I used to feel so alone in the city. All those gazillions of people and then me, on the outside. Because how do you meet a new person? I was very stumped by this for many years. And then I realized, you just say, “Hi.” They may ignore you. Or you may marry them. And that possibility is worth that one word.
— Augusten Burroughs
When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace.
— Jimi Hendrix
Style is knowing who you are, what you want to say, and not giving a damn.
— Gore Vidal
Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work.
— Stephen King
Better to fight for something than live for nothing.
— George S. Patton
At the end of your life, you will never regret not having passed one more test, not winning one more verdict, or not closing one more deal. You will regret time not spent with a husband, a friend, a child, or a parent.
— Barbara Bush
A capacity and taste for reading gives access to whatever has already been discovered by others.
— Abraham Lincoln
Dream as if you’ll live forever; live as if you’ll die today.
— James Dean
I know but little of the world below, I do not suppose that I know; but I do know that injustice and disobedienceto a better, whether god or man, is evil and dishonorable, and I will never fear or avoid a possible good rather than a certain evil.
If I were to wish for anything, I should not wish for wealth and power, but for the passionate sense of potential — for the eye which, ever young and ardent, sees the possible. Pleasure disappoints; possibility never.
— Soren Kierkegaard
Whatever you are, be a good one.
— Abraham Lincoln
Always be a first-rate version of yourself, not a second-rate version of somebody else.
— Judy Garland
It is a mistake to try to look too far ahead. The chain of destiny can only be grasped one link at a time.
— Sir Winston Churchill
Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michaelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein.
— H. Jackson Browne
They’re certainly entitled to think that, and they’re entitled to full respect for their opinions but before I can live with other folks, I’ve got to live with myself. The one thing that doesn’t abide by majority rule is a person’s conscience.
— Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird
There are so many dreams beyond our nights, and so much sunshine beyond our gray walls. But we can’t see it when we stay at home. There is so much sky above our roof. Is the door so old that it won’t open, or are we at home because we’re afraid of catching a chill?
— Françoise Hardy
If you want to change the way people respond to you, change the way you respond to people.
— Timothy Leary
I believe that everything happens for a reason. People change so that you can learn to let go, things so wrong so that you apprieciate them when they are right, you believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself, and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.
— Marilyn Monroe
The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention.
— Oscar Wilde
I’m selfish, impatient and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I am out of control and at times hard to handle. But if you can’t handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don’t deserve me at my best.
— Marilyn Monroe
This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness.
— 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso
Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.
— Mark Twain
However, the bottom line is, life is too short to keep doing shit you don’t love.
— Sean Ogle
I have heard there are troubles of more than one kind. Some come from ahead and some come from behind. But I’ve bought a big bat. I’m all ready you see. Now my troubles are going to have troubles with me!
— Dr. Seuss
All I ask of you is one thing: please don’t be cynical. I hate cynicism - it’s my least favorite quality and it doesn’t lead anywhere. Nobody in life gets exactly what they thought they were going to get. But if you work really hard and you’re kind, amazing things will happen.
— Conan O’Brien
It’s easier to put on slippers than to carpet the whole world.
— Al Franken
Experience taught me a few things. One is to listen to your gut, no matter how good something sounds on paper. The second is that you’re generally better off sticking with what you know. And the third is that sometimes your best investments are the ones you don’t make.
— Donald Trump
Only after disaster can we be resurrected. It’s only after you’ve lost everything that you’re free to do anything. Nothing is static, everything is evolving, everything is falling apart.
— Chuck Palahniuk
Life is to be lived. If you have to support yourself, you had bloody well better find some way that is going to be interesting. And you don’t do that by sitting around.
— Katharine Hepburn
Some people like to paint pictures, or do gardening, or build a boat in the basement. Other people get a tremendous pleasure out of the kitchen, because cooking is just as creative and imaginative an activity as drawing, or wood carving, or music.
— Julia Child
Continuous effort - not strength or intelligence - is the key to unlocking our potential.
— Winston Churchill
Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.
— Mohandas Gandhi
Men of genius sometimes accomplish most when they work the least, for they are thinking out inventions and forming in their minds the perfect idea that they subsequently express with their hands.
— Giorgio Vasari
We should, all of us, be filled with gratitude and humility for our present progress and prosperity. We should be filled with awe and joy at what lies over the horizon. And we should be filled with absolute determination to make the most of it.
— Bill Clinton
For my part I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me dream.
— Vincent Van Gogh
I don’t care to belong to a club that accepts people like me as members.
— Groucho Marx
I had to pick myself up and get on with it, do it all over again, only even better this time.
— Sam Walton
If you’re walking down the right path and you’re willing to keep walking, eventually you’ll make progress.
— Barack Obama
People often remark that I’m pretty lucky. Luck is only important in so far as getting the chance to sell yourself at the right moment. After that, you’ve got to have talent and know how to use it.
— Frank Sinatra
The shock of discovering that most of the power in the world is held by ignorant and greedy people can really bum you out at first; but after you’ve lived with it a few decades, it becomes, like cancer and other plagues, just another problem that we will solve eventually if we keep working at it.
— Robert Anton Wilson
Every great and deep difficulty bears in itself its own solution. It forces us to change our thinking in order to find it.
— Niels Bohr
Monsters are real, and ghosts are real too. They live inside us, and sometimes, they win.
— Stephen King
For me, it is far better to grasp the Universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring.
— Carl Sagan
‘Different’ and ‘new’ is relatively easy. Doing something that’s genuinely better is very hard.
— Jonathan Ive
I think your whole life shows in your face and you should be proud of that.
— Lauren Bacall
A government big enough to give you everything you want is big enough to take away everything you have.
— Gerald Ford
Don’t write so that you can be understood, write so that you can’t be misunderstood.
— William Howard Taft
The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain.
— Dolly Parton
All the adversity I’ve had in my life, all my troubles and obstacles, have strengthened me… You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you.
— Walt Disney
Focusing your life solely on making a buck shows a certain poverty of ambition. It asks too little of yourself. Because it’s only when you hitch your wagon to something larger than yourself that you realize your true potential.
— Barack Obama
We think basically you watch television to turn your brain off, and you work on your computer when you want to turn your brain on.
— Steve Jobs
Confidence… thrives on honesty, on honor, on the sacredness of obligations, on faithful protection and on unselfish performance. Without them it cannot live.
— Franklin D. Roosevelt
"Nobody grows old merely by living a number of years. We grow old by deserting our ideals. Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul."
"Live life fully while you're here. Experience everything. Take care of yourself and your friends. Have fun, be crazy, be weird. Go out and screw up! You're going to anyway, so you might as well enjoy the process. Take the opportunity to learn from your mistakes: find the cause of your problem and eliminate it. Don't try to be perfect; just be an excellent example of being human.”