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100 inspirational quotes to celebrate 100 blog posts

100 quotes - to inspire, challenge, encourage, remind, enlighten, reassure, soothe, and delight.

In celebration of 100 blog posts on Always Well Within!

Many thanks to my wonderful readers and subscribers. It's such a privilege and a joy to write for you.  I am also deeply grateful to all those who have supported, encouraged, and taught me along the way since the inception of Always Well Within. The connections I've made in the blogosphere have greatly enriched my life, more than you will ever know.

Please enjoy this feast of wisdom!

  • "People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." - Maya Angelou
  • "If you have much, give of your wealth; if you have little, give of your heart." -Arabian Proverb
  • "Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom" - Aristotle
  • "Action is the antidote to despair." - Joan Baez
  • "You don't get to choose how you're going to die. Or when. You can decide how you're going to live now." - Joan Baez
  • "People see God every day, they just don't recognize him." - Pearl Bailey
  • "I tore myself away from the safe comfort of certainties through my love for the truth; and truth rewarded me." - Simone de Beauvoir
  • “We are what we think, and all that we are rises with our thoughts.  With our thoughts we make the world. Speak and act with a pure mind and happiness will follow.” - Buddha
  • The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty. - Winston Churchill
  • "To put the world right in order, we must first put the nation in order; to put the nation in order, we must first put the family in order; to put the family in order, we must first cultivate our personal life; we must first set our hearts right." - Confucius
  • “The way we see the problem is the problem.” - Stephen Covey
  • "If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion." -Dalai Lama
  • Noticing a single shortcoming in ourselves is far more useful than seeing a thousand in someone else. When it is our own: we can correct it. - Dalai Lama
  • “We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.” -Teilhard de Chardin
  • "Patience serves as a protection against wrongs as clothes do against cold.  For it you put on more clothes as the cold increases, it will have no power to hurt you.  So in like manner you must grow in patience when you meet with great wrongs, and they will be powerless to vex your mind." - Leondardo Da Vinci
  • "Adventure is worthwhile." - Amelia Earhart
  • "Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds." -Albert Einstein
  • "In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity." -Albert Einstein
  • "A human being is part of a whole called by us the universe." - Albert Einstein
  • "There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle." - Albert Einstein
  • "If there is any religion would cope with modern scientific needs, it would be Buddhism." - Albert Einstein
  • "The one thing in the world of value is the active soul." - Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • "With the past, I have nothing to do; nor with the future. I live now." - Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • "For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind." - Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • "Men are disturbed not by the things that happen, but by their opinion of the things that happen. - Epictetus
  • "Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy."  - Anne Frank
  • “How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” - Anne Frank
  • "The best way out is always through." - Robert Frost
  • "There is more to life than increasing its speed." - Mahatma Ghandi
  • "They cannot take away our self-respect if we do not give it to them.” - Mahatma Gandhi
  • “My life is my message.” - Mahatma Gandhi
  • A Western journalist asked, “Mr. Gandhi, you have been working fifteen hours a day for fifty years. Don’t you think you should take a vacation?” Gandhi smiled and replied, “I am always on vacation.” - Mahatma Gandhi
  • As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world - that is the myth of the atomic age - as in being able to remake ourselves." - Mahatma Gandhi
  • “Anxiety is nothing but repeatedly re-experiencing failure in advance. What a waste.” - Seth Godin
  • "As the amount of inputs go up, as the number of people and ideas that clamor for attention continue to increase, we do what people always do: we rely on the familiar, the trusted and the personal. The incredible surplus of digital data means that human actions, generosity and sacrifice are more important than they ever were before." - Seth Godin
  • "Every individual matters. Every individual has a role to play. Every individual makes a difference." - Jane Goodall
  • "The body is a sacred garment." - Martha Graham
  • “Loving ourselves creates miracles in our lives.” - Louise Hay
  • "Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does." - William James
  • "The fullness of Joy is to behold God in everything." - Julian of Norwich

Inspiring view

  • "It's a terrible thing to see and have no vision." - Helen Keller
  • "You will succeed if you persevere; and you will find joy in overcoming obstacles. - Helen Keller
  • "Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much." - Helen Keller
  • "We could never learn to be brave and patient if there were only joy in the world." - Helen Keller
  • “We do not write in order to be understood; we write in order to understand.” - C.S. Lewis
  • “People who think they are crazy enough to change the world, are the ones who do.” - Jack Kerouac
  • What is needed, rather than running away or controlling or suppressing or any other resistance, is understanding fear; that means watch it, learn about it, come directly into contact with it. We are to learn about fear, not how to escape from it.” - J. Krishnamurti
  • "I'm fulfilled in what I do... I never thought that a lot of money or fine clothes -- the finer things of life -- would make you happy. My concept of happiness is to be filled in a spiritual sense." - Coretta Scott King
  • "Hate is too great a burden to bear. It injures the hater more than it injures the hated." - Coretta Scott King
  • "Not everybody can be famous. But everybody can be great, because greatness is determined by service." - Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • "You have very little morally persuasive power with people who can feel your underlying contempt." - Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • "An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity." - Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • "What we see depends mainly on what we look for." - John Lubbock
  • "A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination" - Nelson Mandela
  • "Never doubt the power of a small group of committed people to change the world for, indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." - Margaret Meade
  • "One of the effects of living with electric information is that we live habitually in a state of information overload.  There's always more than you can cope with."Marshall McLuhan
  • "I've been absolutely terrified every moment of my life - and I've never let it keep me from doing a single thing I wanted to do." - Georgia O'Keeffe
  • "Nobody sees a flower really; it is so small. We haven't time, and to see takes time - like to have a friend takes time." - Georgia O'Keeffe
  • "When you take a flower in your hand and really look at it, it's your world for the moment. I want to give that world to someone else. Most people in the city rush around so, they have no time to look at a flower. I want them to see it whether they want to or not." - Georgia O'Keeffe

Uplifting rainbow

  • "You get whatever accomplishment you are willing to declare." - Georgia O'Keeffe
  • "I have learned over the years that when one's mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear." - Rosa Parks
  • “Figure who you are; then do it on purpose.” - Dolly Parton
  • "Just because you don't take an interest in politics, does not mean politics does not take an interest in you" - Pericles
  • The worst prison would be a closed heart. - Pope John Paul II
  • "You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation." - Plato
  • "Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle." - Plato
  • "Once you choose hope, anything's possible." - Christopher Reeve
  • “Men are not prisoners of fate, but only prisoners of their own minds.” - Franklin D.Roosevelt
  • "No one can make you feel inferior without your consent." - Eleanor Roosevelt
  • "Nine-tenths of wisdom is being wise in time." - Theodore Roosevelt
  • "The gift of learning to meditate is the greatest gift you can give yourself in this lifetime." - Sogyal Rinpoche
  • “Tertön Sogyal, the Tibetan Mystic, said that he was not really impressed by someone who could turn the floor into the ceiling or fire into water.  A real miracle, he said, was if someone could liberate just one negative emotion.” - Sogyal Rinpoche
  • "Simply let experience take place very freely, so that your open heart is suffused with the tenderness of true compassion."  - Tsoknyi Rinpoche III
  • "Faith is to believe what you do not yet see; the reward for this faith is to see what you believe." - Saint Augustine
  • Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with yourself.  Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfections but instantly set about remedying them - every day begin the task anew." - St. Francis de Sales
  • "Nothing is so strong as gentleness, nothing so gentle as real strength." - St. Frances de Sales
  • "What saves a man is to take a step. Then another step. It is always the same step, but you have to take it." - Antoine de Saint-Exupry
  • “Other people see things and say: why?  But I dream things that never were and say: why not?”  George Bernard Shaw
  • "Everybody gets so much information all daylong that they lose their common sense." - Gertrude Stein
  • "May my soul bloom in love for all existence." - Rudolf Steiner

  • “If you mind is empty, it is always ready for anything; it is open to everything.  In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, in the expert’s mind there are few.” - Shunryu Suzuki Roishi
  • "Love is the fruit in season at all times and within reach of every hand." - Mother Teresa
  • "If you can't feed a hundred people, then feed just one." - Mother Teresa
  • "Peace begins with a smile." - Mother Teresa
  • "Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person." - Mother Teresa
  • "Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier." - Mother Teresa
  • "Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing." - Mother Teresa
  • "Smile, breathe, go slowly." - Thich Nhat Hanh
  • "Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself." - Leo Tolstoy
  • "My piece of bread only belongs to me when I know that everyone else has a share, and that no one starves while I eat." - Leo Tolstoy
  • "The trouble with the rat race is that even if you win, you're still a rat." - Lily Tomlin
  • "Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured." - Mark Twain
  • "Whoever is happy will make others happy, too." - Mark Twain
  • "Never argue with a fool, onlookers may not be able to tell the difference." - Mark Twain
  • "Love does not cause suffering, what causes it is the sense of ownership, which is love's opposite."  - A. de Saint-Exupery
  • “Most of my life has been one tragedy after another, most of which hasn’t happened.” - Voltaire
  • "Everything's in the mind. That's where it all starts. Knowing what you want is the first step toward getting it." - Mae West
  • “We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars…” - Oscar Wilde
  • As a woman, I have no country.  As a woman, I want no country.  As a woman, my country is the world." - Virginia Woolf

I hope these quotes will bring you joy, positivity, and inspiration each and every day.  Which one is your favorite?

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