Favorite Quotes

“God grant me the serenity
To accept the things I cannot change;
Courage to change the things I can;
And wisdom to know the difference.”
― The Serenity Prayer

“Writing is…. being able to take something whole and fiercely alive that exists inside you in some unknowable combination of thought, feeling, physicality, and spirit, and to then store it like a genie in tense, tiny black symbols on a calm white page. If the wrong reader comes across the words, they will remain just words. But for the right readers, your vision blooms off the page and is absorbed into their minds like smoke, where it will re-form, whole and alive, fully adapted to its new environment.”
— Mary Gaitskill

“I figure if you’ve got to take someone down or set them straight, you might as well enjoy it on some level.
― Malcolm, Happy Ever After – Nora Roberts

“Life is thickly sown with thorns, and I know no other remedy than to pass quickly through them. The longer we dwell on our misfortunes, the greater is their power to harm us.”
― Voltaire

“It doesn’t matter what people tell you. It doesn’t matter what they might say. Sometimes you have to leave home. Sometimes, running away means you’re headed in the exact right direction.”
― Alice Hoffman, Practical Magic

“I believe that everything happens for a reason. People change so that you can learn to let go, things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they’re right, you believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself, and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.”
― Marilyn Monroe

“The only way to get through life is to laugh your way through it. You either have to laugh or cry. I prefer to laugh. Crying gives me a headache.”
― Marjorie Pay Hinckley

“Lack of direction, not lack of time, is the problem. We all have twenty-four hour days.”
― Zig Ziglar

“When obstacles arise, you change your direction to reach your goal; you do not change your decision to get there.”
― Zig Ziglar

“Make today worth remembering.”
― Zig Ziglar

“Expect the best. Prepare for the worst. Capitalize on what comes.”
― Zig Ziglar

“It was character that got us out of bed, commitment that moved us into action and discipline that enabled us to follow through.”
― Zig Ziglar

“Failure is a detour, not a dead-end street.”
― Zig Ziglar

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”
― Winston S. Churchill

“Dare to be free, dare to go as far as your thought leads, and dare to carry that out in your life. ”
― Swami Vivekananda

“If you have a dream, don’t just sit there. Gather courage to believe that you can succeed and leave no stone unturned to make it a reality.”
― Roopleen

“Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says I’ll try again tomorrow.”
― Mary Anne Radmacher

“Crisis doesn’t necessarily make character, but it certainly does reveal it. Adversity is a crossroads that makes a person choose one of two paths: character or compromise. Every time he chooses character, he becomes stronger, even if that choice brings negative consequences.”
― John C. Maxwell, The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader