12 Great Quotes On Rejuvenation

13 September 2018 | Thinking in New Ways

Whether you are in the northern or the southern hemisphere, September seems to be a month that foretells not only a change of seasons but also possibly bigger changes as well. Personal changes. For every New Year’s resolution that I have made, it is often the decisions made several months earlier than January 1 that seem to have made the greater changes in my life. Maybe it’s about the start of a new season of learning. American journalist, Matt Taibbi, once noted “I think that if you’re a thinking person you should always be trying to learn something new.” [link] It’s often in September that we study new subjects and feel the thrill of new learning all over again. How many wait till September to decide on a career change? to move to a new city or company? to start a new hobby? to change personal relationships? What hits me is that September is a month of rejuvenation! So allow me to share a dozen quotes that I find insightful, but most of all, refreshing!

We must always change, renew, rejuvenate ourselves; otherwise, we harden.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe [link]

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.

Maya Angelou [link]

Appreciate again and again, freshly and naively, the basic goods of life, with awe, pleasure, wonder and even ecstasy, however stale these experiences may have become to others.

Abraham Maslow [link]

To improve is to change, so to be perfect is to have changed often.

Winston Churchill [link]

People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed; never throw out anyone.

Audrey Hepburn [link]

Take wrong turns. Talk to strangers. Open unmarked doors. And if you see a group of people in a field, go find out what they are doing. Do things without always knowing how they’ll turn out.

Randall Munroe [link]

I find it’s nice when I can be a listener and absorb things coming at me. It’s important, especially for me, when so much of my job is about putting things out into the world. So those quiet moments are rejuvenating.

Phillipa Soo [link]

Special Note: If you like the sentiment of this quote, you might enjoy the related thoughts of Diana Renner and Steven D’Souza, in this Nextsensing post.

Relax. Refresh. Renew. Play. Sing. Laugh. Enjoy. Forgive. Dance. Love. Hug. Share. Kiss. Create. Explore. Hope. Listen. Dare. Trust. Dream. Learn. TODAY!

Steve Maraboli [link]

We must be willing to get rid of the life we’ve planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us. The old skin has to be shed before the new one can come.

Joseph Campbell [link]

Every human has four endowments — self awareness, conscience, independent will and creative imagination. These give us the ultimate human freedom…. The power to choose, to respond, to change.

Stephen Covey [link]

At times you have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. What you’ll discover will be wonderful. What you’ll discover is yourself.

Alan Alda [link]

Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again.

Nelson Mandela [link]

Special Note: I published my thoughts on the legacy of Nelson Mandela in this Nextsensing post. Jennifer Miller, who reviews a wide arc of subjects, sent me a note of appreciation for the thoughts in that post. You might find her page on South Africa a fascinating background to Mandela’s home country. I did.

Joseph PistruiJoseph Pistrui (@nextsensing) is Professor of Entrepreneurial Management at IE Business School in Madrid. He also leads the global Nextsensing Project, which he founded in 2012.