1. A writer is someone for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.
2. It was written I should be loyal to the nightmare of my choice.
3. The philosophers have only interpreted the world, in various ways. The point, however, is to change it.
4. Those who do not move, do not notice their chains.
5. There is scarcely any passion without struggle.
6. When you struggle with your partner, you are struggling with yourself. Every fault you see in them touches a denied weakness in yourself.
7. Long is the way and hard, that out of Hell leads up to light.
8. She was like a drowning person, flailing, reaching for anything that might save her. Her life was an urgent, desperate struggle to justify her life.
9. You need to spend time crawling alone through shadows to truly appreciate what it is to stand in the sun.
10. I will be stronger than my sadness.
11. The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly; it is dearness only that gives everything its value. I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress and grow.
12. There is no thing as a single-issue struggle because we do not live single-issue lives.
13. Never throughout history has a man who lived a life of ease left a name worth remembering.
14. You see, the point is that the strongest man in the world is he who stands most alone.
15. You’ve got to have someone who loves your body. Who doesn’t define you, but sees you. Who loves what he sees. Who you don’t have to struggle to be good enough for.
16. A Nation should not be judged by how it treats its highest citizens, but it’s lowest ones
17. He struggled with himself, too. I saw it — I heard it. I saw the inconceivable mystery of a soul that knew no restraint, no faith, and no fear, yet struggling blindly with itself.
18. You stay safe, You love. You survive. You laugh and cry and struggle and sometimes you fail and sometimes you succeed. You Push.
19. Life is, in fact, a battle. Evil is insolent and strong; beauty enchanting, but rare; goodness very apt to be weak; folly very apt to be defiant; wickedness to carry the day; imbeciles to be in great places, people of sense in small, and mankind generally unhappy. But the world as it stands is no narrow illusion, no phantasm, no evil dream of the night; we wake up to it, forever and ever; and we can neither forget it nor deny it nor dispense with it.
20. Maybe the truth was, it shouldn’t be so easy to be amazing. Then everything would be. It’s the things you fight for and struggle with before earning that have the greatest worth. When something’s difficult to come by, you’ll do that much more to make sure it’s even harder–if not impossible–to lose.
21. Faith is why I’m here today and faith is why I made it through.
22. You will never be entirely comfortable. This is the truth behind the champion – he is always fighting something. To do otherwise is to settle.
23. There is strange comfort in knowing that no matter what happens today, the Sun will rise again tomorrow.
24. One day can change your life. One day can ruin your life. All life is is three or four big days that change everything.
25. Be happy — if you’re not even happy, what’s so good about surviving?
26. The struggles we endure today will be the ‘good old days’ we laugh about tomorrow.
27. Toleration is the greatest gift of the mind; it requires the same effort of the brain that it takes to balance oneself on a bicycle.
28. I believe in love. I believe in hard times and love winning. I believe marriage is hard. I believe people make mistakes. I believe people can want two things at once. I believe people are selfish and generous at the same time. I believe very few people want to hurt others. I believe that you can be surprised by life. I believe in happy endings.
29. Life’s a climb. But the view is great.
30. Happiness was never important. The problem is that we don’t know what we really want. What makes us happy is not to get what we want. But to dream about it. Happiness is for opportunists. So I think that the only life of deep satisfaction is a life of eternal struggle, especially struggle with oneself. If you want to remain happy, just remain stupid. Authentic masters are never happy; happiness is a category of slaves.
31. Wherever I was, I was happy. At peace. I knew that everyone I cared about was all right. I knew it. Time didn’t mean anything, nothing had form but I was still me, you know? And I was warm and I was loved and I was finished. Complete. I don’t understand about theology or dimensions, or any of it, really but I think I was in heaven. And now I’m not. I was torn out of there. Pulled out by my friends. Everything here is hard, and bright, and violent. Everything I feel, everything I touch this is hell. Just getting through the next moment, and the one after that knowing what I’ve lost.
32. No person, trying to take responsibility for her or his identity, should have to be so alone. There must be those among whom we can sit down and weep, and still be counted as warriors.
33. No wonder we cannot appreciate the really central Kafka joke: that the horrific struggle to establish a human self results in a self whose humanity is inseparable from the horrific struggle. That our endless and impossible journey toward home is in fact our home.
34. All it takes is a second and your whole life can get turned upside down.
35. Some of the most beautiful things we have in life comes from our mistakes.
36. We’ve all lost something along the way.
37. To let go means to give up coercing, resisting, or struggling, in exchange for something more powerful and wholesome which comes out of allowing things to be as they are without getting caught up in your attraction to or rejection of them, in the intrinsic stickiness of wanting, of liking and disliking.
38. They key of persistence opens all door closed by resistence
39. Writing is really just a matter of writing a lot, writing consistently and having faith that you’ll continue to get better and better. Sometimes, people think that if they don’t display great talent and have some success right away, they won’t succeed. But writing is about struggling through and learning and finding out what it is about writing itself that you really love.
40. For me, trees have always been the most penetrating preachers. I revere them when they live in tribes and families, in forests and groves. And even more I revere them when they stand alone. They are like lonely persons. Not like hermits who have stolen away out of some weakness, but like great, solitary men, like Beethoven and Nietzsche. In their highest boughs the world rustles, their roots rest in infinity; but they do not lose themselves there, they struggle with all the force of their lives for one thing only: to fulfil themselves according to their own laws, to build up their own form, to represent themselves. Nothing is holier, nothing is more exemplary than a beautiful, strong tree. When a tree is cut down and reveals its naked death-wound to the sun, one can read its whole history in the luminous, inscribed disk of its trunk: in the rings of its years, its scars, all the struggle, all the suffering, all the sickness, all the happiness and prosperity stand truly written, the narrow years and the luxurious years, the attacks withstood, the storms endured. And every young farmboy knows that the hardest and noblest wood has the narrowest rings, that high on the mountains and in continuing danger the most indestructible, the strongest, the ideal trees grow.
41. Never believe for a second that your weak, within all of us we have a reserve of inner hidden strength
42. The higher man is distinguished from the lower by his fearlessness and his readiness to challenge misfortune.
43. On top of the world, or in the depths of despair.
44. Life’s trials will test you, and shape you, but don’t let them change who you are.
45. The time has come to lay that baggage down and leave behind all the struggling and striving. You can be set free as you journey forward into a balanced healthy and rewarding future.
46. Maybe it’s not about having a beautiful day, but about finding beautiful moments. Maybe a whole day is just too much to ask. I could choose to believe that in every day, in all things, no matter how dark and ugly, there are shards of beauty if I look for them.
47. It’s in those quiet little towns, at the edge of the world, that you will find the salt of the earth people who make you feel right at home.
48. A great battle is a terrible thing,” the old knight said, “but in the midst of blood and carnage, there is sometimes also beauty, beauty that could break your heart.
49. As time goes by, as time goes by, the whip-crack of the years, the precipice of illusions, the ravine that swallows up all human endeavour except the struggle to survive.
50. All struggle, all resistance is — must be — concrete. And all struggle has a global resonance. If not here, then there. If not now, then soon. Elsewhere as well as here.
51. It isn’t the mountain ahead that wears you out; it is the grain of sand in your shoe.
52. From this point forward, you don’t even know how to quit in life.
53. You can tell people of the need to struggle, but when the powerless start to see that they really can make a difference, nothing can quench the fire.
54. Solitude is where I place my chaos to rest and awaken my inner peace.
55. How you climb a mountain is more important than reaching the top.
56. The search for Nirvana, like the search for Utopia or the end of history or the classless society, is ultimately a futile and dangerous one. It involves, if it does not necessitate, the sleep of reason. There is no escape from anxiety and struggle.
57. But you might as well bid a man struggling in the water, rest within arm’s length of the shore! I must reach it first, and then I’ll rest.
58. I will tell you one thing that will make you rich for life. There are two struggles: an Inner-world struggle and an Outer-world struggle…you must make an intentional contact between these two worlds; then you can crystallize data for the Third World, the World of the Soul.
59. Do not think that one has to be sad in order to be militant, even though the thing one is fighting is abominable.
60. Effort within the mind further limits the mind, because effort implies struggle towards a goal and when you have a goal, a purpose, an end in view, you have placed a limit on the mind.