Quotations

“Every good and excellent thing in the world stands moment by moment on the razor-edge of danger and must be fought for.”
— Thornton Wilder

“It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop.”
— Confucius (quoted by Andy Warhol)

“No matter how many mistakes you make or how slow you progress, you are still way ahead of everyone who isn’t trying.”
— Tony Robbins

“Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.”
— Thomas Edison, 1877

“Real artists ship.”
— Attributed to Steve Jobs

“Done is better than perfect.”

“The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity.”
Amelia Earhart

“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.”
— Chinese Proverb

“Eighty percent of success is showing up.”
— Woody Allen

“Stay hungry, stay foolish.”
— Stewart Brand, Whole Earth Catalog

“Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.”
— Charles Swindoll

“The only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work.”
— Steve Jobs

“I write one page of masterpiece to ninety-one pages of shit. I try to put the shit in the wastebasket.”
— Ernest Hemingway to F. Scott Fitzgerald in 1934

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.”
— Steve Jobs

“You can never cross the ocean until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.”
— Christopher Columbus

“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.”
— Arthur Ashe

“Fall seven times and stand up eight.”
— Japanese Proverb

“Build your own dreams, or someone else will hire you to build theirs.”
— Farrah Gray

“The airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.”
— Henry Ford

“Creativity is seeing what everyone else has seen, and thinking what no one else has thought.”
— Albert Einstein

“Creativity is knowing how to hide your sources.”
— Albert Einstein

“The chief enemy of creativity is good sense.”
— Pablo Picasso

“Comparison is the thief of joy.”
— Dwight Edwards (or Theodore Roosevelt)

“Success at anything will always come down to this: focus and effort. And we control both.”
— Dwayne Johnson, actor

“Anything worth doing is going to be difficult.”
— Fauja Singh, oldest marathon runner, completed Toronto Marathon at age 100

“I honestly feel deep in my heart you have to suffer. If you’re not suffering, you’re not understanding why you’re doing what you’re doing.”
— Tim ‘Desert Storm’ Bradley, two-time former WBO welterweight champion, Apr 7, 2016

“You will travel in a land of marvels.”
— Jules Verne

“Your favorite film is always the one you haven’t made yet.”
— Michael Cimino, director of “Deer Hunter”

“It’s OK to have your eggs in one basket, as long as you control what happens to that basket.”
— Elon Musk

“If you can get to the root of who you are, and make something happen from it … you are going to surprise yourself.”
— Vidal Sassoon, British hairdresser pioneer

“I never made a damn dime until I started doing what I wanted.”
— Carroll Shelby, auto legend who created the Shelby Cobra

“Life is to be lived, not controlled; and humanity is won by continuing to play in the face of certain defeat.”
— Ralph Ellison, in Invisible Man (1952), a book that, when he was 23, Barack Obama “carried and at every opportunity read and reread”

“Get action, do things, be sane, don’t fritter away your time, create, act, take a place wherever you are and be somebody.”
— Theodore Roosevelt

“Life is a great adventure, and I want to say to you, accept it in such a spirit.”
— Theodore Roosevelt

“Over the years, I’ve given myself a thousand reasons to keep running, but it always comes back to where it started. It comes down to self-satisfaction and a sense of achievement.”
— Steve Prefontaine

“Good judgement is the result of experience; experience is the result of bad judgment.”
— Mark Twain

Ernest Hemingway’s Kansas City Star rules for writing:

  • Use short sentences
  • Use short first paragraphs
  • Use vigorous English
  • Be positive, not negative

“If you do the things that are easier first, then you can actually make a lot of progress.”
— Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook founder

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