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Favorite Quotations

"Teamwork divides the task and doubles the success."

~ Unknown

"Because our entire universe is made up of consciousness, we never really experience the universe directly, we just experience our consciousness of the universe, our perception of it, so right, our only universe is perception."

~ Alan Moore

"Differences of habit and language are nothing at all if our aims are identical and our hearts are open."

~ J. K. Rowling

 
"A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty."

~ Winston Churchill

"Emergencies have always been necessary to progress. It was darkness which produced the lamp. It was fog that produced the compass. It was hunger that drove us to exploration. And it took a depression to teach us the real value of a job."

~ Victor Hugo

"Generally the theories we believe we call facts, and the facts we disbelieve we call theories."

~ Felix Cohen

"We come to love not by finding a perfect person, but by learning to see an imperfect person perfectly."

~ Sam Keen
"We must find a way to replace yearning for what life has withheld from us with gratitude for what we have been given."

~ Ken Nerburn
"You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it."

~ Maya Angelou

"Love does not dominate, it cultivates."

~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things
turn out."

~ Art Linkletter

"It may be when we no longer know what to do, we have come to our real work, and that when we no longer know which way to go, we have begun our real journey."

~ Wendell Berry

"There are souls in this world which have the gift of finding joy everywhere and of leaving it behind them when they go."

~ Frederick Wm. Faber
"The greatest gift you can give yourself is joy, not only because of the feeling that goes with it at the moment, but because of the magnificent experience it will draw to you. It will produce wonders in your life." 

~ Jack Boland

"It requires less character to discover the faults of others, 
than to tolerate them."

~ J. Petit Senn


‎"Where there is joy there is creation. Where there is no joy
there is no creation: know the nature of joy."

~ Upanishads (c. B.C. 800)

"Life is like a game of cards. The hand that is dealt you represents determinism; the way you play it is free will."

~ Jawaharal Nehru

‎"Keep your dreams ALIVE. No matter how hard it gets, no matter how many people talk about you; they're going to throw dirt on you but that's alright, when they put you in that box (after your dead), they're going to put dirt on you some more, so that's okay - GO, don't be afraid, have NO FEAR. 

~Tyler Perry

"You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it."

~ Maya Angelou

"Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things
turn out."

~ Art Linkletter

"The pain that you create now is always some form of nonacceptance, some form of unconscious resistance to what is. On the level of thought, the resistance is some form of judgment. On the emotional level, it is some form of negativity. The intensity of the pain depends on the degree of resistance to the present moment, and this in turn depends on how strongly you are identified with your mind."

~ Eckhart Tolle

"It may be when we no longer know what to do, we have come to our real work, and that when we no longer know which way to go, we have begun our real journey."

~ Wendell Berry

"You are today where your thoughts have brought you; you will be tomorrow where your thoughts take you."

~ James Allen

"To effectively communicate, we must realize that we are all different in the way we perceive the world and use this understanding as a guide to our communication with others." 

Anthony Robbins

"There is no end. There is no beginning. There is only the infinite passion of life."

~ Federico Fellini
"The most difficult mental process of all is to consider objectively any concept which, if accepted as fact, will toss into discard a lifetime of training and experience."

~ Robert Monroe

"Fear is the great barrier to human growth."

~ Robert Monroe

"You will either step forward into growth, or you will step backward into safety."

~ Abraham Maslow

"There is nothing absolute and final. If everything were ironclad, all the rules absolute and everything structured so no paradox or irony existed, you couldn't move. One could say that man sneaks through the crack where paradox exists."

~ Itzhak Bentov

"It takes courage to do what you want. Other people have a lot of plans for you... Follow your bliss."

~ Joseph Campbell

"You will find as you look back upon your life that the moments that stand out, the moments when you have really lived, are the moments when you have done things in a spirit of love."

~ Henry Drummond

"Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase."

~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
"This we know: the earth does not belong to man; man belongs to the earth. All things are connected like the blood that unites us all. Man did not weave the web of life; he is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself."

~ Chief Seattle

"When you are content to be simply yourself and don't compare or compete, everybody will respect you."

~ Lao Tzu

 

 

"The truth is that our finest moments are most likely to occur when we are feeling deeply uncomfortable, unhappy, or unfulfilled. For it is only in such moments, propelled by our discomfort, that we are likely to step out of our ruts and start searching for different ways or truer answers.”

~ M. Scott Peck

"Neither believe nor reject any thing because any other person, or description of persons have rejected or believed it. Your own reason is the only oracle given you by heaven..."

~ Thomas Jefferson

"Judgment is guilt wearing a moral mask to disguise its pain."

~ Deepak Chopra

"It is only when we have the courage to face things exactly as they are, without any self deception or illusion, that a light will develop out of events, by which the path to success may be recognized."

~ I Ching

"Learn to get in touch with the silence within yourself, and know that everything in life has purpose. There are no mistakes, no coincidences, all events are blessings given to us to learn from. "

~ Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

"No condition outside ourselves can create a rut or trap us in it. It's impossible."

~ Guy Finley

"Events in our lives happen in a sequence in time, but in their significance to ourselves they find their own order: the continuous thread of revelation."

~ Eudora Welty

"Prosperity is a way of living and thinking, and not just money or things."

~ Eric Butterworth
"...Spiritual opening is not a withdrawal to some imagined realm or safe cave. It is not a pulling away, but a touching of all the experience of life with wisdom and with a heart of kindness, without any separation."

~ Jack Kornfield
"The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease."

~ Thomas Edison


"The greatest deception men suffer is from their own opinions."

~ Leonardo Da Vinci

"Unity is not something we are called to create; it's something we are called to recognize."

~ William Sloan Coffin

"The real advantage which truth has, consists in this, that when an opinion is true, it may be extinguished once, twice, or many times, but in the course of ages there will generally be found persons to rediscover it"

~ John Stuart Mill

"Self-knowledge has no en--you don't come to an achievement, you don't come to a conclusion. It is an endless river. "

~ Krishnamurti

"Let us not look back in anger or forward in fear, but around in awareness."

~ James Thurber

"It is through this physical body that the highest and greatest purpose of life is achieved. A person only calls it the physical body in ignorance. Once the knowledge has come...he begins to look upon it as the sacred temple of God."

~ Hazrat Inayat Khan
"Fear makes strangers of people who would be friends."

~ Shirley MacLaine

"Our hands imbibe like roots,
so i place them on what is beautiful in this world.

And I fold them in prayer, and they
draw from the heavens
light"

~ St. Francis of Assisi

"Become a possibilitarian. No matter how dark things seem to be or actually are, raise your sights and see possibilities - always see them, for they're always there."

~ Norman Vincent Peale

"To go out of your mind at least once a day is tremendously important. By going out of your mind, you come to your senses."

~ Alan Watts

"It is the nature of man to rise to greatness
if greatness is expected of him."

~ John Steinbeck

"There are many who had rather meet their bitterest enemy in the field,
than their own hearts in their closet."

~ Charles Caleb Colton
"It's faith that really takes the courage,
the belief in things unseen."

~ Jacquelyn Mitchard

 

"Every calamity is a spur and a valuable hint."

~ R.W. Emerson

"Enjoy yourself. It's later than you think."

~ Chinese Proverb

"Love conquers all things;
Let us surrender to love."

~ Virgil

"Love isn't blind; it just only sees what matters."

~ William Curry

"Whatever you do, you need courage. Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising that tempt you to believe your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires some of the same courage that a soldier needs."

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Expect people to be better than they are; 
it helps them to become better. 
But don't be disappointed when they are not; 
it helps them to keep trying."

~ Merry Browne

"Be grateful for whoever comes,
because each has been sent as a guide from beyond."

~ Rumi

"Anything less than a conscious commitment to the important is an unconscious commitment to the unimportant."

~ Stephen Covey

"Every moment of your life is infinitely creative and the universe is endlessly bountiful. Just put forth a clear enough request, and everything your heart truly desires must come to you."

~ Shakti Gawain

"Don't pole-vault over mouse turds."

~ Wayne Dyer

"The greatest gift you can give yourself is joy, not only because of the feeling that goes with it at the moment, but because of the magnificent experience it will draw to you. It will produce wonders in your life."

~ Jack Boland

"Suffering is not an elective; 
it is a core course in the University of Life."

~ Steven J. Lawson

"Remember, don't waste time comparing your life to others who seem more fortunate. Being fortunate is based on how much peace you have, not how many luxuries or conveniences you have. Practice from the heart to make peace with what is."

~ Doc Childre

"It is no use walking anywhere to preach 
unless our walking is our preaching."

~ Saint Francis Of Assisi

"I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of man to elevate his life by a conscious endeavor."

~ Henry David Thoreau

"People commonly mistake struggle for the nobility of rising to meet a challenge. But there is a distinct difference. While wrestling with our challenges, we may feel at times we're struggling; in taking on any real challenge, we gain energy that is expansive and life-giving. Overcoming a challenge transforms us and rewards us with a sense of accomplishment. Struggle drains energy because it's pointless. It robs us of life-giving purpose. Struggle feels like drowning or spinning our wheels in deep mud."

~ Ernest D. Chu
 
Soul Currency

"The symptoms and the illness are not the same thing. The illness exists long before the symptoms. Rather than being the illness, the symptoms are the beginning of its cures. The fact that they are unwanted makes them all the more a phenomenon of grace--a gift of god, a message from the unconscious, if you will, to initiate self-examination and repair."

~ M. Scott Peck
The Road Less Traveled

"Your abundance or lack of it in your experience has nothing to do with what anybody else is doing or having. It has only to do with your perspective. It has only to do with your offering of thought. If you want your fortunes to shift, you have to begin telling a different story."

~ Abraham

"Even with our differences 
There is a place we're all connected
Each of us can find each other's light,
There's so much to be thankful for."

~ Josh Groban
Thankful

"To admire, to expand one's self, to forget the rut, to have a sense of newness and life and hope, is to feel young at any time of life."

~ Charles Horton Cooley

"A thought that's imbued with the power of emotion produces the feeling that brings it to life. When this happens, we've created an affirmation as well as a prayer. Both are based in feeling--and more precisely, in feeling as if the outcome has already happened."

~ Gregg Braden

"There is more to life than merely increasing its speed."

~ Gandhi

"To admire, to expand one's self, to forget the rut, to have a sense of newness and life and hope, is to feel young at any time of life."

~ Charles Horton Cooley

"Freedom is the basic concept and construct of life everywhere, because freedom is the basic nature of God. All systems which reduce, restrict, impinge upon or eliminate freedom in any way are systems which work against life itself."

~ Neale Donald Walsch

"The word is not just a sound or a written symbol. The word is a force; it is the power you have to express and communicate, to think, and thereby to create the events in your life. The word is the most powerful tool you have as a human; it is a tool of magic."

~ Don Miguel Ruiz

"A word on miracles.... 
Don't let those that have not yet transpired, blind you to those that have."

~ Mike Dooley

"The challenge of warriorship is to live fully in the world as it is and to find within this world, with all its paradoxes, the essence of nowness. If we open our eyes, if we open our minds, if we open our hearts, we will find that this world is a magical place."

~ Chogyam Trungpa

"We must enhance the light, not fight the darkness."

~ Aharadon David Gordon

 

"We are here to awaken from the illusion of our separateness."

~ Thich Nhat Hanh

"We drop like pebbles into the ponds of each other's souls, and the orbit of our ripples continues to expand, intersecting with countless others."

~ Joan Borysenko
"The joy of Being, which is the only true happiness, cannot come to you through any form, possession, achievement, person, or event--through anything that happens. That joy cannot come to you--ever. It emanates from the formless dimension within you, from consciousness itself and thus is one with who you are."

~ Eckhart Tolle
"Better than a thousand useless words is one single word that gives peace."

~ Buddha
"The range of what we think and do is limited by what we fail to notice."

~ R.D. Lang
"The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation but your thoughts about it. Be aware of the thoughts you are thinking. Separate them from the situation, which is always neutral, which always is as it is. "

~ Eckhart Tolle


"Indian wisdom says our lives are rivers. We are born somewhere small and quiet and we move toward a place we cannot see, but only imagine. Along our journey, people and events flow into us, and we are created of everywhere and everyone we have passed."

~ Linda Wingate

"It is when we go beyond our edge that we discover the next layer of potential, experience ourselves and our relationship to the world in a new way, and find new meaning to the concept of possibility."

~ Alan Seale

"I see my path but I don't know where it leads. Not knowing where I'm going is what inspires me to travel it."

~ Rosalia De Castro
"You are not saintly (a good person) because an organization says so, but rather because you stay connected to the divinity of your origination. You are not intelligent because of a transcript; you are intelligence itself, which needs no external confirmation. You are not moral because you obey the laws; you are mortality itself because you are the same as what you came from."

~ Dr. Wayne W. Dyer
Change Thoughts, Change Your Life
"If you can recognize illusion as illusion, it dissolves. The recognition of illusion is also its ending. Its survival depends on your mistaking it for reality."

~ Eckhart Tolle
A New Earth: Awakening To Your Life's Purpose
"Only those who are asleep make no mistakes."

~ Ingvar Kamprad

"The change we are looking for is always a change within ourselves. And the change will come. I've noticed that as long as I'm willing to be different, something or someone arrives to show me how."

~ Marianne Williamson
The Age Of Miracles: Embracing The New Midlife

"What information consumes is rather obvious: it consumes the attention of its recipients. Hence, a wealth of information creates a poverty of attention and a need to allocate that attention efficiently among the overabundance of information sources that might consume it."

~ Herbert Simon

"The first principle is that you must not fool yourself, and you are the easiest person to fool."

~ Richard P. Feynman

"Humility and gratitude go hand in hand... Awareness increases so that we become grateful for everything we are given. We have to learn, literally learn, to be grateful for what we receive day by day, simply to balance the criticism that day by day we voice because of powerful emotions."

~ Swami Sivananda Radha
"If there were not misconception that something wrong had taken place, then it would be seen in its truer nature, which is simply another blessing, another opportunity. But there is only suffering when there is the belief that something is wrong."

~ Emmanuel
"We have a great purpose in life--a great mission, vocation, and calling. We are here to grow, to evolve, to reach our full potential
and contribute to the betterment of the world."

~ Mark Allen

"So you see that you cannot depend upon anybody. There is no guide, no teacher, no authority. There is only you--your relationship with others and with the world--there is nothing else."

~ Krishnamurti

"The art of life lies in a constant re-adjustment to our surroundings."

~ Kakuzo Okakura
"Skillful pilots gain their reputation from storms and tempest."

~ Epicurus

"We are so accustomed to disguise ourselves to others,
that in the end we become disguised to ourselves." 

~ Francois de la Rochefoucauld

"Feelings are you inner guidance system--your emotional compass. When you allow this compass to direct your actions you build self-trust. When you feel hungry, you eat. When you feel tired, you rest. When you feel lonely, you reach out for a connection to others. In this most basic way your feelings link you with the wisest part of yourself. They tell you what you need to know at any given moment."

~ Cheryl Richardson

"Those who wish to change things may face disappointment, loss, or even ridicule. If you are ahead of your time, people laugh as often as they applaud, and being there first is usually lonely. But our protection cannot come between us and our purpose. Right protection is something within us rather than something between us and the world, more about finding a place of refuge and strength than finding a hiding place." 

~ Rachel Naomi Remen

"Surround yourself only with people who are going to lift you higher."

~ Oprah Winfrey

"The ego is not only the unobserved mind, the voice in the head which pretends to be you, but also the unobserved emotions that are the body's reaction to what the voice in the head is saying."

~ Eckhart Tolle

"Be content with what you have;
Rejoice in the way things are.
When you realize there is nothing lacking, 
The whole world belongs to you."

~ Lao-Tzu

"How much pain have cost us the evils which have never happened." 

~ Thomas Jefferson

"A human being is part of a whole, called by us the Universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separated from the rest--a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circles of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty."

~ Albert Einstein

"Peace doth not dwell in outward things, but within the soul; we may preserve it in the midst of the bitterest pain, if our will remains firm and submissive. Peace in this life springs from acquiescence, not in an exemption from suffering."

~ Francois Fenelon

"If we can recognize that change and uncertainty are basic principles, we can greet the future and the transformation we are undergoing with the understanding that we do not know enough to be pessimistic."

~ Hazel Henderson

"We who lived in concentration camps can remember the men who walked through the huts comforting others, giving away their last piece of bread. They may have been few in number, but they offer sufficient proof that everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms--to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way."

~ Viktor E. Frankl
"Optimism is a strategy for making a better future. Because unless you believe that the future can be better, it's unlikely you will step up and take responsibility for making it so. If you assume that there's no hope, you guarantee that there will be no hope. If you assume that there is an instinct for freedom, there are opportunities to change things, there is a chance you may contribute to making a better world. The choice is yours."

~ Noam Chomsky

"The only justification for ever looking down on somebody is to pick them up."

~ Jesse Jackson

"Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature."

~ Helen Keller

"Like any other major experience, illness actually changes us. How? Well for one thing we are temporarily relieved from the pressure of meeting the world head on. We enter a world of introspection and self-analysis. We think soberly, perhaps for the first time, about our past and future. Illness gives us that rarest thing in the world--a second chance, not only at health, but at life itself!"

~ Louis E. Bisch, MD

"When we talk about settling the world's problems,
we're barking up the wrong tree.
The world is perfect. It's a mess.
It has always been a mess.
We're not going to change it.
Our job is to straighten out our own lives."

~ Joseph Campbell

"The most fundamental aggression to ourselves... is to remain ignorant by not having the courage and the respect to look at ourselves honestly and gently."

~ Pema Chodron

"Although all of us desire happiness, few of us reach that goal because of the seemingly endless cycle of expectation and disappointment."

~ Tarthang Tulku

"Instant Karma's gonna get you
Gonna knock you off your feet
Better recognize your brothers
Everyone you meet
Why in the world are we here
Surely not to live in pain and fear
Why on earth are you there
When you're everywhere
Come and get your share
Well we all shine on."

~ John Lennon

"The voices inside you
can lead your soul astray
Believe in what you dream
Don't turn away
don't you turn away.
Reach for the light
You might touch the sky
Stand on the mountaintop
and see yourself flying
Reach for the light
to capture a star
Come out of the darkness
and find out who you are."

~ Steve Winwood

"If I had my life to live over again, I would have made a rule to read some poetry and listen to some music at least once a week; for perhaps the parts of my brain now atrophied would have thus been kept active through use. The loss of these tastes is a loss of happiness and may possibly be injurious to the intellect and more probably to the moral character, by enfeebling the emotional part of our nature."

~ Charles Darwin

"Walk out of any doorway
feel your way, feel your way
like the day before
Maybe you'll find direction
around some corner
where it's been waiting to meet you."

~ Robert Hunter

"If you are at peace, then there is at least some peace in the world. Then share your peace with everyone, and everyone will be at peace."

~ Thomas Merton

"One of the main functions of formalized religion is to protect people against a direct experience of God."

~ C.G. Jung

"Ever wonder how much patience you should have with someone, you know, before you lose your temper? Infinite. But careful now. That doesn't mean you have to wait for them, stay with them, or hang around them. Lord no, it just means that for as long as you choose to keep them in your life, understanding them, not changing them, is everything."

~ Mike Dooley

"Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts."

~ Rachel Carson

"Wisdom comes from experience, but experience is not enough. Experience anticipated and experience revisited is the true source of wisdom."

~ John Grinder

"Happiness cannot be found through great effort and willpower, but is already there, in relaxation and letting go. Nothing to do, nothing to force, nothing to want, and everything happens by itself."

~ Lama Gendun Rinpoche

"Many men go fishing their entire lives without knowing that it is not fish that they are after."

~ Henry David Thoreau

"Do not conquer the world with force, for force only causes resistance."

~ Tao Te Ching

"By listening to your higher self, or Atman, you can return to the truth that's already inside of you and in the process change not only yourself, but the entire world, through positivity and love."

~ Russell Simmons

"Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many. Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders. Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations. But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it."

~ Lord Buddha

"You can map out a light plan or a life plan,
but when the action starts,
it may not go the way you planned,
and you're down to the reflexes
you developed in training.
That's where roadwork shows --
the training you did in the dark of the mornin'
will show when you're under the bright lights."

~ Joe Frazier

"Work and life are an interconnected adventure, guided by the heart, winged with spirit, and nourished by the soul."

~ Ron Rubin & Stuart Avery Gold

"You are merely the lens in the beam. You can only receive, give and posses the light as the lens does... You will know life and be acknowledged by it according to your degree of transparency, your capacity, that is, to vanish as an end, and remain purely a a means.

~ Dag Hammarskjöld

"To work in the world lovingly means that we are defining what we will be for, rather than reacting to what we are against."

~ Christina Baldwin

"And the time came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom."

~ Anaïs Nin

"We're all bozos on the bus, 
so we might as well sit back
and enjoy the ride."

~ Wavy Gravy

"How can a man's life keep it's course
If he will not let it flow,
Those who flow as life flows know
They need no other force:
They feel no wear, they feel no tear,
They need no mending, no repair."

~ Lao-tzu


"Normal is someone you don't know very well."

~ Anonymous


"That which distinguishes the new thought from the old is not a denial of this Divine Reality, but an affirmation of its immediate availability."

~ Ernest Holmes

"Faith is not a commodity we either have or don't have--it is an inner quality that unfolds as we learn to trust our own deepest experience."

~ Sharon Salzberg

"We always attract into our lives whatever we think about most, believe most, expect on the deepest level, and imagine most vividly."

~ Shakti Gawain

"All growth is a leap in the dark, a spontaneous unpremeditated act without the benefit of experience."

~ Henry Miller

"The law of your mind is the law of belief. This means to believe in the way your mind works, to believe in belief itself."

~ Joseph Murphy


"There was a time when I looked to other people for recognition, because I didn't have enough confidence to trust my own judgment. Now I'm not looking for reassurance, because I realize how fickle people are. My own strength is the best I can have."

~ Annie Lennox

"For most of us, generosity is a quality that must be developed. We have to respect that it will grow gradually; otherwise our spirituality can become idealistic and imitative, acting out the image of generosity before it has become genuine."

~ Jack Kornfield

"Faith is the one power against which fear cannot stand. Day by day, as you fill your mind with faith, there will ultimately be no more room left for fear. This is the one great fact that no one should forget. Master faith and you will automatically master fear."

~ Norman Vincent Peale

"In the long run, we get no more than we have been willing to risk giving."

~ Sheldon Kopp

"To work in the world lovingly means that we are defining what we will be for, rather than reacting to what we are against."

~ Christina Baldwin
"Let us turn our thoughts today to Martin Luther King and recognize that there are ties between us, all men and women living on the Earth. Ties of hope and love, sister and brotherhood, that we are bound together in our desire to see the world become a place in which our children can grow free and strong. We are bound together by the task that stands before us and the road that lies ahead. We are bound and we are bound."

~ James Taylor


"The grudge you hold on to is like a hot coal that you intend to throw at somebody else, but you're the one who gets burned."

~ The Buddha

"When I look at the world, I'm pessimistic.
But when I look at people, I'm optimistic."

~ Carl Rogers

"Love has a reason
There's a meaning to the world
We're giving love."

~ Gavin DeGraw
"The Sufis advise us to speak only after our words have managed to pass through three gates. At the first gate, we ask ourselves, 
'Are these words true?'
If so, we let them pass on; if not, back they go.
At the second gate, we ask, 'Are the necessary?'
At the last gate, we ask, 'Are they kind?'"

~ Eknath Easwaran
"If I hazard a guess as to the most endemic, prevalent anxiety among human beings--including fear of death, abandonment,
loneliness--nothing is more prevalent than the fear of one another."

~ R.D. Laing

"Christmas gift suggestions:

To your enemy, forgiveness.
To an opponent, tolerance.
To a friend, your heart.
To a customer, service.
To all, charity.
To every child, a good example.
To yourself, respect."

~ Oren Arnold

"Humans are powerful spiritual beings meant to create good on earth. This good isn't usually accomplished in bold actions, but in
singular acts of kindness between people. It's the little things that count, because they are more spontaneous and show who you truly are."

~ Dannion Brinkley

"If the only prayer you ever say in your whole life is "thank you," that would suffice."

~ Meister Eckhart 

"What is Christmas? It is tenderness for the past, courage for the present, hope for the future. It is a fervent wish that every cup
may overflow with blessings rich and eternal, and that every path may lead to peace."

~ Agnes M. Pharo

"Responsibility does not only lie with the leaders of our countries or with those who have been appointed or elected to do a particular job. It lies with each of us individually. Peace, for example, starts within each one of us. When we have inner peace, we can be at peace with those around us."

~ The Dalai Lama

"Listen to the Exhortation of the Dawn!
Look to this Day!
For it is Life, the very Life of Life.
In its brief course lie all the
Verities and Realities of your Existence.
The Bliss of Growth,
The Glory of Action,
The Splendor of Beauty;
For Yesterday is but a Dream,
And To-morrow is only a Vision;
But To-day well lived makes
Every Yesterday a Dream of Happiness,
And every Tomorrow a Vision of Hope.
Look well therefore to this Day!
Such is the Salutation of the Dawn!"

~ Kalidasa

"I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver."

~ Maya Angelou

"When you meet someone better than yourself, turn your thoughts to becoming his equal. When you meet someone not as good as you are,
look within and examine your own self."

~ Confucius

"The truth is that our finest moments are most likely to occur when we are feeling deeply uncomfortable, unhappy, or unfulfilled. For
it is only in such moments, propelled by our discomfort, that we are likely to step out of our ruts and start searching for
different ways or truer answers."

~ M. Scott Peck

"I believe that worrying about the problems plaguing our planet without taking steps to confront them is absolutely irrelevant. The only thing that changes this world is taking action."

~ Jody Williams
"Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion into clarity. It turns problems into gifts, failures into success, the unexpected into perfect timing, and mistakes into important events. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow."

~ Melodie Beattie

"Nothing that is worth doing can be achieved in our lifetime; therefore we must be saved by hope. Nothing which is true or beautiful or good make  complete sense in any immediate context of history; therefore we must be saved by faith. Nothing we do, however virtuous, can be accomplished alone; therefore we must be saved by love."

~ Reinhold Niebuhr

"All humans are storytellers with their own unique point of view. When we understand this, we no longer feel the need to impose our story on others or to defend what we believe. Instead we see all of us as artists with the right to create our own art."

~ don Miguel Ruiz

"Over the years I have developed a picture of what a human being living humanely is like. She is a person who understand, values and develops her body, finding it beautiful and useful; a person who is real and is willing to take risks, to be creative, to manifest competence, to change when the situation calls for it, and to find ways to accommodate to what is new and different, keeping that part of the old that is still useful and discarding what is not."

~ Virginia Satir

"Some spiritual traditions view the moment of birth as a passage from a state of wholeness and knowledge to a state of forgetting. In this view of the world, we spend the rest of our lives searching for wholeness and knowledge, wellness and health—the balance and harmony we lost when we were born. If our wholeness is interrupted, then our health suffers, and we need to find a way to restore our sense of meaning. When we move in the direction of that meaning, we're healing."

~ Bernie Siegel

"The moment you surrender to love and allow it to lead you to exactly where your soul wants to go, you will have no difficulty."

~ Neale Donald Walsch

"We are not here just to survive and live long .... We are here to live and know life in it's multi-dimensions, to know life in its richness, in all it's variety. And when a man lives multi-dimensionally, explores all possibilities available, never shrinks back from a challenge, goes, rushes to it, welcomes it, rises to the occasion then life becomes a flame, life blooms."

~ Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

"You don't need anybody to tell you who you are or what you are. You are what you are!"

~ John Lennon  

"I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge--that myth is more potent than history. That dreams are more powerful than facts--that hope always triumphs over experience--that laughter is the only cure for grief. And I believe that love is stronger than death."

~ Robert Fulghum

"You can understand other people only as much as you understand yourself and only on the level of your own being. This means you can judge other people's knowledge but you cannot judge their being. You can see in them only as much as you have in yourself. But people always make the mistake of thinking they can judge other people's being. In reality, if they wish to meet and understand people of a higher development than themselves they must work with the aim of changing their being."

~ P.D Ouspensky

"All learning is remembering. A good teacher causes students to remember what they already know."

~ Neale Donald Walsch

"Death is not the opposite of life. Life has no opposite.
Death is the opposite of birth."

~ Eckhart Tolle

"Nothing is more natural than grief, no emotion more common to our daily experience. It's an innate response to loss in a world where everything is impermanent."

~ Stephen Levine

"You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it."

~ Maya Angelou

"If your mind is empty, it is always ready for anything; it is open to everything. In the beginner's mind there are many possibilities; in the expert's mind there are few."

~ Shunryu Suzuki Roshi

"Everyone has a purpose in life... a unique gift or special talent to give to others. And when we blend this unique talent with service to others, we experience the ecstasy and exultation of our own spirit, which is the ultimate goal of all goals."

~ Deepak Chopra, M.D.

"Choices in a meditator's life are very simple: Do those things that contribute to your awareness, and refrain from those things that do not."

~ Sujata

"How do we know if our practice is a real practice? Only by one thing: more and more, we just see the wonder. What is the wonder? I don't know. We can't know such things through thinking. But we always know it when it's there."

~ Charlotte Joko Beck

"One thing that comes out of myths is that at the bottom of the abyss comes the voice of salvation. The black moment is the moment when the real message of transformation is going to come. At the darkest moment comes the light."

~ Joseph Campbell

"What lies in our power to do, lies in our power not to do."

~ Aristotle
"The learned man who only talks will never Penetrate to the inner heart of man."

~ Idries Shah

"The world is no more than the Beloved's face. And the desire of the One to know its own beauty, we exist."

~ Ghalib


"Every decision that you make either moves you toward your personality, or toward your soul. Each decision you make is an answer to the question, 'How do you choose to learn love?', 'How do you choose to learn authentic empowerment--through doubt and fear, or through wisdom?'"

~ Gary Zukav

"Don't look for any other state than the one you are in now; otherwise, you will set up inner conflict and unconscious resistance. Forgive yourself for not being at peace. The moment you completely accept your non-peace, your non-peace becomes transmuted into peace. Anything you accept fully will get you there, will take you into peace. This is the miracle of surrender."

~ Eckhart Tolle

"I am fundamentally an optimist. Whether that comes from nature or nurture, I cannot say. Part of being optimistic is keeping one's head pointed toward the sun, one's feet moving forward. There were many dark moments when my faith in humanity was sorely tested, but I would not and could not give myself up to despair."

~ Nelson Mandela

"The number of the hours in a day is fixed, but the quantity and quality of energy available to us is not. It is our most precious resource. The more we take responsibility for the energy we bring to the world, the more empowered and productive we become. The more we blame others or external circumstances, the more negative and compromised our energy is likely to be."

~ Jim Loehr & Tony Schwartz

"Overcome anger by non-anger, overcome evil by good. Overcome the miser by giving, overcome the liar by truth."

~ The Dhammapada

 

"Often we are caught in a mental trap of seeing enormously successful people and thinking they are where they are because they have some special gift. Yet a closer look shows that the greatest gift that extraordinarily successful people have over the average person is their ability to get themselves to take action."

~ Anthony Robbins

"Soul cannot thrive in a fast-paced life because being affected, taking things in and chewing on them, requires time."

~ Thomas Moore

"As I look back at the entire tapestry of my life, I can see from the perspective of the present moment that every aspect of my life was necessary and perfect. Each step eventually led to a higher place, even though these steps often felt like obstacles or painful experiences."

~ Dr. Wayne Dyer

"Intellect and a trained brain-mind are great adjuncts, but they often become barriers to truth and a true expression of Divine Love."

~ Sister Francis Banks 
as channeled by Helen Greaves

"It is not eminent talent that is required to ensure success in any pursuit, so much as purpose--not merely the power to achieve, but the will to labour energetically and perseveringly. Hence energy of will may be defined to be the very central power of character in a man--in a word, it is the Man himself."

~ Samuel Smiles

"Spiritual intelligence is the capacity to conduct our life in such a way that it reflects deep philosophical and metaphysical understanding of reality and of ourselves discovered through personal experience during systematic spiritual pursuit."

~ Stanislav Grof M.D., Ph.D.

"My bounty is as boundless as the sea,
My love as deep; the more I give to thee,
The more I have, for both are infinite."

~ William Shakespeare

"We can go through our whole lives worrying about our future happiness, and totally miss where true peace lives--right here, right now."

~ Peter Russell

"After many years of training myself, strong emotions are now a trigger for me to look at something. I think that all emotions are triggers for us to grow in our level of consciousness."

~ LeVar Burton

"As Benjamin Franklin said, 'Those things that hurt, instruct.' It is for this reason that wise people learn not to dread but actually to welcome problems and actually to welcome the pain of problems."

~ M. Scott Peck

"Habits of thinking need not be forever. One of the most significant findings in psychology in the last twenty years is that individuals choose the way they think."

~ Martin Seligman

"The wise stand out, 
because they see themselves as part of the Whole. 
They shine, 
because they don't want to impress. 
They achieve great things, 
because they don't look for recognition. 
Their wisdom is contained in what they are, 
not their opinions. 
They refuse to argue, 
so no-one argues with them."

~ Lao Tzu

"In the last analysis, the essential thing is the life of the individual. This alone makes history, here alone do the great transformations take place, and the whole future, the whole history of the world, ultimately springs as a gigantic summation from these hidden sources in individuals."

~ Carl Gustav Jung

"It's a force that appears to be negative, but actually shows you how to realize your destiny. It prepares your spirit and your will, because there is one great truth on this planet: whoever you are, or whatever it is that you do, when you really want something, it's because that desire originated in the soul of the universe. It's your mission on earth."

~ Paulo Coelho

"Be grateful for what you do have, and you will find it increases. I like to bless with love all that is in my life right now--my home, the heat, water, light, telephone, furniture, plumbing, appliances, clothing, transportation, jobs--the money I do have, friends, my ability to see and feel and taste and touch and walk and to enjoy this incredible planet."

~ Louise Hay

"Practice radical humility when it comes to your own accomplishments, and give credit everywhere except to your ego."

~ Dr. Wayne Dyer

 

"He has achieved success
who has lived well,
laughed often, and loved much;
who has enjoyed the trust of pure women,
the respect of intelligent men
and the love of little children;
who has filled his niche and accomplished his task;
who has left the world better than he found it
whether by an improved poppy,
a perfect poem, or a rescued soul;
who has never lacked appreciation of Earth's beauty
or failed to express it;
who has always looked for the best in others
and given them the best he had;
whose life was an inspiration;
whose memory a benediction."

~ Bessie Stanley

"When asked where God is, people point towards the sky or some far and distant region: no wonder then that He does not manifest Himself! Realize that He is in you, with you, behind you, and all around you; and He can be seen and felt everywhere."

~ Sathya Sai Baba

"If you think you're too small to be effective, you've never been to bed with mosquito."

~ Anita Roddick

"We are all teachers, and what we teach is what we learn, and so we teach it over and over again until we learn..."

~ A Course in Miracles

"The greatest revolution of our generation is the discovery that human beings, by changing the inner attitudes of their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives"

~ William James

"All true things must change and only that which changes remains true."

~ C.G. Jung

"No matter how upside-down it all may temporarily appear, we will have no fear because we know this secret: Life is crazily in love with us--wildly and innocently in love with us. The universe always gives us exactly what we need, exactly when we need it... Love is an act of heroic genius."

~ Rob Brenzy

"If you have time to whine and complain about something then you have the time to do something about it."

~ Anthony J. D'Angelo

"When you act out of present-moment awareness, whatever you do becomes imbued with a sense of quality, care, and love--even the most simple action."

~ Eckhart Tolle

"The heart is the hub of all sacred places. Go there and roam in it."

~ Sri Nityananda

"Innocence is a state in which we are open to the experience of truth. It is the unclouded perception of what is. It is the limited thinking mind that hides our innocence."

~ P. Raymond Stewart

"I can forgive, but I cannot forget, is only another way of saying, I will not forgive.  Forgiveness ought to be like a cancelled note - torn in two, and burned up, so that it never can be shown against one." 

~ Henry Ward Beecher

"If you are seeking creative ideas, go out walking.  Angels whisper to a man when he goes for a walk."

~ Raymond Inmon
"There is only one way to happiness, and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power of our will."

~ Epictetus

"God offers to every mind its choice between truth and repose.  Take which you please - you can never have both."

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

"The self is not something ready-made, but something in continuous formation through choice of action."

~ John Dewey

"Spiritual surrender is not about doing nothing. It is about releasing what's not working in our lives, asking for guidance, and opening ourselves up to the opportunities that come our way, then acting on them."

~ Kathy Cordova
"It's essential that we understand that taking care of the planet will be done as we take care of ourselves. You know that you can't really make much of a difference in things until you change yourself."

~ Alice Walker

"And remember, we all stumble, every one of us. That's why it's a comfort to go hand in hand."

~ E.K. Brough

"Destiny is no matter of chance. It is a matter of choice. It is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved."

~ William Jennings Bryan

"The true Light is a gentle love which, rising in you, causes you to look on the world with understanding and compassion and respect. When you respect the souls of your brother and sister, you respect their lives in every way. This gentle spirit, this respect one for another, must come. For this is the generation of the one true Light, and this true light is that of love."

~ White Eagle

 

"If you limit your choices only to what seems possible or reasonable, you disconnect yourself from what you truly want, and all that is left is a compromise."

~ Robert Fritz 

"Look not mournfully into the past. It comes not back again. Wisely improve the present. It is thine. Go forth to meet the shadowy future, without fear."

~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

"We have a tendency to make assumptions about everything! The problem with making assumptions is that we believe they are truth. We could swear they are real. We make assumptions about what others are doing or thinking--we take it personally--then we blame them and react by sending emotional poison in our word. That is why whenever we make assumptions, we're asking for problems. We make assumptions, we misunderstand, we take it personally, and we end up creating a whole big drama for nothing."

~ Don Miguel Ruiz, The Four Agreements

"We are constantly subjected to this army of bad-news collectors who gather and disseminate low-vibrational energy for our consumption. Keeping in mind that being inspired is about feeling good and returning to our Source of love, it's imperative to become aware of what we're allowing into our consciousness. These bad-news assemblers are on a mission to convince us of the inherent evil in the world-they can't possibly believe that we live in a friendly Universe, and they seem determined to convince us that their illusion is truth... I'm not suggesting that we stay uniformed or in a state of blissful ignorance; rather, I'm saying that awareness is the key to staying in-Spirit when we're force-fed a steady diet of low-energy news."

~ Dr. Wayne Dyer, Inspiration

"Trust in yourself. Your perceptions are often more accurate than you are willing to believe."

~ Claudia Black

"Imagination must first be filled to the point of saturation with life of every kind before the moment arrives when the friction of free sociability electrifies it to such an extent that the most gentle stimulus of friendly or hostile contact elicits from it lightning sparks, luminous flashes, or shattering blows."

~ Friedrich von Schlegel 

"People usually consider walking on water or in thin air a miracle. But I think the real miracle is not to walk on water or in thin air, but to walk on earth. Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don't even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child--our own two eyes. All is a miracle."

~ Thich Nhat Hanh

"Many of us spend our whole lives running from feeling with the mistaken belief that you can not bear the pain. But you have already borne the pain. What you have not done is feel all you are beyond that pain."

~ Kahlil Gibran

"You can search throughout the entire universe for someone who is more deserving of your love and affection than you are yourself, and that person is not to be found anywhere. You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection."

~ Buddha

"When you know a thing, to hold that you know it; and when you do not know a thing, to allow that you do not know it--this is knowledge."

~ Confucius

"Don't ever save anything for a special occasion. Being alive is a special occasion."

~ Unknown

"The voyage of discovery is not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes."

~ Marcel Proust

"For a long time it had seemed to me that life was about to begin - real life. But there was always some obstacle in the way, something to be gotten through first, some unfinished business, time still to be served, a debt to be paid. Then life would begin. At last it dawned on me that these obstacles were my life."

~ Alfred D. Souza

"If you were going to die soon and had only one phone call you could make, who would you call and what would you say? And why are you waiting?"

~ Stephen Levine

"You are not here to please other people or to live your lives their way. You can only live it your own way and walk your own pathway. You have come [here] to fulfill yourself and express love on the deepest level. You are here to learn and grow... When you leave the planet... the only thing you take is your capacity to love!"

~ Louise Hay

"Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength; while loving someone deeply gives you courage."

~ Tao Tzu

" To err is human; to forgive, divine." 

~ Alexander Pope

"The best way out is through."

~ Robert Frost

"Ordinarily, the questions are: Someone is doing something I do not like; how can I get them to do something I do like instead? What you will come to understand is that trying to get [everyone in] the world [to all] do one thing, or to do the things that you like, it is a much better plan to put yourself in a position to accept that everyone else has the right to be or do or have whatever they are wanting; and you, through the power of your thoughts, will attract unto you only that which is in harmony with you."

~ Abraham

"Ideas are like stars, you will not succeed in touching them with your hands, but like the seafaring man on the desert of waters, you choose them as your guides, and, following them, you reach your destiny." 

~ Carl Schurz

"I wanted a perfect ending. Now I've learned, the hard way, that some poems don't rhyme, and some stories don't have a clear beginning, middle, and end. Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what's going to happen next."  

~ Gilda Radner

"The things that we have and that we think are so solid - they're like smoke, and time is like the sky that the smoke disappears into,  nothing is left but the sky, and the sky keeps on being just the same forever." 

~ Booth Tarkington

"No snowflake falls in an inappropriate place."

~ Zen Saying

"Man is a universe within himself." 

~ Bob Marley

"The ultimate lesson all of us have to learn is unconditional love, which includes not only others but ourselves as well."

~ Elisabeth Kubler Ross

"Strength is a capacity for endurance. One of the dividends of suffering is the universal discovery the we posses a strength within us we never knew we had. Navigating through a difficult episode not only shows us that inner strength is there but convinces us it will always be there to serve us in the future. Overcoming gives us an assurance of personal confidence and value that far exceeds what we thought we possessed before our struggles began."

~ Dennis Wholey
"Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you've imagined. As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe 
will be simpler."

~ Henry David Thoreau

"Hope doesn't come from calculating whether the good news is winning out over the bad. It's simply a choice to take action."

~ Anna Lappe

"Change has a considerable psychological impact on the human mind. To the fearful it is threatening because it means that things may get worse. To the hopeful it is encouraging because things may get better. To the confident it is inspiring because the challenge
exists to make things better."

~ King Whitney Jr.

"We spend most of our time and energy in a kind of horizontal thinking. We move along the surface of things…[but] there are times 
when we stop. We sit sill. We lose ourselves in a pile of leaves or its memory. We listen and breezes from a whole other world begin 
to whisper."

~ James Carroll

"The truth that many people never understand, until it is too late, is that the more you try to avoid suffering the more you suffer
because smaller and more insignificant things begin to torture you in proportion to your fear of being hurt."

~ Thomas Merton
"Live neither in the past nor in the future, but let each day's work absorb your entire energies, and satisfy your widest ambition."

~ Sir William Osler

"We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make the world."

~ Buddha

"Energy is the essence of life. Every day you decide how you're 
going to use it by knowing what you want and what it takes to 
reach that goal, and by maintaining focus."

~ Oprah Winfrey 
"Love is a force more formidable than any other. It is invisible – it cannot be seen or measured, yet it is powerful enough to transform you in a moment, and offer you more joy than any material possession could."

~ Barbara DeAngelis


"One man gives freely, yet grows all the richer; another withholds what he should give, and only suffers want."

~ Proverbs 11:24

"Love is giving and it has nothing to do with what you receive."

~ Dr. Wayne Dyer

"You will find as you look back upon your life that the moments that stand out, the moments when you have really lived, are the moments when you have done things in a spirit of love."

~ Henry Drummond
"Life never presents us with anything which may not be looked upon as a fresh starting point."

~ Andre Gide, The Counterfeiters
"The bitterest tears shed over graves are for words left unsaid, and deeds left undone."

~ Harriet Beecher Stowe

"The power of imagination makes us infinite."

~ John Muir


"Learn as much by writing as by reading."

~ Lord Acton


"If you could spend your time envisioning what you want, instead of giving your attention to the reality of what is, you would be
attracting more of what you want rather than more of what is.."

~ Abraham

"Water is fluid, soft, and yielding. But water will wear away rock, which is rigid and cannot yield. As a rule, whatever is fluid, soft, and yielding will overcome whatever is rigid and hard. This is another paradox: what is soft is strong."

~ Lao-Tzu (600 B.C.)

"What we are looking for is what is looking."

~ St. Francis of Assisi

"A hundred times every day I remind myself that my inner and outer life depend upon the labors of other men, living and dead, and that I must exert myself in order to give in the measure as I have received and am still receiving."

~ Albert Einstein

“Be thankful for what you have; you'll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don't have, you will never, ever have enough.”

~ Oprah Winfrey

"A man of genius makes no mistakes. His errors are volitional and are the portals of discovery."

~ James Joyce, Ulysses

"It is not good for all our wishes to be filled; through sickness we recognize the value of health; through evil, the value of good; through hunger, the value of food; through exertion, the value of rest."

~ Dorothy Canfield

"Hope is not the conviction that something will turn out well but the certainty that something makes sense, regardless of how it turns out."

~ Vaclav Havel

"Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life.
It turns what we have into enough, and
more.  It turns denial into acceptance, chaos
to order, confusion to clarity.  It can turn
a meal into a feast, a house into a home,
a stranger into a friend.  Gratitude makes
sense of our past, brings peace for today,
and creates a vision for tomorrow."

~ Melody Beattie

"God's message extends beyond borders. Anyone in the world can learn to forgive those who have injured them,  however great or small that injury may be."

~ Immaculee Ilibagiza

"Glory to God in highest heaven,
Who unto man His Son hath given;
While angels sing with tender mirth,
A glad new year to all the earth."

~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

"If you have trouble loving yourself, imagine that everyone in the world is a hungry soul whose life has been imperfect. Like you, they had imperfect parents. Like you, tragedies and difficulties befell them. If you could hear each person's story, you would probably be moved to tears and want to reach out and embrace that person. You would want to tell them thatin spite of everything they've gone through, they have great value."

~ Daphne Rose Kingma

"For last year's words belong to last year's language
And next year's words await another voice.
And to make an end is to make a beginning."

~ T.S. Eliot

"Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each new year find you a better man."

~ Benjamin Franklin
"What is Christmas? It is tenderness for the past, courage for the present, hope for the future. It is a fervent wish that every cup may overflow with blessings rich and eternal, and that every path may lead to peace."

~ Agnes M. Pharo
"There's nothing sadder in this world than to awake Christmas morning and not be a child."

~ Erma Bombeck
"Just do the steps that you've been shown 
By everyone you've ever known
Until the dance becomes your very own
No matter how close to yours
Another's steps have grown
In the end there is one dance you'll do alone"

~ Jackson Browne

"Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exists, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy."

~ Charles Dana 
(Editorial in the New York Sun, 1897, responding to a letter from 8-year-old Virginia O'Hanlon)

"Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves."

~ Carl Jung
"Dreams are renewable. No matter what our age or condition, there are still untapped possibilities within us and new beauty waiting to be born."

~ Dale E. Turner
"Peace is a necessary condition of spirituality, no less than an inevitable result of it."

~ Aldous Huxley
"He listens equally to the prayers of the believer and the unbeliever."

~Henry David Thoreau
"We act as though comfort and luxury were the chief requirements of life, when all that we need to make us really happy is something to be enthusiastic about."

~ Charles Kingsley

"Here my powers rest from their high fantasy, 
but already I could feel my being turned--
instinct and intellect balanced equally.
as in a wheel whose motion nothing jars--
by the Love that moves the Sun and the other stars."

~ Dante

"How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world."

~ Anne Frank

"What happens is not as important as how you react to what happens."

~Thaddeus Golas
"Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow. Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow."

~ Melody Beattie
"Develop an attitude of gratitude, and give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step toward achieving something bigger and better than your current situation."

~ Brian Tracy
"The moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred...unforeseen incidents, meetings, and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would have come his way."

~ The Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"We should, all of us, be filled with gratitude and humility for our present progress and prosperity. We should be filled with 
awe and joy at what lies over the horizon. And we should be filled with absolute determination to make the most of it."

~ Bill Clinton

"A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval."

~ Mark Twain
"No one can ask another to be healed. But he can let himself be healed, and thus offer the other what he has received. And who can bestow upon another what he does not have? And who can share what he denies himself?"

~ A Course In Miracles
"The essence of all religions is love, compassion and tolerance. Kindness is my true religion. No matter whether you are learned or not, whether you believe in the next life or not, whether you believe in God or Buddha or some other religion or not, in day-to-day life you must be a kind person."

~ The Dalai Lama
"The transformation from separation to unity, from conflict to peace, is the goal of all spiritual traditions."

~ Deepak Chopra
"Once all struggles are grasped, miracles are possible."

~ Mao Tse-tung
"To feel is to communicate with your Spirit--with God. Feeling is God's mirror; intuition is God's telephone. To seek your truth is to deepen your connection to Spirit."

~ Kenny Loggins
"Believe it is possible to solve your problem. Tremendous things happen to the believer. So believe the answer will come. It will"

~ Norman Vincent Peale
"There are no mistakes, no coincidences, all events are blessings given to us to learn from."

~ Elisabeth Kübler Ross
"Although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcoming of it."

~ Helen Keller
"Never to suffer would never to have been blessed."

~ Edgar Allan Poe
"Art is a collaboration between God and the artist, and the less the artist does the better."

~ Andre Gide
"Man has to suffer. When he has no real afflictions, he invents some."

~ Jose Marti

"There is no need to go to India or anywhere else to find peace. You will find that deep place of silence right in your room, your garden or even your bathtub."

~ Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

"'Tis better to be silent and be thought a fool, than to speak and remove all doubt."

~ Abraham Lincoln

"The mind's eye has a special relationship with the healing system."

~ Andrew Weil

"Things of heaven cannot be obtained by perseverance; they are the grace of God. To open to this and trust in it is how belief is crystallized into faith. We cannot pay for it in any form, in any way, by our goodness, by our piety, by our great qualities, merits, or virtues; nothing. It is a gift, and all we can do is receive it."

~ Hazrat Inayat Hhan

"Creativity comes from the spiritual realm, the collective consciousness. And the mind is in a different realm than the molecules of the brain. The brain is a receiver, not a source."

~ Candace Pert

"My boat strikes something deep.
At first sounds of silence, waves.
Nothing has happened;
Or perhaps everything has happened.
and I am sitting in my new life."

~ Rumi

"Happiness is not in our circumstances but in ourselves. It is not something we see, like a rainbow, or feel, like the heat of a fire. Happiness is something we are."

~ John Sheerin

"To love for the sake of being loved is human, but to love for the sake of loving is Angelic."

~ Alphonse de Lamartine

"Not a shred of evidence exists in favor of the idea that life is serious."

~ Brendan Gill

"Keep on asking and it will be given to you; keep on seeking and you will find...."

~ Matthew 7:7

"The capacity for hope is the most significant fact of life. It gives human beings a sense of destination and the energy to get started."

~ Norman Cousins

"You can clean your aura and raise your vibration by giving thanks. The resonance of gratitude in your body vibrates with your heart center. It allows you to open and receive more."

~ Sanaya Roman

"For as long as I can remember, people said I would never be able to do anything. My parents and I believed I could, and we've been proving them wrong ever since."

~ Rick Hoyt

"There is a difference between motivation and inspiration.
Motivation is when you get hold of an idea and don't let go of it until you make it a reality. Inspiration is the reverse--when an idea gets hold of you and you feel compelled to let that impulse or energy carry you along. You get to a point where you realize that you're no longer in charge, that there's a driving force inside you that can't be stopped."

~ Wayne Dyer

"When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bonds; Your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction, and you find yourself in a new, great and wonderful world. 
Dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive, and you discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be."

~ Patanjali

If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured and far away.

~ Henry David Thoureau

"Years wrinkle the skin. But to lose enthusiasm in life wrinkles the soul."

~ Anonymous

"Morality, ethics, laws, customs, beliefs, doctrines--these are trifling import. All that matters is that the miraculous becomes the norm."

~ Henry Miller

"If I were asked to give what I consider the single most useful bit of advice for all humanity, it would be this: Expect trouble as an inevitable part of life, and when it comes, hold your head high, look it squarely in the eye and say, 'I will be bigger than you. You cannot defeat me.'"

~ Ann Landers

"I hated every minute of the training, but I said, 'Don't quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.'"

~ Muhammad Ali

"Dealt with it. Done with it. Empowered by it!"

~ John Holland

"There is a vitality, a life force, an energy that is translated through you; and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique."

~ Martha Graham

"Each of us has a fire in our hearts for something. It's our goal in life to find it and to keep it lit."

~ Mary Lou Retton

"The world is round, and the place which may seem like the end may also be the beginning."

~ Ivy Baker Priest

"We do not see things as they are. We see them as we are."

~ The Talmud

"One thing that comes out of myths is that at the bottom of the abyss comes the voice of salvation. The black moment is the moment when the real message of transformation is going to come. At the darkest moment comes the light."

~ Joseph Campbell

"The probability of life originating from accident is comparable to the probability of the unabridged dictionary resulting from and explosion in a print shop."

~ Albert Einstein

"Health is a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease and infirmity."

~ World Health Organization

"Coincidences are God's way of remaining anonymous."

~ Doris Lessing

"Some things are true whether you believe in them or not."

~ Angel Seth in City Of Angels

"I know this world is ruled by infinite intelligence. Everything that surrounds us--everything that exists--proves that there are infinite laws behind it. There can be no denying this fact. It is mathematical in its precision."

~ Thomas A. Edison

"Keep a green tree in your heart and perhaps the singing bird will come."

~ Chinese proverb

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