If there’s one thing I’ve learned about living a life it’s that you need to keep moving, and if there’s another thing it’s that you really should quit your job every once in a while and take on something new, maybe even something that seems crazy and scares the hell out of you.

Jonathan Coulton  ()

The very best form of self-promotion is celebration. To celebrate is to share the joy of what you do (and critically also celebrate what others do) and invite folks to participate in the party. To show off is a weakness of character — an act that demands acknowledgement and accolade before the actor can feel the tragic joy of thinking themselves affirmed. To celebrate is to share joy. To show-off is to yearn for it.

Jon Tan  ()

But conditions are never perfect. And when we’re so focused on our plans, we lose sight of the openings in front of us. Instead of plans we need habits. Habits of taking risks. Habits of keeping our eyes open for new opportunities. Habits of putting ourselves in situations that force us to grow and change.

Jack Cheng  ()

Fashion is: knowing who you are, what you want to say, and not giving a damn.

Gore Vidal  ()

Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving.

Albert Einstein  ()

Minimalism allows your life to be an act of love.

Leo Babauta  ()

I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.

Maya Angelou  ()

A master in the art of living draws no sharp distinction between his work and his play; his labor and his leisure; his mind and his body; his education and his recreation. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence through whatever he is doing, and leaves others to determine whether he is working or playing. To himself, he always appears to be doing both.

L.P. Jack  ()

Make two lists: your ideal day, and all the things that fill up your day (all your commitments). Start by eliminating commitments that are not essential, that don’t make up your ideal day — call or email people and tell them you can no longer commit to the commitment, that you don’t have the time. People will be disappointed but will live.

Leo Babauta  ()

Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.

Victor Hugo  ()

Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success.

Albert Schweitzer  ()

Great minds discuss ideas; Average minds discuss events; Small minds discuss people.

Eleanor Roosevelt  ()

Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is the noble art of leaving things undone. The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of non-essentials.

Lin Yutang  ()

Trying to look good limits my life.

Stefan Sagmeister  ()

I start a picture and I finish it. I don’t think about art while I work. I try to think about life.

Jean Michel Basquiat  ()

When you are 80 years old, and in a quiet moment of reflection narrating for only yourself the most personal version of your life story, the telling that will be most compact and meaningful will be the series of choices you have made. In the end, we are our choices. Build yourself a great story.

Jeff Bezos  ()

Take a job that you love. I think you are out of your mind if you keep taking jobs that you don’t like because you think it will look good on your resume. Isn’t that a little like saving up sex for your old age?

Warren Buffet  ()

Everything is connected in life. The point is to know it and to understand it.

Unknown  ()

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that 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  ()

Be human. Stop hiding. Be yourself.

Unknown  ()

Everything happens for a reason.

Ghostdog  ()

Talent comes by birth, but greatness requires hard work and dedication. Hard work beats talent when talent fails to work hard.

Kevin Durant  ()

Self aware, including weaknesses. This is the kicker. Great leaders know what they suck at, and either work on those skills or hire people they know make up for their own weaknesses, and empower them to do so. This tiny little bit of self-awareness makes them open to feedback and criticism to new areas they need to work on, and creates an example for movement in how people should be growing and learning about new things.

Scott Berkun  ()

Life is too short to wake up in the morning with regrets. So, love the people who treat you right. Forgive the ones who don’t and believe that everything happens for a reason. If you get a chance, take it. If it changes your life, let it. Nobody said it’d be easy, they just promised it would be worth it.

Harvey MacKay  ()

You are
What you do
When it counts.

Unknown  ()

Truth is beautiful, no matter how ugly.

John Baldessari  ()

I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have.

Thomas Jefferson  ()

To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting.

E.E. Cummings  ()

Be so good they can’t ignore you.

Steve Martin  ()

While we are postponing, life speeds by.

Seneca  ()

Lastly, on a personal level, what do you find sexy?
Intention. Anything that is done with intention, whether a thought or action.

Maxime Buechi  ()

Love life and life will love you back. Love people and they will love you back.

Arthur Rubinstein  ()

There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.

Albert Einstein  ()

Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.

Howard Thurman  ()

I think a lot of the problems we’ve been experiencing come from the fact that no one embraces the miracle and amazement of the present. So many people—steampunks, fundamentalists, hippies, neocons, anti-immigration advocates—feel like there was a better time to live in. They think the present is degraded, faded, and drab. That our world has lost some sort of “spark” or “basic value system” that, if you so much as skim history, you’ll find was never there. Even during the time of the Greeks, there were masses of people lamenting the passing of some sort of “golden age.” But I’d never go back and live in any other time than teetering on tomorrow; this is the greatest time to be alive.

Patton Oswalt  ()

You only have one life to do whatever you want with. In 100 years nobody will remember the stupid mistakes you made, so make a fool of yourself while you still have the chance.

Unknown  ()

If A is success in life, then A equals x plus y plus z. Work is x; y is play; and z is keeping your mouth shut.

Albert Einstein  ()

There are different species of laziness: Eastern and Western. The Eastern style is like the one practised in India. It consists of hanging out all day in the sun, doing nothing, avoiding any kind of work or useful activity, drinking cups of tea, listening to Hindi film music blaring on the radio, and gossiping with friends. Western laziness is quite different. It consists of cramming our lives with compulsive activity, so there is no time at all to confront the real issues. This form of laziness lies in our failure to choose worthwhile applications for our energy.

Sogyal Rinpoche  ()

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.

Aristoteles  ()

Everything is practice.

Pelé  ()

When you don’t create things, you become defined by your tastes rather than ability. Your tastes only narrow and exclude people. So create.

Jonathan Gillette  ()

I’m a big believer in the power of friendships. When you have a best friend and you are both passionate about what you do creatively, you can achieve anything together.
It’s like an unstoppable force.

Cara Brower  ()

The longer you’re a bad listener, the smaller your world gets and the narrower your mind becomes, because you’re not exposing yourself to different ideas and perspective. The better you become at listening, the more of the world you’ll see, and the world knows a lot more than you.

Michael Lopp  ()

Confidence comes from a place of abundance and wealth. It gives us the courage and freedom to move forward, to ask for help, to ask for more, to ask for what you deserve. To be able to begin before you’re ready and have the willingness to fail. And to be cool with failure as well.

James Victore  ()

Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.

Confucius  ()

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

Anais Nin  ()

This is the true joy in life, being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one. Being a force of nature instead of a feverish, selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy. I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community and as I live it is my privilege – my privilege to do for it whatever I can. I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work the more I love. I rejoice in life for its own sake. Life is no brief candle to me; it is a sort of splendid torch which I’ve got a hold of for the moment and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.

George Bernard Shaw  ()

The Dalai Lama, when asked what surprised him most about humanity, answered:
Man. Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived.

Dalai Lama  ()

Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure — these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.

Steve Jobs  ()

Don’t regret yesterday. It is the perfect compass guiding your journey today.

Unknown  ()

A year from now you will wish you had started today.

Karen Lamb  ()

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.

Eleanor Roosevelt  ()

The greatest art calls you to action.

Frank Chimero  ()

Sadness gives depth. Happiness gives height. Sadness gives roots. Happiness gives branches. Happiness is like a tree going into the sky, and sadness is like the roots going down into the womb of the earth. Both are needed, and the higher a tree goes, the deeper it goes, simultaneously. The bigger the tree, the bigger will be its roots. In fact, it is always in proportion. That’s its balance.

Osho  ()

Some days will be easy. Some will be hard. Some days you dig soft earth, other days the shovel hits stone. But you dig just the same because that’s the only way the hole gets dug.

Chuck Wendig  ()

Pay attention to the people in your life because relationships are the only true wealth. Tell your loved ones how much they mean to you. Write a letter, make a phone call, or send an email. Don’t wait. Show your love today.

Tammy Strobel  ()

The greatest form of education, whatever field it may be design, education, economics, science or what not, occurs when you have the fortune of meeting great people. Period. You will find great people by being earnest in your work, humble in attitude, and doing your best in all situations. You will find great people by taking the inspiration you have received from others, and unselfishly generating new inspirations to add to the pool of common knowledge. But most importantly, you will find great people by believing that there can be greatness somewhere in the world.

John Maeda  ()

Remember that we become good at what we repeatedly do, and what we do repeatedly can be done consciously. It’s when we’re conscious that we are truly alive.

Leo Babauta  ()

Nothing is a mistake. There’s no win and no fail. There’s only make.

Sister Corita Kent  ()

Life will break you. Nobody can protect you from that, and living alone won’t either, for solitude will also break you with its yearning. You have to love. You have to feel. It is the reason you are here on earth. You are here to risk your heart. You are here to be swallowed up. And when it happens that you are broken, or betrayed, or left, or hurt, or death brushes near, let yourself sit by an apple tree and listen to the apples falling all around you in heaps, wasting their sweetness. Tell yourself you tasted as many as you could.

Louise Erdrich  ()

I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.

Bill Cosby  ()

If you’re out there you’re vulnerable. People prefer to disappear in life, to repress their personality. That’s not living. It’s dying. I see them all over the place, the walking dead.

Grace Jones  ()

Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is to not stop questioning.

Albert Einstein  ()

The best people possess a feeling for beauty, the courage to take risks, the discipline to tell the truth, the capacity for sacrifice. Ironically, their virtues make them vulnerable; they are often wounded, sometimes destroyed.

Ernest Hemingway  ()

I find hope in the darkest of days, and focus in the brightest.

Dalai Lama  ()

Life can be much broader once you discover one simple fact: Everything around you that you call life was made up by people that were no smarter than you and you can change it, you can influence it, you can build your own things that other people can use.
Once you learn that, you’ll never be the same again.

Steve Jobs  ()

This is the very perfection of a man, to find out his own imperfections.

Saint Augustine  ()

Only the ideas we truly live are of any value.

Hermann Hesse  ()

A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and gets to bed at night, and in between he does what he wants to do.

Bob Dylan  ()

The more scared we are of a work or calling, the more sure we can be that we have to do it.

Resistance is experienced as fear; the degree of fear equates to the strength of Resistance. Therefore, the more fear we feel about a specific enterprise, the more certain we can be that that enterprise is important to us and to the growth of our soul. That’s why we feel so much Resistance. If it meant nothing to us, there’d be no Resistance. [...]

The professional tackles the project that will make him stretch. He takes on the assignment that will bear him into uncharted waters, compel him to explore unconscious parts of himself. Is he scared? Hell, yes. He’s petrified. [...]

So if you’re paralyzed with fear, it’s a good sign. It shows you what you have to do.

Steven Pressfield  ()

Order is the actual key of life.

Le Corbusier  ()

Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.

Maya Angelou  ()

But really, what is life but to love and to create? And to keep moving along, always choosing forward motion and never backtracking.

Chris Guillebeau  ()

Follow your instincts and don’t be afraid. There’s no point in looking at what other people are doing wondering if what you’re doing might be better or not. That way of thinking is a disaster.

Sophie Hicks  ()

If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.

Dalai Lama  ()

An expert is a man who has made all the mistakes which can be made, in a narrow field.

Niels Bohr  ()

I live in my dreams – that’s what you sense.
Other people live in dreams, but not in their own. That’s the difference.

Hermann Hesse  ()

Know yourself and you will win all battles.

Sun Tzu  ()

We are always at the beginning.

Gottfried Pott  ()

We must all suffer one of two things: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret and disappointment.

Jim Rohn  ()

Every time somebody asks you to do something and you say yes to something you don’t want to do, you’re going to end up hating yourself a little bit more, you’re going to do a bad job, you’re going to make less money, you gonna burn yourself out.

James Altucher  ()

It does not matter how slow you go so long as you do not stop.

Confucius  ()

Every day, we lose another 1,440 minutes that will never return. [...]
The other day I noticed I had been thinking “I’ll do that in the summer” about a lot of things. Then I realized, hey, it’s late August already… seriously? How did that happen? However it works, time marches on.

This is a friendly reminder to stop living mindlessly. Spend your days in pursuit of joy and adventure. Help someone and create something that will endure. The end is (always) near.

Chris Guillebeau  ()

Tomorrow you visit the doctor and find out you have a life-threatening illness. There’s no cure. Nobody knows how much longer you have to live. It could be a few weeks. It could be a few months. It could be a few years. Possibly longer. The only thing that’s certain is that you will die. You won’t experience any physical pain as a result of the illness. One day you’ll just go to sleep and you won’t wake up again. If this happened to you, how would you change your life? What would you do right away? What would you do after that? The answer to those questions is what you should be doing right now.

Jack Cheng  ()

Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.

Winston Churchill  ()

If you want to know who your real friends are, start telling your craziest idea to everyone you meet. Some people will slowly back away from you as if you really are crazy, but others will latch on to your idea and help you any way they can. The people in the second group are your real friends.

Chris Guillebeau  ()

I’m not brave or smart. I just assume, naively, that anything is possible. This simple belief has gotten me further than most, because fear of failure cripples people before they even begin.

Ryan Carson  ()

Design is not about aesthetics and being cool or whatever. It is about the real life – improving real life.

Hartmut Esslinger  ()

Never be afraid of change, because change leads to progression.

Unknown  ()

What’s important in the music isn’t in the notes.

Unknown  ()

In the end these things matter most: How well did you love? How fully did you live?

Siddhārtha  ()

If you can give your son or daughter only one gift, let it be enthusiasm.

Bruce Barton  ()

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.

Henry David Thoreau  ()

Courage is not the absence of fear but rather the judgement that something else is more important than fear.

Ambrose Redmoon  ()

It’s very difficult to be insulted, if you’re doing what you want.

Dev Hynes  ()