{Quotations}

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“When you find something you love to do, love it, love it, love it. Good things come from bravely chasing what you love—don’t let anybody steer you off course.” – Victoria Ford

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“The key is to trust your heart to move you where your unique talents can flourish.  This old world will really spin when work becomes a joyous expression of the soul.”

-Al Sacharov

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“Believe in something big.  Your life is worth a noble motive.” -Walter Anderson

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“Because creativity, after all, is a combinatorial force. It’s our ability to tap into the mental pool of resources — ideas, insights, knowledge, inspiration — that we’ve accumulated over the years just by being present and alive and awake to the world, and to combine them in extraordinary new ways. In order for us to truly create and contribute to culture, we have to be able to connect countless dots, to cross-pollinate ideas from a wealth of disciplines, to combine and recombine these ideas and build new ideas — like LEGOs. The more of these building blocks we have, and the more diverse their shapes and colors, the more interesting our creations will become.”

-Maria Popova

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“Living is a form of not being sure, not knowing what next or how… The artist never entirely knows.  We guess.  We may be wrong, but we take leap after leap in the dark.” -Agnes De Mille

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“Happiness comes when your work and words are of benefit to yourself and others.”

-Buddha

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“To know what you prefer instead of humbly saying Amen to what the world tells you you ought to prefer, is to keep your soul alive.” – Robert Louis Stevenson

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I look for great abundance in my life.

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Art by Kelly Rae Roberts

Art by Kelly Rae Roberts

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“To think too long about doing a thing often becomes its undoing.” -Eva Young

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Photo by Chris Collins

Photo by Chris Collins

“If a little dreaming is dangerous, the cure for it is not to dream less, but to dream more, to dream all the time.”  – Marcel Proust

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Photo by Chris Collins

Photo by Chris Collins

“Our days are meant to be fun.  Once you lose that thread, I think you’ve just lost the essence of the whole deal… We all have that negative voice inside our heads, but that doesn’t mean we have to indulge it.  Just because it’s there, it doesn’t have to have an effect.  Once again, you decide what you want to believe… Success or failure, determination or uncertainty; these aren’t externally determined things.  They’re personal choices.” – Laird Hamilton

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“For as this appalling ocean surrounds the land, so in the soul of man there lies one insular Tahiti, full of peace and joy, but encompassed by all the horrors of the half-lived life.”

– Herman Melville

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Lennon Wall, Prague

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“As surfers, we ride pure energy that makes us feel this amazing sense of absolute bliss. Why not give some of that positive energy back? Let’s be the change we want to see in the world and surf our hearts out.” -Emi Koch

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“Every great dream begins with a dreamer.  Always remember, you have within you the  strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars and change the world.”

– Harriet Tubman

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“The pursuit of truth and beauty is a sphere of activity in which we are permitted to remain children all our lives.”  -Albert Einstein

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“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how strong the 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 and comes short again and again,

because there is no effort without error or shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do great deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause;

who at best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly…” -Theodore Roosevelt

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“I do not pretend to give such a Sum; I only lend it to you. When you […] meet another honest man in similar Distress, you must pay me by lending this Sum to him; enjoining him to discharge the Debt by a like operation, when he shall be able, and shall meet with another opportunity. I hope it may thus go thro’ many hands, before it meets with a Knave that will stop its Progress. This is a trick of mine for doing a deal of good with little money.” -Benjamin Franklin

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“The sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light in the darkness of mere being.” -Carl Jung

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“One should always be a little improbable.” -Oscar Wilde

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“By being aware of one’s own potential and abilities, one can become a perfect citizen, help the nation, and serve humanity.” – Swami Rama

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“They say that people teach what they need to learn. By adopting the role of happiness teacher, if only for myself, I was trying to find the method to conquer my particular faults and limitations. It was time to expect more of myself.” – Gretchen Rubin, The Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun

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“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to heaven, we were all going direct the other way – in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.”

-Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities

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“As is a tale, so is life: not how long it is, but how good it is, is what matters.” -Lucius Annaeus Senneca

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