by Braden

Quotes that capture how I think about life.

What I love about a quote is that it’s a powerful synthesis of a hard earned lesson from someone’s life that normally comes from overcoming difficulty and reflecting upon it. And it’s a great lens into the human experience.


The world needs dreamers and the world needs doers. But above all, the world needs dreamers who do.

Sarah Ban Breathnach

Everything you ever wanted is on the other side of fear.

George Addair

All my days I have longed equally to travel the right road and to take my own errant path. 

Sigrid Undset

Trying to get everyone to like you is a sign of mediocrity. You’ll avoid the tough decisions, and you’ll avoid confronting the people who need to be confronted.

Colin Powell

What and how much had I lost by trying to do only what was expected of me instead of what I myself had wished to do?

Ralph Ellison

Courage isn’t the absence of fear, but an urgent impulse to do something despite fear.

Grant Cardone

If you set your goals ridiculously high and it’s a failure, you will fail above everyone else’s success.

James Cameron

If you don’t make mistakes, you’re not working on hard enough problems. And that’s a big mistake.

Frank Wilczek

Ideas are easy. It’s the execution of ideas that really separates the sheep from the goats.

Sue Grafton

I don’t think a tough question is disrespectful. 

Helen Thomas

Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.

Oscar Wilde

If you want to improve, be content to be thought foolish and stupid.

Epictetus

Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.

Abraham Lincoln

Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.

Robert A. Heinlein

Folks are usually about as happy as they make their minds up to be.

Abraham Lincoln

It is impossible for a person to begin to learn what he thinks he already knows

Epictetus

The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today. Let us move forward with strong and active faith.

Franklin D. Roosevelt (last words written by him on the day of his death)