Two paragraphs from one page on The Writings of Henry D. Thoreau:
I learned this, at least, by my experiment; that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.
…Walden enjoyed only moderate success in Thoreau’s lifetime…
"You rarely have time for everything you want in life, so you need to make choices. And hopefully your choices can come from a deep sense of who you are."
— Fred Rogers (Mister Rogers), American children’s television host
"A calling blossoms when you see a need in the world that aligns with your passions, and you dive into addressing it head first. This can happen whether you’re an artist or a social worker, whether you’re young or old, and whether you believe in God or not."
— Chris Stedman, Huffington Post
"Life’s under no obligation to give us what we expect."
— Margaret Mitchell (Author of Gone with the Wind)
"The world puts a lot of pressure on you to achieve. God does not. In Him, you already have everything you need, and you didn’t earn any of it. You can stop campaigning, you’ve already been elected. The world can be a cold and competitive place, but make no mistake, God gives to us in love, not because of merit."
— Unka Glen (unkaglen.tumblr.com)
"If you have accomplished all that you have planned for yourself, you have not planned enough."
— Edward Everett Hale (Unitarian, minister, author, historian)
"People are often unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered; Forgive them anyway. If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives; Be kind anyway. If you are successful you will win some false friends and true enemies; Succeed anyway. If you are honest and frank,
people may cheat you; Be honest and frank anyway. What you spend yearsbuilding, someone could destroy overnight; Build anyway. If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous; Be happy anyway. The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow; Do good anyway. Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough; Give the world the best you’ve got anyway You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and God; It was never between you and them anyway."
(Source: sbinthecity, via thefreenomad)