Quotations for Inspirations I

A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent upon arriving.
A good artist lets his intuition lead him wherever it wants.

Art is the only way to run away without leaving home.
Twyla Tharp

A single fantasy can transform a million realities.
Maya Angelou

Christopher Robin spent the morning indoors going to Africa and back.
AA Milne

You cannot create experience. You must undergo it.
Albert Camus

When one door of happiness closes, another opens,
but often we look so long at the closed door
that we do not see the one that has opened before us.
Helen Keller

I dream about the roots of trees
and where they travel underneath us,
and how they sustain us from above.
I marvel at tree canopies and spectacular branches.

When you walk to the edge of all the light you have
and take that first step into the darkness of the unknown,
you must believe that one of two things will happen:

There will be something solid for you to stand upon,
or, you will be taught how to fly
poem by Patrick Overton from his book, Rebuilding the Front Porch of America, 1997

Do you not see that you and I are as branches of one tree?
With your rejoicing comes my laughter.
With your sadness starts my tears.
Love, could life be otherwise with you and me?
13th Century Chinese Poem

Folks always say “You come into this world alone and you must leave it alone.”
They ought to know better because it isn’t so. It’s not that way at all.
The child comes into life very attached and stays attached
and is mired all of its life in a soup of relations.
This child struggles to be born. It comes out pushing and pulling
with the cord attached and still holding on way up.
The child has to pull and push and make a place for itself
in and among all the people that are already here.
Breena Clark

The only reason some people get lost in thought
is because it’s such unfamiliar territory.
Ashleigh Brilliant

It’s not easy taking my problems one at a time
when they refuse to get in line.
Paul Fix

He began to hear,
out beyond the deep quiet of the clearing,
the soft whirring of invisible wings
as songbirds sewed threads of sound
through the highest branches.
“The Year of the Leopard Song” by Eric Campbell

Why is it that we rejoice at a birth and grieve at a funeral?
It is because we are not the person involved.
Mark Twain

Any man can surround himself with two thousand books
and thence forward have at least one place
in the world in which it is possible to be happy.
Augustine Birrell

I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.
Jorge Luis Borge
(But my son would rather it be a football field!)
Barbara Fahrenbach

When daily life is a trial, the occasional genuine catastrophe may, perhaps, have less impact.
George Maguire

The last thing I needed was to fall into the hands of one of those head doctors who were unreservedly enthusiastic about dipping into the psychoactive pharmacopoeia to ladle up a fruit punch of behavior modification drugs which imposing a short term placidity, would ultimately leave with more short-circuited synapses than I had now.
Dean Koontz

In a dark territory of her mind that she’d never traveled before, she found a twisted landscape of superstition.
Dean Koontz

His mood swung so fast and hard that it seemed his head ought to have spun around from the force of the change.
Dean Koontz

Love was a sacred garment, woven of a fabric so thin that it could not be seen, yet so strong that even mighty death could not tear it, a garment that could not be frayed by use, that brought warmth into what would otherwise be an intolerably cold world. But at times, love could also be as heavy as chain mail. Bearing the burden of love on those occasions, when it was a solemn weight, made it more precious when, in better times, it caught the wind in sleeves like wings — and lifted you.
Dean Koontz

A wise man never loses anything if he has himself.

Life is not a problem to be solved but a mystery to be lived.
Thomas Merton

Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.
Thomas Merton

What if we smashed the mirrors and saw our true faces?

You must do the thing you think you cannot do.
Eleanor Roosevelt

Within our dreams and aspirations we find our opportunities.
Sue Atchley Ebaugh

It is very important to make art about what we are really interested in, not what we should be interested in.
Julia Cameron

To create is to move into the unknown — to move into the mystery of yourself, to have feeling, to awaken buried perceptions and to be alive and free without worrying about the results.
Michell Cassou

Creativity is a different quality of spiritual life than humility or asceticism; it is a revelation of the God-like nature of humanity.
Nikolai Berdyaev

There are no guarantees in my world.
Beth Walters, M.D.

A book must be the axe for the frozen sea inside us.
Franz Kafka

Our birth is but a sleep and a forgetting;
The soul that rises with us, our life’s star.
Hath had elsewhere its setting,
And cometh from afar,
Not in entire forgetfulness.
Wm Wordsworth

Quiet desperation or restless agitation?
Sarah Breathnach

A picture is not just worth a thousand words; it’s worth a Jungian personality inventory;
for there, in black and white, are those personality assets or deficits.

If you can learn from hard knocks, you can also learn from soft touches.
Carolyn Kenmore

When you can see each leaf as a separate thing, you can see the tree, you can see the spirit of the tree, you can talk to it, and just maybe you can begin to learn something.
William J Bausch

Nothing we do is inevitable;
but everything we do is irreversible.
Joy Williams

The Navajo Black Design blanket has a center like that of a spider’s web. That’s so the weaver’s thoughts can escape the weaving when it is finished. So his mind won’t get trapped inside.
Joy Williams

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