Poem in calligraphy - The Peace of Wild Things by Wendell Berry

Inspirational and Uplifting Quotes in Calligraphy ~


If you're stressed, stuck, not feeling upbeat, or trying to move along a new path, inspirational quotes and poems can help you get motivated and happier. Even though this is a blog about calligraphy,  I want you to also realize that the power of words (along with imagery) can have a profound impact on your mood and life life. Inspirational quotes have a power to heal, especially when you repeat them - like in prayers and affirmations.

Peace of Wild Things

The Peace of Wild Things by Wendell Berry is said to be a poem that can actually bring down your stress level.  It's about relieving anxiety about the future. Animals, for the most part are uninvolved and busy living their lives- except when humans interfere.  This poem expresses the fear many of us have and offers a way to change your focus and manage or hopefully get rid of your anxiety about what could be ahead. That's exactly what many of my clients say about this beautiful inspirational  poem. It is my most popular order for the past year. Having "words to live by" near you can remind you of the things that are out important in your life: the people you care about, the environment, your pets, a song that makes you feel good....

You may feel peace from a different kind of environmental setting. That's one of the options of custom calligraphy and design. You can choose from any type of image that inspires you!

Flourished custom Calligraphy inspirational poem The Peace of Wild Things
Inspirational poem with custom background, peace of wild things

Here are two more versions of "The Peace of Wild Things" have different backgrounds. One was my customer's backyard scene! WOW are they lucky!

Inspirational Words from Famous People

Steve Jobs inspirational quote from graduation speech written in calligraphy with red apple standing out from the rest

Inspirational and motivational quotes are wonderful gifts for college graduates. I wrote this wonderful prophetic paragraph in calligraphy from an inspirational speech Steve Jobs gave at a university graduation that you can see above. When I found the image of one red apple that stood out from the rest I thought that was the perfect graphic to go with the inspirational quote from Apple Founder, Jobs.

A journey of a thousand miles inspirational quote by Lao-Tzu in calligraphy


Uplifting quotes from famous people have been saved for centuries. I find that interesting because we think that we, as humans, have progressed so much over the centuries. But even the oldest quotes still apply to our present day! 

Famous Quotes from Famous People

My custom calligraphy services frequent requests to write quotes from famous people: the ones we most admire. Your choice of a quote actually says a lot about you. What you believe in, how you live your life, what you are passionate about often comes from the people we admire and aspire to be like, and the things they say. If you listen to public speakers they will often quote others who they admire and follow. If you want to inspire others, it often comes down to quoting other’s important sayings, and even jokes. These sayings don’t even have to be from modern times – luckily, we have the words of historical figures whose quotes have inspired and motivated and moved people for centuries. They are timeless.

Quotes To Inspire Entrepreneurs

A high-powered very successful entrepreneur recently had a request for a Theodore Roosevelt quote. Writing calligraphy is more than just putting words on a piece of paper. I work hard to find the meaningful words in a text, and making those stand out from the rest. It’s almost like a puzzle using calligraphy. But I’ve learned that this can be achieved by emphasizing the size, color or type of lettering in an important phrase.  The result is a seeing a subtext in a longer piece of writing.

Inspirational and motivational quote from Teddy Roosevelt written in calligraphy

Where To Find Great Quotes

Quotes are available everywhere, even used for advertisements on bill boards, on the internet, in libraries. In our day and age, of course all you have to do is go to Google to ask! Here’s a place for top 100 famous quotes.

One of the reasons we love reading quotes, and perhaps even writing them down and pasting them to your workspace is because they speak to you. Famous quotes are empathetic and tell the reader that they are not the first person to find the thoughts expressed in the quote as meaningful. Inspirational and motivational quotes serve as advisors to us. Oftentimes the people who speak these quotes are political figures, literary giants, beloved leaders and even famous personalities.

Quotes I Love

Although Bonnie Raitt is a well known musician, I was listening to her concert and heard her say something that really resonated with me: “It took me a long time to get here, but I’m right on time”.   Do you ever feel that way?

I've been reading Glennon Doyle's books and "Untamed" really speaks to me. She has some very profound quotes about women and their roles in life. She writes about being true to yourself as a person. I had to buy this book for myself to underline to inspire me. Check it out! 

Power of Words for Stress Relief


Affirmation- I Am in calligraphy
calligraphy quote that is inspirational
Words To Live By Rumi- Work Like You Don't Need the Money written in calligraphy on beautiful background
A spiritual, inspirational quote written in calligraphy superimposed on a beautiful desert photo

Inspirational Words To Live By

What words have power for you? One of the most powerful quotes which was ascribed to both Nelson Mandella (incorrectly) but is actually written by Marianne Williamson is also a meaningful message to remind you of your own inner strength.

Inspirational quotes abound and you may already have a favorite quote. Perhaps you hand wrote it and stuck it near your desk to inspire and motivate you. It looks a lot better written in calligraphy with a beautiful image. Make sure you put in search words and save the pictures you love.

Maryanne Williamson quote "Deepest Fear"

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. 
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’
Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world.
There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking, so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.
We are all meant to shine, as children do.
We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.
It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone.
And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we’re liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

- by Marianne Williamson

Inspirational Gifts

Inspirational quotes make heartfelt gifts. The Serenity Prayer is one of the most recited quotes for people in recovery. It can be made with any type of background you choose. I can add any background image you prefer. Just click below to get started on your favorite inspirational quote and words to live by.

And rather than giving someone the print that they have to frame I have some really nice methods of having the gift arrive ready to hang!

Serenity Prayer in calligraphy above the clouds

In the clouds version

Serenity Prayer in calligraphy on red rose petals

Rose Petals versioni

The Serenity Prayer calligraphy print superimposed on a vintage beach scene.

The Serenity Prayer calligraphy print superimposed on a vintage beach scene.

What Inspires YOU?

What words speak to you? Let me help you get them off little snippets of paper stuck to your computer, and have them written in custom calligraphy for your inspiration and motivation for a unique gift or to encourage YOU to be your best self. Just contact me and let’s come up with something beautiful for you!

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