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Favorite Quotes

This is an ever-growing list of quotes, song-lyrics, or overheard statements (in no specific order) that have moved me, made me laugh, inspired me, were extremely well-said, or otherwise made me want to include them on my favorite quotes list.

  • “Energy is neither created nor destroyed; it can only be changed from one form to another.” – Einstein
  • “Courage does not always roar, sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying ‘I will try again tomorrow'” – Mary Anne Radmacher
  • “Ultimately we know deeply that the other side of every fear is freedom.” – Marilyn Ferguson
  • “Anxiety is the hand maiden of creativity.” – T.S. Eliot
  • “The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one.” – Elbert Hubbard
  • “You know you are in love when you see the world in her eyes, and her eyes everywhere in the world.” – David Levesque
  • “Only the united beat of sex and heart together can create ecstasy.”  – Anais Nin
  • “Destiny is relentless. If you don’t find it, it has no choice but to find you.” – Zarf/Zoe (played by Jeffrey Carlson), All My Children, 12/27/06
  • “The first draft of anything is shit.” – Ernest Hemingway
  • “Well, I know it wasn’t you who held me down / Heaven knows it wasn’t you who set me free / So oftentimes it happens that we live our lives in chains / And we never even know we have the key.” – The Eagles, Already Gone, (written by Jack Tempchin and Bob Strandlund)
  • “The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trials.” – Chinese proverb
  • “A smooth sea never made a skilled mariner.” – English proverb
  • “Don’t let life be something that happens to you.” – John Edward
  • “Oz never did give nothin’ to the tin man, that he didn’t . . . already have” – America, Tin Man

  • “I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is to try to please everyone.” – Bill Cosby
  • “What you can do, or dream you can do, begin it; boldness has genius, power and magic in it.” – Johann von Goethe
  • “The chains which once held us are only the chains which we’ve made.” – Jewel, Deep Water

  • “The way to develop self-confidence is to do the thing you fear.” – William Jennings Bryan
  • “The vision must be followed by the venture. It is not enough to stare up the steps – We must step up the stairs.” – Vance Havner
  • “A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul.” – George Bernard Shaw
  • “In this world, you’ve a soul for a compass and a heart for a pair of wings.” – Mary Chapin Carpenter, Why Walk When You Can Fly

  • “Love when you can, cry when you have to, be who you must, that’s a part of the plan.” – Dan Fogelberg, Part of The Plan

  • “If you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice.” – Rush, Free Will
  • “Why would you not want to be kinder and gentler with yourself?” – My Florida Therapist


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