“Sometimes you have to give up. Sometimes knowing when to give up, when to try something else, is genius. Giving up doesn't mean stopping. Don't ever stop”
“There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure”
“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies . . . The man who never reads lives only one.”
– George R.R. Martin
Many of my favorite books are well-known and for good reasons. The amount of wisdom stored in these pages is priceless!
I am able to experience and live the lives of so many others––whether fictional or real––and see my life from a new perspective.
I read the books listed below once a year (if I can), and each time, I catch something new.
I've listed many of my favorites below and will continue to add more as time goes by. I hope that you can take the time to read at least one of these books and become inspired by whatever spectrum of journeys they take you on.
"The greatest gift one can give to God is to be pleased with his creation"
"Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain–and most fools do. But it takes character and self-control to be understanding and forgiving"
"Our values determine the nature of our problems and the nature of our problems determines the quality of our lives"
“We must have the courage to bet on our ideas, to take the calculated risk, and to act. Everyday living requires courage if life is to be effective and bring happiness”
“Kilgore Trout once wrote a short story which was a dialogue between two pieces of yeast. They were discussing the possible purposes of life as they ate sugar and suffocated in their own excrement. Because of their limited intelligence, they never came close to guessing that they were making champagne.”
- Breakfast of Champions: Kurt Vonnegut
“The single most powerful asset we all have is our mind. If it is trained well, it can create enormous wealth in what seems to be an instant”
"You are the master of your destiny. You can influence, direct and control your own environment. You can make your life what you want it to be”
"There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure"
“The best thing, though, in that museum was that everything always stayed right where it was. Nobody’d move. You could go there a hundred thousand times, and that Eskimo would still be just finished catching those two fish, the birds would still be on their way south, the deers would still be drinking out of that water hole… Nobody’d be different… The only thing that would be different would be you.”
Vine & Oats Book Club
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