some of my favorite quotes

not in any particular order
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"You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are, and change the ending."

~ C.S. Lewis

"Act without expectation."

~ Lao Tzu

"A ship in harbor is safe, but that's not what ships are built for."

~ John A. Shedd

"There is no remedy for love, but to love more."

~ Henry David Thoreau

"If you really want to do something, you'll find a way. If you don't, you'll find an excuse."

~ Jim Rohn

"Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate."

~ C.G. Jung

"Never be limited by other people's limited imaginations."

~ Dr. Mae Jemison

"I crave a love so deep, the ocean would be jealous."

~ Pablo Neruda

"If you wanted to, you would."

~ John Servidio

"You miss 100% of the shots you don't take."

~ Wayne Gretsky

"To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you."

~ Lewis B. Smedes

"We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are."

~ Anais Nin

"When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time."

~ Maya Angelou

"Action is the foundational key to all success."

~ Pablo Picasso

"Fear defeats more people than any other one thing in the world."

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

"How people treat you is their karma; how you react is yours."

~ Wayne W. Dyer

"Even when you heal, you’re never what you were before."

~ Cassandra Clare

"Whatever is begun in anger ends in shame."

~ Benjamin Franklin

"If you can change your mind, you can change your life."

~ William James

"I have had recurring nightmares
That I was loved for who I am.
And missed the opportunity
To be a better man. "

~ Muse (Hoodoo)

"Hang in there. It is astonishing how short a time it can take for very wonderful things to happen."

~ Frances Hodgson Burnett

"Comparison is the thief of joy."

~ Theodore Roosevelt

"The most effective way to do it is to do it."

~ Amelia Earhart

"You can't have it all at once."

~ Ruth Bader Ginsburg

"Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored."

~ Aldous Huxley

"Truth is confirmed by inspection and delay; falsehood by haste and uncertainty."

~ Tacitus

"Nothing is more permanent than a temporary solution."

~ Russian Proverb

"If you find yourself in a hole… stop digging."

~ The First Law of Holes

"Find out where the line is drawn, and cross it deliberately."

~ George Carlin

"A mistake repeated more than once is a decision."

~ Paulo Coelho

"I demolish my bridges behind me...then there is no choice but to move forward."

~ Fridtjof Nansen

"If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor."

~ Desmond Tutu

"All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent."

~ Edmund Burke

"Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others’?"

~ Martin Luther King Jr.

"You can tell how smart people are by what they laugh at"

~ Tina Fey

"The problem with the world is that the intelligent people are full of doubts while the stupid ones are full of confidence."

~ Charles Bukowski

"A bird sitting on a tree is never afraid of the branch breaking, because its trust is not on the branch but on its own wings."

~ Unknown

"When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change."

~ Max Planck

"You may always have a second chance; for this thing we call failure is not the falling down, but the staying down."

~ Mary Pickford

"We must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us."

~ Jospeh Campbell

"What you do is more important than what you say."

~ Mark Twain (paraphrased)

"The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it,
but in the end, there it is."

~ Winston Churchill

"A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle."

~ James Keller


"Go to the actual place and see the actual thing and you shall learn the actual truth."

~ Japanese Proverb

"Who lies for you, will lie against you."

~ Bosnian Proverb

"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter."

~ Martin Luther King Jr.

"Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity."

~ Hanlon's razor

"The things you own end up owning you. It's only after you lose everything that you're free to do anything."

~ Chuck Palahniuk ('Fight Club')

"Normal is an illusion. What is normal for the spider is chaos for the fly."

~ Charles Addams

"Don't surrender all your joy for an idea you used to have about yourself that isn't true anymore."

~ Cheryl Strayed

"When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth."

~ Sherlock Holmes (Sir Arthur Conan Doyle)

"You must be the change you want to see in the world."

~ (Not) Gandhi

"Everything in moderation... including moderation."

~ Julia Child

"To whom much is given, much is expected."

~ John F. Kennedy

"The most expensive thing you will ever do is spend time with the wrong people."

~ Anonymous

"Only those who risk going too far, can find out how far one can go."

~ T.S. Elliot

"It has long been an axiom of mine that the little things are infinitely the most important."

~ Arthur Conan Doyle

"It takes a great deal of courage to stand up to your enemies, but even more to stand up to your friends."

~ J.K. Rowling

"The best way out is always through."

~ Robert Frost

"Tell me what company thou keepest, and I'll tell thee what thou art."

~ Miguel de Cervantes

"Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen."

~ Winston S. Churchill

"Wherever you go, there you are."

~ Buckaroo Bonzai

"Assumptions are the termites of relationships."

~ Henry Winkler

"Have you ever noticed that anybody driving slower than you is an idiot, and anyone going faster than you is a maniac?"

~ George Carlin

"If you hit a wrong note, the next note determines if it’s good or bad."

~ Miles Davis

"We owe almost all our knowledge not to those who have agreed, but to those who have differed."

~ Charles Caleb Colton

"They don't think it be like it is, but it do."

~ Oscar Gamble

"Less but better."

~ Dieter Rams

"I would have written a shorter letter, but I did not have the time."

~ Blaise Pascal

"Nothing can bring you peace but the triumph of principles."

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

"No change of circumstances can repair a defect of character."

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

"First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win."

~ Mohandas Gandhi

"If you're not willing to learn, no one can help you. If you're determined to learn, no one can stop you."

~ Zig Ziglar

"Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people."

~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"Pettiness and tit-for-tats, the poor upbringing of trashy brats."

~ Anon

"You can tell a lot about someone by the people he or she admires."

~ Ken Segall

"If you would attain greatness, think no little thoughts."

~ Anonymous

"Great things are not accomplished by those who yield to trends, fads and popular opinion."

~ Jack Kerouac

"Mediocrity is excellent to the eyes of mediocre people."

~ Joseph Joubert

"Each of us is entitled to his own opinion, but not to his own facts."

~ James R. Schlesinger

"It is never too late to be what you might have been."

~ George Eliot

"I'm not upset that you lied to me, I'm upset that from now on I can't believe you."

~ Friedrich Nietzsche

"If you marry a woman who cheated on her husband, you're married to a woman who cheats on her husband."

~ Ann Landers

"It's better to live one day as a lion, than a thousand years as a lamb."

~ Anon

"The best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them."

~ Ernest Hemingway

"A good hockey player plays where the puck is. A great hockey player plays where the puck is going to be."

~ Wayne Gretzky

"Take your broken heart, make it into art."

~ Carrie Fisher

"We will encourage you to develop the three great virtues of a programmer: laziness, impatience, and hubris."

~ Larry Wall

"Live life like you're gonna die. Because you're gonna."

~ William Shatner

"You've got to be careful if you don't know where you're going, because you might not get there."

~ Yogi Berra

"Profanity is the verbal crutch of the ignorant mother fucker."

~ Anon

"I realize I use the word 'fuck' a lot, and I'd apologize for that, but I don't give a shit."

~ Lewis Black

"Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know."

~ Ernest Hemingway

"The limit of my language is the limit of my understanding."

~ Ludwig Wittgenstein

"One believes things because one has been conditioned to believe them."

~ Aldous Huxley

"My alone feels so good, I’ll only have you if you’re sweeter than my solitude."

~ Warsan Shire

"I can only connect deeply or not at all."

~ Anis Nin

"Whosoever is delighted in solitude, is either a wild beast or a god."

~ Francis Bacon

"In the end, there doesn't have to be anyone who understands you. There just has to be someone who wants to."

~ Robert Brault

"To live alone is the fate of all great souls."

~ Arthur Schopenhauer

"People think being alone makes you lonely, but I don't think that's true.
Being surrounded by the wrong people is the loneliest thing in the world."

~ Kim Culbertson

"You can't do it unless you imagine it."

~ George Lucas

"They deem him their worst enemy who tells them the truth."

~ Plato

"There is no trap so deadly as the trap you set for yourself."

~ Raymond Chandler

"Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working."

~ Pablo Picasso

"My dear,

Find what you love and let it kill you.

Let it drain you of your all. Let it cling onto your back and weigh you down into eventual nothingness.

Let it kill you and let it devour your remains.

For all things will kill you, both slowly and fastly, but it’s much better to be killed by a lover."

~ Kinky Friedman