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Inspirational Quotes from the Commonplace Book

To close this year off I’d like to leave you all with some inspirational quotes I’ve been collecting in my commonplace book to, hopefully, inspire you for the coming year.

Happy New Year everyone.

“The people in the world, and the objects in it, and the world as a whole, are not absolute things, but on the contrary, are the phenomena of perception. . . . If we were all alike: if we were millions of people saying do, re, mi, in unison, one poet would be enough. . . . But we are not alone, and everything needs expounding all the time because, as people live and die, each one perceiving life and death for himself, and mostly by and in himself, there develops a curiosity about the perceptions of others. This is what makes it possible to go on saying new things about old things.”

Wallace Stevens

“An expert is someone who, over many years, manages to remain confident enough to keep trying and humble enough to keep learning.”

“You don’t need to catch every break if you’re willing to keep trying. Every winner has an archive of losses, but each attempt creates the chance for a victory. You need to be patient, but not passive. Active patience.”

James Clear

“You have to find something that you love enough to be able to take risks, jump over the hurdles and break through the brick walls that are always going to be placed in front of you. If you don’t have that kind of feeling for what it is you’re doing, you’ll stop at the first giant hurdle.”

George Lucas

“It’s not really what you do, it’s more the intensity by which you do it. By the conviction of your reality that you believe in, you’ll make others believe in it. You kind of can’t make it up, really. And then people get convinced, and even oneself gets convinced. There’s no one hidden track that’s there waiting for you. You’ve just got to step into it, whatever that is.”

Character from Joanna Hogg’s Archipelego, quoted in Mason Curry’s newsletter – Issue, ‘Art of Perseverance’

“The great thing, if one can, is to stop regarding all the unpleasant things as interruptions of one’s ‘own’ or ‘real’ life. The truth is of course that what one calls the interruptions are precisely one’s real life—the life God is sending one day by day: what one calls one’s ‘real life’ is a phantom of one’s own imagination.”

C.S. Lewis