On fighting the urge to follow the herd:

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  • “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” — Oscar Wilde
  • “What you think of yourself is much more important than what others think of you.” — Seneca
  • “Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.” — Lucille Ball

On finding the beauty in chaos:

  • “If life were predictable it would cease to be life, and be without flavor.” — Eleanor Roosevelt
  • “I would rather die of passion than of boredom.” — Vincent van Gogh
  • “Life would be tragic if it weren’t funny.” — Stephen Hawking
  • “In spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart.” — Anne Frank
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On persevering through adversity:

  • “You will face many defeats in life, but never let yourself be defeated.” — Maya Angelou
  • “Nothing is impossible, the word itself says, ‘I’m possible!’” — Audrey Hepburn
  • “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” — Gandhi
  • “The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.” — Ayn Rand
  • “Fall seven times and stand up eight.” — Japanese proverb

On following your instinct:

  • “Don’t think. Thinking is the enemy of creativity. It’s self-conscious, and anything self-conscious is lousy. You can’t try to do things. You simply must do things.” — Ray Bradbury
  • “The less effort, the faster and more powerful you will be.” — Bruce Lee
  • “Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced.” — Søren Kierkegaard
  • “The opposite of love is not hate; it’s indifference.” — Elie Wiesel
  • “We become what we think about all day long” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

On taking charge of your life:

  • “Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.” — Henry David Thoreau
  • “It is not death that a man should fear, but he should fear never beginning to live.” — Marcus Aurelius
  • “We simply attempt to be fearful when others are greedy and to be greedy only when others are fearful.” — Warren Buffett
  • “It is not these well-fed long-haired men that I fear, but the pale and the hungry-looking.” — Julius Caesar
  • “Knowledge is the antidote to fear.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • “The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.” –William James
  • “Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.” — Anaïs Nin
  • “Do what you can, where you are, with what you have.” — Teddy Roosevelt

That last line is one of my favorite inspirational quotes of all time. This isn’t an ideal time for any of us, but it’s the time we’re in. No matter where you are in life or what happens, make the best of it.