This is a collection of quotes that I’ve stumbled upon the internet and in books and from the people I meet.

If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up the people to gather wood, divide the work, and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea.

— Antoine De Saint-Exupery, Author of The Little Prince

If you don’t understand, ask questions. If you’re uncomfortable about asking questions, say you are uncomfortable about asking questions and then ask anyway. It’s easy to tell when a question is coming from a good place. Then listen some more. Sometimes people just want to feel heard. Here’s to possibilities of friendship and connection and understanding.

— Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Americanah

The truth. It is a beautiful and terrible thing and should therefore be treated with great caution

— Albus Dumbledore

We all are artists, musicians, dancers, writers. Everything else is just a way to pay the bills.

— Anonymous

All that is gold does not glitter, Not all those who wander are lost; The old that is strong does not wither, Deep roots are not reached by the frost.

— J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings

Programs should be written for people to read, and only incidentally for machines to execute.

— Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs

Anyone can become angry— that is easy. But to be angry with the right person, to the right degree, at the right time, for the right purpose, and in the right way— this is not easy.

— Aristotle, The Nicomacbean Ethics

If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.

— Robin Jones Gunn, Coming Attractions

Forget about what you are escaping from, he said, quoting an old maxim of Kornblum’s. Reserve your anxiety for what you are escaping to.

―– Michael Chabon, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay

We are punished by our sins, not for them.

— Elbert Hubbard