Mark Twain

"Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great."

- Mark Twain

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Ideas and quotes


"We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light." - Socrates
I say the sentences again and again in my head until they sound right. Martin Amis


An error doesn't become a mistake until you refuse to correct it. -Orlando A. Battista


Pride makes us artificial and humility makes us real. - Thomas Merton


Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.


Everything is going to be alright, maybe not today, but eventually.


“Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it well and serenely, and with too high a spirit to be cumbered with your old nonsense. This day ... is too dear with its hopes and invitations to waste a moment on the rotten yesterdays.” 
― Ralph Waldo Emerson


“Not knowing when the dawn will come
I open every door.” 
― Emily Dickinson


“Isn't it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?” 
― L.M. Montgomery

“I made no resolutions for the New Year. The habit of making plans, of criticizing, sanctioning and molding my life, is too much of a daily event for me.” 
― Ana├»s Nin


“The artist is always beginning. Any work of art which is not a beginning, an invention, a discovery is of little worth.” 
― Ezra Pound


“The horizon leans forward, 
Offering you space to place new steps of change.”
― Maya Angelou


“If the doors of perception were cleansed, everything would appear to man as it is -- infinite.” 
― William Blake


“The beginning is the most important part of any work.” 
― Plato

Great changes may not happen right away, but with effort even the difficult may become easy. 
-Bill Blackman

May love and laughter light your days, and warm your heart and home.
-Irish Proverb



Effective people are not problem-minded; they're opportunity-minded. They feed opportunities and starve problems. -Stephen Covey

There is more hunger for love and appreciation in this world than for bread. -Mother Teresa

Faith is to believe what you do not yet see; the reward for this faith is to see what you believe. -Saint Augustine

A hunch is creativity trying to tell you something. -Frank Capra


If I only had three words of advice, they would be, Tell the Truth. If I had three more words, I'd add, all the time. -Randy Pausch

It's not the load that breaks you down, it's the way you carry it. -Lena Horne

You must never be fearful about what you are doing when it is right. -Rosa Parks

The world breaks everyone and afterward many are stronger in the broken places. -Ernest Hemingway


Life is a great & wondrous mystery, & the only thing we know that we have 4 sure is what is right here right now. Don’t miss it. -Buscaglia



"The greatest change in the world is made by optimists." http://stanford.io/1CQek33 


Sometimes if you want to see a change for the better, you have to take things into your own hands.


"If you overcome others you are powerful. If you overcome yourself you have strength." 
- Lao Tzu



“Enjoy present pleasures in such a way as not to injure future ones.” — Seneca




"Do It the Hard Way." Philip Levine's advice for the young poet



"If you understand others you are smart. If you understand yourself you are illuminated." 
- Lao Tzu




In recognizing the humanity of our fellow beings, we pay ourselves the highest tribute.
-Thurgood Marshall


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