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What makes you come alive

Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive and go do it, because what the world needs is people who have come alive.

~ Howard Thurman

No bad news

I know that the enterprise is worthy. I know that things work well. I have heard no bad news. 

~ Henry David Thoreau

If we did the things we are capable of, we would astound ourselves.

~ Thomas Edison

One isn’t necessarily born with courage, but one is born with potential.
~ Maya Angelou

Be daring, be different, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers…
~ Cecil Beaton

You have to do your own growing no matter how tall your grandfather was.

~ Abraham Lincoln 

I have confidence in confidence alone. 
~ Oscar Hammerstein II

You have not converted a man just because you have silenced him.
~ John Morley

Providence requires three things of us before it will help us - a stout heart, a strong arm, and a stiff upper lip.
~ Thomas Chandler Haliburton

The fox has many tricks. The hedgehog has but one. But that is the best of all.

~ Erasmus

Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.
~ Dr. Seuss


Never bend your head. Always hold it high. Look the world right in the eye.

~ Helen Keller

Life is not easy for any of us, but what of that? We must have perseverance and, above all, confidence in ourselves. 
~ Marie Curie


Life is full of choices. Make some. 

~ Anonymous

Your treasure house is in yourself. It contains all you’ll ever need. 
~ Hui Hai


Here is the very heart and soul of the matter. If you look to lead, invest at least 40% of your time managing yourself — your ethics, character, principles, purpose, motivation, and conduct. Invest at least 30% managing those with authority over you, and 15% managing your peers. Use the remainder to induce those you “work for” to understand and practice the theory. I use the terms “work for” advisedly, for if you don’t understand that you should be working for your mislabeled “subordinates,” you haven’t understood anything. Lead yourself, lead your superiors, lead your peers, and free your people to do the same. All else is trivia.

~ Dee Hock

Your big opportunity may be right where you are now.

~ Napoleon Hill

I now believe this without question: Income, position, the opinions of one’s friends, the judgments of one’s peers, and all the other traditional criteria by which human beings are judged are for the birds. The only question is — can you hang on through the crap they throw at you and not lose your freedom or your good sense.

~ James Michener

There were two things about Mama. One is she always expected the best out of me. And the other is that then no matter what I did, whatever I came home with, she acted like it was the moon I had just hung up in the sky and plugged in all the stars. Like I was that good.

~ Barbara KingsolverThe Bean Trees

In skating over thin ice our safety is in our speed.

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson