words to live by: a reader giveaway.
by victoria comment

6/15/10

i thought it might be fun to get y’all a little engaged here and do a reader giveaway by having you share with us one of your favorite inspirational quotes. it doesn’t have to be famous, or well-known. it can be something your mum said, or a favorite teacher, or something you heard in a film, or read in a book. just something that maybe made your soul skip a beat, or stayed in your mind just a little longer than it might normally.

i’m kicking things off here, by sharing a few of my favorite journals entries of favorite quotes i’ve collected over the years. i cut them out and paste them, or write them in my design journals. wise words about life, design, or just things that made me laugh. one of my favorites is “An interior is the natural projection of the soul.” – Coco Chanel.

so, just to give you all a little more incentive to participate, i’m going to send out a moleskine journal to the three contributors of quote entries that inspire me the most. simply comment below by sharing your favorite quote by friday, june 25th (and be sure to leave a way to reach you should you be chosen).

or, if you have something in your journal, and you’ve photographed it, feel free to share the image here, in this flickr pool i’ve created. i thought it might be fun to see your inspiring quotes visually, as you’ve added it to your personal journals! i look forward to reading them and hearing what’s inspired you!

230 responses to “words to live by: a reader giveaway.”

  1. “I never doubted that equal rights was the right direction. Most reforms, most problems are complicated. But to me there is nothing complicated about ordinary equality. ” -Alice Paul

  2. “I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles.” — Audrey Hepburn. I so much believe in this quote, especially in the part about the happy girls :)

  3. “Love is life. All, everything that I understand, I understand only because I love. Everything is, everything exists, only because I love.” –Leo Tolstoy

  4. When I was younger, my parents would always tell me, “You create your own reality”. I thought they were stupid at the time, but since then, whenever I’ve been in a bad situation, those words have floated through my head, and helped me out of some tough spots.

  5. My favorite quote and life motto is: Passion will make you crazy…but is there any other way to live?
    jerbearshares [at] gmail [dot] com

  6. “Try to do some bad work. The worst you can think of and see what happens but mainly relax and let everything go to hell.” (Sol Le Witt’s advice to Eve Hesse) [When I’m in a bad mood though I think of my friend Robin yelling at her co-worker “You’re not just an a**hole–you’re the whole a**!” and I feel better.]

  7. When I was in high school my favorite teacher was my track coach, who took me under his wing as I got older and slower (as a sprinter this was quite depressing) and helped me along the path to becoming a woman. A quote he said and would eventually put on the back of the team’s work out shirt was this: “To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift” – Steve Prefontaine. As a teenager I hardly understood it, but today after his death it means that much more. My senior year he was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer that typically only occurs in elders but instead caught him at 32. I ended up going to his alumni (The University of California, San Diego) after we discussed my college plans and visited him during my first few years away from home. He passed a few months ago but I still wear the shirt & think of him each time I see that quote written on the back.

  8. I’m a bit of a quote addict, so it’s hard for me to narrow it down…but one that never fails to make me smile is: “A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort.” – Herm Albright

  9. Somewhere I have this little note card with a picture of a sundial and it says, “time flies, suns rise and shadows fall; let time go by, love is forever after all.” I like this quote because it reminds me to be mindful of what is really important in life:)
    bobbijlewin(at)gmail(dot)com

  10. Oh, gosh, I have two!

    #1 is: “Alis Volat Propiis” which means “She Flies with Her Own Wings” and is Oregon’s motto. I think that’s such a great, uplifting thought.

    #2 is: “I am not afraid…I was born to do this” by Joan of Arc. Again, totally girl powered can-do awesomeness.

  11. “Caminante, no hay camino, se hace camino al andar.”
    [Wanderer, there is no road. The road is made by walking.]

    Absolutely love this one! It’s an inspiring quote for any kind of creative personality!

  12. “I believe that everything happens for a reason. People change so that you can learn to let go, things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they’re right, you believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself, and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.” Marilyn Monroe

  13. “Nothing is original. Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination. Devour old films, new films, music, books, paintings, photographs, poems, dreams, random conversations, architecture, bridges, street signs, trees, clouds, bodies of water, light and shadows. Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your soul. If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic. Authenticity is invaluable; originality is non-existent. And don’t bother concealing your thievery – celebrate it if you feel like it. In any case, always remember what Jean-Luc Godard said: “It’s not where you take things from – it’s where you take them to.”

    Jim Jarmusch

  14. “Who can say if I’ve been changed for the better? But because I knew you, I have been changed for good.” – lyrics from ‘For Good’ in the musical Wicked

  15. “Anyone can give up,
    it’s the easiest thing in the world to do. But to hold it together when
    everyone else would understand if you fell apart, that’s true strength.”
    – Leo Buscalgia

  16. Nerd alert!

    “But the world is so full of people, so crowded with these miracles that they become commonplace and we forget… I forget. We gaze continually at the world and it grows dull in our perceptions. Yet seen from the another’s vantage point, as if new, it may still take our breath away. Come… dry your eyes, for you are life, rarer than a quark and unpredictable beyond the dreams of Heisenberg.”

    The Watchmen

  17. “Courage is rightly esteemed the first of human qualities… because it is the quality which guarantees all others.” Winston Churchill

    …and a snarky one: “Dance like only a few people are watching and they have paid good money to see it and also you really need the money.” – Dave Hill

  18. This gets me every. time.

    “You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.”–said with an impossibly sexy British accent by Mr. Darcy in Pride and Prejudice.

  19. “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness and our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth one’s lifetime.” –Samuel Langhorne Clemens aka Mark Twain

  20. This is because I love Georgia O’Keefe’s work so much. “I hate flowers, I paint them because they’re cheaper than models and they don’t move.” – Georgia O’Keefe

  21. “I like to drink a martini. Two at the very most. After three I’m under the table. After four, I’m under the host.” Dorothy Parker

  22. Be kind, everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.
    -Plato

    I like the modesty of this one – makes me stop, think and consider the impact of my actions (however minuscule) on each and everyone I meet.

  23. “It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out of your door. You step into the Road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there is no knowing where you might be swept off to.” – Bilbo, in Lord of the Rings

  24. “Happiness! Remember that? It’s worth plunging for, worth losing everything for, isn’t it? Even at its most momentary and evanescent. It’s all that’s worth plunging for.” I read it when I was living in Italy, have no idea where I saw it, or who wrote it, but I really wish I did.

  25. this is so cute. my quote is from the book Dear John. my husband is a Marine so it hits close to home.

    “It’s not like I’ll never see you again. That’s what I finally realized. Yeah, it’ll be hard, but life moves fast-we’ll see each other again. I know that. I can feel that. Just like I can feel how much you care for me and how much I love you. I know in my heart that this isn’t over, and that we’ll make it through this. Lots of couples do. Granted, lots of couples don’t, but they don’t have what we have.”

  26. “…go on and love some more” -Maude (to Harold) “Harold and Maude” 1971
    I love this quote because it’s simple and sweet, and the best advice for heartache, as well as an outlook living.

  27. Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not–Ralph Waldo Emerson

  28. “While one person hesitates because he feels inferior, the other is busy making mistakes and becoming superior – Henry C. Link

  29. “Love is the ultimate outlaw. It just won’t adhere to any rules. The most any of us can do is to sign on as its accomplice. Instead of vowing to honor and obey, maybe we should swear to aid and abet. That would mean that security is out of the question. The words “make” and “stay” become inappropriate. My love for you has no strings attached. I love you for free.” ~ Tom Robbins

  30. Love the Coco Chanel quote, and the last one. Right now my favorite quote is actually lyrics from a Jason Mraz song: “Hold your own, know your name, go your own way.”

  31. “Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark. In the hopeless swamp of the not quite, the not yet, and the not at all, do not let the hero in your soul perish and leave only frustration for the life you deserved, but have never been able to reach. The world you desire can be won, it exists, it is real, it is possible, it is yours.”
    Ayn Rand
    P.S. Lovely quotes, all!

  32. “If everybody likes you, you are not a very interesting person.” Bette Davis.
    A little reminder I use to stop worrying about what everyone thinks and to be myself.

  33. I have so many quotes in little notebooks all over the place. I’ve always wanted to make something of my life because I can’t stand the idea of waking up when I’m 70 and wishing I’d done more. The following quote gives me the kick up the bum to carry on when I’m feeling a bit low.

    “People really quite remarkable when they start thinking they can do things. When they believe in themselves they have the first secret of success”
    Norman Vincent Peale.

  34. You know you’re in Love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams
    -Dr. Suess

  35. “Losing love is like a window in your heart”
    Lyric from a Paul Simon song. Anyone who has experienced losing a loved one whether by death or divorce knows the emptiness it can cause. I plan on doing a painting based on this lyric, someday.

    “Be the change you wish to see in this world”
    -Ghandi

    “It’s not what I’ve been through that defines me, it’s how I got through it” – Unknown

    “Courage is being scared to death but saddling up anyways” – John Wayne

    “Remember, happiness is a way of travel, not a destination” – Roy Goodman

  36. ‘Everything is unfolding as it should be’

    and

    ‘It is patience that grows your capacity, and .. sometimes you have to hold the possibility of a thing for a long, long time before you have the strength or courage to hold the thing itself’

    heard these recently via JenLemen.com

  37. “Epäröinnin kynnyksellä kysy, kuinka paljon rohkeutta uskallat tänään jättää käyttämättä?” by Tommy Tabermann

    in English it is something like “when you are about to hesitate, ask how much courage you dare not to use today”

  38. “I have always believed, and I still believe, that whatever good or bad fortune may come our way we can always give it meaning and transform it into something of value” – Herman Hesse

  39. “There’s no such thing as a fault, madam, simply a characteristic.”
    said by clothes designer to the lady of the house with body concerns!

  40. Reasonable people adapt themselves to the world. Unreasonable people attempt to adapt the world to themselves. All progress, therefore, depends on unreasonable people. -George Bernard Shaw

  41. This is from the memoir, A Short Life of Trouble: Forty Years in the New York Art World by the late Marcia Tucker describing her thoughts after meeting Marcel Duchamp without realizing who he was:

    “I learned that a truly great person has a profound curiosity about the world and the people in it, an interest that encompasses everything and everyone. Real curiosity, I now know, doesn’t leave much room for judgement.”

  42. Saw this in a family court office:

    “The most important work you will ever do is within the walls of your own home.”

  43. “There is a vitality, a life force, a quickening that is translated through you and into action and since there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique. If you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and will be lost. It is not your business to determine how good it is, not how it compares with other expression. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly … You have to keep open and aware directly to the urges that motivate you.” – Martha Graham

  44. Carrie: I make mistakes. That’s what I do. I speak without thinking. I act without knowing. I drink so much that I can barely walk. I’m a fantastic lover though, and an amazing friend. God knows I mean well.

  45. I feel my fate in what I cannot fear.
    I learn by going where I have to go. – Theodore Roethke
    It reminds me that I don’t need to have my way mapped out beforehand, and that it’s all about the journey.

  46. i have two that motivate me and often floor me at the same time:

    “be still, and know that i am god”- not sure the bible verse (i think exodus?) i am not a religious person by any means, but it’s an innate, passionate knowledge in me that i am not in control.

    “sometimes it’s okay to have an ice cream sundae and a glass of champagne for lunch. we’re grown ups.” -advice i gave to my mom years ago to help her claim ownership of her life. to this day she still remembers it as a profound moment. i remember it as a hot day with some serious sugar cravings. :)

  47. This one inspired me to start sketching.

    “You don’t have to be great to start,
    but you have to start to be great.”

  48. This is so cool! I actually came up with a quote last week and posted it on my blog: “INSPIRE OTHERS THE WAY YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE INSPIRED.” It was a self-motivational type quote that I think about daily. I’ve come up with quite a few quotes in my days. Another is a template on my blog at the bottom of each page that reads, “LIFE IS ALL ABOUT TIMING, AND I DON’T WEAR A WATCH.” :)

  49. My favorite is by Anais Nin:

    “And the day came when the risk to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.”

    This reminds me that to be myself, to shine, and to blossom even though it may seem easier and safer to hide “tight in the bud.” It’s beautiful.

  50. Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the things you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Dream! Discover! – Mark Twain.

  51. Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

    Love never fails.

    Not technically a quote, rather a bible verse, however it is perfectly put.

    And by that definition – love can never fail.

    So simple, but such a strong a message.

  52. “Fear less, hope more; Eat less, chew more; Whine less, breathe more; Talk less, say more; Love more, and all good things will be yours” ~ Swedish Proverb

  53. I teach violin, and a pianist I worked with told me a quote that she’d heard, that I now tell my students–I think it can apply to anything in life: “if you stumble, make it part of the dance.”

  54. “Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive and go do that, because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” – Gil Bailie

  55. This will be stitched on my baby’s blanket soon –

    I’ll be your umbrella, until you’re ready to dance in the rain. -unknown

    It is this I hope to base my parenting off of.

  56. eek. I hope it isn’t bad to put up another, I just remembered another favorite. enjoy!

    Be soft. Do not let the world make you hard. Do not let the pain make you hate. Do not let the bitterness steal your sweetness. Take pride that even though the rest of the world may disagree, you still believe it to be a beautiful place.

    :)

  57. It’s kind of long, but here is my favorite: “The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn, like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars…” Jack Kerouac

  58. “Let us read and let us dance. Two amusements that will never do any harm to the world.” – Voltaire

    I love how he presents two different types of joy, the solitary and the social. Too often we forget that we can have both.

  59. When I’m caught in the “snare of compare[ing] myself to others, I’m comforted by Dallas Willard’s words in “The Divine Conspiracy.”
    “We were built to count, as water is made to run downhill. We are placed in a specific context to count in ways no one else does. That is our destiny.”

  60. I love your quotes…especially the one about “people take things so seriously these days…” two of my faves are ” be silly, be honest, be kind” and “what do we live for if it is not to make life a little easier for each other”
    xo
    Melis

  61. This is the one that’s been on my mind lately, by Abraham Lincoln: “The dogmas of the quiet past, are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew and act anew. We must disenthrall ourselves, and then we shall save our country.” There’s so much in this world that needs to be changed, that needs our help, and something about this quote reminds me that no matter who we are, we can do something to help.

  62. I keep coming back to the deceptively simple words of Anaïs Nin:

    “The personal life deeply lived always expands into truths beyond itself.”

  63. My favorite, from the inventor of the electric starter motor:

    “Believe and act as if it were impossible to fail.” -Charles F. Kettering

  64. “Don’t tell me not to live, just sit and putter… life’s candy and the sun’s a ball of butter… don’t bring around a cloud to rain on my parade!”

    My theme :) “Don’t Rain on My Parade”. Best sung by Barbara Streisand or Lea Michelle.

  65. Too hard to pick one, so…:

    “When you are real shabbiness doesn’t matter”
    -The Velveteen Rabbit

    “Life is a place of service, and in that service one has to suffer a great deal that is hard to bear, but more often to experience a great deal of joy. But that joy can be real only if people look upon their life as a service, and have a definite object in life outside themselves and their personal happiness”
    -Leo Tolstoy

    “There is more than one good way to drown.”
    – Sylvia Plath

    “Be cautious, yet fearless”

    “Become who you are”

  66. “Baby, stop wearing your wishbone where your backbone oughta be.” – “Richard from Texas” Eat Pray Love

  67. “god knows what this beautiful life holds. if only i could realize how full it is all the time, and never ever get bored. boredom is a COP-OUT! a terrible excuse for not living every second and drinking god’s air (no matter how polluted!) into your lungs! ah, breathe deeply of this life! i’m so fortunate to be blessed with the freedom i have; travel is at my doorstep, new places, new people, new adventures constantly. i want to reach out and learn from every person i meet; take their stories and intertwine them with my own so i can live MORE than my allotted years on this earth. i’ve been thanking god for my comfort lately. how incredible to feel continually pleasant. i feel like i might lift off the ground at any moment!!”
    pamela des barres

  68. “I saw that my life was a vast glowing empty page and I could do anything I wanted.” Jack Kerouac in Dharma Bums

  69. “When you come to the edge of all the light you have, and must take a step into the darkness of the unknown, either there will be something solid for you to stand on, or you will FLY.” — Patrick Overton

  70. I have this framed by my bed, to remind me as i get up every morning that ‘we should all do what, in the long run, gives us joy, even if it is only picking grapes or sorting the laundry.’ e.b. white

  71. I’m not always the greatest with taking risks, so this quote always reminds me to be a little bit more adventurous:

    “when life gives you crosswords, do them in pen.” – Anonymous

    …I also really love crosswords! Double win.

  72. what a beautiful idea. so inspiring to see all these great quotes.

    may your wishes all come true
    may you always do for others
    and let others do for you
    may you build a ladder to the stars
    and climb on every rung
    may you stay forever young.
    -bob dylan

  73. I love this beautiful quote from the film, The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill:

    “There’s a story that Suzuki Roshi told. He was the Zen master at the Zen Center here in San Francisco. He went to Yosemite and saw a big waterfall coming over a cliff. It’s one river at the top of the cliff, but as it falls, the river breaks up into all these individual droplets. And then it hits the bottom of the cliff, and it’s one river again. We’re all one river ‘till we hit this cliff. That distance between the top of the cliff and the bottom of the cliff is our life. And all the individual little droplets think they really are individual little droplets until they hit the bottom, and then they’re gone. But that droplet doesn’t lose anything. It gains. It gains the rest of the river.”

  74. “Go into the world and do well. But more importantly, go into the world and do good.” This was the advice provided by my college president, Dr. Minor Myers, Jr.

  75. I don’t want to get to the end of my life an find I have lived just the length of it. I want to live the width of it as well.
    — Diane Ackerman

  76. There are a lot of inspirational quotes. But the one that sticks with me the most is from a tv show. And it pretty much applies to my work and home life everyday. We’re trying our hardest to “Make it work.” -Tim Gunn.

  77. This one is about me:

    You blend well with others but often spread yourself too thin. A smooth operator, you could use some spicing up now and then. Compatible with Bagel and Lox. Avoid Pastrami – wouldn’t be kosher.

  78. “The best thing god created is a new day.” – Sigur Ros

    If I liked tattoos (on myself), I would get this tattooed on me in a heartbeat. It’s so beautiful & I would love to see it every day.

    I usually pull this quote out whenever I’m having a particularly awful day. It always does the trick!

  79. “For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that
    you are never alone”- Audrey Hepburn

  80. We all know there are two types of people in this world: those that brake for Nikons and those that don’t let friends buy one. :-)

  81. “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 brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous. Actually who are you not to be? You are a child of God. You playing small does not serve the world. There’s nothing enlightening about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are born to manifest God’s glory within us. It’s not just within some of us, it’s in everyone. And, as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
    ~Maryanne Williams…
    (Used by Nelson Mandela in his 1994 inaugural address)

    *Always remember to SHINE!*

  82. The quote that has inspired me a lot comes from the film Avalon by Oshii, it’s a film about gamers but the quote can really apply to anyone. The film is in Polish but translated it gives something along the lines of:

    “Which challenge would you prefer? Which is the better game? The one you think you can beat but can’t, or the one that seems impossible to win but isn’t?”

  83. Here are two that aren’t inspiring but they stand out in my mind:

    #1. “The best way to get over somebody is to get under somebody”
    -My friend Alisa T.
    #2. is a quote from the movie Love is the Devil (Biography of British painter Francis Bacon) and it is a toast, “Champagne for my friends, Pain for my sham friends.” apparently a similar version is the title of a fallout boy song.

  84. ‘When you have gone so far that you can’t manage one more step, then you’ve gone just half the distance that you’re capable of.’ Greenland Proverb

    ‘Do, or do not. There is no try.’ Yoda

    ‘Stick to the things you really love. An honest room is always up to date’. Billy Baldwin

  85. I used to write quotes on yellow post-its and stick them around my room, my favourite was: “if I can’t dance, I don’t want to be part of your revolution” from Golda Meir. It transcends politics and reminds me to be generous and open hearted rather than close-minded and dictatorial.
    And one from my mum: “as long as you are happy in your own skin, nobody else matters”. We’re an independently minded lot!

  86. “the key to happiness is to enjoy life’s journey” -unknown

    i believe, until i had read this quote, that i wasn’t enjoying the journey of life. i was always looking to the next thing or chapter. it really made me slow down and now i look at life a lot differently… and for the better.

  87. I’ve recently been re-reading Anne of Green Gables by LM Montgomery and she has some wonderful quotes, one of which is:
    “Tomorrow is a day with no mistakes in it yet.”
    I love the use of the word “yet”!

    The other quote which I love, but have no idea who said it, is:
    “An optimist is someone who not only thinks their glass is half full, but also that someone lovely is going to come along very soon and top it up with some more tasty liquid.”

    Thanks so much for this post and the giveaway, there are so many great quotes in the comments above and I think I may have to start an inspirational quote notebook!

  88. I don’t know where I originally found this or who said it, but I cherish it. It gave me much needed perspective as I was going through a difficult divorce and I read it often to remember to love me.

    “I must learn to love the fool in me–the one who feels too much, talks too much, takes too many chances, wins sometimes and loses often, lacks self-control, loves and hates, hurts and gets hurt, promises and breaks promises, laughs and cries. It alone protects me against that utterly self-controlled, masterful tyrant whom I also harbor and who would rob me of human aliveness, humility, and dignity but for my fool.”

  89. I don’t know who said this, as I jsut found it somewhere, “”Never explain yourself. Your friends don’t need it and your enemies won’t believe it.””

    And this one is similar to the Practical Magic quote:

    “For me, insanity is super sanity. The normal is psychotic. Normal means lack of imagination, lack of creativity.”
    ~ Jean Dubuffet

  90. My mantras…

    Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take but by the moments that take our breath away….

    Live Fully, Love Deeply, Be Content

  91. “Dare to be yourself in the face of adversity. Choosing right over wrong, ethics over convenience… these are the choices that measure your life. Travel the path of integrity…for there is never the wrong time to do the right thing.”-Unknown

  92. I have so many favorite quotes, but the one that I am constantly drawing strength, courage and inspiration from is:

    “Its never too late to be who you might have been”
    George Eliot

    Just perfect.

    I keep a hand typed copy on my studio wall as a reminder for whenever I think something is impossible.

  93. “We are right here, right now in a taxi on our way to school, but in a moment we’ll be sixty and remembering this day.” -I don’t know, i clipped it out of a magazine and it’s always stick with me.

  94. “I will not die an unlived life. I will not live in fear of falling or catching fire. I choose to inhabit my days, to allow my living to open me, to make me less afraid, more accessible, to loosen my heart until it becomes a wing, a torch, a promise. I choose to risk my significance; to live so that which comes to me as seed goes to the next as blossom and that which comes to me as blossom, goes on as fruit.”

    Dawna Markova

  95. “Vice, Virtue. It’s best not to be too moral. You cheat yourself out of too much *life*. Aim above morality. If you apply that to life, then you’re bound to live life fully.”
    Maude from “Harold & Maude”

  96. “For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone”
    -Audrey Hepburn

  97. To be hopeful in bad times is not just foolishly romantic. It is based on the fact that human history is a history not only of cruelty but also of compassion, sacrifice, courage, kindness. What we choose to emphasize in this complex history will determine our lives. If we see only the worst, it destroys our capacity to do something. If we remember those times and places–and there are so many–where people have behaved magnificently, this gives us the energy to act, and at least the possibility of sending this spinning top of a world in a different direction. And if we do act, in however small a way, we don’t have to wait for some grand utopian future. The future is an infinite succession of presents, and to live now as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory.

    -Howard Zinn, RIP

  98. “The final mystery is oneself. When one has weighed the sun in the balance, and measured the steps of the moon, and mapped out the seven heavens star by star, there still remains oneself. Who can calculate the orbit of one’s soul?” Oscar Wilde

  99. Absolutely lovely pages! I just started art journaling and these are all great inspirations. I shared a page on your flickr account.

    “Art washes away the dust of everyday life.”- Picasso

  100. Oh, I love this post!

    “If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.” – Mother Theresa

  101. “Most of our obstacles would melt away if, instead of cowering before them, we should make up our minds to walk boldly through them.”

    Orison Swett Marden

  102. when i saw this TED video of randy pausch: http://www.ted.com/talks/randy_pausch_really_achieving_your_childhood_dreams.html

    i was so utterly and completely inspired, i hand-wrote this quote of his in my journal:

    the brick walls are there for a reason. the brick walls are not there to keep us out; the brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something. the brick walls are there to stop the people who don’t want it badly enough. they are there to stop the other people!

  103. One that recently stuck with me is:
    “If you think knowledge and education are expensive, you don’t know what ignorance costs.”
    Alexander Rinnooy Kan, a Dutch politician

  104. “Sleep is the arrogant assumption of man that he has all the time in the world.” ~unknown

    (I had this quote pinned over my desk in college for those all-nighters.)

  105. “I remember one morning getting up at dawn, there was such a sense of possibility. And I remember thinking to myself: So, this is the beginning of happiness. This is where it starts. And of course there will always be more. It never occurred to me it wasn’t the beginning. It was happiness. It was the moment. Right then.”
    From The Hours by Michael Cunningham

  106. “ALL’S WELL THAT ENDS IN A FINISH.” Grandma

    As children we learn that saying all’s well that ends well is very limiting…it only covers the good days. But, Grandma’s quote lives on in our family to cover life when things go bad and you just need to move on…

  107. This is the last paragraph from Nelson Mandela’s autobiography.

    “I have walked that long road to freedom. I have tried not to falter; I have made missteps along the way. But I have discovered the secret that after climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb. I have taken a moment here to rest, to steal a view of the glorious vista that surrounds me, to look back on the distance I have come. But I can rest only for a moment, for with freedom comes responsibilities, and I dare not linger, for my long walk is not yet ended.”

  108. I love quotes (and song lyrics) so much, it amazes me how so much can be said in a little phrase. Its really hard for me to choose just one… but I’ll go with a short and simple one:

    “Ninety percent of life is showing up” – Woody Allen

  109. Hello Miss! I hope you are enjoying the start of your staycation. I wanted to share two of my favorite quotations with you (two because I am forever indecisive and, well, I like them both that much).

    1). “Let the beauty you love be what you do. There are a thousand ways to kneel and kiss the earth.” -Rumi

    2). “Live in each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influence of each. Be blown on by all her winds, open all your pores, and bathe in all the tides of nature; in all her streams and oceans, at all seasons.” -Thoreau

  110. My favourite quote is one that is absurdly long and can probably be summed up in the first sentence:

    “I can believe things that are true and I can believe things that aren’t true and I can believe things where nobody knows if they’re true or not. I can believe in Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny and Marilyn Monroe and the Beatles and Elvis and Mister Ed. Listen — I believe that people are perfectible, that knowledge is infinite, that the world is run by secret banking cartels and is visited by aliens on a regular basis, nice ones that look like wrinkledy lemurs and bad ones who mutilate cattle and want our water and our women. I believe that the future sucks and I believe that the future rocks and I believe that one day White Buffalo Woman is going to come back and kick everyone’s ass. I believe that all men are just overgrown boys with deep problems communicating and that the decline in good sex in America is coincident with the decline in drive-in movie theaters from state to state. I believe that all politicians are unprincipled crooks and I still believe that they are better than the alternative. I believe that California is going to sink into the sea when the big one comes, while Florida is going to dissolve into madness and alligators and toxic waste. I believe that antibacterial soap is destroying our resistance to dirt and disease so that one day we’ll all be wiped out by the common cold like the Martians in War of the Worlds. I believe that the greatest poets of the last century were Edith Sitwell and Don Marquis, that jade is dried dragon sperm, and that thousands of years ago in a former life I was a one-armed Siberian shaman. I believe that mankind’s destiny lies in the stars. I believe that candy really did taste better when I was a kid, that it’s aerodynamically impossible for a bumblebee to fly, that light is a wave and a particle, that there’s a cat in a box somewhere who’s alive and dead at the same time (although if they don’t ever open the box to feed it it’ll eventually just be two different kinds of dead), and that there are stars in the universe billions of years older than the universe itself. I believe in a personal god who cares about me and worries and oversees everything I do. I believe in an impersonal god who set the universe in motion and went off to hang with her girlfriends and doesn’t even know that I’m alive. I believe in an empty and godless universe of causal chaos, background noise, and sheer blind luck. I believe that anyone who says that sex is overrated just hasn’t done it properly. I believe that anyone who claims to know what’s going on will lie about the little things too. I believe in absolute honesty and sensible social lies. I believe in a woman’s right to choose, a baby’s right to live, that while all human life is sacred there’s nothing wrong with the death penalty if you can trust the legal system implicitly, and that no one but a moron would ever trust the legal system. I believe that life is a game, that life is a cruel joke, and that life is what happens when you’re alive and that you might as well lie back and enjoy it.”
    -Neil Gaiman, American Gods

  111. “God is in the details” – Ludwig Mies van der Rohe\

    “That it will never come again is what makes life sweet.” – Emily Dickinson

    “Without music, life would be a mistake” – Nietzsche

  112. “Tomorrow is always fresh with no mistakes in it.” Anne of Green Gables

    This has inspired me for 20 years. The ideas that you wake up to a brand spanking new day with nothing but potential is priceless!

  113. “Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.”

    Dr. Seuss

    I have to remind myself of this fact all the time!

  114. i keep a book of all my favourite quotes and sayings but one of my absolute favourites is so sweet and simple: “A face without freckles is like the sky without stars”. So lovely. :)

  115. “The best day of your life is the one on which you decide your life is your own. No apologies or excuses. No one to lean on, rely on, or blame. The gift is yours – it is an amazing journey – and you alone are responsible for the quality of it. This is the day your life really begins.” – Bob Moawad

    I know I’m too late but I just recently found this quote and had to share it. It was actually something I really needed to read/hear at the time so it stuck with me.

  116. “All I know is, if you don’t figure out this something, you’ll just stay ordinary, and it doesn’t matter if its a work of art or a taco, or a pair of socks! Just create something… new, and there it is, and its you, out in the world, outside of you and you can look at it, or hear it, or read it, or feel it… and you know a little more about… you. A little bit more than anyone else does… Does that make any sense at all?”
    -Holly in P.S. I Love You

  117. “The worst thing is when friends say, ‘Remember the good old days?’ Forget about the good old days! That just makes your present secondhand. What is interesting is now. If you think it was better before, then you might as well commit suicide immediately.”
    Karl Lagerfeld

  118. “Never blame anyone if you get hurt, because you took the risk & you decided who was worth while.”

    “Dont get mad when your wishes dont come true, sometimes the stars above are wiser than you.” –

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