Favorite Inspiring Quotes
Commentary by Peter Shepherd
“The grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for.” ~ Joseph Addison
Hope is life itself, so where there's life there's hope.
“Few will have the greatness to bend history, but each of us can work to change a small portion of the events, and then the total - all of these acts - will be written in the history of this generation. It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.” ~ Robert F. Kennedy
We need to teach this far more widely. You do not have to wind up in any history book to, nonetheless, matter.
“Consult not your fears but your hopes and your dreams. Think not about your frustrations, but about your unfulfilled potential. Concern yourself not with what you tried and failed in, but with what it is still possible for you to do.” ~ Pope John XXIII
As Albert Einstein said, "Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is to not stop questioning."
“Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.” ~ Helen Keller
George Iles: "Hope is faith holding out its hand in the dark."
“Hope transforms pessimism into optimism. Hope is invincible. Hope changes everything. It changes winter into summer, darkness into dawn, descent into ascent, barrenness into creativity, agony into joy. Hope is the sun. It is light. It is passion. It is the fundamental force for life's blossoming.” ~ Daisaku Ikeda
Life is give and take, but with a generous and appreciative heart that's all good. As Winston Churchill put it, "We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give."
Here’s some further reading on this theme...
Things I've Learned from Years of Dealing with Depression ~ by Hannah Sentenac
In the wake of the tragic news about Robin Williams, it's crucial for those who struggle with depression to cling to hope and life and the knowledge that things will get better. By sharing our journeys, we can shine on a light on an affliction that affects so many of our fellow humans. So, here are 16 things I learned in 16 years with the dreaded "D" word. Continues...