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Children see magic because they look for it.

Christopher Moore

In his 2004 book “Lamb,” acclaimed author Christopher Moore tells the story of Jesus Christ’s childhood through the eyes of Jesus’ fictional boyhood friend Biff. Early on in the story, Biff tells us, “Children see magic because they look for it.” He goes on to recount how Jesus “shone like a bloom in the desert. But maybe I only saw it, because I was looking for it. To everyone else he seemed like just another child...” Because the book is written for adults, this line seems almost like an invitation. We were all children once. Perhaps, as adults, we may still see magic if we look for it. 

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A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.

Francis Bacon

With this quote, Lord Francis Bacon reminds us that success is rarely achieved by happenstance, but rather by taking action. A British lawyer, statesman, and philosopher born in 1561, Bacon wrote extensively on the topics of ethics, politics, and religion. Under the rule of King James I, Bacon achieved England’s highest political office of Lord Chancellor. This quote encapsulates his attitude on ambition and has been a rallying cry of self-made women and men for hundreds of years. 

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Love is a tenacious adventure.

Alain Badiou

This line from Alain Badiou’s 2012 book “In Praise of Love” is followed by the author’s insistence that “the adventurous side is necessary, but equally so is the need for tenacity.” Born in France in 1937, Badiou explored the idea of love as a magnificent undertaking that forever changes the two individuals who choose to persist through the challenges they will inevitably encounter. Love, he argued, is the much-needed antidote to the self-interest that consumes so much of the world today; it is our greatest hope for connection and understanding. 

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Optimism is a happiness magnet.

Mary Lou Retton

Displaying incredible perseverance, Mary Lou Retton overcame injury and etched her name into the annals of history in 1984 as the first U.S. Olympic gymnast to win individual all-around gold. Retton's feat — accomplished on home soil at the Los Angeles Summer Games — won the heart of a nation and even earned her a coveted spot on Wheaties cereal boxes. In her post-athletic career, she pivoted toward sharing the philosophies behind her success, including the power of positivity. Maintaining a can-do attitude is contagious, and will attract opportunity, joy, and the kind of people who can boost us up.

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If your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete.

Jack Kornfield

Buddhist practitioner and author Jack Kornfield included this quote in his 1994 book, “Buddha’s Little Instruction Book” — and it was thereafter commonly misattributed to Gautama Buddha himself. One of the tenets of Buddhism is extending compassion to other people, but we also must remember to be compassionate with ourselves. It can be a very different thing to go easy on yourself when something goes wrong. Yet we can’t fully practice compassion until we turn it inward first.

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\It’s better to look ahead and prepare, than to look back and regret.

Jackie Joyner-Kersee

Few athletes in any sport have risen to more lofty heights than track and field star Jackie Joyner-Kersee. Her unmatched physical talents earned her the unofficial title of “First Lady of American Athletics,” plus six Olympic medals and a place on ESPN's list of the greatest athletes of the 20th century. Joyner-Kersee is not just an accomplished competitor, but a devoted philanthropist as well, having founded a namesake foundation to help children in her hometown of East St. Louis, Illinois. This quote makes up a core building block of the foundation's "Winning in Life" program, suggesting that having the confidence and knowledge needed to power through adversity is worth every moment of the preparation and hard work it takes to get there.

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Instead of looking at things, look between things.

John Baldessari

Conceptual artist John Baldessari’s work often bent the rules of traditional art, or rejected them altogether. Most famously, he decided to burn all of his previous work in a piece called “Cremation Project” in 1970 (he had been painting since the 1950s). From then on, Baldessari explored numerous mediums, including film, text painting, sculpture, and more, often commenting on the overly intellectual nature of much conceptual art. His artistic direction and his words push us to try a different approach when considering something familiar. Instead of taking things at face value, we can take a different view, think outside the box, and see things we were never able to see before.

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“The Lord will bless his people with peace.” (Psalm 29:11)

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Art is a spiritual function of man, which aims at freeing him from life's chaos.

Kurt Schwitters

A German-born artist, Kurt Schwitters worked across a wide array of genres and media, though he is most widely known for his collages. In the wake of World War I, he collected garbage from the streets to use as material, creating heartfelt and often sentimental works from the most unlikely of components. His work from this period took the remains of devastating conflict and transformed them into art. For him, the creation process was spiritual, a way to step free of life’s chaos, and bring pieces of the world together instead of ripping them apart.

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Change — real change — comes from the inside out.

Stephen Covey

Stephen Covey’s book “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” was first published in 1989 and has sold more than 40 million copies worldwide. This quote is found near the end of the book in a section where Covey ruminates on change. Self-growth, he suggests, comes from addressing “the fundamental, essential paradigms which give definition to our character and create the lens through which we see the world.” We cannot change our lives in any meaningful way without first looking deeply within ourselves.

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