Quotations

Was it something I said …

These quotes have been extracted from my writings (published and unpublished) over the years. I share them in the hope that some will find them interesting, helpful or even inspiring. Anyone is welcome to use or share my quotations, provided they are attributed.

See also Book Quotations, Diary Quotations and Poetry Quotations

A

Adventure – There are moments when suddenly our eyes blink open and we recapture the excitement of living. Life becomes an adventure and we, adventurers.

Africa – Africa is the continent of surprise – it constantly surprises me, it is waiting to surprise you, and soon, it will surprise the whole world.

Age – As much as age is an inescapable reality, it is also an ethereal illusion.

Answers – Searching for answers in life presumes that we even know the questions.

Attitude – Our attitude is the only thing over which we can have complete control.

B

Beginnings – Every new beginning is just a first step away.

Beliefs – My creed is simple: I believe in the potential of everything and everyone, for good and evil.

Believing – Suspending disbelief is not nearly as powerful as believing.

Business – Business exists to serve society, not the other way around.

C

Certainty – Life comes with no guarantees; nor does love.

Change – Change is a process, not an event.

Choice – Every person chooses and walks their own path. Only they can choose it and only they can walk it. And to move forward in life, they must do both.

Creation – All creation is born of imagination and nurtured by expression.

D

Dancing – Dancing is allowing ourselves to be moved by music.

Daring – Dare to be: to be different, to be loving, to be successful, to be true to yourself.

Dignity – Dignity is the saving grace of humanity.

Doubt – Doubt is the shield we carry through the battlefields of life.

Dreams – The greatest dreams are about being different and making a difference.

Dreams – Dreams are the swirling smoke of our spirit’s fire.

E

Endurance – Do not nail yourself to a cross each time you fall short of the mark. Pick yourself up, dust yourself off and try again, and again, and again.

Eternity – Eternity is our choice – if we choose to live in the everlasting present, and if have the courage to keep going against all odds.

F

Fairytales – I’ve lived long enough to know that life is no fairytale, but it certainly is a tale and an adventurous one at that.

Fear – Our greatest fear is not being loved.

Flight – Flight is the journey beyond our limitations.

Flowers – When nature laughs, flowers bloom.

Food – Food is a universal language spiced by delicious local dialects.

Freedom – You are free: Free to think what you like, free to do what you want, free to be yourself, free to fall in love, free to live.

Freedom – We have no home, other than all creation. We have no ties, other than to every living thing.

Friendship – Friendship is the bond between hearts and the bridge between souls.

G

Generosity – Generosity is sharing that which you can least afford to give.

Genius – The mark of a genius is their unquenchable thirst for knowledge and understanding, for a more complete picture of the universe and our place in it.

Goodness – We must never loose our belief in the fundamental goodness of people; the exceptions only serve to prove the rule.

Greed – Who says business can’t reach beyond the shadows of selfishness and greed and become a source of light and love in the world?

Guidance – The best guidance that others can give is to remind us that we have the means to further whichever ends we choose.

H

Happiness – Life is our instructor, and her first lesson is to be happy.

Healing – Time, and focusing on the good things in our lives, helps us to heal and keep moving, however slowly, towards wholeness again.

Home – Home is wherever we feel we most belong.

Humour – Any attempt to fathom the mystery of humour is laughable.

I

Insight – An epiphany is seeing the same world again, but differently this time.

J

Judgement – We are never in a position to judge the path another person chooses, for each much choose their own path and live with the consequences.

Leaders – The hope for our future lies with the emergence of a new brand of principled leaders who lead from the heart.

Leadership – Leadership is the ability to inspire individuals to act for the common good.

Learning – If we can be mindful of the lessons that each day has offered us, our learning will be swift and sure.

Letting go – We only let go of something or someone when we realise we have nothing much to gain by holding on.

Living – The real key to the wonders, the mysteries and the potential of life is to be found in the living thereof. ~ Wayne Visser 1991

Loneliness – We walk in this world alone, yet we are never alone.

Love – Love is a journey in which we can never know the destination, only that we want to walk into the unknown with another by our side.

Love – Love is the ultimate human quest.

M

Meaning – We should never be embarrassed to admit that we are puzzled (clueless even) about the meaning of life.

Memories – Memories of the past are teachers of the present and prophets of the future.

Miracles – To a line, a square is a miracle, and to a square, a cube is an impossible dream.

Moon – The moon is reflective, feminine, nocturnal, mysterious, bewitching and .. most importantly .. made of cheese!

Music – Any music can be played, but the best music plays us.

N

Names – Names tell a story. They are a symbol of our past heritage and, if we are lucky, a touchstone for our future aspirations.

Nature – Nature needs no improvement, only appreciation and respect.

O

Opportunity – We must learn to have faith in life itself. For life will always present us with opportunities to begin to make our wishes come true.

Organisations – Organisations form part of the chain of living organisms. Each has their own life cycle, personality, influence and capacity to evolve.

P

Partnership – Partnership is the journey towards being better together than apart.

Permission – Always give yourself permission to play, to have adventures, to skip and jump, to enjoy life, to fly and to love.

Perspective – Looking down on the city lights puts life into perspective – there is the greater whole, of which I am but a single molecule.

Persuasion – Never try to convince anyone of anything. You can plant a seed, water it and pluck the fruit, but you cannot grow the plant, for that is the work of nature.

Pessimism – The victim of pessimism is hope. And where there is no hope, there is no future worth living for.

Possibilities – We are all on a highly personal journey of infinite possibilities.

Progress – This is progress: Having a goal, no matter how small or simple, and moving towards it, no matter how slowly or indirectly.

R

Radicals – Radicals are the root of all progress.

Reality – Sometimes daily living seems but a distraction, something trivial in the face of greater reality.

Rejuvenation – There is a silent wind trapped within us, longing to blow and cleanse and purify and rejuvenate, if only we would release it.

Responsibility – Responsibility is the choice we make to respond with care.

Rings – A ring is a symbol – it’s circular shape represents wholeness and eternity, which is the ultimate potential of love.

Rituals – Rituals are labyrinths with meaning at their centre.

S

Seasons – Seasons are the variable shades of blush we see when we catch nature changing.

Self-love – I need to love myself as I am, not as I was or wish to be.

Silence – All sound begins and ends in silence.

Space – The building blocks of life, the universe, and everything, are the spaces in between.

Sport – Sport is a better peacemaker than politics or religion.

Stories – We all have a story to tell – of our journey through this life, of the world through our yes, of the “I am” that we are – and the true telling is in the living.

Strength – Sometimes strength is in recognising weakness, and courage is in accepting a helping hand.

Success – Success can always be traced back to one or two enthusiastic and committed individuals.

Success – Dream on! For success was never born from anything less than dreams.

Synchronicity – Synchronicity is a sign that the universe is working with us, or perhaps more accurately, that we are working in harmony with the universe.

T

Theatre – Theatre is where we go to let others expose who we are.

Third Way – The Third Way is that elusive road joining the divergent paths of growth and development, ownership and sharing, competition and co-operation, confrontation and consensus, material and spiritual.

Time – Time is our greatest gift, and using it well, our greatest offering in return.

Touch – Only when touched do we truly come to our senses.

Transcendence – Life is all about transcending our limitations – seeking out boundaries of our potential, and then stepping beyond them.

U

Understand – When we understand why and how people and things are they way they are, hatred and prejudice can no longer exist.

W

War – There is no such thing as a war without unexpected and unintended consequences.

Wildness – We were all born to be wild and tricked into being tame.

Words – Words, once spoken, have a life of their own.

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