“It is rewarding to find someone whom 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 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 nor lose. To the question of your life, you are the only answer.  To the problems of your life, you are the only solution.”

            – J. Couden

As you can tell from the title, this is one of my favorite quotes. I don’t know who J. Couden is, but I like the way he or she thinks. The quote might sound strange at first, but if you think it about for a bit, it is all true.

There are a lot of great quotes out there, that make you think and look at the world a little differently. Such as:

“Everyone is a genius. But if you judge a fish on its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.

               – Albert Einstein

Never underestimate anyone. Just because someone does something differently, or doesn’t do what you do, doesn’t mean they are stupid or useless.

And:

“In one aspect, yes, I believe in ghosts, but we create them. We haunt ourselves.”

            – Laurie Halse Anderson

“People who deny the existence of dragons are often eaten by dragons. From within.”

            – Ursula K. Le Guin

We are our own worst enemies. All too often, we don’t even try something because we are too afraid to fail.

Don’t be afraid! Get started:

“The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.”

            -Walt Disney

“The secret to getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks in small manageable tasks, and then starting with the first one.”

            – Mark Twain

Want to try something? Don’t be afraid. Figure out your first step and get started!

Trying something new and things don’t seem to be working out? Well, try changing things up. Make things the way you want them to be:

“You are remembered for the rules you break.”

            Douglas MacArthur

If that doesn’t work, don’t be afraid to cut your losses:

“We are not retreating – we are advancing in another direction.”

            Douglas MacArthur

Whatever it is that you want to do, the time is now:

“Time to leave now, get out of this room, go somewhere, anywhere; sharpen this feeling of happiness and freedom, stretch your limbs, fill your eyes, be awake, wider awake, vividly awake in every sense and every pore.”

            – Stefan Zweig

There certainly are a lot of awesome people who say some amazing, inspiring, well articulated things. And then, there’s me.

Once, many years ago, I was hanging out with the woman who would end up being my wife. She asked me to tell her a story, and I obliged. Or tried to. It was late, and I was starting to fall asleep. One second I was telling some story about a princess, and the next:

“Macaroni doesn’t know the difference.”

“What!”

“Between the rich and the poor.”

Yep. That’s me. There’s a reason I write more than I speak.

Feel free to leave some of your favorite quotes in the comments!

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