Make yourself a cup of tea, pour a glass of wine, grab a snack and absorb the words of wisdom left behind by some of the very inspirational souls who passed away this year. True wisdom to eat, savour, swallow and absorb into our deepest selves . Who knows where living these words could take us? Indeed, who needs champagne when you could be touched by even a sprinkle of Ziggy’s star dust?!!
Last night, I was thinking about putting something together for New Year’s Eve. At my stage in life, this means writing something for the blog and the family rather than organizing a raging party. Not only do we have the kids to consider, but also a dog who’s allergic to fireworks. She is guaranteed to be trembling on Geoff’s lap and I just remembered we didn’t get any medication…for her, or us!
While I’ve read advice and wisdom for the New Year, my mind was blank. If anything, I only had questions. At the top of that list was: “Do you really think you’re going to get it together next year when you specialize in chaotic thinking and travelling through life with no road map whatsoever?”
As we all know, NYE is an important night and it’s critical to get our affairs in order. More important than dying, NYE is that magical night when our old self dies and our new self is born. Indeed, at the tick of 12.01 AM, there’s an entirely new you with no commonality with your past self whatsoever. What? You didn’t know your entire DNA changes every New Years Eve on the stroke of midnight? Oh! Happy Days!
As I said, I get new DNA at midnight and I just hope I don’t come back as an accountant at 12.01, although I’ve vowed to manage my “what the?” finances better in 2017.
Anyway, since so many inspirational people left this world during 2016, I decided to put together a compilation of inspirational quotes.
Of course, my selection of quotes says as much about me, as it does about them. I haven’t included every famous person who passed away. Moreover, I won’t be calling these people “celebrities”. Rather, they were people of substance who inspired the world, not a candle flames fart-arsing in the wind.
These are “my people”.
So, I ask you to join me in my writer’s chair. We’re parked in front of huge screen basking in flashbacks of Carol Brady, Laverne & Shirley, Pretty Woman, Kingswood Country, Ziggy Stardust and my friends cutting out pictures of WHAM! and pasting them in their school diaries. All of these memories, images, words and music all swirled together into a dazzling kaleidoscope and I’d love to invite you along for the journey. Alleluia!
Who knows? You might even be inspired!
The Words They Left Behind
David Bowie 1947 – 2016
“There, in the chords and melodies, is everything I want to say. The words just jolly it along. It’s always been my way of expressing what, for me, is inexpressible by any other means.”
“As an adolescent, I was painfully shy, withdrawn. I didn’t really have the nerve to sing my songs on stage, and nobody else was doing them. I decided to do them in disguise so that I didn’t have to actually go through the humiliation of going on stage and being myself.”
Prince 1958 – 2016
“Compassion is an action word with no boundaries.”
“There’s always a rainbow at the end of every rain.”
“When I’m writing [songs], some days the pen just goes. I’m not in charge and I’m almost listening outside of it. That’s when I realize that we all have to start looking at life as a gift. It’s like listening to a color and believing that these colors have soul mates and once you get them all together the painting is complete.”
Muhammad Ali 1942 – 2016
“Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.”
“I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.’”
“It isn’t the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it’s the pebble in your shoe.”
“The man who has no imagination has no wings.”
“A man who views the world the same at fifty as he did at twenty has wasted thirty years of his life.”
“I am the greatest, I said that even before I knew I was.”
“Age is whatever you think it is. You are as old as you think you are.”
“I’ve made my share of mistakes along the way, but if I have changed even one life for the better, I haven’t lived in vain.”
“Only a man who knows what it is like to be defeated can reach down to the bottom of his soul and come up with the extra ounce of power it takes to win when the match is even.”
Harper Lee 1926 – 2016
“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view.”
“I think there’s just one kind of folks. Folks.”
“The one thing that doesn’t abide by majority rule is a person’s conscience.”
“It was times like these when I thought my father, who hated guns and had never been to any wars, was the bravest man who ever lived.”
“Before I can live with other folks I’ve got to live with myself. The one thing that doesn’t abide by majority rule is a person’s conscience.”
“Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing.”
“Real courage is when you know you’re licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what.”
“Many receive advice, only the wise profit from it.”
Nancy Reagan 1921 – 2016
“To my young friends out there: Life can be great, but not when you can’t see it. So, open your eyes to life: to see it in the vivid colors that God gave us as a precious gift to His children, to enjoy life to the fullest, and to make it count. Say yes to your life.”
“For eight years, I was sleeping with the president, and if that doesn’t give you special access, I don’t know what does!”
“A woman is like a tea bag, you can not tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water.”
Leonard Cohen 1934-2016
“Ring the bells that still can ring. Forget your perfect offering. There’s a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in.”
~ lyrics from Anthem, off the 1992 record ‘The Future’
“Out of the thousands who are known or who want to be known as poets, maybe one or two are genuine and the rest are fakes, hanging around the sacred precincts, trying to look like the real thing.”
“Act the way you’d like to be and soon you’ll be the way you act.”
“Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash.”
“I did my best, it wasn’t much. I couldn’t feel, so I tried to touch. I told the truth, I didn’t come to fool you. And even though it all went wrong, I’ll stand before the Lord of Song, with nothing on my tongue but Hallelujah…” ~ lyrics from his 1984 masterpiece, Hallelujah
“I don’t really understand that process called reincarnation but if there is such a thing I’d like to come back as my daughter’s dog.”
Carrie Fisher 1956-2016
“One of the great things to pretend is that you’re not only alright, you’re in great shape. Now to have that come true – I’ve actually gone on stage depressed and that’s worked its magic on me, ’cause if I can convince you that I’m alright, then maybe I can convince me.”
“I always wrote. I wrote from when I was 12. That was therapeutic for me in those days. I wrote things to get them out of feeling them, and onto paper. So writing in a way saved me, kept me company. I did the traditional thing with falling in love with words, reading books and underlining lines I liked and words I didn’t know.”
Debbie Reynolds 1932 – 2016
“If you’re a dancer, study singing. You have to do everything and do it well. You have to study acting. You have to study all of it. You have to find workshops, get out on the stage…and fail.”
“You have to keep practicing, if you’re really going to be good.”
“Anything worthwhile is hard, and dancing is very hard, and if you’ve ever studied dancing of any kind you’d know that to be in precision, three people dancing together.”
George Michael 1963-2016
“You’ll never find peace of mind until you listen to your heart.”
Ronnie Corbett 1930-2016
“Have you ever noticed? Anybody going slower than you is an idiot, and anyone going faster than you is a maniac.”
“We’ll be talking to a car designer who’s crossed a Toyota with Quasimodo and come up with the Hatchback of Notre Dame.”
Florence Henderon 1934-2016 (AKA Carol Brady from The Brady Bunch)
“I had four children … and sometimes my kids would say to me, you know, how come you don’t scream at those kids on television like you do us?”
“A lot of women say to me, ‘You know, I really hated you because my kids wanted you to be their mother.'”
“I firmly believe […] you have to cherish your past. If you did it, it’s a part of you. I would be foolish to ignore that or go, I wish I’d never done it, i hate it.'” (on playing Carol Brady).
Zsa Zsa Gabor 1917-2016 (for a bit of humour. She was incredibly funny!!)
“I never hated a man enough to give him his diamonds back.”
“I am a marvelous housekeeper. Every time I leave a man, I keep his house.”
“I want a man who’s kind and understanding. Is that too much to ask of a millionaire?”
“I don’t remember anybody’s name. How do you think the ‘dahling’ thing got started?”
“To be loved is a strength. To love is a weakness.”
“One of my theories is that men love with their eyes; women love with their ears.”
“If you’ve got the comedy eye, you can look at any situation and see the humor in it while others don’t.”
“The only way to learn a language properly, in fact, is to marry a man of that nationality. You get what they call in Europe a ‘sleeping dictionary.’ Of course, I have only been married five times, and I speak seven languages. I’m still trying to remember where I picked up the other two.”
Garry Marshall 1934-2016 , Director
“Learn to work with people you wouldn’t go to lunch with.”
“One of my thrills of the business is to find young people, there’s a window. I like young people who are in that brief window between on their-way-up and rehab. In that window I can make stars. It’s not really true but it’s not so far off.”
“I think a lot of creative people have no sense of numbers and economics.”
“I’m basically a writer, it’s who I am. I direct and I like theatre directing very much. But I’ve done 17 movies, they don’t say ‘Let’s get Garry, he’ll make a helicopter shot,’ they say ‘Get Garry, he’ll fix the script.'”
“When I edit, I’m not from the school of Hello, I’m a genius, so everybody shut up. I’m from the school of Let’s play it once in front of an audience, and then I’ll tell you where it is going.”
“I think men should go see Beaches too. I think they’ll understand women better.”
“I’m a little older and I’m gonna do a bunch more movies and then they’re gonna put me in a home for old directors.”
“My mother worked all of her life, she was a dance teacher and I also noticed, to be honest, that most of the male directors wanted to blow things up so there was like an open area for somebody who wanted to direct women movies, chick flicks, whatever you… I don’t call them chick flicks.” www.movieweb.com
“I don’t know about immortal, but I must say that to me to touch more women and to have them understand friendships, is important. I’ve had girls come up to me who said, “Yeah, after I saw ‘Beaches’ I called up my friend Denise who I was really mad at. She got me so aggravated and I called her and we made up.” So if I could do that with this new release, yes, that would be very pleasing to me because, hey, it’s a tough world. You need friends out there.” www.movieweb.com
Ross Higgins AKA Ted Bulpitt from Kingswood Country
For those of you who are heading out to party tonight, I’ll leave you with two quotes from Kingswood Country‘s Ted Bulpitt, Australia’s version of Basil Fawlty in Fawlty Towers. This show couldn’t appear on modern TV yet it was viewed in every loungeroom round Australia. RIP Ted.
Ted Bullpitt: You’re not taking the Kingswood…
Ted Bullpitt: Leave your money on the fridge!
I’ve decided to print these quotes out for the family tonight and we’re going to pluck them out like a lucky dip.
Which quotes appeal to you? I’d love you to share your thoughts!
Thank you for reading through to the end. After taking in all that wisdom, who knows who or what we’ll become when the clock strikes 12.01?!!
Love & Blessings,