I am a quote collector, there are so many brilliant words that resonate with me, depending on the day. In fact, my first 100 Day project (and maybe my last completed effort) was all about my favourite quotes. You can find it here: #100DaysofLINARstudio. First I think of an inspiring person and then what they’ve said to inspire me. I’ll keep it short.
One of my all time favourites (and that I’ve shared a number of times recently) comes from Anne Lamott:
“You own everything that happened to you. Tell your stories. If people wanted you to write warmly about them, they should have behaved better.”
Another (few) come from the indomitable Maya Angelou:
“I did then what I knew how to do. Now that I know better, I do better.”
“When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time.”
And, this I had made into a canvas print for my naked office wall:
“I’ve learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow. I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights. I’ve learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you’ll miss them when they’re gone from your life. I’ve learned that making a “living” is not the same thing as making a “life.” I’ve learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance. I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back. I’ve learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision. I’ve learned that even when I have pains, I don’t have to be one. I’ve learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back. I’ve learned that I still have a lot to learn. I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
Then there are plenty from Theodore Roosevelt:
“Comparison is the thief of joy.”
“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.”
“The only man who never makes a mistake is the man who never does anything.”
“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.”
“The one thing I want to leave my children is an honourable name.”
One of my most favourite authors is Alice Hoffman:
“When all is said and done, the weather and love are the two elements about which one can never be sure.”
“Books may well be the only true magic.”
“The weak are cruel. The strong have no need to be.”
“Sometimes, running away means you’re headed in the exact right direction.”
“She liked to disappear, even when she was in the same room as other people. It was a talent, as it was a curse.”
“All the characters in my books are imagined, but all have a bit of who I am in them – much like the characters in your dreams are all formed by who you are.”
And, I’ll end with the ever talented Anna Quindlen:
The thing that is really hard, and really amazing, is giving up on being perfect and beginning the work of becoming yourself.
There are many, many more quotes I love, but these are good examples of those that speak to my heart.