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
Of my heart to see,
The beauty of love as it was made to be"
— Mumford & Sons, Sigh No More
— One Tree Hill
— Randall Munroe, xkcd: volume 0
Love like you’ll never be hurt,
Sing like there’s nobody listening,
And live like it’s heaven on earth."
— William W. Purkey