“In quoting others, we cite ourselves.”~ Julio Cortázar
You may notice that I often begin my posts with life quotes.
I do this because it sets the tone for the message I’m hoping to share.
And because there are so many eloquent writers who express an idea far more elegantly than I am able to do.
Quotes are bite-sized nuggets of wisdom and inspiration that, in this age of information overload, provide a moment’s peaceful respite and reflection. A well-timed quote can unlock doorways in our hearts and minds, providing just what we need to know at the moment we read it.
There are so many soul quotes that have touched my life. I thought I’d share a few of them with you here.
1. “Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.” ~Lao Tzu
2. “You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.”~Dr. Seuss
3. “Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.” ~Rumi
Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it. ~Rumi
4. “Love gives naught but itself and takes naught but from itself. Love possesses not nor would it be possessed; For love is sufficient unto love.” ~Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet
5. “People think a soul mate is your perfect fit, and that’s what everyone wants. But a true soul mate is a mirror, the person who shows you everything that is holding you back, the person who brings you to your own attention so you can change your life.” ~Elizabeth Gilbert; Eat, Pray, Love
On Life Passion
6. “The most powerful weapon on earth is the human soul on fire.” ~Field Marshal Ferdinand Foch
7. “Those who danced were thought to be quite insane by those who could not hear the music.” ~Angela Monet
8. “Don’t ask yourself what the world needs; ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” ~Howard Thurman
Don’t ask yourself what the world needs; ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive. ~Howard Thurman
9. “We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.” ~E.M. Forster
10. “The world is full of people who have stopped listening to themselves or have listened only to their neighbors to learn what they ought to do, how they ought to behave, and what the values are they should be living for.” ~Joseph Campbell
11. “Beauty awakens the soul to act.” ~Dante Alighieri
12. “Life is full of beauty. Notice it. Notice the bumble bee, the small child, and the smiling faces. Smell the rain, and feel the wind. Live your life to the fullest potential, and fight for your dreams.” ~Ashley Smith
13. “I don’t think of all the misery but of the beauty that still remains.” ~Anne Frank
14. “Beauty saves. Beauty heals. Beauty motivates. Beauty unites. Beauty returns us to our origins, and here lies the ultimate act of saving, of healing, of overcoming dualism.” ~Matthew Fox
15. “Today, like every other day, we wake up empty
and frightened. Don’t open the door to the study
and begin reading. Take down a musical instrument.
Let the beauty we love be what we do.
There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground.” ~Rumi, Spring Giddiness
On Facing Fear
16. “You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thingyou think you cannot do.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt
17. “Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear.” ~Ambrose Redmoon
18. “Perhaps the most important thing we can undertake toward the reduction of fear is to make it easier for people to accept themselves, to like themselves.” ~Bonaro W. Overstreet
19. “Death is not the biggest fear we have; our biggest fear is taking the risk to be alive — the risk to be alive and express what we really are.” ~Don Miguel Ruiz
Death is not the biggest fear we have; our biggest fear is taking the risk to be alive — the risk to be alive and express what we really are. ~Don Miguel Ruiz
20. “Fear arises through identification with form, whether it be a material possession, a physical body, a social role, a self-image, a thought, or an emotion. It arises through unawareness of the formless inner dimension of consciousness or spirit, which is the essence of who you are. You are trapped in object consciousness, unaware of the dimension of inner space which alone is true freedom.” ~Eckhart Tolle
21. “The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quiet, alone with the heavens, nature and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be and that God wishes to see people happy, amidst the simple beauty of nature.” ~Anne Frank
22. “Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be.” ~Abraham Lincoln
23. “If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.” ~Dalai Lama
24. “Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance, order, rhythm and harmony.” ~Thomas Merton
25. “True happiness . . . is not attained through self-gratification, but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.” ~Helen Keller
26. “The most valuable possession you can own is an open heart. The most powerful weapon you can be is an instrument of peace.” ~Carlos Santana
27. “If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.” ~Mother Teresa
28. “Through my love for you, I want to express my love for the whole cosmos, the whole of humanity, and all beings. By living with you, I want to learn to love everyone and all species. If I succeed in loving you, I will be able to love everyone and all species on Earth… This is the real message of love.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh, Teachings on Love
29. “Make peace with the universe. Take joy in it. It will turn to gold. Resurrection will be now. Every moment, a new beauty.” ~Rumi
30. “Peace is a daily, a weekly, a monthly process, gradually changing opinions, slowly eroding old barriers, quietly building new structures.” ~John F. Kennedy
On Personal Growth
31. “The only journey is the journey within.” ~Rainer Maria Rilke
32. “Fear less, hope more, eat less, chew more, whine less, breathe more, talk less, say more, hate less, love more, and good things will be yours.” ~Swedish Proverb
Fear less, hope more, eat less, chew more, whine less, breathe more, talk less, say more, hate less, love more, and good things will be yours. ~Swedish Proverb
33. “You and I are essentially infinite choice-makers. In every moment of our existence, we are in that field of all possibilities where we have access to an infinity of choices.” ~Deepak Chopra
34. “Maturity includes the recognition that no one is going to see anything in us that we don’t see in ourselves. Stop waiting for a producer. Produce yourself.” ~Marianne Williamson
35. “Be not the slave of your own past. Plunge into the sublime seas, dive deep and swim far, so you shall come back with self-respect, with new power, with an advanced experience that shall explain and overlook the old.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
36. “Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.” ~Theodore Roosevelt
37. “Work is love made visible. And if you cannot work with love but only with distaste, it is better that you should leave your work and sit at the gate of the temple and take alms of those who work with joy.” ~Khalil Gibran, The Prophet
38. “Perhaps the very best question that you can memorize and repeat, over and over, is, “what is the most valuable use of my time right now?” ~ Brian Tracy
39. “What we really want to do is what we are really meant to do. When we do what we are meant to do, money comes to us, doors open for us, we feel useful, and the work we do feels like play to us.” ~Julia Cameron
40. “Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work.” ~Stephen King
41. “If we don’t change, we don’t grow. If we don’t grow, we aren’t really living.” ~Gail Sheehy
42. “To exist is to change, to change is to mature, to mature is to go on creating oneself endlessly.” ~Henri Bergson
To exist is to change, to change is to mature, to mature is to go on creating oneself endlessly. ~Henri Bergson
43. “You have to decide what your highest priorities are and have the courage — pleasantly, smilingly, non-apologetically — to say ‘no’ to other things. And the way to do that is by having a bigger ‘yes’ burning inside.” ~Stephen Covey
44. “A year from now you will wish you had started today.” ~Karen Lamb
45. “Sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.” ~Marilyn Monroe
46. “You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” ~A.A. Milne
47. “One day your life will flash before your eyes. Make sure it’s worth watching.” ~Unknown
48. “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?” ~Steve Jobs
There’s nothing more badass than being who you are. ~Darren Criss
49. “There’s nothing more badass than being who you are.” ~Darren Criss
50. Note: I am ending my list of quotes with one of my favorite poems just for you.
Oriah Mountain Dreamer, Canadian Teacher and Author
It doesn’t interest me what you do for a living
I want to know what you ache for
and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart’s longing.
It doesn’t interest me how old you are
I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool
for your dreams
for the adventure of being alive.
It doesn’t interest me what planets are squaring your moon…
I want to know if you have touched the center of your own sorrow
if you have been opened by life’s betrayals
or have become shriveled and closed
from fear of further pain.
I want to know if you can sit with pain
mine or your own
without moving to hide it
or fade it
or fix it.
I want to know if you can be with joy
mine or your own
if you can dance with wildness
and let the ecstasy fill you to the tips of your
fingers and toes
without cautioning us to
to remember the limitations of being human.
It doesn’t interest me if the story you are telling me
I want to know if you can
to be true to yourself.
If you can bear the accusation of betrayal
and not betray your own soul.
If you can be faithless
and therefore trustworthy.
I want to know if you can see Beauty
even when it is not pretty
And if you can source your own life
from its presence.
I want to know if you can live with failure
yours and mine
and still stand on the edge of the lake
and shout to the silver of the full moon,
It doesn’t interest me
to know where you live or how much money you have.
I want to know if you can get up
after a night of grief and despair
weary and bruised to the bone
and do what needs to be done
to feed the children.
It doesn’t interest me who you know
or how you came to be here.
I want to know if you will stand
in the center of the fire
and not shrink back.
It doesn’t interest me where or what or with whom
you have studied.
I want to know what sustains you
from the inside
when all else falls away.
I want to know if you can be alone
and if you truly like the company you keep
in the empty moments.