Some of my favorite inspirational quotes:
"The best people possess a feeling for beauty, the courage to take risks, the discipline to tell the truth, the capacity for sacrifice. Ironically, their virtues make them vulnerable: they are often wounded, sometimes destroyed." Ernest Hemingway
"How you do what you do is more important than what you do. The 'how' refers to the underlying state of consciousness." Eckhart Tolle
"Real integrity is doing the right thing, knowing that nobody's going to know whether you did it or not." Oprah Winfrey
"In our prophecies it is told that we are now at the crossroads: Either unite spiritually as a global nation, or be faced with chaos, disasters, diseases, and tears from our relatives’ eyes." Chief Arvol Looking Horse
"Love is what we were born with. Fear is what we learned here."
"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that." Martin Luther King
"If you are irritated by every rub, how will your mirror be polished?" Rumi
"I cannot and will not cut my conscience to fit this year's fashions." Lillian Hellman
"The secret to living well and longer is: Eat half, walk double, laugh triple, and love without measure." Tibetan Proverb
"I never lose. I either win, or learn." Nelson Mandela
"New Year's Day... now is the accepted time to make your regular annual good resolutions. Next week you can begin paving hell with them as usual." Mark Twain
"Carrie is my child, and I love her with every ounce of strength I possess. If love alone could cure our children, they would always be well. Since I can’t, I will do whatever I can to make her life less difficult." Debbie Reynolds
"Stay afraid, but do it anyway." Carrie Fisher
"Resentment is like drinking poison and waiting for the other person to die."
“Seek to overcome that in yourself which most disturbs you in other people.”
Thomas à Kempis
"What is a fear of living? It's being preeminently afraid of dying. It's not doing what you came here to do, out of timidity and spinelessness. The antidote is to take full responsibility for yourself - for the time you take up and the space you occupy. If you don't know what you're here to do, then just do some good." Dr. Maya Angelou
"And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom." Anais Nin
"If you don't become the ocean, you'll be seasick every day." Leonard Cohen
"Piglet noticed that even though he had a very small heart, it could hold a rather large amount of gratitude." A.A. Milne (Winnie, the Pooh)
"Act the way you'd like to be and soon you'll be the way you act." Leonard Cohen
"Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in." Leonard Cohen
"There is no greater illusion than fear,
no greater wrong than preparing to defend yourself,
no greater misfortune than having an enemy.
Whoever can see through all fear
will always be safe." Tao Te Ching
and everything else will fall into place." Tao Te Ching
"In dwelling, live close to the ground.
In thinking, keep to the simple.
In conflict, be fair and generous.
In governing, don't try to control.
In work, do what you enjoy.
In family life, be completely present." Tao Te Ching
"I wish I could show you when you are lonely or in darkness the astonishing light of your own being." Hafiz
"I've missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I've been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life and that's why I succeed." Michael Jordan
"The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands but seeing with new eyes." Marcel Proust
"Love is the absence of judgment." Dalai Lama XIV
"Personal transformation can and does have global effects. As we go, so goes the world, for the world is us. The revolution that will save the world is ultimately a personal one."
"We think sometimes that poverty is only being hungry, naked and homeless. The poverty of being unwanted, unloved and uncared for is the greatest poverty. We must start in our own homes to remedy this kind of poverty." Mother Teresa
"No one is useless in this world who lightens the burden of another." Charles Dickens
"Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see." Mark Twain
"Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one."
"Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts." Albert Einstein
“Love is what we are born with. Fear is what we learn. The spiritual journey is the unlearning of fear and prejudices and the acceptance of love back in our hearts. Love is the essential reality and our purpose on earth. To be consciously aware of it, to experience love in ourselves and others, is the meaning of life."
"The planet does not need more successful people. The planet desperately needs more peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers and lovers of all kinds." Dalai Lama
"In the midst of movement and chaos, keep stillness inside of you."
"One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious."
"This is a wonderful day! I've never seen this one before."
"Always go with your passions. Never ask yourself if it's realistic or not."
"Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony."
"The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion." Albert Camus
"Only if you resist what happens are you at the mercy of what happens, and the world will determine your happiness and unhappiness."
"The source of all creation is pure consciousness. Pure potentiality seeking expression from the unmanifest to the manifest. And when we realize that our true Self is one of pure potentiality, we align with the power that manifests everything in nature."
"A hunch is creativity trying to tell you something." Frank Capra
"Love began with waking up and loving my mother's face." George Eliot
"Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky." Rabindranath Tagore
"Life is a shipwreck, but we must not forget to sing in the lifeboats." Voltaire
"This moving away from comfort and security, this stepping out into what is unknown, uncharted and shaky - that's called liberation." Pema Chodron
“I don’t understand why when we destroy something created by man we call it vandalism, but when we destroy something by nature we call it progress.” Ed Begley, Jr.
"Because in the end, you won't remember the time you spent working in the office or mowing your lawn. Climb that goddamn mountain." Jack Kerouac
"Everything comes to us that belongs to us if we create the capacity to receive it."
"...You ask, what is our aim? I can answer in one word: victory. Victory at all costs, victory in spite of all terror, victory, however long and hard the road may be."
"Don't die with your music still inside you." Dr. Wayne Dyer
"Man is the most insane species. He worships an invisible God and slaughters a visible Nature... without realizing that this Nature he slaughters is this God he worships."
"It may be that when we no longer know which way to go that we have come to our real journey. The mind that is not baffled is not employed. The impeded stream is the one that sings.” Wendell Berry
The Dalai Lama, when asked what surprised him most about humanity, answered, "Man. Because he sacrifices his health to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived."
"The best part of of one's life is the working part, the creative part. Believe me, I love to succeed... However, the real spiritual and emotional excitement is in the doing."
"You are not just the drop in the ocean. You are the mighty ocean in the drop." Rumi
"When you don't know what else to do, focus on love." Louise Hay
"Always be a first rate version of yourself instead of a second rate version of someone else." Judy Garland
"Don't let yesterday use up too much of today." Cherokee Proverb
"You know what music is? God's little reminder that there's something else besides us in this universe; harmonic connection between all living beings, everywhere, even the stars." Robin Williams, in August Rush.
"Weeds are flowers too, once you get to know them." Eeyore
"Happiness is the harvest of a quiet mind." Dr. Joseph Murphy
"If you have made mistakes, even serious ones, there is another chance for you. What we call failure is not the falling down, but the staying down."
"You're only given one little spark of madness. You mustn't lose it."
"Work as if your prayers meant nothing. Pray as if your work meant nothing."
Dr. Joseph Murphy
"Growth is an erratic, forward movement: two steps forward, one step back. Remember that and be very gentle with yourself." Julia Cameron
"The kind of beauty I want most is the hard-to-get kind that comes from within - strength, courage, dignity." Ruby Dee
"We are born of Love; Love is our mother." Rumi
"Some periods of our growth are so confusing that we don't even recognize that growth is happening. We may feel hostile or angry or weepy and hysterical, or we may feel depressed. It would never occur to us, unless we stumbled on a book or a person who explained it to us, that we were in fact in the process of change, of actually becoming larger, spiritually, than we were before. Whenever we grow, we tend to feel it, as a young seed must feel the weight and inertia of the earth as it seeks to break out of its shell on its way to becoming a plant. Often the feeling is anything but pleasant. But what is most unpleasant is the not knowing what is happening. Those long periods when something inside ourselves seems to be waiting, holding its breath, unsure about what the next step should be, eventually become the periods we wait for, for it is in those periods that we realize that we are being prepared for the next phase of our life and that, in all probability, a new level of the personality is about to be revealed."
"There is a world of difference between truth and facts. Facts can obscure the truth."
"Whenever you are creating beauty around you, you are restoring your own soul."
"If you knew the end of your story, nothing on any page - not one of your dramas, could bother you as much." Hafiz
"The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don't have any."
"Oh my God, what if you wake up some day, and you're 65, or 75, and you never got your memoir or novel written; or you didn't go swimming in warm pools and oceans all those years because your thighs were jiggly and you had a nice big comfortable tummy; or you were just so strung out on perfectionism and people-pleasing that you forgot to have a big juicy creative life, of imagination and radical silliness and staring off into space like when you were a kid? It's going to break your heart. Don't let this happen." Anne Lamott
"We must all of us learn actually not to have enemies, but only confused adversaries who are ourselves in disguise."
"When you become comfortable with uncertainty, infinite possibilities open up in your life." Eckhart Tolle
"If no one ever took risks, Michaelangelo would have painted the Sistine floor."
"Join me in the pure atmosphere of gratitude for life." Hafiz
"If you wanna fly, you got to give up the shit that weighs you down." Toni Morrison
"What we speak becomes the house we live in... Look what happens when the tongue cannot say to kindness, 'I will be your slave.' The moon covers her face with both hands and can't bear to look." Hafiz
"Very little grows on jagged rock. Be ground. Be crumbled so wildflowers will come up where you are."
"I do not trust people who don't love themselves and yet tell me, 'I love you.' There is an African saying which is: Be careful when a naked person offers you his shirt."
"Fear is the cheapest room in the house. I would like to see you living in better conditions."
"You will face many defeats in your life, but never let yourself be defeated."
"Do you believe in always, the wind
said to the rain
I am too busy with
my flowers to believe, the rain answered”
"One day the sun admitted, 'I am just a shadow. I wish I could show you the infinite incandescence that has cast my brilliant image!' I wish I could show you when you are lonely or in darkness the astonishing light of your own being."
"I believe in everything until it's disproved. So I believe in fairies, the myths, dragons. It all exists, even if it's in your mind. Who's to say that dreams and nightmares aren't as real as the here and now?"
"Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes."
"It is not more surprising to be born twice than once; everything in life is resurrection."
"Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one."
“For a seed to achieve its greatest expression, it must come completely undone. The shell cracks, its insides come out and everything changes. To someone who doesn't understand growth, it would look like complete destruction.” Cynthia Occelli
"The pursuit of Truth and Beauty is a sphere of activity in which we are permitted to remain children all our lives." Albert Einstein
"If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is 'Thank you,' it will be enough."
"Nothing ever goes away until it has taught us what we need to know."
"You've got to recognize, there will never be another you. It has nothing to do with ego; it happens to be the truth." Mickey Rooney
"When I was five years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down 'happy.' They told me I didn't understand the assignment, and I told them they didn't understand life." John Lennon
"Every April, God rewrites the book of Genesis."
"You cannot solve a problem from the same consciousness that created it. You must learn to see the world anew!"
“Grownups! Everyone remembers them. How strange and even sad it is that we never became what they were: beings noble, infallible, and free. We never became them. One of the things we discover ... we are no less ourselves at forty than we were at four, and because of this we know grownups as Grownups only once in life: during our own childhood. We never meet them in our lives again, and we will miss them always.”
"The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don't have any."
"The first day of spring is one thing, and the first spring day is another. The difference between them is sometimes as great as a month." Henry Van Dyke
“Every year, back comes Spring, with nasty little birds yapping their fool heads off and the ground all mucked up with plants.” Dorothy Parker
“Sometimes, if you stand on the bottom rail of a bridge and lean over to watch the river slipping slowly away beneath you, you will suddenly know everything there is to be known.” A.A. Milne
"And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don't believe in magic will never find it." Roald Dahl
"We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty." Maya Angelou
"Character may be manifested in the great moments, but it is made in the small ones."
"A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty." Winston Churchill
"In the midst of winter, I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer."
"Spring passes and one remembers one's innocence.
Summer passes and one remembers one's exuberance.
Autumn passes and one remembers one's reverence.
Winter passes and one remembers one's perseverance."
- Yoko Ono
"Expect your prayers to be answered in wondrous ways. The dry seasons in life do not last. The spring rains will come again."
- Sarah Ban Breathnach
"That the birds of worry and care fly over you head, this you cannot change,
but that they build nests in your hair, this you can prevent."
"When you're going through hell, keep going."
"Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive."
Dalai Lama XIV
"I find hope in the darkest of days, and focus in the brightest. I do not judge the universe."
Dalai Lama XIV
"I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear."
Martin Luther King, Jr.
"Everything you want is on the other side of fear."
"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts."
"The moon is brighter since the barn burned."
"Every day is a journey, and the journey itself is home."
"This very moment is the perfect teacher, and, lucky for us, it's with us wherever we are."
"One does not discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time."
"To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don't need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself."
Thich Nhat Hanh
"In oneself lies the whole world and if you know how to look and learn, the door is there and the key is in your hand. Nobody on earth can give you either the key or the door to open except yourself."
"When an inner situation is not made conscious, it appears outside as fate."
"Imagination is more important than knowledge."
"It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light."
"We are all teachers, and what we teach is what we need to learn, and so we teach it over and over again until we learn it."
A Course in Miracles
"It doesn't matter who you love or what you love but that you love. The good in men is all the God there is and loving is a contribution to that good and to that only God."
"I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more love."