101 Inspirational Quotes

As part of my Day Zero Project, I wanted to make a list of 101 inspirational quotes.  I will be highlighting some of these throughout the year in my Quote Wednesday meme.  Those that are highlighted, have the date posted in parentheses.   Enjoy!

  1. “What the imagination seizes as beauty must be truth — whether it existed before or not.” – Keats (11/10/10)
  2. “Great art picks up where nature ends.” – Chagall (11/17/10)
  3. “Wine is bottle poetry.” — Robert Louis Stevenson (11/24/10)
  4. “Remember what Bilbo used to say: It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door.  You step onto the road and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.” — JRR Tolkien (12/1/10)
  5. “If you are going through hell, keep going.” — Winston Churchill (12/15/10)
  6. “Advice is seldom welcome, and those who want it the most always like it the least.” — Lord Chesterfield (12/29/10)
  7. “The mere sense of living is joy enough.” — Emily Dickinson (1/5/11)
  8. “Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up, snow is exhilarating; there is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather.”  ~John Ruskin (2/2/11)
  9. “Music is love in search of a word.” — Sidney Lanier (2/9/11)
  10. “All through the day we inadvertently speak words that enter people’s lives and change them in minor or major ways and we never know it.” — Eugene Peterson (2/23/11)
  11. “The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.” – Picasso (3/9/11)
  12. “Words are the only tools you will be given. Learn to use them with originality and care. Value them for their strength and diversity. And also remember that somebody out there is listening.” — William Zinsser (3/16/11)
  13. “Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.” — John Dewey (4/20/11)
  14. “I find penguins at present the only comfort in life. One feels everything in the world so sympathetically ridiculous, one can’t be angry when one looks at a penguin.” — John Ruskin (4/27/11)
  15. “Fashion passes, style remains.” — Coco Chanel (5/4/11)
  16. “Do not be fooled by its commonplace appearance. Like so many things, it is not what outside, but what is inside that counts.” -Aladdin (6/15/11)
  17. “If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day, so I never have to live without you.” –Winnie the Pooh (6/15/11)
  18. “Most everyone’s mad here. You may have noticed that I’m not all there myself. –Cheshire Cat, Alice in Wonderland” (6/15/11)
  19. “Patriotism is a lively sense of collective responsibility. Nationalism is a silly cock crowing on his own dunghill.” — Richard Aldington (7/6/11)
  20. “Books can not be killed by fire. People die, but books never die. No man and no force can abolish memory…in this war, we know, books are weapons. And it is a part of your dedication always to make them weapons for man’s freedom.” – FDR (7/20/11)
  21. “It is not true that we have only one life to live; if we can read, we can live as many more lives and as many kinds of lives as we wish.” — S.I. Hayakawa (8/24/11)
  22. “Science knows no country, because knowledge belongs to humanity, and is the torch which illuminates the world.” — Louis Pasteur (8/31/11)
  23. “Society is indeed a contract…it becomes a partnership not only between those who are living, but between those who are living, those who are dead, and those who are to be born.” — Edmund Burke (11/9/11)
  24. “It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.” — Edmund Hillary (1/4/12)
  25. “If you want to be creative, stay in part a child, with the creativity and invention that characterizes chldren before they are deformed by adult society.” — Jean Piaget (1/18/12)
  26.  “I have no special talents.  I am only passionately curious.” — Albert Einstein (1/25/12)
  27. “My darling girl, when are you going to realize that being normal is not necessarily a virtue? It rather denotes a lack of courage.” — Alice Hoffman Practical Magic (2/1/12)
  28. “Happiness. Simple as a glass of chocolate or tortuous as the heart. Bitter. Sweet. Alive.” — Joanne Harris Chocolat (2/8/12)
  29. “The course of true love never did run smooth.” — William Shakespeare A Midsummer’s Night Dream (2/15/12)
  30. I saw the angel in the marble and I just chiseled till I set him free. — Michelangelo (3/7/12)
  31. Cross out every sentence until you come to one you cannot do without. That is your beginning. — Gary Provost (3/14/12)
  32. “To be an artist is to believe in life.” — Henry Moore (3/21/12)
  33.  “I love you as certain dark things are to be loved, in secret, between the shadow and the soul.” — Pablo Neruda (Sonet XVII) (3/28/12)
  34. “Never regret.  If it’s good, it’s wonderful.  If it’s bad, it’s experience.” — Victoria Holt (4/4/12)
  35. “And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places.  Those who don’t believe in magic never find it.” — Roald Dahl (4/18/12)
  36. “One is always considered mad when one perfects something that others cannot grasp.”  — Ed Wood (4/25/12)
  37. “Some people are beautiful.  Not in looks.  Not in what they say.  Just in what they are.”  — Markus Zusak I am the Messenger (5/2/12)
  38. “The great thing about fantasy is that you can drag dreams and longings and hopes and fears and strivings out of your subconscious and call them ‘magic’ or ‘dragons’ or ‘faeries’ and get to know them better.” — Robin McKinley (5/9/12)
  39. “Being entirely honest with oneself is a good exercise.” — Sigmund Freud (5/23/12)
  40. “At the touch of love everyone becomes a poet.” — Plato (6/6/12)
  41. After all, there is but one race–humanity. — George Moore (6/20/12)
  42. If I had to live my life over again, I’d dare to make more mistakes next time. — Nadine Stair (7/4/12)
  43. Security is not the meaning of my life.  Great opportunities are worth the risks. — Shirley Hufstedler (7/4/12)
  44. The greatest way to live with honor in this world is to be what we pretend to be. — Socrates (7/11/12)
  45. The value of life lies not in the length of days but in the use of them. — Montaigne (7/11/12)
  46. The nation that destroys its soul destroys itself. — Franklin Delano Roosevelt (7/18/12)
  47. We will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like water and righteousness like a mighty stream.  Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. — Martin Luther King Jr. (7/18/12)
  48. Love is the triumph of imagination over intelligence. — HL Menchen (7/25/12)
  49. A kiss is a lovely trick designed by nature to stop speech when words become superfluous. — Ingrid Bergman (7/25/12)
  50. Love is of all passions the strongest, for it attacks simultaneously the head, the heart, and the senses. — Voltaire (7/25/12)
  51. Love is a fruit in season at all times, and within reach of every hand. — Mother Teresa (7/25/12)
  52. Treasure the love you receive above all.  It will survive long after you gold and good health have vanished. — Og Mandino (7/25/12)
  53. Love is not what we become, but what we already are. — Stephen Levine (8/29/12)
  54. There are things known and things unknown and in between are the doors.  – Jim Morrison (9/5/12)
  55. If ignorance is bliss, then knock the smile off my face. — Rage Against the Machine “Settle for Nothing” (9/12/12)
  56. Seek the wisdom of age, but look at the world through the eyes of a child. — Ron Wild (9/19/12)
  57. Nothing is so strong as gentleness, and nothing is so gentle as real strength. — Ralph W. Sockman (9/26/12)
  58. Stories are like fairy gold, the more you give away, the more you have. — Polly McGuire (10/3/12)
  59. The sky is the daily bread of the eyes. — Ralph Waldo Emerson (10/10/12)
  60. The most wasted of all days is one without laughter. — e.e. cummings (10/17/12)
  61. To feel most beautifully alive means to be reading something beautiful. — Gaston Bachelard (10/24/12)

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