Quotes_Awareness

Here’s a selection of my favorite quotes on awareness.

“To be awake is to be alive.” – Henry David Thoreau

“The ultimate value of life depends upon awareness and the power of contemplation rather than upon mere survival.” – Aristotle

“To be conscious means not simply to be, but to be reported, known, to have awareness of one’s being added to that being.” – William James

“Although it is difficult to pinpoint the physical base or location of awareness, it is perhaps the most precious thing concealed within our brains. And it is something that the individual alone can feel and experience. Each of us cherishes it highly, yet it is private” – Dalai Lama

“I’ve worked all my life on the subject of awareness, whether it’s awareness of the body, awareness of the mind, awareness of your emotions, awareness of your relationships, or awareness of your environment. I think the key to transforming your life is to be aware of who you are.” – Deepak Chopra

“Every human has four endowments – self awareness, conscience, independent will and creative imagination. These give us the ultimate human freedom… The power to choose, to respond, to change.” – Stephen Covey

“The key to growth is the introduction of higher dimensions of consciousness into our awareness.” – Lao Tzu

“To become different from what we are, we must have some awareness of what we are.” – Eric Hoffer

“What is necessary to change a person is to change his awareness of himself.” – Abraham Maslow

“If we could first know where we are, and whither we are tending, we could better judge what to do, and how to do it.” Abraham Lincoln

“The first step toward change is awareness. The second step is acceptance.” – Nathaniel Branden

“The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.” ― Carl R. Rogers

“Ultimately spiritual awareness unfolds when you’re flexible, when you’re spontaneous, when you’re detached, when you’re easy on yourself and easy on others.” – Deepak Chopra

“The greatest thing in the world is to know how to belong to oneself.” ― Michel de Montaigne

“Find out who you are and do it on purpose.” ― Dolly Parton

“Awareness is empowering.” – Rita Wilson

“Awareness requires a rupture with the world we take for granted; then old categories of experience are called into question and revised.” – Shoshana Zuboff

“Your visions will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.” ― C.G. Jung

“Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate.” ― C.G. Jung

“Each of us is an artist of our days; the greater our integrity and awareness, the more original and creative our time will become.” ― John O’Donohue

“I want art to make me think. In order to do that, it may piss me off, or make me uncomfortable. That promotes awareness and change, or at least some discussion.” – Pink

“The function of the artist in a disturbed society is to give awareness of the universe, to ask the right questions, and to elevate the mind.” – Marina Abramovic

“The only thing that can save the world is the reclaiming of the awareness of the world. That’s what poetry does.” – Allen Ginsberg

“A lot of actors on film sets… very often they’re not paying attention to the physical world around them. I think through studying art, I’ve always had that awareness and that’s something that I’ve wanted to bring in to go beyond acting… As a form of expression, they are intrinsically linked.” – Andy Serkis

“We’re highly social animals – I’m told by scientists that what makes us different from other animals is an acute social awareness, which is what has made us so successful.” – Alan Alda

“I think self-awareness is probably the most important thing towards being a champion.” – Billie Jean King

“We look at the dance to impart the sensation of living in an affirmation of life, to energize the spectator into keener awareness of the vigor, the mystery, the humor, the variety, and the wonder of life. This is the function of the American dance” – Martha Graham

“Photography is a small voice, at best, but sometimes one photograph, or a group of them, can lure our sense of awareness.” – W. Eugene Smith

“I think there are two aspects to smart environments. One is information embedded in places and things. The other is location awareness, so that devices we carry around know where we are. When you combine those two, you get a lot of possibilities.” – Howard Rheingold

“As our various electronic devices gain more and more sensory awareness, we open up the potential for entirely new forms of interaction. Not just new interfaces – tapping and shaking and whatnot – but a shift in presence.” – Jamais Cascio

“Awareness in our society has flipped all types of injustice on its head.” – Serj Tankian

“The greatest mistake of the movement has been trying to organize a sleeping people around specific goals. You have to wake the people up first, then you’ll get action.” ― Malcolm X

“These things will destroy the human race: politics without principle, progress without compassion, wealth without work, learning without silence, religion without fearlessness and worship without awareness.” – Anthony de Mello

“Awareness without action is worthless.” – Phil McGraw

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Here’s a collection of my favorite quotes on planning.

“A goal without a plan is just a wish.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupery

“It takes as much energy to wish as it does to plan.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

“If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail!” ― Benjamin Franklin

“Fail to plan, plan to fail.” ― Hillary Rodham Clinton

“A man who does not plan long ahead will find trouble at his door.” Confucius

“If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.” – Jim Rohn

“Your life will be no better than the plans you make and the action you take. You are the architect and builder of your own life, fortune, destiny.” – Alfred A. Montapert

“He, who every morning plans the transactions of the day, and follows that plan, carries a thread that will guide him through a labyrinth of the most busy life.” – Victor Hugo

“Our goals can only be reached through a vehicle of a plan, in which we must fervently believe, and upon which we must vigorously act. There is no other route to success.” – Pablo Picasso

“Setting a goal is not the main thing. It is deciding how you will go about achieving it and staying with that plan.” – Tom Landry

“A good plan is like a road map: it shows the final destination and usually the best way to get there.” – H. Stanley Judd

“A plan is a list of actions arranged in whatever sequence is thought likely to achieve an objective.” – John Argenti

“People with clear, written goals, accomplish far more in a shorter period of time than people without them could ever imagine.” – Brian Tracy

“Four steps to achievement: Plan purposefully. Prepare prayerfully. Proceed positively. Pursue persistently.” – William A. Ward

“Plan for what it is difficult while it is easy, do what is great while it is small.” ― Sun Tzu

“To achieve great things, two things are needed; a plan, and not quite enough time.’ – Leonard Bernstein

“Planning is bringing the future into the present so that you can do something about it now.” – Alan Lakein

“Good fortune is what happens when opportunity meets with planning.” – Thomas Alva Edison

“Chance favors the prepared mind.” – Louis Pasteur

“Plans are nothing; planning is everything.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower

“Plans are of little importance, but planning is essential.” ― Winston Churchill

“It’s not the plan that is important, it’s the planning.” Dr Graeme Edwards

“A good plan today is better than a perfect plan tomorrow.” – George S. Patton

“Plan your work for today and every day, then work your plan.” – Norman Vincent Peale

“It is a bad plan that admits of no modification.” – Publilius Syrus

“If plan A doesn’t work, the alphabet has 25 more letters – 204 if you’re in Japan.” – Claire Cook

“The majority of men meet with failure because of their lack of persistence in creating new plans to take the place of those which fail.” – Napoleon Hill

“You can always amend a big plan, but you can never expand a little one. I don’t believe in little plans. I believe in plans big enough to meet a situation which we can’t possibly foresee now.” – Harry S. Truman

“Have a bias toward action – let’s see something happen now. You can break that big plan into small steps and take the first step right away.” – Indira Gandhi

“He is the best man who, when making his plans, fears and reflects on everything that can happen to him, but in the moment of action is bold.” – Herodotus

“Plans are only good intentions unless they immediately degenerate into hard work.” – Peter Drucker

“Thinking well to be wise: planning well, wiser: doing well wisest and best of all.” – Malcolm Forbes

“Just because you make a good plan, doesn’t mean that’s what’s gonna happen.” – Taylor Swift

“The best laid schemes o’ mice an’ men gang aft agley.” ― Robert Burns

“Everybody’s got a plan until they get hit.” – Joe Lewis

“No plan survives and encounter with the enemy.” – Helmuth von Moltke

“No battle plan survives contact with the enemy.” – Colin Powell

“If you want to make God laugh, tell him about your plans.” – Woody Allen

“Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans” -  John Lennon

“The reason that everybody likes planning is that nobody has to do anything.” – Jerry Brown

“We climb to heaven most often on the ruins of our cherished plans, finding our failures were successes.” – Amos Bronson Alcott

“If you plan on being anything less than you are capable of being, you will probably be unhappy all the days of your life.” – Abraham Maslow

“If you have accomplished all that you have planned for yourself, you have not planned enough.” – Edward Everett Hale

“First comes thought; then organization of that thought, into ideas and plans; then transformation of those plans into reality. The beginning, as you will observe, is in your imagination.” – Napoleon Hill

“Without leaps of imagination, or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning.” – Gloria Steinem

“You must plan to be spontaneous.” – David Hockney

“Spontaneity is one of the joys of existence, especially if you prepare for it in advance.” ― Alan Dean Foster

“Happy is the person who knows what to remember of the past, what to enjoy in the present, and what to plan for in the future.” – Arnold H. Glasow

“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” – Mary Oliver

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Here’s a selection of my favorite quotes on goals.

“There is one quality more important than “know-how” and we cannot accuse the United States of any undue amount of it. This is “know-what” by which we determine not only how to accomplish our purposes, but what our purposes are to be.” – Norbert Wiene

“I respect the man who knows distinctly what he wishes. The greater part of all mischief in the world arises from the fact that men do not sufficiently understand their own aims. They have undertaken to build a tower, and spend no more labor on the foundation than would be necessary to erect a hut.” John Wolfgang von Goethe

“Vision without action is a daydream. Action without vision is a nightmare.” – Japanese Proverb

“You can’t hit a target you cannot see, and you cannot see a target you do not have.” – Zig Ziglar

“If you aim at nothing, you will hit it every time. ” – Zig Ziglar

“When a man does not know what harbor he is making for, no wind is the right wind.” – Lucius Seneca

“If you don’t know where you are going, you might wind up someplace else.” Yogi Berra

“This one step – choosing a goal and sticking to it – changes everything.” – Scott Reed

“You must take action now that will move you towards your goals. Develop a sense of urgency in your life.” – H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

“Begin with the end in mind.” Stephen Covey

“If what you are doing is not moving you towards your goals, then it’s moving you away from your goals.” – Brian Tracy

“Goals are dreams with deadlines.” - Diana Scharf Hunt

“Goals help you channel your energy into action.” – Les Brown

“I don’t care how much power, brilliance or energy you have, if you don’t harness it and focus it on a specific target, and hold it there you’re never going to accomplish as much as your ability warrants.” – Zig Ziglar

“The shortest distance between two points assumes you know where you’re going.” – Robert Brault

“A straight path never leads anywhere except to the objective.” – Andre Gide

“The road leading to a goal does not separate you from the destination; it is essentially a part of it.” – Charles DeLint

“You must have long-range goals to keep you from being frustrated by short-range failures.” - Charles C. Noble

“Obstacles are what you see when you take your eyes off your goals.” – Anonymous

“We are kept from our goal not by obstacles but by a clear path to a lesser goal.” - Robert Brault

“When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don’t adjust the goals, adjust the action steps.” – Confucius

“Many are stubborn in pursuit of the path they have chosen, few in pursuit of the goal.” – Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

“One half of knowing what you want is knowing what you must give up before you get it.” – Sidney Howard

“Goals allow you to control the direction of change in your favor.” – Brian Tracy

“A goal is not always meant to be reached, it often serves simply as something to aim at.” ― Bruce Lee

“Sometimes the path you’re on is not as important as the direction you’re heading.” – Kevin Smith

“It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.” ― Ernest Hemingway

“Establishing goals is all right if you don’t let them deprive you of interesting detours.” – Doug Larson

“Success is 10% inspiration, 90% last-minute changes.” – Anonymous

“Map out your future, but do it in pencil.” – Jon Bon Jovi

“Without some goals and some efforts to reach it, no man can live.” – John Dewey

“What keeps me going is goals.” – Muhammad Ali

“If you’re bored with life – you don’t get up every morning with a burning desire to do things – you don’t have enough goals.” – Lou Holtz

“People are not lazy. They simply have impotent goals – that is, goals that do not inspire them.” – Tony Robbins

“What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.” – Henry David Thoreau

“Goals determine what you’re going to be.” – Julius Erving

“If you go to work on your goals, your goals will go to work on you. If you go to work on your plan, your plan will go to work on you. Whatever good things we build end up building us.” – Jim Rohn

“If you set goals and go after them with all the determination you can muster, your gifts will take you places that will amaze you.” – Les Brown

“Arriving at one goal is the starting point to another.” – John Dewey

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Here’s a selection of my favorite quotes on being connected.

“I’ll tell you what hermits realize. If you go off into a far, far forest and get very quiet, you’ll come to understand that you’re connected with everything.” – Alan Watts

“I see a world in the future in which we understand that all life is related to us and we treat that life with great humility and respect.” -  David Suzuki

“When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world.” -  John Muir

“In nature we never see anything isolated, but everything in connection with something else which is before it, beside it, under it and over it.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“All things are connected like the blood that unites us. We do not weave the web of life, we are merely a strand in it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves.” – Chief Seattle

“The same stream of life that runs through my veins night and day runs through the world and dances in rhythmic measures. It is the same life that shoots in joy through the dust of the earth in numberless blades of grass and breaks into tumultuous waves of leaves and flowers. It is the same life that is rocked in the ocean-cradle of birth and of death, in ebb and in flow. I feel my limbs are made glorious by the touch of this world of life. And my pride is from the life-throb of ages dancing in my blood this moment.” – Rabindranath Tagore

“A human being is a part of the whole, called by us, “Universe,” a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest — a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty. Nobody is able to achieve this completely, but the striving for such achievement is in itself a part of the liberation and a foundation for inner security.”-  Albert Einstein

“All is connected… no one thing can change by itself.” – Paul Hawken

“The more complex the network is, the more complex its pattern of interconnections, the more resilient it will be.” – Fritjof Capra

“All ethics so far evolved rest upon a single premise: that the individual is a member of a community of interdependent parts. . . The land ethic simply enlarges the boundaries of the community to include soils, waters, plants, and animals, or collectively: the land.” -  Aldo Leopold

“The whole idea of compassion is based on a keen awareness of the interdependence of all these living beings, which are all part of one another, and all involved in one another.” -  Thomas Merton

“Eventually everything connects – people, ideas, objects. The quality of the connections is the key to quality per se.”  – Charles Eames

“I am a part of all that I have met.” – Lord Tennyson

“A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men. Our actions run as causes, and they come back to us as effects.” – Herman Melville

“I am saddened by how people treat one another and how we are so shut off from one another and how we judge one another, when the truth is, we are all one connected thing.” – Ellen DeGeneres

“The reality today is that we are all interdependent and have to co-exist on this small planet. Therefore, the only sensible and intelligent way of resolving differences and clashes of interests, whether between individuals or nations, is through dialogue.”  – Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama

“We humans are social beings. We come into the world as the result of others’ actions. We survive here in dependence on others. Whether we like it or not, there is hardly a moment of our lives when we do not benefit from others’ activities. For this reason it is hardly surprising that most of our happiness arises in the context of our relationships with others.” – Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama

“We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men; and among those fibers, as sympathetic threads, our actions run as causes, and they come back to us as effects.”  — Herman Melville

“Relationships are all there is. Everything in the universe only exists because it is in relationship to everything else. Nothing exists in isolation. We have to stop pretending we are individuals that can go it alone. ” – Margaret J. Wheatley

“Since you cannot do good to all, you are to pay special attention to those who, by the accidents of time, or place, or circumstances, are brought into closer connection with you.” – Augustine of Hippo

“We are members one of another; so that you cannot injure or help your neighbor without injuring or helping yourself.” – George Bernard Shaw

“Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. This is the interrelated structure of reality.” -  Martin Luther King, Jr

“Healing yourself is connected with healing others.” – Yoko Ono

“There are two questions that we have to ask ourselves. The first is ‘Where am I going?’ and the second is ‘Who will go with me?’” -  Howard Thurman

“In everybody’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner fire.” -  Albert Schweitzer

“Maybe we are not here to see each other but to see each other through.” – Anonymous

“There is no power for change greater than a community discovering what it cares about.” – Margaret J. Wheatley

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Quotes_Service

Here’s a selection of my favorite quotes on service to others.

“It’s easy to make a buck.  It’s a lot tougher to make a difference.” – Tom Brokaw

“If you get, give. If you learn, teach.” – Maya Angelou

“The more we give away, the more is given to us.” – Dr Wayne W Dyer

“Wealth, like happiness, is never attained when sought after directly. It comes as a by-product of providing a useful service.” – Henry Ford

“The thing that lies at the foundation of positive change, the way I see it, is service to a fellow human being.” – Lee Iacocca

“Whoever renders service to many puts himself in line for greatness – great wealth, great return, great satisfaction, great reputation, and great joy.” – Jim Rohn

“Honor bespeaks worth. Confidence begets trust. Service brings satisfaction. Cooperation proves the quality of leadership.” – James Cash Penney

“Help others and give something back. I guarantee you will discover that while public service improves the lives and the world around you, its greatest reward is the enrichment and new meaning it will bring your own life.” – Arnold Schwarzenegger

“When we give what we can, and give it with joy, we don’t just renew the American tradition of giving, we also renew ourselves.” – Bill Clinton

“I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy.” – Rabindranath Tagore

“Those who are happiest are those who do the most for others.” – Booker T. Washington

“Joy can only be real if people look upon their life as a service and have a definite object in life outside themselves and their personal happiness.” – Leo Tolstoy

“There is no higher religion than human service. To work for the common good is the greatest creed.” – Woodrow Wilson

“When you dig another out of their troubles, you find a place to bury your own.” – Author Unknown

“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“That service is the noblest which is rendered for its own sake.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“Service which is rendered without joy helps neither the servant nor the served. But all other pleasures and possessions pale into nothingness before service which is rendered in a spirit of joy.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“To give real service you must add something which cannot be bought or measured with money, and that is sincerity and integrity.” – Douglas Adams

“You can start right where you stand and apply the habit of going the extra mile by rendering more service and better service than you are now being paid for.” – Napoleon Hill

“As far as service goes, it can take the form of a million things. To do service, you don’t have to be a doctor working in the slums for free, or become a social worker. Your position in life and what you do doesn’t matter as much as how you do what you do.” – Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

“Even if it’s a little thing, do something for those who have need of a man’s help, something for which you get no pay but the privilege of doing it.  For, remember, you don’t live in a world all your own.  Your brothers are here too.” – Albert Schweitzer

“Don’t ever forget that you’re a citizen of this world, and there are things you can do to lift the human spirit, things that are easy, things that are free, things that you can do every day. Civility, respect, kindness, character.” – Aaron Sorkin

“Start where you are. Distant fields always look greener, but opportunity lies right where you are. Take advantage of every opportunity of service.” – Robert Collier

“It is the greatest of all mistakes to do nothing because you can only do little – do what you can.” – Sydney Smith

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

“Never worry about numbers. Help one person at a time, and always start with the person nearest you.” – Mother Teresa

“If you think you are too small to be effective, you have never been in bed with a mosquito.” – Betty Reese

“I wondered why somebody didn’t do something.  Then I realized, I am somebody.” – Author Unknown

“I am only one, but I am one.  I cannot do everything, but I can do something.  And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do.” – Edward Everett Hale

“So long as we love we serve; so long as we are loved by others, I would almost say that we are indispensable; and no man is useless while he has a friend.” – Robert Louis Stevenson

“Everybody can be great because, everybody can serve.” – Martin Luther King Jr

“If you could only sense how important you are to the lives of those you meet; how important you can be to the people you many never even dream of. there is something of yourself that you leave at every meeting with another person.” – Fred Rogers

“How wonderful is it that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” – Anne Frank

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Here’s a selection of my favorite quotes on perspective.

“A little perspective, like a little humor, goes a long way.” – Allen Klein

“Perspective is worth 80 IQ points.” – Alan Kay

“Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth.” – Marcus Aurelius

“Our loyalties must transcend our race, our tribe, our class, and our nation; and this means we must develop a world perspective.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Never write about a place until you’re away from it, because that gives you perspective” – Ernest Hemingway

“In the perspective of every person lies a lens through which we may better understand ourselves.” – Ellen J. Langer

“Never solve a problem from its original perspective.” – Charles Thompson

“Reality is a question of perspective; the further you get from the past, the more concrete and plausible it seems – but as you approach the present, it inevitably seems incredible.” – Salman Rushdie

“The trick to forgetting the big picture is to look at everything close up.” ― Chuck Palahniuk

“Always focus on the front windshield and not the review mirror.” ― Colin Powell

“I never saw an ugly thing in my life: for let the form of an object be what it may – light, shade, and perspective will always make it beautiful” – John Constable

“I believe everyone should have a broad picture of how the universe operates and our place in it. It is a basic human desire. And it also puts our worries in perspective.” – Stephen Hawking

“Humans have the ability to shift perspective. We can experience the world through our senses. Or we can remove ourselves from our senses and experience the world even less directly. We can think about our life, rather than thinking in our life.” – John J. Emerick

“No perspective, no perception. / New perspective, new perception.” ― Toba Beta

“What I need is perspective. The illusion of depth, created by a frame, the arrangement of shapes on a flat surface. Perspective is necessary. Otherwise there are only two dimensions. Otherwise you live with your face squashed up against a wall, everything a huge foreground, of details, close-ups, hairs, the weave of the bedsheet, the molecules of the face. Your own skin like a map, a diagram of futility, crisscrossed with tiny roads that lead nowhere. Otherwise you live in the moment. which is not where I want to be.” ― Margaret Atwood

“Winners have the ability to step back from the canvas of their lives like an artist gaining perspective. They make their lives a work of art / an individual masterpiece.” – Denis Waitley

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Here’s a selection of my favorite quotes on originality.

“A man’s originality is not only the most beautiful , but his best personality for humanity in life. “- Anuj Somany

“No one can be profoundly original who does not avoid eccentricity.” – Andre Maurois

“But it is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.” – Herman Melville

“Originality consists in trying to be like everybody else – and failing.” – Raymond Radiguet

“Nearly all our originality comes from the stamp that time impresses upon our sensibility.” – Charles Baudelaire

“When a work appears to be ahead of its time, it is only the time that is behind the work.”- Jean Cocteau

“The more original a discovery, the more obvious it seems afterwards.” – Arthur Koestler

“Those who say there are no more original ideas need to get out of the way of those of us who are creating them.” – Steven Symes

“A man’s mind stretched by a new idea, can never go back to its original dimensions.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes

“Originality is a thing we constantly clamour for, and constantly quarrel with.” – Thomas Carlyle

“If you’re not prepared to be wrong, you’ll never come up with something original.” – Ken Robinson

“No one ever discovered anything new by coloring inside the lines.” – Thomas Vasquez

“It is necessary to any originality to have the courage to be an amateur.” – Wallace Stevens

“The merit of originality is not novelty, it is sincerity.” – Thomas Carlyle

“Originality does not consist in saying what no one has ever said before, but in saying exactly what you think yourself.” – James Stephens

“The greater intellect one has, the more originality one finds in men. Ordinary persons find no difference between men.” – Blaise Pascal

“Originality exists in every individual because each of us differs from the others. We are all primary numbers divisible only by ourselves.” – Jean Guitton

“Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.” – Judy Garland

“Insist upon yourself. Be original.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Do your work, but do your thing.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“When there is an original sound in the world, it makes a hundred echoes.” – John A. Shedd“

Some writers confuse authenticity, which they ought always to aim at, with originality, which they should never bother about.” – W.H. Auden

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Here’s a selection of my favorite quotes on optimism and pessimism.

“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” – Winston Churchill

“A pessimist is one who makes difficulties of his opportunities and an optimist is one who makes opportunities of his difficulties.” – Harry S. Truman

“We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.” ― Abraham Lincoln

“The optimist sees the donut, the pessimist sees the hole.” ― Oscar Wilde

“Some people see the glass half full. Others see it half empty. I see a glass that’s twice as big as it needs to be.” ― George Carlin

“The man who is a pessimist before 48 knows too much; if he is an optimist after it, he knows too little.” – Mark Twain

“The optimist proclaims that we live in the best of all possible worlds, and the pessimist fears this is true.” – James Branch Cabell

“A pessimist is a man who thinks all women are bad. An optimist is one who hopes they are.” – Chauncey Depew

“Both optimists and pessimists contribute to the society. The optimist invents the aeroplane; the pessimist, the parachute.” — George Bernard Shaw

“An optimist will tell you the glass is half-full; the pessimist, half-empty; and the engineer will tell you the glass is twice the size it needs to be.” – Anonymous

“An optimist is a person who sees a green light everywhere, while a pessimist sees only the red stoplight … the truly wise person is colorblind.” – Albert Schweitzer

“The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.” – William Arthur Ward

“A pessimist only sees the dark side of the clouds, and mopes; a philosopher sees both sides and shrugs; an optimist doesn’t see the clouds at all – he’s walking on them.” – Leonard L Levinson

“The nice part about being a pessimist is that you are constantly being either proven right or pleasantly surprised.” – George Will

“Go into situations expecting nothing and you always come out getting something better than you had ever expected.” – Unknown

“It doesn’t hurt to be optimistic. You can always cry later.” – Lucimar Santos de Lima

“Don’t ever become a pessimist… a pessimist is correct oftener than an optimist, but an optimist has more fun, and neither can stop the march of events.” – Robert A. Heinlein

“Many an optimist has become rich by buying out a pessimist.” – Robert G. Allen

“No pessimist ever discovered the secrets of the stars, or sailed to uncharted land, or opened a new doorway for the human spirit.” – H.Keller

“I’ve never seen a monument erected to a pessimist.” – Paul Harvey

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Here’s a selection of my favorite quotes on inspiration.

“To succeed you need to find something to hold on to, something to motivate you, something to inspire you” – Tony Dorsett

“People are not lazy. They simply have impotent goals – that is, goals that do not inspire them.” – Anthony Robbins

“Without inspiration the best powers of the mind remain dormant, there is a fuel in us which needs to be ignited with sparks.” – Johann Gottfried Von Herder

“Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.” – Thomas A Edison

“If you wait for inspiration you’ll be standing on the corner after the parade is a mile down the street.” – Ben Nicholas

“You can’t wait for inspiration, you have to go after it with a club” – Jack London

“Inspiration exists, but it has to find us working.” – Pablo Picasso

“Inspiration comes of working every day.” – Charles Baudelaire

“Just as appetite comes by eating, so work brings inspiration, if inspiration is not discernible at the beginning.” – Igor Stravinsky

“What Romantic terminology called genius or talent or inspiration is nothing other than finding the right road empirically, following one’s nose, taking shortcuts.” – Italo Calvino

“There are three things that make a person a writer: inspiration, perspiration and desperation.” – Harlan Coben

“The ultimate inspiration is the deadline.” – Bushnell, Nolan.

“Need and struggle are what excite and inspire us.” – William James

“It’s lack that gives us inspiration. It’s not fullness.” – Ray Bradbury

“In art the hand can never execute anything higher than the heart can inspire” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Method is much, technique is much, but inspiration is even more.” – Benjamin Cardozo

“Without craftsmanship, inspiration is a mere reed shaken in the wind.” – Johannes Brahms

“Our moments of inspiration are not lost though we have no particular poem to show for them; for those experiences have left an indelible impression, and we are ever and anon reminded of them.” – Henry David Thoreau

“Good thoughts inspire us to engage in good actions. ” – Atharva Veda

“Good actions give strength to ourselves and inspire good actions in others.” -  Plato

“Motivation is everything. You can do the work of two people, but you can’t be two people. Instead, you have to inspire the next guy down the line and get him to inspire his people.” – Lee Iacocca

“Our chief want is someone who will inspire us to be what we know we could be.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” – John Quincy Adams

“Great leadership does not mean running away from reality. Sometimes the hard truths might just demoralize the company, but at other times sharing difficulties can inspire people to take action that will make the situation better.” -  John Kotter

“To do something, however small, to make others happier and better, is the highest ambition, the most elevating hope, which can inspire a human being.” – John Lubbock

“It is difficult to inspire others to accomplish what you haven’t been willing to try.” – Anonymous

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Here’s a selection of my favorite quotes on imperfection.

“They say that nobody is perfect. Then they tell you practice makes perfect. I wish they’d make up their minds.” – Winston Churchill

“Gold cannot be pure, and people cannot be perfect.” – Chinese Proverb

“Have no fear of perfection – you’ll never reach it.” -  Salvador Dalí

“To escape criticism – do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.” – Elbert Hubbard

“Better to do something imperfectly than to do nothing flawlessly.” – Robert H. Schuller

“Use the talents you possess, for the woods would be very silent if no birds sang except the best.” – Henry Van Dyke

“Imperfection clings to a person, and if they wait till they are brushed off entirely, they would spin for ever on their axis, advancing nowhere.” – Thomas Carlyle

“Primary purposes of a mirror: (1) To help civilized men realize their imperfections, and, (2) To help the imperfect hide their imperfections.” – Mokokoma Mokhonoana

“Nothing and no one is perfect. It just takes a good eye to find those hidden imperfections.” – Daphne Delacroix

“There is a kind of beauty in imperfection.” – Conrad Hall

“In nature, nothing is perfect and everything is perfect. Trees can be contorted, bent in weird ways, and they’re still beautiful.” – Alice Walker

“There is no excellent beauty that hath not some strangeness in the proportion.” – Francis Bacon Sr.

“Even imperfection itself may have its ideal or perfect state.” – Thomas de Quincey

“Perfection itself is imperfection.” – Vladimir Horowitz

“The day the child realizes that all adults are imperfect, he becomes an adolescent; the day he forgives them, he becomes an adult; the day he forgives himself, he becomes wise.” – Alden Nowlan

“Someone will always be prettier. Someone will always be smarter. Someone will always be younger. But they will never be you.” – Anonymous

“The thing that is really hard, and really amazing, is giving up on being perfect and beginning the work of becoming yourself.” – Anna Quindlen

“We learn as much by others’ failings as by their teachings. Examples of imperfection is just as useful for achieving perfection as are models of competence and perfection.” – Magdeleine Sable

“Maybe the most any of us can expect of ourselves isn’t perfection but progress.” – Michelle Burford

“Usefulness is not impaired by imperfection. You can still drink from a chipped cup.” – Greta K. Nagel

“Better a diamond with a flaw than a pebble without.” – Confucius

“Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.” – Judy Garland

“The word ‘Imperfect’ actually spells ‘I’m perfect’ because everyone is perfect in their own imperfect ways.” – Anonymous

“This is the very perfection of a man, to find out his own imperfections.” – Saint Augustine

“My imperfections and failures are as much a blessing from God as my successes and my talents and I lay them both at his feet.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“There is a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in.” – Leonard Cohen

“The wound is the place where the Light enters you. ” -  Rumi

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