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Chuck Close // "The advice I like to give...is to not wait around for inspiration. Inspiration is for amateurs; the rest of us just show up and get to work. If you wait around for the clouds to part and a bolt of lightning to strike you in the brain, you are not going to make an awful lot of work. All the best ideas come out of the process; they come out of the work itself...if you just get to work, something will occur to you."

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Maya Angelou // “What you’re supposed to do when you don’t like a thing is change it. If you can’t change it, change the way you think about it. Don’t complain.” 

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Paulo Coelo // "My heart is afraid it will have to suffer," the boy told the alchemist one night as they looked up at the moonless sky.  "Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself.  And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of it's dreams."

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"All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up." // Pablo Picasso 

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 “We couldn’t all be cowboys, some of us are clowns. Some of us are dancers on the midway, and roam from town to town. I hope that everybody can find a little flame.  Me, I just say my prayers then I just light myself on fire and I walk out on the wire once again.”

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"Sensitive persons find our inartistic manner of existence oppressive and painful, and they withdraw from sight... I believe what we lack is joy...the conception of life as a happy thing, as a festival... But the high value put upon every minute of time, the idea of hurry-hurry as the most important objective of living, is unquestionably the most dangerous enemy of joy." ~ Hermann Hesse

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“One of the things I learned the hard way was that it doesn’t pay to get discouraged.” ~  Lucille Ball

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"Maybe that’s enlightenment enough: to know that there is no final resting place of the mind; no moment of smug clarity. Perhaps wisdom...is realizing how small I am, and unwise, and how far I have yet to go.” ~ Anthony Bourdain

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 “courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quite voice at the end of the day wispering, ‘I will try again tomorrow.’ “ ~ Mary Anne Radmacker

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“So many of us choose our path out of fear disguised as practicality. What we really want seems impossibly out of reach and ridiculous to expect, so we never dare to ask the universe for it.” ~ Jim Carrey

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“In most of our human relationships, we spend much of our time reassuring one another that our costumes of identity are on straight.”  ~ Ram Dass

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This is the real secret of life - - to be completely engaged with what you are doing in the here and now. 

And instead of calling it work, realize that it’s play. - Alan Watts  

Be true to yourself 

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 “ A lot of people...have a problem being true to themselves. They have a problem looking in the mirror and looking directly into their souls. The reason I can...walk around, the reason I am who I am today, is because I can look directly into my face and find my soul.” ~ Tupac Shakur

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To capture life in a moment you have to have something to risk.  Your heart, your health, your ego, but regardless, there has to be the consequence of failure. 

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The only way we can live, is if we grow. The only way we can grow, is if we change. The only way we can change, is if we learn.

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Don’t search for the answers, which could not be given to you now, because you would not be able to live them.And the point is to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way right into the answer.

The world hides treasures,

great and small

mixed in the dirt beneath your feet.

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people will love you, people will hate you. And none of it will have anything to do with you. 

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we’ve all searched for the light of day in the dead of night. 

This life is built almost entirely on love, and loss

Everyday, another chance

to love again

to live again

to dream again