The brick walls are there for a reason. The brick walls are not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something. Because the brick walls are there to stop the people who don’t want it badly enough. They’re there to stop the other people.

— Randy Pausch

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The key question to keep asking is, Are you spending your time on the right things? Because time is all you have.

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When there’s an elephant in the room introduce him.

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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.

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We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand.

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Don’t complain; just work harder.

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One thing that makes it possible to be an optimist is if you have a contingency plan for when all hell breaks loose.

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Brick walls are there for a reason. The brick walls aren't there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to show us how badly we want things.

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The brick walls are there to stop the people who don't want it badly enough.

They are there to stop the other people!

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If I could only give three words of advice, they would be, 'Tell the truth.

' If I got three more words, I'd add: 'All the time.'

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Showing gratitude is one of the simplest yet most powerful things humans can do for each other.

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It is not the things we do in life that we regret on our death bed. It is the things we do not.

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Never give up: There are certain times that you think, 'OK, you have beaten me down to my knees. And now the challenge is, I am on my knees and you keep on beating me down. And the question is, are you going to keep beating me all the way to the ground or will I find a way to struggle my way back on to my feet.'

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About Randy Pausch

Quotes 189 sayings
Profession Professor
Birthday October 23, 1960

Follow your passions, believe in karma, and you won't have to chase your dreams, they will come to you.

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When we're connected to others, we become better people.

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Proper apologies have three parts: 1) What I did was wrong.

2) I feel badly that I hurt you. 3) How do I make this better?

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Brick walls are there for a reason. They give us a chance to show how badly we want

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The person who failed often knows how to avoid future failures.

The person who knows only success can be more oblivious to all the pitfalls.

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Too many people go through life complaining about their problems.

I've always believed that if you took one tenth the enrgy you put into complaining and applied it to solving the problem, you'd be surprised by how well things can work out.

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Coach Graham rode you pretty hard, didn't he?" he said.

I could barely muster a "yeah." That's a good thing," the assistant told me. When you're screwing up and nobody says anything to you anymore, it means they've given up on you.

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A lot of people want a shortcut. I find the best shortcut is the long way, which is basically two words: work hard.

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Never lose the childlike wonder. Show gratitude... Don't complain; just work harder... Never give up.

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Be willing to apologize. Proper apologies have three parts: 1) What I did was wrong. 2) I'm sorry that I hurt you. 3) How do I make it better? It's the third part that people tend to forget. Apologize when you screw up and focus on other people, not on yourself.

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We have a finite amount of time. Whether short or long, it doesn't matter. Life is to be lived.

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A good apology is like antibiotic, a bad apology is like rubbing salt in the wound.

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You just have to decide if you're a Tigger or an Eeyore.

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When you're screwing up and nobody says anything to you anymore, that means they've given up on you.

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We don't beat the Reaper by living longer. We beat the Reaper by living well.

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Experience is what you get when you didn't get what you wanted.

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You may not want to hear it, but your critics are often the ones telling you they still love you and care about you, and want to make you better.

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I'm dying and I'm having fun. And I'm going to keep having fun every day I have left.

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Find the best in everybody. Wait long enough, and people will surprise and impress you. It might even take years, but people will show you their good side. Just keep waiting.

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Find the best in everybody. Just keep waiting no matter how long it takes. No one is all evil. Everybody has a good side, just keep waiting, it will come out.

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educators best serve students by helping them be more self-reflective.

The only way any of us can improve—as Coach Graham taught me—is if we develop a real ability to assess ourselves. If we can’t accurately do that, how can we tell if we’re getting better or worse?

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Time is the only commodity that matters.

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When you see yourself doing something badly and nobody's bothering to tell you anymore, that's a very bad place to be. Your critics are the ones telling you they still love you and care.

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Sometimes you can't pay it back, so you just have to pay it forward.

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We don't beat the reaper by living longer, but by living well, and living fully - for the reaper will come for all of us. The question is: what do we do between the time we're born and the time he shows up.

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It's very important to know when you're in a pissing match.

And it's very important to get out of it as quickly as possible.

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Never lose the child-like wonder. It’s just too important. It’s what drives us. Help others.

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Anything is possible, and that’s something we should not lose sight of.

The inspiration and the permission to dream is huge.

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Wait long enough and people will surprise and impress.

When you're pissed off at someone and you're angry at them, you just haven't given them enough time. Just give them a little more time and they almost always will impress you.

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Everyone has to contribute to the common good. To not do so can be described in one word: selfish.

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Its important to have specific dreams. Dream Big. Dream without fear.

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Don't bail; the best pieces of gold are at the bottom of the barrel of crap.

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The questions are always more important than the answers.

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Be good at something. It makes you valuable. Have something to bring to the table, because that will make you more welcome.

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Sometimes all you have to do is ask, and it can lead to all your dreams coming true.

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If you can find your footing between two cultures, sometimes you can have the best of both worlds.

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You can't get there alone. People have to help you, and I do believe in karma. I believe in paybacks. You get people to help you by telling the truth, by being earnest.

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