„Follow your heart, follow your dreams. If writing is your passion, put everything you have into it.“
— J.M. DeMatteis comics illustrator 1953
Context: Follow your heart, follow your dreams. If writing is your passion, put everything you have into it. Let that passion, that joy, lead you. In the end it might not lead you to exactly the place you thought you were heading... but it will absolutely lead you someplace wonderful. And don’t let the Nay-Sayers, the Practical People, stop you or wear you down. Follow your dreams... and you can’t go wrong.
„Know what is the purpose of life that you are inclined to serve, that you are drawn to. Do what makes your heart leap rather than simply follow some style or fashion. Not everyone can or should be a scientists. Not everyone can or should be any one thing. People need to know what kind of purpose they can serve.“
— Jonas Salk Inventor of polio vaccine 1914 - 1995
„You that trust in your own righteousness, arrogate to yourselves the honor of the greatest thing that even God Himself ever did. You seem not only sufficient to perform Divine works, but such is your pride and vanity, that you are not content without taking upon you to do the very greatest work that ever God Himself wrought. God's works of providence are greater than those of creation. To take on yourself to work out redemption, is a greater thing than if you had taken it upon you to create a world.“
— Jonathan Edwards Christian preacher, philosopher, and theologian 1703 - 1758
„(…) if you can change yourself you will find that no other change is needed. To change the picture you merely change the film, you do not attack the cinema screen! (…) Clarify your mind, purify your heart, sanctify your life – this is the quickest way to a change of your world.“
— Nisargadatta Maharaj Indian guru 1897 - 1981
„No matter what your age and no matter where you come from, everyone can change the world in some way, whether it's being a mentor to someone younger than you or someone that doesn't have as much experience as you. If you're passionate enough, you can do whatever you want and definitely change the world.“
— Josh Groban American musician and actor 1981
Teen People Video Short, 20 Teens Who Will Change the World, 2003
— Willie Nelson, The Tao of Willie: A Guide to the Happiness in Your Heart
— Oliver Goldsmith Irish physician and writer 1728 - 1774
„do Not create anything, it will be
misinterpreted. it will not change.
it will follow you the rest of your life.“
— Bob Dylan American singer-songwriter, musician, author, and artist 1941
"Advice for Geraldine on Her Miscellaneous" (1964)
— Randy Pausch American professor of computer science, human-computer interaction and design 1960 - 2008
Context: You will need find your passion. Many of you have already done it, many of you will later, many of you may take to your thirties or forties, but don't give up on finding it. Right, then all you are doing is waiting for the reaper. Find your passion and follow it. And if there is anything that I have learned in life, you will not find that passion in things. And you will not find that passion in money. Because the more things and the more money you have, the more you will just look around and use that as the metric — and there will always be someone with more. Your passion must come from the things that fuel you from the inside. And honors and awards are nice things, but only to the extent that they regard real respect from your peers. And to be thought of well by people you think of more highly up is a tremendous honor I've been granted. Find your passion, and in my experience, no matter what you do at work or what you do in in official settings, that passion will be grounded in people. It will be grounded in the relationships you have with people and what they think of you when your time comes.
„To be happy you must have taken the measure of your powers, tasted the fruits of your passion, and learned your place in the world.“
— George Santayana 20th-century Spanish-American philosopher associated with Pragmatism 1863 - 1952
„When you grow up you tend to get told that the world is the way it is and your life is just to live your life inside the world. Try not to bash into the walls too much. Try to have a nice family, have fun, save a little money.
That's a very limited life. Life can be much broader once you discover one simple fact: Everything around you that you call life was made up by people that were no smarter than you and you can change it, you can influence it, you can build your own things that other people can use.“
— Steve Jobs American entrepreneur and co-founder of Apple Inc. 1955 - 2011
Interview Steve Jobs: Visionary Entrepreneur by Santa Clara Valley Historical Association<!-- since then better known as Silicon Valley Historical Association --> (1994) Steve Jobs: Visionary Entrepreneur http://www.siliconvalleyhistorical.org/#!steve-jobs-film/c1x1c, Silicon Valley Historical Association] Steve Jobs: Secrets of Life quote http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kYfNvmF0Bqw, Santa Clara Valley Historical Association, YouTube]