A quick dose of daily wisdom…by Team TANR
As often as the TANR team can make it happen, we try and create lists of things that inspire us, and that will hopefully, too, inspire you all as well. This time around, we asked ourselves the question, “If we had to wake up to one quote to live our lives by everyday, what would that quote be?” Below are our answers:
“If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.” -Jim Rohn
“Realize deeply that the present moment is all you will ever have.” – Eckhart Tolle
“Vision is more than looking.” ― David Eagleman
“Life is mostly froth and bubble, two things stand in stone;
Kindness in another’s trouble, courage in our own.” - Adam Lindsay Gordon
“We’re all just walking each other home.” -Ram Dass
“A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality.” -John Lennon
“There’s a difference between thinking you deserve to be happy and knowing that you are worthy of being happy. Your being alive makes worthiness your birthright. You alone are enough.” – Oprah
“The vitality of language lies in its ability to limn the actual, imagined and possible lives of its speakers, readers, writers. Although its poise is sometimes in displacing experience it is not a substitute for it. It arcs toward the place where meaning may lie. When a President of the United States thought about the graveyard his country had become, and said, “The world will little note nor long remember what we say here. But it will never forget what they did here,” his simple words are exhilarating in their life-sustaining properties because they refused to encapsulate the reality of 600, 000 dead men in a cataclysmic race war. Refusing to monumentalize, disdaining the “final word”, the precise “summing up”, acknowledging their “poor power to add or detract”, his words signal deference to the uncapturability of the life it mourns. It is the deference that moves her, that recognition that language can never live up to life once and for all. Nor should it. Language can never “pin down” slavery, genocide, war. Nor should it yearn for the arrogance to be able to do so. Its force, its felicity is in its reach toward the ineffable.
Be it grand or slender, burrowing, blasting, or refusing to sanctify; whether it laughs out loud or is a cry without an alphabet, the choice word, the chosen silence, unmolested language surges toward knowledge, not its destruction. But who does not know of literature banned because it is interrogative; discredited because it is critical; erased because alternate? And how many are outraged by the thought of a self-ravaged tongue?
Word-work is sublime, she thinks, because it is generative; it makes meaning that secures our difference, our human difference – the way in which we are like no other life.
We die. That may be the meaning of life. But we do language. That may be the measure of our lives.” –Toni Morrison
What would your quote be?
**Check out our last writer’s list: The Three Songs We’d Play on Loop During A Cross Country Road Trip