Aspirations Quotes

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Lauren Oliver
“It's so strange how life works: You want something and you wait and wait and feel like it's taking forever to come. Then it happens and it's over and all you want to do is curl back up in that moment before things changed.”
Lauren Oliver, Delirium

Henry David Thoreau
“If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.”
Henry David Thoreau, Walden

Suzanne Collins
“Aim higher in case you fall short.”
Suzanne Collins, Catching Fire

James  Dean
“Dream as if you will live forever; Live as if you will die today.”
James Dean

Francis of Assisi
“Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love,
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
And where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console,
to be understood as to understand,
to be loved, as to love.

For it is in giving that we receive,
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.”
St. Francis of Assisi

Louisa May Alcott
“Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead.”
Louisa May Alcott

Coco Chanel
“If you were born without wings, do nothing to prevent them from growing.”
Coco Chanel

Marilyn Monroe
“Dreaming about being an actress, is more exciting then being one.”
Marilyn Monroe

Steve Maraboli
“I want to live my life in such a way that when I get out of bed in the morning, the devil says, "aw shit, he's up!”
Steve Maraboli, Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience

Ally Carter
“Most little girls in England grow up wanting to marry
a prince. Bex grew up wanting to kick James Bond's butt and assume his double-0 ranking.”
Ally Carter, Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy

Marilyn Monroe
“Some people have been unkind. If I say I want to grow as an actress, they look at my figure. If I say I want to develop, to learn my craft, they laugh. Somehow they don't expect me to be serious about my work.”
Marilyn Monroe

John Lennon
“Imagine there's no countries
It isn't hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace

You may say that I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope someday you'll join us
And the world will be as one”
John Lennon, Imagine

Langston Hughes
“I have discovered in life that there are ways of getting almost anywhere you want to go, if you really want to go.”
Langston Hughes

Michelangelo Buonarroti
“The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.”
Michelangelo Buonarroti

Mark Twain
“Now and then we had a hope that if we lived and were good, God would permit us to be pirates.”
Mark Twain, Life on the Mississippi

Tove Jansson
“I only want to live in peace, plant potatoes and dream!”
Tove Jansson, Moomin: The Complete Tove Jansson Comic Strip, Vol. 1

Anatole France
“To accomplish great things we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.

(From an introductory speech at a session of the Académie Française, December 24, 1896)”
Anatole France, Works of Anatole France

Emma Goldman
“When we can't dream any longer we die.”
Emma Goldman

Virginia Woolf
“He who robs us of our dreams robs us of our life.”
Virginia Woolf, Orlando

Iain Pears
“For the first time, she did want more. She did not know what she wanted, knew that it was dangerous and that she should rest content with what she had, but she knew an emptiness deep inside her, which began to ache.”
Iain Pears, The Dream of Scipio

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
“If you would hit the mark, you must aim a little above it;
Every arrow that flies feels the attraction of earth.”
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, In the Harbor

Anna Quindlen
“In books I have traveled, not only to other worlds, but into my own. I learned who I was and who I wanted to be, what I might aspire to, and what I might dare to dream about my world and myself. More powerfully and persuasively than from the "shalt nots" of the Ten Commandments, I learned the difference between good and evil, right and wrong. A Wrinkle in Time described that evil, that wrong, existing in a different dimension from our own. But I felt that I, too, existed much of the time in a different dimension from everyone else I knew. There was waking, and there was sleeping. And then there were books, a kind of parallel universe in which anything might happen and frequently did, a universe in which I might be a newcomer but was never really a stranger. My real, true world. My perfect island.”
Anna Quindlen, How Reading Changed My Life

Thomas Bernhard
“Whatever condition we are in, we must always do what we want to do, and if we want to go on a journey, then we must do so and not worry about our condition, even if it's the worst possible condition, because, if it is, we're finished anyway, whether we go on the journey or not, and it's better to die having made the journey we're been longing for than to be stifled by our longing.”
Thomas Bernhard, Concrete

“I saw a star, I reached for it. I missed, so I accepted the sky”
Scott Fortino

“To Grandma,
for being my first editor and giving me the best writing advice I’ve ever received: “Christopher, I think you should wait until you’re done with elementary school before worrying about being a failed writer.”
Chris Colfer, The Wishing Spell

Patrick Swayze
“The way to screw up somebody's life is to give them what they want.”
Patrick Swayze

Saki
“The young have aspirations that never come to pass, the old have reminiscences of what never happened.”
Saki, Reginald

Jodi Picoult
“I wondered about the explorers who'd sailed their ships to the end of the world. How terrified they must have been when they risked falling over the edge; how amazed to discover, instead, places they had seen only in their dreams.”
Jodi Picoult, Handle with Care

“It's daring to be curious about the unknown, to dream big dreams, to live outside prescribed boxes, to take risks, and above all, daring to investigate the way we live until we discover the deepest treasured purpose of why we are here.”
Luci Swindoll, I Married Adventure

Henry David Thoreau
“In the long run men only hit what they aim at. Therefore, though they should fail immediately, they had better aim at something high.”
Henry David Thoreau

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