I love this quote, but am amazed at the different attribution…I know it in its more complete form with the sentence before it stating:
“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs; ask yourself what makes you come alive.”
And then continuing.
Original author is Walt Whitman…although I can’t remember which of his writings contains this particular quote.
Perhaps H.T. used this quote so often that it became associated with him among his readers/listeners.
Do you know?
Hey Laura, it’s an amazing quote indeed!
Quite interesting to read about your experience or connection with these words. Based on your comment I did some research since I also really like the work and wisdom of Walt Whitman, but the majority of sources I came across attributed it to Howard Thurman. However, following excerpt on Wikipedia might also indicate the uncertain origin: [The only place in print this quotation occurs is in Gil Bailie’s Violence Unveiled, p. xv, where he attributes the quotation to a conversation he had with Thurman.]
If you know of a potential attribution to Whitman I would be eager to take a look at your find, so feel free to share if you come across anything please.
Thanks again for your feedback and may we keep on coming alive… 🙂
I’ve not heard this one before, very inspirational and nice to read something a bit different from the usual ones you see around 🙂
Glad you like it Charlie! I only came across this quote recently and it has been an instant like. As you said, a bit different indeed and a marvellous blend of simplicity and profundity…
So yes, keep on coming alive! 🙂
This reminds me of that Alan Watts speech where he says – what would you do if money were no object? Go and do that! Great quote, thanks 🙂
Hey Lorca, glad you like this wee quote! 🙂 Mr. Alan Watts is a fount of inspiration indeed! I like his wisdom very much and actually just have a piece in the making that will feature his words as well… 🙂