“ Hold fast to dreams,
For if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird,
That cannot fly. ”
“ If you're reading this...
Congratulations, you're alive.
If that's not something to smile about,
then I don't know what is. ”
“ We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty. ”
“ Courage is the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can't practice any other virtue consistently. ”
“ 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. ”
“ The things you do for yourself are gone when you are gone, but the things you do for others remain as your legacy. ”
“ And still, after all this time,
The sun never says to the earth,
"You owe Me."
Look what happens with
A love like that,
It lights the Whole Sky. ”
“ You need to learn how to select your thoughts just the same way you select your clothes every day. This is a power you can cultivate. If you want to control things in your life so bad, work on the mind. That's the only thing you should be trying to control. ”
“ If you treat an individual as he is, he will remain how he is. But if you treat him as if he were what he ought to be and could be, he will become what he ought to be and could be. ”
“ Do you want to know who you are? Don't ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you. ”
“ What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make. ”
“ You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection ”
“ Cry. Forgive. Learn. Move on. Let your tears water the seeds of your future happiness. ”
“ I read once that the ancient Egyptians had fifty words for sand & the Eskimos had a hundred words for snow. I wish I had a thousand words for love, but all that comes to mind is the way you move against me while you sleep & there are no words for that. ”
“ The reason it hurts so much to separate is because our souls are connected. Maybe they always have been and will be. Maybe we've lived a thousand lives before this one and in each of them we've found each other. And maybe each time, we've been forced apart for the same reasons. That means that this goodbye is both a goodbye for the past ten thousand years and a prelude to what will come. ”
“ To give pleasure to a single heart by a single act is better than a thousand heads bowing in prayer. ”
“ For me, I am driven by two main philosophies: know more today about the world than I knew yesterday and lessen the suffering of others. You'd be surprised how far that gets you. ”
“ The only thing standing between you and your goal is the bullshit story you keep telling yourself as to why you can't achieve it. ”
“ It was only a sunny smile, and little it cost in the giving, but like morning light it scattered the night and made the day worth living. ”
“ Tomorrow will be better.
But what if it’s not? I asked.
Then you say it again tomorrow. Because it might be. You never know, right? At some point, tomorrow will be better. ”
“ I've been in love before, it's like a narcotic. At first it brings the euphoria of complete surrender. The next day you want more. You're not addicted yet, but you like the sensation, and you think you can still control things.You think about the person you love for two minutes then forget them for three hours. But then you get used to that person, and you begin to be completely dependent on them. Now you think about him for three hours and forget him for two minutes. If he's not there, you feel like an addict who can't get a fix. And just as addicts steal and humiliate themselves to get what they need, you're willing to do anything for love."- By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept ”
“ When someone tells me "no," it doesn't mean I can't do it, it simply means I can't do it with them. ”
“ You can search throughout the entire universe for someone who is more deserving of your love and affection than you are yourself, and that person is not to be found anywhere. You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection. ”
“ The only person who can pull me down is myself, and I'm not going to let myself pull me down anymore. ”
“ The animal merely makes a bed, which he warms with his body in a sheltered place; but man, having discovered fire, boxes up some air in a spacious apartment, and warms that, instead of robbing himself, makes that his bed, in which he can move about divested of more cumbrous clothing, maintain a kind of summer in the midst of winter, and by means of windows even admit the light and with a lamp lengthen out the day. ”
“ The greatest disease in the West today is not TB or leprosy; it is being unwanted, unloved, and uncared for. We can cure physical diseases with medicine, but the only cure for loneliness, despair, and hopelessness is love. There are many in the world who are dying for a piece of bread but there are many more dying for a little love. The poverty in the West is a different kind of poverty -- it is not only a poverty of loneliness but also of spirituality. There's a hunger for love, as there is a hunger for God. ”
“ I have been and still am a seeker, but I have ceased to question stars and books; I have begun to listen to the teaching my blood whispers to me. ”
“ Why do they always teach us that it's easy and evil to do what we want and that we need discipline to restrain ourselves? It's the hardest thing in the world--to do what we want. And it takes the greatest kind of courage. I mean, what we really want. ”