Inspirational Bob Ross Quotes That Aren't Just About Painting

5 Bob Ross Quotes That'll Get You Thinking About More Than Just Painting

"Look around. Look at what we have. Beauty is everywhere. You only have to look to see it."

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There is generally a distinction between art that is "commercial" and art that is considered "fine art." I always dismissed Bob Ross and his paintings because I would think of him as more of a TV personality than an artist. But after rewatching an episode, I was reminded of his genius as the show's host, his talent as a painter, and his poetic knack for being a motivational speaker all at the same time. Here are some of his best quotes, that while cheesy, apply to both painting and life.

1. "You need the dark in order to show the light."

While he is talking about the relativity of color in painting, there is a double meaning here that parallels life as well. It's easy to overlook the little things that make life better when we are in a good place, but it's the hard times that we have to remember the light in our lives.

2. "Look around. Look at what we have. Beauty is everywhere. You only have to look to see it."

The nature that is depicted in Bob Ross's paintings is certainly beautiful, but so are the people and things that brighten our lives. It's important to acknowledge what we have and remember there's always something to be grateful for if we search for it.

3. "They say everything looks better with odd numbers of things. But sometimes I put even numbers, just to upset the critics."

It's common in art to have things in threes in your compositions, but by saying he likes to ignore this rule he's encouraging us to go against the status quo and challenge norms both in painting and life.

4. "The secret to doing anything is believing you can do it. Anything that you believe you can do strong enough, you can do. Anything. As long as you believe."

This one's pretty self-explanatory. Often you're the only one stopping yourself from achieving your goals. Having self-confidence is universally important for happiness and success.

5. "We don't make mistakes. We just have happy little accidents."

This is his tagline for a reason. It's so important to remember to try to make the best of failure and keep a positive outlook.

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Hollywood's Hottest Actors Under 40

Today's 15 trending eye-candies
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Valentine’s day has passed, but it is always a perfect time of year to indulge in the hotness that Hollywood has to offer. There are countless, notable, eye-candies from the big screen, but here are my hottest 15 under 40.

From youngest to oldest:

Liam Hemsworth

The 27-year old actor starred in the Hunger Games series as Gale and the Nicholas Sparks film, The Last Song, alongside his current girlfriend, Miley Cyrus.

Zac Efron

The 29-year-old actor is perhaps most notable for his young role as Troy Bolton in High School Musical. More recently, he has starred in Neighbors in 2014 and Baywatch, which is scheduled to be released this year.

Scott Eastwood

The 30-year-old actor starred as Luke Collins in the Nicholas Sparks film, The Longest Ride, and 2016 hit Suicide Squad .

Dave Franco

The 31-year-old actor starred in hit movies: Now You See Me (where he played Jack, one of the magicians) and 21 Jump Street (where he played Eric, the drug dealer) and their sequels.

Theo James

The 32-year-old actor is most famous for his role as Four in the Divergent series. He also appeared in the 2013 CBS show, Golden Boy.

Andrew Garfield

The 33-year-old actor is probably better known by his superhero name: Spiderman (in 2012). He also appeared in The Social Network and Hacksaw Ridge.

Chris Hemsworth

The 33-year-old actor is best known for playing Thor, but also starred in Snow White and the Huntsman and the most recent Ghostbusters, where he played Kevin, the Secretary.

Jamie Dornan

The 34-year-old actor is the star of the ongoing Fifty Shades of Grey series, where he plays Christian Grey. He also starred in the British drama series, The Fall.

Chris Evans

The 35-year-old actor is most notable for his role in the Marvel universe as Captain America. He also took roles in the 2015 Ant-Man and the Fantastic Four movies.

Stephen Amell

The 35-year-old actor is best known for his portrayal of Arrow in the hit television series. He also played Casey Jones in the 2016 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Ryan Gosling

The 36-year-old actor is famous for his young role as Noah in Nicholas Sparks classic, The Notebook. More recently, Gosling has starred in Crazy, Stupid, Love and La La Land.

Chris Pine

The 36-year-old actor is known for his portrayal of James T. Kirk in the 2009, 2013 and 2016 Star Trek movies. He will also make an appearance in this year’s new movie, Wonder Woman.


Channing Tatum

The 36-year-old actor has filled numerous acting roles from Tyler in Step-Up to Jenko in 21 Jump Street to Mike in Magic Mike. He also appeared in several romance movies including The Vow and Dear John.

Chris Pratt

The 37-year-old actor has appeared in many recent hits including Jurassic World, where he played the role of Owen, The Lego Movie, where he played Emmett, and Guardians of the Galaxy, where he portrayed Star-Lord.

Jensen Ackles

The 38-year-old actor is most notable for his role as Dean in the hit television series, Supernatural. He also starred in television show, Smallville, as Jason Teague.

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Why Beyoncé Is Empowering To White Women Too

I dream it, I work hard, I grind it till I own it.

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Beyoncé is undoubtedly known for her strong voice, and an incredible representation of her culture, and her beliefs.

Making it clear that being an African American woman, or man should be accepted and owned.

Her music gets us dancing out of our chairs, and singing right along with her.

While everyone, male, female, older, and younger has their own opinions on Queen B.

One thing that she stands for that's clear, is Empowerment.

And I think this message can be received by all of us.

You can be curvy, with a gorgeous afro, or you can be skinny, with long thin hair.

You can be pale or dark, the point is, you're owning not only the way you look but who you are.

I personally think white women are accused of not having enough culture, rhythm, or "spice."

And this can be true. No shame.

But there is beauty within all of us, even the skinny girl with amazing abs we all secretly hate.

She's beautiful.

Just as the redhead with no eyelashes, the blonde who can't really tan, is gorgeous.

Beyoncé makes being who we are, owning your ethnicity not only a good thing but something worth knowing.

Learn your history, find out what English colony you belong to, or which part of Europe your family is from, and express it.

Express it however you know how.

Whether that's through your food, your clothes, your art, or music,

If you're a cowgirl or a city girl, then be that.

American isn't supposed to represent white supremacy but rather a country that is accepting of all.

Those are the kind of white women we should be.

Not the stereotypes of a "white girl," or a "dumb blonde."

Know that no matter how pale you might be, no matter how short, or weight, you're amazing.

White girls can be skinny, or curvy, which is another beautiful thing about Beyoncé she's a beautiful curvy woman, and no one is fat shaming her. Just as no one else should be.

That thigh gap or that nonexistent one is great.

Because it's you.

And maybe you don't have spice or rhythm, but you can try, get out of your comfort zone and express whoever that is.

Even being shy, and timid, is still expressing yourself in your own way, and in the way that makes you feel comfortable.

The takeaway we can truly get from Beyoncé is being true to who we are, and that doesn't mean being her, or being someone like her.

It's taking away what we've learned from our pasts, from our mothers, or our grandmothers, learning from our history, and being a better example.

And maybe you're just a white girl, with European ancestors, but that still makes you a Beyoncé in your own way.

Represent.

Learn more about it who you are and where you come from, and what you'll find is that we all have an amazing heritage.

No matter what color we are.

We're all Beyoncé's.


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