They always say that time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.
artist, director and producer
Snatching the eternal out of the desperately fleeting is the great magic trick of human existence.
When we plant trees, we plant the seeds of peace and seeds of hope.
Nobel Peace Prize laureate, environmental and political activist
Always try the problem that matters most to you.
mathematician who proved Fermat’s last theorem
What’s important is that you make the leap. Jump high and hard with intention and heart.
You can forget facts but you cannot forget understanding.
physicist and educator
It’s human nature to stretch, to go, to see, to understand. Exploration is not a choice, really; it’s an imperative.
astronaut, crew member of the Apollo 11 moon mission
Maybe all one can do is hope to end up with the right regrets.
playwright and essayist, in “The Ride Down Mount Morgan”
Talk is cheap. Words are plentiful. Deeds are precious.
business magnate, philanthropist, politician
They always say that time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.
It takes both sides to build a bridge.
Dreams are made of your potential.
She was unstoppable. Not because she did not have failures or doubts, but because she continued on despite them.
Not all storms come to disrupt your life, some come to clear your path.
You don’t have to be perfect to be amazing.
Sometimes when you are in a dark place you think you’ve been buried, but actually you’ve been planted.
Be the person you want to have in your life.
I hope they occasionally remember me … as that guy from ‘up north’ who appeared on the next barstool one Friday after work, asked about their job and life and hopes for the future, and thought what they said was important enough to write down.
journalist, author and 1995 Pulitzer Prize winner
Real magic comes from a brilliant idea combined with willpower, tenacity, and a willingness to make mistakes.
inventor, entrepreneur and TV personality
It can be very expensive to try to convince the markets you are right.
system trading pioneer
There never was a good war or a bad peace.
author, politician and inventor
My mom used to say if [my brother] owned the business alone, he wouldn’t have any employees. If I owned the business alone, I would give it all away to the employees.
businessman, philanthropist and co-founder of Friendly’s Ice Cream
If you’re hungry enough and believe in yourself, there’s nothing you can’t accomplish.
owner of a legendary taco truck in South Central Los Angeles
Respect yourself, if you want others to respect you.
Adolph Freiherr Knigge, etiquette writer
Once you’ve weighed the possibilities, you have to take that final leap of faith.
media magnate and philanthropist
Nobody knows whether we were catalysts or invented something, or just the froth riding on a wave of its own. We were all three, I suppose.
The best way to predict the future is to invent it.
If I fail, I’m coming back. If I fail again, I’m coming back stronger.
former NBA player
I like the challenges of doing different things. It keeps things fresh for me.
guitarist with Smashing Pumpkins
Ethics is in its unqualified form extended responsibility with regard to everything that has life.
Hard work is often the easy work you did not do at the proper time.
radio host and city planner
Re-examine all you have been told. Dismiss what insults your soul.
Take care of your inner, spiritual beauty. That will reflect in your face.
Dolores del Rio
Maturity is the ability to think, speak and act your feelings within the bounds of dignity. The measure of your maturity is how spiritual you become during the midst of your frustrations.
Spirituality does two things for you. One, you are forced to become more selfless, two, you trust to providence. The opposite of a spiritual man is a materialist. If I was a materialist I would be making lots of money doing endorsements, doing cricket commentary. I have no interest in that.
Realize deeply that the present moment is all you have. Make the NOW the primary focus of your life.
You can’t have a physical transformation until you have a spiritual transformation.
Friendship has always belonged to the core of my spiritual journey.
Part of spiritual and emotional maturity is recognizing that it’s not like you’re going to try to fix yourself and become a different person. You remain the same person, but you become awakened.
I realized then that even though I was a tiny speck in an infinite cosmos, a blip on the timeline of eternity, I was not without purpose.
The spiritual life is not a life before, after, or beyond our everyday existence. No, the spiritual life can only be real when it is lived in the midst of the pains and joys of the here and now.
Soul is the central point of spiritual discipline.
God will not look you over for medals, degrees or diplomas but for scars.
When you connect to the silence within you, that is when you can make sense of the disturbance going on around you.
We are an impossibility in an impossible universe.
Human spirit is the ability to face the uncertainty of the future with curiosity and optimism. It is the belief that problems can be solved, differences resolved. It is a type of confidence. And it is fragile. It can be blackened by fear and superstition. By the year 2050, when the conflict began, the world had fallen upon fearful, superstitious times.
The soul is placed in the body like a rough diamond and must be polished, or the luster of it will never appear.
Big-heartedness is the most essential virtue on the spiritual journey.
When a man is willing and eager, the Gods join in.
Within you there is a stillness and a sanctuary to which you can retreat at any time and be yourself. Herman Hesse
Learn to get in touch with the 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. Elizabeth Kübler-Ross
Be guided by Spirit and not driven by ego.
If peace is our single aim in all we do, we will always know what to do because we will do whatever will protect and deepen our peace.
Looking deeply at life as it is in this very moment, the meditator dwells in stability and freedom.
Just as a candle cannot burn without fire, man cannot live without a spiritual life.
We are not human beings trying to be spiritual. We are spiritual beings trying to be human.
You are never alone or helpless. The force that guides the stars, guides you too.
Shrii Shirr Anandamurti
Prayer is a friendly conversation with the One we know loves us.
St Teresa of Avila
“The privilege of a lifetime is to become who you really are.”
“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is.”
You can read books without ever stepping into a library; and practice spirituality without ever going to a temple.
ANTHONY DE MELLO
“You are never alone. You are eternally connected with everyone.”
“The aim of life is to live, and to live means to be aware; joyously, drunkenly, serenely, divinely aware.”
On the spiritual path, all the dreck and misery is transformed, maybe not that same day, but still transformed into spiritual fuel or insight.
“Character can not be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.”
“If you lose money you lose much, If you lose friends you lose more, If you lose faith you lose all.”
It is in our wild nature that we best recover from our un-nature, our spirituality.
No individual can ultimately fail. The Divinity which descends into humanity is bound to re-gain its original state.
N. Sri Ram
Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding.
Most importantly, the meaning of spirituality lays the seeds for our destiny and the path we must follow.
It is the inner life that is to spark the change in consciousness that will permit us to advance. Brother Wayne Teasdale
The secret of change is to focus all your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.
You have exactly one life in which to do everything you’ll ever do. Act accordingly.
You may not be able to control someone’s negative behavior. But you can control how long you participate in it.
Some days it just flows and I feel like I’m born to do this, other days it feels like I’m trudging through hell. Everyday I make the choice to show up and see what I’ve got, and to try to be better.
My advice: keep showing up.
I may be the black sheep of the family but, some of the white sheep aren’t as white as they try to appear.
Remember even our worst days have only 24 hours.
There’s a difference between knowing the path and walking the path.
Some talk to you in their free time, and some free their time to talk to you. Learn the difference.
There’s a thin line between confidence and arrogance…It’s called humility. Confidence smiles. Arrogance smirks.
Our days are happier when we give people a bit of our heart rather than a piece of our mind.
Don’t count your friends when you’re on top of the world. Count your friends when the world is on top of you. It’s a more accurate count.
“If you love something, love it completely, cherish it, say it, but most importantly, show it. Life is finite and fragile, and just because something is there one day, it might not be the next. Never take that for granted.
Say what you need to say, then say a little more.
Say too much. Show too much. Love too much.
Everything is temporary but love.
Love outlives us all.”
“When a toxic person can no longer control you, they will try to control how others see you. The misinformation will feel unfair, but stay above it, trusting that other people will eventually see the truth, just like you did.”
Take the time to be kind. You can make all the difference in someone’s day.
You can tell how smart people are by what they taught at.
Listen. Are you breathing just a little and calling it a life?
If you keep telling the same sad small story, you will keep living the same sad small life.
If you don’t fight for what you want don’t cry for what you lose.
Grow through what you go through.
If flowers can teach themselves to bloom after winter passes, so can you,
You don’t get into something to test the waters, you go into things to make waves.
Never let the sadness of your past and the fear of your future ruin the happiness of your present.
Excuses will always be there for you, opportunity won’t.
If you see your glass as half empty, pour it into a smaller glass and stop bitching.
The spiritual life does not remove us from the world but leads us deeper into it.
Henri J.M. Nouwen
You have to grow from the inside out. None can teach you, none can make you spiritual. There is no other teacher but your own soul.
Step out of the circle of time and into the circle of love.
Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude.
We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.
Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
Surrender is the most difficult thing in the world while you are doing it and the easiest when it is done.
It is not the end of the physical body that should worry us. Rather, our concern must be to live while we’re alive – to release our inner selves from the spiritual death that comes with living behind a facade designed to conform to external definitions of who and what we are.
Music is the mediator between the spiritual and the sensual life.
Ludwig van Beethoven
Physical strength can never permanently withstand the impact of spiritual force.
Franklin D. Roosevelt
One of the most spiritual things you can do is embrace your humanity. Connect with those around you today. Say, “I love you”, “I’m sorry”, “I appreciate you”, “I’m proud of you”…whatever you’re feeling. Send random texts, write a cute note, embrace your truth and share it…cause a smile today for someone else…and give plenty of hugs.
You and your purpose in life are the same thing. Your purpose is to be you.
As soon as you look at the world through an ideology you are finished. No reality fits an ideology. Life is beyond that. … That is why people are always searching for a meaning to life… Meaning is only found when you go beyond meaning. Life only makes sense when you perceive it as mystery and it makes no sense to the conceptualizing mind.
Anthony de Mello
If you obsess over whether you are making the right decision, you are basically assuming that the universe will reward you for one thing and punish you for another.
The universe has no fixed agenda. Once you make any decision, it works around that decision. There is no right or wrong, only a series of possibilities that shift with each thought, feeling, and action that you experience.
If this sounds too mystical, refer again to the body. Every significant vital sign- body temperature, heart rate, oxygen consumption, hormone level, brain activity, and so on- alters the moment you decide to do anything… decisions are signals telling your body, mind, and environment to move in a certain direction.
I would rather feel compassion than know the meaning of it.
St. Thomas Aquinas
You are one thing only. You are a Divine Being. An all-powerful Creator. You are a Deity in jeans and a t-shirt, and within you dwells the infinite wisdom of the ages and the sacred creative force of All that is, will be and ever was.
Anthon St. Maarten
It took me forty years on earth
To reach this sure conclusion:
There is no Heaven but clarity,
No Hell except confusion.
The only people with whom you should try to get even are those who have helped you.
technology planner and academic administrator
Our fingerprints don’t fade from the lives we’ve touched.
writer and producer
What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal.
attorney, soldier and writer
I’d rather lose all my stuff than lose myself, because I’ve done that before, and that feels way worse.
As the saying goes, the Stone Age did not end because we ran out of stones; we transitioned to better solutions. The same opportunity lies before us with energy efficiency and clean energy.
To get to the top is easy. To stay on top is hard.
Lorrie Fair Allen,
nonprofit program director and retired soccer player
I don’t get ahead of myself, and I don’t get stuck in the past. And that shows on the results.
“When the roots are deep, there is no reason to fear the wind.”
“We need to wake up from a thought that lasts too long.”
“He that would govern others, first should be The Master of himself.”
“It is so easy to be confrontive without being informative; indignant without being intelligent; impulsive without being insightful.”
Neal A. Maxwell
“He who reigns within himself, and rules passions, desires, and fears, is more than a king.”
“It is easy to be tolerant of the principles of other people if you have none of your own.”
Samurai maxim and Chinese adage
“The highest possible stage in moral culture is when we recognize that we ought to control our thoughts.”
Charles Robert Darwin
“You will never have a greater or lesser dominion than that over yourself … the height of a man’s success is gauged by his self-mastery; the depth of his failure by his self-abandonment … And this law is the expression of eternal justice. He who cannot establish dominion over himself will have no dominion over others.”
Leonardo da Vinci
“Freedom is born of self-discipline. No individual, no nation, can achieve or maintain liberty without self-control. The undisciplined man is a slave to his own weaknesses.”
“No one can make you jealous, angry, vengeful, or greedy – unless you let him.”
“Nature has placed mankind under the government of two sovereign masters, pain and pleasure? they govern us in all we do, in all we say, in all we think: every effort we can make to throw off our subjection, will serve but to demonstrate and confirm it.”
“Prudent, cautious self-control, is wisdom’s root.”
“Nothing gives a person so much advantage over another as to remain always cool and unruffled under all circumstances.”
“Such power there is in clear-eyed self-restraint.”
James Russell Lowell
“As long as I have you there is just one other thing I’ll always need – tremendous self control.”
“The greatest gift is the passion for reading. It is cheap, it consoles, it distracts, it excites, it gives you knowledge of the world and experience of a wide kind.”
Elizabeth Hardwick, The Paris Review, interview
“Although men are accused of not knowing their own weakness, yet perhaps few know their own strength. It is in men as in soils, where sometimes there is a vein of gold which the owner knows not of.”
“My strength is as the strength of ten because my heart is pure.”
“When I’ve heard all I need to make a decision, I don’t take a vote. I make a decision.”
“Only in growth, reform and change, paradoxically enough, is true security to be found.”
Anne Morrow Lindbergh
“Great crisis produce great men and great deeds of courage.”
John F. Kennedy
“At the end of the day, let there be no excuses, no explanations, no regrets.”
Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free
“Now and then, however, he is horribly thoughtless and seems to take a real delight in giving me pain. Then I feel, Harry, that I have given away my whole soul to someone who treats it as if it were a flower to put in his coat, a bit of decoration to charm his vanity, an ornament for a summer’s day.”
Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray
Sometimes we should express our gratitude for the small and simple things like the scent of the rain, the taste of your favorite food, or the sound of a loved one’s voice.
Joseph B. Wirthlin
“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.”
William Arthur Ward
“The way to develop the best that is in a person is by appreciation and encouragement.”
“Appreciation can make a day—even change a life. Your willingness to put it into words is all that is necessary.”
“There is a calmness to a life lived in gratitude, a quiet joy.”
Ralph H. Blum
“I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought; and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.”
“Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.”
Marcus Tullius Cicero
“Appreciation is a wonderful thing. It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.”
“Develop an attitude of gratitude, and give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step toward achieving something bigger and better than your current situation.”
“Gratitude is the sign of noble souls.”
Aesop (c.620-560 BC)
“Since we cannot get what we like, let us like what we can get.”
“Gratitude also opens your eyes to the limitless potential of the universe, while dissatisfaction closes your eyes to it.”
“Every morning, I wake up and think about 10 different things I’m thankful for, and I continue to spread that love throughout the day, always visualizing, meditating, and growing.”
“When a person doesn’t have gratitude, something is missing in his or her humanity.”
“Be grateful for what you already have while you pursue your goals. If you aren’t grateful for what you already have, what makes you think you would be happy with more.”
Roy T. Bennett
“Among the things you can give and still keep are your word, a smile, and a grateful heart.”
We all fight our struggles, life isn’t fair and definitely not fair for some, enjoy the smallest things you can while you live and breathe. We all have our battles, some worst than others… if you’re reading this, keep fighting your battle.