Quotes to Inspire

To know what you are going to draw, you have to begin drawing”

– Pablo Picasso

No one can build you the bridge on which you, and only you, must cross the river of life. There may be countless trails and bridges and demigods who would gladly carry you across; but only at the price of pawning and forgoing yourself. There is one path in the world that none can walk but you. Where does it lead? Don’t ask, walk!

– Friedrich Nietzsche

Vocation does not mean a goal that I pursue. It means a calling that I hear. Before I can tell my life what I want to do with it, I must listen to my life telling me who I am. I must listen for the truths and values at the heart of my own identity, not the standards by which I must live — but the standards by which I cannot help but live if I am living my own life. The soul is like a wild animal — tough, resilient, savvy, self-sufficient, and yet exceedingly shy.

– Parker J Palmer

Every true act, everything that is good and joyful and fruitful on earth, is lived destiny, destiny that has become self. Learn to listen when the voice of life speaks. Learn to look when the sun of destiny plays with your shadows. Learn to respect life. In each one of you there is a hidden being, still in the deep sleep of childhood. In each one of you there is a call, a will, an impulse of nature…Bring it to life!

– Herman Hesse

Re-examine all you have been told at school or church or in any book, and (inwardly) dismiss whatever insults your own soul”

– Walt Whitman

Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no-one’s definition of your life. Define yourself”

– Robert Frost

The Law of Life is the Law of Belief. Do not believe in things to harm or hurt you. Believe in the power of your subconscious to heal, inspire, strengthen and prosper you. According to your beliefs it is done unto you. Change your thoughts and you change your destiny.”

– Joseph Murphy

For the meaning of life differs from man to man, from day to day and from hour to hour. What matters, therefore, is not the meaning of life in general but rather the specific meaning of a person’s life at a given moment”

– Viktor Frankl

Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too.
All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favour all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamt would have come his way. I have learned a deep respect for one of Goethe’s couplets:
Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it.
Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it!”

– William Hutchinson Murray