Everyone is necessarily the hero of his own life story. -- John Barth
The power to bring me out of solitude - or to push me back into it - had never belonged to another person. It was mine and only mine. -- Martha Beck
A finished person is a boring person. -- Anna Quindlen
There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening, that is translated through you into action,
and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and will be lost. -- Martha Graham
It's never too late to be who you might have been. -- George Eliot
Since you are like no other being ever created since the beginning of time,
you are incomparable. -- Brenda Ueland
Don't part with your illusions. When they are gone you may still exist, but you have ceased to live. -- Mark Twain
Inside myself is a place where I live all alone and that's where you renew your springs that never dry up. -- Pearl Buck
No matter how lonely you get or how many birth announcements you receive, the trick is not to get frightened. There's nothing wrong with being alone. -- Wendy Wasserstein
When everyone is against you, it means that you are absolutely wrong-- or absolutely right.
-- Albert Guinon
If mankind minus one were of one opinion, then mankind is no more justified in silencing the one than the one -- if he had the power -- would be justified in silencing mankind. -- John Stuart Mill
Use what talents you possess: the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best. -- Henry Van Dyke
Over the years your bodies become walking autobiographies, telling friends and strangers alike of the minor and major stresses of your lives. -- Marilyn Ferguson
You laugh at me because I'm different, I laugh at you because you're all the same. -- Unknown
No bird soars too high if he soars with his own wings. --William Blake
The community stagnates without the impulse of the individual. The impulse dies away without the sympathy of the community. -- William James
We all live in suspense from day to day; in other words, you are the hero of your own story.
-- Mary McCarthy
Conform and be dull. -- James Frank Dobie
Becoming a star may not be your destiny, but being the best that you can be is a goal that you can set for yourself. -- Bryan Lindsay
Only I can change my life. No one can do it for me. -- Carol Burnett
The hands of those I meet are dumbly eloquent to me. The touch of some hands is an impertinence. I have met people so empty of joy, that when I clasped their frosty finger-tips, it seemed as if I were shaking hands with a northeast storm. Others there are whose hands have sunbeams in them, so that their grasp warms my heart. -- Helen Keller
I thank God for my handicaps, for through them, I have found myself, my work and my God.
-- Helen Keller
The man who goes alone can start today; but he who travels with another must wait till that other is ready. – Henry David Thoreau
I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true. I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live up to what light I have. -- Abraham Lincoln
The great man is he that does not lose his child's heart. -- Mencius
Nothing determines who we will become so much as those things we choose to ignore.
-- Sandor McNab
I suppose the main thing we've learned is that anything is possible. Dare to have a dream. Even if you fail, you'll have a hell of a story to tell. -- Daniel Dominguez
Mr. Dominguez (left) and his best friend, Christopher Wall (right), both now 22) devoted over four years of their lives to rebuilding a 1957 twin-engine Aero Commander plane and flying it around the world, including legs of the trip held together with duct tape. It took them three months and at the eleventh hour AOL, stepped in with a crucial sponsorship.
You know, I've heard about people like me,
But I never made the connection.
They walk one road to set them free,
And find they've gone the wrong direction.
But there's no need for turning back,
''Cause all roads lead to where we stand
And I believe we've walked them all
No matter what we may have planned.
-- Don McLean, "Crossroads"
If I believe I cannot do something, it makes me incapable of doing it. But when I believe I can, then I acquire the ability to do it, even if I did not have the ability to do it in the beginning.
-- Mahatma Gandhi
Follow your own bent, no matter what people say. -- Karl Marx
Every day read something no one else is reading. Every day think something no one else is thinking. It is bad for the mind to be always part of unanimity. -- Christopher Morley