Mother Teresa Anyway Quote Poster

Short wisdom quotes, inspirational sayings and spiritual aphorisms

This page consists of reader submitted quotes from various spiritual traditions as well as links to more pages with wise quotes to uplift your life and inspire you to kindness, patience, inner strength and a better life in general. I hope you're as inspired by these uplifting quotes as I am.

Thought runs you. Thought, however, gives false info that you are running it, that you are the one who controls thought. Whereas actually thought is the one which controls each one of us. David Bohm
The very purpose of religion is to control yourself, not to criticize others. Rather, we must criticize ourselves. How much am I doing about my anger? About my attachment, about my hatred, about my pride, my jealousy? These are the things which we must check in daily life. Dalai Lama Quotations

When I made this page, most quotes that got submitted were from the Tao Te Ching. Here is my favorite:

If you look to others for fulfillment, you will never be truly fulfilled.

Lao Tzu

The rest were moved here: Tao Te Ching quotes, Lao Tse

Many of us have realized in the last few days that silence can be enjoyable. We realize that there are many things that we do not have to say, and that then we can reserve the time and energy to do other things that can help us to look more deeply into ourselves and things around us. Thich Nhat Hanh
Man is more than his environment. It is from the innate quality of the Spirit in him, his inner storehouse, that he draws those ideas, his intuitions, which unify his perceptions of the external world instantaneously with a value which is qualitative and not quantitative, and which he embodies in the works of his culture - those achievements which belong not only to one particular time but to all times, and mark the path of his upward progress. N. Sri Ram
Life begins at the end of your comfort zone, Neals Donald Walsch
Poster by Stephanie Marrott
For a long time it has seemed to me that life was about to begin; Real life. But there was always some obstacle in the way, something to be got through first, some unfinished business, time still to be served, a debt to be paid. Then life would begin. At last it dawned on me that these obstacles were my life.

Father Albert D'Souza
Watch Your Thoughts Motivational Poster
Watch Your Thoughts...

All the Buddhas of all the ages have been telling you a very simple fact: Be - don't try to become. Within these two words, be and becoming, your whole life is contained. Being is enlightenment, becoming is ignorance.


Everything in your life is there as a vehicle for your transformation. Use it!

By Ram Dass
To obtain the pure silence necessary for the disciple, the heart and emotions, the brain and its intellectualisms, have to be put aside. Both are but mechanisms, which will perish with the span of man's life. It is the essence beyond, that which is the motive power, and makes man live, that is now compelled to rouse itself and act. Mabel Collins
We are not human beings on a spiritual journey. We are spiritual beings on a human journey.

Stephen R. Covey

Keep me from the wisdom that does not weep, and the philosophy that does not laugh, and the pride that does not bow its head before a child.
Kahlil Gibran

What could you not accept, if you but knew that everything that happens, all events, past, present, and to come, are gently planned by One Whose only purpose is your good?

A Course in Miracles
"Error runs down an inclined plane, while the Truth has to laboriously climb its way up hill." Old truisms are often the wisest. The human mind can hardly remain entirely free from bias, and decisive opinions are often formed before a thorough examination of a subject from all its aspects has been made. H.P. Blavatsky

"If you have a particular faith or religion, that is good. But you can survive without it."
~ Dalai Lama

My Religion is simple; My Religion is kindness.

Dalai Lama

To serve others with gratitude for the opportunity of service is good adab [in Sufism]. A dervish seeks opportunities to serve, knowing that service is an essential part of the spiritual path. Robert Frager
Control of the tongue! Vital for the man who would try to tread the Path, for no harsh or unkind word, no hasty impatient phrase, may escape from the tongue which is consecrated to service, and which must not injure even an enemy; for that which wounds has no place in the Kingdom of Love. Annie Besant

"And so Galahad decided that it would be a disgrace to set off on a quest with the other knights. Alone he would enter the dark forest where there was no path. This is the myth of The Hero's Journey."

Joseph Campbell

A man who is sincere and makes philosophy his life's endeavor, will emanate that sincerity. A man who thinks it and lives it will touch the intuition of others.

By Richard Rose

God does not play dice with the Universe


A good friend with a quiet mouth is a rare find.


Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit.

Max Ehrman, Desiderata

Conventional education makes independent thinking extremely difficult. Conformity leads to mediocrity. To be different from the group or to resist environment is not easy and is often risky as long as we worship success. Jiddu Krishnamurti
Creeds, dogmas, doctrines, rituals, ceremonies, stained glass, altars, mitre, cope -- what have these to do with religion? Religion is in the spirit, the spirit that belongs to all Creation, which expresses itself in every rhythm and manifestation of life, that is revealed in every aspect of Nature and in the striving of all idealists and reformers who wish to serve. What has that to do with creeds?

Silver Birch, through the Mediumship of Maurice Barbanell
Every calling is great when greatly pursued.

Oliver Wendell Holmes

You will never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness consists of. You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life.

Albert Camus

There is No Junk, it is all in the eye of the beholder!

The mother of a reader

Be The Change You Want To See In The World
Be The Change You want to SEE in the World, Mahatma Gandhi
IF you're afraid of being grabbed by God, don't look at a wall.

Definitely don't sit still.

Jiyu Kennett (Essential Zen )

"Health is a state of complete harmony of the body, mind and spirit. When one is free from physical disabilities and mental distractions, the gates of the soul open."
~B.K.S. Iyengar

We either make ourselves happy or miserable. The amount of work is the same.

Carlos Castaneda

"The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mystical. It is the source of all true art and science."
- Albert Einstein

"Spirituality can not be defined, but can be described as a journey to the center of the Soul."
- Peter Kemmsies

"Actually, we have no problems -
we have opportunities for which we should give thanks...
An error we refuse to correct has many lives.
It takes courage to face one's own shortcomings
and wisdom to do something about them."
~ Edgar Cayce

"Meditation brings wisdom; lack of mediation leaves ignorance. Know well what leads you forward and what hold you back, and choose the path that leads to wisdom."
~ Buddha

"I don't believe in astrology; I'm a Sagittarius and we're skeptical."
~Arthur C. Clarke

“The fact that modern physics, the manifestation of an extreme specialisation of the rational mind, is now making contact with mysticism, the essence of religion and manifestation of an extreme specialisation of the intuitive mind, shows very beautifully the unity and complementary nature of the rational and intuitive modes of consciousness; of the yang and the yin.”
~ Fritjof Capra