Looking for Inspiration

Life

“When two people meet, each one is changed by the other so you’ve got two new people.”

John Steinbeck


“It all depends on the capacity of the soul to be grasped, to have its life-currents absorbed by what is given.”

William James


“So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservatism, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality nothing is more dangerous to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future. The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun.”

Jon Krakauer – Into the Wild


“Live a good life. If there are gods and they are just, then they will not care how devout you have been, but will welcome you based on the virtues you have lived by. If there are gods, but unjust, then you should not want to worship them. If there are no gods, then you will be gone, but will have lived a noble life that will live on in the memories of your loved ones.”

Marcus Aurelius


“It’s not the load that breaks you down, it’s the way you carry it.”

Lena Horne


“Life isn’t about getting and having, it’s about giving and being.”

Kevin Kruse


“I wanted a perfect ending. Now I’ve learned, the hard way, that some poems don’t rhyme, and some stories don’t have a clear beginning, middle, and end. Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what’s going to happen next. Delicious Ambiguity.”

Gilda Radner

Sharing

“No one has ever become poor by giving.”

Anne Frank


“What an astonishing thing a book is. It’s a flat object made from a tree with flexible parts on which are imprinted lots of funny dark squiggles. But one glance at it and you’re inside the mind of another person, maybe somebody dead for thousands of years. Across the millennia, an author is speaking clearly and silently inside your head, directly to you. Writing is perhaps the greatest of human inventions, binding together people who never knew each other, citizens of distant epochs. Books break the shackles of time. A book is proof that humans are capable of working magic.”

Carl Sagan

Learning

“If I’d known I was going to live to be 100, I would have taken up the piano at 60. I’d have been playing for 40 years by now”

A guy who took piano lessons


“As long as habit and routine dictate the pattern of living, new dimensions of the soul will not emerge.”

A traveler


“The highest form of ignorance is when you reject something you don’t know anything about.”

Wayne Dyer

“Quien aprende una nueva lengua adquiere una nueva alma.”
“Who learns a new language acquires a new soul.”

Juan Ramón Jiménez, poeta español, ganador del Premio Nobel de Literatura en 1956


“The days you are the most uncomfortable are the days you learn the most about yourself.”

A guy who’s been in shitty situations


“The things you own end up owning you. It’s only after you lose everything that you’re free to do anything.”

Chuck Palahniuk


“Do you know what a foreign accent is? It’s a sign of bravery.”

Amy Chua, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother

Relationships

“When two people meet, each one is changed by the other so you’ve got two new people.”

John Steinbeck


“People want to see you doing well, but not better than them.”

Too many people


“We build too many walls and not enough bridges.”

Sir Isaac Newton


“Opinion is really the lowest form of human knowledge. It requires no accountability, no understanding. The highest form of knowledge… is empathy, for it requires us to suspend our egos and live in another’s world. It requires profound purpose larger than the self kind of understanding.”

Bill Bullard

Change

“So many times, we make decisions about who we are – who we want to be, who we aspire to be, what we aspire to do – based on what we believe are our own self-imposed limitations, not those of the world. And we live inside those self-imposed limitations, without any sense that we can actually expand [them] if we let ourselves.

[…]  

I don’t think it’s a matter of overcoming [our] fears — fears are fears. It is critical to live despite those fears – if you’re waiting for the fears to go away, they’re not. You have to make a decision that you want [what you want] more than you want to be held back or self-protected by those fears.”
A conversation between Debbie Millman & Maria Popova


“In any given moment we have two options: to step forward into growth or to step back into safety.”

Abraham Maslow

Design

“A designer knows he has achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.”

Antoine de St Exupery


“People don’t use a product because of the great design. Great design helps them use the product.”

Viran Dayaratne


“User Interface is like a joke. If you have to explain it, it’s not that good.”

A funny UI guy


“Good design is obvious. Great design is transparent”

Joe Sparano

Urbanism & Cities

“Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody.”

Jane Jacobs

Nature & Gardens

“Human subtlety will never devise an invention more beautiful, more simple or more direct than does nature because in her inventions nothing is lacking, and nothing is superfluous.”

Leonardo Da Vinci


“We’re all so used to generic, corporate spaces. Gardens are about an emotional response. You need to embrace short & long term. It teaches a very different notion of color to that of an educated eye, the rhythms, the way color is interspersed. Learning from nature gives a sense of integrity to your design. I became disillusioned with the art world. I love the ephemeral nature of garden design. It’s a transient thing & is not completely under your control. Garden design can present us with another time & dimension that we can’t really control. It’s a contrast to the way we live as adults.”

Sarah Price

Differentiation

“When you write like everyone else and sound like everyone else and act like everyone else, you’re saying, “Our products are like everyone else’s, too.” Or think of it this way: Would you go to a dinner party and just repeat what the person to the right of you is saying all night long? Would that be interesting to anybody? So why are so many businesses saying the same things at the biggest party on the planet — the marketplace?”

Jason Fried


“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.”

Robert Frost – The Road Not Taken


“The fool didn’t know it was impossible, so he did it.”

Mark Twain


“It’s a lonely road for those of us who choose to be remarkable, and the path of convention can sometimes be appealing. That path is paved with safe lives, middle of the road monotony, and little chance of failure. But where’s the fun in being like everyone else out there?”

Chris Guillebeau


“Personality begins where comparison ends.”

Somebody with personality

Building

“When you don’t create things, you become defined by your tastes rather than ability. Your tastes only narrow & exclude people. So create.”

A proud creator


“It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things”

Leonardo Da Vinci


“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.”

From the speech “Citizenship In A Republic” – Theodore Roosevelt at La Sorbonne, in Paris on April 23rd, 1910


“I very frequently get the question: ‘What’s going to change in the next 10 years?’ And that is a very interesting question; it’s a very common one. I almost never get the question: ‘What’s not going to change in the next 10 years?’ And I submit to you that that second question is actually the more important of the two — because you can build a business strategy around the things that are stable in time… In our retail business, we know that customers want low prices, and I know that’s going to be true 10 years from now. They want fast delivery; they want vast selection. It’s impossible to imagine a future 10 years from now where a customer comes up and says, ‘Jeff I love Amazon. I just wish the prices were a little higher,’ [or] ‘I love Amazon. I just wish you’d deliver a little more slowly.’ Impossible. And so the effort we put into those things, spinning those things up, we know the energy we put into it today will still be paying off dividends for our customers 10 years from now. When you have something that you know is true, even over the long term, you can afford to put a lot of energy into it.”

Jeff Bezos

Sport

“Offense sells tickets, defense wins games, rebounding wins championships.”

Pat Summitt, University of Tennessee Lady Volunteers

Advertising

“The people who work in advertising know in their hearts that they’re usually arousing longings they can’t fulfill. It’s why many of them, particularly the most talented, suffer crises in mid-life. They know their genius has been devoted to making images of happiness that the products they’re selling can’t generate. Struck by the inauthenticity of their lives, with some cash in the bank, many of these ad people tend to leave the field and try out something new: they do a philosophy degree, start a bar, or travel around the world in search of meaning.

We invite them to return to work to spearhead a new kind of advertising: one that not only identifies what makes us happy, but also helps us to have a better shot at actually being so.”

The Book Of Life

Success / Failure

“Ninety-nine percent of the failures come from people who have the habit of making excuses.”

George Washington


“You might never fail on the scale I did, but some failure in life is inevitable. It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all – in which case, you fail by default.”

J. K Rowling


“I sometimes react to making a mistake as if I have betrayed myself. My fear of making a mistake seems to be based on the hidden assumption that I am potentially perfect and that if I can just be very careful I will not fall from heaven. But a ‘mistake’ is a declaration of the way I am, a jolt to the way I intend, a reminder I am not dealing with the facts. When I have listened to my mistakes I have grown.”

Hugh Prather – Notes to Myself: My Struggle to Become a Person


“Success in life is directly proportional to the number of awkward conversations you’re willing to have.”

A successful guy

Perspective

“The truth is that airports saw more sincere kisses than wedding halls. The walls of hospitals have heard more prayers than the walls of churches.”

The Truth


“Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth.”

Marcus Aurelius


“Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.”

A philosopher who knows


“The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubts.”

Bertrand Russell


“People don’t want to hear the truth because they don’t want their illusions destroyed.”

Friedrich Nietzsche


“Drama is anticipation mingled with uncertainty.”

William Archer


“Simplicity is about subtracting the obvious and adding the meaningful.”

John Maeda, The Laws of Simplicity


“People seem not to see that their opinion of the world is also a confession of character.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson, Worship


“Most people don’t really want the truth. They just want constant reassurance that what they believe is the truth.”

The Truth

You decide

“Advertising is a tax you pay for being unremarkable.”

A remarkable guy who doesn’t need advertising


“A Character with character limits characters.”

Biz Stone


“Dogs have masters. Cats have staff.”

A cat who knows


“No one has the ability to understand our path until it is over, and if you can sustain your interest in what you are doing in your later years, you are very lucky. Many people get tired, indifferent, and defensive, and lose their capacity for astonishment…
[…] The great thing about the work, and particularly work later in your life, is that you can still maintain the sense of possibility that at the end of the day you’ll know something that you didn’t know at the beginning of the day. And I just find that an extraordinary gift.”

Milton Glaser

Education

“Kids don’t remember what you try to teach them. They remember what you are.”

Jim Henson


“We imagine schools can become places where students learn to identify their own challenges, solve new problems, motivate themselves to complete a project work together, inspire others and give advice and guidance to others.”

Michelle Hlubinka


“Education is what allows you to stand out.”

Ellen Ochoa


“School is the advertising agency which makes you believe that you need the society as it is.”

Ivan Illich

Love

“Between what is said and not meant,
And what is meant, and not said,
Most love is lost…”

Khalil Gibran


“Rather than some notional idea of perfect complementarity, it is the capacity to tolerate difference that’s the true marker of the ‘right’ person. Compatibility is an achievement of love; it shouldn’t be its precondition.”

The Book Of Life


“I fell in love the way you fall asleep; Slowly, and then all at once.”

John Green – The Fault in Our Stars