Some Quotes From Around The World
“The problem with quotes on the internet is that you never know if they are genuine.” Joseph Stalin
I have collected quotes all my life – way before the internet. I had a compilation of napkins, theatre programs, index cards, ripped pieces of papers from newspapers and magazines, hotel stationery, loose-leaf paper, memo pads, notebooks and colored bits of paper – all filled with quotes I had read or heard somewhere. The internet makes it way too easy. I read a book or see a play I like and I look up quotes from the author. I pick a subject I’m interested in and find hundreds of quotes about it. I have a lot more knowledge now but every once in a while I find a folded up piece of paper in an old pair of pants or purse with a quote that touched me when I heard it.
I thought I would share some of my favorites from around the world – especially for those of you who are not on my quote list. I hope you enjoy them. They are special to me.
A bit of advice
Given to a young Native American
At the time of his initiation:
As you go the way of life,
You will see a great chasm. Jump.
It is not as wide as you think.” Joseph Campbell
“Perhaps all the dragons in our lives are
princesses who are only waiting to see us act just once, with beauty and
courage. Perhaps everything that frightens us is, in its deepest essence,
something helpless that needs our love.” Rainer Maria Rilke
“Laughter is the language of the soul.” Pablo Neruda
“Once upon a time a man whose ax was missing suspected his neighbor’s son. The boy walked like a thief, looked like a thief, and spoke like a thief. But the next day, the man found his ax while digging in the valley and the next time he saw his neighbor’s son, he walked like a child, looked like a child, and spoke like a child.” Lao Tzu
“It is not true that people stop pursuing dreams because they grow old, they grow old because they stop pursuing dreams.” Gabriel Garcia Marquez
“The salvation of this human world lies nowhere else than in the human heart, in the human power to reflect, in human meekness and human responsibility.” Vaclav Havel
“You don’t have a soul. You are a soul. You have a body.” CS Lewis
“Freedom is nothing but a chance to be better.“ Albert Camus
“But now, for the first time, I see you are a man like me. I thought of your hand-grenades, of your bayonet, of your rifle; now I see your wife and your face and our fellowship. Forgive me, comrade. We always see it too late. Why do they never tell us that you are poor devils like us, that your mothers are just as anxious as ours, and that we have the same fear of death, and the same dying and the same agony–Forgive me, comrade; how could you be my enemy?” Erich Maria Remarque
“You may never know what results come of your actions, but if you do nothing, there will be no results.” Mahatma Gandhi
‘One day the sun admitted I am just a shadow.
I wish I could show you the infinite incandescence
that has cast my brilliant image.
I wish I could show you when you are lonely or in darkness
the outstanding light of your own being,” Hafiz
“Being Irish, he had an abiding sense of tragedy, which sustained him through temporary periods of joy.” W. B. Yeats
“Once I sat on the steps by a gate at David’s Tower in Jerusalem. I placed my two heavy baskets at my side. A group of tourists was standing around their guide and I became their target marker. “You see that man with the baskets? Just right of his head, there’s an arch from the Roman period. Just right of his head.” I said to myself: redemption will come only if their guide tells them, “You see that arch from the Roman period? It’s not important: but next to it, left and down a bit, there sits a man who’s bought fruit and vegetables for his family.” Yehudah Amichal
“There are three classes of people. Those who see. Those who see when shown. Those who do not see.” Leonardo Da Vinci
“My barn having burned to the ground, I can now see the moon.” Masahide
“Conscience is a man’s compass.” Vincent Van Gogh
“How can you expect a man who’s warm to understand one who’s cold?’ Alexander Solzhenitsyn
“As I walked out the door toward my freedom, I knew that if I did not leave all the anger, hatred and bitterness behind, that I would still be in prison”. Nelson Mandela
“Traveler, there is no path. The path is made by walking.
Traveller, the path is your tracks and nothing more.
By walking you make a path and turning, you look back
At a way you will never tread again.
Traveler, there is no road, only walks in the sea.” Antonio Machado
“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.” – Dalai Lama
“On a day when the wind is perfect,
the sail just needs to open and the world is full of beauty.
Today is such a day.” Rumi
“Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.” Thich Nhat Hanh