Blissful Reflection: 5 Uplifting Quotes

by Tammy Strobel on September 24, 2011

{Blissful Reflection is a series of short essays that highlight a story and photo that made my week meaningful.}

Most of you know that I’m working on a print book and I’m super excited about the project. One of the best things about working on the book is writing and reading a lot. During my research, I’ve stumbled across a number of uplifting quotes. Below are five quotes that I’ve been referring to when I’m feeling sad or blue. The quotes touch on the benefits of curiosity, exploration and discovery. Enjoy!

“Most people stop looking when they find the proverbial needle in the haystack. I would continue looking to see if there were other needles.” -Albert Einstein

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. -Mark Twain

“The more intentional you are in your choices, the more every change makes room for more changes … I just love that there’s this endless potential.” -Dee Williams

“People say that we’re searching for the meaning of life. I don’t think that’s it at all. I think that what we’re seeking is an experience of being alive. . . . ” -Joseph Campbell

“My own study of the networked life has left me thinking about intimacy – about being with people in person, hearing their voices and seeing their faces, trying to know their hearts. And it has left me thinking about solitude – the kind that refreshes and restores. Loneliness is failed solitude.” -Sherry Turkle

Share your own uplifting quotes in the comments section.

1 Daniel Kiser September 24, 2011

I’ve always liked this one

“To be fully alive requires knowing what you’d be willing to die for. Until you clarify that, life is motion without meaning”
-Author Unknown

2 Eric September 24, 2011

“The supreme accomplishment is to blur the line between work and play.” – Arnold Toynbee

3 Megyn @ Minimalist Mommi September 24, 2011

This one is so short & to the point and thus, why I LOVE it:

“Live simply so others may simply live”- Gandhi

The ones you posted are amazing! I especially love Einstein’s quote!

4 Daniel Kiser September 25, 2011

I really like that Gandhi quote Megyn. Thanks for sharing it.

5 Amy September 24, 2011

“If you keep looking backwards while trying to walk forward you will keep hitting the same wall”.
Anonymous teacher speaking, out of necessity, to a group of 3 year old children in a school hallway

6 Caroline McGraw / A Wish Come Clear September 24, 2011

Lovely :) A personal favorite (a proverb heard in the film Strictly Ballroom): “Vivir con miedo es como vivir en medias.”
It can be translated: A life lived in fear is a life half lived.

7 Helen September 24, 2011

“The way to remove darkness from a room is simply to turn on a light. In the same, way, to rid yourself of any difficulty, concentrate on the solution rather then the problem.”

8 Alicia September 24, 2011

“Courage is not the absence of fear; it is the realization that something is more important than fear. The courageous do not live forever, but the cautious do not live at all.” ~Unknown

“Let everything you do be your religion, and everything you say be your prayer.” ~Lakota

9 Matt September 25, 2011

“Sometimes gum looks like a penny.” –Sally Wade

10 sarah September 25, 2011

For mer personally, I find the best quotes in the Bible.
There is more happiness in giving than receiving – Acts 20:35
Happy are those conscious of their spiritual need – Matt 5:3
The lamp of the body is the eye. If, then, your eye is simple, your whole body will be bright – Matt 6:22
Keep your eyes open and guard against every sort of covetousness, because even when a person has an abundance his life does not result from the things he possesses – Luke 12:15

11 Lindy September 26, 2011

I love this quote. I think it is about getting the best out of life.

To see the world in a grain of sand
And heaven in a wild flower
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand
And eternity in an hour.
William Blake

12 Gwyn Michael September 26, 2011

That Twain quote has always been one of my favorites. The Joseph Campbell I love too.
As a late bloomer myself this one:
“There came a time when the risk to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.”
Anais Nin

13 Cheryl September 26, 2011

“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive and go do it because what the world needs is people who have come alive”

14 Dennis September 26, 2011

Surely there is grandeur in knowing that in the realm of thought, at least, you are without a chain; that you have the right to explore all heights and depth; that there are no walls nor fences, nor prohibited places, nor sacred corners in all the vast expanse of thought.
Robert Green Ingersoll

15 Peggy September 27, 2011

Ohh! All of these are just wonderful – each one like a prayer! Thanks to all of you for sharing. I love Sufi/Persian poetry by Rumi, Hafiz and others. Here are a couple of my favorites by Rumi:

Let the beauty we love be what we do.
There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground.
Rumi

Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing,
there is a field. I’ll meet you there.

When the soul lies down in that grass,
the world is too full to talk about.
Ideas, language, even the phrase each other
doesn’t make any sense. Rumi

16 Gretchen September 27, 2011

“We act as though comfort and luxury were the chief requirements of life, when all that we need to make us really happy is something to be enthusiastic about.” – Charles Kingsley

17 Roberta September 28, 2011

“Where are you?” “Here.”
“What time is it?” “Now.”
~ Peaceful Warrior by Dan Millman

this is my mantra during the day to recall myself when I begin to twist and tighten….

18 Brian October 17, 2011

That is my favorite book ever and one that definitely shows a lot of minimalism in my mind.

19 Mike | Homeless On Wheels October 2, 2011

Loneliness is failed solitude. reminded me of:

Language has given us the word “loneliness” to express the pain of being alone, and the word “solitude” to express the glory of being alone. –Paul James Tillich

20 Gavin October 5, 2011

“It isn’t necessary to know exactly how your ideal life will look; you only have to know what feels better and what feels worse…Begin making choices based on what makes you feel freer and happier, rather than on how you think an ideal life should look. It’s the process of feeling our way toward happiness, not the realization of the Platonic ideal, that creates our best lives.” -Martha Beck

21 Rebecca November 15, 2011

I collect quotes incessantly. I love to read them and feel inspired. That Mark Twain quote is one of my all-time favourites. No truer words were ever spoken.

A few more that I love:

“Get up, dance by yourself. I do.” – Doris Day
“My friends. Love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic, and we’ll change the world.” – Jack Layton
“Waking up this morning, I smile. Twenty-four brand new hours are before me. I vow to live fully in each moment.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
“If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.” – Marcus Tullius Cicero
“Is there anything that is better than to be out, walking, in the clear air?” – Thomas A. Clark

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