Inspirational Quotations #696

Irrigators guide the water. Fletchers shape the arrow shaft. Carpenters shape the wood. The wise control themselves.
The Dhammapada

The great gift of human beings is that we have the power of empathy.
Meryl Streep

Those who are formed to win general admiration are seldom calculated to bestow individual happiness.
Marguerite Gardiner, Countess of Blessington

It is much easier to ride a horse in the direction it’s going.
Abraham Lincoln

We must dare to think ‘unthinkable’ thoughts. We must learn to explore all the options and possibilities that confront us in a complex and rapidly changing world. We must learn to welcome and not to fear the voices of dissent. We must dare to think about ‘unthinkable things’ because when things become unthinkable, thinking stops and action becomes mindless.
J. William Fulbright

The hardest challenge is to be yourself in a world where everyone is trying to make you be somebody else.
E. E. Cummings

The things we fear most in organizations — fluctuations, disturbances, imbalances — are the primary sources of creativity.
Margaret J. Wheatley

People universally tend to think that happiness is a stroke of luck, something that will descend upon you like fine weather if you’re fortunate enough. But that’s not how happiness works. Happiness is the consequence of personal effort. You fight for it, strive for it, insist upon it, and sometimes travel the around the world looking for it. … Once you have achieved a state of happiness, you must never become lax about maintaining it, you must make a mighty effort to keep swimming upward into that happiness forever, to stay afloat on top of it.
Elizabeth Gilbert

Let no man ever look for what is pleasant, or what is unpleasant. Not to see what is pleasant is pain, and it is pain to see what is unpleasant.
The Dhammapada

An insult is either sustained or destroyed, not by the disposition of those who insult, but by the disposition of those who bear it.
John Chrysostom

Inspirational Quotations #695

It takes a great man to make a good listener.
Arthur Helps

When you say that you agree to a thing in principle you mean that you have not the slightest intention of carrying it out in practice.
Otto von Bismarck

There is no destiny beyond and above ourselves; we are ourselves the architects of our future.
Swami Chinmayananda

Every dog has his day.
Common Proverb

We must interpret a bad temper as a sign of inferiority.
Alfred Adler

The question is not to know the meaning of life, but what meaning I can give to my life.
The 14th Dalai Lama

The quality of a leader is reflected in the standards they set for themselves.
Ray Kroc

They never open their mouths without subtracting from the sum of human knowledge.
Thomas Brackett Reed

Pity the leader caught between unloving critics and uncritical lovers.
John W. Gardner

Bad salespeople talk your ear off. Good salespeople know to shut up and listen.
Ben Casnocha

Like breeds like.
Common Proverb

If we spend the time we waste in sighing for the perfect golden fruit in fulfilling the conditions of its growth, happiness will come, must come. It is guaranteed in the very laws of the universe. If it involves some chastening and renunciation, well, the fruit will be all the sweeter for this touch of holiness.
Helen Keller

Ignorance is a prolonged infancy, only deprived of its charm.
Stanislas de Boufflers

There is no great achievement that is not the result of patient working and waiting.
Josiah Gilbert Holland

Socrates said he was not an Athenian or a Greek, but a citizen of the world.

Nothing should be prized more highly than the value of each day.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Close scrutiny will show that most “crisis situations” are opportunities to either advance, or stay where you are.
Maxwell Maltz

No one can persuade another to change. Each of us guards a gate of change that can only be opened from the inside. We cannot open the gate of another, either by argument or emotional appeal.
Marilyn Ferguson

Inspirational Quotations #694

Everybody exists. It is only the few who live.|To live, you should have an ideal.
Swami Chinmayananda

Intelligent people have a remarkable ability to rationalize irrational actions, to re-tell history to fit their preferred, comfortable narrative.
Ben Casnocha

If you yourself are at peace, then there is at least some peace in the world.
Thomas Merton

When playing Russian roulette the fact that the first shot got off safely is little comfort for the next.
Richard Feynman

Character consists of what you do on the third and fourth tries.
James A. Michener

If you make listening and observation your occupation you will gain much more than you can by talk.
Robert Baden-Powell, 1st Baron Baden-Powell

The more of wisdom we know, the more we may earn. That man who seeks to learn more of his craft shall be richly rewarded.
George Samuel Clason

If you have a strong mind,|and plant in it a firm resolve,|you can change your destiny.

Providence conceals itself in the details of human affairs, but becomes unveiled in the generalities of history.
Alphonse de Lamartine

Brood less, smile more and serve all.
Swami Chinmayananda

Unless I accept my faults, I will most certainly doubt my virtues.
Hugh Prather

Marriage is a coming together for better or for worse, hopefully enduring, and intimate to the degree of being sacred.
William O. Douglas

Humanity’s greatest advances are not in its discoveries — but in how those discoveries are applied to reduce inequity.
Bill Gates

The secret of concentration is the secret of self-discovery. You reach inside yourself to discover your personal resources, and what it takes to match them to the challenge.
Arnold Palmer

To give love is true freedom; to demand love is pure slavery.
Swami Chinmayananda

You are successful and creative only when you see an opportunity in every difficulty.
Swami Chinmayananda

The exception proves the rule.
Common Proverb

Fear must be entirely banished. The purified soul will fear nothing.

Inspirational Quotations #693

I’m not convinced that the world is in any worse shape than it ever was. It’s just that in this age of almost instantaneous communication, we bear the weight of problems our forefathers only read about after they were solved.
Burton Hillis (William E. Vaughan)

Happiness depends on what you can give, Not on what you can get.
Swami Chinmayananda

But he who has cleansed himself from sin, is well grounded in all virtues, and regards also temperance and truth, he is indeed worthy of the yellow dress.
The Dhammapada

Never compromise yourself, it’s all you’ve got.
Janis Joplin

To all that come to this happy place, welcome. Disneyland is your land. Here age relives fond memories of the past, and here youth may savor the challenge and promise of the future. Disneyland is dedicated to the ideals, the dreams, and the hard facts that have created America… with hope that it will be a source of joy and inspiration to all the world.
Walt Disney

Do as you would be done by.
Common Proverb

Perfection can be achieved only through devotion, for devotion is the basis of all success.
Chanakya Neeti

Life does not reward us for effort expended.

The human spirit needs to accomplish, to achieve, to triumph to be happy.
Ben Stein

It is not always easy to diagnose. The simplest form of stupidity – the mumbling, nose-picking, stolid incomprehension – can be detected by anyone. But the stupidity which disguises itself as thought, and which talks so glibly and eloquently, indeed never stops talking, in every walk of life is not so easy to identify, because it marches under a formidable name, which few dare attack. It is called Popular Opinion…
Robertson Davies

With each success your faith in the law will grow stronger, until you reach the point of total conviction. Then you will be invincible.
Roger McDonald

Integrate what you believe in every single area of your life. Take your heart to work and ask the most and best of everybody else, too.
Meryl Streep

Inspirational Quotations #692

The essence of teaching is to make learning contagious, to have one idea spark another.
Marva Collins

Let go of the idea that your problem is permanent. Few troubles last forever. And those that cannot be solved can usually be managed.

Some people are nice as a way of compensating for their not being good.
Marty Nemko

A true friend is not like the rain which pours and goes away. A true friend is like the air, sometimes silent but always around you.

Peace is not an absence of war, it is a virtue, a state of mind, a disposition for benevolence, confidence, justice.
Baruch Spinoza

Hope is both the earliest and the most indispensable virtue inherent in the state of being alive. If life is to be sustained hope must remain, even where confidence is wounded, trust impaired.
Erik Erikson

The chief condition on which, life, health and vigor depend on, is action. It is by action that an organism develops its faculties, increases its energy, and attains the fulfillment of its destiny.
Pierre-Joseph Proudhon

No one really knows why they are alive until they know what they’d die for.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Getting your house in order and reducing the confusion gives you more control over your life. Personal organization some how releases or frees you to operate more effectively.
Larry King

It is important to expect nothing, to take every experience, including the negative ones, as merely steps on the path, and to proceed.
Ram Dass

Do not appease thy fellow in his hour of anger; do not comfort him while the dead is still laid out before him; do not question him in the hour of his vow; and do not strive to see him in his hour of misfortune.
The Talmud

The real men of achievement are people|who have the heroism to fuel more and more enthusiasm in their work,|when they face more and more difficulties.
Swami Chinmayananda

Your goal must not be to impress but to accomplish. That usually demands bringing out the best in others.
Marty Nemko

Inspirational Quotations #691

The job of the press is to encourage debate, not to supply the public with information.
Christopher Lasch

The path of sound credence is through the thick forest of skepticism.
George Jean Nathan

If we are to find our way across toubled waters, we are better served by the company of those who have built bridges, who have moved beyond despair and inertia.
Marilyn Ferguson

The function of values is to give us the illusion of purpose in life.
Dero A. Saunders

Our background and circumstances may influence who we are, but we are responsible for who we become.

Perhaps nobody ever accomplishes all that he feels lies in him to do but nearly every one who tries his power touches the walls of his being occasionally, and learns about how far to attempt to spring.
Charles Dudley Warner

The secret of living a life of excellence is merely a matter of thinking thoughts of excellence. Really, it’s a matter of programming our minds with the kind of information that will set us free.
Chuck Swindoll

If success or failure of this planet and of human beings depended on how I am and what I do… how would I be? What would I do?
Buckminster Fuller

A rich man is not one who has the most,|but one who needs the least.

Intellectual despair results in neither weakness nor dreams, but in violence. It is only a matter of knowing how to give vent to one’s rage; whether one only wants to wander like madmen around prisons, or whether one wants to overturn them.
Georges Bataille

Happy those who knowing they are subject to uncertain changes, are prepared and armed for either fortune; a rare principle, and with much labor learned in wisdom’s school.
Philip Massinger

Private and public life are subject to the same rules; and truth and manliness are two qualities that will carry you through this world much better than policy, or tact, or expediency, or any other word that was ever devised to conceal or mystify a deviation from the straight line.
Robert E. Lee

Inspirational Quotations #690

True consistency, that of the prudent and the wise, is to act in conformity with circumstances, and not to act always the same way under a change of circumstances.
John C. Calhoun

The quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor.
Vince Lombardi

Less is more.
Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

If a man offend a harmless, pure, and innocent person, the evil falls back upon that fool, like light dust thrown up against the wind.
The Dhammapada

The most important of life’s battles is the one we fight daily in the silent chambers of the soul.
David O. McKay

The words of wicked people are totally different from their thoughts and their actions totally disagree with their words. On the other hand, great people are consistent in their thoughts, words and deeds.

Names are changed more readily than doctrines, and doctrines more readily than ceremonies.
Thomas Love Peacock

Victory may be honorable to the arms, but shameful to the counsels of the nation.
Henry St John, 1st Viscount Bolingbroke

Pain is a relatively objective, physical phenomenon; suffering is our psychological resistance to what happens. Events may create physical pain, but they do not in themselves create suffering. Resistance creates suffering. Stress happens when your mind resists what is…The only problem in your life is your mind’s resistance to life as it unfolds.
Dan Millman

Key to being liked: While retaining integrity, do more agreeing, amplifying, empathizing. do less arguing, one-upping, yes-butting.
Marty Nemko

Getting older is no problem. You just have to live long enough.
Groucho Marx

Science is the systematic classification of experience.
George Henry Lewes

Everyone points to the other man, who, according to him, is happier. But the only one, who has the courage to declare that he is truly happy, is he who has relinquished all his passions and hungers from within.
Swami Chinmayananda

Inspirational Quotations #689

Power over others is weakness disguised as strength. True power if within, and it is available to you now.
Eckhart Tolle

Nothing is so common as unsuccessful men with talent. They lack only determination.
Chuck Swindoll

I can’t understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I’m frightened of the old ones.
John Cage

Only the insane take themselves quite seriously.
Max Beerbohm

A whipping never hurts so much as the thought that you are being whipped.
E. W. Howe

No artist is ahead of his time. He is his time. It’s just that the others are behind the time.
Martha Graham

You’re not a human being until you value something more than the life of your body. And the greater the thing you live and die for the greater you are.
Orson Scott Card

My focus is to forget the pain of life. Forget the pain, mock the pain, reduce it. And laugh.
Jim Carrey

There are wounds of self-love which one does not confess to one’s dearest friends.
Jean Antoine Petit-Senn

Sometimes the majority only means that all the fools are on the same side.

There is strength in numbers and unity. That is the way you can kill an enemy. Just look at the collection of straws that make the roof of the hut. They protect us from even the heavy rains, alone none of those straws can do the same.
Subhashita Manjari

Wisdom is the assimilated knowledge in us, gained from an intelligent estimation and close study of our own direct and indirect experience in the world.
Swami Chinmayananda

The person who makes a success of living is the one who sees his goal steadily and aims for it unswervingly. That is dedication.
Cecil B. DeMille

Regrets are idle; yet history is one long regret. Everything might have turned out so differently.
Charles Dudley Warner

This life is short, the vanities of the world are transient, but they alone live who live for others, the rest are more dead than alive. If all of us think for the society and the country, all our problems will be solved.
Swami Vivekananda

Inspirational Quotations #688

A closed mind is a good thing to lose.
Muriel Strode

A noble deed is a step toward God.
Josiah Gilbert Holland

An honor is not diminished for being shared.
Lois McMaster Bujold

Courtesy is the oil that greases the wheels of life.

From tonight onwards, take complete control of your life. Decide, once and for all, to be the master of your fate. Run your own race. Discover your calling and you will start to experience the ecstasy of an inspired life.
Robin Sharma

Ignorance is never out of style. It was in fashion yesterday, it is the rage today and it will set the pace tomorrow.
Frank Lane

It takes courage to grow up and turn out to be who you really are.
E. E. Cummings

Don’t confuse tact with cowardice. Sometimes, it’s wise to speak up boldly.
Marty Nemko

Excessive anger is a great harm, but greater still is the unmindfulness born of excessive pleasure. Just as perpetual poverty slowly slays one’s knowledge, so does frequent forgetfulness destroy one’s prestige.

Elegance does not consist in putting on a new dress.
Coco Chanel

Of all vanities and fopperies, the vanity of high birth is the greatest. True nobility is derived from virtue, not from birth. Titles, indeed, may be purchased; but virtue is the only coin that makes the bargain valid.
Richard Burton

It is well for people who think to change their minds occasionally in order to keep them clean. For those who do not think, it is best at least to rearrange their prejudices once in a while.
Luther Burbank

Trying to get everyone to like you is a sign of mediocrity.
Colin Powell

Great minds think alike.
Common Proverb

We tell lies when we are afraid. Afraid of what we don’t know, afraid of what other might think, afraid of what will be found out about us. But, everytime we tell a lie, that thing we fear grows stronger.

If frequency with which you cite an education credential does not decrease over the course of your life, you’re not accomplishing very much.
Ben Casnocha

Inspirational Quotations #687

Misery is a communicable disease.
Martha Graham

He that lives long suffers much.
Common Proverb

We are rich only through what we give; and poor only through what we refuse and keep.
Sophie Swetchine

Where at all ethically possible, we must give others hope. Without it, a person figuratively or even literally dies.
Marty Nemko

The minute a person whose word means a great deal to others dare to take the open-hearted and courageous way, many others follow.
Marian Anderson

A great deal more is known than has been proved.
Richard Feynman

Yes, it’s better to suspend judgment rather than embrace error. But agnostic, neutral thinkers have little to say and less to teach.
Ben Casnocha

Gratitude and treachery are merely the two extremities of the same procession. You have seen all of it that is worth staying for when the band and the gaudy officials have gone by.
Mark Twain

Never mind your happiness; do your duty.
Will Durant

It is a mistake to think that moving fast is the same as actually going somewhere.
Steve Goodier

In this age of specialization men who thoroughly know one field are often incompetent to discuss another.
Richard Feynman

A happy life consists not in the absence, but in the mastery of hardships.
Helen Keller

True kindness presupposes the faculty of imagining as one’s own the suffering and joys of others.
Andre Gide

Do not stand in a place of danger trusting in miracles.
Arabic Proverb

The milk fed to a snake only increases its venom. Similarly, the advice given to a fool leads to aggravation and not peace.

The hardest type of criticism to take is about self-perceived strengths. Yet this is the most important to hear.
Ben Casnocha

The world does not need tourists who ride by in a bus clucking their tongues. The world as it is needs those who will love it enough to change it, with what they have, where they are.
Robert Fulghum