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24 November 2009 @ 12:27 pm
"There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle." Albert Einstein

Share with me a quote or sentiment that makes you feel happy or inspired!
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I'm feeling: cheerfulcheerful
it's a vain pursuit but it helps me to sleeprezendi on November 24th, 2009 05:33 pm (UTC)
Indicating his twisted legs without a trace of self-pity or bitterness, as if they belong to all of us, he casts his arms wide to the sky and the snow mountains, the high sun and the dancing sheep, and cries, "Of course I am happy here! It's wonderful! Especially when I have no choice!"
- Peter Matthiessen, The Snow Leopard
funner'n a sack a weaselsmoominmolly on November 24th, 2009 05:35 pm (UTC)
"Dream no small dreams, for they have no power to move the hearts of men." (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)
jordanwillow: lilibet circus childjordanwillow on November 24th, 2009 05:40 pm (UTC)
“Magic is always impossible,” said the magician. “It begins with the impossible and ends with the impossible and is impossible in between. That is why it is magic.”

- from The Magician's Elephant, by Kate DiCamillo
Kcatkcatalyst on November 24th, 2009 05:41 pm (UTC)
"I said I guess you didn't HEAR me when I told you he fucked me like Brooklyn!" -Hebrew Mamacita
ruthless compassion: pouncearoraborealis on November 24th, 2009 05:48 pm (UTC)
I friggin' LOVE that poem.
Kcatkcatalyst on November 24th, 2009 05:43 pm (UTC)
"People in Dayton and Columbus talk like God talks, it’s just normal. And um, used to say Walter Cronkite." (48yo White male from Dayton)
naiadnaiad on November 24th, 2009 05:48 pm (UTC)
To work in the world lovingly means that we are defining what we will be for, rather than reacting to what we are against.
Christina Baldwin
the independent republic of nopantsistanfraterrisus on November 24th, 2009 05:56 pm (UTC)
"Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could; some blunders and absurdities have crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; you shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense." - R. W. Emerson
Spikespike on November 24th, 2009 06:06 pm (UTC)
"Happiness comes in small doses folks. It's a cigarette butt, or a chocolate chip cookie or a five second orgasm. You come, you smoke the butt you eat the cookie you go to sleep wake up and go back to fucking work the next morning, THAT'S IT! End of fucking list!"

That's sort of inspirational?
Spikespike on November 24th, 2009 06:09 pm (UTC)
I think I am "inspired" not always by light and cheer, but sometimes also by by realistic or even pessimistic comments that set the bar low. And low expectations are a key to happiness in life!
ruthless compassion: thinkyaroraborealis on November 24th, 2009 06:20 pm (UTC)
I have that, too. I find both kinds inspiring, comforting, satisfying in different ways, both valuable.
Spikespike on November 24th, 2009 06:27 pm (UTC)
"Each of us is in truth an idea of the Great Gull, an unlimited idea of freedom."

"It says on your chart that you're fucked up. Aaah, you talk like a fag, and your shit's all retarded. "

"There is no expedient to which a man will not resort to avoid the real labor of thinking."

"No one here gets out alive."

maebethmaebeth on November 24th, 2009 09:55 pm (UTC)
"Anything worth doing is worth doing" Charlie Magill

(my dad) Always in reaction to "anything worth doing is worth doing well"

Makes me smile.
Boring Nerdsignsoflife on November 24th, 2009 08:32 pm (UTC)
You see, I'd say happiness is the ability to recognize and be in those moments when they happen, and I think that's HUGE.
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Ellen: write me pornkeyne on November 24th, 2009 10:02 pm (UTC)
You stole my quote!
Mark Donnellymeadmaker on November 24th, 2009 06:51 pm (UTC)
You have to embrace failure with enthusiasm to succeed

Sadly, I can't find the attribution now. I got it from somebody on twitter.
veek on November 24th, 2009 06:53 pm (UTC)
I don't remember the provenance of some of these, but right now they're what's stuck to my computer monitor:

"There is no stable end state."

"I Am the Mother of All Things, and All Things Should Wear a Sweater."

"1 I exist
2 I'm ok
3 You exist
4 You're ok
5 The channel is open
6 The network exists
7 The network is active
8 The network is flowing" -Jill Walker

"When someone says you have a gift, your job then becomes to give it away." -John Maeda
Medyanimedyani on November 24th, 2009 07:17 pm (UTC)
"Every individual matters. Every individual has a role to play. Every individual makes a difference. And we have a choice. What sort of difference do we want to make?"

Jane Goodall
Pierceheartpierceheart on November 24th, 2009 08:24 pm (UTC)
"I have been with you from the beginning, and I am that which is attained at the end of desire."
porpurina: olivebloodstones on November 24th, 2009 08:40 pm (UTC)
happy, not so much inspirational
even them girls who can't walk
and chew cum at the same time
have reps to protect but damn
I think I left mine
somewhere between his battle scars and his behind
there won't be no call and response
we at least got the digits
say word

by Sarah Jones, but this is from memory, so it's just two of my favorite excerpts and the line breaks are probably wrong.

ETA: But I do have some favorite inspirational stuff

you can dream a little dream
or you can live a little dream
I'd rather live it
because dreamers always chase
but never get it
-aesop rock

Edited at 2009-11-24 08:43 pm (UTC)
Boring Nerd: evolutionsignsoflife on November 24th, 2009 08:41 pm (UTC)
"I have learned that people will forget what you said, and forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." -- Maya Angelou

"There is grandeur in this view of life, with its several powers, having been originally breathed into a few forms or into one; and that, whilst this planet has gone cycling on according to the fixed law of gravity, from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being, evolved." -- Charles Darwin, On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, pg. 490 (1st ed.)
pumpkin_pi on November 24th, 2009 08:44 pm (UTC)
"Beyond the wall of the unreal city, beyond the security fences topped with barbed wire and razor wire, beyond the asphalt belting of the superhighways, beyond the cemented banksides of our temporarily stopped and mutilated rivers, beyond the rage of lies that poisons the air, there is another world waiting for you. It is the old true world of the deserts, the mountains, the forests, the islands, the shores, the open plains. Go there. Be there. Walk gently and quietly deep within it. And then?"
- Edward Abbey
The Future Holds Nothing Else But Confrontationhawver on November 24th, 2009 08:56 pm (UTC)
"Man will never be free until the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest." - Denis Diderot

That line is so badass it always gives me a spring to my step.
Eratic Philosopher & Gentleman Hobo: i am a big pink unicornchillguru on November 24th, 2009 09:18 pm (UTC)
today's is "The absurd is the essential concept and the first truth." -Albert Camus, The Myth of Sisyphus
Kcatkcatalyst on November 25th, 2009 02:21 am (UTC)
I was just reminded of this one, which I find both hilarious and (in a weird way) inspirational: "If life gives you lemons, make lemonade. But unless life gives you water and sugar, your lemonade is gonna suck."
sabriel: downward gaze_sabriel_ on November 25th, 2009 02:56 am (UTC)
And all shall be well and
All manner of thing shall be well
(No. 4 of 'Four Quartets')
T.S. Eliot


How do I stop being afraid? Know that there is no safety anywhere. There never was and there never will be. Stop looking for it. Live with a fierce intent to waste nothing of yourself or life.
-Ann Shulgin

which I stole from someone, but I forget who.
perhaps you?
Technicolor Princess of Pomp and Circumstanceswater_childe on November 25th, 2009 05:00 pm (UTC)
Your work is to discover your world and then with all your heart give yourself to it.