You’re only as good as you’re willing to be bad…The fact that you’re not going to be good at something or that you’re going to fail at something—that’s OK. Because you’re never going to get good unless you’re willing to be bad.

— Randall Stutman

“There are two cardinal sins from which all others spring: Impatience and Laziness.”

— Franz Kafka

If you’re going to try, go all the way. There is no other feeling like that. You will be alone with the gods, and the nights will flame with fire. You will ride life straight to perfect laughter. It’s the only good fight there is.

— Charles Bukowski, Factotum

Not judging is another way of letting go of fear and experiencing love. When we learn not to judge others – and totally accept them, and not want to change them – we can simultaneously learn to accept ourselves.

— Gerald G. Jampolsky

Our life’s experience will equal what we have paid attention to whether by choice or default.

— William Joyce

[For] unpleasant tasks, you should imagine what you would have someone else do if you were delegating it. Then do that.

— Rob Fitzpatrick

The ass that you mount and that you use to travel to a house is not the means by which you enter the house. You use the concept to get there; then you dismount, you go beyond it.

— Anthony de Mello

If you want things to stay as they are, things will have to change.

— Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa

It’s easier to act your way into a new way of thinking than to think your way into a new way of acting.

— Richard Bandler

It’s not that hard work necessarily makes you luckier. It’s that putting in a lot of work positions you so that you will see more opportunities and be prepared to pounce on those opportunities because you’re prepared …This spoke to me so strongly as a metaphor for life.

— Jason Karp

This awful catastrophe is not the end but the beginning. History does not end so. It is the way its chapters open.

— St. Augustine

Plunge into the heat of battle and keep you heart at the lotus feet of the lord.

— Lord Krishna, Bhagavad Gita

There are only two things in this world: love & hate. [Whenever you’re about to do something, ask yourself: which one of these two things are you coming from.]

— Anthony de Mello

90% of your thoughts are repeats.

— Jack Kornfield

A good [relationship] is one in which each [person] secretly thinks he or she got the better deal, and this is true also of our friendships.

— Anne Lamont

If you wish to build a ship, do not divide the men into teams and send them to the forest to cut wood. Instead, teach them to long for the vast and endless sea.

– Antoine de Saint-Exupery

The problem, often not discovered until late in life, is that when you look for things in life like love, meaning, motivation, it implies they are sitting behind a tree or under a rock. The most successful people in life recognize, that in life they create their own love, they manufacture their own meaning, they generate their own motivation.

— Neil DeGrass Taison

It is inevitable if you enter into relations with people on a regular basis…that you will grow to be like them. Place an extinguished piece of coal next to a live one, and either it will cause the other one to die out, or the live one will make the other reignite. … If you consort with someone covered in dirt you can hardly avoid getting a little grimy yourself.

— Epictetus

Winning does not tempt that man, this is how he grows, by being defeated decisevely by greater and greater beings.

— Rilke

I’d rather learn than be right.

— Diana Chapman

The most important step in becoming successful in anything is to first become interested in it.

— Sir William Osler

Expectation is the grandfather of disappointment. The world can never own a man who wants nothing.

– Aphorisms for Thirsty Fish

I’m no genius. I’m smart in spots—but I stay around those spots.

– Tom Watson Sr

Teach thy tongue to say I do not know, and thou shalt progress.

– Rabbi Moses ben Maimon

Tension is who you think you should be. Relaxation is who you are.

– Chinese proverb

You come into this life crying while everyone around you is laughing. Your objective is to leave this life laughing, while everyone around you is crying.

– Rumi

Everyone is always trying their very very best, and it’s never very very good.

– David Whyte

When you have a clock you always know what time it is. When you have two you are never quite certain.

– Mark Twain

Meditation shows you that happiness and freedom aren’t earned by solving your apparent problems, which are endless. Rather, happiness and freedom can only ever be the place from which you solve—and even enjoy—your problems.

Put another way, happiness and freedom are not the end goal of anything. They are the starting place for everything.

– Sam Harris

How we spend our time is how we spend our days. How we spend our days is how our life goes. How our life goes determines whether we thought it was worth living.

-— Keith Yamashita

If I read as many books as most men do, I would be as dull witted as they are.

– Hobbes

There was once a man who inherited a lot of money and land.

But he squandered it all too quickly. Those who inherit wealth don’t know what it took to get it.

In the same way, we don’t know the value of our souls, which were given to us for nothing.

– Rumi

That which most determines the result of an action is the motivation behind it.

– Buddha

If I had known the real way it was, I would have stopped all the looking around.

But that knowing depends on the time spent looking!

– Rumi

Stand cool and composed before a million universes.

– Walt Whitman