Henry Thoreau: Launch Yourself

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“Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after.”

“It is only when we forget all our learning that we begin to know.”

“Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves.”

“It is not enough to be busy. So are the ants. The question is: What are we busy about?”

“Pursue some path, however narrow and crooked, in which you can walk with love and reverence.”

“Do what you love. Know your own bone; gnaw at it, bury it, unearth it, and gnaw it still.”

“As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler; solitude will not be solitude, poverty will not be poverty, nor weakness weakness.”

“What lies behind us and what lies ahead of us are tiny matters compared to what lives within us.”

“Never look back unless you are planning to go that way.”

“It is what a man thinks of himself that really determines his fate.”

“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.”

“An early-morning walk is a blessing for the whole day.”

“There is no value in life except what you choose to place upon it and no happiness in any place except what you bring to it yourself.”

“I would rather sit on a pumpkin and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion.”

“If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.”

“You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment.”

All quotes by Henry David Thoreau

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Robert Rivest: Pure Laughter

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LAUGHING MONKS

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Anaïs Nin: Transcend Reality

Anaïs Nin

“We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.”

“When you make a world tolerable for yourself, you make a world tolerable for others.”

“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.”

“There are many ways to be free. One of them is to transcend reality by imagination, as I try to do.”

“Our life is composed greatly from dreams, from the unconscious, and they must be brought into connection with action. They must be woven together.”

“I postpone death by living, by suffering, by error, by risking, by giving, by losing.”

“Dreams pass into the reality of action. From the actions stems the dream again; and this interdependence produces the highest form of living.”

“Living never wore one out so much as the effort not to live.”

All quotes by Anaïs Nin

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Seth Godin: Enough

Seth Godin Enough Quotes

I snagged two blog posts from Seth Godin that I want to share. They are short and to the point, and good reminders.

Full vs. enough

One of the lessons of Thanksgiving is that we eat too much. We eat until we’re full, experiencing the sensation of too much.

It’s easy to confuse our desire for that that feeling with the feeling of ‘enough’. Enough doesn’t feel like full, but that’s okay.

Too often, we’ve been persuaded by marketers and other maximizers that the only satisfying state is ‘full.’ Not just in what we’ve eaten, but in what we own, control or receive.

In fact, full doesn’t last and full isn’t desirable. No thanks, I’ve got enough. It’s better that way.

Price vs. cost

Price is a simple number. How much money do I need to hand you to get this thing?

Cost is more relevant, more real and more complicated.

Cost is what I had to give up to get this. Cost is how much to feed it, take care of it, maintain it and troubleshoot it. Cost is my lack of focus and my cost of storage. Cost is the externalities, the effluent, the side effects.

Just about every time, cost matters more than price, and shopping for price is a trap.

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Friedrich Nietzsche: Dancing Star

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“He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how.”

“You must be ready to burn yourself in your own flame; how could you rise anew if you have not first become ashes?”

“He who would learn to fly one day must first learn to walk and run and climb and dance; one cannot fly into flying.”

“To those human beings who are of any concern to me I wish suffering, desolation, sickness, ill-treatment, indignities—I wish that they should not remain unfamiliar with profound self-contempt, the torture of self-mistrust, the wretchedness of the vanquished: I have no pity for them, because I wish them the only thing that can prove today whether one is worth anything or not—that one endures.”

“And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.”

“You must have chaos within you to give birth to a dancing star.”

All quotes by Friedrich Nietzsche

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Thich Nhat Hanh: True Happiness

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Thich Nhat Hanh

“Our notions about happiness entrap us. We forget that they are just ideas. Our idea of happiness can prevent us from actually being happy. We fail to see the opportunity for joy that is right in front of us when we are caught in a belief that happiness should take a particular form.”

“People have a hard time letting go of their suffering. Out of a fear of the unknown, they prefer suffering that is familiar.”

“Many people think excitement is happiness…. But when you are excited you are not peaceful. True happiness is based on peace.”

“At any moment, you have a choice, that either leads you closer to your spirit or further away from it.”

All quotes by Thich Nhat Hanh

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Marie Unplugged: Vlogs, Zombies & Words of Wisdom from Grandma

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