Sunday, March 30, 2008

Fun Monday - Words to Live By

Robin (who's gazing into her Pensieve) is hosting Fun Monday this week. Her challenge is summed up in six words... with some explanation added on:

Quotable quotes and words that inspire.

Please share words that inspire and motivate you--brief or bloviatory, silly or serious, from great world leaders to last night's Comedy Central...from a Hallmark greeting card to your favorite book. Choose one, choose many; let the quotes stand on their own or tell where you first read or heard them and how they affected you. There's a lot of leeway with how this topic can be handled.

Okay!!! I have to admit that the first ones that popped into my head come from one of the great sages of all time:


Do or do not. There is no try.
Jedi Master (a long time ago...)

And then, there's the man that many of the 25 and younger set don't even seem to believe was a real person (but that Sherlock Holmes was):
We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.
Sir Winston Churchill
British politician (1874 - 1965)

And now, a somewhat obscure Welshman (who happened to win the Nobel Prize in Literature) from the home county:


The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser people are full of doubts.
Bertrand Russell
Writer and Philosopher (1872 - 1970)

And finally, a complete unknown:

You cannot begin to really find yourself until you have been lost.
(1962 - )


Anonymous said...

Wow! Your comment shakes me to the core...Been there, done that one.
That photo is exquisite !

Celeste said...

Lovely, all of them! I agree with Swampy -- these go to the core.

Pamela said...

applause... clap clap clap.
nicely done.
and nicely illustrated, too!

Faye said...

Sayre, your quote is so wise from such a young woman. Lately I've been doing a lot of thinking about how incomplete our life education is until we have had some tests and lost our direction.

Jo Beaufoix said...

Wow, these are fab, and your picture is stunning, and your quote is very true. I've learned that myself over the last couple of years.

Hootin' Anni said...

You just can't be Yoda's wisdom!!! And you it.

Anonymous said...

Look at you McHotty Hot Pants in that picture!!!

Great quotes. Everyone should strive to be like Yoda.

Me said...

i love you quote best of all and I completely believe in it!
Looking back, I have found much clarity and purpose when I have been completely lost in the dark.
ANd your picture, so exquisite. I love the old world expression on your face. Its the type you find in paintings in a museum.

Joy T. said...

Well I was going to say I loved the Bertrand Russell quote the best....until I got to yours. Very very well done Sayre and so wise!

kitten said...

WOW! Wonderfully done!! I need to write some of them down and applie them to my life! Thanks for sharing!

SwampAngel65 said...

That Sayre is a wise woman ;) Right up there with Yoda. Great words of wisdom and a beautiful picture!

Anonymous said...

How about this one?

"My only crimes are having too big a heart and loving too much... well, that and the assault thing..."



Unknown said...

Lots of wise people quoted here. Sayre is the wisest of them all. I get lost all the time. :)

j said...

Wonderful fun Monday. Yoda was a wise old dude. Is the pic YOU? LOVELY!

Be blessed.


Alison said...

those are wonderful...beautiful pictures, you are gorgeous.

IamwhoIam said...

Lovely Pic, and like your saying about being lost.

Stephanie mama drama said...

You are wise and wonderful and lovely.

All the time.

Anonymous said...

I love how you presented these quotes, and I loved the quotes. You are quite the sage for being so young...

karisma said...

Great! I love them all, especially the last one!

ChrisB said...

These are great and I have to agree you saved the best till last :)

Me said...

hey sayre,
this is a reply to what you asked on my blog.
Traditionally in my community, we wear White or off-white to the church (since we are all virgins before marriage :)) and colour to the reception (usually red or something like that - I don't know what the symbolism is for that - I guess once the church blesses you, you can go out there and do whatever you want?)
Its different for the Hindus, for whom the wedding ceremony has to be in colour and for whom white at a wedding is a bad colour.
Hope that helps :)
Oh, I am going to take what you wrote about the bad news sniper to heart - and move forward with optimism, a well-lived life and lots of love.

Alix said...

Excellent quotes they are all things we need to take note of more!

Kim said...

I love the Russell quote! That's a keeper!

Anonymous said...

Well, according to Russell, I must be the wisest person in the world! I constantly doubt myself.

Love your quote and portrait.

Molly said...

"The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser people are full of doubts."...that is so true. You are a wise as well as beautiful lady.

Ari_1965 said...

Ah, you have to love a politician who didn't care if everyone knew how much whiskey he got through in a day.

Jenn And The City said...

Beautiful photo and a great quote to go with it. I kept reading.. :-)

Baba said...

Hi Sayre, a great list of quotes with pictures...the woman is beautiful..thanks for sharing with us..

Patience-please said...

OK, is it just me, or do Yoda and Winston look a whole lot alike!
I do love the Churhill quote, and thank you for sharing that. I would say some more nice things, except no one should be allowed to be so young and pretty. So. I'm going to sleep.

all the best-

Anonymous said...

How gorgeous is that photo, and the quote to go with it. Awesome. I also love the Bertand Russel quote. And Yoda and Winston Churchill, well you just outdid yourself. Great job.

storyteller said...

Thanks for your visit to my first Fun Monday on Quotes at Small Reflections and leaving the link back here. I loved your Yoda image and quote ... and the way you illustrated each of the others with photos … ending with your own. How very beautiful … and brave ;--)

I also did a little ‘clicking’ around your blog and enjoyed learning a bit more about you (the ‘because I’m tired’ post was fun) and your family (the photos of eyes was cool). Phrases like … “I hate clutter, but am surrounded by it. Much of it by my own making’ and “My perfectionist tendencies show up in odd places’ (although the ‘specifics’ vary) … resonate vividly with my own life so I’ve added you to my Google Reader and will return as time permits.

Happy ‘belated’ birthday to you!
Hugs and blessings,

Melanie said...

Love all your picks- but yours is my favorite. And you are beautiful!

Sandy said...

Your last quote is awesome! Beautiful pic but the words are absolutely profound. Great job.