A few years ago, I wrote the post Words to Live By. Since including a version of it in my book, Sacred Coffee: A “Homesteader’s” Paradigm, I’ve read other quotes that ring particularly true for me for various reasons. It’s about time to revisit the topic.
Most, but not all of these come from the daily quotes found in my Franklin Covey planner (see The Franklin Planner: An Unlikely Homesteading Tool). Hopefully, you’ll find these inspirational, as I have done.
“Change and growth take place when a person has risked himself and dares to become involved with experimenting with his own life.” —Herbert Otto (see Living on the Edge: Security Through Insecurity.)
“Few are they who have never had the chance to achieve happiness . . . and fewer those who have taken that chance.” —André Maurois (see Develop Healthy Attitudes Toward Your Belongings.)
“Conditions are never just right. People who delay action until all factors are favorable do nothing.” —William Feather (This one goes right along with the William Menninger quote in Words to Live By.)
“I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness [see Foraging: Finding Food For Free!] and respecting her seniority [see Attuning to Natural Rhythms: “Livin’ by the Moon and Tide”] .” —E. B. White
“Be yourself and think for yourself, and while your conclusions may not be infallible, they will be nearer right than the conclusions forced upon you.” —Elbert Hubbard (see Beyond “Conventional Wisdom”: Thinking Critically in the Information Age (Part 1).)
“Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach some of us more than we ever learn from books.” —John Lubbock (see Unschooling: Self-Directed Learning on the Homestead.)
This last one reminds me of my favorite Shakespeare quotation (see And this, our life…).