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This question ties in a little bit to John's question on which preachers/channelers/teachers of reality creation are the most famous out there.

I want to know which spiritual quotes have been the most inspiring to you at some point in your life and the author of those quotes.

asked 12 Oct '09, 22:32

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Thanks for your answers. All very profound quotes.

(17 Oct '09, 10:59) Pink Diamond


A poem that sums up the purpose of life beautifully...


As you set out to Ithaca
hope the voyage is a long one,
full of adventure, full of discovery,
Laistrygonians and Cyclops,
angry Poseidon - don't be afraid of them:
you'll never find things like that on your way
as long as you keep your thoughts raised high,
as long as rare excitement
stirs your spirit and your body.
Laistrygonians and Cyclops,
wild Poseidon - you won't encounter them
unless you bring them along inside your soul,
unless your soul sets them up in front of you.

Hope the voyage is a long one.
May there be many a summer morning when,
with what pleasure, what joy,
you come into harbours seen for the first time;
may you stop at Phoenician trading stations
to buy fine things,
mother of pearl and coral, amber and ebony,
sensual perfume of every kind -
as many sensual perfumes as you can;
and may you visit many Egyptian cities
to gather stores of knowledge from their scholars.

Keep Ithaca always on your mind.
Arriving there is what you are destined for.
But do not hurry the journey at all.
Better if it lasts for years,
so you are old by the time you reach the island,
wealthy with all you have gained on the way,
not expecting Ithaca to make you rich.

Ithaca gave you the marvelous journey.
Without her you would not have set out.
She has nothing left to give you now.

And if you find her poor, Ithaca won't have fooled you.
Wise as you will have become, so full of experience,
you will have understood by then what these Ithacas mean.

Constantine P Cavafy

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answered 13 Oct '09, 05:52

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Thank you so much for posting the poem and the the New Year approaches, (it is 11:36 pm), I suddenly remembered this post and decided to read the poem...which was utterly gorgeous! I printed it out, and am going to frame it. Thanks again, and Blessings to you for all you contribute to Inward Quest! Love, Jai

(01 Jan '10, 05:40) Jaianniah

Thanks for the kind words, Jai. Glad you like the poem too. :)

(10 Jan '10, 01:50) Stingray

Am going through this revived thread, and I have to say, this poem really resonates with me! Good one, Stingray.

(20 Jan '11, 03:24) Pat W

@Stingray-The journey, right now is where its at, very nice poem,Stingray:)

(09 Jul '12, 12:31) Satori

Loved this , Thanks Stingray :-)

(25 Dec '12, 18:39) Starlight
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My favourite for many years...

Ships are safe in port but that's not what ships are for.

Never been interested in who said it but since you asked...just looked it up on Google and it appears to be someone called Grace Murray Hopper.

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answered 12 Oct '09, 22:40

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OK, here's my favourite quote:

I've taken up meditation ... well, it's better than sitting around doing nothing.

It's deep. In fact, it's very deep ;)

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answered 17 Aug '10, 10:09

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veryyyyy true !

(20 Jan '11, 04:03) Hitesh

You forgot to mention it is also humorous. LOL simply loved it.

(23 Aug '11, 13:17) Paulina 1

God would not give you any challenges you can not handle,I just wish he did not trust me so much.


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answered 27 Oct '09, 10:53

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That the power of the tongue weaves both life and death by Jesus Christ.

I just realize a couple days ago trying to do my postive thinking. That if the tongue can weave life and death it can also do prosparity, good health, happiness, wealthy, and of course the opposite. So we must be very careful by what we speak and think about ourselves and others. Try not to pull others down and find a way if you will to lift others up. The people we come in contact with everyday if we can put an smile on their face or be an good listen ear and not put it out there on the grapevine of life and help others and our selves and our families and mother earth for we were made from the dust of the earth and our bodies will return to the dust at the end of its cycle.

I think humans are their own worse critics we find fault with ourselves. I think we need to stop that and start looking for the good in ourselves and others. We need to forgive ourselves and others through the power of Jesus. We need to acknowledge that we have flaws within ourselves to ourselves, not to others for this is an personal quest, and be ok with that. We are made in the image of God.

I think we must love ourselves not in an vain way but an good way and treat ourselves better. For sometimes we are our own worst enemy. Some do for everyone else and forget to do for oursleves so that we may be properous,happy, relaxed and peaceful.

I think we need to bath in the light of Jesus and his love for us!

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answered 13 Oct '09, 17:56

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This is so lovely , thank you for sharing :-)

(25 Dec '12, 18:41) Starlight

"The love you withhold is the pain you carry."

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answered 21 Oct '09, 10:12

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All is well, everything is happening for my highest good, out of the situation with _ only good will come and I am safe.

Louise L. Hay

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answered 16 Aug '10, 22:05

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When you wish upon a star, makes no difference who you are Anything your heart desires will come to you

If your heart is in your dreams, no request is too extreme When you wish upon a star as dreamers do

(Fate is kind, she brings to those who love The sweet fulfillment of their secret longing)

Like a bolt out of the blue, fate steps in and sees you thru When you wish upon a star, your dreams come true

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answered 19 Aug '10, 18:09

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Haha, I have always loved this Disney song. I just never thought about the words that much. :D Thanks!

(20 Jan '11, 03:25) Pat W

"That the birds of worry fly over your head you cannot avoid, but that they nest in your hair that you can prevent" - an old Chinese proverb.

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answered 19 Aug '10, 19:01

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The way you activate the seeds of
your creation is by making
choices about the results you
want to create.

When you make a choice,
you mobilize vast human energies
and resources
which otherwise go untapped.

All too often people fail
to focus their choices upon results
and therefore their choices are

If you limit your choices
only to what seems
possible or reasonable
you disconnect yourself from what
you truly want,
and all that is left
is a compromise.

-- Frijtof Capra

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answered 13 Oct '09, 00:38

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If you try to Google this quote, you will find just the last paragraph, which is apparently the part of the quote that people find most inspirational. However, I find that the complete quote (in its entirety) is more meaningful.

(24 Oct '09, 18:01) Vesuvius

I agree that the complete quote is more meaningful. Thanks for the quote, Vesuvius.

(25 Oct '09, 10:15) Pink Diamond

nice .. I saved it too thanks

(12 Mar '10, 14:26) ursixx
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It's wonderful to climb the liquid mountains of the sky. Behind me and before me is God and I have no fears.

-Hellen Keller

Teach this triple truth to all: A generous heart, kind speech,and compassion are all the things which renew humanity.

- Buddha

Do not store up riches for yourselves here on earth, where moths and rust destroy, and robbers break in and steal. Instead, store up riches for yourselves in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy and robbers cannot break in and steal. For your heart will always be where your riches are.

New Testament * Luke 12.33-34*

And too many inspirational quotes from the New Testament for me to post here

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answered 27 Oct '09, 00:14

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know thee not that ye are the temple of the God;
and the spirit of God dwells in you, Corinthians 3-16, King James version.

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answered 17 Aug '10, 20:40

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This is my favourite, and his author too:

All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players: They have their exits and their entrances; and one man in his time plays many parts... ~William Shakespeare.

It puts me in perspective when I'm looking at reality and find hard coping with it.

Another well known poem:


If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too:
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or, being lied about, don't deal in lies,
Or being hated don't give way to hating,
And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise;
If you can dream---and not make dreams your master;
If you can think---and not make thoughts your aim,
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same:
If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build'em up with worn-out tools;
If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings,
And never breathe a word about your loss:
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: "Hold on!"
If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with Kings---nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much:
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And---which is more---you'll be a Man, my son!

Rudyard Kipling

Even though I am not a 'son' but a 'daughter' I fancy my dad telling me these exact words:

If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same...

It would be just like him...


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answered 19 Aug '10, 14:10

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Thank you for I loved every word and of course the magic that Rudyard Kipling yarns with his words shows jus how enlightend the man was.

(23 Aug '11, 13:29) Paulina 1

Here are my favourites.

Not only are you your brothers keeper, you are your brother.
By Angelina Light

To love life is like a thank you song to God, for to love life is to live life.
By Angelina Light

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answered 23 Aug '11, 13:36

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"We are all Gods acting like God damn fools".

Lester Levenson.

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answered 23 Aug '11, 22:24

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"For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he. proverbs

"A double-minded man is unstable in all his ways." proverbs

"The price of wisdom is above rubies." old testament

"Great hearts send forth the secret forces that incessantly draw great events." emerson

"Pray to God, but row to shore." russian proverb

I also love sayings and you will find several motivational ones on my site: then click onto 'your right to be rich'

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answered 18 Oct '09, 00:09

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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.

William Ernest Henley

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answered 08 Jan '10, 08:03

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a very simple, yet powerful one, attributted to christ-'' fear not, for I am''

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answered 08 Jan '10, 14:33

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I can think of a few from the Secret Of The Ages.

Such as Invictus by William Ernest Henley

"I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul"

or "I have not yet begun to fight!" by Captain John Paul Jones

These both inspire us to never give up and to find the answer even when it seems the odds a against us completely.


answered 26 Feb '10, 06:49

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The time that my journey takes is long and the way of it long.

I came out on the chariot of the first gleam of light, and pursued my voyage through the wildernesses of worlds leaving my track on many a star and planet.

It is the most distant course that comes nearest to thyself, and that training is the most intricate which leads to the utter simplicity of a tune.

The traveler has to knock at every alien door to come to his own, and one has to wander through all the outer worlds to reach the innermost shrine at the end.

My eyes strayed far and wide before I shut them and said `Here art thou!’

The question and the cry "Oh, where?" melt into tears of a thousand streams and deluge the world with the flood of the assurance `I am!

~Rabindranath Tagore, Gitanjali, 12

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answered 20 Jan '11, 02:30

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Then Almitra spoke again and said, 'And what of Marriage, master?'

And he answered saying:

You were born together, and together you shall be forevermore.

You shall be together when white wings of death scatter your days.

Aye, you shall be together even in the silent memory of God.

But let there be spaces in your togetherness,

And let the winds of the heavens dance between you.

Love one another but make not a bond of love:

Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls.

Fill each other's cup but drink not from one cup.

Give one another of your bread but eat not from the same loaf.

Sing and dance together and be joyous, but let each one of you be alone,

Even as the strings of a lute are alone though they quiver with the same music.

Give your hearts, but not into each other's keeping.

For only the hand of Life can contain your hearts.

And stand together, yet not too near together:

For the pillars of the temple stand apart,

And the oak tree and the cypress grow not in each other's shadow.

Khalil Gibran – 1883 – 1931

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answered 15 Dec '11, 00:25

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This is beautiful...I love it! Thanks!>>>>>>>>>>>

(15 Dec '11, 12:03) Jaianniah

I love it too. Check out his book 'The Prophet' :)

(15 Dec '11, 13:43) Eddie

"[…] if you follow your heart, your heart is connected directly to your higher self and soul. And your soul knows better than anyone, for you. It knows better than the wisest, or longest living entity in this universe. Because it IS you, it is part of you and it is what you need. So follow the heart and you will never be lead wrong." -Treb Bor Yit NE


"God is more than the sum of all the probable systems of reality he has created ,and yet he is within each one of these, without exeption. He is therefore within each man and women , he is also within each spider, shadow and frog, and this is what man does not like to admit. God can only be experianced, and you experience him whether or not u reailize it through your own existance. In the most inexapable truth, he is not human in ur tems at all, nor in ur terms is he a personality. Your ideas of personality are too limited to contain the facitts of his multideminsonal existance,,"

................Seth Speks, The Eternal Validity of the Soul................................

Channeled by Jane Robberts

Recorded by Robbert Butts

Material by Seth


To reach your higher self you have to make the world shut its mouth, close your eyes, dig in deep, and make the ego shut its mouth. THIS is how you find TRUE peace within.

Rob Gauhier-

love n light


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answered 15 Dec '11, 02:01

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The World Is Your Mirror

The world is your mirror. The good you find in others, is in you too. The faults you find in others, are your faults as well. After all, to recognize something you must know it.

The possibilities you see in others, are possible for you as well. The beauty you see around you, is your beauty. The world around you is a reflection, a mirror showing you the person you are.

To change your world, you must change yourself. See the best in others, and you will be your best. Give to others, and you will give to yourself. Appreciate beauty, and you will be beautiful. Admire creativity, and you will be creative. Love, and you will be loved. Seek to understand, and you will be understood. Listen, and your voice will be heard. Teach, and you will learn.



answered 09 Jul '12, 12:19

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Beautiful, @Satori. Thank you again. This truth is only just sinking in to my head recently, and it halts a lot of the frustration I've felt with other people in it's tracks. It's all up to me, isn't it?

(09 Jul '12, 14:59) Grace

@Grace-Thanks Grace, All I can say Is be good to You no matter what, then the reflection has to be good:)

(09 Jul '12, 17:13) Satori

Those who trail upon the Inward Quest,

And look inside their souls to see what's there;

These are the souls who learn to live the best!

These are the souls who learn to really care.

If left to me alone I'd rather cry;

If left just by myself I'd flounder lost;

If left alone to think alone I'd die,

Friendless, and weary, and storm-tossed.

I have found God upon these glowing pages!

I have found peace amongst these many phrases

I have found peace to last all ages!

And now I see why God made us all together- sages.

'Tis those who seek who find, and those who knock and ask

They're the ones who find peace amongst their Earthly task.

Sonnet by Jaianniah, as a tribute to my friends on IQ,

By no means my "favorite saying"- just a ditty to read...



answered 09 Jul '12, 19:08

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I love: "The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you. Don't go back to sleep. You must ask for what you really want. Don't go back to sleep." Rumi

"There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is though everything is a miracle." Albert Einstein

"When the earth is ravaged and the animals are dying, a new tribe of people shall come unto the earth from many colours, classes and creeds and who by their actions and their deeds shall make the earth again. They will be known as the warriors of the rainbow." Hopi Prophecy

"Thought creates form but your emotional states vibrate it into being." The Plaidean Collective

"To have, give all to all." A Course In Miracles


answered 10 Apr '13, 10:06

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@ReikiReiki welcome to IQ. :D

(10 Apr '13, 10:17) ursixx

Life is such a mystery, if you only know your destiny, you would find a better way to live your life.

Junior Dee.

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answered 09 Jan '10, 06:10

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"All nature is but art, unknown to thee. All chance, direction, that thou canst not see. All discord, harmony, not understood. All partial evil, universal good. And, spite of pride, in erring reason's spite. One truth is clear, whatever IS, is right."

-Alexander Pope Essay on Man Epistle I

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answered 13 Aug '10, 16:02

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Aut viam inveniam aut faciam

It means I will find a way or make one

Rise and Rise again, until lambs become Lions

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answered 20 Jan '11, 02:10

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you made the choice to experience this world you have free will to come and go.

I AM That I AM.

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answered 23 Aug '11, 22:55

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"Look To This Day For it is Life, the very Life of Life. In Its brief course lie all the Verities and Realities of your existence; The Bliss of Growth; The Glory of Action; The Splendor of Beauty; For Yesterday is but a Dream, And tomorrow is only a Vision: But Today well lived makes every Yesterday a Dream of Happiness, and Every Tomorrow a Vision of Hope. Look well, therefore, to This Day!"

From the Sanskrit

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