You can ask the universe for signs all you want, but ultimately, we only see what we want to see, when we are ready to see it.‏

— How I Met Your Mother

Whether you think you can, or think you can’t, you’re right.

— Henry Ford

I don’t think of all the misery, but of all the beauty that still remains.

— Anne Frank

It is said an Eastern monarch once charged his wise men to invent him a sentence to be ever in view, and which should be true and appropriate in all times and situations. They presented him the words: And this, too, shall pass away.

— Abraham Lincoln

The struggle of life is one of our greatest blessings. It makes us patient, sensitive, and Godlike. It teaches us that although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it.

— Helen Keller

Adversity is like a strong wind. It tears away from us all but the things that cannot be torn, so that we see ourselves as we really are.

— Memoirs of a Geisha

For what it’s worth: it’s never too late or, in my case, too early to be whoever you want to be. There’s no time limit, start whenever you want. You can change or stay the same; there are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it. I hope you make the best of it. I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things you never felt before. I hope you meet people who have a different point of view. I hope you live a life you’re proud of, and if you find that you’re not, I hope you have the strength to start all over again.

— The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Our lives are defined by opportunities, even the ones we miss.

— The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Some people, were born to sit by a river. Some get struck by lightning. Some have an ear for music. Some are artists. Some swim. Some know buttons. Some know Shakespeare. Some are mothers. And some people, dance.

— The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

It is not about how well you play, it is how you feel about what you play.

— The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

I do not know how you feel about men, but it is the women in your life who empower you.

You can be as mad as a mad dog at the way things went. You could swear, curse the fates, but when it comes to the end, you have to let go.

— The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Every man dies, not every man really lives.

— Braveheart

The whole secret of life is to be interested in one thing profoundly and in a thousand things well.

— Horace Walpole

Virtue knows to a farthing what it has lost by not having been vice.

— Horace Walpole

How wrong it is for a woman to expect the man to build the world she wants, rather than to create it herself.

— Anais Nin

Beauties in vain their pretty eyes may roll; Charms strike the sight, but merit wins the soul.

— Alexander Pope, The Rape of the Lock

Every sweet hath its sour; every evil its good.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Biology says that we are who we are from birth. That our DNA is set in stone. Unchangeable. Our DNA doesn’t account for all of us though, we’re human. Life changes us. We develop new traits. Become less territorial. We start competing. We learn from our mistakes. We face our greatest fears. For better or worse, we find ways to become more than our biology. The risk of course is that we can change too much to the point where we don’t recognize ourselves. Finding our way back can be difficult. There’s no compass, no map. We just have to close our eyes, take a step, and hope to God we get there

— Grey’s Anatomy