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Inspirational Quotes

I don't feel like writing a poem,
Instead, I will light the incense-burning vessel
Filled with myrrh, jasmine, and frankincense,
And the poem will grow in my heart
Like the flowers in my garden.
student of Hafis (15th century A.D.)
Look in the perfume of flowers
and of nature for peace of mind
and joy of life.
Wang Wei
Life is about striking a balance - between action and stillness, giving and taken. Often we find ourselves caught in a wheel of constant activity. Musing over the words in these pages will put the world in perspective and reconnect with the living spirit around you. Fine your own serenity with The Gift of Inner Peace.
From the books: "Gift of Inner Peace" - Sophie Bevan
To meditate is to listen
with a receptive heart.
Buddha (c.563 - c.483 BC)
Live purely. Be quiet.
Do your work with mastery.
Like the moon, come out
from behind the clouds!
Buddha (c.563 - c.483 BC)
If I keep a green bough in my heart, the singing bird will come.
Chinese Proverb
This is love: to fly toward
A secret sky,
to cause a hundred veils to fall
each moment.
First to let go of life.
In the end, to take a step without feet.
Jalal Al-Din Rumi (1207-1273), Divan of Shems of Tabriz
The universe is moved by a power which cycles endlessly from day to day. Such greatness endures for all time. As in heaven, so on earth.
The I Ching
You can out-distance that which is running after you, but not what is running inside you.
Rwandan Proverb
He who knows other men is learned;
He who knows himself is enlightened.
Lao Tzu (604-531 BC), The Way of Life
If a man wishes to be sure of the road he treads on, he must close his eyes and walk in the dark.
Saint John of the Cross (1542 - 1591), The Dark Night of the Soul
Tranquillity! Thou better name
Than of the family of fame.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772- 1834), Ode to Tranquillity
Behold, it comes in might,
The power that is not power,
The light that is in darkness,
The Shade in dazzling light.

It is not joy nor sorrow,
But that which is between,
It is not might nor morrow,
But that which joins them in.
Swami Vivekananda (1863-1902), Peace
This above all: to thine own self be true,
And it must follow, as the night the day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), Hamlet
Trust the dreams, for in them is hidden the gate to eternity.
Khalil Gibran (1883-1931), The Prophet
Split the atom's heart, and lo!
Within it thou wilt find a sun.
Persian mystic poem
When there is no enemy within, the enemies outside cannot hurt you.
African Proverb
Returning to the source is serenity.
Lao Tzu
At the touch of love, everyone becomes a poet.
It's the rose's unfolding...that creates the desire to see- In every color and circumstance, may the eyes be open for what comes.
Compassionate toward yourself, you reconcile all beings in the world.
Lao Tzu
To see a World in a Grain of Sand
And a Heaven in a Wild Flower,
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand
And Eternity in an hour.
May the sun bring you new energy by day, May the moon softly restore you by night, May the rain wash away your worries, May the breeze blow new strength into your being, May you walk gently through the world and know its beauty all the days of your life.
Apache blessing
They were careful as someone crossing an iced-over stream. Alert as a warrior in enemy territory. Courteous as a guest. Fluid as melting ice. Shapeable as a block of wood. Receptive as a valley. Clear as a glass of water. Do you have the patience to wait till your mud settles and the water is clear? Can you remain unmoving till the right action arises by itself? The Master doesn't seek fulfillment. Not seeking, not expecting, she is present, and can welcome all things.
Lao Tzu, trans. by Stephen Mitchell
I am part of all that I have met.
Sing in me, Muse, and through me tell the story
The fragrance always remains in the hand that gives the rose.
Heda Bejar
What's in a name? That which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet.
William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616), "Romeo and Juliet", Act 2 scene 2
The optimist sees the rose and not its thorns; the pessimist stares at the thorns, oblivious of the rose.
Kahlil Gibran (1883 - 1931)

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