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Robin Tierney, Travel Writer

COLUMN = TRAVEL

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).

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

– William Shakespeare

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

– Robert Frost

Part of your destiny is to live in the zone of maximum satisfaction.”

– Martha Beck

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

With ordinary talents and extraordinary perseverance, all things are attainable.”

– Sir Thomas Fowell Buxton

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

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

– Chinese Proverb

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

– John Lennon

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

I always maintained that the greatest obstacle in life isn’t danger, it’s boredom. The battle against it is responsible for most of the events in the world — good or ill.”

– Dr. Evelyn Vogel, Dexter

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

Do not say, ‘why were the former days better than these,’ for it is not from wisdom that you ask this.”

– Ecclesiastes, 7:10

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

– J.G. Holland, novelist

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

– Victor Kiam

To follow, without halt, one aim: There’s the secret of success.”

– Anna Pavlova

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

– Steven Schussler

At the center of your being you have the answer; you know who you are and you know what you want.”

– Lao Tzu

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

– Helen Keller

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

– Benjamin Disraeli

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

– Nelson Mandela

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

– Muhammad Yunus

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

– General Omar Bradley

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

– Anais Nin

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

– Jalaluddin Rumi

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

– Virginia Woolf

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

– Anita Roddick

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

– T.S. Eliott

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

– Chinese proverb

The good ideas are all hammered out in agony by individuals, not spewed out by groups.”

– Charles Brower, Advertising Hall of Fame

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

– Goldie Hawn

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

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

You don’t love someone because of their looks or their clothes or their car. You love them because they sing a song only your heart can understand.”

– L.J. Smith

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

– Basil King

Don’t follow your dreams. Chase them.”

– Richard Dumb

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

– James Madison

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

– Groucho Marx

If it really was a no-brainer to make it on your own in business there’d be millions of no-brained, harebrained individuals quitting their day jobs.”

– Bill Rancic, "The Apprentice"

The only way to compel men to speak good of us is to do it.”

– Voltaire

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

Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people.”

– Eleanor Roosevelt

The mind is everything. What you think, you become.”

– Buddha

Our deepest wishes are whispers of our authentic selves. We must learn to respect them. We must learn to listen.”

– Sarah Ban Breathnach

If you wish success in life, make perseverance your bosom friend, experience your wise counselor, caution your elder brother, and hope your guardian genius.”

– Joseph Addison

We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give.”

– Winston Churchill

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

Don’t think. Thinking is the enemy of creativity.”

– Ray Bradbury

I don’t do very well without fear. There needs to be a part of me saying, ‘That’s going to fail,’ so I can prove myself wrong.”

– Harry Potter's Daniel Radcliffe

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

– T.S. Eliot

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

– Ajahn Chah

The important thing is not being afraid to take a chance. The greatest failure is to not try.”

– Debbi Fields, Mrs. Fields Cookies