Inspiration

“This is not a ‘course in drama.’ It is a course in opening up the vastness in you as a human being…There is no other way to grow except through an art form today. A few hundred yeaars ago, maybe religion could do it. But today, only the art form is able to stretch a human being so he can measure up to his potential to grow and grow and understand himself and his life until the end. We are here to get that.”
— Stella Adler

“Every artist has a basic premise pervading his whole life, and that premise can provide the impulse to everything he creates. For me the dominating premise has been the need for understanding and tenderness and fortitude among individuals trapped by circumstance.”
— Tennessee Williams

“…But to retract from pain is death.”
— Stella Adler

“The work of the artist is no light matter. Few have the courage and stamina to see it through. You have to make up your mind to be alone in many ways. We like sympathy and we like to be in company. It is easier than going it alone but alone one gets acquainted with himself, grows up and on, not stopping with the crowd. It costs to do this. If you succeed you may have to pay for it as well as enjoy it all your life. You can do anything you want to do. What is rare is actually wanting to do a specific thing. Wanting it so much you are practically blind to all other things, so that nothing else will satisfy you. There is reason for you to give this statement some of your best thought. You may find that this is just what is the matter with most of the people in the world; that few are really wanting what they think they want and that most people go through their lives without ever doing one whole thing they really want to do.”
— Robert Henri, from The Art Spirit

“To play a wrong note is insignificant. To play without passion is inexcusable.”
— Ludwig van Beethoven

“Only that which changes remains true.”
— Carl Jung

“If you say ‘I am unhappy’ in a play on a stage, it should not mean that you alone are unhappy, but that millions of people all over the world are unhappy like you.”
— Stella Adler

“Approach what repulses you, help those you think you cannot help, and go to the places that scare you.”
— Pema Chodron, When Things Fall Apart

“If the Angel deigns to come, it will be because you have convinced her, not by your tears, but by your humble resolve to be always beginning: to be a beginner.”
— Rilke

“There ain’t a note I play onstage that you can’t trace back to what went down between me and my old man.”
— Bruce Springsteen

“Ever since there have been men, man has given himself over to too little joy. That alone, my brothers, is our original sin. I should believe only in a God who understood how to dance.”
— Henri Matisse

“Do all the good you can, By all the means you can, In all the ways you can, In all the places you can, At all the times you can, To all the people you can, As long as you ever can.”
— John Wesley

“If you bring forth what is within you, what you bring forth will save you. If you do not bring forth what is within you, what you do not bring forth, will destroy you.”
— The Gnostic Gospels

“Until he extends the circle of his compassion to all living things, man will not himself find peace.”
— Albert Schweitzer

“They cannot take away our self-respect if we do not give it to them.”
— Gandhi

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
— Martin Luther King

“Forget safety. Live where you fear to live. Destroy your reputation. Be notorious.”
— Rumi

“I am a man. Nothing human is alien to me.”
— Montagne

“Let the beauty we love be what we do. There are a hundred ways to kneel and kiss the ground.”
— Rumi

“The point is not to live Christ’s life but for us to live our own lives as truly as Christ lived his.”
— CG Jung

John Elway was the oldest quarterback to win a Superbowl. Someone asked him why he got knocked down more than any other quarterback and his reply was “Because I kept getting back up.”

“The moment one commits oneself, then providence moves, too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never have otherwise occurred. A whole stream of events; all manner of unforeseen incidents and chance meetings and material assistance come forth which no one could have dreamt would appear. I have learned a great respect for one of Goethe’s couplets: ‘Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.”
— W. Murray

“People travel to wonder at the height of mountains, at the huge waves of the sea, at the long courses of rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motion of the stars… and they pass by themselves without wondering.”
— St. Augustine

“In the midst of winter I discovered within me an invincible summer.”
— Albert Camus

“There is no use trying,” said Alice, “one can’t believe impossible things.” “I dare say you haven’t had much practice,” said the Queen. “When I was your age, I always did it for half an hour a day. Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”
— Lewis Carroll

“What is not given is lost.”
City of Joy

“No, I don’t like work. I had rather laze about and think of all the fine things that can be done. I don’t like work — no man does — but I like what’s in the work — the chance to find yourself. Your own reality — for yourself, not others — what no other man can know. They can only see the mere show, and can never tell what it means.”
— Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness

“Life is not a problem to be solved, but a mystery to be lived.”
— Thomas

“I am large; I contain multitudes.”
— Walt Whitman

“Start a huge, foolish project, like Noah did. It makes absolutely no difference what people think of you.”
— Rumi

“No pessimist ever discovered the secrets of the stars, or sailed to an uncharted land, or opened a new heaven to the human spirit.”
— Helen Keller

“Any choice made from faith has the full power of Heaven behind it.”
— Caroline Myss

“It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare. It is because we do not dare that things are difficult.”
— Seneca

“We do not see things as they are; we see them as we are.”
— Anais Nin

“Love takes off masks that we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within.”
— James Baldwin

“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.”
— Proust

“We do not expect to be deeply moved by what is not unusual… If we had a keen vision and feeling of all ordinary human life, it would be like hearing the grass grow and the squirrel’s heart beat, and we should die of that roar which lies on the other side of silence.”
— George Eliot