The most dangerous thing you can do in a relationship is ignore the person that you love. Nobody wants to be shut out, nobody wants to look stupid. Listen to your partner, even if you don’t want to at that moment. Listening is a form of love, never forget that.
Sylvester McNutt III in Lust for Life
Think about death.
It will help clarify what is truly important in life. If you realize that everything you love will be taken away one day, it makes you appreciate the things you love even more.
Brian Koppelman on The Knowledge Project
In our culture we tend to equate thinking and intellectual powers with success and achievement. In many ways, however, it is an emotional quality that separates those who master a field from the many who simply work at a job. Our levels of desire, patience, persistence, and confidence end up playing a much larger role in success than sheer reasoning powers. Feeling motivated and energized, we can overcome almost anything. Feeling bored and restless, our minds shut off and we become increasingly passive.