Quotes for Life

Those interesting things that people say (famous and regular alike) that give you a little lift, a push or just make you smile…

‘Plan in decades. Think in years. Work in months. Live in days’

Nic Haralambous

‘What if I fall? Oh, but darling, what if you fly!’

Erin Hanson 

‘Logic will take you from a to b. Imagination will take you everywhere’

Albert Einstein 

‘Watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you’

Roald Dahl 

Nothing is so broken that it cannot be fixed in one way or another 



The Sunscreen Song



‘Let me tell you about scared. Your heart is beating so hard I can feel it through your hands. There’s so much blood and oxygen pumping through your brain it’s like rocket fuel. Right now you could run faster and you can fight harder. You can jump higher than ever in your life and you are so alert it’s like you can slow down time.
What’s wrong with scared? Scared is a superpower! Your superpower! There is danger in this room. And guess what? It’s you. Do you feel it? Do you think he feels it? Do you think he’s scared? Nah. Loser!

Fear is a superpower.

Listen, Dr Who


‘You were wild once, don’t let them tame you’

Isadora Duncan


‘Your not looking for Prince Charming, your looking for a partner to take on the world with’



‘A man whose desire is to be something separate from himself, to be a member of Parliament, or a successful grocer, or a prominent solicitor, or a judge, or something equally tedious, invariably succeeds in being what he wants to be. That is his punishment. Those who want a mask have to wear it. But with the dynamic forces of life, and those in whom those dynamic forces become incarnate, it is different. People whose desire is solely for self-realisation never know where they are going. They can’t know.’

Oscar Wilde, De Profundis


‘The only position that leaves me with no cognitive dissonance is atheism. It is not a creed. Death is certain, replacing both the siren-song of Paradise and the dread of Hell. Life on this earth, with all its mystery and beauty and pain, is then to be lived far more intensely: we stumble and get up, we are sad, confident, insecure, feel loneliness and joy and love. There is nothing more; but I want nothing more.’

Christopher Hitchens, The Portable Atheist


‘We are going to die, and that makes us the lucky ones. Most people are never going to die because they are never going to be born. The potential people who could have been here in my place but who will in fact never see the light of day outnumber the sand grains of Sahara. Certainly those unborn ghosts include greater poets than Keats, scientists greater than Newton. We know this because the set of possible people allowed by our DNA so massively outnumbers the set of actual people. In the teeth of these stupefying odds it is you and I, in our ordinariness, that are here.’

Richard Dawkins, Unweaving the Rainbow


‘You don’t have to be able to see the whole staircase in order to take the first step’


First Rain

Never stop trying things for the first time


I hope that the days come easy and the moments pass slow,
And each road leads you where you want to go,
And if you’re faced with a choice, and you have to choose,
I hope you choose the one that means the most to you.
And if one door opens to another door closed,
I hope you keep on walkin’ till you find the window,
If it’s cold outside, show the world the warmth of your smile,

But more than anything, more than anything,
My wish, for you …

My Wish, Rascal Flatts


Tim Minchin, UWA Address 2013

‘Send thank you cards and give standing ovations, be pro-stuff, not anti-stuff’


‘Today is the tomorrow you were worrying about yesterday’

Elund Winslade



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