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“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, 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; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly. So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.”  — Theodore Roosevelt, “Man In The Arena” Speech Given April 23, 1910 —

“The greater the suffering, the greater the pleasure. That is nature’s payback to riders for the homage they pay her by suffering. Velvet pillows, safari parks, sunglasses; people have become woolly mice. They still have bodies that can walk for five days and four nights through a desert of snow, without food, but they accept praise for having taken a one-hour bicycle ride. ‘Good for you.’ Instead of expressing their gratitude for the rain by getting wet, people walk around with umbrellas. Nature is an old lady with few friends these days, and those who wish to make use of her charms, she rewards passionately.”    Tim Krabbé, “The Rider” —

“The only true wisdom lives far from mankind, out in the great loneliness, and can be reached only through suffering. Privation and suffering alone open the mind to all that is hidden to others.”  Igjugarjuk, Caribou Eskimo Shaman, quoted in Joseph Campbell’s ‘The Power of Myth’ —

“To be in process of change is not an evil, any more than to be the product of change is a good. Green grape, ripe cluster, raisin: every step a change, not into what is not, but what is yet to be.”  - Marcus Aurelius —

“People say what we’re all seeking is a meaning for life. I don’t think that’s what we’re really seeking. I think that what we’re seeking is an experience of being alive, so that our life experiences on the purely physical plane will have resonances within our own innermost being and reality, so that we actually feel the rapture of being alive.” - Joseph Campbell —

“And the time came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” - Anais Nin —

“Whether or not we are consciously aware of it, a flame burns in each of us, and our soul seeks union, and we seek meaning, and purpose, and direction. We awaken at our own pace. Ultimately, there is no problem, only a process, and that process is perfect.” - Dan Millman, 1999 —

“Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.” - T.S. Eliot —

“When it is dark enough, men see the stars.”  - Ralph Waldo Emmerson —

“All men dream: but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dream with open eyes, to make it possible.”  - T.E. Lawrence, ‘Seven Pillars of Wisdom,’ 1926 —

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” - Martin Luther King, Jr. —

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”  — Mark Twain —

“There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.”  - Benjamin Franklin —

“There is only one perfect road and that road is ahead of you, always ahead of you.” - Sri Chinmoy —

“Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything – all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.” Steve Jobs —

“Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.”  - Albert Einstein —

“Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens.” — Carl Jung —

“Your task is to be true, NOT popular” — LUKE 6:26 —

“I Have Not Yet Begun To Fight!”  — John Paul Jones —

“People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.”          — Anonymous —

“Take everything I have for I am naked. These clothes, this car, this home, they do not define me. My thoughts are what is, everything I am.” — ME —

“What seems to us as bitter trails are often blessings in disguise.”   — Oscar Wilde —

‎”I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality”   — Martin Luther King Jr. —

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