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A career path is rarely a path at all. A more interesting life is usually a more crooked, winding path of missteps, luck and vigorous work. It is almost always a clumsy balance between the things you try to make happen and the things that happen to you.  

Tom Freston 

Finn: Young lovers seek perfection. Old lovers learn the art of sewing shreds together and of seeing beauty in a multiplicity of patches.

(From how to make an American quilt) 

"The world is moved along, not only by the mighty shoves of its heroes, but also by the aggregate of the tiny pushes of each honest worker."  

Helen Keller 

“We shall 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, Four Quartets

It’s never too late to be what you might have been

George Eliot

"We do not grow absolutely, chronologically.  We grow sometimes in one dimension, and not in another; unevenly.  We grow partially, we are relative.  We are mature in one realm, childish in another.  The past, present and future mingle and pull us backward, forward or fix us in the present."  

Anaïs Nin

“Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try!” 
Dr. Seuss

“For last year's words belong to last year's language 
And next year's words await another voice.” 
T.S. Eliot, Four Quartets 
It is common sense 
To take a method and try it. 
If it fails, admit it frankly and try another. 
But above all, try something. 
Franklin D. Roosevelt 

I wish I could show you,
When you are lonely 
Or in the darkness,
The astonishing light 
Of your own being
Hafiz of Shiraz

The greatest compliment that was ever paid me was when one asked me what I thought, and attended to my answer.  
Henry David Thoreau

Were there none who were discontented with what they have, the world would never reach anything better”  

Florence Nightingale

We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibres connect us with our fellow-men (humans); and along those fibres, as sympathetic threads, our actions run as causes, and they come back to us as effects.

Herman Melville 

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