Quotes in Resonance with Alexander’s Principles
As the New Year begins, I enjoy reading some of my favorite quotes which resonate with the Principles of Alexander’s Work. Enjoy!
Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.
You can’t do something you don’t know if you keep on doing what you do know.
– FM ALEXANDER
Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and right doing there is a field. I’ll meet you there.
What is the hardest thing of all? That which seems the easiest for your eyes to see, that which lies before your eyes
No problem can be solved by the same consciousness that created it – EINSTEIN
The same stream of life that runs through my veins day and night runs through the world and dances in rhythmic measures….I feel my limbs are made glorious by the touch of this world of life.
– RABINDRANATH TAGORE (BENGALI POET)
Do you have the patience to wait ‘til your mud settles and the water is clear? Can you remain unmoving ‘til the right action arises by itself?
– LAO TZU (STEPHEN MITCHELL)
True quiet means keeping still when the time has come to keep still, and going forward when the time has come to go forward. In this way rest and movement are in agreement with the demands of the time, and thus there is light in life….whoever acts from these deep levels makes no mistakes….a man who halts at the beginning finds the right way.
– I CHING , WILHELM VERSION FROM HEXAGON KEN – KEEPING STILL, MOUNTAIN
Boiled down, it all comes to inhibiting a particular reaction to a given stimulus—but no one will see it that way. They will see it as getting in and out of a chair the right way. It is nothing of the kind. It is that a pupil decides what he will, or will not, consent to.
– FM ALEXANDER
In the circle, the beginning and end are one.
The execution of an action by no means proves that we know, even superficially, what we are doing or how we are doing it. If we attempt to carry out an action with awareness – that is, to follow it in detail – we soon discover that even the simplest and most common of actions, such as getting up from a chair, is a mystery, and that we have no idea at all how it is done.
– MOSHE FELDENKRAIS
Often it isn’t the mountains ahead that wear you out, it’s the little pebble in your shoe.
― MUHAMMAD ALI
It is the obvious which is so difficult to see most of the time. People say ‘It’s as plain as the nose on your face.’ But how much of the nose on your face can you see, unless someone holds a mirror up to you? ― ISAAC ASIMOV, I, Robot
The question is not what you look at, but what you see.
― HENRY DAVID THOREAU
Some things only become visible to us when they undergo change.
The only real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.
I have often thought how strange it is that I can be sitting at the piano in my own living room completely alone and free to do anything I want and yet fall into some habitual and unsatisfying way of working. — MADELINE BRUSER, The Art of Practicing
Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says I’ll try again tomorrow.
Continuous effort – not strength or intelligence – is the key to unlocking our potential.
― WINSTON CHURCHILL
A bend in the road is not the end of the road…Unless you fail to make the turn.
― HELEN KELLER
Change is hardest at the beginning, messiest in the middle and best at the end.
― ROBIN S. SHARMA, The Leader Who Had No Title: A Modern Fable on Real Success in Business and in Life
Progress always involves risk; you can’t steal second base and keep your foot on first.
― F.W. DUPEE
You did what you knew how to do, and when you knew better, you did better.
– MAYA ANGELOU
I have no special talent, I am only passionately curious.
Everything you want is just outside your comfort zone.
– ROBERT ALLEN
If your feet smell and your nose runs, you’re built upside down.
A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.
— SIR WINSTON CHURCHILL
Success does not consist in never making mistakes but in never making the same one a second time.
– GEORGE BERNARD SHAW
I am always doing things I can’t do, that’s how I get to do them.
– PABLO PICASSO
Work and play are words used to describe the same thing under differing conditions.
– MARK TWAIN
Buddha left a road map, Jesus left a road map, Krishna left a road map, Rand McNally left a road map. But you still have to travel the road yourself.
– STEPHEN LEVINE