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A curated collection of some of the best quotes I've come across.

Just as the constant increase of entropy is the basic law of the universe, so it is the basic law of life to be ever more highly structured and to struggle against entropy.

Vaclav Havel

Verily you are suspended like scales between your sorrow and your joy. Only when you are empty are you at a standstill and balanced.

Kahlil Gibran

The shadow disguises itself in our projections, when we react intensely to a trait in others that we fail to see in ourselves.

Connie Zweig

The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trials.


The least movement is of importance to all nature. The entire ocean is affected by a pebble.

Blaise Pascal

Until we have met the monsters in ourselves, we keep trying to slay them in the outer world. And we find that we cannot. For all darkness in the world stems from darkness in the heart. And it is there that we must do our work.

Marianne Williamson

But man is not made for defeat. A man can be destroyed but not defeated.

Ernest Hemingway

The real hopeless victims of mental illness are to be found among those who appear to be most normal. Many of them are normal because they are so well adjusted to our mode of existence, because their human voice has been silenced so early in their lives, that they do not even struggle or suffer or develop symptoms as the neurotic does. They are normal not in what may be called the absolute sense of the word; they are normal only in relation to a profoundly abnormal society.

Aldous Huxley

Good judgment comes from experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgment.

Will Rogers

Learning never exhausts the mind.

Leonardo da Vinci

Permanence, perseverance and persistence in spite of all obstacles, discouragements, and impossibilities: It is this, that in all things distinguishes the strong soul from the weak.

Thomas Carlyle

The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting.

Sun Tzu

If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way.

Napoleon Hill

There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that’s your own self.

Aldous Huxley

Keep your face always toward the sunshine — and shadows will fall behind you.

Walt Whitman

A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.

John C. Maxwell

Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.

Marcus Aurelius

If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.

Milton Berle

Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.

Marcel Proust

Wise men speak because they have something to say; Fools because they have to say something.


When we are no longer able to change a situation — we are challenged to change ourselves.

Viktor E. Frankl

Blessed are the hearts that can bend; they shall never be broken.

Albert Camus

The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.

Edmund Burke

In all chaos there is a cosmos, in all disorder a secret order.

Carl Jung

I think in terms of the day’s resolutions, not the years’.

Henry Moore

You are so much stronger than the world has ever believed you could be. The world is waiting for you to set it on fire. Trust in yourself and burn.

Clementine von Radics