The picture to the lower left is of well-worn Post Its of some of my favorite quotes, displayed on my bathroom mirror. I wrote all of these quotes down while at my last job, which was back in 2007. I found that having them surround me in my cubicle at work could make a hard work day bearable. At one point, the department newsletter wrote an article about me and my quote-covered cubicle, noting that many of my coworkers liked to stop by to read my latest post.
Most of these quotes are basic common sense…which we all too often underappreciate these days. However, I have found that when you disconnect from good reasoning, subscribing to foolishness and over-thinking, having common sense staring you down every time you brush your teeth can force the sense back into you.
“I will permit no man to narrow and degrade my soul by making me hate him.”
— Booker T. Washington
“I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestioned ability of a man to elevate his life by conscious endeavor.”
— Henry David Thoreau
“People demand freedom of speech to make up for the freedom of thought, which they avoid.”
— Søren Aabye Kierkegaard
“I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have.”
— Thomas Jefferson
“The best way out is always through.”
— Robert Frost
“Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain and most fools do.”
— Benjamin Franklin
“If you are going through hell, keep going.”
— Winston Churchill