In nature, nothing is perfect and everything is perfect. ~Alice Walker
Powerful and Empowering
“It doesn’t interest me what you do for a living. I want to know what you ache for – and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart’s longing. It doesn’t interest me how old you are. I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool – for love – for your dreams – for the adventure of being alive.” ~Oriah Mountain Dreamer
We are not here to save the world. We are here to save ourselves, but in doing so, we save the world. ~Joseph Campbell
One regret dear world, that I am determined not to have when I am lying on my deathbed is that I did not kiss you enough. ~Hafiz
It only takes one person to change your life – you. ~Ruth Casey
I am not afraid…I was born to do this. ~Joan of Arc
Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. ~Helen Keller
I donʼt want to get to the end of my life and find that I lived just the length of it. I want to have lived the width of it as well. ~Diane Ackerman
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. ~Margaret Mead
Don’t worry about what the world wants from you, worry about what makes you come more alive. Because what the world really needs are people who are more alive. ~Laurence Le Shan
Without music, life would be a mistake. ~Friedrich Nietzsche
Love doesn’t need words. ~Martha Beck
Only one thing I expect from all of you: to be yourself, to discover your inner beauty, your purity of consciousness, your hidden splendor—and spread it to as many people as possible. People are miserable. Help them to laugh a little, to sing a little, to dance a little. ~Osho
In a gentle way, you can shake the world. ~Mahatma Ghandi
I cannot live without my life! ~Emily Bronte
If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun. ~Katharine Hepburn
People usually consider walking on water or in thin air a miracle. But I think the real miracle is to walk on earth. Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don’t even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child–our own two eyes. All is a miracle. Thich Nhat Hanh
With every rising of the sun, think of your life as just begun. ~unknown
Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet, and the winds long to play with your hair. ~Kahlil Gibran
Always be ready to have the time of your life. ~unknown
A thousand things went right today. ~Jean Shamir
Your sacred space is where you can find yourself again and again. ~Joseph Campbell
Life loves to be taken by the lapel and told: “I’m with you kid. Let’s go.” ~Maya Angelou
Never apologize for showing feeling. When you do so, you apologize for the truth. ~Benjamin Disraeli
All that you are seeking is also seeking you. If you lie still, sit still, it will find you. It has been waiting for you for a long time. ~Clarissa Pinkola Estes
I do it for the joy it brings, cause I’m a joyful girl. Cause the world owes us nothing, we owe each other the world. ~Ani DeFranco
If you surrendered to the air, you could ride it. ~Toni Morrison
When it’s over I want to say: all my life I was a bride married to amazement. I was a bridegroom, taking the world into my arms. ~Mary Oliver
It seems that different people have an idea of what I am, and what I should be. And then there’s me. ~Ani DeFranco
Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life? ~Mary Oliver
I have been a seeker and still I am, but I stopped asking the books and the stars. I started listening to the teaching of my soul. ~Rumi
Possibilities, Potential, Courage
Wonder is the beginning of wisdom. ~Greek Proverb
If we all did the things we are capable of, we would astound ourselves. ~Thomas Edison
We are all just walking each other home. ~Ram Dass
Imagine everything, believe nothing. ~unknown
I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious. ~Albert Eintstein
Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined. ~Henry David Thoreau
Far better to live your own path imperfectly than to live anotherʼs perfectly. ~Bhagavad Gita
A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving. ~Lao Tzu
Reality leaves a lot to the imagination. ~John Lennon
Give yourself what you are aching for. ~Alan Cohen
If no one told you who you are, who would you be? ~Wayne Dyer
Nothing should be prized more highly than the value of each day. ~Johann von Goethe
There are two ways to live your life. One as though nothing is a miracle. The other as though everything is a miracle. ~Albert Einstein
It was in a bathtub back in New York, reading Italian words aloud from a dictionary, that I first started mending my soul. My life had gone to bits and I was so unrecognizable to myself that I probably couldn’t have picked me out of a police lineup. but I felt a glimmer of happiness when I started studying Italian, and when you sense a faint potentiality for happiness after such dark times you must brag onto the ankles of that happiness and not let go until it drags you face-first out of the dirt. ~Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat Pray Love excerpt
Challenges & Opportunities
All problems are invitations to look deeper and live higher. ~Alan Cohen
When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us. ~Helen Keller
The secret of life…is to fall seven times and to get up eight times. ~Paulo Coelho, from The Alchemist
Life will give you whatever experience is most helpful for the evolution of your consciousness. How do you know this is the experience you need? Because this is the experience you are having at this moment. ~Eckhart Tolle
Confusion & Clarity
As I grow to understand life less and less, I learn to love it more and more. ~Jules Renard
When nothing is sure, everything is possible. ~Margaret Drabble
Darkness / Light
I look at you and see all the ways a soul can bruise, and I wish I could sink my hands into your flesh and light lanterns along your spine so you know that there is nothing but light when I see you. ~Shinji Moon
I wish I could show you when you are lonely or in darkness the astonishing light of your own being. ~Hafiz
Fear / Courage
The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one. ~Elbert Hubbard
I am not afraid…I was born to do this. ~Joan of Arc
What is outrageous is not what you ask for, it’s what you settle for. ~Alan Cohen
Judgment / Acceptance / Anger / Forgiveness
What you dislike in another take care to correct in yourself. ~Thomas Sprat
When you’re angry at others, you make them part of your life. ~unknown
When you judge another, you don’t define them, you define yourself. ~Wayne Dyer
Marriage and Love Relationships
Things that should be asked often in every type of relationship:
how is your heart?
is your breath happy here?
do you feel free?
A loving relationship is one in which the loved one is free to be him/herself—to laugh with me, but never at me; to cry with me, but never because of me; to love life, to love themselves, to love being loved. Such a relationship is based upon freedom and can never grow in a jealous heart. ~Leo F Buscaglia
Love in such a way that the person you love feels free. ~thich nhat hahn
Your children are not your children.
They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself.
They come through you but not from you,
And though they are with you yet they belong not to you.
You may give them your love but not your thoughts,
For they have their own thoughts.
You may house their bodies but not their souls,
For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow,
which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.
You may strive to be like them,
but seek not to make them like you.
For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.
You are the bows from which your children
as living arrows are sent forth.
The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite,
and He bends you with His might
that His arrows may go swift and far.
Let your bending in the archer’s hand be for gladness;
For even as He loves the arrow that flies,
so He loves also the bow that is stable.