Quotes

Bits and bobs that have inspired me to keep going, or change, or …

There’s some poetry here, too.


“If governments knew how subversive is contemplative prayer, they would ban it.” — Desmond Tutu

“Happiness takes effort. Also, courage. It’s incredibly comforting to know that as long as you don’t create anything in your life, then nobody can attack the thing you created.” — David Wong

“Start a new project, set a new goal or find a way to inspire others, on your own terms. Don’t just use your talent, give it away at every opportunity. To share it is to feed it.” — Robin Houghton

“The progress of any writer is marked by those moments when she manages to outwit her own inner police system which tells her what is permissible, what is possible, what is ‘her’.” — Ted Hughes, adapted

“I am a novice in every new moment of the day, each of which presents possibilities unknown and untried. Why not embrace that fact and see what happens? … [W]e all live at the intersection of our small worlds and the big one around us. If we want to serve others, we must attend to both … [T]he planet cries for all of us to contribute our personal gifts – whatever they may be – to the common good. Let’s make a pact of mutual support to begin again with beginner’s mind and with hope.” — Parker J Palmer

“Keep buggering on” — Winston Churchill

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people will not feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone and as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give others permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” — Marianne Williamson

“An artist is not a special kind of person, rather every person is a special kind of artist.” — Meister Eckhart

“Never compare someone else’s outside with your inside.” — Anne Lamott

“There’s so much more to life than finding someone who will want you, or being sad over someone who doesn’t. There’s a lot of wonderful time to be spent discovering yourself without hoping someone will fall in love with you along the way, and it doesn’t need to be painful or empty. You need to fill yourself up with love. Not anyone else. Become a whole being on your own. Go on adventures, fall asleep in the woods with friends, wander around the city at night, sit in a coffee shop on your own, write on bathroom stalls, leave notes in library books, dress up for yourself, give to others, smile a lot. Do all things with love, but don’t romanticize life like you can’t survive without it. Live for yourself and be happy on your own. It isn’t any less beautiful, I promise.” — Emery Allen

“Here’s the thing, if we have goals and dreams, and we want to do our best, and if we love people and we don’t want to hurt them or lose them, we should feel pain when things go wrong. The point isn’t to live without any regrets. The point is to not hate ourselves for having them.” — Kathryn Schulz, Don’t regret regret, TEDSalon NY2011

“And to me, if you really want to rediscover wonder, you need to step outside of that tiny, terrified space of rightness and look around at each other and look out at the vastness and complexity and mystery of the universe and be able to say, ‘Wow, I don’t know. Maybe I’m wrong.’ ” — Kathryn Schulz, On being wrong, TED2011

“Trade with the gifts that God has given you.” — Hilda of Whitby

“It is not the critic who counts; not the woman who points out how the strong woman stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the woman who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends herself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if she fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that her place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.” — Theodore Roosevelt, adapted

“I did what I could, where I was, with what I had.” — Helen Suzman paraphrasing Theodore Roosevelt

“You can do anything, but not everything.” — David Allen

“And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly, to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” — Micah 6.8

“Just start… Don’t wait for perfection. Just start and let the work teach you.” — Jacqueline Novogratz, The Blue Sweater

“Begin everything you attempt with the earnest prayer that it will be brought to perfection.” — RB Prologue, Mucknell Abbey

“May you experience each day as a sacred gift woven around the heart of wonder.” — John O’Donohue, Eternal Echoes

“My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end. Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think that I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so. But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you. And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing. I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire. And I know that if I do this you will lead me by the right road though I may know nothing about it. Therefore will I trust you always though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death. I will not fear, for you are ever with me, and you will never leave me to face my perils alone.” — Thomas Merton, Thoughts in Solitude

“The three factors that seem to have the greatest influence on increasing our happiness are our ability to reframe our situation more positively, our ability to experience gratitude, and our choice to be kind and generous.” — The Book of Joy

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