This is a collection of quotes that I have found inspiring throughout my life, for my writing, my loved ones, myself, wherever I have come across them. Here’s to hoping they can inspire you too.
And still, after all this time, the Sun has never said to the Earth,
“You owe me.” Look what happens with love like that. It lights up the sky. – Rumi
“If you saw Atlas, the giant who holds the world on his shoulders, if you saw that he stood, blood running down his chest, his knees buckling, his arms trembling but still trying to hold the world aloft with the last of his strength, and the greater his effort the heavier the world bore down on his shoulders—what would you tell him to do?” “To shrug.” – Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged
“Fifties America, from which the games get so much of their look and feel, was one of the last modern eras to have a culturally-accepted idea of innocence. It was an era that allowed itself to believe in simple ideals. This tends to be seen, nowadays, as a veneer over the decade’s intolerance and repression — as typified by the image of the housewife going quietly insane trying to live up to advertisers’ ideals of perfection, or the awful race riots in the country at the time — and anyway it was all put paid to by a combination of Senator McCarthy’s paranoia, the fear of atomic war, the disaster of Vietnam, and the assassination of JFK, among other things. By the sixties, the belief in innocence was relegated to the hippie counterculture, and then was pretty much laughed out of court. Since then, cynicism has become the cultural norm, to the point that it’s often referred to as realism.” – Murray Ewing
“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle.” ― Plato
“People are often unreasonable and self-centered. Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.
If you are honest, people may cheat you. Be honest anyway.
If you find happiness, people may be jealous. Be happy anyway.
The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway.
Give the world the best you have and it may never be enough. Give your best anyway.
For you see, in the end, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.” ― Kent M. Keith
Youth is only being in a way like it might be an animal. Not, it is not just like being an animal so much as being like one of these malenky toys you viddy being sold in the streets, like little chellovecks made out of tin with a spring inside and then a winding handle on the outside and you wind it up grrr grrr grrr and off it itties, like walking. Oh my brothers. But it itties in a straight line and bangs straight into things bang bang and it cannot help what it is doing. Being young is like being one of these malenky machines. – Anothony Burgess, A Clockwork Orange
And perhaps, you cannot help but be cold and uncivil. Perhaps its not your fault, sir. – Mariam Shahid
Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, you’ll find one at the end of your arm. As you grow older you will discover that you have two hands. One for helping yourself, the other for helping others. – Audrey Hepburn
“A generation grown up to find all Gods dead, all wars fought, all faiths in man shaken..” – F. Scott Fitzgerald
Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create the fact.
– William James
Those who understand us enslave something in us.
– Kahlil Jibran
What a frightening thing is the human, a mass of gauges and dials and registers, and we can only read a few and those perhaps not accurately
– John Steinbeck
I believe in islam as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else. – Farah Elqutub
I close my eyes and all the world drops dead. I lift my lids and all is born again. I think I made you up inside my head. – Sylvia Plath
This life will hit you hard in the face, wait for you to get back up just so it can kick you in the stomach. But getting the wind knocked out of you is the only way to remind your lungs how much they like the taste of air. – Sarah Kay
If we don’t end war, war will end us. – H.G. Wells
“Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.” – Marilyn Monroe
“Night’s darkness is a bag that bursts with the gold of dawn.” – Rabindranath Tagore
“But pay attention, Mr. Premier! Fully formed fellows, after after 12 years of school & 3 years of university, wear nice suits, join companies, & take orders from other men for the rest of their lives. Entrepreneurs are made from half-baked clay.” – Aravind Adiga, in The White Tiger
“Success makes so many people hate you. I wish it wasn’t that way. It would be wonderful to enjoy success without seeing envy in the eyes of those around you.” – Unknown
“Go to your fridge and take all your eggs and put them into one basket. Focus all your efforts on one task, and tell me if you’re still incapable. And if you are, go back to your fridge and get your milk-based products cuz you need those too.” – Marty Schoenleber III, in Push (Slam Poetry)
Will I be pretty? Will I be pretty?
What comes next?
Oh right, will I be rich, which is almost pretty depending on where you shop.
When you approach me, already stung-stayed with insecurity, begging, “Mom, will I be pretty? Will I be pretty?”
I will wipe that question from your mouth like cheap lipstick and answer no.
The word pretty is unworthy of everything you will be, and no child of mine will be contained in five letters. You will be pretty-intelligent, pretty-creative, pretty-amazing, but you will never be merely “pretty.”
– Katie Makkai, in Pretty (Slam Poetry)
You are in love with me, I shall make you perplexed.
Do not build much, for I intend to have you in ruins.
If you build two hundred houses in a manner that the bees do; I shall make you as homeless as a fly.
If you are the mount Qaf in stability. I shall make you whirl like a millstone.
– Rumi ♥