Reflections - Inspiring Quotations

by Miles Patrick Yohnke
(Canada)

"Reflections" is a compilation of inspiring quotations by Canadian writer, Miles Patrick Yohnke. In his own words, "An inspirational quote to me is like a barrel of water that quenches my thirst. I hope you find these quotes thought-provoking, self-challenging and insightful."

Woman pensively looking into the mirror



"I've never seen a u-haul behind a hearse. The only thing you take with you when you're gone is what you leave behind."
- Miles Patrick Yohnke


"We are slapped when we come into this world and they shovel dirt on us in the end. This is our life. Everyone's life. These are the bookends of life. But what really matters is what goes on in the middle. That we are passionate people. That we are caring people. That we LIVE!"
- Miles Patrick Yohnke


"For the most part people are trying their best to tune out. Drug and alcohol use are the norm. They are doing everything possible to change their realities. The question is: What is wrong with their reality? Isn't it time people start really tuning in?"
- Miles Patrick Yohnke


"The people I've been privileged to watch succeed have an intensity about them. They demand everything from themselves. They show up everyday, in fact every moment, and they are accountable to themselves. Everything they do has a hard statement, and they know when to stop. Very impressive."
- Miles Patrick Yohnke


"Real beauty is found in oneself. That's the tranquil beach. The beautiful sunset. It's not a location, the location is you. To travel is to travel inward. That's the ultimate vacation."
- Miles Patrick Yohnke


"Turn your weaknesses into your strengths. Success is failure turned inside out."
- Miles Patrick Yohnke


"We need to find a deeper meaning in life. Our duty, as artists, is to tap into those notes that resonates in us all. Not to sleep walk through life, like an outpatient program; but to strike a chord."
- Miles Patrick Yohnke


"Discipline and action are the antidotes to whatever you desire, this includes weight loss."
- Miles Patrick Yohnke


"We can't catch kindness in a net or a gun. When kindness is given to you, it's by choice. One must adopt an attitude of gratitude."
- Miles Patrick Yohnke


"We have to stop telling people what we are going to do, what we have not yet accomplished, and tell them instead what we have accomplished. Only in this way can we be accountable for our actions. I am not accountable for achievements I have not yet reached, but I am what I have accomplished."
- Miles Patrick Yohnke


"It's when we stop forcing it ... trying to impress that we really shine through; we start having strong people like us, just fall into our laps - and those that are weak are empowered by the tone of our voice."
- Miles Patrick Yohnke


"We can become prisoners of self. One must dig tunnels; escape one's own mind. We get just this one life. We have to stop doing time. But live lives like we planned in our youth. No matter where we are, how old, we can always reach our dreams."
- Miles Patrick Yohnke


"All your life you're going to be judged, what matters is keeping your soul intact and making work that matters."
- Miles Patrick Yohnke


"Get off your knees and do. Words without action is death."
- Miles Patrick Yohnke


"One has to stop sitting in the back, waiting. Come to the front. The front row of life."
- Miles Patrick Yohnke


"Never have I thought so much, never have I realized my own existence so vividly, never have I been so much alive, than when cycling."
- Miles Patrick Yohnke


"I don't know if Christ suffered on the cross as much as I did watching, listening to this performance."
- Miles Patrick Yohnke


"Nowadays anyone can record. Doesn't mean you should."
- Miles Patrick Yohnke


"When someone comes to me and says, "I want to be a rock star," I want to jump off my balcony. What they are really saying is, "I want to be liked by the masses, I'm really insecure." About all I can really do for this person is to get them some self-help books. Point them in the right direction. But, if they come to me and say, "The music is in me, I can't seem to get away from it. I have to surrender to it," then that is the person I want to work with."
- Miles Patrick Yohnke


"Some say that time heals everything but that is incorrect. I'm glad for this. I'm glad in the case of my father. I'm grateful for the whirl-wind of feelings and emotions I get when I think of him."
- Miles Patrick Yohnke


"You have to have something to live for. Try to surround yourself with people that have as deep or deeper understanding of life. In doing this they will inspire you to grow."
- Miles Patrick Yohnke


"Sometimes there is this inner tension of my own mind. That hard to please place in there. From that process comes an outbreak of beauty. You have to force it at times and it may seem ugly but then the beauty will prevail."
- Miles Patrick Yohnke


"The limit is the limit that we place upon ourselves. All around us is endless resources. Like an umbrella, the mind works best when open."
- Miles Patrick Yohnke


"We see Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, or Kurt Cobain on t-shirts. Why? If we think about it, they all killed themselves. None of
them were happy in their own skins. As a society why are we embracing them? Shouldn't we all be wearing Mother Teresa t-shirts?"
- Miles Patrick Yohnke


"Communication companies are the new drug dealers of our youth. What has happened is through competition, these companies were forced to drive down their long distance costs, creating lost revenue. Text messaging came to replace this downfall. Preying on our youth. Communication skills and self-esteem will be greatly affected as a result of this."
- Miles Patrick Yohnke


"You believe in areas of life and then you find yourself having careers in them."
- Miles Patrick Yohnke


"Life is hard work. There are no shortcuts."
- Miles Patrick Yohnke


"Results are joyful. When one creates his or her best there is the most wonderful feeling that comes from it. You've created a result that no one can take away from you. It has been said: "It is better to execute than to be executed."
- Miles Patrick Yohnke


"You look at the buildings, architecture of the old Country, then you look at the landscape of the United States and Canada. Eighty percent of the buildings have been built over the last fifty years - spirituality degrading they are. Destroy and rebuild; this is how we live. For what? Greed. Greed of developers. These developers should be nailed to their own building supplies."
- Miles Patrick Yohnke


"Bars and nightclubs for the most part are cemeteries for the living."
- Miles Patrick Yohnke


"It's quite simple: From the start, each of us is searching for that person that gets us and understands us. That loves us madly and unconditionally. And when we find that person we feel richer than if we had won any lotto. It's the ultimate win!"
- Miles Patrick Yohnke


"We arrive not totally wired nor totally assembled like an electric jigsaw puzzle. And thru life we are just trying to figure out how all our pieces go together."
- Miles Patrick Yohnke

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Reflections - Inspiring Quotations - Part 2

by Miles Patrick Yohnke
(Canada)

Woman leaning against a dressing table with a reflective expression


"The endless clouds in our soul can be lifted by friends of all walks of life. And from it our forecast is for sun. For these are our quiet angels."
- Miles Patrick Yohnke


"Do you want your tombstone to read: 'here lies the problem' or 'here lies the solution'? Each of us can do great things. We get but one life. Let's make it one where we help others. We have to become more than we are."
- Miles Patrick Yohnke


"Instead of putting up fences, build bridges. Build bridges to each other. With no physical obstacles. One must build a human structure that will connect us with our fellow man. To span across all boundaries and help all mankind. This is what we must do."
- Miles Patrick Yohnke


"During the Christmas or Easter season it is always a time to reflect. To look at one's life. That you aren't just putting on your Jesus boots for the day. Are you being all you can be each and every day for mankind?"
- Miles Patrick Yohnke


"We don't have another life hidden in a safety deposit box. This life is it. One has to develop and enrich their own soul and in return deposit that into the souls of others. This is the real treasure trove of life."
- Miles Patrick Yohnke


"I have spent a great deal of my adult life in the music industry. I have seen and heard numerous acts that I wished had entered into a witness protection program and to be never seen or heard from again."
- Miles Patrick Yohnke


"Recharge your mind, body or phone. This is our cultural choice of today."
- Miles Patrick Yohnke


"In our lives us men will face times where one's character will be tested. From this, one will find out who has the big brass balls and who wears the tampons. It will show who are the spineless cowards and who will 'push back' and show their courage."
- Miles Patrick Yohnke


"A boxing match within our own mind. We human beings all beat ourselves up. This is how it feels at times. From jabs of fear to uppercuts of doubt. It's all there. So are the crosses of joy and hope. God placed it all in your mind. One will go many rounds sparring with oneself. But it is a good fight. Internal ugliness will be knocked down and our beauty will prevail, if one chooses to fight the good fight."
- Miles Patrick Yohnke


"A bird on a wire is a symbol of freedom. A child's head buried in their cell phone is a symbol of wanting to belong."
- Miles Patrick Yohnke


"While peeling back the layers of our souls it can be a scary but good ride. The kind that should be found at the midway. Most of us need to get on that ride. Can you imagine a world where we said what we felt. Said when we hurt. That we are scared and that we also have joy and hope. If we were to peel back those layers and let our flesh and bone resonate."
- Miles Patrick Yohnke


"Which one of them here is not like the others? Nelson Mandela; Mother Teresa; Adolf Hitler; Mahatma Gandhi. If you guessed Adolf Hitler is not like the others, then you're absolutely...right!"
- Miles Patrick Yohnke


"Broken fragments of what we were. One climbs out from their bed of black, found in the city of death. An unknown nobody is how we feel. The burden of our own self can feel like a monster not just a monkey on our back. The madness numbs us in ways we can't imagine and yet yesterday one was loaded with care. Like the choice of choosing to walk on the sunny side or upon the side of shadows. This is the beauty of the mind. The blessings of the living."
- Miles Patrick Yohnke


"We are all just a stroke away from being in a nursing home. We all talk about what we are going to do with our lives currently. But our lives will be shortened, our quality of life reduced, and our accomplishments lessened if we do not maintain a proper diet with exercise."
- Miles Patrick Yohnke


"Houston, we don't have a problem. Earth, we have a problem. Anger. Hatred is all around us. But it doesn't have to be this way. A new self-healing spacecraft must be developed by us. One with precision pieces of engineering. Engineered with hope, joy, and kindness to our fellow man. One that makes all spirits fly."
- Miles Patrick Yohnke


"An automatic weapon is a firearm capable of firing multiple rounds with one pull of the trigger. A simple smile, hug, or 'I love you' can deliver such an amazing positive shift to one's life and circumstances that it can truly transform the spirit. Today, let's kill people with kindness. Today, let's show people our true colours. Let's imprint upon the heart of all others. Let us protect each other with our human arms not our firearms."
- Miles Patrick Yohnke


"Let us take our finger off the trigger and place it upon our keyboard. Let us open our hearts to express how we feel. The old-fashioned typewriter is like war - it is outdated. Tell your children to blog their truth and tell how they feel. Let us unite all for one and one for all. In doing so, one will occupy the minds, the nations. The world."
- Miles Patrick Yohnke


"You never get over loss. Not completely. Whether it be a spouse, a parent at a young age or your own child. You then have to find a different normal. A new normal."
- Miles Patrick Yohnke


"When people accept that they don¹t have all the answers and start seeking out other sources for their own betterment, they have moved forward."
- Miles Patrick Yohnke


"One look at you and Valentine's day occurs each day."
- Miles Patrick Yohnke



By Miles Patrick Yohnke
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About the Author
Globally recognized and award-nominated engineer, producer, writer, poet and founder and C.E.O. of 5 Star Productions, Miles Patrick Yohnke brings many years of experience to the music industry; including many awards in sales and marketing. If you are looking at developing your career, Yohnke offers consulting in person, by phone or via email. For more info, please contact him directly at: 306.227.6379 or email at: miles(at)5-starproductions.com.

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