quotations about spontaneity
A planned life is a dead life.
LAUREN BACALL, interview, August 2005
Being spontaneous at times is a must. Being spontaneous all the time is a crazy person.
RYAN HANSEN, attributed, IMDb
No matter how many plans you make or how much in control you are, life is always winging it.
CARROLL BRYANT, blog post, September 19, 2012
Lookin' for adventure
And whatever comes our way.
MARS BONFIRE, "Born to Be Wild"
Whatsoever stirs the stagnant currents, setting these flowing in wholesome directions, promotes brisk spirits and productive thinking. The less of routine, the more of life.
AMOS BRONSON ALCOTT, Table Talk
Through spontaneity we are re-formed into ourselves.
VIOLA SPOLIN, Improvisation for the Theater
Something just flashes into your mind, so exciting, and you must out with it. If you stop to think it over, you spoil it all.
LUCY MAUD MONTGOMERY, Anne of Green Gables
Being spontaneous is being able to respond with confidence; calmly trusting that, whatever the outcome, you will have a positive if challenging experience that will lead to greater self-awareness and success.
SYLVIA CLARE, Trusting Your Intuition: Rediscover Your True Self to Achieve a Richer, More Rewarding Life
There was something horribly depressing, she felt, about watching the weather report. That life could be planned like the perfect summer picnic drained it of spontaneity.
GALT NIEDERHOFFER, The Romantics
It was tragic how life had sucked her down to the bones, all her spontaneity her laughter and freedom had vanished. I knew then that I didn't ever want to be like that. Whatever happened, life was something too precious to give up on so easily.
BELINDA JEFFREY, One Long Thread
Well-organized people often find that spontaneous people are fun to be around, and spontaneous people often find that well-organized people can contribute a lot toward making things safer and more secure.
BARBARA A. OLEVITCH, Using Cognitive Approaches with the Seriously Mentally Ill
You organize your life so perfectly
You even take the time to plan your spontaneity
You gotta place for everything except your heart
DOUG STONE, "Surprise"
Scheduling your life is almost always a good idea, while spontaneity is overrated, and anyone who takes pride in being "a really spontaneous person" is someone to avoid. (Though that won't be an issue: they'll never stick to any social plans you make.)
OLIVER BURKEMAN, "Want to be more creative? Schedule a break", The Guardian, June 23, 2017
Why not seize the pleasure at once? -- How often is happiness destroyed by preparation, foolish preparation!
JANE AUSTEN, Emma
It looks absurd and contradictory, because for you to be spontaneous many methods are needed to purify you, to make you innocent so that you can be spontaneous. Otherwise you cannot be spontaneous in anything.
OSHO, The Book of Secrets
The quest for spontaneity is the process of allowing the uniquely personal features -- the cipher, the "I" -- to emerge in the personality, and this is a challenge that confronts all of us.
GEMMA CORRADI FIUMARA, Spontaneity: A Psychoanalytic Inquiry
Wheels have been set in motion, and they have their own pace, to which we are ... condemned. Each move is dictated by the previous one -- that is the meaning of order. If we start being arbitrary it'll just be a shambles: at least, let us hope so. Because if we happened, just happened to discover, or even suspect, that our spontaneity was part of their order, we'd know that we were lost.
TOM STOPPARD, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead
Spontaneity is one of the most important of human assets or skills. Without spontaneity we cannot love, communicate, make decisions, or be creative. Without spontaneity we cannot cope. We fail to recognize problems, to see alternatives, to make choices or to act on them. At times an inability to respond spontaneously can endanger survival. This is true on both the personal and societal level.
MARY W. NICHOLAS, Change in the Context of Group Therapy
Spontaneity is not mere impulse ... undeliberated behavior and feeling.... Spontaneity is behavior, feeling and thought that is free of external constraint, of imposed restriction ... not an uncontrolled effluvium of passion and action.... Insofar as the individual removes the fetters of domination that have stifled her or his self-activity, she or he is acting, feeling and thinking spontaneously.
MURRAY BOOKCHIN, Liberation
What does it matter whether we have free will or not as long as it feels as though we do? It may well be preordained when I sneeze but it will feel spontaneous, so, as far as I am concerned, spontaneous it will be.
TREVOR BAXTER, Lord Arthur Savile's Crime