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 Post subject: Inspiration
PostPosted: Thu Oct 25, 2018 1:18 am 
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Amongst one group of colleagues, in one area of my life, we have a favourite inspirational quote. I don't think you can get more inspirational than this quote, but I'd love to hear others that are equally inspirational. If possible, even inspirationaller:

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We are all broken.
That's how the light gets in.






You need to say it very solemnly ... and then have a moment of quiet. That's the way to get the full effect.

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Never heard that before - it wouldn't inspire me to do anything, other than look at you quizzically. :lol:

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I know your quote from a Leonard Cohen song, Anthem.

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There is a crack, a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in.


A wonderful folk trio, The Once, from Newfoundland, Canada do a great version of it on their debut album. There is a live video version here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vPNHPRDuB8g


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 Post subject: Re: Inspiration
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“The best revenge is not to be like that.”  —  Marcus Aurelius

Don't know if that's what you had in mind, Ben. As you can see below, normally I hold up quotes to take a crack at 'em. But for me, yer man Aurelius is hard to beat. :)

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I've just found one that I really, really like:

"Everything you've always wanted is on the other side of fear." - George Addair. (Who he?)




I have to say, this thread isn't going the way I anticipated ...

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benhall.1 wrote:
George Addair. (Who he?)

The late motivational speaker and founder of an apparently still-functioning self development program called Omega Vector. I know nothing more about him, and it, than that.

benhall.1 wrote:
I have to say, this thread isn't going the way I anticipated ...
How so?

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`I don’t think they play at all fairly,’ Alice began, in rather a complaining tone, `and they all quarrel so dreadfully one can’t hear oneself speak–and they don’t seem to have any rules in particular; at least, if there are, nobody attends to them–and you’ve no idea how confusing it is all the things being alive..."

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My absolute favorite is from (IIRC) Henry Ford:

Success is going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.

Another favorite is from Neil Simon. I just looked it up, as I couldn't remember it word for word. Here's the real one:

Don't listen to those who say, you are taking too big a chance. Michelangelo would have painted the Sistine floor, and it would surely be rubbed out by today.

I have an old handwritten note from my graduate advisor on a corkboard in my office. We'd just written a short invited article, and he was conveying the referee/editor's reports to me. He wrote: "(very famous physicist) liked it so well he says it should be in textbooks!" So when I feel like an idiot (or lose my enthusiasm), I look at that highlighted sentence and think I must not be as stupid as I think.

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benhall.1 wrote:
"Everything you've always wanted is on the other side of fear." - George Addair.

To counter that a little "... remember that courage and strength are nought without prudence, and that a momentary negligence may destroy the happiness of a lifetime. Do nothing in haste; look well to each step; and from the beginning think what may be the end" Edward Whymper.

I was going to balance that with "Just do it" but even though I know it was used before the shoe people trademarked it I can't find it in print.

So your previous discussion went as expected?


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david_h wrote:
I was going to balance that with "Just do it" but even though I know it was used before the shoe people trademarked it I can't find it in print.

I believe that was my dad.

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Nanohedron wrote:
david_h wrote:
I was going to balance that with "Just do it" but even though I know it was used before the shoe people trademarked it I can't find it in print.

I believe that was my dad.
When you asked why you had to take out the garbage?


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On a more serious note, this is on my inspiration playlist: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Rgx_fVAkuiw.


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Tunborough wrote:
When you asked why you had to take out the garbage?

It's as good an example as any. Let's just say I was ... spirited.

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kkrell wrote:
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`I don’t think they play at all fairly,’ Alice began, in rather a complaining tone, `and they all quarrel so dreadfully one can’t hear oneself speak–and they don’t seem to have any rules in particular; at least, if there are, nobody attends to them–and you’ve no idea how confusing it is all the things being alive..."

- Lewis Carroll

Like. :)

Profound, that is. I could use that as a complete guide to how to live my life.

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