Quotes of the Year – 2012

I’m a nut for thoughtful, inspiring quotations; I guess you can spot that pretty quickly here! I’m just going to put down my very-very top 3 for this year.

They are:

4 Rules for Life:

  • Show up.
  • Pay attention.
  • Tell the truth.
  • Don’t be attached to the results. -- Angeles Arrien, U.S. teacher, author (1940 - )


“Be truthful, gentle and fearless.” – Gandhi

& this next one is perhaps my top one of all time. If I ever had to distill my list of favourites down to just one single inspiring quotation, it would be this one:

“Example is not the main thing in influencing others, it’s the only thing.” – Albert Schweitzer


Quote of the day’ with this post: “Why should we all use our creative power? … Because there is nothing that makes people so generous, joyful, lively, bold and compassionate, so indifferent to fighting and the accumulation of objects and money.” – Brenda Ueland (American writer, 1891-1985)

& a few spares, just ‘cos I ran across them & they’re pretty fine….

“I will tell you what I have learned myself. For me, a long five or six mile walk helps. And one must go alone and every day. I have done this for many years. It is at these times I seem to get re-charged. … My explanation of it is that when I walk in a carefree way, without straining to get to my destination, then I am living in the present. And it is only then that the creative power flourishes.” – Brenda Ueland on walking & writing, in If You Want to Write – A Book about Art, Independence and Spirit, pages 42-43)

“It is solved by walking.” – St. Augustine [more walking quotes]

“The willingness to be responsible without complaining puts you into the natural flow of all divine energy. It keeps you from having to fight the world, allowing you to go with it. Everything that you complain about puts you in a position of figuratively having to take arms against it and fight. Everything that you need to fight weakens you, while that which you are for empowers you.” – Martin Luther King [more MLK]

“As long as a man stands in his own way, everything seems to be in his way.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson, American writer & philosopher (1803-1882) [there should be an ‘Emerson Quotes’ section on this blog but it just hasn’t quite happened yet; sorry!?] 

“Character is defined by what you are willing to do when the spotlight has been turned off, the applause has died down, and no one is around to give you credit.” (source unknown)

“Well-behaved women seldom make history.” – Laurel Thatcher Ulrich 

“I imagine there’s probably so much quiet where you are when you’re cold and dead, you might as well say how crazy you are about people while you have a mouth and teeth and tongue.” ~ Fictional character Ruth, in The Book of Ruth by Jane Hamilton 

Oh help, I could go on & on & on, but I will stop now!