A collection of quotes that I aspire to live my life by. They’re not just words, they’re a way of life.

“It’s not dying you need to be afraid of, it’s never having lived in the first place.”
–Seth Rogen in The Green Hornet

“We make our fortunes and we call them fate.”
–Benjamin Disraeli

“Chance favors the prepared mind”
–Louis Pasteur

“I live for the nights that I can’t remember, with the people that I won’t forget.”

“Fortes fortuna adiuvat.”
–Latin Proverb

“Carpe diem.”
–Latin Proverb

“Everything around you that you call life was made up by people that were no smarter than you, and you can change it, you can influence it, you can build your own things that other people can use.”
–Steve Jobs

“Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone.”
–Pablo Picasso

“If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will take you there.”

“There are three types of people in this world: those who make things happen, those who watch things happen, and those who wonder what happened.”
–Mary Kay Ash

“People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don’t believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and if they can’t find them, make them”
–George Bernard Shaw

“Optimism, pessimism, fuck that; we’re going to make it happen. As God is my bloody witness, I’m hell-bent on making it work.”
–Elon Musk

“If the highest aim of a captain were to preserve his ship, he would keep it in port forever.”
–St. Thomas Aquinas

“I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.”
–Mark Twain

“If you are planning for a year, sow rice. If you are planning for a decade, plant trees. If you are planning for a lifetime, educate the person.”

“If practice makes perfect, and no one is perfect, then why practice?”

“Be nice to nerds. Chances are you’ll end up working for one.”
–Bill Gates

“Life is not fair; get used to it”
–Bill Gates

“Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can’t lose.”
–Bill Gates

“Television is not real life. In real life people actually have to leave the coffee shop and go to jobs.”
–Bill Gates

“When you feel like giving up, remember why you held on for so long in the first place.”

“It is said an Eastern monarch once charged his wise men to invent him a sentence to be ever in view, and which should be true and appropriate in all times and situations. They presented him the words: "And this, too, shall pass away.”“
–Abraham Lincoln

"Experience is not what happens to you; it is what you do with what happens to you.”
–Aldous Huxley

“When one door closes another door opens; but we so often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door, that we do not see the ones which open for us.”
–Alexander Graham Bell

“When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on. ”
–Franklin D. Roosevelt

“You know, sometimes all you need is 20 seconds of insane courage, just literally 20 seconds of embarrassing bravery, and I promise you something great will come of it.”
–Matt Damon in We Bought A Zoo

“Your beliefs become your thoughts,
Your thoughts become your words,
Your words become your actions,
Your actions become your habits,
Your habits become your values,
Your values become your destiny.”
–Mahatma Gandhi

“Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It’s an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It’s a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing.”
–Muhammad Ali

“So live your life that the fear of death can never enter your heart. Trouble no one about their religion; respect others in their view, and demand that they respect yours. Love your life, perfect your life, beautify all things in your life. Seek to make your life long and its purpose in the service of your people. Prepare a noble death song for the day when you go over the great divide. Always give a word or a sign of salute when meeting or passing a friend, even a stranger, when in a lonely place. Show respect to all people and grovel to none. When you arise in the morning give thanks for the food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason for giving thanks, the fault lies only in yourself. Abuse no one and no thing, for abuse turns the wise ones to fools and robs the spirit of its vision. When it comes your time to die, be not like those whose hearts are filled with the fear of death, so that when their time comes they weep and pray for a little more time to live their lives over again in a different way. Sing your death song and die like a hero going home.”

“I never worry about the future, it comes soon enough.”
–Albert Einstein

“Cause you know life is what we make it and a chance is like a picture, it’d be nice if you’d just take it.”

“You only live once but if you do it right, once is enough.”
–Mae West

“Success is the best revenge.”
–Kanye West

“At first dreams seem impossible, then improbable, and eventually inevitable.”
–Christopher Reeve

“Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better. ”
–Samuel Beckett

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”
–Theodore Roosevelt

“Do you think, I have not just cause to weep, when I consider that Alexander at my age had conquered so many nations, and I have all this time done nothing that is memorable.”
–Julius Caesar, upon reading a biography of Alexander the Great


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