Intentionally not included are the authors, as what matters to me is what is being expressed.

“This is the true joy in life, being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one. Being a force of nature instead of a feverish, selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy. I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community and as I live it is my privilege – my privilege to do for it whatever I can. I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work the more I love. I rejoice in life for its own sake. Life is no brief candle to me; it is a sort of splendid torch which I’ve got a hold of for the moment and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.

“Stay hungry. Stay foolish.”

“I am living to its fullest
This one wild and mysterious life.
And I am
All I can be
To others and to me.”

“Every feeling fully felt changes.”

“Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me. Going to bed at night saying we’ve done something wonderful, that’s what matters to me.”

“I made a misstatement and I stand by all my misstatements.”

“Don’t waste your time on jealousy
Sometimes you’re ahead, sometimes you’re behind
The race is long and in the end, it’s only with yourself”

“99% of fears experienced in a human life do not serve the original purpose of avoiding any danger.”

“I will not die an unlived life.
I will not live in fear
of falling or catching fire.
I choose to inhabit my days,
to allow my living to open me,
to make me less afraid,
more accessible;
to loosen my heart
until it becomes a wing,
a torch, a promise.
I choose to risk my significance,
to live so that which came to me as seed
goes to the next as blossom,
and that which came to me as blossom,
goes on as fruit.”

“Do one thing every day that scares you.”

“Life is the dancer and you are the dance.”

“You’ve got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don’t settle”

“It’s not only the poor that make catastrophic decisions with money”

“Nothing real can be threatened.
Nothing unreal exists.
Herein lies the peace of God”

“To laugh often and much;
To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children;
To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends;
To appreciate beauty, to find the best in others;
To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition;
To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived.
This is to have succeeded.”

“Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken.”

“The most important thing in all human relationships is conversation, but people don’t talk anymore, they don’t sit down to talk and listen. They go to the theater, the cinema, watch television, listen to the radio, read books, but they almost never talk. If we want to change the world, we have to go back to a time when warriors would gather around a fire and tell stories”

“Life is an adventure, it’s not a package tour.”

“As far as possible without surrender
be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly;
and listen to others,
even the dull and the ignorant;
they too have their story.
Avoid loud and aggressive persons,
they are vexatious to the spirit.”

“If you compare yourself with others,
you may become vain and bitter;
for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.”

“we all bear the scars
yeah, we all feign a laugh
we all cry in the dark
get cut off before we start and as your first act begins
you realise they’re all waiting
for a fall, for a flaw, for the end and there’s a past stained with tears
could you talk to quiet my fears
could you pull me aside
just to acknowledge that i’ve tried
as your last breath begins
contently take it in
cause we all get it in
the end and as your last breath begins
you find your demon’s your best friend
and we all get it in
the end”

Herr,
ich bitte dich,
gib mir ein Licht,
damit ich sicheren Fusses
der Ungewissheit entgegengehen kann.” –
“Mein Kind, gehe nur hin in die Dunkelheit
und lege deine Hände in meine ausgestreckte Hand.
Das ist besser als ein Licht und sicherer als ein bekannter Weg”