Category Archives: Quotes

“I Love to See…

“I Love to See…

“I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life’s a bitch. You’ve got to go out and kick ass.”

– Maya Angelou, American Writer and Activist (1928-2014)

Maya Angelou was one of America’s most influential and insightful writers. She managed to capture the experience of a young woman growing up in the 20th century, in particular a young, black woman who was inspired by the leading figures of the Civil Rights Movement; Martin Luther King and Malcolm X. Through her writings, her poems and her autobiographies she became an internationally renowned spokesperson for both women and the African-American community.

“Our doubts are traitors…

“Our doubts are traitors…

“Our doubts are traitors and make us lose the good we oft might win by fearing to attempt.” – William Shakespeare, (British Playwright, Poet & Literary Icon, 1564-1616) To celebrate 400 years of Shakespeare and his impact of British and global culture I have chosen one of his inspirational (but maybe less well-known quotes) on… Continue Reading

“Someday, somewhere – anywhere…

“Someday, somewhere – anywhere…

“Someday, somewhere – anywhere, unfailingly, you’ll find yourself, and that, and only that, can be the happiest or bitterest hour of your life.” Pablo Neruda, (Chilean Writer, Poet and Politician, 1904-1973) In a world of false smiles and grandiose statements the reality is that we are seeking an authenticity in the way we behave, the… Continue Reading

“We can be Heroes…

“We can be Heroes…

“We can be Heroes, just for one day…” – David Bowie (British Pop Icon, 1947-2016) David Bowie was an iconic cultural figure who changed the music industry and influence a million people worldwide. Nothing quite captures his approach to life or the impact of his music quite like this line from Bowie’s famous song, Heroes https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tgcc5V9Hu3g Continue Reading

“Ohana’ Means Family…

“Ohana’ Means Family…

“Ohana’ means family and family means no-one is left behind…or forgotten” – Lilo, From Lilo and Stich (Walt Disney, 2002) For me family is the most important thing in life. Whatever makes up that family and however you wish to define it, it is ultimately the thing that will provide stability, provide support and provide love.… Continue Reading

“He is richest who…

“He is richest who…

“He is richest who is content with the least, for contentment is the wealth of nature.” – Socrates,  Ancient Greek Philosopher (470-399 BC) We all seek and strive for more wealth, a promotion, a bigger house, more money, but at the end being contented is, in my humble opinion, the call to it all. When… Continue Reading

“Without memory there is no culture…

“Without memory there is no culture…

“Without memory, there is no culture. Without memory, there would be no civilization, no society, no future.” – Elie Wiesel, (Romanian-American Holocaust Survivor, Writer, Politician and Nobel Laureate, 1928-Present) In a week where we remember the two nuclear attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki and the toll they took on the Japanese population I wanted to… Continue Reading

“Absolute liberty for the lion…

“Absolute liberty for the lion…

“Absolute liberty for the lion is tyranny for the lamb. There should be necessary and proportionate limitations to our freedoms, but only when those freedoms begin to impact on others”. – Shami Chakrabarti, On Liberty (Director of Liberty, 2003-Present) We live in a world where we are all questioning how far we are free? How much ‘free… Continue Reading

“Always vote for principle…

“Always vote for principle…

“Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost”. – John Quincy Adams (President of the United States, 1825-1829) Voting is one of the most important things you do in life. It is your way to empower yourself and empower an ideology… Continue Reading

“I, not events have the power…

“I, not events have the power…

“I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn’t arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I’m going to be happy in it”. – Groucho Marx (American Comedian and Film Star, 1890-1977) Continue Reading

“It’s really a wonder…

“It’s really a wonder…

“It’s really a wonder that I haven’t dropped all my ideals, because they seem so absurd and impossible to carry out. Yet I keep them, because in spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart.” – Anne Frank (Diarist and Writer, 1929-1945) Continue Reading

From the Mind of Terry Pratchett

From the Mind of Terry Pratchett

Following the death of the much loved and respected British author, Terry Pratchett, I thought it would be a fitting tribute to remember some of the fantastic wit and imagination from this unique literary mind. … “The trouble with having an open mind, of course, is that people will insist on coming along and trying… Continue Reading

“Be Yourself…

“Be Yourself…

“Be yourself, everyone else is already taken…” Oscar Wilde, Irish Poet & Writer (1854-1900) After attending my first ever TEDx Conference I have been totally inspired by all the speakers and their impressive talks. This quote from Oscar Wilde introduced the talk given by the founder of the Movember campaign, JC. It not only got… Continue Reading