In my previous blog post Nurturing Your Ideas, I told you about my love of inspirational quotes. There are hundreds if not thousands of inspirational quotes that epitomize the power of words, the power to heal and inspire.
In this post, I would like to share with you some of the thought-provoking words of wisdom that I have encountered recently.
On living a meaningful life, by the Dalai Lama:
What is important is not so much how long you live as whether you live a meaningful life. This doesn’t mean accumulating money and fame, but being of service to your fellow human beings. It means helping others if you can, but even if you can’t do that, at least not harming them.
On happiness, by Charles Spurgeon:
It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness.
On compassion, by the Dalai Lama:
We can change our minds. We don’t have to give in to anger and hatred. Since compassion and anger cannot co-exist, the more we cultivate compassion the more our anger will be reduced.
On why people change, by Steven Aitchison:
People change for two main reasons: Either their minds have been opened or their hearts have been broken.
On the importance of doing small things, by P.J. O’Rourke:
Everybody wants to save the world, but nobody wants to help mom with the dishes.
On happiness, by Frank Tyger:
Doing what you like is freedom. Liking what you do is happiness.
On happiness, by Mahatma Gandhi:
Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.
On life, by Louise Bourgeois:
You are born alone. You die alone. The value of the space in between is trust and love.
On happiness, by Gretchen Rubin:
One of the best ways to make yourself happy is to make other people happy. One of the best ways to make other people happy is to be happy yourself.
On fearlessness, by Robin Sharma:
Fearlessness isn’t a divine gift. Fearlessness is a daily practice.
On being responsible for your own self, by Wayne Dyer:
How people treat you is their karma; how you react is yours.
On listening to your inner compass, by Jane Austen:
We all have a better guide in ourselves, if we would attend to it, than any other person can be.
On what you should be aiming for, by Albert Einstein:
Try not to become a person of success, but rather try to become a person of value.
On doing small things to change the world, by Admiral William H. McRaven:
If you wanna change the world, start off by making your bed.