The most important thing to remember is this: to be ready at any moment to give up what you are for what you might become.
--W.E.B. Du Bois
"The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person who is doing in." --Chinese Proverb
"The professional learns to recognize envy-driven criticism and to take it for what it is: the supreme compliment. The critic hates most that which he would have done himself if he had had the guts."
--Steven Pressfield from The War of Art
“People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.”
Often people attempt to live their lives backwards: they try to have more things, or more money, in order to do more of what they want so that they will be happier. The way it actually works is the reverse. You must first be who you really are, then do what you really need to do, in order to have what you want. -- Margaret Young
Melissa Brown Levine is a copy editor, proofreader, manuscript consultant, and writer.