Favourite Quotes

I've collected quotes for years. Every once in a while, when I have an I got nothin' day, I'll slap up a quote with some fancy graphics. These are those, in no particular order. I'll continue to update, so if you're a collector of quotes, keep checking back. :-)

Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.  
~ George Eliot

I've come to believe that there exists in the universe something I call "The Physics of the Quest"--a force of nature governed by laws as real as the laws of gravity or momentum. And the rule of Quest Physics maybe goes like this: "If you are brave enough to leave behind everything familiar and comforting (which can be anything from your house to your bitter old resentments) and set out on a truth-seeking journey (either externally or internally), and if you are truly willing to regard everything that happens to you on that journey as a clue, and if you accept everyone you meet along the way as a teacher, and if you are prepared--most of all--to face (and forgive) some very difficult realities about yourself . . . . then truth will not be withheld from you."~Elizabeth Gilbert

From Illusions, by Richard Bach:

From Alice Steadman, Who's the Matter with Me?
An oyster takes an irritation and makes of it a pearl. How many pearls could we make in a week.

If you have come to an awareness that you are no longer satisfied with you as you are, your soul is “talking” to you. Listen to it.

Never run from a problem; either it will chase you or, like a cop who calls ahead of the speeder, you run into another just like it, although it has a different face and name.

If you do not like your world, change yourself to what you would wish and you will attract those things and people you wish.

"True creativity quite simply starts with balancing your emotions and activating the power of the heart. Through practicing emotional management from the heart, you tap into the highest form of creativity possible-recreating your perceptions of reality." ~ Doc Childre

"And I saw the river
over which every soul must pass
to reach the kingdom of heaven
and the name of that river was suffering:~
and I saw the boat
which carries souls across the river
and the name of that boat was
~Saint John of the Cross

If you had to know everything there is to know about something before you wrote a book, no books would ever be written.~ Larry Winget

. . . every catastrophe can hand us exactly what we need to awaken into who we really are. It's difficult, though, when you're in the middle of a painful transition, to mine the experience for inner growth.
~Elizabeth Lesser 

From the movie Love Actually:
"You created this. Now what else can you create?” ~The Grasshopper
Your life begins to change when you recognize that you are a creator. You’ve created a past that has a hold on your present. It isn’t necessary to get into therapy to find out the causative factors. That may be interesting information, but it’s most often used to justify why you are the way you are now. “I’m the son of an alcoholic parent,” “I’m an incest victim,” “Clowns scared me when I was 4,” are some examples of how the justification keeps you in place.

“I’m the son of a bricklayer” is my answer to all the justifications. So what? The building of the causative factor into an entity is just another wall you will have to break down to change things up – so don’t build it in the first place.” ~John Morgan, Creation

From Dave Dobson:

From St. Augustine:

Be an optimist and a dreamer. Expect greatness from yourself, and the best kind of unexpected surprises will find their way into your life. ~Mark Burnett

Whatever is present in your life "should" be there. Why? Because it's a reality. Are you poor, struggling, lonely, miserable, sick, unlucky, frustrated, unfulfilled, etc? The minute you attempt to explain it away, the deeper you get into the shadows. The minute you accept it for the reality it is, you cease the echoing explanations and explore the options. ~John Morgan 

Seeing beauty in a flower could awaken humans, however briefly, to the beauty that is an essential part of their own innermost being, their true nature. The first recognition of beauty was one of the most significant events in the evolution of human consciousness. The feelings of joy and love are intrinsically connected to that recognition.  ~Eckhart Tolle

From Jerry Stocking:

One of the things that I've noticed about humans is we tend to take life too seriously . . . now I'm serious about that. And I think it's a shame because we're equipped to be able to enjoy life--seriously, we are. And I think it's a good idea to get used to the idea that it's all right to enjoy life.   ~Dave Dobson 

 Touch is the most fundamental sense. A baby experiences it all over, before he is born and long before he learns to use sight, hearing, or taste, and no human ceases to need it. Keep your children short on pocket money~but long on hugs. ~Robert A. Heinlein

From Eckhart Tolle:
"You may not yet be able to bring your unconscious mind activity into awareness as thoughts, but it will always be reflected in the body as an emotion, and of this you can become aware."

"Where there is anger, there is always pain underneath."

"Death is a stripping away of all that is not you. The secret of life is to "die before you die" — and find that there is no death."

There’s a lot to be said for someone telling you to spread your wings and fly high, but I found you can fly an awful lot higher and faster sooner if, instead of adding energy and flapping harder, you look around and just get rid of the excess baggage that you don’t need and is weighing you down. ~Justin Locke

Action is the antidote to despair.~Joan Baez  

Everybody has their own private Mount Everest they were put on this earth to climb. You may never reach the summit; for that you will be forgiven. But if you don’t make at least one serious attempt to get above the snow line, years later you will find yourself lying on your deathbed, and all you will feel is emptiness. 
~Hugh Macleod, Ignore Everybody 

No one's going to give you permission to be rich.~Loral Langemeier

Those who dwell
among the beauties
and mysteries
of the earth
are never alone
or weary of life.
~Rachel Carson

As I've aged and matured,
I just feel better about myself,
more confident and
more comfortable
in my own skin.
~Ellen DeGeneres
Want to be an effective writer? Just bleed your truth.~Scott Ginsberg

What answer to the meaning of existence should one require beyond the right to exercise one's gifts?
~W.H. Auden


Can't nothing make your life work if you ain't the architect. ~Terry McMillan
Stop wearing your obstacles like a hair shirt. ~ Margot Potter

The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person who is doing it. ~Chinese Proverb

You can have what you want or your reasons why not. 

~Jerry Stocking

I’m all for riding the current wherever it takes me, but there must be a reason they put paddles in the boat. ~John Morgan

How people treat you is their karma; how you react is yours. ~Wayne Dyer

Love doesn't make the world go round. Love is what makes the ride worthwhile.  ~Franklin P. Jones  

Mother love is the fuel that enables a normal human being to do the impossible. Marion C. Garretty 

Love is the great democracy--all of us are equally deserving of its welcome. ~Bradford Keeney

The only mistakes I regret are those I didn't learn from. ~Richard Branson
Instead of resolving to do something different, perhaps you can resolve to feel something different. ~Doug O'Brien 
The main purpose I see in life is to co-create with the life force that lives you. This creative force is with you your whole life. It doesn't sleep, take sick days or vacations. The only way to stop its flow is to believe it's not necessary, not in abundant supply, or not available to you. ~John Morgan

From John Morgan:
 "I have led such a little life, I have allowed myself to lead this little life when inside there is so much more. And it has all gone unused, and now it never will be. Why do we get all these feelings and dreams and hopes if we don't ever use them? That is how Shirley Valentine disappeared, she got lost in all this unused life.""   ~From the play, Shirley Valentine

Beauty is an ecstasy;

it is as simple as hunger.

~W. Somerset Maugham
Procrastination is not laziness, it is an active process of delaying things until we "feel better" about them. It's a kind of perfectionism in the sense that we think everything has to be "just right," when in reality, there's no time like the present and we feel better when we have gotten something done. ~Lissa Coffey

From John Morgan:

"Your fear of risk
only protects
the mundane existence
you seek to escape from."

When I let go
of what I am
I become
what I might be.
~Lao Tzu

"The prescription for complaining is a dose of gratitude." 
You will find as you look back upon your life
that the moments when you have really lived
are the moments when you have done things
in the spirit of LOVE. ~William Drummond
From John Morgan, author of Grasshopper Notes:

Imagine the daffodil saying to the crocus, “The only reason you bloom before me every year is so you can get the attention of the other flora and bees and show off.” ~John Morgan

It's no accident that you are where you are. If you are making the best use of your space, you are feeling more joy and a sense of purpose. If you are not, your space is out of alignment. It may be time to remodel and create more space in your cluttered life. ~John Morgan

There is only one perpetrator of evil on the planet: human unconsciousness. That realization is true forgiveness. With forgiveness, your victim identity dissolves, and your true power emerges--the power of Presence. Instead of blaming the darkness, you bring in the light. ~Eckhart Tolle

Even a stone, and more easily a flower or a bird, could show you the way back to God, to the Source, to yourself. ~Eckhart Tolle

Life will give you whatever experience is most helpful for the evolution of your consciousness. How do you know this is the experience you need? Because this is the experience you are having at this moment. ~Eckhart Tolle
“You do not become good by trying to be good, but by finding the goodness that is already within you, and allowing that goodness to emerge.” ~Eckhart Tolle

When you are at your wit's end, at the end of your existential rope, and your mind can't figure out what to do, you are in a good place to do some work with the Lord. When you get to church in a down-and-out state of mind, it is easier for you to give it up for the Lord. That's one way of becoming empty, a vessel ready to receive the gifts of spirit.~Bradford Keeney, Bushman Shaman 


From Colin Tipping's Radical Forgiveness:
You must choose whether to heal and to grow--or to be right.

We always create our reality according to our beliefs. If you want to know what your beliefs are, look at what you have in your life. Life always reflects our beliefs.

We do this all the time. We experience an event and make interpretations about it. Then, we put these two pieces together to create a largely false story about what happened. The story becomes the belief, and we defend it as if it were the truth. It never is, of course.

People usually consider walking on water or in thin air a miracle. But I think the real miracle is not to walk either on water or in thin air, but to walk on earth. Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don't even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child--our own two eyes. All is a miracle. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh 

The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity. ~Dorothy Parker 

Stephen Colbert:

"And that brings us to tonight's word: Truthiness. Now I'm sure some of the word-police, the "wordanistas" over at Websters, are gonna say, "Hey, that's not a word!" Well, anybody who knows me knows that I am no fan of dictionaries or reference books. They're elitist. Constantly telling us what is or isn't true, what did or didn't happen...

Take a look at this sentence: 'Timmy and me went to the store to buy milk.' Wouldn't the correct grammar really be, 'Timmy and me and Jesus went to the store to buy milk?' Because Jesus is with Timmy and I wherever us go.

You see, we're America the Beautiful, not America 'Well, At Least She Has a Great Personality'

I'm not a fan of facts. You see, the facts can change, but my opinion will never change, no matter what are the facts.

"Begin each day as if it were on purpose."

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more....It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past,
brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow. ~Melody Beattie 

Some landscapes whisper, like lonely roads and quiet conversations. The ecstatic leap of mountains fills our blood with a triumphant confidence. The fold of a headland over a wide ocean gives rise to transcendent thinking...to possibility and nuanced thought. The sense of opening awareness close to riverbanks, indeed, the bustle and din of a cavernous city--these ineffable surrounding give our lives comfort and context.
We can love passionately, but how much, I wonder, of our life's reflection is whispered to us from the distance of valley floors and high chilly winds? Places we've never been or only imagined color our notions of place, while landscapes live outside our door and call to within our souls. ~Todd Runestad

The temptation to quit will be greatest just before you are about to succeed.~Chinese proverb 

As I grow older, the identification with the here and now is slowly lost. One feels dissolved and merged into Nature. The greatest experience we can have is the mysterious. ~Albert Einstein

We tend to think that unpleasantness is a quality of the job itself; more often it is a condition in the mind of the doer. ~Eknath Easwaran

Consistency is far better than rare moments of greatness. ~Scott Ginsberg

If you share enough good news, there will be no room for the bad.  ~Dr. David Lee

"What is to give light must endure burning." ~Victor Frankl

"The best thing about growing older is that it takes so long." ~Walter Kemp

One of the tasks of adulthood, in my view, is to look at what has been laid down in our brains early on and decide whether we want to keep that as part of our worldview. Certainly anything that got programmed as limitation of our possibilities needs to be examined and consciously kept or ejected. ~Ellen Burstyn