Things That Inspire Me - Dave Block Photography

This page is to share some things that fuel me, inspire me, make me laugh, make me happy, and challenge me to be better. You might find them boring, interesting, deep, shallow, pithy, or silly. Any of the above is okay - we don't all get moved by the same stuff. None of these by the way are directly about photography. 

"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.” - Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President of the United States

Tim Minchin's University of Western Australia graduation speech: Abridged version, 6 minutes) https://www.facebook.com/TheIndependentOnline/videos/10155882323456636/ Full version (18 minutes long but totally worth it): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yoEezZD71sc

"When anxious, uneasy and bad thoughts come, I go to the sea, and the sea drowns them out with its great wide sounds, cleanses me with its noise, and imposes a rhythm upon everything in me that is bewildered and confused." Rainer Maria Rilke, German poet 1875-1926

And finally (nerd alert) "Do, or do not. There is no try." - Yoda

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