When defeat comes, accept it as a signal that your plans are not sound, rebuild those plans, and set sail once more toward your coveted goal.
|—||Napoleon Hill, Think and Grow Rich (via observando)|
Cynics are simply thwarted romantics.
|—||William Goldman, The Princess Bride (via observando)|
If others tell us something we make assumptions, and if they don’t tell us something we make assumptions to fulfill our need to know and to replace the need to communicate. Even if we hear something and we don’t understand we make assumptions about what it means and then believe the assumptions. We make all sorts of assumptions because we don’t have the courage to ask questions.
|—||Miguel Ruiz (via observando)|
I believe when life gives you lemons, you should make lemonade…and try to find someone whose life has given them vodka, and have a party.
|—||Ron White (via observando)|
Sharing tales of those we’ve lost is how we keep from really losing them.
|—||Mitch Albom, For One More Day (via observando)|
Power does not corrupt. Fear corrupts… perhaps the fear of a loss of power.
|—||John Steinbeck (via observando)|
It didn’t make you noble to step away from something that wasn’t working, even if you thought you were the reason for the malfunction. Especially then. It just made you a quitter. Because if you were the problem, chances were you could also be the solution. The only way to find out was to take another shot.
|—||Sarah Dessen, Along for the Ride (via observando)|
If there was anything that depressed him more than his own cynicism, it was that quite often it still wasn’t as cynical as real life.
|—||Terry Pratchett, Guards! Guards! (via observando)|
And therein lies the whole of man’s plight. Human time does not turn in a circle; it runs ahead in a straight line. That is why man cannot be happy: happiness is the longing for repetition.
|—||Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being (via observando)|
If other people do not understand our behavior—so what? Their request that we must only do what they understand is an attempt to dictate to us. If this is being “asocial” or “irrational” in their eyes, so be it. Mostly they resent our freedom and our courage to be ourselves. We owe nobody an explanation or an accounting, as long as our acts do not hurt or infringe on them. How many lives have been ruined by this need to “explain,” which usually implies that the explanation be “understood,” i.e. approved. Let your deeds be judged, and from your deeds, your real intentions, but know that a free person owes an explanation only to himself—to his reason and his conscience—and to the few who may have a justified claim for explanation.
|—||Erich Fromm, The Art of Being (via observando)|
I’m sure you think that I don’t understand what you’re going through, but I do. It’s just that sometimes, our future is dictated by what we are, opposed to what we want.
|—||Nicholas Sparks (via observando)|
How often do we tell our own life story? How often do we adjust, embellish, make sly cuts? And the longer life goes on, the fewer are those around to challenge our account, to remind us that our life is not our life, merely the story we have told about our life. Told to others, but—mainly—to ourselves.
|—||Julian Barnes, The Sense of an Ending (via observando)|
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