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Inspiration

A collection of inspiring quotes, shared by other pilgrims as well as found in literature.

I love quotes. The ones you give me, the ones I chance upon whilst reading, or meeting people. Here are a few; deep or light, futile or philosophical, they inspire me.

You can’t grow without a fight

Julien Green

The weakness of strength is to only believe in strength

I slept and dreamt that life was joy.
I woke up and saw that life was service.
I acted and behold, service was joy. .

Rabindramath Tagore

It’s not any more surprising to be born twice than it is to be born once!

Cahors’ monastery

Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now.

Quotation attributed to Goethe, shared by Laurence

Be the change that you wish to see in the world

Gandhi

We live in the oblivion of our transformations

Paul Eluard

What I know about someone stops me knowing him.

Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, and expecting different results

Attributed to Albert Einstein

Life is limited in length, but not in width

Mon amie Martine

Utopia is what hasn’t been tried yet

Where peril grows, grows also that which will save us

Hölderlin

You cannot enslave the walking man

Henri Vincenot

No wind is favorable to the one who doesn’t know where he’s going

It’s not because things are difficult that we dare not venture.
It’s because we dare not venture that they are difficult.

Seneca

When the winds of change blow, some people build walls and others build windmills

Chinese proverb shared by Marie-José

You only get one chance to make a good first impression

Shared by Jean-Marc

The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step

Lao Tzu

Impose your luck,
Serve your happiness
And meet your risk,
By watching you, they’ll get used to it

René Char