Looking for quotes or bon mots to inspire, to make one think, or to make sense of crazy times, whatever one’s motivation, we can find fresh ones to reconsider. What makes a quote or mentor catch our attention? Is it because it supports something we already believe? Is it because it answers something for us we hadn’t known we were struggling to understand? Does it open up something inside of us once we realize it was said or done decades or centuries earlier and can still seem relevant? Or do we wonder if a quote has been attributed to someone and may or may not be accurate? Can it still have value regardless as a message in some form?

Seven blunders of the world that lead to violence: Wealth without work, pleasure without conscience, knowledge without character, commerce without morality, science without humanity, worship without sacrifice, politics without principle.

Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948)

Herman Hesse Quote

Everything becomes a little different as soon as it is spoken out loud.

Herman Hesse

Upon reflection this quote speaks to the idea of gossip, sharing an idea, giving a pep talk, or having a vision. When something is spoken out loud, it does become a little different. It might add energy or take it away. It may feel good, bad or neutral but no matter what, when we speak something out loud, either to ourselves or others, everything becomes a little different.