Updated | 2019
Some of our favorite quotes, and where to find them.
“Happiness is the consequence of personal effort. You fight for it, strive for it, insist upon it, and sometimes even travel around the world looking for it. You have to participate relentlessly in the manifestations of your own blessings. And once you have achieved a state of happiness, you must never become lax about maintaining it. You must make a mighty effort to keep swimming upward into that happiness forever, to stay afloat on top of it.”
-Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love
“And that's how things are. A day is like a whole life. You start out doing one thing, but end up doing something else, plan to run an errand, but never get there. . . . And at the end of your life, your whole existence has the same haphazard quality, too. Your whole life has the same shape as a single day.”
― Michael Crichton, Jurassic Park
“So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservatism, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality nothing is more damaging to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future. The very basic core of a man's living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun."
-Alexander Supertramp, letter to "Ron Franz", Into the Wild...
"The consciousness of "self" is the greatest hindrance to the proper execution of all physical action"
Before you criticize people you should walk a mile in their shoes, that way you are a mile away, and you have their shoes.
Sooner or later, fate puts us together with all the people, one by one, who show us what we could, and shouldn’t, let ourselves become.
-Gregory David Roberts, Shantaram
When swimming into a dark tunnel, there arrives a point of no return when you no longer have enough breath to double back. Your only choice is to swim forward into the unknown … and pray for an exit.
-Dan Brown, Inferno
Dedicated to all style seekers and masters. Put your childish fights aside. It is not positive for our future and the future of hip hop. Our art has taken us this far and will take us further still, not the money, not the fame, or the drugs. Everyone that's true to the game will get their share of the cake...
-Berlin [Graffiti piece]. One love. Hip hop.
Being an artist doesn't mean you have to give up being a decent human. You can be loving and leaky. You can be messy and have your shit together. You can be authentic and full of strength.
Be the same person in the dark that you are in the light
"For a moment everything was clear, and when that happens you see that the world is barely there at all. Don't we all secretly know this? It's a perfectly balanced mechanism of shouts and echoes pretending to be wheels and cogs, a dreamclock chiming beneath a mystery-glass we call life. Behind it? Below it and around it? Chaos, storms. Men with hammers, men with knives, men with guns. Women who twist what they cannot dominate and belittle what they cannot understand. A universe of horror and loss surrounding a single lighted stage where mortals dance in defiance of the dark."
-Stephen King, 11/22/63
"If a little bird were to take a grain of sand in its beak from the seashore and somehow managed to fly to the farthest quasar in the universe, and if it returned and repeated the process until all the sand of the oceans, both from its beaches and bottoms, were gone, eternity would just be beginning."
"One should respect public opinion in so far as it is necessary to avoid starvation and keep out of prison, but anything that goes beyond that is voluntary submission to an unnecessary tyranny, and is likely to interfere with happiness in all kinds of ways."
"If people knew how hard I had to work to gain my mastery, it would not seem so wonderful at all."
To be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.
Nothing will ever be attempted if all possible objections must first be overcome.
You have your sword, I have my tricks... We play with the toys the gods give us.
A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.
-John Augustus Shedd
Not macht erfinderisch: The best ideas come from struggle.
There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.
Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened.
If you Love a flower, don’t pick it up.
Because if you pick it up it dies and it ceases to be what you Love.
So if you Love a flower, let it be.
Love is not about possession.
Love is about appreciation.
“Extraordinary things are always hiding in places people never think to look.”
"Argue for your limitations, and sure enough, they're yours."
“People who look like they don’t know what they doin, are the ones who are dangerous…”
"It’s not because things are difficult that we don't dare; it’s because we don't dare that things are difficult." -Anonymous