It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.
— Theodore Roosevelt
You have to be always drunk. That’s all there is to itâit’s the only way. So as not to feel the horrible burden of time that breaks your back and bends you to the earth, you have to be continually drunk.But on what? Wine, poetry or virtue, as you wish. But be drunk.
And if sometimes, on the steps of a palace or the green grass of a ditch, in the mournful solitude of your room, you wake again, drunkenness already diminishing or gone, ask the wind, the wave, the star, the bird, the clock, everything that is flying, everything that is groaning, everything that is rolling, everything that is singing, everything that is speaking. . .ask what time it is and wind, wave, star, bird, clock will answer you: “It is time to be drunk! So as not to be the martyred slaves of time, be drunk, be continually drunk! On wine, on poetry or on virtue as you wish.
Charles Baudelaire (Translated from French)
The past is regret, shame and embarrassment sprinkled with memories of moments of joy now fading away. The future is fear…of repeating the past, of failures to come, mixed in with a few longing hopes of what might be. The present is pure joy and laughter and hope and happiness. All that is bad is brought in from the past or the future, all that is good is now.— David Morris
The greatness of a person is determined by the greatness of the questions he asks.— David Morris
Every man dies, not every man really lives.
— William Wallace in Braveheart (movie)
A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving.
— Lao Tzu
Hitch: Life is not the amount of breaths you take, it’s the moments that take your breath away.
— Hitch (movie)
The largest barrier to success is the concept of change.— David Morris
I have never been so poor as when I owned lots of possessions. I have never been so rich as when I was surrounded by friends, barely a penny to my name.— David Morris
In the journey of life, many of the big decisions are made long before reaching the actual moment of decision. It is only upon arriving at the crossroads that you discover the choice made long ago.— David Morris