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

No individual or nation can be great if it does not have concern for the “least of these.” —MLK

No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world. —Robin Williams

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

We cannot afford despair. —Bradley Whitford

Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside while still alive. Never surrender. —Tupac Shakur

I will not be commanded,
I will not be controlled,
And I will not let my future go on,
Without the help of my soul.
—Greg Holden, “The Lost Boy”

…spirituality is an ongoing process that deepens with the seasons—and those who travel the world hoping to get “blinded by the light” are often blind to the light that’s all around them. —Rolf Potts, Vagabonding

It’s hard to sell out if nobody’s bought in. —Hugh MacLeod

We are here to laugh at the odds and live our lives so well that Death will tremble to take us. —Bukowski

Talk without being offensive, listen without being defensive. —Dr. Cecil “Chip” Murray

People don’t mind that the lucky, fortunate and hard-working get rich, because to be blunt and honest, they all want to be rich too. The problem arises when people begin to feel like the game is rigged, that no matter what they do they simply cannot get ahead. This is when a healthy skepticism turns into a destructive cynicism. —John Hope Bryant

There’s no room at the top they are telling you still
But first you must learn to smile as you kill
If you want to be like the folks on the hill
—John Lennon, “Working Class Hero”

If you think gay marriage is bad for your marriage, one of you is gay. —Bill Maher

Stay away from negative people. They have a problem for every solution. —Albert Einstein

To know what you prefer instead of humbly saying amen to what the world tells you to prefer is to have kept your soul alive. —R. L. Stevenson

Don’t let the weight of fear weigh down the joy of curiosity. —Peter Guber

Integrity is the only path where you’ll never get lost. —Mike Maples, Jr.

The assumption that animals are without rights and the illusion that our treatment of them has no moral significance is a positively outrageous example of Western crudity and barbarity. Universal compassion is the only guarantee of morality. —Arthur Schopenhauer, On the Basis of Morality

When the uncreative start to tell the creative what to do, it stops being art. —Tony Bennett

Ignore any advice that tells you you are gonna miss something. —Terry Crews

One wrong person in your circle can destroy your future. —Terry Crews

Busy is a decision. —Debbie Millman

The disease of our times is that we live on the surface. We’re like the Platte River, a mile wide and an inch deep. —Steven Pressfield

Innovation is saying no to 1,000 things. —Steve Jobs

Sell your cleverness and purchase bewilderment. —Rumi

We are in an arm’s race with distraction. Our devices and technology have gotten to know us so well we need devices and technology to protect us from them. —Neil Strauss

Power needs tools and circumstance. Neither need be earned. —Jesse Williams

Do everything you were going do, but with less angst, less suffering, and less emotion. Everything takes time. —Naval Ravikant

Ignore: The news. Complainers, angry people, high-conflict people. Anyone trying to scare you about a danger that isn’t clear and present. —Naval Ravikant

A sense of humor will get you through hard times better than good times will get you through no sense of humor. —Willie 🙂

Teddy Roosevelt: “I could carve out of a banana a judge with more backbone than that,” in response to Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.’s voting against Roosevelt in the largest railroad trust case of their time, United States v. Northern Securities. Holmes was Roosevelt’s first appointee to the Supreme Court.

You get so mad you want to fight the whole world. I decided to fight the feeling instead ’cause I thought the world would win. —Taylor Sheridan, Wind River

The mind must be the servant of the heart. —Unknown


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