A Cento of Direction

Posted on 2016 April 10


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cento n. a piece of writing composed wholly of quotations from the works of other authors.

It is not that we have a short time to live, but that we waste a lot of it. — Seneca

Everything is amazing right now, and nobody’s happy. — Louis CK

We have such abundance that we fantasize about having less. — Sarah Skwire

We take fat from our butts and put it in our cheeks. — Brené Brown

We’re more satisfied as consumers and less satisfied as producers than ever. — Taylor Pearson

I read the Internet so much, I feel like I’m on page a million of the worst book ever.— Azis Ansari

Boys are breezily playful, but their effortless joy and naughtiness eventually succumbs to moodiness and the grind. — Heartiste

They get to work, quickly wash their faces with daylight, their faces becoming pale, pasty, ugly, old, forgotten, in that order, as the humor leaves their bodies with their youth, and only the unlucky ones survive till death with nothing permanent to show for it other than another generation to take their place. — James Altucher

If Oprah can go from a impoverished, painful childhood to being “Oprah,” it suddenly creates anxiety in everyone else – “It’s possible and I’m not doing it so there’s something wrong with me.” — Taylor Pearson

You act like mortals in all that you fear, and like immortals in all that you desire. — Seneca

Desire is a contract we make with ourselves to be unhappy until we get what we want. — Naval Ravikant

Anyone who acts without paying attention to what he is doing is wasting his life. I’d go so far as to say that life is denied by lack of attention, whether it be to cleaning windows or trying to write a masterpiece. — Nadia Boulanger

Without reflection, we go blindly on our way, creating more unintended consequences, and failing to achieve anything useful. — Margaret J. Wheatley

If you got a good degree or a good set of credentials, you certainly learned some on the job, but you probably weren’t required to take ownership or start new initiatives. That’s no longer the case. — Taylor Pearson

Life requires thorough preparation. Veneer isn’t worth anything. — George Washington Carver

I’d love to see a “life university” started with the rule that it teaches you what everyone is going to need. Everyone needs a mortgage, everyone needs to understand credit cards, how bank accounts work, sex education, etc. Emotional intelligence. All things not taught in school. — Walter “Scorpion” O’Brien

There are millions of moments on the path to any worthwhile achievement. — Menachem Mendel Schneerson

Three grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for. — Joseph Addison

Find a group of people who challenge and inspire you, spend a lot of time with them, and it will change your life. — Amy Poehler

To write down your dreams you must be wide awake. — Ned Rorem

For me, I love to dream big, and I love to find ways to be a bit of an explorer. . . . These days it seems like everything is padded and comes with warning labels. This just lights a fire under me, and that’s a really exciting way to live. — Tommy Caldwell

Courage is the price that life exacts for granting peace. — Amelia Earhart

I prefer the hell of chaos to the hell of order. — Wislawa Szymborska

This is action, this not being sure! — Jordan Ellenberg

If you’re trying to achieve, there will be roadblocks. I’ve had them; everybody has had them. But obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it. — Michael Jordan

Trust yourself. Create the kind of self that you will be happy to live with all your life. Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement. — Golda Meir

It’s always necessary to be yourself – that is a mark of genius in itself. — Nadia Boulanger

As long as you behave the opposite of people on TV, then you will be happy in life. — James Altucher

Many people limit themselves to what they think they can do. You can go as far as your mind lets you. — Mary Kay Ash

High achievement always takes place in the framework of high expectation. — Charles Kettering

There’s always a new challenge to keep you motivated. — Sean Connery

With every project I always want to find the next challenge and the next challenge is just as exciting as the previous one. — Alexander Wang

Life is long if you know how to use it. — Seneca