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Quotes and Quick Inspiration

Volume Ten



From Tom Spencer's Soul of the Garden




People's good deeds are used by the Eternal as seeds for planting trees in the Garden of Eden: thus, each of us creates our own Paradise.

- The Mezeritzer Rebbe


In hell, people starve because their hands are chained to six-foot-long chopsticks, too long to bring the rice to their mouths. Heaven is the same, only there, people feed each other.

- Vietnamese proverb




Common sense is strengthened by joy.

- Rabbi Nachman of Breslov



Unshared joy is an unlighted candle.

-Spanish Proverb





We must not give only what we have; we must give what we are.

-Cardinal Mercia



Expecting the world to treat you fairly because you are a good person is like expecting the bull not to charge you because you are a vegetarian.

- Rabbi Harold Kushner



The wise man questions the wisdom of others because he questions his own, the foolish man, because it is different from his own.

- Leo Stein





What is in your heart about your fellow man is most likely in his heart about you.

- Book of Deuteronomy


Every good deed is charity whether you come to your brother's assistance or just greet him with a smile.

-The Prophet Muhammad



Who is rich? One who is happy with what he has.

- Ethics of the Fathers 4:1



If you observe a really happy man you will find him building a boat, writing a symphony, educating his son, growing double dahlias in his garden. He will not be searching for happiness as if it were a collar button that has rolled under the radiator.

-W. Beran Wolfe



Too many people miss the silver lining because they're expecting gold.

-Maurice Setter



What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal.

-Albert Pike


Truth does not become more true by virtue of the fact that the entire world agrees with it, nor less so even if the whole world disagrees with it.



Whoever lives a godly life may become, not alone his own redeemer, but also in some degree the redeemer of the world.

- Hyman Enelow



Peace is not an absence of war, it is a virtue, a state of mind, a disposition for benevolence, confidence, justice.

- Baruch Spinoza



When one teaches, two learn.

-Robert Half



While praying, listen to the words very carefully. When your heart is attentive, your entire being enters your prayer without your having to force it.

- Rabbi Nachman of Breslov



To be a person of truth, be swayed neither by approval nor disapproval.
Work at not needing approval from anyone and you will be free to be who you really are.

- Rabbi Nachman of Breslov




Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.

-Ralph Waldo Emerson



Follow your genius closely enough, and it will not fail to show you a fresh prospect every hour.


- Henry David Thoreau, from Walden



The great thing in this world is not so much where we stand, but in what direction we are moving.

-Oliver Wendell Holmes



I learned this, at least, by my experiment;
that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams,
and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined,
he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.

-  Thoreau, from Walden






He is happiest who hath power to gather wisdom from a flower.


- Mary Howitt


There is no gardening without humility.


- Alfred Austin



He who would have beautiful roses in his garden must have beautiful roses in his heart.


- S. Reynolds Hole



The sign of the friend of God is that he has three qualities: a generosity like that of the ocean, a compassion like that of the sun, and a humility like that of the earth.

-Bayazid in 'Attar, from "The Wisdom of Sufism," compiled by Leonard Lewisohn




People usually consider walking on water or in thin air a miracle. But I think the real miracle is not to walk either on water or in thin air, but to walk on earth. Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don't even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child--our own two eyes. All is a miracle.

-Thich Nhat Hanh, "Miracle of Mindfulness"


Never does nature say one thing and wisdom another.


- Juvenal




If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.


- Cicero



Green fingers are the extension of a verdant heart.


- Russell Page



Nature is not a place to visit, it is home.


- Gary Snyder





No peace lies in the future which is not hidden in this present little instant.


- Fra Giovanni



The thing that matters is not what you bear, but how you bear it.


A garden is always a series of losses set against a few triumphs, like life itself.


- May Sarton






We read the world wrong and say that it deceives us.


- Rabindranath Tagore


The religion that is afraid of science dishonors God and commits suicide.


- Ralph Waldo Emerson


This world, after all our science and sciences, is still a miracle; wonderful, inscrutable, magical and more, to whosoever will think of it.


- Thomas Carlyle


Gravitation is not responsible for people falling in love.


- Albert Einstein





Anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows, but only empties today of its strength.

-Charles Spurgeon



To fight fear, act. To increase fearówait, put off, postpone.

-David J. Schwartz



Believe those who seek the truth; doubt those who find it.

-Andre Gide



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