It’s easy to pull together a list of inspiring quotes – many books have been written simply on this basis. But I did want to share – in case you are interested – some of the more significant ones from the tens of thousands I have read that have influenced me and my thinking - david
"Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma - which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of other's opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary."
~ Steve Jobs
"Don't ask yourself what the world needs; ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive."
~ Harold Whitman
"A passionate interest in what you do is the secret of enjoying life - whether it is helping old people or children, or making cheese or growing earthworms."
~ Julia Child
“Knowing how you actually want to feel is the most potent form of clarity that you can have. Generating those feelings is the most powerfully creative thing you can do with your life. And not only do we have to put our feelings at the heart of our ambitions, we have to pursue our desires in a way that is life-affirming, rather than soul-depleting. Rigid goal-chasing is burning us out. Soul-anchored intentions are the way to get home.”
~ Danielle LaPorte
“Life will only make sense; and can only produce long-term happiness, peace and joy when embraced from the perspective of the soul.”
~ Neale Donald Walsch
“The mediocre teacher tells.
The good teacher explains.
The superior teacher demonstrates.
The great teacher inspires.”
~ William Arthur Ward
“No man can reveal to you ought but that which already lies half asleep in the dawning of your knowledge. The teacher who walks in the shadow of the temple, among his followers, gives not of his wisdom but rather of his faith and his lovingness. If he is indeed wise he does not bid you enter the house of his wisdom, but rather leads you to the threshold of your own mind.”
~ Kahlil Gibran
"I've come to believe that each of us has a personal calling that's as unique as a fingerprint - and that the best way to succeed is to discover what you love and then find a way to offer it to others in the form of service, working hard, and also allowing the energy of the universe to lead you."
~ Oprah Winfrey
In everyone's life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.
~ Albert Schweitzer
"Go to your bosom: Knock there, and ask your heart what it doth know."
~ William Shakespeare
“Each of us has an inner dream that we can unfold if we will just have the courage to admit what it is. And the faith to trust our own admission. The admitting is often very difficult. “What we really want to do is what we are really meant to do. When we do what we are meant to do, money comes to us, doors open for us, we feel useful, and the work we do feels like play to us.”
~ Julia Cameron
“Listen to your heart; She knows all”
~ Paolo Coelho - The Alchemist
“Heal the world
Make it a better place
For you and for me
And the entire human race”
~ Michael Jackson
"A understanding heart is everything in a teacher… One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feelings. The curriculum is so much necessary raw material, but warmth is the vital element for the growing plant and for the soul of the child.”
~ Carl G. Jung
“When the National Science Foundation asked the "breakthrough" scientists what they felt was the most favourable factor in their education, the answer was almost uniformly, ‘Intimate association with a great, inspiring teacher’. “
~ R. Buckminster Fuller
"Often people attempt to live their lives backwards; they try to have more things, or more money in order to do more of what they want so they will be happier. They way it actually works is the reverse. You must first be who you really are, then do what you need to do in order to have what you want."
~ Margaret Young
"We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the life that is waiting for us."
~ Joseph Campbell
“We are not the avatars we create. We are not the pictures on the film stock. We are the light that shines through. All else is just smoke and mirrors. Distracting but not truly compelling.”
~ Jim Carrey
“The journey has to feel the way you want the destination to feel.”
~ Danielle La Porte
"To play a wrong note is insignificant; to play without passion is inexcusable."
~ Ludwig van Beethoven
“When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bonds: Your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction, and you find yourself in a new, great, and wonderful world. Dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive, and your discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be.”
“You are a child of God. We are all born to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in 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.”
~ Marianne Williamson