Rosy quotations that will make you feel good

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I love collecting, all the more so when it consists of items which can be documented on paper rather than physical objects – not so messy or space-consuming!

I’ve been collecting quotations and paragraphs that jump out at me from books, magazines, songs and overheard conversations since the age of 14.  I have them all documented in notebooks and scrapbooks, which are great to look back on. They also serve as a kind of journal, a reminder of what was important to me or what particuarly spoke or stood out to me at that time in my life.

You might well have heard most of these before.  The oldies are the goodies! The quotations I’m including below are old and new (to me) that I continue to find relevant and inspiring, in the hope that you might too.  I’ll definitely be turning some of them into collages in the future!

If you have any amazing favourites I’d love to hear them!

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“If you stuff yourself full of poems, essays, plays, novels, stories, films, comic strips, magazines, music, you automatically explode every morning like Old Faithful. I have never had a dry spell in my life, mainly because I feed myself well, to the point of bursting.  I wake early and hear my morning voices leaping around in my head like jumping beans.  I get out of bed to trap them before they escape.” (Ray Bradbury)

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“When he said home it always sounded so natural.  This residence filled with the scent of fermenting fruits, cigarette butts, French perfume and alcohol, filled with books and music and limitless space for fantasizing, was tightly wrapped around our bodies like a bank of clouds from enchanted forests.”

I have no idea where the above quotation is from.  I didn’t note down the source (foolish me in the past!!)  All I remember is that it comes from a novel set somewhere eastern, maybe Japan or Vietnam.  Let me know if it sounds familiar to you!!!!

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“If you’re not being rejected, you’re not reaching far enough.”  (Albert Wiggam)

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“You need only claim the events of your life to make yourself yours.  When you truly possess all that you hae been and done, which may take some time, you are fierce with reality.” (Florida Scott Maxwell)

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“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” (Anaïs Nin)

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“Sometimes we don’t notice that we are loved like fish don’t notice they are swimming in water.  We are surrounded by an ocean of love.” (source unknown to me)

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“Perhaps all the dragons in our life are princesses who are only waiting to see us act, just once, with beauty and courage.  Perhaps everything that frightens us is, in its deepest essence, something helpless that wants our love.”  (Rilke)

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“Today you are you, that is truer than true.  There is no one alive who is Youer than You.” (Dr Seuss)

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“How we spend our days, is, of course, how we spend our lives.” (Annie Dillard)

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“Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story. Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and bitter; for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself. Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time. Exercise caution in your business affairs; for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals; and everywhere life is full of heroism. Be yourself. Especially, do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is as perennial as the grass. Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth. Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness. Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be, and whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul. With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.”

(Max Ehrmann)

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“Be a lamp, or a lifeboat, or a ladder.  Help someone’s soul heal.  Walk out of your house like a shepherd.”  (Rumi)

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