Join us on the path less traveled.
Inspirational quotes are the noteworthy thoughts of those who have preceded us along the path of life...the sometimes subtle bread crumb trails left behind to lead us to the meaningful ideas that they had discovered along their way.
These inspirational quotes are specially selected gems of philosophy and wisdom which, when taken to heart and acted upon, can lead to the kind of personal peace and tranquility that can only be found along the path less traveled. New quotes will be posted here at the top for a while before being listed with the main group of quotations just beyond the reflecting pool.
The path awaits, and we hope you will enjoy your journey.
Think the thoughts and see the sights along the way...
and delight in the anticipation of what may lie ahead.
Take a walk in a redwood forest...
"Now and then it's good to pause in our pursuit of happiness
and just be happy."
Guillaume Apollinaire
"All shadows whisper of the sun."
Emanuel Carnevali
"Long live the sun which gives us such beautiful color."
Paul Cézanne
"You'll never find rainbows if you're looking down."
Charlie Chaplin
"An inch of time on the sundial is worth more than a foot of jade."
"You can't make up time; you can only use what's left, better."
Oscar G. Darlington
"A man who dares waste one hour of time
has not discovered the value of life."
Charles Darwin
"A man is what he thinks about all day long."
Ralph Waldo Emerson
"Hide not your talents. They for use were made.
What's a sundial in the shade?"
Benjamin Franklin
"He that is busy is tempted by but one devil; he that is idle, by a legion."
Thomas Fuller
"I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past."
Patrick Henry
"If you want to make the world a better place,
take a look at yourself and then make a change."
Sung by Michael Jackson
Written by Glen Ballard and Siedah Garrett
"Time is the wisest counselor."
"You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself any direction you choose."
Dr. Seuss
"We are the music makers, and we are the dreamers of dreams..."
Arthur O'Shaughnessy
"How far that little candle throws his beams!
So shines a good deed in a naughty world."
William Shakespeare
"Take care of each other."
Robert Louis Stevenson
"The mind is sharper and keener in seclusion and uninterrupted solitude.
Be alone - that is the secret of invention;
be alone, that is when ideas are born."
Nikola Tesla
"Dreams come true. Without that possibility,
nature would not incite us to have them."
John Updike
"The best way to make your dreams come true is to wake up."
Paul Valery
"Give me the splendid silent sun with all his beams full-dazzling."
Walt Whitman
"Breathe. Let go. And remind yourself that this very moment
is the only one you know you have for sure."
Oprah Winfrey
"The present is the ever moving shadow that divides
yesterday from tomorrow. In that lies hope."
Frank Lloyd Wright"
"Sometimes you have to take the leap,
and build your wings on the way down."
Kobi Yamada
Gaze into the reflecting pool...
"Far away in the sunshine are my highest aspirations.
I may not reach them, but I can see the beauty, believe in them,
and try to follow where they lead."
Louisa May Alcott
"The man who has no imagination has no wings."
Muhammad Ali
"If you have the will to win, you have achieved half your success;
if you don't, you have achieved half your failure."
David Ambrose
"Some of the most wonderful people are the ones who don't fit into boxes."
Tori Amos
"Now, after years of observation and enough courage to admit
what I have observed, I try to plant peace if I do not want discord;
to plant loyalty and honesty if I want to avoid betrayal and lies."
Maya Angelou
"Give me a firm place to stand, and I will move the earth."
"I count him braver who conquers his desires than him
who conquers his enemies;
for the hardest victory is the victory over self."
"Goodness does not consist in greatness, but greatness in goodness."
"Teach us...that we may feel the importance of every day,
of every hour, as it passes."
Jane Austen
"Imagination is the highest kite one can fly."
Lauren Bacall
"Each day is a journey; and the journey itself is home."
"Genius is childhood recaptured at will."
"The best way to predict the future is to create it."
Sophia Bedford-Pierce
"We have first raised a dust and then complain we cannot see."
George Berkeley
"Whenever you see darkness, there is extraordinary opportunity
for the light to burn brighter."
"Don't go through life, grow through life."
Eric Butterworth
"All you need within you is waiting to unfold and reveal itself."
Eileen Caddy
"A man without a goal is like a ship without a rudder."
Thomas Carlyle
"Time and reflection change the sight little by little
'till we come to understand."
Paul Cézanne
"Advice is like snow; the softer it falls the longer it dwells upon,
and the deeper it sinks into the mind."
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
"To be wronged is nothing unless you continue to remember it."
"When you meet someone better than yourself,
turn your thoughts to becoming his equal.
When you meet someone not as good as you are,
look within and examine your own self."
"The happiest people spend much time in a state of flow, the state in which people are so involved in an activity that nothing else seems to matter; the experience itself is so enjoyable that people will do it even at great cost, for the sheer sake of doing it."
Mihaly Csikzentmihalyi
"Be less curious about people and more curious about ideas."
Marie Curie
"And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you
because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places.
Those who don't believe in magic will never find it."
Roald Dahl
"Obstacles cannot crush me. Every obstacle yields to stern resolve.
He who is fixed to a star does not change his mind."
Leonardo da Vinci
"The secret of not having worries, for me at least, is to have ideas."
Eugene Delacroix
"It is not enough to have a good mind; the main thing is to use it well."
Rene Descartes
"Not knowing when the dawn will come, I open every door."
Emily Dickinson
"I'll tell you how the sun rose…a ribbon at a time."
Emily Dickinson
"Time is the most valuable thing a man can spend."
Laertius Diogenes
"If you can dream it, you can do it."
Walt Disney
"A happy person is not a person in a certain set of circumstances,
but rather a person with a certain set of attitudes."
Hugh Downs
"Our intention creates our reality."
Wayne Dyer
"If we all did the things we are capable of, we would astound ourselves."
Thomas Edison
"Do not go where the path may lead,
go instead where there is no path and leave a trail."
Ralph Waldo Emerson
"Nothing can bring you peace but yourself."
Ralph Waldo Emerson
"People only see what they are prepared to see."
Ralph Waldo Emerson
"The invariable mark of wisdom is to see the miraculous in the common."
Ralph Waldo Emerson
"People are not disturbed by things, but by the view they take of them."
"There are some people who live in a dream world,
and there are some who face reality;
and then there are those who turn one into the other."
Douglas Everett
"Education's purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one."
Malcolm S. Forbes
"Normal is not something to aspire to, it's something to get away from."
Jodie Foster
"At twenty years of age, the will reigns; at thirty, the wit;
and at forty, the judgement."
Benjamin Franklin
"Two roads diverged in a wood, and I - I took the one less traveled by,
and that has made all the difference."
Robert Frost
"We may run, walk, stumble, drive, or fly, but let us never lose sight of the reason for the journey, or miss a chance to see a rainbow on the way."
Gloria Gaither
"You must be the change you wish to see in the world."
Mahatma Gandhi
"Strength does not come from physical capacity.
It comes from an indomitable will."
Mahatma Gandhi
"Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it.
Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Begin it now."
"Happiness is a direction, not a place."
Syndey J. Harris
"Nothing endures but change."
"Thought is the labor of the intellect, reverie is its pleasure."
Victor Hugo
"There's only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving,
and that's your own self."
Aldous Huxley
"Try to be one of the people on whom nothing is lost."
Henry James
"A human being can alter his life by altering his attitudes of mind."
William James
"The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook."
William James
"Learn from yesterday, live for today and hope for tomorrow."
Thomas Jefferson
"Self-confidence is the first requisite to great undertakings."
Samuel Johnson
"Everything that irritates us about others
can lead us to an understanding of ourselves."
Carl Jung
"No pessimist ever discovered the secrets of stars, or sailed to an uncharted land, or opened a new heaven to the human spirit."
Helen Keller
"A man may die, nations may rise and fall, but an idea lives on."
John F. Kennedy
"Some men see things as they are and say 'Why?'
I dream things that never were and say 'Why not?'"
Robert Kennedy
"I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree."
Joyce Kilmer
"Believe the best of everybody."
Rudyard Kipling
"You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one."
John Lennon
"The future is something which everyone reaches at the rate
of 60 minutes an hour, whatever he does, whoever he is."
C. S. Lewis
"Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be."
Abraham Lincoln
"What we see depends mainly on what we look for."
John Lubbock
"The measure of a man's real character is what he would do
if he knew he never would be found out."
Thomas B. Macaulay
"Excellence is not a skill. It is an attitude."
Ralph Marston
"I am still learning."
"Keep a good heart. That's the most important thing in life.
It's not how much money you make or what you can acquire.
The art of it is to keep a good heart."
Joni Mitchell
"Those who dance are thought to be quite insane
by those who cannot hear the music."
Angela Monet
"No tool is more beneficial than intelligence.
No enemy is more harmful than ignorance."
Abu Abdullah Muhammad al-Harithi al-Baghdadi al-Mufid
"Victory belongs to the most persevering."
"The sun doesn't stop shining because some people are blind."
Mark Nepo

"In every real man a child is hidden that wants to play."
Friedrich Nietzsche
"We don't see things as they are, we see them as we are."
Anais Nin
"Take rest; a field that has rested gives a bountiful crop."
"Time is a brisk wind, for each hour it brings something new."
"The greatest victory a man can win is victory over himself."
Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi
"The true lover of knowledge naturally strives for truth, and is not content
with common opinion, but soars with undimmed and unwearied passion
till he grasps the essential nature of things."
"Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things
which those who dream only by night may miss."
Edgar Allan Poe
"The only real mistake is the one from which we learn nothing."
John Powell
"The fountain of beauty is the heart, and every generous thought
illustrates the walls of your chamber."
Francis Quarles
"The life you have led doesn't have to be the only life you have."
Anna Quindlen
"If you do what you've always done, you'll get what you've always gotten"
Anthony Robbins
"To succeed you have to believe in something with such a passion
that it becomes a reality."
Anita Roddick
"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams."
Eleanor Roosevelt
"It is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness."
Eleanor Roosevelt
"Believe you can and you're halfway there."
Theodore Roosevelt
"What we think or what we believe is, in the end, of little consequence.
The only thing of consequence is what we do."
John Ruskin
"He who cannot change the very fabric of his thought
will never be able to change reality."
Anwar Sadat
"Assumptions allow the best in life to pass you by."
John Sales
"Faith is believing in things when common sense tells you not to."
George Seaton
"No man was ever wise by chance."
"Tell me where is fancy bred, Or in the heart or in the head?"
William Shakespeare
"Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself."
George Bernard Shaw
"The keenest sorrow is to recognize ourselves
as the sole cause of all our adversities."
"Wisdom outweighs any wealth."
"Know thyself."
"There is no possession more valuable than a good and faithful friend."
"Carve your name on hearts and not marble."
Charles H. Spurgeon
"I don't try to feed all the birds in the world;
I just feed the birds that come to my bird feeder."
Bob Stoll
"May you live all the days of your life."
Jonathan Swift
"No man is happy who does not think himself so."
Publilius Syrus
"Stressing is pointless."
Maxwell J. Tallman
"Fortune favours the brave."
"Things do not change, we change."
Henry David Thoreau
"Only that day dawns to which we are awake."
Henry David Thoreau
"Go confidently in the direction of your dreams.
Live the life you've imagined."
Henry David Thoreau
"The journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step."
Lao Tzu
"Man is free at the moment he wishes to be."
"Life is the conversion of time into memories."
Aaron R. Warren
"We have so much time and so little to do! Strike that. Reverse it."
Willy Wonka
"The longer I live the more beautiful life becomes. If you...ignore beauty, you will soon find yourself without it. Your life will be impoverished.
But if you invest in beauty, it will remain with you all the days of your life."
Frank Lloyd Wright
We have all been given free will, the direction we choose
to go is up to us, and remember...
The sun is always rising somewhere!

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