Collected quotes

Collected quotes - this one by Rabindranath Tagore about planting trees

I loooooooove quotes

Here you’ll find some of my favourite collected quotes. 

I can stop a movie in the middle of a scene to scribble down a few good words that intrigue me. 

As a results, I actively published quotes between 2001 and 2019. Today, I am posting quotes on a more ad hoc basis.

The power of words

Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind.

Rudyard Kipling


You can sort the table – by author, quote or month. 


nov-23Money can’t buy happiness, but it can make you awfully comfortable while you’re being miserable.Clare Boothe Luce
okt-23When I have a little money, I buy books; and if I have any left, I buy food and clothes.Desiderius Erasmus Roterodamus
sep-23If I can stop one heart from breaking,
I shall not live in vain ;
If I can ease one life the aching,
Or cool one pain,
Or help one fainting robin
Unto his nest again,
I shall not live in vain.
Emily Dickinson
aug-23Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift of God, which is why we call it the present.Bill Keane
jul-23I can’t believe what you say, because I see what you do.James Baldwin
jun-23Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?Mary Oliver
may-23Be thine own palace, or the world’s thy jail.John Donne
apr-23There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in time, this expression in unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and will be lost. Martha graham
mar-23We are sun and moon, dear friend; we are sea and land. It is not our purpose to become each other; it is to recognize each other, to learn to see the other and honor him for what he is: each the other’s opposite and complement.Hermann Hesse
As of May 2019Posting quotes on ad hoc basis only.Madeleine
apr-19A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery while on a detour.
mar-19A friend is one before whom I may think aloud.Ralph Waldo Emerson
feb-19White people all have watches, but they never have the time.African saying
jan-19If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got.Henry Ford
dec-18Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.Dr Seuss
nov-18So many books, so little time. Frank Zappa
okt-18The first rule of frog eating is this: if you have to eat two frogs, eat the ugliest one first. Brian Tracy
sep-18Nothing is impossible; even the word “impossible” says “I’m possible.”Anonymous
aug-18Then ask yourself alone one question: does this path have a heart? If it does, the path is good. If it doesn’t, it’s of no use.Carlos Castaneda
jul-18When you lose – don’t lose the lesson.Anonymous
jun-18Who gets up early to discover the moment life begins?Rumi
may-18Work like you don’t need the money. Love like you’ve never been hurt. Dance like nobody is watching. Live like it is Heaven on Earth.Mark Twain
apr-18Sow a thought and you reap an act. Sow an act and you reap a habit. Sow a habit and you reap a character. Sow a character and you reap a destiny.Charles Reade
mar-18There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it’s going to be a butterfly.R. Buckminster Fuller
feb-18If a man wishes to be sure of the road he treads on, he must close his eyes and walk in the dark.St. John of the Cross
jan-18Sometimes I think the surest sign intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is none of it has tried to contact us.Bill Watterson
dec-17Caliber will deliver you. Character will sustain you. Consciousness will carry you. Courage will bring you honor. Commitment will bring you trust. Yogi Bhajan
nov-17The fool wonders, the wise man asks.
Benjamin Disraeli
oct-17The tragedy of life is not that it ends so soon, but that we wait so long to begin it.W.M. Lewis
sep-17The present moment never leaves you. It is you who leaves the present moment.Leonard Jacobson
aug-17Total absence of humor renders life impossible.Sidonie Gabrielle Colette
jul-17More powerful than the will to win is the courage to begin.Anonymous
jun-17The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining.John F. Kennedy
may-17Consider how hard it is to change yourself and you’ll understand what little chance you have in trying to change others.Jacob M. Braude
apr-17Be willing to make decisions. That’s the most important quality in a good leader. Don’t fall victim to what I call the ready-aim-aim-aim-aim syndrome. You must be willing to fire. T. Boone Pickens
mar-17Nothing is better than simplicity.Walt Whitman
feb-17Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.Mark Twain
jan-17While we are postponing, life speeds by.Seneca
dec-16When you lose – don’t lose the lesson.Anonymous
nov-16We must all suffer from one of two pains: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret. The difference is discipline weighs ounces while regret weighs tons.Jim Rohn
oct-16We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand.Randy Paush
sep-16Nothing is better than simplicity.Walt Whitman
aug-16Crying doesn’t indicate that you’re weak. Since birth, it’s always been a sign that you’re alive.Anonymous
jul-16If it smells fishy, first look under the soles of your own shoes.Cees Boer
jun-16Where do you want to be at age 43?” I don’t know. “Well, you made it.Dr. John. T. Reese
may-16After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music. Aldous Huxley
apr-16To do nothing at all is the most difficult thing in the world. The most difficult and most intellectual.Oscar Wilde
mar-16The only difference between merely satisfactory delivery and great delivery is attention to detail.Richard Branson
feb-16Character is like a tree and reputation like its shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.Abraham Lincoln
jan-16We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.Winston Churchill
dec-15I shut my eyes in order to see.Paul Gaugin
nov-15I have found the best way to give advice to your children is to find out what they want and then advise them to do it.Henry S. Truman
oct-15The best way to predict the future is to invent it.Alan Kay
sep-15The life which is unexamined is not worth living.Plato
aug-15Anything you want to ask a teacher, ask yourself and wait for the answer in silence.Byron Katie
jul-15When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced. Live your life so that when you die, the world cries and you rejoice.Cherokee Expression
jun-15If we were supposed to talk more than we listen, we would have two mouths and one ear.Mark Twain
may-15If you can see your path laid out, in front of you step by step, you know it’s not your path. Your own path you make with every step you take. That’s why it’s your path.Joseph Campbell
apr-15Inspiration exists but it has to find you working. Pablo Picasso
mar-15You were born an original. Don’t die a copy. John Mason
feb-15It is not enough to be busy, so are the ants. The question is, ‘What are we busy about?”Henry David Thoreau
jan-15Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.Lord Chesterfield
dec-14Use what talents you possess. The woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best.Henry van Dyke
nov-14The secret to success is to do the common things uncommonly wellJohn D. Rockefeller jr
oct-14Wheresoever you go, go with all your heartConfucius
sep-14Everything is in walking distance if you have the timeSteven Wright
aug-14Change your opinions, keep to your principles; change your leaves, keep intact your roots.Victor Hugo
jul-14I am an old man and have known a great many troubles, but most of them never happened.Mark Twain
jun-14We grown-up people think that we appreciate music, but if we realized the sense that an infant has brought with it of appreciating sound and rhythm, we would never boast of knowing music. The infant is music itself.Inayat Khan
may-14No snowflake ever falls in the wrong place.Zen Saying
apr-14Fear not that thy life shall come to an end, but rather that it shall never have a beginning.John Henry Newman
mar-14If you wish to be understood, please say exactly what you mean. David Baird
feb-14Ever tied. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better. (and I like to add this line ‘Fail Forward.’)Samuel Beckett
jan-14Become so quiet that life can begin to whisper to you again.Charlotte Selver
dec-13People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing.Dale Carnegie
nov-13Action may not always lead to happiness, but there is no happiness without action.Benjamin Disraeli
oct-13Have a bias toward action – let’s see something happen now. You can break that big plan into small steps and take the first step right away.Indira Ghandhi
sep-13Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better. (and someday, succeed!)Samuel Beckett (and myself)
aug-13What lies behind you and what lies in front of you, pales in comparison to what lies inside you.Ralph Waldo Emerson
jul-13The good news is that the moment you decide that what you know is more important than what you have been taught to believe, you will have shifted gears in your quest for abundance. Success comes from within, not from without.Ralph Waldo Emerson
jun-13All achievement, all earned riches, have their beginning in an idea!Napoleon Hill
may-13All limitations are self-imposed.Anonymous
apr-13What saves a man is to take a step. Then another step. It is always the same step, but you have to take it.Antoine de Saint-Exupery
mar-13Let us rise and be thankful, for if we didn’t learn a lot today at least we learned a little; and if we didn’t learn a little, at least we didn’t get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn’t die; so let us be thankful.Buddha
feb-13The thought manifests as the word. The word manifests as the deed. The deed develops into habit, & the habit hardens into character.Buddha
jan-13Think of today as a prototype. What would you change?Tim Brown
dec-12If opportunity does not knock, build a door!Milton Berle
nov-12It is not enough to think outside the box. Thinking is passive. Get used to acting outside the box.Timothy Ferris
oct-12A belief is only a thought you continue to think. A belief is nothing more than a chronic pattern of thought, and you have the ability -if you try even a little bit- to begin a new pattern, to tell a new story, to achieve a different vibration, to change your point of attraction.Esther Hicks
sep-12Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.Albert Einstein
aug-12A not lived experience is forever lost.Bert Hellinger
jul-12Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.Albert Einstein
jun-12Millions saw the apple fall, but Newton was the one who asked why.Bernard Baruch
may-12When in a hurry, take a detour!Japanese saying
apr-12Whenever you speak, you should listen to what you say. People always listen to what others speak; that is the greatest insult. You must always listen to what you speak. Without that you cannot be a complete human being. Whatever you say, you must listen. …If you can listen when you talk, you’ll become so powerful, that whatever you say shall happen!Yogi Bhajan
mar-12It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.Harry Truman
feb-12To know thy own self, you don’t need any teaching. What you really are, always you are that itself. No one is going to teach you. You have to realize who you are. Here and Now. This moment.Papaji (H.W.L. Poonja)
jan-12I’m not weird. I am a limited edition.@IlseBaeyens
dec-11Underneath all the stories, we can experience that deep core of ourselves that is historyless, genderless, and parentless. Naked. That presence is unencumbered by relationships and has no past and no future. In the core of our beingness we are free of definitions.Gangaji
nov-11We cannot be present and run our story-line at the same time.Pema Chodron
oct-11Everyone is a genius. But if you judge a fish on its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.Albert Einstein
sep-11Don’t go out and become a victim. Go inside and become a master.Yogi Bhajan
aug-11We, as far as we know, are the only corner of creation that can refuse to be itself. We are the only portion of the universe that can refuse to show up!David Whyte
jul-11Be like melting snow. Wash yourself of yourself.Rumi
jun-11What is to give light must first endure burning.Victor Frank
may-11You can’t stay in your corner of the forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes.Winnie the Pooh
apr-11What you are the world is. And without your transformation there can be no transformation of the world.Krishnamurti
mar-11To realise is to see with real eyes.Anodea Judith
feb-11His disciples said: Teach us about the place where you are, for it is necessary for us to seek it. He said to them: He who has ears, let him hear! There is Light within a man of Light, and he lights the whole world. If he does not shine, there is darkness.Gospel of Thomas, 24
jan-11To live is so startling it leaves little time for anything else.Emily Dickinson
dec-10You need 60 muscles to frown and 20 to smile. Why tire yourself? Smile!Anonymous
nov-10Happiness is a Butterfly which, when pursued is just beyond your grasp… but if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.Nathaniel Hawthorne
oct-10When an old culture is dying, the new culture is born from a few people who are not afraid to be insecure.Rudolf Bahro
sep-10The main problem in your life is the difference between what you say and what you want to say. If you say what you want to say, with the impact to be heard by the person with whom you are speaking, your life will be very comfortable.Yogi Bhajan
aug-10Wake up and roar!Papaji
jul-10To live is so startling it leaves little time for anything else.Emily Dickinson
jun-10The kingfisher never has a bad kingfisher day! It never says “you know God, I’m just utterly with this whole kingfisher trip.”David Whyte
may-10Love must be as much a Light, as it is a Flame.Henry David Thoreau
apr-10Behold the turtle: He only makes progress when he sticks his neck out!Twitter Michael Martin
mar-10I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.Bill Cosby
feb-101. Everything that exists, has the right to exist. 2. The more silence you have, the more the other can exist.Guru Dev
jan-10Just choose Silence. Don’t even choose Love… If we choose Love we already have an idea of what Love is.Gangaji
dec-09First say to yourself what you would be and then do what you have to do.Epictetus
nov-09Stillness is what creates love. Movement is what creates life. To be still, and still moving, that is everything.Chinese poet Do Hyan Choe
oct-09When you talk, you repeat what you already know; when you listen, you often learn something!Jared Sparks
sep-09Be yourself, everyone else is already taken.Oscar Wilde
aug-09Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass on a summer day listening to the murmur of water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is hardly a waste of time!Sir John Lubbock
jul-09Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.Francis of Assisi
jun-09Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says I’ll try again tomorrow.Mary Ann Radmacher
mar-may 09Spent this time on creating the new website you are now visiting!Madeleine
feb-09Your heart has not to open to others. Your heart has to open to yourself.Yogi Bhajan
jan-09Every time you meet a situation, though you think at the time it is an impossibility, and you go through the tortures of the damned, once you have met it and lived through it, you find that forever after you are freer than you were beforeEleanor Roosevelt
dec-08Experience is what you get when you didn’t get what you wantedRandy Pausch
nov-08One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making darkness consciousCarl Jung
oct-08There is no remedy for love but to love moreHenry David Thoreau
sep-08The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed.Carl Jung
aug-08All that we are is a result of what we have thoughtBuddha
jul-08This very moment is the perfect teacher, and, lucky for us, it’s with us wherever we goPema Chodron
jun-08What you do to your body today, will determine your quality of life tomorrow.Anonymous
may-08Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase. Just take the first step.Dr Martin Luther King
apr-08To love deeply in one direction makes us more loving in all othersAnne-Sophie Swetchine
mar-08I did not wish to live what was not life, living is so dearHenry David Thoreau
feb-08You create your own universe as you go along.Winston Churchill
jan-08So you see, imagination needs moodling – long, inefficient, happy idling, dawdling and putteringBrenda Ueland
dec-07The path of the Warrior of Light. It is a path of tolerance: “In order to have faith in his own path, he does not need to prove that someone else’s path is wrong.” It is a path of intuition: “the warrior knows that intuition is God’s alphabet and he continues listening to the wind and talking to the stars.”Paulo Coelho
nov-07Osiris cannot rise without Isis, nor Isis without OsirisMaria Magdalena
oct-07One to the practice of being in the flow and one to the tears of the things we let goMichael Franti
sep-07The most powerful weapon on earth is the human soul on fireField Marshal Ferfinand Foch
aug-07Follow your passion and success will follow youArthur Buddhold
jul-07We choose our joys and sorrows long before we experience themKahlil Gibran
jun-07A discovery is said to be an accident meeting a prepared mindAlbert Szent – Gyorgyi
may-07We don’t know if by changing we will improve but we do know what to improve we must changeWinston Churchill
apr-07The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen, nor touched …but are felt in the heartHelen Keller
mar-07It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves.Sir Edmund Hillary
feb-07If you want to learn something, read it. If you want to know something, write it. If you want to MASTER something, Teach it!Yogi Bhajan
jan-07Whenever you say “I don’t know,” ask yourself “but what if I did know?”John Conway
dec-06Present is what is needed, at present.Unknown
nov-06A genuine passion is like a mountain stream; it admits of no impediment; it cannot go backwards, it must go forward.Christan Nestell Bovee
oct-06When you do the common things in life in an uncommon way, you command the attention of the worldUnknown
sep-06The best way to make your dreams come true is to wake up.Paul Valery
mar-aug 06During these months, I had various hard- & software problemsMadeleine
feb-06It is only with the heart that one can see rightly. What is essential is invisible to the eye.Antoine de Saint-Exupery
jan-06The question ‘Who ought to be the boss?”, is like asking “Who ought to be the tenor in the quartet?” Obviously, the man who can sing tenor!Henry Ford
dec-05The uncreative mind can spot wrong answers, but it takes a very creative mind to spot wrong questionsAnthony Jay
nov-05He can inspire a group only if he himself is filled with confidence and hope of successFloyd V. Filson
oct-05The fastest way to still the mind, is to move the bodyGabrielle Roth
sep-05If you cannot hug your own soul, you cannot hug another human beingYogi Bhajan
aug-05Knowing creates responsibility; responsibility demands actionMarieke de Vrij
jul-05Winners are willing to do what losers won’tAnonymous
jun-05You cannot expect to win unless you know why you loseBenjamin Lipson
may-05Not our senses deceive us, but our judgement!J.W. Goethe
apr-05Dance like no one is watching. Love like you’ll never be hurt. Sing like no one is listening. Live like it is heaven on earth.William Purkey
mar-05Where you stumble, there lies your treasure.Joseph Campbell
feb-05One person can make a difference and every person should try.John F. Kennedy
jan-05No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.Albert Einstein
dec-04How does one make sure a drop of water does not dry up? By taking it to the ocean!Buddhist saying
nov-04Believing in change is letting go, also that which you think is indispensable, such as your ego. Change requires courage.Jaap Westerbos
oct-04If it is not right for them, it is not right for you, and if it is not right for you, it is not right for them.Inayat Khan
sep-04What the Caterpillar calls the end of the world, the Master calls the ButterflyRichard Bach
jun-aug 04During these months, i travelled through the US and CanadaMadeleine
may-04Where there’s an end, there is a new beginningAnonymous
apr-04There are no mistakes, there are only variations.Jan Pieter van Lieshout
mar-04Dear hammer, why can’t you saw?Marjolein Kalter
feb-04An experience not lived, is forever lostUnknown
jan-04To find a solution, you do not need a problem.Bert Hellinger
jan-04(extra quote in January): The real art of discovery consists not in finding new lands, but in seeing with new eyes.Proust
dec-03If you wish for something, you create it to be found.George Parker
oct-03The present is a present.Anonymous
sep-03What you do speaks so loudly that I cannot hear what you say.Ralph Waldo Emerson
aug-03The ancestor of every action, is a thought.Ralph Waldo Emerson
jul-03Don’t find fault, find a remedy…Henry Ford
jun-03I like to invite you. How would you like to be invited?Anet Verweij
may-03To love and be loved is to feel the sun from both sidesDavid Viscott
apr-03We can make ourselves miserable or, we can make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same.Carlos Castenada
mar-03Directions are only needed by those with a destination.Ram Tzu
feb-03I have no time for a short letter, therefore, I write you a long one.Chinese wise man
jan-03Conscious faith is liberty; Emotional faith is slavery; Mechanical faith is stupidity.Gurdjieff
dec-02What we create in the world, we must first create within ourselves. For there to be magic in your life, you must first believe in magic.Lyn Andrews
nov-02A man is what he thinks about all day.Ralph Waldo Emerson
oct-02If you see that which is small, the way it sees itself, and accept that which is weak with the strength it has, and use that which is dark with the light it gives, everything will go well. That is called natural doing.Lao Tse Tae-te Tjing
sep-02There are two ways to deal with the mind. Either your mind is under you, or you are under your mind.Yogi Bhajan
aug-02What if life is a game and one of the rules is ‘you have to show up’?Richard Bach
jul-02The greatest things in life happen in a moment. If you’re not in the moment, you miss everything.Lyn Andrews
jun-02The biggest danger for most people, is NOT that we aim too high and miss, but that we aim too low and hit.Michelangelo
may-02You cannot get to 2nd base, if you one of your feet is still on first baseNataraj
apr-02Knowlegde of what is possible is the beginning of happinessGeorge Santayana
mar-02The people who progress in this world are the people that rise, searching for the circumstances they want, and if they cannot find them, they will create them.Translation of Dutch quote by Bernard Shaw
feb-02A fool can ask more questions than a wise man can answer.Newspaper quote
jan-02To laugh often and much; to win respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded!Ralph Waldo Emerson
dec-01Communion is the root word of Communication; reminding us that to communicate with another person is not to pass on information. It is to draw another into yourself.Deepak Chopra
nov-01What you think, you create. What you create, you become. What you become, you express. What you express, you experience. What you experience, you are. What you are, you think.Neale Donald Walsch
oct-01What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?Dr Robert Schuller

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