Quotations to Go (as it were)

** This list of quotations was created as an accompaniment to the previous post, 'Christmas Alphabet (for New Year's.)' ** Please know: & know that I know, some of these quotations don’t really fit with the sense of the word I used in the other blog posting (I picked them ‘cos they’re just all so good!!). Also that, in some cases, I could provide five relevant quotations, never mind one!? Plenty, plenty other good quotations to be found in the various sections under ‘Quotation Central!

Appreciation: “The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.” – Oprah Winfrey (other quotes here)

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

Abundance: “Abundance is not something we acquire. It’s something we tune into.” – Wayne Dyer

Belonging: “Somewhere, there are people to whom we can speak with passion without having the words catch in our throats. Somewhere a circle of hands will open to receive us, eyes will light up as we enter, voices will celebrate with us whenever we come into our own power. Community means strength that joins our strength to do the work that needs to be done. Arms to hold us when we falter. A circle of healings. A circle of friends. Someplace where we can be free.” ~ Starhawk

Changing the world: “Change your thoughts and you change your world.” – Norman Vincent Peale

Community: “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

Compassion & Creativity: “Why should we all use our creative power? … Because there is nothing that makes people so generous, joyful, lively, bold and compassionate, so indifferent to fighting and the accumulation of objects and money.” – Brenda Ueland (American writer, 1891-1985); “And what I’ve learned is not to believe in magical leaders anymore, that character and compassion are more important than ideology, and that even if it’s absurd to think you can change things, it’s even more absurd to think that it’s foolish and unimportant to try.” – Peter C. Newman

Consciousness: “What is not brought to consciousness, comes to us as fate.” – Carl Jung

Courage: “Be COURAGEOUS!It's the only place that isn’t crowded.” – Sign in Body Shop “Bored” Room (many more here)

Friends/friendliness: “Your wealth is where your friends are.” – Plato & “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.” – Plato, Greek author & philosopher in Athens (427 B.C. – 347 B.C.)

Freedom:“I think we locate freedom in the wrong place. We say things like, ‘Instead of becoming an engineer, I’m going to become a doctor.’ But freedom is the choice to be aware of the life you’re living and the self that’s living it. And therefore freedom is the act of consciously serving something greater.” – Jacob Needleman (tough call here: I had at least 4 others I could have used.)

Gratitude: “Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. It turns problems into gifts, failures into successes, the unexpected into perfect timing, and mistakes into important events. It can turn an existence into a real life, and disconnected situations into important and beneficial lessons. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” – Melody Beattie, in The Language of Letting Go (more gratitude quotes here)

Inspiration: “Leadership is based on inspiration, not domination; on cooperation, not intimidation.” – William Arthur Wood

Integrity (& privilege!): “We are privileged, and the duty of privilege is absolute integrity.” – John O’Donohue, Irish poet, philosopher and former priest

“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)

Joy:“I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy.” – Rabindranath Tagore, philosopher, author, songwriter, painter, educator,composer, Nobel laureate (1861-1941)

Little Things: “The best things in life are not things.” – Source unknown

Love: “The criteria for success: you are free, you live in the present moment, you are useful to the people around you, and you feel love for all humanity.” – Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Letting go: “Some people think it’s holding on that makes one strong. Sometimes it’s letting go.” – Sylvia Robinson

Motherhood:“The essence of motherhood is not restricted to women who have given birth; it is a principle inherent in both women and men. It is an attitude of the mind. It is love – and that love is the very breath of life. No one would say, ‘I will breathe only when I am with my family and friends; I won’t breathe in front of my enemies.’ Similarly, for those in whom motherhood has awakened, love and compassion for everyone are as much a part of their being as breathing.” – Amma Chi, also known as Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi – quoted in Utne magazine

Music: “Each time we heard the music we marveled again at the beautiful and often familiar melodies, at the purity of sound, at this miracle that was happening to us amid the cockroaches, the rats, the bedbugs, and the stink of the latrines. The music renewed our sense of human dignity. We had to live under bestial conditions, but, by Jove, we could rise above them! – Helen Colijn, Song of Survival: Women Interned & “Without music, life is a journey through a desert.” – Pat Conroy

Nature: “Though we have caused the earth to be seriously diseased, it is not yet without health… The earth we have before us now is still abounding and beautiful… The health of nature is the primary ground of hope – if we can find the humility and wisdom to accept nature as our teacher.” ~ Wendell Berry, Christian poet, farmer, awesome writer/essayist

Possibility: “Dwell in possibility.” – Emily Dickinson

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

Power: “The universe oozes with power, waiting for anyone who wishes to embrace it.” – mathematical cosmologist Brian Swimme, author of The Universe is a Green Dragon, quoted in Matthew Fox’s The Coming of the Cosmic Christ – The Healing of Mother Earth and the Birth of a Global Renaissance (Pg. 40)

Protesting: “To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards out of men.” – Abraham Lincoln

Quiet: “He who doesn’t know is an ignoramus. He who knows and keeps quiet is a scoundrel.” – Bertolt Brecht in ‘Galileo’

Reading: “A book should serve as an axe for the frozen sea within us.” – Franz Kafka

Showing up: “Life is the ultimate teacher, but it is usually through experience and not scientific research that we discover its deepest lessons. A certain percentage of those who have survived near-death experiences speak of a common insight which afforded a glimpse of life’s basic lesson plan. We are all here for a single purpose: to grow in wisdom and to learn to love better. We can do this through losing as well as through winning, by having and by not having, by succeeding or failing. All we need to do is to show up openhearted for class. So fulfilling life’s purpose may depend more on how we play than what we are dealt.” ~ Rachel Naomi Remen, M.D., in Kitchen Table Wisdom – Stories that Heal

Silence & Solitude: “The demands – heard from pole to pole, for freedom, justice, security, equality, education, a safe environment, and a better life for the world’s children – are all grounded in, and reach downward to, this elemental human need: silence, solitude, and the right to rule one’s own thoughts: the sanity of the inner life.” – Noel Peattie, poet/librarian, Inner Life (quoted in Utne Sept/Oct 2005)

Solar power: “The only nuclear reactor we need is 93 million miles away.” – Source unknown; “I’d put my money on the sun and solar energy. What a source of power! I hope we don’t have to wait ‘til oil and coal run out before we tackle that.” – Thomas Edison (1847–1931)

Transformation: “It is good to realize that falling apart is not such a bad thing. Indeed, it is as essential to evolutionary and psychological transformation as the cracking of outgrown shells.” – Joanna Macy in World as Lover, World as Self Courage for Global Justice and Ecological Renewal

Truth: “If you do not tell the truth about yourself, you cannot tell it about other people.” – Virginia Woolf, 1882-1941; “Truth is the only safe ground to stand on.” Elizabeth Cady Stanton; & “Telling the truth is like making oxygen.” – Joanna Macy

Walking: “It is solved by walking.” – St. Augustine; “All truly great thoughts are conceived while walking.” – Friedrich Nietzsche (more walking quotes here)

Words: “Words are a form of action, capable of influencing change.” – Ingrid Bengis (a few more words about words here)