Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great. When you are seeking to bring big plans to fruition, it is important with whom you regularly associate. Hang out with friends who are like-minded and who are also designing purpose-filled lives. Similarly, be that kind of a friend for your friends.
“As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler; solitude will not be solitude, poverty will not be poverty, nor weakness weakness.”
— Henry David Thoreau. Walden.
Act as if anything you desire is already here.
Believe that all that you seek you’ve already received, that it exists in spirit, and know you shall have your desires filled.
…treat yourself as if you already are what you’d like to become.
From: The Power of Intention by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer
“When Isaac Newton was born in this house in 1642, the world was very different. Everyone looked at the perfection of the clockwork motions of the planets in the sky and could only understand it as the work of a master clockmaker. How else to explain it? There was only one way such a thing could come about in their imagination. God. For reasons beyond our understanding, God just created the solar system that way. But that explanation is the closing of a door – it doesn’t lead to other questions.
With one foot still in the Middle Ages, Isaac Newton imagined the whole solar system. Newton’s laws of gravity and motion revealed how the sun held distant worlds captive. His laws swept away the need for a master clockmaker to explain the precision and beauty of the solar system. Gravity is the clockmaker. Newton’s answer to why the solar system is the way it is opened the way to an infinite number of questions.”
-Neil deGrasse Tyson, Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey (Ep. 3: When Knowledge Conquered Fear)
“If we are to find our way across troubled waters,
we are better served by the company of those who have built bridges,
who have moved beyond despair and inertia.”
“An Atheist believes that a hospital should be built instead of a church. An atheist believes that deed must be done instead of prayer said. An atheist strives for involvement in life and not escape into death. He wants disease conquered, poverty vanished, war eliminated.”
Madalyn Murray O’Hair