Quotes for
the Journey:

Self 2

Just trust yourself, then you
will know how to live.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


To the extent that we honor all aspects of ourselves, we remove revulsion, self-hate, horror, and terror from our lives.  As whole human beings we are the creatures of the greatest complexity on this planet.  Respect for this complexity includes our insisting on acceptance of the inconsistent and incongruous.       -Theodore Rubin

A spiritual kingdom lies all about us, enclosing us, embracing us, altogether within reach of our inner selves, waiting for us to recognize it.  God Himself is here awaiting our response to His presence.  This eternal world will come alive to us the moment we begin to reckon upon its reality.       -A.W. Tozer
We must not allow other people’s limited perceptions to define us.       -Virginia Satir
There is an Indian proverb or axiom that says that everyone is a house with four rooms--a physical, a mental, an emotional, and a spiritual.  Most of us tend to live in one room most of the time, but unless we go into every room every day, even if only to keep it aired, we are not a complete person.       -Rumer Godden
How I feel about and behave toward myself is the basic determinant of most of my behavior.  If I improve my self-regard, I will find that dozens of behaviors change automatically.  If, for example, I increase my feelings of self-competence, I will probably be less defensive, less angered by criticism, less devastated if I do not get a raise, less anxious when I come to work, better able to make decisions, and more able to appreciate and praise other people.       -Will Schultz

There is no such thing as can’t, only won’t.  If you’re qualified, all it takes is a burning desire to accomplish, to make a change.  Go forward, go backward.  Whatever it takes!  But you can’t blame other people or society in general.  It all comes from your mind.  When we do the impossible we realize that we are special people.       -Jan Ashford
It is never too late to be what you might have been.       -George Eliot
Try not to become a person of success but rather try to become a person of value.       -Albert Einstein
I do not know when I have had happier times in my soul, than when I have been sitting at work, with nothing before me but a candle and a white cloth, and hearing no sound but that of my own breath, with God in my soul and heaven in my eye . . . . I rejoice in being exactly what I am,--a creature capable of loving God, and who, as long as God lives, must be happy.  I get up and look for a while out the window, and gaze at the moon and stars, the work of an Almighty hand.  I think of the grandeur of the universe, and then sit down, and think myself one of the happiest beings in it.       -attributed to a poor 18th-century Methodist woman
Up to a point people’s lives are shaped by environment, heredity, and movements and changes in the world about them; then there comes a time when it lies within their grasp to shape the clay of their lives into the sort of thing they wish to be. . . . Everyone has it within their power to say, this I am today, that I shall be tomorrow.       -Louis L’Amour

It is healthy to accept myself as I am, to like myself, and to love myself.  It is okay for me to accept a compliment or praise. Because I am just as deserving and worthy as anyone else, I may treat myself as well as I treat others, live my own life, and enjoy my life.  There is a difference between being unselfish and being a martyr or a victim.  There is a time for putting myself first so that I may take care of myself and my needs.        -Jill Wolf


Happiness belongs to those who are sufficient unto themselves.  For all external sources of happiness and pleasure are, by their very nature, highly uncertain, precarious, ephemeral, and subject to chance.        -Arthur Schopenhauer
Being bored is an insult to oneself.       -Jules Renard
Be yourself and think for yourself; and while your conclusions may not be infallible, they will be nearer right than the conclusions forced upon you.       -Elbert Hubbard
The person who makes everything that leads to happiness depend upon him or herself, and not upon other people, has adopted the very best plan for living happily.       -Plato
The older I get, the more I realize the importance of exercising the various dimensions of my body, soul, mind, and heart.  Taken together, these aspects give me a sense of wholeness.  I want to be a whole human being rather than one who limps on one leg because I don't know how to use all of my parts.  Intellectual, emotional, and physical activity are not separate entities.  Rather, they are dimensions of the same human being.        -Robert Fulghum
You have to be true to yourself, but you have to be true to your best self, not to the self that secretly thinks you are better than other people.       -Stephen Gaskin
You've got to believe deep inside yourself that you're destined to do great things.       -Joe Paterno
There's only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving,  and that's your own self.        -Aldous Huxley
When you reread a classic you do not see more in the book than you did before; you see more in you than there was before.        -Clifton Fadiman
I was always looking outside myself for strength and confidence, but it comes from within.  It is there all the time.       -Anna Freud
We all have choices to make about the quality of our presence and how we will affect those around us.  The quality of our presence is dependent not on what we can or cannot “do” but on the essence of who we are and how we relate to others.  Becoming the presence we would like to be is an intentional work.  It grows while we make peace with ourselves and with life.       -Sallirae Henderson

The holiest of holidays are those
Kept by ourselves in silence and apart;
The secret anniversaries of the heart.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
The path of awakening is not about becoming who you are.  Rather it is about unbecoming who you are not.       -Leonard Jacobson
Coming to appreciate your worth can, in some cases, dramatically improve your circumstances by changing the choices you make and the actions you take.  And as you begin to treat yourself with more respect, other people begin to do the same, since we subconsciously "train" others how to treat us through messages we send through body language, tone of voice, and other subtle cues and behaviors.  Discovering your innate worth and living from that place allows you to make more constructive choices--to choose the higher roads of life.       -Dan Millman

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The gatha I often take refuge in is, "Coming back to the island of myself."  When life seems like a turbulent ocean, we have to remember we have an island of peace inside.  Life has ups and downs, coming and going, gain and loss.  Dwelling in the island of self, you are safe.     -Thich Nhat Hanh, How to Walk



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