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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

Happiness is an attitude. We either make ourselves miserable, or happy and strong. The amount of work is the same.”

– Francesca Reigle

Don’t follow, lead. Don’t copy, create. Don’t start, finish. Don’t sit still, move. Don’t fit in, stand out. Don’t sit quietly, speak up. (Not all the time, sure, but more often.)”

– Seth Godin

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

Change is a math formula. Change happens when the cost of the status quo is greater than the risk of change.”

– Alan Webber, author, "Rules of Thumb"

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

We need to learn to set our course by the stars, not by the lights of every passing ship.”

– General Omar Bradley

When you are asked if you can do a job, tell ‘em, ‘Certainly I can!’ Then get busy and find out how to do it.”

– Theodore Roosevelt

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

– Patrice Wynne, WomanSpirit Sourcebook

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

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

– Jalaluddin Rumi

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

Always look at what you have left. Never look at what you have lost.”

– Robert H. Schuller

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

– August Rush

Nurture your mind with great thoughts; to believe in the heroic makes heroes.”

– Benjamin Disraeli

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

– Jack Kerouac

That man is richest whose pleasures are the cheapest.”

– Henry David Thoreau

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

– Chinese Proverb

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

– Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

If you want to be busy, keep trying to be perfect. If you want to be happy, focus on making a difference.”

– Lisa Earle McLeod

The goal of Life is to make your heartbeat match the beat of the universe, to match your nature with nature.”

– Joseph Cambell

Inspiration and genius — one and the same.”

– Victor Hugo

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

– Edgar W. Howe

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

– Martha Beck

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

– Eve Ensler

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

– Jimi Hendrix

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

– Lewis Carroll

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

– The Dalai Lama

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

– Basil King

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

– Anais Nin

If you would create something,
 you must be something.”

– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently.”

– Steve Jobs, Apple, Inc.

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

– Steve Jobs

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

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

– Corita Kent

Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any one thing.”

– Abraham Lincoln

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

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

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

Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence.”

– Robert Frost

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

– Arundhati Roy

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

– Anita Roddick

Look at everything as though you were
seeing it either for the first or last time.
Then your time on earth will be filled with glory.”

– Betty Smith

A man without a smiling face
 should not open a shop.”

– Chinese Proverb

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

– Christopher Morley

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

– Annie Dillard

Do one thing every day that scares you.”

– Eleanor Roosevelt

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

– Helen Keller

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

– Norwegian proverb

No longer talk at all about the kind of man a good man ought to be, but be such.”

– Marcus Aurelius Antoninus

Women once had the goal of being Superwoman; I think most of us now simply strive to have a super day.”

– Author, Activist Lee Woodruff

‎Excellence is to do a common thing in an uncommon way.”

– Booker T. Washington