Quotes

WALKING

“Me thinks that the moment my legs begin to move, my thoughts begin to flow”  (Henry Thoreau)

“Above all, do not lose your desire to walk. Every day I walk myself into a state of well-being and walk away from every illness. I have walked myself into my best thoughts, and I know of no thought so burdensome that one cannot walk away from it” (Soren Kierkegaard)

“If I could not walk far and fast, I think I should just explode and perish” (Charles Dickens)

“I stroll along serenely, with my eyes, my shoes, my rage, forgetting everything”     (Pablo Neruda)

“If you are seeking creative ideas, go out walking. Angels whisper to a man when he goes out for a walk.” (Raymond Inmon)

“I haven’t got any special religion this morning. My God is the God of walkers. If you walk hard enough, you probably don’t need any other God.” (Bruce Chatwin)

“However often I walk on them, these hills hold astonishment for me. There is no getting accustomed to them.” (Nan Shepherd)

POETRY

“Poetry, my dear friends, is a sacred incantation of a smile. Poetry is a sigh that dries the tears. Poetry is a spirit who dwells in the soul, whose nourishment is the heart, whose wine is affection. Poetry that comes not in this form is a false messiah.” (Kahlil Gibran)

“Poetry should be great and unobtrusive, a thing which enters into one’s soul.” (John Keats)

“When power corrupts, poetry cleanses.” (John F Kennedy)

“All that is worth remembering in life, is the poetry of it. Fear is poetry, hope is poetry, love is poetry, hatred is poetry; contempt, jealousy, remorse, admiration, wonder, pity, despair, or madness, are all poetry. Poetry is that fine particle within us, that expands, rarefies, raises our whole being: without it, man’s life is poor as beast’s.” (William Hazlitt)

“Poetry is an echo, asking a shadow to dance.” (Carl Sandburg)

“I think a poem is a spell of kinds/that keeps things living in a written line.” (Carol Ann Duffy)

“Poetry is what makes me laugh or cry or yawn, what makes my toenails twinkle, what makes  me want to do this or that or nothing,” (Dylan Thomas)

“The purpose of poetry is to remind us how difficult it is to remain just one person.” (Czeslaw Milosz)

“A poet’s autobiography is his poetry. Anything else is just a footnote.” (Yevgeny Yevtushenko)

LIFE

“The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science.” (Albert Einstein)

“Remember that there is nothing stable in human affairs; therefore avoid undue elation in prosperity or undue depression in adversity.” (Socrates)

“What does it matter how one comes by the truth, so long as one pounces upon it and lives by it?” (Henry Miller)

“Fear less, hope more; eat less, chew more; whine less, breathe more; talk less, say more; love more, and all good things will be yours.” (Swedish Proverb)

“Everything passes. Nobody gets anything for keeps. And that’s how we’ve got to live.” (Haruki Murakami)

“A happy life is one which is in accordance with its own nature” (Seneca)

“To change ones life: start immediately. Do it flamboyantly.” (William James)

LOVE

“Love is composed of a single soul inhabitating two bodies” (Aristotle)

“An orange on the table, your dress on the rug, and you in my bed, sweet present of the present, cool of night, warmth of my life.” (Jacques Prevert)

“I know of only one duty and that is to love” (Albert Camus)

“We are all a little weird and life’s a little weird, and when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall in mutual weirdness and call it love.” (Dr Seuss)

“Love begets love, love knows no rules, this is the same for all.” (Virgil)

“Love is the attempt to form a friendship inspired by beauty.” (Cicero)

SELF

“Knowledge of the self is the mother of all knowledge. So it is incumbent on me to know my self, to know it completely, to know its minutae, its characteristics, its subtleties, and its very atoms.” (Kahlil Gibran)

“When one has weighed the sun in the balance, and measured the steps of the moon, and mapped out the seven heavens, there still remains oneself. Who can calculate the orbit of his own soul?” (Oscar Wilde)

“Look within. Within is the foundation of good, and it will ever bubble up, if thou wilt ever dig.” (Marcus Aurelius)

“He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.” (Epictetus)

“What one does not wish for oneself, one aught not to do to anyone else; what one recognises as desirable for oneself, one aught to be willing to grant to others.” (Confucius)

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