The world is changed by examples, not by opinions.
I’d argue that true acceptance is not saying, “Oh, OK, I’ll accept this bad situation,” but, “I accept the reality of this situation for what it is, and it sucks. Now I’m going to change it.” That’s an act of rebellion, of freedom, of self-determination. “I can do…”
If more information was the answer, we’d all be billionaires with perfect abs.
Because your own strength is unequal to the task, do not assume that it is beyond the powers of man; but if anything is within the powers and province of man, believe that it is within your own compass also.
Act calm and kind regardless of how you feel.
I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.
If you trust in yourself and believe in your dreams and follow your star…you’ll still be beaten by people who spent their time working hard and learning things and weren’t so lazy.
A man who views the world the same at fifty as he did at twenty has wasted thirty years of his life.
Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never has, and it never will.
How often I found where I should be going only by setting out for somewhere else.
-R. Buckminster Fuller
First off: Reputation, Posterity and Cool are traps. They’ll drain the life from your life. Reputation, Posterity and Cool = Fear.
Never listen to anyone who says ‘You can’t do that.’ Those are usually the people who can’t do it.
I’m a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more luck I have.
Research your own experiences for the truth… Absorb what is useful… Add what is specifically your own… The creating individual is more than any style or system.
It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all; in which case you fail by default.
-J. K. Rowling
What I am looking for is not out there, it is in me.
If I have made any valuable discoveries, it has been owing more to patient attention than to any other talent.
-Sir Isaac Newton
Don’t go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.
A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.
-Sir Winston Churchill
In these matters, the only certainty is that nothing is certain.
-Pliny the Elder
Well done is better than well said.
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 shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.
The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then is not an act, but a habit.
Nurture your mind with great thoughts, for you will never go any higher than you think.
…when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.
-Sherlock Holmes [Sir Arthur Conan Doyle]
I have never met a man so ignorant that I couldn’t learn something from him.
I cannot teach anybody anything, I can only make them think.
‘Cause I’m sick of seeing ghosts / And I know how it’s all gonna end / There’s no triumph waiting / There’s no sunset to ride off in / We all want to be great men / And there’s nothing romantic about it / I just want to know that I did all I could with what I was given.
-The Wonder Years, “I Just Want To Sell Out My Funeral”
‘What progress have I made? I am beginning to be my own friend.’ That is progress indeed. Such a people will never be alone and you may be sure he is a friend to all.
You miss one hundred percent of the shots you don’t take.
Practice any art, music, singing, dancing, acting, drawing, painting, sculpting, poetry, fiction, essays, reportage, no matter how well or badly, not to get money and fame, but to experience becoming, to find out what’s inside you, to make your soul grow.
It seems that we’re better at finding someone to blame for our problems than we are at finding creative solutions to fix them.
-Neil deGrasse Tyson
You should never be proud of doing what’s right. You should just do what’s right.
To quote from Whitman, “O me! O life!… of the questions of these recurring; of the endless trains of the faithless… of cities filled with the foolish; what good amid these, O me, O life?” Answer: that you are here—that life exists, and identity; that the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse… What will your verse be?
-John Keating, Dead Poets Society [Robin Williams]
Do, or do not. There is no try.
Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.
Today’s secret is tomorrow’s common knowledge.
I have a rule of keeping all negatives out of my life, so if there was someone I was going to despise, I wouldn’t waste the energy on them – they disappear. I remember a philosopher said to me once, “You should only hate people you love. The rest of them are not worth the energy.”
-Sir Michael Caine
There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.
I wish to have as my epitaph: ‘Here lies a man who was wise enough to bring into his service men who knew more than he.’
It is our failure to become our perceived ideal that ultimately defines us and makes us unique. It’s not easy, but if you accept your misfortune and handle it right, your perceived failure can be a catalyst for profound reinvention.
So be wise, because the world needs more wisdom, and if you cannot be wise, pretend to be someone who is wise, and then just behave like they would.
“I’m bored” is a useless thing to say. You live in a great, big, vast world that you’ve seen none percent of.
Go for it now. The future is promised to no one.
Yeah now well the thing about the old days… they the old days.
-Slim Charles, The Wire
Would you have a great empire? Rule over yourself.
I tell the kids, somebody’s gotta win, somebody’s gotta lose. Just don’t fight about it. Just try to get better.
Things didn’t turn out the way they’re supposed to, but what can you do? You must take life the way it comes at you and make the best of it.
–Life of Pi [Yann Martel]
Jesus Christ, I’m not scared to die
I’m a little bit scared of what comes after
-Brand New, “Jesus Christ”
Are you gonna live your life wonderin’, standing in the back, looking around?
Are you gonna waste your time thinkin’ how you’ve grown up, or how you missed out?
-Jimmy Eat World, “A Praise Chorus”
The best players are not necessarily the most confident, they are the most resilient and their resilience comes from knowing how to stack the deck in their favor, or bend the situation to make it work.
The past is a great place and I don’t want to erase it or to regret it, but I don’t want to be its prisoner either.
When you’re the best in your small corner, you can become too self-satisfied. You may achieve success, but you won’t grow. Stand still, and you’ll lose ground. Move on, and you’ll continually test yourself, proving your worth anew.
When I believe in something, I fight like hell for it.
We know what we are, but know not what we may be.
Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working.
To go wrong in one’s own way is better than to go right in someone else’s.
-Razumihin, Crime & Punishment [Dostoyevsky]
This pain that you hold is yours. There is not a single pain quite like it. Nobody else on God’s green earth can feel this pain, or have the indescribable feeling of pride you will have when you overcome it. This pain is not your curse; this pain is YOUR PRIVILEGE.
Whenever the grass looks greener on the other side, stop staring, stop comparing, stop complaining, and start watering the grass you’re standing on.
-Marc & Angel Hack Life
Control what you can and cope with what you can’t. Conquer the chaos in your life. Concentrate on what counts to you. This is how you win victories in modern day battles.
Always think ahead, but always stay in the moment. Reconcile this paradox and you’ll not only get the girl, you might also get peace of mind.
-Rule #80 from the Wedding Crashers’ Rulebook
Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible.
The rule is to leave no rainy-day work to be done when it is not raining for in this climate our profits are limited by the amount of outdoor work we get done.
-From Circular 76, May 1917, by a Wisconsin Farmer
I have the key in my hand, all I have to find is the lock.
-Joseph Tura, To Be or Not to Be [Jack Benny]
Reduce everything you want to do to an action you can do right now, and then do it.
Life itself is a kind of journey.
You will get all you want in life, if you help enough other people get what they want.
A belief is a poor substitute for an experience.
How can I win even if this fails?
When adversity strikes, that’s when you have to be the most calm. Take a step back, stay strong, stay grounded and press on.
-LL Cool J
Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming “Wow! What a Ride!”
-Hunter S. Thompson
It always seems impossible until it’s done.
Die but do.
Success is not a goal, it’s a byproduct.
Life has no limitations, except the ones you make.
The confidence comes after courage.
Bill Moyers: What happens when you follow your bliss?
Joseph Campbell: You come to bliss.
An amateur is too proud to humble themselves to practice the fundamentals.
You have to apply yourself each day to becoming a little better. By applying yourself to the task of becoming a little better each and every day over a period of time, you will become a lot better.
Until a man is twenty-five, he still thinks, every so often, that under the right circumstances he could be the baddest motherfucker in the world. If I moved to a martial-arts monastery in China and studied real hard for ten years. If my family was wiped out by Colombian drug dealers and I swore myself to revenge. If I got a fatal disease, had one year to live, and devoted it to wiping out street crime. If I just dropped out and devoted my life to being bad.
–Snow Crash [Neal Stephenson]