Personally, I find powerful quotes incredibly healing. Here’s a compilation of some of my favs…have a scroll through and see if any resonate with ya!
“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.”
“However long the night, the dawn will break.”
“Meditation is the discovery that the point of life is always arrived at in the immediate moment.”
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”
-Martin Luther King Jr.
“Hope is important, because it can make the present moment less difficult to bear. If we believe that tomorrow will be better, we can bear a hardship today.”
-Thich Nhat Hanh
“”Let us not look back in anger, nor forward in fear, but around in awareness.”
“Those who are free of resentful thoughts surely find peace.”
“Compassion is a verb.”
-Thich Nhat Hanh
“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.”
“”Vitality shows not only in the ability to persist, but in the ability to start over.”
“Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.”
“The best way out is always through.”
“One truth is clear. Whatever is, is right.”
“When you begin to see that your enemy is suffering, that is the beginning of insight.”
-Thich Nhat Hanh
“Compassion and tolerance are not a sign of weakness, but a sign of strength.”
“Thanks to impermanence, everything is possible.”
-Thich Nhat Hanh
“Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak. Courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.”
“You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.”
“It is better to travel well than to arrive.”
When another person makes you suffer, it is because he suffers deeply within himself, and his suffering is spilling over. He does not need punishment; he needs help. That’s the message he is sending.”
-Thich Nhat Hanh
“Even the most negative aspects of human existence such as suffering, guilt, and death can still be turned into something positive, provided that they are faced with the right attitude.”
“Compassion is the basis of all morality”
“The greatest mistake you can make in life is continually fearing you will make one.”
“What is to give light must first endure burning.”
“Self-compassion entails seeing one’s own experience in light of the common human experience, acknoledging that suffering, failure, and inadequacies are part of the human condition, and that all people–oneself included–are worthy of compassion.”
“At the root of all the harm we cause is ignorance. Through meditation, that’s what we begin to undo. If we see that we have no mindfulness, that we rarely refrain, that we have little well-being, that is not confusion, that’s the beginning of clarity. As the moments of our lives go by, our ability to be deaf, dumb, and blind just doesn’t work so well anymore. Rather than making us more uptight, interestingly enough, this process liberates us. This is the liberation that naturally arises when we are completely here, without anxiety about imperfection.”
“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”
“Just for a moment, let yourself be here. Let yourself STOP becoming more, better, or different. You are not a walking mistake. You are not a problem to be solved.”
“Holding onto anger is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die.”
“The so-called ‘psychotically depressed’ person who tries to kill herself doesn’t do so out of quote ‘hopelessness’ or any abstract conviction that life’s assets and debits do not square. And surely not because death seems suddenly appealing. The person in whom Its invisible agony reaches a certain unendurable level will kill herself the same way a trapped person will eventually jump from the window of a burning high-rise. Make no mistake about people who leap from burning windows. Their terror of falling from a great height is still just as great as it would be for you or me standing speculatively at the same window just checking out the view; i.e. the fear of falling remains a constant. The variable here is the other terror, the fire’s flames: when the flames get close enough, falling to death becomes the slightly less terrible of two terrors. It’s not desiring the fall; it’s terror of the flames. And yet nobody down on the sidewalk, looking up and yelling ‘Don’t!’ and ‘Hang on!’, can understand the jump. Not really. You’d have to have personally been trapped and felt flames to really understand a terror way beyond falling.”
-David Foster Wallace
“Nirvana is where you are, provided you don’t object to it.”
One common theme – compassion. Magic.
Without criticising in any way, one of your quotes has a spelling mistake.
“When another person makes you suffer, it is because he suffers deeply within himself, and his suffering i spilling over. He does not need punishment; he needs help. That’s the message he is sending.”
-Thich Nhat Hanh”
I imagine it should read, ‘suffering is spilling over.’ Is not i
Cheers from Downunder.
Thanks, Bill! I’ll edit that right now :).
Wonderful assortment of quotes.
Without criticising in any way, one of your quotes has a spelling mistake. Should be that, not theat.
“Even the most negative aspects of human existence such as suffering, guilt, and death can still be turned into something positive, provided theat they are faced with the right attitude.”
Thanks, Bill! Just fixed it 🙂
Huge kudos to you, Megan, for including the David Foster Wallace quote. I wasn’t familiar with that passage (though I do know his story), and am glad to have read it. It holds such a vitally important yet woefully under-disseminated message. I really respect your including it on your page, and especially here among other, more ‘upbeat’ (so to speak) messages. Thank you.
I’m really glad it resonated for you, Quimby. So many of my clients describe a very similar experience, and my hope is that sharing it will be both validating for some and educational for others. There’s so much misinformation and stigma around suicidal depression out there… if there’s any way I can help counter that (i.e. inserting a powerful, perhaps less comfortable quote like this one between more “upbeat” ones, like you mentioned), I will! Thanks so much for stopping by <3.
Hey! I really like your blog. I found it after searching for some information on meditation, and then found myself clicking away. Thanks for all of the inspiration 🙂
You’re so welcome, Katie! I’m thrilled you like it :). Xx
i’ve been around the net searching for comfort. Yes, I’m that desperate.
I can’t afford a shrink. Your wisdom resonates the most. I’m lucky to have found
your site. For a hopeless soul like myself, you are a blessing.
Thank you so much for your words, Oji <3. I'm so glad the ideas resonate for you :).
It’s difficult to find experienced people in this particular topic, however, you sound like you know
what you’re talking about! Thanks
Im reading these quotes in the right moment of life. THANK YOU.