I’m applying to be a volunteer somewhere and they ask you to provide a quote that sums up your attitude to life. I think this is a great question. Now I just have to whittle it down to one. Here are some I like: (update – I’m culling some to get down to one, and I’ve added two new ones at the top)
Risk! Risk anything! Care no more for the opinion of others, for those voices. Do the hardest thing on earth for you. Act for yourself. Face the truth.
― Katherine Mansfield
If your nerve deny you, go above your nerve
― Emily Dickinson
Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.
― Dr Seuss
One day, in retrospect, the years of struggle will strike you as the most beautiful.
― Sigmund Freud
Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.
― Robert Louis Stevenson
It is never too late to be what you might have been ― Mary Ann Evans (George Eliot) You are never too old to set a new goal or to dream a new dream ― Lewis Carroll Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life ― Steve Jobs
The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results ― Benjamin Franklin
You’re mad, bonkers, completely off your head. But I’ll tell you a secret – all the best people are ― Alice in Wonderland You can never cross the ocean until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore ― Christopher Columbus
Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory ― Dr Seuss
You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something sometime in your life ― Winston Churchill Ask for what you want and be prepared to get it ― Maya Angelou Don’t let small minds convince you that your dreams are too big ― unknown Throw me to the wolves and I will return leading the pack ― unknown Don’t be afraid of being different; be afraid of being the same as everyone else ― unknown What we fear doing most is usually what we most need to do ― Tim Ferriss The greatness of a man is not in how much wealth he acquires but in his integrity and his ability to affect those around him positively ― Bob Marley Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will ― Karim Seddiki The strongest people are not those who show strength in front of us but those who win battles we know nothing about ― unknown To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people just exist ― Oscar Wilde
And the last word from Yoda:
Try not. Do, or do not. There is no try.