Quotes and Inspiration

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Quotes are life stories abbreviated, so we can learn from others who lived and learned. Find one quote that fits you.  Allow it to help you when you need it. I hope you read at least one quote that helps, inspires or just sends a smile your way. Or, share one that you love!  -Ivy L.-


“You cannot find yourself by going into the past. You can find yourself by coming into the present.” ~Eckhart Tolle

Adversity is like a strong wind.  It tears away from us all but the things that cannot be torn, so that we see ourselves as we really are.  ~Arthur Golden,Memoirs of a Geisha

There are some defeats more triumphant than victories.  ~Michel de Montaigne

What a pity human beings can’t exchange problems.  Everyone knows exactly how to solve the other fellow’s.  ~Olin Miller

There is in every true woman’s heart a spark of heavenly fire, which lies dormant in the broad daylight of prosperity; but which kindles up, and beams and blazes in the dark hour of adversity.  ~Washington Irving, The Sketch Book, 1820

To have become a deeper man is the privilege of those who have suffered.  ~Oscar Wilde

The art of living lies less in eliminating our troubles than in growing with them.  ~Bernard M. Baruch

A new wound makes all the old ones ache again.  ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic’s Notebook, 1960

The course of true anything never does run smooth.  ~Samuel Butler

People don’t ever seem to relate that doing what’s right is no guarantee against misfortune. ~William McFee, Casuals of the Sea, 1916

Aversion is a form of bondage. We are tied to what we hate or fear. That is why, in our lives, the same problem, the same danger or difficulty, will present itself over and over again in various prospects, as long as we continue to resist or run away from it instead of examining it and solving it. ~Patañjali

If we will be quiet and ready enough, we shall find compensation in every disappointment.  ~Henry David Thoreau

Prosperity is not without many fears and distastes, and adversity is not without comforts and hopes.  ~Francis Bacon

The trouble with most of us is that we would rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism.  ~Norman Vincent Peale

When another person makes you suffer, it is because he suffers deeply within himself, and his suffering is spilling over. He does not need punishment; he needs help. That’s the message he is sending. -Thich Nhat Hanh

I am determined to practice deep listening. I am determined to practice loving speech. -Thich Nhat Hanh

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