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Charlotte Safavi, Writer, Journalist, Stylist

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Charlotte Safavi has written for many publications, including The Washington Post, The British Sunday Times Magazine, House Beautiful, Victorian Homes, and Better Homes and Gardens.

She also writes a tea column for Inns magazine and regularly blogs for The Huffington Post. Articles from her blogs have been featured online in The Wall Street Journal, USA Today and on National Public Radio.

Born in London and educated at Oxford University, her heritage is Iranian, and she now resides in Northern Virginia with her husband and son. For more information, visit www.charlottesafavi.com

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

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

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

– Thomas Carlyle

Nothing is a mistake. There’s no win and no fail. There’s only make.”

– Corita Kent

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

– Patrice Wynne, WomanSpirit Sourcebook

An entrepreneur tends to bite off a little more than he can chew hoping he’ll quickly learn how to chew it.“


– Roy Ash, co-founder of Litton Industries

I find out what the world needs, then I proceed to invent.”

– Thomas Edison

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

– Jimi Hendrix

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

– Frederic Nietzsche

The music is all around us. All you have to do is listen.”

– August Rush

The less effort, the faster and more powerful you will be.”

– Bruce Lee

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

– Magical

If it isn’t good, let it die. If it doesn’t die, make it good.”

– Ajahn Chah

Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love.”

– Jalaluddin Rumi

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

– Christopher Morley

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

– Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

Do not follow where the path may lead. Go, instead, where there is no path and leave a trail.”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

Don’t follow your dreams. Chase them.”

– Richard Dumb

You may ask me for anything you like except time.”

– Napoleon

Hope sees the invisible, feels the intangible, and achieves the impossible.”

– Helen Keller

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

– Thomas Dunn

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

No one is useless in this world who lightens the burden of another.”

– Charles Dickens

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

– Carl Rogers

Many people prefer to play it safe when it comes to business matters. Are you willing to take risks in the pursuit of entrepreneurial success?”

– Steven Schussler

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

Inspiration and genius — one and the same.”

– Victor Hugo

I’m not afraid of storms,
for I’m learning to sail my ship.”

– Louisa May Alcott

Try not to become a man of success but rather to become a man of value.”

– Albert Einstein

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

– James Madison

Letting go of expectations is a ticket to peace. It allows us to ride over every crisis—small or large—like a beach ball on water.”

– Martha Beck

Treat the attainment of happiness in the same way an entrepreneur would approach building a business — with a vision, plan, goals, and a systematic approach.”

– Ted Leonsis

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

– Nelson Mandela

Let us seize the day and the opportunity and strive for that greatness of spirit that measures life not by its disappointments but by its possibilities.”

– W.E.B. Du Bois

Tolerance and patience should not be read as signs of weakness. They are signs of strength.”

– The Dalai Lama

The great use of life is to spend it on something that will outlast it.”

– William James

‎That which grows fast withers as rapidly; that which grows slowly endures.”

– J.G. Holland, novelist

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

– J.R. Ward, Lover Mine

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

By your stumbling the world is perfected.”

– Sri Aurobindo

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

Don’t wait for someone else to lead you to your right life; that privilege—and responsibility—is yours alone.”

– Martha Beck

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

Ripeness is all.”

– William Shakespeare

History is a relentless master. It has no present, only the past rushing into the future. To try to hold fast is to be swept aside.”

– John F. Kennedy

If you limit your choices only to what seems possible or reasonable, you disconnect yourself from what you truly want, and all that is left is compromise.”

– Robert Fritz

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

– Steve Jobs

The only dream worth having is to live while you’re alive and die only when you’re dead.”

– Arundhati Roy

Challenge is a dragon with a gift in its mouth. Tame the dragon and the gift is yours.”

– Noela Evans