Favourite quotations that inspire, provoke and entice

10 of My Favourite quotations 

Snow PersonificationI have many favourite quotations. Here are 10 to start and few extra intertwined to add emphasis that inspire, entice a smile, provoke an aha! As well as make me laugh.

Quotations conjure – just tap your wand against any and immediately a pantomime emerges in full colour before you. Sometimes we do not have to read a whole book to achieve wisdom, understanding and pleasure. Many quotations hit the spot, are uncovered just at the right moment or simply arrive as an interesting concept to consider and keep in mind for future reference.

There are many wonderful quotations collected and inserted on pages, through out the internet, attributed to well known and perhaps not so well known people. One thing is sure is that a number of us enjoy reading them and often keep one or two as affirmations, hoping that their meaning enhances our lives in some way. 

Albert Einstein has numerous quotations attributed to him and I have read that some of them are not his. Well, ho-hum, it is the words that are the powerful part and I am sure whoever writes these magical few words will understand that the reader appreciates their words, no matter whether the author is known or not.

I personally read and pin quotations on a continuous basis, onto my Pinterest boards. A great site for collecting, learning and sharing many things and especially quotations.

Quotations become meaningful at certain times in our lives and some we read often, as a constant reinforcement of the sentiment contained within them. Others appear as refreshing reminders or new thoughts on which to ponder.

Here are a few of my personal favourite quotations. Wise words of others that mean something to me and may even be favourites of yours. 

My Favourite Quotation No 1

“Go the extra mile, it’s never crowded.”

This is when, to those who assert “never say never”, it is ok to state ‘never’. extra mile not crowdedMost of us are pretty much average in our achievements. That is, we can be lazy and only put 50% of effort into what we do. I personally found this an amazing ‘eye opener’ when I realised how little extra we had to do, to be on top of our game. Where one statement asks for that one extra mile, the other similarly asks for 1% extra, to be above average in our studies, research or in whatever we want to put our endeavours. It is mind blowing really when it boils down to so small an effort. Too easy, yet few of us do it. So when friends say to me, “Oh! You are so clever, how do you do it?” I have to smile and reply, “It’s easy really, once I make my mind up and want to achieve something, I do it.” I go that extra 1%, that makes such an enormous difference.


My Favourite Quotation No 2

“The only thing that you absolutely have to know, is the location of the library.” – Albert Einstein.

einstein-booksAs much as I love spending time in libraries, if Einstein was making that statement today, I am sure that he would change library to include the internet. A resource that I know is an absolute must for me, especially for research and downloading reference or creative works for my Kindle.

When I first started  writing, I thought that I would only have to read the “how to write” books, of which I do purchase many and I am finding that the time I give to read these books is often haphazard and less than I would wish. The reading of novels, I decided was not necessary as I had read and enjoyed so many books up to my early forties. Thirty years later, I realise how important it is to read an author’s work as a learning exercise and so started my second phase of reading novels, but this time with an eye to voice and words used, dialogue and scene. Story, beginning, middle and end and the oh! so important shiny, sharp hook that has the power of keeping the book elevated with eyes glued to the turning pages.

I do not know but I feel that my life’s wanderings indicate that I come from a long line of gypsies, simply because I enjoy moving from one place to another. Sadly, that does make it hard to transport books, of which, I had accumulated a number over the years. Fortunately, I took on a minimalist approach to my book gathering and culled them to a movable level. 

On the odd occasion that I search for a book but can’t findoh-good-my-books-are-here it in my stash, I have to check my memory as to whether it has been sacrificed onto the “no, I don’t think I will need this book again” pile and duly taken to the local “Op Shop”. Now, of course,with a personal computer, book space requirements are eased and as I am happy to read from a Kindle, albeit on my PC, almost all of my new books are digital. I have set up my TV to my PC, so I have a more than adequately sized page from which to read and a comfortable reclining chair in which to relax.

I still find it hard to fit into my day, all that I want to study. However, I am content and persevere. Without the internet and my PC (my awe inspiring library) I would be unable to enjoy this amazing experience called writing.  Gratitude is strong here.


My Favourite Quotation No 3

“Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution.” – Albert Einstein.

I consider myself with having a good imagination, so I can be forgiven by foolingenchanting knitted dolls myself into thinking that I can stop learning once in a while. Regrettably, the more I consider this quotation, I realise that the imagination has to be linked to personal knowledge. So if I stop learning, my imagination will be limited depending on how well I can download its contents. It can be held back and even feel chained, in the sense that it can go so far but only so far before there is a nothingness to utilise.

For someone who wants to write stories, it is nice to know that my imagination will take me to new places. Perhaps beyond the realms of my learned areas but if the imagination is beyond then the potential story must push and persuade the mind to catch up, perhaps through the research required to put the unknown of the imagination into a known experience.

I’m still working on this quotation and reserve the right to change my mind at any time. Evolution may have evaded me. It reminds me of a colleague, naturally with a degree, who considered that it was pointless for people of my ilk to learn anything unless they had the skills to express to others what they had learned. Skills I can learn, my imagination I nurture.


My Favourite Quotation No 4

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” – Marianne Williamson, “A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of – A Course in Miracles.”

We need the courage to use our power.all vibration power

This quotation speaks for itself, but I do have another which I typed up and put on my fridge door many years ago. It pretty much ties in with the laws of attraction. What do you think?

“The world can give you only what you gave it, for being nothing but your own projection, it has no meaning apart from what you found in it and placed your faith in. Be faithful unto darkness and you will not see, because your faith will be rewarded as you gave it. You will accept your treasure, and if you place your faith in the past, the future will be like it. Whatever you hold dear you think is yours. The power of your valuing will make it so.”

A Course in Miracles.

We have so much power and we have had the use of it for so long. This begs many questions. 


And on the side of romance – a man who uses his beautiful mind.

My Favourite Quotation No 5

You may not be her first, her last, or her only. She loved before, psyche eros chattingshe may love again. But if she loves you now, what else matters? She’s not perfect—you aren’t either, and the two of you may never be perfect together but if she can make you laugh, cause you to think twice, and admit to being human and making mistakes, hold onto her and give her the most you can. She may not be thinking about you every second of the day, but she will give you a part of her that she knows you can break—her heart. So don’t hurt her, don’t change her, don’t analyse and don’t expect more than she can give. Smile when she makes you happy, let her know when she makes you mad, and miss her when she’s not there.”

– Bob Marley


My Favourite Quotation No 6

Do not grow old, no matter how long you live. Never cease to stand like curious children before the Great Mystery into which we were born.” – Albert Einsfairies garden talestein.

When I encourage young people to “not grow old”, it is often mistaken as a comment on length of life. What I am saying and what many of us know, is that children grow up and older too quickly and often are forced to leave behind the joys and creativity of childhood. Fun, laughter and wonder at the world is, in one way or another, replaced by seriousness, old values and repressed imaginative processes. The beautiful colours of life can be taken away and replaced with sombre notions.

So harken to the man and do your best to keep your mind and imagination youthful. Chase laughter, look for the magic, fun activities and love the work that you do.

If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.” – Albert Einstein.


My Favourite Quotation No 7

There comes a point in your life when you need to stop reading other people’s books and write your own.”Albert Einstein.

Glowing Icon How many times would we all have heard someone say, I should sit down and write my novel, my life story, my poetry? How many times do people read or part read a book and put it down because somewhere in their minds they know that they could have written it beWriting advice from the pros: Anna Lamott, author of "Bird by Bird," shares her thoughts on how to approach writing. Click through to see the complete thoughtful answer.: tter or differently?

Some of us wait for a long time before we seriously get down to putting pen to paper (or fingers to keyboards). It is a matter of how much we want to be a writer? How much do we want to share with the world our thoughts and feelings? Is the passion strong enough to take us through the writing process which may not be as we first thought it would be? Are we willing to put ourselves in the position of being open to criticism or some other’s subjective review? Maybe, of course, we can write and then put it away in the back of some drawer and avoid the vulnerability or showing and telling our truth.

As we all know ‘there is a time for everything.” – Ecclesiastes 3. And we do know when the time is right for us to write our own story. We do need to be prepared, however, we will never know how good it is unless we get down to business and write it and give others the pleasure of reading it.

Carl Jung tells us that Art is a kind of innate drive that seizes a human being and makes him its instrument. To perform this difficult office it is sometimes necessary for him to sacrifice happiness and everything that makes life worth living for the ordinary human being.” Is it because with writing being an art that some of us hesitate for a long time before we become its instrument?

Madeleine L’Engle urges, “You have to write the book that wants to be written. And if the book will be too difficult for grown-ups, then you write it for children.”



My Favourite Quotation No 8

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

This is such an easy one to understand that I think it becomes just asMrs bucket irritation easy to ignore. Yet if we do listen up to what we perhaps dislike about others, even if we do not mention it in our conversations, we can churn it over and see where we might have similar traits to change or remodel. We can learn. We can understand.


My Favourite Quotation No 9

No one is you and that is your power.” Albert Einstein.

I remember reading, many years ago, a Louise Hay book that explained to me that we snowflakeare all unique individuals. That never before has there been another like you and never again will there be another like you. It certainly puts us on the spot. To be unique. How special is that? It is not an ego booster but an empowering moment to realise that I am not the same as anybody else and never will be. I can offer the world my own personal interpretation of me and what I can achieve. It is a freedom to be who we are at any given moment of our lives. It is a freedom to share and do, simply because no one else can do it our way. Not even Frank Sinatra.


My Favourite Quotation No 10

“To touch is to give life.”- Michaelangelo.

Creation of AdamThis quotation would have to be the most powerful of all. It is what moves my, as yet unfinished, book through every chapter, almost every line. The importance of touch is well researched and proven and can be easily studied on-line. Positive touch is so necessary to life. Babies thrive or not, because of the amount of loving touch that they receive. Older people, alone and without close family, would be happier and healthier by having some kind of close contact with others. Family histories impoverished because of the lack of hugs and the emotional distances between family members contribute to the depressive factors in the children of these households, no matter what their ages. According to Carl G Jung – “The greatest tragedy of the family is the unlived lives of the parents.”

The powerful changes that can emerge from exposure to touch, even at an older age, are wonderful to experience. A touch on the arm, a pat on the back. And the more intimate touching within relationship.

Dacher Keltner speaks on YouTube about touch and the health benefits gained from touch.


The Greater Good eNewsletter states that touch is truly fundamental to human communication, bonding, and health. Massage, whether given by another or self given, has been found to increase oxytocin and decrease stress levels.

David J. Linden is an American professor of neuroscience at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, and his YouTube video offers a wealth of knowledge on touch.



and to sign off –

“If you think you’re too small to have an impact, try going to bed with a mosquito in the room.” – Anita Roddick: founder of The Body Shop.





  • Annette says:

    Thankyou Janice,
    Mmmmmm! Bob Marley, he has some of the most romantic quotes. It is a pity we do not have the chance to talk to these people. How amazing would that be?
    Thanks for the good wishes. I am slowly working through the tutorials on YouTube. What does not get studied, just doesn’t get studied.
    Big words are not needed, Janice. I do my best to avoid people who want to show their stupidity with jargonese. If my vocabulary does not impress, then so be it. However, I seem to recall a few writers suggesting to replace long words with short ones where ever one can. So I am happy with that. And seeing as the majority of us are “the salt of the earth”, I am hopeful to please them with my writing.
    I am delighted with your response.
    A big thank you,