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Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.

Helen Keller

Throughout her life as an author and social reformer, Helen Keller motivated people around the world to overcome obstacles, even in the most difficult circumstances.
Despite losing both her sight and hearing when she was just 19 months old, she went on to become a prolific writer, lecturer, and disability rights advocate, helping found the American Civil Liberties Union and authoring hundreds of essays.
Keller wrote these words of encouragement in her 1940 book “Let Us Have Faith,” calling upon us to take chances in life, and trust in the path of discovery.

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The way to right wrongs is to turn the light of truth upon them.

Ida B. Wells

Journalist and activist Ida B. Wells (1862-1931) spent her life crusading to find the truth and shed a light on inequality in America. As a civil rights leader who was born into slavery, Wells used her platform to expose the mistreatment of Black Americans after the U.S. Civil War. This quote epitomizes her mission in life. When injustice rears its head, the way to enact change is not to look away, but rather to educate people about it and have hard conversations about who we are and what we stand for — to have the courage to create enough light to help people see the truth.

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Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow, for heaven's sake.

Kurt Vonnegut

In his darkly humorous writing style, author Kurt Vonnegut excelled at using satire to make a statement. Novels such as "Cat's Cradle" and "Slaughterhouse-Five" served as unabashed critiques of technology and war, though Vonnegut's honesty also extended to more lighthearted matters. This quote — which appeared in his 2005 memoir "A Man Without a Country" — encourages artistic creativity as a means to make "life more bearable." While acknowledging that life is often difficult, Vonnegut argues that artistic pursuits — the process, not simply the products — offer vital catharsis and gratification. Whether singing in the shower or writing a poem, the act of creating something original can enrich the soul and provide a deep sense of reward.

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I need to do this -

Just set one day’s work in front of the last day's work. That's the way it comes out.

John Steinbeck

John Steinbeck had already received critical acclaim for “Of Mice and Men” when, in 1938, he began to write “The Grapes of Wrath.” Not one to rest on his laurels, the author was more driven than ever to create his best work. To that end, he kept what he called “the diary of a book,” later published as “Working Days.” Full of dogged determination and inspiration, as well as stinging self-doubt and self-reproach, the diary reveals the creative process throughout the 100 days Steinbeck spent writing the novel. He constantly reminds himself to keep going, to write each day no matter what, and to accept doubt and forge onward. “I am sure of one thing — it isn’t the great book I had hoped it would be,” he wrote in the diary. “It’s just a run-of-the-mill book.” He was wrong, of course. “The Grapes of Wrath” won a Pulitzer and earned Steinbeck the Nobel Prize.

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Missed one - I call this one the "Labor of Love"

To rank the effort above the prize may be called love.

Confucius

Confucius was a giant of a philosopher, up there with the likes of Socrates, Aristotle, and Buddha. His teachings have been fundamental to Chinese and East Asian culture for some 2,500 years, and remain highly influential today. Confucianism emphasizes morality and traditional values, including justice, kindness, sincerity, and respect for one’s elders. The philosopher was also a strong believer in the value of effort. For Confucius, trying your best to achieve something was of greater importance than the goal itself.

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There is an eloquence in true enthusiasm.

Washington Irving

This line comes from Washington Irving’s short story “The Adventure of the German Student,” which is actually a pretty dark and ghostly tale. But these words come at a joyful time in the story. The main character has just met a woman and immediately falls in love with her; at this moment he is explaining how he plans to take care of her. His earnest enthusiasm wins her over. Time and again, when we let our joy and passion shine through, we’re rewarded with happiness.

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The best friend is he that, when he wishes a person's good, wishes it for that person's own sake.

Aristotle

Aristotle's influential treatise "Nicomachean Ethics" is considered one of the most important philosophical works ever written. In it, the ancient Greek philosopher examines what is good in life and how people should live honorably and ethically. The topic given the most time in the entire treatise is friendship, of which Aristotle saw three kinds. The lowest friendships are those of utility, in which there is no great regard for the other person beyond what they can provide. Then there are friendships of pleasure, in which two people like to be together, but the relationship is often temporary and can end easily. The highest form of friendship exists between good people who are alike in their virtuousness. In this most noble of friendships, both people truly care for each other without seeking anything in return.

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Get up quickly — just switch on the white light of the will.

Susan Sontag

Author, critic, activist, philosopher, humanist: Susan Sontag was one of America’s most influential intellectuals. Though she published dozens of books, plays, monographs, and films on a vast variety of topics, from photography to AIDS to communism, she thought of herself as a student all her life. In her journals, Sontag recorded her thoughts, notes on her works in progress, and fragments from her voracious reading. This note from October 1973 reads like an instruction to herself. When the whole world is out there, just waiting to be studied, one mustn’t hesitate.

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Consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.

—Hebrews 12:3 NASB

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Genius is nothing more nor less than childhood recovered at will.

Charles Baudelaire

Great literary and artistic geniuses are celebrated for their vision and creativity, but even they can’t compete with the pure imagination of a child. The French poet and essayist Charles Baudelaire was very much aware of this, and wrote about it in his influential 1863 essay “The Painter of Modern Life.” For Baudelaire, the ability to tap into this childlike way of thinking and seeing was a fundamental part of adult genius. “The child sees everything as a novelty,” he wrote. “The child is always ‘drunk.’ Nothing is more like what we call inspiration than the joy the child feels in drinking in shape and color.”

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