“We despise and abhor the bully, the brawler, the oppressor, whether in private or public life, but we despise no less the coward and the voluptuary. No man is worth calling a man who will not fight rather than submit to infamy or see those that are dear to him suffer wrong.”
Theodore Roosevelt (American President)
“He was just a coward and that was the worst luck any many could have.”
Ernest Hemingway (American Novelist, For Whom The Bell Tolls)
“Cowards die many times before their actual deaths.”
Julius Caesar (Roman Leader)
I remember the day I looked in the mirror and saw a coward.
I was working for a large company and things were going well, financially.
I was part of a team and spent most of my days in meetings and answering emails.
Things were easy.
I was unsatisfied, but any restlessness I felt was buried under a mountain of triple caramel lattes, afternoon martinis, happy hours, and endless pats on the back for doing a “good job”.
Greatness had become a distant memory.
I was sooooooo cozy.
I remember washing my hands in the office bathroom one day and looking up... Read More
“I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn’t arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I’m going to be happy in it.”
Groucho Marx (American Comedian)
“Simply put, you believe that things or people make you unhappy, but this is not accurate. You make yourself unhappy.”
Wayne Dyer (American Psychologist)
“Happiness depends on ourselves.”
Aristotle (Greek Philosopher)
Constantly feeling obligated to make other people happy is incredibly destructive.
(I know this because I used to be a chronic approval seeker.)
Obligation and a feeling of indebtedness is an automatic veto on your needs, your rights, and your goals.