“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.”
Edith Schaeffer
 
 
 
 
“Constant kindness can accomplish much. As the sun makes ice melt, kindness causes misunderstanding, mistrust, and hostility to evaporate.”
Albert Schweitzer
 
 
 
 
“A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees.”
Amelia Earhart
 
 
 
 
Three Rules of Work: Out of clutter find simplicity; From discord find harmony; In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.”
Albert Einstein
 
 
 
 
“Think simple” as my old master used to say – meaning reduce the whole of its parts into the simplest terms, getting back to first principles.”
Frank Lloyd Wright
 
 
 
 
“When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us.”’
Helen Keller
 
 
 
 
“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.”
Mahatma Gandhi
 
 
 
 
“Gratitude is when memory is stored in the heart and not in the mind.”
Lionel Hampton
 
 
 
 
“Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.”
Marcel Proust
 
 
 
 
“The aspects of things that are most important for us are hidden because of their simplicity and familiarity.”
Ludwig Wittgenstein

Quotes July 24, 2021

“You dream. You plan. You reach. There will be obstacles. There will be doubters. There will be mistakes. But with hard work, with belief, with confidence and trust in yourself and those around you, there are no limits.”
Michael Phelps
 
 
 
 
I will not lose, for even in defeat, there’s a valuable lesson learned, so it evens up for me.
Shawn Carter – American Rapper-Entrepreneur-Songwriter-Record Executive
 
 
 
 
How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.
Anne Frank – 1929-1945 – German-Dutch Diarist-Jewish Holocaust Victim
 
 
 
 
Failure is not the opposite of success, it is part of success.
Arianna Huffington – Greek-American Author-Businesswoman
 
 
 
 
Being polite and grateful will make people more inclined to help you. And if people are willing to help you, you may accidentally get something you want.
Jason Sudeikis,
actor, comedian, screenwriter, producer
 
 
 
 
They teach you there’s a boundary line to music. But, man, there’s no boundary line to art.
Charlie Parker,
jazz saxophonist, band leader, composer
 
 
 
 
You can’t live your life trying to be somebody else. What’s the point?
Be you. Do you. Don’t let anybody steal your joy.
Lizzo,
singer, rapper, flutist, songwriter
 
 
 
 
The free exploring mind of the individual human is the most valuable thing in the world.
What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.
John Steinbeck,
writer, winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature
 
 
 
 
The cure for anything is salt water: sweat, tears or the sea.
Isak Dinesen, pseudonym of Karen Blixen,
writer
 
 
 
 
Maybe happiness is this: not feeling like you should be elsewhere, doing something else, being someone else.
Isaac Asimov,
writer, professor of biochemistry
 
 
 
 
But wherever they go, and whatever happens to them on the way, in that enchanted place on the top of the Forest a little boy and his Bear will always be playing.
A.A. Milne, The House At Pooh Corner
 
 
 
 
Max stepped into his private boat and waved goodbye and sailed back over a year and in and out of weeks and through a day and into the night of his very own room where he found his supper waiting for him—and it was still hot.
Maurice Sendak, Where the Wild Things Are
 
 
 
 
For Siddalee Walker, the need to understand has passed, at least for the moment. All that was left was love and wonder.
Rebecca Wells, Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood
 
 
 
 
There’s no such thing as writer’s block. That was invented by people in California who couldn’t write.
Terry Pratchett

Quotes July 14, 2021

“A thing is not necessarily true because a man dies for it.”
Oscar Wilde
 
 
 
 
“The only thing new in the world is the history you do not know.”
Harry S. Truman
 
 
 
 
“Above all, don’t lie to yourself. The man who lies to himself and listens to his own lie comes to a point that he cannot distinguish the truth within him, or around him, and so loses all respect for himself and for others. And having no respect he ceases to love.”
Fyodor Dostoevsky
 
 
 
 
“The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.”
John Muir
 
 
 
 
“And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.”
Friedrich Nietzsche
 
 
 
 
Don’t compromise yourself. You are all you’ve got. There is no yesterday, no tomorrow, it’s all the same day.
Janis Joplin – 1943-1970 – American Singer-Songwriter
 
 
 
 
You are confined only by the walls you build yourself.
Andrew Murphy – Olympic Athlete
 
 
 
 
Hot July brings cooling showers, Apricots, and gillyflowers.
Sara Coleridge,
poet, writer, translator
 
 
 
 
To realize our dreams we must decide to wake up.
All my life, I have maintained that the people of the world can learn to live together in peace if they are not brought up in prejudice.
Josephine Baker,
dancer, entertainer, actor, civil rights activist
 
 
 
 
You never really learn much from hearing yourself speak.
George Clooney,
actor, director, producer, screenwriter

 
 
 
 
It’s okay to think of yourself when working on your dream. Do it for you, not anyone else.
Unknown

Quotes June 07, 2021

The best preparation for tomorrow is to do today’s work superbly well.
William Osler, 1849-1919 – Canadian Physician
 
 
 
 
What would happen if we spoke the truth?
Alison Bechdel,
cartoonist, writer
 
 
 
 
I like to choose compassion over judgment and curiosity over fear.
I’m an advocate for people discovering and finding what works for them.
Tracee Ellis Ross,
actor, singer, producer, director
 
 
 
 
Simplify, slow down, be kind. And don’t forget to have art in your life — music, paintings, theater, dance and sunsets.
Ultimately, my aim is to entertain, and sometimes to enlighten, the child who still lives inside of me. This is always where I begin.
Eric Carle,
writer, illustrator, designer
1929-2021
 
 
 
 
Whatever you do, the only secret is to believe in it and satisfy yourself. Don’t do it for anyone else.
Keith Haring,
artist, social activist
 
 
 
 
Pioneering is never done in front of cheerleaders urging on a roaring grandstand of popular approval.
We should indeed keep calm in the face of difference, and live our lives in a state of inclusion and wonder at the diversity of humanity.
George Takei,
actor, writer, activist
 
 
 
 
Live your life as though your every act were to become a universal law.
Immanuel Kant, 1724-1804 – Philosopher

Quotes May 24, 2021

The art of being happy lies in the power of extracting happiness from common things.
Henry Ward Beecher – 1813-1887 – American Minister
 
 
 
 
Remember you are this universe and this
universe is you.
Joy Harjo
 
 
 
 
Always there is this primary place of belonging in the land and in our souls. It used to be a part of the way we lived, how we walked and breathed.
Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee
 
 
 
 
Trees do not preach learning and precepts. They preach, undeterred by particulars, the ancient law of life
Hermann Hesse
 
 
 
 
All of us are knowers, all the time; it is only occasionally and in spite of ourselves that we understand the mystery of given reality.
Aldous Huxley
 
 
 
 
All art emulates the condition of ritual. That is what it comes from and to that it must always return for nourishment.
T.S. Eliot
 
 
 
 
Even a rainbow has seven colors.
We are just equal human beings. We have the same warm heart.
Yuh-Jung Youn,
actor
 
 
 
 
I try to believe like I believed when I was five … when your heart tells you everything you need to know.
Lucy Liu,
actor, director, producer, artist
May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month
 
 
 
 
And no matter what you do or how hard you try, you can’t stop yourself from dreaming.
Jenny Han,
writer
May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month
 
 
 
 
It’s hard for me to answer a question from someone who really doesn’t care about the answer.
Everyone is having a harder time than it appears.
Charles Grodin,
actor, writer, talk show host
1935-2021
 
 
 
 
My invention is just an ordinary invention in an extraordinary time.
Peter Tsai,
materials scientist, creator of the N95 mask
May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month
 
 
 
 
It is more often more important to be ahead of the majority and this means being willing to cut the first furrow in the ground and stand alone for a while if necessary.
Patsy Mink,
politician, co-author of Title IX, first woman of color elected to US Congress
May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Quotes May 23, 2021

All things are difficult before they are easy.
Thomas Fuller – 1608-1661 – English Churchman-Historian
 
 
 
 
Appreciation is a wonderful thing: It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.
Voltaire – 1694-1778 – French Writer
 
 
 
 
Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.
Marcel Proust – 1871-1922 – French Novelist
 
 
 
 
All experience is an arch, to build upon.
Henry Adams – 1838-1918 – American Historian
 
 
 
 
Looking at the Earth and the universe from the stand point of awe, wonder and radical amazement at the grandeur and magnificent mystery of all being. That’s what the new bottom line is about.
Rabbi Michael Lerner
 
 
 
 
There is no power for change greater than a community discovering what it cares about.
Margaret J. Wheatley
 
 
 
 
When we do the best we can, we never know what miracle is wrought in our life, or in the life of another.
Helen Keller
 
 
 
 
The patterns we perceive are determined by the stories we want to believe.
John Verndon
 
 
 
 
In a forest of a hundred thousand trees, no two leaves are alike. And no two journeys along the same path are alike.
Paulo Coelho
 
 
 
 
Ego says, “Once everything falls into place, I’ll feel peace”. Spirit says, “Find your peace, and then everything will fall into place”.
Marianne Williamson
 
 
 
 
Attending to life is an act of love.
Katie Rubinstein
 
 
 
 
Democracy is not just an election, it is our daily life.
Tsai Ing-wen
 
 
 
 
The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places.
Ernest Hemingway
 
 
 
 
After all, nothing depends on how things turn out–only on how you see them when they happen
Gregory Boyle
 
 
 
 
If you want to conquer the anxiety of life, live in the moment, live in the breath.
Amit Ray
 
 
 
 
I dwell in possibility.
Emily Dickinson – 1830-1886 – American Lyric Poet
 
 
 
 
Biology is the least of what makes someone a mother.
Oprah Winfrey

Quotes March 06, 2021

Any knowledge that doesn’t lead to new questions quickly dies out: it fails to maintain the temperature required for sustaining life.
Wislawa Szymborska
 
 
 
 
Just living is not enough…one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.
Hans Christian Anderson
 
 
 
 
Conflict can be seen as a gift of energy, in which neither side loses and a new dance is created.
Thomas Crum
 
 
 
 
Addictions always originate in pain, whether felt openly or hidden in the unconscious.
Gabor Mate
 
 
 
 
To know how to grow old is the master work of wisdom, and one of the most difficult chapters in the great art of living.
Henri Frederic Amiel
 
 
 
 
Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.
Arthur Ashe
 
 
 
 
I imagine one of the reasons people cling to their hates so stubbornly is because they sense, once hate is gone, they will be forced to deal with pain.
James Baldwin
 
 
 
 
In all my deeds may I probe into my mind, and as soon as mental and emotional afflictions arise– as they endanger myself and others– may I strongly confront them and avert them.
Geshe Langri Thangpa
 
 
 
 
A man of wisdom delights in water.
Confucius
 
 
 
 
These three things leads to positive non-linear results: clarity, focus, and time. Simple but not easy.
Shane Parrish
 
 
 
 
I would not give a fig for the simplicity on this side of complexity, but I would give my life for the simplicity on the other side of complexity.
Oliver Wendell Holmes
 
 
 
 
Every day we have a choice. We can take the easier road, the more cynical road, which is a road sometimes based on a dream of a past that never was, fear of each other, distancing and blame, or we can take the much more difficult path, the road of transformation, transcendence, compassion, and love, but also accountability and justice.
Jacqueline Novogratz
 
 
 
 
Become comfortable with permanent uncertainty.
Unknown
 
 
 
 
Life is better when your laughing.
Unknown

Quotes March 02, 2021

Treat yourself with love and respect, and you will attract people who show you love and respect.
Rhonda Byrne
 
 
 
 
You enter life a ship laden with meaning, purpose and gifts
sent to be delivered to a hungry world.
And as much as the world needs your cargo,
you need to give it away.
Everything depends on this.
Greg Kimura
 
 
 
 
Only through our connectedness to others can we really know and enhance self. And only through working on the self can we begin to enhance our connectedness to others.
Harriet Goldhor Lerner
 
 
 
 
We learn from our gardens to deal with the most urgent question of the time: How much is enough?
Wendell Berry
 
 
 
 
Only when our feet learn once again how to walk in a sacred manner, and our hearts hear the real music of creation, can we bring the world back into balance.
Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee
 
 
 
 
Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit.
e.e. cummings
 
 
 
 
All the art of living lies in a fine mingling of letting go and holding on.
Henry Havelock Ellis
 
 
 
 
Now man cannot live without some vision of himself. But still less can he live with a vision that is not true to his inner experience and inner feeling.
D.H. Lawrence
 
 
 
 
Love is first and foremost exemplified by action –by practice — not solely by feeling.
bell hooks
 
 
 
 
Stillness is our most intense mode of action. It is in our moments of deep quiet that is born every idea, emotion, and drive which we eventually honor with the name of action.
Leonard Bernstein
 
 
 
 
A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees.
Amelia Earhart
 
 
 
 
By activating your own goodness within, under any circumstances –especially in hard or difficult conditions — life itself will lead to goodness.
Master Mingtong Gu