There are over 300 notes on my iPhone. If I were to give you my passcode (though I wouldn’t ever, sorry), you’d find a mishmash of raw 2am musings, ignored to-do lists and hundreds of quotes I’ve noted down over the years.
I’ve always been kind of a sponge when it comes to absorbing words I read and hear. Whether from books, documentaries, conferences or conversations, there is nothing more fascinating to me than the ticking of someone else’s brain. Through their stories, experiences, thoughts and philosophies, I believe each and every person in this world has the ability to teach us something. And I cling to these little nuggets of wisdom. Saving them up for rainy days, reading and rereading them when I need to feel inspired.
So here is a very small part of my collection — a compilation of some of my most favourite quotes. I share this with you in the hopes that you also, will add your favourite quotes in the comment section below, and thus the journey will continue. 😊
Nothing can come from nothing.
i am a museum full of art
but you had your eyes shut
If you see something beautiful in someone, speak it.
I can never read all the books I want; I can never be all the people I want and live all the lives I want. I can never train myself in all the skills I want. And why do I want? I want to live and feel all the shades, tones and variations of mental and physical experience possible in my life. And I am horribly limited.
We’re all going to die, all of us, what a circus! That alone should make us love each other but it doesn’t. We are terrorized and flattened by trivialities; we are eaten up by nothing.
The only way out of a hole is to climb out.
It would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.
― C.S. Lewis
And when each of us looks back at all the turns and folds God has allowed in our lives, I don’t think it looks like a series of folded-over mistakes and do-overs that have shaped our lives. Instead, I think we’ll conclude in the end that maybe we’re all a little like human origami and the more creases we have, the better.
–Bob Goff, Love Does
When someone shows you who they are, believe them; the first time.
― Maya Angelou
You can make anything by writing.
― C.S. Lewis
Each time we don’t say what we wanna say, we’re dying.
― Yoko Ono
I have my mother’s mouth and my father’s eyes; on my face, they are still together.
Being an artist means forever healing your own wounds and at the same time endlessly exposing them.
― Annette Messager
Vulnerability is the core of all emotions and feelings. To feel is to be vulnerable. To believe vulnerability is weakness is to believe that feeling is weakness. To foreclose on our emotional life out of a fear that the costs will be too high is to walk away from the very thing that gives purpose and meaning to living.
–Brene Brown, Daring Greatly
Sometimes to lose balance for love is part of living a balanced life.
― Ketut Liyer
It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.
My alone feels so good, I’ll only have you if you’re sweeter than my solitude.
Sleep, he’s not worth it.
I have a fear of living a surface kind of life; barely existing, barely touching or tasting anything. That’s why you’ll always see me giving my all or walking away ~ I’m too full of depth to dance in the middle of anything.
Look for God, suggests my Guru. Look for God like a man with his head on fire looks for water.
― Elizabeth Gilbert
Writing is a closed pistachio shell.
― Durga Chew-Bose
Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?
–The Gospel of Matthew
Your body is a vessel for your experience, and you will be trapped until you realise that what the vessel looks like is not as important as what it can do.
― Brianna Wiest
My mom always said, ‘You should judge your relationship not by how a guy makes you feel when you’re with him, but by how he makes you feel when you’re not with him.
My creative expression must be the most important thing in the world to me (if I am to live artistically), and it also must not matter at all (if I am to live sanely).
― Elizabeth Gilbert
Opinions are like assholes; everybody’s got one.
― Sophia Amoruso
Find what you love and let it kill you.
Show me who your friends are, and I’ll tell you who you are.
– My great Grandmother