Wisdom Words: Quotes & Inspirations

‘I’ve learned that people will forget what you said … will forget what you did,
but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

~ Maya Angelou


You never really know
when it will come.
Rising, laying foot
into the same imprint
you’ve made yesterday
and the day before
and yes,
eternally before.
But some time
that superbly hairline crack
in your well preserved casing
will suffer
a Grace.
You can call it crisis, or crumble
you can see it as
the first time your truth has succeeded in escaping,
like the soft and persistent
pressings of a chick
ready to leave the egg
ready to know Life
for the first time.
~em claire


“Go to the pine if you want to learn about the pine, or to the bamboo if you want to learn about the bamboo. And in doing so, you must leave your subjective preoccupation with yourself… However well phrased your poetry may be, if your feeling is not natural – if the object and yourself are separate – then your poetry is not true poetry but your subjective counterfeit.”


“Another world is not only possible, she is on her way! On a quiet day, if you listen carefully, you can hear her breathing.”
~Arundhati Roy


“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 of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is nor how valuable nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open.”
~martha graham


The way of love is not a subtle argument.
The door there is devastation.
Birds make great sky circles
Of their freedom.
How do they learn it?
They fall
And in falling they’re given wings.


giving way to passion:
“One of the greatest disciplines of existence, especially as we grow older, is the discipline of innocence and of keeping the sense of wonder and enlargement and surprise alive in your own heart. And the moment that you stop, in a sense, living from your innocence is the moment where you start to feel besieged by existence and the moment you need defences and walls. And no matter how high you build these walls, the encroaching sea of existence will actually scour them away. And you will somehow be revealed. But because you lived in exile from what is innocent and real about yourself, what frightens you most in life is your own happiness. I think one of the most difficult things in life is claiming your own happiness.”
~David Whyte, from a presentation on The Creative Imperative with Jerry Wennstrom ~
“Everything is changing and connected. And our call is to enter a dance with the things and forces of the world, not just deflecting what comes at us. For often, the things we need to learn are in the spaces in between.”
~Mark Nepo
“. . . from the stars and the sun and the moon should man learn.”
~Eagle Chief (Letakots-Lesa) 20th-century Native American (Pawnee) leader
“Remember this, that very little is needed to make a happy life.”
~Marcus Aurelius


“I wake up every morning with a great desire to live joyfully.”
~Anna Howard Shaw


“I have found that most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.”
~Abraham Lincoln


“If you hear a voice within you say, ‘You are not a painter,’ then by all means paint…
and that voice will be silenced.”
~Vincent Van Gogh


“Behind all this, some great happiness is hiding.”
~Yehuda Amichai


“Those who are willing to be vulnerable move among mysteries.”
~Theodore Roethke


“I caught the happy virus last night
When I was out singing beneath the stars.
It is remarkably contagious – so kiss me.”


“The past, the present and the future walked into a bar. It was tense.” ~Unknown source

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