I’ve been reading a lot of great and thought-provoking books lately and as a result I’ve had a number of revelations and as a man of great ideas has suggested, today’s post is simply a list of ten of my favourite quotes from the books that I’ve been reading recently.

Pema Chodron (The Places That Scare You)

How are we going to spend this brief lifetime? Are we going to strengthen our well-perfected ability to struggle against uncertainty, or are we going to train in letting go? Are we going to hold on stubbornly to “I’m like this and you’re like that”? Or are we going to move beyond that narrow mind? Could we start to train as a warrior, aspiring to reconnect with the natural flexibility of our being and to help others do the same? If we start to move in this direction, limitless possibilities will start to open up.”

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Susan Cain (Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking)

Love is essential; gregariousness is optional”

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Derek Sivers (Anything You Want )

People think revolution needs to involve loud provocations, fists in the air, and bloodshed. But if you think true love looks like Romeo and Juliet, you’ll overlook a great relationship that grows slowly. If you think your life’s purpose needs to hit you like a lightening bolt, you’ll overlook the little day-to-day things that fascinate you. If you think revolution needs to feel like war, you’ll overlook the importance of simply serving people better. When you’re on to something great, it won’t feel like a revolution. It’ll feel like uncommon sense.”

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Stephen R. Covey (The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People)

It’s not what happens to us, but our response to what happens to us that hurts us. Of course, things can hurt us physically or economically and can cause sorrow. But our character, our basis identity, does not have to be hurt at all. In fact, our most difficult experiences become the crucibles that forge our character and develop the internal powers, the freedom to handle difficult circumstances in the future and to inspire others to do so as well.”

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Brene Brown (The Gifts of Imperfection)

Courage originally meant “To speak one’s mind by telling all one’s heart.” Over time, this definition has changed, and, today, courage is more synonymous with being heroic. Heroics are important and we certainly need heroes, but I think we’ve lost touch with the idea that speaking honestly and openly about who we are, about what we’re feeling and about our experiences (good and bad) is the definition of courage. Heroics is often about putting our life on the line. Ordinary courage is about putting our vulnerability on the line. In today’s world, that’s pretty extraordinary.”

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Rolf Potts (An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel)

The world is a book,” goes a saying attributed to Saint Augustine, “and those who do not travel read only one page.” Vagabonding is all about delving into the thick plots the world promises, and the more you “read” (so to speak), the better you position yourself to keep reading. However, even if you are stuck on the first paragraph, it’s still important to ready yourself for the pages to come. After all, you don’t stand to grow much from your travels if you just skim through the world at random.”

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Vicki Robin and Joe Dominguez (Your Money or Your life) 

We have learned to seek external solutions to signals from the mind, heart or soul that something is out of balance. We try to satisfy essentially psychological and spiritual needs with consumption at a physical level. How did this happen?”

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Susan Cain (Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking) 

The secret to life is to put yourself in the right lighting. For some it’s a Broadway spotlight: for others, a lamp lit desk. Use your natural powers – of persistence, concentration, and sensitivity – to do work you love and work that matters. Solve problems, make art, think deeply”

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Pema Chodron (The Places That Scare You)

Openness doesn’t come from resisting our fears but from getting to know them well.”

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Stephen R. Covey (The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People)

Until a person can say deeply and honestly, “I am what I am today because of the choices I made yesterday,” that person cannot say, “I choose otherwise.”

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Have you read anything inspirational recently? Any books you’d like to recommend or quotes you’d like to share? If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comments.