Paris Inspirations

When I came home to Paris this time, I looked around my computer office. I have several places I ‘hang out’ in my Paris apartment, a cozy little red sitting room full of hearts and art I love (it’s a small room, and also where I watch movies, read, or do needlepoint, it’s my ‘cozy spot’ next to my bedroom, and I have a room similar to it in San Francisco). I have a more grown up office, where I read serious papers, and do notes on things to work on when I go back to San Francisco. And I also have a tiny little cozy space off my kitchen where my computer is, which I only use for emails. And on the walls of my computer cubby hole I have framed sayings that I love which inspire me about how to live life. I am always finding sayings I love, and instead of trying to remember them, I frame them and put them on the walls, and look at them often. And I thought I’d share some of them with you here, since they have helped me, inspired me, gave me strength when I needed it, or just make me laugh. So here they are. Most of them are attributed to someone, I don’t know if those attributions are accurate. I find these sayings in magazines, on greeting cards, in books, on post cards, just about anywhere they turn up.

-Be the change you wish to see in the world. Gandhi

-You are here to enrich the world. Woodrow Wilson

-One of the deep secrets of life is that all that is really worth doing is what we do for others. Lewis

-Believe in yourself and all that you are. Know that there is something inside you that is greater than any obstacle. Christian Larson.

-Wherever you go, go with your whole heart! Confucius

-Take pride in how far you have come. And have faith in how far you can go. Christian Larson

-Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life!! Omar Khayyam

-To find the lost; to heal the broken; to feed the hungry; to rebuild the nations; to bring peace among the enemies, to make music in your heart. Howard Thurman

– There are 3 things in life that are important: l. the first is kindness. 2. The second is kindness. 3. And the third is kindness. William James

-Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is mystery. Today is a gift. Eleanor Roosevelt

– Do what you can’t do later. (Anon)

-Bloom where you are planted. (Anon)

-Be gentle with yourself. Max Ehrmann

-Be all love. Be nothing but love….love, love, love!!! Mary Baker Eddy

-Live for the present, dream of the future, learn from the past. (Anon)

-Courage is not the absence of fear or despair, but the strength to conquer them. (Anon)

-The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched—they must be felt with the heart. Helen Keller

-Do what you can, where you are, with what you have!! Teddy Roosevelt

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10 Comments so far
  1. kimmi April 30, 2009 4:48 pm

    Each and every one of them are chocked full of hope and inspiration. Thank you for sharing.

    eta: William James’ is quite lovely.

  2. September May 1, 2009 1:01 am

    “It doesn’t matter how slowly you go-so long as you do not stop.”-Confucius

  3. Tina May 1, 2009 7:33 am

    Uplifting! I have a few of these saying around my house too, but it’s always good to see new ones.

    Thanks for sharing.

  4. Sheetal May 2, 2009 5:48 am

    wow!! i love collecting sayings too and then practicing them in my life. i can add these to my collection. thanks danielle!

  5. Bettye Thomas May 4, 2009 5:43 am

    As a child I found an old book that was my Dad’s. I don’t know who wrote in his book or who’s words they are, but I have always remembered them.

    The world is a like a mirror reflecting what you do, and if you face it smiling, it smiles right back to you. (Anon)

    Have a great May!

  6. Justyna May 4, 2009 10:19 am

    I love your books! I come from a Polish.

  7. Joann May 4, 2009 4:25 pm

    I love these two quotes:
    “The happiest people don’t have the best of everything. They just make the best of everything they have.”

    “Live simply, love generously, care deeply, speak kindly and enjoy your hot chocolate.”

    But my favorite quote is:
    “A woman is like a tea bag, you never know how strong she is until she gets in hot water.”
    Eleanor Roosevelt.

  8. Elisa May 11, 2009 2:50 pm

    Life is not measured by the breaths you take, but by the moments that take your breathe away.

  9. Betty K. Johns May 12, 2009 9:45 pm

    I do the best that I can with the skills that I have at that particular time.

  10. Kimberly Bonano Alvarez July 28, 2009 10:55 am

    Hello Danielle! (Does that sound too familiar?)

    I just found your blog last night! How nice of you to communicate with us this way! I will check it daily… πŸ™‚

    I love quotes, too; that’s a nice idea to frame our favorite ones.. I have a little day-to-day calendar and I just came across this very special quote, and knowing that you are such a romantic, too, I thought you’d like it: “What is a friend? A single soul dwelling in two bodies.” ~ Aristotle

    I’ve enjoyed reading your ‘About Me’ section and the sections about your kids and your dogs… πŸ™‚ I’m sorry that you are alone right now (so am I…); I admire your honesty about not liking being single… I hate when single women act like they are totally happy with their singleness when you know they aren’t… I hope you find a romance as wonderful as all the romances you have written!

    I’m reading your newest novel, Matters of the Heart, right now… and I am totally loving it! I wish you could live forever so that I could read your novels forever! Every single novel moves me to tears… Sometimes, I’ll be 3/4 through the book and think, “Wow, this novel hasn’t made me cry?” Soon enough, though, the tears come before the book is over… It’s so nice to be moved that way…

    Well, enough for now… Thank you for all that you’ve shared… πŸ™‚

    ~ Kimberly