„Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim.“

Variante: Above all, be the heroine of your own life, not the victim.

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„You can either be a victim of the world or an adventurer in search of treasure. It all depends on how you view your life.“

—  Paulo Coelho, livro Onze Minutos

Variante: I can choose either to be a victim of the world or an adventurer in search of treasure. It's all a question of how I view my life.
Fonte: Eleven Minutes (2003), p. 37.

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„Above all, never think you're not good enough. Never think that. In life people will take you at your own reckoning.“

—  Isaac Asimov American writer and professor of biochemistry at Boston University, known for his works of science fiction and popular … 1920 - 1992

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„Life has its beginning and its maturity comes into being when an individual rises above self to something greater. Few individuals learn this, and so they go through life merely existing and never living. Now you see signs all along in your everyday life with individuals who are the victims of self-centeredness. They are the people who live an eternal “I.” They do not have the capacity to project the “I” into the “Thou." They do not have the mental equipment for an eternal, dangerous and sometimes costly altruism. They live a life of perpetual egotism. And they are the victims all around of the egocentric predicament.“

—  Martin Luther King, Jr. American clergyman, activist, and leader in the American Civil Rights Movement 1929 - 1968

1950s, Conquering Self-centeredness (1957)
Contexto: Life has its beginning and its maturity comes into being when an individual rises above self to something greater. Few individuals learn this, and so they go through life merely existing and never living. Now you see signs all along in your everyday life with individuals who are the victims of self-centeredness. They are the people who live an eternal “I.” They do not have the capacity to project the “I” into the “Thou." They do not have the mental equipment for an eternal, dangerous and sometimes costly altruism. They live a life of perpetual egotism. And they are the victims all around of the egocentric predicament. They start out, the minute you talk with them, talking about what they can do, what they have done. They’re the people who will tell you, before you talk with them five minutes, where they have been and who they know. They’re the people who can tell you in a few seconds, how many degrees they have and where they went to school and how much money they have. We meet these people every day. And so this is not a foreign subject. It is not something far off. It is a problem that meets us in everyday life. We meet it in ourselves, we meet in other selves: the problem of selfcenteredness.

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„An individual has not begun to live until he can rise above the narrow horizons of his particular individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity. And this is one of the big problems of life, that so many people never quite get to the point of rising above self. And so they end up the tragic victims of self-centeredness. They end up the victims of distorted and disrupted personality.“

—  Martin Luther King, Jr. American clergyman, activist, and leader in the American Civil Rights Movement 1929 - 1968

Variants (Many of MLKs' speeches were delivered many times with slight variants): An Individual has not started living fully until they can rise above the narrow confines of individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of humanity. Every person must decide at some point, whether they will walk in light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness. This is the judgment: Life's most persistent and urgent question is: 'What are you doing for others?'
As quoted in The Words of Martin Luther King, Jr. by Coretta Scott King, Second Edition (2011), Ch. "Community of Man", p. 3
1950s, Conquering Self-centeredness (1957)

„Above all, life for a photographer cannot be a matter of indifference“

—  Robert Frank American photographer and filmmaker 1924 - 2019

Robert Frank, "Statement, 1958"; republished in: Vicki Goldberg. Photography in Print: Writings from 1816 to the Present https://books.google.nl/books?id=U3qXOp1iT6QC&pg=PA401, 1981, p. 401
Variante: Life for a photographer cannot be a matter of indifference and it is important to see what is invisible to others.
Contexto: I have been frequently accused of deliberately twisting subject matter to my point of view. Above all, I know that life for a photographer cannot be a matter of indifference. Opinion often consists of a kind of criticism. But criticism can come out of love. It is important to see what is invisible to others — perhaps the look of hope or the look of sadness. Also, it is always the instantaneous reaction to oneself that produces a photograph.
My photographs are not planned or composed in advance, and I do not anticipate that the onlooker will share my viewpoint. However, I feel that if my photograph leaves an image on his mind, something has been accomplished.

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„I - will have poetry in my life. And adventure. And love. Love above all.“

—  Marc Norman, Shakespeare in Love: A Screenplay

Fonte: Shakespeare in Love: A Screenplay

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„Every living being on earth loves life above all else.“

—  Hazrat Inayat Khan Indian Sufi 1882 - 1927

The Unity of Religious Ideals, Part I : Seeking for the Ideal
Contexto: Every living being on earth loves life above all else. The smallest insect, whose life lasts only an instant, tries to escape from any danger in order to live a moment longer. And the desire to live is most developed in man.

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„Life is nothing but a competition to be the criminal rather than the victim.“

—  Bertrand Russell logician, one of the first analytic philosophers and political activist 1872 - 1970

James Montgomery photo

„Beyond this vale of tears
There is a life above,
Unmeasured by the flight of years;
And all that life is love.“

—  James Montgomery British editor, hymn writer, and poet 1771 - 1854

The Issues of Life and Death.
Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).

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