Cosmos 1988 - Ann-Marie Cheung

Inspirational Quotes

I enjoy collecting quotes, here are some from my journal…

Cosmos 1988 - Ann-Marie Cheung

Cosmos 1988 – Acrylic on canvas by Ann-Marie Cheung

“All that we are is the result of what we have thought.”
~ Budha

“All power is from within and therefore under our control.”
Robert Collier

“Happiness is not an accident, Nor is it something you wish for. Happiness is something you design.”
Jim Rohn

“Giving is better than receiving because giving starts the receiving process.”
Jim Rohn

“The day runs away like wild horses over the Hills.”

“Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.”

“Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”

“Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of choice. It is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.”
~ William Jennings Bryan

“Sadness, illness and despair are less conditions than they are decisions – to see yourself as less than you really are.”
~  the Universe

“If you really want to do something you’ll find a way. If you don’t, you’ll find an excuse.”
~ Jim Rohn

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then is not an act, but a habit.”
~ Aristotle

“The greatness of a man is not in how much wealth he acquires but in his integrity and his ability to affect those around him positively.”
~ Bob Marley

“Try not. Do, or do not. There is no try.”
~ Yoda

“Knowing is not enough,
We must apply.
Willing is not enough,
We must Do.”
~ Bruce Lee

“We must learn to apply all that we know so that we can attract all that we want.”
~ Jim Rohn

“Success is not to be pursued;  it is to be attracted by the person you become.”
~ Jim Rohn

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. ”
~ Melody Beattie

“Winning is not a sometime thing; it’s an all the time thing. You don’t win once in a while; you don’t do things right once in a while; you do them right all of the time. Winning is a habit. Unfortunately, so is losing.”
~ Vince Lombardi

If you’re not prepared to be wrong, you’ll never come up with anything original.
Ken Robinson

Very many people go through their whole lives having no real sense of what their talents may be, or if they have any to speak of.
~ Ken Robinson

You don’t think of Shakespeare being a child, do you? Shakespeare being seven? He was seven at some point. He was in somebody’s English class, wasn’t he? How annoying would that be?
~ Ken Robinson

All kids have tremendous talents — and we squander them pretty ruthlessly.
~ Ken Robinson

“Maybe [artistry] doesn’t have to be quite so full of anguish if you never happened to believe, in the first place, that the most extraordinary aspects of your being came from you. But maybe if you just believed that they were on loan to you from some unimaginable source for some exquisite portion of your life to be passed along when you’re finished … it starts to change everything.”
~ Elizabeth Gilbert

“Northland College (NZ) principal John Tapene has offered the following words from a judge who regularly deals with youth.

“Always we hear the cry from teenagers ‘What can we do, where can we go?’
… My answer is, “Go home, mow the lawn, wash the windows, learn to cook, build a raft, get a job, visit the sick, study your lessons, and after you’ve finished, read a book.”

“Your town does not owe you recreational facilities and your parents do not owe you fun. The world does not owe you a living, you owe the world something. You owe it your time, energy and talent so that no one will be at war, in poverty or sick and lonely again.”

“In other words, grow up, stop being a cry baby, get out of your dream world and develop a backbone, not a wishbone. Start behaving like a responsible person. You are important and you are needed. It’s too late to sit around and wait for somebody to do something someday. Someday is now and that somebody is you…””


“From early on, very early on, I understood that art is not about what you say. It’s about these other things that you don’t say.”
~ Cai Guo-Qiang

“Words are just a way we communicate. Images are a way we communicate. And I couldn’t figure out why they had to be in different baskets.”
~ John Baldessari

“Your beliefs become your thoughts,
Your thoughts become your words,
Your words become your actions,
Your actions become your habits,
Your habits become your values,
Your values become your destiny.”

~ Mahatma Gandhi

“To solve any problem, there are three questions to ask yourself: First, what could I do? Second, what could I read? And third, whom could I ask?”
~ Jim Rohn