Stop living your life to gain the approval of others and start living according to your own values. Do what makes you happy. This is the only way to achieve success.
It is not true that people stop pursuing dreams because they grow old, they grow old because they stop pursuing dreams.
– Gabriel García Márquez
The worst thing about this illness isn’t the things it makes me believe, or what it makes me do. It’s not the control that it has over me, or even the control it’s allowed other people to take.
Worse than all of that is how I have become selfish.
Mental illness turns people inwards. That’s what I reckon. It keeps us forever trapped by the pain of our own minds, in the same way that the pain of a broken leg or a cut thumb will grab your attention, holding it so tightly that your good leg or your good thumb seem to cease to exist.
– The Shock of the Fall, Nathan Filer
Remember always that you have not only the right to be an individual; you have an obligation to be one.
You cannot make any useful contribution in life unless you do this.
– Eleanor Roosevelt
The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
[verb] come or bring to a resolution in the mind as a result of consideration
Stems from the latin ‘de’ meaning ‘off’, and ‘caedere’ meaning to ‘cut’.
Make the decision, here and now, to live your dream. Cut out all things that are not part of this dream. Remove everything that distracts or prevents you from fulfilling your dream.
This is the essence of becoming truly great.
It’s your life – but only if you make it so.
– Eleanor Roosevelt
I took a lot of insight from Eleanor Roosevelt’s book. Towards the end I lost interest a bit as she begins to focus more on politics, though her thoughts on this are worthy of a read – she makes some excellent points about our trend towards political apathy, something I am certainly guilty of.
I was surprised to find that the book offers a lot of advice on raising children and I wonder if it’s ever been recommended to people as a parenting book. It certainly has a lot of philosophical insight into raising children, if not practical information. Continue reading
In honour of Roald Dahl Day, I’d thought I’d share some of my favourite Roald Dahl quotes. Some of them are about writing, others advice on how to have a great life, others are just funny. Continue reading
You must appreciate that time is always against you. It is never kind or encouraging. It gnaws away invisibly at all good things. Therefore, if you have any desire to accomplish anything, even the simplest task, do it swiftly and with great purpose, or time will drag it away from you.
– Tash Aw
kakorrhaphiophobia – fear of failure
Interestingly I was so terrified of spelling this incorrectly that I looked up the spelling and definition in three different dictionaries before I felt confident enough to post this.
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There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.
― Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist