Thoughtful Quotes


Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan, July 1888.

(Courtesy of the New England Historic Genealogical Society) 

Every day, I come across quotes that stop me in my tracks and cause me to see something new, or think differently. Some even seem to “magically” appear during the times I most need to hear those exact words and sentiments. 

I just love quotes!  

Here, I’ll share those words that are good for the heart, soul and mind, adding to the list often and hoping that the word-magic rubs off on you, too.  


1)  “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is 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 is not just in some of us; it is in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

Marianne Williamson


2)  “Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.”

New Testament, Hebrews 13:2


3)  “Believe nothing, O monks, merely because you have been told it … or because is it traditional, or because you yourselves have imagined it. Do not believe what your teacher tells you merely out of respect for the teacher. But, whatsoever, after due examination and analysis, you find to be conducive to the good, the benefit, the welfare of all beings–that doctrine believe and cling to, and take it as your guide.”  


The Dhammapada


4)  “Believe, that you may understand.”

Medieval Latin saying


5)  “If you would be a real seeker after truth, it is necessary that at least once in your life you doubt, as far as possible, all things.”

Rene’ Descartes


6)  “I am certain of nothing but of the holiness of the heart’s affections, and the truth of the Imagination.”

John Keats


7)  “Hope is the thing with feathers — That perches in the soul — And sings the tune without the words — And never stops — at all —

Emily Dickinson

Poem no. 254


8)  “Many a time I have wanted to stop talking and find out what I really believed.”

Walter Lippman


9)  “A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.”



10)  “Sow an act, and you reap a habit. Sow a habit, and you reap a character. Sow a character, and you reap a destiny.”

Charles Reade


11)  “Ill health is also a blessing. The flesh and the ego are weakened and contemplation of God becomes easier.”



12)  “Your breath upon the wind shall surely lodge within some breast. Ask not whose breast it is. See only that the breath itself be pure.”

Mikhail Naimy


13)  “What evidence is there that the five senses, taken together, do cover the whole of possible existence? They cover simply our actual experience, our human knowledge of facts and events. There are gaps between the fingers; there are gaps between the senses. In these gaps is the darkness which hides the conection between things … This darkness is the source of our vague fears and anxieties, but also the home of our gods. They alone see the connections, the total relevance of everything that happens; that which now comes to us in bits and pieces, the “accidents” which exist only in our heads, in our limited perceptions.”

Idris Parry


14)  “A great man is one who has not lost the child’s heart.”



15)  “Learn to recognize the false dawn from the true; distinguish the color of the wine from the color of the cup. Then it may be that patience and time may produce, out of the spectrum-viewing sight, true vision, and you will behold colors other than these mortal hues, you will see pearls instead of stones. Pearls, did I say? Nay more, you will become a sea, you will become a sun traveling the sky.

Jalal Al-Din Rumi  


16)  “I have spread my dreams under your feet; Tread softly, because you tread on my dreams.”

William Butler Yeats


17)  “Never place a period where God has placed a comma.”

Gracie Allen


18)  “Be kind to one another.”

Jim Henson


19)  “We are always the same age inside.”

Gertrude Stein


20)  “We do not inherit the land from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.”

Native American Proverb

4 Responses

  1. Hi Em,

    I love quotes, too!

    And I absolutely love the photo you have of Helen Keller and Annie Sullivan. Read tons of books on both of them and, “The Miracle Worker” is one of my favorite films. So inspiring!

  2. Hi, Gypsy! : )

    That photo is said to be the only one showing Helen Keller with a doll. It was just recently discovered in a family’s photo collection, and the story is pretty interesting! Check it out:

    I love The Miracle Worker, too. It was just on TCM, with Anne Bancroft and Patty Duke. Absolutely amazing performances, by both actresses.

    Thanks for commenting and visiting! : )


  3. Those we love don’t go away,
    they walk beside us every day,
    unseen,unheard but always near,
    still loved, still missed and very dear.

  4. if u want to live a better life, learn how to be satisfied in yourself . u have got all those thingh what u are looking for . have a nice life .

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