The past

“The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there.”

L.P. Hartley

The levitating monk

“Prince Gautama, who had become Buddha, saw one of his followers meditating under a tree at the edge of the Ganges River. Upon inquiring why he was meditating, his follower stated he was attempting to become so enlightened he could cross the river unaided. Buddha gave him a few pennies and said: “Why don’t you seek passage with that boatman. It is much easier.”

Buddhist joke

Take possession of your life

“You can’t just walk into things with your eyes half open. You’ve got to know what you’re getting into and take possession of your life. It’s a thought process you constantly have to reaffirm or you’ll drift.”

Paraphrased quote by Guy Ritchie

You’ll meet a lot of people, who, to put it simply don’t know what they are talking about

You’ll meet a lot of people, who, to put it simply don’t know what they are talking about.
In 1970, a CBS executive famously said that there were four things you would never ever see on television:
A divorced person, a Jewish person, a person living in New York City and a man with a mustache.
By 1980, every person show on television was about a divorced Jew who lives in New York City and goes on a blind date with Tom Selleck.

Develop your own compass and trust it. Take risks. Dare to fail.

Remember the first person through the wall always gets hurt.

Aaron Sorkin (May 13 2012, during commencement speech at Syracuse University)

The speech is well-worth listening to in its entirety.