Inspirational Quotes for the Outcasts and Rebels

For the Outcasts and Rebels Inspirational Quotes

Sometimes all it takes is one insightful sentence to change your perspective. You may have heard something hundreds of time, and never thought twice about it. Then you may hear it again, but this time with a small shift in inflection or a grammar change or a swapped word.  That seemingly insignificant alteration might be what you needed. And just perhaps, a new piece of wisdom will be cemented into your perspective, and suddenly the colors of the world become a bit more vibrant.

On Being Your Authentic Self

"While it is useful to make bridges even to those groups one does not belong to, and it is important to try and be kind, it is also imperative…to not believe too deeply that if one acts just right, if one manages to tie down all the itches and twitches of the wildish criatura, that one can actually pass for a nice, restrained, and demure lady-woman…Then instead of a vital woman you have a nice woman who is de-clawed…No, it is better, more graceful, and far more soulful to just be what and as you are and let the other creatures be what they are too."

[Clarissa Pinkola Estés]

From the book, "Women Who Run With the Wolves"

On Being an Outcast

Do not cringe and make yourself small if you are called the black sheep, the maverick, the lone wolf. Those with slow seeing say that a nonconformist is a blight on society. But it has been proven over the centuries that being different means standing at the edge, means one is practically guaranteed to make an original contribution, a useful and stunning contribution to her culture.

[Clarisa Pinkola Estés]

From the book, "Women Who Run With the Wolves"

On Loving Yourself as You Are

You can search throughout the entire universe for someone who is more deserving of your love and affection than you are yourself, and that person is not to be found anywhere. You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe deserve your love and affection.

[Attributed to Buddha, origin unknown]

Appears in the book, "The Authentic Heart"

On Changing

For apart from inquiry, apart from the praxis, individuals cannot be truly human. Knowledge emerges only through invention and re-invention, through the restless, impatient, continuing, hopeful inquiry human beings pursue in the world, with the world, and with each other.

[Paulo Freire]

From the book, "Pedagogy of the Oppressed"

On Stopping Running

Everyone must reach a point in their life when they stop running. When it is easier to stand still than to keep being chased, even if the person chasing you is only in your head. When a fire burns, it rages fast and furious, devouring everything in its wake. But when the job is done, when all that is left is smoke and ashes, you wonder what has become of the fury that propelled the flames to destroy everything they touched.

[Sejal Badani]

From the book, "Trail of Broken Wings"

Published 7 March 2018
By Kristance Harlow


  1. William Lynn on January 10, 2019 at 10:54 am

    Bravo! Some well represented reads here…particularly Trail Of Broken Wings…highly enjoyed!

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