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Inspirational Quotations


Wherever the art of medicine is loved, there is also a love of humanity.

Hippocrates (c.460-377 BC)


The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honours the servant and has forgotten the gift.

Albert Einstein (1879-1955)


Walking is man's best medicine.

Hippocrates (c.460-377 BC)


Let your life lightly dance on the edges of time like dew on the tip of a leaf.

Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941)


Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.

Plato (c.428-348BC)


The less you open your heart to others, the more your heart suffers.

Deepak Chopra (1946-)


Do not keep the alabaster box of your friendship sealed up until your friends are dead. Fill their lives with sweetness. Speak approving, cheering words while their ears can hear them, and while their hearts can be thrilled and made happier. The kind of things you mean to say when they are gone, say before they go.

George W. Childs (1829-1894)


For a man to conquer himself is the first and noblest of all victories.

Plato (c.428-348BC)


People are where they are because that's exactly where they really want to be...whether they'll admit that or not.

Earl Nightingale (1921-1989)


There will come a time when you believe everything is finished. That will be the beginning.

Louis L'Amour (1908-1988)


We shall not cease from exploring,

And the end of our exploring

Will be to arrive where we started

And know the place for the first time.

T.S. Eliot (1888-1965)


No man, for any considerable period, can wear one face to himself, and another to the multitude, without finally getting bewildered as to which may be true.

Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864)


Outside ideas of right doing and wrong doing there is a field. I'll meet you there.

Rumi (1207-1273)


We carry within us the wonders we seek without us.

Sir Thomas Browne (1605-1682)


Teachers open the door, but you must enter by yourself.

Chinese Proverb


If you are pained by external things, it is not they that disturb you, but your own judgment of them. And it is in your power to wipe out that judgment now.

Marcus Aurelius (121-180 AD)


After winter comes the summer. After night comes the dawn. And after every storm, there comes clear, open skies.

Samuel Rutherford (1600-1661)


Learn your lessons quickly and move on.

Eileen Caddy (1917-2006)


Life is a promise; fulfill it.

Mother Theresa (1910-1997)


"I have done my best." That is about all the philosophy of living one needs.

Lin Yutang (1895-1976)


By three methods we may learn wisdom:

First, by reflection, which is noblest;

Second, by imitation, which is easiest;

and third by experience, which is the bitterest.

Confucius (551-479 BC)


Good, the more communicated, more abundant grows.

John Milton (1608-1674)


When one door closes another door opens; but we so often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door, that we do not see the ones which open for us.

Alexander Graham Bell (1847-1922)


Just think out for yourselves, if a man who was good yesterday has become bad after having come in contact with me, is he responsible that he has deteriorated or am I? ... It is well to take the blame sometimes.

Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948)


First there must be order and harmony within your own mind. Then this order will spread to your family, then to the community, and finally to your entire kingdom.  Only then can you have peace and harmony.

Confucius (551-479 BC)


I could give you no advice but this: to go into yourself and to explore the depths where your life wells forth.

Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926)


Facing it, always facing it, that the way to get through. Face it.

Joseph Conrad (1857-1924)


Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.

Carl Jung (1875-1961)


The beginning of love is to let those we love be perfectly themselves, and not to twist them to fit our own image. Otherwise we love only the reflection of ourselves we find in them.

Thomas Merton (1915-1968)


Meditation is not to escape from society, but to come back to ourselves and see what is going on. Once there is seeing, there must be acting. With mindfulness, we know what to do and what not to do to help.

Thich Nhat Hanh (1926-)


There is a pleasure in the pathless woods,

There is a rapture on the lonely shore,

There is society where none intrudes

By the deep sea, and music in its roar.

I love not man the less, but nature more,

From these our interviews in which I steal

From all I may be, or have been before,

To mingle with the universe, and feel

What I can ne'er express, yet cannot all conceal.

Lord Byron (1788-1824)


Only in quiet waters do things mirror themselves undistorted. Only in a quiet mind is adequate perception of the world.

Hans Margolius


When you are content to be simply yourself and don't compare or compete, everybody will respect you.

Lao-Tzu (Unknown, 6th–4th centuries BC)


Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.

Mohandas K. Gandhi (1869-1948)


My greatest wealth is the deep stillness in which I strive and grow and win what the world cannot take from me with fire or sword.

Goethe (1749-1832)


People travel to wonder at the height of mountains,

at the huge waves of the sea,

at the long courses of rivers,

at the vast compass of the ocean,

at the circular motion of the stars;

And they pass by themselves without wondering.

St. Augustine (354-430 AD)


The deeper that sorrow carves into your

being, the more joy you can contain.

Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931)


As if whipped by invisible spirits, the sun steeds of time run away with the light chariot of our destiny, and nothing remains to us but to hold onto the reins with calm courage, steering the wheels, now right, now left, from the stone here and the abyss there. Where it goes---who knows? One hardly remembers from where one came.



Courage is doing what you are afraid to do. There can be no courage without fear.

P. Hayes


In each of us are places where we have never gone. Only by pressing the limits do you ever find them.

Dr. Joyce Brothers (1927-)


The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one.

Elbert Hubbard (1856-191)


Only passions, great passions, can elevate the soul to great things.

Denis Diderot (1713-1784)


Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.

Cicero (106 BC-43 BC)





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