Finding Quotes for Inspiration

I was thinking about the reason why we tend to look up quotes. I thought maybe it was just a recent internet trend but it really isn't. When you think about past presidential speeches or even Biographies or Memoirs, the author always seems to quote others. 

Do we want to find confirmation for our thoughts and actions? Possibly. 

Do we need to comfort the uncomfortable or make the comfortable uncomfortable? Maybe.

I tend to look up quotes to inspire me and to show me that I am not the only one who has troubles with certain ideas or makes certain mistakes. It is healing to know that people who have made a large impact on others in a positive way, didn't always make the best of choices and struggled through times. Still, they set out to do what they said they were going to do. 

Please post the quotes that have inspired you or made you change a direction in your life in the comment section below.  



Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don't matter at all, because once you are Real you can't be ugly, except to people who don't understand.
Margery Williams
We cannot stay home all our lives, we must present ourselves to the world and we must look upon it as an adventure.
Beatrix Potter
I cannot rest, I must draw, however poor the result, and when I have a bad time come over me it is a stronger desire than ever.
Beatrix Potter
Thank God I have the seeing eye, that is to say, as I lie in bed I can walk step by step on the fells and rough land seeing every stone and flower and patch of bog and cotton pass where my old legs will never take me again.
Beatrix Potter

If your daily life seems poor, do not blame it; blame yourself that you are not poet enough to call forth its riches' for the Creator, there is no poverty.

Rainer Maria Rilke



I want to be with those who know secret things or else alone.

Rainer Maria Rilke



No great art has ever been made without the artist having known danger.

Rainer Maria Rilke



I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do. 

Leonardo Da Vinci


I have offended God and mankind because my work didn't reach the quality it should have.

Leonardo Da Vinci



The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance

Aristotle



No great mind has ever existed without a touch of madness.

Aristotle



Excellence is never an accident. It is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, and intelligent execution; it represents the wise choice of many alternatives – choice, not chance, determines your destiny

Aristotle


You can't stay in your corner of the Forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes. 


A.A. Milne


One of the advantages of being disorganized is that one is always having surprising discoveries.


A.A. Milne

Don't underestimate the value of Doing Nothing, of just going along, listening to all the things you can't hear, and not bothering.

A.A. Milne





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