Quotes for inspiration

These are some of the happy thoughts that get me out of bed on Monday mornings.

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

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

“Anyone who lives within their means suffers from a lack of imagination.” –Oscar Wilde

“Your life is the fruit of your own doing. You have no one to blame but yourself.” –Joseph Campbell

“Everyone has 200,000 bad drawings in them. The sooner you get them out the better.” -Chuck Johnson

“I don’t believe people are looking for the meaning of life as much as they are looking for the experience of being alive.” -Joseph Campbell

“We must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us.” -Joseph Campbell

“Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.” -Mark Twain

“How wrong is it for a woman to expect the man to build the world she wants, rather than to create it herself?” -Anaïs Nin

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of 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 all one’s lifetime.” -Mark Twain

“Unbeing dead isn’t being alive.” -e.e. cummings

“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” -Marcel Proust

“All our final decisions are made in a state of mind that is not going to last.” -Marcel Proust

“Look who’s laughing now/That you’ve wasted/How many years/And you’ve barely even tasted/Anything remotely close to/Everything you’ve boasted about/Look who’s crying now” -Jack Johnson, “F-Stop Blues”

“A woman must live her life or live to regret not having lived it.” D.H. Lawrence, Lady Chatterley’s Lover

“I’m done with elephants and clowns/I want to run away and join the office.” Mike Doughty, “American Car”

What quotes, ideas, or people light your fire?


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