"All the adversity I’ve had in my life, all my troubles and obstacles, have strengthened me… You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you."
— Walt Disney
"Having an eye for beauty isn’t the same thing as a weakness…except possibly when it comes to you."
— Suzanne Collins
"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, Where the Sidewalk Ends
"Passion has little to do with euphoria and everything to do with patience. It is not about feeling good, it is about endurance. Like patience, passion comes from the same Latin root: pati. It does not mean to flow with exuberance, it means to suffer."
— Mark Z. Danielewski, House of Leaves
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We learned about dignity and decency – that how hard you work matters more than how much you make…that helping others means more than just getting ahead yourself.
We learned about honesty and integrity – that the truth matters…that you don’t take shortcuts or play by your own set of rules…and success doesn’t count unless you earn it fair and square.
We learned about gratitude and humility – that so many people had a hand in our success, from the teachers who inspired us to the janitors who kept our school clean…and we were taught to value everyone’s contribution and treat everyone with respect.
— Michelle Obama, 2012 Democratic National Convention
There are no happy endings.
Endings are the saddest part,
So just give me a happy middle
And a very happy start."
— Shel Silverstein
"There is a design, an alignment, a cry
Of my heart to see,
The beauty of love as it was made to be"
— Mumford & Sons, Sigh No More
"It’s the oldest story in the world. One day you’re 17 and planning for someday and then quietly, and without you really noticing, someday is today and then someday is yesterday and this is your life."
— One Tree Hill
"Take wrong turns. Talk to strangers. Open unmarked doors. And if you see a group of people in a field, go find out what they are doing. Do things without always knowing how they’ll turn out. You’re curious and smart and bored, and all you see is the choice between working hard and slacking off. There are so many adventures that you miss because you’re waiting to think of a plan. To find them, look for tiny interesting choices. And remember that you are always making up the future as you go."
— Randall Munroe, xkcd: volume 0
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