While the entirety of the book, The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch, is inspirational, here are a few quotes taken from the book that I enjoyed:
"That is what it is. We can't change it. We just have to decide
how we'll respond. We cannot change the cards we are dealt,
just how we play the hand."
"It just proves that if you can find an opening, you can
probably find a way to float through it."
"You've got to get the fundamentals down, because
otherwise, the fancy stuff is not going to work."
"The brick walls are there for a reason. They're not there
to keep us out. The brick walls are there to give us a chance
to show how badly we want something."
"It's not helpful if we spend every day dreading
"Complaining does not work as a strategy. We all have
finite time and energy. Any time we spend whining is unlikely
to help us achieve our goals. And it won't make us happier."
"Experience is what you get when you didn't get what you
wanted. And experience is often the most valuable thing you
have to offer."
"A lot of people want a shortcut. I find the best shortcut is
the long way, which is basically two words: work hard."
"As I see it, a parent's job is to encourage kids to develop a
joy for life and a great urge to follow their own dreams. The best
we can do is to help them develop a personal set of tools for the task."
"It's not about how to achieve your dreams. It's about
how to lead your life. If you lead your life the right way, the
karma will take care of itself. The dreams will come to you."
Please, if you haven't done so already, read this book. It truly is an amazing read!