For some years I’ve been accumulating a collection of quotations which have touched me in some way.

I love the profound effect that a few simple words, a verse, or piece of prose can engender.

The quotations that follow are some of my favourites.  If you would like to share yours, please add them here.

P.S. I’m happy to admit that sometimes I don’t always agree with a quote and have been known to qualify it, or outright disagree!  If you feel motivated to offer an alternative interpretation, or challenge the idea behind a quote, please do!

My Favourite Quotations:

“Expect the best, plan for the worst, and be prepared to be surprised.”

~ Denis Waitley

“When a warrior is the victim of some injustice, he usually tries to be alone in order not to show his pain to others.

That is both good and bad.

It is one thing to allow one’s heart to heal wounds slowly, but it is quite another to sit all day in deep contemplation for fear of seeming weak.

Inside each of us there lives an angel and a devil and their voices are very alike.  Confronted by a problem, the devil encourages solitary conversation, trying to show us how vulnerable we are.  The angel makes us reflect upon our attitudes and occasionally needs someone else’s mouth to reveal itself.

A warrior balances solitude and dependence.”

~ Paulo Coelho from “The Manual of the Warrior of Light”

“The Warrior of light sometimes behaves like water, flowing around the obstacles he encounters.

Occasionally, resisting might mean being destroyed, and so he adapts to the circumstances.  He accepts without complaint that the stones along the path hinder his way across the mountains.

Therein lies the strength of the water: it cannot be shattered by a hammer or wounded by a knife.  The strongest sword in the world cannot scar its surface.

The waters of a river adapt themselves to whatever route proves possible, but the river never forgets its one objective:  the sea.  So fragile at its source, it gradually gathers the strength of the other rivers it encounters.

And, after a certain point, its power is absolute.”

~ Paulo Coelho from “The Manual of the Warrior of Light”

“I used to think I was the strangest person in the world but then I thought there are so many people in the world, there must be someone just like me who feels bizarre and flawed in the same ways I do. I would imagine her, and imagine that she must be out there thinking of me too. Well, I hope that if you are out there and read this and know that, yes, it’s true I’m here, and I’m just as strange as you.”

~ Frida Kahlo


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