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

Ignoring your passion is slow suicide. Never ignore what your heart pumps for. Mold your career around your lifestyle, not your lifestyle around your career. —Kevin Claiborne

The songs keep on coming—in fact, the older I get, the more that they do. —Mark Knopfler

Bring people who love you everywhere with you—your rainbows in the clouds (books, heroes, etc.) —Maya Angelou

May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds. —Edward Abbey

A murderer will kill you, a thief will steal from you, but you never know where you stand with a liar. (thanks, Staci Mack)

Beat yourself with a feather, not a bat. —Jonah Hill in Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot

The more doors I opened I didn’t even know were there, the more I realized my potential is damn near endless. —David Goggins

Yoga is a martial art you do against yourself. —Nick Gregorian

If I’m not helping somebody every day / I’m not helping myself. —My friend Andy Gilstrap

If you chase two rabbits, you will not catch either one. —Russian proverb

Just because you like it does not mean that the world will necessarily give it to you. —Charlie Munger

Let’s hear from Waits on this…

The blues is like a planet. It’s an enormous topic. You can’t ignore the impact that it has had and continues to have on the whole musical culture. It’s a tree that everyone is swinging from. Without it, I don’t know where I would be. It’s indelible and indispensable. —Tom Waits

When you feel invisible you don’t show up in your own life, which means the bad guys win. —J H Bryant

Not responding is a response. We are equally responsible for what we don’t do. —Jonathan Safran Foer, Eating Animals

Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies in the final sense a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and not clothed. —Dwight D. Eisenhower

We’re in the first economic upturn on record in which 90 percent of Americans have become worse off. —Robert Reich

There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest. —Elie Wiesel

History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people. —MLK

Don’t be a writer. Be writing. —Faulkner

If you want to get one good hour of painting in, you have to have four hours of uninterrupted time. —From David Lynch

I shall not take counsel with my fears. —Frederick the Great

Character is much easier kept than recovered.-—The Doc

Fight them in every way except the way that they want. —Tina Fey on Letterman, re Charlottesville

If you gonna go against nature … you’re gonna get XXXked. —Buddy Guy

Every time you don’t follow your inner guidance, you feel a loss of energy, loss of power and a sense of spiritual deadness. —Shakti Gawain

You should say HELL YES or no, not OK. Anything you hate to do someone else LOVES. —Derek Sivers

The key to my success was staying healthy and having a good woman by my side. —Stephen King

I have a great deal of company in my house, especially in the morning, when nobody calls. —Thoreau

If you need me, I’ll call you. —Willie Nelson

Light your goals up like a roman candle a little each day and you will be just fine. —Unknown

The most potent muse of all is our inner child. —Stephen Nachmanovitch

It shouldn’t be the consumer’s responsibility to figure out what’s cruel and what’s kind, what’s environmentally destructive and what’s sustainable. Cruel and destructive food products should be illegal. We don’t need the option of buying children’s toys made with lead paint, or aerosols with chlorofluorocarbons, or medicines with unlabeled side effects. And we don’t need the option of buying factory-farmed animals. —Jonathan Safran Foer, Eating Animals

Focus on what you can control, and you can get a lot done. —Aristotle 

To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong. —Pearce

There is no substitute for hard work. —Edison.

I have a good life but I must write because if I do not write a certain amount I do not enjoy the rest of my life. —Hemingway

There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is nor how valuable nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open. You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work. You have to keep yourself open and aware to the urges that motivate you. Keep the channel open. …No artist is pleased. [There is] no satisfaction whatever at any time. There is only a queer divine dissatisfaction, a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive than the others. —Martha Graham, The Life and Work of Martha Graham

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