We must learn to reawaken and keep ourselves awake, not by mechanical aid, but by an infinite expectation of the dawn.
Henry David Thoreau
A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable but more useful than a life spent in doing nothing.
George Bernard Shaw
How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.
This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; the being a force of nature instead of a feverish selfish little clod of ailments and grievances, complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy. I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community, and as long as I live it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can. I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work, the more I live. Life is no brief candle to me; it is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.
George Bernard Shaw
You can no longer save your family, tribe or nation. You can only save the whole world. Never doubt that a small band of committed people can change the world. Indeed, nothing else ever has.
If you lose hope, somehow you lose the vitality that keeps life moving, you lose that courage to be, that quality that helps you go on in spite of it all. And so today I still have a dream…
Martin Luther King, Jr.
The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing.
Let me tell you the secret that has led me to my goal: my strength lies solely in my tenacity.
With public sentiment nothing can fail. Without it, nothing can succeed. Consequently he who molds public sentiment goes deeper than he who enacts statutes or pronounces decisions.
Yes we can.
President Barack Obama
The difference between motivation and inspiration: Motivation is when you get hold of an idea and don’t let go of it until you make it a reality. Inspiration is the reverse – when an idea gets hold of you and you feel compelled to let that impulse or energy carry you along. You get to a point where you realize that you’re no longer in charge, that there’s a driving force inside you that can’t be stopped. Look at the great athletes, musician, artists, and writers. They all tap into a source.
I don’t believe people are looking for the meaning of life as much as they are looking for the experience of being alive.
We must be willing to get rid of the life we’ve planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.
Follow your bliss. Find where it is and don’t be afraid to follow it.
It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.
The old navigational charts do not serve us. We can no longer refuse to know our way around our own territory. We have to find our way – the way that is in our bones and in our devotion to each other within our collaborating wisdom.
Art thou lunatics?
Shakespeare, The Merry Wives of Windsor. ACT IV Scene 1
What seest thou else
In the dark backward and abysm of time?
Shakespeare, The Tempest. ACT I Scene 2
Truth is truth
To the end of reckoning.
Shakespeare, Measure for Measure. ACT V Scene 1
This above all: TO THINE OWN SELF BE TRUE. And it must follow as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man.
Shakespeare, Hamlet. Act 1. Scene III
A woman is like a teabag; you don’t know how strong it is until it gets in hot water.
It is never too late to become what you might have been.