I’ve kept journals for most of my life … filled with pictures, drawings, photos … and hundreds of quotes. I can always browse through them and find inspiration when I need it. This past weekend I decided to dedicate an entire wall for collecting quotes:
I only added a few quotes to start but I know it will fill up fast. Eventually it will just be a graffiti-like piece of art and conversation piece.
(You can see how to make your own “mess-free” chalkboard wall here.)
Some of my favorite quotes I’ve collected over the years:
Write about your own experience. By that experience someone else may be a bit richer some day. Read widely of others experiences in thought and action—stretch to others even though it hurts and strains and would be more comfortable to snuggle back in the comforting cotton-wool of blissful ignorance! Hurl yourself at goals above your head and bear the lacerations that come when you slip and make a fool of yourself. Try always, as long as you have breath in your body, to take the hard way, the Spartan way—and work, work, work to build yourself into a rich continually evolving entity.
— Sylvia Plath
The truth is we all ache. We all have growing pains and wonder if we are okay and enough and loved. The thing is we are. Really. Without our silver shoes and leopard print sheets. We are enough without all the things we buy to make us much more than we are or need to be. We are simple and complex and are as is.
-Sabrina Ward Harrison
I’m fine. I just threw up in my mouth a bit.
-from the movie Dodgeball
Dear God, I do not ask for health or wealth. People ask you so often that you can’t have any left. Give me, God, what else you have. Give me what no-one else asks for. Amen.
-from the movie Man of Fire
It was one of those days when it’s a minute away from snowing and there’s this electricity in the air, you can almost hear it. And this bag was, like, dancing with me. Like a little kid begging me to play with it. For fifteen minutes. And that’s the day I knew there was this entire life behind things, and… this incredibly benevolent force, that wanted me to know there was no reason to be afraid, ever. Video’s a poor excuse, I know. But it helps me remember… and I need to remember… Sometimes there’s so much beauty in the world I feel like I can’t take it, like my heart’s going to cave in.
-from American Beauty
For what it’s worth: it’s never too late or, in my case, too early to be whoever you want to be. There’s no time limit, stop whenever you want. You can change or stay the same, there are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it. I hope you make the best of it. And I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things you never felt before. I hope you meet people with a different point of view. I hope you live a life you’re proud of. If you find that you’re not, I hope you have the strength to start all over again.
-from The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
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