Inspirational Quotes

“A spiritual instrument…the [single] Book that every writer worked at even without knowing…the Orphic explanation of the Earth, which is the poet’s only duty.” – Stephane Mallarme

“Speak a little truth, and people lose their minds.” – Ice Cube from Straight Outta Compton


“A diamond is coal that did its job” – sign in front of church in my neighborhood.


“The first traces of poetic mind begin in darkness: a mystery of figures—sorcerers or shamans—on a journey into hidden places, beyond the boundaries of light & human dwellings.”

pg. 15 – from Barbaric Vast & Wild by Jerome Rothenberg and John Bloomber-Rissman


“There are no secrets in the village” – Malidome Some

“The inside and the outside, the outside which is outside
and the inside which is inside are not when they are inside and outside are
not inside in short they are not existing, that is inside, and when the outside is
entirely outside that it is not at all inside then it is not at all inside and so it is
no existing. Do you not se what a newspaper is and perhaps history.” – Gertrude Stein, from Stein/Writings 346


“I hold this to be the highest task of a bond between two people: that each should stand guard over the solitude of the other.” ― Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet


“Dead in the middle of Little Italy little did we know that we riddled some middleman who didn’t do diddily” – Big Pun from “Twinz (Deep Cover ’98)”




“I think that it is certainly possible that the objective universe can be affected by the poet. I mean, you recall Orpheus made the trees and the stones dance and so forth, and this is something which is in almost all cultures. I think it has some definite basis to it. I’m not sure what. It’s like telekinesis, which I know very well on a pinball machine is perfectly possible.”
― Jack Spicer, The House That Jack Built: The Collected Lectures


“Regard chaos as extremely good news.” – Chogyam Trungpa


“None of us live the life we intended” – Joseph Campbell


“You are a Ring-bearer. To bear a Ring of Power is to be alone.” – Galadriel from the Fellowship of the Ring, Lord of the Rings.

7 thoughts on “Inspirational Quotes

  1. Troy, stop by and leave a quote under my “Other People’s Quotes” category (if you’d like) and if you ever have a chance. I create it with a picture, re-blog it and pingback to your site.

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    1. Hi Troy and K E Garland,

      You two must be lovers of quotations.

      I would also like to thank Troy for sharing these quotes.

      Now that you have fed me a healthful dose of your choice quotes, I would like to reciprocate in kind and share with you my most favourite quotes published in a special post at

      The post also contains a very detailed and logical discussion on various issues regarding quotations, including the cognitive and social influences on decision making in relation to interpreting and using quotations, as well as how to select and use quotes wisely.

      Happy November to you soon!

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