QUOTATIONS TO HELP YOU LIVE A GOOD LIFE

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Sir Winston Churchill

Kites rise highest against the wind — not with it.

Alignment
Energy

Jack London

You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.

Action
Writing

Unknown

We don’t stop with asking what a tool does. We ask about what kind of people we become when we use it.

Outcomes

André Gide

One doesn’t discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time.

Mindfulness
Outcomes

Franz Kafka

You do not need to leave your room. Remain sitting at your table and listen. Do not even listen, simply wait. Do not even wait, be still and solitary. The world will freely offer itself to you to be unmasked, it has no choice, it will roll in ecstasy at your feet.

Mindfulness
Spirituality

John James Audubon

When the bird and the book disagree, always believe the bird.

Writing

David Hockney

Surface is illusion, but so is depth.

Mindfulness
Spirituality

Lou Gerstner

The Noah Principle:  No more prizes for predicting rain. Prizes only for building arks.

Outcomes

Thomas Edison

There’s a way to do it better. Find it.

Denise Levertov

You have come to the shore. There are no instructions.

Mindfulness
Spirituality

Mary Oliver

It is the nature of stone / to be satisfied / It is the nature of water / to want to be somewhere else.

Alignment

Oliver Wendell Holmes

The great thing in this world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving. To reach the port of heaven, we must sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it, but we must sail, and not drift, nor lie at anchor.

Action
Outcomes

Juan Ramón Jiménez

“If they give you lined paper, write the other way.” 

Identity
Writing

Eric Hoffer

It is the stretched soul that makes music, and souls are stretched by the pull of opposites, opposite bents, tastes, yearnings, loyalties. Where there is no polarity, where energies flow smoothly in one direction, there will be much doing but no music.

Action
Authenticity
Values

Ernest Hemingway

My aim is to put down what I see and what I feel in the best and simplest way I can tell it.

Writing

William Faulkner

If a story is in you, it has to come out.

Identity
Writing

Robert Raines

What is needed for hope-filled living is not answers but meaning, not conclusions but direction.

Masaoka Shiki

On how to sing, the frog school and the skylark school are arguing.

Perspective

Eric Hoffer

The feeling of being hurried is not usually the result of living a full life and having no time. It is on the contrary born of a vague fear that we are wasting our life. When we do not do the one thing we ought to do, we have no time for anything else, we…

Mindfulness
Presence
Time

Francis Bacon

Truth emerges more readily from error than from confusion.

Business
Leadership
Outcomes

Napoleon Hill

Until you have learned to be tolerant with those who do not always agree with you; until you have cultivated the habit of saying some kind word of those whom you do not admire; until you have formed the habit of looking for the good instead of the bad there is in others, you will…

Happiness
Success

Tom Cargill

The first 90 percent of the code accounts for the first 10 percent of the development time…The remaining 10 percent of the code accounts for the other 90 percent of the development time.

Energy

Philip Pullman

My standard answer is ‘I don’t know where they come from, but I know where they come to, they come to my desk.’ If I’m not there, they go away again, so you’ve got to sit and think.

Leadership

Frederick Douglass

It is not light that we need, but fire; it is not the gentle shower, but thunder. We need the storm, the whirlwind, and the earthquake.

Presence
Spirituality

J. William Fulbright

We must dare to think unthinkable thoughts. We must learn to explore all the options and possibilities that confront us in a complex and rapidly changing world. We must learn to welcome and not to fear the voices of dissent. We must dare to think about unthinkable things because when things become unthinkable, thinking stops…

Francis Bacon

Prosperity doth best discover vice; but adversity doth best discover virtue.

Authenticity
Values

George Martin

The greatest attribute a producer can have is the ability to see the whole picture. Most artists, when they record something, don’t listen to the whole thing. They listen to what they’re doing. It’s a bit like when you’re a kid and you look at a school photograph of a hundred kids. The first thing…

Leadership
Perspective

Robert Evans

Sumner Redstone came all the time to visit me [after my stroke]. He held my hand and said, “You’re gonna make it! I was burnt to death and now I can walk. And you’re gonna make it, too!” The doctors told him to not keep coming back because I wasn’t going to make it, but…

Authenticity
Values

R. Buckminster Fuller

When I am working on a problem I never think about beauty. I only think about how to solve the problem. But when I have finished, if the solution is not beautiful, I know it is wrong.

Action
Alignment
Outcomes

Jack Kerouac

It ain’t whatcha write, it’s the way atcha write it.

Writing

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