A dozen or so obscure quotes to get you thinking.

Buenos Dias my fine-looking friend...

Words matter. Strung together and taken to heart, they can give you hope, help you see yourself (and the world) differently and get you to think about everything in a whole new light.

Here are a few obscure quotes which have helped me illuminate my own path along the way...

"I've been making a list of the things they don't teach you at school. They don't teach you how to love somebody. They don't teach you how to be famous. They don't teach you how to be rich or how to be poor. They don't teach you how to walk away from someone you don't love any longer. They don't teach you how to know what's going on in someone else's mind. They don't teach you what to say to someone who's dying. They don't teach you anything worth knowing." - Neil Gaiman

"Don't plant your bad days. They grow into weeks. The weeks grow into months. Before you know it you got yourself a bad year. Take it from me. Choke those little bad days. Choke 'em down to nothin'. They're your days. Choke 'em!" - Tom Waits

"Until you do what you believe in, you don't know whether you believe it or not." - Leo Tolstoy

"Find a beautiful piece of art...fall in love...admire it...and realize that that was created by human beings just like you, no more human, no less." - Maya Angelou

"To be true to myself, to be the person that was on the inside of me, and not play games. That's what I'm trying to do mostly in the whole world, is to not bullsh** myself and not bullsh** anybody else." - Janis Joplin

"Invent yourself and then reinvent yourself, don't swim in the same slough. Invent yourself and then reinvent yourself and stay out of the clutches of mediocrity. Invent yourself and then reinvent yourself, change your tone and shape so often that they can never categorize you... Be self-taught. And reinvent your life because you must; it is your life and its history and the present belong only to you." - Charles Bukowski

"In uncertainty, I am certain that underneath their topmost layers of frailty, men want to be good and want to be loved. Indeed, most of their vices are attempted shortcuts to love." - John Steinbeck

"I wanted to change the usual route within my head. I tried to look at everything I look at in a different way." - Rei Kawakubo

"I do what they can't do, I just do me." - Eve and Gwen Stefani

"I was by myself for a pretty long time. I needed to do that. I think everyone that I know has wanted to do that or needed to do that at some point. I think when you spend enough time when it’s quiet around you and you don’t open your mouth for three or four days, there are parts of your brain that can kind of rest. I think when we’re out in the world and we have to talk to people, we edit ourselves. You know, we have to like, act a little bit. As honest as we may be as humans, when we’re out here, we’re all kind of wearing mirrors on our faces. You know, constantly reacting to how to react to the people around you. And I think when you’re alone for a long enough time, you can feel a lot more peace." - Justin Vernon

"The more you fail, the more you succeed. It is only when everything is lost, and instead of giving up, you go on, that you experience the momentary prospect of some slight progress. Suddenly you have the feeling...that something new has opened up." - Alberto Giacometti

"Words are, in my not-so-humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic. Capable of both inflicting injury, and remedying it." - JK Rowling

"I think it is very important for people to run away...from home, from the mainstream, from their family, from the culture, from the society that produced them...because the moment I have to learn something new, like new habits, new languages, I myself have something like a rebirth. I reduce myself to the lowest denominator and this is very healthy for an artist. To start all over again." - Saul Steinberg

"Nobody will stop you from creating. Do it tonight. Do it tomorrow. That is the way to make your soul grow... The kick of creation is the act of creating, not anything that happens afterward. I would tell all of you watching this screen: Before you go to bed, write a four line poem. Make it as good as you can. Don’t show it to anybody. Put it where nobody will find it. And you will discover that you have your reward." - Kurt Vonnegut

I'm not sure which quote resonated with you the most, but I'd encourage you to write it down or type it into your phone or take a screenshot so you can revisit it.

Meditate and think about it.

And, let it affect you in some small, life-changing way. 

You could even go one or two steps further and journal or talk about it over a cup of coffee with a close friend.

Here's to the power of words...

Steve Knox


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