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38+ quotes for being, dreaming, daring, doing… living.

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Words have power. They can heal or hurt. They can inspire or extinguish. They can gently pry open a hard heart or they can stomp on it and crush it.

Choose your words the way you would flowers – for their beauty, for there aliveness, for their potential and your intention to bring joy to the ones for whom you choose them.



Here are 38+ of my favourite power words, pieces and passages for being, dreaming, daring, doing… living.

Some things you should let go
They’re only gonna pull you down
Just like weight on your shoulder
They’re only gonna make you down.
Today, today, live like you wanna
Let yesterday burn and throw it in a fire, in a fire, in a fire.
— Matisyahu, Live Like a Warrior

If you really want to remove a cloud from your life, you do not make a big production out of it, you just relax and remove it from your thinking. That’s all there is to it.
—Richard Bach, Illusions

Piglet noticed that even though he had a very small heart, it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude.
— A. A. Milne

Once the realization is accepted that even between the closest human beings infinite distances continue, a wonderful living side by side can grow, if they succeed in loving the distance between them, which makes it possible for each to see the other whole against the sky.
— Rainer Maria Rilke

Idris: Are all people like this?
The Doctor: Like what?
Idris: So much bigger on the inside.
— Neil Gaiman

Piglet sidled up to Pooh from behind. “Pooh?” he whispered.
“Yes, Piglet?”
“Nothing,” said Piglet, taking Pooh’s hand. “I just wanted to be sure of you.”
— A. A. Milne

Some people, as far as their senses are concerned, just feel like home.
— Nick Hornby

The best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them.
— Ernest Hemingway

The Mad Hatter: “Have I gone mad?”
Alice: “I’m afraid so. You’re entirely bonkers. But I’ll tell you a secret. All the best people are.”
— Lewis Carroll

You will always be too much of something for someone:
too big, too loud, too soft, too edgy.
If you round out your edges, you lose your edge.
— Danielle LaPorte

Out beyond ideas of right-doing and wrong-doing, there is a field. I’ll meet you there.
— Rumi

When you allow others to see your bravery,
they begin to consider the existence of their own.
— Annika Martins

Fear is excitement without the breath.
— Fritz Perls

Faith is the willingness to give ourselves over, at times, to things we do not fully understand.
— Alan Lightman

We took them to the edge and bade them fly.
They held on.
‘Fly!’ we said.
They held on.
We pushed them over the edge.
And they flew.
— Guillaume Apollinaire

And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud
was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.
— Anais Nin

Deep in their roots all flowers keep the light.
— Theodore Roethke

You are so much sunshine to the square inch.
— Walt Whitman

Don’t ask what the world needs.
Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it.
Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.
— Howard Thurman

The greatest achievement was at first and for a time a dream.
The oak sleeps in the acorn;
the bird sleeps in the egg;
and in the highest vision of the soul, a waking angel stirs.
Dreams are the seedlings of realities…”
— James Allen

There’s something in your heart and it’s in your eyes.
It’s the fire. Inside ya. Let it burn.
You don’t say good luck, you say don’t give up. It’s the fire.
— The Roots, The Fire

A dream is half a prophecy.
— Catherine Collautt, Ph.D.

Drink your tea slowly and reverently,
as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves
slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future.
Live the actual moment.
— Thich Nhat Hanh

You don’t have to be busy all the time in order to feel worthy.
— Toni Carmine Salerno

The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.
— E. E. Cummings

Sometimes the joy is the source of your smile
but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.
— Thich Nhat Hanh

Home is not just where you sleep; it’s also where you stand.
— Pico Iyer, TED Talk

You can only lose something that you have,
but you cannot lose something that you are.
— Eckhart Tolle

Your value doesn’t decrease based on someone’s inability to see your worth.
— Zig Ziglar

Forever trusting who we are. And nothing else matters.
— Metallica

Hell, in my opinion, is never finding your true self
and never living your own life or knowing who you are.
— John Bradshaw, Healing the Shame that Binds You

Wash the gum from your eyes and dress yourself for the dazzle of the light.
Long have you timidly waded
holding a plank by the shore.
Now I will you to be a bold swimmer,
to jump off into the midst of the sea,
rise again,
nod to me,
shout
and laughingly dash with your hair.
— Walt Whitman (adapted by Sabrina Ward Harrison)

When people give you a hard time for standing tall and blocking the Sun,
remind them of their own Light within.
— Mastin Kipp

In a gentle way, you can shake the world.
— Gandhi

Look at the stars. It won’t fix the economy. It won’t stop wars. It won’t give you flat abs, or better sex or even help you figure out your relationship and what you want to do with your life. But it’s important. It helps you remember that you and your problems are both infinitesimally small and conversely, that you are a piece of an amazing and vast universe.
— Kate Bartolotta

The real, deep-down you is the whole universe.
— Alan Watts

Regardless of the shadows that cross the moon to make it appear less than it is,
to the moon, it is always full. So it is with us.
— Buddha

If you are irritated by every rub, how will your mirror be polished?
— Rumi

When we are firmly established in peace consciousness, all beings around us cease to feel hostility.
— Deepak Chopra

Peace, my heart,
let the time for the parting be sweet.
Let it not be a death
but completeness.
Let love melt into memory
and pain into songs.
Let the flight through the sky end
in the folding of the wings over the nest.
Let the last touch of your hands be gentle
like the flower of the night.
Stand still, O Beautiful End,
for a moment,
and say your last words in silence.
I bow to you
and hold up my lamp
to light you on your way.
— Rabindranath Tagore

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