Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Share a Quote

I volunteered at an understaffed animal shelter over the weekend, the animals in which desperately needed the care..

Now I'm feeling pretty emotionally worn out, so I'd like to hear some of your favorite inspirational quotes. What do you quote to yourself when you're feeling heart-weary? And who?

Also, if you've got a pet, please take a moment and cuddle them. Thanks.


  1. "Find a place inside where there's joy and the joy will burn out the pain."
    "...from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful, have been and are being evolved."
    The second one (Darwin's) isn't inspirational in the usual sense, but it inspires me to understand and appreciate the life around us.

    The shelter we got Tali from was well-staffed, but it was still amazing how much happier she became after realizing she had a new home. She actually started crying when we put her back in the carrier to take her to the vet a week later.

    1. Poor kitty. I can only imagine how traumatic being in a shelter is for a cat, even a well-run one.

  2. "It is our choices that show us who we truly are, far more than our abilities." -JK Rowling (Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone)

  3. In the beginning, god created man, but seeing him so feeble, he gave him a cat. ~Warren Eckstein

  4. Thanks guys! Love these all, and just what I needed. :)

  5. In a sense, each morning is a time to get to know that strange thing we call a self again and, just as important, what that self is attempting to do with its even stranger mix of selflessness, selfishness, and self-sabotage. We shape our work, and then, not surprisingly, we are shaped again by the work we have done. Sometimes, to our distress, we find ourselves in a place where the work suddenly seems to be doing all the shaping, where we do not seem able to lift ourselves out of the mud of our own making, where we do not feel able to shape ourselves at all. At this point no strategy will free us from our imprisonment, no new organizer will organize us into something new; we need time and a renewed sense of the breadth and depth of time in which to do the reimagining that is the essence of self-shaping. It is the reimagining of ourselves in our private time that allows us to then reshape ourselves in conversation with the world.

    - David Whyte
    from "Crossing the Unknown Sea: Work As A Pilgrimage of Identity"
    ©2001 Riverhead Books