The title explains it all.
– I’m not entirely sold on the effectiveness of motivational quotes or speeches, but I do enjoy them –
Please list quotes (or short stories) that have SUCCESSFULLY motivated you or someone else.
(sorry if this has been posted before)
“I believe our future depends powerfully on how well we understand this cosmos in which we float like a mote of dust in the morning sky.” – Carl Sagan
I’ve always loved science. Being able to understand the world in which I live, and beyond, has engendered a feeling of oneness with the cosmos. And that quote right up there just propels me forward into a never-ending stream of knowledge and understanding.
@khshox, my fascination with the universe is that it can’t be fully understood.
I’m also surprised that people would much rather go OUT for knowledge rather than IN, in a sense. For example, we’ve only discovered and learned about maybe 1% of what’s under the ocean that covers 75% of our planet.
human curiosity has truly no limits
religion is for people who afraid to go to hell. spirituality is for those who have been there. my 20 year battle with a “god of my understanding” finally ended with this quote. i do not have to believe in a religious god. but i do believe in god as in a higher power/consciousness/awareness of right and wrong. now i regularly stay in contact with my “god” (for lack of a better term) through prayer and meditation and it is not fear-mongering judgemental spiteful god that i was taught about growing up. i was invited to experience for myself (spirituality) instead of taking someone else’s word (religion).
Every saint has a past and every sinner has a future – Oscar Wilde
A near-hit bolt of lighting can create a lot more Christian thinking that a long winded sermon – Duane Dewel
He is great necromancer, for he keeps the counsel of the death( i.e books) – George Herhert
I like man, but not men – Ralph Waldo Emerson
@freespirit101, desiderata. perfect. i’ve always valued and respected the ability to strike simply the heart of complicated matters, and by default, I shy away from anyone who uses too many words. this poem, though, strikes so many things so simply. it’s hanging on my fridge.
“If you want a symbolic gesture, don’t burn the flag; wash it.” -Norman Thomas
This one always gets to me.
“many think because then happened, now isn’t. But didn’t I mention the ongoing WOW, is happening right now? We are all coauthors of this dancing exuberance, where even our inabilities are having roast. We are the authors of ourselves, coauthoring a gigantic Dostoevsky novel starring clowns. This entire thing we’re involved with, called the world, is an opportunity to exhibit how exciting alienation can be. Life is a matter of a miracle, that is collected over time, by moments flabbergasted to be in each other’s presence. The world is an exam, to see if we can rise into the direct experiences. Our eyesight is here as a test to see if we can see beyond it. Matter is here as a test for our curiosity. Doubt is here as an exam for our vitality.” – Timothy “Speed” Levitch
The quote itself motivated me to be happy once more. I had a psycho ex girlfriend who screwed me over in a million ways, toying with the life of an unborn human being and exhibiting signs of kleptomania despite claiming to a millionaire… I have always struggled with financial issues and I guess the money she flashed around enhanced my inadequacies.
I was broken for a long time afterwards, deeply depressed until i stumbled upon a quote that put things into perspective for me.
“Money makes you rich, but manners make you a man”