Updated: Mar 13, 2019
I have become an avid collector of quotes over the years especially from the many books I read, a lot of which are motivational, spiritual and transformation books.
Some of my most inspiring quotes come from my favourite writers and motivational speakers such as Lisa Nichols, Eckhart Tolle, Sheryl Strayed, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Maya Angelou. I have put together some quotes to help you bounce back, be more in the present or to add to your gratitude practice. Whatever these quotes inspire in you, I hope you find them really helpful.
10 quotes by Eckhart Tolle on being more present
Eckhart Tolle is a spiritual teacher, best known as the suthor of 'the power of now' and 'a new earth' I came across him in Oprah's Super Soul conversations and I became sucked in to his teachings about the power of the present and how to let go of ego.
-Realise deeply that the present moment is all you have. Make the 'now' the primary focus of your life
-Some changes look negative on the surface but you will realise that space is being created in your life for something new to emerge
-Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance
-Sometimes letting things go is an act of far greater power than defending and hanging on
-The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation but your thoughts about it
-Whatever you fight, you strengthen and, whatever you resist persists
-The power of creating a better future is contained in the present moment. You create a good future by creating a good present
-Time isn't precious at all, because it is an illusion. What you perceive as precious is not time but the one point that is out of time: Now. That is precious indeed. The more you are focused on time - past and future - the more you miss the Now, the most precious thing there is.
-Realise deeply that the present moment is all you have. Make the Now the primary focus of your life.
-Life will give you whatever experience is most helpful for the evolution of your consciousness. How do you know this is the experience you need? - Because this is the experience you are having at the moment.
Sheryl Strayed Quotes from 'Tiny Beautiful Things'
“Most things will be okay eventually, but not everything will be. Sometimes you'll put up a good fight and lose. Sometimes you'll hold on really hard and realize there is no choice but to let go. Acceptance is a small, quiet room.”
“Don't surrender all your joy for an idea you used to have about yourself that isn't true anymore.”
“Nobody will protect you from your suffering. You can't cry it away or eat it away or starve it away or walk it away or punch it away or even therapy it away. It's just there, and you have to survive it. You have to endure it. You have to live through it and love it and move on and be better for it and run as far as you can in the direction of your best and happiest dreams across the bridge that was built by your own desire to heal.”
“The useless days will add up to something. The shitty waitress jobs. The hours writing in your journal. The long meandering walks. The hours reading poetry and story collections and novels and dead people’s diaries and wondering about sex and God and whether you should shave under your arms or not. These things are your becoming.”
“Whatever happens to you belongs to you. Make it yours. Feed it to yourself even if it feels impossible to swallow. Let it nurture you, because it will.”
“But the reality is we often become our kindest, most ethical selves only by seeing what it feels like to be a selfish jackass first.”
“Wanting to leave is enough.”
Lisa Nichols 'No Matter What'
“While we may love each other and never stop loving each other, so often we stop "showing" each other love.”
“you’ll learn how to recognise when you’re living in the country called “Sad” in the town called “Victimville” on the street called “Hurt Lane” so you don’t stay there longer than you need to.”
“When you give yourself permission to have made mistakes in the past—when you begin to trust yourself about making new choices—that’s when your intuition becomes reliable and trustworthy.”
“Learn how to ask for what you need in a way that leaves your community feeling not only empowered to give you what you ask for, but inspired to do so.”
“Do you realise that your love, your peace, your joy, your bliss can be so powerful in you that it becomes contagious, and people just want to be around you and they don’t know even know why.”
“People are more comfortable with a familiar discomfort than they are with an unfamiliar new possibility.”
“Comparison is and will always be the thief of all joy.”
“I was willing to be my own rescuer at the risk of your approval.”
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Quotes - Feminism
“I think you travel to search and you come back home to find yourself there.”
“You must never behave as if your life belongs to a man. Do you hear me?” “Your life belongs to you and you alone.” “Racism should never have happened and so you don't get a cookie for reducing it.”
“Of course I am not worried about intimidating men. The type of man who will be intimidated by me is exactly the type of man I have no interest in.”
“Culture does not make people. People make culture. If it is true that the full humanity of women is not our culture, then we can and must make it our culture.”
“I have chosen to no longer be apologetic for my femaleness and my femininity. And I want to be respected in all of my femaleness because I deserve to be.”
“A woman at a certain age who is unmarried, our society teaches her to see it as a deep personal failure. And a man, after a certain age isn’t married, we just think he hasn’t come around to making his pick.”
“My own definition is a feminist is a man or a woman who says, yes, there’s a problem with gender as it is today and we must fix it, we must do better. All of us, women and men, must do better.”
“Teach her that if you criticize X in women but do not criticize X in men, then you do not have a problem with X, you have a problem with women.”
“Masculinity is a hard, small cage, and we put boys inside this cage.”
“I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”
“When someone shows you who they are believe them; the first time.”
“We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.”
“I don't trust people who don't love themselves and tell me, 'I love you.' ... There is an African saying which is: Be careful when a naked person offers you a shirt.”
“You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.”
“Have enough courage to trust love one more time and always one more time.”
“Never make someone a priority when all you are to them is an option.”
“A woman's heart should be so hidden in God that a man has to seek Him just to find her.”
“Try to be a rainbow in someone's cloud.”
“You alone are enough. You have nothing to prove to anybody.”
“Stepping onto a brand-new path is difficult, but not more difficult than remaining in a situation, which is not nurturing to the whole woman.”
“No matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow.”