1. “Whether you think that you can, or that you can’t, you are usually right.” Henry Ford
This is so true, and I’ve seen it in action many, many times. I’ve watched talented writers fall off the grid because they believe they can’t write. I’ve seen less talented writers rise to the top because they believe they can. I’ve seen it happen time and again in other aspects of life, too. We are all too often our own worst enemies.
2. “Change your thoughts and you change your world.” Norman Vincent Peale
This one goes hand-in-hand with the first quote. Our minds are amazingly powerful. Our thoughts and beliefs create our reality.
3. “Faith consists in believing when it is beyond the power of reason to believe. ” Voltaire
I’ve learned that living a life of faith is much harder than living a life without it. Stepping out in faith rarely follows the logical path. If the step made sense according to the world, it wouldn’t require faith to take it.
4. “I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.” Nelson Mandela
This is so, so true. As a kid I thought bravery meant being unafraid, but acting in the absence of fear isn’t nearly as courageous as acting in spite of the fear.
5. “You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure about you. We were born to manifest the glory of God that is within us. ” Marianne Williamson
How often I see people–especially women–downplaying their successes in order to come across as non-threatening. And lest it appear that I’m pointing fingers, I only recognize it because I do it so often myself.
6. “Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.” John Adams
Truth is truth, no matter how we may feel about it. We cannot make a thing untrue simply by wanting it to be false. Neither can we make a thing true simply by force of will.
7. “A person who won’t read has no advantage over one who can’t read. ” Mark Twain
I don’t even know what to say about this one except, “Ummm…. yeah!” Honestly, I don’t understand how someone can not like to read; however, I do believe that there are people who really believe they don’t like to read. I think those people haven’t found the kind of book that appeals to them.Keep looking! There are so many different books to choose from.
8. “Defeat is not the worst of failures. Not to have tried is the true failure.” George Edward Woodberry
This is something I have to remind myself of over and over again. I doubt that I will regret the things I tried and failed at when I’m on my deathbed, but I do believe I’ll regret all the things I was too afraid to try.
9. “Don’t confuse fame with success. Madonna is one; Helen Keller is the other.” Erma Bombeck
In a culture obsessed with fame, this is an important distinction.
And finally, because it just cracks me up ….
10. “All right, then, I’ll go to hell.” Mark Twain