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36 Tokoh Inspiratif Dan Paling Dikagumi

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Kali ini saya akan menulis tentang 36 tokoh yang menginspirasi dan paling saya kagumi. Beberapa dari mereka adalah pahlawan perang, raja, tokoh politik, pemikir, penulis, penyair, sutradara, musisi, penggiat sosial, dan pembela kemanusiaan. Keterpilihan tokoh-tokoh ini tidak terkait dengan pandangan politik pribadi, agama yang mereka anut atau bahkan filosofi hidup mereka. Karena saya percaya harkat dan martabat dari wilayah personal tokoh-tokoh yang ada ini adalah sesuatu yang harus dihormati oleh siapa pun; dan saya pun berencana untuk membiarkannya seperti itu.

Ayah saya pernah mengajarkan kepada saya untuk belajar pelbagai kebijaksanaan dari orang mati, maka tulisan ini juga sebagai bentuk penghormatan saya kepada beberapa orang dari 36 tokoh inspiratif dalam tulisan ini yang sudah mendahului saya. Ayah saya juga pernah menyatakan bahwa kehidupan adalah pustaka terbesar dimana kita bisa belajar dari kesalahan ataupun kebajikan yang diperbuat oleh orang-orang di sekitar kita. Oleh karena itu untuk tokoh-tokoh yang masih hidup dalam tulisan ini, saya juga memberikan penghormatan setinggi-tingginya untuk semua karya Anda yang berusaha menambal kebobrokan absolut di tengah dunia yang fana ini.

Berikut daftar tokoh-tokoh tersebut beserta kutipan-kutipannya yang berharga dan fenomenal. 

  1. Gautama Buddha. “In the end these things matter most: How well did you love? How fully did you live? How deeply did you let go?”
  2. Mahatma Gandhi. “I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.”
  3. Mother Teresa. “We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature – trees, flowers, grass- grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence… We need silence to be able to touch souls.”
  4. Martin Luther King, Jr. “We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies.”
  5. René Descartes. “Cogito ergo sum (I think therefore I am).”
  6. Friedrich Nietzsche. “What does not destroy me, makes me stronger.”
  7. Steve Jobs. “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.”
  8. Genghis Khan. “At military exercises I am always in front, and in time of battle am never behind. In the space of seven years I have succeeded in accomplishing a great work, and uniting the whole world in one empire.”
  9. Gus Dur. “Gitu aja kok repot.”
  10. Robert Kennedy. “Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.”
  11. Max DePree. “The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. The last is to say thank you. In between, the leader is a servant.”
  12. Wiji Thukul. “Suara-suara itu tak bisa dipenjarakan, di sana bersemayam kemerdekaan. Apabila engkau memaksa diam, aku siapkan untukmu: pemberontakan!”
  13. Stephen King. “Fiction is the truth inside the lie.”
  14. Kasino Warkop. “Gile lo, Ndro!”
  15. Bob Marley. “One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.”
  16. Margaret Thatcher. “Disciplining yourself to do what you know is right and important, although difficult, is the highroad to pride, self-esteem, and personal satisfaction.”
  17. Douglas MacArthur. “A true leader has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions, and the compassion to listen to the needs of others. He does not set out to be a leader, but becomes one by the equality of his actions and the integrity of his intent.”
  18. Khalil Gibran. “Your children are not your children. They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself. They came through you but not from you and though they are with you yet they belong not to you.”
  19. Sir Ken Robinson. “School kills creativity.”
  20. Warren Bennis. “The most dangerous leadership myth is that leaders are born-that there is a genetic factor to leadership. That’s nonsense; in fact, the opposite is true. Leaders are made rather than born.”
  21. John C. Maxwell. “Leadership is influence.”
  22. Ahok. “Lu mau bawa Dewa turun, Tuhan turun, gue sikat.”
  23. Steven Spielberg. “You have many years ahead of you to create the dreams that we can’t even imagine dreaming. You have done more for the collective unconscious of this planet than you will ever know.”
  24. Fritjof Capra. “Quantum theory thus reveals a basic oneness of the universe. It shows that we cannot decompose the world into independently existing smallest units. As we penetrate into matter, nature does not show us any isolated “building blocks,” but rather appears as a complicated web of relations between the various parts of the whole. These relations always include the observer in an essential way. The human observer constitute the final link in the chain of observational processes, and the properties of any atomic object can be understood only in terms of the object’s interaction with the observer.”
  25. Stephen Hawking. “Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change.”
  26. Tino Sidin. “Bagus.”
  27. William Shakespeare. “Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.”
  28. Abraham Lincoln. “In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.”
  29. Harmoko. “Atas petunjuk Bapak Presiden.”
  30. Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe. “A great person attracts great people and knows how to hold them together.”
  31. Harry S. Truman. “Men make history and not the other way around. In periods where there is no leadership, society stands still. Progress occurs when courageous, skillful leaders seize the opportunity to change things for the better.”
  32. Ken Kesey. “You don’t lead by pointing and telling people some place to go. You lead by going to that place and making a case.”
  33. Lao. Tzu. “A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves.”
  34. General George Patton. “Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity. 
  35. General Colin Powell. “Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers, who can cut through argument, debate, and doubt to offer a solution everybody can understand.”
  36. Muhammad Ali. “I’m gonna show you how great I am.”

Written by Rolan Sihombing

September 6, 2013 at 5:39 pm

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