~Words of Inspiration 1~

from Dr. Dawna Markova

“I will not live an unlived life.  I will not live in fear of falling or catching fire. I choose to inhabit my days. To allow my living to open me  . . . to make me less afraid . . . more accessible . . . to loosen my heart, until it becomes a wing, a torch, a promise. I choose to risk my significance . . . To live so that which came to me as seed goes to the next blossom . . . and that which came to me as blossom goes on as fruit.”

from Kahlil Gibran

“I prefer to be a dreamer among the humblest, with visions to be realized, than lord among those without dreams and desires.”

from Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

“People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in their true beauty is revealed only from the light within.”

from Henry Miller

“Every day we slaughter our finest impulses. That is why we get a heart-ache when we read those lines written by the hand of a master and recognize them as our own, as the tender shoots which we stifled because we lacked the faith to believe in our own powers, our own criterion of truth and beauty. Every man when he gets quiet, when he becomes desperately honest with himself, is capable of uttering profound truths. We all derive from the same source. There is no mystery about the origin of things. We are all part of creation, all kings, all poets, all musicians; we have only to open up, to discover what is already there.”

from Carl Sagan

“Finding the occasional straw of truth awash in a great ocean of confusion and bamboozle requires intelligence, vigilance, dedication, and courage. But if we don’t practice these tough habits of thought, we cannot hope to solve the truly serious problems that face us–and we risk becoming the nation of suckers, up for grabs by the next charlatan that comes along.”

from Rainer Marie Rilke

“Be patient towards all that is in your heart and try to love the questions themselves like locked rooms and like books that are written in a foreign tongue. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will find them gradually, without noticing it, and live along some distant day into the answer.”

from Albert Einstein

“The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science. He to whom the emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause and stay wrapped in awe, is as good as dead; his eyes are closed.”

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