In the words of Langston Hughes --
"I like to eat, sleep, drink, and be in love.
I like to work, read, learn, and understand life.
I don't like words I can't understand ... especially when they're used in everyday conversation. I think clichés are amusing and though I feel weird using them to justify things, I do anyway. But only sometimes.

- Langston Hughes

That’s the thing about the Earth: It doesn’t stop to acknowledge the daily disasters of the living. It just keeps spinning and sucking. I think that’s what drives people towards faith, that unsettling realization that the physical world goes on without them, before them, after them, without recognition or sympathy. 

- Jim Lynch, The Highest Tide

When you win, say nothing. When you lose, say less.

- paul brown

I've missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I've been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.

- Michael Jordan

Ability is what you're capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.

- Lou Holtz

Don't be content with average because average is just as close to the bottom as it is to the top.

- Danielle Ballentine

Sports remain a great metaphor for life's more difficult lessons. It was through athletics that many of us first came to understand that fear can be tamed; that on a team the whole is more than the sum of its parts; and that the ability to be heroic lies, to a surprising degree, within.

- Susan Casey

Courage is the discovery that you may not win and trying when you know you may lose.

- Unknown

The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will.

- Vincent T. Lombardi

Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.

- Robert Collier

Life is full of risks. You can't steal second with one foot on first.

- Genisis Heath

I’ve learned that it’s all about choice. You can choose to turn regrets into lessons that change your future.

- Ali Harris

At the end of the day, we can endure much more than we think we can. 

- Frida Kahlo

When a door closes, knock on it a few times. But if it still doesn’t open, let it stay closed. In career, in love, in LIFE – when you see the period at the end of the sentence, don’t try and turn it into a comma. Know when something is over and move on. 

- Mandy Hale

Self-love is a good thing but self-awareness is more important. You need to once in a while go ‘Uh, I’m kind of an a-hole'

- Louis C.K.

Failure is inevitable, Unavoidable. But failure should never get the last word. You have to hold on to what you want. You have to not take “No” for an answer, and take what’s coming to you. Never give in. Never give up. Stand up. Stand up and take it.

- Grey's Anatomy

If you want to keep your sanity, never let yourself become overwhelmed by things you can’t control.

- Unknown

A lot of people get so hung up on what they can’t have that they don’t think for a second about whether they really want it.

- Lionel Shriver

Your relationship with yourself sets the tone for every other relationship you have. 

- Robert Holden

There are two basic motivating forces: fear and love. When we are afraid, we pull back from life. When we are in love, we open to all that life has to offer with passion, excitement, and acceptance. We need to learn to love ourselves first, in all our glory and our imperfections. If we cannot love ourselves, we cannot fully open to our ability to love others or our potential to create. Evolution and all hopes for a better world rest in the fearlessness and open-hearted vision of people who embrace life.

- John Lennon

If you’re gonna bail, bail early. This applies to relationships, college classes, and sledding.

- Unknown

That was just it. You never knew what lay ahead; the future was one thing that could never be broken, because it had not yet had a chance to be anything

- Sarah Dessen, Saint Anything

There will be a few times in your life when all your instincts will tell you to do something, something that defies logic, upsets your plans, and may seem crazy to others. When that happens, you do it. Listen to your instincts and ignore everything else. Ignore logic, ignore the odds, ignore the complications, and just go for it.

- Judith McNaught

When thinking about life remember this; no amount of guilt can solve the past and no amount of anxiety can change the future.

- Unknown

The same boiling water that softens the potato, hardens the egg. It's about what you're made of not the circumstances.

- Unknown
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