Quotations Used in the Sidebar


Don’t aim for success if you want it; just do what you love and believe in, and it will come naturally.—David Frost

You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.—C.S. Lewis

First say to yourself what you would be: and then do what you have to do.—Epictitus

[E]verything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.—Viktor Frankl

Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what’s going to happen next.—Gilda Radner

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

If your ship doesn’t come in, swim out to it.—Jonathan Winters

Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.—Confucius

The future depends on what we do in the present.—Mahatma Gandhi

Why should man bother himself so much about salvation, unless he has a feeling of being doomed?—Lin Yutang

Don’t fake it till you make it. Fake it till you become it.—Amy Cuddy

With people too, you constantly think, “If I’m nice to people and treat them well, they’ll appreciate it and behave better.” They won’t, but it’s still not a bad way to live.—Neil Peart

What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.—Ralph Waldo Emerson

Among those who dislike oppression are many who like to oppress.—Napoleon Bonaparte

Everyday courage has few witnesses. But yours is no less noble because no drum beats for you and no crowds shout your name.—Robert Louis Stevenson

Life is not fully lived by retreating into one’s shell.—Me

Somehow our devils are never quite what we expect when we meet them face to face.—Nelson DeMille

You have your way. I have my way. As for the right way, the correct way, and the only way, it does not exist.—Friedrich Nietzsche

Do not accept what you hear by report, do not accept tradition, do not accept a statement because it is found in your books, nor because it is in accord with your belief, nor because it is the saying of your teacher. Be lamps unto yourselves. Those who, either now or after I am dead, shall rely upon themselves only and not look for assistance to anyone besides themselves, it is they who shall reach the topmost height.—The Buddha

You’re perfect just as you are—and you could use a little improvement.—Shunryu Suzuki-Roshi

Always be a first-rate version of yourself, rather than a second-rate version of somebody else.—Judy Garland

If you give up on yourself, then you’ve already lost.—Sensei M

There’s only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving and that’s your own self.—Aldous Huxley

Know yourself. Know what you can do. Know what you are willing to do. Know the price you are willing to pay.—NeoWayland

Consider it: every person you have ever met, every person you will pass on the street today, is going to die. Living long enough, each will suffer the loss of his friends and family. All are going to lose everything we love in this world. Why would one want to be anything but kind to them in the meantime?—Sam Harris

Autonomy is impossible as long as one is driven by anything.—Gabor Maté

We can’t change the future for the better unless we live the present moment well.—Merry

The surest effect of exalting government is to make it easier for some people to drag others down.—Jim Bovard

At 68 I’m every age I ever was. I always think of that. I’m not just 68. I’m also 55 and 21 and three. Oh especially three.—George Carlin

[W]e are not smart enough to decide which pieces of knowledge are permissible and which are not.—Carl Sagan

None of us would choose to be Sisyphus; yet in a sense, we all are.—Charlotte Joko Beck

We think too much and feel too little.—Charlie Chaplin

Life shrinks or expands according to one’s courage.—Anaïs Nin

Whatever you’re doing ... make sure it’s worth your life to you.—Amy Racina

We are part of the earth and it is part of us.—Chief Seattle

When you have one eye on the goal, you only have one eye on the path.—Zen Master

The scariest moment is always just before you start. After that, things can only get better.—Stephen King

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

In our country, the lie has become not just a moral category but a pillar of the State.—Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

Freedom and independence are waiting for us to get over the ego trip.—Pat the Pagan

There are four questions of value in life ... What is sacred? Of what is the spirit made? What is worth living for, and what is worth dying for? The answer to each is the same. Only love.—Johnny Depp

I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary; the evil it does is permanent.—Mohandas Gandhi

We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful what we pretend to be.—Kurt Vonnegut

Results should not be too voluntarily aimed at or too busily thought of. They are sure to float up of their own accord from a long enough daily work at a given matter.—William James

A man who views the world the same at fifty as he did at twenty has wasted thirty years of his life.—Muhammad Ali

The greatest obstacle to discovery is not ignorance—it is the illusion of knowledge.—Daniel Boorstin

Our greatest foes, and whom we must chiefly combat, are within.—Miguel de Cervantes

Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing had happened.—Winston Churchill

If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.—Vincent Van Gogh

Mankind are governed more by their feelings than by reason.—Samuel Adams

It is foolish to be convinced without evidence, but it is equally foolish to refuse to be convinced by real evidence.—Upton Sinclair

By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.—Benjamin Franklin

School is like starting life with a 12-year jail sentence in which bad habits are the only curriculum truly learned.—John Taylor Gatto

How strangely will the tools of a tyrant pervert the plain meaning of words!—Samuel Adams

Violence can only be concealed by a lie, and the lie can only be maintained by violence.—Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

[Y]ou only have 12 notes. Do what you want with them.—Eddie Van Halen

Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.—Leo Tolstoy

It is hard to change and grow if we are stuck in the same potted soil depleted over the years, regardless of how much light and water we get.—Pint of Stout

The avoidance of taxes is the only intellectual pursuit that still carries any reward.—John Maynard Keynes

What I want is a matter of desire and emotion — but what is best for me is a matter of exploration, discovery, reasoned choice, and action.—Peter Saint–Andre

The universe cannot show you anything which you’ve intentionally chosen to block from your reality.—Steve Pavlina

Tradition is the greatest enemy of progress, and consensus the greatest enemy of truth.—Mike Gogulski

Ideas are forces; our acceptance of one determines our reception of others.—G.H. Lewes

Some prices are just too high, no matter how much you may want the prize. The one thing you can’t trade for your heart’s desire is your heart.—Lois McMaster Bujold

The key to freedom is accepting my own autonomy as an individual, and respecting the autonomy of other individuals, with all of what that means — whatever that means.— B.W. Richardson

When the situation is as bad as it is, the tiniest improvement can make you come away feeling like you’ve won the lottery.—Wolfie’s momma

It takes the best part of a lifetime to find out what you don’t want.—Isabel Paterson

The belief that there is only one truth and that oneself is in possession of it seems to me the deepest root of all evil that is in the world.—Max Born

To rely on coercion to achieve progress is like relying on bulldozers and steamrollers for routine transit.—Jim Bovard

Success is the sum of a lot of little things done correctly.—Fernand Point

The plan, the direction, and the focus come from me, not the tools.—NeoWayland

Life should be more than just the passage of time; it should be the enjoyment of time as it passes.—Lobo Tiggre

Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little.—Edmund Burke

Love flowers best in openness and freedom.—Edward Abbey

I view things as they are, without regard to place or person; my country is the world, and my religion is to do good.—Thomas Paine

I am free, no matter what rules surround me. If I find them tolerable, I tolerate them; if I find them too obnoxious, I break them. I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do.—Robert A. Heinlein

[F]reedom should be fun!—Mike Hoy

Make the best use of what is in your power, and take the rest as it happens.—Epictetus