Some of my favorite quotes:
Be not afraid of going slowly; be only afraid of standing still.
It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled,
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 and comes short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasms,
the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows in
the end 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.
The legitimate object of government is to do for a
community of people whatever they need to have done, but cannot do at all,
or cannot so well do, for themselves, in their separate and individual capacities.
Security is mostly superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men
as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure.
Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing. To keep our faces toward change and behave like
free spirits in the presence of fate is strength undefeatable.
Oh, the joy, the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a friend.
Of neither having to weigh a thought or measure a word,
but just pouring them out chafe and grain together -
knowing that an understanding heart will keep that which is worth keeping,
and, with a breath of kindness, blow the rest away.
The reasonable man adapts himself to the world;
the unreasonable man persists in trying to adapt the world to himself.
Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.
Everyone has two kinds of families -- those we're linked to
by blood and birth and those we create out of choice and luck and,
sometimes, sheer will.
It is not the scope or magnitude of our ability that counts. It is
what we do with what we have.
It's a very ancient saying,
But a true and honest thought,
That if you become a teacher,
By your pupils you'll be taught.
"Everything you do for a dog to help them age well, you should do with them."
So eat the best food you can afford. Go for a walk, even if it's raining. Take a lot of naps.
Keep your teeth clean and your breath fresh, so that the people you lick will not flinch.
And when someone you love walks in through the door, even if it happens five times a day,
go totally insane with joy.
And last, but not least, from archy and mehitabel by Don Marquis. Written in 1927:
there's a dance in the old dame yet