“Love is essential; gregariousness is optional. Cherish your nearest and dearest. Work with colleagues you like and respect. And don’t worry about socializing with everyone else. Relationships make everyone happier, introverts included, but think quality over quantity.” – Susan Cain, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking

“In the long run, you hit only what you aim at. Therefore, though you should fail immediately, you had better aim at something high.” – Henry David Thoreau

“You can always turn lemons into lemonade. Remember that doors may slam in your face, yet others will always open to more brilliant prospects. See any adverse situation you may currently have as the necessary impetus for creating a fabulous future.” – Wally Amos, The Path To Success Is Paved With Positive Thinking

“Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.” – Helen Keller

“God pays for what He orders. He would not call you into His service without providing all you need to pursue your passion and purpose.” – Nick Vujicic, Unstoppable: The Incredible Power of Faith In Action

“What drives you? What makes you excited about each day? What would you do for free just to be doing it? What would you never want to retire from doing? Is there something that you would give up everything else for all your material possessions and comforts – just to do because you feel so good doing it? If you haven’t found the work God intends for you, ask yourself these questions.” – Nick Vujicic, Unstoppable: The Incredible Power of Faith In Action

“Throw a seed in the seemingly empty earth and watch life spring forth from the emptiness. Think of the creative artist. She knows that for all her searching, concentrating, and disciplined effort, the really exciting breakthroughs will come as inspirations from the emptiness.” – Laurence Boldt, Zen and the Art of Making a Living