Inspiration

‘The soul should always stand ajar, ready to welcome the ecstatic experience.’ – Emily Dickinson

‘Eternity is not something that begins after you are dead. It is going on all the time.’ – Charlotte Perkins Gilman

‘Not in never failing do we show our strength, but in the ability to rise and go on to the goal.’ – Confucius

‘Resolve to take fate by the throat and shake a living out of her.’ – Louisa May Alcott

‘Whereas the mind works in possibilities, the intuitions work in actualities, and what you intuitively desire, that is possible to you’ – D. H. Lawrence, selected essays

‘Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.’ Albert Einstein

‘A man should look for what is, and not for what he thinks should be.’ – Albert Einstein 

‘To succeed you have to believe in something with such a passion that it becomes a reality.’ – Anita Roddick

‘If you think you’re too small to have an impact, try going to bed with a mosquito.’ – Anita Roddick

There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are the messengers of overwhelming grief, of deep contrition, and of unspeakable love. – Washington Irving

‘The house does not rest upon the ground but upon the woman’ – old Mexican proverb

‘Hope is essential to any political struggle for radical change when the overall social climate promotes disillusionment and despair.’
bell hooks, Talking About a Revolution: Interviews with Michael Albert, Noam Chomsky, Barbara Ehrenreich, bell hooks, Peter Kwong, Winona LaDuke, Manning Marable, Urvashi Vaid, and Howard Zinn

Many persons have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.” – Helen Keller

‘I long to accomplish a great and noble task; but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble’ – Helen Keller

There can be no happiness if the things we believe in are different from the things we do.  – Freya Stark, The Journey’s Echo
Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony. – Mahatma Gandhi

“Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead.” – Louisa May Alcott

“If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way” – Martin Luther King Jr

If you hear a voice within you say “you cannot paint,” then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced. – Vincent Van Gogh

Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will spend its whole life believing that it is stupid. ~Albert Einstein

It is not our abilities that show what we truly are…it is our choices. ~Dumbledore

A vision is not just a picture of what could be; it is an appeal to our better selves, a call to become something more. – Rosabeth Moss Kanter

To change one’s life:  1. Start immediately.  2. Do it flamboyantly.  3. No exceptions. – William James

The price of doing the same old thing is far higher than the price of change. – Bill Clinton

You must be the change you wish to see in the world. – Mohandas K. Gandhi

So long as a person is capable of self-renewal they are a living being. – Henri-Frederic Amiel

Everything you now do is something you have chosen to do. Some people don’t want to believe that. But if you’re over age twenty-one, your life is what you’re making of it. To change your life, you need to change your priorities.- John C. Maxwell

Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.- Barack Obama

We are either progressing or retrograding all the while. There is no such thing as remaining stationary in this life. – James Freeman Clarke

Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world. – Howard Zinn

The self is not something ready-made, but something in continuous formation through choice of action. – John Dewey

The opposite for courage is not cowardice, it is conformity. Even a dead fish can go with the flow. – Jim Hightower

Cowardice asks the question, ‘Is it safe?’ Expediency asks the question, ‘Is it politic?’ Vanity asks the question, ‘Is it popular?’ But, conscience asks the question, ‘Is it right?’ And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular but one must take it because one’s conscience tells one that it is right. – Martin Luther King, Jr.

Great are they who see that spiritual is stronger than any material force, that thoughts rule the world. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

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