Day Twenty-nine

On November 29, 2011 by Eden M. Kennedy

Here are all the quotes that I keep on my MacBook’s dashboard.

“You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves.”  Mary Oliver

“The truth will set you free, but not until it’s done with you.”  David Foster Wallace

“‘Your father and I just expected so much more from you.’”  Sarah Brown

“. . . not until a mother’s womb softens from the pain of labor, will a way unfold and the infant find that opening to be born.”  Rumi

“Everyone thinks writers must know more about the inside of the human head, but that is wrong. They know less, that’s why they write. Trying to find out what everyone else takes for granted.”  Margaret Atwood

“Don’t worry about what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive and do that. Because what the world needs are people who have come alive.”  Howard Thurman

“Build a vivid image in your mind’s eye of what you need.” “Intensify your commitment to mastering the work you came to this planet to do.”  Rob Brezsny

“Which decision makes you the better version of you?”  Evany Thomas

“The primary moral imperative is to think clearly.”  Blaise Pascal

“What is the secret of your serenity?”
Said the Master, “Wholehearted cooperation with the inevitable.”
Anthony DeMello

“Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities have crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.”  Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Rules for Happiness: something to do, someone to love, something to hope for.”  Immanuel Kant

“Use what talent you possess: the woods would be very silent if no birds sang except those that sang best.”  Henry Van Dyke

“The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don’t settle.”   Steve Jobs



14 Responses to “Day Twenty-nine”

  • Love these. I just added this above my own desk:

    “I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought; and that
    gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.” – G.K. Chesterton

  • I need to read more inspiring quotes, you know, keep them in the forefront, to help push out the negative vibes that flow in me at times!

  • Thank you for sharing. Many of these really resonated with me today.

  • Powerful and pithy quotes are wonderful and you have some fantastic ones here. I’m very old fashioned and still use a paper-based agenda; it’s full of great quotes. A favourite: “If it takes a near death experience for you to appreciate your life, you’re wasting somebody’s time.” (Nikki Giovanni)

  • Ahhh, the times and writings of Evany Thomas.

  • Eden! That’s some pretty good company!

    I thought of you just a few minutes ago when “Androgynous” by the Replacements came on my iTunes. You put it on a mix for me years ago and it always makes me happy.

  • I really needed that Ralph Waldo Emerson quote. And I wish I could learn to take Steve Jobs advice. *Sigh*

  • Here’s the one I keep at my desk: “It is not joy that makes us grateful; it is gratitude that makes us joyful.” ~Brother David Steindl-Rast

  • Good God, I love these. Thanks so much for sharing them. Now, if I could only paste them to the inside of my eyelids to really take them in. I guess adding them to a quote notebook would be more advisable. Eh?

  • The DFW quote slays me. SLAYS. I have this:

    “It is more fun to talk with someone who doesn’t use long, difficult words but rather short, easy words like “What about lunch?”
    -A.A. Milne

  • ralph waldo ( i like to say it like that, the way SJP refers to james wilkey) is hanging on my ‘fridge. that quote makes many half-shitty days better.

  • I have the Emerson quote posted on my desk! It is endlessly comforting. : )

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