I know it’s lame, but I love to draw life inspiration from words. Maybe it’s the writing obsessed part of my brain, but I find reading some very well thought out, beautiful words connects with me on a deep level, which has a way of inspiring action, change and adventure within me, more than anything else ever could.
Today I wanted to share with you some of my favourite words of inspiration. They are quotes, lines from songs and movies, sentiments and inspirational words that resonate with me and inspire me to do more and be happy. Some of them really challenge me too, pushing me to think differently and be bold. All of these are words that, when I hear them, it feels like someone is reading my soul and explaining something I feel, in a way I could never.
I hope some of them resonate with you too! If you have some favourite words of inspiration of your own, I’d love to hear them! Please share them with me in the comments below or on the Little Grey Box Facebook page.
“There is a vitality, a life force, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and there is only one of you in all time. This expression is unique, and if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium; and be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is, not how it compares with other expression. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open. You have to keep open and aware directly to the urges that motivate you. Keep the channel open. No artist is pleased. There is no satisfaction whatever at any time. There is only a queer, divine dissatisfaction, a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive than the others.” – Martha Graham
“Although you are very small and your kind have existed in the universe for only a short time, you are an important part of something very large and very beautiful” – Unknown
“Pain is there for a reason, to give us a feeling in lack of love. Because without the pain, we would be numb. And although pain hurts, numbness destroys the soul, that gives us the chance to love again.” – C.P., ‘Fluctuating Feelings’
“At any moment you have a choice that either leads you closer to your spirit or further away from it.” – Thich Nhat Than
“Every introvert alive knows the exquisite pleasure of stepping from the clamor of a party into the bathroom and closing the door.” – Sophia Demobbing, ‘The Introvert’s Way: Living a Quiet Life in a Noisy World’
“One of these days the clocks will stop turning and time won’t mean a thing.” – Foo Fighters
“Try to imagine life without timekeeping. You probably can’t. You know the month, the year, the day of the week. There is a clock on your wall or the dashboard of your car. You have a schedule, a calendar, a time for dinner or a movie. Yet all around you, timekeeping is ignored. Birds are not late. A dog does not check its watch. Deer do not fret over passing birthdays. Man alone measures time. Man alone chimes the hour. And, because of this, man alone suffers a paralysing fear that no other creature endures. A fear of time running out.” – Unknown
“If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be.” – Maya Angelou
“We buy things we don’t need, with money we don’t have, to impress people we don’t like.” – Fight Club
“If you want to be trusted, be honest. If you want to be honest, be sure. If you want to be true, be yourself.” – Unknown
“Routine is the enemy of time.” – Jedidah Jenkins
“What is a fear of living? It’s being preeminently afraid of dying. It is not doing what you came here to do, out of timidity and spinelessness. The antidote is to take full responsibility for yourself – for the time you take up and the space you occupy. If you don’t know what you’re here to do, then just do some good.” – Maya Angelou
“And the Universe said: Everything you need is within you. You are stronger than you know. You are the daylight. You are the night. The darkness you fight is within you. The light you seek is within you. You are not alone… I love you because you are love.” – Unknown
“And now that you don’t have to be perfect, you can be good.” – John Steinbeck
“He who chooses the beginning of the road, chooses the place it leads to.” – Harry Emerson Fosdick
“I love her and that’s the beginning and end of everything.” – F. Scott Fitzgeral
“And then something happened. I let go. Lost in oblivion. Dark and silent and complete. I found freedom. Losing all hope was freedom.” – Fight Club
“The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars.” – Jack Kerouac, ‘On The Road’
“On bended knee is no way to be free. Lifting up an empty cup, I ask silently, that all my destinations will accept the one that’s me, so I can breathe. Circles they grow and they swallow people whole, half their lives they say goodnight to wives they’ll never know. Got a mind full of questions and a teacher in my soul. And so it goes Don’t come closer or I’ll have to go. Owning me like gravity are places that pull. If ever there was someone to keep me at home, it would be you. Everyone I come across in cages they bought, they think of me and my wandering but I’m never what they thought. Got my indignation but I’m pure in all my thoughts. I’m alive. Wind in my hair I feel part of everywhere. Underneath my being is a road that disappeared. Late at night I hear the trees they’re singing with the dead. Overhead. Leave it to me as I find a way to be. Consider me a satellite forever orbiting. I know all the rules but the rules did not know me. Guaranteed” – Eddie Vedder, ‘Guaranteed’.
I strongly suggest you listen to this amazing song from Eddie Vedder, it formed part of the insanely good ‘Into The Wild’ soundtrack and is a favourite song of mine. If you’re in the right mood and in the right frame of mind, it can transform your life!
Phoebe Lee is a travel writer and award-winning blogger with a love for storytelling. Phoebe creates practical, fun and engaging written content designed to inspire and energise travel-lovers and dreamers. Follow her and Matt’s adventures at home and around the world, right here on Little Grey Box and through Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube.