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Theodore von Kármán

I came to realize that exaggerated concern about what others are doing can be foolish.

I came to realize that exaggerated concern about what others are doing can be foolish. It can paralyze effort, and stifle a good idea. One finds that in the history of science almost every problem has been worked out by someone else. This should not discourage anyone from pursuing his own path.

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Oscar Wilde

Over the piano was printed a notice: Please do not shoot the pianist. He is doing his best.

Over the piano was printed a notice: Please do not shoot the pianist. He is doing his best.

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Modern Family

I was thinking, if I can do this… then I have two ways to cross the yard.

Phil Dunphy: What was on my mind as I was walking that wire? I was thinking, if I can do this… then I have two ways to cross the yard.

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Amy Tan

To stop dreaming — well, that’s like saying you can never change your fate.

Everyone must dream. We dream to give ourselves hope. To stop dreaming — well, that’s like saying you can never change your fate. Isn’t that true?

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Neil Gaiman

Leave the world more interesting for your being here.

And now go, and make interesting mistakes, make amazing mistakes, make glorious and fantastic mistakes. Break rules. Leave the world more interesting for your being here. Make good art.

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Toni Morrison

If you surrendered to the air, you could ride it.

If you surrendered to the air, you could ride it.

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Robert Browning

When the fight begins within himself, A man ‘s worth something.

When the fight begins within himself,
A man ‘s worth something.

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Robert Browning

all men strive and who succeeds?

Fail I alone, in words and deeds?
Why, all men strive and who succeeds?

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William Faulkner

Try to be better than yourself.

Always dream and shoot higher than you know you can do. Don’t bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself.

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Alfred Tennyson

To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.

It may be that the gulfs will wash us down;
It may be that we shall touch the Happy Isles,
And see the great Achilles, whom we knew.
Though much is taken, much abides; and though
We are not now that strength which in old days
Moved earth and heaven, that which we are, we are —
One equal temper of heroic hearts,
Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will
To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.

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Brave

They say only the Ancient Kings were brave enough to drink the fire.

Princess Merida: Mom, you’ll never guess what I did, today!
Queen Elinor: What’s that dear?
Princess Merida: I climbed up the Crown’s Tooth and drank from the fire falls.
King Fergus: Did you, now? They say only the Ancient Kings were brave enough to drink the fire.

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John Heywood

Better one byrde in hand than ten in the wood.

Better one byrde in hand than ten in the wood.

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Jean de la Bruyere

It is the glory and merit of some men to write well, and of others, not to write at all.

It is the glory and merit of some men to write well, and of others, not to write at all.

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Wilma Rudolph

The potential for greatness lives within each of us.

Never underestimate the power of dreams and the influence of the human spirit. We are all the same in this notion: The potential for greatness lives within each of us.

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Andre Agassi

Nothing can substitute for just plain hard work.

Nothing can substitute for just plain hard work.

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Carl Lewis

It’s all about the journey, not the outcome.

It’s all about the journey, not the outcome.

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Mark Spitz

I’m trying to do the best I can. I’m not concerned with tomorrow, but with what goes on today.

I’m trying to do the best I can. I’m not concerned with tomorrow, but with what goes on today.

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The Simpsons

Trying is the first step towards failure.

Homer: Trying is the first step towards failure.

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Alexander Graham Bell

Leave the beaten track behind occasionally and dive into the woods.

Don’t keep forever on the public road. Leave the beaten track behind occasionally and dive into the woods. You will be certain to find something you have never seen before, and something worth thinking about to occupy your mind. All really big discoveries are the result of thought.

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Alexander Graham Bell

a man is what he makes of himself

A man, as a general rule, owes very little to what he is born with — a man is what he makes of himself.

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Euripides

Slight not what’s near through aiming at what ’s far.

Slight not what’s near through aiming at what’s far.

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Robert Browning

Ah, but a man’s reach should exceed his grasp, or what’s a heaven for?

Ah, but a man’s reach should exceed his grasp, or what’s a heaven for?

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Shel Silverstein

If you are a dreamer, come in.

If you are a dreamer,
Come in.
If you are a dreamer,
A wisher,
A liar,
A hoper,
A prayer,
A magic-bean-buyer,
If you’re a pretender,
Come sit by my fire,
For we have some flax-golden tales to spin.
Come in! Come in!

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Confucius

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.

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Antoine de Saint-Exupery

teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.

If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.