PROVE THEM ALL WRONG – The Most Inspiring Speeches from Successful People who Believed in Themselves

PROVE THEM ALL WRONG – The Most Inspiring Speeches from Successful People who Believed in Themselves

KEEP DOUBTING ME. I WILL PROVE YOU WRONG! – These are some of the most inspiring motivational speeches from people who proved everyone who doubted them wrong.

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85 Inspiring Space Quotes for All Mankind

85 Inspiring Space Quotes for All Mankind

Astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins (and many others!) manned the Saturn V rocket, departing the Kennedy Space Center at 9:32 a.m EDT, and landing the moon module (the Eagle) at 4:18 p.m EDT.

With more than half a billion people watching live on television, Neil Armstrong climbed down the ladder and proclaimed: “That’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.”

Aldrin joined him shortly afterwards, offering the people at home a simple but powerful description of the surface of the moon: “magnificent desolation.” The astronauts explored the lunar surface for two and a half hours, taking photos and collecting samples.

Before heading back to Earth, the crew left behind an American flag, a patch honoring the fallen crew of Apollo 1, and a plaque on one of the Eagle’s legs. It reads, “Here men from the planet Earth first set foot upon the moon. July 1969 A.D. We came in peace for all mankind.”

Their successful mission was the culmination of both big dreams and hard work, as the world responded to President John F. Kennedy’s challenge to America to “commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to Earth.” (May 25th, 1961).

2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the incredible moon landing. In honor of all those who dared to dream of seeing a world beyond this one, we’ve collected the very best quotes about space together in one place.

In 1961, when Kennedy challenged the United States to put a man on the moon and bring him home again, our fascination with space and space exploration was already evident.

The incredible leaps in engineering and technology that made the Apollo missions possible, as well as the courage of the men who went into space, were fueled by the desire to see and know more than ever before.

Today, we are still fascinated by space and the idea of space travel. Space continues to represent a new frontier for mankind, fascinating and scaring us in equal measure. We continue to push the boundaries of our knowledge, awaiting the day when travel into space is as open and accessible as air travel.

A space quote between the earth and moon shot from the International Space Station

“Many years ago the great British explorer George Mallory, who was to die on Mount Everest, was asked why did he want to climb it. He said “Because it is there.” Well, space is there, and we’re going to climb it, and the moon and the planets are there, and new hopes for knowledge and peace are there.” – John F. Kennedy

“Those who came before us made certain that this country rode the first waves of the industrial revolutions, the first waves of modern invention, and the first wave of nuclear power, and this generation does not intend to founder in the backwash of the coming age of space. We mean to be a part of it–we mean to lead it. For the eyes of the world now look into space, to the moon and to the planets beyond, and we have vowed that we shall not see it governed by a hostile flag of conquest, but by a banner of freedom and peace. We have vowed that we shall not see space filled with weapons of mass destruction, but with instruments of knowledge and understanding.” – John F. Kennedy

“I believe that space travel will one day become as common as airline travel is today. I’m convinced, however, that the true future of space travel does not lie with government agencies — NASA is still obsessed with the idea that the primary purpose of the space program is science — but real progress will come from private companies competing to provide the ultimate adventure ride, and NASA will receive the trickle-down benefits.” – Buzz Aldrin

“The Earth is the cradle of humanity, but mankind cannot stay in the cradle forever.” – Konstantin Tsiolkovsky

“We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win.” – John F. Kennedy

“Space is for everybody. It’s not just for a few people in science or math, or for a select group of astronauts. That’s our new frontier out there, and it’s everybody’s business to know about space.” – Christa McAuliffe

A Carl Sagan quote against a Hubble Telescope image of a distant galaxy

“All civilizations become either spacefaring or extinct.” – Carl Sagan

“Mankind is drawn to the heavens for the same reason we were once drawn into unknown lands and across the open sea. We choose to explore space because doing so improves our lives, and lifts our national spirit. So let us continue the journey.” – George W. Bush

“The exploration of space will go ahead, whether we join in it or not, and it is one of the great adventures of all time, and no nation which expects to be the leader of other nations can expect to stay behind in the race for space.” – John F. Kennedy

“On one side are those who believe space travel is difficult work, but who go for it anyway. On the other are those who believe caring for a goldfish is, and who don’t go after much of anything. Where we choose to seed ourselves on the spectrum of what’s possible is what will ultimately define the size of our lives.” – Mary-Jo Dionne

“Human exploration and colonization of Mars will keep us busy for hundreds, even thousands, of years. During that time, there will be advances in nanotechnology, space sailing, robotics, biomolecular engineering, and artificial intelligence. These advances are occurring even now, affecting our outlook about what it means to be human and engage in human activity. Those technologies will not merely allow us to stay home on Earth and Mars, but our minds will extend our presence throughout the universe so that we will not need or want to extend our bodies there — even if we could, which I think is doubtful.” – Louis Friedman

The Columbia Space Shuttle taking off from Cape Canaveral, Florida

“The time will come when man will know even what is going on in the other planets and perhaps be able to visit them.” – Henry Ford

Quotes from Astronauts

It’s incredible to think that there are people who have spent time in Space, looking at the Earth, the stars, and the other planets, walking among us and living ordinary lives. These quotes reveal what motivates them to take flight, what our planet looks like from Space, and what space travel has taught them about life here on Earth.

“Never limit yourself because of others’ limited imagination; never limit others because of your own limited imagination.” – Mae Jemison

“I know the sky is not the limit because there are footprints on the Moon — and I made some of them!” – Buzz Aldrin

Gene Cernan standing on the surface of the moon during the Apollo 17 Mission

“I suppose the one quality in an astronaut more powerful than any other is curiosity. They have to get some place nobody’s ever been.” – John Glenn

“To some this may look like a sunset. But it’s a new dawn.” – Chris Hadfield

“You develop an instant global consciousness, a people orientation, an intense dissatisfaction with the state of the world, and a compulsion to do something about it. From out there on the moon, international politics look so petty. You want to grab a politician by the scruff of the neck and drag him a quarter of a million miles out and say, ‘Look at that, you son of a bitch.” – Edgar Mitchell

“It suddenly struck me that that tiny pea, pretty and blue, was the Earth. I put up my thumb and shut one eye, and my thumb blotted out the planet Earth. I didn’t feel like a giant. I felt very, very small.” – Neil Armstrong

“Earth is a small town with many neighborhoods in a very big universe.” – Ron Garan

“I looked and looked but I didn’t see God.” – Yuri Gagarin, speaking in 1961 about being the first human in space

Gene Cernan quote about curiosity over a picture of him walking in space

“Curiosity is the essence of our existence.” – Gene Cernan

“I am also planning to leave a lot of things undone. Part of life’s mystery depends on future possibilities, and mystery is an elusive quality which evaporates when sampled frequently, to be followed by boredom. For example, catching various types of fish is on my list of good things to do, but I would be reluctant to rush into it, even if i had the time. I want no part of destroying fishing as a mysterious sport.” – Michael Collins

“Gravity hurts.” – Viktor Alexandrov

“In the van, we can see the rocket in the distance, lit up and shining, an obelisk. In reality, of course, it’s a 4.5-megaton bomb loaded with explosive fuel, which is why everyone else is driving away from it.” – Chris Hadfield

“I find it curious that I never heard any astronaut say that he wanted to go to the Moon so he would be able to look back and see the Earth. We all wanted to see what the Moon looked like close up. Yet, for most of us, the most memorable sight was not of the Moon but of our beautiful blue and white home, moving majestically around the sun, all alone and infinite black space.” – Alan Bean

“We are limited only by our imagination and our will to act.” – Ron Garan

The view of the earth from the moon in a photo taken by Apollo Astronauts

“The first day or so we all pointed to our countries. The third or fourth day we were pointing to our continents. By the fifth day we were only aware of one Earth.” – Sultan Bin Salman al-Suad

“I thought the attractions of being an astronaut were actually, not so much the moon, but flying in a completely new medium.” – Neil Armstrong

“When I first looked back at the Earth, standing on the Moon, I cried.” – Alan Shepherd

“Anyone who sits on top of the largest hydrogen-oxygen fueled system in the world, knowing they’re going to light the bottom, and doesn’t get a little worried, does not fully understand the situation.” – John Young

“The scenery was very beautiful. But I did not see The Great Wall.” – Yang Liwei

“The Earth was small, light blue, and so touchingly alone, our home that must be defended like a holy relic. The Earth was absolutely round. I believe I never knew what the word round meant until I saw Earth from space.” – Alexi Leonov

“Mars has been flown by, orbited, smacked into, radar examined, and rocketed onto, as well as bounced upon, rolled over, shoveled, drilled into, baked and even blasted. Still to come: Mars being stepped on.” – Buzz Aldrin

A clear night sky blanketed with bright stars over the Utah desert

“The stars don’t look bigger, but they do look brighter.” – Sally Ride

“The Earth reminded us of a Christmas tree ornament hanging in the blackness of space. As we got farther and farther away it diminished in size. Finally, it shrank to the size of a marble, the most beautiful marble you can imagine. That beautiful, warm, living object looked so fragile, so delicate, that if you touched it with a finger it would crumble and fall apart.” – James Irwin

“Suddenly, from behind the rim of the moon, in long, slow-motion moments of immense majesty, there emerges a sparkling blue and white jewel, a light, delicate sky-blue sphere laced with slowly swirling veils of white, rising gradually like a small pearl in a thick sea of black mystery. It takes more than a moment to fully realize this is Earth… home.” – Edgar Mitchell

“What everyone in the astronaut corps shares in common is not gender or ethnic background, but motivation, perseverance, and desire — the desire to participate in a voyage of discovery.” – Ellen Ochoa

“To become an astronaut is not a question of being the best at something or things coming easy to you, but it’s being a person that can work with others and not give up. And, for me, that was part of it too.” – Michael J. Massimino

Astronaut Allan Shepard by the lunar module on thew moon during Apollo 14

“I must admit, maybe I am a piece of history after all.” – Allan Shepard

“It’s easy to sleep floating around — it’s very comfortable. But you have to be careful that you don’t float into somebody or something!” – James Irwin

“Earth is a small town with many neighborhoods in a very big universe.” – Ron Garan

“Any astronaut can tell you you’ve got to do everything you can to learn about your life support system and then do everything you can to take care of it.” – Sylvia Earle

“Astronauts are inherently insane. And really noble.” – Andy Weir

“I don’t know what you could say about a day in which you have seen four beautiful sunsets.” – John Glenn

“Of course risk is part of spaceflight. We accept some of that to achieve greater goals in exploration and find out more about ourselves and the universe.” – Lisa Nowak

An astronaut in an orange space suit in a training simulator at NASA in Houston

“Astronauts are like these mythic legends, but really, they are just regular people, people who wear chinos.” – Mary Roach

Inspirational Quotes from Astrophysicists

From the observations of a heliocentric solar system by Galileo Galilei in the early 17th century, to Einstein’s Theory of Relativity, and Stephen Hawking’s A Brief History of Time, space is the question that has intrigued some of the greatest minds in every generation.

The best and brightest of those who study space have disseminated their knowledge in ways that have been approachable to anyone who wants to find out more about the universe. They have brought together the “big questions” about science, the way the universe works, the role of our solar system, and our place within it. These are some of their best and most intriguing quotes!

“One of the basic rules of the universe is that nothing is perfect. Perfection simply doesn’t exist…..Without imperfection, neither you nor I would exist.” – Stephen Hawking

“I don’t think the human race will survive the next 1,000 years, unless we spread into space. There are too many accidents that can befall life on a single planet. But I’m an optimist. We will reach out to the stars.” – Stephen Hawking

Photo of the moon against a pure black background of space

“Because there is a law such as gravity, the universe can and will create itself from nothing.” – Stephen Hawking

“Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see and wonder about what makes the Universe exist. Be curious. And however difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at. It matters that you don’t just give up.” – Stephen Hawking

“When forced to summarize the general theory of relativity in one sentence: Time and space and gravitation have no separate existence from matter.” – Albert Einstein

“In the context of general relativity, space almost is a substance. It can bend and twist and stretch, and probably the best way to think about space is to just kind of imagine a big piece of rubber that you can pull and twist and bend.” – Alan Guth

“However we select from nature a complex [of phenomena] using the criterion of simplicity, in no case will its theoretical treatment turn out to be forever appropriate (sufficient)…. I do not doubt that the day will come when [general relativity], too, will have to yield to another one, for reasons which at present we do not yet surmise. I believe that this process of deepening theory has no limits.” – Albert Einstein

“Most of what Einstein said and did has no direct impact on what anybody reads in the Bible. Special relativity, his work in quantum mechanics, nobody even knows or cares. Where Einstein really affects the Bible is the fact that general relativity is the organizing principle for the Big Bang.” – Neil deGrasse Tyson

Albert Einstein writing on a board wile lecturing on the Theory of Relativity

“Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I’m not sure about the universe.” – Albert Einstein

“For every one billion particles of antimatter there were one billion and one particles of matter. And when the mutual annihilation was complete, one billionth remained – and that’s our present universe.” – Albert Einstein

“Einstein was searching for String Theory. It not only reconciles General Relativity to Quantum Mechanics, but it reconciles Science and the Bible as well. “ – Roy H. Williams

“For me, it is far better to grasp the Universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring.” – Carl Sagan

“I speak now not as a planetary scientist but as someone who has colleagues who are planetary scientists and this is what they told me. Who doesn’t want to go to Europa? The problem is the technology to enable that is not yet available. And so if you direct monies to go to Europa prematurely and you find out that it fails, for whatever reason, it would not have been an effective investment of your money. So you say, “Well, we can try to go to Europa, but it might fail, or maybe the technology won’t come for yet another decade or we know how to get to Mars. We know how to do air bags and drop rovers and those sort of things, so let’s do that.” So we’re prioritizing not so much the science but we’re prioritizing what’s doable.” – Neil deGrasse Tyson

Carl Sagan quote over the Milky Way galaxy in the Cosmos

“Across the sea of space, the stars are other suns.” – Carl Sagan

“By denying scientific principles, one may maintain any paradox.” – Galileo Galilei

“In my studies of astronomy and philosophy I hold this opinion about the universe, that the Sun remains fixed in the centre of the circle of heavenly bodies, without changing its place; and the Earth, turning upon itself, moves round the Sun.” – Galileo Galilei

“The cosmos is within us. We are made of star-stuff. We are a way for the universe to know itself.” – Carl Sagan

“To confine our attention to terrestrial matters would be to limit the human spirit. ” – Stephen Hawking

“Cosmology does, I think, affect the way that we perceive humanity’s role in nature. One thing we’ve learnt from astronomy is that the future lying ahead is more prolonged than the past. Even our sun is less than halfway through its life.” – Neil deGrasse Tyson

“Who is more humble? The scientist who looks at the universe with an open mind and accepts whatever the universe has to teach us, or somebody who says everything in this book must be considered the literal truth and never mind the fallibility of all the human beings involved?” – Carl Sagan

“His conflict with the Catholic Church arose because deep in his heart Galileo was a believer. There was for him no path of compromise, no way to have separate secular and theological cosmologies. If the Copernican system was true as he believed, what else could Galileo do but fight with every weapon he had in his arsenal of logic, rhetoric, scientific observation, mathematical theory, and cunning insight, to make his Church accept a new system of the universe?” – Bernard Cohen

“My goal is simple. It is a complete understanding of the universe, why it is as it is and why it exists at all. ” – Stephen Hawking

“Once you can accept the universe as matter expanding into nothing that is something, wearing stripes with plaid comes easy.” – Albert Einstein
“Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.” – Carl Sagan

Our fascination with space, the universe, and our place in it, isn’t just limited to real-life knowledge and proven fact. It has crossed into writing, music, TV, and movies; offering up new perspectives on old space missions, pictures of new worlds, and visions of a future beyond our solar system.

From the novels of Ray Bradbury and Arthur C. Clarke, to the Doctor Who series, and David Bowie’s unforgettable Space Oddity, popular culture gives us a window on what we hope, and fear, to find beyond the stars.

“I’m sure the universe is full of intelligent life. It’s just been too intelligent to come here.” – Arthur C. Clarke

“It’s a fixer-upper of a planet but we could make it work.”” – Elon Musk on Inhabiting Mars

“Space travels in my blood / There ain’t nothing I can do about it / Long journeys wear me out / But I know I can’t live without it, oh no” – The Only Ones, Another Girl Another Planet

“Space or science fiction has become a dialect for our time. “ – Doris Lessing

“In the past, it was only in science fiction novels that you could read about ordinary people being able to go to space… But you laid the foundation for space tourism.” – Nursultan Nazarbayev

“900 years of time and space and I’ve never met anyone who wasn’t important. “ – Doctor Who

“In science fiction, we dream. In order to colonize in space, to rebuild our cities, which are so far out of whack, to tackle any number of problems, we must imagine the future, including the new technologies that are required. “ – Ray Bradbury

“We cannot predict the new forces, powers, and discoveries that will be disclosed to us when we reach the other planets and set up new laboratories in space. They are as much beyond our vision today as fire or electricity would be beyond the imagination of a fish.” – Arthur C. Clarke

“The function of science fiction is not always to predict the future, but sometimes to prevent it. “ – Frank Herbert

“Looking up into the night sky is looking into infinity – distance is incomprehensible and therefore meaningless. “ – Douglas Adams, A Hitch-hikers Guide to the Galaxy

“I’m floating in a most peculiar way / And the stars look very different today / For here Am I sitting in a tin can / Far above the world / Planet Earth is blue / And there’s nothing I can do.” – David Bowie, Space Oddity

We hope you’ve enjoyed this collection of Space Quotes! As we continue to search the stars, let’s hope that 50 years from now we have an achievement as monumental as the 1969 Moon Landing to celebrate. Stay inspired!

Published at Fri, 21 Jun 2019 17:43:04 +0000

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Is Cryptocurrency Good for Your Business?

Is Cryptocurrency Good for Your Business?

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As a business, when thinking about payment methods, your mind will automatically go to cash, credit cards, and bank transfers – as well as more recent options like PayPal and Apple Pay. This is unsurprising, as they offer both a low level of risk to your business, and a high level of convenience to your customers.

Indispensable though it may have become, PayPal really hasn’t been around that long. And once upon a time, accepting payments through an intermediary service – which is, essentially, what the likes of PayPal and Apple Pay are – was considered risky and expensive.

The same adjustment process is currently underway with the new kid on the block: cryptocurrency.

While many businesses are embracing this new digital currency, many are still extremely skeptical as to whether it can be an asset to the company, or a high-risk liability.

The purpose of this post is to dig a little deeper into the brave new world of cryptocurrency, and to find out whether or not it could be a good fit for your business.

What is Cryptocurrency?

Cryptocurrency is a digital asset. Its value for business, though, is that it has been designed with cryptographic protocols that make transactions extremely secure and very difficult to fake, all without the need for an intermediary like a bank.

Crypto is different from other forms of currency because, rather than the central banking system we are familiar with, it makes use of decentralized control. That means that it is not controlled by a central authority and cannot be directly affected by interference, or controlled by the government.

Cryptocurrencies use a peer-to-peer network to prevent double payments – a problem often encountered with digital currency in the past. The first and most well-known cryptocurrency is Bitcoin, which was invented by Satoshi Nakamoto in 2008.

Though they might have heard about Bitcoin on the news or read an article on the web, many people are still unfamiliar with the concept of digital currency. One of the most common misconceptions is that it is only for investing; with the majority of people unaware of the day-to-day transaction capabilities of crypto.

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“The future of money is digital currency.” – Bill Gates

Digital Wallets

To use cryptocurrency, you need to have a cryptocurrency wallet. This can be in the form of a software or application which is used to store public and private keys, as well as unique identifiers that mark ownership of tokens.

These wallets are a similar concept to bank accounts, only they are decentralized and unregulated. Most digital wallets are dedicated to a specific currency (like Bitcoin), so they are only compatible with storing and spending the single currency they were designed to hold. This type of digital wallet is usually owned by individuals and investors who work with a single cryptocurrency.

There are, however, other wallets available, and they can accommodate multiple currencies at the same time. These are much more convenient for businesses, who might decide they want to work within a range of different currencies.

Software Wallets

Digital wallets for cryptocurrency can come in the form of a “soft wallet” or a hard wallet. A soft wallet is easy to understand because is it often the same as the platform used to buy your crypto coin of choice.

When you open an account through an exchange like Coinbase you have also created a wallet. You can exchange one type of digital coin for another or for your local currency (like BTC to $USD) within the site. Your digital wallet will still have a secure key you use to complete transactions and two-factor authentication (2FA) for log-in.

You can also keep a soft wallet on your phone or computer with apps like Jaxx or the Coinbase mobile app.  If you use online banking, you can use a soft wallet just as easily.  Each platform has different features and abilities so you can decide which is best for your business and its transaction needs.

Hardware Wallets

A hard wallet is a physical device like a flash drive that is used to manage private keys. Since your private key is stored offline, it is safe from hackers or anyone with unauthorized access to your soft wallet. I know we’ve all had some unreliable flash drives quit working. The beauty of a hard wallet is the user’s ability to create a code that can recover lost keys plus a pin for access.

This is a great way to hold large amounts of bitcoin or other crypto, especially as a long-term investor or if you hold large amounts of crypto. Otherwise, soft wallets are the best way to use cryptocurrency in your business if you complete multiple smaller transactions or don’t need massive or long-term storage.

Different wallets also offer different storage options. The Ledger Nano X and Trezor Model T offer storage for up to thirty different crypto coins on top of BTC and offer easy set-up.

Cryptocurrency and Businesses

In the past several years cryptocurrency has gained immense popularity, not just among individuals, but businesses, too. The decision to use cryptocurrency is slightly more involved for businesses compared to individuals, since there are more people and business assets involved, but that doesn’t mean that it isn’t worthwhile.

In fact, businesses actually have more options for involving themselves with cryptocurrencies, including a few that individuals might not have access to.

Many businesses are now turning to cryptocurrency as a possible payment method, because they are beginning to take notice of the vast number of benefits it offers – in terms of cost, speed, and security to name just a few.

What’s more, businesses today are becoming increasingly conscious about keeping up to date with new technologies – especially ones that can improve how their business operates, while offering customers an even greater range of payment options.

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“Mobile was Internet 2.0. It changed everything. Crypto is Internet 3.0.” – Gil Penchina

Why Should Your Business Use Cryptocurrency?

As with any new technology, what works perfectly for one business could be completely wrong for another. It’s therefore important to evaluate and weigh-up the pros and cons of adopting cryptocurrency – or any new technology, whether it is software or new hairdryers – before actually implementing it in your business.

Some of the main aspects that businesses look at include: costs, the time it takes to process a transaction, whether or not it is easily accessible for both the business and its customers, and the security of the transactions when using this payment method.

Here are some of the reasons why cryptocurrency is ideal for businesses to adopt as a chief method of payment:

1. Save on Transaction Costs

Banking costs can make a severe dent in business profits, particularly when card processing fees are involved. All traditional banks charge businesses a fee for processing card transactions – the most common form of payment – which can have a devastating effect on profits, especially for small businesses.

Since cryptocurrency is a decentralized entity and there is no regulatory or governmental body to manage the system, there is no one to collect these types of fees.

By using cryptocurrency for monetary transactions, businesses are able cut out these middleman bank charges and fees, and save what amount to large sums of money on an annual basis.

2. Quicker Transaction Times

With traditional bank payments, there is often a long waiting period before funds are cleared. Even if the payment leaves the customer’s account right away, it can take several days for the business to be paid for their goods or services.

There is no waiting period like this when using cryptocurrency. Transactions are cleared in real time, sometimes within a minute or two.

Thanks to this quicker transaction time, businesses can work with instant payments – which often has the positive side effect of improving customer service. This also helps in managing business finances in a more accurate and effective way.

As well as faster transactions, businesses also benefit from increased security with regards to fraud and chargebacks, as discussed below. Do take note that some currencies might take a little longer than others to process.

With new advancements and the increasing popularity of cryptocurrencies, purchasing it and getting it funded by the US banks is actually getting easier. The reduction in the purchase period – from 3-5 days, to ‘instant’ – means there is now no volatility risk of the currency a business deals in.

“With e-cureency based on cryptographic proof, without the need to trust a third party middleman, money can be secure and transactions effortless.” – Satoshi Nakamoto

3. Fraud and Chargeback Protection

There can be no argument that security is a top priority for businesses when it comes to money coming in and going out of company accounts.

Since cryptocurrency transactions are supported by blockchain technology, transfers are final and cannot be reversed or canceled after a transaction has been made. This means that, at least for businesses, security is much greater than traditional banks have been able to provide.

Transactions cannot be overridden or canceled as the funds are almost instantly added to the blockchain, through a process called mining.

What’s more, since cryptocurrencies do not offer loans and debt is a non-existent concept, it is impossible to spend what you do not have. This it enormously beneficial in preventing both fraud and chargebacks, and makes monetary transactions simpler and more clear-cut.

4. Worldwide Access

One of the greatest benefits of cryptocurrency is that it has the potential to be a global currency. This means that there are no boundaries to using one’s digital assets, as has often been the case for those attempting to use traditional forms of currency inside or out with specific geographical locations.

Cryptocurrency eliminates the obstacles of cash flow on a global scale. This makes business easier for global companies, while also eliminating the high costs associated with exchange rates and the inevitable waiting times for processing international transactions.

Cryptocurrency thus creates a bigger audience for your business, at more affordable rates.

5. Increasing Conversion Rates and Reaching New Markets

Since the user-base of cryptocurrencies continues to grow dramatically, with up to thousands of new digital wallets being created daily, cryptocurrency no longer belongs to a niche community. The digital payment market is expected to reach 726 billion by 2020.

Many people are now opting for cryptocurrency as their main means of transaction, because it offers increased security at a lower cost. This opens up new opportunities for businesses who choose to use cryptocurrency as a payment method, broadening their market of potential customers and potentially increasing conversion rates.

To give you some context, at any given moment, as many as 25% of consumers abandon their online shopping cart because their preferred method of payment is not available. Adding cryptocurrency as a payment option for customers could both have a positive impact your conversions and increase sales.

Bitcoin ATM locations are even beginning to appear to make it easier for customers to purchase bitcoin or altcoins to use in transactions.

Silver cryptocurrency cufflinks in plastic cases against a dark background

“So, my view is quite clear. I believe cryptocurrency is going to change the world.” – Richard Brown

How Your Business Can Start Accepting Bitcoin

Since Bitcoin users often go out of their way to support businesses that offer Bitcoin payment options – there are even continually updated lists of retailers who accept cryptocurrency payments – this has the potential to be a lucrative opportunity.

To start this process, you need to first create a Bitcoin wallet. The wallet acts as an address, to which customers will send their money when paying for goods. Think of it as an email address, because it works in much the same way: enter an address, punch in the amount to be paid, and press the ‘send’ button.

Alternatively, you could make use of a QR code – customers can then scan the code with their smartphone, which sends them directly to your address.

If you process a large number of transactions over the course of a single day, or direct payments are not easy to implement in your current business set up, you could opt to use a payment processor instead.

Payment Processors and Exchanges

Two of the most popular payment processors are CoinBase and BitPay. These processors do charge a processing fee. However, it is much cheaper than the rates charged by banks or by PayPal. Certain processors even have the functionality to convert your cryptocurrency into your local currency at the end of the day, if you don’t want to keep your assets in digital form.

You can also open an account at a larger exchange like Binance if you want the flexibility to trade your cryptocurrency for others that might not be listed elsewhere.  Binance lists over 150 different crypto coins and offers similarly low transaction fees when trading one for another.  You can even opt to store some of your funds in their own Binance Coin (BNB) and use it for even lower transaction fees.

Once you are all set up, you can start advertising that you accept Bitcoin in store, online, or anywhere else your customers interact with your business. You should also speak with your accountant to determine how any accounting or book-keeping activities might need to change with the incorporation of cryptocurrency payments.

A small business owner holding a sign that reads "Bitcoin accepted here"

So, is Cryptocurrency a Good Option for Small Businesses?

While corporate giants might be able to incorporate cryptocurrency payments seamlessly, small businesses seem to be a little more skeptical. But, as we have discussed, cryptocurrency can be a huge cost saver when it comes to bank fees. Cost-saving is, of course, a huge benefit for small businesses – especially those with relatively small margins.

On the other side of the (bit)coin, small businesses do have a much smaller customer base – so careful assessment is required. Depending on the type of business and its captive market, the chances there are cryptocurrency users among them could be quite small.

In terms of transaction speed, many small businesses may not have large amounts of capital lying around, so the possibility of receiving funds immediately can make a huge difference when it comes to covering daily costs of operation.

One way in which cryptocurrency might not be a good option for small businesses is the high volatility. In case of a huge crypto-crash, small business owners who keep profits as digital assets could potentially lose everything in a matter of seconds. It’s worth remembering, though, that some wallets can convert cryptocurrency to cash automatically after each transaction (or at the end of the day), which offers some insurance against volatility.

To determine whether or not your small business should accept cryptocurrency, a general rule of thumb is as follows: business-to-consumer type businesses should offer a crypto payment option, while business-to-business operations should hold off for a while until there is more certainty around the future of cryptocurrency. This may change in the future with the new Facebook Libra coin, but for now it’s a good adage to live by.

The Disadvantages of Cryptocurrency

While the general consensus on cryptocurrency is quite positive, there are a few dangers and disadvantages to consider.

As with all other online payment options, you need to practice a level of care and precaution when making cryptocurrency transactions. The first disadvantage to consider is the possible lack of security with some crypto wallets. Digital wallets, which are necessary to receive funds, have unfortunately proven to be less secure that most users would like.

Second, the cryptocurrency space is notorious for being extremely volatile, even though payouts are based on a dollar conversion rate. Although ways to make digital assets price-secure are emerging, this concept is still in the development stages. Although this might be attractive to investors, it is not a great selling point for business owners – especially those with low-profit margins or high operating costs.

Third, laws may vary from country to country, since each country has the right to their own sovereignty. This means that your country can govern how cryptocurrencies can be used within its border, as well as how they will be taxed. So, even though operating costs are much lower with cryptocurrency, local taxes can make it an expensive exercise.

Last, while the idea of cryptocurrency being an unregulated entity (and all the benefits that go along with that) may be attractive to many, it does mean there is some level of uncertainty for businesses. There is no telling what will happen in the future, and whether limitations on investments or tax increases on cryptocurrencies might be implemented.

Cryptocurrency Accounting

As it stands in the United States, the IRS classifies cryptocurrency as property rather than income when it comes to income tax. This can make taxes and accounting a little more difficult, so it’s worth finding someone who is familiar with cryptocurrency and taxation – and doing some research yourself – before committing to crypto payments for your business.

A home server setup to mine Bitcoin before the next halving in 2020.

“Bitcoin will do to banks what email did to the postal industry.” – Rick Falkvinge


Overall, cryptocurrency provides an incredible opportunity for business that want to expand their market and grow their company. With benefits like lower costs, faster transactions times, and increased security, there is really no reason why more businesses shouldn’t be using cryptocurrency as a payment option.

Cryptocurrency has been proven to have a positive effect on the bottom line of many large businesses, which is a fantastic USP. But they aren’t the only ones to benefit: cyrpto is also a very attractive option for entrepreneurs who want to reduce their costs and build up a successful business.

Published at Wed, 26 Jun 2019 17:51:11 +0000

Malik Yoba: 2Pac Talked About Helping the Community But Nipsey Actually Did It (Part 4)

Malik Yoba: 2Pac Talked About Helping the Community But Nipsey Actually Did It (Part 4)

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In this clip, Malik Yoba speaks on the tragic loss of Nipsey Hussle, describing his murder as “post-traumatic slave syndrome,” where black individuals don’t value one another and look at themselves as human. With that said, he understood why Nipsey stayed so loyal to his roots in Los Angeles, while relating to his mindset of giving back to your community. For all his efforts and achievements, he states that unlike other artists Nipsey actually put action behind his words, thus showing a loyalty to Crenshaw that gave the neighborhood new value and significance.

20 Community Service Ideas

20 Community Service Ideas

I love community service it feels so great when you are doing something wonderful for someone else. Sorry for the lateness of this video but I need a new editing format (if anyone has any suggestions?). Like and subscribe for more videos! Thanks for watching!

National Constitution Center:
Philadelphia Museum of Art:
Philadelphia Orchestra Tribute Concert:


Volunteer at the PSPCA:
Needed supplies:

Volunteer at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia:

Write a letter:
Care packages:
Every Care Package Counts

Homeless Shelters in Philadelphia:
Bethesda Project:
Covenant House:
ECS St. Barnabus:

Learn more about these great charities and donate:
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention:
American Cancer Society:
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StandUp for Kids:
Meals on Wheels

86 Emotional Johnny Cash Quotes

86 Emotional Johnny Cash Quotes

A black and white photo of Johnny Cash in a western jacket with slick hair

image © Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

Johnny Cash was one of the most successful music artists of all time. A country music icon, his songs and his sound embraced many genres, including rock and roll, rockabilly, blues, folk, and gospel. He sold more than 90 million records worldwide.

With his all-black performing wardrobe, the ‘Man in Black’ became famous for his honest and sombre demeanor, free prison concerts, and calming bass-baritone voice. He opened his concerts with a simple “Hello, I’m Johnny Cash,” followed up with his signature song, Folsom Prison Blues.

But great success came at a price.

Cash struggled with addictions to alcohol and drugs, watched his personal life flounder, and spent nights in jails across America. Deep sorrow, moral tribulations, and the need for redemption are common themes found in his music, and they echo a life full of deep feelings and difficult experiences.

In honor of the Man in Black and the lasting legacy of his music, here are 86 of the best Johnny Cash Quotes.

Johnny Cash playing an acoustic guitar and singing Ring of Fire

“Success is having to worry about every damn thing in the world, except money.” – Johnny Cash (image © Getty Images)

On Childhood

J.R. Cash was born on February 26, 1932, in Kingsland, Arkansas to Ray Cash and Carrie Cloveree (née Rivers). He was the fourth of seven children, 4 boys and 3 girls. When Cash was three years old, the family settled in Dyess, Arkansas, a “New Deal” colony that had been established to give poor families the opportunity to work land that they could later own.

From the age of five, he worked in the cotton fields with his family, singing with them as they worked. At home, J.R. and his siblings listened to gospel music and the radio.

On May 12, 1944, an accident occurred that was to change Johnny Cash’s life and outlook. His older brother Jack, with whom he was very close, was fatally injured at the high school he was working in. He was pulled into an unguarded table saw while cutting oak into fence posts, and was almost cut in two; he died from his injuries a week later.

In his autobiography, Cash spoke of the guilt he felt over this incident, as he, his mother, and even Jack himself all had a deep sense of foreboding about that particular day. His mother urged Jack to skip work and go fishing with his brother, but he insisted on working to bring the money home to his family.

The family’s personal and economic struggles during the Great Depression inspired many of Johnny Cash’s later songs, especially those about poor workers who were facing similar difficulties.

Three young brothers running through a rye field together in Pennsylvania

“I knew I wanted to sing when I was a very small boy. When I was probably 4 years old. My mother played a guitar and I would sit with her and she would sing and I learned to sing along with her.” – Johnny Cash

“You’ve got to know your limitations. I don’t know what your limitations are. I found out what mine were when I was twelve. I found out that there weren’t too many limitations, if I did it my way.”

“I found out that there weren’t too many limitations, if I did it my way.”

“I’m very shy really. I spend a lot of time in my room alone reading or writing or watching television.”

“That was the big thing when I was growing up, singing on the radio. The extent of my dream was to sing on the radio station in Memphis. Even when I got out of the Air Force in 1954, I came right back to Memphis and started knocking on doors at the radio station.”

“My father was a man of love. He always loved me to death. He worked hard in the fields, but my father never hit me. Never. I don’t ever remember a really cross, unkind word from my father.”

Johnny Cash quote on top of dark blue water with sunlight shining on it

“God gives us life and takes us away as He sees fit.” – Johnny Cash

On Work

Cash enlisted in the United States Air Force on July 7, 1950. He did his basic training at Lackland Air Force Base and his technical training at Brooks Air Force Base, both in San Antonio, Texas. He was assigned to the 12th Radio Squadron Mobile of the U.S. Air Force Security Service in Germany, where he worked as a Morse code operator intercepting Soviet Army transmissions.

He was honorably discharged four years later, and returned to Texas. It was during his military service that he acquired the distinctive scar on the right side of his jaw as a result of surgery to remove a cyst.

Later that year (1954) Cash and his young wife Vivian moved to Memphis, Tennessee. He sold appliances while studying to be a radio announcer, playing with guitarist Luther Perkins and bassist Marshall Grant by night.

Cash worked up the courage to visit the Sun Records studio in hopes of a recording contract. But when he auditioned for Sam Phillips, singing mostly gospel songs, the producer told him that he no longer recorded gospel music.

Sam Phillips was rumored to have told Johnny Cash to “go home and sin, then come back with a song I can sell.” Cash eventually won over the producer with new songs delivered in his early rockabilly style. In 1955, Cash made his first recordings at Sun, “Hey Porter” and “Cry! Cry! Cry!”, which were released in late June and met with success on the country hit parade.

“This business I’m in is different. It’s special. The people around me feel like brothers and sisters. We hardly know each other, but we’re that close; somehow there’s been an immediate bonding between total strangers. We share each other’s triumphs, and when one of us gets hurt, we all bleed – it’s corny, I know, but it’s true. I’ve never experienced anything like this before. It’s great. It turns up the heat in life.”

A recording microphone like the one Johnny Cash used in Memphis

“I learn from my mistakes. It’s a very painful way to learn, but without pain, the old saying is, there’s no gain.” – Johnny Cash

“That was the big thing when I was growing up, singing on the radio. The extent of my dream was to sing on the radio station in Memphis. Even when I got out of the Air Force in 1954, I came right back to Memphis and started knocking on doors at the radio station.”

“You’ve got a song you’re singing from your gut, you want that audience to feel it in their gut. And you’ve got to make them think that you’re one of them sitting out there with them too. They’ve got to be able to relate to what you’re doing.”

“I took the easy way, and to an extent I regret that. Still, though, the way we did it was honest. We played it and sang it the way we felt it, and there’s a lot to be said for that.”

A dark gray stone wall with a Johnny Cash quote

“You build on failure. You use it as a stepping stone. Close the door on the past. You don’t try to forget the mistakes, but you don’t dwell on it. You don’t let it have any of your energy, or any of your time, or any of your space.” – Johnny Cash

“People call me wild. Not really though, I’m not. I guess I’ve never been normal, not what you call Establishment. I’m country.”

“If you aren’t gonna say exactly how and what you feel, you might as well not say anything at all.”

“I love to go to the studio and stay there 10 or 12 hours a day. I love it. What is it? I don’t know. It’s life.”

“It’s like a novelist writing far out things. If it makes a point and makes sense, then people like to read that. But if it’s off in left field and goes over the edge, you lose it. The same with musical talent, I think.”

A record player with its needle touching the vinyl of a Johnny Cash record

“They’re powerful, those songs. At times they’ve been my only way back, the only door out of the dark, bad places the black dog calls home.” – Johnny Cash

“The things that have always been important: to be a good man, to try to live my life the way God would have me, to turn it over to Him that His will might be worked in my life, to do my work without looking back, to give it all I’ve got, and to take pride in my work as an honest performer.”

“When I record somebody else’s song, I have to make it my own or it doesn’t feel right. I’ll say to myself, I wrote this and he doesn’t know it!”

“You have to be what you are. Whatever you are, you gotta be it.”

“Life is rough so you gotta be tough.”

A large vinyl record with a smaller record on a turntable in the background

“I start a lot more songs than I finish, because I realize when I get into them, they’re no good. I don’t throw them away, I just put them away, store them, get them out of sight.” – Johnny Cash

On Life

1957 saw Cash bringing out the music for which he became most famous: “Folsom Prison Blues” and “I Walk the Line,” the latter becoming number one on the country charts and even crossed over into the pop chart. “Home of the Blues” followed and that same year, Cash became the first Sun artist to release a long-playing album.

Although he was Sun’s most consistently selling and prolific artist at that time, Cash felt constrained by his contract with the small label. Phillips did not want Cash to record gospel music at all, and was paying him a 3% royalty rather than the standard rate of 5%. In 1958, Cash followed in Elvis Presley’s footsteps and left Sun, signing a lucrative offer with Columbia Records.

His single “Don’t Take Your Guns to Town” became one of his biggest hits, and he was finally able to record a collection of gospel songs for his second album. When you hear the name Johnny Cash, Folsom Prison comes to mind. In the late fifties he started to perform concerts in California prisons like Folsom and San Quentin, which led to successful live recordings. Central to The Gift: The Journey of Johnny Cash documentary, which premiered at SXSW, these concerts propelled his fame to new heights.

As his career began to really take off, Cash started drinking heavily and became addicted to amphetamines and barbiturates. He briefly shared an apartment in Nashville with Waylon Jennings, whose own addiction fueled Cash’s.

He relied on stimulants to stay awake during tours, and though people turned a blind eye to his “nervousness” and erratic behavior, his drug addiction was worsening. It led to cancelled performances, and Cash was arrested seven times for misdemeanors.

In 1967, the singer was jailed for the night in LaFayette, Georgia. He was released after a long talk from Sheriff Ralph Jones, who warned him about the danger of his behavior and his wasted potential.

An acoustic guitar leaning against a white pillow with leaves embroidered on it

“Of emotions, of love, of breakup, of love and hate and death and dying, mama, apple pie, and the whole thing. It covers a lot of territory, country music does.” – Johnny Cash

“If this were a movie I’d be the bad guy.”

“There’s a lot of things blamed on me that never happened. But then, there’s a lot of things that I did that I never got caught at.”

“Beneath the stains of time the feeling disappears, you are someone else I am still right here.”

“There’s no more simple life with simple choices for the young.”

“However, neither he nor anyone else could have become the star Elvis was. Ain’t nobody like Elvis. Never was.”

The hands of a guitar player playing an acoustic guitar

“Sometimes I am two people. Johnny is the nice one. Cash causes all the trouble. They fight.” – Johnny Cash

“Somehow there’s been an immediate bonding between total strangers. We share each other’s triumphs, and when one of us gets hurt, we all bleed – it’s corny, I know, but it’s true.”

“We’re all in this together if we’re in it at all.”

“You miss a lot of opportunities by making mistakes, but that’s part of it: knowing that you’re not shut out forever, and that there’s a goal you still can reach.”

“The ones that you’re calling wild are going to be the leaders in a little while.”

“I’m not bitter. Why should I be bitter? I’m thrilled to death with life.”

View of an empty cell through prison bars at Folsom Prison

“Convicts are the best audience I ever played for.” – Johnny Cash

“I love weather. I’m a connoisseur of weather. Wherever my travels take me, the first thing I do is turn on the weather channel and see what’s going on, what’s coming. I like to know about regional weather patterns, how storms are created in different altitudes, what kinds of clouds are forming or dissipating or blowing through, where the winds are coming from, where they’ve been. That’s not a passion everybody shares, I know, but I don’t believe there are any people on earth who, properly sheltered, don’t feel the peace inside a summer rain and the cleansing it brings, the renewal of the earth in its aftermath.”

“If you aren’t gonna say exactly how and what you feel, you might as well not say anything at all.”

“Money can’t buy back your youth when you’re old, a friend when you’re lonely, or peace to your soul.”

“It’s good to know who hates you and it is good to be hated by the right people.”

An audience of hundreds of people all facing a stage off camera

“The battle against the dark one, and the clinging to the right one, is what my life is about.” – Johnny Cash

“A rose looks grey at midnight, but the flame is just asleep. And steel is strong because it knows the hammer and white heat.”

“You can ask the people around me. I don’t give up. I don’t give up… and it’s not out of frustration and desperation that I say I don’t give up. I don’t give up because I don’t give up. I don’t believe in it.”

“It makes me so mad that some people underestimate the wisdom and energy of young people. All because they don’t look the way older folks think they should look. I’m working on a song about it. Maybe some of those closed minded people will realize long hair and tattoos don’t mean they should be ignored. Close minded people are part of what’s wrong with this world.”

An American flag waving to depict country music in America

“When I think about country music, I think about America.” – Johnny Cash

“I love the freedoms we got in this country, I appreciate your freedom to burn your flag if you want to, but I really appreciate my right to bear arms so I can shoot you if you try to burn mine.”

On Love

Johnny Cash had met Vivian Liberto in San Antonio in July 1951, just before his 3-year deployment to Germany. They married a month after his discharge, and had four daughters: Rosanne, Kathy, Cindy, and Tara. Liberto filed for divorce in 1966, stating Cash’s serious drug and alcohol abuse, constant touring, and affairs with other women, as reasons. She then raised the couple’s four daughters alone.

Cash met the love of his life, singer June Carter, while he was on tour. The two became absolutely infatuated with each other, despite the fact that they were both married to other people (and Johnny’s continued addiction issues). In 1968, 13 years after they first met, Cash proposed to June during a live performance in London, Ontario. They married on March 1, 1968, in Franklin, Kentucky and went on to have one child together, John Carter Cash, who was born March 3, 1970.

Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash continued to work, raise their child, create music, and tour together for 35 more years, until June died in May 2003. Cash stated that he believed that his only reason for living was his music. He passed away just four months after she did, on 12 September 2003.

Their great love story is central to the 2005 biographical movie Walk the Line, starring Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon as Johnny and June.

A flat white with a thistle pattern in its foam at Filament Coffee in Edinburgh

“This morning, with her, having coffee. [his description of paradise]” – Johnny Cash

“For you I know I’d even try to turn the tide.”

“Happiness is being at peace, being with loved ones, being comfortable…but most of all, it’s having those loved ones.”

“There’s unconditional love there. You hear that phrase a lot but it’s real with me and her [June Carter]. She loves me in spite of everything, in spite of myself. She has saved my life more than once. She’s always been there with her love, and it has certainly made me forget the pain for a long time, many times. When it gets dark and everybody’s gone home and the lights are turned off, it’s just me and her.”

“When my wife died, I booked myself into the studio just to work, to occupy myself.”

“Backstage at the Grand Ole Opry, I got on my knees and told her that I was going to marry her some day. We were both married to someone else at the time. ‘Ring Of Fire’ — June and Merle Kilgore wrote that song for me – that’s the way our love affair was. We fell madly in love and we worked together all the time, toured together all the time, and when the tour was over we both had to go home to other people. It hurt.”

“Flesh and blood needs flesh and blood, and you’re the one I need.”

Johnny Cash and June Carter standing on a runway outside a PanAm plane

“Loneliness is emptiness, but happiness is you.” – Johnny Cash image © George Stroud/Stringer, Getty Images

“She’s the greatest woman I have ever known. Nobody else, except my mother, comes close.”

“There’s no way around grief and loss: you can dodge all you want, but sooner or later you just have to go into it, through it, and, hopefully, come out the other side. The world you find there will never be the same as the world you left.”

“I’m not really concerned about boundaries. I just follow my conscience and my heart. Follow your heart. That’s what I do. Compassion is something I have a lot of, because I’ve been through a lot of pain in my life. Anybody who has suffered a lot of pain has a lot of compassion.”

“Life and love go on, let the music play.”

A country music singer in a snap shirt playing a Japanese round guitar

“All your life, you will be faced with a choice. You can choose love or hate…I choose love.” – Johnny Cash

“The spirit of June Carter overshadows me tonight with the love she had for me and the love I have for her. We connect somewhere between here and Heaven. She came down for a short visit, I guess, from Heaven to visit with me tonight to give me courage and inspiration like she always has. She’s never been one for me except courage and inspiration. I thank God for June Carter. I love her with all my heart.”

On Faith

Early in 1967, Cash had a spiritual epiphany in the Nickajack Cave. Cash, under the influence of drugs, supposedly attempted to commit suicide. He descended into the cave, trying to lose himself and “just die,” but instead passed out on the floor.

There he felt God’s presence in his heart and followed a faint light and slight breeze out of the cave to safety. To him, the incident represented a rebirth – a second chance.

June and her parents Maybelle and Ezra moved into Cash’s mansion for a month to help him get off drugs. It took time for him to break his addictions to drugs, but June, their son John Carter Cash, and his faith, ultimately helped Johnny Cash to get back to life on the straight and narrow. He also developed a friendship with Billy Graham, and was inspired to produce a film about Jesus’ life.

Close-up os a country western guitar in Memphis Tennessee

“Creative people have to be fed from the divine source. I have to get fed. I had to get filled up in order to pour out.” – Johnny Cash

“I don’t have Paul’s calling – I’m not out there being all things to all men to win them for Christ – but sometimes I can be a signpost. Sometimes I can sow a seed. And post-hole diggers and seed sowers are mighty important in the building of the Kingdom.”

“If you don’t get outside every day, even for a minute, you have not appreciated what God has done. It makes you grateful for our surroundings, and it starts your day differently.”

“No matter how much you’ve sinned, no matter how much you’ve stumbled, no matter how much you fall, no matter how far you’ve got from God, don’t give up. You can still be redeemed. As someone says, keep the faith.”

“Life is the question and life is the answer, and God is the reason and love is the way.”

Hands holding up electric guitars, acoustic guitars, a keyboard, and a Macbook

“I am not a Christian artist, I am an artist who is a Christian.” – Johnny Cash

“I read novels but I also read the Bible. And study it, you know? And the more I learn, the more excited I get.”

“We’ll all be equal under the grass, and God’s got a heaven for country trash.”

“God’s the final judge for Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash too. That’s solely in the hands of God.”

“I have tried drugs and a little of everything else, and there iss nothing in the world more soul-satisfying than having the kingdom of God building inside you and growing.”

“I love songs about horses, railroads, land, Judgment Day, family, hard times, whiskey, courtship, marriage, adultery, separation, murder, war, prison, rambling, damnation, home, salvation, death, pride, humor, piety, rebellion, patriotism, larceny, determination, tragedy, rowdiness, heartbreak and love. And Mother. And God.”

Two Lag Tramontane guitars leaning against the base of a wooden stage

“There is a spiritual side to me that goes real deep, but I confess right up front that I’m the biggest sinner of them all.” – Johnny Cash

“How well I have learned that there is no fence to sit on between heaven and hell. There is a deep, wide gulf, a chasm, and in that chasm is no place for any man.”

“The Master of Life been good to me. He has given me strength to face past illnesses, and victory in the face of defeat. He has given me life and joy where other saw oblivion. He Has given new purpose to live for, new services to render and old wounds to heal. Life and love go on, let the music play.”

“My arms are too short to box with God.”

“The gospel of Christ must always be an open door with a welcome sign for all.”

“Jesus will not fail me, I shall not be moved.”

A Ryrie Study Bible laying open to Psalms on a wooden desk in dim light

“When God forgave me, I figured I’d better do it too.” – Johnny Cash

On Being ‘The Man in Black’

Early in his career, Cash was given the nickname “the Undertaker” by fellow artists because he had a habit of wearing black clothes. He said he chose them because they were easier to keep looking clean when performing every night on long tours; and it was also the only color that he and his bandmates all had in their traveling wardrobe.

By 1970, the image of Johnny Cash as ‘The Man in Black’ was fully formed. In contrast with the rhinestone suits and cowboy boots worn by other major country acts, Cash stood out for performing dressed all in black, wearing a long, black, knee-length coat. He is also known to have said that he wore black for the poor and the hungry, in honor of the prisoner who had paid for his crime, and in mourning for the lives lost by Americans in the Vietnam War.

The Man in Black singing into a microphone at a country music concert

“Everybody was wearing rhinestones, all those sparkly clothes, and cowboy boots. I decided to wear a black shirt and pants and see if I could get by with it. I did and I’ve worn black clothes ever since.” – Johnny Cash Image © Dan Poush/AP Photo

“I wear black because I’m comfortable in it. But then in the summertime when it’s hot I’m comfortable in light blue.”

“I was wearing black clothes almost from the beginning. I feel comfortable in black. I felt like black looked good onstage, that it was attractive, so I started wearing it all the time.”

“I wore black because I liked it. I still do, and wearing it still means something to me. It’s still my symbol of rebellion — against a stagnant status quo, against our hypocritical houses of God, against people whose minds are closed to others’ ideas.”

“I wear the black for the poor and the beaten down, Livin’ in the hopeless, hungry side of town, I wear it for the prisoner who has long paid for his crime, But is there because he’s a victim of the times. I wear the black for those who never read.”

The Man in Black playing a guitar and singing Walk the Line

“Until things are brighter, I’m the man in black.” – Johnny Cash (image © Getty Images)

10 Johnny Cash Facts

1. According to his son John Carter Cash, Johnny Cash’s favorite books were The Bible, Gary Jenning’s Aztec, Og Mandino’s Greatest Salesman in the World, and Khalil Gibran’s The Prophet.

2. He bought his first guitar in Öberammergau, Germany, while in the US Air Force.

3. Cash became an ordained minister, and presided over the wedding of his daughter Karen.

4. He didn’t write his most famous song. “Ring of Fire” was written by June Carter and Merle Kilgore, and was actually released first by June’s sister Anita Carter. Cash made it his own by adding the Mariachi horns.

5. During a hotel stay in the 1950s, Cash and his bandmates let 500 baby chicks loose.

6. Johnny Cash was a campaigner for Native American rights. In 1966, the Seneca Nation’s Turtle Clan adopted Cash for his activism.

7. He released an incredible 96 albums and 170 singles over a career that spanned from 1954 to 2003.

8. Cash wrote two autobiographies, decades apart. Man in Black was written in 1975, and Cash: The Autobiography in 1997.

9. A species of tarantula in Folsom, CA is named after him: the “Aphonopelma johnnycashi.”

10. Only two people have been inducted into to the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Country Music Hall of Fame: Hank Williams and Johnny Cash.

Bonus Fact: The opening montage of Zack Snyder’s 2004 remake of Dawn of the Dead is set to Cash’s iconic song, The Man Comes Around. 

Did we forget any of your favorite Johnny Cash Quotes? Let us know or submit your favorite and stay inspired!

Published at Fri, 14 Jun 2019 17:47:27 +0000

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