Updated on December 12th, 2019
Love like you’ll never be hurt,
Sing like there’s nobody listening,
And live like it’s heaven on earth.
-William W. Purkey
We accept the love we think we deserve.
I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.
-Thomas A. Edison
Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.
Listen to the mustn’ts, child. Listen to the don’ts. Listen to the shouldn’ts, the impossibles, the won’ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me… Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.
Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.
-Winston S. Churchill
So, this is my life. And I want you to know that I am both happy and sad and I’m still trying to figure out how that could be.
We believe in ordinary acts of bravery, in the courage that drives one person to stand up for another.
For attractive lips, speak words of kindness.
For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people.
For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry.
For beautiful hair, let a child run his fingers through it once a day.
For poise, walk with the knowledge youâll never walk alone.
We leave you a tradition with a future.
The tender loving care of human beings will never become obsolete.
People even more than things have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed and redeemed and redeemed and redeemed.
Never throw out anybody.
Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, youâll find one at the end of your arm.
As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands: one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.
Your âgood old daysâ are still ahead of you, may you have many of them.
Don’t think or judge, just listen.
What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
Two wrongs don’t make a right, but they make a good excuse.
I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge. That myth is more potent than history. That dreams are more powerful than facts. That hope always triumphs over experience. That laughter is the only cure for grief. And I believe that love is stronger than death.
If my life is going to mean anything, I have to live it myself.
What’s meant to be will always find a way
Always do what you are afraid to do.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
The flower that blooms in adversity is the rarest and most beautiful of all.
-Walt Disney Company
Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
You never have to change anything you got up in the middle of the night to write.
Hell is empty and all the devils are here.
The unexamined life is not worth living.
What I need is the dandelion in the spring. The bright yellow that means rebirth instead of destruction. The promise that life can go on, no matter how bad our losses. That it can be good again.
One day, in retrospect, the years of struggle will strike you as the most beautiful.
It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.
Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.
-Robert Louis Stevenson
It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.
-Walt Disney Company
When I was a little girl I used to read fairy tales. In fairy tales you meet Prince Charming and he’s everything you ever wanted. In fairy tales the bad guy is very easy to spot. The bad guy is always wearing a black cape so you always know who he is. Then you grow up and you realize that Prince Charming is not as easy to find as you thought. You realize the bad guy is not wearing a black cape and he’s not easy to spot; he’s really funny, and he makes you laugh, and he has perfect hair.
The truth is, unless you let go, unless you forgive yourself, unless you forgive the situation, unless you realize that the situation is over, you cannot move forward.
I was smiling yesterday,I am smiling today and I will smile tomorrow.Simply because life is too short to cry for anything.
It is good to love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is well done.
-Vincent van Gogh
Dare to Be
When a new day begins, dare to smile gratefully.
When there is darkness, dare to be the first to shine a light.
When there is injustice, dare to be the first to condemn it.
When something seems difficult, dare to do it anyway.
When life seems to beat you down, dare to fight back.
When there seems to be no hope, dare to find some.
When youâre feeling tired, dare to keep going.
When times are tough, dare to be tougher.
When love hurts you, dare to love again.
When someone is hurting, dare to help them heal.
When another is lost, dare to help them find the way.
When a friend falls, dare to be the first to extend a hand.
When you cross paths with another, dare to make them smile.
When you feel great, dare to help someone else feel great too.
When the day has ended, dare to feel as youâve done your best.
Dare to be the best you can â
At all times, Dare to be!
To see a World in a Grain of Sand
And a Heaven in a Wild Flower,
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand
And Eternity in an hour.
It’s not the face, but the expressions on it. It’s not the voice, but what you say. It’s not how you look in that body, but the thing you do with it. You are beautiful.
To me, Fearless is not the absense of fear. It’s not being completely unafraid. To me, Fearless is having fears. Fearless is having doubts. Lots of them. To me, Fearless is living in spite of those things that scare you to death.
I dream my painting and I paint my dream.
-Vincent van Gogh
âLife is a shipwreck, but we must not forget to sing in the lifeboats.
Even if you are on the right track, youâll get run over if you just sit there.
We are just an advanced breed of monkeys on a minor planet of a very average star. But we can understand the Universe. That makes us something very special.
There are years that ask questions and years that answer.
-Zora Neale Hurston
You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection
Letting go means to come to the realization that some people are a part of your history, but not a part of your destiny.
If people refuse to look at you in a new light and they can only see you for what you were, only see you for the mistakes you’ve made, if they don’t realize that you are not your mistakes, then they have to go.
Go on with what your heart tells you, or you will lose all.
Anyone can hide. Facing up to things, working through them, that’s what makes you strong.
Lack of direction, not lack of time, is the problem. We all have twenty-four hour days.
I kept always two books in my pocket, one to read, one to write in.
-Robert Louis Stevenson
please believe that things are good with me, and even when they’re not, they will be soon enough. And i will always believe the same about you.
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. Because the brick walls are there to stop the people who donât want it badly enough. Theyâre there to stop the other people.
Even strength must bow to wisdom sometimes.
Cry. Forgive. Learn. Move on. Let your tears water the seeds of your future happiness.
Iâve been fighting to be who I am all my life. Whatâs the point of being who I am, if I canât have the person who was worth all the fighting for?
I want to be in a relationship where you telling me you love me is just a ceremonious validation of what you already show me.
I pray because I can’t help myself. I pray because I’m helpless. I pray because the need flows out of me all the time- waking and sleeping. It doesn’t change God- it changes me.
To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow,
Creeps in this petty pace from day to day,
To the last syllable of recorded time;
And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!
Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player,
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage,
And then is heard no more. It is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Incredible change happens in your life when you decide to take control of what you do have power over instead of craving control over what you don’t.
If we listened to our intellect we’d never have a love affair. We’d never have a friendship. We’d never go in business because we’d be cynical: “It’s gonna go wrong.” Or “She’s going to hurt me.” Or,”I’ve had a couple of bad love affairs, so therefore . . .” Well, that’s nonsense. You’re going to miss life. You’ve got to jump off the cliff all the time and build your wings on the way down.
If I should have a daughterâ¦âInstead of âMomâ, sheâs gonna call me âPoint B.â Because that way, she knows that no matter what happens, at least she can always find her way to me. And Iâm going to paint the solar system on the back of her hands so that she has to learn the entire universe before she can say âOh, I know that like the back of my hand.â
Sheâs gonna learn that this life will hit you, hard, in the face, wait for you to get back up so it can kick you in the stomach. But getting the wind knocked out of you is the only way to remind your lungs how much they like the taste of air. There is hurt, here, that cannot be fixed by band-aids or poetry, so the first time she realizes that Wonder-woman isnât coming, Iâll make sure she knows she doesnât have to wear the cape all by herself. Because no matter how wide you stretch your fingers, your hands will always be too small to catch all the pain you want to heal. Believe me, Iâve tried.
And âBaby,â Iâll tell her âdonât keep your nose up in the air like that, I know that trick, youâre just smelling for smoke so you can follow the trail back to a burning house so you can find the boy who lost everything in the fire to see if you can save him. Or else, find the boy who lit the fire in the first place to see if you can change him.â
But I know that she will anyway, so instead Iâll always keep an extra supply of chocolate and rain boats nearby, âcause there is no heartbreak that chocolate canât fix. Okay, thereâs a few heartbreaks chocolate canât fix. But thatâs what the rain boots are for, because rain will wash away everything if you let it.
I want her to see the world through the underside of a glass bottom boat, to look through a magnifying glass at the galaxies that exist on the pin point of a human mind. Because thatâs how my mom taught me. That thereâll be days like this, âThereâll be days like this my momma saidâ when you open your hands to catch and wind up with only blisters and bruises. When you step out of the phone booth and try to fly and the very people you wanna save are the ones standing on your cape. When your boots will fill with rain and youâll be up to your knees in disappointment and those are the very days you have all the more reason to say âthank you,â âcause there is nothing more beautiful than the way the ocean refuses to stop kissing the shoreline no matter how many times itâs sent away.
You will put the âwindâ in win some lose some, you will put the âstarâ in starting over and over, and no matter how many land mines erupt in a minute be sure your mind lands on the beauty of this funny place called life.
And yes, on a scale from one to over-trusting I am pretty damn naive but I want her to know that this world is made out of sugar. It can crumble so easily but donât be afraid to stick your tongue out and taste it.
âBaby,â Iâll tell her âremember your mama is a worrier but your papa is a warrior and you are the girl with small hands and big eyes who never stops asking for more.â
Remember that good things come in threes and so do bad things and always apologize when youâve done something wrong but donât you ever apologize for the way your eyes refuse to stop shining.
Your voice is small but donât ever stop singing and when they finally hand you heartbreak, slip hatred and war under your doorstep and hand you hand-outs on street corners of cynicism and defeat, you tell them that they really ought to meet your mother.
. . . when it comes down to it, thatâs what life is all about: showing up for the people you love, again and again, until you canât show up anymore.
Keep your face always toward the sunshine – and shadows will fall behind you.
Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedomsâto choose oneâs attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose oneâs own way.
-Viktor E. Frankl
Whatever you do, you need courage. Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising that tempt you to believe your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires some of the same courage that a soldier needs. Peace has its victories, but it takes brave men and women to win them.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
I just want you to know that youâre very specialâ¦ and the only reason Iâm telling you is that I donât know if anyone else ever has.
We never know the quality of someone else’s life, though we seldom resist the temptation to assume and pass judgement.
Source: Inspirational Quotes