These quotes are among my many favorites and are presented for
inspiration, amusement and reflection. The sources are varied and
are listed at the end. This is a changing feature of the website
and I will present new ones from time to time.
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On Inner Peace
Learn to get in touch with silence within yourself and know that
everything in this life has a purpose. There are no mistakes, no
coincidences, all events are blessings given to us to learn from.
Symptoms of Inner Peace
1. A tendency to think and act spontaneously rather than on fears
of past experiences.
2. An unmistakable ability to enjoy each moment.
3. A loss of interest in judging other people.
4. A loss of interest in interpreting the actions of others.
5. A loss of the ability to worry.
6. Frequent, overwhelming episodes of appreciation.
7. Contented feelings of connectedness with others and nature.
8. Frequent episodes of smiling.
9. Letting things happen instead of forcing things to happen.
10. A willingness to be vulnerable and show emotions.
11. A giving and receiving of love without strings attached.
Peace, or freedom from conflict, is the absolute core of happiness.
It is in learning to watch our sense of peace that we avoid unhappiness.
All forms of misery are heralded by a frame of mind that must become
immediately recognizable if we are ever to gain mastery in happiness...Take
the time to look in your heart and be clear. Walk through life
being clear. Practice doing each thing in peace.
You cannot have peace in your outer life unless and until you
have first established peace in your inner life. It is in the inner
world that everything starts.
Difficult times have helped me to understand better than before
how infinitely rich and beautiful life is in every way and that
so many things that one goes worrying about are of no importance
Bless a thing and it will bless you. Curse it and it will curse
you....If you bless a situation, it has no power to hurt you, and
even if it is troublesome for a time, it will gradually fade out,
if you sincerely bless it.
Meditation is simply about being yourself and knowing about who
that is. It is about coming to realize that you are on a path whether
you like it or not, namely the path that is your life.
It is only in the intentional silence of vigil and meditation,
or in the quiet places of nature, that we encounter the song of
the universe. Like the wind through the telegraph wires, this song
echoes along the pathways of the cosmic web: it includes the celestial
spinning of the planets, as well as the hum of insects and the
dancing song of the grass; it includes the song of all the ancestors
and spirits as well as the beating of our own hearts.
Stillness, insight, and wisdom arise only when we can settle into
being complete in this moment, without having to seek or hold on
to or reject anything.
There must be quite a few things a hot bath won’t cure,
but I don’t know many of them.
Remember, one hundred years from now, all new people.
If someone throws you the ball, you don’t have to catch
On Being Creative
If your everyday life seems poor, don’t blame it; blame
yourself; admit to yourself that you are not enough of a poet to
call forth its riches; because for the creator there is no poverty
and no poor indifferent place.
Rainer Maria Rilke
No pessimist ever discovered the secrets of the stars, or sailed
to an uncharted land, or opened a new heaven to the human spirit.
The notes I handle no better than many pianists. But the pauses
between the notes – ah, that is where the art resides.
Living is a form of not being sure, not knowing what next or how....The
artist never entirely knows. We guess. We may be wrong, but we
take leap after leap in the dark.
Agnes De Mille
Inside you there’s an artist you don’t know about...Say
yes quickly, if you know, if you’ve known it from before
the beginning of the universe.
Jalai Ud-Din Rumi
We shall not cease from exploration; And the end of all our exploring;
Will be to arrive where we started; And know the place for the
T. S. Eliot
Learn the craft of knowing how to open your heart and to turn
on your creativity. There’s a light inside of you.
The soul should always stand ajar, ready to welcome the ecstatic
Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist
once (s)he grows up.
So you see, imagination needs moodling – long, inefficient,
happy idling, dawdling and puttering.
Develop interest in life as you see it; in people, things, literature,
music – the world is so rich, simply throbbing with rich
treasures, beautiful souls and interesting people. Forget yourself.
I merely took the energy it takes to pout and wrote some blues.
I have said before that creativity is a spiritual issue. Any progress
is made by leaps of faith, some small and some large.
The grace to be a beginner is always the best prayer for an artist.
The beginner’s humility and openness lead to exploration.
Exploration leads to accomplishment. All of it begins at the beginning,
with the first small and scary step.
What moves men of genius, or rather what inspires their work,
is not new ideas, but their obsession with the idea that what has
already been said is still not enough.
When we pay attention to nature’s music, we find that everything
on the earth contributes to its harmony.
Hazrat Inayat Khan
The sun shines not on us, but in us. The rivers flow not past,
but through us, thrilling, tingling, vibrating every fiber and
cell of the substance of our bodies, making them glide and sing.
In fact, the word enchant comes from the Latin incantare, meaning “to
sing or chant magical words or sounds.”
On Living Your Dreams
Often people attempt to live their lives backwards: they try to
have more things, or more money, in order to do more of what they
want so that they will be happier. The way it actually works is
the reverse. You must first be who you really are, then, do what
you need to do, in order to have what you want.
And the day came when the risk [it took] to remain tight in the
bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.
There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing
is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.
I learned this, at least, by my experiment: that if one advances
confidently in the direction of one’s dreams, and endeavors
to live the life which one has imagined, one will meet with a success
unexpected in common hours.
Henry David Thoreau
Nothing in the world can take the place of Persistence.
Talent will not; nothing is more commonplace than unsuccessful
men with talent.
Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb.
Education alone will not; the world is full of educated derelicts.
Persistence and Determination alone are omnipotent.
You only live once – but if you work it right, once is enough.
Joe E. Lewis
I don’t wait for moods. You accomplish nothing if you do
that. Your mind must know it has got to get down to work.
Pearl S. Buck
Every time we say Let there be! in any form, something happens.
Stella Terrill Mann
Slow down and enjoy life. It’s not only the scenery you
miss by going too fast – you also miss the sense of where
you are going and why.
We will discover the nature of our particular genius when we stop
trying to conform to our own or to other peoples’ models,
learn to be ourselves, and allow our natural channel to open.
There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening, that
is translated through you into action, and because there is only
one of you in all time, this expression is unique. And if you block
it, it will never exist through any other medium and will be lost.
You will do foolish things, but do them with enthusiasm.
It’s a funny thing about life; if you refuse to accept anything
but the best, you very often get it.
What we need is more people who specialize in the impossible.
Ban Breathnach, Sarah, Simple Abundance, Warner Books, 1995.
Cameron, Julia, The Artist’s Way, Jeremy P. Tarcher/Putnam,
Cameron, Julia, The Vein of Gold, Jeremy P. Tarcher/Putnam, 1996.
Carlson, Ph.D., Richard, Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff...And
It’s All Small Stuff, Hyperion, 1997.
Chinmoy, Sri, The Wings of Joy, Fireside, 1997.
Kabat-Zinn, John, Wherever You Go, There You Are, Hyperion, 1994.
Prather, Hugh, Notes on How to Live in the World...And Still
Be Happy, Doubleday, 1986.