Quotes for
the Journey:


The real person smiles in trouble,
gathers strength from distress,
and grows brave by reflection.

Thomas Paine


Reflection must be reserved for solitary hours; whenever she was alone, she gave way to it as the greatest relief; and not a day went by without a solitary walk, in which she might indulge in all the delight of unpleasant recollections.        -Jane Austen


Most true happiness comes from one's inner life, from the disposition of the mind and soul.  Admittedly, a good inner life is difficult to achieve, especially in these trying times.  It takes reflection and contemplation and self-discipline.       -William L. Shirer

Only by much searching and mining are gold and diamonds obtained, and one can find every truth connected with one's being if that person will dig deep into the mine of his or her soul.        -James Allen

I sincerely believe that there is a time in life for drifting.  There is a time for sitting back and getting in touch with yourself.  Some of our most interesting illuminations and ideas will come when we take time to reflect, time to kick back and cruise awhile.       -Rudolfo Anaya

By three methods we may learn wisdom:  First, by reflection, which is noblest; second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.      -Confucius
The stories of past courage. . . can offer hope, they can provide inspiration.  But they cannot supply courage itself.  For this each person must look into his or her own soul.      -John F. Kennedy

A string of excited, fugitive, miscellaneous pleasures is not happiness; happiness resides in imaginative reflection and judgment, when the picture of one's life, or of human life, as it truly has been or is, satisfies the will, and is gladly accepted.        -
George Santayana
Seeing within changes one's outer vision.        -Joseph Chilton Pearce
Only when the clamor of the outside world is silenced will you be able to hear the deeper vibration.  Listen carefully.       -Sarah Ban Breathnach
Glowing moments of peaceful reflection kindle the growth of our minds and spirits.       -unattributed

Reflection is in many ways a lost art.  It is an eyepiece to a world hidden away, the world within ourselves which is alive with truths and beauties and darkness we have never glimpsed.  It seems sad that we slice our time too thin for dreaming long dreams and thinking long thoughts.  We've grown uncomfortable with that sort of thing.  For a long time I had been uneasy left alone.  I would snap on the television or grab a book or make brownies.  Anything.  I suppose we are restless all alone with ourselves, all alone in a room with a stranger.  What if we face ourselves and find we don't like the person we meet?  I didn't even want to spend much time in prayer because God might confront me and I'd have to look at myself.      -Sue Monk Kidd
The longest journey of any person is the journey inward.       -Dag Hammerskjold
The unexamined life is not worth living.        -Socrates
There is one art of which people should be masters--the art of reflection.         -Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Follow effective action with quiet reflection.  From the quiet reflection will come even more effective action.
-Peter F. Drucker (also attributed to James Levin)

I love people who can smile in trouble, who can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection.
-Thomas Paine
Just because we increase the speed of information doesn't mean we can increase the speed of decisions.  Pondering, reflecting and ruminating are undervalued skills in our culture.     -Dale Dauten
It's important to be heroic, ambitious, productive, efficient, creative, and progressive, but these qualities don't necessarily nurture the soul. The soul has different concerns, of equal value: downtime for reflection, conversation, and reverie; beauty that is captivating and pleasuring; relatedness to the environs and to people; and any animal's rhythm of rest and activity.     -Thomas Moore
There are times when minds need to turn to simple things.  Perhaps for a few of these nights all of us might do well to leave the briefcases at the office and to read again the pages of the Bible, and to re-read the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States.  We might do well to stay home a few days and walk over the fields, or to stand in the shelter of the barn door and reflect upon the relentless and yet benevolent forces of Mother Nature.  The laws of nature are relentless.  They can never be disobeyed without exacting a penalty.  Yet they are benevolent, for when they are understood and obeyed, nature yields up the abundance that blesses those who understand and obey.     -Wheeler McMillen

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We can learn to trust ourselves by inquiring within.  To practice doing this, sit quietly, close your eyes, and for a minute focus your attention on your breathing.  Gently visualize your inner wisdom as a graceful butterfly.  Admire her beauty, and encourage your butterfly to sit on your shoulder and whisper her wisdom in your ear.  Be still and listen.     -Sue Patton Thoele
We must, like a painter, take time to stand back from our work, to be still, and thus see what's what. . . True repose is standing back to survey the activities that fill our days.     -William McNamara
You turn inward.  There's nothing to distract you, so you begin to look at yourself.     -Frank Bianco
What we really have to do is take a day and sit down and think.  The world is not going to end or fall apart.  Jobs won't be lost.  Kids will not run crazy in one day.  Lovers won't stop speaking to you.  Husbands and wives are not going to disappear.  Just take that one day and think.  Don't read.  Don't write.  No television, no radio, no distractions.  Sit down and think. . . . Go sit in a church, or in the park, or take a long walk and think.  Call it a healing day.     -Maya Angelou


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