“Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.” -Antoine de Saint-Exupery
“May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness. I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you’re wonderful, and don’t forget to make some art — write or draw or build or sing or live as only you can. And I hope, somewhere in the next year, you surprise yourself.”- Neil Gaiman
“It is the struggle itself that is most important. We must strive to be more than we are. It does not matter that we will not reach our ultimate goal. The effort itself yields its own reward.” ― Gene Roddenberry
“No matter how deep we venture into the cosmos,how many star systems we visit,or distant planets we manage to set foot on…There remains a handful of tiny invisible forcesWhose gravity we can never escapeWe are lifted by hopesWe are guided by dreamsWe are driven by love. ”– Jason Markow
should you choose not to try
Because the battles worth fighting for
can easily slip by.
and take on the challenge,
you’ll be shocked,
even changed by what happens.
“Listen to the mustn’ts, child. Listen to the don’ts. Listen to the shouldn’ts, the impossibles, the won’ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me… Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.” -Shel Silverstein
“I have this dream where I keep all my favorite feelings in mason jars and bring them out and open them when I feel empty- I call the dream ‘Paradise’ Not because all of the feelings are happy but because I am in love with feeling a little bit of everything.”
“Look to this day, for it is life. The very life of life. Within its brief span, lies all the verities and realities of your existence. The bliss of growth. The glory of action. The splendor of beauty. For yesterday is but a dream and tomorrow is but a vision. But, today well lived makes every yesterday a dream of happiness and every tomorrow a vision of hope. Look well therefore to this day.”- Bruce Lee
“Seek adventure in all things. Get uncomfortable on purpose. Lean into discomfort. Welcome struggle, hardships, & moments of despair. What good is success without them? Say YES. Try new things until you discover what you love. Once you find it, accept who you are. If it sets your soul on fire… ignite it. All we are guaranteed is this moment, right now. So grab the pen. Write your own story.” – Jason Markow
” To see the world, things dangerous to come to, to see behind walls, draw closer, to find each other, and to feel. That is the purpose of life.” - The quote comes from The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.
Make things. Make goals. Make memories. Make good food. Make great friends. Make bad art. Make people happy. Make opportunity. Make changes. Make love. Make ideas come to life. Make good choices. Make time for family. Make excuses to leave work early. Make a mess. Make mistakes. Make promises. Make out. Make decisions. Make music. Make movies. Make it work. Make a move. Make something. - Jason Markow
“The thing about chaos, is that while it disturbs us, it too, forces our hearts to roar in a way we secretly find magnificent.” - Christopher Poindexter
“Nobody tells this to people who are beginners. I wish someone had told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good… But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you…We all go through this… you gotta know that it’s normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. It’s only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions.” - Ira Glass
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” -Mark Twain
“Don’t be afraid to be a fool. Remember, you cannot be both young and wise. Young people who pretend to be wise to the ways of the world are mostly just cynics. Cynicism masquerades as wisdom, but it is the farthest thing from it. Because cynics don’t learn anything. Because cynicism is a self-imposed blindness, a rejection of the world because we are afraid it will hurt us or disappoint us. Cynics always say no. But saying “yes” begins things. Saying “yes” is how things grow. Saying “yes” leads to knowledge. “Yes” is for young people. So for as long as you have the strength to, say yes.” - Stephen Colbert
“Live your life now. Tomorrow is promised to no one. The only things you regret are the things you did not do. Be real. Forgive. Slow down. Be yourself, you are beautiful. Have the courage to live a life that is true to yourself, not the life others expect of you. Play more, think less. Your first decision each day is the most important. Choose happiness. Make time for family; in the end, they are everything. Be intentional in your living; strive to create beautiful moments. Tell the people you love what you appreciate about them; speak from the heart. They might cry. A dream unfulfilled is a tragedy. Be crazy about something. Honor your promises. You have a great bottle of wine; drink it. Sometimes we are scared. It’s OK. Go on an adventure. Shared experience are precious beyond measure. Achievement tastes most sweet when at first we dare to fail. Don’t wait for a special occasion; life is a special occasion. Live Joyfully.”
“Live life fully while you’re here. Experience everything. Take care of yourself and your friends. Have fun, be crazy, be weird. Go out and screw up! You’re going to anyway, so you might as well enjoy the process. Take the opportunity to learn from your mistakes: find the cause of your problem and eliminate it. Don’t try to be perfect; just be an excellent example of being human.” - Anthony Robbins
"However, I am no nihilist. I am not even a cynic. I am, actually, rather romantic. And here’s my idea of romance: You will soon be dead. Life will sometimes seem long and tough and, god, it’s tiring. And you will sometimes be happy and sometimes sad. And then you’ll be old. And then you’ll be dead. There is only one sensible thing to do with this empty existence, and that is: fill it. Not fillet. Fill. It. And in my opinion (until I change it), life is best filled by learning as much as you can about as much as you can, taking pride in whatever you’re doing, having compassion, sharing ideas, running(!), being enthusiastic. And then there’s love, and travel, and wine, and sex, and art, and kids, and giving, and mountain climbing … but you know all that stuff already. It’s an incredibly exciting thing, this one, meaningless life of yours." - Tim Minchin