Your present circumstances don’t determine where you can go, they merely determine where you start.
If you don’t like what is being said change the conversation. If you can’t change it, change your attitude but don’t complain. If you don’t like someone’s story then write your own. Nobody can teach me who I am or tell me what to do with myself. You can describe parts of me, but who I am and what I need is something I had to find out myself.
"Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek."
Character is the ability to carry out a good resolution long after the excitement of the moment has passed.
"There are still some wonderful people left in this world. They are diamonds in the rough, but they’re around. You’ll find them when you fall down, they’re the ones who pick you up, who don’t judge, and you had to fall down to see them. When you get up again, remember who your true friends are."
Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die. It can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends.
"The measure of intelligence is the ability to learn, adapt and change."
Make a radical change in your lifestyle and begin to boldly do things which you may previously never have thought of doing, or been too hesitant to attempt. So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservation, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality nothing is more damaging to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future. The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun. If you want to get more out of life, you must lose your inclination for monotonous security and adopt a helter-skelter style of life that will at first appear to you to be crazy. But once you become accustomed to such a life you will see its full meaning and its incredible beauty.
"To be idle is a short road to death and to be diligent is a way of life. Foolish people are idle, wise people are diligent."
An arrow can be shot only by pulling it backward. So when life is dragging you back with difficulties, it means that it’s going to launch you into something great.
"If you live off the compliments of strangers, you’ll die from their criticism."
"Forgive immediately and focus on the future rather than carrying weight from the past. Don’t let your history hold you hostage. Holding onto past mistakes that either you or she makes, is like a heavy anchor to your marriage and will hold you back. Forgiveness is freedom. Cut the anchor loose and always choose love."
Your failure is eminent when you are a penny wise and a dollar foolish. Don’t be in a hurry for instant gratification, sometimes the best things come from long term patient visions.
"Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions."
One big mistake we always make is thinking that there can be an antidote to uncertainty. Some poems don’t rhyme, and 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.