Some Thoughts On Self-Reliance From Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Is it so bad, then, to be misunderstood? Pythagoras was misunderstood, and Socrates, and Jesus, and Luther, and Copernicus, and Galileo, and Newton, and every pure and wise spirit that ever took flesh. To be great is to be misunderstood.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Trust thyself: every heart vibrates to that iron string.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Nothing can bring you peace but yourself. Nothing can bring you peace but the triumph of principles.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

“My life is not an apology, but a life. It is for itself and not for a spectacle. I much prefer that it should be of a lower strain, so it be genuine and equal, than that it should be glittering and unsteady.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Some Thoughts On Sacrifice From Various Authors

“If you’re going to try, go all the way. Otherwise, don’t even start. This could mean losing girlfriends, wives, relatives and maybe even your mind. It could mean not eating for three or four days. It could mean freezing on a park bench. It could mean jail. It could mean derision. It could mean mockery–isolation. Isolation is the gift. All the others are a test of your endurance, of how much you really want to do it. And, you’ll do it, despite rejection and the worst odds. And it will be better than anything else you can imagine. If you’re going to try, go all the way. There is no other feeling like that. You will be alone with the gods, and the nights will flame with fire. You will ride life straight to perfect laughter. It’s the only good fight there is.”

Charles Bukowski

“There are so many ways to be brave in this world. Sometimes bravery involves laying down your life for something bigger than yourself, or for someone else. Sometimes it involves giving up everything you have ever known, or everyone you have ever loved, for the sake of something greater.

But sometimes it doesn’t.

Sometimes it is nothing more than gritting your teeth through pain, and the work of every day, the slow walk toward a better life.

That is the sort of bravery I must have now.”

Veronica Roth

“Sometimes when you sacrifice something precious, you’re not really losing it. You’re just passing it on to someone else.”

Mitch Albom

“As my sufferings mounted I soon realized that there were two ways in which I could respond to my situation — either to react with bitterness or seek to transform the suffering into a creative force. I decided to follow the latter course.”

Martin Luther King Jr.

“Sometimes the prize is not worth the costs. The means by which we achieve victory are as important as the victory itself.”

Brandon Sanderson

Some Thoughts On Problem Solving From Various Authors

“If I had an hour to solve a problem I’d spend 55 minutes thinking about the problem and 5 minutes thinking about solutions.”

Albert Einstein

“If you choose to not deal with an issue,
then you give up your right of control over the issue
and it will select the path of least resistance.”

Susan Del Gatto

“Well, if it can be thought, it can be done, a problem can be overcome,”

E.A. Bucchianeri

“We always hope for the easy fix: the one simple change that will erase a problem in a stroke. But few things in life work this way. Instead, success requires making a hundred small steps go right – one after the other, no slipups, no goofs, everyone pitching in.”

Atul Gawande

“A critic looking at these tightly focused, targeted interventions might dismiss them as Band-Aid solutions. But that phrase should not be considered a term of disparagement. The Band-Aid is an inexpensive, convenient, and remarkably versatile solution to an astonishing array of problems. In their history, Band-Aids have probably allowed millions of people to keep working or playing tennis or cooking or walking when they would otherwise have had to stop. The Band-Aid solution is actually the best kind of solution because it involves solving a problem with the minimum amount of effort and time and cost.”

Malcolm Gladwell

Some Thoughts On Disappointment From Various Authors

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

H. Jackson Brown Jr.

“When you find your path, you must not be afraid. You need to have sufficient courage to make mistakes. Disappointment, defeat, and despair are the tools God uses to show us the way.”

Paulo Coelho

“If we will be quiet and ready enough, we shall find compensation in every disappointment.”

Henry David Thoreau

“Look. I have a strategy. Why expect anything? If you don’t expect anything, you don’t get disappointed.”

Patricia McCormick

“He had the look of one who had drunk the cup of life and found a dead beetle at the bottom.”

P.G. Wodehouse

Some Thoughts On Evil From Various Authors

“When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time, they can seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall. Think of it–always.”

Mahatma Gandhi

“The world is a dangerous place to live, not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything about it.”

Albert Einstein

“Between two evils, I always pick the one I never tried before.”

Mae West

“How easy it is to judge rightly after one sees what evil comes from judging wrongly.”

Elizabeth Gaskell

“Evil isn’t the real threat to the world. Stupid is just as destructive as Evil, maybe more so, and it’s a hell of a lot more common. What we really need is a crusade against Stupid. That might actually make a difference.”

Jim Butcher

Some Thoughts On Focus From Various Authors

“Whenever you want to achieve something, keep your eyes open, concentrate and make sure you know exactly what it is you want. No one can hit their target with their eyes closed.”

Paulo Coelho

“The only time you fail is when you fall down and stay down.”

Stephen Richards

“To conquer frustration, one must remain intensely focused on the outcome, not the obstacles.”

T.F. Hodge

“Instead of focusing on how much you can accomplish, focus on how much you can absolutely love what you’re doing.”

Leo Babauta

“Always focus on the front windshield and not the review mirror.”

Colin Powell

Some Thoughts On Priorities From Various Authors

“Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things which matter least.”

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“Most of us spend too much time on what is urgent and not enough time on what is important.”

Stephen R. Covey

“It is not a daily increase, but a daily decrease. Hack away at the inessentials.”

Bruce Lee

“The life you have left is a gift. Cherish it. Enjoy it now, to the fullest. Do what matters, now.”

Leo Babauta

“Action expresses priorities.”

Mahatma Gandhi