Vitality Quotes

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Susan Sontag
“Do stuff. be clenched, curious. Not waiting for inspiration's shove or society's kiss on your forehead. Pay attention. It's all about paying attention. attention is vitality. It connects you with others. It makes you eager. stay eager.”
Susan Sontag

Edith Södergran
“The inner fire is the most important thing mankind possesses.”
Edith Södergran

“If you always attach positive emotions to the things you want, and never attach negative emotions to the things you don't, then that which you desire most will invariably come your way.”
Matt D. Miller

Joseph Campbell
“We must be willing to get rid of
the life we’ve planned, so as to have
the life that is waiting for us.

The old skin has to be shed
before the new one can come.

If we fix on the old, we get stuck.
When we hang onto any form,
we are in danger of putrefaction.

Hell is life drying up.”
Joseph Campbell, A Joseph Campbell Companion: Reflections on the Art of Living

Ogwo David Emenike
“Love springs from the inside. It is the immortal surge of passion, excitement, energy, power, strength, prosperity, recognition, respect, desire, determination, enthusiasm, confidence, courage, and vitality, that nourishes, extends and protects. It possesses an external objective - life.”
Ogwo David Emenike

John Steinbeck
“Strange how one person can saturate a room with vitality, with excitement. Then there are others, and this dame was one of them, who can drain off energy and joy, can suck pleasure dry and get no sustenance from it. Such people spread a grayness in the air about them.”
John Steinbeck, Travels with Charley: In Search of America

John Ruskin
“No human face is exactly the same in its lines on each side, no leaf perfect in its lobes, no branch in its symmetry. All admit irregularity as they imply change; and to banish imperfection is to destroy expression, to check exertion, to paralyze vitality. All things are literally better, lovelier, and more beloved for the imperfections which have been divinely appointed, that the law of human life may be Effort, and the law of human judgment, Mercy.”
John Ruskin

ابن الجوزي
“ينبغي للعاقل أن ينتهي إلى غاية ما يمكنه ؛ فلو يُتَصوّر للآدمي صعود السماوات لرأيت من أقبح النقائص رضاه بالأرض ”
ابن الجوزي

“A strong life force can be seen in physical vitality, courage, competent judgment, self-mastery, sexual vigor, and the realization of each person’s unique talents and purpose in life. To maintain a powerful life force, forget yourself, forget about living and dying, and bring your full attention into this moment.”
H.E. Davey, Japanese Yoga: The Way of Dynamic Meditation

E.L. Doctorow
“I watched bulls bred to cows, watched mares foal, I saw life come from the egg and the multiplicative wonders of mudholes and ponds, the jell and slime of life shimmering in gravid expectation. Everywhere I looked, life sprang from something not life, insects unfolded from sacs on the surface of still waters and were instantly on prowl for their dinner, everything that came into being knew at once what to do and did it, unastonished that it was what it was, unimpressed by where it was, the great earth heaving up bloodied newborns from every pore, every cell, bearing the variousness of itself from every conceivable substance which it contained in itself, sprouting life that flew or waved in the wind or blew from the mountains or stuck to the damp black underside of rocks, or swam or suckled or bellowed or silently separated in two.”
E.L. Doctorow, Lives of the Poets: A Novella and Six Stories

“We need places to scream and run wild as well as places to be quiet.”
Marty Rubin

عبد الله محمد الداوود
“العباقرة شهب كتب عليها أن تحترق لتنير عصورها
عبدالله محمد الداوود

Raymond Chandler
“Everything written with vitality expresses that vitality; there are no dull subjects, only dull minds.”
Raymond Chandler, The Simple Art of Murder

Bram Stoker
“I could see it under the heavy moustache, was fixed and rather cruel-looking, with peculiarly sharp white teeth; these protruded over the lips, whose remarkable ruddiness showed astonishing vitality in a man of his years.”
Bram Stoker, Dracula

Milan Kundera
“A young woman forced to keep drunks supplied with beer and siblings with clean underwear -instead of being allowed to pursue "something higher"- stores up great reserves of vitality, a vitality never dreamed of by university students yawning over their books.”
Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being

Thorbjörg Hafsteinsdottir
“If you want more joy in your daily life, smile at the people you meet in the street, the woman sitting beside you on the bus or standing next to you in the queue at the airport, the waiter who brings your food, your colleagues or your employer. There’s a great chance they’ll smile back.”
Thorbjörg Hafsteinsdottir, 10 Years Younger in 10 Weeks

Thorbjörg Hafsteinsdottir
“Words are like food. They contain information that either releases and liberates and creates possibilities and development or locks you into unhealthy patterns you can’t change.”
Thorbjörg Hafsteinsdottir, 10 Years Younger in 10 Weeks

Kim Stanley Robinson
“The vaunted experience of age was perhaps only a matter of wounds and scarring -- that young minds to old minds might be as young bodies to old bodies: stronger, more vital, less twisted by damage.”
Kim Stanley Robinson, Green Mars

Hanna Abi Akl
“you abandon yourself
in a cavity of pain
a butterfly in
a hurricane: vital,
fragile and obscene”
Hanna Abi Akl, Correspondence

“The seasonal death of a relationship is essential to its sensual vitality.”
Lebo Grand

Rollo May
“Eros is the center of the vitality of a culture--its heart and soul.”
Rollo May, Love and Will

“What does it mean to choose life?...

Choose vitality over stagnation.
Choose making conscious choices over living on auto-pilot.
Choose owning and taking responsibility for those choices
instead of believing that you are only
the victim of circumstances beyond your control.
Choose seeing the opportunity in challenges
instead of just the difficulties.
Choose educating yourself over willful ignorance.
Choose somewhere, sometimes to try and educate others.
Choose acceptance over condemnation
except when the act you’re condemning
kills, maims, or destroys others.
Choose acceptance of yourself as well,
with all your complications
and your imperfections.
Choose imperfection, because very few things are perfect,
and most of the really important things
can’t even be graded and evaluated that way.
Choose vigilance over giving up, whenever,
and however, you can.
Choose recuperation when it all becomes too much.
Choose self-care whatever it takes
So that you can continue to
Choose life,
Whatever that life looks like,
Whoever does or doesn’t approve of
What you choose.”
Shellen Lubin

“Thayer (1986), for example, has shown numerous times that moderate exercise—such as a brisk 10-minute walk—tends to increase subjective energy and, to a lesser extent, decrease tension for up to 2 hours after the exercise has been completed. Eating a small sugar snack, on the other hand, is associated with significantly higher tension just 30 minutes after the snack has been eaten. And although energy increases and tiredness decreases initially after the snack, both then reverse directions later so that by 2 hours after the snack, energy has decreased and tiredness increased beyond what they were to begin with”
Christopher Peterson, Character Strengths and Virtues: A Handbook and Classification

“Ryan and Frederick (1997) showed that in a population suffering from debilitating pain, pain level per se did not detract from vitality. Instead, pain fright was negatively associated with vitality, as was attending treatment for external as opposed to internal reasons. Some of the factors that may influence one’s sense of vitality and contribute to its resilience are one’s feelings of personal causation, optimism, and perceptions of social support.”
Christopher Peterson, Character Strengths and Virtues: A Handbook and Classification

“His eyes, barely open, were glazed and distant. There wasn’t a single vital function his body could perform for itself; machines crowded around him, hovering like apostles.”
Jeff Arch, Attachments


Karen  Brooks
“Twill make Old women Young and Fresh;
Create New-Motions of the Flesh,
And cause them long for you know what,
If they but Tast of Chocolate.

---Chocolate: or, An Indian Drinke, translated by James Wadsworth, 1652”
Karen Brooks, The Chocolate Maker's Wife

“It's not the age that counts but the vitality”
Dr. Lucas D. Shallua

Ashley       Clark
“What if even then, God had plans for a second garden? Another tree, and another chance to reach out and accept the abundance of life? What if in Eden, God was planning Gethsemane?"
The question echoed through Lucy, growing in power with each reverberation within her soul.
She held a flower in her hands. The sweet, exotic perfume floated deep into Lucy's heart---carrying Ms. Beth's words right along beside it. Lucy hesitated, allowing the words to take effect. "Are you circling a closed Eden, or have you chosen to step into Gethsemane, through the open gate?"
Lucy blinked. She had never thought of it like that.
"Maybe what you thought was a closed gate meant to punish you is actually God's way of protecting you from remaining in a place where you won't and can't receive His life."
The truth washed Lucy's heart with color. As it brushed over the harsh edges with water, watercolor blooms began to blend one into the other, filling her with understanding.
Lucy's heart swelled as the long-dry soil soaked up this water.
"Where you're preoccupied with your failures and your fears and the desire to preserve all you might lose, God has a plan to preserve something else. To root you in a place where life can grow within you once more, freely and abundantly. A garden of death for a garden of life, where through His own resurrection Jesus returns all that was stolen.”
Ashley Clark, Paint and Nectar

Mohsin Hamid
“If he stayed, it would not be for them--need not be for them--but for himself. And yet each day he did stay. Bored and tense, true, but he stayed. And he discovered thereby how badly he wanted to stay. That the impulse to live was in him stronger than he might have imagined, undiminished by his bleak circumstances.”
Mohsin Hamid, The Last White Man

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