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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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Thich Nhat Hanh: True Happiness

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“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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Alan Watts: Incredible Nothing

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Pablo Neruda: In One Kiss

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“If nothing saves us from death, at least love should save us from life.”

“He who has nothing—it has been said many times—has nothing to lose but his chains.”

“You can cut all the flowers but you cannot keep Spring from coming.”

“Someday, somewhere – anywhere, unfailingly, you’ll find yourself, and that, and only that, can be the happiest or bitterest hour of your life.”

“All paths lead to the same goal: to convey to others what we are.”

“I grew up in this town, my poetry was born between the hill and the river, it took its voice from the rain, and like the timber, it steeped itself in the forests.”

“In one kiss, you’ll know all I haven’t said.”

All quotes by Pablo Neruda

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Andy Warhol: So What.

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“Security breeds stagnation.”

“Fantasy love is much better than reality love.”

“People are always so boring when they band together. You have to be alone to develop all the idiosyncrasies that make a person interesting.”

“The idea is not to live forever, it is to create something that will.”

“Why do people spend their time being sad when they could be happy?”

“Sometimes people let the same problem make them miserable for years when they could just say, “So what.” That’s one of my favorite things to say. “So what.” “My mother didn’t love me.” So what. “My husband won’t ball me.” So what. “I’m a success but I’m still alone.” So what. I don’t know how I made it through all the years before I learned how to do that trick. It took a long time for me to learn it, but once you do, you never forget.”

“My fascination with letting images repeat and repeat – or in film’s case ‘run on’ – manifests my belief that we spend much of our lives seeing without observing.”

“You need to let the little things that would ordinarily bore you suddenly thrill you.”

“I can never get over when you’re on the beach how beautiful the sand looks and the water washes it away and straightens it up and the trees and the grass all look great. I think having land and not ruining it is the most beautiful art that anybody could ever want to own.”

“Isn’t life a series of images that change as they repeat themselves?”

“When I got my first television set, I stopped caring so much about having close relationships.”

“In the future, everyone will be famous for 15 minutes.”

“If everyone isn’t beautiful, then no one is.”

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Over & Over & Over

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“As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind. To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again. To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate our lives.”

Quote by Henry David Thoreau

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Vincent Van Gogh: String of Failures

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“The fishermen know that the sea is dangerous and the storm terrible, but they have never found these dangers sufficient reason for remaining ashore.”

“What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?”

“If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.”

“Love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is done well.”

“Normality is a paved road: It’s comfortable to walk, but no flowers grow on it.”

“Close friends are truly life’s treasures. Sometimes they know us better than we know ourselves. With gentle honesty, they are there to guide and support us, to share our laughter and our tears. Their presence reminds us that we are never really alone.”

“I feel that there is nothing more truly artistic than to love people.”

“The heart of man is very much like the sea, it has its storms, it has its tides and in its depths it has its pearls too.”

“Art is to console those who are broken by life.”

“In the end we shall have had enough of cynicism, skepticism and humbug, and we shall want to live more musically.”

“Success is sometimes the outcome of a whole string of failures.”

All quotes by Vincent Van Gogh

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