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Nobody’s going to do your life for you. You have to do it yourself, whether you’re rich or poor, out of money or raking it in, the beneficiary of ridiculous fortune or terrible injustice. And you have to do it no matter what is true. No matter what is hard. No matter what unjust, sad, sucky things befall you. Self-pity is a dead-end road. You make the choice to drive down it. It’s up to you to decide to stay parked there or to turn around and drive out. -Cheryl Strayed

 

Happiness is the meaning and purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence.  -Aristotle  

 

Happiness depends upon ourselves.  -Aristotle

 

Adopt the pace of nature:  Her secret is patience.  -Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

Life begins at the end of your comfort zone. So if you’re feeling uncomfortable right now, know that the change taking place in your life is a beginning, not an ending.  Neale Donald Walsh

 

Trusting yourself means living out what you already know to be true.  –Cheryl Strayed

 

Each man should frame life so that, at some future hour, fact and his dreaming meet.  -Victor Hugo

 

I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.  -Maryanne Radmacher-Hershey

 

Fear itself, to a great extent, is born from a story we tell ourselves, and so I choose to tell myself a different story.  –Cheryl Strayed

 

Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it.  Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it.  -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

 

It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.  -Paulo Coelho

 

Commitment unlocks the doors of imagination, allows vision, and makes it possible to turn our dreams into reality.  -James Womak

 

But compassion isn’t about solutions. It’s about giving all the love that you’ve got.  –Cheryl Strayed

 

Bravery is acknowledging your fear and doing it anyways.  –Cheryl Strayed

 

Life is an adventure in forgiveness.  -Norman Cousins

 

A man travels the world over in search of what he needs and returns home to find it.  -George Moore

 

It is always the simple that produces the marvelous.  – Les choses les plus simples sont toujours les plus merveilleuses.  -Amelia Barr

 

As wishes may inspire dreams, so dreams may inspire wishes.  -Aristotle

 

We all have our own life to pursue, our own kind of dream to be weaving, and we all have the power to make wishes come true, as long as we keep believing.  -Louiza May Alcott

 

In dreams we are true poets.  -Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be.  Now put foundations under them.  -Henry David Thoreau

 

Dreams or illusions, call them what you will, they lift us from commonplace of life to better things.  -Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

 

The goal of life is living in agreement with nature.  –  Le meilleur de la vie est de vivre en harmonie avec la nature.  -Zeno

 

Limitations live only in our minds.  But if we use our imaginations, our possibilities become limitless.  -Jamie Paolinetti

 

Every great dream begins with a dreamer.  Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.  -Harriet Tubman

 

Boredom is the feeling that everything is a waste of time; serenity, that nothing is.  –  L’ennui, c’est le sentiment que tout est une perte de temps; la sérénité, que rien ne l’est!  -Thomas Szasz

 

For my part, I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the starts makes me dream.  -Vincent van Gogh

 

If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.  -John Quincy Adams

 

Dreams grow holy put in action.  -Adelaide Anne Procter

 

Most things will be okay eventually, but not everything will be. Sometimes you’ll put up a good fight and lose. Sometimes you’ll hold on really hard and realize there is no choice but to let go. Acceptance is a small, quiet room.  –Cheryl Strayed

 

In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count.  It’s the life in your years.  -Abraham Lincoln

 

I’ll never know, and neither will you, of the life you don’t choose. We’ll only know that whatever that sister life was, it was important and beautiful and not ours. It was the ghost ship that didn’t carry us. There’s nothing to do but salute it from the shore.  –Cheryl Strayed

 

Kind hearts are the gardens.  Kind thoughts are the roots.  Kind words are the flowers.  -Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

 

Don’t surrender all your joy for an idea you used to have about yourself that isn’t true anymore.  –Cheryl Strayed

 

Nobody will protect you from your suffering. You can’t cry it away or eat it away or starve it away or walk it away or punch it away or even therapy it away. It’s just there, and you have to survive it. You have to endure it. You have to live through it and love it and move on and be better for it and run as far as you can in the direction of your best and happiest dreams across the bridge that was built by your own desire to heal.  –Cheryl Strayed

 

Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.  –  La lecture est à l’âme ce que l’exercice est au corps.  – Joseph Addison

 

The great source of pleasure is variety.  –  La plus grande source de plaisir réside dans la variété.  – Samuel Johnson

 

You cannot convince people to love you. This is an absolute rule. No one will ever give you love because you want him or her to give it. Real love moves freely in both directions. Don’t waste your time on anything else.  –Cheryl Strayed

 

You will learn a lot about yourself if you stretch in the direction of goodness, of bigness, of kindness, of forgiveness, of emotional bravery. Be a warrior for love.  –Cheryl Strayed

 

Forgiveness doesn’t sit there like a pretty boy in a bar. Forgiveness is the old fat guy you have to haul up a hill.  –Cheryl Strayed

 

Sometimes life is messy – but hose who thrive choose to embrace the mess and make it a finger painting.  -unknown

 

Look at evrything as though you were seeing it either for the first or last time.  Then your time on earth will be filled with glory.  -Betty Smith

 

Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.  –  Rendez les choses aussi simple que possible, mais pas plus simples.  -Albert Einstein

 

We are all entitled to our opinions and religious beliefs, but we are not entitled to make shit up and then use the shit we made up to oppress other people.  –Cheryl Strayed

 

You don’t have a right to the cards you believe you should have been dealt with. You have an obligation to play the hell out of the ones you’re holding and my dear one, you and I have been granted a mighty generous one.  –Cheryl Strayed

 

Tolerance and celebration of individual differences is the fire that fuels lasting love.  -Tom Hannah

 

Those who dwell among the beauties and mysteries of the earth are ever alone or weary of live.  –  Quiconque s’attarde sur la beauté et les mystères de la terre n’est jamais seul ni las de la vie.  -Rachel Carson

 

Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind.  -Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

We must always change, renew, rejuvenate ouselves; otherwise we harden.  -Johann von Goethe

 

Life’s a voyage that’s homeward bound.  -Herman Melville

 

When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy.  -Rumi

 

But the reality is we often become our kindest, most ethical selves only by seeing what it feels like to be a selfish jackass first.  –Cheryl Strayed

 

Teaching is an instinctual art, mindful of potential, craving of realizations, a pausing, seamless process.  -A. Bartlett Giamatti

 

When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bonds; your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction, and you find yourself in a new, great and wonderful world.  Dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive, and you discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be.  – Patanjali

 

You don’t have to get a job that makes others feel comfortable about what they perceive as your success. You don’t have to explain what your plan to do with your life. You don’t have to justify your education by demonstrating its financial rewards. You don’t have to maintain an impeccable credit score. Anyone who expects you to do any of those things has no sense of history of economics or science or the arts.  –Cheryl Strayed

 

The best way to predict your future is to create it.  -unknown

 

What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.  -Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

So release yourself from that. Don’t be strategic or coy. Strategic and coy are for jackasses. Be brave. Be authentic. Practice saying the word ‘love’ to the people you love so when it matters the most to say it, you will.  –Cheryl Strayed

 

Your assumptions about the lives of others are in direct relation to your naïve pomposity.  –Cheryl Strayed

 

You have to say I am forgiven again and again until it becomes the story you believe about yourself.  –Cheryl Strayed

 

Sow a thought, and you reap an act; sow an act, and you reap a habit; sow a habit, and you reap a character; sow a character, and you reap a destiny.  -Chalres Reade

 

Love is the master key which opens the gates of happiness.  -Oliver Wendell Holmes

 

Those that dare to venture experience the greatest rewards.  -anonymous

 

I can’t say when you’ll get love or how you’ll find it or even promise you that you will. I can only say you are worthy of it and that it’s never too much to ask for it and that it’s not crazy to fear you’ll never have it again, even though your fears are probably wrong. Love is our essential nutrient. Without it, life has little meaning. It’s the best thing we have to give and the most valuable thing we receive. It’s worthy of all the hullabaloo.  –Cheryl Strayed

 

What’s important is that you make the leap. Jump high and hard with intention and heart. Pay no mind to the vision that the commission made up. It’s up to you to make your life. Take what you have and stack it up like a tower of teetering blocks. Build your dream around that.  –Cheryl Strayed

 

The place of true healing is a fierce place. It’s a giant place. it’s a place of monstrous beauty and endless dark and glimmering light.  –Cheryl Strayed

 

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.  -Eleanor Roosevelt

 

Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant.  -Robert Louis Stevenson

 

It is not how much we do, but how much love we put in the doing.  It is not how much we give, but how much love we put in the giving.  -Mother Teresa

 

The healing power of even the most microscopic exchange with someone who knows in a flash precisely what you’re talking about because she experienced that thing too cannot be overestimated.  –Cheryl Strayed

 

At the center of your being you have the answer; you know who you are and you know what you want. –Lao Tzu

 

There is an inner wakefulness that directs the dream, and that will eventually startle us back to the truth of who we are.  -Rumi

 

There is a calmness to life lived in gratitude, a quiet joy.  -Ralph H. Blum

 

On life’s journey faith is nourishment, virtuous deeds are a shelter, wisdom is the light by day and right mindfulness is the protection by night.  If a man lives a pure life, nothing can destroy him.  -The Buddha

 

The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools.  -Confucius

 

You evolve not by seeking to go elsewhere but by paying attention to and embracing what’s in front of you.  -unknown

 

The more faithfully you listen to the voice within you, the better you will hear what is sounding outside.  -Dag Hammarskjöld

 

The truest greatness lies in being kind, the truest wisdom in a happy mind.  -Ella Wheeler Wilcox

 

If you can imagine it, you can create it.  If you can dream it, you can become it.  -William Arthur Ward

 

Everything in the universe is within you. Ask all from yourself.  –Rumi

 

To the mind that is still, the whole universe surrenders. –Lao Tzu

 

The superior man is modest in his speech but exceeds in his actions. –Confucius

 

Don’t be pushed by your problems.  Be led by your dreams.  -Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

The soul gives us resilience – an essential quality since we constantly have to rebound from hardship.  -Wynton Marsalis

 

When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be. –Lao Tzu

 

It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop. -Confucius

 

In character, in manner, in style, in all things, the supreme excellence is simplicity.  –  En caractère, en manières, en style, en toutes choses, la suprême excellence est la simplicité.  -Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

 

From naïve simplicity we arrive at more profound simplicity.  –  De la simplicité naïve, nous arrivons à une simplicité plus profonde.  -Albert Schweitzer

 

The only way to finding the limits of the possible is by going beyond them in to the impossible.  -Arthur C. Clarke

 

Let the beauty of nature be your inspiration.  -unknown

 

When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy. –Rumi

 

If you understand, things are just as they are. If you do not understand, things are just as they are.  –Zen proverb

 

Happiness is the absence of striving for happiness. –Zhuangzi

 

Let all-embracing thoughts for all beings be yours. –Buddha

 

Choose only one master – nature. –Rembrandt

 

In the beauty of nature lies the spirit of hope.  -unknown

 

The aim of lie is to live, and to live means to be aware, joyously, serenely, divinely aware.  – Henry Miller

 

The superior man is modest in his speech but exceeds in his actions.  -Confucius

 

Drop by drop is the water pot filled. Likewise, the wise man, gathering it little by little, fills himself with good.  –Buddha

 

The obstacle is the path. –Zen proverb

 

Being challenged in life is inevitable, being defeated is optional. –Roger Crawford

 

Happiness is not a station you arrive at, but a manner of travelling. -Margaret Lee Runbeck

 

A person’s true wealth is the good he or she does in the world. – Mohammed

 

Reach high, for starts lie hidden in your soul. Dream deep, for every dream precedes the goal.  –Ralph Vaull Starr

 

Believe you can, and you’re halfway there. –Theodore Roosevelt

 

Kindness is a tool that everyone possesses, but some choose to leave it in their toolbox. Take it out and use it today.  –Teresa Vitelli

 

Each sunrise gives hope to your dreams and light to your plans. –William Ngwako Maphoto

 

The solution for a life of unrest is choosing stillness.  The quiet of the Tao is oblivious to any turmoil in the world of the 10,0000 things.  -Wayne W. Dyer 

 

Set out each day believing in your dreams. Know without a doubt that you were made for amazing, amazing things.  –Josh Hinds

 

Sometimes life is messy but those who thrive choose to embrace the mess and make it a finger painting. –Unknown

 

Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.  -Leio Buscaglia

 

Keep practicing and you’ll become great at life. All our progress is an unfolding, like a vegetable bud.  You have first an instinct, then an opinion, then a knowledge as the plant has root, bud, and fruit.  Trust the instinct to the end, though you can render no reason.  –Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

Do not follow in the footsteps of the old masters, but seek what they sought. –Basho  and You’re the expert you’ve been searching for.   –M.J. Ryan 

 

Your purpose is to stay in harmony with nature like the sprout hidden beneath the surface of the ground, waiting unhurriedly to emerge and fulfill its destiny.  It cannot be rushed, nor can anything in nature.  Creation takes place on its own timetable.  –  Wayne W. Dyer

 

Fear’s the sign you’re at a growing edge. –M.J. Ryan  Risk!  Risk anything!  Care no more for the opinions of others, for those voices.  Do the hardest thing for you.  Act for yourself.  –Katherine Mansfield

 

You wouldn’t worry so much what everybody thought of you if you knew how seldom they did. –Dr. Phil McGraw

 

Don’t worry about what the world wants from you, worry about what makes you come more alive. Because what the world really needs are people who are more alive.  –Lawrence LeShan

 

I’m me – and that’s a good thing! J. Ryan  and I didn’t belong as a kid, and that always bothered me.  If only I’d known that one day my differences would be an asset, then my early life would have been much easier.  –Bette Midler

 

One’s philosophy is not best expressed in words. It is expressed in the choices one makes.  And the choices we make are ultimately our responsibility.  –Eleanor Roosevelt

 

Come from a place of peace and you’ll find that you can deal with anything. – Michael A. Singer

 

When you maintain a peaceful inner posture, even in the midst of chaos, you change your life.  Wayne W. Dyer

 

If you are resisting something, you are feeding it. If you are pushing something away, you are inviting it to stay.  – Michael A. Singer

 

Letting go of fear is not letting go of life. – Michael A. Singer

 

In order to be who you are, you must be willing to let go of who you think you are. – Michael A. Singer

 

When you see a beautiful sight, hear an enchanting sound or taste a mouthwatering delicacy, allow yourself to think of the miracle within these sensory pleasures.  -Wayne W. Dyer

 

The mind is a place where the soul goes to hide from the heart. – Michael A. Singer

 

The day you decide that you are most interested in being aware of your thoughts than you are in the thoughts themselves – that is the day that you will find your way out. – Michael A. Singer

 

If you truly love someone, your love sees past their humanness. The day you decide that you are most interested in being aware of your thoughts than you are in the thoughts themselves – that is the day that you will find your way out.  – Michael A. Singer

 

Imagine yourself as a tall, stately palm tree.  Affirm:  I have no rigidity within me.  I can bend to any wind and remain unbroken.  I will use the strength of the wind to make me even stronger and better preserved.  -Wayne W. Dyer 

 

When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all of your thoughts break their bonds: your mind transcends limitation, your consciousness expands in every direction and you find yourself in a new, great and wonderful world.  Dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive and you discover yourself to be a greater person than you ever dreamed yourself to be.  –Pantanjali

 

When you have the courage to open your heart completely to love, a miracle happens. You start perceiving the reflection of your love in everything.  Then eating, walking, talking, singing, dancing, showering, working, playing – everything you do becomes a ritual of love.  –Miguel Ruiz

 

A woman must come of age herself. She must find her true center alone.  She must become whole.  –Anne Morrow Lindbergh

 

Being challenged in life is inevitable, being defeated is optional. –Roger Crawford

 

Be here in your mind as well as in your body, in a state of appreciation and an absence of longing.  Be here, and remember to do it now, for thinking about being someplace else uses up your precious present moments.  -Wayne W. Dyer

 

Traditionally we are taught, and instinctively we long, to give where it is needed – and immediately. Eternally; woman spills herself away in driblets to the thirsty, seldom being allowed the time, the quiet, the peace, to let the pitcher fill up to the brim.  –Anne Morrow Lindbergh

 

If it is a woman’s nature to nurture then she must nourish herself. –Anne Morrow Lindbergh

 

We all need to see and feel our independent power, to search for our life’s meaning, and learn that it is all here. When we realize this, we no longer need to look outward for affirmation.  We can simply begin to sponsor ourselves.  – Joan Erikson

 

I learned that courage is not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who feels afraid, but he who conquers that fear. -Nelson Mandela

 

Follow your dreams, not your doubts. –anonymous

 

See impections as perfect, even if your ego-mind cannot comprehend this.  Become aware of your conditioned responses that lead you to label people, places and circumstance as less than perfect.  See the flawlessness behind the supposed defects.  -Wayne W. Dyer

 

Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don,t have, you will never, ever have enough. – Oprah Winfrey

 

The future depends on what we do in the present. -Mahatma Gandhi

 

We are each gifted in a unique and important way. It is our privilege and our adventure to discover our own special light.  –Mary Dunbar

 

Nurture your mind with great thoughts, for you will never go any higher than you think. – Benjamin Disraeli

 

What you can do, or dream you can do, begin it; boldness has genius, power and magic in it.  -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe