101 Spiritual Quotes

And could you keep your heart in wonder at the daily miracles of your life, your pain would not seem less wondrous than your joy.

Kahlil Gibran

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What is now proved was once only imagined.

William Blake

Images create desire. You will want what you imagine.

J.G. Glallinore

Your imagination is your preview of life's coming attractions.

Albert Einstein

You must be the change you wish to see in the world.

Mahatna Ghandhi

Fear always springs from ignorance.


It's motive alone that gives character to the actions of men.

Jean de la Bruyere

Your work is to discover your work and then with all you heart to give yourself to it.


It is your work in life that is the ultimate seduction.

Pablo Picasso

We know what we are, not what we may become.


Human affairs are like a chess game. Only those who do not take it seriously can be called good players.

Hung Tzu-ch eng

He who acteth, placing all actions in the Eternal, abandoning attachment, is unaffected by sin as a lotus leaf by the water.

The Bhagavad Gita

No individual can ultimately fail. The Divinity which descends into humanity is bound to re-gain its original state.

N. Sri Ram

Following the course of least resistance makes for crooked rivers and crooked men.

Lanny Henninger

Destiny is no matter of chance. It is a matter of choice. It is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.

William Jennings Bryan

When does gold ore become gold? When it is put through a process of fire. So the human being during the training becomes as pure as gold through suffering. It is the burning away of the dross. Suffering has a great redeeming quality. As a drop of water failing on the desert sand is sucked up immediately, so we must become nothing and nowhere ... we must disappear.

Bhai Sahib

People only see what they are prepared to see.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Our business is to stand strongly for principles, but never to attack persons, about whose lives we can know but little.

George Arundale

Let the one great aim and ideal be to lift up and universalize our affection, so that while it is as deep and intimate as though it has but one object, yet it is ready to be centered on any person, to flow to any point of need.

N. Sri Ram

Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding.

Kahlil Gibran

People keep repeating that the main things are love and compassion. Certainly love and compassion are the main things, but it takes knowledge to make love and compassion fruitful. ... It takes just a second to say 'love'. But to acquire knowledge for the well-being and blessing of humanity requires an eternity.

Madame Blavatsky

Great things are possible only to strong souls and it's from the trivial events of daily life that strength is won.

L.W. Rogers

The most damaging phrase in the language is: It's always been done that way.

Grace Murray Hopper

Wanting to reform the world without discovering one's true self is like trying to cover the world with leather to avoid the pain of walking on stones and thorns. It is much simpler to wear shoes.

Ramana Maharshi

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

Albert Einstein

We can never obtain peace in the world if we neglect the inner world and don't make peace with ourselves. World peace must develop out of inner peace. Without inner peace it is impossible to achieve world peace, external peace. Weapons themselves do not act. They have not come out of the blue. Man has made them. But even given those weapons, those terrible weapons, they cannot act by themselves. As long as they are left alone in storage they cannot do any harm. A human being must use them. Someone must push the button. Satan, the evil powers, cannot push that button. Human beings must do it.

The Dalai Lama

Say not, I have found the truth, but rather, I have found a truth.

Kahlil Gibran

You're going to die a horrible death, remember. It's all good training, and you'll enjoy it more if you keep the facts in mind. Take your dying with some seriousness, however. Laughing on the way to your execution it not generally understood by less advanced lifeforms, and they'll call you crazy.

Richard Bach

Do not work self into a state of over-anxiety at the changes that will be found, or attempt to use up the strength and vitality ... Forget not the sources of thine inspiration ...

Edgar Cayce

Sattvic knowledge sees the one indestructible Being in all beings, the unity underlying the multiplicity of creation. Rajaistic knowledge sees all things and creatures as separate and distinct. Tamasic knowledge, lacking any sense of perspective, sees one small part and mistakes it for the whole.

Bhagavad Gita

Say not, I have found the path of the soul Say rather, I have met the soul walking upon my path.

Kahlil Gibran

Achievement seems to be connected with action. Successful men and women keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don't quit.

Conrad Hilton

It is human to think wisely and act in an absurd fashion.

Anatole France

Asking good questions is half of learning.


Hypocritical, proud, and arrogant, living in delusion and clinging to deluded ideas, insatiable in their desires, they pursue their unclean ends. Although burdened with fears that end only with death, they still maintain with complete assurance, Gratification of lust is the highest that life can offer.

Bhagavad Gita

The bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other's life.

Richard Bach

What Is Meditation? It is not musing, not daydreaming; but as ye find you bodies made up of the physical, mental and spiritual, it is the attuning of the mental body and the physical body to its spiritual source.

Edgar Cayce

When you are offended at any man's fault, turn to yourself and study your own failings. Then you will forget your anger.


The possible truths, hazily perceived in the world of abstraction, like those inferred from observation and experiment in the world of matter, are forced upon the profane multitudes, too busy to think for themselves, under the form of Divine revelation and scientific authority. But the same question stands open from the days of Socrates and Pilate down to our own age of wholesale negation: is there such a thing as absolute truth in the hands of any one party or man? Reason answers, "there cannot be." There is no room for absolute truth upon any subject whatsoever, in a world as finite and conditioned as man is himself. But there are relative truths, and we have to make the best we can of them.

H.P. Blavatsky, Lucifer

Ideal Love, stepped down to the level of the practical, day-to-day life, must mean the service of each to all within his or her sphere, a delicate consideration of others, a control that gives rise to peace, and cessation from every thought of cruelty and lust.

N. Sri Ram

Every person, all the events of your life, are there because you have drawn them there. What you choose to do with them is up to you.

Richard Bach

Understand that the right to choose your own path is a sacred privilege. Use it. Dwell in possiblity.

Oprah Winfrey

Let your courage mount with difficulties. There would be no will if there were no resistance.

N. Sri Ram

What keeps us playing our parts and going round and round the three lower worlds is not a Divine dictate, but ourselves, our own will-to-live, which comes from within ourselves.

N. Sri Ram

Soul development should take precedence over all things.

Edgar Cayce

Do not disparage men who appear small, for there are those, seemingly insignificant, who are like the linchpin of a mighty chariot.


If men had been forbidden to make porridge of camel's dung, they would have done it, saying that they would not have been forbidden to do it unless there had been some good in it.


Wisdom is not a question of learning facts with the mind; it can only be acquired through perfection of living.

N. Sri Ram

Not out of right practice comes right thinking, but out of right thinking comes right practice. It matters enormously what you think. If you think falsely, you will act mistakenly; if you think basely, your conduct will suit your thinking.

Annie Besant

All wisdom can be stated in two lines: What is done for you - allow it to be done. What you must do yourself - make sure you do it.


Those who can serve best, those who help most, those who sacrifice most, those are the people who will be loved in life and honoured in death, when all questions of colour are swept away and when in a free country free citizens shall meet on equal grounds.

Annie Besant

You have the right to work, but never to the fruit of work. You should never engage in action for the sake of reward, nor should you long for inaction. Perform work in this world, Arjuna, as a man established within himself-without selfish attachments, and alike in success and defeat. For yoga is perfect evenness of mind.

Bhagavad Gita

If the human mind were simple enough to understand, we'd be too simple to understand it.

Pat Bahn

The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.

Joseph Campbell

Man improves himself as he follows his path; if he stands still, waiting to improve before he makes a decision, he'll never move.

Paulo Coelho

Never forget that life can only be nobly inspired and rightly lived if you take it bravely and gallantly, as a splendid adventure in which you are setting out into an unknown country, to meet many a joy, to find many a comrade, to win and lose many a battle.

Annie Besant

The greatest wealth is a poverty of desires.


True understanding is possible only when we are fully conscious of our thought, not as an operative observer on this thought, but completely and without the intervention of a choice.

Jiddu Krishnamurti

Each must discover his own way in life, and that way lies in his heart. Let him delve deeply into the depths of his being; his true centre is not far from there.

N. Sri Ram

There may be different channels of approach, yes. For not all peoples walked in the field when the wheat was ripe. Neither did all stand at the tomb when Lazarus was called forth. Neither were they all present when He walked on the water, nor when He fed the five thousand, nor when He hung on the Cross. Yet each experience answered, and does answer to something within each individual soul-entity. For each soul is a corpuscle in the body of God.

Edgar Cayce

A seeker went to ask a sage for guidance on the Sufi way. The sage counseled, if you have never trodden the path of love, go away and fall in love; then come back and see us.


The best ideas are common property.


Turn your face to the sun and the shadows fall behind you.

Maori proverb

Nothing gives one person so much advantage over another as to remain always cool and unruffled under all circumstances.

Thomas Jefferson

There is no such thing as a problem without a gift for you in its hands. You seek problems because you need their gifts.

Richard Bach

There's an important difference between giving up and letting go.

Jessica Hatchigan

The Mystery Schools of antiquity ... gave out deep esoteric knowledge, but at the cost of enormous labor. However, there existed among those teachers certain irresponsible ones who were rash enough to support their endeavors with drugs and poisons in order to give the illusion to their disciples of hastening their flight to the heights. But it is only an illusory push into the superconscious that drugs give; in actuality the mind is brought into a state of trance. By means of his mental powers, from previously received fragmented stimuli, the disciple pieces together completely new pictures which impress him as supercelestial and entirely new. Then people talk of wonderful scenes, preternaturally beautiful colors and fantastic forms. Here lies a great mistake. Impulsion into spiritual realms can never occur artificially by means of drugs. It can be effected only through selfless spiritual labor, by meditation and prayer.

Lilo Linne

Being Kind Not in some great deed of heroism; not in some great speech or act that may be pointed to with pride-but rather in the little kindnesses from day to day...

Edgar Cayce

If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough.

Meister Eckhart

The earth doesn't belong to anyone. It is the land upon which all of us are to live for many years, ploughing, reaping and destroying. You are always a guest on this earth and have the austerity of a guest. Austerity is far deeper than owning only a few things. The very word austerity has been spoilt by the monks, by the sannyasis, by the hermits. Sitting on that high hill alone in the solitude of many things, many rocks and little animals and ants, that word has no meaning.

Jiddu Krishnamurti

Only that which cannot be lost in a shipwreck is yours.


Strength is the capacity to break a chocolate bar into four pieces with your bare hands--and then just eat one of the pieces.

Judith Viorst

If the creator had a purpose in equipping us with a neck, he surely meant us to stick it out.

Arthur Koestler

In order to live free and happily, you must sacrifice boredom. It is not always an easy sacrifice.

Richard Bach

Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat.

F. Scott Fitzgerald

Life is both pleasure and pain, is it not? But why should we cling to pleasure and avoid pain? Why not merely live with both? If you cling to pleasure what happens? You get attached, do you not?

Jiddu Krishnamurti

Each soul in entering the material experience does so for those purposes of advancement towards that awareness of being fully conscious of the oneness with the Creative Forces.

Edgar Cayce

The love of one's country is a splendid thing. But why should love stop at the border?

Pablo Casals

Begin at once to live, and count each separate day as a separate life.


I searched for God and found only myself. I searched for myself and found only God.

Sufi Proverb

If words come out of the heart, they will enter the heart, but if they come from the tongue, they will not pass beyond the ears.


It is one of the commonest of mistakes to consider that the limit of our power of perception is also the limit of all there is to perceive.

C.W. Leadbeater

If you scatter thorns, don't go barefoot.

Italian Proverb

The will is a product of integrity, not a child of contradictions.

N. Sri Ram

We have yet to discover the true incentive, the inner Will which will have an over-mastering effect upon our lives, and yet be present in every circumstance and incident.

N. Sri Ram

A ruffled mind makes a restless pillow.

Charlotte Bronte

You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.

Kahlil Gibran

Just as a stone, a tree, a straw, grain, a mat, a cloth, a pot, and so on, when burned, are reduced to earth (from which they came), so the body and its sense organs, on being burned in the fire of Knowledge, become Knowledge and are absorbed in Brahman, like darkness in the light of the sun.


Wisdom is not a matter of study, but a matter of living, and of sure action which rises above opposites.

N. Sri Ram

What man really seeks is not perfection which is in the future, but fulfillment which is ever in the present.

N. Sri Ram

There are those who give and know not pain in giving, nor do they seek joy, nor give with mindfulness of virtue; They give as in yonder valley the myrtle breathes its fragrance into space.

Kahlil Gibran

Common sense is unfortunately not very common.


He is the wise man who has by perfect living gained the instinct of rightness by which he guides himself, whether in thought or action, who has found that centre of balance which is always over his point of contact with circumstances. He is the man whom Nature pours the riches of all her instincts.

N. Sri Ram

For to be idle is to become a stranger unto the seasons, and to step out of life's procession, that marches in majesty and proud submission towards the infinite.

Kahlil Gibran

Don't be dismayed at good-byes. A farewell is necessary before you can meet again. And meeting again, after moments or lifetimes, is certain for those who are friends.

Richard Bach

If a friend is in trouble, don't annoy him by asking if there is anything you can do. Think up something appropriate and do it.

Edgar Watson Howe

And when you work with love you bind yourself to yourself, and to one another, and to God.

Kahlil Gibran

Not a shred of evidence exists in favor of the idea that life is serious.

Brendan Gill

If you cannot work with love but only with distaste, it is better that you should leave your work and sit at the gate of the temple and take alms of those who work with joy.

Kahlil Gibran

What we call "willing" is often but an inflation of ourselves, attended by a hardening.

N. Sri Ram

Whatever you have in your mind - forget it; Whatever you have in your hand - give it; Whatever is to be your fate - face it!

Abu Sa'id

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