We know the human brain is a device to keep the ears from grating on one another.
The human brain starts working the moment you are born and never stops until you stand up to speak in public.
At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.
Life and death matters, yes. And the question of how to behave in this world, how to go in the face of everything. Time is short and the water is rising.
Love is not about what I am going to get, but what I am going to give. People make a mistake in thinking that you give to those whom you love, the real answer is, you love those to whom you give.
Some days (or weeks, or months) my mind feels like a pinball machine. I can almost hear the bells and clatter and feel the vibration. I love to play pinball, but having thoughts and ideas and “things I need to do” bouncing off the inside of my skull and off of each other is confusing, to say the least.
Above all, do not give up your moral and political autonomy by accepting in somebody else’s terms the illiberal practicality of the bureaucratic ethos or the liberal practicality of the moral scatter. Know that many personal troubles cannot be solved merely as troubles, but must be understood in terms of public issues and in terms of the problems of history making.
C. Wright Mills
When you close the door of your mind to negative thoughts, the door of opportunity opens to you.
Remember the time you thought you never could survive? You did, and you can do it again.
We know the human brain is a device to keep the ears from grating on one another.
Open, honest communication is the best foundation for any relationship, but remember that at the end of the day it’s not what you say or what you do, but how you make people feel that matters the most.
entrepreneur, former CEO of Zappos
Without a song, each day would be a century.
gospel singer, civil rights activist
How did it get so late so soon? It’s night before it’s afternoon. December is here before it’s June. My goodness how the time has flewn. How did it get so late so soon?
Theodor Seuss Geisel,
writer known as Dr. Seuss
There were certainly things I was scared to do, but I never thought I wasn’t up for the challenge.
True love has a habit of coming back.
You can’t change how people treat you or what they say about you. All you can do is change how you react to it.
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi
No matter how bad something may seem, there are always, always, many things to be grateful for.
I’m curious about everything — even things that don’t interest me.
We are all experts in our own little niches.
television personality, game show host
You got to set your mind right and the rest will come to you naturally.
singer-songwriter, musician, composer
The sun sinks to rise again; the day is swallowed up in the gloom of night, to be born out of it, as fresh as if it had never been quenched.
William Peter Blatty,
Don’t wait for inspiration. It comes while one is working.
To free us from the expectations of others, to give us back to ourselves — there lies the great, singular power of self-respect.
I have already lost touch with a couple of people I used to be …
What a glorious gift is imagination, and what satisfaction it affords!
What is uttered is finished and done with.
writer, essayist, critic, Nobel Prize winner
Building mental strength will help you use failure as a stepping stone to future success.
Give yourself permission to walk away from anything that gives you bad vibes.
Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.
“Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.”
“There are more things to alarm us than to harm us, and we suffer more often in apprehension than reality.”
“Time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.”
“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.”
Write about what you know, and what do you know better than your own secrets?
A man’s rights rest in three boxes: the ballot box, the jury box, and the cartridge box.”
No 1 rule of life: Do what makes YOU happy.
An apology without changed behavior is just manipulation.
Reach for it. Push yourself as far as you can.
Striving for success without hard work is like trying to harvest where you haven’t planted.
“The pleasure which we most rarely experience gives us greatest delight.”
“Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.”
“Men spend their lives in anticipations, in determining to be vastly happy at some period when they have time. But the present time has one advantage over every other – it is our own. Past opportunities are gone, future have not come. We may lay in a stock of pleasures, as we would lay in a stock of wine; but if we defer the tasting of them too long, we shall find that both are soured by age.”
Charles Caleb Colton
“Every man has his secret sorrows which the world knows not; and often times we call a man cold when he is only sad.”
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
There was a time when I thought I loved my first wife more than life itself. But now I hate her guts. I do. How do you explain that? What happened to that love? What happened to it, is what I’d like to know. I wish someone could tell me.
At the end of the day, people will judge you anyway, so do what makes you happy.
It is easier for the world to accept a simple lie than a complex truth.
Alexis de Tocqueville
“You have to learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play better than anyone else.”
“The more you know who you are, and what you want, the less you let things upset you.”
“The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise grows it under his feet.”
“The reason people find it so hard to be happy is that they always see the past better than it was, the present worse than it is, and the future less resolved than it will be.”
“Happiness is within. It has nothing to do with how much applause you get or how many people praise you. Happiness comes when you believe that you have done something truly meaningful.”
“If thou wilt make a man happy, add not unto his riches but take away from his desires.”
“If you want happiness for an hour — take a nap.
If you want happiness for a day — go fishing.
If you want happiness for a year — inherit a fortune.
If you want happiness for a lifetime — help someone else.
Do not forget small kindnesses and do not remember small faults.”
“Our envy always lasts longer than the happiness of those we envy.”
“The greater part of our happiness or misery depends upon our dispositions, and not upon our circumstances.”
“On a deeper level you are already complete. When you realize that, there is a playful, joyous energy behind what you do.”
Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.
A single word even may be a spark of inextinguishable thought.
Percy Bysshe Shelley,
A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality.
What you are thinking, what shape your mind is in, is what makes the biggest difference of all.
professional baseball center fielder
To attain true success and happiness, you need to go beyond “Me” thinking and instead put others before yourself. – Yoichi Utebi
We must travel in the direction of our fear.
If you’re not moving forward and you’re not evolving, you’re devolving, and I don’t want to go backwards. I want to be better at what I do tomorrow than I am today.
Kids also learn faster because they don’t spend their time thinking up reasons why they can’t do it.
Don’t quit in the valley. God has a plan for you to reach the mountain top.
“If you are not willing to risk the usual, you will have to settle for the ordinary.”
The aim of marketing is to know and understand the customer so well the product or service fits him and sells itself.
Listen to your customers, not your competitors.
“Love takes off masks that we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within.”
The most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or touched, they are felt with the heart.
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
“It is only when we truly know and understand that we have a limited time on earth – and that we have no way of knowing when our time is up – that we will begin to live each day to the fullest, as if it was the only one we had.”
Falling in love is easy, staying in love is a challenge, letting go is hard, and moving on is the hardest.
Ignoring isn’t the same as ignorance, you have to work at it.
A man is great not because he hasn’t failed; a man is great because failure hasn’t stopped him.
Acceptance is going to a restaurant where the salad’s not great, but the steak is fine.
actor, comedian, writer, director
No one expected me. Everything awaited me.
singer-songwriter, musician, writer
In this world there are only two tragedies. One is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it.
To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.
You have to be vigilant about keeping your own fire alive.
Sometimes, carrying on, just carrying on, is the superhuman achievement.
writer, philosopher, Nobel Prize winner
If your mind isn’t clouded by unnecessary things, this is the best season of your life.
Success isn’t always about greatness. It’s about consistency. Consistent hard work leads to success. Greatness will come.
All the things of the universe are perfect miracles, each as profound as any.
We are the words; we are the music; we are the thing itself.
A self that goes on changing is a self that goes on living.
When I’m not feeling my best I ask myself, ‘What are you gonna do about it?’ I use the negativity to fuel the transformation into a better me.
If everything was perfect, you would never learn and you would never grow.
singer, performer, actor
“Love does not dominate; it cultivates.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
“When you adopt the viewpoint that there is nothing that exists that is not part of you, that there is no one who exists who is not part of you, that any judgment you make is self-judgment, that any criticism you level is self-criticism, you will wisely extend to yourself an unconditional love that will be the light of the world.”
“Love is what you’ve been through with somebody.”
“For many men, the acquisition of wealth does not end their troubles, it only changes them.”
“Immature love says: ‘I love you because I need you.’ Mature love says ‘I need you because I love you.’”