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Gandhi’s top 10 fundamentals for changing the world

Here is a dose of inspiration from a truly enlightened person.

Take some time to read these fundamentals, internalise them, make them yours and live by them. They can change a lot.

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Image: by Francesca

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The Life of Pi

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I’ve just come back from watching the Life of Pi, and it was such a wonderful cinematic experience. Apart from the incredible images throughout the movie – that I don’t think I will ever forget- and the beautiful story, there were numerous moments where the words being said really touched my heart. Here are only a few:

“All of life is an act of letting go, but what hurts the most is not taking a moment to say goodbye.”

“It is important in life to conclude things properly. Only then can you let go. Otherwise you are left with words you should have said but never did, and your heart is heavy with remorse.”

“Above all, it is important not to lose hope.”

Although I rarely read fiction, I’m going to buy the book tomorrow…

Timeless words by Martin Luther King, Jr.

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On the occasion of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, here are only a few of this great man’s quotes, which I find incredibly inspiring. Words to live by…

  • “The time is always right to do the right thing.”
  • “I have decided to stick to love…Hate is too great a burden to bear.”
  • “Only in the darkness can you see the stars.”
  • “We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.”
  • “Faith is taking the first step even when you can’t see the whole staircase.”
  • “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
  • “Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”
  • “Never, never be afraid to do what’s right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake. Society’s punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way.”
  • “Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.”
  • “Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.”
  • “Lightning makes no sound until it strikes.”
  • “If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way.”
  • “It does not matter how long you live, but how well you do it.”

Photo: By Marvin Koner

Inspiration by Jackson Kiddard

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If today was it, would you die knowing you did your best?

If tomorrow never came, would you be proud of the last thing you said to each person you love?

If “someday” was only “now”, would you do everything you’ve always put off?

If you knew you had a choice about what kind of life you could be living, would you choose different?

If you knew failure is impossible, what would you do?

If it were true that everyone you meet is you in another body, how would you treat them?

If love was the true currency of the universe and the more you gave away the more you received, how would you spend it?

If fear were the biggest illusion and the greatest lie of all time, how would you choose to live your life?

If the universe always supported a life lived towards achieving dreams, how big would you dream?

The Reconstructionists

I recently discovered a gem, called the Reconstructionists: the brainchild of illustrator Lisa Congdon and writer Maria Popova.

Every Monday in 2013, this site will be putting the spotlight on a remarkable woman, publishing an illustrated portrait of her, along with a hand-lettered quote that captures her spirit and a short micro-essay about her life and legacy.

The purpose of the Reconstructionists is to celebrate beloved artists, writers, and scientists, as well as notable unsung heroes that have changed the way we define ourselves as a culture and live our lives as individuals of any gender.

It borrows its title from Anaïs Nin, one of the 52 female icons, who wrote of “woman’s role in the reconstruction of the world” in a poetic 1944 diary entry – a sentiment that encapsulates the heart of what this undertaking is about: women who have reconstructed, in ways big and small, famous and infamous, timeless and timely, our understanding of ourselves, the world, and our place in it.

On 6 January it launched with four portraits, those of writers Anaïs Nin and Gertrude Stein, artist Agnes Martin, and inventor/actor Hedy Lamarr, to give a taste of what will follow once a week for the rest of the year. Yesterday, it posted its second week entry, musician Sister Rosetta Tharpe.

Be sure to follow it throughout 2013! It’s such an inspiring way to start the week, don’t you think?

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50 years without Marilyn Monroe

It’s been 50 years since the death of American actress, singer and model Marilyn Monroe (June 1, 1926 – August 5, 1962) and her memory is still alive…

Here are some quotes of hers that are close to my heart:

“I’m selfish, impatient and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I am out of control and at times hard to handle. But if you can’t handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don’t deserve me at my best.” 

“I believe that everything happens for a reason. People change so that you can learn to let go, things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they’re right, you believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself, and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.” 

“Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.” 

“If you can make a girl laugh, you can make her do anything.” 

“Give a girl the right shoes, and she can conquer the world.” 

“We should all start to live before we get too old. Fear is stupid. So are regrets.” 

“I don’t mind living in a man’s world, as long as I can be a woman in it.” 

“Women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition.” 

“We are all of us stars, and we deserve to twinkle.” 

“You never know what life is like, until you have lived it.” 

“Keep smiling, because life is a beautiful thing and there’s so much to smile about.” 

“A career is wonderful, but you can’t curl up with it on a cold night.”

“I am invariably late for appointments – sometimes as much as two hours. I’ve tried to change my ways but the things that make me late are too strong, and too pleasing.”

“All a girl really wants is for one guy to prove to her that they are not all the same.” 

“I don’t want to make money, I just want to be wonderful.”

“I restore myself when I’m alone.”

“It’s better to be unhappy alone than unhappy with someone.”

“What do I wear in bed? Why, Chanel No. 5, of course.”

“Just because you fail once doesn’t mean you’re gonna fail at everything.”