"I've failed over and over and over again... that's why I succeed!"
"Man is free at the moment he wishes to be."
"An unexamined life isn't worth living."
"Nothing great was ever achieved without danger."
"I like a man that grins when he fights."
"Perfection is attained by slow degrees; it requires the hand of time."
"Good men must not obey the laws too well."
"Do not be too moral; lest you cheat yourself out of life."
"It has been my experience that folks who have no vices have very few virtues."
"To do a great right- do a little wrong."
"Good and great are seldom the same man."
"A man who has not passed through the inferno of his passions has never overcome them."
"Perhaps it's better to be irresponsible and right- than to be responsible and wrong."
"Freedom is not worth having if it does not connote freedom to err."
“Do not remember the rebellious sins of my youth; but according to Your unfailing love remember me, for You, Lord, are good."
“Even when I am old and gray, do not forsake me, my God, till I declare your power to the next generation, your mighty acts to all who are to come.”
"There is no great genius without some touch of madness."
"A certain degree of neurosis is of inestimable value."
"Neurosis is always a substitute for legitimate suffering."
"Of all that is written, I love only what a person hath written with his blood."
"You must have chaos in you to give birth to a dancing star."
"Throw roses into the abyss and say: here is my thanks to the monster that didn't succeed in swallowing me alive."
"You must be ready to burn in your own flame; how else could you rise anew if you have not first become ashes?"
"A casual stroll through the lunatic asylum shows that faith does not prove anything."
"All truths kept silent become poisonous."
"I assess the power of will by how much resistance, pain and torture it endures- before turning hardship to one's advantage."
"There are no beautiful surfaces without terrible depth."
"Man is the only creature that refuses to be what he is."
"God has given you a face- but you wear another."
"The world breaks everyone- and afterwards- some are strong at the broken places."
"How hard a thing is life to the poor- and yet- how human and real."
W.E.B. Du Bois
"We are stripped bare by the curse of plenty."
"If we will be quiet and ready enough, we shall find compensation in every disappointment."
"Make the most of your regrets; never smother your sorrow."
"Failures are the fingerposts on the road to achievement."
"The rarest quality in an epitaph is truth."
"If I seem to boast more than is becoming; my excuse is that I brag for humanity rather than for myself."
"Even when I'm bragging- I'm being sincere...."
I'm Bad, LL Cool J
"Every man that I meet is in some way my superior."
"I am grateful for what I am and what I have. My thanksgiving is perpetual."
"You will not be punished for your anger; you will be punished by your anger."
"Work out your own salvation: don't depend on others."
"To have once been a criminal is no disgrace: to remain a criminal is the disgrace."
***Loren Miner is an independent scholar, emerging writer, super dad and activist from urban Boston. The e-book, “How to Think like a Genius: Mind over Matter” launches on December 25th. Followed by the epic novel, “The Gangsta of Love” (Christmas 2020). Loren is also a writing instructor for ex-offenders and homeless men at a transitional program; as well as a volunteer at a local food pantry. Loren has seven recent publishing credits.