Quotes I love and live

On this page I add what I believe are time­less uni­ver­sal truths I keep in my mind when I am high and low. A blog post titled Col­lect­ing Words and Sen­tences inspired me to keep this page on my blog here.

In quot­ing oth­ers, we cite our­selves.

Julio Cortázar

Hard choic­es, easy life. Easy choic­es, hard life.

Jerzy Gre­gorek

Find three hob­bies: One that makes you mon­ey, one that keeps you fit, and one that makes you cre­ative.


Anger and frus­tra­tion won’t solve a thing. Actions and choic­es do.

The­ja (My col­lege bestie)

You are judged by what you have done. Not been involved in, or been part of, or watched hap­pen, or was hang­ing around when it hap­pened.

 Cod­ing Hor­ror

The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shin­ing.

I found this in the Derek Sivers’ book notes of Out­live book- by Peter Attia

Man’s great­est asset is his unset­tled mind.

Isaac Asi­mov

All of human­i­ty’s prob­lems stem from man’s inabil­i­ty to sit qui­et­ly in a room alone.

Blaise Pas­cal

If you don’t get every­thing you want, think of the things you don’t get that you don’t want.

 Don’t For­get to Sing in the Lifeboats via James Clear’s 3 – 2‑1 newslet­ter, Novem­ber 25, 2021

Nev­er tell your prob­lems to any­one. Most peo­ple can’t do any­thing about them and the rest are glad that you have them.


Remem­ber that there is noth­ing sta­ble in human affairs; there­fore avoid undue ela­tion in pros­per­i­ty, and undue depres­sion in adver­si­ty.


Noth­ing in this world can take the place of per­sis­tence. Tal­ent will not; noth­ing is more com­mon than unsuc­cess­ful men with tal­ent. Genius will not; unre­ward­ed genius is almost a proverb. Edu­ca­tion will not; the world is full of edu­cat­ed dere­licts. Per­sis­tence and deter­mi­na­tion alone are omnipo­tent. The slo­gan ‘Press On!’ has solved and always will solve the prob­lems of the human race.

Calvin Coolidge (Via ma.tt)

To laugh is to risk appear­ing the fool. To weep is to risk being called sen­ti­men­tal. To reach out to anoth­er is to risk involve­ment. To expose feel­ings is to risk show­ing your true self. To place your ideas and your dreams before them is to risk being called naive. To love is to risk not being loved in return. To live is to risk dying. To hope is to risk despair, and to try is to risk fail­ure. But risks must be tak­en, because the great­est haz­ard in life is to risk noth­ing. The per­son who risks noth­ing, does noth­ing, has noth­ing, is noth­ing and becomes noth­ing. He [or she] may avoid suf­fer­ing and sor­row, but he sim­ply can­not learn and feel and change and grow and love and live. Chained by his cer­ti­tudes, he is a slave, he’s for­feit­ed his free­dom. Only the per­son who risks is tru­ly free.

Dr. Leo Buscaglia

It is not the crit­ic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stum­bles or where the doer of deeds could have done them bet­ter. The cred­it belongs to the man who is actu­al­ly in the are­na, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiant­ly, who errs and comes up short again and again. Because there is no effort with­out error and short­com­ings, he who knows the great devo­tion, who spends him­self in a wor­thy cause, who at the best knows in the end the high achieve­ment of tri­umph and who at worst, if he fails while dar­ing great­ly, knows his place shall nev­er be with those timid and cold souls who know nei­ther vic­to­ry nor defeat.

Theodore Roo­sevelt