Favorite Quotes & thoughts

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do, so throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails.  Explore, Dream, Discover.
— Mark Twain
We must dare to be great; and we must realize that greatness is the fruit of toil and sacrifice and high courage.
— Teddy Roosevelt
The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.
— Martin Luther King, Jr.
If you can, help others; if you cannot do that, at least do them no harm.
— Dalai Lama
We can never judge the lives of others, because each person knows only their own pain and renunciation. It’s one thing to feel that you are on the right path, but it’s another to think that yours is the only path.
— Paul Coelho
To love is to recognize yourself in another.
— Eckhart Tolle
Some changes look negative on the surface but you will soon realize that space is being created in your life for something new to emerge.
— Eckhart Tolle
You find peace not by rearranging the circumstances of your life, but by realizing who you are at the deepest level.
— Eckhart Tolle
Be soft. Do not let the world make you hard. Do not let the pain make you hate. Do not let the bitterness steal your sweetness. Take pride that even though the rest of the world may disagree, you still believe it to be a beautiful place.
— Kurt Vonnegut
Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And 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. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don’t settle.
— Steve Jobs
Trust men and they will be true to you; treat them greatly, and they will show themselves great.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson
Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.
— Rumi
Your life is what your thoughts make it.
— Marcus Aurelius
Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.
— Buddha
He who has a why to live can bear almost any how.
— Friedrich Nietzsche
Death is not extinguishing the light; it is putting out the lamp because dawn has come.
— Rabindranath Tagore
Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.
— Buddha
To enjoy good health, to bring true happiness to one’s family, to bring peace to all, one must first discipline and control one’s own mind. If a man can control his mind he can find the way to Enlightenment, and all wisdom and virtue will naturally come to him.
— Buddha
Really great people make you feel that you, too, can become great.
— Mark Twain
It is better to travel well than to arrive.
— Buddha
I do not believe in a fate that falls on men however they act; but I do believe in a fate that falls on them unless they act.
— Buddha
When I see your face
I shut my eyes to others.
— Rumi
Friendship is always a sweet responsibility, never an opportunity.
— Khalil Gibran
There is a light that shines beyond all things on earth, beyond the highest, the very highest heavens. This is the light that shines in your heart
— Chandogya Upanishad
The true beauty of a woman is her inherent ability to make better a man in every way.
— Don Williams, Jr (novelist)
I prefer to be a dreamer among the humblest, with visions to be realized, than lord among those without dreams and desires.
— Khalil Gibran
We do not believe in ourselves until someone reveals that deep inside us something is valuable, worth listening to, worthy of our trust, sacred to our touch. Once we believe in ourselves we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight or any experience that reveals the human spirit.
— E.E. Cummings
It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.
— E.E. Cummings
If you cannot be a poet, be the poem.
— David Carradine
Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.
— Buddha
What you seek is seeking you.
— Rumi
Peace is not absence of conflict, it is the ability to handle conflict by peaceful means.
— Ronald Reagan
The world is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good is my religion.
— Thomas Paine
There is no need for temples, no need for complicated philosophies. My brain and my heart are my temples; my philosophy is kindness.
— Dalai Lama
However many holy words you read, however many you speak, what good will they do you if you do not act on upon them?
— Buddha
Progress lies not in enhancing what is, but in advancing toward what will be.
— Khalil Gibran
The U.N was not created to take mankind to heaven, but to save humanity from hell.
— Dag Hammarskjöld
The longest journey is the journey inwards. Of him who has chosen his destiny, Who has started upon his quest for the source of his being.
— Dag Hammarskjöld
Never measure the height of a mountain until you have reached the top. Then you will see how low it was.
— Dag Hammarskjöld
When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
— Thomas Jefferson
It is a man’s own mind, not his enemy or foe, that lures him to evil ways.
— Buddha
It does me no injury for my neighbour to say there are twenty gods, or no god. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg.
— Thomas Jefferson
I am for doing good to the poor, but I differ in opinion of the means. I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it. In my youth I travelled much, and I observed in different countries, that the more public provisions were made for the poor, the less they provided for themselves, and of course became poorer. And, on the contrary, the less was done for them, the more they did for themselves, and became richer.
— Ben Franklin
the portrait of a leader should never exceed the size of a postage stamp
— Vladimir Nabokov
Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.
— Abraham Lincoln
The essence of tyranny is the denial of complexity.
— Jacob Burkhardt
Reasonable people adapt themselves to the world. Unreasonable people attempt to adapt the world to themselves. All progress, therefore, depends on unreasonable people.
— George Bernard Shaw
Be the change you want to see in the world.
— Gandhi
When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace.
— Jimi Hendrix
I know of no safe repository of the ultimate power of society but people. And if we think them not enlightened enough, the remedy is not to take the power from them, but to inform them by education.
— Thomas Jefferson
Love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is done well.
— Vincent van Gogh
You can’t connect the dots looking forward. You can only connect them looking backwards, so you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something - - your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever - - because believing that the dots will connect down the road will give you the confidence to follow your heart, even when it leads you off the well-worn path, and that will make all the difference.
— Steve Jobs
Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors for you where there are walls.
— Joseph Campbell
Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.
— Martin Luther King, Jr.
All that we are is the result of what we have thought.
— Buddha
Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions.
— Albert Einstein
If you ever get a second chance in life for something, you’ve got to go all the way.
— Lance Armstrong
If you ain’t careful, sex can lead to some terrible fings: herpes, squat rot, or even worse: somefing called “a relationship.
— Ali G
A day without laughter is a day wasted.
— Charlie Chaplin
He is my neighbor, Nursultan Tulyakbay. He is pain in my assholes. I get a window from a glass, he must get a window from a glass. I get a step, he must get a step. I get clock radio… he cannot …Great Success!
— Borat
Neither a lofty degree of intelligence nor imagination nor both together go to the making of genius. Love, love, love, that is the soul of genius.
— Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Love is a smoke made with the fume of sighs. Being purged, a fire sparkling in lovers’ eyes. Being vexed, a sea nourished with lovers’ tears. What is it else? A madness most discreet, a choking gall and a preserving sweet.
— William Shakespeare
We don’t read and write poetry because it’s cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for.
— Professor Keating (Robin Williams) in ‘Dead Poet’s Society’
Success is the ability to go from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm.
— Sir Winston Churchill
Always forgive your enemies — Nothing annoys them so much.
— Oscar Wilde