Wednesday, December 8

Some of my Favorite Quotes

“A true soul mate is probably the most important person you’ll ever meet, because they tear down your walls and smack you awake. But to live with a soul mate forever? Nah. Too painful. Soul mates, they come into your life just to reveal another layer of yourself to you, and then leave. A soul mate’s purpose is to shake you up, tear apart your ego a little bit, show you your obstacles and addictions, break your heart open so new light can get in, and make you so desperate and out of control that you have to transform your life.”
~Elizabeth Gilbert

It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.

I’d rather live with a good question than a bad answer.
—Aryeh Frimer

We learn something every day, and lots of times it’s that what we learned the day before was wrong.
—Bill Vaughan

Don’t ever wrestle with a pig. You’ll both get dirty, but the pig will enjoy it.
—Cale Yarborough

Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self.
—Cyril Connolly

“You must give up the life you planned in order to have the life that is waiting for you.”
– Joseph Campbell

“You must be the change you want to see in the world.”
– Gandhi

The tragedy of life is not that it ends so soon, but that we wait so long to begin it.
- W.M. Lewis

“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.”
– Theodore Roosevelt

“For everything you have missed, you have gained something else, and for everything you gain, you lose something else.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

“I don’t need a friend who changes when I change and who nods when I nod; my shadow does that much better.”
– Plutarch

“Be a first rate version of yourself, not a second rate version of someone else” – Judy Garland

“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.”
– Anne Frank

“Try not to become a man of success but a man of value.”
– Albert Einstein

“The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance; the wise grows it under his feet.” – James Oppenheim

"I have lived on the lip of insanity, wanting to know reasons, knocking on a door. It opens. I've been knocking from the inside."
-- Rumi

The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up.
– Mark Twain

Man is fond of counting his troubles, but he does not count his joys. If he counted them up as he ought to, he would see that every lot has enough happiness provided for it.
– Fyodor Dostoevsky

You must first be who you really are, then do what you need to do, in order to have what you want.
– Margaret Young

This is my “depressed stance”. When you’re depressed, it makes a lot of difference how you stand. The worst thing you can do is straighten up and hold your head high because then you’ll start to feel better. If you’re going to get any joy out of being depressed, you’ve go to stand like this.
– Charlie Brown

Jumping for joy is good exercise.

My advice to you is not to inquire why or whither, but just enjoy your ice cream while it’s on your plate.
– Thornton Wilder

Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.
– Robert Brault

All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.
– Walt Disney

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.
– Eleanor Roosevelt

I am woman! I am invincible! I am pooped!

If you’re going through hell, keep going.
– Winston Churchill

Your problem is you’re too busy holding onto your unworthiness.
– Ram Dass

Action is the antidote to despair.
– Joan Baez

You have brains in your head and feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own and you know what you know. And you are the one who’ll decide where to go.
– Dr. Seuss

Today is a new day.
– Chicken Little

When you reach for the stars you may not quite get one, but you won’t come up with a handful of mud either.
– Leo Burnett

What the caterpillar calls a tragedy, the Master calls a butterfly.
– Richard Bach

She decided to enjoy more and endure less.

Speak your mind even if your voice shakes.

Too much of a good thing can be wonderful.
– Mae West

You must do the thing you think you cannot do.
– Eleanor Roosevelt

Sprinkle joy.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I’ve ended up where I needed to be.
– Douglas Adams

What doesn’t kill me makes me stronger.

When there is no enemy within, the enemies outside cannot hurt you.

When the grass looks greener on the other side of the fence, it may be that they take better care of it there.
– Cecil Selig

Everything you do prepares you for the next thing.
– John Abel

It’s hard to fight an enemy who has outposts in your head.
– Sally Kempton

A successful person is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks that others throw at her.
– David Brinkley

You can’t be brave if you’ve only had wonderful things happen to you.
– Mary Tyler Moore

Improve your spare moments and they will become the brightest gems in your life.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

While you are upon the earth, enjoy the good things that are here.
– John Selden

Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.
– Will Rogers

She went out on a limb, had it break off behind her, and discovered she could fly.
Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined. – -Henry David Thoreau

It doesn’t happen all at once. You become. It takes a long time.
– Margery Williams

As soon as people decide to confront a problem, they realize that they are far more capable than they thought they were.
– The Zahir

Being strong means rejoicing in who you are, complete with imperfections.
– Margaret Woodhouse

Time you enjoy wasting, was not wasted.
– John Lennon

Happiness is a way of travel, not a destination.
– Roy Goodman

Once the game is over, the king and the pawn go back in the same box.

The work will wait while you show the child the rainbow but the rainbow won’t wait while you do the work.

One of the greatest weaknesses in most of us is our lack of faith in ourselves.
– L. Tom Perry

Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow; it empties today of its strength.
The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak.
– Hans Hofmann

Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can’t lose. – Bill Gates

Joy is what happens when we allow ourselves to recognize how good things really are. – Marianne Williamson


  1. Fabulous quotes my dear. I also like the layout of this post:-)

  2. Hi There- I was Google searching for images with Rumi quotes and came across your page. As I was reading your quotes, my eyes caught sight of your bio on the left and saw you graduated from ME! So weird! I'm from the Binghamton area as well although I live elsewhere now. Thanks for the inspiration!

    1. Wow what a small world! That is awesome! Thanks for reading and you are most welcome.

    2. Most welcome! Thank you for reading and sharing, it's awesome to see people actually read this. What a small world.