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15 Quotes That Will Inspire You To Chase Those Big, Beautiful Dreams

Kaia Roman
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November 5, 2016
Kaia Roman
By Kaia Roman
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Kaia Roman is the author of the highly-acclaimed self-help memoir, "The Joy Plan," which has been featured on the TODAY show and in Forbes, The New York Times, and more. Merging 20 years of brand experience work in Silicon Valley with her neuroscience and mindfulness research and training, Kaia is an intrepid entrepreneur and passionate advocate for people, projects, and products working toward a better world. You’ll find her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and at KaiaRoman.com.
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November 5, 2016

I'll admit it: I'm a word nerd.

I collect words—others' and my own—and save them for a rainy day. On that rainy day, if I'm feeling like the clouds in my life are too thick, the sun too obscured, and my dreams too unrealistic to reach, I'll pull those words out from where I've been saving them, and watch as a rainbow appears.

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I'm not picky about whom I look to for inspiration. You'll see quotes in here from Gandhi and Oprah, Winnie the Pooh and Walt Whitman. I'll take encouragement wherever I can find it. As you read through these quotes, I hope they bring as much sunshine to your rainy days as they've brought to mine.

Whether you think you can or you think you can't, you're right. —Henry Ford

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sail. Explore. Dream. Discover. —Mark Twain

Nothing is impossible, the word itself says "I'm possible!" —Audrey Hepburn

In the middle of every difficulty lies opportunity. —Albert Einstein

What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals. —Henry David Thoreau

You must be the change you wish to see in the world. —Mahatma Gandhi

Be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else. —Judy Garland

To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment. —Ralph Waldo Emerson

Keep your face always toward the sunshine—and shadows will fall behind you. —Walt Whitman

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Think like a queen. A queen is not afraid to fail. Failure is another stepping stone to greatness. —Oprah

I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear. —Nelson Mandela

Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit. —E.E. Cummings

You can't stay in your corner of the forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes. —Winnie the Pooh

Always remember you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. —Christopher Robin

You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. You're on your own. And you know what you know. You are the guy who'll decide where to go. —Dr. Seuss

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Kaia Roman
Kaia Roman

Kaia Roman is the author of the highly-acclaimed self-help memoir, The Joy Plan, which has been featured on the TODAY show and in Forbes, The New York Times, and more. Publishers Weekly calls The Joy Plan “an energized and informative plan for transforming your life.” Merging 20 years of brand experience work in Silicon Valley with her neuroscience and mindfulness research and training, Kaia is an intrepid entrepreneur and passionate advocate for people, projects, and products working toward a better world. You’ll find her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and at KaiaRoman.com.