Quotes that inspire me

Everything that needs to be said has already been said. But since no one was listening, everything must be said again. — Andre Gide

Hasn’t everybody, at some point in their life, asked, “What time is it?” It’s no time. The sun comes up and the sun goes down. That’s what time it is. -Bob Dylan

Enthusiasm is everything. It must be taut and vibrating like a guitar string. -Pele

Everyone has the right to love.
Everyone has the right not to be loved, but not necessarily.
Everyone has the right to idle.
Everyone has the right to have faith.
No one has the right to violence.
Everyone has the right to appreciate their unimportance .
Everyone has the right to celebrate or not celebrate their birthday.
Everyone shall remember their name.
Everyone has the right to not to be afraid.
Do not defeat.
Do not fight back.
Do not surrender.
-Excerpts taken from Užupis constitution, Vilnius, Lithuania.

“The Gods envy us. They envy us because we’re mortal, because any moment might be our last. Everything is more beautiful because we’re doomed. You will never be lovelier than you are now. We will never be here again.” – Achilles

“It’s a lost, or it’s kind of an ignored idea, the idea of magnificent failure rather than a mediocre success.”- Peter Croft (from here)

“You are in prison. If you wish to get out of prison, the first thing you must do is realize that you are in prison. If you think you are free, you can’t escape.” – George Gurdjieff

“We won’t fall apart, we won’t cry, and we won’t forget.” -inscription on Chechnya’s  memorial in Groznyy to life lost to Russian occupation (destroyed 2008)

To be a saint is the exception; to be upright is the rule. Err, falter, sin, but be upright. To commit the least possible sin is the law for man. Sin is a gravitation. -Hugo (Les Miserables)

“Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.”- Helen Keller, posted by Alex Lowe on his door

“To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the Gift.” – Steve Prefontaine

Attack me, I do this myself, but attack me rather than the path I follow and which I point out to anyone who asks me where I think it lies. If I know the way home and am walking along it drunkenly, is it any less the right way because I am staggering from side to side! If it is not the right way, then show me another way; but if I stagger and lose the way, you must help me, you must keep me on the true path, just as I am ready to support you. Do not mislead me, do not be glad that I have got lost, do not shout out joyfully: “Look at him! He said he was going home, but there he is crawling into a bog!” No, do not gloat, but give me your help and support. — Tolstoy, excerpt from a personal letter

“every soul worthy of itself desires to live life in the Extreme.”  -Pessoa

“Mountains are not stadiums where I satisfy my ambition to achieve, they are the cathedrals where I practice my religion.”- Anatoli Boukreev

“Sarcasm and cynicism is intellectual sloth…Do not disappear into the consumer tapestry. We need you” -Henry Rollins

In times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act. –George Orwell, 1984

“I’m gonna do what I want, and I’m gonna get paid”- Tom Waits, Goin’ Out West

Have no fear of robbers or murderers. They are external dangers, petty dangers. We should fear ourselves. Prejudices are the real robbers; vices the real murders. The great dangers are within  us. Why worry about what threatens our heads or purses? Let us think instead of what threatens our souls. -Hugo

Far from idleness being the root of all evil, it is rather the only true good. -Kierkegaard

“When every expression, no matter how radical it is, can be transformed into a commodity and be bought or sold like cheap soda, how is it then possible that you are going to be able to take “art” seriously?” – Refused

I keep picturing all these little kids playing some game in this big field of rye and all. Thousands of little kids, and nobody’s around–nobody big, I mean–except me. And I’m standing on the edge of some crazy cliff. What I have to do, I have to catch everybody if they start to go over the cliff–I mean if they’re running and they don’t look where they’re going. I have to come out from somewhere and catch them. That’s all I’d do all day. I’d just be the catcher in the rye and all. I know it’s crazy, but that’s the only thing I’d really like to be. -Salinger

“First thing every morning before you arise say out loud, “I believe,” three times.” -Ovid

“We have hurled ourselves, in a fury of pegs and bolts, on increasingly savage rock faces: the next generation will have to know how to free itself from all these unnecessary trappings.” – Reinhold Messner, The Murder of the Impossible, 1971. One of the most important pieces of climbing literature ever written.

And when He has done with all of them, then He will summon us. ‘You too come forth,’ He will say, ‘Come forth ye drunkards, come forth, ye weak ones, come forth, ye children of shame!’ And we shall all come forth, without shame and shall stand before him. And He will say unto us, ‘Ye are swine, made in the Image of the Beast and with his mark; but come ye also!’ And the wise ones and those of understanding will say, ‘Oh Lord, why dost Thou receive these men?’ And He will say, ‘This is why I receive them, oh ye wise, this is why I receive them, oh ye of understanding, that not one of them believed himself to be worthy of this.’ And He will hold out His hands to us and we shall fall down before him . . . and we shall weep . . . and we shall understand all things! Then we shall understand all!  – Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment

“Do I contradict myself? / Very well then . . . . I contradict myself; / I am large . . . . I contain multitudes” -Whitman, Leaves of Grass

“Fashions have done more harm than revolutions.” – Hugo

“If you believed more in life you would fling yourself less to the moment.” -Nietzsche

“Most of the luxuries, and many of the so-called comforts of life, are not only not indispensable, but positive hindrances to the elevation of mankind. With respect to luxuries and comforts, the wisest have even lived a more simple and meagre life than the poor… None can be an impartial or wise observer of human life but from the vantage ground of what we should call voluntary poverty.” Thoreau, Walden

“Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now.”  – Goethe

When you are unskilled, the mountain cries -Serbian saying

The endless cycle of idea and action,
Endless invention, endless experiment,
Brings knowledge of motion, but not of stillness;
Knowledge of speech, but not of silence;
Knowledge of words, and ignorance of The Word.
All our knowledge brings us nearer to our ignorance,
All our ignorance brings us nearer to death,
But nearness to death no nearer to God.
Where is the Life we have lost in living?
Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge?
Where is the knowledge we have lost in information?
The cycles of Heaven in twenty centuries
Brings us farther from God and nearer to the Dust. -TS Eliot

“Make voyages! Attempt them… there’s nothing else.”- Tennessee Williams

“You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.” -Jack London

you can measure your heart rate. but you cant measure heart. –BJH (yes i just quoted myself)

“Sometimes I think the world is divided into those who have a comfortable relationship with power and those who have a naturally adversarial relationship with power.”
– Arundhati Roy

Or, more punchily:
“There used to be a way to stick it to the Man, it was called rock ‘n roll. But guess what, oh no, the Man ruined that, too, with a little thing called MTV!”
– Jack Black


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