"If you are tired, keep going; if you are scared, keep going; if you are hungry, keep going; if you want to taste freedom, keep going."
"The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person who is doing in." --Chinese Proverb
"When we're living as amateurs, we're running away from our calling--meaning our work, our destiny, the obligation to become our truest and highest selves."
--Steven Pressfield from Turning Pro
"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
"It’s my belief that we earn those rights – good son or good dad. No one is entitled to a relationship."
--Alan Bishop, from his response to a comment about his essay, "My Dad and the Question 'Why' "
"Others made me a slave, but I must squeeze that slave out of myself, drop by drop." --Anton Chekhov
"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts." --Winston Churchill
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly. So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.”- Theodore Roosevelt
Melissa Brown Levine is a copy editor, proofreader, manuscript consultant, and writer.