All true artists, whether they know it or not, create from a place of no-mind, from inner stillness. The mind then gives form to the creative impulse or insight. Even the great scientists have reported that their creative breakthroughs came at a time of mental quietude.
— Eckhart Tolle from The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment
Every human is an artist. The dream of your life is to make beautiful art.
— don Miguel Ruiz
I feel like a tiny bird with a big song!
— Jerry Van Amerongen
The only way to enjoy anything in this life is to earn it first.
— Ginger Rogers
To will is to select a goal, determine a course of action that will bring one to that goal, and then hold to that action till the goal is reached. The key is action.
— Michael Hanson
May I accept my sadness knowing that I am not my sadness.
— Roshi Joan Halifax from On Being’s “Compassion’s Edge States”
Some failure in life is inevitable. It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all — in which case, you fail by default.
— J.K. Rowling from her 2008 commencement speech at Harvard
Failure is the opportunity to begin again more intelligently.
— Henry Ford
The particular human chain we’re part of is central to our individual identity.
— Elizabeth Stone
We head home: through the gloss of rain or weight
of snow, or the plum blush of dusk, but always—home,
always under one sky, our sky. And always one moon
like a silent drum tapping on every rooftop
and every window, of one country—all of us—
facing the stars
hope—a new constellation
waiting for us to map it,
waiting for us to name it—together.
— Richard Blanco from ‘One Today‘ read at President Obama’s 2013 Inauguration