In one and the same fire, clay grows hard and wax melts.
You are as amazing as you let yourself be. Let me repeat that. You are as amazing as you let yourself be.
The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Opportunity does not knock, it presents itself when you beat down the door.
When we argue for our limitations, we get to keep them.
Happiness is an attitude. We either make ourselves miserable, or happy and strong. The amount of work is the same.
Success isn’t a result of spontaneous combustion. You must set yourself on fire.
Don’t settle. Don’t finish crappy books. If you don’t like the menu, leave the restaurant. If you’re not on the right path, get off it.
Adventure is not outside man; it is within.
We are all in the gutter but some of us are looking at the stars.
It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.
If you want light to come into your life, you need to stand where it is shining.
If your ship doesn’t come in, swim out to it.
You get older and you learn there is one sentence, just four words long, and if you can say it to yourself it offers more comfort than almost any other. It goes like this: At least I tried.
Whether you say you can or you can’t, you’re right.
If you hear a voice within you say “you cannot paint,” then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced.
Vincent Van Gogh
Never despair. But if you do, work on in despair.
You can’t just hope for happy endings. You have to believe in them. Then do the work, take the risks.
The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.
If you could kick the person in the pants responsible for most of your trouble, you wouldn’t sit for a month.
I found that every single successful person I’ve ever spoken to had a turning point and the turning point was where they made a clear, specific, unequivocal decision that they were not going to live like this anymore. Some people make that decision at 15 and some people make it at 50 and most never make it at all.
Incredible change happens in your life when you decide to take control of what you do have power over instead of craving control over what you don’t.
Stop fighting yourself and start fighting for yourself.
The Revolutionary Impact
Every time you are tempted to react in the same old way, ask yourself if you want to be a prisoner of the past or a pioneer of the future.
Some days there won’t be a song in your heart. Sing anyway.
We have a choice:
To plow new ground, or let the weeds grow.
Virginia Department of Agriculture brochure, 1959
Stand up and walk out of your history.
Dr. Phil McGraw
You’ve got a lot of choices. If getting out of bed in the morning is a chore and you’re not smiling on a regular basis, try another choice.
Steven D. Woodhull
If you ever find yourself in the wrong story, leave.
Being single means getting over the illusion that there is somebody out there who will complete you and (finally) taking charge of your own life.
Stop being a prisoner of your past. Become the architect of your future.
When life knocks you down, try to land on your back because if you can look up, you can get up.
We are who we choose to be. Nobody is going to come and save you. You’ve got to save yourself.
You don’t have a right to the cards you believe you should have been dealt with. You have an obligation to play the hell out of the ones you’re holding.
Respect yourself enough to walk away from anything that no longer serves you, grows you, or makes you happy.
In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer.
I survived because the fire inside me burned brighter than the fire around me.
The best thing you can possibly do with your life is to tackle the motherfucking shit out of it.
You don’t know anyone at the party, so you don’t want to go. You don’t like cottage cheese, so you haven’t eaten it in years. This is your choice, of course, but don’t kid yourself: it’s also the flinch. Your personality is not set in stone. You may think a morning coffee is the most enjoyable thing in the world, but it’s really just a habit. Thirty days without it, and you would be fine. You think you have a soul mate, but in fact you could have had any number of spouses. You would have evolved differently, but been just as happy.
You can change what you want about yourself at any time. You see yourself as someone who can’t write or play an instrument, who gives in to temptation or makes bad decisions, but that’s really not you. It’s not ingrained. It’s not your personality. Your personality is something else, something deeper than just preferences, and these details on the surface, you can change anytime you like.
If it is useful to do so, you must abandon your identity and start again. Sometimes, it’s the only way. Set fire to your old self. It’s not needed here. It’s too busy shopping, gossiping about others, and watching days go by and asking why you haven’t gotten as far as you’d like. This old self will die and be forgotten by all but family, and replaced by someone who makes a difference.
Your new self is not like that. Your new self is the Great Chicago Fire—overwhelming, overpowering, and destroying everything that isn’t necessary.
It is never too late to be who you might have been.