Leadership doesn’t mean huge crowds and megaphones or being someone’s boss. It means living your life with intention, tuned to your life’s purpose. It means, as Ghandi’s popular saying goes, Being the change you wish to see. When you do that, you intrinsically lead others by your example… This is how change should be made: the microcosm leading the macro; living in peace with ourselves before demanding it of our fellow citizens.
| The Occupied Body, Earthbody
Sublime upon sublime scarcely presents a contrast, and we need a little rest from everything, even the beautiful.
| Victor Hugo
The simplest things can make all the difference in the world.
Dr. Dakota Black: You know, my girlfriend had a theory. She said at some point in your life, you find a use for every useless talent you ever had. It’s like connecting the dots.
Cherry Darling: I’m not that optimistic. I feel like I’m sinking down a drain and I can’t get out.
Dr. Dakota Black: She’d say, “When you’re stuck in that spiral, you reach up.”
Cherry Darling: What if there’s nothing up there?
Dr. Dakota Black: Just reach up.
His whole thing was getting people to bring to the forefront the superhero inside them… I don’t think he was an unrealistic optimist. Anybody who has got some sense about him knows that horrible things happen in the world and that doesn’t mean that you despair. This is definitely the worst thing that has ever happened to me, without a close second, without anything even comparable. And I refuse to let that turn me into a pessimist.
| Joseph Gordon-Levitt on his late brother Dan
Life boils down to a series of choices. Before long, the choices you make, and the ones you don’t, become you. But… which you? Worse? Better? Someone you can’t even recognize? It can make you question everything. Whether you’re strong enough, good enough. All choices lead you somewhere. Bold choices take you where you’re supposed to be.
| Commercial for Jim Beam Whiskey
Funny how the most lasting life lessons are the ones we learned as kids.
Simba: I know what I have to do. But going back will mean facing my past. I’ve been running from it for so long.
[Rafiki hits Simba in the head with his stick]
Simba: Ow! Jeez, what was that for?
Rafiki: It doesn’t matter! It’s in the past.
Simba: Yeah, but it still hurts.
Rafiki: Oh yes, the past can hurt. But the way I see it, you can either run from it, or… learn from it.