2013 May Quotes

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  1. “Exhilarated with the mountain air, I feel like shouting this morning with excess of wild animal joy.” – John Muir, My First Summer in the Sierra, July 9, 1869
  2. “Genius is wisdom and youth.” – Edgar Lee Masters, Spoon River Anthology
  3. “Success comes in spurts.” – Craig Ballantyne
  4. “Like a tree that grows stronger with more branches and roots, you need to find more and more ways to be inspired.” – Yiannis Kouros
  5. “You can ignore reality, but you can’t ignore the consequences of ignoring reality.” – Ayn Rand
  6. “Of all the animals, the boy is the most unmanageable.” – Plato
  7. “Any time you want to change yourself, you are going to have to dismantle the reasoning your mind constructed to justify your past behaviors.” – Mark Manson
  8. “I would rather watch a sunset than TV.” – Jennifer Pharr Davis, Becoming Odyssa
  9. “This is your life, and it’s ending one minute at a time.” – Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club (More quotes from Chuck Palahniuk)
  10. “If it comes easy, if it doesn’t require extraordinary effort, you’re not pushing hard enough: It’s supposed to hurt like hell.” – Dean Karnazes, Ultramarathon Man
  11. “I am satisfied … I see, dance, laugh, sing.” – Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass
  12. “… it’s better to work highly focused for short periods of time, with breaks in between, than to be partially focused for long periods of time. Think of it as a sprint, rather than a marathon. You can push yourself to your limits for short periods of time, so long as you have a clear stopping point. And after a rest, you can sprint again.” -Tony Schwartz
  13. “The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts: therefore, guard accordingly, and take care that you entertain no notions unsuitable to virtue and reasonable nature.” – Marcus Aurelius
  14. “The kingdom of God is within you” – Jesus (Luke 17:21)
  15. “All of this is a classic, textbook response. When governments are in trouble, they try to control everything. But these measures never work… they only make things worse.” – Simon Black
  16. “The forests are our lungs outside of our bodies, just as the sun is our hearts outside of our bodies.” – Thich Nhat Hanh, Peace Is Every Step (More Quotes from Thich Nhat Hanh)
  17. “Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on Earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.” – Thomas Jefferson
  18. “Venture far, never stop.” – Jure Brkinjac
  19. “I was surrounded by life and beauty. My soul was content, and my life felt full.” – Jennifer Pharr Davis, Called Again
  20. “If you don’t want bubbles to burst, don’t blow them up in the first place because all bubbles burst.” – Peter Schiff
  21. “Wealth is the ability to fully experience life.” – Thoreau* (*Possibly misattributed)
  22. “NOW is forever. Now is the only moment that ever matters… This is the only place where original creation leads to true abundance.” – Tania Gabrielle
  23. “She had been running for so long after something outside herself that she had never seen herself.” – Thich Nhat Hanh, Peace Is Every Step (More Quotes from Thich Nhat Hanh)
  24. “Create your own standard and then surpass it.” – Mark Manson
  25. “I always choose new goals, it inspires me to try something that I think may be impossible.” – Yiannis Kouros
  26. “Every step along the way, getting rid of what I didn’t absolutely need was painful, but at no point did I ever miss anything once it was gone. Ever.” – Mark Manson on minimalism
  27. “Most good startup ideas seem a little crazy; if they were obviously good ideas, someone would have done them already.” – Paul Graham
  28. “Your success is your responsibility. Start acting like it.” – Brett Anderson
  29. “It is good for a man to keep himself in such condition that he can do ten miles on short notice.” – Alfred Barron, Foot Notes, Or, Walking as a Fine Art, 1875.

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Hasta Luego,


“I do not believe in these protracted good-bys any more than I do in long engagements, so I will just say simple farewell and Godspeed, reader, and leave you now to your own devices.” – Ernest Hemingway, Torrents of Spring

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