„When you decide to become an opera singer, it's a commitment that allows nothing else to interfere. Even your family - and I have a young daughter - has to take second place.“
„I passed an entire night in mental turmoil. Ultimately, I decided to take the plunge without even informing my family.“
— Gulzarilal Nanda Prime Minister of India 1898 - 1998
India Today in: "Gulzarilal Nanda: Profile in austerity". When he joined the Freedom Movement in 1921 after he met Mahatma Gandhi.
„There's nothing happy about having your fate decided for you! You have to grab your own happiness!“
— Hiro Mashima Japanese manga artist 1977
„Everything changes when you wake up in the morning and decide to own today. It will not be taken from you by anyone else, it will be yours“
— Michael Elmore-Meegan British humanitarian 1959
Changing the World
„Don't waste the breath to save your face, When you have done your best, And even more is asked of you, Let fate decide the rest.“
— Robert Hunter American musician 1941
"Built to Last"
„Commitment becomes hysterical when those who have nothing to give advocate generosity, and those who have nothing to give up preach renunciation.“
— Eric Hoffer American philosopher 1902 - 1983
„Shilo when I was young,
I used to call your name.
When no one else would come,
Shilo you always came and we'd play.“
— Neil Diamond American singer-songwriter 1941
„"Don't waste your life, Tom." "I think I already have, father." "You're just young. It seems like that when you're young. Life's nothing but joy or misery when you're young."“
— Bernard Cornwell British writer 1944
Thomas of Hookton and Father Hobbe, p. 140