Quotes

There are far too many ways to make money to justify being miserable with your job for very long.
Brett Napoli

Your business can’t be something to everyone. It needs to be everything to someone.
Jon Taffer

I’ve never really viewed myself as particularly talented. Where I excel is ridiculous, sickening, work ethic. While the other guy’s sleeping, I’m working, while the other guy is eating, I’m working.
Will Smith

He who says he can and he who says he can’t are both usually right.
Confucius

It’s a far greater risk to not take one.
Brett Napoli

The cumulative effect of moving an inch a day for 30 years is far greater than moving several feet at a time once in a while.
Gary Napoli

Entrepreneurship is the pursuit of opportunity without regard to resources currently controlled.
Howard Stevenson

Honesty with ourselves is the key to unlocking the walls of confinement that prevented us from accepting who we really are.
Patty Gmuer

‎Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.
Steve Jobs

And no, we don’t know where it will lead. We just know there’s something much bigger than any of us here.
Steve Jobs

I was going to change my shirt, but I changed my mind instead.
Winnie the Pooh

If we are to achieve a richer culture, rich in contrasting values, we must recognize the whole gamut of human potentialities, and so weave a less arbitrary social fabric, one in which each diverse human gift will find a fitting place.
Margaret Mead

I have to remind myself that some birds aren’t meant to be caged. Their feathers are just too bright. And when they fly away, the part of you that knows it was a sin to lock them up does rejoice. But still, the place you live in is that much more drab and empty that they’re gone.
Red, The Shawshank Redemption

Typically, in an entrepreneur, ambition outstrips resources and that inequality forces the entrepreneur to think differently. We’ve learned to innovate by raising our ambitions and constraining our resources.
Nitin Paranjpe, Hindustan Unilever

Change is your friend not your foe, change is a brilliant opportunity to grow.
Simon T. Bailey

Let no man imagine that he has no influence. Whoever he may be, and wherever he may be placed, the man who thinks becomes a light and a power.
Henry George

He can make me love something just by showing me the energy with which he loves it.
Heather Armstrong

Anything that is of value in life only multiplies when it is given.
Deepak Chopra

Ultimately, martial art means honestly expressing yourself. It is easy for me to put on a show and be cocky, or I could show you some really fancy movement. But to express oneself honestly, not lying to oneself, and to express myself honestly.. now that, my friend, is very hard to do.
Bruce Lee

Entrepreneurs only work when they aren’t asleep.
Brett Napoli

Go out in Nature and sink into the feeling that this is your home. Respect and nourish the ecosystem. Do not harm other living things. See Nature without fear or hostility. Reverence for life is the key here.
Deepak Chopra

Whats going on here? Theres no reason to believe what I say, read what I write or think about what I post here. I’m just trying to chronicle the times while I learn, understand and enjoy this life. This is what I’ve created, your curiosity is appreciated.
bnapoli.com

When you die, you will be forced to lose everything, yet something will remain. It is the soul, which is real. Therefore you should celebrate loss. The trappings of existence can fall away at any time; the essence will always remain. And that essence is you.
Deepak Chopra

..to create in consciousness is our greatest gift, and what we create continues to evolve. If you open yourself without judgement to your role as a creator, you gain much more freedom. Genesis doesn’t have to be a far-off event that put the universe into play. It can be a constant event that renews itself at every moment.
Deepak Chopra

Anything that is of value in life only multiplies when it is given.
Deepak Chopra

Life passes most people by while they’re making grand plans for it.
“Blow”

Don’t tell me what you’re going to do [Dane], show me.
George Cook

Spiritual growth doesn’t require a life of service. Such a life can be as miserable and selfish as any other. But I would venture that spiritual seekers do more to alleviate human suffering than any government. Every step toward God-realization benefits humanity as a whole.
Deepak Chopra, Why is God Laughing?

This above all: to thine own self be true.
William Shakespeare

God said to Moses, “I am who I am.”
Exodus 3:14

Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. And so we must straighten our backs and work for our freedom. A man can’t ride you unless your back is bent.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

If we are to go forward, we must go back and rediscover those precious values – that all reality hinges on moral foundations and that all reality has spiritual control.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Whatever your life’s work is, do it well. A man should do his job so well that the living, the dead, and the unborn could do it no better.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Don’t be discouraged by a failure. It can be a positive experience. Failure is, in a sense, the highway to success, inasmuch as every discovery of what is false leads us to seek earnestly after what is true, and every fresh experience points out some form of error which we shall afterwards carefully avoid.
John Keats

Eccentricity is not, as dull people would have us believe, a form of madness. It is often a kind of innocent pride, and the man of genius and the aristocrat are frequently regarded as eccentrics because genius and aristocrat are entirely unafraid of and uninfluenced by the opinions and vagaries of the crowd.
Edith Sitwell

Miracles: You do not have to look for them. They are there, 24-7, beaming like radio waves all around you. Put up the antenna, turn up the volume – snap… crackle… this just in, every person you talk to is a chance to change the world…
Hugh Elliott

They can do all because they think they can.
Virgil 70 BC – 19 BC

Learn the art of patience. Apply discipline to your thoughts when they become anxious over the outcome of a goal. Impatience breeds anxiety, fear, discouragement and failure. Patience creates confidence, decisiveness, and a rational outlook, which eventually leads to success.
Brian Adams

Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.
Dr. Seuss

Means we use must be as pure as the ends we seek.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

He not busy being born is busy dying.
Bob Dylan

You can’t build a reputation on what you are going to do.
Henry Ford

Nothing contributes so much to tranquilizing the mind as a steady purpose – a point on which the soul may fix its intellectual eye.
Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

Keep climbing, for the summit is only as beautiful as the effort it took to get there.
Brett Napoli

JS: Do you think he [George Bush] would come on the show?
DP: You’d have to make a strong pitch.
JS: What would that include, deli meats?
Jon Stewart (talking to Bush White House Press Secretary Dana Perino)

We must never forget that art is not a form of propaganda; it is a form of truth.
John F. Kennedy

Realize that true happiness lies within you. Waste no time and effort searching for peace and contentment and joy in the world outside. Remember that there is no happiness in having or in getting, but only in giving. Reach out. Share. Smile. Hug. Happiness is a perfume you cannot pour on others without getting a few drops on yourself.
Og Mandino

We should take care not to make the intellect our God; it has, of course, powerful muscles, but no personality.
Albert Einstein

Ask not what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive… then go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.
Howard Thurman

Count not him among your friends who will retail your privacies to the world.
Publilius Syrus

Even the fear of death is nothing compared to the fear of not having lived authentically and fully.
Frances Moore Lappe

There are worse things than looking stupid. Sleeping through life is one of them.
Laura Preble

Like an ability or a muscle, hearing your inner wisdom is strengthened by doing it.
Robbie Gass

All of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon – instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming outside our windows today.
Dale Carnegie

Character is forged in the smallest of struggles. Then, when the big challenges come, we’re ready.
Waiter Rant

You have to find a way of working that makes it dead easy to take full advantage of your inspired moments. They never hit at a convenient time, nor do they last long.
Hugh Macleod

An unhurried sense of time is in itself a form of wealth.
Bonnie Friedman

After all it is those who have a deep and real inner life who are best able to deal with the irritating details of outer life.
Evelyn Underhill

One of the most important ways to manifest integrity is to be loyal to those who are not present. In doing so, we build the trust of those who are present.
Stephen Covey, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

That’s the key to having it all: stop expecting it to look like what you thought it was going to look like.
Cindy Chupack

In the modern world of business, it is useless to be a creative original thinker unless you can also sell what you create. Management cannot be expected to recognize a good idea unless it is presented to them by a good salesman.
David M. Ogilvy

Forsake not an old friend; for the new is not comparable to him: a new friend is as new wine; when it is old, thou shalt drink it with pleasure.
Bible

The only way to last a really long time is to build something useful enough that people will want to keep it going after you die, and to cultivate a sense of ownership in other people. In short: make good shit and give it away as fast as you can.
Lisa Williams

But pain… seems to me an insufficient reason not to embrace life. Being dead is quite painless. Pain, like time, is going to come on regardless. Question is, what glorious moments can you win from life in addition to the pain?
Lois McMaster Bujold

He who is drowned is not troubled by the rain.
Chinese Proverb

You must dare to disassociate yourself from those who would delay your journey… Leave, depart, if not physically, then mentally. Go your own way, quietly, undramatically, and venture toward trueness at last.
Vernon Howard

Travel only with thy equals or thy betters; if there are none, travel alone.
The Dhammapada

It’s easier to put on slippers than to carpet the whole world.
Al Franken

A sailor without a destination cannot hope for a favorable wind.
Leon Tec

The present is a rope stretched over the past. The secret to walking it is, you never look down.
Sean Stewart

Art is the desire of a man to express himself, to record the reactions of his personality to the world he lives in.
Amy Lowell

There can’t be a writing prodigy; writing requires experience.
Professor X

Live neither in the past nor in the future, but let each day’s work absorb your entire energies, and satisfy your widest ambition.
Sir William Osler

Close the door, its late and sound travels quickly; Tomorrow never promised as this life within me
Talk slow choice words, thoughts fluent simply; Reflecting, yet none can explain these
820ambition

As a scientist, I am not sure anymore that life can be reduced to a class struggle, to dialectical materialism, or any set of formulas. Life is spontaneous and it is unpredictable, it is magical. I think that we have struggled so hard with the tangible that we have forgotten the intangible.
Diane Frolov and Andrew Schneider

Men are wise in proportion, not to their experience, but to their capacity for experience.
James Boswell

He will always be a slave who does not know how to live upon a little.
Horace

Blessed are those who can give without remembering, and take without forgetting.
Princess Elizabeth Asquith Bibesco

Poetry should please by a fine excess and not by singularity. It should strike the reader as a wording of his own highest thoughts, and appear almost as a remembrance.
John Keats

If you don’t risk anything you risk even more.
Erica Jong

You have already created it, you just need to see it.
Brett Napoli

The Internet is based on a layered, end-to-end model that allows people at each level of the network to innovate free of any central control. By placing intelligence at the edges rather than control in the middle of the network, the Internet has created a platform for innovation.
Vinton Cerf

The world is moving so fast these days that the man who says it can’t be done is generally interrupted by someone doing it.
Elbert Hubbard

The Internet is becoming the town square for the global village of tomorrow.
Bill Gates

Government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidise it.
Ronald Reagan

Most people live, whether physically, intellectually or morally, in a very restricted circle of their potential being. They make very small use of their possible consciousness, and of their soul’s resources in general, much like a man who, out of his whole bodily organism, should get into a habit of using and moving only his little finger.
William James

Washing one’s hands of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless means to side with the powerful, not to be neutral.
Paulo Freire

Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving.
Albert Einstein

All the lessons of history in four sentences:
Whom the gods would destroy, they first make mad with power. The mills of God grind slowly, but they grind exceedingly small. The bee fertilizes the flower it robs. When it is dark enough, you can see the stars.
Charles A. Beard

Saw a bird with a tear in his eye
Walking to New Orleans my oh my
Hey, now, Bird, wouldn’t you rather die
Than walk this world when you’re born to fly?
Robert Hunter, “Grateful Dead – Liberty”

Yo I got one lyric pointed at your head for start
Another one, is pointed at your weak ass heart
Now if I pull the trigger, on these fully loaded lines
You’re gonna wish I woulda pulled a black nine
Guru, “GangStarr – Moment of Truth” submitted by Chris Willis

I stay calm with my bat in a route of combat, I be inhaling my spliff as I’m exhaling the facts
I find comfort in my slacks, in my sacks, in my stacks, So I creep and add tax, fall asleep with my axe
Professor X, “Nine Teeth”

Yo, its night time I can’t sleep
My pens beggin’ me to write rhymes
Cory’s a felony despite time
I erase the urge on the tip of my tongue
I taste the words a story is born, my glorious song
Cormega,  “American Beauty”

If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead and rotten, either write something worth reading or do things worth the writing.
Benjamin Franklin

Every generation needs a new revolution.
Thomas Jefferson

There is yet one more point to seize, namely, that the greatest anxiety of the human mind arises through the belief that the heavenly bodies are blessed and indestructible, and that at the same time they have volition and actions and causality inconsistent with this belief; and through expecting or apprehending some everlasting evil, either because of the myths, or because we are in dread of the mere insensibility of death, as if it had to do with us; and through being reduced to this state not by conviction but by a certain irrational perversity, so that, if men do not set bounds to their terror, they endure as much or even more intense anxiety than the man whose views on these matters are quite vague. But mental tranquillity means being released from all these troubles and cherishing a continual remembrance of the highest and most important truths.

Hence we must attend to present feelings and sense perceptions, whether those of mankind in general or those peculiar to the individual, and also attend to all the clear evidence available, as given by each of the standards of truth. For by studying them we shall rightly trace to its cause and banish the source of disturbance and dread, accounting for celestial phenomena and for all other things which from time to time befall us and cause the utmost alarm to the rest of mankind.
Epicurus, Letter to Herodotus

If you would be pungent, be brief; for it is with words as with sunbeams – the more they are condensed, the deeper they burn.
Robert Southey

That’s the way things come clear. All of a sudden. And then you realize how obvious they’ve been all along.
Madeleine L’Engle

When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace
Sri Chinmoy Ghose

Greatness is not in where we stand, but in what direction we are moving.
Oliver Wendell Holmes

Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could only do a little.
Edmund Burke

Luck is when preparation meets opportunity.
Chuck Drury

All who have accomplished great things, have fixed their gaze on a goal which was high, one which sometimes seemed impossible.
Orison Swett Marden

I have learned this at least by my experiment: that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams and endeavors to live the life he has imagined, he will meet with success unexpected in common hours.
Henry David Thoreau

To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.
Elbert Hubbard

Once in a while you get shown the light, in the strangest of places if you look at it right.
The Grateful Dead

We must by all means stick to our sensations, that is, simply to the present impressions whether of the mind or of any criterion whatever, and similarly to our actual feelings, in order that we may have the means of determining that which needs confirmation and that which is obscure.
Epicurus

The heights by great men reached and kept, were not attained by sudden flight, but they, while their companions slept, were toiling upward in the night.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

You can’t depend on your judgement when your imagination is out of focus.
Mark Twain

Miracles surround us at every turn if we but sharpen our perceptions to them.
Willa Cather

My position concerning God is that of an agnostic. I am convinced that a vivid consciousness of the primary importance of moral principles for the betterment and ennoblement of life does not need the idea of a law-giver, especially a law-giver who works on the basis of reward and punishment.
Albert Einstein

Educate and inform the whole mass of the people… they are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty.
Thomas Jefferson

All who have accomplished great things have had a great aim, have fixed their gaze on a goal which was high, one which sometimes seemed impossible.
Orison Swett Marden

Aim for the highest.
Andrew Carnegie

We have a hunger of the mind which asks for knowledge of all around us, and the more we gain, the more is our desire; the more we see, the more we are capable of seeing.
Maria Mitchell

Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little.
Edmund Burke

To live for results would be to sentence myself to continuous frustration. My only sure reward is in my actions and not from them.
Hugh Prather

A lot of people are waiting for Martin Luther King or Mahatma Gandhi to come back — but they are gone. We are it. It is up to us. It is up to you.
Marian Wright Edelman

Greatness is not in where we stand, but in what direction we are moving. We must sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it — but sail we must and not drift, nor lie at anchor.
Oliver Wendell Holmes

The world is but a canvas to the imagination.
Henry David Thoreau

Trust men and they will be true to you; treat them greatly, and they will show themselves great.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Emancipate yourself from mental slavery, none but ourselves can free our minds.
Bob Marley

The people will save their government, if the government itself will allow them.
Abraham Lincoln

Chase the dream, not the competition.
Mecca USA

The probability that we may fail in the struggle ought not to deter us from the support of a cause we believe to be just.
Abraham Lincoln

The very word ‘secrecy’ is repugnant in a free and open society; and we are as a people inherently and historically opposed to secret societies, to secret oaths, and to secret proceedings.
John F. Kennedy

A photograph is just a picture if it doesn’t say anything.
Unknown

To me, photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place… I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.
Elliott Erwitt

Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.
Benjamin Franklin

Every day you get better at something or you get worse at it, you never stay the same.
Chuck Drury

The best thing in life is life. Get your mind right, get your grind right. Hey young thugs, the world is yours.
Ice Cube & Krayzie Bone

Power to the people, death to the phonies.
Nas

Then you could say, you know who I saw wilding today? Herb!
Jerry Seinfeld (on New York City requiring name tags)

I’m the king of Boggle, there is none higher I get 11 points off the word quagmire
Fools can’t see me and that’s how it is And that’s how I like it cause that’s my biz
Beastie Boys

Turn off your mind, relax and float downstream.
The Beatles

So my choice is what I choose to do And if I’m causing no harm it shouldn’t bother you And your choice is who you choose to be And if your causing no harm you’re alright with me.
Ben Harper

There are no coincidences.
Unknown

While the city slept I was still awake. Sittin in my room listenin to tapes, fillin up the space, spillin my guts through an empty page. Pourin out my heart until puddled in front of the stage. Flooded with rage, performing as an opening act With no sound check or door money for gas. So when my cd skipped, I heard emcees diss I just got louder, until I fuckin’ screamed it. While you were speakin words to live by I was at work hidin from my boss, writing words to die for.
Prolyphic

Once you realize you know nothing, you can learn everything.
Unknown

Mankind must put an end to war or war will put an end to mankind.
John F. Kennedy

Don’t interfere with anything in the Constitution. That must be maintained, for it is the only safeguard of our liberties.
Abraham Lincoln

I hope our wisdom will grow with our power, and teach us, that the less we use our power the greater it will be.
Thomas Jefferson

Like anybody, I would like to live a long life. Longevity has its place. But I’m not concerned about that now. I just want to do God’s will. And He’s allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I’ve looked over. And I’ve seen the promised land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the promised land.

And I’m happy, tonight. I’m not worried about anything. I’m not fearing any man. Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord.
Martin Luther King Jr. (final speech)

People fail forward to success.
Mary Kay Ash

An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.
Benjamin Franklin

Every man is said to have his peculiar ambition. Whether it be true or not, I can say for one that I have no other so great as that of being truly esteemed of my fellow men, by rendering myself worthy of their esteem.
Abraham Lincoln

One’s destination is never a place but rather a new way of looking at things.
Henry Miller

I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The great point is to bring them the real facts.
Abraham Lincoln

My dream is of a place and a time where America will once again be seen as the last best hope of earth.
Abraham Lincoln

I never considered a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosophy, as cause for withdrawing from a friend.
Thomas Jefferson

I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.
Thomas Jefferson

I was bold in the pursuit of knowledge, never fearing to follow truth and reason to whatever results they led, and bearding every authority which stood in their way.
Thomas Jefferson

Force is the vital principle and immediate parent of despotism.
Thomas Jefferson

I believe in God, but not as one thing, not as an old man in the sky. I believe that what people call God is something in all of us. I believe that what Jesus and Mohammed and Buddha and all the rest said was right. It’s just that the translations have gone wrong.
John Lennon

Dependence begets subservience and venality, suffocates the germ of virtue, and prepares fit tools for the designs of ambition.
Thomas Jefferson

A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality.
John Lennon

If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.
Thomas Jefferson

Ignorance is preferable to error, and he is less remote from the truth who believes nothing than he who believes what is wrong.
Thomas Jefferson

Any people anywhere, being inclined and having the power, have the right to rise up, and shake off the existing government, and form a new one that suits them better. This is a most valuable – a most sacred right – a right, which we hope and believe, is to liberate the world.
Abraham Lincoln

It is error alone which needs the support of government. Truth can stand by itself.
Thomas Jefferson

As our case is new, we must think and act anew.
Abraham Lincoln

It is in our lives and not our words that our religion must be read.
Thomas Jefferson

The more I see the less I know for sure.
John Lennon

He who knows nothing is closer to the truth than he whose mind is filled with falsehoods and errors.
Thomas Jefferson