A Why To Live

‘He who has a why to live can bear almost any how.’
– Friedrich Nietzsche


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Expectations

“Expectation is the root of all heartache.”
― William Shakespeare

Trust

“I’m not upset that you lied to me, I’m upset that from now on I can’t believe you.”
― Friedrich Nietzsche

Change is Good

“Even when change is elective, it will disorient you. You may go through anxiety. You will miss aspects of your former life. It doesn’t matter. The trick is to know in advance of making any big change that you’re going to be thrown off your feet by it. So you prepare for this inevitable disorientation and steady yourself to get through it. Then you take the challenge, make the change, and achieve your dream.” 

– Harvey Mackay

The one quote I keep coming back to and feel the need to repost. Deep breaths!

Alive

“Anything or anyone that does not bring you alive is too small for you.”
David Whyte

(via Ian)

Create

“If I couldn’t create there would be nothing for me to live for. It’s selfish, I know, but geniuses are selfish.”
Miles Davis

Art

“You can either think of art as a pipe that you shout down, or as a way to make something happen in the world.”
– Brian Eno

Friendship

“The surprising finding is that the closest, most intimate, and most trusting relationships appear to be distinguished not by how the partners respond to each other’s disappointments, losses, and reversals but how they react to good news.”

– The Myths of Happiness

A quote found in this article titled: This Is How To Make Friends As An Adult: 5 Secrets Backed By Research

Details

The details are not the details; they make the product.
– Charles and Ray Eames

Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Marriage

“‘In every good marriage,’ she counseled, ‘it helps sometimes to be a little deaf.’ I have followed that advice assiduously, and not only at home through 56 years of a marital partnership nonpareil [Ginsburg’s husband Martin died in 2010]. I have employed it as well in every workplace, including the Supreme Court. When a thoughtless or unkind word is spoken, best tune out. Reacting in anger or annoyance will not advance one’s ability to persuade.”
Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Enjoyment

“Enjoyment appears at the boundary between boredom and anxiety, when the challenges are just balanced with the person’s capacity to act.”
― Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Self-Education

“Self-education is, I firmly believe, the only kind of education there is.”
– Isaac Asimov.

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Being A Designer

“Being a designer is like being that friend with a pickup truck, and it’s always moving day.”
Jay Quercia

Act of Rebellion

“The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion.” – Albert Camus

Optimism

“Choose to be optimistic, it feels better.”
– Dalai Lama XIV

Human Decency

Activism

“Activism is my rent for living on the planet.”
― Alice Walker

Marriage

“Marriage: a hopeful, generous, infinitely kind gamble taken by two people who don’t know yet who they are or who the other might be, binding themselves to a future they cannot conceive and have carefully omitted to investigate.”

The Course of Love, by Alain de Botton

Retribution

“The noblest kind of retribution is not to become like your enemy.”
– Marcus Aurelius

Reclaim Your Creative Confidence

“Schedule daily “white space” in your calendar, where your only task is to think or take a walk and daydream. When you try to generate ideas, shoot for 100 instead of 10. Defer your own judgment and you’ll be surprised at how many ideas you have—and like—by the end of the week.”

Reclaim Your Creative Confidence, by Tom Kelley and David Kelley

… and it bends toward justice

“… It’s taken us 100,000 years to figure out that we are only as well off as the weakest ones in our tribe, and that connection and community and respect lead to a world that benefits everyone.

The irony of Dr. King’s holiday is that he surely believed that anyone could take on this calling, that anyone could organize, speak up and stand for justice.

We can connect, we can publish, we can lead. Anyone reading this has the ability to care, and to do something about it. We have more power than we dare imagine.

And so it bends.”

… and it bends toward justice, by Seth Godin

Productivity in Terrible Times

“When a solid 67% of your soul is engaged with battles elsewhere, how do you continue on with our ongoing, non-revolutionary work?”

Productivity in Terrible Times, by Eileen Webb

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Keep Quiet or Stand Up?

“There comes a moment you have to decide: Do you keep quiet or do you stand up.”
– Malala Yousafzai

Meryl Streep’s Golden Globes Speech

“This instinct to humiliate, when it’s modeled by someone in the public platform, by someone powerful, it filters down into everybody’s life, because it kinda gives permission for other people to do the same thing,” she said. “Disrespect invites disrespect, violence incites violence. And when the powerful use their position to bully others, we all lose.”
– Meryl Streep

Thank you Meryl Streep for reminding us to question and speak up. Read her full Golden Globes speech, or watch it here.