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Every noble work is at first impossible.

Thomas Carlyle

Few writers were more influential during the 19th century than Thomas Carlyle; the Scotsman’s essays, histories, and other works had a profound effect on Victorian literature and beyond. In 1855, four years after Carlyle’s death, Mary Ann Evans, better known by her pen name George Eliot, wrote that “there has hardly been an English book written for the last ten or twelve years that would not have been different if Carlyle had not lived.” Charles Darwin, meanwhile, called Carlyle “the most worth listening to, of any man I know.” The sheer scope of Carlyle’s literary endeavors — including his three-volume “French Revolution” and his epic six-volume “History of Frederick the Great” — may well have appeared impossible to lesser writers. Carlyle’s love of literature, however, seemingly made no task too great, as he once called the art of writing “the most miraculous of all things man has devised.”

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Compassion is one of the purest springs of love.

Anne Truitt

When she was 61 years old, in 1982, renowned sculptor Anne Truitt published a collection of excerpts from her personal journal in which she reflected on living a creative life. Sold under the title “Daybook: The Journal of an Artist,” the included essays explore, among other themes, how we are perceived by others and how we often make assumptions about the people in our lives. In considering the nature of love, Truitt concluded that it is only through compassion that we can truly connect and understand each other in the world.

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Ideas are like fish... if you want to catch the big fish, you've got to go deeper.

David Lynch

David Lynch is very much a man of ideas — surreal, dark, and visionary ideas that have made him one of the most important filmmakers of our day. He is an auteur, his movies being so singular to him that “Lynchian” is now included in the Oxford English Dictionary, referring to Lynch’s juxtaposition of “surreal or sinister elements with mundane, everyday environments.” This is a common trait in his most famous movies, from 1977’s “Eraserhead” to later masterpieces such as “Blue Velvet,” “Mulholland Drive,” and the cult classic TV series “Twin Peaks.” His stories take viewers to unexpected depths where almost anything can happen. “Down deep,” Lynch wrote, “the fish are more powerful and more pure. They’re huge and abstract. And they’re very beautiful.”

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The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.

Confucius

Though Confucius lived more than 2,500 years ago, the Chinese philosopher is still famous today for his wise teachings. While Confucius’ political and cultural influence is hard to overstate, his beginnings were meager. This only further proves the point of the above quote, which reminds us that great movements often start with small steps.

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In the beginning especially, we won't realize we're changing.

Tenzin Palmo

In a 1988 interview with “Mandala” magazine, barrier-breaking Buddhist teacher Tenzin Palmo urged people to exercise patience and persistence when it comes to self-growth. Palmo, an English native who became one of the first Western women to be ordained as a bhikṣuṇī (or Buddhist nun) in 1973, offered advice to Westerners who are beginning to practice Buddhism. "The important thing is whether or not the mind is really changing," she said, "whether our negative emotions are really coming under control, whether we are really beginning to understand ourselves… and whether in our hearts there is genuine love and caring for other people.”

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You are unique and if that is not fulfilled, then something has been lost.

Martha Graham

Martha Graham’s 70-year career as a dancer, choreographer, and teacher saw her revolutionize modern dance. The so-called “Graham technique” became a cornerstone of the art form, one that emphasized the inner self of the performers and gave dancers full freedom to display intense and primal emotions — something that classical ballet lacked. Individuality was at the heart of Graham’s personal style and wider choreography. For her, being unique — being different — was something to embrace and celebrate.

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Endure, and keep yourselves for days of happiness.

Virgil

Publius Vergilius Maro, better known as Virgil, was an ancient Roman poet and a true heavyweight when it comes to quotability. His three major poems — the “Eclogues,” the “Georgics,” and the epic “Aeneid” — gave us many popular phrases, including “time flies,” “love conquers all,” and “fortune favors the bold.” His most famous poem, the “Aeneid,” tells the tale of Aeneas, a Trojan who escaped the fall of Troy before — to cut a very long story short — making his way to Italy to ultimately become the ancestor of the Romans. Aeneas speaks the line, “Endure, and keep yourselves for days of happiness,” in an effort to encourage his men after a series of encounters with monsters, whirlpools, and storms. Like so many of Virgil’s lines, it’s a beautiful and timeless sentiment, a call to hold out hope and persist in the face of challenges.

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We are all afraid to say too much, to feel too deeply, to let people know what they mean to us.

Bianca Sparacino

Inspirational author Bianca Sparacino reminds us here that letting others know how much we care is both a beautiful and courageous act, and one that can be surprisingly hard to do. Writing for “Thought Catalog,” Sparacino warned that while it’s tempting to avoid making ourselves vulnerable, putting up walls will close us off to the world, while being honest, expressive, and emotionally raw only strengthens the bonds between people. There’s no shame in telling a friend or family member how beloved they are, so seize that opportunity before it passes.
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There’s nothing so kingly as kindness, and nothing so royal as truth.

Alice Cary

At the time of Alice Cary’s birth in 1820, her home state of Ohio was at the western frontier of the United States. Her father was a pious farmer, known to recite poetry and hymns while working his land. Alice began writing poems herself at a young age and had her first piece published when she was just 18 years old. At age 30, she moved to New York, writing every day and gradually earning herself a place among the creative luminaries of the time. This quote is from a poem titled “Nobility,” which gives us a glimpse into the writer’s passion for justice and social equity, themes that ran through her work for the entirety of her career.

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Love makes your soul crawl out from its hiding place.

Zora Neale Hurston

Love in all its forms can enliven our spirits and bring some much-needed dimension to life. Novelist Zora Neale Hurston wrote devastatingly of romantic love throughout her career, perhaps most famously in this quote. It sharply conjures the intensity of feelings, both of liberation and obligation, that love can cause. It also describes just how difficult it can be to crawl out, perhaps reluctantly, from emotional hiding and into a place of visibility and vulnerability. Even outside of romantic love, we can all benefit when we open ourselves up to connection with others, even if it feels difficult to do.
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