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Below are some of my favourite inspirational quotes. I’ve grouped them in categories for easier reference. I hope they help and inspire you too!

 Abundance and money:

“Money is good. It is important. Without money, daily survival — not to mention further development — is impossible. So we are not even questioning its importance. At the same time, it is wrong to consider money a god or a substance endowed with some power of its own. To think that money is everything, and that just by having lots of it all our problems will be solved is a serious mistake.” – Dalai Lama

Creativity / Creative Living:

“Creativity is not found just in the chosen few who exhibit artistic talent. It is a force that flows through every single one of us, allowing us to dream things up and make them happen.” – Peggy Taylor and Charlie Murphy

“Creativity is self expression…an individual expression of your needs, desires and uniqueness.”  – Scott Barry Kauffman, (psychologist)

“The creative is the place where no one else has ever been. You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. What you’ll discover will be wonderful. What you’ll discover is yourself.” — Alan Alda (actor, director and author)

“Truly creative people care a little about what they have done, and a lot about what they are doing. Their driving focus is the life force that surges in them now.” — Alan Cohen

“To be creative means to be in love with life. You can be creative only if you love life enough that you want to enhance its beauty, you want to bring a little more music to it, a little more poetry to it, a little more dance to it.” –Osho (spiritual mystic)

“Break out of the boundaries that have been circumscribed for you through birth, race, gender or age and forge your own path.” – Lois P Frankel (author and coach)

“We will discover the nature of our particular genius when we stop trying to conform to our own and other’s people’s models, learn to be ourselves and allow our natural channel to open.” — Shakti Gawain

Health and Healing:

“Health is a large word. It embraces not the body only, but the mind and spirit as well…and not today’s pain or pleasure alone, but the whole being and outlook of a man.” –  James H West (1926-2010)

“Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social wellbeing, not merely the absence of disease.” – WHO (World Health Organisation)

“Health can only be achieved through healthful living.” T.C Fry (author & naturopath – 1926-1996)

“Nature cures, while the physician is nature’s noblest assistant.” – – Hippocrates (Greek physician – the ‘father of medicine’, 5th century BC)

“It’s supposed to be a professional secret, but I’ll tell you anyway. We doctors do nothing.  We only help and encourage the doctor within.” – Albert Schweitzer (physician, philosopher and theologian, 1875-1965)

“Disease is the warning and therefore the friend – not the enemy – of mankind.” – Dr George S Weger (doctor, hygienist and writer)

“Our bodies communicate to us clearly and specifically, if we are willing to listen to them.” Shakti Gawain (spiritual writer, 1948-)

“Healing comes from taking responsibility to realise that it is you – and no one else- that creates your feelings and your action.” – Peter Shepherd (psychologist and author)

Individuality:

“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” – Anonymous

“We will discover the nature of our particular genius when we stop trying to conform to our own and other’s people’s models, learn to be ourselves and allow our natural channel to open.” — Shakti Gawain

“Creativity is self expression…an individual expression of your needs, desires and uniqueness.”  – Scott Barry Kauffman, (psychologist)

“Break out of the boundaries that have been circumscribed for you through birth, race, gender or age and forge your own path.” – Lois P Frankel (author and coach)

Life Purpose / Work:

“Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart… Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.” –Steve Jobs (businessman, designer, inventor and co-founder of Apple, 1955-2011) 

“Let yourself be drawn by the stronger pull of that which you truly love.” – Rumi

“The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.” – Picasso (artist, 1881-1973) 

“If we all did the things we are capable of, we would astound ourselves.” – Thomas Edison (inventor and businessman, 1847-1931)

“A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.” – Lao Tzu  (Chinese philosopher, 6th century BC)

“A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves.” – Lao Tzu (Chinese philosopher, 6th century BC)

“Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.” – Lao Tzu

“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

Love and Relationships with others:

“Your task is not to seek for love. But merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.” – Rumi (Persian poet, theologian, mystic and jurer, 13th century) 

“The beginning of love is to let those we love be perfectly themselves and not twist them to fit our own image.” – Thomas Merton (author, Christian spiritualist & social activist, 1915-1968)

“Through my love for you, I want to express my love for the whole cosmos, the whole of humanity, and all beings. By living with you, I want to learn to love everyone and all species. If I succeed in loving you, I will be able to love everyone and all species on Earth… This is the real message of love.” – Thich Nhat Hanh (Buddhist monk, teacher, author, poet and peace activist, 1926-)

“If we do not know how to take care of ourselves and to love ourselves, we cannot take care of the people we love. Loving oneself is the foundation for loving another person.” – Thich Nhat Hanh (Buddhist monk, teacher, author, poet and peace activist, 1926-)

“When another person makes you suffer, it is because he suffers deeply within himself, and his suffering is spilling over. He does not need punishment; he needs help. That’s the message he is sending.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh (Buddhist monk, teacher, author, poet and peace activist, 1926-)

“Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.” – Dalai Lama

“Kind words can be short and easy to speak but their echoes are endless.” – Mother Theresa (1910-1997)

“When you plant lettuce, if it does not grow well, you don’t blame the lettuce. You look for reasons it is not doing well. It may need fertilizer, or more water, or less sun. You never blame the lettuce. Yet if we have problems with our friends or family, we blame the other person. But if we know how to take care of them, they will grow well, like the lettuce. Blaming has no positive effect at all, nor does trying to persuade using reason and argument. That is my experience. No blame, no reasoning, no argument, just understanding. If you understand, and you show that you understand, you can love, and the situation will change.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh (Buddhist monk, teacher, author, poet and peace activist, 1926-)

“We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men and women; and among those fibers, as sympathetic threads,  our actions run as causes,  and they come back to us as effects.”  – Herman Melville 

“Concern for man and his fate must always form the chief interest of all technical endeavours. Never forget this in the midst of your diagrams and equations.” – Albert Einstein (physicist, 1879-1955)

“Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.”- Carl Jung

Meditation and Mindfulness:

“Mindfulness helps us get better at seeing the difference between what’s happening and the stories we tell ourselves about what’s happening, stories that get in the way of direct experience. Often such stories treat a fleeting state of mind as if it were our entire and permanent self.” ― Sharon Salzberg (meditation teacher and spiritual writer, 1952-)

“Meditation connects you with your soul, and this connection gives you access to your intuition, your heartfelt desires, your integrity, and the inspiration to create a life you love.” ― Sarah McLean (meditation teacher and spiritual writer)

“Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate.” – Carl Jung

“It is only when we silent the blaring sounds of our daily existence that we can finally hear the whispers of truth that life reveals to us, as it stands knocking on the doorsteps of our hearts.” – K.T. Jong

“Let the waters settle and you will see the moon and the stars mirrored in your own being.” ~Rumi

Peace and Happiness:

“Peace can exist only in the present moment. It is ridiculous to say ‘Wait until I finish this, then I will be free to live in peace.’ What is ‘this’? A di­ploma, a job, a house, the payment of a debt? If you think that way, peace will never come. There is always another ‘this’ that will follow the present one. If you are not living in peace at this moment, you will never be able to. If you truly want to be at peace, you must be at peace right now. Otherwise, there is only ‘the hope of peace some day.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh (Buddhist monk, teacher, author, poet and peace activist, 1926-)

“We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves.” – Dalai Lama

“We must become the change we wish to see in the world.”- Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948)

“Our notions about happiness entrap us. We forget that they are just ideas. Our idea of happiness can prevent us from actually being happy. We fail to see the opportunity for joy that is right in front of us when we are caught in a belief that happiness should take a particular form.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh (Buddhist monk, teacher, author, poet and peace activist, 1926-)

“If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.” – Mother Teresa (1910-1997)

“Happiness is not a state to arrive at, but a manner of travelling.” – Margaret Lee Runbeck (American author, 1905-1956)

“It is my conviction that there is no way to peace – peace is the way.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh (Buddhist monk, teacher, author, poet and peace activist, 1926-)

“Imagine there’s no heaven
It’s easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people
Living for today…
Imagine there’s no countries
It isn’t hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace…
You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will be as one
Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people
Sharing all the world…
You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will live as one”
~ John Lennon, Imagine 

Spirituality / Spiritual Growth:

“The key to growth is the introduction of higher dimensions of consciousness into our awareness.”- Lao Tzu

“Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate.” Carl G Jung

“All religions, all this singing, one song. The differences are just illusion and vanity. The sun’s light looks a little different on this wall than it does on that wall, and a lot different on this other one, but it’s still one light.” ~Rumi

“There are many ways to reach God. I have chosen Dance and Music as my path.” -Rumi

“A human being is a part of the whole, called by us Universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest-a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole nature in its beauty.” – Albert Einstein

“I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures.” – Lao Tzu (Chinese philosopher, 6th century BC)

“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

Study and Learning:

“Usually when we hear or read something new, we just compare it to our own ideas. If it is the same, we accept it and say that it is correct. If it is not, we say it is incorrect. In either case, we learn nothing.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh (Buddhist monk, teacher, author, poet and peace activist, 1926-)

“All religions, arts and sciences are branches of the same tree.” – Albert Einstein (physicist, 1879-1955)

“Concern for man and his fate must always form the chief interest of all technical endeavours. Never forget this in the midst of your diagrams and equations.” – Albert Einstein (physicist, 1879-1955)

“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” – Albert Einstein (physicist, 1879-1955)

Suffering and Transformation:

“The wound is the place where the Light enters you.” – Rumi (Persian poet, theologian and Sufi mystic, 1207-1273)

“The seed of suffering in you may be strong, but don’t wait until you have no more suffering before allowing yourself to be happy.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh (Buddhist monk, teacher, author, poet and peace activist, 1926-)

“Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired and success achieved.” – Helen Keller (author, humanitarian, activist & lecturer; 1880-1968)

“This being human is a guest house. Every morning a new arrival. A joy, a depression, a meanness, some momentary awareness comes as an unexpected visitor. Welcome and attend them all! Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows, who violently sweep your house empty of its furniture, still treat each guest honourably. He may be clearing you out for some new delight. The dark thought, the shame, the malice, meet them at the door laughing, and invite them in.” – Rumi (Persian poet, theologian and Sufi mystic, 1207-1273)

Thoughts and Reality: 

“We don’t see things as they are; we see them as we are.” – Anais Nin (French-Cuban author, 1903-1977)

“A man is but the product of his thoughts. What he thinks, he becomes.” – Mahatma Gandhi (leader of nationalist India, 1869-1948)

“Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habit. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.”
Lao Tzu (Chinese philosopher, 6th century BC)

“We are not troubled by things, but by the opinion we have of things.” – Epictetus (Greek sage and philosopher, AD 55-135)

“I have noticed that people are dealing too much with the negative, with what is wrong. … Why not try the other way, to look into the patient and see positive things, to just touch those things and make them bloom?” ― Thich Nhat Hanh (Buddhist monk, teacher, author, poet and peace activist, 1926-)