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Quotes, April 2014

Quotes or passages from books that I found inspiring or interesting this month.

Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.
-Leo Tolstoy

Nobody ever died of discomfort, yet living in the name of comfort has killed more ideas, more opportunities, more actions, and more growth than everything else combined.
-T. Harv Eker

Complaining does not work as a strategy. We all have finite time and energy. Any time we spend whining is unlikely to help us achieve our goals. And it won’t make us happier.
-Randy Pausch

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Just as breathing exercises help integrate body and mind, writing is a kind of psycho-neural muscular activity which helps bridge and integrate the conscious and subconscious minds. Writing distills, crystallizes and clarifies thought and helps berak the whole into parts.
-Stephen R. Covey

Vulnerability is the path of true human connection and becoming a truly attractive person. As psychologist Robert Glover says, “Humans are attracted to each other’s rough edges.” Show your rough edges. Stop trying to be perfect. Expose yourself and share yourself without inhibition. Take the rejections and lumps and move on because you’re a bigger and stronger man.
-Mark Manson

Because I don’t live in either my past or my future. I’m interested only in the present. If you can concentrate always on the present you’ll be a happy man. Life will be a party for you, a grand festival, because life is the moment we’re living right now.
-Paul Coelho, The Alchemist

I have no use whatsoever for projections or forecasts. They create an illusion of apparent precision. The more meticulous they are, the more concerned you should be. We never look at projections, but we care very much about, and look very deeply at, track records. I do not understand why any buyer of a business looks at a bunch of projections put together by a seller or his agent. You can almost say that it’s naive to think that those projections have any utility whatsoever.
-Warren Buffett

The unconscious mind is a terrific solver of complex problems when the conscious mind is busy elsewhere or, perhaps better yet, not overtaxed at all.
-Dutch psychologists

The best part of college is that you could become whatever you wanted to become, but most people just do what they think they must.
-Seth Godin

It is a painful thing to look at your own trouble and know that you yourself and no one else has made it.
-Sophocles