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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Magic realism is a literary genre in which narrative is shot through with surreal, dreamlike, seemingly impossible moments.
If famed author Salman Rushdie is a dean of the genre, perhaps it is not surprising that his life exhibits so many similar traits.
To wit, the struggling young writer penned the classic “Midnight’s Children,” which would go on not only to win the prestigious Booker Prize, but the “Booker of Bookers,” which pit previous champions against each other.
Then came the fatwa against him in the aftermath of “The Satanic Verses,” a death sentence from some Islamic authorities, which threw him into daily danger and consumed years of his life.
The longtime U.S. resident is now enjoying a new high, with his new book “Quichotte” short-listed for another Booker Prize. As part of Reuters Life Lessons series, we sat down with the 72-year-old author to discuss his life on and off the page.
Below are edited excerpts from the interview.
Q: As a young writer starting out, what was the money situation like?
A: I was broke most of the time. In those days in the UK, you could get a part-time job at an ad agency and work two or three days a week. “Midnight’s Children” took five years to write, and I paid the bills by working at Ogilvy & Mather.
Q: What was it like to go from scraping by, to being a smash?
A: It was completely unexpected. I wasn’t even sure who would publish it. When it did come out, even then I didn’t expect it to become a global bestseller. That changed my life, and I was so grateful. It gave me the ability to sit at home and work, which for a writer is almost a miracle.
Q: Did you make any money mistakes, once you became a success?
A: I’ve always been quite sensible about money. I didn’t buy any fast cars, for instance – I bought an ordinary Citroen. Even if I had the money, I never wanted a Lamborghini. I don’t have extravagant tastes, and I never have had.
Q: With the fatwa, what did you learn about enduring in an impossible situation?
A: Until you’re placed in a position like that, of extreme pressure, you don’t really know how you are going to react. It’s impossible to know in advance. What I learned about myself is that I was able to endure, and fight back, and come out on the other end, and not be crazy. That was a surprise to me. Everyone has a resilience that you might not suspect yourself of having.
Q: Some of your philanthropic money has been devoted to school lunches in South Africa – why is that?
A: A friend of mine started a charity called The Lunchbox Fund, which gives a healthy midday meal to schoolkids in the poorest areas of South Africa. Truancy rates in the townships had been very high. If you tell students they are going to have a big lunch, then they stay in class and get an education. It’s an impressively simple idea.
Q: What life lessons do you try to pass on to your own children?
A: Kindness and hard work. Fortunately for me, both of my sons are very kind and are working hard at things they love. Neither of them followed in my footsteps, though. They are carving out lives for themselves that are anything but literary.
My oldest son has a public relations and event management firm, and my younger son is completing a diploma in music production and sound engineering. That’s where they are passionate.
Q: Since we are in unique times, both in the U.S. and the UK, any lessons to be learned from these strange political moments?
A: With Brexit, I’ve always been strongly against it. I would love to feel that this juggernaut heading off the edge of a cliff can still be stopped. Maybe it can’t be, but I live in hope.
As for Trump, I feel the way for the country to regain its real self is to defeat him. I dread to think what would happen if he were re-elected. Next November will be a real turning point in the U.S. People will have to decide what kind of country they want to live in.
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Wisdom is the distilled knowledge that is created through experience and insight. It is not something only the educated have. Mankind's ancestors left behind a treasure trove of wisdom in the form of scriptures, folklore, and proverbs. Their wise words guide people through the meandering path of life through the legends, folk tales, and sayings that get passed from one generation to another.
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"The price of greatness is responsibility."
"Yesterday is but today's memory, and tomorrow is today's dream."
"A little knowledge that acts is worth infinitely more than much knowledge that is idle."
"Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars."
"I have learned silence from the talkative, toleration from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind; yet, strange, I am ungrateful to those teachers."
"Faith is a knowledge within the heart, beyond the reach of proof."
"Your children are not your children. They are the sons and daughters of Life's longing for itself. They came through you but not from you and though they are with you yet they belong not to you."
"Do what you can, with what you have, where you are."
"When you lose, don't lose the lesson."
"Years teach us more than books."
"Learn to hold loosely all that is not eternal."
"Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest."
"Decide who you must be, then do what you must do."
"What you are is what you have been, and what you will be is what you do now."
"Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without."
"We are formed and molded by our thoughts. Those whose minds are shaped by selfless thoughts give joy when they speak or act. Joy follows them like a shadow that never leaves them."
"To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don’t need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself."
"The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook."
"Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere."
"Self-development is a higher duty than self-sacrifice."
"Recompense injury with justice, and recompense kindness with kindness."
"What the superior man seeks is in himself; what the small man seeks is in others."
"Ignorance is the night of the mind, but a night without moon and star."
"Do not hire a man who does your work for money, but him who does it for love of it."
"What should young people do with their lives today? Many things, obviously. But the most daring thing is to create stable communities in which the terrible disease of loneliness can be cured."
"Do not be too timid and squeamish about your reactions. All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better."
"Find a need and fill it."
"Appear weak when you are strong, and strong when you are weak."
"Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens."
"The longer the explanation, the bigger the lie."
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Every next level of your life will demand a different you. Click to tweet
Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes. Carl Jung Click to tweet
The scariest moment is always just before you start. Stephen King Click to tweet
Little by little, one travels far. J. R. R. Tolkien Click to tweet
I exist as I am, that is enough. Walt Whitman Click to tweet
We know what we are, but know not what we may be. William Shakespeare Click to tweet
Paths are made by walking. Franz Kafka Click to tweet
Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations. Unknown Click to tweet
Learn to sell. Learn to build. If you can do both, you will be unstoppable. Naval Ravikant Click to tweet
We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars. Oscar Wilde Click to tweet
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Begin now to be what you will be hereafter. Saint Jerome Click to tweet
We have to do the best we are capable of. This is our sacred human responsibility. Albert Einstein
Everything is possible. The impossible just takes longer. Dan Brown
The brain is wider than the sky. Emily Dickinson
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference. Robert Frost
If you are free, you need to free somebody else. If you have some power, then your job is to empower somebody else. Toni Morrison
Listen, smile, agree, and then do whatever the fuck you were doing to do anyway. Robert Downey Jr
Individuals search for truth, groups search for consensus. Naval Ravikant
The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper. W.B. Yeats
It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves. William Shakespeare Click to tweet
If you are not willing to risk the unusual, you will have to settle for the ordinary. Jim Rohn Click to tweet
Learn to say ‘no’ to the good so you can say ‘yes’ to the best. John C. Maxwell
Great things never came from comfort zones. Neil Strauss
I have the choice of being constantly active and happy or introspectively passive and sad. Or I can go mad by ricocheting in between. Sylvia Plath
When you have confidence, you can have a lot of fun. And when you have fun, you can do amazing things. Joe Namath
If you want something you never had, you have to do something you’ve never done. Thomas Jefferson
There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self. Ernest Hemingway
Understand: you are one of a kind. Your character traits are a kind of chemical mix that will never be repeated in history. There are ideas unique to you, a specific rhythm and perspective that are your strengths, not your weaknesses. You must not be afraid of your uniqueness. Robert Greene
You are the person you have been waiting for. Joe Dispenza
If you’re willing to bleed a little every day, you may win big later. Naval Ravikant
Extreme people get extreme results. Sam Altman
The greatest thing in the world is to know how to belong to oneself. Michel de Montaigne
The easiest way to change the world is to change yourself. Maxime Lagacé
Take your time, play the long game, embrace the boring, the difficulties, the uncomfortable. This is how it will happen. Maxime Lagacé
Great things are not accomplished by those who yield to trends and fads and popular opinion. Jack Kerouac
Adversity reveals genius, prosperity conceals it. Horace Click to tweet
I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet. Jack London
Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant. Robert Louis Stevenson
Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat. F. Scott Fitzgerald
From error to error one discovers the entire truth. Sigmund Freud (This is one of my favorite inspirational quote. Leave a reply here and let me know what’s yours!)
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In a gentle way, you can shake the world. Mahatma Gandhi Click to tweet
The secret of getting ahead is getting started. Mark Twain
Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better. Samuel Beckett
You will become as small as your controlling desire; as great as you dominant aspiration. James Allen
Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it. Helen Keller
The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. Steve Jobs
Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. Jesus Christ
A ship is always safe a shore but that is not what it’s built for. Albert Einstein
Shoot for the moon and if you miss you will still be among the stars. Les Brown
Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later. Og Mandino
When you know what you want, and want it bad enough, you will find a way to get it. Jim Rohn
If you don’t know where you are going, you will probably end up somewhere else. Laurence J. Peter
If you can dream it, then you can achieve it. You will get all you want in life if you help enough other people get what they want. Zig Ziglar
Not all those who wander are lost. J. R. R. Tolkien Click to tweet
Don’t let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do. John Wooden
If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude. Maya Angelou
In order to attain the impossible, one must attempt the absurd. Miguel de Cervantes
Some men see things as they are and ask why. Others dream things that never were and ask why not. George Bernard Shaw
You don’t need to see the whole staircase, just take the first step. Martin Luther King Jr
All for one and one for all. Alexandre Dumas
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit. Aristotle
Life is not always a matter of holding good cards, but sometimes, playing a poor hand well. Jack London
Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value. Albert Einstein
Whether you believe you can do a thing or not, you are right. Henry Ford
Live your beliefs and you can turn the world around. Henry David Thoreau
You have to risk going too far to discover just how far you can really go. Jim Rohn
That which does not kill us makes us stronger. Friedrich Nietzsche
He who has a why to live can bear almost any how. Friedrich Nietzsche
Be yourself; everyone else is already taken. Oscar Wilde
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You make your own luck if you stay at it long enough. Naval Ravikant Click to tweet
If you can imagine it, we can make it. John Dykstra
Either get busy living or get busy dying. Stephen King
You change the world by being yourself. Yoko Ono
The only way round is through. Robert Frost
Seek life, not comfort. Maxime Lagacé
Pain or love or danger makes you real again. Jack Kerouac
Begin, be bold and venture to be wise. Horace
We are our choices. Jean-Paul Sartre
A goal should scare you a little and excite you a lot. Joe Vitale
Your big opportunity may be right where you are now. Napoleon Hill
Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go. T.S. Eliot
One day or day one. You decide. Unknown
I didn’t come this far, to only come this far. Unknown
Prove them wrong. Unknown
Don’t tell people your dreams. Show them. Unknown
You can be happy where you are. Joel Osteen
An ounce of action is worth a ton of theory. Friedrich Engels
They can because they think they can. Virgil
Fortune sides with him who dares. Virgil Click to tweet
Life begins on the other side of despair. Jean-Paul Sartre
Resist much, obey little. Walt Whitman
Men must live and create. Live to the point of tears. Albert Camus
Live, travel, adventure, bless, and don’t be sorry. Jack Kerouac
And your very flesh shall be a great poem. Walt Whitman
Our true nationality is mankind. H. G. Wells
Diligence is the mother of good fortune. Miguel de Cervantes
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Feet, what do I need them for if I have wings to fly. Frida Kahlo Click to tweet
Your mind is a powerful thing. When you fill it with positive thoughts, your life will start to change. Unknown
It will be the toughest thing you’ll ever do, but your heart is never wrong. Maxime Lagacé
Never let the odds keep you from doing what you know in your heart you were meant to do. H. Jackson Brown Jr
My message to you is simple, keep believing, keep marching, keep building, keep raising your voice. Barack Obama
Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit. E.E. Cummings
I want to stay as close to the edge as I can without going over. Out on the edge you see all kinds of things you can’t see from the center. Kurt Vonnegut
If you take risks and face your fate with dignity, there is nothing you can do that makes you small; if you don’t take risks, there is nothing you can do that makes you grand, nothing. Nassim Nicholas Taleb
What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us. Henry Stanley Haskins
We did not come to fear the future. We came here to shape it. Barack Obama
At the end of the day it’s not about what you have or even what you’ve accomplished… it’s about who you’ve lifted up, who you’ve made better, it’s about what you’ve given back. Denzel Washington
Act enthusiastic and you will be enthusiastic. Dale Carnegie
Magic is believing in yourself, if you can do that, you can make anything happen. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
We don’t rise to the level of our expectations. We fall to the level of our training. Archilochus
If the doors of perception were cleansed everything would appear to man as it is: infinite. William Blake
I took a deep breath and listened to the old brag of my heart. I am, I am, I am. Sylvia Plath
You will find poetry nowhere unless you bring some of it with you. Joseph Joubert
And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it. Roald Dahl
Breathe, it’s just a bad day, not a bad life. Unknown Click to tweet
The mind is like an iceberg, it floats with one-seventh of its bulk above water. Sigmund Freud
Build a man a fire, and he’ll be warm for a day. Set a man on fire, and he’ll be warm for the rest of his life. Terry Pratchett
The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands but seeing with new eyes. Marcel Proust
Abandon yourself to the moment, and you will find every day new openings, new light, new insight. And those new insights will go on changing you. One day, suddenly you will see you are each moment new. Osho
You have to be able to tolerate what you don’t necessarily like so you can be free. Larry Flynt
I believe that man will not merely endure; he will prevail. William Faulkner
What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness. John Steinbeck
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Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much. Oscar Wilde Click to tweet
Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar. Sigmund Freud
We are all born mad. Some remain so. Samuel Beckett
Always do sober what you said you’d do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut. Ernest Hemingway
I have measured out my life with coffee spoons. T.S. Eliot
Some people never go crazy. What truly horrible lives they must lead. Charles Bukowski
Life has a way of testing a person’s will, either by having nothing happen at all or by having everything happen at once. Paulo Coelho
I became insane, with long intervals of horrible sanity. Edgar Allan Poe
Embrace the glorious mess that you are. Elizabeth Gilbert
The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not ‘Eureka!’ (I’ve found it!), but ‘That’s funny…’.
I don’t want to go to heaven. None of my friends are there. Oscar Wilde Click to tweet
Stories of imagination tend to upset those without one. Terry Pratchett
I learned long ago, never to wrestle with a pig. You get dirty, and besides, the pig likes it. George Bernard Shaw
I tell you, we are here on Earth to fart around, and don’t let anybody tell you different.
Wrinkles mean you laughed, grey hair means you care and scars mean you lived. Unknown
A bad attitude is like a flat tire, you can’t get very far until you change it. Unknown
Speak when you are angry and you will make the best speech you will ever regret. Ambrose Bierce
If you are money, then, when you die, you will be spent. Rich Cohen
You can only be young once. But you can always be immature. Dave Barry
I have great faith in fools – self-confidence my friends will call it. Edgar Allan Poe
Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please. Mark Twain
Drag your thoughts away from your troubles… by the ears, by the heels, or any other way you can manage it. Mark Twain
The only thing you can get in a hurry is trouble. Navjot Singh Sidhu
It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog. Mark Twain
Show me a man with a tattoo and I’ll show you a man with an interesting past. Jack London
It’s not bragging if you can back it up. Muhammad Ali
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The wisest men follow their own direction. Euripides Click to tweet
Better to have, and not need, than to need, and not have. Franz Kafka
You are free, and that is why you are lost. Franz Kafka
From a certain point onward there is no longer any turning back. That is the point that must be reached. Franz Kafka
Someday, somehow, this will all make sense. Maxime Lagacé
You have as much laughter as you have faith. Martin Luther
We shall not cease from exploration. And the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time. T.S. Eliot
Rise to the level of your ideals, not the average of your environment. The Stoic Emperor
There is no great genius without a mixture of madness. Aristotle
What we call the beginning is often the end. And to make an end is to make a beginning. The end is where we start from. T.S. Eliot
Cynicism is easy. Mimicry is easy. Optimistic contrarians are the rarest breed. Naval Ravikant
We are here to laugh at the odds and live our lives so well that Death will tremble to take us. Charles Bukowski
Unless you believe, you will not understand. Augustine of Hippo
You will always find an answer in the sound of water. Zhuangzi Click to tweet
You attract what you are, not what you want. Unknown
I focused so hard on what I wanted that I lost sight of what I deserved. Unknown
Sometimes when things are falling apart they may actually be falling into place. Unknown
Let it all go. See what stays. Unknown
Anything I come across that feels impossible, I probably need to take a second look. Joe Gebbia (Co-founder AirBnb)
The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why. Mark Twain
Too much sanity may be madness and the maddest of all, to see life as it is and not as it should be. Miguel de Cervantes
Every word is like an unnecessary stain on silence and nothingness. Samuel Beckett
The less effort, the faster and more powerful you will be. Bruce Lee
Some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again. C.S. Lewis
Goodness makes greatness truly valuable, and greatness make goodness much more serviceable. Matthew Henry
You must realize that one day you will die. Until then you are worthless. Chuck Palahniuk
Do not think you will necessarily be aware of your own enlightenment. Dogen
Do not judge, and you will never be mistaken. Jean Jacques Rousseau
Do not ask for what you will wish you had not got. Seneca
If you suddenly stumble upon the right door, you will not be able to recognize that it is right. Osho
You have to die a few times before you can really live. Charles Bukowski
Live so that you can at least get the benefit of the doubt. Kin Hubbard
To find yourself, think for yourself. Socrates
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You have to be odd to be number one. Dr. Seuss Click to tweet
My father used to say, “don’t raise your voice improve your argument”. Unknown
When thinking about life, remember this: no amount of guild can change the past, and no amount of anxiety can change the future. Unknown
I do not believe in taking the right decision, I take a decision and make it right. Muhammad Ali Jinnah
People cry, not because they’re weak. It’s because they’ve been strong for too long. Johnny Depp
The first to apologize is the bravest. The first to forgive is the strongest. The first to forget is the happiest. Unknown
Fear, pain, envy, sadness, frustration. Your natural reaction will be to replace them and seek pleasure. Don’t do that. Instead, understand them. They can teach you something and it could be useful. Maxime Lagacé
Say no to small short-term gains so you can say yes to massive long-term gains. Maxime Lagacé
Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving. Terry Pratchett
If you think, then you will be prepared. If you are prepared, then you will have no worries. Li Ka Shing
You will not be punished for your anger, you will be punished by your anger. Buddha
I long to accomplish a great and noble tasks, but it is my chief duty to accomplish humble tasks as though they were great and noble. The world is moved along, not only by the mighty shoves of its heroes, but also by the aggregate of the tiny pushes of each honest worker. Helen Keller
The most important things are the hardest to say, because words diminish them. Stephen King
Saying nothing sometimes says the most. Emily Dickinson Click to tweet
To be blind is not miserable; not to be able to bear blindness, that is miserable. John Milton
Do not speak of your happiness to one less fortunate than yourself. Plutarch
Know how to listen, and you will profit even from those who talk badly. Plutarch
Genius might be the ability to say a profound thing in a simple way. Charles Bukowski
Truth, and goodness, and beauty are but different faces of the same all. Ralph Waldo Emerson
A man who fears suffering is already suffering from what he fears. Michel de Montaigne
Nothing is so firmly believed as that which we least know. Michel de Montaigne
Think like a wise man but communicate in the language of the people. W.B. Yeats
If you make friends with yourself you will never be alone. Maxwell Maltz
We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be. Kurt Vonnegut
A harmful truth is better than a useful lie. Thomas Mann
If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything. Mark Twain
Please all, and you will please none. Aesop
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Beware the barrenness of a busy life. Socrates Click to tweet
Life is the sum of all your choices. Albert Camus
Your life is a cloud. Sometimes you’ll feel sad and cry. Sometimes you’ll feel free and move fast. Maxime Lagacé
The proper function of man is to live, not to exist. I shall not waste my days in trying to prolong them. I shall use my time. Jack London
To be heroic is to be courageous enough to die for something; to be inspirational is to be crazy enough to live a little. Criss Jami
Life is all about balance. You don’t always need to be getting stuff done. Sometimes it’s perfectly okay, and absolutely necessary, to shut down, kick back, and do nothing. Lori Deschene
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You will never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness consists of. You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life. Albert Camus
If you’re afraid to die, you will not be able to live. James A. Baldwin
That it will never come again is what makes life so sweet. Emily Dickinson
What we achieve inwardly will change outer reality. Plutarch Click to tweet
Take rest; a field that has rested gives a bountiful crop. Ovid
I can never read all the books I want; I can never be all the people I want and live all the lives I want. I can never train myself in all the skills I want. And why do I want? I want to live and feel all the shades, tones and variations of mental and physical experience possible in my life. And I am horribly limited. Sylvia Plath
Better pass boldly into that other world, in the full glory of some passion, than fade and wither dismally with age. James Joyce
It is necessary to have wished for death in order to know how good it is to live. Alexandre Dumas
Just trust yourself, then you will know how to live. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Plunge boldly into the thick of life, and seize it where you will, it is always interesting. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
The more you lose yourself in something bigger than yourself, the more energy you will have. Norman Vincent Peale
Listening to your own heart, you will start moving in the right direction, without ever thinking of what is right and what is wrong. Osho
Listen to the new, go with the new. I know you are afraid. In spite of the fear, go with the new, and your life will become richer and richer and you will be able one day to release your imprisoned splendor. Osho
You have to have a dream so you can get up in the morning. Billy Wilder
You can change your world by changing your words… Remember, death and life are in the power of the tongue. Joel Osteen
As is a tale, so is life: not how long it is, but how good it is, is what matters. Seneca
Maybe that’s what life is… a wink of the eye and winking stars. Jack Kerouac
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Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor. Truman Capote Click to tweet
The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places. Ernest Hemingway
Courage is grace under pressure. Ernest Hemingway
Have courage for the great sorrows of life and patience for the small ones; and when you have laboriously accomplished your daily task, go to sleep in peace. Victor Hugo
Life will only change when you become more committed to your dreams than your comfort zone. Unknown
Magic happens when you do not give up, even though you want to. The universe always falls in love with a stubborn heart. Unknown
What if you try one more time and it works? Maxime Lagacé
A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing. George Bernard Shaw
Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes. Oscar Wilde
Don’t worry about losing. If it is right, it happens – the main thing is not to hurry. Nothing good gets away. John Steinbeck
You can only fight the way you practice. Miyamoto Musashi
The more sand that has escaped from the hourglass of our life, the clearer we should see through it. Jean-Paul Sartre
Mistakes are the portals of discovery. James Joyce
You do not write your life with words… You write it with actions. What you think is not important. It is only important what you do. Patrick Ness
In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer. Albert Camus
Keep your face always toward the sunshine – and shadows will fall behind you. Walt Whitman
Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot; but make it hot by striking. W. B. Yeats
If you fell down yesterday, stand up today. H. G. Wells
Experience is the teacher of all things. Julius Caesar
The one who falls and gets up is so much stronger than the one who never fell. Unknown
Without rain nothing grows. Learn to embrace the storms of your life. Unknown
You can chain me, you can torture me, you can even destroy this body, but you will never imprison my mind. Mahatma Gandhi
There is a direct correlation between an increased sphere of comfort and getting what you want. Tim Ferriss
You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them. Maya Angelou
Do not fear mistakes. You will know failure. Continue to reach out. Benjamin Franklin
You can always find the sun within yourself if you will only search. Maxwell Maltz
The greatest mistake you can make in life is to continually fear you will make one. Navjot Singh Sidhu
Stand up to your obstacles and do something about them. You will find that they haven’t half the strength you think they have. Norman Vincent Peale
Courage is the most important of all the virtues, because without courage you can’t practice any other virtue consistently. You can practice any virtue erratically, but nothing consistently without courage. Maya Angelou
You cannot escape necessities, but you can overcome them. Seneca
You have to be able to tolerate what you don’t necessarily like so you can be free. Larry Flynt
I survived because the fire inside me burned brighter than the fire around me. Unknown
It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are. E.E. Cummings
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It’s not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters. Epictetus Click to tweet
No man is free who is not master of himself. Epictetus
Know, first, who you are, and then adorn yourself accordingly. Epictetus
The more you know yourself, the less you have something to prove, the more you can relax. Maxime Lagacé
Having character is not about pretending. It’s about seeking what’s truly important for you. It’s about the truth. Maxime Lagacé
The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars and in the middle you see the blue centerlight pop and everybody goes “Awww!”. Jack Kerouac
The free soul is rare, but you know it when you see it – basically because you feel good, very good, when you are near or with them. Charles Bukowski
Don’t bend; don’t water it down; don’t try to make it logical; don’t edit your own soul according to the fashion. Rather, follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly. Franz Kafka
Always go with the choice that scares you the most, because that’s the one that is going to help you grow. Unknown
To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best day and night to make you like everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight and never stop fighting. E.E. Cummings
We are already one. But we imagine that we are not. And what we have to recover is our original unity. What we have to be is what we are. Thomas Merton
Learn to say ‘no’ without explaining yourself. Unknown
Stay patient and trust your journey. Unknown
Someday, everything will make perfect sense. So for now, laugh at the confusion, smile through the tears, and keep reminding yourself that everything happens for a reason. Unknown
Beauty begins the moment you decide to be yourself. Coco Chanel
Everything that happens happens as it should, and if you observe carefully, you will find this to be so. Marcus Aurelius
What you hear repeatedly you will eventually believe. Michael Korda
When your desires are strong enough you will appear to possess superhuman powers to achieve. Napoleon Hill
Act the part and you will become the part. William James Click to tweet
Begin to be now what you will be hereafter. William James
Do you wish to rise? Begin by descending. You plan a tower that will pierce the clouds? Lay first the foundation of humility. Augustine of Hippo
Waste no more time arguing about what a good man should be. Be one. Marcus Aurelius
Re-examine all that you have been told… dismiss that which insults your soul. Walt Whitman
No legacy is so rich as honesty. William Shakespeare
Doubt whom you will, but never yourself. Christian Nestell Bovee
Knowing what you can not do is more important than knowing what you can do. In fact, that’s good taste. Lucille Ball
When you think you’re good, you will play at that level. If you doubt yourself, you will play like crap. Kurt Russell
If you are not afraid of dying, there is nothing you cannot achieve. Lao Tzu
If you take responsibility for yourself you will develop a hunger to accomplish your dreams. Les Brown
You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength. Marcus Aurelius
See also: 25 Killer Actions to Boost Your Self-Confidence
Never let the future disturb you. You will meet it, if you have to, with the same weapons of reason which today arm you against the present. Marcus Aurelius
If you stand for something you will have people for you and people against you. But if you stand for nothing you will have nobody for you and nobody against you. Maurice Saatchi
Resolve that whatever you do, you will bring the whole man to it; that you will fling the whole weight of your being into it. Orison Swett Marden
It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit. Harry S. Truman
Whatever you think you can do or believe you can do, begin it. Action has magic, grace and power in it. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Accept yourself as you are. Otherwise you will never see opportunity. You will not feel free to move toward it; you will feel you are not deserving. Maxwell Maltz
If you do not conquer self, you will be conquered by self. Napoleon Hill
Swallow your pride, you will not die, it’s not poison. Bob Dylan
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He who sings scares away his woes. Miguel de Cervantes Click to tweet
Nothing is more honorable than a grateful heart. Seneca
What if you already have happiness inside you? What if it’s about desiring less and accepting more? What if you remove your perceptions of what happiness should be? Maxime Lagacé
He is richest who is content with the least, for content is the wealth of nature. Socrates
The fullest people, the people most whole and most alive, are always those unafraid and unashamed of the soul. Maria Popova (brainpickings.org)
Happiness is beneficial for the body, but it is grief that develops the powers of the mind. Marcel Proust
Happiness is like those palaces in fairy tales whose gates are guarded by dragons: we must fight in order to conquer it. Alexandre Dumas
Youth is happy because it has the ability to see beauty. Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old. Franz Kafka
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You cannot find peace by avoiding life. Virginia Woolf
Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed. Alexander Pope
If you expect nothing from anybody, you’re never disappointed. Sylvia Plath
Not what we have but what we enjoy, constitutes our abundance. Epicurus
Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for. Epicurus
The best part about life? Every morning you have a new opportunity to become a happier version of yourself. Unknown
Being happy doesn’t mean that everything is perfect. It means that you’ve decided to look beyond the imperfections. Unknown
To be happy, we must not be too concerned with others. Albert Camus Click to tweet
Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others. Cicero
Don’t be in such a rush to figure everything out. Embrace the unknown and let your life surprise you.
If you seek tranquility, do less. Or do what’s essential – what the logos of a social being requires, and in the requisite way. Which brings a double satisfaction: to do less, better. Because most of what we say and do is not essential. If you can eliminate it, you’ll have more time, and more tranquility. Ask yourself at every moment, ‘Is this necessary?’ Marcus Aurelius
You can discard most of the junk that clutters your mind – things that exist only there – and clear out space for yourself. Marcus Aurelius
Your sacred space is where you can find yourself again and again. Joseph Campbell
I still remember the days I prayed for the things I have now. Unknown
Remain calm, serene, always in command of yourself. You will then find out how easy it is to get along. Paramahansa Yogananda
Learn to be calm and you will always be happy. Paramahansa Yogananda
The most valuable possession you can own is an open heart. The most powerful weapon you can be is an instrument of peace. Carlos Santana
We cannot change anything until we accept it. Condemnation does not liberate, it oppresses. Carl Jung
Do anything, but let it produce joy. Walt Whitman
There are two ways to be happy: change the situation, or change your mindset towards it. Unknown
Don’t ruin a good today by thinking about a bad yesterday. Let it go. Unknown
As long as you are being true to yourself, you will always find happiness. Amber Riley
If you cannot find peace within yourself, you will never find it anywhere else. Marvin Gaye
If you look for perfection, you’ll never be content. Leo Tolstoy
Silent gratitude isn’t very much use to anyone. Gertrude Stein
There is a quiet place where no one disturbs you. Marlene Dietrich
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Love and work… work and love, that’s all there is. Sigmund Freud Click to tweet
Love is dynamic, ever changing and all over the place all the time. Only those who transcends themselves knows this. Maxime Lagacé
A loving heart is the truest wisdom. Charles Dickens
If you have the ability to love, love yourself first. Charles Bukowski
The supreme happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved. Victor Hugo
If you find it in your heart to care for somebody else, you will have succeeded. Maya Angelou
If you give, you will be blessed. Joel Osteen
Be loving towards yourself, then you will be able to love others too. Osho
If you can grow in love, you will grow in awareness. If you grow in awareness, you will grow in love. Osho
As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. John F. Kennedy
If you are still looking for that one person who will change your life, take a look in the mirror. Roman Price
We love the things we love for what they are. Robert Frost
Never love anyone who treats you like you’re ordinary. Oscar Wilde
If you want to be loved, be lovable. Ovid
If you judge people, you have no time to love them. Mother Teresa
Owning our story and loving ourselves through that process is the bravest thing that we’ll ever do. Brené Brown
Be the love you never received. Unknown Click to tweet
Pursue some path, however narrow and crooked, in which you can walk with love and reverence. Henry David Thoreau
If you are not too long, I will wait here for you all my life. Oscar Wilde
Men always want to be a woman’s first love – women like to be a man’s last romance. Oscar Wilde
Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead. Oscar Wilde
Work on being in love with the person in the mirror who has been through so much but is still standing. Unknown
Never stop showing someone how much they mean to you. Unknown
The best kiss is the one that has been exchanged a thousand times between the eyes before it reaches the lips. Unknown
Being with you and not being with you is the only way I have to measure time. Jorge Luis Borges
Blessed are the hearts that can bend; they shall never be broken. Albert Camus
When you love someone, you love the person as they are, and not as you’d like them to be. Leo Tolstoy
All, everything that I understand, I understand only because I love. Leo Tolstoy
We loved with a love that was more than love. Edgar Allan Poe
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Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work. Aristotle Click to tweet
Life grants nothing to us mortals without hard work. Horace
Remember: nobody said it would be easy. Maxime Lagacé
The goal is to create something so useful that people will have no choice but to tell their friends. Maxime Lagacé
People buy an experience and a feeling, not your product or service. Thus, what experience are you selling to your clients? Maxime Lagacé
You have to be a good individual first before you can be a good team player. David Goggins
What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make. Jane Goodall
In the modern world of business, it is useless to be a creative, original thinker unless you can also sell what you create. David Ogilvy
Earn with your mind, not your time. Naval Ravikant
See also: Steve Jobs quotes
Work in silence. Let your success be your noise. Unknown
Be loyal to those are not present. In doing so, you build the trust of those who are present. Stephen Covey
If you want to change the culture, you will have to start by changing the organization. Mary Douglas
You don’t know what you can get away with until you try. Colin Powell
Ten soldiers wisely led will beat a hundred without a head. Euripides Click to tweet
You can start right where you stand and apply the habit of going the extra mile by rendering more service and better service than you are now being paid for. Napoleon Hill
The world always seems brighter when you’ve just made something that wasn’t there before. Neil Gaiman
Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect. Mark Twain
For the strength of the Pack is the Wolf, and the strength of the Wolf is the Pack. Rudyard Kipling
An artist is a creature driven by demons. He doesn’t know why they choose him and he’s usually too busy to wonder why. William Faulkner
I must create a system, or be enslaved by another man’s. I will not reason and compare: my business is to create. William Blake
The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion. Albert Camus
To do a dull thing with style-now that’s what I call art. Charles Bukowski
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That man is a success who has lived well, laughed often and loved much. Robert Louis Stevenson Click to tweet
To have external success, start with internal success. Maxime Lagacé
The most powerful weapon on earth is the human soul on fire. Marshall Ferdinand Foch
If a little dreaming is dangerous, the cure for it is not to dream less but to dream more, to dream all the time. Marcel Proust
You’ll never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret of your success is found in your daily routine. John C. Maxwell
Don’t think about what can happen in a month. Don’t think about what can happen in a year. Just focus on the 24 hours in front of you and do what you can to get closer to where you want to be.
It is now how good you are, it’s how good you want to be. Unknown
When you’re not concerned with succeeding, you can work with complete freedom. Larry David
Feed your body. Feed your soul. Feed your dream. Bust out! Awiakta
If you care enough for a result, you will most certainly attain it. William James
Success or failure depends more upon attitude than upon capacity successful men act as though they have accomplished or are enjoying something. Soon it becomes a reality. Act, look, feel successful, conduct yourself accordingly, and you will be amazed at the positive results. William James
Reduce your plan to writing. The moment you complete this, you will have definitely given concrete form to the intangible desire. Napoleon Hill
No matter what challenges or setbacks and disappointments you may encounter along the way, you will find true success and happiness if you have only one goal. There really is only one. And that is this: to fulfill the highest most truthful expression of yourself as a human being. You want to max out your humanity by using your energy to lift yourself up, your family and the people around you. Oprah Winfrey
The most successful people are those who are good at plan B. James Yorke
Anyone who lives within their means suffers from a lack of imagination. Oscar Wilde
Some are born great, others achieve greatness. William Shakespeare
If you seek truth you will not seek victory by dishonorable means, and if you find truth you will become invincible. Epictetus
Seek not greatness, but seek truth and you will find both. Horace Mann Click to tweet
Nothing is more powerful than an idea whose time has come. Victor Hugo
To be prepared is half the victory. Miguel de Cervantes
There is no greatness where there is no simplicity, goodness and truth. Leo Tolstoy
The only question to ask yourself is, how much are you willing to sacrifice to achieve this success? Larry Flynt
Help others achieve their dreams and you will achieve yours. Les Brown
See also: 9 habits of highly successful people
The only wealth which you will keep forever is the wealth you have given away. Marcus Aurelius
Liberate the minds of men and ultimately you will liberate the bodies of men. Marcus Garvey
You will be as much value to others as you have been to yourself. Marcus Tullius Cicero
Remember you will not always win. Some days, the most resourceful individual will taste defeat. But there is, in this case, always tomorrow – after you have done your best to achieve success today. Maxwell Maltz
Get excited and enthusiastic about you own dream. This excitement is like a forest fire – you can smell it, taste it, and see it from a mile away. Denis Waitley
No man or woman is an island. To exist just for yourself is meaningless. You can achieve the most satisfaction when you feel related to some greater purpose in life, something greater than yourself. Denis Waitley
You can calculate the worth of a man by the number of his enemies. Gustave Flaubert
You cannot change your destination overnight, but you can change your direction overnight. Jim Rohn
Do well and you will have no need for ancestors. Voltaire
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If you want to make enemies, try to change something. Woodrow Wilson Click to tweet
If you realize that all things change, there is nothing you will try to hold on to. Lao Tzu
The measure of intelligence is the ability to change. Albert Einstein
If you will not rise above the things of the world, they will rise above you. Sri Sathya Sai Baba
Let’s shake up some shit. That’s all you can do. Billie Joe Armstrong
The masses seek pleasure non-stop. This is what people do when they are scared. They avoid life and want to remain in their happy state. Life is change. You are life. Accept this. Maxime Lagacé
We do not succeed in changing things according to our desire, but gradually our desire changes. Marcel Proust
Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything. George Bernard Shaw
There’s only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that’s your own self. Aldoux Huxley
The art of progress is to preserve order amid change and to preserve change amid order. Alfred North Whitehead
No person is your friend who demands your silence, or denies your right to grow. Alice Walker
Life is a process of becoming, a combination of states we have to go through. Where people fail is that they wish to elect a state and remain in it. This is a kind of death. Anais Nin
If you don’t like the way the world is, you change it. You have an obligation to change it You just do it one step at a time. Marian Wright Edelman
The future has a way of arriving unannounced. George Will Click to tweet
They say that time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself. Andy Warhol
How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world. Anne Frank
Life is a process. We are a process. The universe is a process. Anne Wilson Scaef
Become a student of change. It is the only thing that will remain constant. Anthony J. D’Angelo
Change alone is eternal, perpetual, immortal. Arthur Schopenhauer
Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek. Barack Obama
The important thing is this: To be able at any moment to sacrifice what we are for what we could become. Charles Dubois
All change is not growth; as all movement is not forward. Ellen Glasgow
See also: 6 Ways to Stop Worrying About Things You Can’t Change
I cannot say whether things will get better if we change; what I can say is they must change if they are to get better. Georg C. Lichtenberg
To exist is to change, to change is to mature, to mature is to go on creating oneself endlessly. Henri Bergson
Change does not necessarily assure progress, but progress implacably requires change. Henry Steele Commager
You cannot step twice into the same river, for other waters are continually flowing in. Heraclitus
To change one’s life, start immediately, do it flamboyantly, no exceptions. William James
Things do not change, we change. Henry David Thoreau
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Be curious, not judgmental. Walt Whitman Click to tweet
If you want to improve, be content to be thought foolish and stupid. Epictetus
Change is what nature wants. You are a part of nature. What will you learn? Maxime Lagacé
Where I was born and where and how I have lived is unimportant. It is what I have done with where I have been that should be of interest. Georgia O’Keeffe
Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness. Mark Twain
Don’t bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself. William Faulkner
Nothing behind me, everything ahead of me, as is ever so on the road. Jack Kerouac
Growing up is losing some illusions, in order to acquire others. Virginia Woolf
It is better to create than to learn! Creating is the essence of life. Julius Caesar
What is the point of being on this Earth if you are going to be like everyone else and avoid trouble? Arnold Schwarzenegger
If you want things to be different, perhaps the answer is to become different yourself. Norman Vincent Peale
I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. Pablo Picasso
Order and simplification are the first steps toward the mastery of a subject. Thomas Mann
Nothing ever becomes real till it is experienced. John Keats Click to tweet
Growth itself contains the germ of happiness. Pearl S. Buck
The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page. Augustine of Hippo
The most important thing to remember is this: To be ready at any moment to give up what you are for what you might become. W. E. B. Du Bois
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Believe in life! Always human beings will live and progress to greater, broader, and fuller life. W. E. B. Du Bois
We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing. George Bernard Shaw
There came a time when the risk to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom. Anais Nin
When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on. Franklin D. Roosevelt
The first problem for all of us, men and women, is not to learn, but to unlearn. Gloria Steinem
So long as a person is capable of self-renewal they are a living being. Henri-Frederic Amiel
Life is a progress, and not a station. Ralph Waldo Emerson
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While there’s life, there’s hope. Cicero Click to tweet
To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe. Anatole France
The hardest truth about hope: it makes you continue and it makes you suffer. Maxime Lagacé
You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club. Jack London
Believe in your infinite potential. Your only limitations are those you set upon yourself. Roy T. Bennett
If you don’t stand for something you will fall for anything. Gordon A. Eadie
Success is most often achieved by those who don’t know that failure is inevitable. Coco Chanel
Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm. Abraham Lincoln
Faith is to believe what you do not yet see; the reward for this faith is to see what you believe. Augustine of Hippo
You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is like an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty. Mahatma Gandhi
You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you think you cannot do. Eleanor Roosevelt
There is a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in. Leonard Cohen
One lives in the hope of becoming a memory. Antonio Porchia
He does not believe that does not live according to his belief. Sigmund Freud
The two most powerful warriors are patience and time. Leo Tolstoy
Extreme hopes are born from extreme misery. Bertrand Russell
Only in the darkness can you see the stars. Martin Luther King Jr
Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors for you where there were only walls. Joseph Campbell
Faith is about doing. You are how you act, not just how you believe. Mitch Albom
To live without hope is to cease to live. Fyodor Dostoyevsky Click to tweet
Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul – and sings the tunes without the words – and never stops at all. Emily Dickinson
You cannot swim for new horizons until you have courage to lose sight of the shore. William Faulkner
I am prepared for the worst, but hope for the best. Benjamin Disraeli
Hope will never be silent. Harvey Milk
There is some good in this world, and it’s worth fighting for. J.R.R. Tolkien
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One day, in retrospect, the years of struggle will strike you as the most beautiful. Sigmund Freud Click to tweet
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Maxime Lagacé started collecting quotes in 2004 after he lost his girlfriend in a car accident.
In search of meaning, he dived in the self-improvement world, psychology and trail running. His goal was to understand his pain, his depression, his fears, his lack of motivation and inspiration.
Books, blogs, quotes and nature became his guide.
He finished his software engineering degree in 2007 at the École de Technologie Supérieure de Montréal. He also studied at the The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. A few years later, he started his first website to share his passion for quotes.
Maxime is a father of two and also loves running. His best 5k is 17 minutes 41 seconds and his best marathon (42k) is in 3 hours 33 minutes 11 seconds (with 1800 meters of elevation gain).
Other notable interests of Maxime are health (mental and physical), meditation, nutrition, bananas, human potential, education, learning, productivity and minimalism.
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