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Favorite Quotes

Below is a sampling of my favorite quotes – some have inspired me to action, some remind me how universal and timeless the shared experiences of life are and  all resonate deeply with what I know to be true.

The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. – Albert Einstein

The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation. – Henry David Thoreau

Real happiness is cheap enough, yet how dearly we pay for its counterfeit. – Hosea Ballou

Things and conditions can give you pleasure, but they cannot give you joy. Nothing can give you joy . . .It is your natural state, not something that you need to work hard for or struggle to attain. – Eckhart Tolle

Worry is thought that pretends to be important and necessary. – Eckhart Tolle

Don’t believe everything you think. – bumper sticker

In life, pain may be mandatory, but suffering is optional. – Unknown

The truth you believe and cling to makes you unavailable to hear anything new. – Pema Chodron

If you are constantly striving, you are never arriving – Dr. Wayne Dyer

Be the change you want to see in the world. – Ghandi

There is more to life than increasing its speed. – Ghandi

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. – Lao Tzu

A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving. – Lao Tzu

At the center of your being, you have the answer; you know who you are and you know what you want. – Lao Tzu

All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think, we become. – Buddha

Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened for you. – Jesus

What shall it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul? – Jesus

For every nine people who denounce innovation, only one will encourage it . . . for every nine people who do things the way they have always been done, only one will wonder if there is a better way. For every nine people who stand in front of a locked door, only one will ever come around and check the back door. Our progress as a species rests squarely on the shoulders of that tenth person. The nine are satisfied with things they are told are valuable. Person 10 determines for himself what has value.– Za Rinpoche and Ashley Nebelsieck

The quality, not the longevity, of one’s life is what is important. – Martin Luther King, Jr.

If you really want something, it makes you feel physically stronger. . . .and if you think you want it but you don’t really want it, it makes you feel physically weaker. – Martha Beck

Every morning you wake up is an opportunity to live a life that’s never been lived before.– Martha Beck

When you’re hanging with people who don’t understand you, you’ll always feel a little crazy – because they think you’re crazy. But you’re not crazy. Or maybe you are. Maybe we all are. The point is that, if you want to …feel good about your decisions, you need to hang with your kind of crazy. — Cath Duncan

Individual achievement is not really individual at all. Our talents begin in the Divine, develop with the love and support of others, and only in the end express through us. – Joan Bunning 


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