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Inspirational Quotes of Wisdom

Updated on June 2, 2011



Words of Wisdom

I have lived on the lip of insanity

Wanting to know reasons

Knocking on a door, it opens

I have been knocking from the inside!


“When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.” Jimi Hendrix

Flight of the Soul

Flight o f the Eagle Leaves No Trace
Flight o f the Eagle Leaves No Trace
Letting Go
Letting Go
A Lotus Grows from Muddy Water
A Lotus Grows from Muddy Water
Moonlight Reflection
Moonlight Reflection
A Mother's Love
A Mother's Love
One Not Two
One Not Two
Love Thy Neighbor
Love Thy Neighbor
Antelope Valley
Antelope Valley
Native American Story
Native American Story

Words that Sparkle with Truth

You were born with potential.
You were born with goodness and trust.
You were born with ideals and dreams.
You were born with greatness.
You were born with wings.
You are not meant for crawling, so don't.
You have wings.
Learn to use them and fly.
Rumi 1207-1273

‘If your goal is great and your resources small, act nevertheless. Only through action will your resources grow.’ Aurobindo

‘I wish we all could see the true self inside even the most wretched of human beings and, instead of condemning them, say, “Rise, thou radiant one! Rise, thou eternally pure one! Rise thou who were never born and canst never die. Rise thou almighty one. Manifest thy true nature!”’ Vivekananda, 1863-1902

‘Allah will mind your camel, but first tie it to a tree.’ Bedouin Proverb

‘There are no wicked men, there are only ignorant men! In the presence of a true man or woman, the mask of the false man drops.’ Ramakrishna, 1836-1886

‘So long as we look at everything from our own point of view, we shall never recognize the truth’ Brunton, 1898-1981

The light of your true being shines from your center, illuminates your body, just as the sun illuminates the whole world from the centre of the solar system.’ Maharishi, 1914-2008

‘The sublime ideal of the Almighty that we have before our eyes shows that we have the same sublimity within us. One day we shall make it reality.’ Yesudian , 1916-1998

‘We know what we are but know not what we may be.’ Shakespeare 1564-1616

‘If you say you are bound, you will remain bound. If you dare to say that you are free, you are free that very same moment.’ Vivekananda, 1863-1902

‘Very softly God speaks in our breast; very clearly he shows us what is to be striven for and what is to be shunned.’ Goethe, 1749-1832

‘Only if a man’s eyes are pure can he see the eternal mother in woman. Only then does she lavish her grace upon him’. Yesudian

‘The world can be good and pure only if our life is good and pure. Be pure and calm, the fretful soul can never reflect the Self’. Vivekananda, 1863-1902

‘A mother’s standing is the highest in the world, for as a mother one learns and practises the greatest selflessness. Only the love of God is greater than the love of a mother. ‘Vivekananda, 1863-1902

‘Man is enamoured of the physical limits of his physical existence yet at the same time yearns for the freedom of his unlimited spirit and immortal soul.’ Aurobindo, 1872-1950

‘The more circumstances are hostile to you, the more your inner strength will be manifest.’ Vivekananda, 1863-1902

‘The valued man has no quarrels. The quarrelsome man has no value.’ Lao-Tse

‘God created this earth as a battlefield and filled it with the ringing footsteps of warriors and the cry of strife and struggle. Will you wrest from Him His peace without paying the price he has set for it?’ Aurobindo

‘Have the courage to come to truth, even if the way lies through hell’. Vivekananda, 1863-1902

‘Only the strong are sorely tempted, so that they may become stronger’. Sarenti

‘The noble-minded man is self-assured, without arrogance; the man of low degree is arrogant, without self-assurance. Kung Dse

‘What is true and good is beautiful

What is beautiful and true is good,

What is beautiful and good is true’

Lorant Hegedus

‘Be as free from vanity as the shrivelled leaf which the storm drives in front of it.’ Ramakrishna

The Bible teaches: Love thy neighbour as thyself. That means that you must first be able to love and to forgive yourself before you can love your neighbour.’ E. Haich

‘A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. John 13.34

‘Expansion means life, love is expansion. Love is therefore the only law of life. He who loves, lives.’ Vivekananda, 1863-1902

‘All worldly things are only a dream in spring. Look upon death as a return home.’ Confucius 551BC-479BC

‘Just as the sun and moon cannot be reflected in muddy water, so the Almighty cannot be reflected in a heart that is muddied by the idea of I, me, mine.’ Ramakrishna

‘Cowards and the faint-hearted can accomplish nothing in life. They come and go from life to life, complaining and sighing. The earth needs heroes! That is the truth without doubt. Be a hero! Say continually; “I have no fear! I am not afraid!” Say that to everyone: “Have no fear! Be fearless”’ Vivekananda, 1863-1902

‘Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?’

I Corinthians, III,16

‘Be cautious, and daring!’ Yoga Mimamsa

Native American Story:

A Cherokee grandfather teaching tribal ways and philosophies on life to his grandson, spoke:

"A fight is going on inside me. It is a terrible fight between two wolves.

One wolf is evil. He is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority and ego.

The other wolf is good. He is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith."

Looking straight into his grandson's eyes, the old man continues:

"This same fight is going on inside you, me and every person in the world."

His grandson, thinking about this phenomenon for a moment, asks his wise old grandfather:

"Which one will win"?

The Cherokee grandfather replies:

"The one you feed"!


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    • Denise Handlon profile image

      Denise Handlon 

      6 years ago from North Carolina

      Shimla-what beautiful quotes here. I am sharing this hub. The photos that accompany are as inspirational. Thanks for sharing. :)

    • shimla profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      Thank so much for your kind comments Jo - I enjoy compiling quotes from the wise to remind myself of what is truly important and what is our intrinsic true nature - freedom, wisdom, happiness and loving kindness. What a great revelation! Sending you good energy!

    • Jo_Goldsmith11 profile image


      7 years ago

      very great lessons to learn. Excellent hub with using pictures and detail. Voted up! I will return to read more of your work! awesome job!

    • shimla profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      Thanks VioletSun - I adore Rumi - he was not just enlightened but a poet of the highest order.

    • VioletSun profile image


      7 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      This was inspirational to read, the photos added depth to the messages. Enjoyed all of them but Rumi's words were my favorite!


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