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Quote Of The Week – 10/6/09

October 7, 2009

Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be attained.

~ Marie Curie (French Physicist)


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  1. Melanie Chase permalink
    October 7, 2009 6:13 pm

    Ahhhh, this is my favorite so far.

  2. October 7, 2009 8:15 pm

    I love this one, too. Especially the “But what of that?” part. It reminds of hearing Dr. Phil say that we all have had difficult childhoods, now get over it. When we accept the difficulty, it loses its hold on us, and then we can attain what we are gifted to become, whatever the cost of what we must give up (particularly that pesky ego).

  3. October 7, 2009 9:27 pm

    That is a good quote. And by someone who walked the walk. Curie killed herself to accomplish her life’s masterpiece. Now THAT is dedication.

    • October 7, 2009 9:46 pm

      Indeed. She paid the cost and is a testament to that dedication and perseverance. And to think so much of her work was carried out in a shed.

  4. October 9, 2009 12:18 am

    Here I go again, I surely was not expecting yet another glimps of fate looking at your Quote of the week. OK, so I just started blogging about three weeks ago. This is a quote I have seen many times before and while I was writing my ABOUT entry, I thought of this and my own journey to the present. Things started spewing out of me, true things about my life, my personality,my personal thoughts. It took me so long to be comfortable saying these things, I thought the emptiness of never having the belief in myself would never leave me. As I started writing this blog, I suddenly realized that I had carried it all along, and everything I had been through in all my life was a result of me believing that I was meant for something better. Something more meaningful as I have put it many times. I slowly but surely have cleared a path unknowing to my destiny. Not a destiny of someone elses passive objections, but my own realities and priorities. What I am trying to say is that I think most people give up on themselves because of the fear of rejection or loneliness, and suffer the undying reality of knowing they are destined for more for the remainder of their lives. They are just not strong enough to stand the stoning it would take to actually reach their ambitions. The path chosen is most likely to be the easiest path to follow. Those who choose the other path suffer a great deal,but in the end it is always worth it. It is a wonderful thing that simple words might be able to rekindle someones fading belief and spirit, if they would only take the time to read and apply them.

  5. October 9, 2009 8:53 pm

    Oh the things that come along when we least expect them…or need them the most! I am happy you have found a vehicle of fate in the last couple Quotes of the Week.

    What you write about in this comment has been on my mind a lot lately, hence why I chose this most recent quote. Personally, there have been levels of unbelief and stagnation in my creative sphere, in my own self-belief, in my own fear of living a life lacking meaning and wonder. Even writing this now, with all I have experienced in this world, with all I know deep within, seems childish to me on one hand, and very real on the other. And I guess it is this test, the test of suffering, the test of how much we want something, that reveals our greatest courage and strength – the courage and strength to never give up, the courage and strength to believe in ourselves no matter what others think or say, the courage and strength to walk the road less traveled, even if that means we walk that road alone.

    To often we get lulled into compromising who we are to fit into others views of the world, be it parents, spouses, friends, teachers, or religious leaders. And this is where we have to summon that courage to be ourselves, to embrace who we are and what we aspire to become, and give ourselves to that with a reckless abandon, comforted in the faith that we can soar.

    The message I keep getting, over and over, is that it is not enough to hope for things to happen, for circumstances to change, for life to reflect what we hope it will be. Life and purpose does not look like what we hope it will, it looks and becomes what we believe it will. Accepting that, embracing that, taking responsibility for that, and, as you say, applying that becomes its realization.

    Keep on truckin’!

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