"Why the Martial Arts? Why not some other field of endeavor to achieve respect, humility, and self-restraint? Why learn methods that can destroy in order to achieve these goals? Because physical discipline makes one aware of the intricacies of the human body, its functions, and the importance of good health. You learn to appreciate your existence and thus learn to respect the existence of others. In addition, knowing your value and your relationship to the “whole,” you owe it to yourself to protect your body against harm whether is is caused by internal diseases, drugs, or external physical threats."
— Ed Parker, Infinite Insights Into Kenpo, Volume 1: Mental Stimulation
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"If standing up for yourself ruins a relationship, the relationship was already ruined. You just slapped a ‘condemned’ sticker on it and evicted a squatter is all."
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"Don’t wait for someone else to tell you that you are special."
"Go for someone who is proud to have you."
— Frank Ocean
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"If you ever find yourself in the wrong story, leave."
— Mo Willems
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"in order to take care of you, I have to take care of myself."
by Thich Naht Hanh
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