Inspiration Quotes

That best portion of a good man’s life, his little, nameless, unremembered, acts of kindness and of love

Sunday, September 11th, 2011
New York before 911

Last year I began a 9/11 tradition of marking this day by starting or planting something good, to honor the dead while honoring life and new beginnings. This year I’m reaching for kindness.

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No miles of any measurement can separate your soul from mine

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011
two bees on a flower

You anticipate all the bend and falls and rapids and cascades of my mountain life and I know that you say you truly about my companions being those who live with me in the same sky, whether in reach of hand or only of spiritual contact, which is the most real contact of all. I am…

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When someone gives, it is an act of generosity to receive

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

  • 1. Do not build walls, for they are dangerous. Learn to transcend them.
  • 2. Live in the moment, for each one is precious and not to be squandered.
  • 3. Take care of yourself, first and foremost…

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One expected growth, change; without it, the world was less, the well of inspiration dried up, the muses fled

Tuesday, December 28th, 2010

Their sense of community had come apart long before Kathy’s death, but for him, Kathy’s dying had been the final stage of the story collection they’d started when they all first came together in the early seventies.

Most of them still…

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Nothing is impossible for pure love

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010
woman's eye

Separation was unbearable. I used to keep her awake till late in the night with my idle talk. If with this devouring passion there had not been in me a burning attachment to duty, I should either have fallen a prey to disease and premature death, or have sunk…

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Comedy is medicine

Friday, May 28th, 2010

We have the choice. We can say something or we can say nothing. Not everything true is funny, and not everything funny is true. Most comics feed prejudice and fear and blinkered vision, but the best ones, the comedians…

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We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars

Saturday, March 20th, 2010


The woman I love is not free, or thinks she isn’t. [Glances instinctively at LORD WINDERMERE while he speaks.]

A married woman, then! Well, there’s nothing in the world…

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Does this path have a heart? If it does, the path is good; if it doesn’t it is of no use.

Monday, January 18th, 2010
follow the heart

Look at every path closely and deliberately. Try it as many times as you think necessary. Then ask yourself, and yourself alone, one question. This question is one that only a very old man asks. My benefactor told me about it…

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A fire eater must eat fire even if he has to kindle it himself

Thursday, November 26th, 2009
fire eater

“Are you going to wear me down with your worries all your life? If he doesn’t, he won’t.”

Lee frowned and shook his head slowly. “If this thing flops, we’re in another mess. Without Seldon’s backing for what…”

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In my bones I’m so scared, but the mystery is in my heart – that’s where I have the gumption.

Monday, September 28th, 2009
college campus

When Aunt Sid describes out future I want to run and hide. When it comes down to it, I don’t know if I’ll be able to walk out the front door. I don’t know if I’ll be able to walk into the college dorms with tall windows and everyone…

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Once a month the sky falls on my head, I come to, and I see another movie I want to make.

Wednesday, May 20th, 2009
color, movement

Sometimes I think I’ve got ball bearings for brains; these ideas are slipping and sliding across each other all the time. My problem is that my imagination won’t turn off. I wake up so excited I can’t…

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When you’re putting people on the moon, you’re inspiring all of us to achieve the maximum of human potential.

Friday, April 17th, 2009
full moon overhead

I understand the arguments about how the billions of dollars spent to put men on the moon could have been used to fight poverty and hunger on Earth. But, look, I’m a scientist who sees inspiration as the ultimate tool for doing good.

When you use money to fight poverty, it can…

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