I collect quotes. From famous people, books, friends, and from random strangers. Here are some of my favorites:
We can do no great things – only small things with great love.
I keep my ideals, because in spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart.
Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.
When you walk to the edge of all the light you have
and take that first step into the darkness of the unknown,
you must believe that one of two things will happen:
There will be something solid for you to stand upon,
or, you will be taught how to fly
The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who cannot read them.
The most unrealistic person in the world is the cynic, not the dreamer. Hopefulness only makes sense when it doesn’t make sense to be hopeful.
-Paul Hawken, University of Portland 2009 commencement speech
Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.
Real courage is when you know you’re licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what. You rarely win, but sometimes you do.
-Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird
Once you choose hope, anything is possible.