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Come Alive ~ Howard Thurman

July 20, 2014.Oliver.0 Likes.6 Comments
Come Alive ~ Howard Thurman

Come Alive ~ Howard Thurman

“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs.
Ask yourself what makes you come alive and then go do that.
Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”

~ Howard Thurman

Categories: Thoughts
Tags: #life, #quotes

Comments (6)

  • laura bruno lilly . July 20, 2014 . Reply

    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:

    β€œDon’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?

    • (Author) Oliver . July 21, 2014 . Reply

      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… πŸ™‚

  • Charlie . August 1, 2014 . Reply

    I’ve not heard this one before, very inspirational and nice to read something a bit different from the usual ones you see around πŸ™‚

    • (Author) Oliver . August 1, 2014 . Reply

      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! πŸ™‚

  • Lorca . February 25, 2015 . Reply

    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 πŸ™‚

    • (Author) Oliver . February 26, 2015 . Reply

      Hey Lorca, glad you like this wee quote! πŸ™‚ 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… πŸ™‚

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