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.
I can't give you a sure-fire formula for success, but I can give you a formula for failure: try to please everybody all the time.
Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.
Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
The opposite of love is not hate, it's indifference. The opposite of art is not ugliness, it's indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it's indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, it's indifference.
The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't settle. As with all matters of the heart, you'll know when you find it.
I failed in some subjects in exam, but my friend passed in all. Now he is an engineer in Microsoft and I am the owner of Microsoft.
Do what you feel in your heart to be right – for you'll be criticized anyway.
Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it's better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.
That which does not kill you makes you stronger.
Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift of God, which is why we call it the present.
Everything you can imagine is real.
Nothing is worth more than this day. You cannot relive yesterday. Tomorrow is still beyond our reach.
Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.
Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.
When you know what you want, and want it bad enough, you will find a way to get it.
We can do anything we want to do if we stick to it long enough.
Peace begins with a smile.
It is never too late to be what you might have been.
If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.
You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one. I hope someday you'll join us. And the world will live as one.
Listen to the mustn'ts, child. Listen to the don'ts. Listen to the shouldn'ts, the impossibles, the won'ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me... Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.
What good is the warmth of summer without the cold of winter, to give it sweetness?
The power of imagination makes us infinite.
So, this is my life. And I want you to know that I am both happy and sad and I'm still trying to figure out how that could be.
You will become as small as your controlling desire; as great as you dominant aspiration.
Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.
Find a place inside where there's joy, and the joy will burn out the pain.
Live, travel, adventure, bless, and don't be sorry.
I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.
Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.
Magic is believing in yourself. If you can make that happen, you can make anything happen.
I hated every minute of training, but I said, "Don't quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion."
It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.
When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one that has opened for us.
We accept the love we think we deserve.
This life is what you make it. No matter what, you're going to mess up sometimes, it's a universal truth. But the good part is you get to decide how you're going to mess it up. Girls will be your friends - they'll act like it anyway. But just remember, some come, some go. The ones that stay with you through everything - they're your true best friends. Don't let go of them. Also remember, sisters make the best friends in the world. As for lovers, well, they'll come and go too. And baby, I hate to say it, most of them - actually pretty much all of them are going to break your heart, but you can't give up because if you give up, you'll never find your soulmate. You'll never find that half who makes you whole and that goes for everything. Just because you fail once, doesn't mean you're gonna fail at everything. Keep trying, hold on, and always, always, always believe in yourself, because if you don't, then who will, sweetie? So keep your head high, keep your chin up, and most importantly, keep smiling, because life's a beautiful thing and there's so much to smile about.
Hold fast to dreams,
For if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird
That cannot fly.
Hold fast to dreams,
For when dreams go
Life is a barren field
Frozen with snow.
It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.
And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.
We know what we are, but know not what we may be.
There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.
Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.
Not all those who wander are lost.
Do not wait. The time will never be just right. Start where you stand, and work whatever tools you may have at your command and better tools will be found as you go along.
Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I -
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
In a gentle way, you can shake the world.
First say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do.
Be the change that you wish to see in the world.
You can't live your life for other people. You've got to do what's right for you, even if it hurts some people you love.
Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the great make you feel that you, too, can become great.
Great things are not accomplished by those who yield to trends and fads and popular opinion.
It's no use going back to yesterday, because I was a different person then.
I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work.
Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.
Without music, life would be a mistake.
Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.
Whatever you are, be a good one.
We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.
You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You're on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who'll decide where to go ...
Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.
Happiness resides not in possessions and not in gold; the feeling of happiness dwells in the soul.
Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.
Don't let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.
To the well-organized mind, death is but the next great adventure.
You miss 100% of the shots you don't take.
Only once in your life, I truly believe, you find someone who can completely turn your world around. You tell them things that you've never shared with another soul and they absorb everything you say and actually want to hear more. You share hopes for the future, dreams that will never come true, goals that were never achieved and the many disappointments life has thrown at you. When something wonderful happens, you can't wait to tell them about it, knowing they will share in your excitement. They are not embarrassed to cry with you when you are hurting or laugh with you when you make a fool of yourself. Never do they hurt your feelings or make you feel like you are not good enough, but rather they build you up and show you the things about yourself that make you special and even beautiful. There is never any pressure, jealousy or competition but only a quiet calmness when they are around. You can be yourself and not worry about what they will think of you because they love you for who you are. The things that seem insignificant to most people such as a note, song or walk become invaluable treasures kept safe in your heart to cherish forever. .... You open your heart knowing that there's a chance it may be broken one day and in opening your heart, you experience a love and joy that you never dreamed possible. You find that being vulnerable is the only way to allow your heart to feel true pleasure that's so real it scares you. You find strength in knowing you have a true friend and possibly a soul mate who will remain loyal to the end. Life seems completely different, exciting and worthwhile. Your only hope and security is in knowing that they are a part of your life.
What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lives within us.
It's the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.
If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put foundations under them.
The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.
No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.
Never give up. There is no such thing as an ending, just a new beginning.
So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.
I exist as I am, that is enough.
Cynicism is what passes for insight when courage is lacking
The brain is wider than the sky.
Two wrongs don't make a right, but they make a good excuse.
I was always looking outside myself for strength and confidence, but it comes from within. It is there all of the time.
You make your own luck if you stay at it long enough.
In any project the important factor is your belief. Without belief, there can be no successful outcome.
We are all faced with a series of great opportunities - brilliantly disguised as insoluable problems.
Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.
The mind is like an iceberg, it floats with one-seventh of its bulk above water.
Live your beliefs and you can turn the world around.
A person's a person, no matter how small.
Pain or love or danger makes you real again.
Where there is ruin, there is hope for a treasure.
And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don't believe in magic will never find it.
I have the choice of being constantly active and happy or introspectively passive and sad. Or I can go mad by ricocheting in between.
Do we not all agree to call rapid thought and noble impulse by the name of inspiration?
When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives mean the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand. The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing, not curing, not healing and face with us the reality of our powerlessness, that is a friend who cares.
Build a man a fire, and he'll be warm for a day. Set a man on fire, and he'll be warm for the rest of his life.
An ounce of action is worth a ton of theory.
Diligence is the mother of good fortune.
Your big opportunity may be right where you are now.
They can because they think they can.
Life has no smooth road for any of us; and in the bracing atmosphere of a high aim the very roughness stimulates the climber to steadier steps, till the legend, over steep ways to the stars, fulfills itself.
Don't let the fear of striking out hold you back.
If you are free, you need to free somebody else. If you have some power, then your job is to empower somebody else.
Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree.
You will find poetry nowhere unless you bring some of it with you.
Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art ... It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things which give value to survival.
First they ignore you. Then they ridicule you. And then they attack you and want to burn you. And then they build monuments to you.
May you live every day of your life.
If you are not willing to risk the usual, you will have to settle for the ordinary.
You have to risk going too far to discover just how far you can really go.
Happy are those who dream dreams and are ready to pay the price to make them come true.
Well-behaved women seldom make history.
To find what you seek in the road of life, the best proverb of all is that which says: "Leave no stone unturned."
Whether you believe you can do a thing or not, you are right.
Act enthusiastic and you will be enthusiastic.
Do not read, as children do, to amuse yourself, or like the ambitious, for the purpose of instruction. No, read in order to live.
Our true nationality is mankind.
They say that every snowflake is different. If that were true, how could the world go on? How could we ever get up off our knees? How could we ever recover from the wonder of it?
Adversity reveals genius, prosperity conceals it.
My message to you is simple, keep believing, keep marching, keep building, keep raising your voice.
What is the point of being alive if you don't at least try to do something remarkable?
You have to be able to tolerate what you don't necessarily like so you can be free.
You change the world by being yourself.
Learn to sell. Learn to build. If you can do both, you will be unstoppable.
I have not the shadow of a doubt that any man or woman can achieve what I have, if he or she will make the same effort, and have the same hope and faith.
From error to error one discovers the entire truth.
Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit.
Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.
The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.
I want to stay as close to the edge as I can without going over. Out on the edge you see all kinds of things you can't see from the center.
What you're supposed to do when you don't like a thing is change it. If you can't change it, change the way you think about it. Don't complain.
Resist much, obey little.
Stay original and true to yourself because you can only give the best of you when you are you and not someone else.
I believe that man will not merely endure; he will prevail.
It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.
Every artist was first an amateur.
I avoid looking forward or backward, and try to keep looking upward.
The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands but seeing with new eyes.
No great man ever complains of want of opportunities.
Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it.
He who has a why to live can bear almost any how.
All for one and one for all.
You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.
And your very flesh shall be a great poem.
Imagining the future is a kind of nostalgia. .... You spend your whole life stuck in the labyrinth, thinking about how you'll escape it one day, and how awesome it will be, and imagining that future keeps you going, but you never do it. You just use the future to escape the present.
Every next level of your life will demand a different you.
Understand: you are one of a kind. Your character traits are a kind of chemical mix that will never be repeated in history. There are ideas unique to you, a specific rhythm and perspective that are your strengths, not your weaknesses. You must not be afraid of your uniqueness.
If the doors of perception were cleansed everything would appear to man as it is: infinite.
If you take risks and face your fate with dignity, there is nothing you can do that makes you small; if you don't take risks, there is nothing you can do that makes you grand, nothing.
Fortune sides with him who dares.
He's not perfect. You aren't either, and the two of you will never be perfect. But if he can make you laugh at least once, causes you to think twice, and if he admits to being human and making mistakes, hold onto him and give him the most you can. He isn't going to quote poetry, he's not thinking about you every moment, but he will give you a part of him that he knows you could break. Don't hurt him, don't change him, and don't expect for more than he can give. Don't analyze. Smile when he makes you happy, yell when he makes you mad, and miss him when he's not there. Love hard when there is love to be had. Because perfect guys don't exist, but there's always one guy that is perfect for you.
Inspiration and genius - one and the same.
Men do less than they ought, unless they do all they can.
A goal should scare you a little and excite you a lot.
A ship is always safe a shore but that is not what it's built for.
You don't need to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.
When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time, they can seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall. Think of it--always.
We are our choices.
Abandon yourself to the moment, and you will find every day new openings, new light, new insight. And those new insights will go on changing you. One day, suddenly you will see you are each moment new.
Listen, smile, agree, and then do whatever the fuck you were doing to do anyway.
The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars and in the middle you see the blue centerlight pop and everybody goes Awww!
This is not the end, this is not even the beginning of the end, this is just perhaps the end of the beginning.
I took a deep breath and listened to the old brag of my heart. I am, I am, I am.
The scariest moment is always just before you start.
When you have confidence, you can have a lot of fun. And when you have fun, you can do amazing things.
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, 'Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?' Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.
Worry about your character, not your reputation. Your character is who you are, your reputation is who people think you are.
Begin now to be what you will be hereafter.
Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.
At the end of the day it's not about what you have or even what you've accomplished... it's about who you've lifted up, who you've made better, it's about what you've given back.
Paths are made by walking.
Shoot for the moon and if you miss you will still be among the stars.
The only way round is through.
Men must live and create. Live to the point of tears.
Everything is possible. The impossible just takes longer.
Everyone has the right to doubt everything as often as he pleases and the duty to do it at least once. No way of looking at things is too sacred to be reconsidered. No way of doing things is beyond improvement.
Never let the odds keep you from doing what you know in your heart you were meant to do.
Doubt whom you will, but never yourself.
My task, which I am trying to achieve is, by the power of the written word, to make you hear, to make you feel - it is, before all, to make you see.
I am a little pencil in the hand of a writing God who is sending a love letter to the world.
If you don't know where you are going, you will probably end up somewhere else.
The way to get ahead is to start now.
The more difficulties one has to encounter, within and without, the more significant and the higher in inspiration his life will be.
You can be happy where you are.
If you don't like something change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude about it. Don't complain.
Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later.
Feet, what do I need them for if I have wings to fly.
Why fit in when you were born to stand out?
The greatest thing in the world is to know how to belong to oneself.
Experience is the child of thought, and thought is the child of action.
I am not sure that I exist, actually. I am all the writers that I have read, all the people that I have met, all the women that I have loved; all the cities I have visited.
Begin, be bold and venture to be wise.
Either get busy living or get busy dying.
Life begins on the other side of despair.
Life is not always a matter of holding good cards, but sometimes, playing a poor hand well.
We don't rise to the level of our expectations. We fall to the level of our training.
We have to do the best we are capable of. This is our sacred human responsibility.
I hope she'll be a fool - that's the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool.
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.
Learn to be calm and you will always be happy.
You are the person you have been waiting for.
I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet.
If you're willing to bleed a little every day, you may win big later.
Great things never came from comfort zones.
We did not come to fear the future. We came here to shape it.
Don't wait for extraordinary opportunities. Seize common occasions and make them great.
There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.
I have looked into your eyes with my eyes. I have put my heart near your heart.
If you would create something, you must be something.
Tomorrow's life is too late. Live today.
In order to attain the impossible, one must attempt the absurd.
Nurture your mind with great thoughts, for you will never go any higher than you think.
Extreme people get extreme results.
Little by little, one travels far.
Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations.
Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat.
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