Life will break you. Nobody can protect you from that, and living alone won’t either, for solitude will also break you with its yearning. You have to love. You have to feel. It is the reason you are here on earth. You are here to risk your heart. You are here to be swallowed up. And when it happens that you are broken, or betrayed, or left, or hurt, or death brushes near, let yourself sit by an apple tree and listen to the apples falling all around you in heaps, wasting their sweetness. Tell yourself you tasted as many as you could. ~ Louise Erdrich, The Painted Drum
With love you don’t bargain. There, the choice is not yours. Love is a mirror, it reflects only your essence, if you have the courage to look in its face. ~Rumi
Love is of all passions the strongest, for it attacks simultaneously the head, the heart and the senses. ~Lao Tzo
He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. ~Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
The man who begins to say it can’t be done is often interrupted by somebody else doing it. ~quote generally attributed to Confucius, George Bernard Shaw, or Elbert Hubbard
When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it. ~Henry Ford
The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits. ~Einstein,
Your friends will believe in your potential, your enemies will make you live up to it. ~Tim Fargo
We usually get what we anticipate. ~Claude Bristol
Part of the healing process is sharing with other people who care.
First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win. ~Mahatma Gandhi
It is not more surprising to be born twice than once; everything in nature is resurrection. ~Voltaire
The law of floatation was not discovered by contemplating the sinking of things. ~Thomas Troward
The Divine “is everywhere, in every direction, in every space, without exception.” ~Kamla K. Kapur
Fear heralds growth. B-r-e-a-t-h-e. Expand. Welcome the experience.
If our votes mattered, they wouldn’t let us do it. ~Mark Twain
Your mind is a powerful thing. When you filter it with positive thoughts, your life will start to change. ~Buddha
Miracles are not contrary to nature, but only contrary to what we know about nature. ~St. Augustine
Stay out of the “Why” and enter the “What.” “Why” is a circuitous mental process that often confounds. When we enter the “What” and explore the qualities (color, texture, etc.) of feelings we discover there, the “Why” will present itself…
If at first you don’t succeed, you’re running about average.
The problem with setting a good example for our children is that it can take all the fun out of our own middle age. Discern wisely!
If you stay in one place long enough, the world will come to you; it doesn’t have a choice…
Death is an end to life, as waking is an end to sleep…
Our souls do not keep time; they merely record growth…
We are all angels with one wing; we can fly only by embracing each other…
Turn judgment into compassion. Turn greed into generosity. Turn ignorance into wisdom. Turn hate into forgiveness. Hate is more toxic than any chemical; it works from the inside out.
Indigenous Peoples’ Prophecy: When the Mother Earth is sick and the animals dying, there will come a tribe of peoples from all cultures who believe in deeds, not words, and they will restore the Mother Earth to her former beauty. This Tribe will be called The Warriors of the Rainbow.
Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others. ~Cicero
Compassion is not religious business, it is human business. It is not luxury, it is essential for our own peace and mental stability. It is essential for human survival. ~Dalai Lama
In the practice of tolerance, one’s enemy is the best teacher.
~Dalai Lama (And the enemy may be one’s own fear…)
No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted. ~Aesop
Forgiveness is mental floss! Build the capacity to forgive slowly – start with little unkind acts, otherwise you’ll sabotage yourself. When we forgive, we forgive the actor, not the action.
~Steven & Ondrea Levine
I add my breath to your breath
That our lives may be long on this earth
That the lives of our people may be long
May the Mother bless you with life
May your life path be fulfilled
As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others. ~Nelson Mandella
She finally understood the vision. She must walk alone. Everything she had lived through had prepared her for this journey. And she was not afraid. For the first time, Ayla felt the strength of her own spirit.
~Jean Auel, Clan of the Cave Bear
For LIGHT, I go directly to the source of light, not to any of the reflections. ~Peace Pilgrim
We are healed by a suffering only by experiencing it to the full.
If women could move mountains… They wouldn’t! What’s the point? Mountains look great just where they are!
~Jane Evershed, Power of Women card series
Fear is the main source of superstition, and one of the main sources of cruelty. To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom.
You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, “I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.” You must do the thing you think you cannot do. ~Eleanor Roosevelt
On no subject are our ideas more warped and pitiable than on death. Let children walk with nature, let them see the beautiful blendings and communions of death and life, their joyous inseparable unity, as taught in woods and meadows, plains and mountains and streams of our blessed star, and they will learn that death is stingless indeed, and as beautiful as life, and that the grave has no victory, for it never fights. All is divine harmony. ~John Muir
Prayer indeed is good, but while calling on the gods a man should himself lend a hand. ~Hippocrates
Destiny is not a 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 moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. ~W. H. Murray
Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside us while we live. ~Norman Cousins
He who has a why to live can bear almost any how. ~Nietzsche
Courage is the price that life exacts
for granting peace. The soul that
Knows it not, knows no release
From little things; knows not the
livid loneliness of fear, Nor mountain
heights where bitter joy can hear
The sound of wings.
Independence? That’s middle-class blasphemy. We are all dependent on one another, every soul of us on earth. ~George Bernard Shaw
The best thing about the future is that it comes only one day at a time. ~Abraham Lincoln
It is the commonest of mistakes to consider that the limit of our power of perception is also the limit of all there is to perceive.
Humor is a prelude to faith and
Laughter is the beginning of prayer.
One word frees us of all the weight and pain of life: That word is love. ~Sophocles 406 B.C.
Until one has loved an animal, part of their soul remains unawakened. ~Anatole France
Dear God, Help me believe the truth about myself, no matter how beautiful it is. ~John McGrann
Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishments.
Humor is something that thrives between man’s aspirations and his limitations. There is more logic in humor than in anything else. Because, you see, humor is truth. ~Victor Hugo
Creativity can solve almost any problem. The creative act, the defeat of habit by originality, overcomes everything. ~George Lois
We are not to fear the strangeness we feel. The future must enter into us long before it happens. ~Rainer Maria Rilke
Life is no brief candle to me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.
~George Bernard Shaw
I see in the near future a crisis approaching that unnerves me and causes me to tremble for the safety of my country…corporations have been enthroned and an era of corruption in high places will follow, and the money power of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working on the prejudices of the people until all wealth is aggregated in a few hands and the Republic is destroyed.
~President Abraham Lincoln, November 21, 1884