“I may be small, but this blood-orange, cherry-bomb, Pippi Queen of Copper can kick your ass.”
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”
— Margaret Mead
“Children leave you, so do husbands and lovers but your sisters—they are the only ones with you from crib till death.”
“People may not remember exactly what you said or what you did, but they will always remember how you made them feel.”
“Dance like no one is watching. Sing like no one is listening. Love like you’ll never be hurt, and live like it’s heaven on earth.”
— Mark Twain/William Purkey/ancient Irish proverb
“The prince’s robes and beggar’s rags
Are toadstools on the miser’s bags.
A truth that’s told with bad intent
Beats all the lies you can invent.
It is right it should be so:
Man was made for joy and woe;
And when this we rightly know
Through the world we safely go.”
— William Blake
“Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be,
For my unconquerable soul.
In the fell clutch of circumstance,
I have not winced nor cried aloud;
Under the bludgeoning of chance, my head is bloody but unbowed …
It matters not how strait the gait, how charged with punishments the scroll.
I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul.”
— W.E. Henley from Invictus
“It’s not the critic who counts, not the one who points out how the strong man stumbled or how the doer of deeds might have done them better. The credit belongs the man who is actually in the arena: whose face is marred with the sweat and dust and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes up short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions and spends himself in a worthy cause and who, at best knows the triumph of high achievement and who at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.”
— Theodore Roosevelt (1923)