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Living a Truly Extraordinary Life
Are you looking for inspiration and ideas about living an extraordinary life? Curious about how sages and wise philosophers could see and experience a different world than most of us?
If so, these great quotes about living life more fully may help you follow the footprints they left in the sand for us.
Living A Truly Extraordinary Life
We all have the extraordinary coded within us, waiting to be released.
- Jean Houston
Magic is what happens when you have encountered the Divine. It is the life-altering experiences of connecting to the divinity that dwells within yourself and in the world.
- Phyllis Curott
You will find as you look back upon your life that the moments when you have truly lived are the moments when you have done things in the spirit of love.
- Henry Drummond
Becoming more and more aware of all that is possible moves your whole life into greater balance.
The moment one commits oneself, then providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help. A whole stream of events issue from the decision, raising in one's favor all manner of incidents and meetings and material assistance which no one could have dreamed would come his or her way.
If you let yourself be absorbed completely, if you surrender completely to the moments as they pass, you live more richly those moments.
- Anne Morrow Lindbergh
Nothing is more powerful than an individual acting out of his conscience, thus helping to bring the collective conscience to life.
- Norman Cousins
The only difference between an extraordinary life and an ordinary one is the extraordinary pleasures you find in ordinary things.
- Veronique Vienne
For most of life, nothing wonderful happens. If you don't enjoy getting up and working and finishing your work and sitting down to a meal with family or friends, then the chances are you're not going to be very happy. If someone bases his [or her] happiness on major events like a great job, huge amounts of money, a flawlessly happy marriage or a trip to Paris, that person isn't going to be happy much of the time. If, on the other hand, happiness depends on a good breakfast, flowers in the yard, a drink or a nap, then we are more likely to live with quite a bit of happiness.
- Andy Rooney
There are very few human beings who receive the truth, complete and staggering, by instant illumination. Most of them acquire it fragment by fragment.
- Anais Nin
Everything doesn't always lay itself out the way you would like it to. (A.men ... if you count the K9) And in these times you have to be ready to embrace life as an adventure and just take the ride. You know just go 4 it. “Okay, yeah. So your dress didn't fit quite the way you wanted it. Well, wrap this around it, tie it like that,and make a whole new outfit.” You know what I mean? So, you know .. I think the message has been:”Say what you want, be who you want.” Life is too short to be anything else but yourself.
- Queen Latifah, Last Holiday Commentary quote
Summer weather, like being in love, is a philosopher's stone which turns our ordinary days to gold. But not the whole day ... For it is never the whole day, never all our life which is transformed in any happiness, but only the exquisite moments.
- Nan Fairbrother
You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment.
- Henry David Thoreau
Happiness has always seemed like a bluebird, and consists of moments.
- Lin Yutang
Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under the trees on a summer's day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.
- Sir J. Lubbock
The cream of enjoyment in this life is always impromptu. The chance walk,; the unexpected visit; the unpremeditated journey; the unsought conversation or acquaintance.
- Fanny Fern
Dreams have only one owner at a time. That's why dreamers are lonely.
- Erma Bombeck
You cannot be lonely if you like the person you're alone with.
- Wayne Dyer
All men and women are born, live suffer and die; what distinguishes us one from another is our dreams, whether they be dreams about worldly or unworldly things, and what we do to make them come about ...
The future must be seen in terms of what a person can do to contribute something, to make something better, to make it go where he believes with all his being it ought to go.
- Frederick R. Kappel
Be a Columbus to whole new continents and worlds within you, opening new channels, not of trade, but of thought.
- Henry David Thoreau
One does not discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time.
- Andre Gide
Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens ....
- Carl Jung
To the world, you may only be one person, but to one person, you may be the world.
To be nobody but yourself in a world doing its best to make you everybody else means to fight the hardest battle any human can ever fight and never stop fighting.
- e. e. cummings
We do not choose to be born. We do not choose our parents. We do not choose our historical epoch, the country of our birth, or the immediate circumstances of our upbringing. We do not, most of us, choose to die; nor do we choose the time and conditions of our death. But within this realm of choicelessness, we do choose how we live.
Sometimes our light goes out but is blown into flame by another human being. Each of us owes deepest thanks to those who have rekindled this light.
- Albert Schweitzer
There is no sense talking about "being true to yourself" until you are sure what voice you are being true to. It takes hard work to differentiate the voices of the unconscious.
- Marion Woodman
If you bring forth what is within you, what you bring forth will save you. If you do not bring forth what is within you, what you do not bring forth will de.story you.
When you are ultimately truthful with yourself, you will eventually realize and confess that "I am Buddha, I am Spirit". Anything short of that is a lie, the lie of the ego, the lie of the separate-self sense, the contradiction in the face of infinity. The deepest recesses of your consciousness directly intersect Spirit itself, in the supreme identity. This is not a state you are bringing into existence for the first time, but simply a timeless state that you are recognizing and confessing -- you are being ultimately truthful when you state, " I am Buddha, the ultimate Beauty".
- Ken Wilber
DO not seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer.
- Rainer Maria Rilke
In the history of everyone in whom the artist-within has survived conditioning, schooling, training -- there are (persons) influences that have kept him alive, awake .. who have encouraged him without even trying -- just by being. They have been One's real teachers.
- Frederick Frank
The events in our lives happen in a sequence in time, but in their significance to ourselves, they find their own order ... the continuous thread of revelation.
- Eudora Welty
Listening is a magnetic and strange thing, a creative force ... When we are listened to, it creates us, makes us unfold [and come to life ...] and expand. Ideas actually begin to grow within us and come to life .... When we listen to people there is an alternating current, and this recharges us so that we never get tired of each other ... and it is this little creative fountain inside of us that begins to spring and cast up new thoughts and unexpected laughter and wisdom. ...Well, it is when people really listen to us, with quiet fascinated attention, that the little fountain begins to work again, to accelerate in the most surprising way.
- Brenda Ueland
When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world.
- John Muir
I give you the end of a golden string,
Only wind it into a ball:
It will lead you in at heaven's gate,
Built in Jerusalem's wall.
- William Blake (Jerusalem)
The excellence of every art is its intensity, capable of making all disagreeables evaporate, from their being in close relationship with beauty and truth.
- John Keats
Call The World if you please "the Veil of Soul-may.king". - John Keats
The motif of the return of the Great Goddess and her consort is encountered over and over again in the dreams and unconscious fantasies of people who seek psychological help to overcome the deadness of their lives. Arts, films, literature, and political upheavals also reflect increasingly the same dynamics. The changes they demand entail new understanding of masculinity and femininity in both men and women and the relations between the sexes as well as new views of reality.
- Edward C. Whitmont
One day I saw with the eyes of my eternity in bliss and without effort, a stone. It tasted sweet, like heavenly herbs.
- Mechtild of Magdeburg
God is the partner of your most intimate so.lily.quies.
- Victor Frankl
You can call it wisdom, or sanity, or health, or enlightenment. I use the word God as a short-cut. I am comfortable with the word God because I don't have the foggiest idea of what it means.
- Stephen Levine
Normal consciousness is a state of stupor, in which sensibility to the wholly real and responsiveness to the stimuli of the spirit are reduced. The mystics, knowing that man is involved in a hidden history of the Cosmos, endeavor to awake from the drowsiness and apathy and to regain the state of wakefulness for their enchanted souls.
- Rabbi Abraham Heschel
Somehow his dream is told; somehow he publishes if with solemn joy; sometimes with pencil on canvas; sometimes with chisel on stone ...
Creative work carries with it a form of intense love.
- Lin Yutang
I know that I have found fulfillment. I have an object in life, a task ... a passion.
- George Sand
The great man is he who does not lose his child's heart.
The purest and most thoughtful minds are those which love color the most.
- John Ruskin
Well, now that we have seen each other, said the unicorn, if you believe in me, I'll believe in you. Is that a bargain?
- Lewis Carroll
Every parting gives a foretaste of death; every coming together again a foretaste of resurrection.
- Arthur Schopenhauer
He is immortal, but not because he alone among creatures has an inexhaustible voice, but because he has a soul, a spirit capable of compassion and sacrifice and endurance.
- William Faulkner
No man is an island entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main.
- John Donne
Joy and openness come from our own contented heart.
If instead of a gem, or even a flower, we should cast the gift of a loving thought into the heart of a friend; that would be giving as the angels give.
- George MacDonald
They seemed to come suddenly upon happiness as if they had surprised a butterfly in the winter woods ...
- Edith Wharton
Happiness has always seemed like a bluebird, and consists of moments.
- Lin Yutang
He who would do good to another must do it in minute particulars ...
- William Blake
Trust the dreams, for in them is hidden the gate to eternity.
- Kahil Gibran
Love so that you may actually be what you innately are.
- Eric Butterworth
Marriage is not just spiritual communion and passionate embraces; marriage is also three meals a day (5 if you are snacking), sharing the workload and remembering to carry out the trash.
- Dr. Joyce Brothers
You are certainly one of the joys of life for all who have ever come within a mile of you .
- Thomas Merton ???
We arrive at truth, not by reason alone, but also by the heart.
- Blaise Pascal
When we are motivated by goals that have deep meaning, by dreams that need completion, by pure love that needs expressing, then we truly live life.
- Greg Anderson
... there is nothing really, to be afraid of. As we learn this, we grow in faith, we grow in strength, and most important, we grow in our capacity to love.
- Robert O'Brien
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