Inspirational Quotes

These are quotes I’ve collected through the years that I kept in journals, because each one I found special for one reason or another, whether they were a sign for me or something I needed to hear or as a boost of inspiration, or even as an answer to something I’d been pondering. I also have a special page of Quotes on Animals. En~Joy!


“I shut my eyes in order to see.” Paul Gaugin

“What is in one is in the whole, and therefore, ultimately, each soul is responsible for the whole world.” Gary Zukav

“We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life, is when men are afraid of the Light.” Plato

“Awareness is our true self; it’s what we are. So we don’t have to try to develop awareness; we simply need to notice how we block awareness with our thoughts, our fantasies, our opinions, and our judgments. We’re either in awareness, which is our natural state, or we’re doing something else.” Joko Beck

“True religion is the life we live, not the creed we profess.” J.F. Wright

“You do not become good by trying to be good, but by finding the goodness that is already within you, and allowing that goodness to emerge.” Eckhart Tolle, A New Earth, Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose

“A man may imagine things that are false, but he can only understand things that are true, for if the things be false, the apprehension of them is not understanding.” Isaac Newton

“The challenge is to believe your dreams in the center of illusion.” Emmanuel (Pat Rodegast)

“Love is a force that connects us to every strand of the universe, an unconditional state that characterizes human nature, a form of knowledge that is always there for us if only we can open ourselves to it.” Emily H. Sell

“As you recognize that you already own the wholeness you seek, and no one outside you can give you more than you already are, dysfunctional situations will evaporate like bad dreams exposed to the morning sun.” Alan Cohen

“Nature uses only the longest threads to weave her patterns, so that each small piece of her fabric reveals the organization of the entire tapestry.” Richard Feynman

“Enlightenment does not ask you to be perfect; it simply asks you to find perfection right where you stand.” Alan Cohen

“The only thing more important than being good is being real. Authenticity is kinder than resignation without conviction. Truth leads to good faster than good leads to truth. Ultimately truth is good, but you have to live it from the inside out.” Alan Cohen

“See the world as if for the first time; see it through the eyes of a child, and you will suddenly find that you are free.” Deepak Chopra

“When your sense of worth exceeds your conditions, conditions will shift to match your vision.” Alan Cohen

“I shall not commit the fashionable stupidity of regarding everything I cannot explain as a fraud.” Carl Jung

“The greatest gift that you can give yourself is a little bit of your own attention.” Anthony J. D’ Angelo

“A cloud does not know why it moves in just such a direction and at such a speed. It feels an impulsion. this is the place to go now. But the sky knows the reasons and patterns behind all clouds. And you will know, too, when you lift yourself high enough to see beyond horizons.” Richard Bach, Illusions

“The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed.” Carl Jung

“In any conflict, we can defend ourselves or we can learn. Defense has made the world unlivable. What would happen if we chose to learn instead? Instead of saying, ‘You frighten me’, what if we said, ‘You interest me’?” Leslie Back, One

“Walk on a rainbow trail; walk on a trail of song, and all about you will be beauty. There is a way out of every dark mist, over a rainbow trail.” Edward A. Navajo

“Truth is the secret of eloquence and of virtue, the basis of moral authority; it is the highest summit of art and of life.” Henri Frederic Amiel

“A small boy looked at a star and began to weep. The star said, ‘Boy, why are you weeping?’ And the boy said, ‘You are so far away I will never be able to touch you.’ And the star answered, ‘Boy, if I were not already in your heart, you would not be able to see me.’ ” John Magliola

“Kind words produce their own image in men’s souls; and a beautiful image it is. They soothe and quiet and comfort the hearer. They shame him out of his sour, morose, unkind feelings. We have not yet begun to use kind words in such abundance as they ought to be used.” Blaise Pascal

“My profession is to be always on the alert to find God in nature, to know his lurking-places, to attend all the oratorios, the operas in nature.” Henry David Thoreau

“The glory of friendship is not the outstretched hand, nor the kindly smile nor the joy of companionship; it is the spiritual inspiration that comes to one when he discovers that someone else believes in him and is willing to trust him.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.” Helen Keller

“If the sight of the blue skies fills you with joy, if a blade of grass springing up in the fields has power to move you, if the simple things of nature have a message that you understand, rejoice, for your soul is alive…” Eleonora Duse

“Every now and again take a good look at something not made with hands – a mountain, a star, the turn of a stream. There will come to you wisdom and patience and solace and, above all, the assurance that you are not alone in the world.” Sidney Lovett

“There will come a time when you believe everything is finished. That will be the beginning.” Louis L’Amour

“To the dull mind all nature is leaden. To the enlightened mind the whole world sparkles and burns.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Oh, the comfort, the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person, having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words, but pouring them all out, just as they are, chaff and grain together, certain that a faithful hand will take and sift them, keep what is worth keeping, and with a breath of kindness blow the rest away.” Dinah Craik

“To be a philosopher is not merely to have subtle thoughts, nor even to found a school, but so to love wisdom as to live according to its dictates a life of simplicity, independence, magnanimity, and trust. It is to solve some of the problems of life, not only theoretically, but practically.” Henry David Thoreau

“There is a form of laughter that springs from the heart, heard every day in the merry voice of childhood, the expression of a laughter — loving spirit that defies analysis by the philosopher, which has nothing rigid or mechanical in it, and totally without social significance. Bubbling spontaneously from the heart of child or man. Without egotism and full of feeling, laughter is the music of life.” Sir William Osler

“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. Delicious ambiguity.” Gilda Radner

“Be inspired with the belief that life is a great and noble calling; not a mean and groveling thing that we are to shuffle through as we can, but an elevated and lofty destiny.” William E. Gladstone

“And, when he shall die, Take him and cut him out in little stars, And he will make the face of Heaven so fine That all the world will be in love with night And pay no worship to the garish sun.” {Romeo and Juliet} – William Shakespeare

“All day I have been tossed and whirled in a preposterous happiness; was it an elf in the blood? Or a bird in the brain? Or even part of the cloudily crested, fifty-league-long, loud, uplifted wave of a journeying angels transit over and through my heart?” C.S. Lewis

“A true man never frets about his place in the world, but just slides into it by the gravitation of his nature, and swings there as easily as a star.” Edwin H. Chapin

“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 Turner

“Begin doing what you want to do now. We are not living in eternity. We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand, and melting like a snowflake.” Marie Beyon Ray

“Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.” Helen Keller

“There is always hope for an individual who stops to do some serious thinking about life.” Katherine Logan

“If I accept you as you are, I will make you worse; however if I treat you as though you are what you are capable of becoming, I help you become that.” Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” Mark Twain

“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” Leo Buscaglia

“Everyone who is seriously involved in the pursuit of science becomes convinced that a spirit is manifest in the laws of the universe…” Albert Einstein

“Each of us embodies, in a particular tale and clothed in the garments of time & place, universal truth and everlasting life.” JRR Tolkien in letter to poet WH Auden

“Life is like a finger, pointing to the Moon. If you look at the finger… you will miss all the heavenly glory.” from Enter the Dragon, Bruce Lee tells his pupil

“Become a possibilitarian. No matter how dark things seem to be or actually are, raise your sights and see the possibilities. Always see them, for they’re always there.” Norman Vincent Peale

“Dynamic choices made in the physical, the daring to follow the path set by the heart, are the only prerequisites to ultimate success.” Mentor, Agartha

“Bad things are not the worst that can happen to us. NOTHING is the worst that can happen to us.” Richard Bach, One

“The mark of your ignorance is the depth of your belief in injustice and tragedy. What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls a butterfly.” Richard Bach, Illusions

“I love to think of nature as an unlimited broadcasting system through which God speaks to us every hour, if we will only tune in.” George Washington Carver

“This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness.” The Dalai Lama

“Spirituality leaps where science cannot yet follow, because science must always test and measure, and much of reality and human experience is immeasurable.” Miriam Simos

“Human misery is more often caused not so much by stupidity as by ignorance, particularly our own ignorance about ourselves.” Carl Sagan

“It’s OK to have butterflies in your stomach. Just get them to fly in formation.” Helen Keller

“Love is not always doing what brings pleasure; love is also doing what is good for someone, whatever the cost at the moment. sometimes, it’s leaving… for awhile – and the love is shown, then, in the pain given. For pain is a lesson best learned from the one who loves you the most.” Linda Goodman, Gooberz

“A human being is an expression of life, bringing light, reflecting love across whatever dimension it chooses to touch, in whatever form it chooses to take. Humanity isn’t a physical description, it’s a spiritual goal. It’s not something we’re given, it’s something we earn.” Mashara, One

“You do not suffer because things are impermanent. You suffer because things are impermanent and you think they are permanent.” Thich Nhat Hanh

“Where nature goes to create stars, galaxies, quarks and leptons, you and I also go to create ourselves.” Deepak Chopra

“The ageless melody, unheard, heals; the healing vision, unseen, leads; the true leaders, immortal, know….” Kahlil Gibran

“Awareness is given to the newborn, but must be sought by the adult.” Mentor, Agartha

“He who knows others is learned; he who knows himself is wise.” Lao Tzu

“This world is but a canvas to our imaginations.” Henry David Thoreau

“A mind that has been stretched will never return to it’s original dimension.” Albert Einstein

“Healing and positive life change comes from having the courage and spiritual conviction to look squarely at life’s impermanence.” Meredith Young Sowers

“All friendly feelings toward others come from the friendly feelings a person has for himself.” Aristotle

“What is past holds potential wisdom for the present. What is present is only temporary, and continually shifts within the structure of change. Then what is the future? It is the truth of action taken and the awareness of this truth as it exists in the heart of Divine Intention.” Mentor, Agartha

“People who do not need to please are irresistible because they radiate wholeness, a rare delicacy in a world of hungry hearts.” Alan Cohen

“Grace fills empty spaces, but it can only enter where there is a void to receive it, and it is grace itself which makes this void.” Simon Weil

“Meditation means learning how to get out of this current, sit by its bank and listen to it, learn from it, and then use its energies to guide us.” Jon Kabat Zin

“Don’t be dismayed at goodbyes. A farewell is necessary before you can meet again. And meeting again, after moments or lifetimes, is certain for those who are friends.” Richard Bach, Illusions

“The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, worry about the future, or anticipate troubles but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly.” Buddha

“Your conscience is the measure of the honesty of your selfishness. Listen to it carefully.” Richard Bach, Illusions

“Consult not your fears but your hopes and your dreams. Think not about your frustrations, but about your unfulfilled potential. Concern yourself not with what you tried and failed, but with what is still possible for you to do.” Pope John XXIII

“We do not believe in ourselves until someone reveals that deep inside us is valuable, worth listening to, worthy of our trust, sacred to our touch. Once we believe in ourselves we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight or any experience that reveals the human spirit.” E.E. Cummings

“The heart is the only constant and sure beam to follow ones cosmic door of understanding.” Mentor, Agartha

“Everything that happens to us is a reflection of who we are.” Deepak Chopra, Ageless Body/Timeless Mind

“There is no remedy for love but to love more.” Henry David Thoreau, Journal, July 25, 1839

“Great spirits have always found violent opposition from mediocrities. The latter cannot understand it when a man does not thoughtlessly submit to hereditary prejudices but honestly and courageously uses his intelligence.” Albert Einstein

“If a man be gracious and courteous to strangers, it shows that he is a citizen of the world, and that his heart is no island cut off from other lands, but a continent that joins to them.” Francis Bacon

“We must be as courteous to a man as we are to a picture, which we are willing to give the advantage of a good light.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

“I don’t think of all the misery, but of all the beauty that still remains.” Anne Frank

“Serene will be our days, and bright and happy will our nature be, when love is an unerring light, and joy its own security.” William Wordsworth

“It is never too late to be what you might have been.” George Elliot

“Don’t fear change. It’s always for the best.” Richard Bach, Illusions

“There is only one happiness in life – to love and be loved.” Amandine Dupin

“How far that little candle throws his beams! So shines a good deed in a weary world.” William Shakespeare

“Wealth consists not in having great possessions, but in having few wants.” Epicurus 341 BC-270 BC – ancient Greek philosopher

“Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves.” James M. Barrie

“As much of heaven is visible as we have eyes to see.” William Winter

“By cultivating the beautiful we scatter the seeds of heavenly flowers, as by doing good we cultivate those that belong to humanity.” Vernon Howard

“Truly I have looked in the very heart of darkness and refused to yield to its paralyzing influence, but in spirit I am one of those who walk the morning.” Helen Keller

“Remember not only to say the right thing in the right place, but far more difficult still, to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.” Benjamin Franklin

“As long as you’re actively pursuing your dream with a practical plan, you’re still achieving, even if it feels as though you’re going nowhere fast. Its been my experience that at the very moment I feel like giving up, I’m only one step from a breakthrough. Hang on long enough and circumstances will change, too. Trust in yourself, your dream and spirit.” Sarah Ban Breathnach

“Don’t let the fear of the time it will take to accomplish something stand in the way of your doing it. The time will pass anyway; we might just as well put that passing time to the best possible use.” Earl Nightingale

“If we wont be better tomorrow than we are today, then what do we need tomorrow for?” Rabbi Nahman

“Choose Life! Only that and always! At whatever risk, to let life leak out, to let it wear away by the mere passage of time, to withhold giving and spending it… is to choose nothing.” Sister Helen Kelley

“People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.” Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

“Learning is finding out what you already know. Doing is demonstrating that you know it. Teaching is reminding others that they know it just as well as you do. We are all learners, doers and teachers.” Richard Bach, Illusions

“Courage is the first of human qualities, because it is the quality which guarantees all others.” Winston Churchill

“The very presence of an angel is a communication. Even when an angel crosses our path in silence, God has said to us, ‘I am here. I am present in your life’.” Tobias Palmer

“Music is well said to be the speech of angels; in fact, nothing among the utterances allowed to man is felt to be so divine. It brings us near to the infinite.” Thomas Carlyle

“True courage is a result of reasoning. A brave mind is always impregnable.” Jeremy Collier

“The natural flights of the human mind are not from pleasure to pleasure, but from hope to hope.” Samuel Johnson

“What a doctor or healer tells you is a reflection of the beliefs and expectations you hold. Change your beliefs and you change the prognosis. Who is the doctor? The mind of the patient.” Alan Cohen

“The force of union conquers all.” Homer

“True love is the most enduring of all of life’s worldly possessions, never tarnishing over time but ever to remain bright and brilliant in the light of love.” Joseph P. Martino

“The wisdom of the wise, and the experience of ages, may be preserved by quotations.Isaac D’Israeli