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Spring, Snowdrops and Courage

We’re a week into March and white still covers neighborhood yards, yet my cat and I are outside, searching for green—the early snowdrops, first of the spring flowers.

Photo by Aaron Burden on Unsplash

I love that they blossom in the cold when the weather could very well freeze or bury them. I like to think they’re brave. Just as I like to believe I am as I start a new novel or try teaching a lesson I’ve never taught before.

My snowdrops haven’t come up yet, but to encourage them, myself and my readers, I’ve decided to post quotes on courage and risk-taking in general.

“To turn back is one kind of death; to go forward is another.”
― Elizabeth LesserBroken Open: How Difficult Times Can Help Us Grow

“When thinking about what to do next with your life, don’t ask yourself what you would succeed at, but what you would most enjoy failing at.”
― Clifford Cohen

“Love is not something you protect. It’s something you risk.”
― Gayle FormanJust One Year

“There is no discovery without risk and what you risk reveals what you value.”
― Jeanette WintersonWritten on the Body

“If you don’t take risks, you’ll have a wasted soul.”
― Drew Barrymore

“Happiness is a risk. If you’re not a little scared, then you’re not doing it right.”
― Sarah Addison AllenThe Peach Keeper

“The only way to find true happiness is to risk being completely cut open.”
― Chuck PalahniukInvisible Monsters

“There is no intensity of love or feeling that does not involve the risk of crippling hurt. It is a duty to take this risk, to love and feel without defense or reserve.”
― William S. Burroughs

“You cannot swim for new horizons until you have courage to lose sight of the shore.”
― William Faulkner

“To turn back is one kind of death; to go forward is another.”
― Elizabeth LesserBroken Open: How Difficult Times Can Help Us Grow

“You’re never perfectly safe. No human being on Earth ever is or ever was. To live is to risk your life, your heart, everything.”
― Rick YanceyThe Last Star

“To live, to TRULY live, we must be willing to RISK. To be nothing in order to find everything. To leap before we look.”
― Mandy HaleThe Single Woman: Life, Love, and a Dash of Sass

“To save all we must risk all.”
― Friedrich SchillerFiesco; or, the Genoese Conspiracy

“The practice of love offers no place of safety. We risk loss, hurt, pain. We risk being acted upon by forces outside our control.”
― Bell HooksAll About Love: New Visions

 

Are you beginning something new this season? Taking a chance? I’d love to hear about it.

 

Source

https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/risk?

 

In Celebration of Love—Thirteen Quotes

In honor of Valentine’s Day I’m posting thirteen of my favorite poignant, profound or humorous thoughts about love.

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  1. “All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.” ~ Charles Schulz
  2. “You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.” ~ Dr. Seuss
  3. “As he read, I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once.” ~ John Green
  4. “One word frees us of all the weight and pain of life: That word is love.” ~ Sophocles
  5. “Where there is love there is life.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi
  6. “A friend is someone who knows all about you and still loves you.” ~ Elbert Hubbard
  7. “The heart wants what it wants. There’s no logic to these things. You meet someone and you fall in love and that’s that.” ~  Woody Allen
  8.  “At the touch of love everyone becomes a poet.” ~ Plato
  9. “When you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.” ~ When Harry Met Sally
  10. “The best love is the kind that awakens the soul; that makes us reach for more, that plants the fire in our hearts and brings peace to our minds. That’s what I hope to give you forever.” ~ Nicholas Sparks
  11. “When two people love each other, they don’t look at each other, they look in the same direction.” ~ Ginger Rogers
  12. “If I had a flower for every time I thought of you…I could walk through my garden forever.” ~ Alfred Tennyson
  13. “Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.” ~ Lau Tzu

 

How about you? Do you have a favorite quote about love? Please share.

Happy Valentine’s Day.

Sources

http://www.yourtango.com/2013182354/love-quotes-inspirational-famous

http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/love