"What I am experiencing right now is a conditioned response created by an unhealthy upbringing or environment. My need for acceptance only comes from the fact that I have felt invisible for the greater portion of my life. I am completely worthy of being loved and accepted as i am right now, even if my interests and hobbies don’t match up with the status quo. I only felt like I didn’t have the capability to not need validation because I was taught from a young age that I needed to fit in, gain respect from everyone, and be liked by everyone. And it also came from the more animalistic parts of my brain that are focused on survival, because it was important that we as humans fit in in order to survive when we were cavemen. That programming is outdated. I don’t need to feel wanted and liked by everyone, and if I try to be liked by everyone, I will actually be liked by noone. I care about and respect myself as I am right now, whatever anyone else has to say about it. And I expect to be ridiculed for standing out, because when I stand out or am different, other people who are also afraid to stand out will see that as a threat. When someone disrespects me or insults me, it almost never has anything to do with what I did, and it has everything to do with how they feel about themselves and what they think is cool or not. We’re all fundamentally broken, but I choose to accept and love the parts of myself that may not be as favorable to others, even if that means I won’t be accepted by most people"

"It's never paid to bet against America. We come through things, but it's not always a smooth ride."
- Warren Buffet

"Birds born in a cage think flying is an illness"

"Nothing is more paralyzing than the idea of infinite possibilities."
- Austin Kleon

"If you take in a lie, you must take in all that belongs to it."
- Ralph Emerson

"Since ultimately people heal themselves with or without the tool of psychotherapy, why is it that so few do and so many do not? Since the path of spiritual growth, albeit difficult, is open to all, why do so few choose to travel it?'
- M. Scott Peck

"The first principle is that you must not fool yourself and you are the easiest person to fool"
- Richard Feynman

“Half the harm that is done in this world is due to people who want to feel important. They don't mean to do harm; but the harm does not interest them. Or they do not see it, or they justify it because they are absorbed in the endless struggle to think well of themselves.”
- T.S. Eliot

“I sometimes have moments of such despair, such despair … Because in those moments I start to think that I will never be capable of beginning to live a real life; because I have already begun to think that I have lost all sense of proportion, all sense of the real and the actual; because, what is more, I have cursed myself; because my nights of fantasy are followed by hideous moments of sobering! And all the time one hears the human crowd swirling and thundering around one in the whirlwind of life, one hears, one sees how people live—that they live in reality, that for them life is not something forbidden, that their lives are not scattered for the winds like dreams or visions but are forever in the process of renewal, forever young, and that no two moments in them are ever the same; while how dreary and monotonous to the point of being vulgar is timorous fantasy, the slave of shadow, of the idea...”
- Fyodor Dostoyevsky, White Nights

"Do what you feel in your heart is right, for you will be criticized anyway"
- Eleanor Roosevelt

"The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step"
- Lao Tzu

"Very little is needed to make a happy life. It is all wthin yourself, in your way of thinking"
- Marcus Aurelius

"There’s some real utility in gratitude. It’s also good protection against the dangers of victimhood and resentment. Your colleague outperforms you at work. His wife, however, is having an affair, while your marriage is stable and happy. Who has it better? The celebrity you admire is a chronic drunk driver and bigot. Is his life truly preferable to yours?"
- Jordan Peterson

"Don't destroy yourself in pursuit of expediting the inevitable"