I must say that some of the most inspiring moments in my life have been because of quotes that I had read that hit the right chord... below are some quotes that have inspired me to do much with myself and my life:
""The religion of no religion."
-A Definition of Zen
""To See a World in a Grain of Sand
And a Heaven in a Flower,
Hold Infinity in the Palm of Your Hand
And Eternity in an Hour."
- William Blake
"To most people, the saying "to use someone" carries a negative connotation. To 'mis', 'over' or 'ab' use someone is negative. To use is necessary, and if you can't be used than you're useless"
"Get off your mountain top with Buddha, and come down to earth and make something happen, big or small. Enlightenment is nice, it makes things less harsh, but life is for living
not talking about living"
The Five Levels of Truth Telling
Start telling the truth now, and never stop.
1. Begin by telling the truth to yourself about yourself.
2. Then tell the truth to yourself about another.
3. Then tell the truth about yourself to another.
4. Then tell the truth about another to that other.
5. Finally, tell the truth to everyone about everything.
“The dream of Jesus Christ is the Kingdom of God, and the committed disciple buys into his dream.
It ought to be noted that the Kingdom is not an abstraction. It is a concrete, visible, and formidable reality forged by the personal commitment of many members. A commitment that does not issue in humble service, suffering discipleship, and creative love is an illusion. The world has no interest in abstractions, and Jesus Christ is impatient with illusions: ‘Everyone who listens to these words of mine and does not act on them will be like a stupid man who built his house on sand.’”
Peace, brother, Skip.
"If in our daily life we can smile,
if we can be peaceful and happy,
not only we, but everyone will profit from it.
This is the most basic kind of peace work."
-Thich Nhat Hanh
"At the center of nonviolence stands the principal of love. The nonviolent resister would contend that in the struggle for human dignity, the oppressed people of the world must not succumb to the temptation of becoming bitter or indulging in hate campaigns. To retaliate in kind would do nothing but intensify the existence of hate in the universe. Along the way of life, someone must have sense enough and morality enough to cut off the chain of hate. This can only be done by projecting the ethic of love to the center of our lives."
-Martin Luther King
"Never forget the power of an acorn, the elders remind us, when you view the oak tree. Plant the seed of vision within yourself, and tend it well. Dream and scheme and sing and dance and laugh into form that seed of living at one with all life. May that Dream blossom and bear fruit for the good of the whole creation."
- Judith L. Boice
"Can the peace movement talk in loving speech, showing the way for peace? I think that will depend on whether the people in the peace movement can be peace. Because without being peace, we cannot do anything for peace. If we cannot smile, we cannot help other people to smile. If we are not peaceful, we cannot contribute to the peace movement."
“The quintessential revolution is that of the spirit, born of an intellectual conviction of the need for change in those mental attitudes and values which shape the course of a nation’s development. A revolution which aims merely at changing official policies and institutions with a view to an improvement in material conditions has little chance of genuine success.”
“Without a revolution of the spirit, the forces which produced the iniquities of the old order would continue to be operative, posing a constant threat to the process of reform and regeneration. It is not enough merely to call for freedom, democracy and human rights.”
“There has to be a united determination to persevere in the struggle, to make sacrifices in the name of enduring truths, to resist the corrupting influences of desire, ill will, ignorance and fear.”
“Among the basic freedoms to which men aspire that their lives might be full and uncramped, freedom from fear stands out as both a means and an end. A people who would build a nation in which strong, democratic institutions are firmly established as a guarantee against state-induced power must first learn to liberate their own minds from apathy and fear.”
"For millenia women have dedicated themselves almost exclusively to the task of nurturing, protecting and caring for the young and the old, striving for the conditions of peace that favour life as a whole. To this can be added the fact that, to the best of my knowledge, no war was ever started by women. But it is women and children who have always suffered most in situations of conflict. Now that we are gaining control of the primary historical role imposed on us of sustaining life in the context of the home and family, it is time to apply in the arena of the world the wisdom and experience thus gained in activities of peace over so many thousands or years. The education and empowerment of women throughout the world cannot fail to result in a more caring, tolerant, just and peaceful life for all."
Aung San Suu Kyi
Source: Opening Keynote Address read on video to the NGO Forum on Women, Beijing Intl Women's Conference '95, 31 August 1995
1883-1931, Lebanese-born Poet, Philosopher, and Artist
"A friend who is far away is sometimes much nearer than one who is at hand. Is not the mountain far more awe-inspiring and more clearly visible to one passing through the valley than to those who inhabit the mountain?"
"Why should there be hunger and deprivation in any land, in any city, at any table, when man has the resources and the scientific know-how to provide all mankind with the basic necessities of life?" ~Martin Luther King, Jr.