Let’s start this off by reciting a great mantra:

Each morning when I open my eyes I say to myself “I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn’t arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and i’m going to be happy in it.

Some of my favorite quotes:

“There is no more encouraging fact than the unquestioned ability of a man to elevate his life by conscious endeavour.” -Henry David Thoreau 1893

“You can only become truly accomplished at something you love. Don’t make money your goal. Instead pursue the things you love doing, and do them so well that people can’t take their eyes off you.” -Maya Angelou

“In the realm of ideas everything depends on enthusiasm…In the real world all rests on perserverence.” -Johann Goethe

“Success is going from failure to failure without the loss of enthusiasm.” -Churchill

“The fear of the length of the journey often keeps me from ever starting. But once I start, and if I keep taking steps along the journey, I find my mind wanders away from the road and onto the scenery, and it’s in the scenery we find the joy of the journey.”

“For those who will fight bravely and not yield, there is triumphant victory over all the dark things in life.” -James L. Allen

“When you get into a tight place and everything seems to go against you, till it seems as though you could not hang on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time the tide will turn.” -Harriet Beecher Stowe

“Success seems to be connected to action. Succesful people keep moving. They make mistakes but never quit.” -J. Willard Marriott

“A dream is just a dream. A goal is a dream with a plan and a deadline.” -Harvey Mackay

“It doesn’t matter if you try and fail and try and try and fail. It does matter if you try and fail, and fail to try again.” -Charles F. Kettering

“My camera is an instrument that teaches people to see without a camera.” -Dorthea Lange

“Courage is not the absence of fear, but simply moving on in spite of that fear.”

“I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn to do it.” -Van Gough

“Opportunities are often disguised as hard work, so most people don’t recognize them.” -Ann Landers

“The most important thing is to never stop questioning.” -Einstein

“Once you begin to understand and truly master your thoughts and feelings, that’s when you see how you create your own reality. That’s where your freedom is; that’s where all your power is.” -Marcia Shimoff

“If you do a little research, it is going to become evident to you that anyone who ever accomplished anything did not know how they were going to do it. They only knew they were going to do it.” -Bob Proctor

“Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough.” -Og Mandino

“Tonight when you lay your head on your pillow, forget how far you still have to go. Look instead at how far you’ve come.”

“Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.” -Hannah Moore

“The great secret to  success is to the common things uncommonly well.” John D. Rockafeller

“This is the beginning of a new day. You have been given this day to use as you wish. You can waste it or use it for good. What you do today is important because you are exchanging a day of your life for it. When tomorrow comes, this day will be gone forever, in its place is something you have left behind…Let it be something good.” -Unknown

“When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced. Live your life so that when you die, the world cries and you rejoice.” -Cherokee Expression

“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs; ask yourself what makes you come alive, and then go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” -Howard Thurman

“Do not let your spark go out, spark by irreplaceable spark, in the hopeless swamps of the approximate, the not quite, the not yet, the not-at-all. Do not let the hero in your soul perish in lonely frustration, for the life you deserved, but have never been able to reach. Check the road and tha nature of your battle. The world you desired can be won. It exists. It is real. It is yours.” -Ayn Rand

“No one keeps up his enthusiasm automatically. Enthusiasm must be nourished with new action, new aspirations, new efforts, new vision. Compete with yourself, set your teeth and dive into the job of breaking your own record. It is ones own fault if his enthusiasm is gone, for he has failed to feed it.” -Papyrus

“If there are 100 steps in thy path to success, and ye have not reached it in 99 of them, do not conclude that your journey is a failure. Press on and up…the prizes are generally at the end of an effort-not at its beginning…and to not go on is to miss them. Be valient…have faith in yourself. Success belongs to him who dares to win it.” -George Forest

“Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered with failure, than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in a grey twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.” -Teddy Rosevelt

“It is rewarding to find someone you like, but it is essential to like yourself. It is quickening to recognize that someone is a good and decent human being, but it is indispensable to view yourself as acceptable. It is a delight to discover people who are worthy of respect and admiration and love, but it is vital to believe yourself deserving of these things. For you cannot live i someone else. You cannot find yourself in someone else. You cannot be given a life by someone else. Of all the people you will know in a lifetime, you are the only one you will never leave or lose. To the question of your life, you are the answer. To the problems of your life, you are the only solution.”

“Always dream and shoot higher than you know you can do. Don’t bother to just be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself.” -William Faulkner

“The secret of getting ahead, is getting started.” -Sally Berger

“We are all travelers. From birth till death we travel between the eternities. May these days be pleasant for you, profitable for society, helpful for those you meet and a joy to those who know and love you most.”

“Some changes may look negative on the surface but you will soon realize that space is being created in your life for something new and great to emerge.”

“When you become comfortable with uncertainty, infinite possibilities open up in your life.”

“Excellence is not a one time , singular act, but a habit. You are what you repeatedly do.”

“The shortest and best way to make your fortune is to let people see clearly that it is in their best interest to promote yours.” -Jean De La Bruyere

“People are always shouting they want to create a better future. It’s not true. The future is an apathetic void of no interest to anyone. The past is full of life, eager to irritate us, provoke us and insult us, tempt us to destroy or repent it. The only people want to be masters of the future is to change the past.” -Milan Kundera

“Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.”

“All people dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their mind, wake in the morning to find that it was vanity. But the dreamers of the day are dangerous people. For they dream with open eyes, and make them come true.” -D.H. Lawrence


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