Motivational Quotes I

What is it about certain quotes that stop us in our tracks and rocks us to our core? I love finding these kinds of quotes and/or phrases in books or online. From time to time I plan to upload quotes that I find inspirational, or thought-provoking. I would love to hear what you think of them too.

To get us started here are four such quotes, all from books that I have read this past year and highly recommend. The first one in particular has influenced my perspective on my life, my art and my self-image as I have struggled to accept that I only reached a modest level of professional success during my time running various businesses. The fact is I invested a lot of time in my work and businesses, but much more time in my relationships with my husband and kids. And so at the end of the day, the expression of my art has been focused on how I created and raised my family rather than on what I accomplished professionally. Something to think about.

Hope you find these phrases thought provoking and/or motivational as I do.

“She really was an artist, but her art was not something that would be viewed in a museum or contained between the covers of a book. Franny’s art was in how she had lived her own extraordinary life. SHE was her best creation.”

Under the Wide and Starry Sky by Nancy Horan Page 444 [Note: Highly recommend this book!]

“It was supposed to say “Great Artist” on my tombstone, but if I died right now it would say “such a good teacher/daughter/friend” instead; and what I really want to shout, and want in big letters on that grave, too, is Fuck you all. Don’t all women feel the same? The only difference is how much we know we feel it, how in touch we are with our fury. We’re all furies, except the ones who are too darned foolish, and my worry now is that we are brainwashing from the cradle, and in the end even the ones who are smart will be too damned foolish.”

The Woman Upstairs by Claire Messud Page 3 [Note: Another great read!]

“I’m angry because I’ve tried so hard to get out of the hall of mirrors, this sham and pretend of the world, or of my world, on the East Coast of the United States of America in the first decade of the twenty-first century. And behind every mirror is another fucking mirror, and down every corridor in another corridor, and the Fun House isn’t fun anymore and it isn’t even funny, but there doesn’t seem to be a door marked EXIT.”

The Woman Upstairs by Claire Messud Page 4

“Wouldn’t you want someone to tell your story? Ultimately, it’s the best proof there is that we mattered. And what else is life from the time you were born but a struggle to matter, at least to someone?”

The Street Sweeper by Elliot Perlman page 148 [Note: Loved this book!]

What do you think?



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13 thoughts on “Motivational Quotes I

  1. AmazingSusan

    I think motivational quotes are wonderful, and I particularly enjoy quotes by women. In fact, I am committed to amplifying the voice of women by quoting them almost exclusively.

    Years ago I noticed that almost all the quotable quotes we see are by men. like everything else, it’s skewed. So five years ago I started a twitter account called at @SheQuotes, the purpose of which was to feature quotable quotes by amazing women. Since then I have gathered, tweeted and featured tens of thousands of quotes By women both famous and infamous, ordinary and not so ordinary.

    She quotes now also has a Facebook page ( and a website (

    Like you, I have been modestly successful with my business endeavors.

    My work of art comprises my online presence including my websites and all of my social media; my advocacy; my life purpose which changes in different chapters and is now focused on caring for my mother and advocating for change with respect to how we perceive dementia and the people who have it. in short, my life is my work of ar 🙂

    and thus, “the art of living fully.”


  2. Cynthia Reifler Flores

    These are great inspirational quotes I love the theme of our lives being our work of art. I have always felt that way!

    1. Heidi BK Sloss Post author

      It has been an ever evolving thought I have been noodling over for a while now, especially as I take stock on what professional achievement I have and have not accomplished!

  3. Alicia S

    Great post. Very thought provoking quotes. Your last one brought to mind a movie quote that has always haunted me. It was in the movie Shall We Dance with Richard Gere and Susan Sarandon. “Why it is that people get married? Because we need a witness to our lives. There are a billion people on the planet. What does any one life mean? But in a marriage, you’re promising to care about everything…the good things…the bad things…the terrible things…the mundane things, all of it. All the time, everyday. You’re saying, “Your life will not go unnoticed because I will notice it. Your life will not go un-witnessed because I will be your witness.” I’ve been divorced since 1993 and I sometimes wonder who will be the witness to my life?

    1. Heidi BK Sloss Post author

      Thanks for sharing that quote, had not heard it. it is true, our loved ones, both friends and family, are the ones who witness our lives and therefore give meaning to our existence (in my opinion). For what it is worth, by reading your blog and getting to know you online I feel as if I am one of your witnesses.

    2. Suzanne Stavert

      I loved this quote! We are celebrating our 31st anniversary next month and I am in the process of writing about it. I will be including this quote and crediting you and Heidi’s inspiration.

  4. Jenelle Daniels

    Hey Heidi!!
    Living in the Bay Area it was early on that the pressure was on. The pressure to be, do, make money, create more, faster, better. You know the drill. I too feel like my legacy will be in my children. To date it’s the best I’ve got. I love your perspective on this. I too am a quote junkie. Positive affirmations help to quiet the negative voices I have heard from others in my past. Motivational quotes also help quiet my own self-doubt. Finding our own path professionally while raising a fam is challenged all the time. Sure hope you are keeping all your wonderful wisdom as I can’t wait for the next book. Will line up for a copy or provide a written review. Add me to the list.

    1. Heidi BK Sloss Post author

      You are too kind! No plans for now for a 2nd book, instead I am getting ready to launch my third (or is my fourth?) act. Maybe another book in a few years. As for our legacies, it is all about my kids and relationships, but I have to admit to finding it hard to reconcile that I never earned as much as I felt I was going to when I was first starting out. I made choices that took the wind from those sails, but it has none-the-less been work I have had to do on myself to accept that I never quite lived up to my full earning potential. If I had to do it over again, I would still make most of the same decisions and the outcome would have been very similar, but eyes wide open might have helped. Who knows!

    1. Heidi BK Sloss Post author

      I live by my book list. Am reading a fabulous book right now for an online book blogger’s club in which we read and write a post based on the book, and it doesn’t have to be a review. Can be a blog post based on a theme from the book. And I am loving the book we are doing right now. My post in early october will be about it!


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