Cherish your solitude. Take trains by yourself to places you have never been. Sleep alone under the stars. Learn how to drive a stick shift. Go so far away that you stop being afraid of not coming back. Say no whenever you don’t want to do something. Say yes if your instincts are strong, even if everyone around you disagrees. Decide whether you want to be liked or admired. Decide if fitting in is more important than finding out what you’re doing here. Believe in kissing.
Let me explain something briefly to boys. Gentlemen, nerd girls are the world’s greatest underutilized romantic resource. And guys, do not tell me nerd girls aren’t hot because that shows a Paris Hilton-esque failure to understand hotness.
Tthe work that comes after the decision is what the decision is really about.
In this life, you don’t have to prove nothin’ to nobody but yourself. And after what you’ve gone through, if you haven’t done that by now, it ain’t gonna never happen.
Be not the slave of your own past. Plunge into the sublime seas, dive deep and swim far, so you shall come back with self-respect, with new power, with an advanced experience that shall explain and overlook the old.
The Chinese symbol for crisis is comprised of two characters: one indicating “danger,” the other, “opportunity.
The greatest mistake in life you can make is to be continually fearing you will make one.
If an opportunity comes your way that scares you, you have to take it.
Never despise small beginnings, and don’t belittle your own accomplishments. Remember them and use them as inspiration as you go on to the next thing. When you venture outside your comfort zone, wherever the starting point may be, it’s kind of a big deal.