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Accept the Path

Neil Strauss

“The underlying cause of most unfulfilled lives is that we are simply too close to ourselves to see clearly enough to get out of our own way.”

“I used to think that intelligence came from books and knowledge and rational thought. But that’s not intelligence: It’s just information and interpretation. Real intelligence is when your mind and your heart connect. That’s when you see the truth so clearly and unmistakably that you don’t have to think about it.”

“If I want true freedom, I need to accept that the path leading there is going to be one of discomfort and vulnerability.”

All quotes by Neil Strauss

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There is a Voice

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“Wherever you stand, be the soul of that place.”

“Everyone has been made for some particular work, and the desire for that work has been put in every heart.”

“And You? When will you begin that long journey into yourself?”

“Something opens our wings. Something makes boredom and hurt disappear. Someone fills the cup in front of us: We taste only sacredness.”

“There is a voice that doesn’t use words. Listen.”

“When you let go of who you are, you become who you might be.”

“You wander from room to room, hunting for the diamond necklace
that is already around your neck!”

“Everything in the universe is within you. Ask all of yourself.”

“Set your life on fire. Seek those who fan your flames.”

All quotes by Rumi

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Completely Unencumbered

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“It’s dark because you are trying too hard. Lightly child, lightly. Just lightly let things happen and lightly cope with them. Throw away your baggage and go forward. There are quicksands all about you. Trying to suck you down into fear and self-pity and despair. That’s why you must walk so lightly, on tiptoes and no luggage, completely unencumbered.”

Quote by Aldous Huxley

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The Great Power

Joan Didion quote

“To free us from the expectations of others, to give us back to ourselves – there lies the great, singular power of self-respect.”

“Self-respect is a question of recognizing that anything worth having has a price.”

“Character — the willingness to accept responsibility for one’s own life — is the source from which self-respect springs.”

All quotes by Joan Didion

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What You Bring To It

Henry David Thoreau

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

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

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

“Do what nobody else can do for you. Omit to do anything else.”

“We must walk consciously only part way toward our goal, and then leap in the dark to our success.”

“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.”

“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.”

“Live your beliefs and you can turn the world around.”

All quotes by Henry David Thoreau

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Violets in the Mountains

quotes by Tennessee Williams

“Why did I write? Because I found life unsatisfactory.”

“Life is an unanswered question, but let’s still believe in the dignity and importance of the question.”

“The violets in the mountains have broken the rocks.”

“A high station in life is earned by the gallantry with which appalling experiences are survived with grace.”

“There is a time for departure even when there’s no certain place to go.”

“Enthusiasm is the most important thing in life.”

“Hell is yourself and the only redemption is when a person puts himself aside to feel deeply for another person.”

“Success and failure are equally disastrous.”

“Oh, you weak, beautiful people who give up with such grace. What you need is someone to take hold of you – gently, with love, and hand your life back to you.”

All quotes by Tennessee Williams

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Until I make It

James Baldwin
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All quotes by James Baldwin

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