"The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn."
"The struggle of the mind to keep itself free from every sort of bondage—to remain curious, open, unsatiated in all its relations with nature—is tenfold more difficult than the cultivation of a stable, satisfying point of view, but a thousandfold more precious."
"Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence is not an act but a habit."
"There is no short cut to becoming a good player. Being constant in your practice is perhaps the main secret. This reminds me of Aesop's fable about the Tortoise and the Hare. Some talented young players did not reach their potential as guitarists because they were getting by on talent and didn't put in the daily work. Others have surprised us and reached much farther than we would have expected because they have put in the continued work. So the only short cut is to practice every day, be constant. With tenacity and perseverance you will be able to make beautiful music on the guitar."
"If the study of success doesn't teach you that a damn fool with a plan beats a wandering genius 100 times out of a 100, then, dude, you just aren't paying attention."
"Anxious, inexperienced writers obey rules. Rebellious, unschooled writers break rules. Artists master the form."
"What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others."
"Conscious evolution begins as we take responsibility for clearing our own obstructions."
"It's the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen."
"It is better to believe than to disbelieve; in so doing you bring everything to the realm of possibility."
"Believe it can be done. When you believe something can be done, really believe, your mind will find the ways to do it. Believing a solution paves the way to solution."
–Dr. David Schwartz
"What you believe yourself to be, you are."
–Claude M. Bristol
"Man is made or unmade by himself. In the armory of thought he forges the weapons by which he destroys himself. He also fashions the tools with which he builds for himself heavenly mansions of joy and strength and peace."
"We get a particular hand dealt to us, and it's one of the great joys in life to figure out how to best play it."
"Having a dream that you don't pursue is like buying an ice cream cone and watching it melt all over your hand."
"Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart…Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens."
"What saves a man is to take a step. Then another step."
–Antoine De Saint-Exupery
"You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step."
–Martin Luther King, Jr.
"Nature never repeats herself, and the possibilities of one human soul will never be found in another."
–Elizabeth Cady Stanton
"Where you are headed is more important than how fast you are going. Rather than always focusing on what's urgent, learn to focus on what is really important."
"Time is a created thing. To say 'I don't have time,' is like saying, 'I don't want to.'"
"Slow down and enjoy life. It's not only the scenery you miss by going too fast—you also miss the sense of where you are going and why."
"If you're proactive, you don't have to wait for circumstances or other people to create perspective expanding experiences. You can consciously create your own."
"When coasting in our comfort zones, we don't grow. We continue to do more of the same.... Maintaining a comfort zone can, paradoxically, lead to discomfort in the long run. If by being comfortable we avoid important life issues, internal tension accumulates.... Eventually, as both internal and external pressures for change persist, the 'comfort zone' ceases to serve us."
"Be not afraid of changing slowly; be afraid only of standing still."
"To try is to risk failure. But risk must be taken because the greatest hazard of life is to risk nothing. The person who risks nothing does nothing, has nothing, is nothing. He may avoid suffering and sorrow, but he simply cannot learn, feel, change, grow, live, and love."
"Activity is not achievement. It is not enough to rush about beginning a lot of things and keeping busy. A well-spent life is one that rounds out what it has begun."
"There is a thought in your mind right now. The longer you hold on to it, the more you dwell upon it, the more life you give to that thought. Give it enough life, and it will become real. So make sure the thought is indeed a great one."
"Change is created by those whose imaginations are bigger than their circumstances"
"Freedom is man's capacity to take a hand in his own development. It is our capacity to mold ourselves."
–Dr. Rollo May
"Most people do not really want freedom, because freedom involves responsibility, and most people are frightened of responsibility."
"Most people are so busy knocking themselves out trying to do everything they think they should do, they never get around to do what they want to do."
"You must be the change you wish to see in the world."
"If you play it safe in life you've decided that you don't want to grow any more."
"The greatest discovery of my generation is that man can alter his life simply by altering his attitude of mind."
"When we feel stuck, going nowhere — even starting to slip backward — we may actually be backing up to get a running start."