Quotations

In the faces of men and women I see God.

~ Walt Whitman

Tradition: Transcendentalism

· Transcendentalism · poet · Walt Whitman · God

A small group of thoughtful people could change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.

~ Margaret Mead

· change · action · mindfulness

I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble.

~ Helen Keller

· persistence · attitude

All difficult things have their origin in that which is easy, and great things in that which is small.

~ Lao Tzu

Tradition: Taoism

· Taoism · paradox

Few will have the greatness to bend history itself; but each of us can work to change a small portion of events, and in the total; of all those acts will be written the history of this generation.

~ Robert Kennedy

· persistence · attitude · history

Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.

~ Vincent Van Gogh

· persistence · attitude · history

The man who removes a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.

~ William Faulkner

· persistence · attitude

Small miseries, like small debts, hit us in so many places, and meet us at so many turns and corners, that what they want in weight, they make up in number, and render it less hazardous to stand the fire of one cannon ball, than a volley composed of such a shower of bullets.

~ Rudyard Kipling

· life · attitude

If the sight of the blue skies fills you with joy, if a blade of grass springing up in the fields has power to move you, if the simple things of nature have a message that you understand, rejoice, for your soul is alive.

~ Eleonora Duse

· life · attitude · gratitude · mindfulness

If you think you are too small to be effective, you have never been in bed with a mosquito.

~ Betty Reese

· attitude · smallness · change · effectiveness

To live content with small means; to seek elegance rather than luxury, and refinement rather than fashion; to be worthy, not respectable, and wealthy, not, rich; to listen to stars and birds, babes and sages, with open heart; to study hard; to think quietly, act frankly, talk gently, await occasions, hurry never; in a word, to let the spiritual, unbidden and unconscious, grow up through the common--this is my symphony

~ William Henry Channing

Tradition: Unitarian

· spirituality · attitude · gratitude

Every breath we take, every step we make, can be filled with peace, joy, and serenity. We need only to be awake, alive in the present moment.

~ Thich Nhat Hanh

Tradition: Buddhism

· peace · joy · serenity · Buddhist · mindfulness · living in the moment

Family life is full of major and minor crises -- the ups and downs of health, success and failure in career, marriage, and divorce -- and all kinds of characters. It is tied to places and events and histories. With all of these felt details, life etches itself into memory and personality. It's difficult to imagine anything more nourishing to the soul.

~ Thomas Moore

Tradition: Christianity

· life · family · personality · soul

God doesn't look at how much we do, but with how much love we do it.

~ Mother Teresa

Tradition: Christianity

· God · love · action

You are not a human being in search of a spiritual experience. You are a spiritual being immersed in a human experience.

~ Teilhard de Chardin

Tradition: Christianity

· spirituality · humanity

A life is either all spiritual or not spiritual at all. No man can serve two masters. Your life is shaped by the end you live for. You are made in the image of what you desire.

~ Thomas Merton

Tradition: Christianity

· spirituality · mindfulness

The candles are many, but the light is one.

~ Rumi

Tradition: Sufism

· Rumi · interfaith · Sufi

The unique personality which is the real life in me, I can not gain unless I search for the real life, the spiritual quality, in others. I am myself spiritually dead unless I reach out to the fine quality dormant in others. For it is only with the god enthroned in the innermost shrine of the other, that the god hidden in me, will consent to appear.

~ Felix Adler

Tradition: Judaism

· Jewish · spirituality · immanence

The personal life deeply lived always expands into truths beyond itself.

~ Anais Nin

· spirituality · mindfulness

The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are closed.

~ Albert Einstein

· spirituality · mystery · wonder

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