Aside from “Desiderata,” by Max Ehrmann, these are some quotes, passages, and quips that inspire the same “going placidly” mentality in me. They also help motivate me when I feel like a slug, and they make me smile when I don’t feel like doing so. Some remind me of people and places I’ve been fortunate enough to encounter along my journey.
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Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. – Mark Twain
Life loved the person who dared to live it. – Maya Angelou
Everyday, think as you wake up, today I am fortunate to be alive, I have a precious human life. I am not going to waste it. I am going to use all my energies to develop myself, to expand my heart out to others; to achieve enlightenment for the benefit of all beings. I am going to have kind thoughts towards others. I am not going to get angry or think badly about others. I am going to benefit others as much as I can. – Dalai Lama XIV
How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard. – Winnie the Pooh
Don’t say goodbye, just say good night, and we’ll pick up where we left off. We’ll say hello and welcome home, and we’ll pick up where we left off. – O.A.R.
You never know how strong you are, until being strong is the only choice you have. – Unknown.
I believe a strong woman may be stronger than a man, particularly if she happens to have love in her heart. I guess a loving woman is indestructible. – John Steinbeck
I pledge allegiance to the flag, and my heart to the one who defends it. – Unknown
Home is wherever I’m with you. – Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
If adventures will not befall a young lady in her own village, she must seek them abroad. – Jane Austen
Whatever you’re meant to do, do it now. The conditions are always impossible. – Doris Lessing
Some days she has no idea how she’ll do it, but every single day, it still gets done. – Unknown
Saying yes to happiness means saying no to the things and people that stress you out. – Thelma Davis