Here are 28 illustrated inspirational quotes that I put together over the years and that I decided to gather below so you can choose the ones that inspire you the most (you can right click and save) and share them or make them your desktop wallpaper or whatever you want.
We’re a little bit flooded with wise words on pretty pictures these days. I know. I’m guilty of that too (yep, Positive Soup is also on instagram) but I do believe that some words or quotes can truly open our minds and change our perspective and therefore inspire and motivate us to think or do differently, to change something.
Read these slowly and let each word resonate with you in order to truly absorb their meaning. We’re not used to doing this in our society where content is everywhere and has to be digested in a second. But as always, we have a choice.
Please feel free to share with me in the comments the quote(s) that inspire you the most, and why. :)
About a year ago, when my fiancé was still living in LA and me in Paris, he sent me the book “Catching The Big Fish” by David Lynch. I was already very fond of David Lynch’s movies and had just discovered his foundation and his long-time transcendental meditation practice. Being myself interested in the creative processes and the practice of meditation that I, like many, try to fit in my busy life, I wondered what David Lynch, a man that seemed so cryptic and as opaque as he was fascinating, would have to say about all of this, and in what way.
First of all, I was surprised by the structure of the book itself. Chapters are one or a few pages, sometimes just a sentence even. They’re like wisdoms. I love books like that because having such short chapters makes the content even more… precious I’d say. It pushes you to read slower, just like poetry. And the meaning is more apparent. So it is a very pleasant read for sure, and a fast one as well, which doesn’t mean there’s no “meat” in it (as a vegetarian, I’m going to say “tofu”, okay?).
I also think it’s refreshing to learn how present Lynch manages to be in his life, he who creates, is in the film industry, has to collaborate with some people, lead others. It reminded me of a book by the Dalai Lama which I think was called The Transformed Mind that wasn’t about how to be wise and present when you’re the Dalai Lama but when you’re someone like you and me, who lives in a fast-paced society, who has to juggle many things but still wants to create, to be here, to slow down and be centered.
So much of what happened to me is good fortune. But I would say: Try to get a job that gives you some time; get your sleep and a little bit of food; and work as much as you can. There’s so much enjoyment in doing what you love. Maybe this will open doors, and you’ll find a way to do what you love.
The other thing that touched me in “Catching the Big Fish” is Lynch’s honesty and humility, which I value so much. His writing is simple and essential. It’s really not about who he is as much as what he has to say about his human experience as an artist, in the purest form possible. He talks about inspiration, which is common to all humans, and how to welcome and transform it. It’s powerful.
I think what makes it a must-read to me is how easily you can go back to it and re-read a passage that inspired you, and how universal and non-segmented it is (even though there are many chapters, he conveys the idea of unity in what we are and the what we do).
Ideas are like fish. If you want to catch little fish, you can stay in the shallow water. But if you want to catch the big fish, you’ve got to go deeper. Down deep, the fish are more powerful and more pure. They’re huge and abstract. And they’re very beautiful.
This book will be extremely useful and inspiring for film makers and artists but also to everybody else who’s interested in the creative process and how it’s linked to the practice of consciousness and centering oneself. It’s beautiful food for the soul and translates to many aspects of our lives even if we don’t necessarily feel like we share Lynch’s world. It brings a lot of clarity.
Get the book on Amazon (you can also get the audio book) if you’re interested and feel free to share in the comments what you think of it and if you too would recommend it.