Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Mindfulness Quotations

The following list of quotations lives on my cork board at work. Whenever the day becomes hectic, I look over the quotations and reflect on the ones that bring me peace.  This helps me reset and turn back to my tasks with a smile.

“The trouble with the rat-race is that even if you win, you’re still a rat.” –Lily Tomlin

“There’s nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.” –William Shakespeare

“Every little blossom has its place.” -Ed Essey (an original that someone caught me saying once)

“I gave myself to the dance, and all the while I could hear distinctly the transit of the stars, the shifting of the tides, the racing of the wind.” –Haruki Murakami

"If you can walk, you can dance. If you can talk, you can sing."

“We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand ­ and melting like a snowflake.” –Marie Beyon Ray

“No snowflake falls in an inappropriate place.”

“First thought, best thought.”

"In your heart, you already know."

"Please do not get caught in that place where you think you know."

"The feet can walk; let them walk. The hands can hold; let them hold. Hear what is heard by your ears; see what is seen by your eyes."

"If you chase two hares at the same time, you will catch neither of them."

"One inch ahead is all darkness."

Please share your favorite quotations


  1. Great post. I especially enjoyed the Lily Tomlin quote. My personal favorite (a very commonly known one) is the serenity prayer -

    God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference.

    With strong emphasis on the wisdom part :)

  2. Thank you for sharing. That is a favorite of mine, too. Maybe it's time to create a new batch of wall quotations including that one.

  3. Coincidentally I've been reading some Schopenhauer quotes (I'm too lazy to actually read his work, so I'm reduced to reading his quotes :P ).

    "Treat a work of art like a prince. Let it speak to you first."

    "The two enemies of human happiness are pain and boredom."

    "All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident. "

    He's a very quotable fellow. :)

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  6. I have signed on to twitter and will start soon. I hope for guidance from folks on the kind of content that people like.