Thoughts on Photography

When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.
— Ansel Adams
It’s one thing to make a picture of what a person looks like, it’s another thing to make a portrait of who they are.
— Paul Caponigro
No place is boring if you’ve had a good night’s sleep and a pocket of unexposed film.
— Robert Adams
The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera.
— Dorothea Lange
Taking pictures is savoring life intensely, every hundredth of a second.
— Marc Riboud
Which of my photographs is my favorite? The one I’m going to take tomorrow.”
— Imogen Cunningham

Thoughts on Travel

“Travel is  fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow mindedness., and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.” ~ Mark Twain

“Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” – Ibn Battuta

“If you think adventure is dangerous, try routine, it's lethal.”

“Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.” ~Andre Gide

“Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.” – Gustave Flaubert

“To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries.” - Aldous Huxley

Thoughts on Success

"Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm." - Winston Churchill

"Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it." - Henry David Thoreau

"If you are not willing to risk the usual, you will have to settle for the ordinary." - Jim Rohn

"The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today." - Franklin D. Roosevelt

"Some people dream of success while others wake up and work." - Unknown

"Don't be distracted by criticism. Remember--the only taste of success some people get is to take a bite out of you." - Zig Ziglar

Thoughts on Happiness

"Action may not always bring happiness; but there is no happiness without action." - Benjamin Disraeli

"True happiness comes from the joy of deeds well done, the zest of creating things new."  - Antoine de Saint-Exupery

"Happiness isn't something you experience; it's something you remember." - Oscar Levant

"Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude." – Denis Waitley

"It is not easy to find happiness in ourselves, and it is not possible to find it elsewhere." –Agnes Repplier

"The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself." – Benjamin Franklin


Thoughts on Perspective

“Be thankful for what you have; you'll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don't have, you will never, ever have enough” ― Oprah Winfrey

“And those who were seen dancing, were thought to be crazy, by those who could not hear the music.” ― Friedrich Nietzsche

“If the stars should appear but one night every thousand years how man would marvel and adore.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Look at everything as though you are seeing it either for the first or last time, then your time on earth will be filled with glory”  ― Betty Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

“Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.” ― C.G. Jung

“What people in the world think of you is really none of your business.” ― Martha Graham

“Life is 10 percent what you make it and 90 percent how you take it.” ― Irving Berlin

“What we see depends mainly on what we look for.” ― John Lubbock

Thoughts on Failure

By failing to prepare you are preparing to fail. – Ben Franklin

Failure isn't fatal, but failure to change might be. - John Wooden

Everything you want is on the other side of fear.  - Jack Canfield

Success is most often achieved by those who don't know that failure is inevitable. - Coco Chanel

Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly. - Robert F. Kennedy

The phoenix must burn to emerge. - Janet Fitch

If you're not prepared to be wrong, you'll never come up with anything original. - Ken Robinson

Giving up is the only sure way to fail. - Gena Showalter

Thoughts on Perseverance

I don't count my sit-ups. I only start counting when it starts hurting. That is when I start counting, because then it really counts. That's what makes you a champion. – Muhammad Ali

Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did. --- Newt Gingrich

Whether you think you can, or you think you can't — either way you're right. – Henry Ford

Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after the other. -- Walter Elliot

Men fail much oftener from want of perseverance than from want of talent. -- William Cobbett

Perseverance and perspective until victory. -- Lincoln Diaz-Balart