Quotes and Quick Inspiration
From Tom Spencer's Soul of the Garden
Hope is like a road in the country; there wasn’t ever a road, but when many people walk on it, the road comes into existence.
- Lin Yutang
God brings men into deep waters
not to drown them, but to cleanse them.
Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.
Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.
- George Bernard Shaw
tragedy of life is not that it ends so soon, but that we wait so long to begin
- W.M. Lewis
It is a good idea to be alone in a garden at dawn or dark so that all its shy presences may haunt you and possess you in a reverie of suspended thought.
- James Douglas
Darkness can not drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.
We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light
Truly, it is in darkness that one finds the light, so when we are in sorrow, then this light is nearest to all of us.
- Meister Eckhart
People are like stained glass windows: they sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light within.
- Elizabeth Kubler-Ross
getting enlightened is like the moon reflecting in the water. The moon does not
get wet, the water is not disturbed. Though it is a great expanse of light, it
reflects in a little bit of water; the whole moon and the whole sky reflect even
in the dew on the grass; they reflect even in a single drop of water.
Enlightenment not disturbing the person is like the moon not piercing the water.
A person not obstructing enlightenment is like the dewdrop not obstructing the
- Dogen, "Flowers Fall"
ocean of being
There is only one.
There was and there will be
You are already fulfilled.
How can you be bound or free?
Wherever you go,
-Ashtavakra Gita 15:18
upon all creatures equally; none are less dear to me and none more dear. But
those who worship me with love live in me, and I come to life in them.
- Bhagavad Gita 9:29
Excerpted from The Bhagavad Gita, translated by Eknath Easwaran
I am the goal of life, the Lord and support of all, the inner witness, the abode of all.
I am the
only refuge, the one true friend; I am the beginning, the staying, and the end
of creation; I am the womb and the eternal seed. I am heat; I give and withhold
the rain. I am immortality and I am death; I am what is and what is not.
- Bhagavad Gita 9:18-19
Humbly accept the word planted in you.
- James 1:21
The continuous and unbroken
awareness of the indwelling presence, the inner light of consciousness, is the
supreme meditation and devotion.
Love is selflessness
—self is lovelessness.
- Sai Baba
Nevertheless, it means much to have loved,
To have been happy, to have laid my hand on
The living Garden, even for one day.
- Jorge Luis Borges
Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working.
- Pablo Picasso
Feelings, whether of compassion or irritation, should be welcomed, recognized, and treated on an absolutely equal basis; because both are ourselves. The tangerine I am eating is me. The mustard greens I am planting are me. I plant with all my heart and mind. I clean this teapot with the kind of attention I would have were I giving the baby Buddha or Jesus a bath. Nothing should be treated more carefully than anything else. In mindfulness, compassion, irritation, mustard green plant, and teapot are all sacred.
-Thich Nhat Hanh, "Miracle of Mindfulness"
What is here is also there; what is there,
Also here. Who sees multiplicity
But not the one indivisible Self
Must wander on and on from death to death.
- Katha Upanishad
My opinion is that you never
find happiness until you stop looking for it.
stroll through the lunatic asylum shows that faith does not prove anything.
Sitting peacefully on a cushion
day and night seeking to attain Buddhahood, rejecting life and death in hopes of
realizing enlightenment, is all like a monkey grasping at the moon reflected in
Why is it that, as a culture, we are more comfortable seeing two men holding guns than holding hands?
- Ernest Gaines
Wouldn't it be better to simply live what you believe, and teach by example . . . rather than by preaching.
- Daryl Ryman
All religions will pass, but
this will remain: simply sitting in a chair and looking in the distance.
- V.V. Rozanov
Life is a child playing around
your feet, a tool you hold firmly in your grip,
a bench you sit down upon in the evening, in your garden.
- Jean Anouilh
Almost any garden, if you see it at just the right moment, can be confused with paradise.
- Henry Mitchell
We never care for the present
moment. We are so foolish that we wander in times that are not ours, and never
think of the only time that belongs to us; we are so frivolous that we dream of
the days that are not, and thoughtlessly pass over the only one that exists. We
never live, but hope to live; and since we are always preparing to be happy it
is inevitable that we shall never be so.
- Blaise Pascal
I thank You God for this most
amazing day; for the leaping greenly spirits of trees and a blue true dream of
sky; and for everything which is natural which is infinite which is yes.
- e.e. cummings
At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person.
Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.
- Albert Schweitzer
Let's be grateful for those who give us happiness; they are the charming gardeners who make our soul bloom.
Nothing is more honorable than
a grateful heart.
Gratitude is heaven itself.
- William Blake
Now, there are many, many
people in the world, but relatively few with whom we interact, and even fewer
who cause us problems. So, when you come across such a chance for practicing
patience and tolerance, you should treat it with gratitude. It is rare. Just as
having unexpectedly found a treasure in your own house, you should be happy and
grateful to your enemy for providing that precious opportunity.
-His Holiness the Dalai Lama
Loneliness is a poignant homing instinct, like that of migratory birds. It guides us back towards this assurance: We are not meant to live cut off from each other, from ourselves, or from the Universal Reality which gives us life. We are meant to dwell in love, which is a wholehearted “yes” to belonging.
Today’s world requires us to
accept the oneness of humanity. In the past, isolated communities could afford
to think of one another as fundamentally separate. Some could even exist in
total isolation. But nowadays, whatever happens in one region eventually affects
many other areas. Within the context of our inter-dependence, self-interest
clearly lies in considering the interest of others.
-His Holiness the Dalai Lama
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