Inspiration Through the Words of Others

From time to time, I find it important to reflect, to take some time to think about the work that I do, to find inspiration, and to recharge my batteries.  I’ve always been a quote person: someone who has quotes on their walls and desktop to keep them focused.  I find a certain kind of comfort in the inspirational words of others, so I wanted to use this week’s post to share some of those words of inspiration with my readers.  What quotes inspire you?


Angela Davis

“We have to talk about liberating minds as well as liberating society.”  – Angela Davis

“Radical simply means “grasping things at the root.” – Angela Davis

“Only when it is dark enough can we see the stars.” – Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

“The power of resistance is to set an example: not necessarily to change the person with whom you disagree, but to empower the one who is watching and whose growth is not yet completed, whose path is not at all clear, whose direction is still very much up in the proverbial air.” — Tim Wise

“The task we all face as human beings … is to find and become who we are. The task teachers face is to find their own way of teaching, one that manifests who they are.” – Derrick Jensen

“I know that power – with all the authority, physical comfort, and quality of life it brings – strongly pushes a person into a world of material possessions, and people and things that stimulate their senses. Gradually, they start to protect this material paradise with walls to defend it from threats and keep from it anything that may unsettle life inside. As the blessings in that paradise increase, the walls around it multiply to the same degree.  Only great willpower and moral strength can enable a person to get to know those that live outside these walls, engage with their concerns and wounds, and even struggle for them. As a person embellishes their life in their paradise, the human and moral effort required to live the struggles of others increases.” – Ayed Morrar

– “It is not easy for a man to be as great as a mountain or a forest. But that is why the Creator gave them to us as teachers. They tell me to be patient. They tell me I cannot change what is, I can only hope to change what will become. Let the grasses grow over our scars, they say, and let the flowers bloom over our wounds.”  – excerpt from Neither Wolf Nor Dog by Kent Nerburn

– “Forgiveness is the release of all hope for a better past.” – Buddy Wakefield

– “If you enter this world knowing you are loved, and leave this world knowing the same, then everything that happens in between can be dealt with.” – Michael Jackson

– “There are moments of clarity daily. They open me up with a breath and keep me calm. They feed me the answers. And they hold me lovingly. They are gospelstiches. My childish ass has got to let them heal. This feud I’m having with myself isn’t even original. But it is thick and rooted. Here’s to today, slowing down, suspending judgment, and breast strokes through chaos.” – Buddy Wakefield

– “Do not be too moral. You may cheat yourself out of much life so. Aim above morality. Be not simply good; be good for something.” – Henry David Thoreau

Children Know Everything– “Never mind searching for who you are. Search for the person you aspire to be.”  – Robert Brault

– “Children Know Everything.” – Anonymous

– “One small candle may light a thousand.” – Unknown

– “The human story does not always unfold like a mathematical calculation on the principal that two and two make four. Sometimes in life they make five or minus three; and sometimes the blackboard topples down in the middle of the sum and leaves the class in disorder and the pedagogue with a black eye.” – Winston Churchill

– “Maybe we should develop a Crayola bomb as our next secret weapon. A happiness weapon. A beauty bomb. And every time a crisis developed, we would launch one. It would explode high in the air –explode softly – and send thousands, millions, of little parachutes into the air. Floating down to earth – boxes of Crayolas. And we wouldn’t go cheap, either – not little boxes of eight. Boxes of sixty-four, with the sharpener built right in. With silver and gold and copper, magenta and peach and lime, amber and umber and all the rest. And people would smile and get a little funny look on their faces and cover the world with imagination.” – Robert Fulghum

– “Love, like bread, should be made every day.” – Unknown

– “Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art … It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things that give value to survival.” – C.S. Lewis

– “Listen to the mustn’ts, child. Listen to the don’ts. Listen to the shouldn’ts, the impossibles, the won’ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me… Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.” – Shel Silverstein

– “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?'” – Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

– “Some of us know how we came by our fortune, and some us don’t, but we wear it all the same. There’s only one question worth asking now: How do we aim to live with it?”  – Barbara Kingsolver from The Poisonwood Bible

“If you enter this world knowing you are loved, and leave this world knowing the same, then everything that happens in between can be dealt with.” – Michael Jackson

– “I’m for truth, no matter who tells it. I’m for justice, no matter who it’s for or against.” – Malcolm X

Andrea Gibson

– “Love is like sunshine.  Sometimes you have to get burned to know you were there.  I want to know that I’m here.” – Andrea Gibson
– “I don’t believe we’re hateful.  I think mostly we’re just asleep, but the math adds up the same.” – Andrea Gibson

– “I’m no longer looking at my days like they’re a cup, calling them enough. From now on they’ll be overflowing since I’m knowing it’s up to me to fill them up.” – Andrea Gibson

– “We don’t give love to get love.  We give love to become love.” – Buddy Wakefield


5 thoughts on “Inspiration Through the Words of Others

  1. The whole book by Dr seuss “oh the places you’ll go” is fantastic but my favorite quote out of it is

    You have brains in tour head,
    You have feet in your shoes,
    You can steer yourself where ever you choose”

  2. I think I’m going to need to print this post…

  3. ” If you have come here to help me you are wasting your time, but if you have come here
    because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.” Lilla Watson,
    Aboriginal educator, Brisbane, Australia

  4. I don’t know what your destiny will be, but one thing I know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who will have sought and found how to serve.
    Albert Schweitzer

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