(67 Posts)
knightofalbion Mon 14-Nov-11 08:43:29

This thread is for inspirational quotations, poems and short stories. If there is something that has touched your soul, led you to a higher path or given you strength in a time of adversity, then please add it here.
If it has inspired you, the chances are it will inspire others too and to help each other along is the duty of every soul.
Into the light!

All this talk of religion, but it's how you live your life that is the all-important thing.
If you set out each day to do all the goodness and kindness that you can, and to do no harm to man or beast, then you are walking the highest path.
And when your time is up, if you can leave the earth a better place than you found it, then yours will have been a life well lived.

knightofalbion Tue 26-Aug-14 16:32:08

Arise gentle sisters!

knightofalbion Fri 22-Aug-14 17:45:42

What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead
- Nelson Mandela

knightofalbion Fri 22-Aug-14 17:21:09

Don't spend your precious time asking "Why isn't the world a better place?" It will only be time wasted. The question to ask is "How can I malke it better?" To that there is an answer
- Leo Buscaglia

DrankSangriaInThePark Tue 22-Apr-14 13:09:26

Knight of Albion, as others have said, I don't know who you are, but I love your quotes. You have introduced me to Oriah Mountain Dreamer and I have passed her on to another friend of mine. Thank you!

knightofalbion Mon 21-Apr-14 20:55:48

Great opportunities to help others seldom come, but small ones surround us every day - Sally Koch

twattock Tue 15-Apr-14 10:09:19

There is no fate but what we make.

knightofalbion Mon 14-Apr-14 23:23:40

I have no desire to move mountains, construct monuments or leave behind in my wake material evidence of my existence. But in the final recollection, if the essence of my being has caused a smile to have appeared upon your face or a touch of joy within your heart, then in living I have made my mark - Thomas L. Odem Jr

knightofalbion Mon 14-Apr-14 23:19:38

Go into the world and do well. But more importantly go into the world and do good - Minor Myers Jr.

trish5000 Sun 27-Oct-13 09:34:51


Seems to help those in trying times

SecretWitch Fri 25-Oct-13 22:39:50

I have loved the stars to fondly too fondly to be fearful of the night..

Sarah Williams, An Astronomer to his Pupil

SecretWitch Fri 25-Oct-13 22:38:04

Yougotbale, your grandad was a very wise man!

Yougotbale Thu 17-Oct-13 23:31:57

Remember to smile and always keep your cock clean.

My grandad's mantra

SalmonellaDeGhoul Thu 17-Oct-13 23:12:11

knightofalbion I don't know who you are but just wanted to say that since my daughter died, your threads have helped me enormously xx

SalmonellaDeGhoul Thu 17-Oct-13 23:11:19

People take different roads seeking fulfillment and happiness. Just because they’re not on your road doesn’t mean they’ve gotten lost.”

― Dalai Lama XIV

WholeNutt Thu 17-Oct-13 22:39:42

The Invitation

Oriah Mountain Dreamer

It doesn't interest me what you do for a living. I want to know what you ache for and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart's longing.

It doesn't interest me how old you are. I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool for love, for your dream, for the adventure of being alive.

It doesn't interest me what planets are squaring your moon. I want to know if you have touched the centre of your own sorrow, if you have been opened by life's betrayals or have become shrivelled and closed from fear of further pain.

I want to know if you can sit with pain, mine or your own, without moving to hide it, or fade it, or fix it.

I want to know if you can be with joy, mine or your own; if you can dance with wildness and let the ecstasy fill you to the tips of your fingers and toes without cautioning us to be careful, be realistic, remember the limitations of being human.

It doesn't interest me if the story you are telling me is true. I want to know if you can disappoint another to be true to yourself. If you can bear the accusation of betrayal and not betray your own soul. If you can be faithless and therefore trustworthy.

I want to know if you can see Beauty even when it is not pretty every day. And if you can source your own life from its presence.

I want to know if you can live with failure, yours and mine, and still stand at the edge of the lake and shout to the silver of the full moon, 'Yes.'

It doesn't interest me to know where you live or how much money you have. I want to know if you can get up after the night of grief and despair, weary and bruised to the bone and do what needs to be done to feed the children.

It doesn't interest me who you know or how you came to be here. I want to know if you will stand in the centre of the fire with me and not shrink back.

It doesn't interest me where or what or with whom you have studied. I want to know what sustains you from the inside when all else falls away.

I want to know if you can be alone with yourself and if you truly like the company you keep in the empty moments.

SunshineMMum Wed 25-Sep-13 08:12:34

“Toward the end of the work, the priest, richly dress in splendid liturgical vestments, is lifted up by his people. He towers high above the adoring crowd, carrying in his hands a glass chalice. Suddenly, the human pyramid collapses, and the priest comes tumbling down. His vestments are ripped off and his glass chalice falls to the ground and is shattered. As he slowly walks through the debris of his former glory – barefoot, wearing only blue jeans and a T-shirt – children voices are heard singing, ‘Laude, laude, laude’ – ‘Praise, praise, praise.’ Suddenly the priest notices the broken chalice. He looks at it for a long time and then, haltingly, he says, “I never realized that broken glass could shine so brightly.’” Henri Nouwen

gigglestar Wed 25-Sep-13 06:45:04

marking spot :-)

knightofalbion Tue 24-Sep-13 20:26:10

Those who have forsaken the killing of all; those who are helpmates to all; those who are a sanctuary to all; those men are in the way of Heaven
- The Hitopadesa

muminthecity Sat 06-Apr-13 00:48:22

'You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be, and whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul. With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.'

Max Ehrmann, "Desiderata"

HoneyandRum Sat 06-Apr-13 00:18:27

We do not have to talk very much in order to pray well.

St. Jean-Marie Vianney

knightofalbion Thu 04-Apr-13 21:58:50

The best portion of a good man's life
His little, nameless, unremembered acts
Of kindness and love
- William Wordsworth

knightofalbion Tue 05-Feb-13 19:22:29

We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children
- Native American proverb

juule Tue 18-Dec-12 23:37:35
juule Tue 18-Dec-12 23:36:15

" So that when I look up at the night sky and I know that yes, we are part of this universe, we are in this universe, but perhaps more important than both of those facts is that the Universe is in us"

knightofalbion Thu 29-Nov-12 19:46:47

World of Wonder:
Every day the sun rises and sets, tides ebb and flow. All these things happen wheter or not we notice them, but when we take time to notice them, we are filled with wonder.
Even to think that every snowflake is different. Billions and billions of snowflakes that fall, every single one wonderful, looking so much alike and yet no two are the same
- Sister Stanislaus Kennedy (From 'Gardening the Soul')

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