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““Away with the world’s opinion of you—it’s always unsettled and divided.””
““We’re here to put a dent in the universe.””
““Watch with glittering eyes the whole world because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.””
“I heard you die twice, once when they bury you in the grave
And the second time is the last time that somebody mentions your name
So when I leave here on this earth, did I take more than I gave?
Did I look out for the people or did I do it all for fame?”
“What if work was not some dreadful obligation and means for the rest of our life but the means for the fullness and creative expression of your soul? Imagine that.”
“Everything you want is on the far side of hard work.”
“Before Enlightenment, First Do the Dishes”
“You enter the forest
at the darkest point, where there is no path.
Where there is a way or path,
it is not your path.
If you follow someone else’s way,
you are not going to realize
“We have not even to risk the adventure alone
for the heroes of all time have gone before us.
The labyrinth is thoroughly known …
we have only to follow the thread of the hero path.”
“The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.”
“Things are neither good nor bad but thinking makes them so.”
“We must be willing to let go of the life we planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us.”
“What one can be, one must be…One can choose to go back toward safety or forward toward growth. Growth must be chosen again and again; fear must be overcome again and again.”
“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”
“She was reluctant to let a moment of her life go by without occupying it with some remarkable deed.”
“What we fear doing most is usually what we most need to do.”
“What man actually needs is not a tensionless state but rather the striving and struggling for some goal worthy of him. What he needs is not the discharge of tension at any cost, but the call of a potential meaning waiting to be fulfilled by him.”
“By talking, you are repeating what you already know but by listening, you may learn something new.”
“Pain (disappointment) is inevitable. Suffering is optional.”
“We all have an inherent longing to transcend our humanity and move towards something greater versus away from that which we fear.”
“Life is about making an impact, not making an income.”
“Don’t aim at success. The more you aim at it and make it a target, the more you are going to miss it. For success, like happiness, cannot be pursued; it must ensue, and it only does so as the unintended side effect of one’s personal dedication to a cause greater than oneself or as the by-product of one’s surrender to a person other than oneself.”
“You increase your velocity and speed of work. But are afraid that if you stop you won’t know who you are.
You have no affection for what you’re doing but you have an abstract thought that this is what you must be doing in order to be liked.
The key to getting out of the cycle and the rut that we often find ourselves then is to become sick of yourself and what you’re saying and who you’re saying it to and how you’re saying
Throw yourself away and shed the skin. As Nietzsche said, the snake that does not shed its skin must die”
“Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.”