I often write down quotes that I’ve heard that move me. I will scribble them down on scrap paper or email them to myself. I think it’s because it’s comforting to know that other people feel the way I do. And I am in awe of people who are so skilled with words that they can express their feelings in a way that can truly make other people understand them.
Some of Mara’s favorite quotes:
I am heading towards the light because I understand that I am following the shadows and only light casts a shadow.
Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
—Martin Luther King, Jr.
Which was Born in a Night to Perish in a Night
When the Soul Slept in Beams of Light.
Even the least among you can do all that I have done, and greater things.
We dance round in a ring and suppose,
But the Secret sits in the middle and knows.
In every seed is the promise of a thousand forests.
No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.
Listen to many, speak to a few.
The opposite of love is not hate, it's indifference.
The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.
People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered. Forgive them anyway. If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives. Be kind anyway. If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies. Succeed anyway. If you are honest and sincere, people may deceive you. Be honest and sincere anyway. What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight. Create anyway. If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous. Be happy anyway. The good you do today will often be forgotten. Do good anyway. Give the best you have, and it will never be enough. Give your best anyway. In the final analysis, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.
Toni here. Like Mara, I write quotes down on a scrap of paper or email them to myself. One beautifully crafted thought can inspire me for days.
Some of Toni's favorite quotes:
Beware of wandering into your head alone. It’s a dangerous neighborhood.
Feeling certain, of course, is no guarantee of being right.
—Zen teacher Barry Magid
Be gentle first with yourself if you wish to be gentle with others.
Let no one deceive another or despise any being in any state; let none by anger or hatred wish harm upon another.
—The Buddha, Metta Sutta
Let no man pull you so low as to hate him.
—Martin Luther King, Jr.
And Jesus wept.
The heart that breaks can contain the whole universe.
The mind is its own place and in itself can make a heaven of hell or a hell of heaven.
Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.
Attention is the purest form of generosity.
Do I contradict myself?
Very well, then I contradict myself.
I am large, I contain multitudes.
And now that you don’t have to be perfect, you can be good.
The whole life of a man is but a point in time. Let us enjoy it.
I know but one freedom and that is the freedom of the mind
—Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Those who dwell among the beauties and mysteries of the Earth are never alone or weary of life.
Breathe. Pay Attention. Be Kind. Stop Grabbing.