Quotes on the Self

I Am Woman. Hear Me Roar. That’s the yell I screamed in my writing since the beginning. It doesn’t surprise me that I have made it my motto. If you don’t speak up, the train of life will just run right over you…leaving you dumb-found and drowning in a sea of tears. Speak up! Don’t bury yourself in silence. It will only age you and sink you into a bottomless pit. Say what’s on your mind. Speak the truth even while you are shaking. Enjoy the quotes here and the artwork. Love the skin you’re in!

Happiness in this world, when it comes, comes incidentally. Make it the object of pursuit, and it leads us a wild-goose chase, and is never attained.  
―Nathaniel Hawthorne

Happiness in this world, when it comes, comes incidentally. Make it the object of pursuit, and it leads us a wild-goose chase, and is never attained.
―Nathaniel Hawthorne

In your life, you may sense a calling to do something that may also seem “crazy” to others. Maybe it’s starting your own business, counseling the homeless, or moving to a new city for a life-changing opportunity. Whatever it is, embrace the passion and enthusiasm you have, and don’t let anyone else’s disapproval discourage you. When you’re willing to own and accept your calling, no matter what it is, you can begin to developed and grow….
—Lisa Nichols from No Matter What!

If you would be a real seeker after truth, it is necessary that at least once in your life you doubt, as far as possible, all things.
—Renee Descartes

The man who has no imagination has no wings.
—Muhammad Ali

Self-pity in its early stages is as snug as a feather mattress. Only when it hardens does it become uncomfortable.
—Maya Angelou from Gather Together in My Name

We get so much in the habit of wearing a disguise before others that we eventually appear disguised before ourselves.
―James Alonzo “Jim” Bishop

When we open the door to understanding, we are able to find compassion. When we feel compassion, we’re more able to forgive. When we forgive, we’re able to let go of the self-destructive energy we are carrying around, hidden in our bodies.
—Lisa Nichols from No Matter What!

Life is a preparation for the future; and the best preparation for the future is to live as if there were none.
―Elbert Hubbard from The Philistine

People can spend their whole lives skating over the surface of forgiveness while their wounds continue to hurt deep inside. Until we heal, we can’t truly live a life of happiness and unlimited possibility.
—Lisa Nichols from No Matter What!

A man’s consciencelike the warning line on the highway, tells him what he shouldn’t dobut it does not keep him from doing it.
―Frank A. Clark

We find comfort among those who agree with usgrowth among those who don’t.
―Frank A. Clark

Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it.
―Helen Keller

Know yourself. Don’t accept your dog’s admiration as conclusive evidence that you are wonderful.
―Ann Landers

A man can’t ride your back unless it’s bent.
―Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The next chapters of your life are blank pages, and only you hold the pen to write your story. Write it with all the joy, the strength, the forgiveness, the success, and the peace  that you want to live. For you—and only you—are the author of your life.
—Lisa Nichols from No Matter What!

We judge ourselves by what we feel capable of doing, while others judge us by what we have already done.
―Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.
―Mother Teresa of Calcutta

…your past doesn’t equal your future; it’s your birthright to be happy; and you don’t have to keep paying for your mistakes.
―Lisa Nichols from No Matter What!

Men go abroad to wonder at the heights of mountains, at the huge waves of the sea, at the long courses of the rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motions of the stars; and they pass by themselves without wondering.
―St. Augustine

I am a woman who came from the cotton fields of the South. From there I was promoted to the washtub. From there I was promoted to the cook kitchen. And from there I promoted myself into the business of manufacturing hair goods and preparations. I have built my own factory on my own ground.
―Madame C. J. Walker

People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don’t believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can’t find them, they make them.
―George Bernard Shaw

You never lose by loving. You always lose by holding back.
―Barbara De Angelis

What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.
―Ralph Waldo Emerson

If you were born without wings do nothing to prevent their growing.
―Coco Chanel

God asks no man whether he will accept life. That is not the choice. You must take it. The only choice is how.
―Henry Ward Beecher

Stay in touch with your own wisdom and persist with the plan that is based on your personal sense of the bigger picture.
―Lisa Nichols from No Matter What!

One can never consent to creep when one feels the compulsion to soar.
―Helen Keller

Do not go where the path may lead; go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
―Ralph Waldo Emerson

In the end we will have had enough of cynicism and skepticism and humbug and we shall want to live more musically.
―Vincent van Gogh

We make a living by what we get. But we make a life by what we give.
―Winston Churchill

The moral sense, or conscience, is as much part of a man as his leg or arm. It is given to all in a stronger or weaker degree. It may be strengthened by exercise.
―Thomas Jefferson

I wanted to change the world. But I have found that the only thing one can be sure of changing is oneself.
―Aldous Huxley

We will not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.

―T. S. Eliot

To arrive at the simplest truth requires years of contemplation.
―Isaac Newton

The greatest gift is a portion of thyself.
―Ralph Waldo Emerson

A human being’s first responsibility is to shake hands with himself.
―Henry (The Fonz) Winkler

I hope I shall always possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain what I consider the most enviable of all titles, the character of an “Honest Man.”
―George Washington

Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves.
―Henry David Thoreau

Hold fast to dreams
For if dreams die,
Life is a broken-winged bird
That cannot fly.

―James Mercer Langston Hughes from The Dream Keeper and Other Poems

If one is lucky, a solitary fantasy can totally transform one million realities.
—Maya Angelou

We can and should provide a safety net for those who stumble and fall. But we want the freedom to succeed, not the excuse never to have to try.
—Sarah Palin

The less secure a man is, the more likely he is to have extreme prejudices.
—Clinton “Clint” Eastwood

If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.
—Dalai Lama

No man, for any considerable time, can wear one face to himself and  another to the multitude without finally  getting bewildered as to which may be the true.
—Nathaniel Hawthorne

It doesn’t matter who my father was; it matters who I remember he was.
—Ann Sexton

Author: k. e. leger

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