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“Painting is a means of self-enlightenment.” ~ John Olsen

“Painting is just another way of keeping a diary.” ~ Pablo Picasso

“An artist cannot fail; it is a success to be one.” ~ Charles Horton Cooley
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"If you ask yourself 'What's the best thing that happened today?' it actually forces a certain kind of cheerful retrospection that pulls up from the recent past things to write about that you wouldn't otherwise think about.

If you ask yourself 'What happened today?' it's very likely that you're going to remember the worst thing because you've had to deal with it -- you've had to rush somewhere or somebody said something mean to you -- that's what you're going to remember.

But if you ask what the best thing is, it's going to be some particular slant of light, or some wonderful expression somebody ad, or some particularly delicious salad."

- Nicholson Baker
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"We do not know where we get our ideas from. What we do know is that we do not get them from our laptops." - Johen Cleese
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"Be regular and orderly in your life, so that you may be violent and original in your work."

- Gustave Flaubert
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“In many shamanic societies, it you came to a shaman or medicine person complaining of being disheartened, dispirited, or depressed, they would ask you one of four questions:

1. When did you stop dancing?
2. When did you stop singing?
3. When did you stop being enchanted by stories?
4. When did you stop finding comfort in the sweet territory of silence?”

~ Gabrielle Roth, Maps to Ecstasy

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Let no one who loves be unhappy, even love unreturned has its rainbow ~

James M. Barrie

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Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear.

Mark Twain
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"The sky takes on shades of orange during sunrise and sunset, the colour that gives you hope that the sun will set only to rise again."

Ram Charan
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The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.

E. E. Cummings
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Happiness is within. It has nothing to do with how much applause you get or how many people praise you. Happiness comes when you believe that you have done something truly meaningful.

- Martin Yan -
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Old friends pass away, new friends appear. It is just like the days. An old day passes, a new day arrives.

The important thing is to make it meaningful: a meaningful friend - or a meaningful day.


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Life is full of surprises and and serendipity. Being open to unexpected turns in the road is an important part of success. If you try to plan every step, you may miss those wonderful twists and turns. Just find your next adventure-do it well, enjoy it-and then, not now, think about what comes next.

Condoleezza Rice
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Mistakes - call them unexpected learning experiences.

☆ Richard Bach
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"One day I looked at something in myself that I had been avoiding because it was too painful. Yet once I did, I had an unexpected surprise. Rather than self-hatred, I was flooded with compassion for myself because I realized the pain necessary to develop that coping mechanism to begin with."

Marianne Williamson

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There is frequently more to be learned from the unexpected questions of a child than the discourses of men.

John Locke
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If you do not expect the unexpected you will not find it, for it is not to be reached by search or trail.

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"No one is so brave that he is not disturbed by something unexpected."

- Julius Caesar
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Don’t try to figure out what other people want to hear from you; figure out what you have to say. It’s the one and only thing you have to offer.

– Barbara Kingsolver
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By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail. - Benjamin Franklin

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Expect problems and eat them for breakfast. ~ Alfred A. Montapert

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If you want to conquer fear, don't sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.

- Dale Carnegie
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We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.

☆ Maya Angelou
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The secret of getting ahead is getting started. - Mark Twain

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My mother said to me, 'If you are a soldier, you will become a general. If you are a monk, you will become the Pope.' Instead, I was a painter, and became Picasso.

- Pablo Picasso

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Friendship with oneself is all-important because without it one cannot be friends with anyone else in the world.

- Eleanor Roosevelt

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"I guess this is gonna sound kind of weird, but I'm not scared for myself for dying. Because I believe all these places are temporary. This is just one shell. Because we Hawaiians live in both worlds."

Israel Kamakawiwo'ole (singer)

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Time is a created thing.

To say ‘I don’t have time’ is to say ‘I don’t want to’.

~ Lao Tzu
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When angry, count to four; when very angry, swear. - Mark Twain

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