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Good judgment comes from experience. Experience comes from bad judgment.

Jim Horning via empoweredquotes.com

...any technology sufficiently advanced beyond our understanding seems indistinguishable from magic.

Arthur C. Clarke, quoted from 'Lost' Series Finale Theories

Write to please just one person. If you open a window and make love to the world, so to speak, your story will get pneumonia.

Found via bobulate.com

Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one's favor all manner of unforeseen incidents, meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamt would have come his way.

Goethe, quoted via Aquarius Papers

Therein lies the best career advice I could possibly dispense: just DO things. Chase after the things that interest you and make you happy. Stop acting like you have a set path, because you don't. No one does. You shouldn't be trying to check off the boxes of life; they aren't real and they were created by other people, not you. There is no explicit path I'm following, and I'm not walking in anyone else's footsteps. I'm making it up as I go.

Charlie Hoehn, via kottke.org

You see this goblet?" asks Achaan Chaa, the Thai meditation master.

"For me this glass is already broken. I enjoy it; I drink out of it. It holds my water admirably, sometimes even reflecting the sun in beautiful patterns. If I should tap it, it has a lovely ring to it. But when I put this glass on the shelf and the wind knocks it over or my elbow brushes it off the table and it falls to the ground and shatters, I say, ‘Of course.’

When I understand that the glass is already broken, every moment with it is precious.

via garrysub.posterous.com

The more you travel, the less you realize you know...When you travel it changes the definitions of words that you thought you understood. You thought you knew what the word "work" meant. You didn't know if you're from the West until you've seen a rice farming community, for instance.

Anthony Bourdain on How Travel Has Changed Him

We rise by kneeling; we conquer by surrendering; we gain by giving up.

Teacher of Hercules (in Greek mythology)

Listen to your heart first, logic second, and fear never.

How To Choose a Career That Will Make You Happy

I don’t hate the years of my life when I was broke. I look back on those times with fondness...I was able to move on from that period of my life because I allowed myself to fully accept it. I now know how important it was for me to have those experiences.

Steve Pavlina