"If any female feels she needs anything beyond herself to legitimate and validate her existence she is already giving away her power to be self- defining her agency”
bell hooks
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"People pay for what they do, and still more for what they have allowed themselves to become. And they pay for it very simply; by the lives they lead."

James Baldwin 

My response to James Baldwin

"When I read great literature, great drama, speeches, or sermons, I feel that the human mind has not achieved anything greater than the ability to share feelings and thoughts through language."

James Earl Jones

My response to James Earl Jones
“The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.” 
Alice Walker
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"The talent for being happy is appreciating and liking what you have, instead of what you don't have."
Woody Allen
My response to Woody Allen
“The most effective way to do it, is to do it.” ~ Amelia Earhart
My resp0nse to Amelia Earhart

“90% of the game is half mental.”

Yogi Berra

My response to Yogi Berra
"The secret of all victory lies in the organization of the non-obvious."
Marcus Aurelius
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"Theories, for me, are just about freeing your mind. It doesn't mean the theory is going to work like a scientific theory works. It's about freeing your mind and making you think a different way."
Steve Martin
"I work really hard at trying to see the big picture and not getting stuck in ego. I believe we're all put on this planet for a purpose, and we all have a different purpose... When you connect with that love and that compassion, that's when everything unfolds." Ellen DeGeneres
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“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.”
Anais Nin
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“I can’t think of any better representation of beauty than someone who is unafraid to be herself.”
Emma Stone
My response to Emma Stone
“Success is getting what you want, happiness is wanting what you get.”
Ingrid Bergman
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“And the trouble is, if you don’t risk anything, you risk more.”
Erica Jong
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“If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun.” ~ Katharine Hepburn
My response to Katherine Hepburn
"My ultimate goal is to end up being happy. Most of the time."
Taylor Swift
My response to Taylor Swift
"When someone is impatient and says, ‘I haven’t got all day,’ I always wonder, How can that be? How can you not have all day?” 
George Carlin
My response to George Carlin

"Still, a man hears what he wants to hear
And disregards the rest."

Paul Simon

My response to Paul Simon
"People say nothing is impossible, but I do nothing every day."
Winnie the Pooh
My response to Winnie the Pooh

​"Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed."

Booker T. Washington 

My response to Booker T Washington

 “Everything in moderation, including moderation.”

Oscar Wilde

My response to Oscar Wilde
"The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."
Delano Rssosevelt
My response to FDR
"Fear defeats more people than any other one thing in the world."
Ralph Waldo Emerson
My response to Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Desperado, why don't you come to your senses?
Come down from your fences; open the gate
It may be rainin', but there's a rainbow above you
You better let somebody love you, before it's too late."

Don Henley

My response to Don Henley
"I've missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I've been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed."
Michael Jordan
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"The only thing I knew how to do was to keep on keeping on."
Bod Dylan
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"If music be the food of love, play on."
William Shakespeare
"I think everybody should get rich and famous and do everything they ever dreamed of so they can see that it's not the answer."
Jim Carrey
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"The secret of staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly, and lie about your age."
Lucille Ball 
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"I am sometimes a fox and sometimes a lion. The whole secret of government lies in knowing when to be the one or the other."

Napoleon Bonaparte

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"The most important thing is to enjoy your life—to be happy—it's all that matters."

Audrey Hepburn

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"The secret to success is good leadership, and good leadership is all about making the lives of your team members or workers better."

Tony Dungy

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"What we call the secret of happiness is no more a secret than our willingness to choose life."

Leo Buscaglia

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"I'm laughing because I know the secret of life. And the secret of life is that I have validated my existence. I know that I am worth more than my house, my bank account, or any physical thing."
Carlos Santana
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"You can't please everyone, and you can't make everyone like you."
Katie Couric
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"My definition of success is to live your life in a way that causes you to feel a ton of pleasure and very little pain - and because of your lifestyle, have the people around you feel a lot more pleasure than they do pain."
Tony Robbins
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"The secret of life is to have a task, something you devote your entire life to, something you bring everything to, every minute of the day for the rest of your life. And the most important thing is, it must be something you cannot possibly do." Henry Moore
"Some people ask the secret of our long marriage. We take time to go to a restaurant two times a week. A little candlelight, dinner, soft music and dancing. She goes Tuesdays, I go Fridays."
Henny Youngman
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"The secret to so many artists living so long is that every painting is a new adventure. So, you see, they're always looking ahead to something new and exciting. The secret is not to look back."
Norman Rockwell
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"There's always failure. And there's always disappointment. And there's always loss. But the secret is learning from the loss, and realizing that none of those holes are vacuums."
Michael J. Fox
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"There are no facts, only interpretations."
Friedrich Nietzsche
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"You've got to ask! Asking is, in my opinion, the world's most powerful - and neglected - secret to success and happiness."

Percy Ross

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"A secret at home is like rocks under tide."

Dinah Craik

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"If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy practice compassion.
Dalai Lama
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"Be the change you want to see in the world."
Mahatma Gandhi
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"Personal happiness lies in knowing that life is not a checklist of acquisition or achievement. Your qualifications are not your life."

J K Rowling

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"I think self-knowledge is a key to happiness. We can build happy lives only on the foundation of our own natures, our own values, and our own interests."

Gretchen Rubin

"Being happy is something you have to learn. I often surprise myself by saying, 'Wow, this is it. I guess I'm happy. I got a home I love. A career that I love. I'm even feeling more and more at peace with myself.' If there's something else to happiness, let me know. I'm ambitious for that, too."

Harrison Ford

"Maybe happiness didn't have to be about the big sweeping circumstances, about having everything in your life in place. Maybe it was about stringing together a bunch of small pleasures."

Ann Brashares

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“The difference between successful people and others is how long they spend time feeling sorry for themselves.”
Barbara Corcoran
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Whenever you are blue or lonely or stricken by some humiliating thing you did, the cure and the hope is in caring about other people.” -
Diane Sawyer
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"Without an open-minded mind, you can never be a great success."
Martha Stewart
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“Dying seems less sad than having lived too little.” 
Gloria Steinem
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“If you don’t like the road you’re walking, start paving another one.” -Dolly Parton
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When asked in the Vaniety Fair Proust Questionnaire what was his favorite occupation  he relied “Flaneur. Look it up. It would be a great way to live, but I don’t think it will ever be a reality for me.”
Mikhail Baryshnikov
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Mad Hatter: "Have I gone mad?" 
Alice: "I'm afraid so. You're entirely bonkers. But I'll tell you a secret. All the best people are.”

Lewis Caroll, Alice in Wonderland

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“Learn from the mistakes of others. You can’t live long enough to make them all yourself.”  
Eleanor Roosevelt
When I’m hungry, I eat. When I’m thirsty, I drink. When I feel like saying something, I say it.”
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“Men are allowed to have passion and commitment for their work ... a woman is allowed that feeling for a man, but not her work.”

Barbara Streisand

People Magazine 1993


"I think women of a certain generation, mine in particular, feel like we can have it all because that's what we were fed. It's like, we reap the benefits of the feminist movement - they did all the legwork and now we're going to try to be parents and successful business people and great wives and good friends and take a cooking class and blah, blah, blah ..."

Sarah Jessica Parker


"A man is but the product of his thoughts. What he thinks he becomes."
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"I'm trying to rant here! Stop interrupting me with "facts" and "reason"!
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Modern women are just bombarded. There's nothing but media telling us we're all supposed to be great cooks, have great style, be great in bed, be the best mothers, speak seven languages, and be able to understand derivatives. And we don't really have women we're modeling after, so we're all looking for how to do this.

Jamie Lee Curtis

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Women still have an uneasy relationship with power and the traits necessary to be a leader. There is this internalized fear that if we are really powerful, we are going to be considered ruthless or pushy or strident--al those epithets that strike right at our femininity. We are still working at trying to overcome the fear that power and womanliness are mutually exclusive.

Arianna Huffington

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“Of all forms of caution, caution in love is perhaps the most fatal to true happiness.”
Bertrand Russell

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“Learn to let go. That is the key to happiness.”

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"I didn't know what I wanted to do, but I always knew the woman I wanted to be."
Diane Von Furstenberg
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