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(Things I have borrowed, begged, and stolen from books, movies, conversations, etc.)


One does not discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time. —Unknown

It is through creating, not possessing, that life is revealed. —Vida Dutton Scudder

Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country. —Charles E. Weller

Prepare for rejection when you refuse to be manipulated. —Deb T. magic

Shoot for the moon. Land on a star. Yeah, but no one tells you how rough the atmosphere is … and of course the star is on fire. 🙂 —My friend Kevin Deems

A great film starts when you walk out of the theater. —Paul Shrader (First Reformed, Raging Bull)

Keep your dreams where we can see them. —Cory Branan

Always do a little more than is expected.

You cannot make a good deal with a bad person. —Warren Buffett

Be Doing, not dwelling. —Gary V.

Yesterday I got a call from the outside world
But I said no in thunder
I was a dog on a short chain
And now there’s no chain
—Jim Harrison

The 20 wealthiest Americans own more wealth than the bottom 150 million. One family—the Waltons, who founded and own Wal-Mart—has more wealth than the bottom 130 million Americans. —Bernie Sanders

Someday when I get (you name it), I’ll be happy. It will never happen. —T. Robbins.

There is an almost universal quest for easy answers and half-baked solutions. Nothing pains some people more than having to think. —MLK

Have something every day that lights you up. It’ll keep your soul hungry to create more of these moments. —Soman Chainani

There were the kinds of guys that wanted to go home at five o’clock, and their interest in what you were doing didn’t exceed the normal demands of the day for them. And those guys never lasted. Because when you’re trying to push the boundaries on things and when you’re moving into different types of frontiers, you need to be surrounded by people who really believe in what you’re doing. —Springsteen in The Defiant Ones

Pretend with authority. —Willem Dafoe

Sometimes you need to be indulged… STICK! —Springsteen

Authentic writers write even if there is little chance for them to be published; they write because they cannot do otherwise, like Kafka’s messenger who is privy to a terrible and impervious truth that no one is willing to receive but is nonetheless compelled to go on. —Elie Weisel

Learn to deal with the valleys, Quincy. The hills will take care of themselves. —Count Basie to Q.

An entrepreneur works 18 hours a day to keep from getting a “real” job. 🙂  —JHB

The spirit and the soul are the command centers for your life—not your mind. You need to quiet your mind and then focus it. — JHB

It’s not the event itself but the meaning we attach to it.

Great hangs back until very good gets tired. —Bono

Opportunity is most often disguised as hard work, so most people don’t recognize it. —Ann Landers

Taking too much stock in feedback can change the vision for your own product, and suddenly it won’t feel like yours anymore. —Veronica Belmont

There is no THEM. —Patton Oswalt

What we can do to give us the most joy and a chance of success in the long run is to write a good song. —Jimmy Webb

We are rich only through what we give and poor only through what we refuse.

Always bear in mind that your resolution to succeed is more important than any other thing. —A. Lincoln

A lazy man works twice as hard.

Hard choices, easy life. Easy choices, hard life. —Jerzy Gregorek

One out of six people live on less than one dollar a day. If you make more than $68,000 a year, globally you are the 1 percent.

Done is better than perfect.

If today were my last day, would I want to do what I’m going to do today? —Robbins/Gates, etc.

Everyone who comes to Los Angeles, whether by Greyhound, airplane, car, train, boat, bicycle, or a hobo on foot, has a chance to get in the room. When you’re in that room, you have three f-king minutes. You better leave them with something that will make them lean forward and never forget. —Bruce Dern

Until we extend our circle of compassion to all living things, humanity will not find peace. —Albert Schweitzer

If you must play, decide on three things at the start: the rules of the game, the stakes, and the quitting time. —Chinese proverb

There is nothing the busy man is less busied with than living: there is nothing that is harder to learn. —Seneca

Any artist who remains true to himself becomes a work of art himself, because that is one of the most difficult things to do. If someone does have that vocation, and diligently applies himself to the exigencies that arise, he will lose a great deal but he will have created his own character. —Leonard Cohen

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