When things look dismal, inspirational quotes act as simple reminders of what is truly important. Here are 111 quotes about happiness that can do just that.
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111 Inspiring Quotes On Happiness
It is only possible to live happily ever after on a daily basis.
― Margaret Bonanno
When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.
― Helen Keller
Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.
― Mahatma Gandhi
And I urge you to please notice when you are happy, and exclaim or murmur or think at some point, ‘If this isn’t nice, I don’t know what is.’
― Kurt Vonnegut
I would always rather be happy than dignified.
― Charlotte Brontë
Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy.
― Anne Frank
With freedom, books, flowers, and the moon, who could not be happy?
― Oscar Wilde
Don’t you think it’s better to be extremely happy for a short while, even if you lose it, than to be just okay for your whole life?
― Audrey Niffenegger
Happiness is the consequence of personal effort. You fight for it, strive for it, insist upon it, and sometimes even travel around the world looking for it. You have to participate relentlessly in the manifestations of your own blessings. And once you have achieved a state of happiness, you must never become lax about maintaining it. You must make a mighty effort to keep swimming upward into that happiness forever, to stay afloat on top of it.
― Elizabeth Gilbert
Learn to value yourself, which means: fight for your happiness.
― Ayn Rand
Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.
Happiness is the art of never holding in your mind the memory of any unpleasant thing that has passed.
To be happy, we must not be too concerned with others.
― Albert Camus
If you want happiness for an hour — take a nap.
If you want happiness for a day — go fishing.
If you want happiness for a year — inherit a fortune.
If you want happiness for a lifetime — help someone else.
― Chinese Proverb
The moments of happiness we enjoy take us by surprise. It is not that we seize them, but that they seize us.
― Ashley Montagu
Don’t rely on someone else for your happiness and self-worth. Only you can be responsible for that. If you can’t love and respect yourself – no one else will be able to make that happen. Accept who you are – completely; the good and the bad – and make changes as YOU see fit – not because you think someone else wants you to be different.
― Stacey Charter
It isn’t what you have, or who you are, or where you are, or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about.
― Dale Carnegie
It’s a helluva start, being able to recognize what makes you happy.
― Lucille Ball
Don’t underestimate the value of Doing Nothing, of just going along, listening to all the things you can’t hear, and not bothering.
― Winnie the Pooh
There is only one way to happiness and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power of our will.
We tend to forget that happiness doesn’t come as a result of getting something we don’t have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have.
― Frederick Keonig
Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.
― Thich Nhat Hanh
Perhaps they are not stars, but rather openings in heaven where the love of our lost ones pours through and shines down upon us to let us know they are happy.
― Eskimo Proverb
To be kind to all, to like many and love a few, to be needed and wanted by those we love, is certainly the nearest we can come to happiness.
― Mary Stuart
There are more things to alarm us than to harm us, and we suffer more often in apprehension than reality.
Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.
― Robert A. Heinlein
Happy people plan actions, they don’t plan results.
― Dennis Waitley
Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.
― Mahatma Gandhi
The only joy in the world is to begin.
― Cesare Pavese
Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go.
― Oscar Wilde
Time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.
― Marthe Troly-Curtin
Nobody can be uncheered with a balloon.
― Winnie the Pooh
Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.
― Herman Cain
What you do not want done to yourself, do not do to others.
There is only one cause of unhappiness: the false beliefs you have in your head, beliefs so widespread, so commonly held, that it never occurs to you to question them.
― Anthony de Mello
Happiness is not something ready-made. It comes from your own actions.
― Dalai Lama
When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us.
― Helen Keller
Happiness depends upon ourselves.
It is more fitting for a man to laugh at life than to lament over it.
The reason people find it so hard to be happy is that they always see the past better than it was, the present worse than it is, and the future less resolved than it will be.
― Marcel Pagnol
If men would consider not so much wherein they differ, as wherein they agree, there would be far less of uncharitableness and angry feeling in the world.
― Joseph Addison
Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city.
― George Burns
Happiness is not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort.
― Franklin D. Roosevelt
The pleasure which we most rarely experience gives us greatest delight.
It’s been my experience that you can nearly always enjoy things if you make up your mind firmly that you will.
Happiness is acceptance.
The secret of happiness is not in doing what one likes, but in liking what one does.
― James M. Barrie
We begin from the recognition that all beings cherish happiness and do not want suffering. It then becomes both morally wrong and pragmatically unwise to pursue only one’s own happiness oblivious to the feelings and aspirations of all others who surround us as members of the same human family. The wiser course is to think of others when pursuing our own happiness.
― Dalai Lama
Most people would rather be certain they’re miserable, than risk being happy.
― Dr. Robert Anthony
The unhappy derive comfort from the misfortunes of others.
For many men, the acquisition of wealth does not end their troubles, it only changes them.
A table, a chair, a bowl of fruit and a violin; what else does a man need to be happy?
― Albert Einstein
Of all forms of caution, caution in love is perhaps the most fatal to true happiness.
― Bertrand Russell
The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.
― Elizabeth Kubler-Ross
Happiness is a myth we seek,
If manifested surely irks;
Like river speeding to the plain,
On its arrival slows and murks.
For man is happy only in
His aspiration to the heights;
When he attains his goal, he cools
And longs for other distant flights.
― Kahlil Gibran
Happiness is a state of activity.
This planet has – or rather had – a problem, which was this: most of the people living on it were unhappy for pretty much of the time. Many solutions were suggested for this problem, but most of these were largely concerned with the movement of small green pieces of paper, which was odd because on the whole it wasn’t the small green pieces of paper that were unhappy.
― Douglas Adams
Since you get more joy out of giving joy to others, you should put a good deal of thought into the happiness that you are able to give.
― Eleanor Roosevelt
Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.
The two enemies of human happiness are pain and boredom.
― Arthur Schopenhauer
Men spend their lives in anticipations, in determining to be vastly happy at some period when they have time. But the present time has one advantage over every other – it is our own. Past opportunities are gone, future have not come. We may lay in a stock of pleasures, as we would lay in a stock of wine; but if we defer the tasting of them too long, we shall find that both are soured by age.
― Charles Caleb Colton
Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.
― Marcus Aurelius Antoninus
Happy he who learns to bear what he cannot change.
― Friedrich Schiller
When I look back on all these worries, I remember the story of the old man who said on his deathbed that he had had a lot of trouble in his life, most of which had never happened.
― Winston Churchill
I’d far rather be happy than right any day.
― Douglas Adams
Everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you’re climbing it.
― Andy Rooney
The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise grows it under his feet.
Action may not always bring happiness; but there is no happiness without action.
― Benjamin Disraeli
The greater part of our happiness or misery depends upon our dispositions, and not upon our circumstances.
― Martha Washington
Happiness is nothing more than good health and a bad memory.
― Albert Schweitzer
Our envy always lasts longer than the happiness of those we envy.
Happiness is a how; not a what. A talent, not an object.
― Herman Hesse
No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.
Every man has his secret sorrows which the world knows not; and often times we call a man cold when he is only sad.
― Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Happiness is something that comes into our lives through doors we don’t even remember leaving open.
― Rose Lane
The best years of your life are the ones in which you decide your problems are your own. You do not blame them on your mother, the ecology, or the president. You realize that you control your own destiny.
― Albert Ellis
I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn’t arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I’m going to be happy in it.
― Groucho Marx
Just because it didn’t last forever, doesn’t mean it wasn’t worth your while.
Your work is discover your world and then with all your heart give yourself to it.
That man is richest whose pleasures are cheapest.― Henry David Thoreau
Happiness always looks small while you hold it in your hands, but let it go, and you learn at once how big and precious it is.
― Maxim Gorky
A quiet secluded life in the country, with the possibility of being useful to people to whom it is easy to do good, and who are not accustomed to have it done to them; then work which one hopes may be of some use; then rest, nature, books, music, love for one’s neighbor — such is my idea of happiness.
― Leo Tolstoy
It was only a sunny smile, and little it cost in the giving, but like morning light it scattered the night and made the day worth living.
― F. Scott Fitzgerald
If thou wilt make a man happy, add not unto his riches but take away from his desires.
Plenty of people miss their share of happiness, not because they never found it, but because they didn’t stop to enjoy it.
― William Feather
Gratitude is a vaccine, an antitoxin, and an antiseptic.
― John Henry Jowett
No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.
― Eleanor Roosevelt
And remember, no matter where you go, there you are.
If you are too busy to laugh, you are too busy.
Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature…. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.
― Helen Keller
For most of life, nothing wonderful happens. If you don’t enjoy getting up and working and finishing your work and sitting down to a meal with family or friends, then the chances are you’re not going to be very happy. If someone bases his/her happiness on major events like a great job, huge amounts of money, a flawlessly happy marriage or a trip to Paris, that person isn’t going to be happy much of the time.
If, on the other hand, happiness depends on a good breakfast, flowers in the yard, a drink or a nap, then we are more likely to live with quite a bit of happiness.
― Andy Rooney
Learn to let go. That is the key to happiness.
The first recipe for happiness is: avoid too lengthy meditation on the past.
― Andre Maurois
The grass is always greener where you water it.
Enjoy your own life without comparing it with that of another.
― Marquis de Condorcet
On a deeper level you are already complete. When you realize that, there is a playful, joyous energy behind what you do.
― Eckhart Tolle
The happiest people in the world are those who feel absolutely terrific about themselves, and this is the natural outgrowth of accepting total responsibility for every part of their life.
― Brian Tracy
Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.
― Marcel Proust
We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.
― George Bernard Shaw
Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow. It only saps today of its joy.
― Leo Buscaglia
A well-developed sense of humor is the pole that adds balance to your steps as you walk the tightrope of life.
― William Arthur Ward
Optimism is a happiness magnet. If you stay positive, good things and good people will be drawn to you.
― Mary Lou Retton
I believe compassion to be one of the few things we can practice that will bring immediate and long-term happiness to our lives.
― Dalai Lama
Follow your bliss and don’t be afraid, and doors will open where you didn’t know they were going to be.
― Joseph Campbell
Happiness consists of living each day as if it were the first day of your honeymoon and the last day of your vacation.
― Leo Tolstoy
Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.
― Abraham Lincoln
Being happy doesn’t mean everything is perfect. It means you’ve decided to look beyond the imperfections.
The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain. Is not the cup that holds your wine the very cup that was burned in the potter’s oven? And is not the lute that soothes your spirit, the very wood that was hollowed with knives?
When you are joyous, look deep into your heart and you shall find it is only that which has given you sorrow that is giving you joy. When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see in truth that you are weeping for that which has been your delight.
― Kahlil Gibran
If you spend your whole life waiting for the storm, you’ll never enjoy the sunshine.
― Morris West
Life will bring you pain all by itself. Your responsibility is to create joy.
― Milton Erickson
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
― Mark Twain
20 Inspirational Quotes About Learning
1. Learning is not attained by chance. It must be sought for with ardor and attended to with diligence. – Abigail Adams
2. In learning you will teach, and in teaching you will learn. – Phil Collins
3. There is no evil in the universe which is not the result of ignorance, and which would not, if we were ready and willing to learn its lesson, lead us to a higher wisdom, and then vanish away. – James Allen
4. The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go. – Dr. Seuss,
I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!
5. The best thing for being sad,” replied Merlin, beginning to puff and blow, “is to learn something. That’s the only thing that never fails. You may grow old and trembling in your anatomies, you may lie awake at night listening to the disorder of your veins, you may miss your only love, you may see the world about you devastated by evil lunatics, or know your honour trampled in the sewers of baser minds. There is only one thing for it then — to learn. Learn why the world wags and what wags it. That is the only thing which the mind can never exhaust, never alienate, never be tortured by, never fear or distrust, and never dream of regretting. Learning is the only thing for you. Look what a lot of things there are to learn.
– T.H. White, The Once and Future King
6. Wisdom is not a product of schooling but of the lifelong attempt to acquire it. – Albert Einstein
7. That is what learning is. You suddenly understand something you’ve understood all your life, but in a new way. – Doris Lessing
8. An education isn’t how much you have committed to memory, or even how much you know. It’s being able to differentiate between what you do know and what you don’t. It’s knowing where to go to find out what you need to know; and it’s knowing how to use the information you get. – William Feather
9. Nothing in life is more exciting and rewarding than the sudden flash of insight that leaves you a changed person, not only changed, but for the better. – Arthur Gordon
10. The books which help you most are those which make you think the most. – Theodore Parker
11. “But what if I make a mistake?” Will asked.
Gilan threw back his head and laughed. “A mistake? One mistake? You should be so lucky. You’ll make dozens! I made four or five on my first day alone! Of course you’ll make mistakes. Just don’t make any of them twice. If you do mess things up, don’t try to hide it. Don’t try to rationalize it. Recognize it and admit it and learn from it. We never stop learning, none of us.” – John Flanagan, Erak’s Ransom
12. Learning is not attained by chance, it must be sought for with ardor and attended to with diligence. – Abigail Adams
13. The beautiful thing about learning is nobody can take it away from you. – B.B. King
14. Let go of certainty. The opposite isn’t uncertainty. It’s openness, curiosity and a willingness to embrace paradox, rather than choose up sides. The ultimate challenge is to accept ourselves exactly as we are, but never stop trying to learn and grow. – Tony Schwartz
15. Never let hard lessons harden your heart; the hard lessons of life are meant to make you better, not bitter.
– Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart
16. I’d learned enough from life’s experiences to understand that destiny’s interventions can sometimes be read as invitation for us to address and even surmount our biggest fears. It doesn’t take a great genius to recognize that when you are pushed by circumstance to do the one thing you have always most specifically loathed and feared, this can be, at the very least, an interesting growth opportunity. – Elizabeth Gilbert
17. I don’t know what’s the matter with people: they don’t learn by understanding, they learn by some other way — by rote or something. Their knowledge is so fragile! – Richard Feynman
18. I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it. – Pablo Picasso
19. What I learned on my own I still remember. – Nassim Nicholas Taleb
20. I’m always learning something. Learning never ends. – Raymond Carver
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You know that I love inspirational quotes. Today seems the kind of day to share inspiring quotes about love. It has been a hard week for many of us in the world. The results of the US elections have created ripples of fear within the country and around the world. In India, we’ve been hit with the demonetization of some currency notes resulting in chaos too.
It’s been a difficult week to keep tempers in check. Hard to hope. Yet, kindness and love shall overcome, if we believe.
Inspiring Quotes about Love
“Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive.” —Dalai Lama
“There are two basic motivating forces: fear and love. When we are afraid, we pull back from life. When we are in love, we open to all that life has to offer with passion, excitement, and acceptance.”
“Love cures people—both the ones who give it and the ones who receive it.” —Karl A. Menninger
“The giving of love is an education in itself.” —Eleanor Roosevelt
“The first duty of love is to listen.” —Paul Tillich
“Love takes off masks that we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within.” —James A. Baldwin
“Love is a force more formidable than any other. It is invisible—it cannot be seen or measured, yet it is powerful enough to transform you in a moment, and offer you more joy than any material possession could.” —Barbara de Angelis
“Affection is responsible for nine-tenths of whatever solid and durable happiness there is in our lives.” —C.S. Lewis
“The more one judges, the less one loves.” —Honoré de Balzac
“The best proof of love is trust.” —Joyce Brothers
“To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance.” —Oscar Wilde
“Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.” —Robert A. Heinlein
“Let us always meet each other with smile, for the smile is the beginning of love.” —Mother Teresa
“You can search throughout the entire universe for someone who is more deserving of your love and affection than you are yourself, and that person is not to be found anywhere. You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe deserve your love and affection.” —Gautama Buddha
“Love is friendship that has caught fire. It is a quiet understanding, mutual confidence, sharing and forgiving. It is loyalty through good and bad times. It settles for less than perfection and makes allowances for human weaknesses.”
“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.” —Lao Tzu
“Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into friend.” —Martin Luther King, Jr.
“Our first and last love is self-love.” —Christian Nestell Bovee
“You will find as you look back upon your life that the moments when you have truly lived are the moments when you have done things in the spirit of love.” —Henry Drummond
“Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.”
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Often are lives are caught up with taking care of others and working towards a future for ourselves and our families. It’s easy for us to forget to nourish ourselves physically and spiritually. Self-care is what will empower us to live a life of wellness.
Positive self-talk can help us to eat better, feel healthy, and rejuvenate our bodies. We can begin with affirmations to start our journey into wellness.
Talk Yourself Into Wellness
I give myself permission to change. —Louise Hay
I love every cell of my body. —Louise Hay
I enjoy being in my body, and I nourish it each day. —Isha Lerner
I accept the limitations of doctors and look within to improve the quality of my health. —Nathalie W. Herrman
I choose well so that I can feel well. —Nathalie W. Herrman
Each bite of food contains the life of the sun and the earth. The whole universe is in a piece of bread. —Thich Nhat Hanh
I’m honest with myself about the reality of what and how I eat. —Nathalie W. Herrman
I enjoy foods that are best for my body. When I eat my greens, I feel energized and abundant. —Louise Hay
The energy in what I eat sustains me, and I honor that fact by preparing my meals with gratitude, mindfulness, and a loving heart. —Nathalie W. Herrman
I am the only person who has control over my eating habits. I can always resist something if I choose to. —Louise Hay
I breathe deeply and fully. I take in the breath of life, and I am nourished. —Louise Hay
I do not take my breath and beating heart for granted. I am grateful to be alive. —Nathalie W. Herrman
I get plenty of sleep every night. My body appreciates how I take care of it. —Louise Hay
I take time to get outside. Our body is the accumulation of our past. Our breath unites our body and mind in the present moment. Go for a walk outside, preferably in beautiful surroundings. —Amy Zerner and Monte Farber
Walking meditation is like eating. With each step, we nourish our bodies and our spirit. When we walk with anxiety and sorrow, it is like we are eating junk food. The food of walking meditation should be of a higher quality. —Thich Nhat Hanh
Your feet are your physical connection to this planet. Touch the earth directly with your bare feet. Let the earth energy circulate from your feet to your head and back again. —Yoko Ono
I am connected to the earth and the safe foundation it provides for my future growth. —Isha Lerner
Talk yourself into wellness today!
I keep making promises to myself to write more on mindfulness. But it hasn’t happened as yet. Instead, today, I’d like to showcase the quotes of one of the masters of mindfulness – Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh. Today he celebrates his 90th birthday. I always associate him with the concept of mindfulness because I first heard of it through his writings. I thought it was only fitting that I do this post today.
Who is Thich Nhat Hanh
He is a global spiritual leader, poet, and peace activist, revered throughout the world for his powerful teachings and bestselling writings on mindfulness and peace. His key teaching is that, through mindfulness, we can learn to live happily in the present moment—the only way to truly develop peace, both in one’s self and in the world.
Thich Nhat Hanh has published over 100 titles on meditation, mindfulness, and Engaged Buddhism, as well as poems, children’s stories, and commentaries on ancient Buddhist texts. He has sold over three million books in the United States alone, some of the best-known include Peace Is Every Step, The Miracle of Mindfulness, The Art of Power, True Love and Anger.
Thich Nhat Hanh has been a pioneer in bringing Buddhism to the West, founding six monasteries and dozens of practice centers in the United States, Asia, and Europe, as well as over 1,000 local mindfulness practice communities, known as ‘sanghas.’ He has built a thriving community of over 600 monks and nuns worldwide, who, together with his tens of thousands of lay students, apply his teachings on mindfulness, peace-making, and community-building in schools, workplaces, businesses – and even prisons – throughout the world. – via
Thich Nhat Hanh Foundation
Thich Nhat Hanh Quotes
“Life is available only in the present moment.”
“Hope is important because it can make the present moment less difficult to bear. If we believe that tomorrow will be better, we can bear a hardship today.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh, Peace Is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life
“When we are mindful, deeply in touch with the present moment, our understanding of what is going on deepens, and we begin to be filled with acceptance, joy, peace and love.”
“Keeping your body healthy is an expression of gratitude to the whole cosmos — the trees, the clouds, everything.”
“The source of love is deep in us and we can help others realize a lot of happiness. One word, one action, one thought can reduce another person’s suffering and bring that person joy.”
“Around us, life bursts with miracles–a glass of water, a ray of sunshine, a leaf, a caterpillar, a flower, laughter, raindrops. If you live in awareness, it is easy to see miracles everywhere. Each human being is a multiplicity of miracles. Eyes that see thousands of colors, shapes, and forms; ears that hear a bee flying or a thunderclap; a brain that ponders a speck of dust as easily as the entire cosmos; a heart that beats in rhythm with the heartbeat of all beings. When we are tired and feel discouraged by life’s daily struggles, we may not notice these miracles, but they are always there.”
“The most precious gift we can offer anyone is our attention. When mindfulness embraces those we love, they will bloom like flowers.”
Happy birthday, Thich Nhat Hanh. Keep inspiring us!
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Audrey Hepburn said of herself : “I’m an introvert… I love being by myself, love being outdoors, love taking a long walk with my dogs and looking at the trees, flowers, the sky.” She certains sounds like me, except the part about the ‘long’ walks!
My latest fascination is taking pictures of trees. There’s something so majestic and beautiful about them. And capturing, on my small camera, tall trees against the backdrop of the sky, bring me great joy.
When it comes to blessings, I naturally think of trees.
Today I’m celebrating the blessings of trees, as I share with you the photographs I’ve taken from my walks over the last few months in Secunderabad and Goa.
“I thank you God for this most amazing day, for the leaping greenly spirits of trees, and for the blue dream of sky and for everything which is natural, which is infinite, which is yes.”
― E.E. Cummings
Trees are poems the earth writes upon the sky. – Kahlil Gibran
Trees are sanctuaries. Whoever knows how to speak to them, whoever knows how to listen to them, can learn the truth. – Hermann Hesse
To be without trees would, in the most literal way, to be without our roots. – Richard Mabey
The tree is more than first a seed, then a stem, then a living trunk, and then dead timber. The tree is a slow, enduring force straining to win the sky. – ~Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Trees are your best antiques. – Alexander Smith
The trees are God’s great alphabet:
With them He writes in shining green
Across the world His thoughts serene.
Perhaps the biggest blessing of trees, as I wander around is what Candy Polgar said:
Alone with myself
The trees bend to caress me
The shade hugs my heart.
What captures your heart when you go for a walk?
Linking up with :
#FridayReflections with Write Tribe and Sanch Vee and responding the prompt : Take your camera for a walk and write based on one of the photographs you take.
Finish The Sentence Friday with Finding Ninee and the other lovelies – Rabia Lieber, Lisa Witherspoon and Michelle Grewe for the prompt: “When it comes to blessings…” or Ten Ways I can bless people… or Ten Ways I am Blessed…
August is Blessings month for 1000 Voices Speak for Compassion, so I’m happy to join Yvonne Spence and other bloggers to share my blessings.
I’ve been blogging on the topic of creativity all through the week and it seems appropriate to round it off with some inspirational quotes.
25 Inspirational Quotes On Creativity
To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong. – Joseph Chilton Pearce
When the creative impulse sweeps over you, grab it. – Justina Chen
The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination. – Albert Einstein
The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt. – Sylvia Plath
Don’t be satisfied with stories, how things have gone with others. Unfold your own myth. – Rumi
Others have seen what is and asked why. I have seen what could be and asked why not. – Pablo Picasso
Creativity is contagious. Pass it on – Albert Einstein
Around here, however, we don’t look backwards for very long. We keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things, because we’re curious…and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths. – Walt Disney Company
Don’t think. Thinking is the enemy of creativity. It’s self-conscious and anything self-conscious is lousy. You can’t “try” to do things. You simply “must” do things. – Ray Bradbury
The painter has the Universe in his mind and hands. – Leonardo Da Vinci
You can’t use up creativity. The more you use. The more you have. – Maya Angelou
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
If you’re not prepared to be wrong, you’ll never come up with anything original. – Ken Robinson
Creativity takes courage. – Henri Matisse
The most regretful people on earth are those who felt the call to creative work, who felt their own creative power restive and uprising, and gave to it neither power nor time. – Mary Oliver
If you want to be creative, stay in part a child, with the creativity and invention that characterizes children before they are deformed by adult society. — Piaget
A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it, bearing within him the image of a cathedral. – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (The Little Prince)
Creativity requires a willingness to look stupid. — John C. Maxwell
Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties. – Erich Fromm
A creative life is an amplified life. It’s a bigger life, a happier life, an expanded life, and a hell of a lot more interesting life. Living in this manner—continually and stubbornly bringing forth the jewels that are hidden within you—is a fine art, in and of itself. — Elizabeth Gilbert
Creativity is the greatest form of rebellion – Lady Gaga
Boredom is a lack of crazy. Its a lack of creativity. Invention. Innovation. If you’re bored, blame yourself.
— Katelyn S. Irons
Resist telling people how something should be done. Instead, tell them what needs to be done. They will often surprise you with creative solutions. — H. Jackson Brown Jr
The satisfaction? The joy? That comes from solving problems and making things. — Hank Green
Everyone is born creative; everyone is given a box of crayons in kidergarten. Then when you hit puberty they take te crayons away and replace them with dry, uninspiring books on agebra, history, ect. Being suddenly hit years later with the ‘creative bug’ is just a wee voice telling you, ‘I’d like my crayons back, please’. — Hugh MacLeod
Do you have a favourite creativity quote?
Mary Oliver is an American poet who has won the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize whose words always manage to touch me deep within and inspire me. You’ll find me quoting her poetry every now and then in my posts.
Today, I’m sharing just a few of her quotes.
Inspirational Mary Oliver Quotes
You can have the other words—chance, luck, coincidence, serendipity. I’ll take grace. I don’t know what it is exactly, but I’ll take it.
– Mary Oliver, “Sand Dabs, Five,” Winter Hours
I want to think again of dangerous and noble things. I want to be light and frolicsome. I want to be improbable and beautiful and afraid of nothing as though I had wings.
– Mary Oliver, Owls and Other Fantasies: Poems and Essays
The most regretful people on earth are those who felt the call to creative work, who felt their own creative power restive and uprising, and gave to it neither power nor time
– Mary Oliver, “Of Power and Time,” Blue Pastures
Instructions for living a life: Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it.
– Mary Oliver, “Sometimes,” Red Bird
Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?
– Mary Oliver, “The Summer Day,” New and Selected Poems
Keep some room in your heart for the unimaginable.
– Mary Oliver, “Evidence,” Evidence
It’s very important to write things down instantly, or you can lose the way you were thinking out a line. I have a rule that if I wake up at 3 in the morning and think of something, I write it down. I can’t wait until morning—it’ll be gone.
– Mary Oliver, “Maria Shriver Interviews the Famously Private Poet Mary Oliver,” O Magazine, Mar. 2011
To live in this world you must be able to do three things: to love what is mortal; to hold it against your bones knowing your own life depends on it; and, when the time comes to let it go, to let it go.
– Mary Oliver, “In Blackwater Woods,” American Primitive
Listen. Are you breathing just a little and calling it a life?
– Mary Oliver, “Have You Ever Tried to Enter the Long Black Branches?”, West Wind
What I want in my life is to be willing, to be dazzled, to cast aside the weight of facts, and maybe even float a little above this difficult world.
– Mary Oliver, House of Light
Did any of these quotes strike you? Do share.
If you’ve been doing the September Blogging Challenge – congratulations on reaching the last day. It required you to write 22 posts (on weekdays) and I’m so proud of you for working through it. Thank you for your support and patience as well.
I know many of you couldn’t continue due to various circumstances. That’s life. And the good news is that we get more chances. In October, you might like to try out Sarah Arrow’s 30 Day Challenge (which I undertook this month), or the 31 Day Challenge.