Inspiring thoughts – for good & bad times!

I’m a quote collector – I need lists of quotes to go back to when I feel down, uninspired or need to change my mind – and I thought I’d share a few of them. Please add your own favourites in the comments!

Enjoy! 🙂

Keep walking, though there’s no place to get to. Don’t try to see through the distances. That’s not for human beings. Move within, but don’t move the way fear makes you move. (Rumi)

Life is a blank canvas, and you need to throw all the paint on it you can. (Danny Kaye)

The mind is everything. What you think, you’ll become. (The Buddha)

Do your practice, the rest is coming. (Patthabi Jois)

You don’t have a soul. You are a soul. You have a body. (C.S. Lewis)

Yoga teaches us to cure what need not be endured and endure what cannot be cured. (B.K.S. Iyengar)

Teach what is in you, not as it applies to you, to yourself, but as it applies to the other. (T. Krishnamacharya)

Before you’ve practised, the theory is useless. After you’ve practised, the theory is obvious. (Unknown)

Crave for a thing, you will get it. Renounce the craving and the object will follow you by itself. (Swami Sivananda)

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away. (Maya Angelou)

The difference between yoga and bodybuilders is that bodybuilders have a body of a bull and the heart of gazelle – and yogis the heart of a bull and the body of a gazelle. (Sri Kartakeya)

You must be the change that you wish to see in the world. (Mahatma Gandhi)

How people treat you is their karma; how you react is yours. (Wayne Dyer)

The pose begins when you want to leave it. (Unknown)

You don’t have to be great to start. But you have to start to be great. (Unknown)

If you think adventure is dangerous, try routine. It is lethal. (Paulo Coelho)

Humans prepare for the future all their lives, yet meet the next life totally unprepared. (Drakpa Gyaltsen)

Only those who are prepared to go too far, can possibly learn how far they can go. (T S Eliot)

Happiness is not having what you want, but wanting what you have. (Swami Chidananda)

When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bonds:
Your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction, and you find yourself in a new, great, and wonderful world. Dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive, and you discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be. (Patanjali)

Undisturbed calmness of mind is attained by cultivating friendliness toward the happy, compassion for the unhappy, delight in the virtuous, and indifference toward the wicked. (Yoga Sutras)

In the lamp of the heart; put the oil of dispassion, insert the wick of devotion, and kindle the light of knowledge, by constant meditation; The darkness of ignorance will be dispelled and you will be fully illumined. (Swami Sivananda)


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9 replies »

  1. Great post!

    My recent favorite (as my desktop background):
    “Yoga does not just change the way we see things, it transforms the person who sees” -Hopefully not falsely attributed to B.K.S. Iyengar


  2. Interesting, I am a collector of falsely attributed quotations. Such as the line “The mind is everything. What you think, you’ll become,” which you falsely attribute to the Buddha. I think it is important, at minimum, to check to see if the person we are attributing words to, actually said or wrote them.


  3. I too am a collector of quotes – I have them everywhere, lying about, pinned up and littering my desk. If you pick up a piece of paper in my house, chances are there are words of wisdom written within. I use them to guide me and keep me immersed in the language of inspiration and encouragement, they are my support system. Thank you for sharing your list – some familiar to me, some brand new.


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