Quotes

15th December 2023

We do not learn from experience; we learn from reflecting on experience.

— John Dewey

Spending quiet time alone gives your mind an opportunity to renew itself and create order.

— Susan Taylor

A vacation is having nothing to do and all day to do it in.

— Robert Orben

History is who we are and why we are the way we are.

— David McCullough

The stories we live and tell provide coherence and meaning and orient our sense of purpose.

— Sharon Daloz Parks

Adversity is preparation for greatness.

— Andy Andrews

Winners quit all the time. They just quit the right stuff at the right time.

— Seth Godin

I have learned that the language of stitching is universal and that nobody is excluded.

— A Fine Cell Work Stitcher

Art is the stored honey of the human soul.

— Theodore Dreiser

Make time to celebrate your accomplishments, no matter how big or small.

— Unknown

To love your habits is to love your days, and to love your days is to love your life.

— James Clear

I love creating and being able to see an idea come to fruition. I love making beautiful things.

— Stacey Bendet

A big life is made of small joys.

— Ingrid Fetell Lee

For any movement to gain momentum, one must start with a small action.

— Adam Braun

Joy does not simply happen to us. We have to choose joy and keep choosing it everyday.

— Henri Nouwen

Anyone who keeps learning stays young.

— Henry Ford

Books open windows to the world.

— Ralph Lauren

No heirloom of humankind captures the past as do art and language.

— Theodore Bikel

Action is the foundational key to all success.

— Pablo Picasso

If you have knowledge, let others light their candle in it.

— Margaret Fuller

Just a second can be spent taking a picture but hours can be spent reminiscing over the memories in it.

— Unknown

Legacy is not what I did for myself. It’s what I’m doing for the next generation.

— Vitor Belfort

Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together.

— Vincent van Gogh

The more time you spend attending to the things that make you happy, the happier you will be.

— Paul Dolan

My favourite pastime is letting time pass by, having time, taking time, wasting time, living out of time’

— Françoise Sagan

Strong roots produce beautiful leaves.

— Unknown

Mastering the art of idleness can make you more creative, less stressed and better at problem solving.

— Eva-Maria Bobbert

Aim for the sky, but move slowly, enjoying every step along the way. It is all those little steps that make the journey complete.

— Chanda Kochhar

Always find time for the things that make you happy to be alive.

— Unknown

The key to keeping your balance is knowing when you’ve lost it.

— Anonymous

Where the head goes, the body follows. Perception precedes action. Right action follows the right perspective.

— Ryan Holiday

Quality is never an accident; it is always the result of high intention, sincere efforts, intelligent direction and skilful execution; it represents the wise choice of many alternatives.

— William A Foster

Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.

— Eckhardt Tolle

Becoming serious is a grievous fault in hobbyists. It is an axiom that no hobby should either seek or need justification. To wish to do it is reason enough.

— Aldo Leopold

You have to be displaced from what’s comfortable and routine, and then you get to see things with fresh eyes, new eyes.

— Amy Tan

Rest is not the absence of activity but the presence of peace.

— Jo Saxton

Life’s modest moments can be captured in a creative piece and carry cherished memories for decades.

— Maggie MacKellar

The starting point of all achievement is desire.

— Napoleon Hill

Pay attention to the things you are naturally drawn to. They are good for your soul.

— Unknown

Sometimes, it turns out, the smallest of tools can help us sort through the largest of feelings

— Michelle Obama

The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.

— Nelson Mandela

One should never criticise his own work except in a fresh and hopeful mood.

— Charles Horton Cooley

Do the work and the results will handle themselves.

— Tony Gaskins

Find your why and you’ll find your way.

— John C Maxwell

A creative life is an amplified life. It’s a bigger life, a happier life, an expanded life.’

— Elizabeth Gilbert

Work at something you enjoy and that’s worthy of your time and talent.

— H Jackson Brown Jr

Instead, she paused. She waited. She savoured. And in the savouring, her spirit was satisfied.

— Hannah Brencher

No great thing happens suddenly.

— Rebecca West

I may not be there yet, but I’m closer than I was yesterday.

— Unknown

Once she stopped rushing through life, she was amazed how much more life she had time for.

— Unknown

Never, ever underestimate the importance of having fun.

— Randy Pausch

For every minute spent organising, an hour is earned.

— Anonymous

Sometimes you make the right decision, sometimes you make the decision right.

— Phil McGraw

Life is a story. What does yours say?

— Unknown

The difference between something good and something great is attention to detail.

— Charles R Swindoll

I like this place and could willingly waste my time in it.

— William Shakespeare

Balance is not something you find, it’s something you create.

— Jana Kingsford

Making things easy is hard.

— Ted Nelson

Whoever wants to reach a distant goal must take small steps.

— Saul Bellow

Accountability is the glue that ties commitment to the result.

— Bob Proctor

I am always going to be learning new things and that’s a really beautiful space to flourish in.

— Hannah Brencher

Life is a balance between spontaneity and planning. You can’t be spontaneous all the time and you can’t get stuck planning.

— Ravi Shankar

And it all began with one small win.

— Charles Duhigg

As you practice slow and intentional stitching, your life, your attitude, your creativity, your health, your spirituality… all of it will benefit as a result.

— Mark Lipinski

There is so much life to be lived in the in-between.

— Trina McNeilly

Clutter in its highest and most organised form is called collecting.

— Ada Louise Huxtable

Blessed is he who has learned to admire and not envy, to follow but not imitate, to praise but not flatter, and to lead but not manipulate.

— William Arthur Ward

We all have a bag. We all pack differently.

— Hannah Brencher

The key is not to prioritise what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.

— Stephen Covey

It is a happy talent to know how to play.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.

— Albert Einstein

If you find yourself stuck in the middle there is only one way to go, forward.

— Richard Branson

We must stop regarding unpleasant or unexpected things as interruptions of real life. The truth is that interruptions are real life.

— CS Lewis

We cannot become what we want by remaining what we are.

— Max Depree

Collect things you love, that are authentic to you, and your house becomes your story.

— Erin Flett

When the seasons shift, I feel something stir inside me. Hopefulness? Gratitude? Openness? Whatever it is, it's welcome.

— Kristin Armstrong

Give yourself the permission to pause to create sacred space. The space to consciously choose how you want to respond to any situation.

— Dr Debra Reble

Mastery is a product of consistently going beyond our limits.

— Stewart Emery

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.

— Aristotle

Life’s little rituals can turn an ordinary day into an extraordinary day.

— Unknown

Great people do things before they’re ready.

— Amy Poehler

Never mistake activity for achievement.

— John Wooden

Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.

— Desmond Tutu

It is true there is ebb and flow, but the sea remains the sea.

— Vincent van Gogh

The mundane and the sacred are one and the same.

— Alan Watts

Immerse yourself in a life that moves you, because what you surround yourself with becomes your life.

— Topaz

No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.

— Aesop

Pleasure is found first in anticipation, later in memory.

— Gustave Flaubert

I want to smile at what I see.

— Ingrid Fetell Lee

Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.

— Vincent van Gogh

New information makes new and fresh ideas possible.

— Zig Ziglar

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.

— Will Durant

Approach the new year with resolve to find the opportunities hidden in each new day.

— Michael Josephson

When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.

— Dr Wayne Dyer

Do not wait until the conditions are perfect to begin. Beginning makes the conditions perfect.

— Alan Cohen

The finish line is just the beginning of a whole new race.

— Unknown

Happiness lives inside the smallest moments.

— Christy Ann Martine

Choices are the hinges of destiny.

— Edwin Markham

Rest when you’re weary. Refresh and renew yourself, your body, your mind, your spirit. Then get back to work.

— Ralph Marston

Storytelling is the most powerful way to put ideas into the world.’

— Robert McKee

Progress is not inevitable. It’s up to us to create it.

— Michael Bloomberg

The key is not to prioritise what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.

— Stephen R Covey

Even the smallest achievements pave a way to great success.

— Mary Kay Ash

Make visible what, without you, might perhaps never have been seen.

— Robert Bresson

Excellence is not a destination; it is a continuous journey that never ends. ’

— Brian Tracy

One day we will be more creative, more productive and yet more relaxed.

— Francesco Cirillo

Perfection is the willingness to be imperfect.

— Lao Tzu

Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.

— Eckhart Tolle

Joy is what makes life worth living.

— Ingrid Fetell Lee

Productivity is less about what you do with your time. And more about how you run your mind.

— Robin S Sharma

The secret to life is finding joy in ordinary things.

— Ruth Reichl

The two most powerful warriors are patience and time.

— Leo Tolstoy

Creativity is intelligence having fun.

— Albert Einstein

The desire to create is one of the deepest yearnings of the human soul.

— Dieter F Uchtdorf

Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.

— Frances of Assisi

The ripple effect of small things is extraordinary.

— Matt Bevin

Each moment of joy is small, but over time, they add up to more than the sum of their parts.

— Ingrid Fetell Lee

Slow down and everything you are chasing will come around and catch you.

— John de Paola

A master is a beginner who kept beginning.

— Mastin Kipp

Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.

— Arthur Ashe

Flourishing is the product of the pursuit and engagement of an authentic life that brings inner joy and happiness through meeting goals, being connected with life’s passions and relishing in accomplishments through the peaks and valleys of life.

— Dr Lynn Soots

Details matter. They create depth, and depth creates authenticity.

— Neil Blumenthal

A designer knows when he has achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.

— Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

You were born enough. Nothing you say or do will ever add to or subtract from who you are.

— Jenny Layton

Waste is not waste until we waste it.

— Will.i.am

Love challenges, be intrigued by mistakes, enjoy effort and keep on learning.

— Carol Dweck

Comparison is the thief of joy.

— Theodore Roosevelt

Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.’

— Helen Keller

I love those connections that make this big old world feel like a little village.

— Gina Bellman

The most crucial task is to forge more life into your day. This does not mean new to-dos; it means less. It means creating space to think, walk, eat, sleep, read, love & dream.

— Brendan Burchard

We shape our (spaces) and then our (spaces) shape us.

— Winston Churchill

Easter is meant to be a symbol of hope, renewal and new life.

— Janine di Giovanni

I want my (space) to be a place of sustenance, a place of invitation, a place of welcome.

— Mary DeMuth

The comfort zone is the great enemy to creativity.

— Dan Stevens

There will be obstacles. There will be doubters. There will be mistakes. But with hard work, there are no limits.

— Michael Phelps

Sometimes the bravest and most important thing you can do is just show up.

— Brené Brown

And then she realised that a fresh start was hers for the taking, that she could be the woman she’s always seen on the distant horizon – her future self. One step at a time. Starting today.

— Life on Purpose

What if we simply accept that life is messy, we stop looking for perfect and embrace what is?’

— A Life in Progress

Look for reasons to be grateful – even when you’re struggling. Taking time to give thanks for even the smallest blessings can help you appreciate the good things in your life.

— Amit Sood

Let’s go window shopping and make a list of what we would buy if we could.

— Unknown

Embrace the uncertainty. Enjoy the beauty of becoming. When nothing is certain, anything is possible.

— Mandy Hale

I live on the other side of yes. That’s where I find abundance and opportunity

— Unknown

When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed.

— Maya Angelou

Connection is why we are here. We are hardwired to connect with others, it is what gives purpose and meaning to our lives.

— Brené Brown

Every once in a while it doesn’t hurt to wish for a fairy godmother, a little magic and a happy ending.

— Jeanette Winterson

Patience is a form of wisdom. It demonstrates that we understand and accept the fact that sometimes things must unfold in their own time.

— Jon Kabat-Zinn

Admiration and familiarity are strangers.

— George Sand

Real craftsmanship, regardless of the skill involved, reflects real caring, and real caring reflects our attitude about ourselves, about our fellow men and about life.

— Spencer W Kimball

What distracts us will begin to define us. We don’t need to swing at every pitch.

— Bob Goff

Embrace the seasons and cycles of your life. There is magic in change.

— Bronnie Ware

You come into the world with nothing, and the purpose of your life is to make something out of nothing.

— Henry Louis Mencken

Too much credit is given to the end result. The true lesson is in what takes place between the dream and the reality.

— Garth Brooks

Friendship is the golden thread that ties the heart of all the world.

— John Evelyn

Combine the extremes, and you will have the true centre.

— Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

The heritage of the past is the seed that brings forth the harvest of the future.

— Wendell Phillips

The secret of life is enjoying the passage of time.

— James Taylor

If you have a dream, don’t just sit there. Gather courage to believe that you can succeed and leave no stone unturned to make it a reality.

— Dr Roopleen

Productivity is never an accident. It is always the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning and focused effort.

— Paul J Meyer

Some things cannot be taught; they must be experienced.

— Roy T Bennett

Dreams about the future are always filled with gadgets.

— Neil Degrasse Tyson

Letter writing on the part of a busy man or woman is the quintessence of generosity.

— Agnes Repplier

Persevere. Nothing worthwhile is easy.

— Barack Obama

There is no greater power on this earth than story.

— Libba Bray

Muscle has memory: the body knows things the mind will not admit.

— Louise Doughty

Productivity is effectively stewarding your gifts, talents, time, energy and enthusiasm.

— Tim Challies

There is power in gathering. It inspires us - delightfully - to be more hopeful, more joyful, more thoughtful. In a word, more alive.

— Alice Waters

The most powerful person in any situation is the most relaxed person in the room.

— Elizabeth Gilbert

The secret to a life you love is about doing more of what makes you come alive.

— Jen Fulwiler

Luxuries are never so comfortable as are the familiar, ordinary things of home.

— Eucharista Ward

Pivoting is not the end of the disruption process, but the beginning of the next leg of your journey.

— Jay Samit

This is the season she will make beautiful things. Not perfect things but honest things that speak to who she is and who she is called to be.

— Morgan Harper Nichols

Wisdom is the ability to learn from change.

— Dipanjan

Peace. It does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble or hard work. It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart.

— Unknown

Pausing between stimulus and response allows you to show up in your life.

— Roma Downey

May you have the tenacity, resolve and perseverance to see your goals take shape.

— Grit & Virtue

Journaling is like whispering to one’s self and listening at the same time.

— Mina Murray, Dracula

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

— Leonard Cohen

There is no real beauty without some slight imperfection.

— James Salter

The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members.

— Coretta Scott King

A rhythm is a thing you do on repeat.

— Hannah Brencher

Change is a marathon won by a million baby steps.

— Ann Voskamp

Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.

— Jim Ryun

Sight is what you see with your eyes, vision is what you see with your mind.

— Marc Chagall

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