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10 Quotes for a Mindful Day

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  1. “You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf.” Jon Kabat-Zinn

  2. Half an hour of meditation each day is essential, except when you are busy. Then a full hour is needed.

    ~Saint Francis de Sales

    (I love quotes for this purpose and have quite a collection at my website, for anyone who would like to see more.)

  3. “When the only social tool you own is social fear and avoidance, every social encounter begins to resemble something to be feared and avoided.” Jolene Weiss

  4. “courage is not the absence of fear, it’s the mastery of it.” Zig Ziggler

  5. “Every sixty seconds you spend angry, upset or mad, is a full minute of happiness you’ll never get back.”

  6. “If you develop the habits of success, you will make success a habit.” Michael E. Angier

  7. “I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed.” Michael Jordan

  8. “Good thoughts and actions can never produce bad results; bad thoughts and actions can never produce good results. This is but saying that nothing can come from corn but corn, nothing from nettles but nettles.” – As A Man Thinketh

  9. “The only way that we can ever receive perfect counsel delivered in just the right way is to receive it from a perfect person. “

    (James 3:2)…. If anyone does not stumble in word, this one is a perfect man,….

  10. “Life’s too short to be around people you don’t enjoy.” Clint Black

  11. “Its easier to be friends then to fight.” Jessie James

  12. “If you told me to push a ball up a hill, I’d push that ball up that hill, and if I didn’t have no legs and arms I’d push it with my head–I’d push it with my tongue if I had to. I’m no quitter!” Joan Rivers

  13. “…I never feel rejected because I don’t expect anything. Interpersonally I don’t usually feel rejected and if I do its because my personality does not always gel with everyone and would be unrealistic of me to expect it to, So I may be hurt for a minute but then I move on. “ Jessica Parke

  14. “Adolescence: one long good bye”

  15. “But while we curse the effect, we
    continue to nourish the cause”

  16. “Positive thinking is reacting positively to a negative situation.”

  17. “You are successful the moment you start moving toward a worthwhile goal.”

  18. “Determine never to be idle.” Thomas Jefferson

  19. “You must do the thing you think you cannot do.”Eleanor Roosevelt

  20. “Obstacles are what you see when you take your eyes off the goal.”

  21. “Focus on the doughnut not the hole.”

  22. “In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.” Albert Einstein

  23. “A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him.” David Brinkley

  24. “I thank God for my handicaps, for through them I have found myself, my work, my God.” Helen Keller

  25. “A mistake may be the one thing necessary to a worthwhile achievement” Henry Ford

  26. “If you want to change attitudes, start with a change in behavior. In other words, begin to act the part, as well as you can, of the person you would rather be, the person you most want to become. Gradually, the old, fearful person will fade away.” Dr. William Glasser

  27. “Either I master my attitude, or I am the victim of it”

  28. “Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.” Helen Keller

  29. From Annie Dillard:

    How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.

    What we do with this hour, and that one, is what we are doing.

  30. “Not a day passes over the earth, but men and women of no note do great deeds, speak great words and suffer noble sorrows.” ~ Charles Reade

  31. A billion stars go spinning through the night, blazing high above your head. But in you is the presence that will be, when all the stars are dead.
    (Rainer Maria Rilke)

    “Man is unhappy because he does not know he is happy. It’s only that. That’s all, that is all! If one finds out, one will become happy at once, that minute.”
    (Dostoevsky,The Possessed)

  32. ‘Kindness is the language that the deaf can hear and the blind can see.’

    Mark Twain

    ‘The irrationality of a thing is no argument against it’s existence, but rather a condition of it.’

    Friedrich Nietzsche

    ‘All credibility, all good conscience, all evidence of truth, come only from the senses.’

    Friedrich Nietzsche

  33. I love quotes. At times, they have been the only one that validated me, and the only one that understood, and my best friend and therapist. And, the only way I could express myself through words, and present this in a form that was not so easy to ‘dismiss’ by another.

    Of course, I write down only the ones I really like and find useful, and I throw away the rest. And then, sometimes, I take one back out of the garbage later.

  34. “If it isn’t good, let it die. If it doesn’t die, make it good.” ~ Ajahn Chah

  35. Sometimes, I put things in storage that don’t seem good to me at the time, or that I do not understand.

    And then, sometimes, often years later, I understand something suddenly, that I did not until then, and I retrieve from the storage of my brain what I had stored there at an earlier time.

    And then, what was no good to me may be as far out as great, but I certainly did not make it that way. I just now recognize it that way.

    An example for the above is this quote by Picasso, and I am sure many, many people would not understand how profound it really is.

    ‘Every act of creation is first an act of destruction.’

  36. PS: Click on the dragonfly to see the quotes!

  37. Quote #7 is a classic, and predates Joseph Goldstein by a couple thousand years. He would probably be the first to point out that is the fifth verse of the Dhammapada, one of the foundational scriptures of Buddhism.

  38. I like the idile of a quoat aday. I get them from a web sight called insparation.com. The quoat is when one talkes about change and not working to creat change than there words are meaningless.

  39. “We must become the change we want to see.” ~Ghandi

    No matter how far you have gone down the wrong road, turn back. ~Turkish Proverb

  40. “If you can’t solve a problem, then there is an easier problem you can solve: find it” – George Pólya

  41. So, if you can’t lose weight, you can still brush your teeth, and help prevent dental cavities?

  42. Not sure who originated this quote; a friend sent it to me as I have real difficulty w/acute anxiety.

    “If it is going to rain, let it.”

  43. FYI. The 7th quote on the list my Goldstein is actually a quote from the Dhammapada.

  44. Good work, thank for share

  45. “We see the world not as it is, but who we are” Einstein


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