"Don't ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive, and then go do it. Because what the world needs is people who come alive."- Harold Thurman Whitman

"The key to loving how you live is in knowing what it is you truly love."- Sarah Ban Breathnach from her book Simple Abundance

"To know what you prefer instead of humbly saying Amen to what the world tells you you ought to prefer, is to keep your soul alive," Robert Louis Stevenson.

"...there is one great truth on this planet: whoever you are, or whatever it is that you do, when you really want something, it's because that desire originated in the soul of the universe. It's your mission on earth... To realize one's destiny is a person's only real obligation."- The Alchemist

"Did you know that both the Koran, the sacred book of Islam, and the Jewish Talmud teach that we will be called to account for every permissible pleasure life offered us but which we refused to enjoy while on earth?"- quoted in Simple Abundance-by Sarah Breathnach.

"... no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams."
"...the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself."
"...when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you achieve it".- The Alchemist- Paulo Coelho

"Leap, and the net will appear." - John Burroughs

"Those who say it cannot be done shouldn't interrupt the people doing it."- Chinese Proverb
"Hey. Don't ever let somebody tell you you can't do something. Not even me. All right? You got a dream... You gotta protect it. People can't do somethin' themselves, they wanna tell you you can't do it. If you want somethin', go get it. Period."- the character Christopher Gardner (played by Will Smith) in the Pursuit of Happyness

"Perhaps a long-buried dream still calls to you from a road you chose not to take. If this is true, then stop telling yourself that it's too late. Instead, take comfort in what Faith Baldwin tells us: 'Time is a dressmaker specializing in alterations.' The delay of our dreams does not mean that they have been denied. Perhaps now you have the wisdom to make alterations in your dream so that it can come true. Perhaps now you have the wisdom to choose differently." -Sarah Ban Breathnach in Simple Abundance (February 21 entry)

"There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening, that is translated through you into action, and because 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 will be lost." - Martha Graham (dancer)

"Whatever stops you from dreaming, whatever tries to stop you from living.... FLIP IT."- Alicia Keys

"The thing I remember best about successful people I've met all through the years is their obvious delight in what they're doing... and it seems to have very little to do with worldy success. They just love what they're doing, and they love it in front of others." -Fred Rogers

"Master your instrument, master the music, and then forget all that crap and just play." - Charlie Parker

"...What we don't realize is that passion is the muse of authenticity. It's the primordial, pulsating energy that infuses all of life, the numinous presence made known with every beat of our hearts....Passion is holy- a profound Mystery that transcends and transforms through rapture. We need to accept that a sacred fire burns within, whether we're comfortable with this truth or not. Passion is part of Real Life's package because we were created by Love, for Love, to Love. If we do not give outward expression to our passions, we will experience self-immolation- the spontaneous combustion of our souls."- Sarah Ban Breathnach

"Imagination ... is but another name for absolute power, ... clearest insight, amplitude of mind, And Reason in her most exalted mood." -William Wordsworth

"El que canta y baila su mal espanta." (Translation: He who sings and dances wards off all misfortune).
"...love of art- be it poetry, storytelling, painting, sculpture, or music- enables people to transcend any barrier man has yet devised."- Mary Ann Shaffer- author of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society

"Imagination is more important than knowledge.  For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand."
- Albert Einstein
"Logic will take you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere." - Albert Einstein