Larry Liu

50% psychologist. 50% programmer. 100% happiness engineer.


Favorite Quotes


“What passes for hip cynical transcendence of sentiment is really some kind of fear of being really human, since to be really human is probably to be unavoidably sentimental and naïve and goo-prone and generally pathetic.” ~David Foster Wallace

"Enthusiasm is one of the most powerful engines of success. When you do a thing, do it with all your mind. Put your whole soul to it. Stamp it with your own personality. Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm." ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

"You don't love someone for their looks, or their clothes, or their fancy car, but because they sing a song only you can hear." ~Unknown

"The duty of lovers is to tarnish the Golden Rule" ~Leonard Cohen

"If equal affection cannot be, let the more loving one be me." ~W. H. Auden, The More Loving One

"The greatest gift you can give somebody is your own personal development. I used to say, 'If you will take care of me, I will take care of you.' Now I say, 'I will take care of me for you, if you will take care of you for me.'" ~Jim Rohn

"Happiness is a perfume you cannot pour on others without getting a few drops on yourself." ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Speak your mind, even if your voice shakes." ~Maggie Kuhn

"I do not intend to tiptoe through life only to arrive safely at death." ~Shane Claiborne, modified

"Be who you are, and be that well." ~Saint Francis de Sales

"It might be that to surrender to happiness was to accept defeat, but it was a defeat better than many victories." ~W. Somerset Maugham, Of Human Bondage

"Nerds like us are allowed to be unironically enthusiastic about stuff… Nerds are allowed to love stuff, like jump-up-and-down-in-the-chair-can’t-control-yourself love it. When people call people nerds, mostly what they’re saying is ‘you like stuff.’ Which is just not a good insult at all. Like, ‘you are too enthusiastic about the miracle of human consciousness’." ~John Green

"I would always rather be happy than dignified." ~Charlotte Bronte, Jane Eyre


"Anyone can be passionate, but it takes real lovers to be silly." ~Rose Franken, writer

"You don't have to live forever, you just have to live." ~Natalie Babbitt, Tuck Everlasting

“The purpose of relationship is not to have another who might complete you, but to have another with whom you might share your completeness.” ~Neale Donald Walsch

“One of the most satisfying experiences I know- is just fully to appreciate an individual in the same way I appreciate a sunset. When I look at a sunset… I don’t find myself saying, “Soften the orange a little on the right hand corner, and put a bit more purple in the cloud color” … I don’t try to control a sunset. I watch it with awe as it unfolds. It is this receptive, open attitude which is necessary to truly perceive something as it is.” ~Carl Rogers

"Sometimes I can feel my bones straining under the weight of all the lives I'm not living." ~Jonathan Safran Foer, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

"I wondered if that was how forgiveness budded; not with the fanfare of epiphany, but with pain gathering its things, packing up, and slipping away unannounced in the middle of the night." ~Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner

"You cannot make something beautiful with fear." ~Razvan Coman

"There’s nothing more beautiful than the way the ocean refuses to stop kissing the shoreline, no matter how many times it’s sent away." ~Sarah Kay

"I'm so afraid of losing something I love that I refuse to love anything" ~Jonathan Safran Foer

"Just because something doesn't last forever doesn't mean it wasn't worth your while."

"You can’t love without risk. Sometimes love is a terrible idea, except that it’s not an idea. Sometimes love leaves suddenly and it’s as if you were lying to the other person all this time, or they were lying to you. Sometimes you love someone and they don’t love you back the way you want to be loved back and you think if they’ll just hear your case, if you present the evidence before them as if in a court of law, they will concede to your argument and love you the way you love them, forever even, and then you both get to be happy. But that’s not how it works. You jump from the plane and hope your parachute opens. The other person is that parachute. If you can, jump over water, and from not too great a height." ~Stephen Elliot


"Once upon a time there was a boy who loved a girl, and her laughter was a question he wanted to spend his whole life answer." ~Nicole Krauss, The History of Love

"Appreciation is a wonderful thing: It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well." ~Voltaire

"Against a perfect moment, the centuries beat in vain." ~Terry Pratchett, "Thief of Time"

"Some people are old at 18 and some are young at 90 ... time is a concept that humans created" ~Yoko Ono

"Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art… It has no survival value. Rather it is one of those things that give value to survival." ~C.S. Lewis

"A hundred years from now it will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in, or the kind of car I drove...but the world may be different because I was important in the life of a child." ~Forest E. Witcraft

"The highest form of ignorance is when you reject something you don't know anything about." ~Wayne Dyer

"If you want to improve, be content to be thought foolish and stupid" ~Epictetus

"A generous heart, kind speech, and a life of service and compassion are the things which renew humanity."

Copyright Larry Liu 2014-2015