Monday, March 31, 2008

Fun Monday # 60 Inspirational Quotes


Robin is our lovely hostess this week and she wants us to share.........

Quotable quotes and words that inspire.

'she says..............please share words that inspire and motivate you--brief or bloviatory, silly or serious, from great world leaders to last night's Comedy Central...from a Hallmark greeting card to your favorite book. Choose one, choose many; let the quotes stand on their own or tell where you first read or heard them and how they affected you'.


So here are a few:

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife. - Jane Austen

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Every man who is high up loves to think that he has done it all himself, and the wife smiles, and lets it go at that. - James M. Barrie

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Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes. -Gandhi

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The following interview has stuck with me since I read it. I have posted it before and I make no apologies for using it again as, in my opinion, this lady is truly inspirational.

Maya Angelou was interviewed by Oprah on her 70+ birthday.

Oprah asked her what she thought of growing older.

And, there on television, she said it was 'exciting.' Regarding body changes, she said there were many, occurring every day...like her breasts.

They seem to be in a race to see which will reach her waist, first.

The audience laughed so hard they cried. She is such a simple and honest woman, with so much wisdom in her words!

Maya Angelou said this:

'I've learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow.'

'I've learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights.'

'I've learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you'll miss them when they're gone from your life.'

'I've learned that making a 'living' is not the same thing as 'making a life.'

'I've learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance.'

'I've learned that you shouldn't go through life with a catcher's mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw some things back.'

'I've learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision.'

'I've learned that even when I have pains, I don't have to be one.'

'I've learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone.

People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back.'

'I've learned that I still have a lot to learn.'

'I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.'

The ache for home lives in all of us, the safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned.

When I was originally sent this I did some research and realised that she is a great lady~ what do you think!
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I'm looking forward to reading all your quotes and seeing who inspires you. You will see from my side bar that we have hosts for the next three Mondays.

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51 Comments:

At 31/3/08 09:11, Blogger Joy T. said...

All great quotes, I just love Maya! But I can also relate to the second quote you gave. I often just sit and smile when my husband goes on and on and on.... :o)

 
At 31/3/08 09:28, Blogger Jo Beaufoix said...

She's amazing. I read some of her stuff at Uni and she just writes so beautifully. These were fantastic quotes.

 
At 31/3/08 09:41, Blogger Aoj & The Lurchers said...

Maya Angelou is just an inspirational woman isn't she? We could all live by her quotes.

 
At 31/3/08 11:19, Blogger Misslionheart♥ said...

I'm in this week!

 
At 31/3/08 12:13, Anonymous Nekked Lizard Lady said...

I wish we could learn all these things when we are younger, but then they wouldn't mean anything to us then. It is the different experiences that we all live that makes different words of wisdom mean different things. When I grow up, I want to be as wise as Maya Angelou.

 
At 31/3/08 12:28, Blogger mjd said...

Maya Angelou is a wise woman.

Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes. -Gandhi ...very true

 
At 31/3/08 12:38, Blogger SwampAngel65 said...

Ahh...very nice. Give one alot to think about. Thanks for sharing. I'll have to write some of those down to remember and look upon often.

 
At 31/3/08 12:47, Blogger Hootin' Anni said...

I love the one that you shared...the one that James Barrie said. It's all too true. LOL

 
At 31/3/08 13:08, Blogger kitten said...

I love your 3rd quote~ & that lady is very wise and funny!

 
At 31/3/08 14:21, Blogger Alix said...

Great quotes I love that Maya Angelou interview.

 
At 31/3/08 15:19, Blogger Pamela said...

I guess I should start writing down my Pamela-isms. I say about people and grocery carts. "I would never hire a person who doesn't return the cart to the carousel."

and
"The Paper is always strongest at the perforation"

I bet you have a few, too?

 
At 31/3/08 15:28, Blogger Jenn And The City said...

Rainy days, lost luggage, and Christmas tree lights. Love that. A very, very wise woman.

 
At 31/3/08 15:51, Blogger john.g. said...

I am a single man in charge of a good fortune, and the last thing I want is a wife!!

 
At 31/3/08 15:53, Anonymous nikki said...

"I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."

What a brilliant quote. Thanks for sharing.

 
At 31/3/08 15:59, Blogger Rose said...

I love Maya Angelou.

'I've learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow.'

Love that one! It's amazing.

 
At 31/3/08 16:20, Blogger IamwhoIam said...

Maya Angelou has some pretty good Q's but I love them all

 
At 31/3/08 16:57, Blogger storyteller said...

Maya Angelou is one special woman! I enjoyed her words and the Gandhi quote immensely ;--)
Hugs and blessings,

 
At 31/3/08 16:57, Blogger Alison said...

she is most definitely a great lady, one of my favorites.

 
At 31/3/08 16:59, Blogger Faye said...

MA's comment about reading people by how they dealt with rainy days, lost luggage and Christmas tree lights gave me a chuckle. I did okay with rainy days and lost luggage--first I love, second just means can put off dealing with dirty laundry. However, the Christmas tree lights reminded me of how impatient and angry I can get over small frustrations. . .

 
At 31/3/08 17:17, Blogger Jettie said...

I love maya she is so interesting!!

 
At 31/3/08 17:19, Blogger Tiggerlane said...

Maya is totally brilliant. I commented on another of her quotes on someone's blog today - that it reminded me of a line from a movie. I should aspire to be like Maya!

 
At 31/3/08 17:43, Blogger Lil Mouse said...

a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights.'

1. usually i would put on a coat, have an umbrella with me, or just get wet!
2. i would make the proper inquiries and then go get something to eat and an outfit for the next day.
3. i sit down with them on the floor and untangle them

how'd i do?

 
At 31/3/08 18:02, Blogger jientje said...

I've learned that I still have a lot to learn! She was indeed a great lady! I enjoyed this post, thanks!

 
At 31/3/08 18:48, Blogger my4kids said...

Great quotes and May Angelous are some of the best out there.

 
At 31/3/08 18:50, Blogger Stephanie mama drama said...

I've learned that I better listen to wise counsel (like yours) or I'm destined to make some really huge mistakes!

 
At 31/3/08 19:50, Blogger jennifer said...

I adore Maya Angelou for her calm voice and her Wisdom. These quotes were so wonderful!

Jennifer

 
At 31/3/08 20:13, Anonymous Robin (the PENSIEVE one) said...

Giggles to the Barrie quote.

And I used one line from the Angelou interview (about remembering how you make people feel). In context, it's fascinating to hear her collective wisdom! She's done a lot a livin', which means I can learn a lot.

GLAD you choose to re-post that--it's PERFECT for today!

Thanks Chris, you add so much depth to the Bsphere!

:)

 
At 31/3/08 21:12, Blogger Sauntering Soul said...

Great choices! Like so many others, I also love Maya Angelou and her wise words.

 
At 31/3/08 21:18, Blogger Mariposa said...

I love Jane Austen and Maya Angelou...two influencial women in my life!

And I'm so happy you posted again this interview lines...as I'm quite new to your site and had not read this before!

Have a nice week!

 
At 31/3/08 21:32, Anonymous Karmyn R said...

Maya Angelou is an amazing and inspirational woman. She was a good choice for quotes today.

 
At 31/3/08 21:52, Anonymous ellen b said...

I'm glad you paid attention during that interview. Those are some wonderful quotes! I really enjoyed them...

 
At 31/3/08 22:17, Blogger wakeupandsmellthecoffee said...

I love Maya Angelou. How did one woman get to be so wise? But how kind of her to pass that wisdom on to us.

 
At 31/3/08 23:17, Anonymous dawn said...

Those are great quotes and wonderful words to live by. It is wonderful how one person can be so inspiring in words as Maya Angelou. I also like your first quotes.

 
At 31/3/08 23:42, Blogger the planet of janet said...

she is indeed amazing.

thank you for inspiring us with her words of wisdom!

 
At 31/3/08 23:43, Blogger Jan said...

Thanks for this wonderful post. Maya Angelou is truely first class.

 
At 1/4/08 00:37, Blogger Peculiar said...

ChrisB,
I love the ones by Austen and Barrie. This has been one truly Fun Monday.

 
At 1/4/08 00:58, Blogger Kila said...

Good ones, thank you for sharing!

 
At 1/4/08 01:39, Blogger Baba's Blog .. Babies Are Special said...

wow.. Chrisb, you have many quotes to read and study about..thanks for sharing...

 
At 1/4/08 02:16, Blogger Celeste said...

Those are truly words of wisdom. Reading them brings a sense of contentment.

 
At 1/4/08 04:05, Blogger BS said...

Great quotes - I have a copy of Maya's interview at my desk at work. Wise woman, she is.

 
At 1/4/08 04:59, Blogger karisma said...

Wow Ive learned a lot of those things already! Great list of wise words.

 
At 1/4/08 07:02, Blogger bermudabluez said...

Maya is the BEST!!! So glad that you featured her! I remember reading about that interview. Of course, I also think Oprah is terrific. Happy FM!!

 
At 1/4/08 08:08, Blogger Barbara said...

Inspirational quotes Chris. We try to live like that but sometimes we need a little gentle reminding.

 
At 1/4/08 16:07, OpenID eclecticblog said...

I Love Maya Angelou...such a wise woman!

 
At 1/4/08 16:07, OpenID eclecticblog said...

I Love Maya Angelou...such a wise woman!

 
At 1/4/08 16:07, OpenID eclecticblog said...

I Love Maya Angelou...such a wise woman!

 
At 1/4/08 17:18, Blogger Kaytabug said...

I love all of your quotes and anything from Maya is a Jem!!

 
At 1/4/08 22:25, Blogger Karina said...

I love Maya Angelou and have for a very long time, she is an exceptional lady. And actually, this week she turns 80 (on Friday) and I watched an interview with her on Good Morning America yesterday and after it was over I said out loud (to myself, as I live alone) "WOw, this lady is just amazing".

 
At 2/4/08 16:20, Blogger ChrisB said...

This is a collective THANK YOU to everyone who visited and left me a comment my addiction is satisfied :)

 
At 2/4/08 23:21, Blogger Sandy said...

Terrific job, Chris and also your header is inspirational, too! I am so glad this long, dreary winter is finally giving way to spring (sorry for all your folks in the southern hermisphere).

 
At 3/4/08 20:05, Blogger The Artist formerly Known as Purpleworms (!) said...

Angelou is such a wise person!

 

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