I have always been a “quote collector.” Even as a child my allowance funds were spent on inspirational wallet-cards at the local bookstore. Just after college, I started a “Quote Collection” in a beautiful blank book I had received for Christmas. With my best penmanship (which isn’t so great) I would write phrases, sentences or paragraphs that resonated with me. Whenever I needed a pick-me-up I would turn to these inspiring and encouraging words. Over the years I started adding my own affirmations, favorite memories, and kind emails or letters.
During times of stress, emotional letdown, or discontentment, I would turn to this wellspring of rejuvenation. Each time I flipped through the pages, I found inspiration and encouragement. Years later I began adding a daily dose of this “Soul Food” to my life. This practice helped reduce my stress, emotional letdown, and discontentment.
I experimented with many ways to digest these nuggets of wisdom. Ultimately I decided the book wasn’t a practical means of delivery. This daily dose of Soul Food needed to be portable, not a bulky book
I transformed my quote book into inspirational cards and for over a decade have reaped the benefits. These cards are fun, easy and rewarding to make. I created a set of affirmation cards early on in my work and then shared the practice at both of my Orlando Disney Retreats where we made cards as a group. The feedback from women who have used these cards testifies to their benefit.
You can view the cards I have created www.maketodaymatter.net
There are so many great quotes I wanted to start recording my all-time favorite–and what better place to do it than here where I can share them with you… here are my favorites
At first I thought I would share my top 10 quotes of all time. That didn’t work so well. When I started thinking about all the quotes I have leaned on for inspiration, encouragement and guidance.. well… you can guess! So instead I started this post to share the quotes that I always have within arms reach–those that have spoken to me not just once but many times over. I am sure this list will grow! I hope you enjoy!
Watch your thoughts, for they become words; watch your words, for they become actions; watch your actions, for they become habits; watch your habits, for they become character; watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.”
Excellence is…caring more than others think wise; risking more than others think safe; dreaming more than others think practical, expecting more than others think possible.
Be the change you want to see in the world. Gandhi
Some days there won’t be a song in your heart. Sing anyway. – Emory Austin
Let him that would move the world first move himself. Socrates
Nothing is worth more than this day. Goethe
Time waits for no man. Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That’s why it is called the present.
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? Marianne Williamson
It’s not that I’m so smart; it’s just that I stay with problems longer. Albert Einstein
Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did. Newt Gingrich
Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone. Pablo Picasso
The sculptor produces the beautiful statue by chipping away such parts of the marble block as are not needed – -it is a process of elimination. Elbert Hubbard
One day Alice came to a fork in the road and saw a Cheshire cat in a tree. ‘Which road do I take?’ she asked. ‘Where do you want to go?’ was his response. ‘I don’t know,’ Alice answered. ‘Then,’ said the cat, ‘it doesn’t matter.”-Alice in Wonderland
Faith can move mountains but you better keep moving while you’re praying. ~ Unknown
You can’t live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you. John Wooden
How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world. -Anne Frank
And what are you prepared to do? Sean Connery, The Untouchables
Do, or do not. There is no “try” -Yoda
There can be no happiness if the things we believe in are different from the things we do. Freya Stark
Realize that if you have time to whine and complain about something then you have the time to do something about it. Anthony J. D’Angelo
I am always doing things I can’t do, that’s how I get to do them. Pablo Picasso
Others have seen what is and asked why. I have seen what could be and asked why not. Pablo Picasso
A man should look for what is, and not for what he thinks should be. Albert Einstein
We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them. Albert Einstein
Two men look out the same prison bars; one sees mud and the other stars. … Frederick Langbridge
What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the Master calls the butterfly. Richard Bach
I only hope that we don’t lose sight of one thing – that it was all started by a mouse. Walt Disney
It’s fun to do the impossible. Walt Disney
I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work. Thomas A. Edison
In order to discover new lands, one must be willing to lose sight of the shore for a very long time. ~ Andre Gide
Throughout centuries there were men who took first steps down new roads armed with nothing but their own vision. -Ayn Rand
Those who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it. George Bernard Shaw
Expect trouble as an inevitable part of life, and when it comes, hold your head high. Look it squarely in the eye, and say, ‘I will be bigger than you. You cannot defeat me.’”—Ann Landers
I have learned that if you love life it will love you back. Arthur Rubenstein
Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michaelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein. – H. Jackson Brown
Every morning you are handed 24 golden hours. They are one of the few things in this world that you get free of charge. If you had all the money in the world, you couldn’t buy an extra hour. What will you do with this priceless treasure? Author Unknown