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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Inspirational quotes (Part 4)

To know what you know and what you do not know, that is true knowledge.
Kong Fu Zi

"Getting fired is nature's way of telling you that you had the wrong job in the first place." -Columnist Hal Lancaster in the Wall Street Journal.

"Aim higher. Reach farther. Dream bigger." –

"Desire to escape a bad fit to the sense of fulfillment that could come from a good one." –

“The secret of greatness is simple: do better work than any other man in your field- and keep on doing it.”- Wilfred A. Peterson.

“The secret of joy in work is contained in one word- excellence. To know how to do something well is to enjoy it.” –Pearl Buck

"Happiness is a continuation of happenings which are not resisted.” - Deepak Chopra

"People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing."
--Dale Carnegie

“For me, writing is exploration; and most of the time, I’m surprised where the journey takes me.” Jack Dann

“We have got to abandon that sense of amazement in the face of creativity, as if it were a miracle if anybody created anything.”-Abraham Maslow

“A home cannot be truly beautiful unless it functions in harmony with who we are.”-Clodagh

“Culture is the widening of the mind and of the spirit.”-Jawaharlal Nehru

“If we spoke a different language, we would perceive a somewhat different world.” –Ludwig Wittgenstein

“To be an artist is to believe in life.”-Henry S. Moore

“The experience of the race shows that we get our most important education not through books but through our work. We are developed by our daily task, or else demoralized by it, as by nothing else.” –Anna Garlin Spencer

“Trust the instinct to the end, though you can render no reason.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson

“God sells us all things at the price of labour.” –Leonardo da Vinci

“For while it’s true that the unexamined life is not worth living, it’s also the case that the unlived life isn’t worth examining.” –Robert McKee, Story

“There is the gypsy expression: ‘He who confesses first loses.’ First person to say ‘I love you’, the person who hears it, now controls the relationship.” –Robert McKee, Story

“Stories are equipment for living.” Kenneth Burke

“When life gets complicated, find a place where you can find beauty and simplicity.” –Psychic Miki

“Legal work is honorable work.” –Tyra Banks

These are sayings I found on art pieces at the Streetworks Festival 2010:

“Change moves life forward.”

“If you try something and fail, call it a first draft.”

“Fall in love with the character, not the plot.”

“Take care of your people better than you take care of your things.”

“Surround yourself with what you love.”

“You caught my heart by surprise.”

“The end is the next beginning.”

“Wisdom is scar tissue in disguise.”

“Whatever you are, be a good one.”

“You are here, do something.”

“Do not crush.”

“See the point as well as the meaning.”

“Being young, doesn’t last long enough.”

“Don’t live someone else’s dreams.”

“Write your own ending.”

What will your memory be?”

“Inspired by everything, stop by nothing.”

“Don’t play it safe, just play.”

“Never confuse a long life with an interesting one.”

Sayings I found on t-shirts at the West Edmonton mall store:

“To air is human. To land it divine.”

“Confidence is the feeling you have before you fully understand the situation.”

“The path to paradise is not always paved.”

“Maybe getting lost is the best way to find yourself.”

“Determination: the feeling you get right before you try to something incredibly stupid.”

“You’re always wrongest before you’re right.” –The Good Guys (TV show)

“Don’t get wrapped up in past mistakes.” –The Good Guys (TV show)

“The internet is forever.” –Criminal Minds (TV show)

“I sang of the world I know in the key of me and you.” –Curtis Santiago

“Failing to plan, is planning to fail.”

“Everything matters. Big or small it all adds up.” In Plain Sight (TV Show)

“No more excuses.” Politician slogan on Lie to Me (TV Show)

“Information’s pretty thin stuff unless mixed with experience.” –Clarence Day

“Life is like playing violin solo in public and learning the instrument as one goes on.” –Samuel Butler

“Good judgment comes from experience, and often experience comes from bad judgment.” Rita Mae Brown

“Practice made me perfect.” –T-shirt saying

“It takes more guts than talent.” –Tosh.O (TV show)

“Confront your fear.” Human Target (TV show)

“When the heart is right, the mind and body will follow.”- Coretta Scott King

“Wishing to be friends is quick work, but friendship is a slow ripening fruit.” –Aristotle

“Work is love made visible. And if you cannot work with love but only distaste, it is better that you should leave your work and sit at the gate of the temple and take aims of those who work with joy.” –Kahlil Gibran

“Is the life you’re leading worth the price you’re paying to live it?” -Tony Schwartz

"Being positive trumps being negative every time unless multiplication is involved.” -"Phillip DeFranco" (;

“As long as you are doing what you enjoy, you will always be enthusiastic.”- Ellen Wong (actress from Scott Pilgrim vs. The World.)

“Holding onto anger is like holding a piece of coal to throw at someone. You only burn yourself.” – Buddha

“There is a difference between being well-trained and gifted.” –CSI: NY (TV show)

“To live outside the law, you must be honest.” –Bob Dylan

“We make our own rewards.” –Meg Files

“Greatness is at the edge of destruction.” –Will Smith

“After people see this movie, will people be better or worse after it?”- Will Smith

“The first duty of a human being is to assume the right functional relationship to society- more briefly, to find your real job, and do it.” –Charlotte Perkins Gilman

"The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather in a lack of will." -Vincent T. Lombardi

“Struggles and growth often go together.” –Dr. Donna Schuurman

“The key to immortality is living a life worth remembering.” –Bruce Lee

“Success allows people to be who they truly are.”- Hellcats (TV show)

“Remembrance of things past are not necessarily of how things were.”

“If you hear a voice within you say “you cannot paint” then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.” –Vincent Van Gough

“Through the arts, people learn creativity and innovation.”-Raymond Nasher

“The secret of becoming a writer is to write, write and keep on writing.” –Ken MacLeod

“A different language is a different vision of life.”-Federico Fellini

"Everything I'm not made me Everything I Am"

“Recession is for quitters.” –Button

"When it's obvious that the goals cannot be reached, do NOT adjust the goals, adjust the action steps." (Confucious)

“The secret to creativity is hiding one’s sources.” –Albert Einstein

"I wish I could buy you for what you're worth and sell you for what you think you're worth." –

If you find it in your heart to care for somebody else, you will have succeeded. –Maya Angelou

“If you can't admit it, you should quit it.” -16 and Pregnant thread on

“You’re angry because you feel bad about yourself.” –the comic strip My Big Happy. Ruthie says that to this cat.

“Grudges are for the weak of spirit.” –TV show Human Target

“No risk, no reward.” –TV show Nikita

“To be alive is to be vulnerable.”- TV show Criminal Minds

“A life without love is no life at all.”- TV show Criminal Minds

“Clear everything, subtract negativity, add perspective.” –A guy in a calculator suit on How I Met your Mother

“Regret: Do something to be proud of.” –Newspaper Metro

“Music is my weapon.”- T-shirt

“It’s not how good you are, it’s how good you want to be.” –Paul Arden’s book title


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