Inspirational Quotations

Quotation by Jayaram V

Compiled by Jayaram V

The body belongs to the elements. The organs are made up of earth and water. Consciousness is made up of water and fire. Breath is made up of air, and intelligence is made up of fire and ether or space. Just as you breathe in and breathe out air, your mind receives and expels numerous thoughts from the universal consciousness. You may think you are generating the thoughts by yourself. To some extent, you mind does play a role in producing thoughts, for which desires are the inducers. However, in Hinduism it is believed that thoughts belong to the domain of space or Brahman and each of us receives them according to our past deeds, desires and latent impressions. What you think goes out and spreads around, creating ripple effects in the world and upon others. Therefore, if you are interested in resolving your karma or liberation, you have to practice yoga and suppress the modifications of your mind. You attain the true state of non-injury only when your mind is completely under your control and stable. Jayaram V


Do the thing and you have the power. --Ralph Waldo Emerson

Love is letting go of fear. --Gerald Zampolsky

You should always be aware that your head creates your world. Ken Keyes. Jr.

Men are disturbed not by things that happen but by their opinion of things that happen. --Epictetus

Everybody thinks of changing humanity. Nobody thinks of changing himself. Leo Tolstoy

Maintaining a complicated life is a great way to avoid changing it. Anonymous

Life does not have to be perfect to be wonderful. Annette Funicello

The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook. William James

He who falls in love with himself will have no rival Benjamin Franklin

The difficulties in life are intended to make us better but not bitter. Anonymous

The trouble with most of us is that we would rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism. Norman Vincent Peale.

Confrontation doesn't always bring a solution to the problem, but until you confront the problem, there will be no solution. James Baldwin

Triumph belongs to thought. Change your thinking and change your life. J.P.Vaswani

Speech is the mirror of the soul: as a man speaks, so he is. Publilius Syrus

And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given to you; seek, and ye shall find; knock and it shall be opened unto you. Luke 11:9

When in your work you find something giving trouble outside, look within and you will find in yourself the corresponding difficulty. Change yourself and the circumstances will change. The Mother

Everything is in the mind. bondage and freedom are in the mind. You can dye the mind with any color you wish. It is like a piece of clean while linen; dip it in red and it will be red, in blue it will be blue, in green it will be green or any other color. Sri Ramakrishana

By the mind one is bound; by the mind one is free. If I think I am absolutely free, whether I live in the world or in the forest, where is my bondage? Sri Ramakrishna

Be the Change you want to see in this world. Mahatma Gandhi

Someone's opinion of you does not have to become your reality. Les Brown

The best use of life is to spend it for something that outlasts life. William James

Experience is that marvelous thing that enables you to recognize a mistake when you make it again. Franklin P.Jones

It is much easier to be critical than correct. Benjamin Disraeli

Time spent laughing is time spent with gods. A Japanese proverb

Don't go through life, grow through life. Eric Butterworth

He who learns but does not think is lost. He who thinks but does not learn is in great danger. Confucius

When you know a thing, to know that you know it, and when you do not know a thing, to know that you do not know it. That is knowledge. Confucius

Truthful words are not beautiful, beautiful words are not truthful, Good words are not persuasive; persuasive words are not good. He who knows has no wide learning; he who has wide learning does not know. Lao Tzu-Tao Te Ching

Great knowledge see all in one. Small knowledge breaks down into the many. Lao Tzu-Tao Te Ching

How does the true man of Tao walk through walls without obstruction, stand in fire without being burnt. Not because of cunning, or daring. Not because he has learned, but because he has unleanred. Chuang Tzu-Tao Te Ching

The greatest human quest is to know what one must do in order to become a human being.Immanuel Kant

What is sought must already be known and what is known is never the real. J. Krishnamurthy

Intelligence is sensitive awareness of the totality of life; life with its problems, contradictions, miseries, joys. To be aware of all this, without choice and without being caught by any one of its issues and to flow with the whole of life is intelligence. J. Krishnamurthy

Never do any thing which you would not wish to do during the last hour of your life. J.P.Vaswani

When we understand, things are just as they are. When we don't understand, things are just as they are. Zen Proverb

The truth is, life is uncertain. And even that can work to your advantage. Adam Khan

In each of us are places where we have never gone. Only by pressing the limits do you ever find them. Dr. Joyce Brothers

A good heart is better than all the heads in the world. Edward Lytton

In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: It goes on. Robert Frost

Hitch your wagon to a star. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Instead of thinking about where you are, think about where you want to be. It takes twenty years of hard work to become an overnight success. Diana Rankin

When defeat comes, accept it as a signal that your plans are not sound, rebuild those plans, and set sail once more toward your coveted goal.Napoleon Hill

Don't let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do. JohnWooden

The first rule of survival: Conserve your resources, keep guessing what is going to happen, and be ready to face all eventualities. V.Jayaram

To err is human; to admit it, superhuman - Doug Larson

Curiosity is one of the permanent and certain characteristics of a vigorous mind. Samuel Johnson

We have a mental block inside us that stops us from earning more than we think we are worth. If we want to earn more in reality, we have to upgrade our self-concept. Brian Tracy

You can accomplish much if you don't care who gets the credit. Ronald Reagan

Each of us tends to think we see things as they are, that we are objective- but this is not the case. We see the world not as it is but as we are conditioned to see it. Covey

It is common sense to take a method and try it. If it fails, admit it frankly & try another. But above all, try something. Franklin D Roosevelt

You can't always control the wind, but you can control your sails. Anthony Robbins

To understand the heart and mind of a person, look not at what he has already achieved, but at what he aspires to. Kahlil Gibran

The power of thought is the only thing over which you have complete, unchallenged, and unchallengeable control Napoleon Hill

There are two ways of spreading light... to be the candle, or the mirror that reflects it. Edith Wharton

The principle is competing against yourself. It's about self-improvement, about being better than you were the day before. Steve Young, Football Player

Don't try to be a great person, just try to be a good person. And if you can succeed at being a good person, then you have found greatness. Don Heitkamp

It's in your moments of decision that your destiny is shaped. Anthony Robbins

I have had many troubles, but the worst of them never came. James A. Garfield

Every Flower must grow through Dirt. Unknown

Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside us while we live. Norman Cousins

You are the only real obstacle in your path to a fulfilling life. Les Brown

We create the situations & then we give our power away by blaming the other person for our frustration. No person, no place & no thing has any power over us for WE are the only thinkers in our mind. Louise Hay You Can Heal Your Life

Would you really dig into yesterday's garbage to make tonight's meal? Do you dig into old mental garbage to create tomorrow's experiences? Louise Hay You Can Heal Your Life

Focus on where you want to go, not on what you fear. Anthony Robbins

Religions are different roads to converging on the same point. What does it matter that we take different roads so long as we reach the same goal? Mahatma Gandhi

Truth is one and the learned call it by many names Rig Veda

There is one river of Truth that receives tributaries from every side Clemant of Alexandria

Know emptiness. Be compassionate. Milarepa

Find the silence that contains thoughts. Hakuin

To see a world in a Grain of Sand
And a Heaven in a Wild Flower
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand
And Eternity in an hour -- William Blake

The most important religious function of science is to awaken the cosmic religious feeling and keep it alive. Albert Einstein

If the power to think is a remarkable gift, then the power not to think is even more so. Sri Aurobindo

To stop simply hanging on to what has been in the past and longing for what might be in the future is better than making a ten year pilgrimage Lin-Chi

Some one who seeks for anything in religion other than God and the salvation of his soul will find nothing there but sorrow and trouble. Thomas A.Kempis

We say that Good and Harmony and Evil and Disharmony are synonymous. Further we maintain that illness, pain, and suffering are results of want of Harmony and that one terrible and only cause of the disturbance of Harmony is selfishness in some form or another. Helena Blavatsky

What is hateful to you do not do to your neighbor. This is the whole of the Law. The rest is only commentary on this. Go and learn. Talmud

Morals from Aesop's Fables

The tyrant will always find a pretext for his tyranny.

Like will draw like

In serving the wicked, expect no reward, and be thankful if you escape injury for your pains.

If you were foolish enough to sing all the summer, you must dance supperless to bed in the winter.

Slow but steady wins the race

Self help is the best help

Birds of a feather flock together

The greatest kindness will not bind the ungrateful.

No arguments will give courage to the coward.

Fair weather friends are not worth much

Don't make much ado about nothing.

If men had all they wished, they would be often ruined.

Pleasure bought with pains, hurts.

One story is good, till another is told.

If words suffice not, blows must follow.

Look before you leap.

Misfortune tests the sincerity of friends.

Those who suffer most cry out the least.

Quotes of Baltasar Gracian *

Maintain an air of uncertainty about your business. Admiration for the new is what bestows value upon the accomplished. To play with cards exposed is neither useful, nor in good taste. Create anticipation by not declaring your purpose, and especially where the height of your office commands public attention, display a bit of mystery about everything, and by it further the respect in which you are held; even you show your hand, escape the obvious; just as in the daily round you do not disclose your inner self to everyone. A prudent silence is the sacred vessel of wisdom. Purpose declared was never highly esteemed and commits itself to criticism in advance, and should it fail, the misfortune is doubled. Imitate therefore the ways of God in order to keep those about you watchful and alert.

Create dependents...To hold them expectant is the art of the courtier, to rely upon their thankfulness, the art of the peasant, for the first remembers as the second forgets...More is to be gained from dependence than from courtesy; he shortly turns his back upon the well who has drunk his fill, and the squeezed orange falls from a golden slaver into the dung. When dependence goes, decent deportment goes, and with it respect. Let it be a lesson and the first from experience, to keep hope alive but never satisfied.

Avoid outshining the master. All victory is odious but victory over the master, either part of stupidity, or of fate. Superiority has always been detested, and most thoroughly when greatest. A little care will serve to cloak your ordinary virtues, as you would hide your beauty, in careless dress.

There is no greater mastery than the mastery of self, and its passions, for it amounts to the triumph of free will, but even where passion overcomes the individual, it must not dare to touch his office, especially if it be a high one, this is the best way to spare yourself grief, and yet the shortest way to a good reputation.

Live with those from whom you can learn; let friendly intercourse be a school for knowledge, and social contact, a school for culture; to make teachers of your friends is to join the need of learning to the joy of converse.

Accomplish you ends, sometimes indirectly and sometimes directly. Life is a struggle of man against man's malice, in which sagacity comes to grips with the strategy of design.

Do not enter where too much is anticipated. it is the misfortune of the over celebrated, that they cannot measure up to the excessive expectations of them afterwards; never can the actual attain the imagined: for to think perfection is easy, but to incarnate it, most difficult; the imagination weds the wish and together they always conjure up more than reality can furnish. For however great may be a man's excellencies, they will not suffice to satisfy what was imagined of him... Hope is the greatest falsifier of the truth, let the intelligence put her right by seeing to it that the fruit is superior to the appetite.

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