My Weekly Quotes from 2020

I still use a paper calendar. I live and die by my electronic calendar (especially with Zoom connections!) but I like a paper calendar to make notes, visually plan my week, and cross items that are done off the list. (So satisfying!) And weekly, I put a quote at the top of the page. I collect them all and share them with friends. (I try to give credit where possible. Feel free to reach out if you know the source of any I have left unattributed.)

January:

“Keep typing until it turns into writing,.”  David Carr

“Promise me you will not spend so much time treading water and trying to keep your head above the waves that you forget, you truly forget how much you have always loved to swim.” Tyler Knott Gregson

“You don’t need to fix yourself. You’re not broken.”

“You can act to change and control your life, and the procedure, the process, is its own reward.” Amelia Earhart

“Your value doesn’t decrease based on someone’s inability to see your worth.” Ted Rubin

February:

“The point of modern propaganda isn’t only to misinform or push an agenda. It is to exhaust your critical thinking, to annihilate truth.” Garry Kasparov

“Great leaders don’t set out to be leaders. They set out to make a difference. It’s never about the role. It’s about the goal.”  Lisa Haisha

“If you feel like you’re losing everything, remember that trees lose their leaves every year and still stand tall and wait for better days to come.”

“Do sharks complain about Monday? No. They’re up early biting stuff, chasing, shit, being scary and reminding everyone they’re a fucking shark.”

“If we grew apart as friends, there is a 100 percent chance I’m cheering you on from afar and that I still love you.”

March:

“Never be a prisoner of your past. It was just a lesson, not a life sentence.”

“If you take care of the small things, the big things take care of themselves. You can gain more control over your life by paying closer attention to the little things.” Emily Dickenson

“Perfectionism is a mean, frozen form of idealism while messes are the artist’s true friend.” Anne Lamotte

“Let us then be up and doing; With a heart for any fate; Still achieving, still pursuing; Learn to labor and to wait.”  Longfellow

“It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.” JRR Tolkein

April:

“’Stay angry, little Meg,’ Mrs. Whatsit whispered. “You will need all your anger now.” Madeline L’Engle

“Give yourself permission to suck. But keep writing. The worst book you ever write will be better than the best book you never wrote.”

“Absence diminishes mediocre passions and increases great ones, as the wine extinguishes candles and fans fires.” Francois de la Rochfoucauld

“Don’t think about making art, just get it done. Let everyone else decide if it’s good or bad, whether they love it or hate it. While they are deciding, make even more art.”  Andy Warhol


May:

“I am only capable of praying “Forgive me. I love you. Thank you. I’m sorry.”  Rob Brezney

“Jamais en vain. Toujours en vin.” (Never in vain. Always in wine.)

“When we feed our faith, we starve our doubts.” Christine Caine

“I love people who have no idea how wonderful they are and just wander around making the world a better place.”

“And if today, all you did was hold yourself together, I’m proud of you.”

June:

“It’s hell writing and hell not writing so the only tolerable state is having just written.”  Robert Hass

“It all begins with valuing people, nothing more, nothing less.” John C. Maxwell

“Believe in people, value people and unconditionally love them.” Melvin Maxwell

“To be a moral human being is to pay, to be obliged to pay, certain kinds of attention.” Susan Sontag

“Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.”  Mark Twain

July:

“Dreams don’t work unless you do.” John C. Maxwell

“Reminder: Women do not need to be polite to someone who making them feel uncomfortable.”

“If the cook is in a good mood, the food is better. If you’re in a bad mood, go for take-out.” Jaques Pepin

“Chin up, beautiful!  You are not struggling, you are in the midst of conquering!”

August:

“Not everything that weighs you down is yours to carry.”

“There are far better things ahead then any we leave behind.” CS Lewis

“Truly powerful women don’t explain why they want respect. They simply don’t engage those who don’t give it to them.” Sherry Agrou

“Be not simply good. Be good for something.” Henry D. Thoreau

“Life is like a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.”

“Courage is the commitment to begin without any guarantee of success” Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

September:

“The future is uncertain. It’s up to you to create it. You must create an environment that works for you.” Karen Mangia

“Do what you can with what you have, where you are at.” Theodore Roosevelt

“It’s not that we don’t know what to do, we just don’t trust ourselves to do it.” Karen Mangia

“The truth is, we know so little about life, we don’t really know what the good news is and what the bad news is.” Kurt Vonnegut

 “When there are nine.”  Ruth Bader Ginsberg

“Fight for the things you care about but do it in a way that will lead others to join you.” Ruth Bader Ginsberg

“Everyone else looks so perfect. They’re not perfect. They’re not any better at this than you.” RMW

October:

“Perfectionism is just fear wearing a tuxedo. It masquerades as a character trait, as if it’s an asset but it’s not. It’s a poison pretending to be a vitamin.”  Jon Acuff

“Failure is a feeling long before it becomes an actual result.” Michelle Obama

“It’s easier to fool people than it is to convince them have been fooled.” Mark Twain

“Traveler, there are no paths. Paths are made by walking.” Ancient Aboriginal Saying

November:

“It may seem a ridiculous idea but the only way to fight the plague is with common decency.” Albert Camus (The Plague)

“What it comes down to is I tell stories. No matter your genre or medium, writing can help you get your stories out into the world.” David Baldacci

“Keep bangin’ on your drum and your thing will come.” Craig Ferguson

“Good feelings reinforce that spontaneous generosity is one of the keys to personal happiness.” John Woods

“When I despair, I remember that all through history, the way of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants and murderers and, for a time, they can seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall. Think of it always.” Mahatma Gandi

December:

“When it comes to taking risks, I believe that there are two kinds of people. Those who dare to try new things, and those who don’t dare miss them.”  John C. Maxwell

“I was told I was dangerous. I asked why. They said ‘because you don’t depend on anyone.’ I smiled.” Paulo Coelho

“Truth is incontrovertible. Panic may resent it. Ignorance may deride it. Malice may distort it. But there it is.” Winston Churchill

“Don’t wait until you’ve reached your goal to be proud of yourself. Be proud of every step you take toward reaching that goal.”

“Our years come to an end like a sigh, so teach us to count our days that we may gain a wise heart.” Psalm 90

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