MyAlexandriar’s Wisdom

“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

“For a writer, life is always too short to write. I will just try my best during what remains of my life.”
– Cau Yu

“I don’t want to get to the end of my life and find that I lived just the length of it. I want to have lived the width of it as well.”
– Diane Ackerman

“I think of life as a good book. The farther you get into it, the more it begins to make sense.”
– Harold Kushner

“To fly we have to have resistance.”
– Maya Lin

“This is thy hour O Soul, thy free flight into the worldless, away from books, away from art, the day erased, the lesson done, Thee fully forth emerging, silent, gazing, pondering the themes thou lovest best. Night, sleep, and the stars.”
– Walt Whitman

“Do what you’d do if you knew every dream could come true.”
– Unknown

“If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”
– African Proverb

“Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experiences of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired and success achieved.”
– Helen Keller

“If you have not done things worthy of being written about, at least write things worthy of being read.”
– Giacomo Casanova

“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.”
– Marcel Proust

“The writer must believe that what he is doing is the most important thing in the world. And he must hold to this illusion even when he knows it is not true.”
– John Steinbeck

“You have to have confidence in your ability, and then be tough enough to follow through.”
– Rosalynn Carter

“Care no more for the opinions of others, for those voices. Do the hardest thing on earth for you. Act for yourself. Face the truth.”
– Katherine Mansfield

“Be as a bird, perched on a frail branch that she feels bending beneath her, still she sings away all the same, knowing she has wings.”
– Victor Hugo

“An individual has not started living until [s]he can rise above the narrow confines of [her] individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.”
– Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Have a heart that never hardens, a temper that never tires, a touch that never hurts.”
– Charles Dickens

“To get what we’ve never had, we must do what we’ve never done.”
– Unkown

“For some moments in life, there are no words.”
– David Seltzer

“The writing became so fluid that I sometimes felt as if I were writing for the sheer pleasure of telling a story, which may be the human condition that most resembles levitation.”
– Gabriel Garcia Marquez

“Anything I’ve ever done that ultimately was worthwhile…initially scared me to death.”
– Betty Bender

“It’s never too late to be who you might have been.”
– George Elliot

“The thing that teases the mind over and over for years, and at last gets itself put down rightly on paper whether little or great, it belongs to Literature.”
-Willa Cather

“You’ve got to follow your passion.  You’ve got to figure out what you love — who you really are.  And have the courage to do that.  I believe the only courage anybody ever needs is the courage to follow your own dreams.”
– Oprah Winfrey

“Women writers make for a rewarding (and efficient) lovers. They are clever liars to fathers and husbands; yet they never hold their tongues too long, nor keep ardent typing fingers still.”
-Roman Payne

“Who shall measure the heat and violence of the poet’s heart when caught and tangled in a woman’s body.”
– Virginia Woolf

“An original artist is unable to copy. So [s]he has only to copy in order to be original.”
– Jean Cocteau

“There are two kinds of writer: those that make you think, and those that make you wonder.”
– Brian Aldiss

“All things are ready, if our minds be so.”
-William Shakespeare

” Wisdom through knowledge, knowledge through travel.”
– Unknown

” A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity, an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”
– Unknown

“The most characteristic mark of a great mind is to choose some one important object, and pursue it for life.”
-Anna Letitia Barbauld

“An artist is a creature driven by demons. He doesn’t know why they chose him and he’s usually too busy to wonder why.”
-William Faulkner

“To live in this world, you must be able to do three things: to love what is mortal; to hold it against your bones knowing your own life depends on it; and when, the time comes to let it go, to let it go.”
-Mary Oliver


5 comments on “MyAlexandriar’s Wisdom”

  1. This one is my favorite!!!

    “All things are ready, if our minds be so.” -William Shakespeare

    This is very important to me.

    Thank you for posting it.

    • I’m glad you like the ‘wisdom’! I keep gaining more everyday and I love to hear good quotes, they always change everything! You should share some of your favorites as well.

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  3. “Wisdom through knowledge, knowledge through travel”, the quote on the Bakersfield Amtrak Station’s globe, is by Edward J. Hogan.

    Great compilation of quotes!

    • Yes! That is where I saw it some time ago, but could not remember or catch the author. Thank you very much! I’ve been trying to remember where I saw it since then, haha. And thank you! Enjoy them.

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