Some Top Quotes

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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