June 4, 2011

Quotes

I started writing another long post on some of my recent thoughts, but it got heavy pretty fast and I needed to step away for a bit. It's good for me to write this stuff out, but only a little at a time - too much can be overwhelming. My ultimate goal on this journey is a sense of balance - with eating, yes, but also with everything in general. Actively pondering my worries is healthy and good, but I need to also consider the innumerable positives in order to balance my energies and make sure I'm not totally down all the time.

So for today, something light: some quotes. I have always loved collecting them, and they're especially important to me now on my weight loss journey. They make me think, they pick me up, they push me harder, they motivate me to keep going and do more than I ever dreamed possible. Here are a few of my favorites:
"But it's much too late," you say, "for doing this now. You should have done it then." Well, it just goes to show how wrong you can be, and how you really should know that it's never too late to get up and go.
The Cure, "Doing the Unstuck"

Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.
Plato

If you had such a dream, would you get up and do the things you believe in?
Belle and Sebastian, "I Could Be Dreaming"

We must be willing to get rid of the life we planned, so we can have the life that's waiting for us.
Joseph Campbell

Whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.
Max Ehrmann

Being a desired size is simply a perk of an already fulfilling life.
Ellen

The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The next best time is now.
Chinese proverb

No dress rehearsal - this is our lives.
The Tragically Hip, "Ahead By a Century"

We have forty million reasons for failure, but not a single excuse.
Rudyard Kipling

Sometimes when I consider what tremendous consequences come from little things, I am tempted to think there are no little things.
Bruce Barton

We absolutely have the power to start over, at any moment, to take a deep breath and create a world, a life, a situation that we really believe in. It's an incredible connection to the universe around us, and I seriously think it might be the best, most beautiful ability we have.
Sarah

We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same.
Carlos Castenada

We are continually faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as insolvable problems.
John W. Gardner

Be like a postage stamp. Stick to one thing until you get there.
Josh Billings

I guess we are who we are for a lot of reasons. And maybe we'll never know most of them. But even if we don't have the power to choose where we come from, we can still choose where we go from there. We can still do things. And we can try to feel okay about them.
"The Perks of Being a Wallflower"
What about you? What's your favorite inspirational/motivational quote?

8 comments:

Caron said...

“This Too Shall Pass!” Cited in an old Jewish folktale involving the wise king Solomon.

Debbie said...

Wow I love these and I am going to add them to some of my favorites. I really like the one about the postage stamp. Have a great day.

Tammy said...

Love the quotes...thank you!!!

Tammy

downsizers said...

I love quotes as well. I have built many posts around one. It would be impossible to pick just one. I used to write one on the board each day at school. They capture those perfect bits of wisdom that we all need. You have overcome so much and I am sure these and other quotes have helped you find your way forward and also help you find your way out of the "valleys". Take care.

Anonymous said...

Success builds character, failure reveals it.

timothy said...

love the quotes! a few of my faves
"life's a banquet and most poor bastards are starving to death"
mame
"the beauty of truth is it's simplicity"..........
that one's mine!
"how the hell you gonna love somebody else if you can't love yourself"
rupaul

aschmalz83 said...

I am a quote collector - love these!

A couple of my favorites:

"The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trials."

"Ordinary riches can be stolem. Real riches cannot. In your soul are infinitely precious things that cannot be taken from you."

Amanda said...

Always been my fav:

"O would some Power the gift to give us
To see ourselves as others see us!
It would from many a blunder free us,
And foolish notion:
What airs in dress and gait would leave us,
And even devotion!"
-Robert Burns