What are your favorite quotes?

What sort of quote do you have hanging around your world? The ones we keep say so much about us. They reflect where we are at this moment in time. They speak to us and offer support, motivation, humor, help, understanding and hope.

The quote that resonates with you reveals some of yourself to the outside world.

People who collect quotes by Mother Teresa, Gandhi, Ben Franklin or Oprah will probably not be in the same mental zone as someone who clips political or sports-related quotes.

I have a list of quotes that I recorded when I was in my 20’s. As I read them, I go back in time and remember why they were important to me then … but they no longer speak to me.

What words of wisdom do you have pinned to your walls?

Here’s some of my favorites:

Whatever you can do, or dream you can, BEGIN IT. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. {Goethe}

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, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn’t serve the world. There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We are born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us, it’s 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}

Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood. {Helen Keller}

You know you’ve read a good book when you turn the last page and feel a little as if you have lost a friend. {Paul Sweeney}

And yours?


17 thoughts on “What are your favorite quotes?

  1. Very good and interesting post! I’ve thought of this many times … so many people seem to be collecting them and post them in Twitter and FB. Inspirational quotes, and I often wonder if they think about them and live by them.

    I haven’t been into quotes very much, but since Internet ‘began’, I’ve come across a few that I like to much so that I’ve saved them in a folder in Google Docs. One stands out in my memory, and I don’t even know how it came about … if I read it or came up with it myself. Here goes:

    «One God, many faiths … one world to share»

    I really like the last one you posted because there have been a couple of times I’ve felt like that … like I’ve lost a friend when the book was finished!


  2. I’m one who loves the quote but then forgets it a few minutes later. Oh well. . . What can I say. I view quotes as a gentle (sometimes profound) reminders to keep the bigger picture in focus, take the higher ground, stay the course, whatever. I like quotes and will use them (even though EVERY TIME I have to go back and look them up again!) Having said all of this, the following are quotes that I have posted on my fb info page. There are many many many others that I like, but I’m not going to hunt them down now. Rebekah, I like your idea of keeping a google folder for quotes. My next project!


    It is wrong to waste the precious gift of time on acrimony and division.
    (don’t know who said it but I like it.)

    People fail forward to success. — Mary Kay Ash

    By perseverance the snail reached the ark. — Charles Spurgeon


  3. You’ve got two of my favorites — I have them both in my journals and refer to them for inspiration when I feel overwhelmed — Williamson and Goethe.
    So those are my two.


  4. beyondthefences

    I love reading great inspirational quotes. Thank you for posting them ; ) AND nice to meet you, Namaste,


  5. Thanks Cecilia for your input and quotes. I have some that I keep and hang up and others that I love then lose then find them again when I need them.
    I like quotes that remind me of my greatness and unlimited abilities!


  6. Hi REbekah
    What I love is that when I need an inspirational quote… there it is-ready and waiting for me. Sort of like, when you’re the student and in need of something … the teacher appears. I love the idea of a folder dedicated to quotes. There certainly are websites dedicated to quotes, tons and tons of them!


  7. starbear

    Thank you, once again, Marge. Seems we share similar leanings toward quotes. Those individuals who have influenced the world through time towards peace and love kindness and caring seem to be quoted so often this days. As Rebekah said, so much is tweeted, twittered, and facebooked, I too wonder how deeply they are rooted.
    Liking the quotes offered here and this discussion, too. Thank you once again! 🙂


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  9. The quotes in my life are so imbedded I don’t even see them anymore. For instance, I put my cup of tea on a square plaque that says “Dance like there’s nobody watching!” This quote and the others that are woven in my world truly become part of my cell makeup – so much so that I can’t even identify them any more. But for the next month or so, I will be more tuned in to my favorites and to the quotes that others love. Thanks for your comments!


  10. What great quotes! I love the one about great books…so true! My favorite are “I think, therefore I am” by Descartes. And the serenity prayer: God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference. Great post!


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