My Favorite Inspirational Quotes
In nearly every class I teach, I share an inspirational quote ... something that has meaning to me and my life, that I know might resonate with others. I have learned much from these little snippets of wisdom. They have helped me shift perspective when I've felt lost, opened my eyes when I've felt blind, and allowed me to feel love just when I needed it the most.
I hope that this small collection of some of my favorite quotes inspire you as they have me.
"I have learnt silence from the talkative,
“Peaceful is the one who is not concerned with having more or less.” ~ Rumi
"Forgiveness is the fragrance the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it." ~ Mark Twain
"People have a hard time letting go of their suffering. Out of a fear of the unknown, they prefer suffering that is familiar." ~Thich Nhat Hanh
"We have never arrived. We are in a constant state of becoming." ~Bob Dylan
“A human being is part of a whole, called by us the Universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separated from the rest a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circles of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.” ~ Albert Einstein
“We can never judge the lives of others, because each person knows only their own pain and renunciation. It's one thing to feel that you are on the right path, but it's another to think that yours is the only path.” ~ Paulo Coelho
"Learn to watch your drama unfold, while at the same time knowing that you are more than your drama." ~ Ram Dass
"Friend . . . are you ready? Do you understand that your body is but a moment? That nothing you touch with your hands can you bring with you? So then what do you truly own? Whatever is truly yours you are free to bring, and nothing more. So learn, dear friend, that all you possess is in your heart and nowhere else." ~ Max Strom
“The best day of your life is the one on which you decide your life is your own. No apologies or excuses. No one to lean on, rely on, or blame. The gift is yours - it is an amazing journey - and you alone are responsible for the quality of it. This is the day your life really begins.”
~ Bob Moawad