I quote others only in order the better to express myself” – Michel De Montaigne

Ik houd van (quasi)filosofische uitspraken.
Woorden waar ik achter kan staan omdat die aansluiten op mijn eigen (levens)visie, maar soms ook alleen om de schoonheid waarmee iets gezegd kan worden.
Hier een aantal van, in mijn ogen, mooie en veelal wijze uitspraken:

Je gaat het pas zien, als je het doorhebt.
Johan Cruijff

Photography is like a meditation for me.
It is such a concentrated moment.
Stephanie Torbert

I learned from him [Ansel Adams] that you have to love what you photograph,
and you have to give it time.
Ion Zupce

For us the camera is a tool, the extension of our eye, not a pretty little mechanical toy.
It is sufficient that we should feel at ease with the camera best adapted for our purpose.
Adjustments of the camera – such as setting the aperture and the speed – should become reflexes, like changing gear in a car.
The real problem is one of intelligence and sensitivity.
Henri Cartier-Bresson

In the end it all comes down to this:
You have a choice between giving your work your best shot and risking that it will not make you happy,
not giving it your best shot — and thereby guaranteeing that it will not make you happy.
It becomes a choice between certainty and uncertainty.
And curiously, uncertainty is the comforting choice.
Ted Orland

Gedachten zijn geen feiten.
Acceptatie is niet hetzelfde als berusting.
Neem een adempauze en…A.C.T.

It’s not what you do,
it’s why you do it..
Simon Sinek

To want the impossible is self-defeating and can end only in frustration.
To wish for an unattainable goal, however, may mean achieving ones that one might not otherwise.

Samuel Johnson

Stop and take the time to smell the roses.
Ringo Starr

A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.
John Augustus Shedd

The soft bonds of love are indifferent to life and death.
They hold through time so that yesterday’s love is part of today’s
and the confidence in tomorrow’s love is also part of today’s.
And when one dies, the memory lives in the other, and is warm and breathing.
And when both die-I almost believe, rationalist though I am-that somewhere it remains,
indestructible and eternal,
enriching all of the universe by the mere fact that once it existed.
Isaac Asimov (1920-1992)

Het zijn geen beperkingen van je keuzevrijheid, maar consequenties.
Realistische Optimist

Het oog ziet niet wat op het netvlies valt.
Het oor hoort niet wat het trommelvlies doet trillen.
Het ziet en hoort wat in het hart leeft.

Herman Finkers

Er bestaat geen enkele verrijking van je leven die met ‘sneller’ te maken heeft.

Running Slow is not a character flaw; Quitting is
Jacqueline Gunderson

The business of life is the acquisition of memories.
At the end, that’s all there is.
Carson (Downton Abbey)

Het mooie van Goede Voornemens is dat je er meteen mee kunt beginnen.

Houd eens op met alles en iedereen de schuld te geven
van wat er mis loopt in je leven.

Dominique Haijtema

I’m not afraid of heights, deep water or love.
I’m afraid of falling, drowning and a broken heart.


Tough times never last, but tough people do.
Robert H. Schuller

This above all: to thine own self be true,
And it must follow, as the night the day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man.

Shakespeare (Polonius in Hamlet; Act 1, scene 3, 78–82)

Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength,
while loving someone deeply gives you courage.

Lao Tzu

Some people feel the rain. Others just get wet.
Roger Miller.

If you change the way you look at things,
things will change.

Wayne Dyer

Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact.
Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth.

Marcus Aurelius

The PAST is where you learned the lesson.
The FUTURE is where you apply the lesson.
Don’t give up in the MIDDLE.


Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.
Do not brood over your past mistakes and failures
as this will only fill your mind with grief, regret and depression.
Just do not repeat them in the future.

Swami Sivananda

What would be the point of living
If we don’t let life change us

Carson (Downton Abbey, Season 1)