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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.

There is little success where there is little laughter.”

– Andrew Carnegie

My task is really not to change myself but to become familiar with who I am.”

– Maureen Cook

Spend the afternoon. You can’t take it with you.”

– Annie Dillard

When I dare to be powerful—to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.”

– Audre Lorde

You’ve got to be willing to crash and burn. If you’re afraid of failing, you won’t get very far.”

– Steve Jobs

Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.”

– Dalai Lama

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

– Nelson Mandela

You often meet your fate on the road you take to avoid it.”

– Goldie Hawn

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

– Patrice Wynne, WomanSpirit Sourcebook

The follow-your-gut mentality of the entrepreneur has the potential to take you anywhere you want to go or run you right out of business.”

– Bill Rancic, "The Apprentice"

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

– Madam C.J. Walker

Success is about finding a livelihood that brings joy, self-sufficiency, and a sense of contributing.”

– Anita Roddick

Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”

– Martin Luther King Jr.

A discovery is said to be an accident meeting a prepared mind.”

– Albert Szent-Gyorgyi

A people who mean to be their Governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.”

– James Madison

When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.”

– Jimi Hendrix

Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read.”

– Groucho Marx

That which does not kill us makes us stronger.”

– Friedrich Nietzsche

Why am I whispering when I have something to say?”

– Eve Ensler

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

Sometimes the dreams that come true are the dreams you never even knew you had.”

– Alice Sebold, The Lovely Bones

We never know how high we are
 till we are called to rise;
 And then, if we are true to plan,
 Our statures touch the skies.”

– Emily Dickinson

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

– Robert Frost

If you do not tell the truth about yourself
, you cannot tell it about other people.”

– Virginia Woolf

If you look at what you have in life, you’ll always have more.
 If you look at what you don’t have in life, you’ll never have enough.”

– Oprah Winfrey

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

– Anais Nin

The young man knows the rules, but the old man knows the exceptions.”

– Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr., U.S. Supreme Court justice

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

– Gandi

There is a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in.”

– Leonard Cohen

Be bold and mighty forces will come to your aid.”

– Basil King

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

– Henry Miller

Promise me you’ll always remember: You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”

– Christopher Robin to Pooh

The true entrepreneur is a doer, not a dreamer.”

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

Anything not worth doing well is not worth doing.”

– Warren Buffett

‎The biggest flaw in our existing theory of capitalism lies in its misrepresentation of human nature.”

– Muhammad Yunus

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

– Thomas Carlyle

The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.”

– Carl Rogers

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

– Leon Joseph Suenens

If your success is not on your own terms, if it looks good to the world but does not feel good in your heart, it is not success at all.”

– Anna Quindlen

It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.”

– William Shakespeare

Ambition is the germ from which all growth of nobleness proceeds.”

– Thomas Dunn

Are you willing to help other people succeed even when it’s not a requirement of your job to be of assistance?”

– Steven Schussler

There’s nowhere you can be that isn’t where you’re meant to be…”

– John Lennon

Whosoever knows how to fight well is not angry. Whosoever knows how to conquer enemies does not fight them.”

– Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.”

– T.S. Eliot

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

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

Practice kindness all day to everybody and you will realize you’re already in heaven now.”

– Jack Kerouac

You take your life in your own hands, and what happens?
 A terrible thing: no one to blame.”

– Erica Jong

You must have chaos within you, to create a dancing star.”

– Frederic Nietzsche

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