October 09, 2015 Purpose


by Alexis Assoignon

Chuck Close Widom Documentary Quotes


We hope you've had a chance to watch this incredible documentary. There is so much great advice, it's hard to keep it all in! Here are our top 10 inspiring quotes from Wisdom.



"Everyone has something to contribute that comes from them. Giving and sharing and gentility and graciousness. Is not a sign of weakness, it’s a sign of strength."

David Amram, Composer

"I suppose, importantly, risk it - go for it. You know, life always gives you another chance. Another go at it. It’s very important to take enormous risks and do the most daring."

Mary Quant, Fashion Designer



"I always thought that inspiration is for amateurs. The rest of us just show up and get to work. If you wait around for the clouds to part and a bolt of lightning to strike you in the brain, you are not going to make an awful lot of work. But if you just get to work, something will occur to you and something else will occur to you, and something else that you reject will push you in another direction."

Chuck Close, Painter & Photographer

"I’ve never, ever, ever, in 51 years, done a play that has come easy to me. There’s always been a jump in it, before I’ve gone into it. But I like to push myself to the fear level of going to fall right off the cliff. It’s frightening anyway having to act I think, and the more you do, the more frightened you get. But there’s something about the fear that is absolutely wonderful."

Dame Judi Dench, Actor

"Most of us give up too early. Failure is an absolute essential in life. If we never failed, how could we possibly succeed? Because we can only extend ourselves to the limit of what we know. Failure teaches us what we don’t know. Course you’re going to fall down. Course you’re going to. But it’s your way, and when you get to the end you will know something. Persistence."

Bryce Courtenay, Novelist



"You can't really go out and try to tell people to do things. It doesn’t really work. Immediately their egos are confronted and their personalities and stuff like that. But if you live that way - if you live that way because it is a comfortable way for you to live, then that’s an example."

Nick Nolte, Actor

"The very most important thing that we can do to try to get out of the mess that we’ve made on this planet, both social and environment, is to spend a little bit of time learning and thinking about the consequences of the choices we make each day. Did it affect the environment adversely, or animal welfare? Is it good for human health? What do we wear? Where was it made? Did it involve child slave labor or sweatshops? What do we eat? How is it grown? Where does it come from?"

Jane Goodall, Primatologist and Activist



"One has to understand what the enemy is all about. And that particular enemy’s history. The enemy’s culture. The enemy’s aspirations. If you understand these well, you can perhaps move towards peace."

Zbigniew Brzezinski, Former United States National Security Advisor



"I’ve been married for 40 years. It’s not one marriage. By then you have 4 or 5 totally difference marriages. And you hope that you evolve in similar ways, in compatible ways. And that you now have a new reason to be with somebody. But it’s going to be different from the previous reasons to be together."

Billy Connolly, Comedian

"Love something. I think we’ve got to learn to love something deeply. I think it’s love. Sounds sentimental as hell, but I really think it is."

Andrew Wyeth, Painter


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