Favorite Inspiring Quotes

Hey awesome friends,

I invite everyone to share one or more of their favorite inspiring quotes here. Here's my all time favorite to kick it off:

"Our deepest fears are the dragons that guard our greatest treasures."  ~~  Rainer Maria Rilke

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Eyejay's picture

Love this quote, and love the picture even more. Escher is one of my favorite artists


Wendy's picture

I've been having some luck waking people up with this Mark Twain quote. I post it as my signature line on my e-mail along with a link to want to know info and some other news sources that I recommend.

Mark Twain American author and humorist 1835 – 1902

“If you don’t read the newspaper, you are uninformed. If you do read the newspaper, you are misinformed.”


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esrw02's picture

Each man is good in the sight of the Great Spirit. Sitting Bull

tscout's picture

someone from China just sent me this one,,, Life has taught me to think,,but thinking has not taught me to live!
I like this one better.......Exhale from the heart, not from the lungs,
Speak from the heart, not from the tongue,
Love like your life depends on it,,,,,,,,,,,,Because it does!

Then again!....Silence is the language of god! All else is poor translation...

ChrisBowers's picture

I really like that 3rd one about silence Todd!!!

Especially in light of my favorite pet thought:

"Consider this - there was a time, not so long ago, when well-educated men of their contemporary world were absolutely and resolutely sure, with unflinching certitude, that the sun revolved around the earth, that the earth does not spin, that the earth is flat, that the earth is the center of the universe, etc. etc. etc. ad nauseam...."

"In light of what mankind has been so absolutely sure of at times in human history, and yet so utterly and woefully wrong about - and considering what today’s status quo might be so quickly prepared to reject because what was being offered is just too far outside the safe academic boundaries of their peer-reviewed and confidently professed norm du jour - In light of this so tenaciously common human tendency, what might today’s contemporary confident collective “we” be completely wrong about now, again, here in our present limited “traditional” well-educated understanding of the cosmos in which we find our conscious being?"

"For all that we have been so confidently sure of throughout recorded human history, we have been completely wrong about far too much to simply ignore this all too common propensity for pontificating premature conclusions that stifle the evolutionary progress of mankind."

"Dismissing things “out of hand” is such a common, even normal, human trait/reaction/tendency when what is being presented is outside the scope of one’s current understanding. I have come to the place where NOTHING should surprise me anymore, or you for that matter, for what do we really know while being so deeply mired and entrenched in this very sensational and very dense physical human existence? And so I do remain thoroughly excited and enthusiastic about future prospects of discovery and experiential knowledge to come, ad infinitum..."

(an excerpt from the forward by Colin Wilson from the book, Briefing for the Landing on Planet Earth by Stuart Holroyd)

tscout's picture

right on! Remember the famous words of Schultz in Hogan's Heroes! "I know NO THING!!"
Man, that memory came outta nowhere!

onesong's picture

From a lighter yet equally serious point of view (imo)....

"Blessed are the cracked, for They are the Ones that let in the Light."

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Noa's picture

Love it, Krystine. I'm not broken, I'm just cracked.  :)

Eyejay's picture

You Crack me up Krystine ..............

So for some added Wisdom I offer this

fredburks's picture

"If a man reaches the heart of his own religion, he has reached the heart of all religions." ~~ Gandhi

Trish's picture

"One Zen master said, The whole universe is my true personality. This is a very wonderful saying... If you want to see what you truly are, open the window, and everything you see is in fact the expression of your inner reality. Can you embrace all of it?"
- Adyashanti

tscout's picture

Wow,,,that's Huge !!!

Eyejay's picture

Wow Trish, that just activated a past thought I remember having when I was no older than six or seven, as it was on a double-Decker bus in the UK going to school one morning, we left UK when I was eight.
I recall looking out the window from the top deck slightly dreamy as I quite often was (and still am at times) I had been reading about atoms and molecules in a recent science mag Mum had bought for me, and thinking how much they were like our solar system and our Milky Way (which was quite visible in UK) Then thinking that I was made of atoms and molecules and maybe I was on a small electron or neutron in someones body, which made me realise that the world outside was also inside..............

fredburks's picture

"The only thing of true importance in this material life is the way we live and how we treat other people. The circumstances of our life mean nothing compared to our compassion and acceptance of others." ~~ from Michael Newton's awesome book "Destiny of Souls"

Eyejay's picture

"The only thing that will bring happiness is affection and warmheartedness. This really brings inner strength and self-confidence, reduces fear, develops trust, and trust brings friendship. We are social animals, and cooperation is necessary for our survival, but cooperation is entirely based on trust. When there is trust, people are brought together—whole nations are brought together".
DALAI LAMA 1-10-2016

onesong's picture

"We don't see things as they are, we see them as we are." ~ Anais Nin
...and so I shall ask " so how are we"...with a wink, a smile and a nod skyward. As above, so below.

tscout's picture

It amazes me how eloquent humans are! We have so many ways to say the same thing! Maybe we need all these different angles ,as there are 7 billion points of view roaming around here. But it all comes back to that great quote I first heard in the transformation course,,,,"Every thought comes from either fear or love". We have a million ways to remind ourselves to practice unselfish love! ha! Do we need them all?....I guess so! It sure is nice reading them!

fredburks's picture

After the game, the King and the Pawn go into the same box. ~~ Italian proverb

tscout's picture

haha! that's a great one

fredburks's picture

 Once we open to the place of infinite power and wisdom within and take full responsibility for our role in this co-creative process of life, we can transform any part of our lives and world. Each of us can literally create new realities through consciously tapping the infinite power within. Once we choose as our deepest intention to co-create together a world that supports and nurtures the divine essence in all of us, both individually and collectively, our entire world and universe will dance with us in ever more expanding harmonies filled with sacred love.

tscout's picture

Don't believe everything you think! Haha,,,thanks Fred,,,I like that one

Noa's picture

"When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be." -- Lao Tzu

"There is no religion higher than truth." – John Nash

"Science is the belief in the ignorance of experts." -- Richard Feynman

“The only man who behaves sensibly is my tailor; he takes my measurements anew every time he sees me, while all the rest go on with their old measurements and expect me to fit them.” -- George Bernard Shaw

“One does not become Enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious. The latter procedure, however, is disagreeable, and therefore, not popular.” -- Carl Jung

“The illusion of freedom will continue as long as it’s profitable to continue the illusion. At the point where the illusion becomes too expensive to maintain, they will just take down the scenery, they will pull back the curtains, they will move the tables and chairs out of the way, and you will see the brick wall at the back of the theater.” — Frank Zappa

“The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.” -- Joseph Campbell

"Do not believe anything because it is said by an authority, or if it is said to come from angels, or from gods, or from an inspired source. Believe it only if you have explored it in your own heart and mind and body and found it to be true. Work out your own path,through diligence." -- Gautama Buddha

ChrisBowers's picture

Smoke a bunch of pot - you'll find out what you're thinkin' real fast!
And then think about what you believe, and adjust at (sovereign) will...
Rinse and Repeat. - Chris Bowers

Eyejay's picture

"One must explore deep and believe the incredible to find the new particles of truth floating in an ocean of insignificance" - JOSEPH CONRAD From the first page of "Breaking Open The Head" by Daniel Pinchbeck

A pyschedelic journey into the heart of contemporary shamanism

fredburks's picture

We all co-create this entire drama of our lives and the world as part of the universal unfolding of consciousness. Both individually and collectively we are exploring who we are and who we really want to be in relation to ourselves and all around us. On the deepest levels, each of us is choosing the role we play and facilitating the magical unfolding of all life in its many mysterious forms. The more I open to all of this, the more I realize it is silly to get so serious about it.

tscout's picture

That about says it all!

Eyejay's picture

Amine, آمين, амин, 阿門, אָמֵן, तथास्तु , o'n , アーメン , Amîn, Амин!, амен, आमिन , Аминь, Omin , Amen.............Fred

onesong's picture

I shall be that
I died from minerality and became vegetable;
and from vegetativeness I died and became animal
I died from animality and became man.
Then why fear disappearance through death?
Next time I shall die bringing forth wings and feathers like angels;
after that, soaring higher than angels -
What...you cannot imagine,
I shall be that. Rumi

ahhh to be such a wordsmith as he.

tscout's picture

Yeah, Rumi is so good I can't read his books! I can just read one of his rants at a time,,,and let it sit for a while...............

I'm into the simple stuff lately....... It is better to light a candle then to curse the darkness! Oddly enough, I think of this all the time when I play minecraft with my son, lighting monster filled dark caves with torches as we go. Once you light them up, they won't spawn there again

fredburks's picture

I’m a node in the spirit net! Who we are is a point of attention in the All That Is. Whatever intention we give this point of attention makes all the difference in how we see and interact with the whole.

Eyejay's picture

Have worn a medallion of this for many, many years. Finally decided it was time to make it permanent..........."For all that was, is and ever will be"

symbol is called
the Galactic Butterfly
which is said to represent all of
the consciousness that has ever existed
in this galaxy. This is all of our physical ancestors
both human, animal, reptile, fish, shell fish, plants as well
as the consciousness which organized all of the raw material from
a whirling disk into stars then planets and solar systems. Big Meaning. So
big that the original Maya had no symbol for this. In their civilization it was like
having no name for God. Just knowing the concept was good enough. Later this pattern
was devised by Toltec or Zapatec weavers as a pattern for blankets and this is where Jose Arguelles
came across it. He called it Hunab Ku. The indigenous peoples call it "The Galactic Butterfly". Butterflies are seen
as ancestors returning for a visit to physicality. Wearing one of these symbols is very powerful as it broadcasts your
reaching to actively join the consciousness of our galaxy.

onesong's picture

from this mornings TTAC talk with Bob Bell quoting George Carlin (whom I greatly respected as well as enjoyed!),
"I never believe anything the government tells me."
and then there is this...
"The owners of this country know the truth: It's called the American dream because you have to be asleep to believe it."
makes me want to shout to the masses....WAKE UP....!!
whose bad dream is Hillary and the Donald anyway?
off now to drum and dream a much higher vibration!! Blessed be our dreaming today and everyday.

ChrisBowers's picture


Gary Snyder is a poet. He was born in 1930 so he's been around for most of the important things that happened in the last century and this one. And he has had quite a life. He's been a fire lookout, a logger, a Buddhist monk, a translator of Chinese poetry, a painter. He was there when Allen Ginsberg and the Beat poets of San Francisco read Ginsberg's poem "Howl." And Snyder is theoretically the man on which Jack Kerouac based a character in his novel "Dharma Bums." At the age of 84, he has published more than 20 books. His most recent is a slender volume of mostly short poems, and we hope he'll read some of them for us. He joins us from KVMR in Nevada City, Calif. Gary Snyder, welcome to our program.

GARY SNYDER: Pleased to be here.

WERTHEIMER: Now, what about getting right down to it and reading a poem? This one is called "From The Sky."

SNYDER: "From The Sky." (Reading) The sand hill cranes are leaving, soundings from the sky. Songbirds from Central America begin to arrive. Flitting through the bushes, snow patches on the ground, truck still in four-wheel-drive.

WERTHEIMER: It's interesting, though, that in some of your poems, there's - you know, there's just sort of the - you're purely dealing with nature, and then you'll stick something in like the truck that's in four-wheel-drive.

SNYDER: Well, you know, that's the world we live in. Poetry isn't about just nature. It's about reality. And as a Buddhist, Buddhism does not just favor a nice side of the phenomenal universe. Buddhism says we are all students of reality, whatever it is.

WERTHEIMER: The poem that's on the very next page is called "Here."

SNYDER: You want me to read it?


SNYDER: (Reading) Here in the dark, the new moon long set. A soft grumble in the breeze is the sound of a jet so high, it's already long gone by. Some planet rising from the East shines through the trees. It's been years since I thought why are we here?

WERTHEIMER: Do you want to explain that last bit? What is that?

SNYDER: Well, that is our existential question. And a lot of people think about it all of the time. Now, few people never think of it. I'm one of those people who thought about it for a long time and then quit thinking about it.

WERTHEIMER: (Laughter) Why was that?

SNYDER: Because I was working on it so hard that it was no longer an intellectual or rational exercise. It was more a something in my own nature that I was trying to get around, get close to. And maybe it's not a real question. We're here because we're here, as Mr. Natural says.

WERTHEIMER: Do you still live up in the mountains in a house you built yourself and all of the things that I've read about you? Or - is that all still happening?

SNYDER: Oh, yeah, I drove down here from that house just a few minutes ago. And it still is learning what it's supposed to become, I think. It's a great old house. I felt every tree that went into the framework.

WERTHEIMER: You've outlived lots of your hard-living buddies from the bad-old days. How do you feel about writing now? How do you feel about being alive?

SNYDER: It's wonderful. Every moment is really interesting, and I'm grateful to be alive. And I'm ready to die whenever it happens. So you try to bring some little bit of quality to your choices and, you know, stop and appreciate things maybe a little more than you did when you were trying to meet - match a big steady schedule.

WERTHEIMER: Gary Snyder's new book of poetry is called "This Present Moment: New Poems." Thank you very much for doing this.

SNYDER: Well, thank you for doing this.

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Noa's picture

In my experience, everyone will say they want to discover the Truth, right up until they realize that the Truth will rob them of their deepest held ideas, beliefs, hopes, and dreams. The freedom of enlightenment means much more than the experience of love and peace. It means discovering a Truth that will turn your view of self and life upside-down. For one who is truly ready, this will be unimaginably liberating. But for one who is still clinging in any way, this will be extremely challenging indeed. How does one know if they are ready? One is ready when they are willing to be absolutely consumed, when they are willing to be fuel for a fire without end. -- Adyashanti

ChrisBowers's picture

“We’re under some gross misconception that we’re a good species, going somewhere important, and that at the last minute we’ll correct our errors and God will smile on us. It’s delusion.”
Farley Mowat

“It is to this new-found resolution to reassert our indivisibility with life, to recognize the obligations incumbent upon us as the most powerful and deadly species ever to exist, and to begin making amends for the havoc we have wrought, that my own hopes for a revival and continuance of life on earth now turn. If we persevere in this new way we may succeed in making man humane … at last.”
Farley Mowat

and these excellent quotes from Paul Watson of the Sea Shepherd Society

fredburks's picture

"After we have mastered the wind, the waves, the tides, and gravity, we shall harness the energies of love. Then, for the second time, man will have discovered fire." ~ Teilhard de Chardin

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