Our most recent contest MIISTA MANTRAS asked all of you to submit your all time favorite words of wisdom. And since we could feel ourselves getting wiser with reading them, we knew we had to share with everyone! Just as a disclaimer right off the bat -- this is not the announcement for the winners, this is a fabulous collection of inspirational verbiage. But we promise, winners will be announced very soon! Between this contest and our MEASURED MADNESS: Where's Your Miista Instagram competition we've come to the conclusion that we have the smartest, most creative followers and fans. We win. It's official. All of you are so impressive and we treasure interacting with each and every last one of you! We feel so lucky to have cultivated such a stellar following -- and the content you all create! It's incredible. Here you will find a list of our favorite submissions. From silly to word to live by this collection is something to bookmark. Read through it now and then save it for a rainy day, you never know when you'll need a little inspo pick me up! If there is no author listed it's because one was not provided, heads up. "I'd rather die for what I believe than live a life without meaning " - TWA
"Your obligation is to reach as deeply as you can and offer your unique and authentic gifts as bravely and beautifully as you are able."
"The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little EXTRA!" - Jimmy Johnson "Nothing is absolute. Everything changes, everything moves, everything revolves, everything flies and goes away." - Frida Kahlo
“Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through.” - Ira Glass [caption id="attachment_17618" align="aligncenter" width="742"]
BOB ROSS[/caption] "The darkest hour of the night comes just before the dawn." - The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho “Sometimes ladies think too hard about getting the last word in, when saying nothing at all is a far louder statement.” - Cailin Hill
"True happiness consists not in the multitude of friends, but in the worth and choice" - Ben Jonson "Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist" - Pablo Picasso [caption id="attachment_17623" align="aligncenter" width="708"]
LEONARDO DA VINCI[/caption] FROM pain and sorrow all around There 's no escape, I fear; To mountain wilds should I retreat, There also I should hear The cry of hunted deer.
“You shouldn’t ever have to change who you are for the sake of pleasing someone else. You don’t owe comfort or conformity or being attractive to anyone. If someone has an issue with who you are or the way you present yourself, that’s their problem, not yours. You don’t have to internalize other people’s judgement. It isn’t easy. In fact, it’s probably one of the most difficult things any of us will try to do. But it’s so important. You don’t live your life for other people. You need to do what feels right to you. And more than anything, you need to make your happiness a priority."
"If you're not busy being born you're busy dying" - Bob Dylan
"Doing what you like is freedom, loving what you do is happiness ....." [caption id="attachment_17627" align="aligncenter" width="2048"]
HEATHERS[/caption] "It's so hard to forget pain, but it's even harder to remember sweetness." - Chuck Palahniuk
"To be without some of the things you want is an indispensable part of happiness." - Bertrand Russell "And I urge you to please notice when you are happy, and exclaim or murmur or think at some point, “If this isn’t nice, I don’t know what is." - Kurt Vonnegut
"It never got weird enough for me." - Hunter S Thompson "Do what you can, with what you have, where you are." - Ted Roosevelt
"When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford." “I'm never bored. That's the trouble with everybody -- you're all so bored. You've 'ad nature explained to you and you're bored with it. You've 'ad the living body explained to you and you're bored with it. You've 'ad the universe explained to you and you're bored with it. So now you just want cheap thrills and like plenty of 'em, and it dun't matter 'ow tawdry or vacuous they are as long as it's new, as long as it's new, as long as it flashes and fuckin' bleeps in forty fuckin' different colours. Well, whatever else you can say about me, I'm not fuckin' bored!” ― Mike Leigh, Naked and Other Screenplays"
"What matters most is how well you walk through the fire" - Charles Bukowski
Have no fear of perfection, you'll never reach it. (完璧を恐れるな。どうせ完璧になんかできないんだから。) -Salvador Dali
"The cure for anything is salt water - sweat, tears, or the sea." - Isak Dinesen "Be so good they can't ignore you" - Steve Martin "Life begins at the end of your comfort zone" - Neale Walsch
"I am on the right path." - Chantal Laporte, personal mantra "Smile, listen, agree and then do whatever the fuck you wanted to do anyway." - Robert Downey Jr,
"It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop." - Confucius "The greatest mania of all is passion. And I am a natural slave to passion. The balance between my brain and my soul and my body is as wild and delicate as the skin of a Ming vase." - Hunter S Thompson
“...because the only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones that never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars and in the middle you see the blue centerlight pop and everybody goes "Awww!” ― Jack Kerouac, On the Road "The night is the hardest time to be alive and 4 am knows all my secrets." - Poppy Z. Brite
"Wanting to be someone else is a waste of the person you are. I'd rather be hated for who I am than loved for who I am not." - Kurt Cobain "Do not look for a sanctuary in anyone except for your self" - Siddhārtha Guatama
"When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace." - Jimi Hendrix