Quotes about life to inspire you.

Knowledge is learning something every day.
Wisdom is letting go of something every day.
~ Zen Proverb ~

And then the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.
~Anais Nin

The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.
~Pablo Picasso

“As I walked out the door toward the gate that would lead to my freedom, I knew if I didn’t leave my bitterness and hatred behind, I’d still be in prison”
~ Nelson Mandela

Maybe you are searching among the branches, for what only appears in the roots.
~ Rumi

The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking.
It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.
~ Albert Einstein

“Compassion is not a relationship between the healer and the wounded. It’s a relationship between equals. Only when we know our own darkness well can we be present with the darkness of others. Compassion becomes real when we recognize our shared humanity.
~ Pema Chödrön

“One must still have chaos in oneself to be able to give birth to a dancing star.”
~ Friedrich Nietzsche

I wish I could show you,
When you are lonely or in darkness,
The Astonishing Light
Of your own Being.”

“It is by going down into the abyss that we recover the treasures of life. Where you stumble, there lies your treasure.”
~Joseph Campbell

Those who flow with life know they need no other force.
~Lao Tsu

“You are a wave on the face of the ocean.
When the wave is gone, is the water gone?
Has anything happened?
Nothing has happened.
It is a play, a game, a dance.”
– Joseph Campbell

Peace of mind is not the absence of conflict from life, but the ability to cope with it.
~ Unknown

If you’re not failing every now and again, it’s a sign you’re not doing anything very innovative.
– Woody Allen

We either make ourselves miserable or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same.
~Carlos Castaneda

“When you get free from certain fixed concepts of the way the world is, you find it is far more subtle, and far more miraculous, than you thought it was.”
~Alan Watts~

Do you ever wonder if the person in the puddle is real, and you’re just a reflection of him?
~ Bill Watterson

“Suffering is not enough. Life is both dreadful and wonderful…How can I smile when I am filled with so much sorrow? It is natural–you need to smile to your sorrow because you are more than your sorrow.”
~ Thích Nhat Hanh

I came to realize clearly that mind is no other than mountains and rivers and the great wide earth, the sun and the moon and the stars.
~ Dogen

Yesterday is history.
Tomorrow is a mystery.
But today is a gift.
That is why it is called the present.

~ Master Oogway

Nationalism is an infantile disease. It is the measles of mankind.
~ Einstein

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…
~ John Lennon

It is surprising how many persons go through life without ever realizing that their feelings toward other people are largely determined by their feelings toward themselves, and if you are not comfortable with yourself, you can’t be comfortable with others.
~ Sidney J. Harris