My Favorite Inspiring Quotes
Commentary by Peter Shepherd
As Stanislav Lee said, "Youth is a gift of nature but age is a work of art."
As Yoko Ono said, "Some people are old at 18 and some are young at 90." What is this difference? Being open-minded, I think. Open to new ideas, new experiences, new learning, a new vision for the future, a new game to play. General Douglas MacArthur said, "You are as young as your faith, as old as your doubt; as young as your confidence, as old as your fear; as young as your hope, as old as your despair. In the central place of every heart, there is a recording chamber; so long as it receives messages of beauty, hope, cheer and courage, you remain young. When the wires are all down and your heart is covered with snows of pessimism and the ice of cynicism, then and only then are you grown old."
Often that's an age in late teens when we established our identity, independent from our parents. But deeper than that, we are our inner child, our ageless soul. Sophia Loren put it this way: "There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of the people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age."
Louise Nevelson put it this way, "I never feel age ... If you have creative work, you don't have age or time."
It's never too late... to create your masterpiece, to join in love, to invent the unimagined, to explore and discover, to express your true self.
Here’s some further reading on this theme...
Emotional maturity has little to do with chronological maturity. It may come before you become an adult, or you may have been an adult for decades, and still not have attained any kind of emotional maturity. You might have a relationship with someone who is very sophisticated in all manner of mundane ways, and who is, nevertheless, emotionally immature. You may think to yourself: how can he/she be so childish (in that emotional sense), and yet so worldly and intelligent in all those other ways? Continues...