My Favorite Quotes

Here is a collection of my favorite quotes, in no particular order:

"Ultimately, it is your commitment to the process that will determine your progress." ~James Clear

"Every action you take is a vote for the type of person you wish to become." ~James Clear

"Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do." ~Apple Computer, Inc., 1997

"The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away." ~Pablo Picasso

"Against the assault of Laughter nothing can stand." ~Mark Twain

"If she's amazing, she won't be easy. If she's easy, she won't be amazing. If she's worth it, you won't give up. If you give up, you're not worthy. ... Truth is, everybody is going to hurt you: you just gotta find the ones worth suffering for." ~Bob Marley

"[W]e find a capacity for fulfillment we never knew we had when we accept love and joy as it is given, not just in the forms we desire it." ~Kara Dittmer Savvas

"Don’t bother me with facts, son. I’ve already made up my mind." ~Foghorn Leghorn

"It’s important to figure out how to be ruthlessly efficient and disciplined with your time, and do only those things that matter." ~Kristin Muhlner

"Let your identity be your religion." ~Lady Gaga

"It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters in the end." ~Ursula K. Le Guinn

"I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody." ~Bill Cosby

"It is not what is poured into a student that counts but what is planted." ~Linda Conway

"There is no quality in this world that is not what it is merely by contrast. Nothing exists in itself." ~Herman Melville (Moby-Dick)

"If you can't handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don't deserve me at my best." ~Marilyn Monroe

"If you want to tell people the truth, make them laugh, otherwise they'll kill you." ~Oscar Wilde

"Once you begin watching spiders, you haven't time for much else -- the world is really loaded with them." ~E.B. White

"When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change." ~Max Planck

"If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader." ~John Quincy Adams

"There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is nor how valuable nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open. You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work. You have to keep yourself open and aware to the urges that motivate you. Keep the channel open. ... No artist is pleased. There is no satisfaction whatever at any time. There is only a queer divine dissatisfaction, a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive than the others" ~Martha Graham

"Pity the poor insomniac dyslexic agnostic. He stays up all night wondering if there really is a dog." ~origin unknown

"Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow." ~Melodie Beattie

"May I have the courage today to live the life that I would love, to postpone my dream no longer but do at last what I came here for and waste my heart on fear no more." ~John O'Donohue

"I do not think there is any thrill that can go through the human heart like that felt by the inventor as he sees some creation of the brain unfolding to success... Such emotions make a man forget food, sleep, friends, love, everything." ~Nikola Tesla

"If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?" ~Steve Jobs

"We live in a world in which ninety-nine percent of all beautiful things are destroyed in the bud." ~Kurt Gödel (per Palle Yourgrau)

"I think I shall never see a poem lovely as a tree." ~Joyce Kilmer

"May our haters make us humble and our critics make us wise, may we learn from every stumble and if we fall may we always rise." ~Cory Booker, U.S. Senator from NJ

"I tell my students, 'When you get these jobs that you have been so brilliantly trained for, just remember that your real job is that if you are free, you need to free somebody else. If you have some power, then your job is to empower somebody else. This is not just a grab-bag candy game.'" ~Toni Morrison

"Tentative concepts are needed, even before empirical evidence is available, to guide the choice and design of experiments, as well as to aid in their interpretation." ~David Bohm

"There is a lot of room between failure and perfection. That space is called life." ~Joe Hines

"Never go to sleep without a request to your subconscious." ~Thomas Edison

"No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another." ~Charles Dickens

"You don't have to do anything sensational for people to love you." ~Fred Rogers

"Man is the most insane species. He worships an invisible God and destroys a visible Nature. Unaware that this Nature he’s destroying is this God he’s worshipping." ~Hubert Reeves

"The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex, overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one." ~Mark Twain

"[K]eep a hobby even if it never becomes a business. You need to lose yourself. You need to produce." ~Ayodeji Awosika

"The man who views the world at 50 the same as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life." ~Muhammad Ali

"[D]o not despite the creatures because they are minute. [...] [D]oubt not that in these tiny creatures are mysteries more than we shall ever fathom." ~Charles Kingsley

"Successful people make a habit of doing what unsuccessful people are unwilling to do." ~Rhonda Scharf

"The task is not so much to see what no one has yet seen, but to think what nobody has yet thought about that which everybody sees." ~Arthur Schopenhauer

"Who you are right now, in this moment, is exceedingly more important than who you will be tomorrow. That’s because the future takes cares of itself according to the actions you take right now." ~Christina Sarich

"You begin saving the world by saving one person at a time; all else is grandiose romanticism or politics." ~Charles Bukowski

"I never asked anything of myself at all. I haven't been living. I've been waiting to die." ~Admiral Jean-Luc Picard

"You're only as old as you feel." ~Molly Reardon, Little House on the Prairie (TV)

"Good teachers are skilled in using students’ existing knowledge as a bridge to helping then gain new knowledge." ~Marleen C. Pugach


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