Inspired Living

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”I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have.”

-Thomas Jefferson

”Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.”

-St. Francis of Assisi

”The secret of happiness is not doing what one likes to do, but in liking what one has to do.”

-Sir James M. Barrie

"Do you want to be always happy?
Then give up fighting
For negativity
And learn the beautiful art
Of self-encouragement."

-Sri Chinmoy

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People Who Left The World in A Better Place

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“To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children...to leave the world a better place...to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.”
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

If I can stop one heart from breaking,
I shall not live in vain;
If I can ease one life the aching,
Or cool one pain,
Or help one fainting robin
Unto his nest again,
I shall not live in vain.

- Emily Dickinson


People who made a positive Contribution

- Who do you think made a positive contribution? Who has left the world in a better place. Leave any suggestions in the comments below. Perhaps say why they have made the world a better place.
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Modern Inspirational Art


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'Jharna kala' painting of Sri Chinmoy



Sri Chinmoy Art
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Inspirational Art

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Michelangelo's Pieta

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Michelangelo's David - perfection in human form

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The closeness of God and Man - Sistine Chapel.

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Ecstasy of St Therese - Bernini.

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The quintessential Monet - Nature in its purest form.

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The Pinnacle of Ancient Greece, the debating forum for the philosophers of the age.

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Pablo Picasso Peace.

Inspirational Art. Art which touches the heart and soul and not just interests the mind. Often modern art seeks to shock to be different and unique, but I don't feel any inspiration only the judgements of the mind come to the fore. True inspirational art brings to the fore a feeling of serenity and upliftment. When I see works of art like this, it can't help but make me feel more inspired and more interested in doing some creative and positive.

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Hope Quotes

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What keeps us alive, what allows us to endure?
I think it is the hope of loving,
or being loved.

- Meister Eckhart

Hope
Knows no fear.

Hope dares to blossom
Even inside the abysmal abyss.

Life without hope
Is no life at all.

Hope passes beyond,
Far beyond,
The abyss of despair.

- Sri Chinmoy

"We live by admiration, hope and love."

- William Wordsworth

If you lose hope, somehow you lose the vitality that keeps life moving, you lose that courage to be, that quality that helps you go on in spite of it all. And so today I still have a dream.

- Martin Luther King, Jr

I steer my bark with hope in the head, leaving fear astern. My hopes indeed sometimes fail, but not oftener than the forebodings of the gloomy.

-Thomas Jefferson

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Examples of Inspired People

Some characteristics and examples of inspired people.

Leave a comment, if you'd like to suggest a person who inspires you.
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People who Shaped History

If we look at this list of people who shaped history - Great People in History - we see a huge diversity of people, from a French peasant girl (Jean d'Arc) to the most powerful Kings such as Charlemagne and Henry VIII.

Amidst the powerful Kings and politicians, we also have people who shaped history through the power of the written word or speeches. There is an old saying - the Pen is Mightier than the sword, though if we look at history, military commanders feature quite highly in the rankings.

This list will definitely be added to, so if you think of anyone else who should feature in Great People in History feel free to suggest name in comments.
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