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State of California Design

State of California Design

Think Positive Apparel's State of California design made of tiny words Think Positive Apparel’s state of California design made entirely out of quotations from Californian leaders, artists, scientists, and philosophers.

The Think Positive Apparel “California” design is made entirely out of quotations from Californian artists, leaders, scientists, and philosophers! In the words “California Republic” you will find the state song, “I love you California“! The state code dictates many of the features of the flag including the specific colors and location of the various elements. We hope you enjoy our interpretation of it!

We arbitrarily drew the line for being a Californian at “having been born in the state”. Of course people can be born anywhere and still consider themselves Californians! Furthermore we should point out that while these people may be on a design about the state of California, we make no assertions that any of these fine individuals actually endorse the state of California or even consider themselves California. None of these quotations are even about California specifically. But their quotes are theirs; gathered from books, articles, and interviews… and the feel of them all (hopefully) takes the reader on a positive journey of the mind that would, metaphorically be equivalent to the various wonders of this great state.

Anyways, here they are, all of the quotations used within Think Positive Apparel’s State of California design:

“Character — the willingness to accept responsibility for one’s own life — is the source from which self-respect springs.” ~Joan Didion

”There never was any heart truly great and generous, that was not also tender and compassionate.” ~Robert Frost

“If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.” ~Bruce Lee

“Champions keep playing until they get it right.” ~Billie Jean King

“The measure of achievement is not winning awards. It’s doing something that you appreciate, something you believe is worthwhile. I think of my strawberry soufflé. I did that at least twenty-eight times before I finally conquered it.” ~Julia Child

“My mother always told me, even if a song has been done a thousand times, you can still bring something of your own to it. I’d like to think I did that.” ~Etta James

“If you are doing something for a grade or salary or a reward, it doesn’t have as much meaning as creating something for yourself and your own life.” ~Steve Wozniak

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“I think that it’s important for children to have a role model to see what they can grow up to be. It’s important they know that if they work hard, they can be and accomplish whatever they want. I am proud to be an example of that.” ~Ellen Ochoa

“My ambition is to enjoy my life and to do exactly what I want to do. And I’ll do that. I will be free.” ~Venus Williams

“Anything in life is possible, if you make it happen. Help the most important person on this earth: YOU. “ ~Jack Lalanne

“We all have experiences in our lives that change us, and we all learn from people, like my dad, but at the end of the day, it’s only us. And we’re only responsible to make ourselves happy.” ~Tom Brady

“You are the master of your environment. You’ve got your own head, your own mind. So once you figure out what you want for yourself, you have to create the proper environment to make sure you can live out all the things you want.” ~Tyrese (Gibson)

“You can’t put a price on a peaceful state of mind.” ~Dr. Dre

“I’m really looking forward to, not more of the same, but a continual growth.“ ~Ben Harper

“I just keep my energy level up to the degree that everyone just has to follow what my energy level is.” ~John Singleton

~“If you can’t change your fate, change your attitude.” ~Amy Tan

“I learned long ago to focus on things you can control and don’t even pay attention to things you don’t.“ ~Bryan Cranston

“I’ve always had, when I needed it, an extreme amount of focus that I could put into something. That has served me well.“ ~Will Ferrell

“If anyone wants to know why three kids in one family made it to the big leagues they just had to know how we helped each other and how much we practiced back then. We did it every minute we could.” ~Joe DiMaggio

“I learned to put 100 percent into what you’re doing. I learned about setting goals for yourself, knowing where you want to be and taking small steps toward those goals. I learned about adversity and how to get past it.” ~Kristi Yamaguchi

“First forget inspiration. Habit is more dependable. Habit will sustain you whether you’re inspired or not. Habit will help you finish and polish your stories. Inspiration won’t. Habit is persistence in practice.” ~Octavia E. Butler

“Many people don’t understand how disciplined you have to be to play jazz… And that is really the idea of democracy – freedom within the Constitution or discipline. You don’t just get out there and do anything you want.” ~Dave Brubeck

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“The first principle of a free society is an untrammeled flow of words in an open forum.” ~Adlai Stevenson

“The censor’s sword pierces deeply into the heart of free expression.” ~Earl Warren

“Comedy is the freest form of speech if you stand by your guns.” ~George Lopez

“A resolute and resourceful leader understands that there are a multitude of means to increase the probability of success. And that’s what it all comes down to, namely, intelligently and relentlessly seeking solutions that will increase your chance of prevailing in a competitive environment. When you do that, the score will take care of itself. “ ~Bill Walsh

“Stay committed to your decisions, but stay flexible in your approach.” ~Tony Robbins

“I’m convinced that a controlled disrespect for authority is essential to a scientist. All the good experimental physicists I have known have had an intense curiosity that no Keep Out sign could mute.” ~Luis Alvarez

“Before, I was just a two-handed piano player. What happened to me has expanded my life, my awareness, my humanity.” ~Leon Fleisher

“And such is the paradox of living, this ecstasy comes when one is most alive, and it comes as a complete forgetfulness that one is alive.“ ~Jack London

“In so far as one denies what is, one is possessed by what is not, the compulsions, the fantasies, the terrors that flock to fill the void.” ~Ursula K Le Guin

“To find your passion, you have to look inward. If you look outward, all you’ll see is what other people are doing. You’re not other people.” ~Laird Hamilton

“Never underestimate the positive impact you can have just by being yourself” ~Greg Louganis

“Actually, the best advice I can give anybody is to try to understand who you are and what you want to do, and don’t be afraid to go down that road and do whatever it takes and work as hard as you have to work to achieve that.” ~Sally Ride

“There’s an alternative. There’s always a third way, and it’s not a combination of the other two ways. It’s a different way. “ ~David Carradine

“There is the crying need and splendid opportunity for the young engineer of creative imagination and moral courage to join forces with his brother specialists from the humanitarian side and thus insure a really comprehensive picture of what Homo sapiens should be driving at as the immediate and conscious goal for the species.” ~Fredrick Cottrell

“The art of storytelling is at our core. It’s the lifeblood of how we communicate and how we decide what deserves our attention and what we are content to ignore as a passing fad.” ~Robert Redford

“Clean air and water, and a livable climate are inalienable human rights. And solving this crisis is not a question of politics. It is our moral obligation – if, admittedly, a daunting one.” ~Leonardo DiCaprio

“The starship Enterprise was a metaphor starship Earth, and the vision was that the strength of this starship lay in its diversity.” ~George Takei

“When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.” ~Ansel Adams

The words making up “California Republic” are the official California State song:


lyrics by F.B. Silverwood and music by A.F. Frankenstein CA.Gov.Code 421.7

I love you, California, you’re the greatest state of all.
I love you in the winter, summer, spring and in the fall.
I love your fertile valleys; your dear mountains I adore.
I love your grand old ocean and I love her rugged shore.

(Chorus) When the snow crowned Golden Sierras
Keep their watch o’er the valleys bloom,
It is there I would be in our land by the sea,

Every breeze bearing rich perfume.
It is here nature gives of her rarest. It is Home Sweet Home to me,
And I know when I die I shall breathe my last sigh
For my sunny California.


I love your red-wood forests – love your fields of yellow grain.
I love your summer breezes and I love your winter rain.
I love you, land of flowers; land of honey, fruit and wine.

I love you, California; you have won this heart of mine.


I love your old gray Missions – love your vineyards stretching far.
I love you, California, with your Golden Gate ajar.
I love your purple sun-sets, love your skies of azure blue.
I love you, California; I just can’t help loving you.


I love you, Catalina, you are very dear to me.
I love you, Tamalpais, and I love Yosemite.
I love you, Land of Sunshine, half your beauties are untold.
I loved you in my childhood, and I’ll love you when I’m old.


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