TODAY: “No matter what you do in your life, no matter what you create, what career you have, whether you have a family or kids, or make a lot of money, or whatever, your greatest creation is going to be your life story because it’s like this container that holds all of those other things. That was something I was really interested in this project. Like thinking of life itself as a creation, as a story you are writing.”


THE WAY WE THINK ABOUT CHARITY IS DEAD WRONG, TED TALK by DAN PALLOTTA:  “Our generation does not want its epitaph to read, ‘We kept charity overhead low.’ We want it to read that we changed the world, and that part of the way we did that was by changing the way we think about these things. So the next time you’re looking at a charity, don’t ask about the rate of their overhead. Ask about the scale of their dreams, their Apple-, Google-, Amazon-scale dreams, how they measure their progress toward those dreams, and what resources they need to make them come true regardless of what the overhead is. Who cares what the overhead is if these problems are actually getting solved? If we can have that kind of generosity, a generosity of thought, then the non-profit sector can play a massive role in changing the world for all those citizens most desperately in need of it to change.”


IF NOT NOW, WHEN?, TEDxUNC TALK by LAURA ROZO: “Death is not a threat, but the condition that maximizes my life.”


2012 WELLESLEY GRADUATION SPEECH by MELISSA PERRY HARRIS: “Women’s education is very much about finding your voice. About learning to speak, about speaking with confidence, about sharing your ideas freely, about battling the boys. But there is an enormous difference between being silenced and choosing to be silent. When we are silenced, you have something to say but no one will listen. When you choose to be silent, to quiet it down, to listen, you’ve actually exercised the other part of voice. The part that makes your voice sound like something. It sounds like something in comparison to the silence.”


DON’T REGRET REGRET, TED TALK by KATHRYN SCHULZ: “Regret doesn’t remind us that we did badly. It reminds us that we know we can do better.”