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Then I thought I was going to be a photographer.
by Guy Johnson

Then I thought I was going to be a photographer.
I tried a hand at darkroom technician.
I played in a band.
It took me quite some time to discover that I wanted to write.
- Guy Johnson

My mother asked me what I wanted for my birthday,
so I said I wanted to read poetry with her.
- Guy Johnson

I hope to be with you as a writer for a very long time,
and I hope that you will enjoy reading my work,
because readers are the highest form of life on this planet.
- Guy Johnson

It is my desire to be a great writer.
I know that I still have a mountain to climb to achieve that.
- Guy Johnson

 

With this first novel, I am just above the foothills,
but I see the path to the top, and it is my desire
to write compelling stories about everything that I find of interest.
- Guy Johnson

The great thing about being the son of Maya Angelou
is that I had the good fortune to grow up around some
of the greatest black artists,
dancers, singers, musicians, and actors of our time.
- Guy Johnson

Choose Inner Peace.
Nothing is worth losing your inner peace.
Take action as circumstances require,
but never surrender your inner peace.
Stop. Breathe deeply.
Close your eyes and breathe deeply again.
Then, and only then, take action -
from a peaceful heart.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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If you can't feed a hundred people, then feed just one.
- Mother Teresa

Trust yourself, then you will know how to live.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Seek first to understand,
then to be understood.
- Stephen Covey

If you want to make peace with your enemy,
you have to work with your enemy.
Then he becomes your partner.
- Nelson Mandela

We are what we repeatedly do.
Excellence then is not an act, but a habit.
- Will Durant (commonly attributed to Aristotle)

I can't go back to yesterday -
because I was a different person then.
- Lewis Carroll

Once you know yourself as a genuine seeker,
and when your own inner chamber is quite enlightened,
then comes the natural unfoldment of pure love and compassion
and a genuine desire to serve others.
- Rod Stryker

When the tempest rages, when the thunders roar,
and the lightnings blaze around us
it is then that the truly brave man stands firm at his post.
- Luther Martin

Always listen to the experts.
They'll tell you what can't be done and why.
Then do it.
- Robert Heinlein

Farewell My Friend
It was beautiful as long as it lasted
The journey of my life.
I have no regrets whatsoever
save the pain I'll leave behind.
Those dear hearts who love and care...
And the strings pulling at the heart and soul...
The strong arms that held me up
When my own strength let me down.
At every turning of my life
I came across good friends,
Friends who stood by me,
Even when the time raced me by.
Farewell, farewell my friends
I smile and bid you goodbye.
No, shed no tears for I need them not
All I need is your smile.
If you feel sad do think of me
for that's what I'll like
when you live in the hearts
of those you love, remember then
you never die.
- Gitanjali Ghei

You need to make a commitment,
and once you make it,
then life will give you some answers.
- Les Brown

If you wish to see the truth,
then hold no opinion for or against.
- Osho

Don't ask yourself what the world needs;
ask yourself what makes you come alive.
And then go and do that.
Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.
- Howard Thurman

Everyone should carefully observe
which way his heart draws him,
and then choose that way with all his strength.
- Hasidic Proverb

Know, first, who you are, and then adorn yourself accordingly.
- Epictetus

First say to yourself what you would be;
then do what you have to do.
- Epictetus

"Begin at the beginning," the King said, very gravely,
"and go on till you come to the end: then stop."
- Lewis Carroll

Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time,
for that is the stuff that life is made of.
- Benjamin Franklin

It is any day better to stand erect
with a broken and bandaged head
then to crawl on one's belly,
in order to be able to save one's head.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Choose wisely - then act decisively. Do it today!
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Believe you can - and then make it happen.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Know first that you have absolutely no power to change the world,
and then address all your energies and intent toward improving it.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm.
- Abraham Lincoln

First learn the meaning of what you say, and then speak.
- Epictetus

To manage your mind,
know that there is nothing,
and then relinquish all attachment to nothingness.
- Lao Tzu

Today, I will do my best...
and then relax in the knowing
that I have done all I could.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Practice yourself, for heaven's sake in little things,
and then proceed to greater.
- Epictetus

You have to learn the rules of the game.
And then you have to play better than anyone else.
- Albert Einstein

If everyone is moving forward together,
then success takes care of itself.
- Henry Ford

Knowledge is soon changed, then lost in the mist, an echo half-heard.
- Gene Wolfe

Life is change. Without change, there is no life.
Why then do we so fight against change?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We first make our habits, then our habits make us.
- John Dryden

Does thou love life? Then do not squander time;
for that's the stuff life is made of.
- Benjamin Franklin

I wrap the potential for bitterness,
resentment, martyrdom in the blanket of forgiveness
and just set it down.
Then it just melts in the warmth. And goes away.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Start by doing what's necessary;
then do what's possible;
and suddenly you are doing the impossible.
- St. Francis of Assisi

If we could first know where we are,
and whither we are tending,
we could then better judge what to do,
and how to do it.
- Abraham Lincoln

In the sky, there is no distinction of east and west;
people create distinctions out of their own minds
and then believe them to be true.
- The Buddha

Play the game for more than you can afford to lose...
only then will you learn the game.
- Winston Churchill

All your anxiety is because of your desire for harmony.
Seek disharmony, then you will gain peace.
- Rumi

This above all: to thine own self be true,
And it must follow, as the night the day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man.
- William Shakespeare

If you begin to understand what you are
without trying to change it,
then what you are undergoes a transformation.
- J. Krishnamurti

We must walk consciously only part way toward our goal,
and then leap in the dark to our success.
- Henry David Thoreau

When you are offended at any man's fault,
turn to yourself and study your own failings.
Then you will forget your anger.
- Epictetus

Our real problem, then, is not our strength today;
it is rather the vital necessity of action today
to ensure our strength tomorrow.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

It is better to conquer yourself
than to win a thousand battles.
Then the victory is yours.
It cannot be taken from you,
not by angels or by demons, heaven or hell.
- The Buddha

Everything is okay in the end.
If it's not okay, then it's not the end.
- Anonymous

Look at everything as though you were seeing it
either for the first or last time.
Then your time on earth will be filled with glory.
- Betty Smith

When you see something done,
know that you intended it.
If you don't like what you see,
then deeply examine your intentions.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

An inspiring vision - then courageous action.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

All the works of man have their origin in creative fantasy.
What right have we then to depreciate imagination.
- Carl Jung

I think that somehow, we learn who we really are
and then live with that decision.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

If you have an important point to make,
don't try to be subtle or clever. Use a pile driver.
Hit the point once. Then come back and hit it again.
Then hit it a third time - a tremendous whack.
- Winston Churchill

No greater thing is created suddenly,
any more than a bunch of grapes or a fig.
If you tell me that you desire a fig,
I answer you that there must be time.
Let it first blossom, then bear fruit, then ripen.
- Epictetus

Your work is to discover your world
and then with all your heart give yourself to it.
- The Buddha

When you get into a tight place
and everything goes against you,
till it seems you cannot hold on a minute longer,
never give up then, for that is just
the place and time the tide will turn.
- Harriet Beecher Stowe

Can you achieve your goals?
You can't reach your goal if you haven't
defined your goals.
And you can't succeed if you don't try -
and then pick yourself up
and try again each time you fail.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Remain calm, serene, always in command of yourself.
You will then find out how easy it is to get along.
- Paramahansa Yogananda

Choose to adopt the attitude toward failure that sports teams do.
In each game, one team succeeds and one fails.
Then the next week they both get out and play again.
Life is also a game - with some successes and some failures.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I do not know whether I was then
a man dreaming I was a butterfly,
or whether I am now
a butterfly dreaming I am a man.
- Zhuangzi

First they ignore you, then they laugh at you,
then they fight you, then you win.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

If we fail to plan, we merely bob helplessly -
like a cork on the sea of life.
If we resist whatever life delivers to us,
we create untold misery for ourselves.
If we act with vision and commitment,
and then accept whatever Spirit provides,
we live a life of purpose and joy.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Failure does not exist.
Failure is simply someone else's opinion of how
a certain act should have been completed.
Once you believe that no act must be performed
in any specific other-directed way,
then failing becomes impossible.
- Wayne Dyer

If I am a legend, then why am I so lonely?
- Judy Garland

All successful people men and women are big dreamers.
They imagine what their future could be,
ideal in every respect,
and then they work every day toward
their distant vision,
that goal or purpose.
- Brian Tracy


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