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The Little Book of Big Quotes Vol. I by Carlos Salinas
Inspirational. Motivational. Insightful. Truthful. Spanning from friendship, love, life, and death, these quotes present a mind-expanding collection of ideas. There is space for the reader to write notes or doodle their responses to each quote. Perfect for teachers, leaders, managers, coaches, philosophers, intellectuals, free-thinkers, and everyone in between!
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The shortest distance between you and a goal is a PLAN.
Reading takes the reader to faraway lands, new cultures, new and exciting adventures; you meet new friends and enemies; it takes the reader from the heights of the imagination to the depths of human emotions; all without taking a single step.
That feeling when you realize you have two more bars left to turn up on your music’s volume.
One of the hardest things in life to realize is that the person you love could never love you like you love them.
Look around you; nothing will ever be exactly the same as it is in this very moment. This is why you should live in it and enjoy it to the fullest.
Your SELF is the deciding factor in how you see things and what you do. You were born with everything you need; nothing less and no one else. Now put them to good use!
The world can be a bad place if we let it. The keyword being can. Let’s not let it.
All great writers started off as great readers.
The goofiest smiles are often the most sincere and most beautiful.
It’s possible —and that’s good enough for me.
Don’t be like everyone else, step out of the box. One gets stronger swimming against the river’s current, not with it.
Being single means that you haven’t found someone special to be with; that you don’t need someone to validate your existence, and that your time is far too valuable to spend with a plastic spoon when you are looking for a silver one.
For you, the world.
It’s a shame that when it comes to love, or at least dating, most people follow their pride instead of their heart; they’re more concerned with not wanting to appear desperate or ‘needy’—not allowing themselves to feel the most natural of human emotions. To miss a person you like and to let them know is natural. They do not allow themselves to be vulnerable with another person for fear of getting hurt. To not experience the closeness that vulnerability can create between two people is a greater loss than any pain that may come after being vulnerable.
The sweetest sound a human make is laughter.
To catch a truly beautiful butterfly, you must not think about ‘catching’ it at all. You must allow it to come to you.
They say I am living in a world of illusion, but I think I am just refusing to live in their world of illusion.
I can promise you that if he should build you a house, I will build you a castle; if he should fight a beast for you, I will fight a thousand more; if he should bring you a flower, I will bring you a garden; if he should promise you a star, I promise you all the heavens above.
-From the short story, “The Little Messenger” by Carlos Salinas
Love is not about chasing someone; it’s not about being chased or being the one chasing. It’s about chasing after dreams and if in that pursuit someone runs parallel to you, that is love.
The word ‘friend’ is one letter away from the word ‘fiend’.
Just because we will never be perfect does not mean we should ever stop improving ourselves.
Poetry to me is taking any idea; love or hate, joy or sorrow, life or death, good or bad and making it an event that involves every one of our senses. This only begins to describe what poetry is.
Words are powerful; they can destroy, humiliate, and hurt but they can also create, encourage, and be kind. Once said they can never be unsaid; once heard they can never be unheard. Therefore, choose your words carefully.
To be a writer of fiction is truly a challenging thing; you have to be the hero and the villain; you have to be the lover and the unloved; you have to rejoice and sorrow; you have to be the wise man and the fool; I would not have it any other way.
Each person’s heartbeat has a different rhythm and when we find someone whose rhythm complements ours, the harmony will be so delightful that it will be impossible to ignore.
I came to life when I met her and I began to breathe when I kissed her.
Your sword may be sharp, but my tongue is much sharper.
Everyone wants a guardian angel but very few ever think about being the guardian angel for someone else.
Control your desires and you control your happiness.
To become a mean and cold person after dealing with a mean and cold person is easy. If you change because of that person, then they’ve won and you may someday change another person just as you were changed; but to keep being the warm and kind person you were before –that is the true test of strength.
The only people worth impressing are those that aren’t looking to be impressed.
To the people that claim to hate LOVE: Remember that the thing that hurt you was a person, not love. If it had been love, they would not have hurt you. Beware that many things masquerade as love: obsession, jealousy, control, and loneliness are just a few. LOVE is the greatest thing on Earth, along with her sister, HOPE.
The truth is no one knows if they will succeed but you will never know unless you try. Success comes to those that never give up and failure thrives on those that do.
In life, don’t be sad when something good or beautiful leaves you. Just like in the sea, another beautiful wave will always come; you just have to be ready to see it.
I've realized that the 171,476 currently in the English Dictionary are not enough for my needs, so I shall continue to create more. Stand by for updates. Thank you for supporting me in my lunacy. That is all.
You can have your cake and eat it too. Life can be a piece of cake, and love is its icing.
One of the happiest realizations in my life was when I realized I would never run out of books to read or things to learn.
It's amazing how much joy six strings can bring to a man.
You can teach skill but you can't teach passion.
Those who say that you can't find the answer in a book are reading the wrong books.
It is better to learn by example than by consequence.
When I say 'I want to sleep with you' I don't mean what everybody thinks it means; it means that I want to dream next to you; it means that I want to hear you breathing next to me; it means I want you to be the first thing that I see when I awake; it means that I want to hold you while you sleep; it means that I want you to see me when you awake and smile as you fall back asleep in my arms; that's what it means.
There is nothing as exhilarating as a clearly-defined goal and a straight and narrow path toward that goal.
Most people do not love until given a reason to…when they should love until given a reason not to.
If you have to ask yourself if a person is good to be around or if they really love you –you already have your answer.
It’s amazing how an idea or feeling can completely seize you and sleep, food, water –everything– becomes irrelevant.
Do not only think outside the box –camp out there for days on end.
I wasn’t ‘like a kid in a candy store’. I was like a NERD IN A BOOKSTORE.
“’I was sick when I woke up,’ said the first.
‘I was hungry when I woke up,’ said the second.
‘I was just happy I woke up,’ replied the third.”
Philophobia is the fear of love. Yes, this actually exists and it explains a lot.
The job of the poet and the writer is to conceive an idea or emotion and pursue it with such might to make it surrender in words.
No matter how much faster an email or text message is, nothing can or ever will replace a handwritten letter.
“Crazy” sometimes means awesomeness that has yet to be recognized.
You have no one’s standards to meet but your own;
no one’s goals to achieve but your own.
Now get started.
Don’t be a victim of your past;
be a fighter for your future.
“He nodded with kind eyes, picked up his bags and was out of the bakery. With that apple square he did not simply feed her for that one day, but fed her love for people for the rest of her life.”
- From the short story, “The Girl at the Bakery Shop” by Carlos Salinas
“To see her was to fall in love with her. To hear her was to hear music. To feel her was to feel silk. Her beauty inspired a thousand poems within me. Some of which I tried to pen, but compared to her, it was gibberish.”
- From the short story, “A Thousand Poems” by Carlos Salinas
“They laughed and laughed. His eyes danced with hers in graceful steps, to a melody only they could hear. There was no doubt in my mind that it was beautiful music … Their tenderness with each other was something people much older than they could only hope to one day have.”
- From the short story, “What These Old Eyes Saw” by Carlos Salinas
Happiness does not follow success; success follows happiness.
Everyone wants a princess or a Prince Charming, but few are willing to act like one to get the other.
Nothing is impossible; it simply hasn’t been done yet.
In love swallow your pride but NEVER your dignity.
The purpose of truth is not to make us happy. Rather, we should simply be happy by knowing the truth.
Beautiful faces are easy to find, they are everywhere. A good, kind heart on the other hand, that’s a true treasure to find.
Whatever you do, do it with passion and gusto, otherwise it may be a waste of time.
There are only two noble pursuits in life: knowledge and love.
True love is not giving power to the other person, but instead is empowering you to make that person happy.
Inspiration can come in many ways: words, an action, an idea, or a person. It can come at any time, and when it does, let it move you.
If and when the world does not meet your expectations, pick up a pen and paper and create your own.