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(Fave things I come across from books, music, and conversations)

We have two lives, and the second begins when we realize we only have one. —Confucius

A lazy man works twice as hard.

Gently in manner, strongly in deed. —Eisenhower

Life is leaning back in the chair and it’s about to fall. It’s almost always this way. —My wonderful neighbor Craig Morris

Inspiration is the opposite of self-consciousness. —Aaron Copeland

I suppose our capacity for self-delusion is boundless… – John Steinbeck

If today were my last day, would I want to do what I am doing today? —Jobs commencement

It’s not enough to have the right aim in life, you have to pull the trigger. —Aunt Esther

Go first class. If you don’t, your kids will. —Aunt Esther

Glossy surfaces reflect more than they reveal. —David Goggins

I was wrong about everything, and I was wrong about that too.

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

As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler. —Thoreau

We don’t make movies to make money, we make money to make more movies! —Walt Disney

Fear is often just the imagination taking a wrong turn. —Austin Kleon

If you spend your life avoiding vulnerability, you and your work will never truly connect with people. —Austin Kleon

Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction. —Pascal

What you seek is seeking you. —Rumi

Busy is a decision.

Most people would rather be certain they are miserable than to risk being happy. —Robert Anthony

Our prime purpose in this life is to help others, and if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them. —Dalai Lama (thanks, Deb)

“I’m no genius. I’m smart in spots—but I stay around those spots.” —Tom Watson Sr., founder of IBM

There isn’t a single person on this planet entitled to treat you like crap. —Deb

When you’re young and beautiful
Your dreams are all ideals
Later on it’s not the same
Lord, everything is real
Sixteen hundred miles of highway
Roll back to the truth
And a song to give your mother
In your first recording booth

—Mark Knopler, “Back To Tupelo”

Smile at pain and watch it fade for at least a second or two. If you can do that, you can string those seconds together and last longer than your opponent thinks you can, and that may be enough to catch a second wind. —David Goggins. 

The ticket to victory often comes down to bringing your very best when you feel your worst. —David Goggins

America the beautiful as we now know it was once made up of the broke and under-resourced, a mostly immigrant population that came here to escape oppression and a limited life somewhere else. —John Hope Bryant

I paid no attention to the territorial boundaries of academic disciplines and I just grabbed all the big ideas that I could. —Charlie Munger

Words have perfect power. They get in the clothes, the furniture, the wallpaper. Words can transcend time. —Maya Angelou

Our running shoes are really erasers. Every step erases some memory of a past failure. Every mile brings us closer to a clean slate. Each foot strike rubs away a word, a look, or an event which led us to believe that success was beyond our grasp. —John Bingham 

Don’t buy a puppy ’cause it’s cute. —Carrie Underwood

Trying to second guess what the masses will accept or reject always leads to stagnation. —Patton Oswalt

Stay in the saddle. Don’t get thrown! —Springsteen’s manager Landau to engineer J. Iovine on Born To Run

You’ll know the angels when they come ’cause they’ll have the faces of your children. —Noah Hawley, Fargo 2

A fanatic is someone who can’t change his mind and won’t change the subject. —Winston Churchill

There is a difference between a book of two hundred pages from the very beginning, and a book of two hundred pages which is the result of an original eight hundred pages. The six hundred are there. Only you don’t see them. —Elie Wiesel

It ain’t what you know that gets you in trouble. It’s what you know for sure that just ain’t true. —Mark Twain

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