Literature is beautiful. Some words to live by:

“I wish I could show you, when you are lonely or in darkness, the astonishing light of your own being.” (Hafiz)

“Every artist was first an amateur.” (R. W. Emerson)

“One’s dignity may be assaulted, vandalized and cruelly mocked, but cannot be taken away unless it is surrendered.” (Morton Kondrake)

“Be careful the ruler you whip out to measure life by – it was designed, made and sold to you by somebody else. ” (unknown)

“I made a mess, but I am not a mess.” (Brene Brown)

“Find your place in the word, dig in, and take responsibility from there.” (Gary Snyder)

“Love is always the appropriate response.”  (unknown,  from Facebook)

“Speak when you are angry and you will make the best speech you will ever regret.” (Ambrose)

There is nothing you can do that I cannot learn.

“Do not ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”  (Howard Thurman)

“David was nothing without Goliath.” (Marty Neumeier)

“Acceptance is a small, quiet room.” (Cheryl Strayed)

“I believe in myself, I have strong confidence in myself.  I do not feel intimidated by anyone, because I know that when I wake up, and look at myself in the mirror, I know that I have already met someone as important as anyone I am going to meet that day.”  (Rosa Parks)

Do the work that shows your weakness, because that’s what needs work.

“Without transparency, you have no choice.” (Cara Rosaen, quoting someone else).

“Talent is the ability to hit a target no one else can hit. Genius is the ability to hit a target no one else can see.”  (Arthur Schopenhauer)

“I don’t need a watch, the time is now or never.” (Sam Smith)

“A master at the art of living makes no distinction between his work and his play, his labor and his leisure, his mind and his body, his education and his recreation, his love and his religion – he hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues with excellence what he is about and leaves others to determine, whether he is working or playing. He himself always knows, he is doing both.”  (Lao Tze, I think…)

“Put your best self out there with as much transparency and sincerity and humor as possible. Inhabit the beauty that lives in your beastly boy and strive to see the beauty in all the other beasts.” (Cheryl Strayed)

“The real work of planet-saving will be small, humble, and humbling, and (insofar as it involves love) pleasing and rewarding.  Its jobs will be too many to count, too many to report, too many to be publicly noticed or rewarded, too small to make anyone rich or famous.”  (Wendall Berry)

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”  (Steve Jobs)

“Vertigo is not the fear of falling‹it is the fear that you will be unable to overcome the urge to hurl yourself into the void.”  (Milan Kundera)

“The 5 Steps to Success:
1. Live in simplicity.
2. Retain mobility.
3. Determine priorities.
4. Limit activities.
5. Exploit Opportunities.”  (unknown)

“The keys to success are in your ability to remain humble, optimistic, and grateful.”
(Jimmy Wales, quoting someone else, at the MassiveChange conference, Chicago 2006)

“Allow. That’s most of what we have to do, is just allow it. We may not understand now or ever but we will feel it. We will feel our lives.”  (Andrew Given)

“Be humble, be teachable. Listen more, appreciate people. Relax.” (GiveMore.com)

“Refuse to allow anyone else to live in your head for free.”  (Gary McLoughlin)

“The right attitude and one arm will beat the wrong attitude and two arms, every time.” (Pete Davis)

“Say what you think and be who you are because the people who mind don’t matter and the people who matter don’t mind.”  (Dr. Seuss)

“All fear comes from trying to see the future.” (Christopher Moore)

The only real boundaries are the ones we create in our own minds.

“Curiously, I don’t ever recall thinking much about becoming a success in life, any more than I ever worried much about failure. I just never focused on those abstract ideas. Rather, I believed that if I did my best, every day, more than I was asked to do, better than I was expected to do it, my future would take care of itself. ”  (John Bogle)

“When all is said and done, have you done or said enough?  Have you just gone along for the ride or have you steered destiny’s hot rod?  When you leave this world, did you make it any better than it was when you arrived?  All you need is all you’ve got; your wits and the clothes on your back, your epitaph is your to earn, your legacy is yours to make.  Go forth.”
(Levi Straus Jeans advertisement in Good Magazine)

“To get where you want to go, start from where you are right now.”  (Dustin Moon)

“I’m not telling you this will be easy, I’m telling you it will be worth it.”

“It isn’t complicated.  It’s just difficult.” (Bobby Maximus)

Three Simple Rules in Life:
•If you do not go after what you want, you will never have it.
•If you do not ask, the answer will always be no.
•If you do not step forward, you will always be in the same place.
(posted on Facebook, source unknown)

“Integrity means doing the right thing, even when no one else will ever know.”  (Bill Warrick)

“Show up, ask questions, don’t quit.”  (Mark Twight)

“When I surrender myself to the universe I find that it takes care of me.”  (Andrew Given)

“Start small, think big, be grateful.”

Revenge is not the answer. “I”m starting with the man in the mirror. I’m asking him to change his ways. No message could have been any clearer. If you want the world a better place take a look at yourself and then make a change.”  (Michael Jackson)

“We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim.” (Ellie Wiesel)

“You tend to get told that the world is the way it is, but life can be much broader once you discover one simple fact; and that is that everything around you that you call life was made up by people no smarter than you. Once you learn that, you¹ll never be the same again.”  (Steve Jobs)

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