This week I was the guest of honour at a prize giving ceremony in a local secondary school, which was a first for me. To be fair their super famous ex-teacher turned comedian speaker let them down at the last minute so they came to me because I’m cheap (free) have time (free again) and am seldom fazed by large groups of mixed ages. I really enjoyed myself and anyone who knocks young people only has to see an event like this to realise how splendid they really are! I’m sure not one of them would have wanted anything much to do with me if I had met them at the same age but older and wiser we got along famously.
The Head teacher had instructed me to be funny, tell some personal anecdotes and be inspiring in my address so being willing to please I did just that and I think I can safely say I amused many, moved many and even inspired a few too if the comments from older and young alike are anything to go by. I chose to talk about 3 inspirational quotes that have had meaning for me in my life which were selected from a short list of ten as time was finite. Afterwards several people asked me what the full 10 were so I promised my top 10 list of inspirational quotes – and here they are.
This is for anyone who loves a good quote but in particular the parents, students, staff and Headteacher, Jo Longhurst of Orleans Park School in Twickenham.
The three already quoted were:
‘It’s not how long you live but how much you live that counts’ – Eric Ray Evans, actor and mentor
“Things you own end up owning you” Chuck Pahlaniuk, Fight Club
“Where you stumble, there your treasure lies’ Goethe
My other seven are as follows – and I’m more than happy to talk about any in detail should you wish!
“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent” Eleanor Roosevelt
“There are two great ways of spreading light: To be the candle or to be the mirror that reflects it” Edith Wharton
“As soon as you trust yourself you will know how to live” Goethe again
“The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong” Mahatma Gandhi
Security is mostly a superstition, it does not exist in nature …Life is either a daring adventure or nothing” Helen Keller (Who as I’m sure you know was born blind and deaf)
“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes” Marcel Proust
“Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves” Carl Yung
Put all together like that they seem to lose a little power but each one of them could form an excellent basis for a family chat some meal time. As if. I’d love to hear your inspiring quotes.