Tuesday, April 5, 2011

D is for Daring to Dare

You may have noticed from my sidebar that I love collecting quotes, and I recently came upon another one that really touched me. I am a big fan of Maya Angelou, and I love this quote from her:

"I believe that the most important single thing, 
beyond discipline and creativity, 
is daring to dare."

As the description of my blog suggests, I spent a good part of my life considering lots of things "impossible" before I ever even tried them. So this quote really spoke to me, as I feel that daring to believe that something is possible is half the battle. 

Or at the very least, it's a good start! 

I wish I had started "daring to dare" sooner, but I realize there's no point crying over spilled milk. When it comes to regrets or past mistakes, I try to keep another quote from Ms. Angelou in mind.

"I did then what I knew how to do.  
Now that I know better, I do better."


  1. Great quotes! Maya Angelou is fabulous, isn't she?

  2. Both of those quotes say so much in so few lines. The second one especially resonates with me. It implies that doing what you knew at the time, even though you know better now, is still a good thing, not to be discounted just becaue you may have known less or differently back then. I love statements that focus on the positive.

    As far as daring to dare, you never know until you try, as you've found out. When we are children, we tend not to let our fears hold us back from trying something, we just dive in and do it, no harm, no foul. It's a too bad that as adults our inhibitions, fear of shame or embarrassment, and other mental barriers seem to take over. I will certainly work not to let that happen and keep "daring to dare" in mind.

    Thanks, Julie!!

  3. Great quotes! And a great D! I think we sometimes think too much about what could be lost if we dare and fail when we should think more about what could be gained if we dare.

    Angelou's quote is ohhhh sooooo true!

  4. Fabulous quotes! I'm learning to dare more in my life too. Great post!
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  5. Very, very good posting. I love quotes too.

  6. I also like qoutes and this says so much.
    Thanks for sharing.

    Also thanks for the visit and comment.

  7. Ooh! I love Maya Angelou! She's so awesome. And I'm in the same boat as you. In my 20s, I didn't do much cos I was too afraid. Now, approaching my mid 30s, I'm ready to "dare to dare." Thanks for the post!

  8. Hi, Daring is good, trusting in God to help us, is even better. I love to meet new challenges, and to see how much I can accomplish. I have always enjoyed Maya Angelou. Thanks for the good post. ;)

  9. Love the quotes Julie. Thanks for reminding us to keep taking chances. We can't succeed if we don't dare to fail.

  10. I love Maya Angelou as well and those two quotes are certainly winners!

  11. I love this quote and the ones on your sidebar, especially the one by Van Gogh. I take inspiration where I can get it!

  12. Those are some great quotes. Thanks for following!

  13. Thanks for the reminder to widen one's vista!

  14. That last quote, in particular, made me think of one of my own favorites: "Try again. Fail again. Fail better." - Beckett.

  15. @Trish, I so agree, Maya Angelou is fabulous. To me you can't really go wrong with her, I always love her work.

    @Julie, I like statements that focus on the positive as well, and you make a great point about how we are as children. So glad you liked the quotes!

    @Kittie, thanks! I completely agree with you.

    @Retired Knitter, thank you!

    @Yvonne, you're welcome, I really enjoy your page. So glad you liked these quotes.

    @Rae, thank you! I can really relate to what you're saying, I was the same way in my 20s. Good luck to you!

    @Grammy, great to meet you, thanks for coming by. I'm really glad you liked the post, thanks!

    @Tim, good points, and very true. Glad you liked the quotes.

    @Caren, it's great to see so many Maya Angelou fans, I just think her quotes are always wonderful.

    @Melissa, thank you!

    @KarenG, I agree with you, and I'm so glad you liked the other quotes as well. I love collecting them.

    @Alicia, glad you liked them, thanks!

    @Cathy, you're welcome, thanks for your comments!

    @K.M., oh that's a great quote! I don't think I've seen that one before, but I am going to add it to my list. Thanks!

  16. @Catherine, I'm so sorry I missed your comment in my first reply. Thank you for coming by, I love your blog!


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