Quotations

“… make a radical change in your lifestyle and begin to boldly do things which you may previously never have thought of doing, or been too hesitant to attempt. So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservatism, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality nothing is more damaging to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future. The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure.”
– Chris McCandless, Into the Wild (novel)

“Be the change you wish to see in the world”
– Mohandas Gandhi

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
– Mark Twain

“In some ways they had come to know themselves better. In this lonely world of ice and emptiness, they had achieved at least a limited kind of contentment. They had been tested and found not wanting.”
– Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage (novel)

“Ognuno trovi amore” (Italian for “Everyone finds love”)
– Josh Groban, “The Prayer” (song)

“There’s so much excess”
– Brazilian artist Vik Muniz, Waste Land (documentary movie)

“The hardest thing in the world is to simplify your life. It’s so easy to make it complex.”
– Yvon Chouinard, climber and founder of Patagonia clothing company; from 180° South (documentary movie)

“Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken.”
– Oscar Wilde

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”
– Steve Jobs, Stanford Graduation Commencement 2005 (speech)

“Do not trouble yourself much to get new things, whether clothes or friends. … Sell your clothes and keep your thoughts.”
– Henry David Thoreau

“Life is not a sprint; it’s a marathon”
– Unknown

“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.”
– Helen Keller

“But the strangest and, to an outsider, the most disquieting thing about this hunger was that its effects were not easy to see.  Having been exposed to pictures of starving people from an early age, one assumes hunger to be an inherently dramatic phenomenon.  In fact, it takes a human being a very long time to starve to death.  The people were becoming thinner, but it wasn’t happening so quickly that it was evident on casual observation.  If hunger was tiring them, it had no apparent effect on their health.  And it certainly didn’t stop them from working.  It was the time of weeding – bindeyo – when people fought with the land to prevent their precious, fragile crops – their only means of ensuring their survival on this earth – from being swallowed up by the burgeoning bush.  They left the village early each morning, returning only as the last rays of the sun were disappearing over the plain to the west of the village.  And they still joked; they still sang as they worked”
– Mark Hudson (Our Grandmothers’ Drums)