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.
In many shamanic societies, if you came to a medicine person complaining of being disheartened, dispirited, or depressed, they would ask one of four questions. When did you stop dancing? When did you stop singing? When did you stop being enchanted by stories? When did you stop finding comfort in the sweet territory of silence?
Life is no brief candle to me; it is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening, that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique … No artist is pleased. There is only a queer divine dissatisfaction, a blessed unrest that keeps us marching…
Not everything that is faced can be changed. But nothing can be changed until it is faced.
In these matters, the only certainty is that nothing is certain.
Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable. We are faced now with the fact that tomorrow is today. We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now.
You can never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.
Out beyond right and wrong there is a place.
I will meet you there.
We cannot wait for great visions from great people, for they are in short supply…
It is up to us to light our own small fires in the darkness.
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