(64 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 Mon 14-Nov-11 08:52:14

William Ernest Henley

Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud,
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.

knightofalbion Mon 14-Nov-11 08:54:04

Is there anyone upon the Earth who is glad that you have lived?
(From 'The Shining Paths' by Dolores Ashcroft-Nowicki.)

ComeToTheEdge Mon 14-Nov-11 13:07:14

I like that last one very much.

"Come to the edge" he said
"we are afraid" they said
They came to the edge,he pushed them, they flew.
So many of us are afraid to come to the edge, yet we all have the potential to fly"

Not a coincidence that that is my user name smile

knightofalbion Tue 15-Nov-11 12:42:48

Message From The Stars:
I stood at eventime. The never-ending plain
All empty looked and void. Yet, as I gazed again
An army bivouacked. Unnumbered points of light
Bespoke a force Supreme - invincible for right
- Henry Morley

knightofalbion Thu 17-Nov-11 18:37:50

Man is the gardener of his own soul. The Great Spirit has provided him with all that is necessary for it to grow in wisdom, grace and beauty. The implements are there, he has but to use them wisely and well - Silver Birch

knightofalbion Thu 17-Nov-11 18:41:42

Help wherever you can and know that you are fulfilling yourself, which is the reason for your being on earth - Silver Birch

knightofalbion Thu 17-Nov-11 18:44:05

The growth of the soul is only increased by service, for as you forget self in the service of others, so your own soul grows in stature and strength - Silver Birch

knightofalbion Thu 17-Nov-11 18:48:20

So many gods, so many creeds,
So many paths that wind and wind,
While just the art of being kind
Is all the sad world needs
- Ella Wheeler Wilcox

knightofalbion Wed 23-Nov-11 15:43:06

A simple philosophy for life - do your best and be kind.

knightofalbion Wed 23-Nov-11 15:45:30

Everything is worthy of kindness. Pain is still pain, suffering is still suffering, regardless of whoever, or whatever, is the victim.

knightofalbion Mon 28-Nov-11 10:54:20

A well-known author and poet was working and vacationing on the southern coast of Spain. One morning very early, he was walking along the beach; the sun was just rising. While enjoying the beauty about him, he glanced down the beach and saw a lone figure dancing about.
Fascinated by this other person celebrating the day that was about to dawn, he moved closer. As he came nearer, he realized that the young man was not dancing, but in one graceful movement was picking objects up from the beach and was tossing them out into the sea. As he approached the young man, he saw that the objects were starfish.
"Why in the world are you throwing starfish into the water?"
"If the starfish are still on the beach when the tide goes out and the sun rises higher in the sky, they will die", replied the young man, as he continued tossing them out to the sea.
"That's ridiculous! There are thousands of miles of beach and millions of starfish. You can't believe that what you are doing could possibly make a difference!"
The young man picked up another starfish, paused thoughtfully and remarked as he tossed it out into the waves, "It makes a difference to this one."
- It Makes A Difference by Loren Eisley

knightofalbion Mon 28-Nov-11 12:24:38

No kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted - Aesop

redhappy Mon 05-Dec-11 17:40:19

Trying too hard IS resisting.

Can't remember who said this, but it always helps me when I'm getting in a tangle over things I wish were within my control.

PiratecatClaus Mon 05-Dec-11 17:49:13

great idea this thread thankyou.

Take my hand.
We will walk.
We will only walk.
We will enjoy our walk
without thinking of arriving anywhere.
Walk peacefully.
Walk happily.

Thich Nhat Hanh (from Walking Meditation)

knightofalbion Fri 23-Dec-11 15:35:10

Here we are, here and now, this is our big moment in time. So let us try and do something - something good, something beautiful - with the precious years allotted to us.

knightofalbion Tue 24-Jan-12 15:36:09

Roses In Your Heart:
Harry Wheatcroft, probably the most celebrated rose grower alive, says, "He who would grow good roses must have roses in his heart." And he is a pacifist. "I deplore beyond all measure the thousands of millions spent to create implements to destroy mankind. With all that money everybody could grow roses. The world could be made so beautiful, if only people..."
Yes, if only people had roses in their hearts, there would be no more wars, no more misery, just beauty and goodness
- Al Koran (From 'Bring Out The Magic In Your Mind' 1964)

knightofalbion Tue 24-Jan-12 15:39:08

One does not need to be a psychic to see God in the petal of a rose - Peggy Mason

knightofalbion Sun 29-Jan-12 23:39:54

Flower Power:

When people you know suddenly ignore you, or when they try to pick a quarrel, don't tell them off or send a nasty letter. Send flowers. Flowers bring harmony and peace. They have a power all their own and you can 'say it with flowers' - Al Koran

A flower is beauty itself. You see that it is a lovely colour, that it emantes sweet scent, and that it is soft to the touch. It influences you to be gentle. Surround yourself with flowers and watch the results. Flowers are vibrationary and give off radiations of a positive kind - Al Koran

knightofalbion Sun 29-Jan-12 23:42:15

What wisdom can you find that is greater than kindness? - Jean Jacques Rousseau

knightofalbion Sun 29-Jan-12 23:47:31

No kind action ever stops with itself. One kind action leads to another. Good example is followed. A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions and the roots spring up and make new trees.
The greatest work that kindness does to others is that it makes them kind themselves - Amelia Earhart

knightofalbion Sun 04-Mar-12 15:24:52

The Human Family: All people are brothers and sisters, irrespective of colour, race or creed. Therefore, if anyone, anywhere in the world, is suffering or in distress, it concerns you, it concerns me, it concerns us all.

The world is my country.

To do good is my religion.

knightofalbion Fri 16-Mar-12 23:29:54

LOVE is the great keyword of life. Love expressed in the emotional sense as COMPASSION and expressed in the physical sense as SERVICE.

knightofalbion Fri 16-Mar-12 23:32:16

Remember, my brother, that the coin which you drop into the withered hand stretching toward you is the only golden chain that binds your rich heart to the loving heart of God
- Kahlil Gibran

knightofalbion Mon 16-Apr-12 15:07:31

It is not the magnitude of our actions, but the amount of love that is put into them that matters - Mother Teresa

knightofalbion Mon 16-Apr-12 15:12:01

Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile - Albert Einstein

knightofalbion Fri 20-Apr-12 15:19:06

Sometimes I get very tired with those who want what they call 'higher teachings' from the spirit world and do nothing to help their brother men. As people grow they understand more and more the operation of the laws of the Great Spirit. There is no 'high' and there is no 'low' teaching.
If all the people who clamour for teachings would do something to make the earth a better place, a brighter place, a place where the hungry would be fed and the thirsty would be given drink, where people were allowed to live in houses where the sunshine of the Great Spirit could reach their poor, tired bodies, then they would be putting into operation the highest teaching of all
- Silver Birch

knightofalbion Fri 01-Jun-12 17:54:32

Help thy brother's boat across and lo! thine own has reached the shore
- Hindu proverb

(Through Service the soul is advanced)

knightofalbion Wed 27-Jun-12 23:44:40

And how you ask are we to walk the spiritual path? We answer; say little, love much, give all, judge no one, aspire to all that is pure and good - and keep on keeping on
- White Eagle

knightofalbion Wed 27-Jun-12 23:48:20

"I don't think of all the misery, but of the beauty that stll remains"
- Anne Frank

Despite all the doom and gloom on the news every night, this is a BEAUTIFUL world, full of many wonderful sights and sounds - and people.
Open your eyes, open your heart and marvel...

downindorset Thu 28-Jun-12 20:59:13

“Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.”

― Rumi

knightofalbion Tue 14-Aug-12 13:17:39

It is our deeds, the accumulated acts of goodness and kindness, that define us and ultimately are the true measure of our worth.
Service is the coin of the spirit.

knightofalbion Sun 19-Aug-12 16:05:55

Determination and a just cause:
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world, indeed, it is the only thing that ever has"
- Margaret Mead

knightofalbion Sat 15-Sep-12 17:13:24

Be the change you want to see in the world
- Mahatma Gandhi

knightofalbion Tue 13-Nov-12 13:39:15

May I be a protector for the unprotected;
A guide for travellers on the way;
A boat, a raft or a bridge
For those who long to cross to the other shore.

May I be an isle for those who seek an island;
A lamp for those who wish for light;
A shelter for those in need of rest;
A servant for those in need of service.

- Shantideva (Bodhicaryavatara 3:17-18)

knightofalbion Tue 13-Nov-12 13:43:15

It is no non-violence if we merely love those that love us. It is non-violence only when we love those that hate us.
I know how difficult it is to follow this grand law of love. But are not all great and good things difficult to do?
Love of the hater is the most difficult of all. But by the grace of God even this most difficult thing becomes easy to accomplish if we want to do it
- Mahatma Gandhi

MaryBS Tue 13-Nov-12 15:51:22

“People are often unreasonable and self-centered. Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.
If you are honest, people may cheat you. Be honest anyway.
If you find happiness, people may be jealous. Be happy anyway.
The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway.
Give the world the best you have and it may never be enough. Give your best anyway.
For you see, in the end, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.”
― Mother Teresa

crescentmoon Tue 13-Nov-12 16:26:39

this i always liked this quote didnt know it was Mother Teresa's. i havent read it for years...

and Ghandhi? not many human beings in the world come around like Ghandhi.

crescentmoon Tue 13-Nov-12 16:28:13

(whoops, by ^ this ^ i meant marybs i meant the be kind anyway quote!)

MaryBS Thu 15-Nov-12 08:16:42

smile crescentmoon

Carrie37 Mon 26-Nov-12 14:40:52

Two men looked out through prison bars, one saw mud the other saw stars.

crescentmoon Mon 26-Nov-12 15:59:33

"Think how it is to have a conversation with an embryo.
You might say 'The world outside is vast and intricate.
There are wheatfields and mountain passes,
and orchards in bloom.
At night there are millions of galaxies, and in sunlight
the beauty of friends dancing at a wedding.'
You ask the embryo why he, or she, stays cooped up
in the dark with eyes closed.
Listen to the answer.
There is no 'other world'
I only know what I have experienced.
You must be hallucinating."

Rumi - from "Wean Yourself"

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')

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"

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

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

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

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"

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

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

marking spot :-)

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

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.

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

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

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

Remember to smile and always keep your cock clean.

My grandad's mantra

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

Yougotbale, your grandad was a very wise man!

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

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


Seems to help those in trying times

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.

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

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

There is no fate but what we make.

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

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

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!

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