Quotes

“A human being is a part of a whole, called by us ‘universe’, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest… a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.” – Albert Einstein

“Be kinder more than necessary because everyone you meet is fighting their own battle.” J.M. Barrie

“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.” – Thoreau

“If you are humble nothing will touch you, neither praise nor disgrace, because you know what you are.” – Mother Teresa

“Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan …”press on” has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race” – Calvin Coolidge

“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” – George Bernard Shaw

“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.”
Theodore Roosevelt

“I have found that the greatest degree of inner tranquility comes from the development of love and compassion. The more we care for the happiness of others, the greater is our own sense of well-being. Cultivating a close, warm-hearted feeling for others automatically puts the mind at ease. It is the ultimate source of success in life. True compassion is universal in scope. It is accompanied by a feeling of responsibility.” – The Dalai Lama

“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 Brown

A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves. – Lao Tzu

A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history. – Gandhi

To laugh often and much, to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children, to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends, to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others, to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch… to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. this is to have succeeded!  - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Our bottom line is the amount of good that we have accomplished over the years. We do consider profit to be a vote of confidence that our customers approve of what we are doing. Profits happen when you do everything else right. – Yvon Chouinard

“Two friends were at a party held at the mansion of a billionaire.  One said, “Wow! Look at this place! This guy has everything!”  The other said, “Yes, but I have something he’ll never have: enough.” – Derek Sivers

The only source of knowledge is experience – Imagination is more important than knowledge” – Einstein

Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.” – Epicurus

“There are too many ideas and things and people. Too many directions to go. I was starting to think that the reason it matters to care so passionately about something is that it whittles the world down to a more manageable size” – Susan Orlean, in “Adaptation”

How do I stop being afraid? Know that there is no safety anywhere. There never was and there never will be. Stop looking for it. Live with a fierce intent to waste nothing of yourself or life. – Ann Shulgin

The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man.  Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine and at last you create what you will. - George Bernard Shaw

“We either make ourselves miserable or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same.” – Carlos Castaneda

I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures. – Lao Tzu

“They did not know it was impossible, so they did it” – Mark Twain

“Ultimately, man should not ask what the meaning of his life is, but rather must recognize that it is he who is asked. In a word, each man is questioned by life; and he can only answer to life by answering for his own life; to life he can only respond by being responsible.” ~ Viktor Frankl

“All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.” – Pablo Picasso

“People say that what we are seeking is a meaning for life. I don’t think this is what we’re really seeking. I think what we’re seeking is an experience of being alive.” – Joseph Campbell

“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matter compared to what lies within us.” – Emerson

“No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.” ~ Albert Einstein

Flaming enthusiasm, backed up by horse sense and persistence, is the quality that most frequently makes for success. – Dale Carnegie

“The most important thing in communication is to hear what isn’t being said. ” – Peter Drucker

“Man can learn nothing except by going from the known to the unknown” ~ Claude Bernard

“You carry all the ingredients to turn your life into a nightmare — don’t mix them! (…) You carry all the ingredients to turn your existence into joy — mix them, mix them!” ~ Hafiz

“And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.” ~ Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. – Margaret Mead

“The truth of the matter is that you always know the right thing to do. The hard part is doing it.” ~ General Norman Schwarzkopf

“We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.” ~ Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

“The future has no other reality than as present hope, and the past is no more than present memory.” – Borges

“I look only to the good qualities of men. Not being faultless myself, I won’t presume to probe into the faults of others. Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony” ~ Gandhi

“He who cannot change the very fabric of his thought will never be able to change reality, and will never, therefore, make any progress.” ~ Stephen Covey

“Things aren’t the way they are, they’re the way you are” ~ Anais Nin

“We are what we think” ~ Buddha

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” ~ Aristotle

“There’s no secret to balance. You just have to feel the waves.” ~ Frank Herbert

“… no matter what our difficulties may be, we recognize that there is a deep untroubled stream flowing below all surface troubles and that we are of one substance with that stream. The soul knows no difficulties.” ~ James Thornton

“People usually consider walking on water or in thin air a miracle. But I think the real miracle is not to walk either on water or in thin air, but to walk on earth. Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don’t even recognize: a blue …sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child — our own two eyes. All is a miracle.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh

It is not enough to fight for the land; it is even more important to enjoy it. While you can. While it’s still here. So get out there and [hike] and fish and mess around with your friends, ramble out yonder and explore the forests…climb the mountains, bag the peaks, run the rivers, breathe deep of that yet sweet and lucid air, sit quietly for a while and contemplate the precious stillness, the lovely, mysterious, and awesome space. ~ Edward Abbey

The important thing is this: To be able at any moment to sacrifice what we are for what we could become. – Charles Dubois

Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive, and then go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive. – Harold Thurman Whitman

“Woe be to him who tries to isolate one department of knowledge from the rest. All science is one: language, literature and history, physics, mathematics and philosophy; subjects which seem the most remote from one another are in reality connected, or rather they all form a single system.” – Jules Michelet

“So shall we come to look at the world with new eyes. It shall answer the endless inquiry of the intellect, — What is truth? and of the affections, — What is good? by yielding itself passive to the educated Will. … Build, therefore, your own world. As fast as you conform your life to the pure idea in your mind, that will unfold its great proportions. A correspondent revolution in things will attend the influx of the spirit.” – Emerson

“Teach me, and I will forget. Show me, and I will remember. Involve me, and I will understand.” – Chinese Proverb

“I have come to the frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element. It is my personal approach that creates the climate. It is my daily mood that makes the weather. I possess tremendous power to make life miserable or joyous. I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration, I can humiliate or humor, hurt or heal. In all situations, it is my response that decides whether a crisis is escalated or de-escalated, and a person is humanized or de-humanized. If we treat people as they are, we make them worse. If we treat people as they ought to be, we help them become what they are capable of becoming.” – Goethe

“The true meaning of life We are visitors here on this planet. We are here for ninety or one hundred years at the very most. During that period, we must try to do something good, something useful, with our lives. If you contribute to other people happiness, you will find the true goal, the true meaning of life.” – H.H. the 14th Dali Lama

“A man’s friendships are one of the best measures of his worth.” -Charles Darwin

“So it is that every person you meet, each soul who crosses your path and affects you – wonderfully and terribly, briefly or for a lifetime – is here for that reason, and every relationship you engage in is but a small scene in a vast, ever-unfolding human panoply that is being endlessly enacted for the purpose of your soul’s development. When you recognize this, you will suddenly, breathtakingly see that each person has been brought to you with a high and elegant purpose, that each soul has come to touch your soul and teach it, that each relationship exists to hasten your own soul’s beautiful awakening. No longer is anyone a stranger; no longer can any of your relationships be seen as failures or mistakes.” – Daphne Rose Kingma

“Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.” – Albert Einstein

“The techno-medical model of maternity care, unlike the midwifery model, is comparatively new on the world scene, having existed for barely two centuries. This male-derive framework for care is a product of the industrial revolution. As anthropologist Robbie Davis-Floyd has described in detail, underlying the technocratic mode of care of our own time is an assumption that the human body is a machine and that the female body in particular is a machine full of shortcomings and defects. Pregnancy and labor are seen as illnesses, which, in order not to be harmful to mother or baby, must be treated with drugs and medical equipment. Within the techno-medical model of birth, some medical intervention is considered necessary for every birth, and birth is safe only in retrospect.” — Ina May Gaskin (Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth

“I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it.” – Pablo Picasso

“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.” – Dalai Lama

“Watch your thoughts, for they become words.
Watch your words, for they become actions.
Watch your actions, for they become habits.
Watch your habits, for they become character.
Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.” – Author Unknown

“Be kinder more than necessary because everyone you meet is fighting their own battle.” J.M. Barrie

“When ordinary human beings perform extraordinary acts of generosity, endurance, or compassion, we are all made richer by their example…the inspiration they generate washes down to the rest of us. It waters everyone’s fields.” – Greg Mortenson

Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” Albert Einstein

“Vision without action is a dream. Action without vision is simply passing the time. Action with Vision is making a positive difference.” Joel Barker

“The difference between history’s boldest accomplishments, and its most staggering failures is often, simply, the diligent will to persevere.” – A. Paclibar

“To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition, to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived-this is to have succeeded.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Great achievement is usually born of great sacrifice,  and is never the result of selfishness.” Napoleon Hill

“Act in such a way that you always treat humanity, whether in your own person or in the peron of any other, never simply as a means but always at the same time as an end” -Kant

“A great leader’s courage to fulfill his vision comes from passion, not position.” -John Maxwell

“Everyone is a genius.
If you judge a fish on its ability to climb a tree,
it will live a whole life believing that it is stupid. ” – Albert Einstein

“Talent hits the target no one else can hit; genius hits the target no one else can see.” – Arthur Schopenhauer

“Keep close to Nature’s heart… and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.” – John Muir

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.

” – John Quincy Adams

“During your life everything you do and everyone you meet rubs off in some way. Some bit of everything you experience stays with everyone you’ve ever known, and nothing is lost. That’s what is eternal, these little specks of experience in a great and enormous river that has no end.” – Harriet Doerr

“In the end, we will conserve only what we love, we will love only what we understand, and we will understand only what we are taught.” –Baba Dioum, Senegalese Conservationist

For what it’s worth: it’s never too late or, in my case, too early to be whoever you want to be. There’s no time limit, stop whenever you want. You can change or stay the same, there are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it. I hope you make the best of it. And I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things you never felt before. I hope you meet people with a different point of view. I hope you live a life you’re proud of. If you find that you’re not, I hope you have the strength to start all over again.  ~ Benjamin Button