20 Inspirational Quotes About Learning

20 Inspirational Quotes About Learning

20 Inspirational Quotes About Learning

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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

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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

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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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Inspiring Quotes About Love

Inspiring Quotes About Love

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.”
—John Lennon

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“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

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“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.”
—Ann Landers

“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.

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“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.”
—Maya Angelou

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Talk Yourself Into Wellness

Talk Yourself Into Wellness

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

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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

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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

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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!

 

Thich Nhat Hanh Quotes | Celebrating 90 Years Of Wisdom

Thich Nhat Hanh Quotes | Celebrating 90 Years Of Wisdom

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

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“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.”

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“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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The Blessing Of Trees  #FridayReflections #FTSF #1000Speak

The Blessing Of Trees #FridayReflections #FTSF #1000Speak

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

“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 poems the earth writes upon the sky. – Kahlil Gibran

 

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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

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

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.
~Leonora Speyer

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?

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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.

 

25 Inspirational Quotes On Creativity

25 Inspirational Quotes On Creativity

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.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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?