"Statistics, likelihoods, and probabilities mean everything to men, nothing to God.”
Richelle E. Goodrich, novelist
“It's only when we truly know and understand that we have a limited time on earth - and that we have no way of knowing when our time is up, we will then begin to live each day to the fullest, as if it was the only one we had.”
Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, psychiatrist & speaker on death & dying
“...Nobody really knows how smart or talented he is until he finds the incentives to use himself to the fullest. God has given us more than we know what to do with.”
Sydney J. Harris, journalist & drama critic
“A great ancient poet was blind. A great classical composer was deaf. Many of us are dumb. What have we to show for it?”
Vera Nazarian, writer, ‘The Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration’
“The most self-damaging words in the English language are: try, might, and if. These are words of uncertainty. Will you fail? That is possible. But continue doubting your abilities and you’ll never succeed.”
Dannika Dark, author
“Don't question your ability. You were created to succeed and live a life of purpose. Don't you dare put a question-mark where God put a period!”
Steve Marboli, coach & author
"To be granted some kind of usable talent and to be able to use it to the fullest extent of which you are capable – this, to me, is a kind of joy that is almost unequaled."
Lawrence Welk, Big Band Leader
“No army can withstand the strength of an idea whose time has come.”
Victor Hugo, poet and novelist
“It isn’t bragging if you can do it.”
Dizzy Dean, baseball player
“Studies indicate that the one quality all successful people have is persistence. They’re willing to spend more time accomplishing a task and to persevere in the face of many difficult odds. There’s a very positive relationship between people’s ability to accomplish any task and the time they’re willing to spend on it.”
Dr. Joyce Brothers, psychologist & author
“No one rises to low expectations.” Les Brown, musician & composer
“It is a fine thing to have ability, but the ability to discover ability in others is the true test.”
Elbert Hubbard, writer & publisher
“You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face...you must do the thing you think you cannot do”. Eleanor Roosevelt, human rights activist
"Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else."
Judy Garland, actress & singer
"You know you are on the road to success if you would do your job, and not be paid for it."
“...We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained."
Marie Curie, physicist who discovered radioactivity
"Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person."
"Our wills are ours, we know not how to make them thine."
Alfred Tennyson, poet laureate
“Mindfulness helps you go home to the present. And every time you go there and recognize a condition of happiness that you have, happiness comes.”
Thich Nhat Hanh, monk, meditation teacher & social activist
“Learn to get in touch with the silence within yourself, and know that everything in life has purpose. There are no mistakes, no coincidences, all events are blessings given to us to learn from.”
Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, psychiatrist
“...It is shown that both in relativity theory and quantum theory, notions implying the undivided wholeness of the universe would provide a much more orderly way of considering the general nature of reality”
Dr David Bohm, physicist
“Be a lamp to yourself. Be your own confidence. Hold on to the truth within yourself ...”
"I think self-awareness is probably the most important thing towards being a champion."
Billie Jean King, tennis champion
“Delight in the beauty of a butterfly and remember the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.”
“I have always had this view about the modern education system: we pay attention to brain development, but the development of warmheartedness we take for granted.”
“It is not arrogant or egotistical to feel good inside. You had nothing to do with it. It’s simply the honest response to clearly perceived Reality.”
Erich Schiffman, yoga teacher
GLIMPSES FROM PATANJALI'S YOGA SUTRAS
“At first, the stilling process is accompanied by four kinds of cognition: analytical thinking, insight, bliss, or feeling like a self.” (I.17)
“Consciousness settles as one radiates friendliness, compassion, delight, and equanimity toward all things, whether pleasant or painful, good or bad. Or by pausing after breath flows in or out.” (I.33, I.34)
"The causes of suffering are not seeing things as they are, the sense of ‘I’, attachment, aversion, and clinging to life." (II.3)
"The eight components of yoga are external discipline, internal discipline, posture, breath regulation, concentration, meditative absorption, and integration." (II.29)
"The five internal disciplines are bodily purification, contentment, intensity, self-study, and orientation toward the ideal of pure awareness." (II.32)
"Unwholesome thoughts can be neutralized by cultivating wholesome ones." (II.33)
"Freedom from wanting unlocks the real purpose of existence." (II.39)
"Contentment brings unsurpassed joy." (II.42)
"Self-study deepens communion with one’s personal deity." (II.44)
"The postures of meditation should embody steadiness and ease. This occurs as all effort relaxes and coalescence arises, revealing that the body and the infinite universe are indivisible. Then, one is no longer disturbed by the play of opposites." (II.46, II.47, II.48)