„Just don’t give up trying to do what you really want to do. Where there is love and inspiration, I don’t think you can go wrong.“

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American jazz singer 1917 - 1996

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„You can pray until you faint, but if you don’t get up and try to do something, God is not going to put it in your lap.“

—  Fannie Lou Hamer American civil rights activist (October 6, 1917 – March 14, 1977) 1917 - 1977

As transcribed in “ We're on our way,” Speech before a mass meeting held at the negro Baptist school in Indianola, Mississippi https://voicesofdemocracy.umd.edu/hamer-were-on-our-way-speech-text/ (September 1964)

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„I don’t really remember writing it [The Day I Tried To Live]. I vaguely remember the verse. It was based on a tuning that Ben Shepherd had came up with. Lyrically, it was one of those songs that I thought everyone could connect with. ‘Fell On Black Days’ is maybe a sister song to it. It’s this feeling that could come over anyone, and has probably happened to everyone. ‘Fell On Black Days’ is the feeling of waking up one day and realizing you’re not happy with your life. Nothing happened, there was no emergency, no accident, you don’t know what happened. You were happy, and one day you just aren’t, and you have to try to figure that out.
With ‘The Day I Tried To Live,’ the attitude I was trying to convey was that thing that I think everyone goes through where you wake up in the morning and you just don’t know how you are going to get through the day, and you kind of just talk yourself into it. You may go through different moments of hopelessness and wanting to give up, or wanting to just get back into bed and say f— it, but you convince yourself you’re going to do it again. And maybe this is the last time you’re going to do it, but it’s once more around.“

—  Chris Cornell American singer-songwriter, musician 1964 - 2017

Interview with Entertainment Weekly, June 3, 2014 http://ew.com/article/2014/06/03/soundgarden-superunknown-spoonman-black-hole-sun-stories/,
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„Alice asked the Cheshire Cat, who was sitting in a tree, “What road do I take?”

The cat asked, “Where do you want to go?”

“I don’t know,” Alice answered.

“Then,” said the cat, “it really doesn’t matter, does it?“

—  Lewis Carroll, book Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Variant: One day Alice came to a fork in the road and saw a Cheshire cat in a tree. ‘Which road do I take?’ she asked. ‘Where do you want to go?’ was his response. ‘I don’t know,’ Alice answered. ‘Then,’ said the cat, ‘it doesn’t matter.
Source: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

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„Politics is a lot like sex - if you want something, you have to ask for it, if they’re not doing it right you’ve got to speak up and show them and if you still don’t get what you want, then there is nothing wrong with doing it yourself.“

—  Jennifer Beals American actress and a former teen model 1963

Q&A at the L5 Convention, Blackpool, UK (16 November 2008) http://www.jennifer-beals.com/reports/L5.html

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„Do what you want to do,
And go where you're going to.
Think for yourself
'Cause I won't be there with you.“

—  George Harrison British musician, former member of the Beatles 1943 - 2001

Think for Yourself (1965)
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„If you don’t know where you are heading, no employer is going to hire you to give you a lift to ‘Don’t know where land’!“

—  Nigel Cumberland British author and leadership coach 1967

Source: Your Job-Hunt Ltd – Advice from an Award-Winning Asian Headhunter (2003), p.45

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„The message of the summoned life is that you don’t need to panic if you don’t yet know what you want to do with your life. But you probably want to throw yourselves into circumstances where the summons will come.“

—  David Brooks American journalist, commentator and editor 1961

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Source: [David, Brooks, http://graduationwisdom.com/speeches/0088-brooks.htm, Commencement Address, May 14, 2011]

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