Sunday Quotes – Knowledge

When I examine myself and my methods of thought I come to the conclusion that the gift of fantasy has meant more to me than my talent for absorbing positive knowledge.

Albert Einstein

It is not enough to have knowledge, one must also apply it. It is not enough to have wishes, one must also accomplish.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The beginning of knowledge is the discovery of something we do not understand.

Frank Herbert

Those who know are wise. Those who know themselves are enlightened.

Lao Tzu

 

Sunday Quotes – Judgement

 

If we judge others, it is because we are judging something in ourselves of which we are unaware.

John A. Sandford

Doubt yourself and you doubt everything you see. Judge yourself and you see judges everywhere. But if you listen to the sound of your own voice, you can rise above doubt and judgment. And you can see forever.

Nancy Kerrigan

We judge ourselves by what we feel capable of doing, while others judge us by what we have already done.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The Indian philosopher J. Krishnamurti once remarked that observing without evaluating is the highest form of human intelligence. When I first read this statement, the thought, ‘What nonsense!’ shot through my mind before I realized that I had just made an evaluation.

Marshall Rosenberg

Sunday Quotes – History

History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again.

Maya Angelou

Never doubt that you can change history. You already have.

Marge Piercy

A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history.

Mohandas K. Gandhi

The charm of history and its enigmatic lesson consist in the fact that, from age to age, nothing changes and yet everything is completely different.

Aldous Huxley

T.G.I.F. Thank God I’m Fabulous!

 Inc.com had an article at the beginning of 2015 that lists 57 ways to make 2015 fabulous. I know we are all fabulous but there are times we get too busy or too tired and we forget how wonderful and extraordinary we are! Here’s a few things to help remind us of what we can do to make 2015 (and beyond) fabulous.

 

  • Eat a bit healthier. Take healthy foods (like fresh fruit) to work and eat it rather than the sugary stuff most other people eat.
  • Eat something delicious. Rather than scarfing fast food, eat something really delicious every day, like a chunk of fine cheese or an imported chocolate.
  • End each day with gratitude. Just before bed, write down something wonderful that happened that day. Be grateful for the day because it will never come again.
  • Enjoy your own foibles. Being able to laugh at yourself and your own limitations is the first step to overcoming them.
  • Forgive more often. Rather than wasting energy fixing blame and punishing, fix the problem, let it go and then move forward.

 

Sunday Quotes – Beginnings

 

Amidst the worldly comings and goings, observe how endings become beginnings.

Lao Tzu

The end is the beginning of all things, Suppressed and hidden, Awaiting to be released through the rhythm Of pain and pleasure.

Jiddu Krishnamurti

The world is round and the place which may seem like the end may also be the beginning.

Ivy Baker Priest

Keep on beginning and failing. Each time you fail, start all over again, and you will grow stronger until you have accomplished a purpose — not the one you began with perhaps, but one you’ll be glad to remember.

Anne Sullivan

Sunday Quotes – Empathy

Sooner or later in life, we will all take our own turn being in the position we once had someone else in.

Ashly Lorenzana

Empathy is not a substitute for introspection. Stepping into someone else’s shoes because yours don’t fit means you still get to walk in ill-fitting shoes, you just don’t get to own them.

Colin Gorman

Perhaps the most important thing we bring to another person is the silence in us, not the sort of silence that is filled with unspoken criticism or hard withdrawal. The sort of silence that is a place of refuge, of rest, of acceptance of someone as they are. We are all hungry for this other silence. It is hard to find. In its presence we can remember something beyond the moment, a strength on which to build a life. Silence is a place of great power and healing.

Rachel Naomi Remen

You know, there’s a lot of talk in this country about the federal deficit. But I think we should talk more about our empathy deficit — the ability to put ourselves in someone else’s shoes; to see the world through the eyes of those who are different from us — the child who’s hungry, the steelworker who’s been laid-off, the family who lost the entire life they built together when the storm came to town. When you think like this — when you choose to broaden your ambit of concern and empathize with the plight of others, whether they are close friends or distant strangers — it becomes harder not to act; harder not to help.

Barack Obama

Sunday Quotes – Perspective

Shards of glass can cut and wound or magnify a vision.

Terry Tempest Williams

If we could read the secret history of our enemies, we should find in each man’s life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly, our whole life would change.

Buddha

I believe in cultivating opposite, but complementary views of life, and I believe in meeting life’s challenges with contradictory strategies. I believe in reckoning with the ultimate meaninglessness of our existence, even as we fall in love with the miracle of being alive. I believe in working passionately to make our lives count while never losing sight of our insignificance. I believe in caring deeply and being beyond caring. It is by encompassing these opposites, by being involved and vulnerable, but simultaneously transcendent and detached, that our lives are graced by resilience and joy.

Fritz Williams