„If you hear how wonderful you are often enough, you begin to believe it, no matter how you try to resist it.“
— Ben Carson 17th and current United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development; American neurosurgeon 1951
„You must be filled with expectancy. You must be awash in hope. You must wonder who will love you, whom you will love next.“
— Kate DiCamillo, The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane
— George Clooney American actor, filmmaker, and activist 1961
„“You exist: without name, without form. You cannot see the light of day; you cannot see the dark. You sold the green earth and the sun and stars to save yourself. But you have no self. All that which you sold, that is yourself. You have given everything for nothing. And so now you seek to draw the world to you, all that light and life you lost, to fill up your nothingness. But it cannot be filled. Not all the songs of earth, not all the stars of heaven, could fill your emptiness.”“
— Ursula K. Le Guin American writer 1929
Chapter 12, "The Dry Land"
„Maybe-- maybe love makes you suspicious and doubting. Is it true that when you love a woman you are never sure-- never sure of her because you aren't sure of yourself?“
— John Steinbeck, East of Eden
Context: Maybe that's the reason," Adam said slowly, feeling his way. "Maybe if I had loved him I would have been jealous of him. You were. Maybe-maybe love makes you suspicious and doubting. Is it true that when you love a woman you are never sure-never sure of her because you aren't sure of yourself? I can see it pretty clearly. I can see how you loved him and what it did to you. I did not love him. Maybe he loved me. He tested me and hurt me and punished me and finally he sent me out like a sacrifice, maybe to make up for something. But he did not love you, and so he had faith in you. Maybe — why, maybe it's a kind of reverse.
— Napoleon Hill, Think and Grow Rich: The Landmark Bestseller - Now Revised and Updated for the 21st Century
— James D. Watson American molecular biologist, geneticist, and zoologist. 1928
„When you want to help people, you tell them the truth. When you want to help yourself, you tell them what they want to hear.“
— Thomas Sowell American economist, social theorist, political philosopher and author 1930
„When you want to hear a philosopher, do not say, 'You say nothing to me'; only show yourself worthy or fit to hear, and then you will see how you will move the speaker.“
— Epictetus philosopher from Ancient Greece 50 - 138
Context: When you want to hear a philosopher, do not say, 'You say nothing to me'; only show yourself worthy or fit to hear, and then you will see how you will move the speaker. (81).
„Before you diagnose yourself with depression or low self-esteem, first make sure that you are not, in fact, just surrounded by assholes.“
— William Gibson American-Canadian speculative fiction novelist and founder of the cyberpunk subgenre 1948
„Anything or anyone that asks you to be other than yourself is not holy, but is trying only to fill its own need.“
— Mark Nepo, The Book of Awakening: Having the Life You Want by Being Present to the Life You Have
„Breathe. Let go. And remind yourself that this very moment is the only one you know you have for sure.“
— Oprah Winfrey American businesswoman, talk show host, actress, producer, and philanthropist 1954