21 Quotes to Inspire Dream-chasing

Sometimes I need to find words that push me. Push me to work harder. Push me to believe in myself. And push me to continue down this long, hard road of writing. 
Recently, I asked friends to share their favorite inspirational quotes. And now I need to plaster my studio with these words. 
“Quit. And if you can’t quit, then do the work.” –Rick Walton
“And now go, and make interesting mistakes, make amazing mistakes, make glorious and fantastic mistakes. Break rules. Leave the world more interesting for your being here. Make good art.” –Neil Gaiman
“Do it anyway.” Mother Teresa
“Light yourself on fire with passion and people will come from miles to watch you burn.” -John Wesley
“I learned this, at least, by my experiment; that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours. . . . In proportion as he simplifies his life, the laws of the universe will appear less complex, and solitude will not be solitude, nor poverty poverty, nor weakness weakness.” -Henry D. Thoreau
“Your task, to build a better world,” God said. I answered, “How? The world is such a large vast place, so complicated now. And I so small and useless am, there’s nothing I can do. But God in all His wisdom said, “Just build a better you.” –Anonymous
“I must not fear. Fear is the mind killer.” – Frank Herbert, Dune
“I wish it need not have happened in my time,” said Frodo
“So do I,” said Gandalf, “and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring
“You wake up every morning to fight the same demons that left you so tired the night before, and that, my love, is bravery.”

“Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.” -Earl Nightengale

“Whoe’er thou art, act well thy part.” -William Shakespeare
“The choices you make dictate the life you lead.” –Renaissance Man
“It’s not about how hard you can hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward.” –Rocky Balboa
Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those timid spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat.” –Teddy Roosevelt
“Done is better than perfect every time.”
“When you focus on what you want, it will come into your life.”

“It’s not about the number of breaths you take but the moments that take your breath away.”
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Erin Shakespear writes middle grade fantasy full of quirky creatures, magic, and strange adventures. With six kids, her days are full of quirky creatures, magic, strange adventures, and…loads of diapers. She also likes to dabble at photography, sewing, jewelry-making, and pretending she’s a grand artist. (She’s also a bit nuts about costumes and dressing up. Surprising, right?) 

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