100 inspirational quotes to celebrate 100 blog posts

100 quotes - to inspire, challenge, encourage, remind, enlighten, reassure, soothe, and delight.

In celebration of 100 blog posts at Always Well Within!

Many thanks to my wonderful readers and subscribers. It’s such a privilege and a joy to write for you.  I am also deeply grateful to all those who have supported, encouraged, and taught me along the way since the inception of Always Well Within. The connections I’ve made in the blogosphere have greatly enriched my life, more than you will ever know.

Please enjoy this feast of wisdom!

  • “People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” - Maya Angelou
  • “If you have much, give of your wealth; if you have little, give of your heart.” -Arabian Proverb
  • “Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom” - Aristotle
  • “Action is the antidote to despair.” - Joan Baez
  • “You don’t get to choose how you’re going to die. Or when. You can decide how you’re going to live now.” - Joan Baez
  • “People see God every day, they just don’t recognize him.” - Pearl Bailey
  • “I tore myself away from the safe comfort of certainties through my love for the truth; and truth rewarded me.” - Simone de Beauvoir
  • “We are what we think, and all that we are rises with our thoughts.  With our thoughts we make the world. Speak and act with a pure mind and happiness will follow.” - Buddha
  • The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty. - Winston Churchill
  • “To put the world right in order, we must first put the nation in order; to put the nation in order, we must first put the family in order; to put the family in order, we must first cultivate our personal life; we must first set our hearts right.” - Confucius
  • “The way we see the problem is the problem.” – Stephen Covey
  • “If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.” -Dalai Lama
  • Noticing a single shortcoming in ourselves is far more useful than seeing a thousand in someone else. When it is our own: we can correct it. – Dalai Lama
  • “We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.” -Teilhard de Chardin
  • Patience serves as a protection against wrongs as clothes do against cold.  For it you put on more clothes as the cold increases, it will have no power to hurt you.  So in like manner you must grow in patience when you meet with great wrongs, and they will be powerless to vex your mind.” - Leondardo Da Vinci
  • “Adventure is worthwhile.” - Amelia Earhart
  • “Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.” -Albert Einstein
  • “In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.” -Albert Einstein
  • “A human being is part of a whole called by us the universe.” - Albert Einstein
  • “There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” Albert Einstein
  • “If there is any religion would cope with modern scientific needs, it would be Buddhism.” - Albert Einstein
  • “The one thing in the world of value is the active soul.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • “With the past, I have nothing to do; nor with the future. I live now.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • “For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • “Men are disturbed not by the things that happen, but by their opinion of the things that happen. - Epictetus
  • “Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy.”  - Anne Frank
  • “How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” - Anne Frank
  • “The best way out is always through.” - Robert Frost
  • “There is more to life than increasing its speed.” – Mahatma Ghandi
  • “They cannot take away our self-respect if we do not give it to them.” – Mahatma Gandhi
  • “My life is my message.” - Mahatma Gandhi
  • A Western journalist asked, “Mr. Gandhi, you have been working fifteen hours a day for fifty years. Don’t you think you should take a vacation?” Gandhi smiled and replied, “I am always on vacation.” - Mahatma Gandhi
  • As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world – that is the myth of the atomic age – as in being able to remake ourselves.” - Mahatma Gandhi
  • “Anxiety is nothing but repeatedly re-experiencing failure in advance. What a waste.” - Seth Godin
  • “As the amount of inputs go up, as the number of people and ideas that clamor for attention continue to increase, we do what people always do: we rely on the familiar, the trusted and the personal. The incredible surplus of digital data means that human actions, generosity and sacrifice are more important than they ever were before.” - Seth Godin
  • “Every individual matters. Every individual has a role to play. Every individual makes a difference.” - Jane Goodall
  • “The body is a sacred garment.” - Martha Graham
  • “Loving ourselves creates miracles in our lives.” - Louise Hay
  • “Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.”William James
  • “The fullness of Joy is to behold God in everything.” - Julian of Norwich

Inspiring view

  • “It’s a terrible thing to see and have no vision.” - Helen Keller
  • “You will succeed if you persevere; and you will find joy in overcoming obstacles. - Helen Keller
  • “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” - Helen Keller
  • We could never learn to be brave and patient if there were only joy in the world.” - Helen Keller
  • “We do not write in order to be understood; we write in order to understand.” - C.S. Lewis
  • “People who think they are crazy enough to change the world, are the ones who do.” - Jack Kerouac
  • What is needed, rather than running away or controlling or suppressing or any other resistance, is understanding fear; that means watch it, learn about it, come directly into contact with it. We are to learn about fear, not how to escape from it.” - J. Krishnamurti
  • “I’m fulfilled in what I do… I never thought that a lot of money or fine clothes — the finer things of life — would make you happy. My concept of happiness is to be filled in a spiritual sense.” - Coretta Scott King
  • “Hate is too great a burden to bear. It injures the hater more than it injures the hated.” - Coretta Scott King
  • “Not everybody can be famous. But everybody can be great, because greatness is determined by service.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • “You have very little morally persuasive power with people who can feel your underlying contempt.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • “An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.”Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • “What we see depends mainly on what we look for.”John Lubbock
  • “A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination” - Nelson Mandela
  • “Never doubt the power of a small group of committed people to change the world for, indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Meade
  • “One of the effects of living with electric information is that we live habitually in a state of information overload.  There’s always more than you can cope with.”Marshall McLuhan
  • “I’ve been absolutely terrified every moment of my life – and I’ve never let it keep me from doing a single thing I wanted to do.” - Georgia O’Keeffe
  • “Nobody sees a flower really; it is so small. We haven’t time, and to see takes time – like to have a friend takes time.” - Georgia O’Keeffe
  • “When you take a flower in your hand and really look at it, it’s your world for the moment. I want to give that world to someone else. Most people in the city rush around so, they have no time to look at a flower. I want them to see it whether they want to or not.” - Georgia O’Keeffe

Uplifting rainbow

    • You get whatever accomplishment you are willing to declare.” – Georgia O’Keeffe
    • “I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear.” - Rosa Parks
    • “Figure who you are; then do it on purpose.” - Dolly Parton
    • “Just because you don’t take an interest in politics, does not mean politics does not take an interest in you” - Pericles
    • The worst prison would be a closed heart. - Pope John Paul II
    • “You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.” - Plato
    • “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.” - Plato
    • “Once you choose hope, anything’s possible.” - Christopher Reeve
    • “Men are not prisoners of fate, but only prisoners of their own minds.” - Franklin D.Roosevelt
    • “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”Eleanor Roosevelt
    • “Nine-tenths of wisdom is being wise in time.”Theodore Roosevelt
    • “The gift of learning to meditate is the greatest gift you can give yourself in this lifetime.” - Sogyal Rinpoche
    • “Tertön Sogyal, the Tibetan Mystic, said that he was not really impressed by someone who could turn the floor into the ceiling or fire into water.  A real miracle, he said, was if someone could liberate just one negative emotion.” - Sogyal Rinpoche
    • “Simply let experience take place very freely, so that your open heart is suffused with the tenderness of true compassion.”  - Tsoknyi Rinpoche III
    • “Faith is to believe what you do not yet see; the reward for this faith is to see what you believe.” - Saint Augustine
    • Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with yourself.  Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfections but instantly set about remedying them – every day begin the task anew.” - St. Francis de Sales
    • “Nothing is so strong as gentleness, nothing so gentle as real strength.” - St. Frances de Sales
    • “What saves a man is to take a step. Then another step. It is always the same step, but you have to take it.” - Antoine de Saint-Exupry
    • “Other people see things and say: why?  But I dream things that never were and say: why not?”  George Bernard Shaw
    • “Everybody gets so much information all daylong that they lose their common sense.” - Gertrude Stein
    • “May my soul bloom in love for all existence.” - Rudolf Steiner

  • “If you mind is empty, it is always ready for anything; it is open to everything.  In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, in the expert’s mind there are few.” - Shunryu Suzuki Roishi
  • “Love is the fruit in season at all times and within reach of every hand.” - Mother Teresa
  • “If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one.” - Mother Teresa
  • “Peace begins with a smile.” - Mother Teresa
  • “Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person.” - Mother Teresa
  • “Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier.” - Mother Teresa
  • “Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.”Mother Teresa
  • “Smile, breathe, go slowly.” - Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.” – Leo Tolstoy
  • “My piece of bread only belongs to me when I know that everyone else has a share, and that no one starves while I eat.” - Leo Tolstoy
  • “The trouble with the rat race is that even if you win, you’re still a rat.”Lily Tomlin
  • “Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured.” - Mark Twain
  • “Whoever is happy will make others happy, too.” - Mark Twain
  • “Never argue with a fool, onlookers may not be able to tell the difference.” - Mark Twain
  • “Love does not cause suffering, what causes it is the sense of ownership, which is love’s opposite.”  - A. de Saint-Exupery
  • “Most of my life has been one tragedy after another, most of which hasn’t happened.” - Voltaire
  • “Everything’s in the mind. That’s where it all starts. Knowing what you want is the first step toward getting it.” - Mae West
  • “We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars…” – Oscar Wilde
  • As a woman, I have no country.  As a woman, I want no country.  As a woman, my country is the world.”Virginia Woolf

I hope these quotes will bring you joy, positivity, and inspiration each and every day.  Which one is your favorite?

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Comments

  1. says

    Sandra!!
    One hundred posts – awesome!!!

    And I just LOVE the quotes – this is getting bookmarked!!

    Looking forward to all that is to come in this beautiful space…

  2. says

    Hi Sandra,

    Congratulations on your 100th post!

    I like each quote but the Emerson thoughts resonate deeply with me. I enjoy his style.

    Thanks for sharing the quotes.

    Ryan

  3. says

    Congratulations on 100 posts! I really can’t pick a favorite, although you’ve included a lot of people I admire like Gandhi, Einstein, and RFK. I feel especially close to Amelia Earhart as she and I share a birthday.

    I was pondering what Einstein meant about Buddhism and science. I think he means that Buddhism teaches to be open without preconception, and that helps understand the odd edges of science like quantum mechanics that don’t “make sense.”

    • says

      Thanks, Jennifer. It really is impossible to chose one quote as a favorite. That wasn’t a totally fair question on my part!

      There have been many dialogues in recent years between scientists and Buddhist scholars including the Dalai Lama. There are interesting overlaps in the way Buddhism and science look at the universe and at mind, but also places where the two diverge.

      If you are interested in exploring this more you could visit the website for the Mind and Life Institute

      http://www.mindandlife.org/

      Also Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche’s book The Joy of Living: Unlocking the Secrets and Science of Happiness looks at mind from both a Buddhist perspective and the perspective of neuroscience.

      Your take on Einstein’s view may be right on target. Buddhism definitely encourages us to approach the world in a non-conceptual way. However, Einstein may have been thinking of these other parallels that are coming to light now with the dialogues that have taken place.

      Thanks so much for your comment.

    • says

      Hi Tess, It’s funny, I had never heard of Seth Godin ’till I saw that quote somewhere. Now I know he’s a hot marketing expert. It’s always nice to see your shining face.

  4. says

    Dear Sandra Lee,

    These quotes made for several beautiful, uplifting moments just now. I read them all and love them.

    One that stood out for me was: “Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy.” – Anne Frank. There is amazing beauty all around us and I choose to acknowledge and bask in it. Yes, it is important to address destruction of the environment, yet NOT to the exclusion of seeing the beauty that surrounds us.

    I recently read Blessed Unrest and Hawkens points out that there are at least 1 million, perhaps 2 million organizations working toward humanitarian and environmental causes. Now, that’s caring!

    We live on a magnificent planet in remarkable bodies that carry us through every moment of our lives.

    These beautiful quotes inspire many thoughts and these are just a few.

    Thank you for the inspiration and for the beautiful photographs that adorn your post!

    Congratulations on 100 posts!

    Warmest regards,
    Lauren

    • says

      I’m glad you mentioned that particular quote because it stood out to me too (also it was new to me). In particular coming from Anne Frank what a perfect illustration and reminder for us that while I don’t think we should ignore the fact that the world isn’t perfect and there is work to be done, it’s also important to see the wonderful as well and as she said ”be happy”. I didn’t have time yesterday to elaborate but I’m really glad you did :)

      I like your point made with humanitarian/caring organisations stats too – yes, that is a great sign.

    • says

      Welcome Lauren,

      Reading your comment was an inspirational experience in and of itself! I love your emphasis on seeing the beauty around us. It is very inspiring to hear how many organizations are working toward humanitarian and environmental causes. It would be easy to get stuck in pessimism, but it’s so much more powerful to balance that with seeing the beauty in the people and environmental around us – as you so eloquently suggest.

      I feel very uplifted by your appreciative words. Thanks so much for taking the time to comment. It’s really nice to connect with you.

  5. says

    Congrats on writing and publishing 100 blog posts. That’s a great accomplishment, and how generous of you to celebrate it in such an inspiring way. My schedule these days and being away from home doesn’t allow me to comment nearly as much as I’d like, but I SO appreciate you. YOU are an inspiration!

  6. says

    Oh SANDRA<
    100 posts! Woohoo! What a fun ride it has been knowing you my dear. You have accomplished so much in 100 posts :) A lot more of you to come…and I await :)
    All the quotes here are so beautiful. Its the perfect way to celebrate. You know I am a quotes junkie na…so this is gonna be bookmarked and I am coming back soon enough to borrow some for future posts :)
    Love you and your presence so much. You truly are awesome!
    HUgs,
    Z~

    • says

      Hi Zeenat,

      100 posts is a landmark indeed! Thanks for celebrating with me. It’s been incredible connecting with you and allowing your positive spirit to influence my being so beautifully.

      Gee, I wonder if there is a treatment for being a “quotes junkie” ?!? I will love seeing your favorites from this list adorning your future posts.

      A big hug right back to you.

  7. says

    *** Happy 100! ***

    What a wonderful way to celebrate. These quotes are all so wise and so powerful. Your writing is outstanding and I have loved witnessing your blossoming as a blogger. You are an inspiration and reading your articles is an honor.

    *** Here’s to the next 100! ***

    • says

      Thank you timethief. Your comment made my day! I appreciate your support and enthusiasm. You have been my number 1 blogging mentor and I am so grateful to you.

  8. says

    Hi Sandra,

    You know truly speaking I need time to read all these 1oo quotes, because I want to understand every word of all the quotes. Quotes you shared here are definitely going to inspire me, as I have gone through few of them but at present I am more inspired by you. I am really impressed by your way to celebrate your post century. A great way to celebrate! Congrats for the first 1oo.
    Would love and be eager to read and enjoy your post nunbered 1o1.

    Sangita.

    • says

      Hi Sangita,

      Thank you for your joyous words. Yes, it’s been a wonderful way to acknowledge and celebrate 100 posts. Who knows what will come next! Have a beautiful day.

  9. says

    Hi Sandra! What a treat. Some people think that quotes are overrated but there is something about being able to pack such wisdom in just a few sentences.

    I love the quote selection you presented. I particularly enjoy this one: “What we see depends mainly on what we look for.” I can also apply a more mundane interpretation of these profound words for this moment: I was looking for inspiration, I saw your blog. :)

    Loving blessings!

    • says

      Hi Andrea,

      Wow, I can’t believe some people think quotes are over-rated, they bring so much inspiration to me! But it does depend on the quote of course.

      Thank you so much for your kind words and for visiting my blog. Nice to see your shining face and brite perspective!

  10. ~ Bern ~ says

    I truly love these quotes.

    They point us all in the direction of Home.

    And when we find Home,

    We shall begin quoting our selves.

  11. dowhatyoulove says

    What a beautiful collection of quotes. A great way to celebrate 100 posts! There is so much wisdom and beauty in this collection of quotes, thank you for sharing the inspiration!

  12. says

    What a phenomenal collection of quotes! I think my favorite one is this:

    “The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, not to worry about the future, or not to anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly.” – Buddha

    I had that in poster form on my wall during my junior year of a college, and it holds a very special place in my heart.

    Warm congratulations on reaching 100 posts!

  13. says

    Thanks Travis! I like your favorite too. It’s one of my faves. I only came upon it recently. I had no idea it’s so known as to be a poster. Wonderful!

  14. says

    Such a wonderful way to start the day! It’s hard to choose a favourite, though…they’re all uplifting in their own way.
    Thanks for sharing!

  15. kavitha says

    “Love is the fruit in season at all times and within reach of every hand.” – Mother Teresa
    “If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one.” – Mother Teresa
    “Peace begins with a smile.” – Mother Teresa
    “Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person.” – Mother Teresa
    “Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier.” – Mother Teresa
    “Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.” – Mother Teresa

    Lovely thoughts…Thankyou!!!

  16. says

    Hello Kavitha,

    I really love the Mother Teresa quotes too. You cannot go wrong with love! Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment. All the best to you.

  17. says

    Dearest Sandra, This an amazing compilation of insight, wisdom and wit. Some I have heard, others not. But I am lately seeing the peace that reading a simple quote can bring to our day.

    We must have been on the same wave length because I too did my first quote page, but I only shared 3 quote. Then I asked others to share their favorite, or to write one of their own. It was really fun and soothing for me.

    It’s interesting reading these, because the one that stood out to me, was not one I would have normally chosen. So I found that interesting. This is the one I chose:

    “When you take a flower in your hand and really look at it, it’s your world for the moment. I want to give that world to someone else. Most people in the city rush around so, they have no time to look at a flower. I want them to see it whether they want to or not.” – Georgia O’Keeffe

    I think maybe I resonated with this in part due to publishing my story of living with the wild. I never really thought of it the way O’Keeffe does here, but reading this made me realize that I might feel the same way. Her flower paintings are do vivid, even sensual and visceral that people almost have no choice BUT to experience them. She lived just “up the road” from me. How amazing. And I think when one lives in the desert they become even MORE aware of flowers, as there are sometimes fewer of them. Or maybe it’s just that they stand out more amongst the dry barren rock and sand. So in essence they are as they pains them, larger than life, sensual and very vivid. Beautiful post, Sandra. You put a lot of effort into it. Thank you. Love, Robin

    • says

      Hi Robin,

      I loved the video of flute music and photographs in your recent quotes post. It was so lovely I burst into tears. Nice to share the same wave length with you.

      It was interesting to read your insight on the quote from Georgia O’Keefe – it really helped me to understand it more deeply. Your description of flowers in the dessert is gorgeous. I would love to develop my ability to see and immerse my self in the beauty around me more and more.

      Sending you a big hug!

  18. says

    Congratulations on your 100th post, Sandra! It’s quite an achievement. I’m sure that you thought it would never get here and it probably came faster than you thought it would. Sometimes you can’t even remember all of the articles you wrote over the months.

    Thanks for the compilation of great quotes. I like “The way we see the problem is the problem.” – Stephen Covey

    • says

      Thanks for your applause and acknowledgment. The 100th post is definitely a landmark on the blogging front, but still at the very beginning of the path. I love that Covey quote too. Thanks for stopping by.

  19. says

    Dear Sandra, you are the most supportive, kind, generous and compassionate blogger and I really congratulate you on your 100th blog post!! This is a page to book mark as you have quoted some of my favorite authors and heroes – and written a lovely tribute here. Here’s to your next 100 posts :)!

    • says

      Farnoosh, Thank you for your celebratory and kind words! 100 posts is the first big one, isn’t it? 1 year will be next. A big hug to you. Completely adored your post on Bali.

  20. says

    Hello and thank you! I needed this today as it is the one year anniversary of my brother’s passing – I need to keep my focus and live like he did – full of joy and passionate about what was truly important to him. He was a great teacher..and a wonderful brother :-)

    • says

      Colleen, I’m glad this post was helpful to you on this important day. Thanks for honoring your brother by remember his beautiful qualities of joy and passion by igniting them in your life. Wishing you the best always.

  21. says

    I loved this post and I’m bookmarking it for random inspiration whenever I feel like a pick-me-up!

    My favorite today is, “Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with yourself. Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfections but instantly set about remedying them – every day begin the task anew.” – St. Francis de Sales

    • says

      Hello and Welcome Chrysta,

      This is one of my favorite posts too! I love to revisit these quotes all the time. Thanks for taking a moment to leave a comment. I really appreciate it.

      I wish you the best with all the positive transitions you are making.

  22. says

    I enjoy your blog very much. These are many of my favorite quotes and I have now because of this have several more.
    Thank you and namaste’ :)

  23. says

    Loved these quotes and wonder if i may use any of them in my website which is http://www.age-well.org I usually add a quote to each page but often find it difficult to find a suitable quote for each subject.

    Also the next issue of my newsletter (see the last issue here: http://www.age-well.org/Age_Well_Newsletter-October-2011.html ) is about positive thinking and i’m looking for articles touching on this issue if you are interested in contributing to age-well.org

    • says

      Hi Mary,

      Glad you enjoyed the quotes. Yes, you are welcome to use them. Thanks for your invitation for contributing to your newsletter. It’s not possible for me to do so right now, but I appreciate the invitation. Be well!

  24. says

    Hi Sandra,

    Congrats on the 100th posts. And what a great way to mark this milestone with this list of great quotes. I like all things from Mother Teresa. What a great woman.

    BTW, how long did you take to reach 100 post? It is a really remarkable feat. I am also reaching that soon. I am on 73 and counting. To be honest, my ideas are for more post titles keeps adding and adding up.

    Cheers for the inspiration. Hope you can visit my site too and give me some feedback.

  25. says

    Every time I am reading this inspirational message my heart beat so fast as I touched with love. Thanks for this great collection of qoutes.

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