Quote from Barbara De Angelis. Ph.D.:
When you're used to getting just a piece of bread for a meal, you don't realize that you can ask for a plate of pasta. You have never seen a plate of pasta. You don't even know it exists. So, to ask for it is totally out of your reality. Hopefully, at some point, either someone shows you a plate of pasta, you read about it, or you hear about it enough so that it becomes real, and it's not just a fantasy anymore, and then you start thinking "Hey, I want that pasta."
Irreverence ran on both sides of our family…my parents brought me up to think we could all change the world.
Do not merely think that you are great; think that you are great now. Do not think that you will begin to act in a great way at some future time; begin now.
Great performers in all fields seem immune to what outsiders think about them. Their sense of themselves never depends on the feedback—positive or negative—they get from the environment.
Whatever you habitually think yourself to be, that you are. You must form, now, a greater and better habit; you must form a conception of yourself as a being of limitless power, and habitually think that you are that being. It is the habitual, not the periodical thought that decides your destiny.
Don't think you are, know you are.
Here's what I mean by building your own subculture...I don't mean you disregard every rule of your community. I don't go around naked, for example. I don't run through red lights. The little things, I can obey. But the big things--how we think, what we value--those you must choose for yourself. You can't let anyone--or any society--determine those for you.
Read less and think more. Read about great things and think about great questions and issues.
Greatness is attained only by the thinking of great thoughts.
There is no expedient to which a man will not go to avoid the labor of thinking.
Most people would sooner die than think; in fact, they do so.
You are not mentally developed by what you read, but by what you think about what you read.