Quotations inspire us to reach for a greater vision. Quotations remind us to stay the course when life’s waters are stormy. Quotations also cause us to reflect, and consider viewpoints that are foreign to our paradigm.
In my classroom, we research quotes. We discuss quotes. We use quotes to anchor ourselves to our vision, and our goals. We savor the wisdom and inspiration provided by quotes.
For today’s post, I’d like to quiz you regarding a few of my favorite quotes. If you’d like to play along, simply choose a quote from the selections below (or provide your own favorite!), and answer one or more of the following questions:
Who provided the quote?
What was the author’s purpose?
How would you apply the quote in your own life?
“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?”
“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”
“Story is to humans what the pearl is to oysters.”
“If we had to say what writing is, we would define it essentially as an act of courage.”
“To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong.”
“It’s not the name on the back of the uniform that counts. It’s the name on the front.”
“You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’ You must do the thing you think you cannot do.”
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”