Some Top Quotes

… that I might not have managed to cite anywhere else. These ones all came to mind one day recently when I was having a quiet-ish, thoughtful sort of day in a very beautiful place.

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“Beauty is truth, truth beauty – that is all ye know on earth, and all ye need to know.” – John Keats

“Life is change. Growth is optional. Choose wisely.” – Karen Kaiser Clark

“The secret of happiness is to admire without desiring.” ~ F.H. Bradley

“Don’t fight forces – use them.” – Buckminster Fuller


“It’s one of the secrets of the world. We all have the key to one another’s locks. But until we start to talk, we don’t know it.” – Michael Silverblatt

 “Many of the things we all struggle with in love and work can be helped by conversation. Without conversation, studies show that we are less empathic, less connected, less creative and fulfilled. We are diminished, in retreat.” – from Reclaiming Conversation – The Power of Talk in a Digital Age by Sherry Turkle (from an interview here)

** more quotations about conversation here.

 

“Wealth is something you acquire so you can share it, not keep it.” – LaDonna Harris

“A clear conscience is more valuable than wealth.” – Filipino proverb

Character is defined by what you are willing to do when the spotlight has been turned off, the applause has died down, and no one is around to give you credit.” – Source unknown

 “Example is not the main thing in influencing others, it’s the only thing.” – Albert Schweitzer

 

“We know what a person thinks not when he tells us what he thinks, but by his actions.” – Isaac Bashevis Singer

“I do not want to talk about what you understand about this world. I want to know what you will do about it. I do not want to know what you hope. I want to know what you will work for. I do not want your sympathy for the needs of humanity. I want your muscle.” – Robert Fulghum

“To do nothing is sometimes a good remedy.” – Hippocrates, physician (460-c.377 BCE)

“Truth is the only safe ground to stand on.” – Elizabeth Cady Stanton ** more quotes about truth

 

“It is a mistake to look too far ahead. Only one link in the chain of Destiny can be handled at a time.” – Winston Churchill

“Be careful not to do something permanently stupid because you are temporarily angry, stressed, scared, tired or hungry.” – Karen Salmansohn

 

“While we may learn from the past, we don’t seem to learn much.” – Ronald Wright in A Short History of Progress

“The arrival of whites in America is the dirtiest story in the world.” – Jill Frayne in Starting Out in the Afternoon – a Mid-Life Journey into Wild Land

 

“The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places.” – Ernest Hemingway, A Farewell to Arms

 

“Apology is a lovely perfume; it can transform the clumsiest moment into a gracious gift.” – Margaret Lee Runbeck

“Don’t worry about what others think, they don’t do it very often.” – Source unknown

 

“People say that what we’re all seeking is a meaning of life. I don’t think that’s what we’re really seeking. I think that what we’re really seeking is an experience of being alive, so that our life experiences on the purely physical plane will have resonances within our own innermost being and reality, so that we actually feel the rapture of being alive.” – Joseph Campbell, The Power of Myth

“I know what the greatest cure is: it is to give up, to relinquish, to surrender, so that our little hearts may beat in unison with the great heart of the world.” – Henry Miller

 

“…the goal of all spiritual life is to get your ego out of the way – outwit the sucker; dissolve it; shoot it; kill it. Silence the incessant planning, organizing, running, manipulating, possessing, and processing”… “because these activities preclude awareness of the Divine.” – Rabbi Lawrence Kushner in his book I’m God, You’re Not

“Welcome the present moment as if you had invited it. It is all we ever have so we might as well work with it rather than struggling against it. We might as well make it our friend and teacher rather than our enemy.” – Pema Chödrön

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“Do you have the patience to wait ‘til your mud settles and the water is clear?

Can you remain unmoving ‘til the right action arises by itself?” – Lao-tzu

 

“Sin is that which separates.” – Nietzsche

“It is in the shelter of each other the people live.” – Irish Proverb

“Only connect. This is how we make meaning. This is how we learn to think as Nature thinks.” – Gregory Bateson, anthropologist

“The miracle is this – the more we share, the more we have.” – Leonard Nimoy

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Quotations I can't seem to let go...

So, these are some awesome ones I just can't seem to "let go" of (I mean, let them drop from the blog's main page & be gone altogether), so rather than wipe them out, here they are!

“Many of the things we all struggle with in love and work can be helped by conversation. Without conversation, studies show that we are less empathic, less connected, less creative and fulfilled. We are diminished, in retreat.” – from Reclaiming Conversation – The Power of Talk in a Digital Age, by Sherry Turkle (great interview with her here) ** more quotations about conversation here

“In our daily lives, we must see that it is not happiness that makes us grateful, but the gratefulness that makes us happy.” – Albert Clarke, quoted in Speak Peace in a World of Conflict – What You Say Next Will Change Your World, by Marshall B. Rosenberg ** lots more on gratitude here

“If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.” – J.R.R. Tolkien

“Behold the turtle. He makes progress only when he sticks his neck out.” – James B. Conant

“While we may learn from the past, we don’t seem to learn much.” – Ronald Wright in A Short History of Progress

“Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but not their own facts.” – Daniel Moynihan

“Being ignorant is not so much a shame, as being unwilling to learn.” – Benjamin Franklin

“To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize.” – Voltaire

“The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain.” – Kahlil Gibran

“Example is not the main thing in influencing others, it’s the only thing.” – Albert Schweitzer

“It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the one most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.” – Charles Darwin

"4 Rules for Life: Show up. Pay attention. Tell the truth. Don’t be attached to the results."Angeles Arrien, U.S. teacher, author (1940 – )

“I know what the greatest cure is: it is to give up, to relinquish, to surrender, so that our little hearts may beat in unison with the great heart of the world.” – Henry Miller

“For the great enemy of truth is very often not the lie – deliberate, contrived, and dishonest – but the myth – persistent, persuasive, and unrealistic. Too often we hold fast to the clichés of our forbears. We subject all facts to a prefabricated set of interpretations. We enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.” – John F. Kennedy

“What lies behind us and what lies ahead are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson ** more Emerson

“There is not much truth being told in the world. There never was. This has proven to be a major disappointment to some of us.” – Anne Lamott in the prelude to Grace (Eventually) – Thoughts on Faith ** more quotes about truth

“There is some strange intimacy between grief and aliveness, some sacred exchange between what seems unbearable and what is most exquisitely alive.” (Francis Weller in The Wild Edge of Sorrow – Rituals of Renewal and the Sacred Work of Grief)

“It’s one of the secrets of the world. We all have the key to one another’s locks. But until we start to talk, we don’t know it.” – Michael Silverblatt, host of KCRW’s ‘Bookworm’ radio show

“Tripping [canoe tripping] teaches you responsibility. ...It gives you fitness and strength. But most of all it teaches you about teamwork. Teamwork is everything in life. People who don’t get that I don’t understand.” – Michael Budman being quoted in Canoe Country – The Making of Canada, by Roy MacGregor

“Don't fight forces; use them.” – Buckminster Fuller

“Our own life is the instrument with which we experiment with the truth.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

“Courage is more exhilarating than fear and in the long run easier. We do not have to become heroes overnight, just a step at a time, meeting each thing as it comes up, seeing it is not as dreadful as it appears, discovering we have the strength to stare it down.” – Eleanor Roosevelt   ** more courage quotes

“The dumbing down of American is most evident in the slow decay of substantive content in the enormously influential media, the 30 second sound bites (now down to 10 seconds or less), lowest common denominator programming, credulous presentations on pseudoscience and superstition, but especially a kind of celebration of ignorance.” – Carl Sagan, The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark

“I used to think the top environmental problems facing the world were global warming, environmental degradation and eco-system collapse, and that we scientists could fix those problems with enough science. But I was wrong. The real problem is not those three items, but greed, selfishness and apathy. And for that we need a spiritual and cultural transformation. And we scientists don’t know how to do that.” – Gus Speth (quote found on Carolyn Baker’s Web site)

“The most dangerous risk of all: The risk of spending your life not doing what you want on the bet that you can buy yourself the freedom to do it later.” – Alan Watts

“Within you right now is the power to do things you never dreamed. This power becomes available to you just as you can change your beliefs.” – Aleksander Solzhenitsyn

“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.” – Plato, Greek author & philosopher in Athens (427 B.C. – 347 B.C.)

“A thousand words will not leave so deep an impression as one deed.” – Henrik Ibsen

“I do not want to talk about what you understand about this world. I want to know what you will do about it. I do not want to know what you hope. I want to know what you will work for. I do not want your sympathy for the needs of humanity. I want your muscle.” – Robert Fulghum

“Walking is truly medicine.” – Max Lugavere, author of Genius Foods & 'Breadhead' filmmaker, quoted in episode 2 of  the Dr. Mark Hyman 'Broken Brain' series. ** more walking quotes

“The best meditation is critical thinking – followed by action.” – the Dalai Lama, quoted in the Elisabet Sahtouris film Crisis As Opportunity: Living Better on a Hotter Planet”  

“Out beyond ideas of rightdoing and wrongdoing, there’s a field. I’ll meet you there.” – Rumi

"Telling the truth is like making oxygen." – Joanna Macy (in Toronto, June 19, 2009) ** more truth quotes

“One of the saddest lessons of history is this: If we’ve been bamboozled long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle. We’re no longer interested in finding out the truth. The bamboozle has captured us. It’s simply too painful to acknowledge, even to ourselves, that we’ve been taken. Once you give a charlatan power over you, you almost never get it back.” – Carl Sagan, The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark  

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“For the great enemy of truth is very often not the lie – deliberate, contrived, and dishonest – but the myth – persistent, persuasive, and unrealistic. Too often we hold fast to the clichés of our forbears. We subject all facts to a prefabricated set of interpretations. We enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.” – John F. Kennedy

“It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends upon his not understanding it.” – Upton Sinclair

“Fear is the cheapest room in the house. I’d like to see you in better living conditions.” – Hafiz

& of course, tons more quotes in Quotation Central. Look on the right-hand side of the page for the various categories, A-W.

 

Habit Quotes

I just did a posting about "force of habit" (March 25/18) & came across some useful quotations about habit (when I went through my 137-page quotations collection document to do a search on the word 'habit'). Here they are:

“Habit is habit, and not to be flung out the window by any man, but coaxed downstairs, one step at a time.” ~ Mark Twain

“Whenever you are angry, be assured that it is not only a present evil, but that you have increased a habit.” – Epictetus (more)

“I believe that the mind can be permanently profaned by the habit of attending to trivial things, so that all our thoughts shall be tinged with triviality.” – Henry David Thoreau in his essay “Life Without Principle,” quoted in Paul Theroux’s The Last Train to Zona Verde – My Ultimate African Safari [a great read, btw!]

“It seems we all have the tendency to move away from the present moment. It’s as if this habit is built into our DNA.” – Pema Chödrön    ** more Pema

“Habit is often ‘simply the easiest way to be wrong again.’” ~ Laurence Peter in Diet for a New America

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” ~ Aristotle

“A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong, gives it a superficial appearance of being right.” – Thomas Paine (Introduction to Common Sense 1776)

“Keep your thoughts positive because your thoughts become your words.  
Keep your words positive because your words become your behaviour.  
Keep your behaviour positive because your behaviour becomes your habit.  
Keep your habits positive because your habits become your values...
And, keep your values positive because your values become your destiny.” (Gandhi, I think)
 

“Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.” – Jim Ryun (no idea who this is. Hoping I didn't just misspell the last name when I recorded it???)

++ a couple pretty cool ones with ‘habitually,’ ‘inhabit’ or ‘inhabitants’:

“By means of all created things, without exception, the divine assails us, penetrates us, and molds us. We imagined it as distant and inaccessible, whereas in fact we live steeped in its burning layers . . . This palpable world, which we are used to treating with the boredom and disrespect with which we habitually regard places with no sacred association, is a holy place.” ~ Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, French philosopher & Jesuit priest (1881-1955), *The Divine Milieu* 

“This curious world which we inhabit is more wonderful than it is convenient, more beautiful than it is useful; it is more to be admired and enjoyed than used.” – Thoreau

On global warming: “The inhabitants of planet Earth are quietly conducting a gigantic environmental experiment.  So vast and sweeping will be the consequences that, were it brought before any responsible council for approval, it would be firmly rejected.” – Dr. Wallace S. Broecker, scientist