• The secret to getting ahead is getting started.
  • Your individuality is the only thing that works. embrace it, and have fun with it.
  • “It always seems impossible until it’s done.” - Nelson Mandela
  • "Nothing is miserable unless you think it so; and on the other hand, nothing brings happiness unless you are content with it." Jonathan Haidt
  • I'm just an individual who doesn't feel that I need to have somebody qualify my work in any particular way. I'm working for me. ~David Bowie
  • Good things come to those who work hard, while others are whining.
  • Stay afraid, but do it anyway. What’s important is the action. You don’t have to wait to be confident. Just do it and eventually the confidence will follow. ~Ca...
jan 12 2017 ∞
oct 11 2017 +
  • All the knowledge I possess everyone else can acquire, but my heart is all my own. ~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  • No matter how often I think I can’t stand it anymore, I always do. There is no alternative. I don’t fall, I don’t foam at the mouth, faint, collapse or die. It’s the same for all of us. You can’t get out of the inside of your own head. Something keeps you going. Something always does. ~Janice Galloway
  • The best advice I’ve ever received is, ‘No one else knows what they’re doing either. ~Ricky Gervais
  • The only person who is educated is the one who has learned how to learn and change. ~Carl Rogers
  • If you judge people, you have no time to love them. ~Mother Teresa
  • You face the biggest challenge of all: to have the courage to seek your big dream ...
jan 1 2016 ∞
jan 18 2017 +
  • “Fear is a seed that, once planted, never stops growing.” ~Sara Raasch Snow Like Ashes
  • “You combine hard work, creativity, and self-determination, and things start to happen.” ~Sophia Amoruso
  • “Dignity /ˈdignitē/ noun

The moment you realize that the person you cared for has nothing intellectually or spiritually to offer you, but a headache.

The moment you realize God had greater plans for you that don’t involve crying at night or sad Pinterest quotes.

The moment you stop comparing yourself to others because it undermines your worth, education and your parent’s wisdom.

The moment you live your dreams, not because of what it will prove or get you, but because that is all you want to do. People’s opinions don’t matter. The momen...

feb 27 2015 ∞
dec 17 2015 +
  • The axe forgets; the tree remembers. ~African proverb
  • I am not afraid of my truth anymore and I will not omit pieces of me to make you comfortable. ~Alex Elle
  • “If I cut you off, chances are, you handed me the scissors.”
  • If I tell the world, it'll never be enough cause it was not said to you.
  • “The heart will turn to a prune if love is always by the numbers. How will you know if someone really loves you if they only meet your expectations and not your needs?” ~Robert Fulghum
  • “Be patient with others. Be patient with their small annoyances, with their behaviour, with their speech, with their every being. Be patient with them. For your own sanity.”
  • A wise man learns more from his enemies, than a fool from his friends.
sep 30 2013 ∞
apr 17 2014 +
  • *Alvar Aalto used to say to a student who was designing a window, "'well, make that window as though your lover was sitting in it.'"
  • Don’t get too attached to your own work. Throw it out and start over. ~Dubois
  • “Don’t hoard the past. Don’t cherish anything. Burn it. The artist is the phoenix who burns to emerge.” ~Janet Fitch, White Oleander
  • "Design projects are never finished, they are abandoned half-way."
  • “Treasure nothing, be willing to throw out anything. The story you just wrote that you are proud of should not be coddled and worshipped. You can do it again. If your house burned down with all your work inside it, you would still be the writer you are, and you would continue to be worth something.” ~J. Robert Lennon
  • No man has the right to dictate what othe...
jan 1 2013 ∞
jan 18 2017 +
  • If it is not from the heart, it is not worth doing.
  • It does not do to dwell on dreams...and forget to live. ~Albus Dumbledore
  • We must be our own before we can be another's. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Normality is a paved road: It’s comfortable to walk, but no flowers grow on it. ~Vincent van Gogh
  • I only write because there is a voice within me that will not be still.
  • If you wish to travel far and fast, travel light. Take off all your envies, jealousies, unforgiveness, selfishness and fears. ~Casare Pavese
  • There’s zero correlation between being the best talker and having the best ideas. ~Susan Cain
  • We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit. ~Aristotle
nov 5 2012 ∞
jul 14 2015 +
  • Most of us know ourselves only from our limited experiences in familiar situations that involve rules, laws, policies, and pressures that constrain us. We go to school, to work, on vacation, to parties; we pay the bills and the taxes, day in and year out. But what happens when we are exposed to totally new and unfamiliar settings where our habits don’t suffice? you start a new job, go on your first computer-matched date, join a fraternity, get arrested, enlist in the military, join a cult, or volunteer for an experiment. The old you might not work as expected when the ground rules change. Philip Zimbardo, The Lucifer Effect
  • We all might have something that keeps us wide awake at night, keeps our thoughts running wild, keeps our volcanoes erupting..And then each morning you wake up, you wear your worn smile, you put it on your...
mar 2 2017 ∞
mar 3 2018 +
  • * Don’t overestimate your emotions and underestimate your intelligence. ― Amit Kalantri
  • “Give. Even when you know you can get nothing back.” — Yasmin Mogahed
  • “Like wildflowers; you must allow yourself to grow in all the places people thought you never would.” ~evwriting
  • “Good people are like candles; they burn themselves up to give others light” ~Turkish Proverb
  • “Start now. Start where you are. Start with fear. Start with pain. Start with doubt. Start with hands shaking. Start with voice trembling but start. Start and don’t stop. Start where you are, with what you have. Just … start.” ~Ijeoma Umebinyuo
  • “The simple things are also the most extraordinary things, …” ~Paulo Coelho
  • “She was unstoppable. Not because she d...
jun 5 2014 ∞
dec 28 2014 +
  • “A person is a fool to become a writer. His only compensation is absolute freedom. He has no master except his own soul, and that, I am sure, is why he does it.” ~Roald Dahl
  • “What is a poet? An unhappy man who hides deep anguish in his heart, but whose lips are so formed that when the sigh and cry pass through them, it sounds like lovely music. And people flock around the poet and say: ‘Sing again soon’ - that is, ‘May new sufferings torment your soul but your lips be fashioned as before, for the cry would only frighten us, but the music, that is blissful.” ~ Søren Kierkegaard, Either/Or
  • “I had no one to help me, but then T. S. Eliot helped me. So when people say that poetry is a luxury, or an option, or for the educated middle classes, or that it shouldn’t be read at school because it...
oct 18 2014 ∞
feb 22 2017 +
  • When Morrie finds out about his terminal illness

“Is it terminal?” Yes. “So, I’m going to die?” Yes, you are, the doctor said. I’m very sorry. He sat with Morrie and Charlotte for nearly two hours, patiently answering their questions. Outside, the sun was shining and people were going about their business.

A woman ran to put money in the parking meter. Another carried groceries. Charlotte had a million thoughts running through her mind: How much time do we have left? How will we manage? How will we pay for the bills?

My Old Professor, meanwhile, was stunned by the normalcy of the day around him. Shouldn’t the world stop? Don’t they know what has happened to me?

But the world did not stop, it took no notice at all, and as Morrie pulled weakly ...

dec 10 2012 ∞
apr 29 2015 +
  • ~David Levithan

“full, adj. It is essential to leave some space empty; you could — and should — never fill in all the blanks.”

  • ~Virginia Woolf, from The Voyage Out

“I see through most people; I’m hardly ever wrong. I see at once what they’ve got in them.”

  • “I used to analyze myself down to the last thread, used to compare myself with others, recalled all the smallest glances, smiles and words of those to whom I’d tried to be frank, interpreted everything in a bad light, laughed viciously at my attempts to be like the rest -– and suddenly, in the midst of my laughing, I’d give way to sadness, fall into ludicrous despondency and once again start the whole process all over again – in short, I...
sep 8 2013 ∞
nov 22 2014 +
  • "if you are a young thing i have one piece of advice for you:

being enthusiastic and happy about things you love is more important than being apathetic and snide. you will go so much farther in life spending energy on and talking about something you love than wasting energy on only complaining about or making fun of something you don’t.

don’t focus on mocking others for being genuinely excited about something. focus on the things and people you love."

  • I am happy.

I am afraid of forgetting. I would like for the memory of my happiness to endure beyond time. I write because I am afraid of forgetting. ~André Gide, from The Notebooks of André Walter

feb 27 2015 ∞
feb 27 2015 +
  • “Those who speak of progression but are afraid of change are self-repressed and therefore unable to reach any further than their eyes can already see.” ~Criss Jami
  • "I am learning every day to allow the space between where I am and where I want to be to inspire me and not terrify me."
  • “In a time of destruction, create something.”
apr 17 2014 ∞
jul 14 2015 +
  • “I wish I could show you, when you are lonely or in darkness, the astonishing light of your own being.” ~Hafiz
  • “Hope was there, and laughed me out of sadness;

Whispering, ‘Winter will not linger long!’” ~Emily Brontë, excerpt from “Death”

  • “If God had wanted me otherwise, He would have created me otherwise.” ~Johann Wolfgang Goethe
  • "Spoon feeding in the long run teaches us nothing but the shape of the spoon."
  • “I let it go. It’s like swimming against the current. It exhausts you. After a while, whoever you are, you just have to let go, and the river brings you home.” ~Joanne Harris, Five Quarters of the Orange
  • "Creativity is not spontaneous. Like any ...
aug 10 2013 ∞
feb 11 2017 +
  • "the power bestowed upon us is not just to lead and to command, but it is to inspire."
  • "lead not for the sake of dignity, but for the love of your people."
apr 18 2014 ∞
apr 18 2014 +
  • I have a habit of falling in love with souls who have yet to be at peace with their bodies, their minds, their weaknesses. I try to build them, to find the parts of them that are missing in me. I end up with holes in my chest.
  • “I look at you and see all the ways a soul can bruise, and I wish I could sink my hands into your flesh and light lanterns along your spine so you know that there’s nothing but light when I see you.”
  • My heart was too big for my body so I let it go and most days this world has thinned me to where I am just another cloud forgetting another flock of swans but believe me when I tell you my soul has squeezed into narrow spaces. ~Anis Mojgani
  • Let others vibrate as they vibrate and want the best for them. Never mind how they’re flowing to you. You concentrate on ...
dec 4 2012 ∞
aug 27 2017 +
  • Beware of destination addiction: The idea that happiness is in the next place, the next job, or even with the next partner. Until you give up the idea that happiness is somewhere else, it will never be where you are.
  • Once a soul chooses to awaken and evolve, there can be no going back to an outgrown state of consciousness. A person cannot go back asleep once he begins to awaken to deeper truths. The only way through is forward.
  • We can sit in our corners mute forever while our sisters and our selves are wasted, while our children are distorted and destroyed, while our earth is poisoned; we can sit in our safe corners mute as bottles, and we still will be no less afraid… We have been socialized to respect fear more than our own needs for language and definition, and while we wait in silence...
jan 11 2018 ∞
aug 21 2018 +
  • Carson here shares her prescription on how to nurture a lifelong sense of wonder, how to maintain the freshness with which we saw the natural world for the first time, and how to preserve awe and wonder in lives lived so often in the opposition of nature. (p9)
  • Carson urges us to explore nature with feelings and emotions, to use all our senses, and to abandon the impulse to teach or explain. Arouse the emotions, for the foundation of learning is in what we love.(p9)
  • She cared passionately about the subject of how to maintain a sense of wonder and believed that the war was won or lost in childhood. She hoped her book would inspire adults and children alike to experience the sensory and emotional in nature, and know that if they did, they would have less appetite for those activities that t...
jan 15 2016 ∞
jan 15 2016 +
  • “In the heat of her hands I thought, this is the campfire that mocks the sun.” ~Jeanette Winterson, Written on the Body
  • Have you ever seen brown eyes in the sun? You don’t always notice it at first but you’ll see that ‘brown’ no longer describes them. They melt into golden rays, circling an eclipse. There’s nothing boring about brown eyes, not even when the later hours encroach; they just turn into a sunset of their own.
  • “And the night smells like snow. Walking home for a moment you almost believe you could start again. And an intense love rushes to your heart,and hope. It’s unendurable, unendurable.” ~Franz Wright
  • “It is awfully nice having her in the car asleep, he thought. She is good company even when she is asleep. You are a strange and lucky bastard, he thought. You ar...
feb 27 2015 ∞
jun 29 2016 +
  • EE Cummings - i carry your heart

i carry your heart with me(i carry it in my heart)i am never without it(anywhere i go you go,my dear;and whatever is done by only me is your doing,my darling)

i fear no fate(for you are my fate,my sweet)i want no world(for beautiful you are my world,my true) and it's you are whatever a moon has always meant and whatever a sun will always sing is you

here is the deepest secret nobody knows (here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud and the sky of the sky of a tree called life;which grows higher than soul can hope or mind can hide) and this is the wonder that's keeping the stars apart

i carry your heart(i carry it in my heart)

  • Daily Haiku on Love by Tyler Knott Gregso...
nov 13 2012 ∞
may 18 2017 +
  • All the hardest, coldest people you meet were once as soft as water. And that’s the tragedy of living.” ~Iain Thomas
  • Accept the words “strange,” “eccentric,” and “quirky” as the highest of compliments.” ~Michael Boiano
  • "I am poppies in the field, red and cold. I am sleeping alone, and I am light. I am light. I am light." ~La Bella Betina
  • “I am the Walker and the Maze.” ~Catherynne M. Valente, from The Labyrinth
  • You drown not by falling into a river, but by staying submerged in it
  • My heart was too big for my body, so I let it go. ~Anis Mojgani
  • No one has ever become poor by giving. ~Anne Frank
  • My pen shall heal, not hurt. ~L.M. Montgomery, Emily Climbs
  • When you hear a great song, it touches your life. It affects you, it’s like a sc...
dec 5 2012 ∞
oct 29 2013 +
  • “i dreamed this, does that mean it didn’t happen? does it have to happen in the world to be real?” ~Louise Glück, from “Castile”
  • “Do not tackle designs that have reached the final stage of their evolution. For example, a spoon.” From that point on, Agarwal dedicated his efforts to reinventing the wheel when it came to this object, and the idea for Polygons was born.
nov 22 2014 ∞
may 10 2017 +