inspired adjective
- of extraordinary quality, as if arising from some external creative impulse

favorite quotations.

my humanity is bound up in yours, for we can only be human together. [ desmond tutu ]

to love. to be loved. to never forget your own insignificance. to never get used to the unspeakable violence and the vulgar disparity of life around you. to seek joy in the saddest places. to pursue beauty to its lair. to never simplify what is complicated or complicate what is simple. to respect strength, never power. above all, to watch. to try and understand. to never look away. and never, never, to forget.[ arundati roy ]

we have lived our lives by the assumption that what was good for us would be good for the world. we have been wrong. we must change our lives so that it will be possible to live by the contrary assumption, that what is good for the world will be good for us. and that requires that we make the effort to know the world and learn what is good for it. [ wendell berry ]

for small creatures such as we the vastness is bearable only through love [ carl sagan ]

we shall not cease from exploration
and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive
where we started and to know the place for the first time. [ t.s. eliot ]

sell your cleverness and buy bewilderment [ rumi ]

few will have the greatness to bend history itself, but each of us can work to change a small portion of events. it is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance. [ robert kennedy ]

the grass is not, in fact, always greener on the other side of the fence. no, not at all. fences have nothing to do with it. the grass is greenest where it is watered. when crossing over fences, carry water with you and tend the grass wherever you may be. [ robert fulghum ]

if the world were merely seductive, that would be easy. if it were merely challenging, that would be no problem. but I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. that makes it hard to plan the day. [ e.b. white ]

those only are happy who have their minds fixed on some object other than their own happiness; on the happiness of others, on the improvement of mankind, even on some art or pursuit, followed not as a means, but as itself an ideal end. aiming thus at something else, they find happiness by the way. [john stuart mill]

it is the experiences, the memories, the great triumphant joy of living to the fullest extent in which real  meaning is found. [ chris mccandless ]

to the attentive eye each moment has its own beauty and it beholds a picture that was never seen before and which shall never be seen again. [ r.w. emerson ]

strange is our situation here upon earth. each of us comes for a short visit, not knowing why, yet sometimes seeming to a divine purpose. from the standpoint of daily life, however, there is one thing we do know: that we are here for the sake of others, for the countless unknown souls with whose fate we are connected by a bond of sympathy. many times a day, I realize how much my outer and inner life is built upon the labors of people, both living and dead, and how earnestly I must exert myself in order to give in return as much as I have received. [ albert einstein ]
those who dwell among the beauties and mysteries of the earth are never alone or weary of life.
[ rachel carson ]

walk with the dreamers, the believers, the courageous, the cheerful, the planners, the doers, the successful people with their heads in the clouds and their feet on the ground. let their spirit ignite a fire within you to leave this world better than when you found it. [wilfred peterson ]

once social change begins, it cannot be reversed. you cannot un-educate the person who has learned to read. you cannot humiliate the person who feels pride. you cannot oppress the people who are not afraid anymore.  [ cesar chavez ]

live quietly in the moment and see the beauty of all before you. the future will take care of itself.  [ paramahansa yogananda ]

never look down on anybody unless you're helping him up. [ jesse jackson ]

the world needs dreamers and the world needs doers. but above all, the world needs dreamers who do. [ sarah ban breathnach ]

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