Where hope grows, miracles blossom.
The more aware one is — of yourself, of your surroundings, of other people — the more likely you are to respond truthfully.
I want to see myself as the hero of any story.
You cannot score 10 goals from 10 shots — that’s impossible — but I am trying.
Nothing is so impenetrable as laughter in a language you don’t understand.
writer, playwright, poet
Remember your yesterdays, dream your tomorrows, and live your todays.
Your current situation is not your final destination.
Where hope grows, miracles blossom.
Cultivate an ever-continuous power of observation.
John Singer Sargent,
In improvisation there is one hard and fast rule, and that rule is known as ‘Yes And.’
An idea starts to be interesting when you get scared of taking it to its logical conclusion.
Nassim Nicholas Taleb,
essayist, scholar, mathematical statistician, risk analyst
I don’t think it would have all got me quite so down if just once in a while—just once in a while—there was at least some polite little perfunctory implication that knowledge should lead to wisdom, and that if it doesn’t, it’s just a disgusting waste of time! But there never is! You never even hear any hints dropped on a campus that wisdom is supposed to be the goal of knowledge. You hardly ever even hear the word ‘wisdom’ mentioned!
But if you tell folks you’re a college student, folks are so impressed. You can be a student in anything and not have to know anything. Just say toxicology or marine biokinesis, and the person you’re talking to will change the subject to himself. If this doesn’t work, mention the neural synapses of embryonic pigeons.
Here is a lesson in creative writing. First rule: Do not use semicolons. They are transvestite hermaphrodites representing absolutely nothing. All they do is show you’ve been to college.
I don’t ask for the meaning of the song of a bird or the rising of the sun on a misty morning. There they are, and they are beautiful.
journalist, writer, editor
Rory Sutherland, Alchemy: The Surprising Power of Ideas That Don’t Make Sense he says,
“When you demand logic, you pay a hidden price: you destroy magic.”
“Engineers, medical people, scientific people, have an obsession with solving the problems of reality, when actually … once you reach a basic level of wealth in society, most problems are actually problems of perception.”
Hang out with people who make you forget to look at your phone.
“Most of us, swimming against the tides of trouble the world knows nothing about, need only a bit of praise or encouragement – and we will make the goal.”
“If one advances confidently in the direction of one’s dreams, and endeavors to live the life which one has imagined, one will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.”
Henry David Thoreau
“Show me someone who has done something worthwhile, and I’ll show you someone who has overcome adversity.”
“If you take responsibility for yourself you will develop a hunger to accomplish your dreams.”
“I don’t really want to become normal, average, standard. I want merely to gain in strength, in the courage to live out my life more fully, enjoy more, experience more. I want to develop even more original and more unconventional traits.”
“Everything you want is on the other side of fear.”
“When I’m old and dying, I plan to look back on my life and say, ‘Wow, that was an adventure,’ not, ‘Wow, I sure felt safe.’”
“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.”
“Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.”’
“To dare is to lose one’s footing momentarily. To not dare is to lose oneself.”
“20 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.”
“A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.”
“Courage isn’t having the strength to go on – it is going on when you don’t have strength.”
“We acquire the strength we have overcome.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength.”
“Remember that failure is an event, not a person.”
“When you have exhausted all possibilities, remember this: you haven’t.”
“If you don’t like something change it; if you can’t change it, change the way you think about it.”
Writing a novel is actually searching for victims. As I write I keep looking for casualties. The stories uncover the casualties.
Your memory is a monster; you forget – it doesn’t. It simply files things away. It keeps things for you, or hides things from you – and summons them to your recall with a will of its own. You think you have a memory; but it has you!
“Maybe life isn’t about avoiding bruises.
Maybe it’s about collecting scars
to prove we showed up for it.”
You may try but you can never imagine what it is to have a man’s form of genius in you, and to suffer the slavery of being a girl.
Whenever I hear anyone arguing for slavery, I feel a strong impulse to see it tried on him personally.
Slavery is founded in the selfishness of man’s nature – opposition to it is his love of justice. These principles are an eternal antagonism; and when brought into collision so fiercely, as slavery extension brings them, shocks and throes and convulsions must ceaselessly follow.
The writing of a novel is taking life as it already exists, not to report it but to make an object, toward the end that the finished work might contain this life inside it and offer it to the reader. The essence will not be, of course, the same thing as the raw material; it is not even of the same family of things. The novel is something that never was before and will not be again.
If it sounds like writing, I rewrite it. Or, if proper usage gets in the way, it may have to go. I can’t allow what we learned in English composition to disrupt the sound and rhythm of the narrative.
You can’t fake it. Bad writing is a gift.
Richard Le Gallienne
It takes a lot of bad writing to get to a little good writing.
Kickstarter eliminates the risk that publishers and booksellers face. They have limited resources and limited shelf space, and Kickstarter is proof to them that something is going to work.
Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success.
theologian, organist, writer, humanitarian, philosopher, physician
Share your knowledge. It’s a way to achieve immortality.
Dalai Lama XIV
“Simply put, you believe that things or people make you unhappy, but this is not accurate. You make yourself unhappy.”
“Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.”
I don’t regret my past. I regret the time I wasted on the wrong people.
Life is too short to waste your time thinking about someone who doesn’t treat you right.
To reach a port we must sail, sometimes with the wind, and sometimes against it. But we must not drift or lie at anchor.
Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.,
The key to life is resilience. … We will always be knocked down. It’s the getting up that counts.
The struggle you’re in today is developing the strength you need for tomorrow. Don’t give up.
Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.
A friendship founded on business is better than a business founded on friendship.
John D. Rockefeller
“When a resolute young fellow steps up to the great bully, the world, and takes him boldly by the beard, he is often surprised to find it comes off in his hand, and that it was only tied on to scare away the timid adventurers.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
”Spend eighty percent of your time focusing on the opportunities of tomorrow rather than the problems of yesterday.”
“Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.”
“Things work out best for those who make the best of how things work out.”
“No matter where you’re from, your dreams are valid.”
“Your dream doesn’t have an expiration date. Take a deep breath and try again.”
“If you can’t respect our national anthem, get the hell out of the country. That’s the way I feel. Of course, I’m old fashioned. … You don’t protest against the flag, and you don’t protest against this country who’s given you the opportunities to make a living playing a sport that you never thought would happen. So, I don’t want to hear all the crap.”
Iconic Chicago Bears’ coach and NFL Hall of Famer
“‘To my mind there is no more noble profession than serving as a law enforcement officer. You put your life and well-being on the line to protect your communities. And your families spend anxious nights, night after night, so the rest of us can sleep in peace. That job has always been a difficult job, but it’s probably – no time where it is more difficult than today …'”
AG Barr on law enforcement
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better.
The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly.
So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.”
“Make glorious amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody has ever made before. Do not freeze, do not stop, do not worry. Whatever you are scared of doing, do it.”
“There is no sense in punishing your future for the mistakes of your past. Forgive yourself, grow from it, and then let it go.”
“Don’t brood. Get on with living and loving. You don’t have forever.”
Start everyday with a new hope, leave bad memories behind and have faith for a better tomorrow.
People come in and out of your life. Only the real ones stay.
If one lights a fire for others, one will brighten one’s own way.
“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.”
Leonardo Da Vinci
“To affect the quality of the day, that is the highest of arts.”
Henry David Thoreau
“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant.”
Robert Louis Stevenson
“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.”
“The reason why we struggle with insecurity is because we compare our behind the scenes with everyone else’s highlight reel.”
“Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced.”
“If you are not willing to risk the usual, you will have to settle for the ordinary.”
“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.”
“Love takes off masks that we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within.”
It’s all about finding calm in the chaos.
I’m a big fan of the saying, “Nothing beats a failure but a try.”
Success is not final; failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts.
Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you.
Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the great.
John D. Rockefeller,
business magnate, philanthropist
“The most important thing in life is to learn how to give out love, and to let it come in.”
“Once the realization is accepted that even between the closest human beings infinite distances continue, a wonderful living side by side can grow, if they succeed in loving the distance between them which makes it possible for each to see the other whole against the sky.”
Rainer Maria Rilke
“The way to love anything is to realize that it may be lost.”
Gilbert K. Chesterton
“Love is a friendship set to music.”
“Love will find a way through paths where wolves fear to prey.”
When people tell me nothing has changed, I say come walk in my shoes and I will show you change.
politician, civil rights leader
Never regret your decisions, every mistake makes you smarter and stronger.
You can destroy your now by worrying about tomorrow.
“The only thing we never get enough of is love; and the only thing we never give enough of is love.”
“Love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is done well.”
Vincent Van Gogh
“I love you not because of who you are, but because of who I am when I am with you.”
“If you would be loved, love, and be loveable.”
“You know it’s love when all you want is that person to be happy, even if you’re not part of their happiness.”*
Life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans.
“Just remember, once you are over the hill you begin to pick up speed.”
“Ordinary riches can be stolen, real riches cannot. In your soul are infinitely precious things that cannot be taken from you.”
“There are two kinds of people: those who say to God, ‘Thy will be done,’ and those to whom God says, ‘All right then, have it your way.”
C. S. Lewis
Getting started is often the hardest part.
“To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children… to leave the world a better place… to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
“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.”
“Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.”
Thich Nhat Hanh
“If men would consider not so much wherein they differ, as wherein they agree, there would be far less of uncharitableness and angry feeling in the world.”
“Most people would rather be certain they’re miserable, than risk being happy.”
Dr. Robert Anthony
“When we long for life without difficulties, remind us that oaks grow strong in contrary winds and diamonds are made under pressure.”
“You can teach a student a lesson for a day; but if you can teach him to learn by creating curiosity, he will continue the learning process as long as he lives.”
Clay P. Bedford
“The fullness of life is only accessible in the present moment.”
“If the only tool you have is a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail.”
If you get to my age in life and nobody thinks well of you, I don’t care how big your bank account is, your life is a disaster.
How many times had those awful words – “I know what I’m doing” – been uttered throughout history as prelude to disaster?
O ye that love mankind! Ye that dare oppose, not only the tyranny, but the tyrant, stand forth! Every spot of the old world is overrun with oppression. Freedom hath been hunted round the globe. Asia, and Africa, have long expelled her. Europe regards her like a stranger, and England hath given her warning to depart. O! receive the fugitive, and prepare in time an asylum for mankind.
Thomas Paine, Common Sense
The dons, the bashaws, the grandees, the patricians, the sachems, the nabobs, call them by what names you please, sigh and groan and fret, and sometimes stamp and foam and curse, but all in vain. The decree is gone forth, and it cannot be recalled, that a more equal liberty than has prevailed in other parts of the earth must be established in America.
John Adams, letter to Patrick Henry, June 3, 1776
Too many people are trying to find the right person instead of being the right person.
Paradise is always where love dwells.
Jean Paul Richter
Holding on is being brave, but letting go and moving on is often what makes us stronger and happier.
It’s okay to have flaws. That’s what makes you real.
“Life’s real failure is when you do not realize how close you were to success when you gave up.”