Quotes

I keep a list of inspirational quotes I come across and it is ever growing. Their wisdom always shines some light into dark places. Enjoy scrolling through and be inspired!

Albert Schweitzer

The only thing of importance, when we depart, will be the traces of love we have left behind.

At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.

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

Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing.

Alberto Rios

If someone in your family tree was trouble,
A hundred were not:
The bad do not win - not finally,
No matter how loud they are.
We simply would not be here
If that were so.
You are made, fundamentally, from the good.
With this knowledge, you never march alone.
You are the breaking news of the century.
You are the good who has come forward.
Through it all, even if so many days
Feel otherwise.

from "A house called tomorrow"

Barack Obama

The best way to not feel hopeless is to get up and do something. Don’t wait for good things to happen to you. If you go out and make some good things happen, you will fill the world with hope, you will fill yourself with hope.

Hope is not blind optimism. It’s not ignoring the enormity of the task ahead or the roadblocks that stand in our path. It’s not sitting on the sidelines or shirking from a fight. Hope is that thing inside us that insists, despite all evidence to the contrary, that something better awaits us if we have the courage to reach for it, and to work for it, and to fight for it. Hope is the belief that destiny will not be written for us, but by us, by the men and women who are not content to settle for the world as it is, who have the courage to remake the world as it should be.

Learning to stand in somebody else’s shoes, to see through their eyes, that’s how peace begins. And it’s up to you to make that happen. Empathy is a quality of character that can change the world.

Change is never easy, but always possible.

Keep exploring. Keep dreaming. Keep asking why. Don’t settle for what you already know. Never stop believing in the power of your ideas, your imagination, your hard work to change the world.

Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.

Brené Brown

It takes courage to say yes to rest and play in a culture where exhaustion is seen as a status symbol.

Owning our story and loving ourselves through that process is the bravest thing we’ll ever do.

The only unique contribution that we will ever make in this world will be born of our creativity.

Buddha

Be a lamp to yourself. Be your own confidence. Hold on to the truth within yourself as to the only truth.

What you think, you become. What you feel, you attract. What you imagine, you create.

You cannot calm the storm, so stop trying. Calm yourself. The storm will pass.

Byron Katie

When we stop opposing reality, action becomes simple, fluid, kind, and fearless.

Until the mind is open, the heart stays closed. The open mind is the key to the open heart.

There are two ways to be. One is at war with reality and the other is at peace.

Chanda Kochhar

Aim for the sky, but move slowly, enjoying every step along the way. It is all those little steps that make the journey complete.

Cory Booker

Hope is the active conviction that despair will never have the last word.

Dalai Lama

There is a saying in Tibetan, ‘Tragedy should be utilized as a source of strength.’ No matter what sort of difficulties, how painful experience is, if we lose our hope, that’s our real disaster.

Real change in the world will only come from a change of heart.

Do not let the behaviour of others destroy your inner peace.

Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive.

David Ben-Gurion

In order to be a realist you must believe in miracles.

Deepak Chopra

Focus on your gifts, not on your weaknesses. Your weaknesses will be complemented by other people.

Purpose of life: the progressive expansion of happiness , the ability to love and have compassion, the ability to be in touch with the creative source inside you. The ability to fulfil worthy goals.

The secret to a happy life is to recognize that no matter what the situation is there is a creative opportunity in it. Finding meaning and purpose in your life to make a contribution, and ultimately, to make other people happy.

Choosing stillness in the midst of chaos is the path toward living in peace.

Eleanor Roosevelt

The world belongs to those who believe in the power of their dreams.

Do what you feel in your heart is right. You’ll get criticized for it anyway.

Ghandi

There is more to life than increasing its speed.

Be the change you wish to see in the world.

Greta Thunberg

Imagine what we could all do – together – if we really wanted to!

Jack Canfield

The dream does not come unless the capacity to achieve it comes with it.

The resources you need to fulfil your dream will gravitate naturally toward you.

James Hollis

To become a person does not necessarily mean to be well adjusted, well adapted, approved of by others. It means to become who you are. We are meant to become more eccentric, more peculiar, more odd. We are not meant just to fit in. We are here to be different. We are here to be the individual.

Jane Goodall

What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.

Jedidah Isler

Do not think for one minute that because you are who you are, you cannot be who you imagine yourself to be.

Jon Kabat-Zinn

You cannot stop the waves, but you can learn to surf.

We take care of the future best by taking care of the present now.

Martin Luther King

Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.

Only in the darkness can you see the stars.

The time is always right to do what is right.

Oprah Winfrey

Who you are meant to be evolves from where you are right now. Learning to appreciate your lessons, mistakes and setbacks as stepping stones for the future, is a clear sign you are moving into the right direction.

The key to realising a dream is to focus not on success but significance, and then even the small steps and little victories along your path will take on greater meaning. 

Paulo Coelho

Not all storms come to disrupt your life – some come to clear your path.

Enjoy what you can and ignore the rest. Let’s not waste any energy fighting things that are outside our control.

Remember that wherever your heart is, there you will find your treasure.

Pema Chödrön

Compassion for others begins with kindness to ourselves.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Life is a journey, not a destination.

Whatever you do, you need courage. Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising that tempt you to believe your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires some of the same courage that a soldier needs. Peace has its victories, but it takes brave men and women to win them.

The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.

Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.

To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.

Rebecca Solnit

What we dream of is already present in the world.

Despair demands less of us, it’s more predictable, and in a sad way safer. Authentic hope requires clarity—seeing the troubles in this world—and imagination, seeing what might lie beyond these situations that are perhaps not inevitable and immutable.

Hope just means another world might be possible, not promise, not guaranteed. Hope calls for action; action is impossible without hope.

Joy doesn’t betray but sustains activism. And when you face a politics that aspires to make you fearful, alienated and isolated, joy is a fine act of insurrection.

People have always been good at imagining the end of the world, which is much easier to picture than the strange sidelong paths of change in a world without end.

Giving up hope is not an option!

I can’t say I have confidence in the future, but I have a lot of confidence in its unpredictability, based on the fact that the past has regularly delivered surprises…. We need to have confidence that surprise and uncertainty are unshakable principles, if we want to have confidence in something. And recognize that in that uncertainty is room to act, to try to shape a future that will be determined by what we do in the present.

Rumi

It’s your road and yours alone, others may walk it with you, but no one can walk it for you.

Rutger Bregman

To believe people are hardwired to be kind isn’t sentimental or naive. On the contrary, it’s courageous and realistic to believe in peace and forgiveness. The more you give, the more you have. That’s true of trust and friendship, and it’s true of peace.

Thich Nhat Hanh

We humans have lost the wisdom of genuinely resting and relaxing. We worry too much. We don’t allow our bodies to heal, and we don’t allow our minds and hearts to heal.

Letting go gives us freedom, and freedom is the only condition for happiness. If, in our heart, we still cling to anything – anger, anxiety, or possessions – we cannot be free.

Hope is important because it can make the present moment less difficult to bear. If we believe that tomorrow will be better, we can bear a hardship today.

Nothing is as important as my peace, my joy. I smile to everything, even to my suffering, to my difficulties. … That is a practice of freedom.

Unknown author of the medieval period

Our thinking shall be stronger, bolder the heart, greater the courage, once our power is fading.

Vaclav Havel

Hope is not the conviction that something will turn out well, but the certainty that something makes sense -no matter how it turns out.

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