Dreaming the Life
Quotes on having big dreams and using them to inspire your life.
For I dipt into the future, far as human eye could see, Saw the vision of the world and all the wonder that would be.
Dream lofty dreams, and as you dream, so you shall become. Your vision is the promise of what you shall one day be your ideal is the prophecy of what you shall at last unveil.
Cherish your visions and your dreams as they are the children of your soul, the blueprints of your ultimate achievements.
The golden age is before us, not behind us.
Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat.
A man sooner or later discovers that he is the master-gardener of his soul, the director of his life.
There are old heads in the world who cannot help me by their example or advice to live worthily and satisfactorily to myself, but I believe that it is in my power to elevate myself this very hour above the common level of my life.
Henry David Thoreau
One way or another, we all have to find what best fosters the flowering of our humanity in this contemporary life, and dedicate ourselves to that.
When soul force awakens, it becomes irresistible and conquers the world. This power is inherent in every human being. But one can succeed only if one tries to realize this ideal in each and every act in one’s life without being affected in the least by praise or censure.
Go as far as you can see; when you get there, you’ll be able to see farther.
J. P. Morgan
What each must seek in his life never was on land or sea. It is something out of his own unique potentiality for experience, something that never has been and never could have been experienced by anyone else.
Throw your dreams into space like a kite, and you do not know what it will bring back: a new life, a new friend, a new love, a new country.
If you’re offered a seat on a rocket ship, don’t ask what seat! Just get on.
I love those who yearn for the impossible.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Miracles, in the sense of phenomena we cannot explain, surround us on every hand: life itself is the miracle of miracles.
George Bernard Shaw
I avoid looking forward or backward and try to keep looking upward.
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
All that you are, you are right now. All that you can be, begins in this moment. Now is a great place to be. For when you live it fully, with love, with gratitude, with purpose, anything is possible.
The first thing which I can record concerning myself is, that I was born. These are wonderful words. This life, to which neither time nor eternity can bring diminution – this everlasting living soul, began. My mind loses itself in these depths.
Once I knew only darkness and stillness… my life was without past or future… but a little word from the fingers of another fell into my hand that clutched at emptiness, and my heart leaped to the rapture of living.
Keeping the Fire Alive
Keeping your fire, and other’s fires, burning brightly will help keep up enthusiasm. These quotes may help you see the light from your fire or rekindle your fire when needed.
I am thankful to all who said no to me. It is because of them that I’m doing it myself.
When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.
Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark. In the hopeless swamps of the not quite, the not yet, and the not at all, do not let the hero in your soul perish and leave only frustration for the life you deserved, but never have been able to reach. The world you desire can be won, it exists, it is real, it is possible, it is yours.
A life lived with integrity – even if it lacks the trappings of fame and fortune is a shining star in whose light others may follow in the years to come.
All that was great in the past was ridiculed, condemned, combated, suppressed only to emerge all the more powerfully, all the more triumphantly from the struggle.
If you always put limit on everything you do, physical or anything else. It will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.
I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of man to elevate his life by conscious endeavor.
Henry David Thoreau
I could not, at any age, be content to take my place by the fireside and simply look on. Life was meant to be lived. Curiosity must be kept alive. One must never, for whatever reason, turn his back on life.
Know the true value of time; snatch, seize, and enjoy every moment of it. No idleness, no laziness, no procrastination: never put off till to-morrow what you can do to-day.
I’ve grown most not from victories, but setbacks. If winning is God’s reward, then losing is how he teaches us.
There is in every true woman’s heart a spark of heavenly fire, which beams and blazes in the dark hours of adversity.
Hope is the power of being cheerful in circumstances that we know to be desperate.
Gilbert K Chesterton
If we listened to our intellect, we’d never have a love affair. We’d never have a friendship. We’d never go into business, because we’d be cynical. Well, that’s nonsense. You’ve got to jump off cliffs all the time and build your wings on the way down.
In everyone’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.
One kernel is felt in a hogshead one drop of water helps to swell the ocean a spark of fire helps to give light to the world. None are too small, too feeble, too poor to be of service. Think of this and act.
Be thou the rainbow in the storms of life. The evening beam that smiles the clouds away, and tints tomorrow with prophetic ray.
All my life I have tried to pluck a thistle and plant a flower wherever the flower would grow in thought and mind.
Life Mottos and Statements
Goals bring out inspiration and there is no bigger goal than an overall life of merit and achievement. Here are some inspiring statements from high achievers about living a worthy and fulfilling life.
I want to do it because I want to do it.
The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.
Life is no brief candle to me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got a hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it onto future generations.
George Bernard Shaw
The value of life lies not in the length of days, but in the use we make of them… Whether you find satisfaction in life depends not on your tale of years, but on your will.
Michel de Montaigne
It is never too late to be what you might have been.
What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.
Every man’s life ends the same way. It is only the details of how he lived and how he died that distinguish one man from another.
The key to immortality is first to live a life worth remembering.
I announce the great individual, fluid as Nature, chaste, affectionate, compassionate, fully armed; I announce a life that shall be copious, vehement, spiritual, bold, And I announce an end that shall lightly and joyfully meet its translation. So Long!
I believe every human has a finite number of heartbeats. I don’t intend to waste any of mine.
It’s better to be a lion for a day than a sheep all your life.
We are still masters of our fate. We are still captains of our souls.
I wish to preach, not the doctrine of ignoble ease, but the doctrine of the strenuous life.
When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, ‘I used everything you gave me’.
I hope you are successful in living your dreams.