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  • “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.” Teddy Roosevelt
  • “This universe has been around for probably 10 billion years or more, and will be around for tens of billion of years afterwards. So your existence, my existence, is just infinitesimal. It is like a firefly blinking once in the night. Nothing that we do lasts. Eventually you will fade, your works will fade, your children will fade, your thoughts will fade, this planet will fade, the sun will fade…it will all be gone. There are entire civilizations that we remember now with just one or two words like ‘Sumerian’ or ‘Mayan.’ Do you know any Sumerians or Mayans? Do you hold any of them in high regard or esteem? Have they outlived their natural lifespan somehow? No. If you don’t believe in an afterlife, then you [should realize] that this is such a short and precious life, it is really important that you don’t spend it being unhappy. There is no excuse for spending most of your life in misery. You’ve only got 70 years out of the 50 billion or however long the universe is going to be around.” Naval Ravikant
  • “If you want to improve, be content to be thought foolish and stupid.” Epictetus
  • “We do not rise to the level of our expectations. We fall to the level of our training.” Archilochus
  • “Life is a continual process of arrival into who we are.” Maria Popova
  • “The sound of a bell still reverberating, or a blackbird calling from a corner of the field, asking you to wake into this life, or inviting you deeper into the one that waits.” David Whyte
  • “Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.” Dr. Seuss
  • “To achieve great things, two things are needed: a plan, and not quite enough time.” Leonard Bernstein
  • “All the golden lands ahead of you and all kinds of unforeseen events wait lurking to surprise you and make you glad you’re alive to see.” Jack Kerouac
  • “The best time to plant a tree is twenty years ago. The second best time is now.” Chinese Proverb
  • “Let us postpone nothing. Let us balance life’s books each day…The one who puts the finishing touches on their life each day is never short of time.” Seneca
  • “When you are eighty years old, and in a quiet moment of reflection narrating for only yourself the most personal version of your life story, the telling that will be most compact and meaningful will be the series of choices you have made. In the end, we are our choices.” Jeff Bezos
  • “All life is no more than a match struck in the dark and blown out again.” Leslie Paul
  • “If people knew how hard I worked to get my mastery, it wouldn’t seem so wonderful at all.” Michaelangelo
  • “When you decide what you want, the universe conspires to make it happen.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • “Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty” Henry Ford
  • “Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming ‘Wow! What a Ride!‘” Hunter S. Thompson
  • “To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • “There comes a time in every life where the past recedes and the future opens. It’s that moment when you turn to face the unknown. Some will turn back to what they already know. Some will walk straight ahead into uncertainty. I can’t tell you which one is right. But I can tell you which one is more fun.” Phil Knight
  • “You and everyone you know are going to be dead soon. And in the short amount of time between here an there, you have a limited amount of fucks to give. Very few, in fact. And if you go around giving a fuck about everything and everyone without conscious thought or choice — well, then you’re going to get fucked.” Mark Manson
  • “People of accomplishment rarely sit back and let things happen to them. They go out and happen to things.” Leonardo Da Vinci
  • “What’s money? A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and goes to bed at night and in between does what he wants to do.” Bob Dylan
  • “Growth is painful. Change is painful. But nothing is as painful as staying stuck somewhere you don’t belong.” Mandy Hale
  • “No man can hope to be completely free who lingers within reach of familiar habits.” Admiral Richard Byrd
  • “It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows.” Epictetus
  • “A wet man does not fear the rain.” Unknown
  • “We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.” Anaïs Nin
  • “Some people make your laugh a little louder, your smile a little brighter and your life a little better. Try to be one of those people.” Unknown
  • “I spent half my money on gambling, alcohol and wild women. The other half I wasted.” W.C. Fields
  • “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” -Maya Angelou
  • “I got life pretty much the way I want it.” Ric Flair
  • “Life, if well lived, is long enough.” Seneca
  • “Set aside a certain number of days, during which you shall be content with the scantiest and cheapest fare, with coarse and rough dress, saying to yourself the while: ‘Is this the condition that I feared?‘” Seneca
  • “Trying to get everyone to like you is a sign of mediocrity. You’ll avoid the tough decisions, and you’ll avoid confronting the people who need to be confronted.” Colin Powell
  • “Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.” Mark Twain
  • “Who you are, what you think, feel, and do, what you love—is the sum of what you focus on.” Winifred Gallagher
  • “I’ll live the focused life, because it’s the best kind there is.” Winifred Gallagher
  • “Praise specifically, criticize generally.” Warren Buffett
  • “What you choose to work on, and who you choose to work with, are far more important than how hard you work.” Naval Ravikant
  • ‘There are no adults.’ Everyone’s making it up as they go along. Figure it out yourself, and do it.” Naval Ravikant
  • “Am I so inspired by what I learned during the day that I want to be talking about it at 1:00 in the morning? And do I have someone who will have that conversation with me and who will challenge me? That’s it. Everything else is nonsense.” Malcolm Gladwell
  • “Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” May Oliver

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