Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes You come alive and go do that, because what the world needs are people who have come alive. — Gil Bailie
At the height of laughter, the universe is flung into a kaleidoscope of new possibilities. — Jean Houston
It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare; it is because we do not dare that they are difficult. — Seneca
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. — Mark Twain
Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you’ve imagined. As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler. — Henry David Thoreau
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 time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and will be lost; the world will not have it. — Martha Graham
The mind of a Poet, as I see it, is a mind that colors life with imagination based on necessarily bitter experience, a mind that has survived the squalor of small humiliations and the melancholy of great disillusions, and remains unerring in the perception of beauty in the human heart. — Noel Coward
Do the thing you fear and death of fear is certain. — Ralph Waldo Emerson
If you follow your bliss, doors will open for you that wouldn’t have opened for anyone else. — Joseph Campbell
Passion does not reveal herself only in clandestine, bodice-ripping cliches. Passion’s nature is also cloaked in the deep, subtle, quiet, and committed: nursing a baby, planting a rose garden, persevering in a dream. — Unknown
Genius is what man finds as he is finding his way out. — Jean Paul Sarte
I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shots and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed. — Michael Jordan
To Change One’s Life: Start immediately. Do it flamboyantly. No exceptions. — William James
We grow great by dreams. All big men are dreamers. They see things in the soft haze of a spring day or in the red fire of a long winter’s evening. Some of us let great dreams die, but others nourish and protect them, nurse them through bad days till they bring them to the sunshine and light which always comes to those who sincerely hope their dreams will come true. — Woodrow Wilson
Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation) there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. I have learned a deep respect for one of Goethe’s couplets:
Whatever you can do,
or dream you can, begin it.
Boldness has genius,
power and magic in it.
— W.H. Murray, in The Scottish Himalayan Expedition
If I had my life to live over- I’d dare to make more mistakes next time. I’d relax. I would limber up. I would be sillier than I have been this trip. I would take fewer things seriously. I would take more chances. I would take more trips. I would climb more mountains and swim more rivers. I would eat more ice cream and less beans. I would perhaps have more actual troubles, but I’d have fewer imaginary ones.
You see, I’m one of those people who live sensibly and sanely hour after hour, day after day. Oh, I’ve had my moments and if I had it to do over again, I’d have more of them. In fact, I’d try to have nothing else. Just moments, one after another, instead of living so many years ahead of each day….
If I had my life to live over, I would start barefoot earlier in the spring and stay that way later in the fall. I would go to more dances. I would ride more merry-go-rounds. I would pick more daisies.
— Nadine Stair, 85 years old
The secret is this: Strength lies solely in tenacity. — Louis Pasteur
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous,
Talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God.
Your playing small does not serve the world.
There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that
Other people will not feel insecure around you.
We are all meant to shine, as children do.
We were born to make manifest this glory of God that is within us.
It is not just in some of us: It is in everyone.
And as we let our own light shine,
We unconsciously give others permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fears,
Our presence automatically liberates others.
— From Nelson Mandela’s Inauguration Speech, by Marianne Williamson
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