I started writing down my favorite quotes around 7th grade (2010). I've slowly added a few each year, and the list has grown quite extensive. I haven't rearranged the order at all, I add all quotes below the first quote. Reading through them I can remember the approximate time of my life that I connected with each quote. Maybe someone reading this will find a few sayings that they connect with.
Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened Just because we can "check the boxes" doesn't mean the relationship is going to work out. Lead gently, lovingly and firmly, but always lead. Don't skimp on things that go between you and the ground. (For example: shoes, mattress, tires, office chair) Do what you can with where you are with what you have, and never be satisfied You can't stop me But that didn't stop the tiny voice at the back of his head that said "Fuck everyone else, I want my girlfriend back" CTFO before you BTFO (Chill the fuck out before you burn the fuck out) Don't cling to a mistake just because you spent a long time making it. You can throw me to the wolves, tomorrow I will come back leader of the whole pack. Love every moment, because "one more time" soon becomes "one last time" It's okay to have a bad day Risks must be taken, because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing. There is much I cannot do, but nothing I cannot learn. I had the perfect dad, I ought to be the perfect son. When you fall, I need you to fall forward. Don't fail backwards, fail forward. If you can't tell the truth to the people you care about the most, eventually you stop being able to tell the truth to yourself. We call them feelings because we feel them. They don't start in our minds, they arise in our bodies. Our customers are mostly idiots, so be nice, speak slowly, and be patient Life is all about not knowing, and then doing something anyways When you think of three things to say, pick one and only say that You were so preoccupied with whether or not you could, that you didn't stop to think if you should. Asking is a moment's embarrassment. Not asking is a lifelong regret. Three ways to motivate people: 1. Carrot 2. Stick 3. EXTREME TERROR Everything is temporary When people tell you something unpleasant about themselves, it's usually true. While communicating with a person, and as soon as you part company, pay close attention to how you feel and ask a simple question: “Do I feel energized or drained?” If you really love something, you never try to keep it the way it is forever. You have to let it be free to change. You can't just overwhelm people with TOO MUCH logic all at one time. It doesn't compute. Even the sun sets in paradise There is a subtle, yet tremendous difference between saying "I have failed 3 times," and, "I am a failure." So because you agree with my purpose, following your own inclination will lead you to follow me. For children love is a feeling; for adults, it us a decision. Children wait to learn if their love is true by seeing how long it lasts; adults make their love true by never wavering from their commitment. Don't leave life as it is. It's not over, until I win. You're already hurt, now get something out of it. If you talk like someone used to being obeyed, people will obey you. But if you talk like someone who fears being disobeyed, they will despise you. If you're passionate about something, it will already feel like such an ingrained part of your life that you will have to be reminded by people that's not normal, that other people aren't like that. Sometimes you have to trust people enough to let them succeed, and love them enough to let them fail. Focus too closely on the goal you haven't accomplished, and you'll fail to notice the victories you achieve along the way. Every new beginning comes from another beginning's end When you're dreaming with a broken heart, the waking up is the hardest part. If I lay here, If I just lay here, Would you lie with me and just forget the world? All you see is all my feats, all I see is all my flaws, all I hear is all my demons, even through your applause. You will never be completely at home again, because a part of your heart will always be elsewhere. That is the price you pay for the richness of loving and knowing people in more than one place. Laughter and tears are both responses to frustration and exhaustion. I myself prefer to laugh, since there is less cleaning up to do afterwards. Life is relationships, the rest is just details. Just because I'm losing, doesn't mean I'm lost. The hardest part of ending is starting again Its so loud inside my head, with words that I should've said. As I drown in my regrets, I cant take back the words I never said. Illogical thought processes must be challenged when they arise. No matter how smart, people usually see what they're already looking for We just have to let the guilt remind us to do better next time Everyone has some evil inside of them, and the first step in loving anyone is to recognize the same evil on ourselves, so were able to forgive them Cruelty does not make a person dishonest, the same way bravery does not make a person kind If you are not willing to learn, no one can help you. If you are determined to learn, no one can stop you. TIP is a separate world. Opposite personalities but common interests make for a strong relationship. The things you cant explain are often the best. Religion is tied to the deepest feelings people have. The love that comes from it is the sweetest and the strongest, but the hate is the hottest, and the anger is the most violent. I left my family to live with strangers. Then I left my family to go home. No ones life is nothing. Even the most evil of men and women, if you understand their hearts, had some generous act that redeems them at least a little, from their sins. I learned a long time ago that "home" is a word that applies to people, not places The measure of a man is how he treats those who can do absolutely nothing for him. Grief does not change you, it reveals you. When the going gets tough, the tough get going. Sometimes the best way to help someone is to just be near them There are so many ways to be brave in this world. Sometimes bravery involves laying down your life for something bigger than yourself or someone else. Sometimes it involves giving up everything you have ever known, or everyone you have ever loved, for the sake of something greater. But sometimes it doesn't. Sometimes it is nothing more than gritting your teeth through the pain and the work of every day, the slow walk toward a better life. Its not what you look at, it's what you see. Let's say I'm a suspector. I suspect there may be someone who cares what happens to us. That's one step better than merely wishing, and one step below hoping. If you're the smartest person in the room, you're in the wrong room. Like climbing a cliff, thinking is a dangerous activity to those not used to it. You cannot lie if you do not know the truth. You can only be wrong, or silent. There was no more happiness. But under the misery, there was hope. This was not the end. They all have lives and families hopes and disappointments. Every life is its own story, its own thread in the network of life. Walls have ears, doors have eyes, trees have voices, beasts tell lies. Beware the rain, beware the snow. Beware the man,You think you know. State opinions like they're facts; a complete lack of doubt can make people believe them Explaining Duke TiP So when people ask me to explain TIP to them its the hardest thing ever I always end up with something along the lines of you take a class for three weeks with the coolest people ever. That sounds... Weird/Boring/Educational is always how people respond. But if you haven't gone to TIP you don't understand, never in my life have I met such supportive, kind, funny amazing people. There is no place where I feel more comfortable. TIP is my home, so thank you, Universe, for allowing me to have this experience. I hope I can come all the years I have left, but most of all thank you TIPsters. You are my family, all of you; the ones I'm close to and the ones I'm not close to I LOVE YOU! I wait all year to come to this great program where we do a great deal of learning and its not just in the classroom. I want everyone who is involved in tip to reflect on what tip means to you what makes it great and how you've seen yourself grow because of it. TiP is a place where all the outcasts can suddenly be equals. We all have the mental capacity to understand equality and have empathy for one another. We are all one family and I love you all for exactly who you are. Its not really an end . its just another beginning. And hopefully your life and the lives of the people you love here will forever be intertwined. :) As friends.. As siblings.. As family