Sometimes, we just need a few words of wisdom whether for encouragement, comfort or just to get the old, grey matter pondering. Here are a few of my favourite quotes which I'll be regularly adding to. If you have a particularly favourite quote you would like to share on here then please email it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org
"Life will give you whatever experience is most helpful for the evolution of your consciousness. How do you know this is the experience you need? Because this is the experience you are having at the moment." - Eckhart Tolle
The earth is precious. Teach your children what we taught our children. The earth is our mother. The earth doesn't belong to man, man belongs to the earth. Every part of this earth is sacred because everything is connected like the blood which unites one body. Trees, air, water, animals, grass, earth are like many fine strands that weave the web of life. Men are merely a strand of it. Respect your mother because whatever befalls the earth, soon befalls the sons of the earth ~ excerpt from a speech by Chief Seattle."
"When life gives you a hundred reasons to cry, show life that you have a thousand reasons to smile" - Anonymous
"You are the embodiment of the information you choose to accept and act upon. To change your circumstances you need to change your thinking and subsequent actions." - Adlin Sinclair
"A gift is pure when it is given from the heart to the right person at the right time and at the right place, and when we expect nothing in return" - Bhagavad Gita
"Let us give something to each person we meet: joy, courage, hope, assurance, or ...philosophy, wisdom, a vision for the future. Let us always give something." - Daisaku Ikeda
?"I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." - Maya Angelou
"Give someone a hug today." ~ Ann Halstead ;-)
"God doesn't give you the people you want; He gives you the people you NEED... to help you, to hurt you, to leave you, to love you and to make you into the person you were meant to be." - Unknown
"Happiness is a butterfly, which when pursued, is always just beyond your grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you." - Nathaniel Hawthorne
"During times of adversity, vision and determination decide the outcome. Don't be overcome by fear. If your mind is focused to the utmost, you will triumph. Without the difficulty of being hemmed in, the tree in the forest would not be forced to marshal its power to grow toward the light. It must truly bring forth all its inner strength to spread its branches. If it becomes grand, it is in part because of its suffering. Thus the times of adversity can be crucial to the development of one's inner personality." - The Dao
"Dare to reach out your hand into the darkness, to pull another hand into the light" - Norman B. Rice
"When my heart is open, LOVE is my experience. When my heart is closed, FEAR is my experience. When I look into the eyes of a new born, LOVE is my experience. When I watch the news, FEAR is my experience. And when I allow ALL experiences to be exactly as they are, PEACE is my experience. And when I let go of ALL experiences, there is just this moment, exactly as it is. And that is more than enough..." - Michael Jeffreys
"In the practice of tolerance, one's enemy is the best teacher." - Dalai Lama
"If you are suffering right now because you feel that there is something that you want that you don't have, notice that this comes from lack. Instead, what if you turned it around? What if you asked, "What gifts do I have, right now, that can be of service to others?" In other words, you go from a desire to get, to a desire to give. Giving opens the heart, wanting closes it. So when you give, ALL benefit!" - Michael Jeffreys
"Wanting something to make you happy is a sure way to be miserable." - Mooji
"When the highest type of people hear Tao (truth) they diligently practice it. When the average type of people hear Tao, they half believe in it. When the lowest type of people hear Tao, they laugh at it. If they did not laugh, it would not be Tao" - Lao-Tzu
?"Generosity is not giving me that which I need more than you do, but it is giving me that which you need more than I do" - Khalil Gibran
When asked what surprised him most about humanity, the Dali Lama answered "Man. Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices his money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived."
"Be careful what you water your dreams with. Water them with worry and fear and you will produce weeds that choke the life from your dream. Water them with optimism and solutions and you will cultivate success. Always be on the lookout for ways to turn a problem into an opportunity for success. Always be on the lookout for ways to nurture your dream" - Lao Tzu
"Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma - which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary." - Steve Jobs
"A 'No' uttered from the deepest conviction is better than a 'Yes' merely uttered to please, or worse, to avoid trouble." - Mohandas Gandhi
"Life is a song - sing it. Life is a game - play it. Life is a challenge - meet it. Life is a dream - realize it. Life is a sacrifice - offer it. Life is love - enjoy it" - Sai Baba
Buddha was speaking in a village square one day, when one of the inhabitants started to abuse him. Buddha paused and said to the man: "If you offer me a piece of paper and I refuse to accept it, what happens to the paper?"
"Why, it stays with me, of course," the villager replied.
Buddha smiled gently, "And that is exactly what I am doing with your abuse," he said. "I am not accepting it, therefore it stays with you." - Buddha 624-543BC
"The truth is that our finest moments are most likely to occur when we are feeling deeply uncomfortable, unhappy, or unfulfilled. For it is only in such moments, propelled by our discomfort, that we are likely to step out of our ruts and start searching for different ways or truer answers." - M. Scott Peck
"Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn't learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn't learn a little, at least we didn't get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn't die; so let us all be thankful." - Buddha
?"The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, not to worry about the future, or not to anticipate troubles, but to live the present moment wisely and earnestly." - Buddha
"We cannot all do great things, but we can do small things with great love. We shall never know all the good that a simple smile can do". - Mother Theresa
"May the stars carry your sadness away, May the flowers fill your heart with beauty, May hope forever wipe away your tears, And, above all, may silence make you strong." - Chief Dan George
"The more knowledge that you give away, the more will come to you. The more you hoard, the less you will accumulate. Be compassionate to others. What do you have to fear by being open?" - 356 Tao
"Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many. Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders. Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations. But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it." - The Buddha
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