I firmly believe in small gestures: pay for their coffee, hold the door for strangers, over tip, smile or try to be kind even when you don’t feel like it, pay compliments, chase the kid’s runaway ball down the sidewalk and throw it back to him, try to be larger than you are— particularly when it’s difficult. People do notice, people appreciate. I appreciate it when it’s done to (for) me. Small gestures can be an effort, or actually go against our grain (“I’m not a big one for paying compliments…”), but the irony is that almost every time you make them, you feel better about yourself. For a moment life suddenly feels lighter, a bit more Gene Kelly dancing in the rain.
Listen. Do not have an opinion while you listen because frankly, your opinion doesn't hold much water outside of Your Universe. Just listen. Listen until their brain has been twisted like a dripping towel and what they have to say is all over the floor.
BELIEVE IN YOURSELF
Self-acceptance comes from meeting life's challenges vigorously. Don't numb yourself to your trials and difficulties, nor build mental walls to exclude pain from your life. You will find peace not by trying to escape your problems, but by confronting them courageously. You will find peace not in denial, but in victory.
Spiritual Leader, Author, Physician
LIVE YOUR DREAMS
What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value.
Scholar, Intellectual, Writer
What may look like a small act of courage is courage nevertheless. The important thing is to be willing to take a step forward.
Dr. Daisaku Ikeda
Educator, Buddhist Philosopher
TEACHING BY EXAMPLE
Greatness lies, not in being strong, but in the right using of strength; and strength is not used rightly when it serves only to carry a man above his fellows for his own solitary glory. He is the greatest whose strength carries up the most hearts by the attraction of his own.
Henry Ward Beecher
Clergyman, Social Reformer
I have never met a person whose greatest need was anything other than real, unconditional love. You can find it in a simple act of kindness toward someone who needs help. There is no mistaking love…it is the common fiber of life, the flame that heats our soul, energizes our spirit and supplies passion to our lives.
Chance is always powerful. Let your hook be always cast in the pool where you least expect it; there will be a fish.
Evelyn Beatrice Hall
Don't ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive and then go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.
Author, Philosopher, Theologian, Educator, Civil Rights Leader
Michel de Montaigne
Keep your dreams alive. Understand to achieve anything requires faith and belief in yourself, vision, hard work, determination, and dedication. Remember all things are possible for those who believe.
Three Time Olympic 100 Meter Champion
Confidence, like art, never comes from having all the answers; it comes from being open to all the questions.
Earl Gray Stevens
CLASS AND GRACE
In the end, only three things matter: how much you loved, how gently you lived, and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you.
And once the storm is over, you won’t remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won’t even be sure, whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in.
The only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work, and the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking, and don't settle. As with all matters of the heart, you'll know when you find it. And like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking, don't settle.
Co Founder Apple Inc.
When you begin to touch your heart or let your heart be touched, you begin to discover that it's bottomless, that it doesn't have any resolution, that this heart is huge, vast, and limitless. You begin to discover how much warmth and gentleness is there, as well as how much space.
LIVE YOUR DREAMS
Vincent Van Gogh
Post Impressionist Painter
American Country Music Artist
Bad things do happen; how I respond to them defines my character and the quality of my life. I can choose to sit in perpetual sadness, immobilized by the gravity of my loss, or I can choose to rise from the pain and treasure the most precious gift I have—life itself.
Just as man cannot live without dreams, he cannot live without hope. If dreams reflect the past, hope summons the future.
MAKING A DIFFERENCE
We do not need magic to transform our world. We carry all the power we need inside ourselves already. We have the power to imagine better.
People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed; never throw out anyone.
We have not all had the good fortune to be ladies. We have not all been generals, or poets, or statesmen; but when the toast works down to the babies, we stand on common ground - for we have all been babies.
[Samuel Clemens] Humorist, Essayist, Novelist
SPREAD YOUR WINGS
You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. What you'll discover will be wonderful. What you'll discover will be yourself.
Actor, Director, Screenwriter
Some stories don't have a clear beginning, middle, and end. Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what's going to happen next. Delicious ambiguity...
American Comedian, Actress
I don't want to get to the end of my life and find that I just lived the length of it. I want to have lived the width of it as well.
I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy.
Poet, Playwright, Essayist