If one dream should fall and break into a thousand pieces, never be afraid to pick one of those pieces up and to begin again.
Don’t worry about failures, worry about the chances you miss when you don’t even try.
Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking.
Your story is what you have, what you will always have. It is something to own.
If you have wonderful moments, don’t second guess them. Just enjoy them.
Be a bush if you can’t be a tree. If you can’t be a highway, just be a trail. If you can’t be a sun, be a star. For it isn’t by size that you win or fail. Be the best of whatever you are.
~Martin Luther King Jr.
Being happy never goes out of style.
When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot in it and hang on.
~Franklin D. Roosevelt
Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one’s definition of your life; define yourself.
The very least you can do in your life is figure out what you hope for. And the most you can do is live inside that hope. Not admire it from a distance but live right in it, under its roof.
Integrity is doing the right thing, even when no one is watching.
Your heart is a vast and tender thing; you cannot keep trying to shrink it into what someone else needs. You cannot keep pouring your love into a vessel that cannot contain it. You cannot keep pouring your love into a heart that is closed off to it. It will only leave you empty.
The deepest cuts come from those we love the most.
~Mario Escobar, The Teacher of Warsaw
Knowing is better than wondering, waking is better than sleeping, and even the biggest failure—even the worst—beats the hell out of not trying.
~Meredith Grey, Grey’s Anatomy
The best use of life is love. The best expression of love is time. The best time to love is now.
Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.
You make mistakes, mistakes don’t make you.
It is not death that a man should fear, but he should fear never beginning to live.
Life is short. Focus on what really matters most. You have to change your priorities over time.
~Roy T. Bennett
It is good to love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is well done.
~Vincent Van Gogh
Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them; that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.
The best index to a person’s character is how he treats people who can’t do him any good, and how he treats people who can’t fight back.
~Abigail Van Buren
It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.
When you get to the end of all the light you know and it’s time to step into the darkness of the unknown, faith is knowing that one of two things shall happen: either you will be given something solid to stand on, or you will be taught how to fly.
Most times, even if giving your heart away ends in heartbreak, the risk was still worth it. Sometimes, that risk gives you little miracles. and sometimes, that risk gives you life lessons that allow you to grow and learn more about yourself.
There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn’t true. The other is to refuse to believe what is true.
You’re nobody’s doorway but your own and the only one who gets to tell you how your story ends is you.
Above all, don’t lie to yourself. The man who lies to himself and listens to his own lie comes to a point that he cannot distinguish the truth within him, or around him, and so loses all respect for himself and for others. And having no respect he ceases to love.
There are three things you can do with your life: You can waste it, you can spend it, or you can invest it. The best use of your life is to invest it in something that will last longer than your time on Earth.
When people don’t express themselves, they die one piece at a time.
~Laurie Halse Anderson
Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.
Love is an untamed force. When we try to control it, it destroys us. When we try to imprison it, it enslaves us. When we try to understand it, it leaves us feeling lost and confused.
Not everything is supposed to become something beautiful and long-lasting. Sometimes people come into your life to show you what is right and what is wrong, to show you who you can be, to teach you to love yourself, to make you feel better for a little while, or to just be someone to walk with at night and spill your life to. Not everyone is going to stay forever, and we still have to keep on going and thank them for what they’ve given us.
Learn to light a candle in the darkest moments of someone’s life. Be the light that helps others see; it is what gives life its deepest significance.
Roy. T. Bennett
Never assume that the person you are dealing with is weaker or less important than you are. Some people are slow to take offense, which may make you misjudge the thickness of their skin, and fail to worry about insulting them. But should you offend their honor and their pride, they will overwhelm you with a violence that seems sudden and extreme given their slowness to anger. If you want to turn people down, it is best to do so politely and respectfully, even if you feel their request is impudent or their offer ridiculous.
Time is a slippery thing: lose hold of it once, and its string might sail out of your hands forever.
I love books. I adore everything about them. I love the feel of the pages on my fingertips. They are light enough to carry, yet so heavy with worlds and ideas. I love the sound of the pages flicking against my fingers. Print against fingerprints. Books make people quiet, yet they are so loud.
Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.
You can get away from envy by enjoying the pleasures that come your way, by doing the work that you have to do, and by avoiding comparisons with those whom you imagine, perhaps quite falsely, to be more fortunate than yourself.
There are wounds that never show on the body that are deeper and more hurtful than anything that bleeds.
Laurell K. Hamilton
No matter what, nobody can take away the dances you’ve already had.
~Gabriel Garcia Marquez
How satisfying it is to leave a mark on a blank surface. To make a map of my movement – no matter how temporary.
Never let your sense of morals prevent you from doing what is right.
Perhaps home is not a place but simply an irrevocable condition.
The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.
The beginning of love is the will to let those we love be perfectly themselves, the resolution not to twist them to fit our own image. If in loving them we do not love what they are, but only their potential likeness to ourselves, then we do not love them: we only love the reflection of ourselves we find in them.
But who can say what’s best? That’s why you need to grab whatever chance you have of happiness where you find it, and not worry about other people too much. My experience tells me that we get no more than two or three such chances in a life time, and if we let them go, we regret it for the rest of our lives.
To lose balance sometimes for love is part of living a balanced life.
You know how they say you only hurt the ones you love? Well, it works both ways.
Make sure, as often as possible, you are doing something you’d be happy to die doing.