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  1. 1. Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind. Dr. Seuss Always do sober what you said you'd do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut. Ernest Hemingway In reality, serendipity accounts for one percent of the blessings we receive in life, work and love. The other 99 percent is due to our efforts. Peter McWilliams A man who thinks he has a higher purpose can do terrible things, even to those he professes to love. Denise Mina Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read. Groucho Marx It's not about the writing. It's about the feelings behind the words. Takayuki Ikkaku, Arisa Hosaka and Toshihiro Kawabata Success is relative. It is what we can make of the mess we have made of things. T.S. Eliot Any man whose errors take ten years to correct is quite a man. J. Robert Oppenheimer Why do we have to wait for special moments to say nice things or tell people we care about them? Randy K. Milholland
  2. 2. You can have anything you want if you want it desperately enough. You must want it with an inner exuberance that erupts through the skin and joins the energy that created the world. Sheila Graham We're here for a reason. I believe a bit of the reason is to throw little torches out to lead people through the dark. Whoopi Goldberg The position of the artist is humble. He is essentially a channel. Piet Mondrain You must dare to disassociate yourself from those who would delay your journey... Leave, depart, if not physically, then mentally. Go your own way, quietly, undramatically, and venture toward trueness at last. Vernon Howard When a quiet man is moved to passion, it seems the very earth will shake. Stephanie Barron Hitch your wagon to a star. Ralph Waldo Emerson It is impossible to travel faster than the speed of light, and certainly not desirable, as one's hat keeps blowing off. Woody Allen If someone wants a sheep, then that means that he exists. Antoine de Saint-Exupery Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway. John Wayne
  3. 3. Why do strong arms fatigue themselves with frivolous dumbbells? To dig a vineyard is worthier exercise for men. Marcus Valerius Martialis You cannot simultaneously prevent and prepare for war. Albert Einstein Isn't everyone a part of everyone else? Budd Schulberg It is fun to be in the same decade with you. Franklin D. Roosevelt We've always been here and we'll always be here. We are a specific arrangement of particles and this instant is infinite. Did we luck out, or didn't we? The odds against this sentence having ever being typed, much less the odds against you reading it were inconceivable. Smile, because the fact that you're able to is almost impossible to comprehend. Jeffrey Rowland Be courteous to all, but intimate with few; and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence. George Washington The real art of conversation is not only to say the right thing at the right place but to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment. Dorothy Nevill You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams. Dr. Seuss Art suffers the moment other people start paying for it. The more you need the money, the more people will tell you what to do. The less control you will have. The more bullshit you will have to swallow. The less joy it will bring. Know this and plan accordingly. Hugh Macleod
  4. 4. Do not remove a fly from your friend’s forehead with a hatchet. Chinese proverb If my hands are fully occupied in holding on to something, I can neither give nor receive. Dorothee Solle Nothing ever goes away. Barry Commoner Speak clearly, if you speak at all; carve every word before you let it fall. Oliver Wendell Holmes When we seek for connection, we restore the world to wholeness. Our seemingly separate lives become meaningful as we discover how truly necessary we are to each other. Margaret Wheatley For today and its blessings, I owe the world an attitude of gratitude. Clarence E. Hodges You have to walk carefully in the beginning of love; the running across fields into your lover's arms can only come later when you're sure they won't laugh if you trip. Jonathan Carroll Do you know the German phrase, 'You can steal horses with him'? It means a person you can both make love with all night, passionately, then wake up the next morning and be completely silly. Jonathan Carroll You ever heard the expression, 'The best things in life are free’? Well, that expression is true. Every once in a while, people step up. They rise above themselves. Sometimes they surprise you and sometimes they fall short. Life is funny sometimes. It can push pretty hard but if you look close enough, you can find hope in the words of children, in the bars of the song and in the eyes of someone you love. And if you're lucky, if you're the luckiest person on this entire planet, the person you love decides to love you back. Nathan Scott ''I don't know if now, having lived and died the life of a man, I can write about little-boy love, but remembering it now, it seems the cleanest pain I've known. Love without desire, or conditions, or
  5. 5. limits - a pure and radiant glow in the heart that could make me giddy and sad and glorious all at once. Where does it go? Why, in all their experiments, did the Magi never try to capture that purity in a bottle? Perhaps they couldn't. Perhaps it is lost to us when we become sexual creatures, and no magic can bring it back. Perhaps I only remember it because I spent so long trying to understand the love Joshua felt for everyone.'' Just because you love someone doesn’t mean you have to be involved with them. Love is not a bandage to cover wounds. Hugh Elliott Joy is prayer - Joy is strength - Joy is love - Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls. Mother Teresa Let us have a care not to disclose our hearts to those who shut up theirs against us. Francis Beaumont It may be that the old astrologers had the truth exactly reversed, when they believed that the stars controlled the destinies of men. The time may come when men control the destinies of stars. Arthur C. Clarke Think like a wise man but communicate in the language of the people. William Butler Yeats Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. Scott Adams Indifference and neglect often do much more damage than outright dislike. J. K. Rowling
  6. 6. If we can connect in some tiny way with a human that doesn't agree with us, then maybe we won't blow up the planet. Nancy White “You can't love anyone until you understand that you can't love everyone.” Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. Martin Luther King Jr. Life loves to be taken by the lapel and told, 'I'm with you, kid. Let's go.' Maya Angelou Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy. Anne Frank To see the earth as it truly is, small and blue and beautiful in that eternal silence where it floats, is to see ourselves as riders on the earth together, brothers on that bright loveliness in the eternal cold. Archibald MacLeish Dreams come true. Without that possibility, nature would not incite us to have them. John Updike Never confuse movement with action. Ernest Hemingway
  7. 7. Never part without loving words to think of during your absence. It may be that you will not meet again in life. Jean Paul Richter Sometimes people do things that hurt and it's not because they mean to. They just do. It doesn't necessarily have anything to do with you, but you end up hurt because of it. Randy K. Milholland Be still when you have nothing to say; when genuine passion moves you, say what you've got to say, and say it hot. D. H. Lawrence Some circumstantial evidence is very strong, as when you find a trout in the milk. Henry David Thoreau I have witnessed the softening of the hardest of hearts by a simple smile. Goldie Hawn Beware when the great God lets loose a thinker on this planet. Ralph Waldo Emerson We cannot destroy kindred: Our chains stretch a little sometimes, but they never break. Marie de Rabutin-Chantal
  8. 8. But seduction isn’t making someone do what they don’t want to do. Seduction is enticing someone into doing what they secretly want to do already. Waiter Rant “When you love someone more than he loves you, you'll do anything to switch the scales. You dress the way you think he'd like you to dress. You pick up his favorite figures of expression. You tell yourself that if you re-create yourself in his image, then he will crave you the same way you crave him.” "A solitary, unused to speaking of what he sees and feels, has mental experiences which are at once more intense and less articulate than those of a gregarious man. They are sluggish, yet more wayward, and never without a melancholy tinge. Sights and impressions which others brush aside with a glance, a light comment, a smile, occupy him more than their due; they sink silently in, they take on meaning, they become experience, emotion, adventure. Solitude gives birth to the original in us, to beauty unfamiliar and perilous--to poetry. But also, it gives birth to the opposite: to the perverse, the illicit, the absurd." Most people are good. They may not be saints, but they are good. Jimmy Wales Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it. William Arthur Ward There's a fine line between fishing and just standing on the shore like an idiot. Steven Wright Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Mother Teresa
  9. 9. “Anxiety is love's greatest killer. It makes others feel as you might when a drowning man holds on to you. You want to save him, but you know he will strangle you with his panic.” You do not need to leave your room. Remain sitting at your table and listen. Do not even listen, simply wait, be quiet, still and solitary. The world will freely offer itself to you to be unmasked, it has no choice, it will roll in ecstasy at your feet. Franz Kafka (fave quote ever, I don’t know why) Without tenderness, a man is uninteresting. Marlene Dietrich If you want to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first create the universe. Carl Sagan Preach not to others what they should eat, but eat as becomes you, and be silent. Epictetus Last year I went fishing with Salvador Dali. He was using a dotted line. He caught every other fish. Steven Wright Truth sits upon the lips of dying men. Matthew Arnold The thing I am most aware of is my limits. And this is natural; for I never, or almost never, occupy the middle of my cage; my whole being surges toward the bars. Andre Gide