My Top 10 Quotes

My Top Ten Quotes

Tough exercise for me to settle on my top 10!

I’m just plain crazy about inspiring quotations (& have a 130-page Word document chock-full of them ++ many more on my (old) blog & in other Word documents).

& every time I go to that 130-page document, I can get lost for an age … ‘cos there are just so darn many really dynamite quotations there!

So. This was a tough task.

(To be honest, I’d set out to find my top 5, after a friend asked me last summer what my top 5 would be. But I can’t do just 5…)

So here goes. My top 10 … for now.

(Okay, okay, so I go & find the list I’ve made, then I go to the document & had to make it 15.)


Top Quote Ever:

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

“Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.” – Mother Teresa

“The optimism of the action is better than the pessimism of the thought.” – Harold Zindler

4 Rules for Life

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

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

“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

“There is only one courage, and that is the courage to go on dying to the past. Not to collect it, not to accumulate it, not to cling to it. We all cling to the past, and because we cling to it we become unavailable to the present.” – Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

“How to get rid of ego as dictator and turn it into messenger and servant and scout to be in your service is the trick.” – Joseph Campbell (more JC quotes)

“We must make our homes centres of compassion and forgive endlessly.” – Mother Teresa

“Energy always flows either toward hope, community, love, generosity, mutual recognition, and spiritual aliveness or it flows toward despair, cynicism, fear that there is not enough, paranoia about the intentions of others, and a desire to control.” ~ Michael Lerner, quoted in 'The Great Turning – From Empire to Earth Community,' by David Korten

“Almost anything you do will seem insignificant, but it is very important that you do it.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“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

“There is not a problem with the system. The system is the problem.” – Source unknown

“Just to live is holy.

To be is a blessing.” – Rabbi Abraham Heschel


++ 2 original Janet quotes I find useful:

“Cut your losses. Go where the energy is.”


“Stay on the path. Don’t look down.”


p.s. on Dec. 23/16: I had plum forgotten this very special gem!

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

& this one!!

“It is not easy to find happiness in ourselves, but it is not possible to find it elsewhere.” ~ Agnes Repplier


OMG, she says, months later: I forgot this one!

“Your wealth is where your friends are.” – Plato

so true so true so true!!!!!!!!