Thursday, September 5, 2013

Contemplation Day

Each new season seems to beg for a little personal introspection.  As we ease slowly into shorter days, consider these ten inspirational quotes and decide if any of them speak to you.
1.  “We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.” – Kurt Vonnegut
2.  “The unexamined life is not worth living.” – Socrates
3.  “It's not the load that breaks you down, it's the way you carry it.” – Lou Holtz
4.  “I was never really insane except upon occasions when my heart was touched.” – Edgar Allan Poe
5.  “Imagine there's no country.  It isn’t hard to do.  Nothing to kill or die for.  No religion too.  Imagine all the people living life in peace.” – John Lennon
6.  “I dream my painting and I paint my dream.” – Vincent van Gogh
7.  “You can't wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.” – Jack London
8.  “It's hard to beat a person who never gives up.” – Babe Ruth
9.  “Why do they always teach us that it's easy and evil to do what we want and that we need discipline to restrain ourselves? It's the hardest thing in the world--to do what we want. And it takes the greatest kind of courage.” – Ayn Rand
10.  “Nothing is original. Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination. Devour old films, new films, music, books, paintings, photographs, poems, dreams, random conversations, architecture, bridges, street signs, trees, clouds, bodies of water, light and shadows. Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your soul. If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic. Authenticity is invaluable; originality is non-existent. And don’t bother concealing your thievery - celebrate it if you feel like it. In any case, always remember what Jean-Luc Godard said: ‘It’s not where you take things from - it’s where you take them to.’” – Jim Jarmusch
Which quote do you like best today?  Is there another quote that you’re drawn to lately that you’d like to share?



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