50 Soul Quotes That Have Touched My Life

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“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.

 

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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.

On Love

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

On Beauty

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

On Happiness

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

On Peace

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

On Work

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

On Change

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

On You

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.


The Invitation

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 love
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
be careful
be realistic
to remember the limitations of being human.

It doesn’t interest me if the story you are telling me
is true.
I want to know if you can
disappoint another
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
every day.
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,
Yes.”

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
with me
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
with yourself
and if you truly like the company you keep
in the empty moments.


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Comments

  1. Very nice list of quotes!

    I would like to complete the list with 2 more quotes that touched my soul deeply:

    “Self-education is, I firmly believe, the only kind of education there is.”
    Isaac Asimov

    “If you believe you can, you probably can. If you believe you won’t, you most assuredly won’t. Belief is the ignition switch that gets you off the launching pad.”
    Denis Waitley

    • Barrie Davenport says:

      Thank you Max. And I love the quotes you listed. Thank you for sharing.

      • Taylor Parks says:

        Hello Berrie!

        May I ask where you’ve acquired your wealth of knowledge? I would really like to know how you have come to be. Very poorly stated. I struggle with expressing my points via writing, so forgive me! :D

        Email: tgp1354@gmail.com

        If you wish to choose to email me directly that would be much appreciated!
        Thank you for your time!

    • sandeep singh says:

      ITS REALLY GREAT quotes thank you so much giving this a such a wonderful thing which is helps me in my life.

  2. Thank you for the wonderful list of quotes, Barrie. Lifted my spirits up this beautiful morning.

    Would like to share two of my favorites:

    “Everything in life need not be perfect to be perfect.” – Unknown

    “Be still, and know that I am God.” – The Bible, Psalm 46:10

  3. A very wonderful list of quotes. I would also second the opinion of Max on the two quotes. It is very much true that self-education is the bestest education one can give to self.

    Would like to share a quote that I like:

    Insanity is doing the same thing again and again and expecting a different result – Einstein.

  4. DiscoveredJoys says:

    From an author famous for a different genre:

    “Not all those who wander are lost.”
    ~J.R.R. Tolkien

  5. Thank you Barrie.
    These are wonderful quotes and a great thought-provoking poem to crown them.
    Murigi.

  6. Great quotes, Barrie! I have to add a favorite of mine, too:

    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

  7. Sofia Nobre says:

    “We were fortunate… all this time we’ve been given… we must use it well.”

  8. Caleb Miller says:

    This quote is my fav.

    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

    I believe that as our ego and our own personal stories and movies stop repeating themselves, they just melt away and we come to see more and more of our true nature as awareness and peace and love.

    It’s the inward journey.

    31. “The only journey is the journey within.” ~Rainer Maria Rilke

  9. I like the quote number 17 about courage and fear. So inspiring!
    Thanks for the list Barrie! I love it!

  10. So many of my favorite ones right up on this list.

    There are actually too many good quotes out there, and these kinds of lists are useful whenever we’re looking for some inspiration. I do keep my own list and it’s about time to update it.

  11. The light of friendship is like the light of phosphorus,brightest when all around is dark.

    I love this one.
    I enjoyed each and every one on your list!

  12. I am in outraged to look at my actions by this quote.

    Your actions speak so loudly,I can hardly hear what you say.

  13. That last comment was supposed to say “in encouraged” not “outraged” sorry!

  14. Abdul Wajed Quadri says:

    Thanks a lot for heart touching quotes.
    Add one of my favourite .
    Watch your Thoughts for They brcome your Words.
    Watch your Words for they become your Actions.
    Watch your actions for they become your Habits …
    Watch your Habits for they become your Character …
    Watch your Character for they become your Destiny ..

  15. Gokaran Reddy says:

    Hey! Berry!
    Nice Post! I loved the Poem at the End!
    Thank you!

  16. Eric cool says:

    its morning and my day has turned into golden rays

  17. sandeep singh says:

    Thanks you for these all QUOTES its really heat teaching.
    In my life these all quotes play a very important role and i learnt them lots.

    LoVe YoU and KeEp DoInG

    BE HAPPY

  18. kuchay aamir says:

    One day your life will flash
    before your eyes. Make sure it’s
    worth watching

  19. marchellino stevean alexchandra says:

    great quotes

    I want to be like water,because can slip
    through the fingers , but hold up a ship

  20. There’s always a way and those who seeketh findeth.

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