this is a re-post from the 2011 a-z challenge.
of all the quotes here, the first one is my favorite. you might call it my life quote. i first found it in the John Eldredge book Waking the Dead. (no, this isn't a plug for the book, but if you're interested, i've included a link). i'm discovering that as i live out my dream to write, the people around me are finding the courage to live their dreams as well.
Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive. ~ Howard Thurman
If you don't follow your dreams Thomas, you might as well be a vegetable. ~ from the movie The World's Fastest Indian
The dream you don’t fight for will haunt you for the rest of your life. ~ from the movie Robots
It takes a lot of courage to show your dreams to someone else. ~ Erma Bombeck
There are people who put their dreams in a little box and say, “Yes, I’ve got dreams, of course I’ve got dreams.” Then they put the box away and bring it out once in awhile to look in it, and yep, they’re still there. ~ Erma Bombeck
When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, “I used everything you gave me.” ~ Erma Bombeck
Dreams are necessary to life ~ Anais Nin
Some men see things as they are and say, "Why?" I dream of things that never were and say, "Why not?" ~ George Bernard Shaw
Dream no small dreams for they have no power to move the hearts of men. ~ Goethe
Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in the gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat. ~ Teddy Roosevelt