I remember quotes. Some people think I have a photographic memory, but I think that my brain just soaks up words and keeps them in a special place where it’s easy for me to reference back when I need to. When I find a good quote I’ll sometimes write it down and keep it in random places. On my desk. In a book that I might never read again. In my truck on the back of a gas station receipt. I find quotes everywhere because instead of focusing on where I’m writing it down, I’m only focused on keeping the words in my head.
Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.
I keep that one on my desk. It reminds me that the more I work towards having a great spirit, or becoming a great spirit, the more I’ll find violent opposition from minds that can’t keep up. It’s ok for people to disagree with me as long as my spirit is great and unbroken.
There is only one way to avoid criticism; to do nothing, to say nothing, and to be nothing.
I keep that one written down on an old piece of paper in my wallet. I like it because it reminds me to do things no matter what people might think. As long as I’m doing something, it’s better than the opposite. And we all know that “Well behaved women rarely make history…” Right?
Always remember that the crowd that applauds your coronation is the same crowd that will applaud your beheading. People like a show.
Tell me you can’t relate to that one?! People love a good show, especially when they’re not the one getting their head chopped off. In today’s world of social media I think this one is especially true. You want to get attention, but only in a good way. The crowd will still be reposting, retweeting, and hashtagging your name when you fall from grace.
The trick to surviving in this sometimes cruel world is to love endlessly. Forget the golden rule. Forget what you know about treating others the way they’ve treated you. We should all treat others with love and respect even when they don’t do the same for us. It’s not an easy thing to do, but no great things come from easy beginnings. And this goes back to what I said in the beginning about great spirits and mediocre minds…