In the country where I come from, Taiwan, newspapers conclude each year by choosing a word for it. Slightly frustratingly, words chosen these years mostly express people’s void of content or exhaustion. But the good news is what is out of the reach in life is at times attainable in books and films. This time I selected 5 inspirational quotes that have been enriching my spirit. Take a look of these! Don’t hesitate to steal from my pockets to yours!


‘All truth is a paradox…It’s filled simultaneously with heartbreaking sweetness and beauty, desperate poverty, floods and babies and acne and Mozart, all swirled together.’—Anne Lamott

So I guess this is what life’s about, isn’t it? These years it dawned on me that being aware of life as ‘mixed pack’ can get some self-reconciliations easier. Bad things might happen as much as good things. Hateful. But as we can’t always avoid the former, let’s just cool down, take a photo of these ‘swirls’, paint some colour on them, and try to see what these ‘postcards’ mean to us a few years later!

‘If I could, I would stop the passage of time. But hour follows on hour, minute on minute, each second robbing me of a morsel of myself for the nothing of tomorrow. I shall never experience this moment again.’—Guy de Maupassant

I like to think of an ordinary day as a compilation of single moments. Not for any mathematical or physical use. But for a comprehension of its high individuality. It’s to identify its being ‘one and only’. Never will things follow in the original patterns once something precedes differently. So what you experience about love, joy, disappointment…everything might be of a clause relationship, but certainly it’s within slight surprising arbitrariness.

‘We must become the change we want to see in the world.’—Mahatma Gandhi 

So growing up we come to understand that Santa Claus doesn’t exist and Superheroes’ gifts are unachievable. No one prepares for you the lost dreams. But you have a great deal of creativity in your heart and energy on your hands. Try to picture a goal or a personal character, as cold-water clear as possible. Let the synthesis of your creativity and energy take you there! If you have a hope which you wanna ignite for either yourself or the world, you know who’s responsible for it!

‘A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out.’
––Walter Winchell

Winchell’s word held perfectly true for me when my first relationship ended. My senior high schoolmates had been, and gladly still has been, there since I said hello to the young guy, let my hands wrapped by his, and watched them being let go of. All those years I could only see a disillusionment of a fantasy where the young guy and I once inhabited. And then it hit on my mind that it was because all the time I had solid fortresses to back me up, so that I was still breathing and thinking  as a human. Perhaps the young guy was right. He walked out of my world with handing the admission to which to my friends, who came later but never left ever since.

‘How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.’—A.A. Milne (Winnie-the-Pooh)

So when senior high school life ended, never were we ready for a farewell. But once again, Anne Lamott is so right! ‘All truth is a paradox’. What was before our tearful farewell was lives lived with love, sisterhood and unity, irrevocable in any of its forms.

Tell us what your favorite quote is! And share your mottoes below!

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