The late Carl Sagan became a household name in the 1980s with his PBS series Cosmos. Johnny Carson made his “billions and billions” catchphrase famous. He wrote the book – Contact – that became my all-time favorite movie. He recorded the greeting from humanity on the gold record placed aboard the Voyager 2 spacecraft that now soars through interstellar space on a rendezvous with Alpha Centauri in 40,000 years or so.
Sagan was a man of science who understood the value of spirit as well. Picking from his many amazing quotes is a challenge. Here are four I hope will inspire your day.
Born August 6, 1911, Lucille Ball was a model, actress, and comedienne. She was the namesake of arguably TV’s first great show – I Love Lucy. She consciously broke barriers for women in the entertainment industry, becoming a studio head and decades-long fixture on American television.
Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.
I’m not funny. What I am is brave.
It’s a helluva start, being able to recognize what makes you happy.
I’d rather regret the things I’ve done than regret the things I haven’t done.
The more things you do, the more you can do.
Before she became a presidential candidate earlier this year, Marianne Williamson had a long career as a spiritual author, speaker, and activist. In short, she’s spent her adult life taking action to make the world, as she affects it, and the people around her better.
I first became aware of her work in the early 1990s, after seeing an amazing appearance on the Oprah Winfrey Show. She has been a voice of moral conscience and consoler in moments of national tragedy from 9/11 to school shootings.
Whatever happens in her run for the White House, whether she secures the nomination or not, I hope the next president will make use Marianne’s unique voice and gifts to help our nation find its way forward.
Here are 10 of her most powerful quotes to call out the best in you today.
- A miracle is a shift in perception from fear to love.
- We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be?
- Anytime you try to be a loving person, you’re doing your part to save the world.
- Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our Light, not our Darkness, that most frightens us.
- Love is what we were born with. Fear is what we learned here.
- The practice of forgiveness is our most important contribution to the healing of the world.
- It takes courage…to endure the sharp pains of self discovery rather than choose to take the dull pain of unconsciousness that would last the rest of our lives.
- And no one will listen to us until we listen to ourselves.
- Joy is what happens to us when we allow ourselves to recognize how good things really are.
- Nothing binds you except your thoughts. Noting limits you except your fears. And nothing controls you except your beliefs.
- You must learn a new way to think before you can master a new way to be.
- And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
- Success means going to sleep at night knowing that our talents and abilities were used in a way that serves others.
- Ego says, “Once everything falls into place, I’ll feel peace.” Spirit says, “Fund your peace and everything will fall into place.”
Stay inspired, my friends. See your greatness and help those around you see theirs too.
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By any measure, some of the greatest creatives in the world are composers of music. Perhaps not surprisingly some of these musical geniuses also have had a philosophical bent.
Here are 10 motivational quotes by great composers.
I pay no attention whatever to anybody’s praise or blame. I simply follow my own feelings. ~Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
This is the mark of a really admirable man: steadfastness in the face of trouble. ~Ludwig Van Beethoven
I worked hard. Anyone who works as hard as I did can achieve the same results. ~J.S. Bach
To send light into the darkness of men’s hearts – such is the duty of the artist. ~Robert Schumann
Even if I know I shall never change the masses, never transform anything permanent, all I ask is that the good things also have their place, their refuge. ~Richard Wagner
Fortunately, something always remains to be harvested. So let us not be idle. ~Gustav Mahler
I am hitting my head against walls, but the walls are giving way. ~Gustav Mahler
I chose and my world was shaken. So what? The choice may have been mistaken; the choosing was not. You have to move on. ~Stephen Sondheim
You believe happiness to be derived from the place in which once you have been happy, but in truth it is centered in ourselves. ~Franz Schubert
Life is a lot like jazz. It’s best when you improvise. ~George Gershwin
Why get up in the morning unless you’re going to have an adventure? ~Hans Zimmer
When a man is in despair, it means he still believes in something. ~Dmitri Shostakovich