Trace Meek favorite quotes

Favorite Quotes

The most demanding part of living a lifetime as an artist is the strict discipline of forcing oneself to work steadfastly along the nerve of one’s own most intimate sensitivity.

—Anne Truitt

If you believe that you have something special inside of you, and you feel it’s about time you gave it a shot, honor that calling in some small way—today.

—Elle Luna

The monotony and solitude of a quiet life stimulates the creative mind.

—Albert Einstein

The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.

—Mark Twain

Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love. It will not lead you astray.


People are just as happy as they make up their minds to be.

—Abraham Lincoln

We don’t see things as they are, we see things as we are.

—Anaïs Nin

Skate to where the puck is going, not to where it has been.

—Wayne Gretzky

Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens.

—Jimi Hendrix

You miss one hundred percent of the shots you don’t take.

—Wayne Gretzky

Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.

—Albert Schweitzer

I’d rather be in the mountains thinking of God than in church thinking about the mountains.

—John Muir

We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.

—Albert Einstein

The noblest pleasure is the joy of understanding.

—Leonardo da Vinci

I’m a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it.

—Thomas Jefferson

Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate.

—Carl Jung

Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.


You rarely have time for everything you want in this life, so you need to make choices. And hopefully your choices can come from a deep sense of who you are.

—Fred Rogers

You aren’t just the age you are. You are all the ages you ever have been.

—Kenneth Koch

Creativity is like driving a car at night. You never see further than your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.

—E. L. Doctorow

Be patient towards all that is unsolved in your heart, and learn to love the questions themselves.

—Rainer Maria Rilke

You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.

—Richard Buckminster Fuller

Wherever you stand, be the soul of that place.


And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.

—Anaïs Nin

Do not seek the because—in love there is no because, no reason, no explanation, no solutions.

—Anaïs Nin

Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.

—Anaïs Nin

I love you not only for what you are, but for what I am when I am with you. I love you not only for what you have made of yourself, but for what you are making of me. I love you for the part of me that you bring out.

—Pablo Neruda

I hold this to be the highest task for a bond between two people: that each protects the solitude of the other.

—Rainer Maria Rilke

We do as much, we eat as much, we want as much.

—Sojourner Truth

The artist is nothing without the gift, but the gift is nothing without work.

—Emile Zola

I’ve been imitated so well I’ve heard people copy my mistakes.

—Jimi Hendrix

Conventional opinion is the ruin of our souls.


When you come right down to it, the secret to having it all is loving it all.

—Dr. Joyce Brothers

One day it will have to be officially admitted that what we have christened reality is an even greater illusion than the world of dreams.

—Salvador Dali

Keep in touch with your soul by developing your technique. There are no mistakes, so… just work. The more you work the more you’ll figure out if that’s your bliss.

—Fernando Ferreira De Araujo

Love is everything it’s cracked up to be. It really is worth fighting for, being brave for, risking everything for. And the trouble is, if you don’t risk everything, you risk even more.

—Erica Jong

Love, love, love: That is the soul of genius.

—Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

The problem, if you love it, is as beautiful as the sunset.


There is no remedy for love but to love more.

—Henry David Thoreau

Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive, and go do that, because what the world needs is people who have come alive.

—Gil Baile

Chance favors the prepared mind.

—Louis Pasteur

Yes! There will be growth in the spring!

—Chauncey Gardner

We can learn from a tree how to exist in ecstasy.

—Teabag proverb

Let the beauty of what you love be what you do.


If you hear a voice within you say “you cannot paint,” then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.

—Vincent van Gogh

Tact is the knack of making a point without making an enemy.

—Isaac Newton

We are what we repeatedly do.


It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.


Genius is childhood recalled at will.

—Charles Baudelaire

Most people think of success and failure as opposites, but they both are products of the same process.

—Roger von Oech

Necessity may be the mother of invention, but play is certainly the father.

—Roger von Oech

War Is Over (If You Want It).

—John Lennon

Spend some time alone every day.

—Dalai Lama

Art washes from the soul the dust of every day life.

—Pablo Picasso

Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk.

—Dalai Lama

Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.

—Dalai Lama

Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you.

—Frank Lloyd Wright

Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.

—Dalai Lama

Be gentle with the earth.

—Dalai Lama

There are some virtues to not saying what you think all the time.

—Margaret Atwood

Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other.

—Dalai Lama

Approach love and cooking with reckless abandon.

—Dalai Lama

The sky is the daily bread of the eyes.

—Ralph Waldo Emerson

Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character.

—Albert Einstein

Everything is contingent, and there is also chaos.

—Spalding Gray

Real beauty knocks you a little bit off kilter.

—David Byrne

Before we set our hearts too much upon anything, let us examine how happy those are who already possess it.

—Francois de La Rochefoucauld

Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence.

—Robert Frost

The paradoxical truth is that the best strategy for finding your way out of the fog is to enjoy the fog.

—Rob Brezsny