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Robin Tierney, Travel Writer

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About Robin Tierney

Robin is a full-time freelance writer who covers art and artists, health, cuisine, and the outdoors. When traveling, this avid (some say intrepid) cyclist looks for offbeat, intriguing places, inventive eco-friendly ventures, and hiking, biking, and water trails that provide communion with natural wonders.

Side projects have ranged from writing canine-care guides, veganized recipes, and mindful living tipsheets for nonprofit groups to building a near-net-zero Earth-friendly homestead by the ocean in Florida. Robin’s articles have appeared in regional and national newspapers; travel, business, and arts magazines; and other media (including very short works etched on sand, ice, and random signposts).

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

– Louisa May Alcott

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

– Muhammad Yunus

Who cares if my glass is half empty or half full; I still have something to drink.”

– Optimism rules

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

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

– African Proverb

Find somebody to be successful for. Raise their hopes. Think of their needs.”

– Barack Obama

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

– Nelson Mandela

Inspiration and genius — one and the same.”

– Victor Hugo

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

– Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

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

– Robert H. Schuller

Education is an admirable thing to have, but it is well to remember that nothing worth knowing can be taught.”

– Oscar Wilde

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

– Nolan Bushnell, founder, Atari

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

The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

I may not be able to change what takes place, but I can always choose to change my thinking.”

– Michelle Sedas

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

– T.S. Eliot

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

– Goldie Hawn

You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.”

– Winston Churchill

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

– John Quincy Adams

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"

Do one thing every day that scares you.”

– Eleanor Roosevelt

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

– Henry Miller

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

– Francesca Reigle

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

Remove those ‘I want you to like me’ stickers from your forehead
and, instead, place them where they truly will do the most good—on your mirror.”

– Susan Jeffers

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

– Basil King

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

– Martha Beck

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

– Chinese proverb

The quality of your life is directly related to the amount of uncertainty you can comfortably live with.”

– Tony Robbins

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

– Leon Joseph Suenens

I’ve come to confirm that one’s title, even that of president, says little about how well one’s life has been led. No matter how much you’ve done, or how successful you’ve been, there’s always more to do, to learn, and to achieve.”

– Barack Obama

The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands, but in seeing with new eyes.”

– Marcel Proust

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

– Corita Kent

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

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

– Victor Kiam

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

– Madam C.J. Walker

You must learn to be still in the midst of activity 
and to be vibrantly alive in repose.”

– Indira Ghandi

Things don’t change. You change your way of looking, that’s all.”

– Carlos Castaneda

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

– Chinese Proverb

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

– J.R. Ward, Lover Mine

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

– Charles Dickens

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

– Charles Dickens

Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.”

– Dalai Lama

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

– Steven Schussler

Success is the necessary misfortune of life, but it is only to the very unfortunate that it comes early.”

– Anthony Trollope

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

– Anita Roddick

But all the while I was alone, the past was close behind, I seen a lot of women, but she never escaped my mind, and I just grew, tangled up in blue.”

– Bob Dylan

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

– Carl Rogers

When we speak we are afraid our words will not be heard or welcomed. But when we are silent, we are still afraid. So it is better to speak.”

– Audre Lorde

You can only become truly accomplished at something you love. Don’t make money your goal. Instead, pursue the things you love doing.”

– Maya Angelou