Quotations of Hope and Encouragement

Some of my favorite words. Let me know what is meaningful to you, and maybe I'll add it!

"Great things are done by a series of small things brought together." -- Vincent Van Gogh

"Life's like a movie. Write your own ending. Keep believing. Keep pretending."
 -- "The Rainbow Connection, finale" from The Muppet Movie

"'Follow your heart.' That's what Mom would say, 'Cause that's how you start making things go your way. You can do whatever you choose, just dream and work and pray, and believe those dreams will all come true one day.'"
-- David LaMotte, "Days of Peanut Butter"*

"The mighty tidal wave is made of little bitty drops like me."
-- David LaMotte "Drops Like Me"*

"I still think that the greater part of the world is mistaken about many things. Surely one may be sane and yet think so, since the greater part of the world has often had to come round from its opinion."
-- Middlemarch, by George Eliot

"You said it best when you played your guitar. 'From where you come isn't what you are.' I can hear your song ringin' out over the miles, and there's nothing so true as the hope in a hard-earned smile."
-- David LaMotte "Hard Earned Smile"*

"There must be an end to winter."
-- David LaMotte "End to Winter"*

"...and certainly you do not wish the same syllable to go on sounding but to pass away that other syllables may come and you may hear the whole speech."
--Augustine, Confessions, book 4.

"One should achieve one of these things: learn the truth about these things or find it for oneself, or, if that is impossible, adopt the best and most irrefutable of men's theories, and, borne upon this, sail through the dangers of life as upon a raft unless someone should make that journey safer and less risky upon a firmer vessel of some divine doctrine. So even now, since you have said what you did, I will feel no shame at asking questions, and I will not blame myself in the future because I did not say what I think."
--Plato, Phaedo 85 c-d.

"Got a lot of hope for the future. Got a lot of faith things can work out fine. Got a lot of dreams for a better world. Got a lot of work to do if I'm gonna make them mine."
-- David LaMotte "Hope"*

"In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me lay an invincible summer."
--Albert Camus

"No matter what happens, keep on beginning and failing. Each time you fail, start all over again, and you will grow stronger until you find that you have accomplished a purpose -- not the one you began with, perhaps, but one you will be glad to remember."
--Anne Sullivan

"Action may not always bring happiness, but there is no happiness without action."
-- Benjamin Disraeli

"Circumstances are beyond human control, but our conduct is in our own power."
-- Benjamin Disraeli

"As soon as you trust yourself, you will know how to live."
-- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"Hold on. Hold on. Take the dream in your pocket and lock it up safe. Hold on for one more day."
--David LaMotte, "Hold On."*

"Man is made by his belief. As he believes, so he is."
-- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says, 'I'll try again tomorrow.'"
-- Mary Ann Radmacher

"Be brave. Take risks. Nothing can substitute experience."
-- Paulo Coelho

"Remember, you have a 100% success rate in surviving everything that has happened to you so far." -- unknown

* quote is used by permission. Quotes are from David LaMotte's songs. Feel free to check him out at www.davidlamotte.com.

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