Inspiring Quotes

Transformational Quotes: Thoughts, Form, Empowerment

Thich Nhat Hanh – “The healing of ourselves is the healing of the whole nation. Society is only a manifestation of our collective consciousness and our collective consciousness has a lot of fear, violence and hatred in it. … It is possible to transform our heart…Not much time is needed…(the transformation can be born) the moment you vow to go in the direction of peace and service.” – Transforming Our Suffering

Vice President Al Gore – “In the end, we must restore a balance within ourselves between who we are and what we are doing. Each of us must take a greater personal responsibility for this deteriorating global environment; each of us must take a hard look at the habits of mind and action that reflect – and have led to – this grave crisis.”(Earth In The Balance)

former First Lady Hillary Clinton – “There is no substitute for love and caring and compassion and human beings helping one another.”(Los Angeles Times)

former Governor Ann Richards (Texas) – ” We have forgotten to be our brothers and sisters keepers. And we have forgotten that the Number 1 goal is to love one another.” (The Dallas Morning News)

Retired Assemblyman and Senator John Vasconcellos (California legislator, Chairman of the Way and Means, founder of the California Task Force to Promote Self-esteem) – “We can develop a social vaccine (Self-esteem). We can outgrow our past failures – our lives of crime and violence, alcohol and drug abuse, premature pregnancy, child abuse, chronic dependency on welfare, and education failure.”(Task Force Report)

former Police Chief Willie Williams (Los Angeles,CA) – “We can not begin the healing process until we make peace with ourselves and others.” (Acceptance speech 6/30/92)

The Dalai Lama – “What is important is to see how we can best lead a meaningful everyday life, how we can bring about peace and harmony in our minds, how we can help contribute to society.” (Time magazine;The Meaning of Life)

Actor Nick Nolte – “First make peace inside yourself.” (Parade magazine)

Actress Barbra Streisand – “I wasn’t supported, I wasn’t given any self-esteem.”
(The Dallas Morning News)

Peter Gabriel – “When my self-esteem is sinking, I like to be liked/ In this emptiness and fear, I want to be wanted/ Cos I love to be loved.” (Lyrics from his new album release US)

Feminist Gloria Steinem – “Self-esteem isn’t everything. It’s just that there’s nothing without it.” (Time magazine)

Elisabeth Kubler-Ross – “In the so-called civilized world, children are physically, sexually and/or emotionally abused; they are the leaders of our future. When children are raised in such a hostile and violent environment, how can we hope for a harmonious future for all people of this world? In this light, the purpose of human life is to achieve our own spiritual evolution, to get rid of negativity, to establish harmony among our physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual quadrants, to learn to live in harmony within the family, community, nation, ..treating all of mankind as brothers and sisters.” (Time mag, The Meaning of Life).

“Earlier in this century, the Heisenberg Principle established that the very act of observing a natural phenomenon can change what is being observed. Although the initial theory was limited in practice to special cases in subatomic physics, the philosophical implications were and are staggering.” – VICE PRESIDENT AL GORE

“All that we are is a result of what we have thought.” – Buddha

“All conditions and all circumstances in our lives are a result of a certain level of thinking. If we want to change the conditions and circumstances, we have to change the level of thinking that is responsible for it.” – Albert Einstein

“The destiny of a person is connected with those things he himself creates and does.” – Rabbi Steinsaltz in the kabbalistic 13th century

“We create our own reality because of our inner emotional – our subconscious – reality draws us into those situations from which we learn. We experience it as strange things happening to us (and) we meet the people in our lives that we need to learn from. And so we create these circumstances at a very deep metaphysical and subconscious level.” – Astronaut Edgar Mitchell

“Proper visualization by the exercise of concentration and willpower enables us to materialize thoughts, not only as dreams or visions in the mental realm, but also as experiences in the material realm.” – Paramahansa Yogananda, author of Autobiography of a Yogi

“And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.” – Mathew 21:22

” The most important advance in the next fifty years will be in the realm of the spiritual – dealing with the spirit of thought.” – Charles P. Steinmetz, famous General Electric engineer

“As a man (the word ‘man’ is a sanskrit word which means ‘consciousness’) thinketh in his heart so is he.” – King Solomon, The Bible

“I came to take seriously, even to believe that the consciousness of man, the mind, is not something to reduce to brain mechanisms. …It is clear that in order to survive after death the mind must establish a connection with a source of energy other than that of the brain.”
– Dr. Wilder Pinfield, Father of Nerosurgery; Princeton , Oxford, and John Hopkins. Pinfield did extensive mapping of the brain in the 1930′s through electrically stimulating areas of the brain during surgery.

“There can be no rebirth without a dark night of the soul, a total annihilation of all that you believed in and thought that you were.” ― Hazrat Inayat KhanThinking Like The Universe: The Sufi Path Of Awakening

“As a man acts, so does he become. As a man’s desire is, so is his destiny.” – the Hindu pre-Christian Brihadaranyaka Upanishad

“When our focus is toward a principle of relatedness and oneness, and away from fragmentation and isolation, health ensues.” – Larry Dossey, M.D., national best selling author of ‘The Power of Prayer and the Practice of Medicine.”

“Happiness is self-connectedness.” – Aristotle, 300 B.C.

“If you bring forth what is within you, what you bring forth will save you. If you do not bring forth what is within you, what you do not bring forth will destroy you.” – Jesus, The Gnostic Gospels

“There is a powerful force within us, an un-illuminated part of the mind – separate from the conscious mind that is constantly at work molding our thought, feelings, and actions.” – Sigmund Frued

“Therefore I say unto you, what things so ever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.” – Mark 11:24

“The ancestor of every action is thought; when we understand that we begin to comprehend that our world is governed by thought and that everything without had its counterpart originally within the mind.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“If you want to be transformed be not of this world. Be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” – The Bible

“The highest possible stage in moral culture is when we recognize that we ought to control our thoughts.” – Charles Darwin

“To be wronged is nothing unless you continue to remember it.” – Confucius

“There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking it makes it so.” – Shakespeare

“All things in the world of Nature are not controlled by Fate for the soul has a principle of its own.” – 4th century Greek philosopher Iamblichus

“Before we can do something or anything we must first be something.” – Gurta, the German philosopher

“Believe and your belief will actually create the fact.” – William James

“Your world and everything in it is a reflection of your own mental attitude toward yourself.” – Earl Nightengale

“We act, we behave, and we feel the vibration that we’re in at the present time according to what we consider our self image to be. And we do not deviate from that pattern. The image you hold of yourself is a premise, a foundation (idea) on which your entire personality is built. This image, not only controls your behavior but your circumstances as well.” – Maxwell Maltz, author of Physco-cybernetics

“Without the heart, there can be no understanding between the hands and the mind.” – Georgio Morators, the legendary film producer of the 1920′s – from the movie Metropolis

“The souls of all are from one and the same source but a soul which is unveiled shines out. Love and light come continually from such souls. We need no proof of it for it is living all else is dead in comparison.” ― Hazrat Inayat Khan

“One must learn to love oneself…with a wholesome and healthy love, so that one can bear to be with oneself and need not roam.” – Nietzsche

“Only connect.” – E.M. Forster

“By our trust in the divine beauty in every person we develop that beauty in ourselves.” ― Hazrat Inayat Khan

“Look within, and seek that.” – Jalauddin Rumi

“He who knows others is learned; He who knows himself is wise.” – Lao-tzu

“One is never so strong as when one is broken.” ― Hazrat Inayat KhanThinking Like The Universe: The Sufi Path Of Awakening

“Love thy neighbor as thyself.” – Jesus

“If you become steadfast in your abstentions of thoughts of harm directed toward others, all living creatures will cease to feel enmity in your presence.”-Patañjali (Sanskrit: पतञ्जलि, IPA: [pət̪əɲɟəli]fl. 150 BCE[1] or 2nd c. BCE[2][3]) is the compiler of the Yoga Sūtrasfrom the Yoga Sutras (Aphorisms) of Patanjali

“When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bonds: Your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction, and you find yourself in a new, great, and wonderful world. Dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive, and your discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be.” Patañjali (Sanskrit: पतञ्जलि, IPA: [pət̪əɲɟəli]fl. 150 BCE[1] or 2nd c. BCE[2][3]) is the compiler of the Yoga Sūtras
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” ~Margaret Mead
The chooser’s happiness lies in his congruence with the chosen, the peace of iron-filings, obedient to the forces of the magnetic field. Calm is the soul that is emptied of all self, in a restful harmony. This happiness is here and now, in the eternal moment of co-inherence. A happiness within you – but not yours. – Dag Hammarskjöld
The poets did well to conjoin music and medicine in Apollo, because the office of medicine is but to tune this curious harp of man’s body and to reduce it to harmony. – Francis Bacon
What is God-given is called nature; to follow nature is called Tao (the Way); to cultivate the way is called culture. Before joy, anger, sadness and happiness are expressed, they are called the inner self; when they are expressed to the proper degree, they are called harmony. The inner self is the correct foundation of the world, and the harmony is the illustrious Way. When a man has achieved the inner self and harmony, the heaven and earth are orderly and the myriad of things are nourished and grow thereby. – Confucius

Transformational Quotes: Peace and Healing War (Forever)

“Very often in everyday life one sees that by losing one’s temper with someone who has already lost his, one does not gain anything but only sets out upon the path of stupidity. He who has enough self-control to stand firm at the moment when the other person is in a temper, wins in the end. It is not he who has spoken a hundred words aloud who has won; it is he who has perhaps spoken only one word.” ― Hazrat Inayat KhanMastery through Accomplishment

To get rid of an enemy one must love him. — Leo Tolstoy

All wars are fought for money. ~Socrates

Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities. ~Voltaire

All murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets. ~Voltaire

The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing – Albert Einstein

Peace is not the absence of war; it is a virtue; a state of mind; a disposition for benevolence; confidence; and justice. ~Spinoza

When [men] go to war, what they want is to impose on their enemies the victor’s will and call it peace. ~St. Augustine

Nothing will end war unless the people themselves refuse to go to war – Albert Einstein

What is absurd and monstrous about war is that the men who have no personal quarrel should be trained to murder one another in cold blood – Aldous Huxley

War is a quarrel between two thieves too cowardly to fight their own battle. ~Thomas Carlyle

The most successful war seldom pays for its losses. ~Thomas Jefferson

Make wars unprofitable and you make them impossible – Philip Randolph

In peace, sons bury their fathers; in ware fathers bury their sons – Herodotus

A time will come when a politician who has willfully made ware and promoted international dissension will be…surer of the noose than a private homicide – H.G. Wells

There is no flag large enough to cover the shame of killing innocent people – Howard Zinn

Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent – Issac Asimov

If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy – James Madison

The coward threatens when he is safe – Goethe

Love of power, operating through greed and through personal ambition, was the cause of all these evils. ~Thucydides

War is the gambling table of governments, and citizens the dupes of the game. ~Thomas Paine

Great is the guilt of an unnecessary war – John Adams

Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable – JFK

Mankind must put an end to war, or war will put an end to mankind – JFK

Violence, even well intentioned, always rebounds upon itself – Lao Tzu

The greater the state, the more wrong and cruel its patriotism, the greater the sum of suffering upon which its power is founded – Leo Tolstoy

War is both the product of an earlier corruption, and a producer of new corruptions – Lewis Mumford – worlds leading authority on the fall of the Roman Empire

Man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression, and retaliation. Martin Luther King

It is not enough to say we must not wage war. It is necessary to love peace and sacrifice for it. Martine Luther King

Wars are poor chisels for carving out peaceful tomorrows.- Martin Luther King

Wars are poor chisels for carving out peaceful tomorrows. – Napoleon Hill – Think and Grow Rich

Everybody’s worried about stopping terrorism. Well, there’s a really easy way: stop participating in it. Noam Chomsky, Ph.D.

Where is the indignation about the fact that the US and USSR have thirty thousand pounds of destructive force for every human being in the world? – Norman Cousins, MD

This and no other is the root from which a tyrant springs; when he first appears he is a protector. – Plato

This and no other is the root from which a tyrant springs; when he first appears he is a protector. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Either war is obsolete, or men are. – R. Buckminster Fuller

War is the ultimate tool of politics. – R. Buckminster Fuller

I do not believe any policy which has behind it the threat of military force is justified as part of the basic foreign policy of the United States except to defend the liberty of our own people. – Robert A. Taft

What a cruel thing is war: to separate and destroy families and friends, and mar the purest joys and happiness god has given us in this world… – Robert E. Lee

Peace is not absence of conflict, it is the ability to handle conflict by peaceful means. – Ronald Reagan

We first fought…in the name of religion, then Communism, and now in the name of drugs and terrorism. Our excuses for global domination always change. – Serj Tankian

Civilization began the first time an angry person cast a word instead of a rock. – Sigmund Freud

So far as I can see, the atomic bomb has deadened the finest feeling that has sustained for ages. There used to be so-called laws of war, which made it tolerable. Now we know the truth. War knows no law except that of might. The atomic bomb brought an empty victory but it resulted for the time being in destroying the soul of Japan. What has happened to the soul of the destroying nation is yet too early to see…
Mahatma Gandhi from The Essential Gandhi, Louis Fisher, ed. (New York: 1962), 3356.

Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies in a final sense a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and not clothed.- President 
Dwight D. Eisenhower

“The lethal possibilities of atomic warfare in the future are frightening. My own feeling was that in being the first to use it, we had adopted an ethical standard common to the barbarians of the Dark Ages. I was not taught to make war in that fashion, and wars cannot be won by destroying women and children.” – William Leahy, I Was There, pg. 441. (Chief of Staff to Presidents Franklin Roosevelt and Harry Truman)

“I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary; the evil it does is permanent.” ␣ – Mohantma Gandhi

An eye for eye only ends up making the whole world blind. – Mahatma Gandhi

“If men can develop weapons that are so terrifying as to make the thought of global war include almost a sentence for suicide, you would think that man’s intelligence and his comprehension…would include also his ability to find a peaceful solution.” – President Dwight D. Eisenhower, Press Conference, Washington, DC, 14 November 1956

“Man invents war. Man discovers peace.␣ He invents war from without.␣ He discovers peace from within.␣ War man throws. Peace man sows.␣The smile of war is the flood of human blood.␣ The smile of peace is the love, below, above.”
– Sri Chinmoy

“A full scale nuclear exchange, lasting less than 60 minutes…could wipe out more than 300 million Americans, Europeans, and Russians, as well as untold numbers elsewhere. And the survivors–as Chairman Khrushchev warned the Communist Chinese, `the survivors would envy the dead.’ For they would inherit a world so devastated by explosions and poison and fire that today we cannot conceive of its horrors.” – 
President John F. Kennedy, address to the nation on the Limited Test Ban Treaty, 26 July 1963

“Humankind continues to face the threat of nuclear annihilation. Today’s hesitation leads to tomorrow’s destruction. The fates of all of us are bound together here on earth. There can be no survival for any without peaceful coexistence for all.” – 
Takeshi Araki, Mayor of Hiroshima, 6 August 1985

“In an all-out nuclear war, more destructive power than in all of World War II would be unleashed every second during the long afternoon it would take for all the missiles and bombs to fall. A World War II every second–more people killed in the first few hours than all the wars of history put together. The survivors, if any, would live in despair amid the poisoned ruins of a civilization that had committed suicide.” – 
President Jimmy Carter, Farewell Address to the American People, 14 January 1981

The existence of nuclear weapons presents a clear and present danger to life on Earth. Nuclear arms cannot bolster the security of any nation because they represent a threat to the security of the human race. These incredibly destructive weapons are an affront to our common humanity, and the tens of billions of dollars that are dedicated to their development and maintenance should be used instead to alleviate human need and suffering. – 
Oscar Arias, Former President of Costa Rica and Nobel Peace Laureate

The sheer folly of trying to defend a nation by destroying all life on the planet must be apparent to anyone capable of rational thought. Nuclear capability must be reduced to zero, globally, permanently. There is no other option.
Queen Noor of Jordan, Patron, Landmine Survivors Network

Estimate of immediate casualties if an intermediate-sized accidental launch occurs involving the 16 missiles on a single Russian submarine: 6,838,000 people would be killed in firestorms in eight U.S. cities – ranging from 3,193,000 in New York to 341,000 in Seattle. Millions more would presumably be exposed to potentially lethal radioactive fallout. The danger of an “accidental” nuclear attack has increased in recent years, threatening a public health disaster of unprecedented scale.
New England Journal of Medicine, April 30, 1998

“Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.” – Buddha

“Each one has to find his peace from within. And peace to be real must be unaffected by outside circumstances.” – Mahatma Gandhi

If men can develop weapons that are so terrifying as to make the thought of global war include almost a sentence for suicide, you would think that man’s intelligence and his comprehension… would include also his ability to find a peaceful solution. – President Dwight D. Eisenhower

It is our deep conviction that the following is urgently needed and must be undertaken now:

First, present and planned stockpiles of nuclear weapons should be greatly cut back;

Second, remaining nuclear weapons should be gradually and transparently taken off alert and their readiness substantially reduced both in nuclear weapon states and in de facto nuclear weapons states;

Third, long-term international nuclear policy must be based on the declared principle of continuous, complete and irrevocable elimination of nuclear weapons.
 – Signed Statement by 60 retired Generals and Admirals from the U.S., Russia, 15 other countries December 4, 1996

We cannot be both the world’s leading champion of peace and the world’s leading supplier of the weapons of war.
– President Jimmy Carter

I don’t see it in terms of changing things, but rather using language and music as weapons for fighting a mainstream media which is predominately right wing, and loyal to the political framework and its corporate interests.
Thom Yorke, Radio Head

The longest journey is the journey inwards. Of him who has chosen his destiny, Who has started upon his quest for the source of his being. – Dag Hammarskjold, one of the original founders of the United Nations

The world was not meant to be a prison in which man awaits his execution. – 
John F. Kennedy, January 11, 1962

A world free of the threat of nuclear weapons is necessarily a world devoid of nuclear weaopns…. Nuclear weapons pose an intolerable threat to humanity and our habitat…. Others subscribe to Churchill’s assertion ‘Peace is the sturdy child of terror.’ For me, such a peace is a wretched offspring, a peace that condemns us to live under a dark cloud of perpetual anxiety, a peace that codifies mankind’s most murderous instincts….The beast must be chained, its soul expunged, its lair laid waste. – General Lee Butler, Former Commander, Strategic Air Command, April 28, 1996

Bring the absolute power to destroy other nations under the absolute control of all nations. Weapons of war must be abolished before they abolish us…No longer is the quest for disarmament a sign of weakness, (nor) the destruction of arms a dream — it is a practical matter of life or death. The risks inherent in disarmament pale in comparison to the risks inherent in an unlimited arms race. – 
John F. Kennedy, Inaugural Address, January 1961

Today, every inhabitant of this planet must contemplate the day when this planet may no longer be habitable. Every man, woman and child lives under a nuclear sword of Damocles hanging by the slenderest of threads, capable of being cut at any moment by accident or miscalculation or by madness. The weapons of war must be abolished before they abolish us… The mere existence of modern weapons … is a sources of horror and discord and distrust.
 – John F. Kennedy, September 25, 1961

It is my firm belief that the infinite and uncontrollable fury of nuclear weapons should never be held in the hands of any mere mortal ever again, for any reason.
 – former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev, 1995

We must not only control the weapons that can kill us, we must bridge the great disparities of wealth and opportunity among the peoples of the world, the vast majority of whom live in poverty without hope, opportunity or choices in life. These conditions are a breeding ground for division that can cause a desperate people to resort to nuclear weapons as a last resort. Our only hope lies in the power of our love, generosity, tolerance and understanding and our commitment to making the world a better place for all of Allah’s children.- 
Muhammad Ali, Former Heavyweight Boxing Champion and Humanitarian

Quotes on Nature and the Environment

“If you talk to the animals they will talk with you and you will know each other.
If you do not talk to them you will not know them, and what you do not know you will fear.
What one fears one destroys.” – Cheif Dan George

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