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


How sad it is we give up on people who are just like us. —Fred Rogers

Ensuring financial literacy and economic opportunity is the new civil rights issue for this generation. —John Hope Bryant

A camel is a horse designed by committee.

The universe is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper. ―Bertrand Russell

The lust for comfort murders the passion of the soul and then walks grinning into the funeral. —Kahlil Gibran

As soon as you take on the someone else’s responsibility, you confine them to less maturity than they are capable of. —The Doc

All roads filled with love and effort lead to the same place.

Optimism is the only interesting place left for pop culture to go. —Joshua Rivera (Thanks, Maggie Dixon)

I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the water to create many ripples. —Mother Theresa

All the knowledge in the world is useless if you don’t ACT

The secret of getting ahead is getting started. —Unknown

Better to write for yourself and have no public than to write for the public and have no self. —Cyril Connolly

I stay fluid even in staccato. —Mos Def

Diversity in counsel, Unity in command. —Cyrus the Great

He who is cruel to animals becomes hard also in his dealings with men. We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals. —Immanuel Kant

I can’t give you a surefire formula for success, but I can give you a formula for failure: try to please everybody all the time. —Herbert Bayard Swope

Don’t let someone knock you off course before you reach your destination. Trust the work. Always trust the work. —Soman Chainani

If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead, either write things worth reading or do things worth writing. —Benjamin Franklin

If you ask me what I came to do in this world, I, an artist will answer you: I came to live out loud. —Emile Zola

The work never matches the dream of perfection the artist has to start with. —William Faulkner (this one is so painfully true…)

What does mysticism really mean? It means the way to attain knowledge. It’s close to philosophy, except in philosophy you go horizontally while in mysticism you go vertically. —Elie Wiesel

Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia. —E. L. Doctorow

Have something to say, and say it as clearly as you can. That is the only secret. —Matthew Arnold

You don’t need anything outside of the work. —David Lynch

The world is as you are.

Where the attention is, that becomes lively.

A bird doesn’t sing because he has an answer. He sings because he has a song. —Joan Walsh Anglund

Life is easier than you think; all that is necessary is to accept the impossible, do without the indispensable, and bear the intolerable. —Kathleen Norris

There are two tragedies in life. One is to lose your heart’s desire. The other is to gain it. —George Bernard Shaw

Only decent people I seen at the racetracks is the horses. —James Joyce

Take it easy, but take it. —W. Guthrie

If I woulda known you was comin’, I woulda washed my hair.

You don’t have to play everything you know on this one song. —Craig Morris (my incredible and endlessly talented neighbor)

Just do something beautiful. —Matt Wallace


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