LaLa’s Favorite Quotes

I am a QUOTAHOLIC! Here are some (OK A LOT) of my favorites.

“Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else’s opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.” – Oscar Wilde

Normal is an illusion. What’s normal for the spider is chaos for the fly.” – Morticia Adams

“As I walked out the door toward the gate that would lead to my freedom, I knew if I didn’t leave my bitterness and hatred behind, I’d still be in prison.” – Nelson Mandela

“The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit.” – Nelson Henderson

However vast the darkness we must supply our own light.” – Stanley Kubrick

We begin to find and become ourselves when we notice how we are already found, already truly, entirely, wildly, messily, marvelously who we were born to be.” – Anne Lamott

You teach people how to treat you by what you allow, what you stop, and what you reinforce.” – Tony Gaskins

Every human has four endowments: self awareness, conscience, independent will and creative imagination. These give us the ultimate human freedom — The power to choose, to respond, to change.’ — Steven Covey

I demand that the world be good, and lo, it obeys. I proclaim the world good, and facts range themselves to prove my proclamation overwhelmingly true. To what good I open the doors of my being, and jealously shut them against what is bad. Such is the force of this beautiful and willful conviction, it carries itself in the face of all opposition. I am never discouraged by absence of good. I never can be argued into hopelessness. Doubt and mistrust are the mere panic of timid imagination, which the steadfast heart will conquer, and the large mind transcend.” – Helen Keller

What if a demon were to creep after you one night, in your loneliest loneliness, and say, ‘This life which you live must be lived by you once again and innumerable times more; and every pain and joy and thought and sigh must come again to you, all in the same sequence. The eternal hourglass will again and again be turned and you with it, dust of the dust!’ Would you throw yourself down and gnash your teeth and curse that demon? Or would you answer, ‘Never have I heard anything more divine’?” ~Friedrich Nietzsche

“I mean that the most interesting, amazing people I’ve ever met, the ones who influenced and shaped the universe itself, are the ones that felt too much but lived through it.” – Unknown

“If the only tool you have is a hammer, you will see everything as a nail.” — Abraham Maslow

“And as far as false hope, there is no such thing. There is only hope or the absence of hope – nothing else.” – Patti Davis

“I must learn to love the fool in me – the one who feels too much, talks too much, takes too many chances, wins sometimes and loses often, lacks self-control, loves and hates, hurts and gets hurt, promises and breaks promises, laughs and cries.” – Theodore Isaac Rubin

“If you want to be happy, be.” – Leo Tolstoy

“Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.” – Dr. Seuss

“I have heard there are troubles of more than one kind. Some come from ahead and some come from behind. But I’ve bought a big bat. I’m all ready you see. Now my troubles are going to have troubles with me!” – Dr. Seuss

“Happiness is like a butterfly which, when pursued, is always beyond our grasp, but, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.” – Nathaniel Hawthorne

“Those who danced were thought to be quite insane by those who could not hear the music.” – Angela Monet

“Making the decision to have a child is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.” – Elizabeth Stone

“Joy and sorrow are inseparable… together they come and when one sits alone with you… remember that the other is asleep upon your bed.” – Khalil Gibran

“But let there be spaces in your togetherness and let the winds of the heavens dance between you. Love one another but make not a bond of love: let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls.” – Khalil Gibran

“Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.” – Khalil Gibran

“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.” – Shel Silverstein

“Because your own strength is unequal to the task, do not assume that it is beyond the powers of man; but if anything is within the powers and province of man, believe that it is within your own compass also.” – Marcus Aurelius

“Three grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for.” – Joseph Addison

“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“You need to learn to be happy by nature, because you’ll seldom have the chance to be happy by circumstance.” – Lavetta Sue Wegman

“It is often hard to bear the tears that we ourselves have caused.” – Marcel Proust

“We must be our own before we can be another’s.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could; some blunders and absurdities have crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; you shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Everything teaches transition, transference, metamorphosis: therein is human power, in transference, not in creation; & therein is human destiny, not in longevity but in removal. We dive & reappear in new places.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves like locked rooms and like books that are written in a very foreign tongue. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will find them gradually, without noticing it, and live along some distant day into the answer.” – Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet

“A man travels the world over in search of what he needs and returns home to find it.” – George Moore

“A time comes when you need to stop waiting for the man you want to become and start being the man you want to be.” – Bruce Springsteen

“When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be” – Lao Tzu

“Love takes off masks that we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within.” – James A. Baldwin

“Not everything that is faced can be changed. But nothing can be changed until it is faced.” – James Baldwin

“It’s a sad day when you find out that it’s not accident or time or fortune, but just yourself that kept things from you.” – Lillian Hellman

“It takes a deep commitment to change and an even deeper commitment to grow.” – Ralph Ellison

“I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day.” – E. B. White

“We imagine that we want to escape our selfish and commonplace existence, but we cling desperately to our chains.” – Anne Sullivan

“You can’t punish yourself into change. You can’t whip yourself into shape. But you can love yourself into well-being.” – Susan Skye

“Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with yourself. Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfections but instantly set about remedying them — every day begin the task anew.” – Saint Francis de Sales

“Perhaps strength doesn’t reside in having never been broken… but in the courage required to grow strong in the broken places.” – Kristen Jongen

“Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, “I will try again tomorrow.” – Mary Anne Radmacher

“Some people are settling down, some people are settling and some people refuse to settle for anything less than butterflies.” – Carrie, Sex & the City

“Don’t compromise yourself. You are all you’ve got.” – Janis Joplin

“Heaven has no rage, like love to hatred turned. Nor Hell a fury, like a woman scorned.” – William Congreve

“Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me.” – Chinese Proverb

“Losing an illusion makes you wiser than finding a truth.” – Ludwig Börne

“There are some remedies worse than the disease.” ~Publilius Syrus

“To learn something new, never take the path that you took yesterday.” – John Burroughs

“Weak eyes are fondest of glittering objects.” – Thomas Carlyle

“The opposite of a correct statement is a false statement. But the opposite of a profound truth may well be another profound truth.” – Niels Bohr

“The charm of history and its enigmatic lesson consist in the fact that, from age to age, nothing changes and yet everything is completely different.” – Aldous Huxley

“A stumble may prevent a fall.” – English Proverb

Alice came to a fork in the road. “Which road do I take?” she asked.
“Where do you want to go?” responded the Cheshire cat.
“I don’t know,” Alice answered.
“Then,” said the cat, “it doesn’t matter.”
~Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

“To love is to risk not being loved in return. To hope is to risk pain. To try is to risk failure, but risk must be taken because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing.” – Unknown

“Have you ever been in love? Horrible isn’t it? It makes you so vulnerable. It opens your chest and it opens up your heart and it means that someone can get inside you and mess you up. You build up all these defenses, you build up a whole suit of armor, so that nothing can hurt you, then one stupid person, no different from any other stupid person, wanders into your stupid life…You give them a piece of you. They didn’t ask for it. They did something dumb one day, like kiss you or smile at you, and then your life isn’t your own anymore. Love takes hostages. It gets inside you. It eats you out and leaves you crying in the darkness, so simple a phrase like ‘maybe we should be just friends’ turns into a glass splinter working its way into your heart. It hurts. Not just in the imagination. Not just in the mind. It’s a soul-hurt, a real gets-inside-you-and-rips-you-apart pain. I hate love.” – Neil Gaiman

“For it was not into my ear you whispered, but into my heart. It was not my lips you kissed, but my soul.” – Judy Garland

“Love can sometimes be magic. But magic can sometimes… just be an illusion.” – Javan

“We get so much in the habit of wearing disguises before others that we finally appear disguised before ourselves.” – Francois de la Rochefoucauld

“We promise according to our hopes; we fulfill according to our fears.” – Francois de la Rochefoucauld

“We should not be upset that others hide the truth from us, when we hide it so often from ourselves.” – Francois de La Rochefoucauld

“Absence diminishes mediocre passions and increases great ones, as the wind extinguishes candles and fans fires.” – Francois de La Rochefoucauld

“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” – Anais Nin

“I’m only responsible for my own heart, you offered yours up for the smashing, my darling. Only a fool would give out such a vital organ.” – Anais Nin

“I, with a deeper instinct, choose a man who compels my strength, who makes enormous demands on me, who does not doubt my courage or my toughness, who does not believe me naive or innocent, who has the courage to treat me like a woman.” – Anais Nin

“Love’s an illusion. Its a dream you wake up from with an enormous hangover and net credit debt. I’d rather have cash.” FROM WHITE OLEANDER, BY JANET FITCH

“Let me tell you a few things about regret, my darling. There is no end to it. You cannot find the beginning of the chain that brought us from there to here. Should regret the whole chain and the air in between, or each link separately as if you could uncouple them? Do you regret the beginning which ended so badly or just the ending itself?” – Ingrid FROM WHITE OLEANDER, BY JANET FITCH

“No matter how much she had damaged me or how flawed she was, how violently mistaken, my mother loved me, unquestionably.” – Astrid FROM WHITE OLEANDER, BY JANET FITCH

“Power is being told you are not loved and not being destroyed by it.” – Madonna

“Once you embrace unpleasant news, not as a negative but as evidence of a need for change, you aren’t defeated by it. You’re learning from it.” – Bill Gates

“When you come to the edge of all the light you have known and are about to step into the darkness, Faith is knowing one of two things will happen… There will be firm ground to stand on or you will be able to fly.” – Unknown

“When I stand before God at the end of my life I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left and could say, ” I used everything you gave me.” – Erma Bombeck

“The aim of life is to live, and to live means to be aware, joyously, drunkenly, serenely, divinely aware.” – Henry Miller

“To look at everything always as though you were seeing it either for the first or last time: Thus is your time on earth filled with glory.” Betty Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

“Remember, we all stumble, every one of us. That’s why its a comfort to go hand in hand.” – Emily Kimbrough

“I felt it shelter to speak to you.” – Emily Dickinson

“Lust is easy. Love is hard. Like is most important.” – Carl Reiner

“Love is the only sane and satisfactory answer to the problem of human existence.” – Eric Fromm

“Do I love you because you’re beautiful,
Or are you beautiful because I love you?” – Rodgers & Hammerstein, Cinderella

“A bend in the road is not the end of the road… unless you fail to make the turn.” – Unknown

“I ask not for a lighter burden, but for broader shoulders.” – Jewish proverb

“Adversity is like a strong wind. It tears away from us all but the things that cannot be torn, so that we see ourselves as we really are.” – Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden

“Don’t look where you fall, but where you slipped.” – African proverb

“Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Everything that we see is a shadow cast by that which we do not see.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

“History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

“It may be true that the law cannot make a man love me, but it can keep him from lynching me, and I think that’s pretty important.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

‘There is nothing more certain and unchanging than uncertainty and change.’ – Unknown

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” – Steve Jobs

“The sound shivers through the walls, through the table, through the window frame, and into my finger. These distraction-oholics. These focus-ophobics. Old George Orwell got it backward. Big Brother isn’t watching. He’s singing and dancing. He’s pulling rabbits out of a hat. Big Brother’s holding your attention every moment you’re awake. He’s making sure you’re always distracted. He’s making sure you’re fully absorbed… and this being fed, it’s worse than being watched. With the world always filling you, no one has to worry about what’s in your mind. With everyone’s imagination atrophied, no one will ever be a threat to the world.” -Chuck Palahniuk, Lullaby

“The trick to forgetting the big picture is to look at everything close-up.” – Chuck Palahniuk

“I want to stay as close to the edge as I can without going over. Out on the edge you can see all kinds of things you can’t see from the center.” – Kurt Vonnegut

“Our ambition should be to rule ourselves, the true kingdom for each one of us; and true progress is to know more, and be more, and to do more.” – Oscar Wilde

“Life is never fair, and perhaps it is a good thing for most of us that it is not.” – Oscar Wilde

“Between men and women there is no friendship possible. There is passion, enmity, worship, love, but no friendship.” – Oscar Wilde

“If you are not too long, I will wait here for you all my life.” – Oscar Wilde

“It is absurd to divide people into good and bad. People are either charming or tedious.” – Oscar Wilde

“A man who marries his mistress leaves a vacancy in that position.” – Oscar Wilde

“That though the radiance which was once so bright be now forever taken from my sight. Though nothing can bring back the hour of splendor in the grass, glory in the flower. We will grieve not, rather find strength in what remains behind.” – William Wordsworth

“A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.” – Christopher Reeve

“Don’t wish me happiness – I don’t expect to be happy it’s gotten beyond that, somehow. Wish me courage and strength and a sense of humor – I will need them all.” – Anne Morrow Lindbergh

“It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.” – Aristotle

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

“A woman may very well form a friendship with a man, but for this to endure, it must be assisted by a little physical antipathy.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

“Blessed are the forgetful: for they get the better even of their blunders.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

“Character is determined more by the lack of certain experiences than by those one has had.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

“Love is blind; friendship closes its eyes.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

“An ounce of performance is worth pounds of promises.” – Mae West

“You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.” -Mae West

“The score never interested me, only the game.” – Mae West

“It may be that your sole purpose in life is simply to serve as a warning to others.” – Anonymous

“A woman without a man is like a fish without a bicycle.” – Gloria Steinem

“Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed.” – Benjamin Franklin

“We had to learn… that it did not really matter what we expected from life but rather what life expected of us.” – Dr. Viktor Frankl

“When hope is not pinned wriggling onto a shiny image or expectation, it sometimes floats forth and opens.” – Anne Lamott

“Having spent the better part of my life trying either to relive the past or experience the future before it arrives, I have come to believe that in between these two extremes is peace.” – Unknown

“When one door closes another door opens; but we so often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door, that we do not see the ones which open for us.” – Alexander Graham Bell

“We can easily manage if we will only take, each day, the burden appointed to it. But the load will be too heavy for us if we carry yesterday’s burden over again today, and then add the burden of the morrow before we are required to bear it.” – John Newton

“Let us not look back in anger, nor forward in fear, but around in awareness.” – James Thurber

“Pile up too many tomorrows and you’ll find that you’ve collected nothing but a bunch of empty yesterdays.” – The Music Man

“Don’t look back on happiness, or dream of it in the future. You are only sure of today; do not let yourself be cheated out of it.” – Henry Ward Beecher

“True happiness is…to enjoy the present, without anxious dependence upon the future.–Seneca
What we are today comes from our thoughts of yesterday, and our present thoughts build our life of tomorrow: Our life is the creation of our mind.” – Buddha

“You can search throughout the entire universe for someone who is more deserving of your love and affection than you are yourself, and that person is not to be found anywhere. You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe deserve your love and affection.” – Buddha

“Why do people say “grow some balls”? Balls are weak and sensitive. If you wanna be tough, grow a vagina. Those things can take a pounding” – Betty White

“All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.” – Abraham Lincoln

“America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.” – Abraham Lincoln

“As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master. This expresses my idea of democracy.” – Abraham Lincoln

“Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm.” – Abraham Lincoln

“It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open one’s mouth and remove all doubt.” – Abraham Lincoln

“Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be.” – Abraham Lincoln

“Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.” – Abraham Lincoln

“The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time.” – Abraham Lincoln

“When I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, I feel bad. That’s my religion.” – Abraham Lincoln

“One thing I’ve learned is be comfortable in your skin, and more importantly, be comfortable in your shoes.” – Octavia Spencer

“In the end, it’s all about taking your time and enjoying the journey without worrying too much about the destination.” – Patti Stanger

“I will cover with love when next I see you, with caresses, with ecstasy. I want to gorge you with all the joys of the flesh, so that you faint and die. I want you to be amazed by me, and to confess to yourself that you had never even dreamed of such transports… When you are old, I want you to recall those few hours, I want your dry bones to quiver with joy when you think of them.” – Gustave Flaubert, letter to his wife Louise Colet 1846

“We loved with a love that was more than love.” – Edgar Allan Poe

“Her lips on his could tell him better than all her stumbling words.” – Margaret Mitchell

“We are all a little weird and life’s a little weird, and when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall in mutual weirdness and call it love.” – Dr Suess

“Life has taught us that love does not consist in gazing at each other but in looking outward together in the same direction.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupery, translated from French by Lewis Galantiere

“When you’re in love you never really know whether your elation comes from the qualities of the one you love, or if it attritubes them to her; whether the light which surrounds her like a halo comes from you, from her, or from the meeting of your sparks.” – Natalie Clifford Barney

“He felt now that he was not simply close to her, but that he did not know where he ended and she began.” – Leo Tolstoy

“Love is an irresistable desire to irresisistably desired.” – Robert Frost

“Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.” – Rumi

“You cannot protect yourself from sadness without protecting yourself from happiness.” – Jonathan Safran Foer

“Experience is that marvelous thing that enables you to recognize a mistake when you make it again.” – Franklin P. Jones

“Be nice to people on your way up because you meet them on your way down.” – Jimmy Durante

“The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie, deliberate, contrived and dishonest, but the myth, persistent, persuasive and unrealistic.” – John F. Kennedy

“Chains of habit are too light to be felt until they are too heavy to be broken.” – Warren Buffett

“Love is a fire. But whether it is going to warm your heart or burn down your house, you can never tell.” – Joan Crawford

“You wouldn’t worry so much about what people really thought of you if you knew just how seldom they actually do.” – Unknown

“Treat people as if they were what they ought to be, and you help them to become what they are capable of being.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“You are the only real obstacle in your path to a fulfilling life.” – Les Brown

“This is your purpose: to make as meaningful as possible this life that has been bestowed upon us…. to live in such a way that we may be proud of ourselves, to act in such a way that some part of us lives on.” – Oswald Sprengler

“What you did in the past, though it may have made you the person you are today, has absolutely no bearing on what you do in the future.” – Unknown

“Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off the goal.” – Henry Ford

“The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places.” – Ernest Hemingway

“I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles.” – Audrey Hepburn

“I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a father’s protection.” -Sigmund Freud

“Time is a sort of river of passing events, and strong is its current; no sooner is a thing brought to sight than it is swept by and another takes its place, and this too will be swept away.” – Marcus Aurelius

“Not to be cheered by praise, not to be grieved by blame, but to know thoroughly one’s own virtues or powers are the characteristics of an excellent man.” – Satchel Paige

“We are taught you must blame your father, your sisters, your brothers, the school, the teachers – but never blame yourself. It’s never your fault. But it’s always your fault, because if you wanted to change you’re the one who has got to change.” – Katharine Hepburn

“Really great people make you feel that you, too, can become great.” – Mark Twain

“Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear.” – Mark Twain

“During my second year of nursing school our professor gave us a quiz. I breezed through the questions until I read the last one: “What is the first name of the woman who cleans the school?” Surely this was a joke. I had seen the cleaning woman several times, but how would I know her name? I handed in my paper, leaving the last question blank. Before the class ended, one student asked if the last question would count toward our grade. “Absolutely,” the professor said. “In your careers, you will meet many people. All are significant. They deserve your attention and care, even if all you do is smile and say hello.” I’ve never forgotten that lesson. I also learned her name was Dorothy.” – Joann C. Jones

“How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because someday in your life you will have been all of these.” – George Washington Carver

“Have you had a kindness shown?
Pass it on;
‘Twas not given for thee alone,
Pass it on;
Let it travel down the years,
Let it wipe another’s tears,
‘Til in Heaven the deed appears –
Pass it on.”
~Henry Burton, Pass It On

“Remember that everyone you meet is afraid of something, loves something and has lost something.” – H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” – John F. Kennedy

“The voyage of discovery is not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.” – Marcel Proust

“He lay beside me all those years while I turned and twisted myself to fit beside him…” – Elaine Kraf

“I have always believed, and I still believe, that whatever good or bad fortune may come our way we can always give it meaning and transform it into something of value.” – Hermann Hesse

“I was born with an enormous need for affection, and a terrible need to give it.” – Audrey Hepburn

“Love does not begin and end the way we seem to think it does. Love is a battle, love is a war; love is a growing up.” – James A. Baldwin

“So it’s not gonna be easy. It’s going to be really hard; we’re gonna have to work at this everyday, but I want to do that because I want you. I want all of you, forever, everyday. You and me… everyday.” – Nicholas Sparks, The Notebook

“Little men with little minds and little imaginations go through life in little ruts, smugly resisting all changes which would jar their little worlds.” – Zig Ziglar

“The moment you have in your heart this extraordinary thing called love and feel the depth, the delight, the ecstasy of it, you will discover that for you the world is transformed.” –  Jiddu Krishnamurti

“Selfishness is not living as one wishes to live, it is asking others to live as one wishes to live.” –  Oscar Wilde

“I like persons better than principles, and I like persons with no principles better than anything else in the world.” – Oscar Wilde

“Love makes your soul crawl out from its hiding place.” – Zora Neale Hurston

“Don’t let your happiness depend on something you may lose.” C.S. Lewis

“We do the best we can with what we know, and when we know better, we do better.” – Maya Angelou

“When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time.” – Maya Angelou

“My life has been one great big joke,
A dance that’s walked,
A song that’s spoke,
I laugh so hard I almost choke,
When I think about myself.”
~Maya Angelou

“Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.” – Maya Angelou

You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them. Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud. Do not complain. Make every effort to change things you do not like. If you cannot make a change, change the way you have been thinking. You might find a new solution. Never whine. Whining lets a brute know that a victim is in the neighborhood. Be certain that you do not die without having done something wonderful for humanity.” – Maya Angelou

The freedom all to be lords of our tiny skull-sized kingdoms, alone at the center of all creation.” – David Foster Wallace (2005)

There are people in the world so hungry, that God cannot appear to them except in the form of bread.” Ghandi

“There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.” – Nelson Mandela

I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.” – Nelson Mandela

That was one of the things that worried me – to be raised to the position of a semi-god – because then you are no longer a human being. I wanted to be known as Mandela, a man with weaknesses, some of which are fundamental, and a man who is committed.” – Nelson Mandela

‘Security is mostly superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing. To keep our faces toward change and behave like free spirits in the presence of fate is strength undefeatable.’ — Helen Keller

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