*“A wise man once said nothing.” *—Proverb

I LOVE spending time on my own.

I’m not a narcissist.

Plato

Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools, because they have to say something.

“Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything.”

“Apply yourself both now and in the next life. Without effort, you cannot be prosperous. Though the land be good, You cannot have an abundant crop without cultivation.”

J.K. Rowling

“We do not need magic to transform our world. We carry all the power we need inside ourselves already. We have the power to imagine better.”

“No, there is literally nothing on the business side that I wouldn’t sacrifice in a heartbeat to have an extra couple of hours’ writing. Nothing.”

*“Secretly we’re all a little more absurd than we make ourselves out to be.” *

Bill Gates

“I think introverts can do quite well. If you’re clever you can learn to get the benefits of being an introvert, which may be, say, being willing to go off for a few days and think about a tough problem, read everything you can, push yourself very hard to think out on the edge of that area.”

I really had a lot of dreams when I was a kid, and I think a great deal of that grew out of the fact that I had a chance to read a lot”.

“The Internet is becoming the town square for the global village of tomorrow.”

Abraham Lincoln

“Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.”

“Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.”

“A man watches his pear tree day after day, impatient for the ripening of the fruit. Let him attempt to force the process, and he may spoil both fruit and tree. But let him patiently wait, and the ripe pear at length falls into his lap.”

Eleanor Roosevelt

“Friendship with ones self is all important, because without it one cannot be friends with anyone else in the world.”

“I think, at a child’s birth, if a mother could ask a fairy godmother to endow it with the most useful gift, that gift should be curiosity.”

“Do what you feel in your heart to be right – for you’ll be criticized anyway. You’ll be damned if you do, and damned if you don’t.”

Albert Einstein

“When I examine myself and my methods of thought, I come to the conclusion that the gift of fantasy has meant more to me than any talent for abstract, positive thinking.”

“The monotony and solitude of a quiet life *stimulates the creative mind.”*

Larry Page

“We’re at maybe 1% of what is possible. Despite the faster change, we’re still moving slow relative to the opportunities we have. I think a lot of that is because of the negativity… Every story I read is Google vs someone else. That’s boring. We should be focusing on building the things that don’t exist.”

“I have over 2 million followers now on Google Plus.”

Henry David Thoreau

“I would rather sit on a pumpkin and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion.”

Mahatma Gandhi

A man is but the product of his thoughts; what he thinks, he becomes.”

“An ounce of practice is worth more than *tons of preaching.”*

“Prayer is the key of the morning and the bolt of the evening.”

“In a gentle way, you can shake the world.”

Marilyn Monroe

*“I restore myself when I’m alone.” *

Rosa Parks

“My only concern was to get home after a hard day’s work.”

“Whatever my individual desires were to be free, I was not alone. There were many others who felt the same way.”

Audrey Hepburn

“I’m an introvert… I love being by myself, love being outdoors, love taking a long walk with my dogs and looking at the trees, flowers, the sky.”

“I have to be alone very often. I’d be perfectly happy if I spent Saturday night until Monday morning alone in my apartment. That’s how I refuel.”

“I don’t want to be alone, I want to be left alone.”

“Let’s face it, a nice creamy chocolate cake does a lot for a lot of people; it does for me.”

Paolo Coelho

“Blessed are those who do not fear solitude, who are not afraid of their own company, who are not always desperately looking for something to do, something to amuse themselves with, something to judge.”

“They say that extroverts are unhappier than introverts and have to compensate for this by constantly proving to themselves how happy and contented and at ease with life they are.”

Charles Darwin

“A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life.”

“The highest possible stage in moral culture is when we recognize that we ought to control our thoughts.”

Mark Zuckerberg

“A squirrel dying in front of your house may be more relevant to your interests right now than people dying in Africa.”

Michael Jordan

“You have to expect things of yourself before you can do them.”

Always turn a negative situation into a positive situation.”

“To be successful you have to be selfish, or else you never achieve. And once you get to your highest level, then you have to be unselfish. Stay reachable. Stay in touch. Don’t isolate.”

Nikola Tesla

“Originality thrives in seclusion free of outside influences beating upon us to cripple the creative mind. Be alone—that is the secret of invention: be alone, that is when ideas are born.”~ Nikola Tesla

Warren Buffett

“You’ve gotta keep control of your time, and you can’t unless you say no. You can’t let people set your agenda in life.”

“The most important investment you can make is in yourself.”

Steve Wozniak

*“I don’t believe anything really revolutionary has ever been invented by committee… I’m going to give you some advice that might be hard to take. That advice is: Work alone… Not on a committee. Not on a team.” *

“Most inventors and engineers I’ve met are like me. They’re shy and they live in their heads. The very best of them are artists. And artists work best alone…”

Aldous Huxley

“The more powerful and original a mind, the more it will incline towards the religion of solitude.”

Steven Spielberg

“Every time I go to a movie, it’s magic, no matter what the movie’s about.”

“The public has an appetite for anything about imagination – anything that is as far away from reality as is creatively possible.”

Sir Isaac Newton

If I have done the public any service, it is due to my patient thought.”

“Plato is my friend; Aristotle is my friend, but my greatest friend is truth.”

Stephen Hawking

“Quiet people have the loudest minds.”

Dr. Seuss

“I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living.”

“Think and wonder, wonder and think.”

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”

“Why fit in when you were born to stand out?”

Anne Frank

*“I think a lot, but I don’t say much.” *

*Jimi Hendrix *

“I’m the one that has to die when it’s time for me to die, so let me live my life, the way I want to.”

“Knowledge speaks but wisdom listens.”

Bob Dylan

“Being noticed can be a burden. Jesus got himself crucified because he got himself noticed. So I disappear a lot.”

“I kinda live where I find myself. “

Tom Hanks

“Everybody has something that chews them up and, for me, that thing was always loneliness. The cinema has the power to make you not feel lonely, even when you are.”

Barack Obama

“Why can’t I just eat my waffle?”

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