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Inspirational Quotations by Mohandas K. Gandhi (#652)

Inspirational Quotations by Mohandas Gandhi

Today marks the birthday of Mohandas K. Gandhi (1869–1948,) the apostle of peace and non-violence who said, “My life is my message.”

Around the world, this “Mahatma” (great soul) is idolized as a modern saint not only for his extraordinary public life as the leader of India’s peaceful struggle for independence, but also for his enduring philosophical contributions to humanity.

Gandhi was born into a family of modest means in the state of Gujarat. He was educated in British schools and earned a law degree in London. While working as an attorney in racially divided South Africa, he suffered discrimination in its full force. As dramatized in Richard Attenborough’s superb Gandhi, Gandhi was pushed off a train when he did not relocate from its first class coach. That particular incident made him politically active. During his 21 years in South Africa, he found his calling, experimented with nonviolent resistance, and vehemently fought against anti-Indian legislation in South Africa.

Gandhi then returned to India and organized peasants and workers against land taxes and subjugation. He led a series of nonviolent campaigns as the leader of the Indian crusade for home rule. He frequently resorted to hunger strikes not only in protest of British colonialism but also against hostility between India’s Hindus and Muslims. When Great Britain granted independence in 1947, the partition of India along religious lines led Gandhi to declare his life a failure because India could not govern itself as one nation but instead gave in to the division.

Inspirational Quotations by Mahatma Gandhi Within months after India’s independence, a Hindu fanatic assassinated Gandhi while he was on his way to evening prayers in Delhi. At his funeral procession, American radio journalist Edward Murrow broadcast, “The object of this massive tribute died as he had always lived—a private man without wealth, without property, without official title or office. Mahatma Gandhi was not a commander of armies nor ruler of vast lands. He could not boast any scientific achievements or artistic gift. Yet men, governments and dignitaries from all over the world have joined hands today to pay homage to this little brown man in the loincloth who led his country to freedom.”

Gandhi is one of the most-biographed people in the history of the world. Physicist Albert Einstein once said, “Generations to come will scarce believe that such a one as this ever in flesh and blood walked upon this earth.”

'Gandhi An Autobiography' by Mohandas Gandhi (ISBN 0807059099) Gandhi inspired Martin Luther King, Jr., Nelson Mandela, Aung San Suu Kyi, the 14th Dalai Lama, and political leaders who resist oppressive regimes. He was also a prolific writer; his most famous work is his autobiography, The Story of My Experiments with Truth (1940.)

Gandhi is the political and spiritual father of modern India. Beyond the common reverence of Gandhi as a freedom-struggle leader, he is also venerated for his philosophy of life. He advocated virtue, simple living, nonviolence, and vegetarianism. He expounded a nonviolent way of life in which people can recognize themselves as God’s children, irrespective of religion and culture, and live the life of absolute truth, universal love, and righteous justice. He presented this as an alternative to a Western culture overflowing with consumerism, individualism, competition, and inequality.

Gandhi said, “When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time, they can seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall. Think of it—always.”

Inspirational Quotations by Mohandas K. Gandhi

It is better to be violent, if there is violence in our hearts, than to put on the cloak of non-violence to coyer impotence.
Mohandas K. Gandhi

For me the different religions are beautiful flowers from the same garden, or they are branches of the same majestic tree.
Mohandas K. Gandhi

In judging myself I shall try to be as harsh as truth, as I want others also to be.
Mohandas K. Gandhi

The essence of all religions is one. Only their approaches are different.
Mohandas K. Gandhi

Jealousy does not wait for reasons.
Mohandas K. Gandhi

You assist an evil system most effectively by obeying its orders and decrees. An evil system never deserves such allegiance. Allegiance to it means partaking of the evil. A good person will resist an evil system with his whole soul. Disobedience of the laws of an evil state is therefore a duty.
Mohandas K. Gandhi

A man of truth must also be a man of care.
Mohandas K. Gandhi

One of the objects of a newspaper is to understand popular feeling and to give expression to it; another is to arouse among the people certain desirable sentiments; and the third is fearlessly to expose popular defects.
Mohandas K. Gandhi

A man who was completely innocent, offered himself as a sacrifice for the good of others, including his enemies, and became the ransom of the world. It was a perfect act.
Mohandas K. Gandhi

The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world’s problems.
Mohandas K. Gandhi

The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.
Mohandas K. Gandhi

I am prepared to die, but there is no cause for which I am prepared to kill.
Mohandas K. Gandhi

Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.
Mohandas K. Gandhi

Power is of two kinds. One is obtained by the fear of punishment and the other by acts of love. Power based on love is a thousand times more effective and permanent then the one derived from fear of punishment.
Mohandas K. Gandhi

If I believe I cannot do something, it makes me incapable of doing it, when I believe I can, then I acquire the ability to do it, even if I did not have the ability in the beginning.
Mohandas K. Gandhi

Prayer is not an old woman’s idle amusement. Properly understood and applied, it is the most potent instrument of action.
Mohandas K. Gandhi

Always believe in your dreams, because if you don’t, you’ll still have hope.
Mohandas K. Gandhi

Anger is the enemy of non-violence and pride is a monster that swallows it up.
Mohandas K. Gandhi

Non-cooperation with evil is a sacred duty.
Mohandas K. Gandhi

Nothing can be more hurtful to an honourable man than that he should be accused of bad faith.
Mohandas K. Gandhi

One golden rule is to accept the interpretation honestly put on the pledge by the party administering it.
Mohandas K. Gandhi

Whenever you are confronted with an opponent, conquer him with love.
Mohandas K. Gandhi

Non-violence is not a garment to be put on and off at will. Its seat is in the heart, and it must be inseparable part of our very being.
Mohandas K. Gandhi

Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes.
Mohandas K. Gandhi

Religions are different roads converging to the same point. What does it matter that we take different road, so long as we reach the same goal. Wherein is the cause for quarrelling?
Mohandas K. Gandhi

Providence has its appointed hour for everything. We cannot command results, we can only strive.
Mohandas K. Gandhi

Faith is not a delicate flower which would wither away under the slightest stormy weather.
Mohandas K. Gandhi

Today I know that physical training should have as much place in the curriculum as mental training.
Mohandas K. Gandhi

Victory attained by violence is tantamount to a defeat, for it is momentary.
Mohandas K. Gandhi

An error does not become truth by reason of multiplied propagation, nor does truth become error because nobody sees it. Truth stands, even if there be no public support. It is self sustained.
Mohandas K. Gandhi

Nothing is impossible for pure love.
Mohandas K. Gandhi

The main purpose of life is to live rightly, think rightly, act rightly. The soul must languish when we give all our thought to the body.
Mohandas K. Gandhi

Prayer is the key of the morning and the bolt of the evening.
Mohandas K. Gandhi

A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history.
Mohandas K. Gandhi

The cry for peace will be a cry in the wilderness, so long as the spirit of nonviolence does not dominate millions of men and women.
Mohandas K. Gandhi

Man should forget his anger before he lies down to sleep.
Mohandas K. Gandhi

If one has no affection for a person or a system, one should feel free to give the fullest expression to his disaffection so long as he does not contemplate, promote, or incite violence.
Mohandas K. Gandhi

Nonviolence is the first article of my faith. It is also the last article of my creed.
Mohandas K. Gandhi

If you don’t ask, you don’t get.
Mohandas K. Gandhi

It is unwise to be too sure of one’s own wisdom. It is healthy to be reminded that the strongest might weaken and the wisest might err.
Mohandas K. Gandhi

Truth alone will endure, all the rest will be swept away before the tide of time. I must continue to bear testimony to truth even if I am forsaken by all. Mine may today be a voice in the wilderness, but it will be heard when all other voices are silenced, if it is the voice of Truth.
Mohandas K. Gandhi

There is a sufficiency in the world for man’s need but not for man’s greed.
Mohandas K. Gandhi

When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love has always won. There have been tyrants and murderers and for a time they seem invincible but in the end, they always fall—think of it, always.
Mohandas K. Gandhi

The weak can’t forgive. Forgiveness is of the strong.
Mohandas K. Gandhi

They cannot take away our self-respect if we do not give it to them.
Mohandas K. Gandhi

A man is but the product of his thoughts. What he thinks, he becomes.
Mohandas K. Gandhi

Gandhi on the Doctrine of Ahimsa + Non-Violence in Buddhism


Non-Violence in Buddhism

“Thou shalt not kill.” This command forbids committing murder—specifically slaying a fellow human. The seventh of the Torah’s Ten Commandments (the Decalogue) allows for the execution of animals.

Non-Violence in Buddhism This specific tenet can be interpreted as comparatively lenient, even indulgent, compared to the mainstream Hinduism and the derivative Jain and Buddhist philosophies. Within these contexts, non-violence is a fundamental building block of ethics. Naturally, this idea of refraining from cruelty proscribes murder, but it also surpasses that guideline. In fact, practicing pacifism deters all varieties of violence against any sentient being, be it a human or an animal. Under the rule of non-violence, these creatures are protected from aggression, hostility, cruelty, sadism, and savagery—all unacceptable forms of conduct.

In accordance with the concept of anatta (the idea of there being no self,) Buddhism teaches us that, should we cling to the illusion of possessing autonomous ‘selves,’ we will fail to fully comprehend non-violence. Upon removal of the sense of the individual self, inflicting damage on another in turn damages the perpetrator. Should you inflict violence upon another, you too will suffer its effects.

Gandhi on the Doctrine of Ahimsa

Violence is the utmost form of asserting oneself over another. An alternative to aggression is Ahimsa or non-violence. This peaceful method was recognized as an entirely credible ethical code when Gandhi adopted it. He took up non-violence in his struggle against injustice and oppression, first as a peace leader in South Africa and then as the leader of India’s independence movement. Gandhi’s own definition of Ahimsa is as follows:

'Mahatma Gandhi: Essays and Reflections on His Life and Work' Edited by S. Radhakrishnan (ISBN 1553940261) Literally speaking, Ahimsa means “non-killing.” But to me it has a world of meaning, and takes me into realms much higher, infinitely higher. It really means that you may not offend anybody; you may not harbor an uncharitable thought, even in connection with one who may consider himself to be your enemy. To one who follows this doctrine there is no room for an enemy. But there may be people who consider themselves to be his enemies. So it is held that we may not harbor an evil thought even in connection with such persons. If we return blow for blow we depart from the doctrine of Ahimsa. But I go farther. If we resent a friend’s action, or the so-called enemy’s action, we still fall short of this doctrine. But when I say we should not resent, I do not say that we should acquiesce: by the word “resenting” I mean wishing that some harm should be done to the enemy; or that he should be put out of the way, not even by any action of ours, but by the action of somebody else, or, say, by divine agency. If we harbor even this thought we depart from this doctrine of Non-Violence.

Source: ‘Mahatma Gandhi: Essays and Reflections on His Life and Work’ edited by S. Radhakrishnan

Source of Mohandas K. Gandhi’s Quote, ‘You Must be the Change’

Mahatma Gandhi on Change

Today, (30-Jan-08,) is the 60th anniversary of the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi. A few months after India secured her independence from Britain, an extremist shot Gandhi point-blank after a prayer meeting at the Birla House in Delhi. Richard Attenborough’s much-admired motion picture ‘Gandhi’ narrates this event twice: once at the start of the movie illustrating the assassin walking towards Gandhi and a second time at the end of the movie depicting Gandhi walking out from the prayer meeting and facing the assassin.

A Quote, a Fable

One of Mahatma Gandhi’s most popular quotations is, “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” Here is a widely believed — although unverified — story of the origin of this quotation.

During the 1930s, a young boy had become obsessed with eating sugar. His mother failed to convince him to kick the habit. She decided to take him to Gandhi. The Mahatma (Great Soul) was highly revered across the country — perhaps his instruction could convince her son to cut back on sugar.

At Gandhi’s ashram (hermitage,) the mother recounted her difficulty and requested Gandhi to direct her son. Gandhi deliberated for a minute and replied, “Please come back after a week. I will talk to your son.”

The mother and her son revisited Gandhi the following week. Gandhi smiled at the boy and directed him, “You must stop eating sugar.” The boy admitted, “Forgive me, bapu (father.) I will follow your advice.”

The mother was puzzled. She enquired, “Bapu, you could have asked my son to stop eating sugar when we visited you last week. Why did you ask us to come back this week?” Gandhi answered, “Ben (Sister,) last week, I, too, was eating a lot of sugar. … You must be the change you wish to see in the world.”

Effective Leaders ‘Walk the Talk’

Consider the following case. Ian joined a financial services company and assumed leadership of a group of analysts. In his first staff meeting, he declared, “Our people are our greatest asset.” He asserted that his primary objective as the manager of the organization was to keep them engaged, motivated and happy.

When one of Ian’s employees returned to work after a three-month maternity leave (she had had her first child,) Ian never enquired her about her child or her experiences. Becoming a mother was the most significant event of her life to date. The day she returned to work, Ian assigned her critical projects and demanded her full attention to these projects. Clearly, Ian’s behavior was incongruent with his stated mission of appreciating his people.

As the above example illustrates, frequently, leaders announce personal and organizational values and goals but fail to act on their words — their behaviors do not match their stated missions. Defining values and goals is often rather easy — conforming and getting others to conform to these initiatives is challenging. Leaders quickly lose their credibility by failing to ‘walk the talk.’

Call for Action

Audit yourself. At home or work, write down your objectives. Reflect on your actions. Analyze your behaviors. Do your actions uphold your objectives? Gather feedback from your people. Ask what you can do to achieve your objectives. Ask how you can walk your talk.

Inspirational Quotations #721

The only freedom which deserves the name is that of pursuing our own good, in our own way, so long as we do not attempt to deprive others of theirs, or impede their efforts to obtain it.
John Stuart Mill

Choose your customers. Fire the ones that hurt your ability to deliver the right story to the others.
Seth Godin

A nail is driven out by another nail; habit is overcome by habit.
Desiderius Erasmus

One of the commonest mistakes and one of the costliest is thinking that success is due to some genius, some magic – something or other which we do not possess. Success is generally due to holding on, and failure to letting go. You decide to learn a language, study music, take a course of reading, train yourself physically. Will it be success or failure? It depends upon how much pluck and perseverance that word “decide” contains. The decision that nothing can overrule, the grip that nothing can detach will bring success. Remember the Chinese proverb, “With time and patience, the mulberry leaf becomes satin.
Maltbie Davenport Babcock

The reason that adulation is not displeasing is that, though untrue, it shows one to be of consequence enough, in one way or other, to induce people to lie.
Lord Byron (George Gordon Byron)

Put your heart, mind, intellect, and soul even to your smallest acts. This is the secret of success.
Swami Sivananda

Of mankind we may say in general they are fickle, hypocritical, and greedy of gain.
Niccolo Machiavelli

The golden rule is of no use whatsoever unless you realize that it is your move.
Frank Hall Crane

An eager pursuit of fortune is inconsistent with a severe devotion to truth. The heart must grow tranquil before the thought can become searching.
Christian Nestell Bovee

Familiarity breeds contempt.
Aesop

Mental violence has no potency and injures only the person whose thoughts are violent. It is otherwise with mental non-violence. It has potency which the world does not yet know.
Mohandas K. Gandhi

Few men survey themselves with so much severity as not to admit prejudices in their own favor.
Samuel Johnson

The young man who has not wept is a savage, and the old man who will not laugh is a fool.
George Santayana

Inspirational Quotations #720

I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.
Nelson Mandela

Giving people self-confidence is by far the most important thing that I can do. Because then they will act.
Jack Welch

Forgiveness is a virtue of the brave.
Indira Gandhi

My own experience and development deepen everyday my conviction that our moral progress may be measured by the degree in which we sympathize with individual suffering and individual joy.
George Elliot (Mary Anne Evans)

There is a kind of courtesy in skepticism. It would be an offense against polite conventions to press our doubts too far.
George Santayana

Action makes more fortune than caution.
Luc de Clapiers, marquis de Vauvenargues

Our safety is not in blindness, but in facing our danger.
Friedrich Schiller

There is no end of craving. Hence contentment alone is the best way to happiness. Therefore, acquire contentment.
Swami Sivananda

One father is more than a hundred schoolmasters.
George Herbert

Most of one’s life is one prolonged effort to prevent oneself thinking.
Aldous Huxley

Virtually nothing comes out right the first time. Failures, repeated failures, are finger posts on the road to achievement. The only time you don’t want to fail is the last time you try something … One fails forward toward success.
Charles F. Kettering

The beginning of love is to let those we love be perfectly themselves, and not to twist them to fit our own image. Otherwise we love only the reflection of ourselves we find in them.
Thomas Merton

In all the affairs of life, social as well as political, courtesies of a small and trivial character are the ones which strike deepest to the grateful and appreciating heart.
Henry Clay

There are no rules for friendship. It must be left to itself. We cannot force it any more than love.
William Hazlitt

The major reason for setting a goal is for what it makes of you to accomplish it. What it makes of you will always be the far greater value than what you get.
Jim Rohn

Suspicion is most often useless pain.
Samuel Johnson

Sin is whatever obscures the soul.
Andre Gide

Friendship is always a sweet responsibility, never an opportunity.
Khalil Gibran

Inspirational Quotations #717

It has been a thousand times observed, and I must observe it once more, that the hours we pass with happy prospects in view are more pleasing than those crowned with fruition.
Oliver Goldsmith

A dog is not considered a good dog because he is a good barker. A man is not considered a good man because he is a good talker.
Zhuangzi

There is no greater impediment to progress in the sciences than the desire to see it take place too quickly.
Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

Honest differences are often a healthy sign of progress.
Mohandas K. Gandhi

A man’s memory may almost become the art of continually varying and misrepresenting his past, according to his interest in the present.
George Santayana

The only truly affluent are those who do not want more than they have.
Erich Fromm

Morale is the greatest single factor in successful wars.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

The search for truth is more precious than its possession.
Albert Einstein

Absence of occupation is not rest; a mind quite vacant is a mind distressed.
William Cowper

The hallmark of courage in our age of conformity is the capacity to stand on one’s convictions not obstinately or defiantly (these are gestures of defensiveness, not courage) nor as a gesture of retaliation, but simply because these are what one believes.
Rollo May

Your readiest desire is your path to joy even if it destroys you.
Holbrook Jackson

In the future, instead of striving to be right at a high cost, it will be more appropriate to be flexible and plural at a lower cost. If you cannot accurately predict the future then you must flexibly be prepared to deal with various possible futures.
Edward de Bono

There are two modes of establishing our reputation—to be praised by honest men, and to be abused by rogues. It is best, however, to secure the former, because it will invariably be accompanied by the latter.
Charles Caleb Colton

I think knowing what you cannot do is more important than knowing what you can do. In fact, that’s good taste.
Lucille Ball

When you can’t have anything else, you can have virtue.
Don Marquis

Right is its own defense.
Bertolt Brecht

It is a truth but too well known, that rashness attends youth, as prudence does old age.
Cicero

Inspirational Quotations #710

Old hands soil, it seems, whatever they caress, but they too have their beauty when they are joined in prayer. Young hands were made for caresses and the sheathing of love. It is a pity to make them join too soon.
Andre Gide

We set up harsh and unkind rules against ourselves. No one is born without faults. That man is best who has fewest.
Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus)

Everyone likes flattery; and when you come to Royalty you should lay it on with a trowel.
Benjamin Franklin

Earning trust is not easy, nor is it cheap, nor does it happen quickly. Earning trust is hard and demanding work. Trust comes only with genuine effort, never with a lick and a promise.
Max Depree

Study the past, if you would define the future.
Confucius

When you introduce a moral lesson, let it be brief.
Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus)

Wisdom is not in words; Wisdom is meaning within words.
Khalil Gibran

The great majority of men are bundles of beginnings.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Man becomes great exactly in the degree in which he works for the welfare of his fellow-men.
Mohandas K. Gandhi

Don’t criticize what you don’t understand, son. You never walked in that man’s shoes.
Elvis Presley

Let us think of education as the means of developing our greatest abilities, because in each of us there is a private hope and dream which, fulfilled, can be translated into benefit for everyone and greater strength for our nation.
John F. Kennedy

Do not brood over your past mistakes and failures as this will only fill your mind with grief, regret and depression. Do not repeat them in the future.
Swami Sivananda

He is happy whose circumstances suit his temper; but he is more excellent who can suit his temper to any circumstances.
David Hume

The easiest period in a crisis situation is actually the battle itself. The most difficult is the period of indecision—whether to fight or run away. And the most dangerous period is the aftermath. It is then, with all his resources spent and his guard down, that an individual must watch out for dulled reactions and faulty judgment.
Richard Nixon

A mantra to cure procrastinators: It needn’t be perfect; it needn’t be fun; it just has to get done.
Marty Nemko

Inspirational Quotations #709

Education is the transmission of civilization.
William C. Durant

There are but two roads that lead to an important goal and to the doing of great things: strength and perseverance. Strength is the lot of but a few privileged men; but austere perseverance, harsh and continuous, may be employed by the smallest of us and rarely fails of its purpose, for its silent power grows irresistibly greater with time.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

When you see a rattlesnake poised to strike you, do not wait until he has struck before you crush him.
Franklin D. Roosevelt

The winner persistently programs his pluses; the loser mournfully magnifies his minuses.
William Arthur Ward

Knowledge is the eye of desire and can become the pilot of the soul.
William C. Durant

Each one has to find his peace from within. And peace to be real must be unaffected by outside circumstances.
Mohandas K. Gandhi

People with clear, written goals, accomplish far more in a shorter period of time than people without them could ever imagine.
Brian Tracy

The wisdom of nations lies in their proverbs, which are brief and pithy. Collect and learn them; they are notable measures of directions for human life; you have much in little; they save time in speaking; and upon occasion may be the fullest and safest answers.
William Penn

If you give people tools, [and they use] their natural ability and their curiosity, they will develop things in ways that will surprise you very much beyond what you might have expected.
Bill Gates

Our systems, perhaps, are nothing more than an unconscious apology for our faults—a gigantic scaffolding whose object is to hide from us our favorite sin.
Henri Frederic Amiel

Thought and theory must precede all salutary action; yet action is nobler in itself than either thought or theory.
William Wordsworth

Great minds are to make others great. Their superiority is to be used, not to break the multitude to intellectual vassalage, not to establish over them a spiritual tyranny, but to rouse them from lethargy, and to aid them to judge for themselves.
William Ellery Channing

Learn a little here and a little there, and you will increase in knowledge.
The Talmud

Inspirational Quotations #708

We may affirm absolutely that nothing great in the world has ever been accomplished without passion.
Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

You can always tell a real friend; when you’ve made a fool of yourself he doesn’t feel you’ve done a permanent job.
Laurence J. Peter

To find out what one is fitted to do, and to secure an opportunity to do it, is the key to happiness.
John Dewey

When you have a great and difficult task, something perhaps almost impossible, if you only work a little at a time, every day a little, suddenly the work will finish itself.
Karen Blixen (Isak Dinesen)

One of the reasons mature people stop learning is that they become less and less willing to risk failure.
John W. Gardner

There is more to life than increasing its speed.
Mohandas K. Gandhi

A budget tells us what we can’t afford, but it doesn’t keep us from buying it.
William Feather

Time is the wisest of all counselors.
Plutarch

Probably no man ever had a friend he did not dislike a little; we are all so constituted by nature that no one can possibly entirely approve of us.
E. W. Howe

The critical opinions of a writer should always be taken with a large grain of salt. For the most part, they are manifestations of his debate with himself as to what he should do next and what he should avoid.
W. H. Auden

A man has generally the good or ill qualities which he attributes to mankind.
William Shenstone

Wisdom is not a product of schooling but of the lifelong attempt to acquire it.
Albert Einstein

Whatever your life’s work is, do it well. A man should do his job so well that the living, the dead, and the unborn could do it no better.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Good character is not formed in a week or a month. It is created little by little, day by day. Protracted and patient effort is needed to develop good character.
Swami Sivananda

I have feelings too. I am still human. All I want is to be loved, for myself and for my talent.
Marilyn Monroe

Before you agree to do anything that might add even the smallest amount of stress to your life, ask yourself: “What is my truest intention?” Give yourself time to let a yes resound within you. When it’s right, I guarantee that your entire body will feel it.
Oprah Winfrey

Inspirational Quotations #706

If we put the emphasis upon the right things, if we live the life that is worth while and then fail, we will survive all disasters, we will out-live all misfortune. We should be so well balanced and symmetrical, that nothing which could ever happen could throw us off our center, so that no matter what misfortune should overtake us, there would still be a whole magnificent man or woman left after being stripped of everything else.
Orison Swett Marden

A little neglect may breed great mischief. For want of a nail, the shoe was lost; for want of a shoe, the horse was lost; and for want of a horse, the rider was lost; being overtaken, and slain by the enemy. All for want of care about a horse-shoe nail.
Benjamin Franklin

In historic events, the so-called great men are labels giving names to events, and like labels they have but the smallest connection with the event itself. Every act of theirs, which appears to them an act of their own will, is in an historical sense involuntary and is related to the whole course of history and predestined from eternity.
Leo Tolstoy

Faith is a function of the heart. It must be enforced by reason. The two are not antagonistic as some think. The more intense one’s faith is, the more it whet’s one’s reason. When faith becomes blind it dies.
Mohandas K. Gandhi

If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or things.
Albert Einstein

The underdog often starts the fight, and occasionally the upper dog deserves to win.
E. W. Howe

To live in the presence of great truths and eternal laws, to be led by permanent ideals—that is what keeps a man patient when the world ignores him, and calm and unspoiled when the world praises him.
Honore de Balzac

The future is an opaque mirror. Anyone who tries to look into it sees nothing but the dim outlines of an old and worried face.
Jim Bishop

Knowledge cultivates your seeds and does not sow in you seeds.
Khalil Gibran

The truth is found when men are free to pursue it.
Franklin D. Roosevelt

Love is the strongest force the world possesses, and yet it is the humblest imaginable.
Mohandas K. Gandhi