Inspiring Quotations

“More flesh, more worms. . . .  More Torah, more Life.”
Rabbi Hillel

“Seek a reality deeper than the changing forms.”
Meher Baba

“We are defined and controlled by all that we have not transcended.”
Heart Master Da Love Ananda

“There is no need to accept the standards of the world at large.”
Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson

“In the way of God, thoughts count very little.  Love does it all.”
Brother Lawrence

“God always provides what we need, but we must be ready to open our eyes and see it.”
The Midrash

“When the worst student hears about the Way, he laughs out loud.  If he did not laugh, it would be unworthy of being the Way.”
Lao Tzu

“Beyond the service of God nothing is of value.  That’s a deep truth.”
Yeshayahu Leibowitz

“The more you have, the more you are occupied, the less you give.  But the less you have, the more free you are.”
Mother Teresa

“For, each soul enters with a mission . . . we all have a mission to perform.”
Edgar Cayce

“If you bring forth what is within you, what you bring forth will save you.  If you do not bring forth what is within you, what you do not bring forth will destroy you.”

“Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.”
Albert Einstein

“Consciousness equals energy = love = awareness = light = wisdom = beauty = truth = purity. It’s all the same trip.”
Ram Dass

“Love makes labour light.  Love alone gives value to all things.”
St. Teresa of Avila

“He who never thinks of anything as ‘mine’ does not feel the lack of anything: he is never worried by a sense of loss.”

“Detachment is the beginning of mastery.“
Sri Aurobindo

“Absolute, unquestioning faith in God is the greatest method of instantaneous healing.  An unceasing effort to arouse that faith is man’s highest and most rewarding duty.“
Paramahansa Yogananda

“Through love all that is bitter will be sweet.“
Jalaluddin Rumi

“The great enemy of morality has always been indifference.”
Albert Schweitzer

“. . . courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point, which means at the point of highest reality.  A chastity or honesty or mercy which yields to danger will be chaste or honest or merciful only on conditions.”
C.S. Lewis

“Therefore, it is forbidden to say anything to anyone that might cause animosity between any two people.”
Chofetz Chaim

“Roam in the world as a lion of self-control; don’t let the frogs of sense weakness kick you around.”
Sri Yukteswar

“. . . every entity loses perfection as long as it is not fulfilling its purpose.”
Rabbi Moshe Chaim Luzzatto

“Study, therefore, to withdraw the love of your soul from all things that are visible, and turn it to things that are invisible.”
Thomas à Kempis

“Every breath drawn by an individual who truly serves God will elicit a responsive chord from the universe around him.”
Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch

“The spiritual life is not a special career, involving abstraction from the world of things.  It is a part of every man’s life; and until he has realised it he is not a complete human being.”
Evelyn Underhill

“Do work of all kinds with a mind that is void and to the voidness surrender all of the fruits.”
Buddhadasa Bhikkhu

“It is a presumption on the part of man when he demands in words an explanation of God.”
Pir-o-Murshid Inayat Khan

“Live in the present.  Do the things that need to be done. Do all the good you can each day.  The future will unfold.”
Peace Pilgrim

“I believe that the reason of life is for each of us simply to grow in love.”
Leo Tolstoy

“Love is the answer and you know that for sure.”
John Lennon

“If thou love each thing thou wilt perceive the mystery of God in all.”
Fyodor Dostoevski

“For human beings, love is the most important fruit of experience in the sense world.”
Rudolf Steiner

“God is love: that from which all loving springs.”
Charles Fillmore

“God is life; and in that life which is God there are no years. . . .  The human sense of life is not your real life.”
Joel S. Goldsmith

“Be still, and know that I am God.”
Psalms 46:10

“A person needs to have faith that everything that happens to him is really a great gift from God.”
Reb Noson of Breslov

“O Friends! Abandon not the everlasting beauty for a beauty that must die, and set not your affections on this mortal world of dust.”

“Love is by far the most important thing of all.”
Emmet Fox

“Where there is faith there is an awareness of holiness.”
Paul Tillich

“I would urge you to give priority to the search for God. Allow his spirit to permeate your being. . . .  If you do not have a deep and patient faith in God, you will be powerless to face the delays, disappointments, and vicissitudes that inevitably come.”
Martin Luther King, Jr.

“To pray is to take notice of the wonder, to regain a sense of the mystery that animates all beings, the divine margin in all attainments.”
Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel

“The most effective and most accessible way to acquire the maximum of constructive power is to love truly and wisely.”
Pitirim Sorokin

“Basic reality seems to be that the more you try to be like God by radiating unlimited love, the more you become flooded by waves of love from others and from God.”
Sir John Templeton

“Wholeness exists to the extent an individual is conscious of and receptive to his innermost self.  The more aware and accepting a person becomes of his inner images and motivations, the more he becomes healed.”
Marsha Sinetar

“A little philosophy inclineth man’s mind to atheism; but depth in philosophy bringeth men’s minds about to religion.”
Sir Francis Bacon

“Ignorance of ignorance, then, is that self-satisfied state of unawareness in which man, knowing nothing outside the limited area of his physical senses, bumptiously declares there is nothing more to know!”
Manly P. Hall

“The path to God is rarely a steady climb upward. We climb, we fall back, and we climb higher again.”
Rabbi Harold Kushner

“Every moment spent in negativity is paid for with something truly priceless.  That something is life.”
Ralph Marston

“A fanatic is someone who can’t change his mind and who won’t change the subject.”
Winston Churchill

“There is no room for God in him who is full of himself.”
Hasidic saying

“Science can prove nothing about God, because God lies outside its province.”
Huston Smith

“A man who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself.”
John Stuart Mill

“The theory of science which permits and encourages the exclusion of so much that is true and real and existent cannot be considered a comprehensive science.”
Abraham H. Maslow

“You are here to enable the divine purpose of the universe to unfold.  That is how important you are!”
Eckhart Tolle

“The pragmatist knows that doubt is an art which has to be acquired with difficulty.”
Charles S. Peirce

“If we want to find God, we have to look within, into the realm of deep mind—a realm that science has yet to explore.”
Peter Russell

“As religion is the true basis for morals, no individual and no state is safe whose philosophy is not grounded in religious truth.”
J.V. Collins

“There is a space of nothingness whose volume is not bound by time, the measure of thought.  This space the mind cannot enter; it can only observe.”

“Devote one short hour every day
To serve your Maker and your Lord,
Do worship, meditate or pray
Or sow some seeds of God abroad.”
Gopi Krishna

“Oh, Lord, nourish me not with love, but with the desire for love.”
Ibn ‘Arabî

“The battle against the dark one and the clinging to the right one is what my life is about.”
Johnny Cash

“Without self-knowledge, without understanding the working and functions of his machine, man cannot be free, he cannot govern himself and he will always remain a slave.”
Georges Gurdjieff

“The only thing a psychically-human being can do to improve society is to present society with one improved unit.”
Albert Jay Nock

“It is only after the deepest darkness that the greatest light can come; it is only after extreme grief that the greatest joy can come . . . .”
El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz

“God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him.”
I John 4:15-19

“We are all robots when uncritically involved with our technologies.”
Marshall McLuhan

“One Love!  One Heart!  Let’s get together and feel all right.”
Bob Marley

“The strangest and most fantastic fact about negative emotions is that people actually worship them.”
P.D. Ouspensky

“Dialogue does not happen when we are adversaries.”
Reb Zalman Schachter-Shalomi

“A man who doesn’t have critics is not great.”
Rabbi Ephraim Prombaum

“Love is a present that can be given every single day you live.”
A fortune cookie

“Scientific theory is a contrived foothold in the chaos of living phenomena.”
Wilhelm Reich

“There is a God-shaped hole in the life of every man . . . .”
Blaise Pascal

“Well, it may be the devil or it may be the Lord,
But you’re gonna have to serve somebody.”
Bob Dylan

“Why not make a habit of approaching life in the right spirit, joyously, expectantly, and with absolute faith that only the very best is for you?”
Eileen Caddy

“Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer too much, because they live in the gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.”
Theodore Roosevelt

“To prevent disease or to cure it, the power of Truth, of divine Spirit, must break down the dream of the material senses.”
Mary Baker Eddy

“. . . a person who ceases to believe in God does not believe in nothing; he believes in everything. People are rarely diabolic or bent enthusiastically on evil. As a rule, they are only weak; they cannot resist temptation and thus give way to their evil drives.”
Erik von Kuehnelt-Leddihn

“There is no ‘my self’ and ‘his self’. There is the Self, the only Self of all. Misled by the diversity of names and shapes, minds and bodies, you imagine multiple selves.”
Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

“One begins to suspect that the scientific mindset is really far behind the ancient multidimensional paradigms of mysticism and shamanism, where the full potential of the human mind is allowed to manifest.”
John Major Jenkins

“The only science that gives purpose to every other science is the science of religion — the science of our happy relationship with, and our providential dependence on God and our neighbor.”
Father Solanus Casey

“Hope is the essence that makes for courage and resilience.”
Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson

“Silence is a great source of strength.”
John Heider

“The cardinal error of science lies in shutting the Creator out of His Creation.”
Walter Russell

“We appear to have powerful healing systems in our bodies that give us the potential to overcome much pain and illness if we can learn to mobilize them.”
Blair Justice

“Now is the hour for us to rise from sleep.”
St. Benedict

“If you deny the existence of your fault or error, it will strengthen its hold over you. If you recognize it, your awareness will destroy it. He who rejects this will never know the entrance to the Temple.”
René A. Schwaller de Lubicz

“Whoever has the desire to pursue philosophy correctly should look to Nature’s Archetype in every matter, so that by taking up Ariadne’s thread in her intricate labyrinth he may keep himself safe and secure from wrong turns and deviant paths.”
Fr. Athanasius Kircher

“All appearances are eerily one’s own concepts, self-conceived in the mind, like reflections seen in a mirror.”

“‘Love and gratitude’ are the words that must serve as the guide for the world.”
Masaru Emoto

“. . . it is exactly our ability to serve God, together with our real service to Him in mitsvot, which is the meaning and purpose of our life as Jews.”
David R. Blumenthal

“Religion should not only comfort us when we are disturbed; it should also disturb us when we are comfortable.”
Rabbi Sidney Greenberg

“If you’re going to stand up for Jesus, your life will be a battle between light and darkness. And for everything that God will bring into your life that represents the light, the devil—he’s such a sly fox—will come at you with two times more attributes of evil.”
Billy Ray Cyrus

“My utmost for the highest.”
Oswald Chambers

“Within every man and woman is a force that directs and controls the entire course of life. Properly used, it can heal every affliction and ailment we may have.”
Israel Regardie

“Love springs from awareness.”
Anthony De Mello

“The best thing for being sad is to learn something.  That is the only thing that never fails.”

“Even the purest of teachers will face bitter criticism from those who feel threatened by him.”
Stephen Mitchell

“I believe that any man without principles that he is ready and willing to die for at any given moment is already dead and of no use or consequence whatsoever.”
William Cooper

“All things excellent are as difficult as they are rare.”
Baruch Spinoza

“It is a known fact that words that come from the heart enter the heart.”
Rabbi Moshe Leib of Sassov

“First recognize appearances as mind, then recognize mind as emptiness.”
H.E. Terton Namkha Drimed Rabjam Rinpoche

“All science is transcendental or else passes away.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

“We are moving toward a dictatorship of relativism which does not recognize anything as for certain and which has as its highest goal one’s own ego and one’s own desires.”
Pope Benedict XVI

“We emphasize the transcendent worth of the human person. We insist that the human person must never be treated as an object; he must always be considered the subject. That is the basis for our teaching, the absolute standard.”
Pope John Paul II

“Love is the greatest power and it is, if natural, the highest ‘invisible food’ from the infinite for soul and body.”
Professor Arnold Ehret

“To serve God is to reign.”
St. Antoninus

“People do not become leaders because they are great.  They become great because they are willing to serve as leaders.”
Rabbi Jonathan Sacks

“The purpose of Jewish existence is not to eat Jewish foods, or tell Jewish jokes, or use Yiddish words.  It is to fight evil and to reduce suffering in the world.  It is a source of deep pain to me to recognize how few people know this.”
Rabbi Joseph Telushkin

“The essential feature, and necessity of life is to know reality, which means knowing God.”
Malcolm Muggeridge

“It seems to me that one of the most basic human experiences, one that is genuinely universal and unites–or, more precisely, could unite—all of humanity, is the experience of transcendence in the broadest sense of the word.”
Vaclav Havel

“Every war in history was started by immature people being too close together.”
Red Green

“Under the jurisdiction of religion our deeper feelings are sacralized, so as to become raw material for the ethical life: the life well lived in judgement.  When faith declines, however, the sacred is unprotected from marauders. The heart can be captured and put on sale.”
Roger Scruton

“Modern society has not rid itself of religion, as it fondly believes; it has merely replaced the historical religions by a host of idolatrous cults struggling for possession of the soul of man.”
Will Herberg

“Happiness is a direction, not a place.”
Sydney J. Harris

“Historically, the claim of consensus has been the first refuge of scoundrels; it is a way to avoid debate by claiming that the matter is already settled.  Whenever you hear the consensus of scientists agrees on something or other, reach for your wallet, because you’re being had. . . .  The greatest scientists in history are great precisely because they broke with the consensus.”
Michael Crichton

“. . . the main principle by which human beings must guide the future course of their development is love.”
Ashley Montagu

“Do not what is evil.  Do what is good.  Keep your mind pure.  This is the teaching of Buddha.”
The Dhammapada

“As they say in my country, the only thing that separates us from the animals are mindless superstition and pointless ritual.”
Latka Gravas (Andy Kaufman)

“Love is the strongest force the world possesses and yet it is the humblest imaginable.  The more efficient a force is, the more silent and subtle it is.  Love is the subtlest force in the world.”
Mohandas Gandhi

“To cheat oneself out of love is the most terrible deception; it is an eternal loss for which there is no reparation, either in time or eternality.”
Søren Kierkegaard

“Pray about everything and worry about nothing. You will enjoy life much more.”
Joyce Meyer

“One of the enduring lessons of history is that whenever an empire becomes insular to ‘protect’ itself, intellectual decline and cultural intolerance are sure to follow.”
Irshad Manji

“Never, for the sake of peace and quiet, deny your own experience or convictions.”
Dag Hammarskjöld

“The aspiration toward freedom is the most essentially human of all human manifestations.”
Eric Hoffer

“Entities should not be multiplied unnecessarily.”
William of Ockham

“The laws of physics are special case limits of reality.”
Mark Comings

“We are loved by an unending love.”
Rabbi Rami Shapiro

“He who offers God a second place offers Him no place.”
John Ruskin

“Truth, simplicity, and love.”
Shri Hadiakhan Babaji

“There is nothing more religious than obeying a divinely grounded moral imperative.”
Rabbi Samuel E. Karff

“Day by day, tiny specks of us float away.”
Roger Housden

“To love God truly, one must first love man.  And if anyone tells you that he loves God and does not love his fellow-man, you will know that he is lying.”
Martin Buber

“Indifference to one’s own faith is no proof of tolerance.  Loyalty to one’s own is part of a larger loyalty to faith generally.”
Rabbi Abba Hillel Silver

“Liberty will not descend to a people; a people must raise themselves to Liberty.”
Emma Goldman

“The tragedy of old age is not that one is old, but one is still young.”
Gene Kiniski

“Silence is the maturation of wisdom.”
Moses Maimonides

“Path presupposes distance;
If He be near, no path needest thou at all.
Verily it maketh me smile
To hear of a fish in water athirst!”

“Matter should not be so prideful as to consider itself real being.”
Rabbi Menachem Nachum of Chernobyl

“In Judaism social action is religiousness, and religiousness implies social action.”
Rabbi Leo Baeck

“As long as one keeps searching, the answers come.”
Joan Baez

“Those who deny the change in consciousness that the divine process of creation now brings about—or actually imposes on us—and fail to develop their intuition accordingly will sooner or later find themselves at a dead end.”
Carl Johan Calleman

“It is impossible to maintain freedom and order and justice without religious and moral sanctions.”
Barry Goldwater

“Humanity is asleep, concerned only with what is useless, living in a wrong world.”
Sanai of Afghanistan

“I am alive to the degree that I still have work to do.”
Rabbi Chaim Stern

“Human life implies adventure, and there is no adventure without struggles and dangers.”
René Dubos

“Every time I close the door on reality, it comes in through the window.”
Ashleigh Brilliant

“Man’s pursuit of physical desires and earthly possessions is an indication of his lack of conviction that the purpose of his existence is the attainment of spirituality.”
Rabbi Abraham J. Twerski

“It is the curse of humanity that it learns to tolerate even the most horrible situations by habituation, that it forgets the most shameful happenings in the daily shame of events, and that it can hardly understand when individuals aim to destroy this infamy.”
Rudolf Virchow

“No one has the right to choose to do what is wrong.”
Abraham Lincoln

“For it is written that just as it is forbidden to partake of the forbidden, it is forbidden not to partake of the permitted.”
David Mamet

“Unselfish love for all people without exception is the most important point of convergence among all significant spiritualities and religions.”
Stephen G. Post

“Knowledge makes you arrogant, but education makes you humble.”
Hans Gerhard Creutzfeldt

“Complete understanding of the mighty deeds and wonders of the Lord are in the end vouchsafed only to one who realizes his inability to conceive and depict these wonders . . . .”
Ephraim E. Urbach

“The ultimate aim of religion is to ennoble man’s inner and outer life, so that he may love and do that which is right and good. T his is a biblical teaching which is emphatically repeated in almost every book of Sacred Scriptures.”
Rabbi Moses Mielziner

“Although Divine wisdom is beyond man’s capacity to comprehend, Divine love can never be placed in doubt.”
Rabbi Heshy Kleinman

“We make God too small when we declare that only people like us can know God.”
Tom Ehrich

“Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on Earth.”
Muhammad Ali

“When the Torah is with a person, action is near-at-hand. The evidence of our own eyes affirms that from the time this mode of conduct went out of vogue men of accomplishment were no longer to be found.”
Rabbi Judah Loew

“Responsibility without power is slavery. Power without responsibility is tyranny.”
C. Eric Lincoln

“Any attempt to speak without speaking any particular language is not more hopeless than the attempt to have a religion that shall be no religion in particular . . . .”
George Santayana

“The way to the organic, active peace of brotherhood leads through the hearts of peacemakers who will knit together, with patience and self-sacrifice, the shorn and tangled fibers of human aspirations, faith, and hopes, who will transcend the fears and dangers of an adventure of trust. The road to unity is the road of repentance.”
H. Richard Niebuhr

“Life is very difficult and we owe it to our fellow human beings to be as cheerful as we can.”
Ninian Smart

“. . . religion has its raison d’être within a shared form of life, and to stand outside that form of life and theorise about it is a very grey business indeed.”
James Thrower

“If one subjects everything to reason our religion will lose its mystery and its supernatural character.  If one offends the principles of reason our religion will be absurd and dangerous. . . .  These are two equally dangerous extremes, to shut reason out and to let nothing else in.”
Blaise Pascal

“Nothing is so conducive to good health as the regularity of life without haste and without worry which the rational practice of religion brings in its train.”
James J. Walsh

“Religion brings something which nothing else can bring; it is not a substitute for something else.”
Seward Hiltner

“I think there is a form of spiritual as well as clinical schizophrenia abroad in the land.  I find it when I see men who check their reason and all empirical evidence when they enter a church or synagogue, and I find it in men who forget everything they have learned about faith when they enter a laboratory or a physician’s office.  I think they are almost equally derelict in their approach to the human being.”
Rabbi Roland B. Gittelsohn

“. . . when hedonism and materialism fail to bring man satisfaction, other philosophies based on evil arise.  They are accepted because of man’s capacity to hate.”
William P. Wilson

“Love is the immortal flow of energy that nourishes, extends and preserves.  Its eternal goal is life.”
Smiley Blanton

“Simple faith in God lies at the very heart of our welfare, now and in the life to come.”
L. Nelson Bell

“. . . God is not there.  God is here.”
   Mellen-Thomas Benedict

“Compassion is the spontaneous wisdom of the heart.”
Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche

“The verdict of history seems to be that healing in all its branches (a) has always been, and (b) always will be, a process requiring the combination of scientific and religious factors.”
George Gordon Dawson

“It is not possible to define.  Nothing has ever been finally found out.  Because there is nothing final to find out.”
Charles Fort

“The essence of science seems to me to be the humility to know that we don’t know and the spirit of discovery to try and reduce that ignorance a little bit.”
Robert Magrisso

“If you think the world owes you a favor, drop dead—immediately and right away.”
Rangimarie Turuki Rose Pere

“Upon us lies the responsibility neither to neglect things because they are old nor to reject them because they are new.”
Percy Dearmer

“Nothing could be clearer than that much of the sense of frustration that characterizes our age, often bringing people to the verge of personality disaster, is a consequence of an interpretation of the universe that robs it of all final meaning.”
Charles T. Holman

“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs.  Ask yourself what makes you come alive and then go do that.  Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”
Howard Thurman

“The man who cannot wonder, who does not habitually wonder (and worship) . . . is but a pair of spectacles behind which there is no eye.”
Thomas Carlyle

“Love is the force that unifies the two fundamental qualities of life—energy and consciousness.”
John C. Pierrakos

“Love is the face and body of the Universe.”
Barbara Brennan

“There is no predestined fate for anyone on the Earth that cannot be changed for better or worse by his free will choices.”

“There is in man’s nature a secret inclination and motion towards love of others, which if it be not spent upon some one or a few, doth naturally spread itself towards many, and maketh men become humane and charitable . . . .”
Francis Bacon

“The more aware we become of God’s love for us, the more open we become to loving God.”
Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan

“There is no greater mercy than to remind and inspire people to study the fear of God.”
Rav Yisrael Salanter

“Peace is based on the realization of justice.  The solution involving compromise between the opposing parties often contains the seeds of a new conflict.  Only complete justice can guarantee peace.  A cult of love could never take the place of justice.  If God merely manifests His mercy, the world would perish, for nothing would stand in the way of the rule of crime—there must be justice.”
Rabbi Elie Munk

“With every word and expression that leaves your lips, have in mind to bring about a Unification.”
The Baal Shem Tov

“Where is the security for property, for reputation, for life, if the sense of religious obligation desert the oaths, which are the instruments of investigation in Courts of Justice?”
George Washington

“The aim of all morality is the sanctification of life, in other words, the perfect moralization of human society.”
Moritz Lazarus

“Our eagerness for worldly activity kills in us the sense of spiritual awe.”
Sri Ananda Mohan Lahiri

“Socialists cry, ‘Power to the people,’ and raise the clenched fist as they say it.  We all know what they really mean—power over people, power to the State.”
Lady Margaret Thatcher

“Such things have been revealed to me that now all I have written seems to me as so much straw.”
St. Thomas Aquinas

“As for me, all I know is that I know nothing.”

“All the troubles of the world, especially the spiritual, such as grief, impatience, disillusionment, despair, the truly basic troubles of man—they came about only because of the failure to view clearly the majesty of God.”
Rabbi Abraham Isaac Kook

“Ideas have consequences.”
Richard M. Weaver

“In daily life we must see that it is not happiness that makes us grateful, but gratefulness that makes us happy.”
Brother David Steindl-Rast

“Preconceived ideas can sometimes become barriers.”
Rocky Bleier

“Verily, I have often laughed at the weaklings who thought themselves good because they had no claws.”
Friedrich Nietzsche

“Every human being, no matter how different from us or downtrodden, bears the image of God and deserves our respect and compassion.  To make this ideal the bedrock of Jewish polity remains the supreme mission of Abraham’s descendants.”
Rabbi Ismar Schorsch

“Submission to suffering is a form of annihilation, but transformation of suffering rekindles a faith that gives life.”
Paulo Freire

“Justice is truth in action.”
Benjamin Disraeli

“Justice is inseparable from truth in human life.”
Seyyed Hossein Nasr

“The creative entrepreneurial mind has power which is far greater than the intrinsic power of money by itself.”
Charles L. Harper, Jr.

“If your personality is negative, it means that you do not have the confidence in God and in yourself that is your birthright.”
Norman W. Walker

“The course of history shows that as a government grows, liberty decreases.”
Thomas Jefferson

“A Constitution of Government once changed from Freedom, can never be restored.  Liberty, once lost, is lost forever.”
John Adams

“On the spiritual journey, we never have perfect maps, so we need an enduring set of questions that will allow us to discover the ground of being in that time and place.”
   Robert C. Atchley

“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.”
Anne Frank

“Today is the youngest we will ever be.  Live like it.”
Mark Cuban

“By having proper intention during prayer and always being mindful of God’s presence, one brings the Glory of God that filled the Tabernacle into the synagogue or wherever one prays.”
Avigdor Hurovitz

“The greater the person the more powerful their effort must be in their striving to remain humble before God.”
Rabbi Avraham Chaim of Zlotchov

“The cosmos is evolving toward greater self-reflection, allowing us to open the eye of Spirit and see our source.”
Alex Grey

“The most important thing in the world is family and love.”
John Wooden

“Let everyone se the virtues of others and not their faults.”
The Noam Elimelech

“The remedy for hatred without just cause is to strengthen the bonds of mutual affection to such an extent that someone else’s sorrow will cause more pain than one’s own.”
Rabbi Yechezkel of Kazmir

“Without the aid of the Ineffable Name, both the fist and the shovel are of no use.”
Avei Ezel

“Hashem deals with people in the manner in which they deal with their fellow human beings.”
Rabbi Avrohom Yaakov Pam

“People, being made of dust, are like earthenware vessels. Our worth lies not in the outer shell but in the human qualities within.”
Rabbi Menachem Mendel of Kotzk

“The Utopian schemes of leveling, and a community of goods, are as visionary and impracticable, as those which vest all property in the Crown, are arbitrary, despotic, and in our government unconstitutional.”
Samuel Adams

“If we put our trust in God, even if we find it difficult to do so, God will help us attain perfect faith in him.  We must first do our part by trusting God; once we have done that we will be deemed worthy of having God as our ‘trust.'”
   Shir Meon

“Every day people are straying away from the church and going back to God.”
Lenny Bruce

“We are not human beings having a spiritual experience; we are spiritual beings having a human experience.”
Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

“I believe that God has planted in every human heart the desire to live in freedom.  And even when that desire is crushed by tyranny for decades, it will rise again.”
George W. Bush

“In ancient times people would sin only if the spirit of folly possessed them.  Today people only do good if the spirit of wisdom happens to move them.”
Alter of Navaradok

“When we pause to think, we are compelled to admit the existence of consciousness as the primal and surest fact.  What we know of the great world around is known through our states of consciousness, and if we seem to be living a merely objective life, amidst external things, it is because we have become oblivious of the real nature of experience.”
Horatio W. Dresser

“Love, ‘the astrolabe of heavenly mysteries,’ inspires all religion worthy of the name, and brings with it, not reasoned belief, but the intense conviction arising from immediate intuition.  This inner light is its own evidence; he who sees it has real knowledge, and nothing can increase or diminish his certainty.”
Reynold A. Nicholson

“People who consider themselves faultless, as having no blemish, obviously have never carried a yoke–the yoke of the Kingdom of Heaven.  For if they had accepted it to any extent, they would know that they still have many faults.”
Chozeh of Lublin

“Faith is not limited to affirming the existence of God. No, faith tells us that God loves us and demands a loving response.  This response is given through love for human beings, and that is what we mean by a commitment to God and to our neighbor.”
Gustavo Gutiérrez

“I would be ashamed to fear anyone in the world other than God.”
Quoted by Rabbi Bachya ben Joseph ibn Paquda

“. . . the more exceptional and august one is, in order to remain humble, the more stringently one must take upon oneself the Torah’s yoke.”
   Yalkut David

“Very often we believe that if I am willing to hear you that I have given you some type of victory, and if I make space for your voice I am diminishing the significance of mine.  That’s why we shout so often in our personal and public discourse.  We don’t shout so that our voice will be heard, we shout in order to ‘protect’ ourselves from hearing.”
Rabbi Donniel Hartman

“If we will faithfully observe the Torah’s commandments we can hasten the redemption so that it may even come this very day.”
The Kesav Sofer

“True giving is worship.”
David Wills

“A person might be tempted to lock himself away in an ‘ark’ of personal spirituality.  The Torah, however, teaches a Jews that he must ‘go out of the ark . . .’ and take responsibility for the world around him.”
   Likutei Sichos

“What if we actually demonstrated God’s love for the world instead of just talking about it?”
Richard Stearns

“Differentiation is how ONE becomes many while remaining ONE.  Differentiation is not separation.”
Deepak Chopra

“Anything that is conceivable in the human mind is possible.”
Wally Hickel

“Happy are the righteous, who accept affliction with joy, and declare God to be just in every way that He acts.”
   Midrash Hagadol

“All Hashem wants is to bring humankind, and Klal Yisrael in particular, ever closer to Him so that they will rise to ever higher levels of spirituality and holiness.”
Rav Mattisyahu Salomon

“What is life?  It’s 20 percent what happens to you and 80 percent how you react to it.”
Nick Charles

“Religious conversion is not synonymous with spiritual transformation.”
Byron Johnson

“Where orthodoxy is optional, orthodoxy will sooner or later be proscribed.”
Richard John Neuhaus

“Anyone whose fear of sin takes priority over his wisdom, his wisdom will endure.  And anyone whose wisdom takes priority over his fear of sin, his wisdom will not endure.”
Rabbi Chanina ben Dosa

“I have learned to appreciate that the very things that seem worst are actually G-d’s way of meting out tremendous benevolence to us.”
Rabbi Daniel Yaakov Travis

“The test of our faith is not just what we say but also what we do. . . .  [D]eeds must match creeds.”
John E. Fellers

“[B]oth extremes are self-defeating:  truth withers when freedom dies, however righteous the authority that kills it; and free individualism uninformed by moral value rots at its core and soon surrenders to tyranny.”
Frank S. Meyer

“Liberty is not the power of doing what we like, but the right of being able to do what we ought.”
Lord Acton

“Praise God, I’m satisfied.”
Blind Willie Johnson

“There is no justice in love, no proportion in it, and there need not be, because in any specific instance it is only a glimpse or parable of an embracing, incomprehensible reality.  It makes no sense at all because it is the eternal breaking in on the temporal.”
Marilynne Robinson

“One who truly fears G-d will never fear anything or anyone else.”
Talelei Oros

“Unshakable faith is only that which can meet reason face to face in every human epoch.”
Allan Kardec

“We find God when love fills us
And we give from our hearts,
When, though tempted to do wrong,
We are moved to do right.”
Rabbi Elyse D. Frishman

“Good and bad are sometimes just a matter of perspective, and one with a positive attitude will see everything in life as an opportunity for spiritual growth.”
Rabbi Avrohom Adler

“Live your days inspired anew.”
Lydia Tillman

“Prayer, which stems from the soul, remains intimately connected with its upper source, and is at times the one uncorrupted source of purity in an otherwise tainted existence.”
Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffman

“Life and death are in the hands of the tongue.  This refers to not only lashon hara or the ‘stab in the back’ negative expressions that can harm, but even good, supportive and congratulatory words can save a life and help a person get on the right track.”
Rabbi Avrohom Adler (in the name of the Chazon Ish)

“The problem with people, it’s not that they aim too high and miss.  It’s that they aim too low and they hit.”
Art Briles

“In the ideal State laws are few and simple, because they have been derived from certainties.  In the corrupt State laws are many and confused, because they have been derived from uncertainties.”

“The manifestation of Truth is a mystery of Love, just as, conversely, the content of Love is a mystery of Truth.”
Frithjof Schuon

“Each and every being has an innate ability to heal as a gift from the gods.”
Usui Sensei

“If you look for the bad in mankind expecting to find it, you surely will.”
David Swift

“To remember wisdom, a person needs great humility, and for people that others admire, this is very difficult.”
Rabbi Yehoshua ben Chananya

“I beseech you to treasure up in your hearts these my parting words:  Be ashamed to die before you have won some victory for humanity.”
Horace Mann

“Most of us aren’t going to win any big victories, but we can win little ones every day, and they mount up.”
George Comstock

“You will never go wrong obeying God.”
Charles Stanley

“Judaism is absolutely incompatible with the abandonment of the Torah.”
Rabbi Solomon Schechter

“…while anybody can focus on finding faults, a true leader and innovator will concentrate on proposing constructive solutions.”
Rabbi Ozer Allport

“TRUTH > trend.”
Benjamin Watson

“It is well known that a vital ingredient of success is not knowing that what you’re attempting can’t be done.”
Terry Pratchett

“There are two Ways, one of Life and one of Death; but there is a great difference between the two Ways.”
The Didache

“Miracles do not happen in contradiction to nature, but only in contradiction to that which is known to us in nature.”
St. Augustine

“In the end, it is God or nothing.”
Cardinal Robert Sarah

“Truths do not change.”
Samuel Palmer Brooks

“Science is not threatened by God.  It is enhanced.  God is most certainly not threatened by science.  He made it all possible.”
Francis Collins

“Love is the only way to grasp another human being in the innermost core of his personality.”
Viktor E. Frankl

“The purpose of all problems is that they should serve as a means for a person to become closer to the Almighty.”
Rabbi Yeruchom Levovitz

“Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence.”
Calvin Coolidge

“Every mitzvah is a victory over the forces that try to prevent you from fulfilling it.”
Rabbi Zelig Pliskin

“There is no sadness in the world for someone who recognizes the light of the lights of truth.”
Chazon Ish

“Ease is a greater threat to growth than hardship.”
Jason Taylor

“Those who see through the mask of nature are privileged to see Hashem’s active involvement in their lives on a daily basis.”
Rabbi David Ashear

“Human beings may become manifestations of Torah, and therefore, of God.”
Rabbi Larry Tabick

“Man is born free; and everywhere he is in chains.”
Jean-Jacques Rousseau

“Vain thoughts should be burnt with the fire of the exalted Torah.”
Hayyim Yosef David Azulai

“This is a great principle of the Torah and of the service of God: that within everything in the universe there is a hint of wisdom, so that enlightened people can awaken their hearts within them to the service of their Creator . . . .”
Ze’ev Wolf of Zhitomir

“If you’re pretty, you’re pretty; but the only way to be beautiful is to be loving. Otherwise, it’s just ‘congratulations about your face.'”
John Mayer

“The true crisis in our world is not social, political, or economic; our crisis is the crisis of consciousness: an inability to directly experience our true nature, an inability to recognize this nature in everyone and in all things.”
Daniel Schmidt

“Your attitude determines your altitude.”
Denny Fitch

“Pain only heals in the presence of God’s light.”
Jimmy Evans

“And there is light if you choose to see it.”
Silvia Flores

“To me, God is love and God loves everybody and takes you as you are.”
Brian Welch

“. . . the principal quality of a judge is not his intellect but his personal virtue.”
Rabbi Bachya ben Asher

“When we maintain our allegiance to Hashem, His Torah, and mitzvos, we bury all of those enemies who have attempted to destroy our beliefs throughout the ages.”
Rabbi A.L. Scheinbaum

“A long life is not good enough, but a good life is long enough.”
Rabbi Theodore Jungreis

“The way you interact with people is the way G-d will interact with you.”
Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis

“One who does not recognize his strengths cannot possibly achieve his potential.”
Rabbi Moshe Don Kestenbaum

“When we give to others, we go beyond the narrow borders of our own existence. We become broader, more sensitive, people with expanded horizons.”
Rabbi Yissocher Frand

“…you cannot get spiritually higher without taking steps to become more emotionally adept and ethically refined.”
Alan Morinis

“To teach is to know how to unlock not only the mind, but the heart, feeling and interest of every student, as well. There is no master key.”
Rabbi Eliyahu Safran

“You don’t help anybody by showing your trophies but you help everybody by showing your scars.”
Mark Lowry

“Nothing that we do is ever secular, if we but know how to make our tasks divine.”
CCAR, Union Home Prayer Book

“Great men attained their spiritual heights by constantly working on faith. What was ‘faith’ for them one day became a rational conclusion the next.”
Rabbi E.E. Dessler

“Idolatry is seeing the hand of Hashem in front of your very eyes, and still worrying about what tomorrow will bring.”
Rabbi Eliezer Parkoff

“Blessed people bless people and hurt people hurt people.”
Amy Grant

“The more dependent on God you become, the more independent you in fact are.”
Shawn C. Jones

“Don’t stop when you’re tired. Stop when you’re done.”
David Goggins

“The cobwebs of desire thicken until they fill a person’s heart, leaving no room for truth.”
Harav Yechiel Yitzchok Perr

“Whoever keeps the mitzvah of fearing G-d keeps everything. And whoever is not G-d fearing does not observe any of the mitzvos of the Torah.”
Rav Chaim of Volozhin

Bitachon is our only essential possession.”
Rabbi David Sutton

“It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare, it is because we do not dare that things are difficult.”

“The dark allows you to know what is light.”

“Avoid the path that seems easy, since it leads to a bad and bitter end. Go instead on the one that seems hard, since it leads to a good end.”
The Alsich