A compilaton of quotes to help inspire and/or motivate you.
“To change skins, evolve into new cycles, I feel one has to learn to discard. If one changes internally, one should not continue to live with the same objects. They reflect one's mind and the psyche of yesterday. I throw away what has no dynamic, living use.”
“Think about any attachments that are depleting your emotional reserves. Consider letting them go.”
(These three following Bruce Lee quotes referred originally to martial arts and a philosophy of life, but they apply very well to clutter and cluttered thinking.)
“There will be calmness, tranquility, when one is free from external objects and is not perturbed.”
“Absorb what is useful, Discard what is not, Add what is uniquely your own.”
“It's not the daily increase but daily decrease. Hack away at the unessential.”
"For the most part, we, who could choose simplicity, choose complication."
~Anne Morrow Lindbergh, in Gift From the Sea
"Your house is your home only when you feel you have jurisdiction over the space."
“Three Rules of Work: Out of clutter find simplicity; From discord find harmony; In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.”
“More important than learning how to recall things is finding ways to forget things that are cluttering the mind.”
“Never again clutter your days or nights with so many menial and unimportant things that you have no time to accept a real challenge when it comes along. This applies to play as well as work. A day merely survived is no cause for celebration. You are not here to fritter away your precious hours when you have the ability to accomplish so much by making a slight change in your routine. No more busy work. No more hiding from success. Leave time, leave space, to grow. Now. Now! Not tomorrow!”
“You will achieve grand dream, a day at a time, so set goals for each day / not long and difficult projects, but chores that will take you, step by step, toward your rainbow. Write them down, if you must, but limit your list so that you won't have to drag today's undone matters into tomorrow. Remember that you cannot build your pyramid in twenty-four hours. Be patient. Never allow your day to become so cluttered that you neglect your most important goal / to do the best you can, enjoy this day, and rest satisfied with what you have accomplished.”
“Amidst all the clutter, beyond all the obstacles, aside from all the static, are the goals set. Put your head down, do the best job possible, let the flak pass, and work towards those goals.”
"I've been getting rid of some clutter — anything that doesn't serve a positive purpose in my life — and making room for things that feel happy to me. Because I get to make my life whatever I want it to be. I get to make the room feel however I want it to feel. I get to make the closet as full or as spacious as I want it. And, if I have more clutter to get rid of after Christmas, I'm not going to wait a year, or two or three to do it."
“The physics of clutter is that it will come into your office without your assistance, but will not go away without your assistance.”
“If you have debt I'm willing to bet that general clutter is a problem for you too.”
“People's homes are a reflection of their lives. It is no accident that people have a huge weight problem in this country, and clutter is the same thing. Homes are an orgy of consumption.”
"The secret of success is learning how to use pain and pleasure instead of having pain and pleasure use you...If you don'tlife controls you."
Courage is like love; it must have hope for nourishment.
~ Napoleon I
Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear--not absence of fear. Except a creature be part coward it is not a compliment to say it is brave.
“Come to the edge.”
“We can't. We're afraid.”
“Come to the edge.”
“We can't. We will fall!”
“Come to the edge.”
And they came.
And he pushed them.
And they flew.
And the day came when the risk it took to remain tight inside the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.
Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure...than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.
It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare, it is because we do not dare that they are difficult.
Take the first step in faith. You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.
~Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear.
Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.
The journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.
You see things; and you say "Why?" But I dream things that never were; and I say "Why not?"
~George Bernard Shaw
Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.
The line between failure and success is so fine that we scarcely know when we pass it: so fine that we are often on the line and do not know it.
The meaning I picked, the one that changed my life: Overcome fear, behold wonder.
No passion so effectually robs the mind of all its powers of acting and reasoning as fear.
Indeed, man wishes to be happy even when he so lives as to make happiness impossible.
When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.
The problems of the world cannot possibly be solved by skeptics or cynics whose horizons are limited by the obvious realities. We need men who can dream of things that never were.
~John F. Kennedy
You can't depend on your judgment when your imagination is out of focus.
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