Make life your adventure.

A collection of quotes that makes me think and makes me dream.

On the Big Trip:

  • “Fear of the unknown is the greatest fear of all.  But we just went for it.”  -Yvon Chouinard, 180 South
  • “Afoot and lighthearted I take to the open road, healthy, free, the world before me.”   -Walt Whitman
  • “You miss 100% of the shots you never take.”  -Wayne Gretzky

On Life Philosophy:

  • “May you live all the days of your life.”  -Jonathan Swift
  • “To realize one’s destiny is a person’s only obligation.”  -Paul Coelho in The Alchemist
  • “A receptive mind in an unassuming space will find the breathtaking vista.”  –Keith Eggener
  • “If I had to live my life over again, I would try to make more mistakes next time.  Take more chances, take more trips.  Be sillier, laugh more.”
  • “One day your life will flash before your eyes.  Make sure it’s worth watching.”
  • “The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.”  -Eleanor Roosevelt
  • “You’ve got to be willing to lose everything to gain yourself.”  -Iyanla Vanzant
  • “[R]e-examine all you have been told at school or church or in any book, dismiss whatever insults your own soul, and your very flesh shall be a great poem and have the richest fluency not only in its words but in the silent lines of its lips and face and between the lashes of your eyes and in every motion and joint of your body.”  -Walt Whitman
  • “Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat.”  -Theodore Roosevelt

On Hard Times:

  • “The things that are hard to bear, are sweet to remember.”
  • “We must be willing to let go of the life we’ve planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.”  -Joseph Campbell
  • “But there is suffering in life, and there are defeats. No one can avoid them. But it’s better to lose some of the battles in the struggles for your dreams than to be defeated without ever knowing what you’re fighting for.”  -Paul Coelho

On Work:

  • “Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.”  -Theodore Roosevelt on Labor Day 1903
  • “Don’t ask what the world needs; ask what makes you come alive, and go do it.  Because what the world needs is more people who have come alive.”

On Leadership:

  • “Strategy is scarcity’s child and to have a strategy, rather than vague aspirations, is to choose one path and eschew the others.”

Finally, an Ode to Steve Jobs:

In his Stanford Commencement Address, delivered on June 12, 2005, he tells three stories from his life.

  • The first is about connecting the dots.

Again, you can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.”

  • The second is about love and loss.

“I’m pretty sure none of this would have happened if I hadn’t been fired from Apple. It was awful tasting medicine, but I guess the patient needed it. Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith. I’m convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did. You’ve got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don’t settle.”

  • The third is about death.

“When I was 17, I read a quote that went something like: “If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you’ll most certainly be right.” It made an impression on me, and since then, for the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?” And whenever the answer has been “No” for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.

Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.”

. . .

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”

2 Responses to “Quotes”

  1. zooeyibz October 16, 2012 at 5:42 am #

    Brilliant. It never ceases to amaze me how a well-chosen quote can change everything; shift my perspective; cast some presumed tragedy (or triumph) in a new light. My own ongoing list of favourites is at http://irresponsibility.wordpress.com/indulgences/. Perhaps you’ll find something there for the journey.

    • Lucie October 16, 2012 at 10:33 am #

      So well said, my friend! I love your quotes — and I’ve copied some down; rest assured they’re along for the journey!

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