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“One's dignity may be assaulted, vandalized and cruelly mocked, but it can never be taken away unless it is surrendered.”
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“I am careful not to confuse excellence with perfection. Excellence, I can reach for; perfection is God's business.”
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“My happiness grows in direct proportion to my acceptance, and in inverse proportion to my expectations.”
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“Family is not an important thing, it's everything.”
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“A creative mess is better than idle tidiness.”
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“Happiness is a decision.”
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“When prescribing one of the drugs I take, my doctor warned me of a common side effect: exaggerated, intensely vivid dreams. To be honest, I've never really noticed the difference. I've always dreamt big.”
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“what other people think of me is not my business.”
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“If you don't take the time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?”
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“When life takes away, something of greater value is always given in return.”
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“Pay attention to what's happening around you. Read the book before you see the movie. Remember, though you, alone, are responsible for your own happiness, its still okay to feel responsible for someone else's. Live and to learn.”
Michael J. Fox, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Future...: Twists and Turns and Lessons Learned
“Optimism is a cure for many things.”
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“I think I benefited from being equal parts ambitious and curious. And of the two, curiosity has served me best.”
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“It may seem hard to believe, but it's catastrophe that offers the most promise for an even richer life. This is the gateway to the good stuff. In other words, you never truly know which way the wind is blowing until the shit hits the fan.”
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“Curiosity may have killed the cat, but it saved my ass.”
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“I have no argument with those who see in organized religion a template or an imperative to live life according to a prescribed set of beliefs. Just give others the room, within the laws of civil society, to believe or not believe whatever they like.”
Michael J. Fox, Always Looking Up: The Adventures of an Incurable Optimist
“Life is good, and there's no reason to think it won't be--right up until the moment when everything explodes into a fireball of tiny, unrecognizable fragments, or it all goes skidding sideways, through the guardrail, over the embankment, and down the mountain. This will happen (and probably more than once).”
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“Control is illusory. No matter what university you go to, no matter what degree you hold, if your goal is to becomes master of your own destiny, you have more to learn.”
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“After all that I'd been through, after all that I'd learned and all that I'd been given, I was going to do what I had been doing every day for the last few years now: just show up and do teh best that I could do with whatever lay in front of me.”
Michael J. Fox, Lucky Man: A Memoir
“If you're lucky, in some point in the future when you're in need of guidance or perhaps moral support, you may cross paths with a suitable mentor. Even luckier, you'll realize you had one in your life all along and you'll gain a new appreciation for how you benefited from that relationship. The luckiest relationship of all, of course, is a combination of the two. You've had help all along, and as the path widens or narrows, whatever the case may be, new and powerful influences will enter your life and aid your progress. In my experience, a mentor doesn't necessarily tell you what to do, but more importantly: tells you what they did or might do, then trusts you to draw your own conclusions and act accordingly. If you succeed, they'll take one step back and if you fail, they'll take one step closer. Whatever it is they teach you, pass it on.”
Michael J. Fox, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Future...: Twists and Turns and Lessons Learned
“If you were to rush into this room right now and announce that you had struck a deal - with God, Allah, Buddha, Christ, Krishna, Bill Gates, whomever - in which the ten years since my diagnosis could be magically taken away, traded in for ten more years as the person I was before - I would, without a moment's hesitation, tell you to take a hike.”
Michael J. Fox, Lucky Man: A Memoir
“If you have one foot in yesterday and one foot in tomorrow, you're pissing all over today.”
Michael J. Fox, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Future...: Twists and Turns and Lessons Learned
“The only thing that separates any one of us from excellence is fear and the opposite of fear is faith. I am careful not to confuse excellence with perfection. Excellence I can reach for, perfection is God’s business.”
Michael J. Fox
“You suffer the blow, but you capitalize on the opportunity left in its wake.”
Michael J. Fox, Always Looking Up: The Adventures of an Incurable Optimist
“Chris[topher] Reeve wisely parsed the difference between optimism and hope. Unlike optimism, he said, 'Hope is the product of knowledge and the projection of where the knowledge can take us.”
Michael J. Fox, Always Looking Up: The Adventures of an Incurable Optimist
“My notion of spirituality was different than it is now, but even if I'd been the most fundamentalist of believers, I would have assumed that God had better things to do than arbitrarily smite me with shaking palsy.”
Michael J. Fox, Lucky Man: A Memoir
“As with any turning point or instance when a new road is chosen and an old one forsaken, there are consequences.”
Michael J. Fox, Always Looking Up: The Adventures of an Incurable Optimist
“The purpose that you wish to find in life, like a cure you seek, is not going to fall from the sky. ...I believe purpose is something for which one is responsible; it's not just divinely assigned.”
Michael J. Fox, Always Looking Up: The Adventures of an Incurable Optimist
“I'm glad I don't have a drinking problem,' I confided, 'because I don't think I'd ever be able to quit.”
Michael J. Fox, Lucky Man: A Memoir
“And the second [thing about the CBS EVENING NEWS that stands out in the mind of Michael J. Fox] was something Katie did later in the interview, as the drugs kicked in and the tremors segued into the jerkiness of dyskinesias. Somewhere in the contortions of making a point, my left arm detached the microphone clip from my jacket lapel. With no fuss and hardly a break in conversation or eye contact, she calmly leaned over and refastened it. Neither of us commented on it, but it was such an empathetic gesture, so far from anything patronizing or pitying, a simple kindness that allowed me the dignity to carry on making a point more important than the superficiality of my physical circumstance...

...One thing was abundantly clear though, whether or not she was able to forget how much she liked me: with that single act of consideration, she made it abundantly clear how much she loved her father.”
Michael J. Fox

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