The more I do what I am supposed to do, the more I become who I am supposed to be.
(I may have the exact wording wrong, and I can't remember the author.)
But it's food for pondering, and I ponder it quite a bit, as some days it seems to be words to live for, and other days, it seems simplistically obvious. But one thing is clear - it mattered enough to someone to write it down and put it on the wall.
The quotes that people love (and make a point of sticking on the walls) are fascinating - they say as much about the quoter as the quotee!
For instance - I received an email today with this quote from Picasso..."Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life."
It's a lovely quote on the one hand, and on the other, it seems bleak, and implies that art is separate from life.
So what is my favourite quote? Well - this is the one I drag out most often:
Give ideas away - there are new ones underneath.
-- Diane Vreeland
And I love this because it celebrates sharing new ideas and not being afraid to teach and show off new discoveries. It shuns the miserly hoarding of knowledge and reassures that if you discover a new beadmaking technique, or a new way of working a beading stitch - that if you teach it and show it off, in the process of sharing it, even more new ideas will come to you - and so it perpetuates the cycle of sharing and learning.
So - what are your favourite quotes, and why? Share your inspirational quotes by leaving a comment on this post, and if you're worried that we'll all read too much into it - well - just make it anonymous. ;-)