Quotes and Quick Inspiration

Volume Two


From Tom Spencer's Soul of the Garden


What is life? It is the flash of a firefly in the night.

It is the breath of a buffalo in the wintertime.

It is the little shadow which runs across the grass and loses itself in the Sunset.


- dying words of Crowfoot, a leader of the Blackfoot nation



Every creature is a word of God and a book about God.


- Meister Eckhart



He who sees Me everywhere, and sees everything in Me,

I am not lost to him, nor is he lost to me.


- Bhagavad Gita



If you want money more than anything,

You'll be bought and sold.

If you have a greed for food,

you'll be a loaf of bread.

This is a subtle truth:

whatever you love, you are.


-Rumi, translated by Coleman Barks



No man is sterile. Every soul is pregnant with the seed of insight.
It is vague and hidden. In some people the seed grows,
in others it decays. Some give birth to life. Others miscarry it.
Some know how to bear, to nurse, to rear an insight
that comes into being. Others do not...

-Rabbi Heschel



We are the mother of Christ when we carry him in our heart
and body by love and a pure and sincere conscience.
And we give birth to him through our holy works
which ought to shine to others by our example.

- St. Francis of Assisi


From within or from behind, a light shines through us
upon things and makes us aware that we are nothing,
but the light is all.


- Emerson



Look at everything as though you were seeing it either for the first or last time. Then your time on earth will be filled with glory.


- Betty Smith


I do not understand the mystery of grace-- only that it meets us where we are, but does not leave us where it found us.


-Anne LaMott


Everything in life is speaking, is audible,

is communicating,

in spite of its apparent silence.


- Hazrat Inayat Khan




Why climb a mountain?

Look! a mountain there.

I don't climb a mountain.

Mountain climbs me.

Mountain is myself.

I climb on myself.

There is no mountain

nor myself.


moves up and down

in the air.


- Nanao Sakaki



One should just sit quietly and look at a garden.

What you see depends on what you bring to it.


- Sobin Yamada, Zen abbott


The entire universe is concentrated
in a garden.

- Sobin Yamada


My only desire is an intimate infusion with nature, and the only fate I wish is to have worked and lived in harmony with her laws.


- Claude Monet



The Wayless Way, where the Sons of God lose themselves and, at the same time, find themselves.


- Meister Eckhart (from The Songlines, by Bruce Chatwin)


You cannot travel on the path before you have become the Path itself.


- Guatama Buddha


He who hurries can not walk with dignity.


- Chinese proverb



I like to think of the landscape not as a fixed place but as a path that is unwinding before my eyes, under my feet.

To see and know a place is a contemplative act. It means emptying our minds and letting what is there, in all its mulitplicity and endless variety, come in.


- Gretel Ehrlich, author



Facts carry a traveler only so far: at last he must penetrate the land by different means, for to know a place in any real and lasting way is sooner or later to dream it.


- William Least Heat Moon, from PrairyErth



Which of our methods of measuring could we apply to this eddying mass that is the universe? In the presense of the profundities our sole ability is to dream. Our conception, quickly winded, cannot follow creation, that vast breath.


- Victor Hugo, The Toiliers of the Sea



The intrusions of the "mundane"

become agents of the sublime.


- Lynda Sexson



This used to be my prayer - a piece of land not so very large,
which would contain a garden, and near the house
a spring of ever-flowing water, and beyond these a bit of wood.


- Horace


If I keep a green bough in my heart, the singing bird will come.


- Chinese Proverb



They can cut all the flowers, but they cannot stop

the coming of spring.


- Pablo Neruda



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