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.
We don’t need to focus on the unanswered questions so much as the unquestioned answers.
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…
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.
It is not the strongest or the most intelligent that survive, but the ones that are most responsive to change.
Not everything that is faced can be changed. But nothing can be changed until it is faced.
Umuntu ngumuntu ngabantu – A person is a person through
The kind of hope that I often think about … I understand above all as a state of mind, not a state of the world… [Hope] is not the conviction that something will turn out well, but the certainty that something makes sense, regardless of how it turns out.
You can never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.
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?
Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing.
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