I love to learn from others, both through their successes and from the ways that didn’t “quite work” the first, second, third + time around. Everyone has such different experiences with different ways to respond to situations and one of the joys of living with an open mind and a hungry spirit is sharing and learning from others journeys. A few years ago, I started collecting quotes. Now, I must tell you that I have a very minimalist personality and haven’t “collected” since I was young and had my very own and quite expansive rock collection, which my parents kindly and wisely refused to box up and move from LA to Seattle. I recovered from the “loss” of my rocks, which a short attention span helped me to forget, and realized that collecting friends was much more fun and exponentially more rewarding.
So, I have realized or more accurately hoped that there may be others out there such as myself that sometimes need a little reminder, guidance, laugh, wisdom, pick me up, grounding, encouragement or _____ (you fill in the blank). While I would be overjoyed to share my friends I’ve collected (let me know if you’re ever in my neck of the woods!) so what I can share with you is my quote collection. This will be an ongoing project, and I would be DELIGHTED to have input from you, my dear friends, with additions to this list. Let it grow and spread that little ____ that’s needed!!!
Invest in the possibility of enriching those around you!
I also curate the Pinterest Board: “Well Said…” which is an on going collection of inspiring and funny quotes and I’m always adding more!
“Happiness is an attitude. We either make ourselves miserable, or happy and strong. The amount of work is the same. ”
“Life isn’t about finding yourself, Life is about creating yourself.”
“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Life the life you’ve imagined.”
“Live the rest of your life in possibility”
“Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.”
“Freedom is what you do with what’s been done to you.”
- Jean-Paul Sartre
“I can change. I can live out my imagination instead of my memory. I can tie myself to my limitless potential instead of my limiting past.”
- Stephen Covey
“Change. It has the power to uplift, to heal, to stimulate, surprise, open new doors, bring fresh experience and create excitement in life. Certainly it is worth the risk.”
- Leo Buscaglia
“Don’t go through life, grow through life.”
- Eric Butterworth
“Happiness will come to you when it comes from you. Success will be yours when you choose to take responsibility for making it so”
“The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a [wo]man’s determination.”
“People spend too much time finding other people to blame, too much energy finding excuses for not being what they are capable of being, and not enough energy putting themselves on the line, growing out of the past, and getting on with their lives.”
- J. Michael Straczynski
“To try is to risk failure. But risk must be taken because the greatest hazard of life is to risk nothing. The person who risks nothing does nothing, has nothing, is nothing. He may avoid suffering and sorrow, but he simply cannot learn, feel, change, grow, live, and love.”
- Leo Buscaglia
“Be not afraid of changing slowly; be afraid only of standing still.”
- Chinese Proverb
“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.”
“The highest reward for a man’s toil is not what he gets for it, but what he becomes by it.”
“Our ultimate freedom is the right and power to decide how anybody or anything outside ourselves will affect us.”
- Stephen Covey
“The Meaning of life… is to give Life meaning”
“Believe that life is worth living, and your belief will help create that fact.”
“If you do not change direction, you may end up heading where you are heading. ”
“Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men.”
-John F. Kennedy
“It is never to late to be what you might have been.”
“Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.”
“The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts.”
“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.”
“Eagles may soar…but weasels never get sucked into jet engines”
“We have the need to be accepted and to be loved by others, but we cannot accept and love ourselves. The more self-love we have, the less we will experience self-abuse. Self-abuse comes from self-rejection, and self-rejection comes from having an image of what it means to be perfect and never measuring up to that ideal. Our image of perfection is the reason we reject ourselves the way we are, and why we don’t accept others the way they are.”
- Don Miguel Ruiz
“Your fears are not walls, but hurdles. Courage is not the absence of fear, but the conquering of it.” — Dan Millman How do we conquer fear? With action. Millman says that action is the ONLY way to move through fear. Fear aims to stop us in our tracks. When we step forward anyway, our anxiety eases. We begin to pay attention to what’s actually going on instead of being trapped in fearful speculation. When we’ve done it once, we can do it again. And again. And again. “Many of our fears are tissue-paper-thin, and a single courageous step would carry us clear through them.”
- Brendan Francis
I have the simplest of tastes, I am always satisfied with the best
My only regret in life is that I did not drink more wine
The ornament of a house Is the friends who frequent it.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
Stick around. I may need someone to blame.