In the long run men only hit what they aim at. Therefore, though they should fail immediately, they had better aim at something high.
When aspirations are perceived to be achievable, ambition and drive can erase excuses.
The author meets an African-American who observes that his fellows who begin with aspirations to a good education, solid career, and the raising of a family slowly lose that incentive. Even those who have a college education, he observes, need to take menial jobs and begin to look for excitement in less productive places.
In a world where things are moving so fast, don’t get lost in the midst of it all. Figure out what’s more important to you and proceed with confidence. I know it gets a bit hectic at times and almost seems impossible. But, you can get there, even if you must pause along the way. Just don’t come to a complete stop.
I have clung To nothing, lov’d a nothing, nothing seen Or felt but a great dream!
The city became for me the ideal of what I wanted to be as a grown-up. Friendly, but never gushing, cool but not frigid or distant, distinguished without the awful stiffness.
Whatever condition we are in, we must always do what we want to do, and if we want to go on a journey, then we must do so and not worry about our condition, even if it’s the worst possible condition, because, if it is, we’re finished anyway, whether we go on the journey or not, and it’s better to die having made the journey we’re been longing for than to be stifled by our longing.
Within our dreams and aspirations we find our opportunities.
I think we’re all aiming to be something better than what everyone thinks we were born to be
Q: I want to be an author when I grow up. Am I insane?”
Neil Gaiman: “Yes. Growing up is highly overrated. Just be an author.”
[Jumbo.com, 21 August 2012]