I am a little bit of a sucker for well put together quotes and pieces of literature that encapsulate a sentiment on life. Here are some quotes, bites, words of wisdom that have provided some food for thought and encouragement for me in the past. I hope you enjoy!**
“Hope has a cost. Hope is not comfortable or easy. Hope requires personal risk. It is not about the right attitude. Hope is not about peace of mind. Hope is action. Hope is doing something. The more futile, the more useless, the more irrelevant and incomprehensible an act of rebellion is, the vaster and more potent hope becomes. Hope never makes sense. Hope is weak, unorganized and absurd. Hope, which is always nonviolent, exposes in its powerlessness, the lies, fraud and coercion employed by the state. Hope knows that an injustice visited on our neighbor is an injustice visited on all of us. Hope posits that people are drawn to the good by the good. This is the secret of hope's power. Hope demands for others what we demand for ourselves. Hope does not separate us from them. Hope sees in our enemy our own face.
“The bad news: there is no key to the universe. The good news: it was never locked.”
“If you look at history, even recent history, you see that there is indeed progress...Over time, the cycle is clearly, generally upwards. And it doesn't happen by laws of nature. And it doesn't happen by social laws . . . It happens as a result of hard work by dedicated people who are willing to look at problems honestly, to look at them without illusions, and to go to work chipping away at them, with no guarantee of success - in fact, with a need for a rather high tolerance for failure along the way, and plenty of disappointments.”
“People often say motivation doesn’t last. Neither does bathing—that’s why we recommend it daily”
“Expect the best. Prepare for the worst. Capitalize on what comes.”
“Your problem is how you are going to spend this one and precious life you have been issued. Whether you're going to spend it trying to look good and creating the illusion that you have power over circumstances, or whether you are going to taste it, enjoy it and find out the truth about who you are.”
“There is so much about my fate that I cannot control, but other things do fall under the jurisdiction. I can decide how I spend my time, whom I interact with, whom I share my body and life and money and energy with. I can select what I can read and eat and study. I can choose how I’m going to regard unfortunate circumstances in my life-whether I will see them as curses or opportunities. I can choose my words and the tone of voice in which I speak to others. And most of all, I can choose my thoughts.”
”Remember that everyone you meet is afraid of something, loves something, and has lost something.”
H. JACKSON BROWN JR.
"Always go with the choice that scares you the most, because that’s the one that is going to require the most from you"
“Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.”
**Some of these photos are unsourced as I have saved them without their origin…if you know the source or would like the photo to be accredited, please let me know!