Words shape our reality, and a song or poem has that power in a potently condensed form. Likewise a pithy quotation can say it all – and lodge in the mind to drip-feed our own purpose and courage. Here are the quotations that appear throughout this website – they will change from time to time as new ones find and inspire me.
You can never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.
Stand still. The trees ahead and bushes beside you
Are not lost. Wherever you are is called Here…
If what a tree or a bush does is lost on you,
You are surely lost. Stand still. The forest knows
Where you are. You must let it find you.
It is not the strongest or the most intelligent that survive, but the ones that are most responsive to change.
Out beyond right and wrong there is a place.
I will meet you there.
We cannot live for ourselves alone. Our lives are connected by a 1000 invisible threads, and along these sympathetic fibres our actions run as causes and return to us as results.
Be patient towards all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves. Do not seek the answers that cannot be given to you, because you would not be able to live them. And the point is to live everything. Live the questions now. And perhaps you will gradually, without noticing it live along some distant day into the answers. (Letters to a Young Poet)
To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and to endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know that even one life has breathed easier because you lived, this is to have succeeded.
In these matters, the only certainty is that nothing is certain.
We should take care not to make the intellect our god; it has of course, powerful muscles, but no personality. It cannot lead; it can only serve.
The strongest principle of growth lies in human choice.
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