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An idea that is developed and put into action is more important than an idea that only exists as an idea.
He who has a why
to live can bear almost any how.
and nothing abides, everything gives way and
nothing stays fixed.
(c.540 - c.475 BC)
Whether you think
you can or think you can'tyou are right.
What would life be
if we had no courage to attempt anything?
Vincent Van Gogh
himself as he follows his path; if he stands
still, waiting to improve before he makes a
decision, he'll never move.
When the mighty
chains of darkness had me on the ropes, everyone
said quit now, that's when I found hope.
First they ignore
you, then they laugh at you, then they fight
you, then you win.
Love, and do what
I like the dreams
for the future better than the history of the
works out for the best in the end. If it hasn't
worked out, it's not the end.
Remember, today is
the tomorrow you worried about yesterday.
between the impossible and the possible lies in
a man's determination.
If you don't know
where you are going, you might wind up someplace
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.
missed by most people because it is dressed in
overalls and looks like work.
Success is going
from failure to failure without loss of
The race is not
always to the swift, but to those who keep on
The true lover of
knowledge naturally strives for truth, and is
not content with common opinion, but soars with
undimmed and unwearied passion till he grasps
the essential nature of things.
To be what we are,
and to become what we are capable of becoming,
is the only end in life.
Nothing is a waste
of time if you use the experience wisely.
essential to achievement and it is also the
foundation of courage and of true progress.
perseverance have a magical effect before which
difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish.
of seeing what everybody has seen and thinking
what nobody has thought.
If we do not try,
we will not know.
It's not what you
gather, but what you scatter that tells what
kind of life you have lived.
If your ship
doesn't come in, swim out to it.
Learn as if you
were going to live forever. Live as if you were
going to die tomorrow.
Life isn't about
finding yourself. Life is about creating
Every man is the
architect of his own fortune.
I'm an idealist. I
don't know where I'm going but I'm on the way.
Our only security
is our ability to change.
Why not try and
see positive things, to just touch those things
and make them bloom?
Thich Nhat Hanh
It ain't bragging
if you can do it.
The wise man sets
no high value on a thing simply because it is
hard to get.
Tao te Ching
true happiness, is not a transcendental state.
It is a condition of broad wisdom, boundless
energy, and good fortune, wherein we each shape
our own destiny, find fulfillment in daily
activities, and come to understand our ultimate
purpose in life.
The fool who knows
he is a fool is for that very reason wise. The
fool who thinks himself wise is the greatest
fool of all.
The meeting of two
personalities is like the contact of two
chemical substances: if there is any reaction,
both are transformed.
The marble not yet
carved can hold the form of every thought the
greatest artist ever has.
Every man is the
architect of his own future.
The greatest glory
in living lies not in ever falling, but in
rising every time we fall.
If you are not
living on the edge, you're taking up too much
Live fully in
every moment and you will come to every day
O for a muse of
fire, that would ascend, the brightest heaven of
This is the art of
courage: to see things as they are and still
believe that the victory lies not with those who
avoid the bad, but those who taste, in living
awareness, every drop of the good.
Give me some
music; music, moody food of us that trade in
The new electronic
independence re-creates the world in the image
of a global village.
There is nothing
that cannot happen today.
Try not to become
a man of success. Rather become a man of value.
Do not fear
mistakes. There are none.
I get up. I walk.
I fall down. Meanwhile, I keep dancing.
Only those who
will risk going too far can possibly find out
how far one can go.
Character is doing
the right thing when nobody's looking.
Do not look for
the truth. Only cease to cherish opinions.
The poetic and the
veridical, the proven and the improvable, the
heart and the brain like charged particles of
opposing polarity exert their pulls in different
directions. Where they are brought together the
result is incandescence.
Knowing that anger
makes me ugly, I smile instead. I return to
myself and meditate on love.
Thich Nhat Hanh
Time present and
time past are both perhaps present in time
future; and time future contained in time past.
If all time is eternally present, all time is
An author who
speaks about his own books is almost as bad as a
mother who talks about her own children.
If in your mind it
was possible to take a year's sabbatical from
work to reassess your life, what would you do
and where would you go?
holiday is a good working definition of hell.
Progress is the
life-style of man.
Change is one
thing, progress is another. 'Change' is
scientific; 'progress' is ethical; change is
indubitable, whereas progress is a matter of
happiness of life is the conviction of being
loved for yourself, or, more correctly, being
loved in spite of yourself.
What we call
failure is not the falling down, but the staying
And here I sit so
patiently waiting to find out what price, you
have to pay to get out of going through all
these things twice.
They got a name
for the winners in the world; I want a name when
(Donald Fagen & Walter Becker)
If you're going
through hell, keep going!
In every man's
writings, the character of the writer must lie
Managing is like
holding a dove in your hand. Squeeze too hard
and you kill it, not hard enough and it flies
If you meet the
Buddha in the lane, feed him the ball.
Be the change your
wish to see in the world.
Living on the road
my friend, was going to keep you free and clean;
Now you wear your skin like iron, your breath's
as hard as kerosene.
Townes Van Zandt
Work like you
don't need the money. Love like you've never
been hurt. Dance like nobody's watching.
You will do
foolish things, but do them with enthusiasm.
The heart, like
the mind, has a memory. And in it are kept the
most precious keepsakes.
Grief can take
care of itself: but to get the full value of joy
you must have somebody to divide it with.
One must still
have chaos in oneself to be able to give birth
to a dancing star.
The aim of life is
to live, and to live means to be aware,
joyously, drunkenly, serenely, divinely aware.
In the space
between past and future, having and losing,
knowing and not knowing, lies an opportunity for
growth and revelation.
The object of a
New Year is not that we should have a new year.
It is that we should have a new soul.
Whatever you do or
dream you can do begin it. Boldness has genius
and power and magic in it.
Let us be grateful
to the people who make us happy; they are the
charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.
Treat people as if
they were what they ought to be, and you'll help
them to become what they are capable of
Love what you do.
He is immortal,
not because he alone among creatures has an
inexhaustible voice, but because he has a soul,
a spirit capable of compassion and sacrifice and
Peace is more
important than all justice; and peace was not
made for the sake of justice, but justice for
the sake of peace.
May you live in
safety, be healthy, be happy, and live at ease.
We are not given
any promises that, because of our noble
intentions, everything will be okay. We learn
that what truly heals is gratitude and
tenderness. We [need] to transform our minds and
actions for the sake of other people and for the
future of the world.
Life is a daring
adventure or nothing at all.
Memory is a child
walking along the seashore. You never can tell
what small pebble it will pick up and store away
among its treasured things.
learning are indispensable to each other.
John F. Kennedy
In the depth of
winter, I finally learned that there was within
me an invincible summer.
Be a light unto
yourself, a refuge unto yourself.
Proceed as the
One of the sweet
and expectable aspects of life afloat is the
perpetual present moment one lives in and a
perception that time is nothing more than the
current, an eternal flowing back to the sea.
Whatever you are,
be a good one.
There are only two
ways to live your life. One is as though nothing
is a miracle. The other is as though everything
is a miracle.
The world breaks
everyone and afterward many are strong at the
In a world of
noise, confusion and conflict it is necessary
that there be places of silence, inner
discipline and peace. In such places love can
If we are
peaceful, if we are happy, we can blossom like a
flower, and everyone in our family, our entire
society, will benefit from our peace.
Thich Nhat Hanh
faster ─ until the thrill of speed overcomes the
fear of death.
for showing feeling. When you do, you apologize
for the truth.
allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is
knowing which ones to keep.
Life is what
happens to you while you are making other plans.
sneaks through a door you didn't know you left
As they say in
Texas, The only thing in the middle of the road
is a yellow line and a dead armadillo.
I joked about
every prominent man in my lifetime, but I never
met one I didn't like.
If you want
creative workers, give them enough time to play.
You have to do
stuff that average people don't understand,
because those are the only good things.
There is no limit
what a man can do or where he can go, if he
doesnt mind who gets the credit.
something you don't get until just after you
Confidence is that
feeling by which the mind embarks in great an
honorable courses with sure hope and trust in
The beautiful is a
phenomenon which is never apparent of itself,
but which is reflected in a thousand different
works of the creator.
The computer can't
tell you the emotional story. It can give you
the exact mathematical design, but what's
missing are the eyebrows.
If you find
yourself angry at someone, try walking a mile in
their shoes then you'll be a mile away from
them, and you'll have their shoes.
generally just don't happen. Luck is a fact, but
it should not be a factor. Good luck is what is
left over after intelligence and efforts have
combined at their best. Luck is the residue of