Goals Quotes

The most daunting ideas turn into the best books

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009
dreamy night sky

…had assigned me to write about. The essential ingredient of authorship is authority. You hunt it out in a library, you chase it down the street, or you knit it from the fiber of your own will. From somewhere, you get it. You begin.

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What do you fear, Lady?

Sunday, October 25th, 2009
woman and cage

But when the men have died in battle and honour, you have leave to be burned in the house, for the men will need it no more. But I am of the House of Eorl and not a serving-woman. I can ride and wield blade, and I do not…

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What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight – it’s the size of the fight in the dog

Wednesday, October 14th, 2009
fight in the dog

Of course, you as seasoned workers know that there are no secret weapons in politics.

Today, as always, the three ingredients of success are:

1. Good candidates…

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There’s no higher art than living a good life

Thursday, August 27th, 2009
heart explored

An artist informs the world of what’s available behind the masks we all wear. That’s what we’re all here to do. The reason so many of us are obsessed with becoming stars is because we’re not yet…

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If you are foolish enough to be contented, don’t show it, but grumble with the rest

Tuesday, August 18th, 2009
cows napping

…if you can do with a little, ask for a great deal. Because if you don’t you won’t get any. In this world, it is necessary to adopt the principle pursued by the plaintiff in an action for damages, and to demand ten times more than you are ready to accept. If you can feel satisfied with a hundred, begin by insisting on a thousand; if you start by suggesting a hundred, you will only…

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When human intelligence and human goodness or affection are used together, all human actions become constructive

Tuesday, August 11th, 2009
rocks balanced

When we combine a warm heart with knowledge and education, we can learn to respect others views and others rights. This becomes the basis of a spirit of reconciliation that can be used to…

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If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.

Sunday, August 2nd, 2009
child at Walden Pond

I learned this, at least, by my experiment: that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours. He will…

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Only the children know what they are looking for.

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009
brightly lit face of a child

And a third brightly lit express train thundered past.

“Are they chasing the first travelers?” asked the little prince.

“They’re not chasing anything,” the switchman said. “They’re sleeping in there, or…”

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Her spirit had nothing to do. It became restless, so she gave it work to do, too.

Saturday, July 18th, 2009
shallow water

Nhamo could recognize the footprints of everyone in the village.

Nhamo didn’t know why she had learned this. It was simply a way to calm her spirit. Her body worked all day planting…

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A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life

Friday, July 3rd, 2009

It has been almost painful to find how much good enthusiasm has been evaporated during the last four years. I can now walk soberly through a Brazilian forest; not but what it is exquisitely beautiful, but now, instead of seeking for splendid contrasts, I compare the stately mango trees with the horse-chestnuts of England. Although…

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We are much better than we know. We have unrealized capacities that sometimes only emerge in crisis.

Saturday, May 23rd, 2009

What if I had lost? What if I relapsed and the cancer came back? I still believe I would have gained something in the struggle, because in what time I had left I would have been a more complete, compassionate, and intelligent man, and therefore more alive. The only thing the illness has convinced me of beyond all doubt- more than any…

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Gardening is the care and feeding of possibilities.

Friday, March 20th, 2009
white double tulip

When I planted those bulbs they looked more like pebbles than flowers, but I knew what I had and what I wanted, and in the damp and dark of October I put them in the ground and gave growth a shot. I love that feeling of doing a good thing and letting it go, trusting that I’ve set it in motion and nature will take its course.

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