Favorite Quotations

The salvation of this human world lies nowhere else than in the human heart, in the human power to reflect, in human modesty, and in human responsibility. Without a global revolution in the sphere of human consciousness nothing will change for the better.
– Vaclav Havel

If you look to others for fulfillment, you will never truly be fulfilled. If your happiness depends on money, you will never be happy with yourself. 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

The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.
– Mahatma Gandhi

Our life is frittered away by detail. Simplicity, simplicity, simplicity!
– Henry David Thoreau

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God.
– Matthew 5:9

If the sight of the blue skies fills you with joy, if the simple things of nature have a message that you understand, rejoice, for your soul is alive.
– Eleonora Duse

Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.
– Mark Twain

Faith is the strength by which a shattered world shall emerge into the light.
– Helen Keller

Life is not the way it’s supposed to be. It’s the way it is. The way you cope with it is what makes the difference.
Virginia Satir

If you wait for the perfect moment when all is safe and assured, it may never arrive. Mountains will not be climbed, races won, or lasting happiness achieved.
Maurice Chevalier

If you first put your spiritual life in order, everything else falls into place. Then your emotional and material life must – sooner or later – support your spiritual choices. In other words, if you spend less time worrying about the everyday details and commit more time to unleashing your spiritual potential, then the solutions to your everyday problems will naturally emerge as flashes of intuition or realization.
Chrissie & Gary Blaze

When faced with demanding situations, can you keep your heart as light as a feather. Can you laugh your way through challenges and maintain an attitude freer than fear. When confronted with upsets and the poisonous projections of others, can you remember that all is well. Do you know that you are a spiritual being, not subject to the whims and caprices of earthly tides.
Alan Cohen

Your friends will know you better in the first minute you meet than your acquaintances will know you in a thousand years.
Richard Bach

I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy.
Rabindranath Tagore

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

Treat every person with kindness and respect, even those who are rude to you. Remember that you show compassion to others not because of who they are, but because of who you are.
Andrew T. Somers

If you want to awaken all of humanity, then awaken all of yourself. If you want to eliminate the suffering in the world, then eliminate all that is dark and negative in yourself. Truly, the greatest gift you have to give is that of your own self-transformation.
Lao Tzu

The most important choice we make every day is whether we’ll be happy or disgruntled about the life we live. Whatever we do, we always have that choice. Even the person working for a minimum wage at some fast food place has a choice about whether to enjoy her work and treat customers with a smile and a joyful presentation, or to be grumpy and begrudge every moment. While the low paying job is a fact, the attitude we choose is variable.
Marie T. Russell

Essence of compassion: Resolve to be tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant with the weak and wrong… because sometimes in our lives we will have been all of these.

We are in a school for gods, wherein in slow motion we learn the consequences of thought.
Brugh Joy

The world is dangerous not because of those who do harm, but because of those who look at it without doing anything.
Albert Einstein

You can no more win a war than you can win an earthquake.
Jeannette Rankin

The essence of all religions is love, compassion, and tolerance. Kindness is my true religion. The clear proof of a person’s love of God is if that person genuinely shows love to fellow human beings.
– The Dalai Lama

Humanity has advanced, when it has advanced, not because it has been sober, responsible, and cautious, but because it has been playful, rebellious, and immature.
– Tom Robbins

I never give them hell, I just tell the truth and they think it’s hell.
– Harry Truman

Only in the last moment in history has the delusion arisen that people can flourish apart from the rest of the living world.
– E. O. Wilson

Plans to protect air and water, wilderness and wildlife are in fact plans to protect man.
– Stewart Udall

You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.
– R. Buckminster Fuller

We do not really think, we are barely conscious, until something goes wrong.
– C. S. Pierce

Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside of us while we live.
– Norman Cousins

It is not the easy or convenient life for which I search…but life lived to the edge of all my possibility.
– Mary Anne Radmacher-Hershey

Worry is like a rocking chair. It gives you something to do but it doesn’t get you anywhere.
– Dorothy Galyean

A man can be destroyed, but not defeated.
– Ernest Hemingway

This is courage to bear unflinchingly what heaven sends.
– Euripides

I have found the paradox that if I love until it hurts, then there is no hurt, but only more love.
– Mother Teresa

Never think that God’s delays are God’s denials. Hold on, Hold fast, Hold out. Patience is genius.
– Comte Georges Louis Leclerc de Buffon

Laughter is the shortest distance between two people.
– Victor Borges

A single grateful thought raised to heaven is the most perfect prayer.
– Gotthold Ephraim Lessing

We must come to see that peace is not merely a distant goal we seek, but it is a means by which we arrive at that goal. We must pursue peaceful ends through peaceful means.
– Martin Luther King, Jr.

The fountain of content must spring up in the mind, and he who hath so little knowledge of human nature as to seek happiness by changing anything but his own disposition, will waste his life in fruitless efforts and multiply the grief he proposes to remove.
– Samuel Johnson

I must respect the opinions of others even if I disagree with them.
– Herbert Henry Lehman

To err is human; to forgive, divine.
– Alexander Pope

To him who has had the experience, no explanation is necessary. To him who has not had the the experience, no explanation is possible.
– Hermetic Saying

Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves.
– James Matthew Barrie

I feel an earnest and humble desire, and shall till I die, to increase the stock of harmless cheerfulness.
– Charles Dickens

What we frankly give, forever is our own.
– George Granville

It is more blessed to give than to receive.
– Acts 20:35

Prayer carries us half way to God, fasting brings us to the door of His palace, and alms-giving procures us admission.
– The Koran

What is hateful to you, do not to your fellowmen. That is the entire Law; all the rest is commentary.
– The Talmud

Do not unto another that you would hot have him do unto you. Thou needest this law alone. It is the foundation of all the rest.
– Confucius

Most people don’t know that there are angels whose only job is to make sure you don’t get too comfortable and fall asleep and miss your life.
– Brian Andreas

The wind and the waves are always on the side of the ablest navigators.
– Edward Gibbon

If you haven’t got any charity in your heart, you have the worst kind of heart trouble.
– Bob Hope

Under all speech that is good for anything there lies a silence that is better. Silence is deep as Eternity; speech is shallow as Time.
– Thomas Carlyle

Sex is a flame which uncontrolled may scorch; properly guided, it will light the torch of eternity.
– Joseph Fetterman

There is a Law that man should love his neighbor as himself. In a few years it should be as natural to mankind as breathing or the upright gait; but if he does not learn it he must perish.
– Alfred Adler

I hold it true, whate’er befall; I feel it, when I sorrow most; ‘Tis better to have loved and lost Than never to have loved at all.
– Alfred, Lord Tennyson

The most thoroughly wasted of all days is that on which one has not laughed.
– Chamfort

Cheerfulness in most cheerful people, is the rich and satisfying result of strenuous discipline.
– Edwin Percy Whipple

If I had no sense of humor, I would long ago have committed suicide.
– Mahatma Gandhi

The secret of contentment is knowing how to enjoy what you have, and to be able to lose all desire for things beyond your reach.
– Lin Yutang

Defeat is not the worst of failures. Not to have tried is the true failure.
– George E. Woodberry

Once during Prohibition I was forced to live for days on nothing but food and water.
– W. C. Fields

Complete abstinence is easier than perfect moderation.
– Saint Augustine

Our grand business is not to see what lies dimly at a distance, but to do what lies clearly at hand.
– Thomas Carlyle

Every charitable act is a stepping stone towards heaven.
– Henry Ward Beecher

As the purse is emptied, the heart is filled.
– Victor Hugo

Few will have the greatness to bend history itself; but each of us can work to change a small portion of events, and in the total of all those acts will be written the history of this generation.
– Robert F. Kennedy

There is nothing permanent except change.
– Heraclitus

Good actions ennoble us, and we are the sons of our own deeds.
– Miguel de Cervantes

What you do speaks so loud that I cannot hear what you say.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

Action to be effective must be directed to clearly conceived ends.
– Jawaharlal Nehru

The actions of men are the best interpreters of their thoughts.
– John Locke

I find the great thing in this world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving: To reach the port of heaven, we must sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it,-but we must sail, and not drift, nor lie at anchor.
– Oliver Wendell Holmes

We must make the best of those ills which cannot be avoided.
– Alexander Hamilton

The weather-cock on the church spire, though made of iron, would soon be broken by the storm-wind if it did not understand the noble art of turning to every wind.
– Heinrich Heine

Adventure is not outside a man; it is within.
– David Grayson

Little minds are tamed and subdued by misfortune; but great minds rise above them.
– Washington Irving

Anger blows out the lamp of the mind.
– Robert Green Ingersoll

Anger and intolerance are the twin enemies of correct understanding.
– Mahatma Gandhi

If you have a point to make, don’t try and be clever or subtle about it. Hit the nail on the head. Then hit it again. And again.
Winston Churchill

Aim for the sky, you’ll hit the mountain. Aim for the mountain, you’ll hit the dust beneath.
Sufi proverb

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.
Margaret Mead

Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.
Joshua 10:25

We all desire to be kind and compassionate, but it’s easy to allow the challenges of everyday life to throw us off track. To get back into alignment, ask yourself: “Am I kinder today than I was a year ago?” Do I treat people as if they were precious or problematic? Just for today, vow to act kindly toward everyone with whom you come in contact, and then try to make your experiment a daily habit.
– Mary Manin Morrissey

When you are filled with joy every waking moment, you are then most fully connected to your soul. And from that state of joy and bliss, any action you take, or any thought you think, will ripple out to the entire planet and positively influence all who are open to it. And even those who are not. In fact, that is your very reason for being: to experience joy in every waking moment. To be fully connected to your soul, to your source. In that state, you are flowing the energy of the Universe through your physical body in a way that must, inevitably, touch those around you, often in the most profound way.No one, no matter how spiritually awake or asleep he/she may be, can remain unaffected by such powerful energy as that you radiate when you are in a state of joy. That is, when you are fully connected to your soul, when you are fully who you really are. So when you wonder what your purpose in life is, or what your work is, consider this: No matter what else you may choose to do with your life, if in all, or most, of your waking moments, you are experiencing joy, then you have fulfilled your reason for coming to this lifetime. And you are making a HUGE and positive difference to the planet and all living creatures upon it.
– Chief Joseph

How’s your inner garden? Have the weeds been allowed to overgrow and choke out the rose? Is the stress in your life such that you have not taken time to breathe and smell the rose, let alone nurture it and devote yourself to its emergence? What is the status of the crop you’re raising? Does it look like the harvest will be one that you will enjoy? Are you breaking your back to cultivate money and position, when a crop of love and joy would bring you more happiness?
– Marie T. Russell

O Lord that lends me life, Lend me a heart replete with thankfulness!
– Shakespeare

Occasionally in life there are those moments of unutterable fulfillment which cannot be completely explained by those symbols called words. Their meanings can only be articulated by the inaudible language of the heart.
– Martin Luther King, Jr.

When we surrender to God, we let go of our attachment to how things happen on the outside, and we become more concerned with what happens on the inside.
– Marianne Williamson

Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.
– Albert Schweitzer

Realize that now, in this moment of time, you are creating. You are creating your next moment. That is what’s real. –– Sara Paddison

The winds of grace are always blowing, but you have to raise the sail.
– Ramakrishna

If we choose to believe that we’re responsible for our experiences, the good and the so-called bad, then we have the opportunity to outgrow the effects of the past. We can change. We can be free.
– Louise Hay

A person is buffeted by circumstances so long as he believes himself to be the creature of outside conditions. –– James Allen

One who has learned to love all people will find plenty of people who will return that love.
– Ernest Holmes

The longest journey is the journey inward, for he who has chosen his destiny has started upon his quest for the source of his being.
– Dag Hammarsjkold

Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has many-not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.
– Charles Dickens

Take your life in your own hands, and what happens? A terrible thing: no one to blame.
– Erica Jong

People say “I want peace,” “I want freedom.” And The only way to have freedom or peace is to create them in our own heart. How to do this? First of all through awareness that you can and secondly through constant practice.
– Francesca Pinoni

Both poverty and riches are the offspring of thought.
– Napoleon Hill

Make me sweet again, Fragrant and fresh and wild, And thankful for any small event.
– Rumi

Recognize joy when it arrives in the plain brown wrappings of everyday life. -Judith Viorst

There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving and that’s your own self.
– Aldous Huxley

Everything I need shall be provided today. Everything. Say it, until you believe it. Say it at the beginning of the day. Say it throughout the day. Sometimes, it helps to know what we want and need. But if we don’t, we can trust that God does. When we ask, trust, and believe that our needs will be met, our needs will be met. Sometimes God cares about the silliest little things, if we do.
– Melody Beattie

Appreciation can make a day, even change a life. Your willingness to put it into words is all that is necessary.
– Margaret Cousins

You’ll encounter many obstacles along the road to living your dreams. Some obstacles may be real, some imagined, some may be tangible, and some may be intangible. Some of those obstacles will be created by others, and some will be self-imposed. However they manifest, you will always be given the choice as to whether you give them power.
– Francine Ward

God has made many doors opening into the truth which he opens to all who knock upon them with hands of faith.
– Kahlil Gibran

Remember that happiness is a way of travel, not a destination.
– Roy Goodman

Run forward when possible, walk ahead when you can, stagger onward when you must, but never cease your forward movement.
– Vernon Howard

You create your thoughts. Your thoughts create your intentions. Your intentions create your reality.
– Dr. Wayne Dyer

This being human is a guest house. Every morning is a new arrival. A joy, a depression, a meanness, some momentary awareness comes as an unexpected visitor…Welcome and entertain them all. Treat each guest honorably. The dark thought, the shame, the malice, meet them at the door laughing, and invite them in. Be grateful for whoever comes, because each has been sent as a guide from beyond.
– Rumi

Don’t let what you are being get in the way of what you might become.
– Harry Palmer, Living Deliberately

Every man takes the limits of his own field of vision for the limits of the world.
– Arthur Schopenhauer, 1788-1860

Man is equally incapable of seeing the nothingness from which he emerges and the infinity in which he is engulfed.
– Blaise Pascal, 1623-1662

If I hadn’t believed it, I wouldn’t have seen it with my own eyes.
– Unknown

We turn to God for help when our foundations are shaking only to learn that it is God shaking them.
– Charles West

You cannot take the life of your times further than you have taken yourself.
– Laurens van der Post

All great truths begin as blasphemies.
– George Bernard Shaw

The most beautiful and profound emotion we can experience is the sensation of the mystical. It is the power of all true science.
– Albert Einstein

If one completes the journey to one’s own heart, one will find oneself in the heart of everyone else.
– Father Thomas Keating

A gift consists not in what is done or given, but in the intention of the giver or doer.
– Seneca

A good intention clothes itself with power.
– Emerson

You’ve got to think about the big things while you are doing the small things, so that all the small things go in the right direction.
– Alvin Toffler

Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned.
– Buddha

We are meant to be addicted to God, but we develop secondary addictions that temporarily appear to fix our problem.
– Edward M. Berckman

I awake in the morning,
torn between a desire to save the world,
and a desire to savor the world.
It makes it hard to plan the day.

– E. H. White

The harmony of natural law “Reveals an intelligence of such superiority that, compared with it, all the systematic thinking and acting of human beings is an utterly insignificant reflection.” (The World As I See It).
– Albert Einstein

Whatever the self describes, describes the self.
– Jakob Boehme

History has tried hard to teach us that we can’t have good government under politicians.
– Mark Twain

Think with your heart. Love with your head.
– Anonymous

Genius has always attracted violent opposition from mediocre minds.
– Albert Einstein

Success is moving from one failure to another without loss of enthusiasm.
– Winston Churchill

If you don’t break your ropes while you’re alive, do you think ghosts will do it after?
– Rumi

But couldn’t everyone’s life become a work of art? Why should the lamp or the house be an art object, but not your life?
– Michel Foucault

Most men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most pick themselves up and continue as if nothing happened.
– Winston Churchill

The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees opportunity in every difficulty.
– Winston Churchill

Science is not only compatible with spirituality; it is a profound source of spirituality.
– Carl Sagan

When an archer shoots for nothing, he has all his skill. If he shoots for a brass buckle, he is already nervous. If he shoots for a prize of gold, he goes blind. Or, if he sees two targets, he is out of his mind. He thinks more of winning than shooting, and the need to win drains him of power.
– Chuan Tzu, Taoist sage

What we achieve inwardly will change outer reality.
– Plutarch

All truth goes through three stages.
First it is ridiculed.
Then it is violently opposed
Finally it is accepted as self-evident
– Schopenhauer

It’s what you learn after you know it all that counts.
– John Wooden

And here are some of my favorite predictions:

Airplanes are interesting toys, but of no military value. -Marshall Foch, WWI French Commander, 1911

Everything that can be invented has been invented. -Charles Duell, US commissioner of Patents, 1899

Computers in the future may only weigh 1.5 tons. -Popular Mechanics, 1949

Last words of Union General John Sedgwick: The rebel artillery couldn’t hit an elephant at this dist…