Dear 43 Things Users,

10 years after introducing 43 Things to the world, we have decided we have met our last goal: completing the incredible experience that has been 43 Things. Please join us in giving one last cheer to all the folks who have shared their goals with the world, as well as all the people who have worked at The Robot Co-op to build this incredible website. We won a Webby Award, published a book, and brought happiness to a lot of people.

Starting today, 43 Things users can export their goals and entries from the site. Starting August 15, we will make the site “read only”. 43 Things users will still be able to view the site and export their content, but we won’t be taking any new content from users. We hope to leave the site up for folks to see and download their content until the end of the year. Ending on New Year’s Eve takes us full circle.

It has been a long ride (one of our original goals was to "build a company that lasts at least 2 years” - we beat that one!) While we wish the site could live on, it has suffered from a number of challenges - changes in how people use the site, the advertising industry, and how search engines view the site. We wish the outcome was different – but we’ve always been realistic about when our goals are met and when they aren't.

As of today, you will be able to download your goals and entries. See more about that on the FAQ page. Thanks for 10 great years of goal-setting and achieving.

- The Robots.

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I agree! He has some others that are just as beautiful. You’re welcome! 2 years ago

theba2ilIlan Shamir

151-Advice from a Tree

Dear Friend,

Stand Tall and Proud
Sink your roots deeply into the Earth
Reflect the light of a greater source
Think long term
Go out on a limb
Remember your place among all living beings
Embrace with joy the changing seasons
For each yields its own abundance
The Energy and Birth of Spring
The Growth and Contentment of Summer
The Wisdom to let go of leaves in the Fall
The Rest and Quiet Renewal of Winter

Feel the wind and the sun
And delight in their presence
Look up at the moon that shines down upon you
And the mystery of the stars at night.
Seek nourishment from the good things in life
Simple pleasures
Earth, fresh air, light

Be content with your natural beauty
Drink plenty of water
Let your limbs sway and dance in the breezes
Be flexible
Remember your roots

Enjoy the view!

Ilan Shamir2 years ago

theba2ilGerry Spence

150-“I would rather have a mind opened by wonder than one closed by belief.”

Gerry Spence2 years ago

theba2ilWilliam James

149-”Human beings, by changing the inner attitudes of their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives.”

“The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitudes of mind.”

William James2 years ago

theba2ilNeil Gaiman

148-“May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness. I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you’re wonderful, and don’t forget to make some art—write or draw or build or sing or live as only you can. And I hope, somewhere in the next year, you surprise yourself.”

Neil Gaiman2 years ago

theba2ilNancy Thayer

147-“It is never too late-in fiction or in life-to revise.”

“The universe is always speaking to us. ... Sending us little messages, causing coincidences and serendipities, reminding us to stop, to look around, to believe in something else, something more.”

Nancy Thayer2 years ago

theba2ilRudyard Kipling

146-”Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind.”

Rudyard Kipling2 years ago

theba2ilMortimer J. Adler

145-”In the case of good books, the point is not to see how many of them you can get through, but rather how many can get through to you.”

“Mortimer J. Adler”: 2 years ago

theba2ilPeter Drucker

144-”Most of what we call management consists of making it difficult for people to get their work done.”

Peter Drucker2 years ago

theba2ilAnsel Adams

143-“No man has the right to dictate what other men should perceive, create or produce, but all should be encouraged to reveal themselves, their perceptions and emotions, and to build confidence in the creative spirit.”

Ansel Adams2 years ago

theba2ilRosemarie Urquico

142-“You should date a girl who reads.
Date a girl who reads. Date a girl who spends her money on books instead of clothes, who has problems with closet space because she has too many books. Date a girl who has a list of books she wants to read, who has had a library card since she was twelve.

Find a girl who reads. You’ll know that she does because she will always have an unread book in her bag. She’s the one lovingly looking over the shelves in the bookstore, the one who quietly cries out when she has found the book she wants. You see that weird chick sniffing the pages of an old book in a secondhand book shop? That’s the reader. They can never resist smelling the pages, especially when they are yellow and worn.

She’s the girl reading while waiting in that coffee shop down the street. If you take a peek at her mug, the non-dairy creamer is floating on top because she’s kind of engrossed already. Lost in a world of the author’s making. Sit down. She might give you a glare, as most girls who read do not like to be interrupted. Ask her if she likes the book.

Buy her another cup of coffee.

Let her know what you really think of Murakami. See if she got through the first chapter of Fellowship. Understand that if she says she understood James Joyce’s Ulysses she’s just saying that to sound intelligent. Ask her if she loves Alice or she would like to be Alice.

It’s easy to date a girl who reads. Give her books for her birthday, for Christmas, for anniversaries. Give her the gift of words, in poetry and in song. Give her Neruda, Pound, Sexton, Cummings. Let her know that you understand that words are love. Understand that she knows the difference between books and reality but by god, she’s going to try to make her life a little like her favorite book. It will never be your fault if she does.

She has to give it a shot somehow.

Lie to her. If she understands syntax, she will understand your need to lie. Behind words are other things: motivation, value, nuance, dialogue. It will not be the end of the world.

Fail her. Because a girl who reads knows that failure always leads up to the climax. Because girls who read understand that all things must come to end, but that you can always write a sequel. That you can begin again and again and still be the hero. That life is meant to have a villain or two.

Why be frightened of everything that you are not? Girls who read understand that people, like characters, develop. Except in the Twilight series.

If you find a girl who reads, keep her close. When you find her up at 2 AM clutching a book to her chest and weeping, make her a cup of tea and hold her. You may lose her for a couple of hours but she will always come back to you. She’ll talk as if the characters in the book are real, because for a while, they always are.

You will propose on a hot air balloon. Or during a rock concert. Or very casually next time she’s sick. Over Skype.

You will smile so hard you will wonder why your heart hasn’t burst and bled out all over your chest yet. You will write the story of your lives, have kids with strange names and even stranger tastes. She will introduce your children to the Cat in the Hat and Aslan, maybe in the same day. You will walk the winters of your old age together and she will recite Keats under her breath while you shake the snow off your boots.

Date a girl who reads because you deserve it. You deserve a girl who can give you the most colorful life imaginable. If you can only give her monotony, and stale hours and half-baked proposals, then you’re better off alone. If you want the world and the worlds beyond it, date a girl who reads.

Or better yet, date a girl who writes.”

~Unable to find who Rosemarie Urquico is? 3 years ago

theba2ilSaint Augustine of Hippo

141-“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.”

Saint Augustine of Hippo3 years ago

theba2ilYves Saint-Laurent

140-“Fashions fade, style is eternal.”

“I have often said that I wish I had invented blue jeans: the most spectacular, the most practical, the most relaxed and nonchalant. They have expression, modesty, sex appeal, simplicity – all I hope for in my clothes.”

Yves Saint-Laurent3 years ago

theba2ilBill Cosby

139-“I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everyone.” 3 years ago

theba2ilCarol Shields

Go for long walks,
indulge in hot baths,
question your assumptions,
be kind to yourself,
live for the moment,
loosen up,
curse the world,
count your blessings,
just let go,
just be.

“Open a book this minute and start reading. Don’t move until you’ve reached page fifty. Until you’ve buried your thoughts in print. Cover yourself with words. Wash yourself away. Dissolve.”

Carol Shields3 years ago

theba2ilGordon B. Hinckley

137-“Good books are as friends, willing to give to us if we are willing to make a little effort.”

“In all of living, have much fun and laughter. Life is to be enjoyed, not just endured.”

“Cultivate an attitude of happiness. Cultivate a spirit of optimism. Walk with faith, rejoicing in the beauties of nature, in the goodness of those you love, in the testimony which you carry in your heart concerning things divine.”

George B. Hinckley3 years ago

theba2ilAndrew Lang

136-“In the old stories, despite the impossibility of the incidents, the interest is always real and human. The princes and princesses fall in love and marry—nothing could be more human than that. Their lives and loves are crossed by human sorrows…The hero and heroine are persecuted or separated by cruel stepmothers or enchanters; they have wanderings and sorrows to suffer; they have adventures to achieve and difficulties to overcome; they must display courage, loyalty and address, courtesy, gentleness and gratitude. Thus they are living in a real human world, though it wears a mythical face, though there are giants and lions in the way. The old fairy tales which a silly sort of people disparage as too wicked and ferocious for the nursery, are really ‘full of matter,’ and unobtrusively teach the true lessons of our wayfaring in a world of perplexities and obstructions.”

“You can cover a great deal of country in books. ”

Andrew Lang3 years ago

theba2ilColin Firth

135-“When I’m really into a novel, I’m seeing the world differently during that time – not just for the hour or so in the day when I get to read. I’m actually walking around in a haze, spellbound by the book and looking at everything through a different prism.”

Colin Firth3 years ago

theba2ilPaul Sweeney

134-”You know you’ve read a good book when you turn the last page and feel a little as if you have lost a friend.”

~Paul Sweeney, author of Ireland’s Economic Success 3 years ago

theba2ilA.C. Grayling

133-“To read is to fly: it is to soar to a point of vantage which gives a view over wide terrains of history, human variety, ideas, shared experience and the fruits of many inquiries.”

A.C.Grayling3 years ago

theba2ilEdgar Degas

132-”Only when he no longer knows what he is doing does the painter do good things.”

Edgar Degas3 years ago

theba2ilCharles Schultz

131-”Happiness is a warm puppy.”

Charles Schultz3 years ago

theba2ilBetty Smith

130-”The world was hers for the reading.”

Betty Smith3 years ago

theba2ilJohn Berger

129-”When we read a story, we inhabit it. The covers of the book are like a roof and four walls. What is to happen next will take place within the four walls of the story. And this is possible because the story’s voice makes everything its own.”

John Berger3 years ago

theba2ilWalter Cronkite

128-”Whatever the cost of our libraries, the price is cheap compared to that of an ignorant nation.”

Walter Cronkite3 years ago


~May you delight with simple treasures today. Wishing you a Blessed Birthday. xx 3 years ago


And I Luv U (((Silverlyblue))) xx 3 years ago

theba2ilRalph Marston

127-”Where you are is a great place to be. Because from where you are, you can go anywhere you decide to go. When you live in the past, you get stuck in a world that no longer exists. When you live in a fantasy of denial or wishful thinking, you sever your connection to the very reality that can move you forward.

Here and now is where you are. Here and now is where you can be your best. Here and now is full of opportunities and brimming with possibilities. Here and now your actions have consequences and you can control those consequences by wisely choosing those actions.

Here and now you have power, the power to change your life. You may not have chosen where you are right now. Yet that really doesn’t matter. What matters is what you choose to do now that you’re here.

You are in a great position right here, right now. As soon as you accept, acknowledge and appreciate where you are, you can begin to move to precisely where you would like to be. Make the most of your good fortune right here, right now.”

Ralph Marston3 years ago


Thank you! I love quotes!
xx 3 years ago

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