I accept that today may be imperfect... I accept that I may be as well. What I don't accept is that imperfection should be the crutch I use to excuse myself from participating in joy.

— Shane Koyczan

The most gorgeous Shane Koyczan quotes that are proven to give you inner joy

I you can't see anything beautiful about yourself, get a better mirror.

Look a little closer, stare a little longer. Because there is something inside you that made you keep trying despite everyone who told you to quit. You built a cast around your broken heart and signed it yourself, you signed it THEY WERE WRONG.

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I sit before flowers hoping they will train me in the art of opening up I stand on mountain tops believing that avalanches will teach me to let go I know nothing but I am here to learn.

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I will not stop. I will not slow down. I will not pull over to ask for directions. I will build the road that takes me where I want to be and I will drive, drive, drive. I will drive until the vehicle around me breaks down, falls apart and tumbles into useless debris... and then I will walk.

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The tiniest dream that you make happen is worth more than the biggest dream that you never attempt.

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We so seldom understand each other. But if understanding is neither here nor there, and the universe is infinite, then understand that no matter where we go we will always be smack dab in the middle of nowhere. All we can do is share some piece of ourselves, and hope that it’s remembered. Hope that we meant something to someone

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I will love myself despite the ease with which I lean toward the opposite.

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Look at an avalanche, and see that we are at our most powerful when we let go.

Look at a flower, and see that we are at our most beautiful when we open up.

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If you think for one second no one knows what you've been going through;

be accepting of the fact that you are wrong, that the long drawn and heavy breaths of despair have at times been felt by everyone - that pain is part of the human condition and that alone makes you a legion.

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Don't tell me you're not beautiful. You're the kind of beautiful the blind would see if we could figure out some way to give them three seconds of sight.

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We come from the mentality, that rarely sees the horror in symmetry or the beauty in non-conformity

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Our lives will only ever always continue to be a balancing act that has less to do with pain and more to do with beauty.

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Scrape the grey sky clean. Realize every grey cloud is a smoke screen to blind us from the truth, and the truth is whether we see them or not the sun and moon are still there, and always there is light.

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About Shane Koyczan

Quotes 45 sayings
Profession Poet
Birthday May 22, 1976

A question like “do you love me?” was an itch our doctors told us not to scratch.

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Don't let your luggage define your travels, each life unravels differently.

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To discover the thing you're brilliant at you first have to endure realizing all the things you're average at.

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This is my voice. There are many like it, but this one is mine.

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I don't want to turn any of this into poetry / but / you're so beautiful / flowers turn their heads to smell you

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Someone once told me that the finer points of devotion are about the size of a pinhole, and there are millions of them. And if you could connect each dot, then you’ve got a diagram of what you think you thought you knew, and if you’re willing to admit that you know nothing…you have the blueprint for a breakthrough.

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That’s what we were told—stand up for yourself.

But that’s hard to do if you don’t know who you are.

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We grew up learning to cheer on the underdog because we see ourselves in them.

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Don't tell me that [broken heartstrings] hurt less than a broken bone, that an ingrown life is something surgeons can cut away, that there's no way for it to metastasize - it does.

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Sometimes becoming drug free has less to do with addiction and more to do with sanity.

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Scrape the grey sky clean, realize that every dark cloud is a smokescreen meant to blind us from the truth

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I make a good living doing what I do.

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I've been shot down so many times, I get altitude sickness just from standing up for myself.

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Having seen TED from a distance, I always thought if ever there was a place for someone like me, the outcasts, people who maintained who they are despite being told what they were, it was TED.

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I sit before flowers 
hoping they will train me in the art 
of opening up

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I have loved this life. I smile because I have tiny dreams that play hopscotch at the corners of my mouth. And every time I breathe they float, every time I laugh, they fly kites.

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If your heart is broken, make art with the pieces.

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You see, the deaf have an intimacy with silence. It’s there in their dreams.

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I've been told that people in the army do more by 7:00 am than I do in an entire day But if I wake at 6:59 am and turn to you to trace the outline of your lips with mine I will have done enough and killed no one in the process.

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I accept any challenge, so challenge me

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But we are more than genteel or civilized/ we are an idea in the process of being realized.

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My heart is a protest that I let rally against my ribs.

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Everyone knows pain. We are not meant to carry it forever. We were never meant to hold it so closely, so be certain in the belief that what pain belongs to now will belong soon to then. That when someone asks you how was your day, realize that for some of us - it's the only way we know how to say, be calm. Loosen your grip, opening each palm, slowly now - let go.

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Maybe the best we can hope for is that those we leave behind find comfort in knowing, that we’re born out of love, and not science. That biology explains the how, but love explains the why

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Look directly into every mirror. Realize our reflection is the first sentence to a story, and our story starts: We were here.

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My experiences with violence in schools still echo throughout my life but standing to face the problem has helped me in immeasurable ways.

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Effort is the siamese twin of success

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If you can't see anything beautiful about yourself, get a better mirror.

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You, me, this city, this country, we will always have a choice.

When you stand up to be counted, tell the world, THIS IS MY VOICE. There are many like it, but this one is mine.

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I was never meant to be this thing.

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We're all shipwrecked on this idea that everything has to be explained.

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What I said was I’ll miss you what I meant to say was I love you what I wanted to say was that I meant what I said and it’s funny how all those things I could have said flooded my head after we said goodbye and I should have told you I’d be willing to hold you until my flesh crumbles into bone because I’m willing to die alone but god knows I don’t want to live that way.

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