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I love poignant quotes, how a few well-chosen words can so fully yet succinctly convey exactly what needs to be said or heard. Here are some of my favorites; I’ll add more as I come across them.

I hope you find some that speak to you, too.

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate, but that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God; playing small doesn’t serve the world. There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone and as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give others the permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” ~Marianne Williamson 
 
“My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.” ~Dalai Lama 
 
“Kindness comes in many forms but always from the heart.” ~Unknown
 
“Be careful what you water your dreams with. Water them with worry and fear and you will produce weeds that choke the life from your dream. Water them with optimism and solutions and you will cultivate success. Always be on the lookout for ways to turn a problem into an opportunity for success. Always be on the lookout for ways to nurture your dream.” ~Lao Tzu
 
“Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.” ~Marcus Aurelius
 
“Though you may travel the world to find the beautiful, you must have it within you or you will find it not.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
 
“The best way to predict the future is to create it.” ~Steven Lisberger
 
“The hard must become habit. The habit must become easy. The easy must become beautiful.” ~Doug Henning
 
“The day is ending. It’s time for something that was beautiful to turn into something else that is beautiful.” ~Elizabeth Gilbert
 
“Peace doesn’t mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble, or hard work. It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart.” ~Unknown
 
“The mind is everything. What you think, you become.” ~Siddhartha Gautama 
 
“Don’t think about presence, as the mind cannot understand it. Understanding presence is BEING present.” ~Unknown
 
“O body swayed to music, O brightening glance, How can we know the dancer from the dance?” ~William Butler Yeats
 
In The Golden Ass the Roman writer Apuleius later gives us his understanding of Isis in the second century. The following paragraph is particularly significant: You see me here, Lucius, in answer to your prayer. I am nature, the universal Mother, mistress of all the elements, primordial child of time, sovereign of all things spiritual, queen of the dead, queen of the ocean, queen also of the immortals, the single manifestation of all gods and goddesses that are, my nod governs the shining heights of Heavens, the wholesome sea breezes. Though I am worshiped in many aspects, known by countless names…some know me as Juno, some as Bellona…the Egyptians who excel in ancient learning and worship call me by my true name…Queen Isis.”
 
Paraphrase of Albert Einstein, “We can’t solve our problems using the same mind that created them.”
 
“Be bold and mighty forces will come.”  ~Marvin Cain
 
“Finding someone worth waking up to is better than finding someone to sleep with.” ~Unknown, Pinterest
 
“The Empowered Woman, she moves through the world with a sense of confidence and grace. Her once reckless spirit now tempered by wisdom. Quietly, yet firmly, she speaks her truth without doubt or hesitation and the life she leads is of her own creation. She now understands what it means to live and let live. How much to ask for herself and how much to give. She has a strong, yet generous heart and the inner beauty she emanates truly sets her apart. Like the mythical Phoenix, she has risen from the ashes and soared to a new plane of existence, unfettered by the things that once posed such resistance. Her senses now heightened, she sees everything so clearly. She sees the wind rustling through the trees; beckoning her to live the dreams she holds so dearly. She feels the softness of her hands and muses at the strength that they possess. Her needs and desires she has learned to express. She has tasted the bitter and savored the sweet fruits of life, overcome adversity and pushed past heartache and strife. And the one thing she never understood, she now knows to be true, it all begins and ends with ‘you’.” ~Sonny Carroll
 
“I let you live your way and I let myself live my way. I accept equally that we can meet in unforced agreements or simply go in different directions. I free myself of being forced into roles required by others. I will the truth of my own heart.” ~Unknown
 
“Worrying doesn’t empty tomorrow of its troubles…it empties today of its strength.” ~Corrie Ten Boom
 
“We practice so that we can be guided from within.” ~Mitra Somerville
 
‎”Perhaps being awake is paying attention to the ongoing moment of life that we so
often take for granted.” ~Mark Nepo
 
“Sorry I’m not sorry.” ~Anyone Ever Living Their Truth
 
“Everything that irritates us about others can lead us into a deeper understanding of ourselves.” ~Carl Jung
 
“Coincidences are not accidents but signals from the universe which can guide us
toward our true destiny.” ~Deepak Chopra
 
“I love it when a plan comes together.” ~John “Hannibal” Smith
 
“The Lord comes to us disguised as ourselves.” ~Franciscan Richard Rohr
 
“Sometimes it’s necessary to reteach a thing it’s loveliness.” ~Galway Kinnell
 
“You are the sky. Everything else is just weather.” ~Pema Chodron
 
“How many things have to happen to you before something occurs to you?” ~Robert Frost
 
“Close both eyes to see with the other eye.” ~Rumi
 
“Breathe in the spirit that delights you.” ~Father Greg Boyle
 
“Earth’s crammed with heaven, and every common bush afire with God.” ~Elizabeth Barrett Browning
 
“We begin to change the world by first changing how we look at the world.” ~Buddhist saying
 
“Allow our hearts to be broken by the very thing that breaks the heart of God.” ~Father Greg Boyle
 
“We’ve just forgotten that we belong to each other.” ~Mother Teresa 
 
“What you seek is seeking you.” ~Rumi