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Courage and optimism

“This present moment used to be the unimaginable future.”
– Christian Mason

“Everything great that ever happened in this world happened first in somebody’s imagination.”
– Astrid Lindgren

“You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending.”
– C.S. Lewis

“Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little.”
– Edmund Burke

“It is little by little that we find courage for it all.”
– J.H. Hard

“May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears.”
– Nelson Mandela


“Never give up on a dream because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.”
– Earl Nightingale

“It may seem difficult at first but everything is difficult at first.”
– Miyamoto Musashi

“The thing about everything is it gets easier with practice, so be careful what you practice.”

“Discipline is choosing between what you want now and what you want most.”
– Abraham Lincoln

“A path is made by walking.”
– Zhuangzi

“Slowly, then all at once.”


“Behind every strong person is a story that gave them no choice.”

“Who hasn’t ever wondered: am I a monster or is this what it means to be a person?”
– Clarice Lispector, The Hour of the Star

“The truth will set you free. But not until it is finished with you.”
– David Foster Wallace, Infinite Jest

“Just because they carry it well, doesn’t mean it isn’t heavy.”

“Remember to speak from the scar, not the wound.”
– Autumn Asher BlackDeer

Inner peace

“A good traveller has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving.”
– Lao Tzu

“Folks are usually about as happy as they make their minds up to be.”
– Abraham Lincoln

“You cannot overestimate the unimportance of practically everything.”
– John Maxwell

“Need little. Want less.”
– Lao Tzu

“Act always as if the future of the universe depended on what you did, while laughing at yourself for thinking that whatever you do makes any difference.”
– Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Curiosity and wonder

“Having all the answers just means you’ve been asking boring questions.”
– Joey Comeau, A Softer World

“Uncertainty is an uncomfortable position. But certainty is an absurd one.”
– Voltaire

“We have more possibilities available in each moment than we realize.”
– Thích Nhất Hạnh

“Fall in love with some activity, and do it! Nobody ever figures out what life is all about, and it doesn’t matter. Explore the world. Nearly everything is really interesting if you go into it deeply enough. Work as hard and as much as you want to on the things you like to do the best. Don’t think about what you want to be, but what you want to do. Keep up some kind of a minimum with other things so that society doesn’t stop you from doing anything at all.”
– Richard P. Feynman

“If you are not living in awe, you are not paying attention.”
– Rumi

“Look for beauty everywhere, and you will find it anywhere.”

“If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.”
– Isaac Newton


“We are all ordinary. We are all boring. We are all shy. We are all bold. We are all heroes. We are all helpless. It just depends on the day.”
– Brad Meltzer

“Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born.”
– Anaïs Nin

“It is more fun to talk with someone who doesn’t use long, difficult words but rather short, easy words like, ’what about lunch?’”
― A. A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

“’Which is more important?’ asked Big Panda, ’the journey or the destination?’
’The company,’ said Tiny Dragon.”
– James Norbury

“We’re all just walking each other home.”
– Ram Dass

Last updated September 21, 2023.