quotes to uplift you

A notebook from Octavia E. Butler’s collection, (1988).

The word is pure magic. If I say the word ‘tree’ a visual imagine of it appeared in your mind; but I can say the word “Godfather” and then you think of a movie masterpiece. With the faith we put in words we create our stories and thus our reality. Words have the power to uplift us, give us a new perspective, brainstorm or release what is on our mind, and also give us empathy and compassion because the word allows us to see the world through someone else’s eyes. I hope these quotes will uplift you or help you reflect. 

 “My story isn’t pleasant, it’s not sweet and harmonious like the invented stories; it tastes of folly and bewilderment, of madness and dream, like the life of all people who no longer want to lie to themselves.”

“Whoever wants music instead of noise, joy instead of pleasure, soul instead of gold, creative work instead of business, passion instead of foolery, finds no home in this trivial world of ours.”
—Hermann Hesse

 “Ask yourself of every dilemma, every choice, every relationship, every commitment, or every failure to commit does this choice diminish me, or enlarge me?”

“Fear of our own depth is the enemy”
—James Hollis

“Every ocean is a drop in the universe. The whole of present time is a pin-prick of eternity.”
Marcus Aurelius

“Every little action of common day makes or unmakes character.”
—Oscar Wilde, “De Profundis”

“Life is a succession of transient experiences, valuable in themselves, which you’ll miss if you are completely focused on the destination to which they might be leading. “
—Oliver Burkeman, “Four Thousand Weeks”


We can judge our progress by the courage of our questions and the depth of our answers, our willingness to embrace what is true rather than what feels good.
—Carl Sagan

“Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.”
—Johann Wolfgang Von Goeth

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