Inertia Quotes

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John Green
“It is so hard to leave—until you leave. And then it is the easiest goddamned thing in the world.”
John Green, Paper Towns

Will Rogers
“Even if you are on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.”
Will Rogers

Albert Einstein
“Nothing happens until something moves.”
Albert Einstein

J.D. Salinger
“This fall I think you're riding for—it's a special kind of fall, a horrible kind. The man falling isn't permitted to feel or hear himself hit bottom. He just keeps falling and falling. The whole arrangement's designed for men who, at some time or other in their lives, were looking for something their own environment couldn't supply them with. Or they thought their own environment couldn't supply them with. So they gave up looking. They gave it up before they ever really even got started.”
J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye

Mark Twain
“The less there is to justify a traditional custom, the harder it is to get rid of it”
Mark Twain, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

Og Mandino
“I will act now. I will act now. I will act now. Henceforth, I will repeat these words each hour, each day, everyday, until the words become as much a habit as my breathing, and the action which follows becomes as instinctive as the blinking of my eyelids. With these words I can condition my mind to perform every action necessary for my success. I will act now. I will repeat these words again and again and again. I will walk where failures fear to walk. I will work when failures seek rest. I will act now for now is all I have. Tomorrow is the day reserved for the labor of the lazy. I am not lazy. Tomorrow is the day when the failure will succeed. I am not a failure. I will act now. Success will not wait. If I delay, success will become wed to another and lost to me forever. This is the time. This is the place. I am the person.”
Og Mandino

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
“The heights charm us, but the steps do not; with the mountain in our view we love to walk the plains.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Theodor W. Adorno
“Triviality is evil - triviality, that is, in the form of consciousness and mind that adapts itself to the world as it is, that obeys the principle of inertia. And this principle of inertia truly is what is radically evil.”
Theodor W. Adorno, Metaphysics: Concept and Problems

“At seventeen I'm waiting for my life to actually begin. I'm afraid I'll wake up tomorrow eighty years old and I WILL STILL BE WAITING.”
Frank Warren, A Lifetime of Secrets: A PostSecret Book

Marcel Proust
“The inertia of the mind urges it to slide down the easy slope of imagination, rather than to climb the steep slope of introspection.”
Marcel Proust

“The Law of Inertia states that a body in motion will remain in motion, and a body at rest will remain at rest. In life, nothing will happen when no one will make a move”
HaveYouSeenThisGirl, She Died

“Sadness is the ambrosia of all art.”
Frances Fong

Og Mandino
“There are two kinds of discontented in this world, the discontented that works and the discontented that wrings its hands. The first gets what it wants and the second loses what it has. There is no cure for the first but success and there is no cure at all for the second. The very worst of my vices and bad habits will abate of themselves if they are brought to an accounting every day.”
Og Mandino, The Greatest Salesman in the World

Lynne Sharon Schwartz
“The stillness and stasis of bed are the perfect opposite of travel: inertia is what I've come to consider the default mode, existentially and electronically speaking. Bed, its utter inactivity, offers a glimpse of eternity, without the drawback of being dead.”
Lynne Sharon Schwartz, Not Now, Voyager: A Memoir

Jane Austen
“Every thing was to take its natural course, however, neither impelled nor assisted.”
Jane Austen, Emma

Edgar Allan Poe
“The principle of vis inertiae (...) seems to be identical in physics and metaphysics. It is not more true in the former, that a large body is with more difficulty set in motion than a smaller one, and that its subsequent momentum is commensurate with this difficulty, than it is, in the latter, that intellects of the vaster capacity, while more forcible, more constant, and more eventful in their movements than those of inferior grade, are yet the less readily moved, and more embarrassed, and full of hesitation in the first few steps of their progress”
Edgar Allan Poe, The Purloined Letter

Pam Houston
“The more important question, of course, was what the new Lucy would do, and even though I was pretty sure the old Lucy wouldn't be around much anymore, I was a little bit afraid the new Lucy hadn't yet shown up.”
Pam Houston, Waltzing the Cat

John Mighton
“If non-linear leaps in intelligence and ability are possible, why haven't these effects been observed in our schools? I believe the answer lies in the profound inertia of human thought: when an entire society believes something is impossible, it suppresses, by its very way of life, the evidence that would contradict that belief.”
John Mighton

Tahir Shah
“The inertia of a jungle village is a dangerous thing. Before you know it your whole life has slipped by and you are still waiting there.”
Tahir Shah, House of the Tiger King: The Quest for a Lost City

Glen David Gold
“We know how ninety-nine percent of the universe works," he told Carter shortly after they met, "and that's the clockworks, that's what we build with. But the other one percent makes the clockworks wind down. That's inertia. No one knows how that works, but it does. It's that one percent mystery that's the way of our maker. Put everything together, energy and inertia, the explicable and the inexplicable, and that's how you and I make our living.”
Glen David Gold

A.D. Aliwat
“Walkers walk, and can walk around; they don’t have the single-mindedness, the inertia of the cyclist.”
A.D. Aliwat, In Limbo

A.D. Aliwat
“There is inertia in the negative”
A.D. Aliwat, In Limbo

A.D. Aliwat
“Love doesn’t thrive on inertia. There’s a reason why the divorce rate is what it is in this country.”
A.D. Aliwat, In Limbo

Gertrude Stein
“I have so much inertia and so little initiative that very possibly if you had not kept me from taking my degree I would have, well, not taken to the practice of medicine, but at any rate to pathological psychology and you don’t know how little I like pathological psychology, and how all medicine bores me.”
Gertrude Stein, The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas

“Two step forward and one step back, so as to bring in the inertia, and control the impending setback,
Slowly, and surely it will lead to success, lest your fear should limit all initiatives to be held back!”
Priyavrat Thareja

Adrian Hayward
“Everything achieved by effort must be maintained by effort.

And everything achieved at rest can be maintained at rest.”
Adrian Hayward, Dig Deep, Stand Tall: How to Connect with Your Heart, Take the Limits Off of Life, and Finally Reach Your Dreams

Milan Kundera
“Sometimes you make up your mind about something without knowing why, and your decision persists by the power of inertia. Every year it gets harder to change.”
Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being

“You will only start or stop if you have decided to do so. That is the power of inertia!”
Dr. Lucas D. Shallua

“What do you fear, lady?’ he asked.
‘A cage,’ she said. ‘To stay behind bars, until use and old age accept them, and all chance of doing great deeds is gone beyond recall or desire.’
-J.R.R. Tolkien, The Return of the King”
J R R Tolkien

Luigina Sgarro
“There is an ideal place between stagnation and frenzy, where one savors the moments without indulging in inertia, allowing oneself to be cradled by possibility.
In this place, resides freedom.”
Luigina Sgarro

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