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The Best Inspirational Quotes




“It is better to live your own destiny imperfectly than to live an imitation of somebody else’s life with perfection.” —The Bhagavad Gita

“Before you act, listen.
Before you react, think.
Before you spend, earn.
Before you criticize, wait.
Before you pray, forgive.
Before you quit, try.”
William Arthur Ward

“Keep your face always toward the sunshine – and shadows will fall behind you.” —Walt Whitman

“We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.” —Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Empty your mind, be formless. Shapeless, like water. If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle and it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Now, water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.” —Bruce Lee

“If you have young children, give them help, guidance, and protection to the best of your ability., but even more important, give them space — space to be.” —Eckhart Tolle

“The comfort of the rich is dependent on an abundance of the poor.”
Voltaire

“In the attitude of silence the soul finds the path in a clearer light, and what is elusive and deceptive resolves itself into crystal clearness. Our life is a long and arduous quest after Truth.”
—–Mahatma Gandhi

“When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.”
Jimi Hendrix

“No one cares how much you know, until they know how much you care”
Theodore Roosevelt

“One of the things I learned the hard way was that it doesn’t pay to get discouraged. Keeping busy and making optimism a way of life can restore your faith in yourself.” —Lucille Ball

“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.”
Plato

Blessed are they who see beautiful things in humble places where other people see nothing.
Camile Pissarro

My religion consists of a humble admiration of the illimitable superior spirit who reveals himself in the slight details we are able to perceive with our frail and feeble mind.
Albert Einstein

An outside enemy exists only if there is anger inside.
Lama Zopa Rinpoche

A weed is a plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

The best place to seek God is in the garden… you can dig for Him there.
George Bernard Shaw

In the practice of tolerance, one’s enemy is the best teacher.
His Holiness The Dalai Lama

A loving heart is the truest wisdom.
Charles Dickens

My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Do not fear mistakes. There are none.
Miles Davis

Every artist was first an amateur.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind.
Mahatma Gandhi

The secret of life is enjoying the passage of time.
James Taylor

Imagination is more important than knowledge.
Albert Einstein

In a world without fences and walls, who needs Gates and Windows?
Unknown Geek

Never let the fear of striking out get in your way.
Babe Ruth

For me there is only traveling on paths that have heart, on any path that may have heart. There I travel, and the only worthwhile challenge is to traverse its full length. And there I travel looking, looking, breathlessly.
Don Juan

Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
Jesus Christ of Nazareth

The way is not in the sky. The way is in the heart.
Gautama Buddha

Jazz is there and gone. It happens. You have to be present for it. That simple.
Keith Jarrett

I cannot say what I think is right about music. I only know the rightness of it…
Keith Jarrett

Men have died for this music. You can’t get more serious than that.
Dizzy Gillespie

It’s taken me all my life to learn what not to play.
Dizzy Gillespie

Women and rhythm-section first!
Jaco Pastorius

I don’t care if a dude is purple with green breath as long as he can swing.
Miles Davis

Master your instrument, Master the music, and then forget all that *!xy!@ and just play.
Charlie Parker

Music is your own experience, your thoughts, your wisdom. If you don’t live it, it won’t come out of your horn. They teach you there’s a boundary line to music. But, man, there’s no boundary line to art.
Charlie Parker

I kept thinking there’s bound to be something else?. I could hear it sometimes, but I couldn’t play it.
Charlie Parker

Love yourself first and the rest of your life will fall into place.
Lucille Ball

Before we can find peace among nations, we must find peace inside that small nation which is our own being.
BKS Iyengar

If I make a fool of myself, who cares? I’m not frightened by anyone’s perception of me.
Angelina Jolie

We must be the change we wish to see in the world.
Mahatma Gandhi

Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Where there’s no mutual respect, there’s trouble!
Dizzy Gillespie

With realization of one’s own potential and self-confidence in one’s ability, one can build a better world.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama

I find hope in the darkest of days, and focus in the brightest. I do not judge the universe.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama

The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated.
Mahatma Gandhi

The most beautiful things in the world are not seen nor touched. They are felt with the heart.
Helen Keller

The ache for home lives in all of us, the safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned.
Maya Angelou

There is a very fine line between loving life and being greedy for it.
Maya Angelou

Just as compassion is the wish that all sentient beings be free of suffering, loving-kindness is the wish that all may enjoy happiness.
His Holiness The Dalai Lama

All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think we become.
Gautama Buddha

The trouble with the rat race is that even if you win, you are still a rat.
Lily Tomlin

Those who are not looking for happiness are the most likely to find it, because those who are searching forget that the surest way to be happy is to seek happiness for others.
Martin Luther King

If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician. I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music. I get most joy in life out of music.
Albert Einstein

If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.
His Holiness The Dalai Lama

Being understood is not the most essential thing in life.
Jodie Foster

Most people are about as happy as they make up their mind to be.
Abraham Lincoln

We cannot direct the wind, but we can adjust our sails.
Unknown

Old friends pass away, new friends appear. It is just like the days. An old day passes, a new day arrives. The important thing is to make it meaningful: a meaningful friend – or a meaningful day.
The Dalai Lama

The real act of discovery is not in finding new lands, but in seeing with new eyes.
Marcel Proust

Silence is the potential from which music can arise.
Keith Jarrett

Our task must be to widen our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.
Albert Einstein

The dictionary is the only place that ‘success’ comes before ‘work’.
Vince Lombardi

Let us accept all the different paths as different rivers running toward the same ocean.
Swami Satchidananda

Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.
Albert Einstein

Under no circumstances should you lose hope.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama

If there is any religion that could cope with modern scientific needs it would be Buddhism.
Albert Einstein

The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.
Lao Tzu

The only thing permanent is change.
Immanuel Kant

Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.
Dr. Seuss

An ounce of practice is worth tons of preaching.
Mahatma Gandhi

Power based on love is a thousand times more effective and permanent than the 1 derived from fear of punishment.
Mahatma Gandhi

To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

The basic difference between an ordinary man and a warrior is that a warrior takes everything as a challenge, while an ordinary man takes everything as a blessing or as a curse.
Don Juan

Nothing will benefit human health and increase the chances for survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet.
Albert Einstein




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