lonely road

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People may find it odd me saying that inspirational quotes are ‘free’ but that is only because most people believe they are free. They’re wrong. People should see these valuable sayings as a gift freely given by the universe. They can inspire us to do great things, better understand ourselves, achieve some sort of inner peace and sometimes help bring us up out of very dark places. How often do we spend money on material things with the same purpose in mind only to be disappointed by the outcome? It can be a long lonely road to discover yourself. Good luck.

The man who views the world at fifty the same as he did at twenty has wasted thirty years of his life. – Muhammad Ali

There are a lot of people like this out there and it makes me sad. You must be willing to change your mind about things, and I don’t mean trivial, petty things. I mean the the important stuff, the big stuff.

Our greatness lays not so much in being able to remake the world… as in being able to remake ourselves. – Mahatma Gandhi

I don’t think it is as difficult as many people thinks, but it does take courage.

Self-discovery is the secret ingredient that fuels daring. – Grace Lichtenstein

This is one quote that I have posted on my wall at home. It encourages me to be more adventurous.

Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves. – Henry David Thoreau

I’m not sure what Henry David Thoreau meant by this. I can see the word ‘lost’ meaning two different things. One is being physically lost which can get your blood pumping and test your mental skills. The second meaning is a loss of direction, of spirituality… of ambition. Both are equally relevant and equally important.

You will recognize your own path when you come upon it, because you will suddenly have all the energy and imagination you will ever need. – Jerry Gillies

Finding something that you know you want to do for the rest of your life is a fairly rare gift, I think. I know that I’m still looking.

Don’t ask yourself what the world needs; ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive. – Dr. Howard Thurman

There are a few things that when I do them, I lose all track of time. I feel like I could do them forever. Now if I could only figure out how to make a living at doing them.

The journey is the reward. – Taoist Proverb

Very true. I would love to go on one of those journeys that changes your life is some profound way.

If you resist reading what you disagree with, how will you ever acquire deeper insights into what you believe? The things most worth reading are precisely those that challenge our convictions. – Author Unknown

I read this and I realized that I read, watch and do things that I like to do. I suspect this is what most other people do as well. I’m not saying I’m going to completely abandon what I like, but I may start to look into things that make me very uncomfortable.

We all need to look into the dark side of our nature- that’s where the energy is, the passion. People are afraid of that because it holds pieces of us we’re busy denying. – Sue Grafton

Everyone has dark thoughts that we try to cram away into the far corners of our soul. I don’t think one ought to explore their dark side until they have acquired a certain amount of wisdom and judgment.

"If you aren't sure who you are, you might as well work on who you want to be."
- Robert Brault

I can see this quote helping you get through tough times. I think by focusing on who you want to be can help give you direction, confidence, and purpose.

As long as one keeps searching, the answers come. – Joan Baez

We all are use to quick answers to our questions these days thanks to the Internet. Most of the time we are able to get these answers without a problem. The really big questions, though, may take a while to answer. They may take years. They may take lifetimes.

Few people know so clearly what they want. Most people can't even think what to hope for when they throw a penny in a fountain. – Barbara Kingsolver, Animal Dreams

If you don’t know what direction you want to go in then how will you ever reach your destination?

Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves. – Carl Jung

Yeah, this one might be a little hard to do.

Confusion now hath made his masterpiece. – William Shakespeare

I don’t know what it is about this one, but it just speaks to me.

In the midst of winter, I finally learned – that there was in me an invincible summer. – Albert Camus

I interpret this quote as finding your one true destiny or cause. The inner fire.

"I would rather have a mind opened by wonder than one closed by belief." – Gerry Spence

Having a certain belief or faith is a good thing as long as you don’t let it close your mind to new ideas. I don’t know if anything is worth that price.

The only way to discover the limits of the possible is to go beyond them into the impossible. – Arthur C. Clarke

The word ‘impossible’ should not even be in the dictionary.

Sometimes in your life you will go on a journey. It will be the longest journey you have ever taken. It is the journey to find yourself. – Katherine Sharp

Such a journey may take a lifetime… or longer.

Sometimes the test is not to find the answer. It's to see how you react when you realize there is no answer. – Babylon 5, Confessions and Lamentations

This quote scares me and that may be a good thing.

There is no shortage of great quotes to live by, but the key to taking advantage of them is to actually apply the wisdom to your daily life.