Okay, so we’re massive quote lovers, admirers, collectors, repeaters. To put it simply, we derive inspiration from quotes; from those who have gone before; who have achieved greatness, and from those average folk who have simply gained infinite wisdom in their time on this rock. So please, take some time to reflect on some our favorites:
“One of the deep secrets of life is that all that is really worth the doing is what we do for others” – Lewis Carroll (English writer, mathematician, logician, Anglican deacon, photographer – deceased 1898).
“I used to think the worst thing in life was to end up all alone. The worst thing is to end up with people who make you feel all alone” – Robin Williams (Hollywood Actor, Comedian – deceased 2014)
“Please find pleasure in your desire for my loyalty to the Emperor and devotion to parents. I have no regrets. I just go forward on my path” – Japanese Corporal Yukio Arakis (Kamikaze Suicide bomber. These are his final words to his family, written in letters as he flew out on his final mission on May 25, 1945).
“Australia and New Zealand are now threatened by the might of the Imperial Japanese forces, and both of them should know that resistance is futile” (Hideki Tojo, WWII Japanese General; Japanese Prime Minister 1941 – 1944).
“Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience” – Mark Twain (American author: ‘The Adventures of Tom Sawyer’; ‘Adventures of Huckleberry Finn’ – deceased 1910).
“Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know” – Ernest Hemingway (American author and journalist; Pulitzer and Nobel prize winner – deceased 1961).
“Yes, I guess you could say I am a loner, but I feel more lonely in a crowded room with boring people than I feel on my own” – Henry Rollins (Performer, writer, journalist, publisher, actor, radio host, activist, musician).
“If you know you are going to fail, then fail gloriously” – Cate Blanchett (Hollywood actress; theatre producer).
“I know reform is never easy, but I know reform is right”– Julia Gillard (Former Prime Minister of Australia).
“Women are the largest untapped reservoir of talent in the world” – Hillary Clinton (Former First Lady and former US presidential candidate).
“I love argument, I love debate. I don’t expect anyone just to sit there and agree with me, that’s not their job” – Margaret Thatcher (Former British Prime Minister – deceased 2013).
“No black woman writer in this culture can write “too much”. Indeed, no woman writer can write “too much”…No woman has ever written enough.” – Bell Hooks (African-American Feminist, author, activist).
“I think leadership’s always been about two main things: imagination and courage” – Paul Keating (Former Prime Minister of Australia).
“Why can’t I just eat my waffle?” – Barack Obama (Former President of the United States of America).
“Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.” – John F Kennedy (Former President of the United States of America – deceased 1963).
“That which can be asserted without evidence, can be dismissed without evidence” – Christopher Hitchens (English author, polemicist, literary critic, journalist and antitheist – deceased 2011).
“You can learn something about a person by the company she keeps” – Sam Harris (Neuroscientist, philosopher, polemicist, antitheist).
“There are so many people out there who will tell you that you can’t; what you’ve got to do is turn around and say “I can, watch me”” – Layne Beachley (Australian female world champion surfer).
“It is far harder to kill a phantom than a reality” – Virginia Woolf (British novelist, essayist, publisher, critic – deceased 1941).
“Art need no longer be an account of past sensations. It can become the direct organization of more highly evolved sensations. It is a question of producing ourselves, not things that enslave us” – Angela Carter (British novelist and journalist – deceased 1992).
“When your time comes to die, be not like those whose hearts are filled with fear of death, so that when their time comes they weep and pray for a little more time to live their lives over again in a different way. Sing your death song, and die like a hero going home” – Tecumseh (Native American leader of the Shawnee during the United States ‘War of Independence’, and fighter for an independent native American nation – deceased 1813 ).
“Don’t send me flowers when I’m dead. If you like me, send them while I’m alive” – Brian Clough (English football player and manager – deceased 2004).
“If a man has not discovered something that he will die for, he isn’t fit to live” – Martin Luther King, Jr. (American Baptist Minister and leader of the American ‘Civil Rights Movement’, Nobel Peace Prize recipient – deceased 1968).
“No one else can take risks for us, or face our losses on our behalf, or give us self-esteem. No one can spare us from life’s slings and arrows, and when death comes, we meet it alone” – Martha Beck (American sociologist, life coach, author and professional speaker).
“If people only remember me for my football, I’ve failed in life” – Adam Goodes (Aboriginal-Australian Rules Football Player, Aboriginal-Australian Activist).
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