Novelist, Nobel Prize Winner
I was set free because my greatest fear had been realized, and I still had a daughter who I adored, and I had an old typewriter and a big idea. And so rock bottom became a solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life.
Comedy is defiance. It's a snort of contempt in the face of fear and anxiety. And it's the laughter that allows hope to creep back on the inhale.
Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.
Chemist, Physicist, Nobel Prize Winner
Don't ever give up. Don't ever give in. Don't ever stop trying. Don't ever sell out. And if you find yourself succumbing to one of the above for a brief moment, pick yourself up, brush yourself off, whisper a prayer, and start where you left off. But never, ever, ever give up.
Richelle E. Goodrich
We haven't failed. We now know a thousand things that won't work, so we're that much closer to finding what will.
No pessimist ever discovered the secrets of the stars, or sailed to an uncharted land, or opened a new heaven to the horizon of the spirit.
Author, Lecturer, Activist
I have sometimes been wildly, despairingly, acutely miserable, but through it all I still know quite certainly that just to be alive is a grand thing.
Expect to have hope rekindled. Expect your prayers to be answered in wondrous ways. The dry seasons do not last. The spring rains will come.
Sarah Ban Breathnach
To help yourself, help others. Whatever good you do travels a circle and returns to you many times over- but remember, life isn't about what you get, it's about what you become.
Iron rusts from disuse, stagnant water loses its purity, and in cold weather becomes frozen; even so does inaction sap the vigors of the mind.
Leonardo da da Vinci
Artist, Inventor, Scientist
A man should never be ashamed to admit he has been in the wrong, which is but saying, in other words, that he is wiser today than he was yesterday.
Poet, Critic, Translator
Be thankful for what you have; you'll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don't have, you will never, ever have enough.
American Television Host, Publisher
A constructive, useful life, good works, and good relationships are as valid as writing poetry or inventing a machine. Anything that one does well and obtains satisfaction from is a good enough reason for living. To be a decent human being that people like and feel better for knowing is enough.
If one advances confidently in the direction of one's dreams, and endeavors to live the life which one has imagined, one will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.
Henry David Thoreau
Naturalist, Author, Philosopher
Once the realization is accepted that even between the closest human beings infinite distances continue, a wonderful living side by side can grow, if they succeed in loving the distance between them which makes it possible for each to see the other whole against the sky.
Rainer Maria Rilke
Excerpt From Letters To A Young Poet
There is a point at which everything becomes simple and there is no longer any question of choice, because all you have staked will be lost if you look back. Life's point of no return.
Swedish Political Leader, Secretary General Of The United Nations
The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can’t find them, make them.
George Bernard Shaw
Playwright, Nobel Prize Winner
Do not inflict your will. Just give love. The soul will take that love and put it where it can best be used.
The greatest good you can do for another is not just to share your riches, but to reveal to him his own.
Prime Minister Of The United Kingdom
Today is a new day. You will get out of it just what you put into it...If you have made mistakes, even serious mistakes, there is always another chance for you. And supposing you have tried and failed again and again, you may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing that we call failure is not the falling down, but the staying down.
LIVE YOUR DREAMS
When I look at the kids training today... I can tell which ones are going to do well. It's not necessarily the ones who have the most natural talent or who fall the least. Sometimes it's the kids who fall the most, and keep pulling themselves up and trying again.
Figure Skater, Olympic Medalist, United States Public Diplomacy Ambassador
It's not so much how busy you are, but why you are busy. The bee is praised. The mosquito is swatted.
Mary Flannery O'Connor
If you're going to be able to look back on something and laugh about it, you might as well laugh about it now.
Real education should educate us out of self into something far finer; into a selflessness which links us with all humanity.
First Female Member Of Parliament (Mp) In The English House Of Commons
Use what talents you possess: the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best.
Henry Van Dyke
Author, Educator, Clergyman
Roman Emperor, Stoic Philosopher
It's good to have money and the things that money can buy, but it's good, too, to make sure that you haven't lost the things that money can't buy.
George Horace Lorimer