Below is a collection of carefully selected, inspiring and philosophical quotes. Enjoy.
“When goodness is lost, it is replaced by morality.” ~Lao Tzu
“When you are content to be simply yourself and don’t compare or compete, everybody will respect you.” ~Lao Tzu
Your level of success will seldom exceed your level of personal development.
“A darkness lies behind us, and we have turned our backs upon it, and we do not desire to return thither even in thought. Westwards our hearts have been turned, and we believe that there we shall find Light”.
Treebeard: “Side? I am on nobody’s side. Because nobody is on my side, little orc.” ~Tolkien LOTR
Criticism, like rain, should be gentle enough to nourish a man’s growth without destroying his roots. ~Frank A. Clark
“Nothing is so necessary for a man as the company of intelligent women”. ~ Leo Tolstoy
“I was asked once, “You are a smart man. Why aren’t you rich?” I replied ‘You are a rich man. Why aren’t you smart?” ~ Jacque Fresco
“You cannot step into the same river twice.” ~Heraclitus
We must be both compassionate and resilient. “Cotton on the outside, steel on the inside.”
“Good King, Bad King… you judge too easily Merlin… you ll learn. I give you Excalibur!” ~ Lady of the Lake (Merlin)
“Tapeshwari se rajeshwari, aur rajeshwari se narakeshwari.”
“I have been and always shall be, your friend.”
“The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few, or the one.”
SPOCK, Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan
“What cannot be said, will be wept.” Sappho
“Here is joy that cannot be shaken. Our light can swallow up your darkness: but your darkness cannot now infect our light.” ~C.S. Lewis, The Great Divorce
“A waste of time. Too many people dream of places they’ll never go. Wish for things they’ll never have, instead of paying adequate attention to their real lives.” ~Odo ST DS9 in response to a holosuite offer by Quark
«Τρεις είναι σήμερα οι πληγές που πεθαίνουν την Ελλάδα, όπως η πανούκλα εσάρωνε τη Θήβα στην εποχή του ανίδεου Οιδίποδα. Οι πολιτικοί, οι δάσκαλοι, και οι δημοσιογράφοι με όλα τα ιδιωτικά Media. Πρόκειται για τρεις ορδές συφοράς, που είναι να παλουκώνεις τη μία και να πατταλεύεις την άλλη». ~ Δ. Λιαντίνης
We’ve come too far to give up who we are
So let’s raise the bar and our cups to the stars
Maybe the wolf is in love with the moon and each night it cries for a love it will never touch.
There is no coming to consciousness without pain. People will do anything, no matter how absurd, to avoid facing their own soul. One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious. ~Carl Gustav Jung
” Courage = grace under pressure” ~ Dr Svoboda
The Merchant of Venice, Act 5, Scene 1
How sweet the moonlight sleeps upon this bank!
Here will we sit, and let the sounds of music
Creep in our ears: soft stillness and the night
Become the touches of sweet harmony.
“Men marry women with the hope they will never change. Women marry men with the hope they will change. Invariably they are both disappointed.” ― Albert Einstein
“Marriage is but slavery made to appear civilized.” —Albert Einstein
“Whoever battles with monsters had better see that it does not turn him into a monster. And if you gaze long into an abyss, the abyss will gaze back into you.”
— Friedrich Nietzsche
Pessimum genus inimicorum laudantes.
“Flatterers are the worst type of enemies.”~Shakespeare through Tacitus
“All my misfortunes come of having thought too well of my fellows.”
― Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Nothing is more sad than the death of an illusion.
– Arthur Koestler
“Never touch your idols: the gilding will stick to your fingers.”
― Gustave Flaubert, Madame Bovary
“Be a lamp to yourself. Be your own confidence. Hold on to the truth within yourself as to the only truth.”
“All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.
From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring;
Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
The crownless again shall be king. ”
“This above all: to thine own self be true, And it must follow, as the night the day, Thou canst not then be false to any man.”
– William Shakespeare
(Hamlet Act 1, scene 3, 78–82)
“Raise yourself to such greater heights that before writing your fate
God asks you Himself, tell me how should I write your destiny?” ~ALLAMA IQBAL
People are just wonderful as sunsets if I can let them be… When I look at a sunset, I don’t find myself saying “Soften the orange a bit on the right hand corner… I don’t try to control a sunset. I watch with awe as it unfolds. ~Carl Rogers
All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players: they have their exits and their entrances; and one man in his time plays many parts, his acts being seven ages.
If you prick us do we not …leak?
~The usual android
What a piece of work is man! How noble in reason, how infinite in faculties,in form and moving how express and admirable, in action how like an angel, in apprehension how like a god!
Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds. The mediocre mind is incapable of understanding the man who refuses to bow blindly to conventional prejudices and chooses instead to express his opinions courageously and honestly.
Κρείττον εις κόρακας ή εις κόλακας εμπεσείν. Οι μεν γαρ νεκρούς, οι δε ζώντας εσθίουσιν.
Αντισθένης, 445-360 π.Χ., Κυνικός φιλόσοφος
μτφρ: καλύτερα να πέσεις σε κοράκια παρά σε κόλακες. Διότι τα μεν τρώνε νεκρούς, οι δε ζωντανούς.
Whatever may seem to bind or limit you
Declare yourself free from it now.
There is nothing in the outer world
No person, no condition, no circumstance
That can take away the freedom
Which is yours in spirit.
Instead of wishing that you were free
To live your life differently
Accept the truth that right now
You are free, free to change your thinking
Free to change your outlook on life
Free to be all that you long to be.
Make this a day of freedom, spiritual freedom,
Declare yourself free from anxiety and fear
Free from any belief in luck or limitation.
~ Swami Satyananda Saraswati