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


Unforgiveness is like shooting yourself and waiting for the other person to die. —The Doc

Worry about your audience too much and you won’t have one.

Maturity is the ability to reject good opportunities in the pursuit of even better ones. —Ray Dalio

I believe that if you have revolutionary potential, you must make the world a better place and use it. —Lady Gaga

The hard work is the controllable part. —Gary V.

Everyone is my teacher … they either teach me how to be or how NOT to be, and the children of the Devil are the best teachers of all!  —Unknown

Slow is fast. —Our friend Dave Schon

My definition of power is the ability to help people. —Joe Biden

Willpower by itself is not enough. If we want to achieve lasting change, we must have an effective strategy. —T. Robbins

A mind too active is no mind at all. —T. Roethke

The linchpin is coming from a posture of generosity;… If that’s your intent, the words almost don’t matter. —Seth Godin

Always leave space for god to walk in the room. —Quincy Jones

Hurry is antithetical to this place. —Stephen King, Lisey’s Story

Real creativity cannot be plotted. Don’t plot and don’t lie. It’s excavation. Stories are found. —Stephen King

Rick Rubin to Johnny Cash: I’m not gonna do anything—you’re gonna do it. One mic in a living room.

The only thing that separates great artists from mediocre ones is their ability to push through the dip. —Seth Godin

He’s artistic, a philanthropist. You can sit and talk with him and you don’t feel you’re at Texaco or Heineken or Budweiser. There’s something operating here that has a brain, curiosity, imagination. —Tom Waits on working with Chris Blackwell and owning his own songs

All you can do is listen to things that have value to you and try to find a place for yourself. —Tom Waits

There are people that want to feel how we feel—passion is a never-ending commodity.  —Daniel Lanois

The word is still the truth—and it’s anybody’s. —Leonard Cohen

The universe is prodigal in its support. We are miserly in what we accept. —J. Cameron

Every blade of grass has an angel that bends over it and whispers, “Grow! Grow!” —Talmud

I always fight to push a movie to the point where it pulls me. —James L. Brooks

Your time is precious, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. —Steve Jobs

You can’t be grateful and angry or fearful at same time.

So here we are—we have a choice to make. —Studs Terkel

Tell me what you gonna do when there’s one law for the rulers and one law for the ruled. —“Which Side Are You On” by Florence Reece, 1931, old union song

We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented. —Elie Wiesel

God hates a coward. —King

Discipline trumps talent every time.

I’ve missed more than nine thousand shots in my career. I’ve lost almost three hundred games. Twenty-six times I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed. —Michael Jordan

Oprah was fired as young reporter, then fired again as co-anchor of a news show.

You will have a string of failures so consistent it will seem like the world is working against you. This is normal. Pay it no mind. —Simmons

Be kinder than necessary because everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle. —Shelley Regan

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

Hope is like peace. It is not a gift from God. It is a gift only we can give one another. —Elie Wiesel

Not to transmit an experience is to betray it. —Elie Wiesel

Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities have crept in. Forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense. —Emerson

Trust yourself. Your perceptions are often far more accurate than you are willing to believe. —Claudia Black

Condemnation without investigation is the highest form of arrogance.

To avoid confrontation is to avoid sticking up for yourself. —The Doc

A ship in harbor is safe—but that is not what ships are built for.” —John A. Shedd

Why preach to the choir? ’Cause it gets ’em to sing. —West Wing

Risk everything. Worst thing can happen is you fail and get embarrassed and move on.  —Composer Mark Isham

It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare, it is because we do not dare that they are difficult. —Seneca


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