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Inspirational Words for Mamas Who See and Do

January 3, 2010

For those of us who use our hands to make things for others, we could use some inspiration to remind us why we make what we do. Whenever I come across something that speaks to me, I will post it up here continuously. Please do the same in the comments. Leave words that you find to be inspirational.

“A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history.” –Gandhi

“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” –Helen Keller

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.” –Helen Keller
(What a great name for a book–“Felt with the heart” and it could be a book of felted projects!!!)

“One of the advantages of being disorderly is that one is constantly making exciting discoveries.” –A. A. Milne

“Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties.” –Erich Fromm

“Death is not the biggest fear we have; our biggest fear is taking the risk to be alive — the risk to be alive and express what we really are.” –Don Miguel Ruiz

“The art of writing is the art of applying the seat of the pants to the seat of the chair.”
—Mary Heaton Vorse

“Do not wait; the time will never be ‘just right.’ Start where you stand, and work with whatever tools you may have at your command, and better tools will be found as you go along.” – Napoleon Hill

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. January 3, 2010 2:20 pm

    “I reject your reality, and substitute my own” – Adam Savage, Mythbusters

    “… your patience will be rewarded.” – Alton Brown, Good Eats

    “I can appreciate that it seems overwhelming … except that you never really have to do anything except one thing at a time” (when talking about learning a new skill) – Robert Danick, interviewed on CraftCast

  2. January 3, 2010 8:37 pm

    “A man who works with his hands is a laborer; a man who works with his hands and his brain is a craftsman; but a man who works with his hands and his brain and his heart is an artist.” ~Louis Nizer

    “One must from time to time attempt things that are beyond one’s capacity.” ~Renoir

    “Blessed are they who see beautiful things in humble places where other people see nothing.” ~Pissaro

    “Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.
    To create one’s own world in any of the arts takes courage.” ~Georgia O’ Keeffe

  3. January 22, 2010 10:28 pm

    Anaïs Nin: “And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom”

    It’s not the thing you fling, it’s the fling itself… Chris Stevens, Cicely AK…. 1993

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