"As you know, all it takes is a single idea in small paragraph to revolutionize the way you play
out the rest of your life. "Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back
Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth that ignorance of
which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself,
then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have
occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one's favor all manner of
unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would
have come his way. Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power,
and magic in it. Begin it now."
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
"I learned this, at least, by my experiment: that if one advances confidently in the direction of
his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success
unexpected in common hours."
Henry David Thoreau, Walden: Or, Life in the Woods
"Why do they always teach us that it's easy and evil to do what we want and that we need discipline
to restrain ourselves? It's the hardest thing in the worldto do what we want. And it takes the
greatest kind of courage. I mean, what we really want."
"Be yourself; everyone else is already taken."
"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."
Jack Kerouac, On the Road
"It is not the critic who counts;not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where
the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the
arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood;who strives valiantly;who errs, who comes
short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming;but who does
actually strive to do the deeds;who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions;who spends himself
in a worthy cause;who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the
worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with
those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat."
"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."
"To laugh often and love much;to win the respect of intelligent persons and the affection of
children;to earn the approbation of honest citizens and endure the betrayal of false friends;to
appreciate beauty;to find the best in others;to give of one's self;to leave the world a bit better,
whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition;to have played and
laughed with enthusiasm and sung with exultation;to know even one life has breathed easier because
you have livedthis is to have succeeded."
Bessie Anderson Stanley (frequently misattributed to Ralph Waldo Emerson)
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it
is the only thing that ever has."
"Be the change that you wish to see in the world."