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Kathleen McCarthy, senior editor, Be Inkandescent magazine

A freelance editor and writer in the mental health field for the last 20 years, Kathleen McCarthy is the senior editor for Be Inkandescent Magazine, and also writes the magazine’s Parenting column.

In 2012, Kathleen became the manager of the new speakers bureau, InkandescentSpeakers.com, an international organization of small business experts that travel around the globe to provide best practices to entrepreneurs.

She also handles the editing, design, and layout for the monthly online newsletter of the American Mental Health Counselors Association.

As a freelance writer and editor, her clients have included government agencies, corporations, and universities. Before becoming a freelancer, she worked for several nonprofit associations, including the American Psychological Association, the National Association of College and University Business Officers, and the American Association for Engineering Education.

A deadline fanatic, Kathleen is zealous about the virtues of the serial comma and admires writers who can translate dense topics into artful prose. In her spare time, she likes to diagram sentences.

A diamond is a lump of coal that stuck with it.”

– Norwegian proverb

Don’t sit down and wait for the opportunities to come. Get up and make them!”

– Madam C.J. Walker

Instead of loving your enemies, treat your friends a little better.”

– Edgar W. Howe

There is only one success – to be able to spend your life in your own way.”

– Christopher Morley

No matter how difficult and painful it may be, nothing sounds as good to the soul as the truth.”

– Martha Beck, from "Leaving the Saints"

There are risks and costs to a program of action. But they are far less than the long-range risks and costs of comfortable inaction.”

– JFK

Whatever you do may seem insignificant, but it is most important that you do it.”

– Gandi

What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?”

– Magical

It is possible to fail in many ways…while to succeed is possible only in one way.”

– Aristotle

It is to no purpose to turn away from the real nature of the affair because the honor of its elements excites repugnance.

– Carl von Clausewitz, On War

A man who strikes first admits that his ideas have given out.”

– Chinese Proverb

Entrepreneurs are willing to roll the dice with their money or reputation on the line in support of an idea or enterprise.”

– Victor Kiam

A warrior cannot complain or regret anything. His life is an endless challenge, and challenges cannot possibly be good or bad. Challenges are simply challenges.”

– Carlos Castaneda

Permanence, perseverance and persistence in spite of all obstacles distinguishes the strong soul from the weak.”

– Thomas Carlyle

You don’t go into a field that requires cracking people’s heads open or operating on something as delicate as the spinal cord unless you are comfortable with taking risks.”

– Dr. Ben Carson

That man is richest whose pleasures are the cheapest.”

– Henry David Thoreau

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.”

– Mark Twain

It is only with the heart that one can see rightly,
 what is essential is invisible to the eye.”

– Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

The dove descending breaks the air / With flame of inkandescent terror.”

– T.S. Eliott

There are children playing in the street who could solve some of my top problems in physics, because they have modes of sensory perception that I lost long ago.”

– J. Robert Oppenheimer

Happy are those who dream dreams and are ready to pay the price to make them come true.”

– Leon Joseph Suenens

Some things are destined to be—it just takes us a couple of tries
to get there.”

– J.R. Ward, Lover Mine

He who wants to tear down a house must be prepared to rebuild it.”

– African Proverb

The critical ingredient is getting off your butt and doing something.”

– Nolan Bushnell, founder, Chuck E. Cheese's

We are all of us born with a letter inside us, and that only if we are true to ourselves, may we be allowed to read it before we die.”

– Douglas Coupland

I have spent a good part of my life convincing people that a blank sheet of paper is the greatest opportunity in the world, and not frightening at all.”

– Marty Skler, executive vp, Walt Disney Imagineering

Speaking more than one language is no longer just an asset in today’s job market; it is a requirement.”

– Tom Adams, CEO, Rosetta Stone

Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.”

– Anais Nin

The gem cannot be polished without friction; nor man perfected without trials.”

– Chinese proverb

A truly forgiving person is someone who experiences all the anger merited by injustice and still acts with fairness and compassion.”

– Martha Beck

The person who makes a success of living is the one who see his goal steadily and aims for it unswervingly. That is dedication.”

– Cecil B. DeMille

Most people never pick up the phone and call. Most people never ask, and that’s what separates the people who do things from the people who just dream about them.”

– Steve Jobs

The aim of life is to live, and to live means to be aware, joyously, drunkenly, serenely, divinely aware.”

– Henry Miller

Confidence is the most important thing you can teach someone… if you can teach them confidence, you don’t have to teach them anything else.”

– Vin Diesel

Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which obstacles vanish.”

– John Quincy Adams

I can’t go back to yesterday—because I was a different person then.”

– Lewis Carroll

Persist and persevere, and you will find most things that are attainable, possible.”

– Lord Chesterfield

As each woman realizes her power, she transforms the world.”

– Patrice Wynne, WomanSpirit Sourcebook

How do you stay resilient? It’s about momentum. Like riding a bicycle. If you stop you fall over. So I keep pedaling.”

– Diane Lane

My goal was to tell the life side of the story. We have become a nation of voyeurs that expect sensationalism, and that offends me.”

– Kathleen Jo Ryan

As your desire is, so is your will. As your will is, so is your deed. As your deed is, so is your destiny.”

– Brihadaranyaka Upanishad

In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.

– Robert Frost

A lot of people have ideas, but few decide to do something about them now. Not next week. But today.”

– Nolan Bushnell, founder, Atari

Running that first shop taught me business is not financial science; it’s about trading.”

– Anita Roddick, founder, The Body Shop

The world I believed in, back in my most innocent, uninformed, childish mind—is real.”

– Martha Beck

To find what you seek in the road of life, leave no stone unturned.”

– Edward Bulwer Lytton

The fixity of a habit is generally in direct proportion to its absurdity.”

– Marcel Proust

4oz tequila + 1oz TripleSec + 2oz lime juice + 1oz simple syrup (sugar=water), 1 cup crushed ice. Shake + dance around the kitchen.

– Avenida Margarita

Entrepreneurs willingly assume responsibility for the success or failure of a venture and are answerable for all its facets.”

– Victor Kiam

You only live once. But if you do it right, once is enough.”

– Mae West