Quotes That I Like

“What matters in life is not what happens to you but what you remember and how you remember it.”
–Gabriel García Márquez: Living to Tell the Tale

“As soon as you have made a thought, laugh at it.”
–Lao Tzu

“Guilt prevents us from correcting the situations we need to correct. – Instead we say, ‘Well I’ve already done the wrong thing. It’s too late now. I’ll just feel guilty about it instead’.”
Between Love and Fear

“Guilt makes us believe it’s a useful tool. – ‘I know I did the wrong thing, because I feel guilty.’ We already knew it was wrong. Guilt just hops in to make us think we care that we made the wrong choice. But if we really cared, we wouldn’t have made the choice.”
Between Love and Fear

“The worst bankrupt in the world is the man who has lost his enthusiasm. Let a man lose everything else in the world but his enthusiasm and he will come through again to success.”
–H. W. Arnold

“Guilt leads us into a never-ending spiral effect. – We take it and say, ‘Look at all the people who have it so much worse than I do. Why can’t I just get it together? I feel so guilty about not doing what I need to be doing. Why can’t I just do it. I must not be a good person. But look at everyone with it worse than me. Why can’t I just get it together? I feel so guilty. But maybe I don’t feel guilty enough?’”
Between Love and Fear

“Guilt paralyzes us and it’s addictive. -We sit in our pool of guilt and let it be our wall. We don’t choose yes. We don’t choose no. We choose to stay right here, feeling guilty, not changing, not improving. Only using it to our advantage each opportunity we get.”
Between Fear and Love

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”
–Maya Angelou

“You cannot depend upon anybody. There is no guide, no teacher, no authority. There is only you – your relationship with others and with the world – there is nothing else. When you realize this, it either brings great despair, from which comes cynicism and bitterness, or, in facing the fact that you and nobody else is responsible for the world and for yourself, for what you think, what you feel, how you act, all self-pity goes.”
– Jiddu Krishnamurti

“There is a vitality, a life force, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique.
If you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and be lost. The world will not have it.

It is not your business to determine how good it is; nor how valuable it is; nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open.

You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work. You merely have to keep open and aware directly to the urges that motivate you. Keep the channel open.

No artist is pleased . . .
There is no satisfaction whatever at any time.
There is only a queer, divine dissatisfaction;
a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive than the others.”
– Martha Graham

3 Responses to Quotes That I Like

  1. There are so many great quotes here that it is almost mind-numbing to try to read them all at once, but a favorite for the moment is John Muir’s “When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe,”perhaps because I’m reading Joan Halifax’s The Fruitful Darkness at the moment.

    • Elisa says:

      I still cannot or have yet not come up with a way to correct this issue. Today, I remembered the pagination article that WordPress did. I added in the code to create pages. Please let me know if you have any suggestion that might be better. It’s hard for me to organize or categorize that is PERFECT. Forcing one quote into one way of thinking smashes up against my method of cross referencing (the ultimate correct one that I do not have–yet) lol!

  2. Great quotes indeed, thoughts to remember, words to read again and write in one’s journal. Thank you Elisa.

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