Quotes_Success

Enjoy this collection of quotes on Success.

“Success is simple. Do what’s right, the right way, at the right time.” – Arnold H. Glasow

“For success, attitude is equally as important as ability.” – Harry F. Banks

“Your attitude, not your aptitude, will determine your altitude.” – Zig Ziglar

“Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.” – Albert Schweitzer

“Don’t aim for success if you want it; just do what you love and believe in, and it will come naturally.” – David Frost

“Action is the foundational key to all success.” – Pablo Picasso

“The first step toward success is taken when you refuse to be a captive of the environment in which you first find yourself.” Mark Caine

“Success is loving life and daring to live it.” – Maya Angelou

“The whole secret of a successful life is to find out what is one’s destiny to do, and then do it.” Henry Ford

“Success means having the courage, the determination, and the will to become the person you believe you were meant to be.” – George Sheehan

“I’ve come to believe that each of us has a personal calling that’s as unique as a fingerprint – and that the best way to succeed is to discover what you love and then find a way to offer it to others in the form of service, working hard, and also allowing the energy of the universe to lead you. ” ― Oprah Winfrey

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Quotes_Calling

Enjoy this collection of quotes on personal Callings.

“I believe there’s a calling for all of us. I know that every human being has value and purpose. The real work of our lives is to become aware. And awakened. To answer the call.” ― Oprah Winfrey

“Emptiness is a symptom that you are not living creatively. You either have not a goal that is important enough to you, or you are not using your talents and efforts in striving toward an important goal.”– Maxwell Maltz

“We are not in a position in which we have nothing to work with. We already have capacities, talents, direction, missions, callings.”– Abraham Maslow

“We shall never learn to feel and respect our real calling and destiny, unless we have taught ourselves to consider everything as moonshine, compared with the education of the heart.”– Sir Walter Scott

“I have brought myself by long meditation to the conviction that a human being with a settled purpose must accomplish it, and that nothing can resist a will which will stake even existence upon its fulfillment.”– Benjamin Disraeli

“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” – Confucius

“Your profession is not what brings home your paycheck. Your profession is what you were put on earth to do. With such passion and such intensity that it becomes spiritual in calling.” – Virgil

“Somewhere someone is thinking of you. Someone is calling you an angel. This person is using celestial colors to paint your image. Someone is making you into a vision so beautiful that it can only live in the mind. Someone is thinking of the way your breath escapes your lips when you are touched. How your eyes close and your jaw tightens with concentration as you give pleasure a home. These thoughts are saving a life somewhere right now. In some airless apartment on a dark, urine stained, whore lined street, someone is calling out to you silently and you are answering without even being there. So crystalline. So pure. Such life saving power when you smile. You will never know how you have cauterized my wounds. So sad that we will never touch. How it hurts me to know that I will never be able to give you everything I have.” – Henry Rollins

“Most of us would like to end our lives feeling both that we had a good time and that we left the world a little better than we found it.”– Philip Slater

“The role of the teacher remains the highest calling of a free people. To the teacher, America entrusts her most precious resource, her children; and asks that they be prepared… to face the rigors of individual participation in a democratic society.”– Shirley Hufstedler

“The growth and development of people is the highest calling of leadership.”– Harvey S. Firestone

“The practice of medicine is an art, not a trade; a calling, not a business; a calling in which your heart will be exercised equally with your head. Often the best part of your work will have nothing to do with potions and powders, but with the exercise of an influence of the strong upon the weak, of the righteous upon the wicked, of the wise upon the foolish.” – William Osler

“Art is the great democrat, calling forth creative genius from every sector of society, disregarding race or religion or wealth or color.” – John Fitzgerald Kennedy

“If you ask me what I came to do in this world, I, an artist, will answer you: I am here to live out loud.” ― Émile Zola

“I don’t tell you this story today in order to encourage all of you in the class of ’04 to find careers in the music business, but rather to suggest what the next decade of your lives is likely to be about, and that is, trying to ensure that you don’t wake up at 32 or 35 or 40 tenured to a life that happened to you when you weren’t paying strict attention, either because the money was good, or it made your parents proud, or because you were unlucky enough to discover an aptitude for the very thing that bores you to tears, or for any of the other semi-valid reasons people marshal to justify allowing the true passion of their lives to leak away. If you’re lucky, you may have more than one chance to get things right, but second and third chances, like second and third marriages, can be dicey propositions, and they don’t come with guarantees…. The question then is this: How does a person keep from living the wrong life?” ― Richard Russo

“The crowning fortune of a man is to be born to some pursuit which finds him employment and happiness, whether it be to make baskets, or broadswords, or canals, or statues, or songs.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson

“I think it would be well, and proper, and obedient, and pure, to grasp your one necessity and not let it go, to dangle from it limp wherever it takes you.” ― Annie Dillard

“My wish simply is to live my life as fully as I can. In both our work and our leisure, I think, we should be so employed. And in our time this means that we must save ourselves from the products that we are asked to buy in order, ultimately, to replace ourselves.” ― Wendell Berry

“If God gives you something you can do, why in God’s name wouldn’t you do it?” ― Stephen King

“Change makes you find your calling, your legacy, and God’s divine plan for your life. Don’t run from it.” – Iman

“Whatever your calling is as a service, follow it – that’s beautiful.” – Hill Harper

“Every calling is great when greatly pursued.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes

“…it sounds like life is calling you to do something BIG and you haven’t picked up the phone.”– Anonymous

“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.”– Henry David Thoreau

“Live your beliefs and you can turn the world around.”– Henry David Thoreau

“Let us become the change we seek in this world.”– Mohandas Gandhi

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Quotes_Excellence

Enjoy this collection of quotes on excellence.

“Excellence is to do a common thing in an uncommon way.” – Booker T. Washington

“We need to internalize this idea of excellence. Not many folks spend a lot of time trying to be excellent.” – Barack Obama

“It is the nature of man to rise to greatness if greatness is expected of him.” – John Steinbeck

“He who cherishes a beautiful vision, a lofty ideal in his heart, will one day realize it. Dream lofty dreams and as you dream so shall you become.” – James Allen

“It’s a funny thing about life; if you refuse to accept anything but the best, you very often get it.” – W. Somerset Maugham

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Quotes_Feelings

Enjoy this collection of quotes on feelings.

“Art is the concrete representation of our most subtle feelings.” – Agnes Martin

“If there is no feeling, there cannot be great art.” – Ray Bradbury

“Poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings: it takes its origin from emotion recollected in tranquility.” – William Wordsworth

“Photography records the gamut of feelings written on the human face, the beauty of the earth and skies that man has inherited, and the wealth and confusion man has created. It is a major force in explaining man to man.” – Edward Steichen

“Art makes us feel less alone. It makes us think: somebody else has thought this, somebody else has had these feelings.” – Alan Moore

“Film as dream, film as music. No art passes our conscience in the way film does, and goes directly to our feelings, deep down into the dark rooms of our souls.” – Ingmar Bergman

“I pay no attention whatever to anybody’s praise or blame. I simply follow my own feelings.” – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

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Enjoy this collection of quotes on color.

“Of all God’s gifts to the sighted man, color is holiest, the most divine, the most solemn.” – John Ruskin

“In nature, light creates the color. In the picture, color creates the light.” – Hans Hofmann

“Light is a thing that cannot be reproduced, but must be represented by something else – by color.” – Paul Cezanne

“Color helps to express light, not the physical phenomenon, but the only light that really exists, that in the artist’s brain.” – Henri Matisse

“Color is the place where our brain and the universe meet.” – Paul Klee

“Everything that you can see in the world around you presents itself to your eyes only as an arrangement of patches of different colors.” – John Ruskin

“The fact that the colors in the flower have evolved in order to attract insects to pollinate it is interesting; that means insects can see the colors. That adds a question: does this aesthetic sense we have also exist in lower forms of life?” – Richard P. Feynman

“The painter has to unlearn the habit of thinking that things seem to have the color which common sense says they ‘really’ have, and to learn the habit of seeing things as they appear.” – Bertrand Russell

“Color creates, enhances, changes, reveals and establishes the mood of the painting.” – Kiff Holland

“Color is a power which directly influences the soul.” ― Wassily Kandinsky

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Enjoy this collection of quotes on authenticity.

This above all:
To thine own self be true,
And it must follow, as the night the day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man.

– Hamlet, Shakespeare

“The authentic self is soul made visible.” – Sarah Ban Breathnach

“Be your authentic self. Your authentic self is who you are when you have no fear of judgment, or before the world starts pushing you around and telling you who you’re supposed to be. Your fictional self is who you are when you have a social mask on to please everyone else. Give yourself permission to be your authentic self.” – Dr. Phil

“Dare to declare who you are. It is not far from the shores of silence to the boundaries of speech. The path is not long, but the way is deep. You must not only walk there, you must be prepared to leap.” – Hildegard Von Bingen

“Honesty and transparency make you vulnerable. Be honest and transparent anyway.” – Mother Theresa

“To find yourself, think for yourself.” – Socrates

“Seek out that particular mental attribute which makes you feel most deeply and vitally alive, along with which comes the inner voice which says, “This is the real me,” and when you have found that attitude, follow it.” – William James

“Be yourself – not your idea of what you think somebody else’s idea of yourself should be.” – Henry David Thoreau

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” – Steve Jobs

“The easiest thing to be in the world is you. The most difficult thing to be is what other people want you to be. Don’t let them put you in that position.” – Leo Buscaglia

“Accept no one’s definition of your life, but define yourself.” – Harvey Fierstein

“Always be a first-rate version of yourself and not a second-rate version of someone else.” – Judy Garland

“I can be a better me than anyone can.” – Diana Ross

“How desperately difficult it is to be honest with oneself. It is much easier to be honest with other people.What is true is invisible to the eye. It is only with the heart that one can see clearly.”
– Antoine de Saint-Exupery

“To be nobody but myself-in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make me somebody else-means to fight the hardest battle any human can fight, and never stop fighting.” – e.e. cummings

“No matter what your work, let it be your own. No matter what your occupation, let what you are doing be organic. Let it be in your bones. In this way, you will open the door by which the affluence of heaven and earth shall stream into you.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Everything will line up perfectly when knowing and living the truth becomes more important than looking good.” – Alan Cohen

“Best keep yourself clean and bright; you are the window through which you see the world.” – George Bernard Shaw

“Authenticity is the alignment of head, mouth, heart, and feet – thinking, saying, feeling, and doing the same thing – consistently. This builds trust, and followers love leaders they can trust.” – Lance Secretan

“The keys to brand success are self-definition, transparency, authenticity and accountability.” – Simon Mainwaring

“If you think dealing with issues like worthiness and authenticity and vulnerability are not worthwhile because there are more pressing issues, like the bottom line or attendance or standardized test scores, you are sadly, sadly mistaken. It underpins everything.” – Brene Brown

“If you trade your authenticity for safety, you may experience the following: anxiety, depression, eating disorders, addiction, rage, blame, resentment, and inexplicable grief.” – Brene Brown

“If any man seeks for greatness, let him forget greatness and ask for truth, and he will find both.” – Horace Mann

“A leader will find it difficult to articulate a coherent vision unless it expresses his core values, his basic identity….one must first embark on the formidable journey of self-discovery in order to create a vision with authentic soul.” – Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

“Yes, in all my research, the greatest leaders looked inward and were able to tell a good story with authenticity and passion.” – Deepak Chopra

“Some writers confuse authenticity, which they ought always to aim at, with originality, which they should never bother about.” – W. H. Auden

“When you are real in your music, people know it and they feel your authenticity.” – Wynonna Judd

“My work is about the establishment of trust. For someone to share their authenticity with me is a soul-to-soul thing. It’s not a lens-to-soul thing.” – Lisa Kristine

“Being in your element is not only about aptitude, it’s about passion: it is about loving what you do … tapping into your natural energy and your most authentic self.” – Sir Ken Robinson

“Man’s ideal state is realized when he has fulfilled the purpose for which he is born. And what is it that reason demands of him? Something very easy – that he live in accordance with his own nature.” – Seneca

“We are constantly invited to be who we are.” – Henry David Thoreau

“To be what we are, and to become what we are capable of becoming, is the only end in life.” – Robert Louis Stevenson

“Don’t settle for a relationship that won’t let you be yourself.” – Oprah Winfrey

“Only the truth of who you are, if realized, will set you free.” – Eckhart Tolle

“The accusation that we’ve lost our soul resonates with a very modern concern about authenticity.” – Patricia Hewitt

“The privilege of a lifetime is to become who you truly are.” – C.G. Jung

“Don’t cheat the world of your contribution. Give it what you’ve got.” – Steven Pressfield

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Quotes_Ideas

Enjoy this collection of quotes on Ideas.

“Everything begins with an idea.” – Earl Nightingale

“Ideas can be life-changing. Sometimes all you need to open the door is just one more good idea.” – Jim Rohn

“To get a great idea, come up with lots of them.” — Thomas Edison

“The way to get good ideas is to get lots of ideas and throw the bad ones away.” – Linus Pauling

“Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen.” – John Steinbeck

“It is better to have enough ideas for some of them to be wrong, than to be always right by having no ideas at all.” — Edward de Bono

“No idea is so outlandish that it should not be considered.” – Winston Churchill

“Daring ideas are like chessmen moved forward: they may be beaten, but they may start a winning game.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“New scientific ideas never spring from a communal body, however organized, but rather from the head of an individually inspired researcher who struggles with his problems in lonely thought and unites all his thought on one single point which is his whole world for the moment.” ― Max Planck

“You shouldn’t be a prisoner of your own ideas.” – Sol LeWitt

“The difficulty lies not so much in developing new ideas as in escaping from old ones.” — John Maynard Keynes

“It’s easy to come up with new ideas; the hard part is letting go of what worked for you two years ago, but will soon be out-of-date.” – Roger von Oech

“If at first the idea is not absurd, then there is no hope for it.” ― Albert Einstein

“Almost all really new ideas have a certain aspect of foolishness when they are just produced.” – Alfred North Whitehead

“A new idea is first condemned as ridiculous and then dismissed as trivial, until finally, it becomes what everybody knows.” – William James

“I can’t understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I’m frightened of the old ones.” ― John Cage

“The air is full of ideas. They are knocking you in the head all the time. You only have to know what you want, then forget it, and go about your business. Suddenly, the idea will come through. It was there all the time.” – Henry Ford

“When I am ….. completely myself, entirely alone… or during the night when I cannot sleep, it is on such occasions that my ideas flow best and most abundantly. Whence and how these ideas come I know not nor can I force them.” ― Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

“When the ideas are coming, I don’t stop until the ideas stop because that train doesn’t come along all the time.” – Dr. Dre

“There are a thousand thoughts lying within a man that he does not know till he takes up the pen to write.” ― William Makepeace Thackeray

“My ideas usually come not at my desk writing but in the midst of living.” – Anais Nin

“Labor gives birth to ideas.” – Jim Rohn

“I know quite certainly that I myself have no special talent. Curiosity, obsession and dogged endurance, combined with self-criticism, have brought me to my ideas.” – Albert Einstein

“Ideas are the seeds, not the substance, of creativity.” — Michael Schrage

“If you have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange these apples then you and I will still each have one apple. But if you have an idea and I have an idea and we exchange these ideas, then each of us will have two ideas.” ― George Bernard Shaw

“The ideas I stand for are not mine. I borrowed them from Socrates. I swiped them from Chesterfield. I stole them from Jesus. And I put them in a book. If you don’t like their rules, whose would you use?” – Dale Carnegie

“Ideas won’t keep. Something must be done about them.”– Alfred North Whitehead

“You can have brilliant ideas, but if you can’t get them across, your ideas won’t get you anywhere.” – Lee Iacocca

“A mediocre idea that generates enthusiasm will go further than a great idea that inspires no one.” – Mary Kay Ash

“But the truth is, it’s not the idea, it’s never the idea, it’s always what you do with it.”― Neil Gaiman

“You do things when the opportunities come along. I’ve had periods in my life when I’ve had a bundle of ideas come along, and I’ve had long dry spells. If I get an idea next week, I’ll do something. If not, I won’t do a damn thing.” – Warren Buffet

“Money never starts an idea. It is always the idea that starts the money.” – Owen Laughlin

“After years of telling corporate citizens to ‘trust the system’, many companies must relearn instead to trust their people and encourage them to use neglected creative capacities in order to tap the most potent economic stimulus of all: idea power.” – Rosabeth Moss Kanter

“Capital isn’t that important in business. Experience isn’t that important. You can get both of these things. What is important is ideas.” – Harvey Firestone

“Our best ideas come from clerks and stockboys.” – Sam Walton

“To turn really interesting ideas and fledgling technologies into a company that can continue to innovate for years, requires a lot of discipline.” – Steve Jobs

“Enthusiasm is the yeast that makes your hopes shine to the stars. Enthusiasm is the sparkle in your eyes, the swing in your gait. The grip of your hand, the irresistible surge of will and energy to execute your ideas.” – Henry Ford

“If you are possessed by an idea, you find it expressed everywhere, you even smell it.” – Thomas Mann

“Everyone is in love with their own ideas.” – Carl Jung

“If you do not express your own original ideas, if you do not listen to your own being, you will have betrayed yourself.” – Rollo May

“One’s mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes

“The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald

“A new idea is delicate. It can be killed by a sneer or a yawn; it can be stabbed to death by a quip and worried to death by a frown on the right man’s brow.” – Ovid

“If you want to kill any idea in the world, get a committee working on it.” – Charles Kettering

“A war of ideas can no more be won without books than a naval war can be won without ships. Books, like ships, have the toughest armor, the longest cruising range, and mount the most powerful guns.” ― Franklin D. Roosevelt

“A man may die, nations may rise and fall, but an idea lives on. Ideas have endurance without death.” ― John F. Kennedy

“You can kill a man, but you can’t kill an idea.” – Medgar Evers

“You have to have an idea of what you are going to do, but it should be a vague idea.” – Pablo Picasso

“Nearly every man who develops an idea works it up to the point where it looks impossible, and then he gets discouraged. That’s not the place to become discouraged.” – Thomas Edison

“With ideas it is like with dizzy heights you climb: At first they cause you discomfort and you are anxious to get down, distrustful of your own powers; but soon the remoteness of the turmoil of life and the inspiring influence of the altitude calm your blood; your step gets firm and sure and you begin to look – for dizzier heights.” – Nikola Tesla

“New ideas pass through three periods: 1) It can’t be done; 2) It probably can be done, but it’s not worth doing; 3) I knew it was a good idea all along!” – Arthur C. Clarke

“An idea, like a ghost, must be spoken to a little before it will explain itself.” – Charles Dickens

“I begin with an idea and then it becomes something else.” – Pablo Picasso

“An idea isn’t responsible for the people who believe it.” – Don Marquis

“An idea is salvation by imagination.” – Frank Lloyd Wright

“No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world.” – Robin Williams

“There is one thing stronger than all the armies in the world, and that is an idea whose time has come.”– Victor Hugo

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Quotes_OpenMindedness

Enjoy this collection of quotes on Open-Mindedness.

“We all operate in two contrasting modes, which might be called open and closed. The open mode is more relaxed, more receptive, more exploratory, more democratic, more playful and more humorous. The closed mode is the tighter, more rigid, more hierarchical, more tunnel-visioned. Most people, unfortunately spend most of their time in the closed mode.” — John Cleese

“Minds are like parachutes — they only function when open.” — Thomas Dewar

“Where there is an open mind, there will always be a frontier.” — Charles F. Kettering

“One change always leaves the door open for the establishment of others.” — Niccolo Machiavelli

“When one door closes, another opens. But we often look so regretfully upon the closed door that we don’t see the one which has opened for us.” — Alexander Graham Bell

“Creative experiences can be produced regularly, consistently, almost daily in people’s lives. It requires enormous personal security and openness and a spirit of adventure.” — Steven Covey

“One never goes so far as when one doesn’t know where one is going.” — Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“It’s amazing what ordinary people can do if they set out without preconceived notions.” — Charles F. Kettering

“Without an open-minded mind, you can never be a great success.” – Martha Stewart

“I’m looking for a lot of men who have an infinite capacity to not know what can’t be done.” — Henry Ford

“I consider it my job to nurture the creativity of the people I work with because at Sony we know that a terrific idea is more likely to happen in an open, free and trusting atmosphere than when everything is calculated, every action analyzed and every responsibility assigned by an organization chart.” — Akio Morita

“It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.” — Aristotle

“I had an immense advantage over many others dealing with the problem in as much as I had no fixed ideas derived from long-established practice to control and bias my mind, and did not suffer from the general belief that whatever is, is right.” — Henry Bessemer

“Science at its best is an open-minded method of inquiry, not a belief system.” – Rupert Sheldrake

“At the heart of science is an essential tension between two seemingly contradictory attitudes–an openness to new ideas, no matter how bizarre or counterintuitive they may be, and the most ruthless skeptical scrutiny of all ideas, old and new.” – Carl Sagan

“Anthropology demands the open-mindedness with which one must look and listen, record in astonishment and wonder that which one would not have been able to guess.” — Margaret Mead

“Sit down before facts like a child, and be prepared to give up every preconceived notion, follow humbly wherever and to whatever abysses Nature leads, or you shall learn nothing.” — Thomas Huxley

“I had an immense advantage over many others dealing with the problem in as much as I had no fixed ideas derived from long-established practice to control and bias my mind, and did not suffer from the general belief that whatever is, is right.” — Henry Bessemer

“The best weapon of a dictatorship is secrecy, but the best weapon of a democracy should be the weapon of openness.” – Niels Bohr

“If your everyday practice is open to all your emotions, to all the people you meet, to all the situations you encounter, without closing down, trusting that you can do that – then that will take you are far as you can go. And then you’ll understand all the teachings that anyone has ever taught.” – Pema Chodron

“If we open our hearts, we will also find open hearts – it is always mutual.” – Abbot Leo von Rudloff

“Life is your art. An open, aware heart is your camera. A oneness with your world is your film.” – Ansel Adams

“An artist’s duty is rather to stay open-minded and in a state where he can receive information and inspiration. You always have to be ready for that little artistic Epiphany.” – Nick Cave

“The spirit of jazz is the spirit of openness.” – Herbie Hancock

“I’m someone who is open-minded to new experiences because they teach you new things.” – Marilyn Manson

“The trouble with having an open mind, of course, is that people will insist on coming along and trying to put things in it.” — Terry Pratchett

“Now there’s a man with an open mind — you can feel the breeze from here!” — Groucho Marx

“By all means let’s be open-minded, but not so open-minded that our brains drop out.” – Richard Dawkins

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Quotes_Poetry

Enjoy this collection of quotes on Poetry.

“Poetry is the language in which man explores his own amazement.” – Christopher Fry

“Poetry is a search for syllables to shoot at the barriers of the unknown and the unknowable.” – Carl Sandburg

“Poetry is the art of uniting pleasure with truth.” – Samuel Johnson

“Poetry is nearer to vital truth than history.” – Plato

“When power leads man toward arrogance, poetry reminds him of his limitations. When power narrows the area of man’s concern, poetry reminds him of the richness and diversity of existence. When power corrupts, poetry cleanses.” – John F. Kennedy

“The distinction between historian and poet is not in the one writing prose and the other verse… the one describes the thing that has been, and the other a kind of thing that might be. Hence poetry is something more philosophic and of graver import than history, since its statements are of the nature rather of universals, whereas those of history are singulars.” – Aristotle

“Poetry is finer and more philosophical than history; for poetry expresses the universal, and history only the particular.” – Aristotle

“Poetry is the key to the hieroglyphics of Nature.” – Augustus William Hare

“Reality only reveals itself when it is illuminated by a ray of poetry.” – Georges Brague

“The sources of poetry are in the spirit seeking completeness.” – Muriel Rukeyser

“Poetry is man’s rebellion against being what he is.” – James Branch Cabell

“I don’t create poetry, I create myself, for me my poems are a way to me.” – Edith Södergran

“Poetry is the revelation of a feeling that the poet believes to be interior and personal which the reader recognizes as his own.” – Salvatore Quasimodo

“Poetry is the art of substantiating shadows.” – Edmund Burke

“Poetry is life distilled.” – Gwendolyn Brooks

“Poetry is thoughts that breathe, and words that burn.” – Thomas Gray

“Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words.” – Robert Frost

“Poetry is not a civilizer, rather the reverse, for great poetry appeals to the most primitive instincts.” – Robinson Jeffers

“A poet looks at the world the way a man looks at a woman.” – Wallace Stevens

“Poetry heals the wounds inflicted by reason.” – Novalis

“If I feel physically as if the top of my head were taken off, I know that is poetry.” – Emily Dickinson

“Poetry is a deal of joy and pain and wonder, with a dash of the dictionary.” – Khalil Gibran

“If my poetry aims to achieve anything, it’s to deliver people from the limited ways in which they see and feel.” – Jim Morrison

“A poet’s work is to name the unnameable, to point at frauds, to take sides, start arguments, shape the world, and stop it going to sleep.” – Salman Rushdie

“I decided that it was not wisdom that enabled poets to write their poetry, but a kind of instinct or inspiration, such as you find in seers and prophets who deliver all their sublime messages without knowing in the least what they mean.” – Socrates

“The poet is the priest of the invisible.” — Wallace Stevens

“Poetry is a mirror which makes beautiful that which is distorted.” – Percy Shelley

“Poetry is an act of peace.” – Pablo Neruda

“Poetry is eternal graffiti written in the heart of everyone.” – Lawrence Ferlinghetti

“There is often as much poetry between the lines of a poem as in those lines.” – Alexandre Vinet

“It is the job of poetry to clean up our word-clogged reality by creating silences around things.” – Stephen Mallarme

“The poet doesn’t invent. He listens.” – Jean Cocteau

“If you know what you are going to write when you’re writing a poem, it’s going to be average.” – Derek Walcott

“Poetry is what gets lost in translation.” – Robert Frost

“I’ve written some poetry I don’t understand myself.” – Carl Sandburg

“A poet is a man who manages, in a lifetime of standing out in thunderstorms, to be struck by lightning five or six times.” – Randall Jarrell

“The poet illuminates us by the flames in which his being passes away.” – Alexandre Vinet

“Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash.” – Leonard Cohen

“The poem… is a little myth of man’s capacity of making life meaningful. And in the end, the poem is not a thing we see — it is, rather, a light by which we may see — and what we see is life.” – Robert Penn Warren

“To be a poet is a condition, not a profession.” – Robert Frost

“In poetry and in eloquence the beautiful and grand must spring from the commonplace…. All that remains for us is to be new while repeating the old, and to be ourselves in becoming the echo of the whole world.” – Alexandre Vinet

“The poetry of the earth is never dead.” – John Keats

“Poetry is everywhere; it just needs editing.” – James Tate

“I write poetry in order to live more fully.” – Judith Rodriguez

“If you’ve got a poem within you today, I can guarantee you a tomorrow.” – Terri Guillemets

“Always be a poet, even in prose.” – Charles Baudelaire

“If you can’t be a poet, be the poem.” – David Carradine

“Every single soul is a poem.” – Michael Franti

“Breathe-in experience, breathe-out poetry.” – Muriel Rukeyser

“I am looking for a poem that says Everything so I don’t have to write anymore.” – Tukaram

“God is the perfect poet.” – Robert Browning

“A poem is never finished, only abandoned.” – Paul Valéry

“Poetry is not always words.” – Terri Guillemets

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“Style is knowing who you are, what you want to say, and not giving a damn.” ― Gore Vidal

“To me style is just the outside of content, and content the inside of style, like the outside and the inside of the human body. Both go together, they can’t be separated.” – Jean-Luc Godard

“Style is the answer to everything. / A fresh way to approach a dull or dangerous thing / To do a dull thing with style is preferable to doing a dangerous thing without it / To do a dangerous thing with style is what I call art.” – Charles Bukowski

“Style is the most valuable asset of the modern artist. That’s probably why so many styles are reported lost or stolen each year.” – Brad Holland

“Create your own visual style… let it be unique for yourself and yet identifiable for others.” – Orson Welles

“Don’t look for gimmicks to give your work style. You might be stuck with them for life. Or, worse yet, you might have to change your ‘style’ every few years.” – Irwin Greenberg

“Every age has its style, motifs, tunes and rhythms – its special sense of space and time.” – Vladimir Gusev

“Don’t be into trends. Don’t make fashion own you, but you decide what you are, what you want to express by the way you dress and the way you live.” – Gianni Versace

“Fashions fade, style is eternal.” – Yves Saint Laurent

“Good new art may not look like art. Inspiration doesn’t follow style, it creates it.” – Darby Bannard

“Serious art has been the work of individual artists whose art has had nothing to do with ‘style’ because they were not in the least connected with the style or the needs of the masses. Their work arose rather in defiance of their times.” – Franz Marc

“Style has no formula, but it has a secret key. It is the extension of your personality. The summation of this indefinable net of your feeling, knowledge and experience.” – Ernst Haas

“A writer’s style reveals something of his spirit, his habits, his capacities, his bias… it is the Self escaping into the open.” – E. B. White

“Personal style, be it that of Michelangelo, or that of Tintoretto… has always been that peculiar personal rapport which has developed between an artist and his medium.” – Ben Shahn

“Style is not something applied. It is something that permeates. It is of the nature of that in which it is found, whether the poem, the manner of a god, the bearing of a man. It is not a dress.” – Wallace Stevens

“We don’t need to impose a style, we just have to show up and be present to catch its unfolding.” – Linda Saccoccio

“When doodling, you are not trying to emulate anyone else but subconsciously developing a vocabulary of shapes and hand movements that are simply and wonderfully your own. Doodling seems to be one way to develop a personal style …” – John Stuart Pryce

“What influenced my style was the feeling that I was a lousy artist… I was like the ugly duckling, not knowing what I was, style-wise, and thinking I was all on my own… I evolved into a style that couldn’t be compared to anyone else.” – Jim Rowe

“Many a fine style has evolved from a decent handicap.” – Robert Genn

“The unity in any painter’s work arises from the fact that a person, brought to a desperate situation, will behave in a certain way… style.” – Frank Auerbach

“Style is something that should come in spite of itself… Because you’ve worked, you’ve looked.” – Mark Adams

“After years of painting, drawing, sculpting or whatever, your style becomes you. You are your style. Inseparable, one and the same, no matter what you choose to create.” – Sonja Donnelly

“One of the characteristics of great drawings is the artist’s whole-hearted acceptance of his own style and character. It is as if the drawing says for the artist, ‘Here I am.” – Nathan Goldstein

“The words, the style always reflects a habit of mind. And the habit of mind comes in from a different angle… and then something strange and wonderful happens. And you see things differently. You see a different light is shed on it.” – John Leonard

“After the spirit and the thoughts are concentrated, the ideas may be developed in accordance with the style; and then it may be said, that what is grasped by the mind is expressed by the hand.” – Anonymous Chinese painter

“A man’s style is his mind’s voice.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“The style is the man himself.” – George-Louis Leclerc de Buffon

“Style is the image of character.” – Edward Gibbon

“Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak.” – Rachel Zoe

“He has found his style, when he cannot do otherwise.” – Paul Klee

“Self-plagiarism is style.” – Alfred Hitchcock

“Why change? Everyone has his own style. When you have found it, you should stick to it.” ― Audrey Hepburn

“As you grow older, it dawns on you that you are yourself – that your job is not to force yourself into a style but to do what you want.” – Beth van Hoesen

“Once you’ve built your reputation on a particular signature style, it can be hard to wriggle your way out of the straitjacket of your own brand identity. After all, where does distinctively recognizable end and stalely repetitious begin?” – Judith Palmer

“One has to guard against a formula that is good for everything, that can interpret reality in addition to the other arts, and that rather than creating can only result in a style, or a stylization.” – Georges Braque

“An artist must never be a prisoner. Prisoner? An artist should never be a prisoner of himself, prisoner of style, prisoner of reputation, prisoner of success, etc.” – Henri Matisse

“The different styles I have been using in my art must not be seen as an evolution, or as steps towards an unknown ideal of painting. Everything I have ever made was made for the present and with the hope that it would always remain in the present.” – Pablo Picasso

“Have something to say, and say it as clearly as you can. That is the only secret of style.” – Matthew Arnold

“Concision in style, precision in thought, decision in life.” – Victor Hugo

“To achieve style, begin by affecting none.” – E. B. White

“Only great minds can afford a simple style.” – Stendhal

“In character, in manner, in style, in all things, the supreme excellence is simplicity.” – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“Photography is the easiest medium with which to be merely competent. Almost anybody can be competent. It’s the hardest medium in which to have some sort of personal vision and to have a signature style.” – Chuck Close

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