Some people meditate to get perspective, others go for a run. Some might pray. Personally, I look for a good quotation to find inspiration, perspective and a good laugh. I litter my letters with them.
I am a lover of inspirational quotations. I have them on sticky notes, plaques and posters all over my office. I keep a file of quotations. I am the friend who will “like” your quotation posted on Facebook. Memes work for me too. I frequently visit the website Brainy Quote. I have a hard copy of Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations. I even get quotes emailed to my inbox each morning.
Since I use quotations for situational inspiration, I can’t say that I have an all-time favorite. However, I do seem to return to a handful of writers and speakers again and again. These are some of my “go to” guys and gals. Here is small sample of their wisdom and humor which spans centuries and cultures.
1. Sun Tzu, Chinese military general, strategist and author. Born 544 BC.
“The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting.”
2.Mark Twain, American humorist and author. Born 1835.
“Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress; but I repeat myself.” Note this was written about a 19th century group of politicians not about the 2013 U.S. government shutdown!
3.Eleanor Roosevelt, U.S. Presidential spouse, women’s and civil rights activist, syndicated columnist. Born 1884.
“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”
4. Martin Luther King, Jr., U.S. Civil Rights Leader. Born 1929.
“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
5. Marcus Aurelius, Roman Emperor. Born 121
“Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.”
Today’s inspiration is about giving ourselves permission to be unafraid. It is courtesy of Mark Twain.
Today’s inspiration is about giving ourselves permission to be unafraid. Mark Twain wrote, “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
Who inspires you? Please share your quotations in the comments section of Permission Slips.
Carol Lewis Gullstad, October 7, 2013
- Marcus Aurelius: Emperor, General and Philosopher (Revisited) (roberthorvat30.wordpress.com)
- A New Theory on “Mark Twain” (lareviewofbooks.org)