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Favorite quotes

It used to be much more prominent, the list of favorite quotes that is still in everybody’s Facebook profile. If you look hard into my profile, you’ll find mine. For a long time I used to add to it every time I heard a quote that I liked.

But the more Facebook buried the Favorite Quotes section, the less and less I updated the list. It’s a good list. So here they are, copied and pasted directly from my page there.

If you do what you always did, you get what you always got. – Folks in recovery

We either make ourselves happy or miserable. The amount of work is the same. – Carlos Castaneda

If you’re going through hell, keep going. – Winston Churchill

Religion is for people who are afraid of hell. Spirituality is for people like me who have been there. – Dave Mustaine

Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it. – Mark Twain

Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities have crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense. – Emerson

I am only one, but still I am one.
I cannot do everything, but still I can do something;
And because I cannot do everything
I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.
– Edward Everett Hale

I made some studies, and reality is the leading cause of stress amongst those in touch with it. I can take it in small doses, but as a lifestyle I found it too confining. – Jane Wagner

It is God’s universe and He does things His way. You may have a better way of doing it, but you don’t have a universe. – J. Vernon McGee

Be what you are. This is the first step toward becoming better than you are. – Julius Charles Hare

There are more things…that frighten us than injure us, and we suffer more in imagination than in reality. – Seneca

Perfectionism is the voice of the oppressor, the enemy of the people. It will keep you cramped and insane your whole life, and it is the main obstacle between you and a shitty first draft. I think perfectionism is based on the obsessive belief that if you run carefully enough, hitting each stepping-stone just right, you won’t have to die. The truth is that you will die anyway and that a lot of people who aren’t even looking at their feet are going to do a whole lot better than you, and have a lot more fun while they’re doing it. – Anne Lamott

There is no finish line, there is no gold prize. There is only living with yourself, day after day. So each day needs to be a small triumph so you can pat yourself on the back before you go to sleep. – Penelope Trunk

A camera is a tool for learning how to see without a camera. – Dorothea Lange

If my hands are fully occupied in holding on to something, I can neither give nor receive. – Dorothee Solle

Be grateful for the chance to be lost – it means you’re living your own life, because no one can make choices in the exact same way you can, whether they are right or wrong. – Penelope Trunk

He is a sane man who can have tragedy in his heart and comedy in his head. – G. K. Chesterton

Nothing in the 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

A good solution applied with vigor now is better than a perfect solution applied ten minutes later. – George S. Patton

Someone I loved once gave me a box full of darkness. It took me years to understand that this, too, was a gift. – Mary Oliver

I don’t know what it is about Hoosiers. But wherever you go, there’s a Hoosier doing something very important there. – Kurt Vonnegut

We’re all just dorks, with varying degrees of public mastery over our dorkishness. – Carolyn Hax

What are your favorite quotes?

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