105 Powerful Motivational Quotes of Nancy Gibbs

” We know what the birth of a revolution looks like: A student stands before a tank. A fruit seller sets himself on fire. A line of monks link arms in a human chain. Crowds surge, soldiers fire, gusts of rage pull down the monuments of tyrants, and maybe, sometimes, justice rises from the flames. “
” High achievers, we imagine, were wired for greatness from birth. But then you have to wonder why, over time, natural talent seems to ignite in some people and dim in others. “
” Photographer James Nachtwey has spent his professional life in the places people most want to avoid: war zones and refugee camps, the city flattened by an earthquake, the village swallowed by a flood, the farm hollowed out by famine. “
” Runners exalt the marathon as a public test of private will, when months or years of solitary training, early mornings, lost weekends, rain and pain mature into triumph or surrender. That’s one reason the race-day crowds matter, the friends who come to cheer and stomp and flap their signs and push the runners on. “
” Pain is the most private experience, but its causes, whether natural or man-made, demand public accounting. “
” The 1950s felt so safe and smug, the ’60s so raw and raucous, the revolutions stacked one on top of another, in race relations, gender roles, generational conflict, the clash of church and state – so many values and vanities tossed on the bonfire, and no one had a concordance to explain why it was all happening at once. “
” Harriet Tubman and Sojourner Truth were slaves by birth, freedom fighters by temperament. “
” The millennials were raised in a cocoon, their anxious parents afraid to let them go out in the park to play. So should we be surprised that they learned to leverage technology to build community, tweeting and texting and friending while their elders were still dialing long-distance? “
” Be bored and see where it takes you, because the imagination’s dusty wilderness is worth crossing if you want to sculpt your soul. “
” On a normal day, we value heroism because it is uncommon. On Sept. 11, we valued heroism because it was everywhere. “
” On a normal day, we value heroism because it is uncommon. On Sept. 11, we valued heroism because it was everywhere. “
” New Orleans lives by the water and fights it, a sand castle set on a sponge nine feet below sea level, where people made music from heartache, named their drinks for hurricanes and joked that one day you’d be able to tour the city by gondola. “
” Virtues, like viruses, have their seasons of contagion. When catastrophe strikes, generosity spikes like a fever. Courage spreads in the face of tyranny. “
” Summer is not obligatory. We can start an infernally hard jigsaw puzzle in June with the knowledge that, if there are enough rainy days, we may just finish it by Labor Day, but if not, there’s no harm, no penalty. We may have better things to do. “
” What cultural DNA remains from those first Puritan forays onto American soil may be our love of a fresh start. “
” Once there was a boy so meek and modest, he was awarded a Most Humble badge. The next day, it was taken away because he wore it. Here endeth the lesson. “
” I live in a dumb house. Which is not to say that I don’t love its quirky charm, its drafty windows and leaky fireplaces and an electrical system that protests when too many people are trying to vacuum and microwave at the same time. But charm is not always user-friendly. “
” It’s always been a luxury to be able to hop a plane to Paris, to Venice, to the Grand Canyon. “
” Emotional life grows out of an area of the brain called the limbic system, specifically the amygdala, whence come delight and disgust and fear and anger. “
” All great rebellions are born of private acts of civil disobedience that inspire rebel bands to plot together. “
” Twenty-first century war adds new risks: more and more often there are no front lines, no central command, no rules of engagement – only a chaotic collision of politics, power, faith and bloodlust. Victims are as likely to be civilians as soldiers. “
” Power is a tool, influence is a skill; one is a fist, the other a fingertip. “
” Adolescence, that swampy zone between safety and power, is best patrolled by adults armed with sense and mercy, not guns and a badge. “
” If boomers were always looking to shock, millennials are eager to share. “
” Just because we eat together does not mean we eat right: Domino’s alone delivers a million pizzas on an average day. “
” There was a time when researchers imagined that Plan B, or the morning-after pill, might become not an emergency form of contraception but a routine one; women would take it once a month to induce a period and never even know whether they had gotten pregnant. “
” A typical smart phone has more computing power than Apollo 11 when it landed a man on the moon. “
” A runner’s stride is not perfectly efficient. “
” Making distinctions is part of learning. So is making mistakes. “
” War is being waged all across the country against the invasive plant and animal species – some 50,000 of them – now spreading across the U.S. “
” Modesty means admitting the possibility of error, subsuming the self for the good of the whole, remaining open to surprise and the gifts that only failure can bring. There are many ways to practice it. Try taking up golf. Or making your own bagels. Or raising a teenager. “
” I come from a family of teachers, and I believe ideas matter; the good ones deserve reverence, and the bad ones, defiance. “
” As long as people have been making little people, they’ve wanted to know how not to. “
” All our efforts to guard and guide our children may just get in the way of the one thing they need most from us: to be deeply loved yet left alone so they can try a new skill, new slang, new style, new flip-flops. So they can trip a few times, make mistakes, cross them out, try again, with no one keeping score. “
” Rooting from the sidelines is the most democratic of sporting rites: no skyboxes, no tickets required, just an unabashed will to holler and wave. “
” Girls grow up scarred by caution and enter adulthood eager to shake free of their parents’ worst nightmares. They still know to be wary of strangers. What they don’t know is whether they have more to fear from their friends. “
” Most of us were probably less than immaculately honest as teenagers; it’s practically encoded into adolescence that you savor your secrets, dress in disguise, carve out some space for experiments and accidents and all the combustible lab work of becoming who you are. “
” The real luxury travel of the modern age is not through space; it’s through time. “
” The Catholic Church is one of the oldest, largest and richest institutions on earth, with a following 1.2 billion strong, and change does not come naturally. “
” Hillary Clinton wants to leave behind No Child Left Behind. “
” Today’s kids aren’t taking up arms against their parents; they’re too busy texting them. “
” I’m sentimental about many things: the lumpy feel of a baby’s unused feet, the metallic smell of the air before the first snow, the last scene in ‘It’s a Wonderful Life.’ But Valentine’s Day leaves me cold. “
” When I was coming out of college, storytelling was very much something you did with pencil and paper, so the technological platform versatility, I think, is really valuable. “
” In the case of the classic Western helicopter parent, it starts with Baby Einstein and reward charts for toilet training, and it never really ends, which is why colleges have to devote so many resources to teaching parents how to leave their kids alone. “
” Anyone with the right mix of parental paranoia and entrepreneurial moxie can make a fortune by selling parents the equipment we think will keep us one step ahead of our kids. “
” Even if it wasn’t always morning in America during the years of his presidency, Reagan’s eagerness to insist that it was tapped into a longing among voters. They didn’t want to picture themselves turning down their thermostats and buttoning up their cardigans. They wanted to strut again. Reagan opened his arms and said, ‘Walk this way.’ “
” The one problem with the Internet for journalists who like doing long form is that any story that’s going to involve 16 screens on the web page… that’s asking a lot of people. “
” I would like to see every newspaper and every magazine have a network of bureaus all over the world, gathering news. “
” Death will never be pretty – its sights and smells too close and crude. And it will never come under our control: it gallops where we tiptoe, rips up our routines, burns our very breath with its heat and sting. “
” Power is not just political. It can be cultural; it can be spiritual. “
” I like the fact that glass ceilings are breaking all over. “
” If anything, the power of the cover of ‘Time’ has increased as the media landscape has atomized. “
” Teaching sometimes seems like not one profession, but every profession. We ask them to be doctor and diplomat, calf-herder, map-maker, wizard and watchman, electricians of the mind. “
” I like the fact that glass ceilings are breaking all over. “
” If anything, the power of the cover of ‘Time’ has increased as the media landscape has atomized. “
” Teaching sometimes seems like not one profession, but every profession. We ask them to be doctor and diplomat, calf-herder, map-maker, wizard and watchman, electricians of the mind. “
” Barack Obama wants teacher service scholarships. “
” What is it about summer that makes children grow? We feed and water them more. They do get more sun, but that probably doesn’t matter as much as the book they read or the rule they broke that taught them something they couldn’t have learned any other way. “
” Pour a liquid out of its container, and it changes shape, fills the space you give it. If you give children a lot of space, it may surprise you where they’ll go and the shape they’ll take. “
” ‘Sesame Street’s’ genius lies in finding gentle ways to talk about hard things – death, divorce, danger – in terms that children understand and accept. “
” Professor Obama has at least talked to us like we’re adults. “
” It’s hard to think of any tool, any instrument, any object in history with which so many developed so close a relationship so quickly as we have with our phones. “
” There’s a smartphone gait: the slow sidewalk weave that comes from being lost in conversation rather than looking where you’re going. “
” In many parts of the world, more people have access to a mobile device than to a toilet or running water. “
” You can’t predict when a crisis might hit your family, whether it’s with an elderly parent or with your children. “
” Right now, doctors can test for about 2,500 medical conditions, but they only can treat about 500 of those. So what do you do with the knowledge about the others? “
” As you probably know, I’ve written a lot about the presidency, so it’s obviously exciting when you get to interview a president and write about it. “
” I’ve been grateful that ‘Time’s’ reach and mandate is so broad; anything you’re interested in, you can usually write about. “
” I feel like my competition is everything else that’s competing for people’s attention, not just other print magazines, newspapers and cable. It’s your kid’s report card and the games you want to play, all the things that compete for people’s time. “
” You can’t hold up a blog; you can hold up a magazine. “
” There are many things that matter much more than an editor’s gender in shaping the direction of the leadership. “
” I don’t think it’s necessary to shout if you have a good story. But I also don’t think you should shy away from being bold in the statement that you’re making. “
” The Reverend Jeremiah Wright would baptize Obama, perform his marriage to Michelle LaVaughn Robinson, baptize their daughters, and draw him into the raucous, restless family of faith that Obama had never known before. “
” I’ve always found that once you’re in the door of a place and you have the chance to show how you operate and how talented you are, then anything can happen. “
” There’s something very Nixonian about the idea of keeping an enemy’s list. “
” I’m wondering how many elected figures any of us could find who do not, in the front or back of their minds, remember who does them favors, who doesn’t. “
” Sure, we want to know what a president believes in… but that doesn’t always mean he should tell us. “
” We’ve seen what happens when it serves a president’s interest to flaunt his faith – which is almost inevitably does, since every poll affirms that Americans want their leader to submit to some higher power. “
” Time is valuable; people are busy. “
” It’s funny how things change slowly, until the day we realize they’ve changed completely. “
” At times, it seems as if the only women effortlessly balancing their jobs, kids, husbands and homes are the ones on TV. “
” Progress is seldom simple; it comes with costs and casualties, even challenges about whether a change represents an advance or a retreat. “
” Across much of the developing world, by the time she is 12, a girl is tending house, cooking, cleaning. She eats what’s left after the men and boys have eaten; she is less likely to be vaccinated, to see a doctor, to attend school. “
” In sub-Saharan Africa, fewer than 1 in 5 girls make it to secondary school. “
” The leading cause of death for girls 15 to 19 worldwide is not accident or violence or disease; it is complications from pregnancy. Girls under 15 are up to five times as likely to die while having children than are women in their 20s, and their babies are more likely to die as well. “
” The typical white American woman in 1800 gave birth seven times; by 1900, the average was down to 3.5. “
” Members of royal families are born into a world of indulgence and entitlement, and the princelings who grow up that way may never have to develop any discipline. “
” Enter politics, and you enter the glass house; there are no secrets and no places to hide. “
” Bill Clinton left office with a more than 60% approval rating. “
” When National Guardsmen shot four unarmed students at Kent State, virtually the entire system of higher education shuddered and stopped. “
” There may be no less original idea than the notion that our hearts hold dominion over our heads. “
” It is actually the neuroscientists and evolutionists who do the best job of explaining the reasons behind the most unreasonable behavior. “
” Whatever people thought the first time they held a portable phone the size of a shoe in their hands, it was nothing like where we are now, accustomed to having all knowledge at our fingertips. “
” Americans are grateful for the connection and convenience their phones provide, helping them search for a lower price, navigate a strange city, expand a customer base or track their health and finances, their family and friends. “
” Maybe we adults idealize our own red-rover days, the hot afternoons spent playing games that required no coaches, eating foods that involved no nutrition, getting dirty in whole new ways and rarely glancing in the direction of a screen of any kind. “
” We are bombarded with reasons to stay inside: we’re afraid of mosquitoes because of West Nile and grass because of pesticides and sun because of cancer and sunscreen because of vitamin-D deficiency. “
” Democracy presumes that we’re all created equal; competition proves we are not, or else every race would end in a tie. “
” Some people are born strong or stretchy, or with a tungsten will. “
” Inflicting emotional distress has typically been treated as a civil action. How ‘substantial’ does the distress have to be for it to turn criminal? “
” We want laws to be applied predictably. “
” I have two daughters: One an open book, one a locked box. So the question of privacy is a challenging one. How much do kids need? How much should we give? How do we prepare them to live in a world where the very notion of privacy opens a generational chasm? “
” Our children will outwit us if they want; for when it comes to technology, they hold the higher ground. Unlike other tools passed carefully and ceremonially from one generation to the next – the sharp scissors, the car keys – this is one they understand better than we do. “
” It’s the experts in adolescent development who wax most emphatic about the value of family meals, for it’s in the teenage years that this daily investment pays some of its biggest dividends. “
” Back in the really olden days, dinner was seldom a ceremonial event for U.S. families. Only the very wealthy had a separate dining room. For most, meals were informal, a kind of rolling refueling; often only the men sat down. “
” Family dinner in the Norman Rockwell mode had taken hold by the 1950s: Mom cooked, Dad carved, son cleared, daughter did the dishes. “