"There is no such thing as a wrong decision, just make another decision."
"Today, words. Tomorrow, sticks and stones. And the day after that?"
"Fame often comes to those who are thinking about something else, whereas celebrity comes to those who think about nothing else. Celebrity is, if you like, a forgery of fame: it has the form but lacks the content."
"It's not where you live-but how you live. "
"Forgiveness is a funny thing, it warms the hearts and cools the sting."
"The better we are at accepting the limits of our world, the more easily we can embrace what we have."
"There is nothing enduring in the life of a woman except what she builds in a man's heart."
"Everything is okay in the end. If it's not okay, then it's not the end."
"No one ever damaged their eyesight looking on the brighter side of life. "
"Don't ask for an easier life. Ask to be a stronger person. "
"Use it or lose it! "
"You've never lived till you've almost died. For those who fight for it life has a flavour the protected will never know. "
"Fear is the thief of dreams. "
"Ask not whether a particular belief is true, but is it useful."
"God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference. "
"The rain continues to tumble down on the already soaking ground outside and the winds blowing powerfully picking up leaves and papers and tossing them wildly, as it carries them along. In life you can feel like those leaves or pieces of paper being tossed roughly but then you have to remember that eventually you find a place to gently rest. "
"Life is not about running away from our problems it is about facing them head on and attempting to defeat them. "
"Wherever you go, no matter the weather, always bring your own sunshine."
"Hope is like a magic wand that whisks away your troubles and fulfills all your dreams and courage is like a golden key that opens a special door and gives you a brand new life."
"You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face."
"It's what makes you different that helps you discover your greatest strength."
"If the task in front of us is a mountain, we don't have to climb it all at once, if we take one small step at a time we will suddenly find we have conquered that mountain."
"Even if you can't just snap your fingers and make a dream come true, you can travel in the direction of your dream every single day. "
"Be true to the strength within your own heart then you can never go wrong."
"All the peace, wisdom and joy in the Universe are already within us, we just have to open our eyes and realise what is already here and who we really are."
"The wind blows in a certain direction which I can't change but I can adjust my own sails to reach the destination that I am hoping for. "
"When there are clouds in our lives we should look in our hearts and we will find sunshine and warmth from the love we have there."
"Carry the sun inside you and reach out for the dreams that guide you. You have everything you need to take you where you want to go then. "
"I believe that everyone is a special star that shines, but how brightly we shine depends on how beautiful and kind we are on the inside "
"You don't always have to find your way by your brain, sometimes you have to find your way with your heart."
"There's a bright spot in every dark cloud."
"Words matter, and the right words matter most of all. In the end they're all that remain of us."
"I realised early on that there were two groups of people in the world: those who made the decisions and those who had the decisions made for them. I wanted to be one of the decision-makers. "
"You have to perform to the best of your ability, and if you have to argue stringently, if you have to persist and to state your case strongly, then you do it. "
"If you put small value on yourself, you can be sure the world will not raise your price."
"Throughout high school, I wish I had known the importance of noticing others and allowing their experiences to enrich my own life. Other people's stories and experiences will inspire you to learn, to change and to evolve."
"When I was in high school I wish I had known that there are many ways to learn, and being at school was just one way. Often it is the lessons we learn outside the school room that are the most valuable"
"Always remember: the events in your life don't happen TO you, they happen FOR you."
"Whatever influence you have, it's only for a small amount of time. When Sir Frank (Packer) sold the Daily and Sunday Telegraph to Rupert Murdoch in 1972, I lost my position as women's editor. Suddenly the phones stopped ringing. All the people who said they were my friends, I didn't hear from them. I was only in my 20's, and that was a sobering lesson to learn: how fleeting everything is, and how easily it can be taken away from you. So you never take yourself too seriously, you never think you're too important."
"The only limitations are the ones we put on ourselves. "
"Only a loser finds it impossible to accept a temporary setback. A winner asks why."
"Trust the Universe. Trust and believe and have faith. I truly had no idea how I was going to bring the knowledge of The Secret onto the movie screen. I just held to the outcome of the vision, I saw the outcome clearly in my mind, I felt it with all my might, and everything that we needed to create The Secret came to us."
"The reason visualization is so powerful is because as you create pictures in your mind of seeing yourself with what it is you want, you are generating thoughts and feelings of having it now. Visualization is simply powerfully focused thought in pictures, and it causes equally powerful feelings."
"Decide what you want? believe you can have it, believe you deserve it, believe it's possible for you. "
"You are the most powerful magnet in the universe! You contain a magnetic power within you that is more powerful than anything in this world, and this unfathomable magnetic power is emitted through your thoughts."
"Your life right now is a reflection of your past thoughts. That includes all the great things, and all the things you consider not so great. Since you attract to you what you think about most, it is easy to see what your dominant thoughts have been on every subject of your life, because that is what you have experienced."
"People who have drawn wealth into their lives used The Secret, whether consciously or unconsciously. They think thoughts of abundance and wealth, and they do not allow any contradictory thoughts to take root in their minds."
"To attract money, you must focus on wealth. It is impossible to bring more money into your life when you are noticing you do not have enough, because that means you are thinking thoughts that you do not have enough."
"Be grateful for what you have now. As you begin to think about all the things in your life you are grateful for, you will be amazed at the never-ending thoughts that come back to you of more things to be grateful for. You have to make a start, and then the law of attraction will receive those grateful thoughts and give you more just like them."
"Everyone is born with a gift; your journey is to discover it. "
"Grief is like a fingerprint, it's unique to everyone, and so is the way you process it. "
"At some point you start seeing the difference between what you really want, and what is your priority order. I feel that today I know what I want. That's the problem with perspective, as well as focus and concentration."
"Whatever you give, if you give it freely and without conditions it'll come back to you two fold."
"Care for your people and your life will be happy."
"Time-honoured insights are often trivialised as cliches."
"There are no easy words for the insights of the spirit, and approximate language used in good faith can cause approximate truths to spread like a disease."
"Counting your blessings is a better cure for insomnia than counting sheep - you can fall asleep before you get through half of them."
"... laughter is lovelier than tears in bed."
"Aim for perfection but don't wait until you get there - it could be a long wait!"
"Older people often mistakenly consider that the young people do not care about their country, but the reverse is actually true. "
"They (the youth of Australia) are out there clamouring in all forms of voice, and they are not so much hedging us older Australians aside as saying, 'For heaven's sake, listen to us and empower us to help drive this country towards a wonderful future.'"
"Dare your genius to walk the wildest unknown ways."
"When times get really tough you just keep putting one foot in front of the other. That very next step might lead into change."
"It is a good life, if you're doing what you like doing. "
"The best way to make dreams come true is to wake up to yourself."
"Focus on what you can do rather than stress about what you have no control over."
"Belief in ourself is like a muscle - it is strengthened by constant and careful use. "
"It's OK to be down in the dumps - just don't stay there too long. "
"There are always more choices than you think. "
"You can't drive into the future if you are looking into a rear vision mirror. "
"Count your blessings - not your troubles. "
"The law of attraction is feeble without the law of action. "
"?I tried and it didn't work' is a lot better than, ?I wish I'd tried'. "
"We have so many opportunities in first world countries. Let's not squander them by focusing on obstacles-real or imaginary!"
"The opportunity of a lifetime must be grasped within the lifetime of that opportunity. "
"Pick yourself up when you're feeling down. No one else is likely to. "
"Why am I the happiest refugee? Look, I'm a kid with a family with not really very much can arrive here with nothing and um, have everything really, that you need to have a happy life. "
"The best things in life are often the ones hardest to get. Yet they are also the ones that are the easiest to find, usually right in front of your face. "
"Any day alive in this world is a charmed life. "
"Just because it is, doesn't mean it should be. "
"I have a conviction that it's only when you are put at full stretch that you can realise your full potential. "
"Life is no brief candle but a splendid torch made to burn ever more brightly. "
"Go the extra mile. "
"Wherever you go in life, keep sweet with the cook. And be a good listener.
"Occasionally, don't be afraid to say: This is what we deserve. "
"I think people underestimate the power that they have within themselves, I really do, and I think these kinds of challenges, they force you to look that little bit deeper and see what you're really made of. I always knew I was pretty strong. I've always been pretty gutsy and pretty ballsy, but I think I surprised myself this time around."
"I believe the day is done. Whether it's been the best day or the worst, it's over; let it go. "
"If God gives you gifts you must use them to justify your life. It is what the Greeks called divine discontent that drives you. "
"Everything we do affects other people. "
"Take every opportunity that comes your way. You should never, never see an opportunity in the eye and pass by. Never!"
"When you are on the top of the world remember it turns over every 24 hours! "
"Between the wish and the thing life lies waiting."
"Who can control his fate? asks the ruined Othello. No one, indeed. But everyone controls his option, chooses his alternative. "
"Some people are born with the necessary gift, and some work hard to build on the few gifts they have."
"Mum always taught us that compassion and kindness were the most important things in life, that it was better to be kind than right. "
"Try harder every day to be better than the day before. "
"Fear - It's a fine line between that and pushing yourself. You definitely reach new heights when you push. But fear is good. Fear keeps us alive. If we didn't have it, we'd be doing crazy things and getting in sticky situations."
"Experiencing different cultures is one of the best things a human being can do. It puts your whole world into perspective."
"Life's too short to sit around and wait."
"Life may change, but it may fly not; Hope may vanish, but can die not; Truth be veiled, but still it burneth; Love repulsed, – but it returneth."
"Freedom is fragile and must be protected. To sacrifice it, even as a temporary measure, is to betray it. "
"Loneliness is never more cruel than when it is felt in close propinquity with someone who has ceased to communicate. "
"A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person. "
"Act quickly, think slowly. "
"One may not reach the dawn save by the path of the night. "
"Keep your eyes wide open in the darkest of times. Only then you can rely on shooting stars."
"These days I love to take in the sunset because every time I do so I remember how lucky I am to be alive. That's a great relationship to have with the setting sun. "
"The mountain is a mirror, where climbers look to find themselves. They discover their frailty, take heart from their strengths, drink deep of the insights. "
"I don't think of compassion as sympathy but rather as empathy. An understanding of how people are feeling, which often translates into action. "
"It is very important that we look at what we CAN do, rather than what is impossible to do. "
"I just loved him and he loved me? He was a most humble man, the most decent man I've ever met in my life and he always looked for the best in people to find positives and he said something to me that always remained with me. He said if you believe in the fatherhood of God you must necessarily believe in the brotherhood of man, it follows necessarily and even though I left the church and was not religious, that truth remained with me. "
"Wisdom is partly innate and partly developed and practised. It's about a lot more than just knowledge: experience, involvement, communication, interaction with people. Wisdom is a way of being. "
"Going to Europe, someone had written, was about as final as going to heaven. A mystical passage to another life, from which no-one returned the same. Those returning in such ships were invincible, for they had managed it and could reflect ever after on Anne Hathaway's Cottage or the Tower of London with a confidence that did generate at Sydney. There was nothing mythic at Sydney; momentous objects, beings and events all occurred abroad or in the elsewhere of books."
"Great literature is like moral leadership; everyone deplores the lack of it, but there is a tendency to prefer it from the safely dead."
"Don't wait for a light to appear at the end of the tunnel, stride down there and light the bloody thing yourself. "
"Beware of people preaching simple solutions to complex problems. If the answer was easy someone more intelligent would have thought of it a long time ago - complex problems invariably require complex and difficult solutions."
"I am quite reactionary about Aussies travelling. Why, we've only been here a hundred years. What can be added by going before we are here? - that is not right but for we are here, but only just here. If we don't hold what we have we may never find it again, so delicate a thing it is, yet it gives the appearance of being overpowerful on close examination... I don't think a change of location can answer our questions."
"Somehow, one never really runs away, or I never have, and I find that the faster I go the more catches up with me... all the while time stands, to me, still - straight up and down like a great white sheet."
"I have been lucky in that I've been alive at times when the things that I wanted to do were capable of being done. "
"A life without fame can be a good life, but fame without a life is no life at all. "
"Fiction is life with the dull bits left out. "
"Stop worrying. Nobody gets out of this world alive. "
"Anyone afraid of what he thinks television does to the world is probably just afraid of the world. "
"If you have the same ideas as everybody else but have them one week earlier than everyone else then you will be hailed as a visionary, but if you have them five years earlier you will be named a lunatic. "
"Man's wealth is measured by the fewness of his wants. "
"I thought I'd definitely be a writer, whatever I did. "
"My mother used to say, 'He who angers you, conquers you!' But my mother was a saint."
"I'm not sure what the future holds but I do know that I'm going to be positive and not wake up feeling desperate. As my dad said, "Nic, it is what it is, it's not what it should have been, not what it could have been, it is what it is". "
"Recognising the purpose of human existence is to relinquish everything that has become 'second nature' to us, by revealing to ourselves what is our 'first nature'. It is our 'second nature' to go into whatever the patterns of the past might be... serious challenges in life, such as diagnosis, death, divorce, drought, debt, despair confront us with the opportunity to let go of these patterns and discover a deeper, more eternal, more authentic part of ourselves."
"My surroundings have always been conducive to achieving what you want and believing in self 100 per cent; not being afraid to stand up and voice your opinion. "
"Australians always want everyone to be average, as if the best thing you can do is fit in. "
"I am sure that no one coming to this ceremony expected a High Court judge to use the occasion to talk about that four-letter word, love. But that's a good thing. In life, never be predictable. It's so uncool. "
"So I want to identify, if I can, the most important thing that we discover in life. At least, it is the most important thing that I have discovered. I will share it with you, like a precious jewel, fit for this occasion. I refer to love. Love for one another. Love for our community. Love for others everywhere in the world. Love transcends even scholarship, cleverness and university degrees. It is greater than pride and wealth. It endures when worldly vanities fade..."
"We read to find out what the world is like, to experience lots of lives, not just the one we live. If it is true that our lives are chaotic and we crave a shape, stories are the shapes that we put on experience, containing all the wisdom in the world. We can even choose what kind of wisdom suits us."
"Oh, my ways are strange ways and new ways and old ways, And deep ways and steep ways and high ways and low, I'm at home and at ease on a track that I know not, And restless and lost on a road that I know. "
" It is quite time that our children were taught a little more about their country, for shame's sake. "
"We shall never be understood or respected by the English until we carry our individuality to extremes, and by asserting our independence, become of sufficient consequence in their eyes to merit a closer study than they have hitherto accorded us. "
"If European symbols and traditions have grown tired, perfunctory and oppressively banal in Australia, or been drained of spirit and meaning by the dreary dictates of materialism and secularity, then the raw spirit truth of our native land is alive and radiant by comparison. For joy and meaning we might well turn to our natural country and witness miracles of vitality and new life, of inspiration and profound beauty; all in some humble, quiet and improbable place."
"There was all this loneliness in my cartoons and people would say, "Gee, these characters are so lonely, disconnected, depressed." And I'd say, 'Yeah well, that's not me. I'm just interested in that because I think it makes a funny drawing.' But later I understood it was me in many respects; my hand was doing it ahead of the head's understanding."
"If you know something is wrong but you don't do anything about it, then your knowledge is of no use at all."
"To be in the presence of another human being is awesome. It is to have your breath taken away by sheer beauty. It is to be shocked. It is to be arrested. It is to be changed. This is the joy and agony of my life. In a pragmatic culture, people are mostly reduced to a means to an end. When people become problems to be solved rather than people to be met, it's no wonder that loneliness and isolation are our greatest social need. All real living is meeting."
"There is no single person; humans are hard wired as relational beings; to reduce humanity to 'one' is to violate the very essence of what it means to be human. The minimum number in the basic human unit is at least two. So the word 'I' could only ever refer to half of something. We in the west love the idea of the 'power of one' but it is a total illusion. So, there is no such thing as success except shared success and there is no such thing as failure except shared failure."
"Data isn't information; information isn't knowledge; knowledge isn't wisdom."
"Money is misunderstood. The fact is if you want to be successful the money will follow you. If you are a doctor, something else will follow you. If you are successful there is an accompaniment. If your goal is just to make money you won't succeed. Money is a commodity to use, not to be dictated by. "
"I do not discriminate against this generation but they cannot put up with what we did. It's not their fault that's the world. I've done a lot of hard work and I wouldn't mind to do the same again. Now there is too much of everything, too much choice, and the younger generation is not happy."
"We are far more effective on the inside looking out than the outside looking in."
"(Of wine) It sloweth age, it strengtheneth youth, it helpeth digestion, it abandoneth melancholie, it relisheth the heart, it lighteneth the mind, it quickenth the spirits, it keepeth and preserveth the head from whirling, the eyes from dazzling, the tongue from lisping, the mouth from snaffling, the teeth from chattering and the throat from rattling; it keepeth the stomach from wambling, the heart from swelling, the hands from shivering, the sinews from shrinking, the veins from crumbling, the bones from aching, and the marrow from soaking."
"I hate the 21st century, I just hate it. It's too technical, and it's driving me nuts. The pace is now too fast, there is no time to indulge or divulge things, to take them in and enjoy them. It's all ephemeral, boom, boom, boom, and we're drowning in information and starving for wisdom."
"Smells poised on timeless wings ensnare us."
"Some people wanting to make their mark on the world, merely leave a stain."
"If you can imagine the one family continuously occupying the same land for 40,000 years or more, using it not just to sustain life but as a place of reverence and worship, where every tree, rock and waterhole had significance, you will get some understanding of the importance of land to indigenous people. "
"Standards and beliefs are the foundation of our character. It is what we stand for. A wise man once said that if you do not stand for something, you will fall for anything. Likewise, we must stand for something in our life. The stronger we do so, the stronger and deeper our roots will grow to give us stability in life. Our strength comes from connecting with them. We will then withstand any storms that blow our way. Some winds of change might bend and break the branches on the Trees of Life but our roots below the ground never die. They remain hidden and protected. They do not see the struggle or the storm. They are unmoving and serene. They fortify all that is above ground, ensuring that we grow from these tough experiences. "
"I know I can do anything I set out to do... It depends on your definition of failure. Do you fail if you attempt something and learn from the experience? It's about the way you look at challenge - you either see the opportunities or you see the problems. It's only the unknown that's scary. "
"There are places you can only get to by sea, and there are places you can only get to by being at sea. "
"There are many people out there dreaming of great things and it's a good chance your son or daughter is one of them. Don't let them lose one of humanity's most prized assets - the vision. "
"Fallen into a crevasse:
Exhausted, weak and chilled (for my hands were bare and pounds of snow had got inside my clothing) I hung with firm conviction that all was over except the passing. Below was a black chasm; it would be but the work of the moment to slip from the harness, then all the pain and toil would be over. It was a rare situation, a rare temptation ? a chance to quit small things for great ? to pass from the petty exploration of a planet to the contemplation of vaster worlds beyond. But there was all eternity for the last and, at its longest, the present would be but short. I felt better for the thought.
"Old age is an ordeal, of flesh and mind. Of winding down, of slowing down, of dying cells. It's accepting the loss of physical attractiveness and replacing it with the power and wisdom that can only come with old age."
"I'm planted in rural Australia, and it's my choice whether I bloom or not."
"It is important to bloom where you are planted. As women you may not get a choice about where you live, but you can choose what your life is like. Your responsibility is to do the best you can wherever you are. "
"Investing intelligently in those of us who are marginalised means fewer people in jail, fewer homeless, fewer unemployed, fewer of us who are forlorn and depressed, fewer people addicted to things that drag us down... Because as we invest in those that do it tough, we will see more Australians taking pride in themselves, having realisable dreams and aspirations and making their own positive contribution to the world's greatest nation."
"It is a simple but sometimes forgotten truth that the greatest enemy to present joy and high hopes is the cultivation of retrospective bitterness. "
"Revenge is the most destructive emotion. Know that retribution against someone who has hurt you will not neutralise the bitterness of your pain. It will eat away at your very being. Be positive and remember the past cannot be changed. "
"People who sit tight usually remain where they are."
"It is better to do what you love for work, but if it is your day job that enables an unpaid passion, then your life is still sweeter. What is important is that you make time for your dreams, not whether or not you get paid for it."
"In my experience if you expect the best from your fellow men more often than not you get it because your trust and faith prime them with that extra steam needed to generate their best performance. I've received a lot of that steam myself, it is very helpful and I truly believe in its value. "
"I don't know what my path is yet. I'm just walking on it. "
"My biggest mistake was my best lesson... you don't learn anything when everything is going perfectly."
"I live my life in gratitude. "
"I live every day to the fullest extent and I don't sweat the small stuff. "
"You can play a tune on black keys, you can play a tune on white keys, but both are needed for perfect harmony."
"You only get out of it what you put into it. If you are a sheep in this world, you're not going to get much out of it."
"Just be true to yourself and don't do anything that doesn't feel right. "
"If you live in a community, and you bring your children up in that community, if you keep taking and taking, it's just like a big water tank. If you take everything out and you don't put anything back in, it's going to be empty. But if you keep putting something back, something back, something back, that tank will keep on being topped up, and when you die your children will benefit."
"Job satisfaction is a decision, not a state."
"To all our beautiful young people out there. The greatest things in life are right under your nose but they do not take the form of anything you can use or buy. They are your family and friends. Their love is free, cherish them above all else and doing so cherish yourself. Stay away from drugs."
"A smile is a frown turned upside down. "
"To be successful you must surround yourself with capable people and ask lots of advice. "
"At the end of the day, anybody who thinks there's a reward for nothing, ends up losing."
"Young people need to be inspired, told they can achieve anything they set their minds to."
"Attitude is tremendously important in chasing success - in any field of endeavour. That's why I believe talent alone will get you very little in this world. "
"Life is 10 per cent what happens and 90 per cent how you deal with it. "
"It's not what life does to you but what you do to life that counts. "
"But I think that Australians have a sort of independence, and I think that, rightly or wrongly, they tend to make their own decisions as to how a thing has gone. Pioneers are apt to be like that. I think that it's not a bad idea. You can listen to what everybody says, but the fact remains that you've got to get out there and do the thing yourself."
"Make every day a new adventure. "
"When you have unhappy thoughts sing a song from your childhood. You cannot have unhappy thoughts while singing a song."
"You have got to be in it to win it."
"A wise lady once showed me life shouldn't be so much about who you are, but realizing who you can be."
"Money is not something you speak of, it is something you have."
"My greatest reward is doing something that will last a long time. "
"Looking into the distance you miss the things close at hand."
"Dollars can be a useful measure in the 'game of life' but they are not a symbol of an individual's worth."
"Trust is like virginity - neither is a matter of degree."
"Love never dies - may this restore your spirit and comfort your heart. "
"Comb your hair, brush your teeth, shine the front of your shoes and SMILE; it doesn't matter if you have the arse out of your strides because a good soldier never looks behind. "
"Life is so fleeting. You must recognise the value of the moment."
"My father Big Max told me many years ago that 'anything you are good at will contribute to your happiness'. Great advice. "
"And I've always worked on the principle that if it interests me enough to write about it, then it must interest a lot of other people. "
"One has to accept pain as a condition of existence. One has to court doubt and darkness as the cost of knowing. One needs a will stubborn in conflict, but apt always to the total acceptance of every consequence of living and dying. "
"You know one of the causes of modern despair is the fact that we have had proposed to us, from various quarters, an impossible perfection. "
"Everyone reaches a point in their life where they must either change or cease."
"People do change - individuals, families, nations - and the pace of transformation need not be geological."
"Wisdom can see the red, the rose,
the stained and sculptured curve of grey,
the charcoal scars of fire, and see
around that living tower of tree
the hermit tatters of old bark
split down and strip to end the season;
and can be quiet and not look
for reasons past the edge of reason."