Quotes that motivated us

“The universe is not outside of you. Look inside yourself; everything that you want, you already are.”

~ Rumi

“The very center of your heart is where life begins, the most beautiful place on earth.”

~ Rumi

“Everything in the universe has a rhythm, everything dances.”

~ Maya Angelou

“Love is the bridge between you and everything.”

~ Rumi

“Seek patience and passion in equal amounts. Patience alone will not build the temple. Passion alone will destroy its walls.”

~ Maya Angelou

“It’s your road, and yours alone, others may walk it with you, but no one can walk it for you . . . As you start to walk on the way, the way appears.”

~ Rumi

“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by it’s ability to climb a tree, it will live it’s whole life believing that it is stupid.”

~ Albert Einstein

“Imagination is more important than knowledge.”

~ Albert Einstein

“If you give a man a fish, you feed him for a day, but if you teach him how to fish, you feed him for a lifetime.”

~ Anonymous

“Innovation thrives on encouragement and dies with routine.”

~ Anonymous

“Knowledge does not become power until it’s used. Use it or lose it. Used knowledge is power.”

~ Anonymous

“Minds are like parachutes, they only work when they are open.”

~ Thomas Dewar

“Be strong, my young friends, that is my advice to you. You will be nearer to Heaven through football than through the study of the Gita. These are bold words; but I have to say them, for I love you. I know where the shoe pinches.”

~ Swami Vivekananda

“Genius is the ability to reduce the complicated to the simple.”

~ C.W. Ceram

“You cannot teach a man anything. You can only help (him) to discover it within himself.”

~ Galileo Galilei

“Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.”

~ Maya Angelou

“Love is the most durable power in the world.”

~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Joy begins to last when we experience that our happiness is not dependent on outer circumstances.”

~ John Gray

“Music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without.”

~ Confucius

“Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers.”

~  Harry Truman

“The day we stop playing is the day we start getting old.”

~ Maya Angelou

“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.”

~ Maya Angelou

“The strongest single factor in prosperity consciousness is self-esteem: believing you can do it, believing you deserve it, believing you will get it.”

~ Jerry Gillies

“Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.”

~ Maya Angelou

“It takes less work to succeed than to fail. It takes less time to achieve success when you concentrate your thought and effort on learning a lot about a little and becoming an expert, than when you dissipate your energies trying to learn a little about a lot.”

~ W. Clement Stone

“Books are delightful society. If you go into a room and find it full of books – even without taking them from the shelves they seem to speak to you, to bid you welcome.”

~ William Gladstone

“Failure is not a failure. It’s an elimination and a step forward to ultimate success. Failure is an opportunity to begin again more intelligently.”

~ Henry Ford

“Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.”

~ Rumi

“Bloom where you are planted.”

~ French saying

“You are responsible for the thoughts you have at any given time. You have the capacity to think whatever you choose. Virtually all your self-defeating attitudes and behaviors originate in the way you choose to think.”

~ Wayne Dyer

“You are what you read. The book you don’t read won’t help you.”

~ Jim Rohn

“Let’s be reasonable and add an eighth day to the week that is devoted exclusively to reading.”

~ Lena Dunham

“Books are uniquely portable magic.”

~ Stephen King

“There is more treasure in books than in all the pirates’ loot on Treasure Island and best of all, you can enjoy these riches every day of your life.”

~ Walt Disney

“Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.”

~ Rumi

“Energy follows thought.”

~ George Zalucki

“First comes thought, then organization of that thought into ideas and plans; then transformation of those plans into reality. The beginning, as you will observe, is in your imagination.”

~ Napoleon Hill

“History will judge us by the difference we make in the everyday lives of children.”

~ Nelson Mandela

“You have to attract energy and let it flow out to others. When you radiate more positive energy, people want to be around you.”

~ John Gray

“Every child is an artist.”

~ Pablo Picasso

“Sell your cleverness and buy bewilderment. Cleverness is mere opinion. Bewilderment brings intuitive knowledge.”

~ Rumi

“The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who can’t read.”

~ Mark Twain

“Children are great imitators. So give them something great to imitate.”

~ Anonymous

“A person’s a person, no matter how small.”

~ Dr. Seuss

“The way to develop the best that is in a man is by appreciation and encouragement.”

~ Charles Schwab

“There is no right or wrong, only consequences. There are no mistakes, only lessons.”

~ Anonymous

“If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.”

~ Robert Orben

“Do you see me?” This is the big question your child is asking every day. “Can you recognize me for who I am, different from your dreams and expectations for me, separate from your agenda for me?”

~ Shefali Tsabary

“A hundred years from now it will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in, or the kind of car I drove…..but the world may be different because I was important in the life of one child.”

~Kathy Davis

“Children learn who they are and what they really enjoy if they are allowed to sit with themselves. Inundated with activity and subjected to lesson upon lesson, how can they hope to recognize their authentic voice amid the din of all this ‘doing’?”

~ Shefali Tsabary

“When you parent, it’s crucial you realize you aren’t raising a “mini me,” but a spirit throbbing with its own signature. For this reason, it’s important to separate who you are from who each of your children is. Children aren’t ours to possess or own in any way. When we know this in the depths of our soul, we tailor our raising of them to their needs, rather than molding them to fit our needs.”

~ Shefali Tsabary

“Just as we cannot see our own faces without looking into a mirror, we cannot know ourselves without looking into our soul.”

~ Anonymous

“Children come to us full of what is, not what isn’t. When we see our own reality for all it isn’t, we teach our children to operate from lack. When we see our children for all they are yet to become, barely recognizing all they already are, we teach them they are incomplete. For our children to see a look of disappointment in our eyes sows in them seeds of anxiety, self-doubt, hesitation, and inauthenticity. They then begin to believe they should be more beautiful, competent, smart, or talented. In this way, we strip them of their enthusiasm for expressing themselves as they are right now.”

~ Shefali Tsabary

“It’s no surprise we fail to tune in to our children’s essence. How can we listen to them, when so many of us barely listen to ourselves? How can we feel their spirit and hear the beat of their heart if we can’t do this in our own life?”

~ Shefali Tsabary

“Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive.”

~ Anonymous

“My child isn’t my easel to paint on nor my diamond to polish. My child isn’t my trophy to share with the world nor my badge of honor. My child isn’t an idea, an expectation, or a fantasy nor my reflection or legacy. My child isn’t my puppet or a project nor my striving or desire. My child is here to fumble, stumble, try, and cry,  learn and mess up, fail and try again. Listen to the beat of a drum faint to our adult ears and dance to a song that revels in freedom. My task is to step aside, stay in infinite possibility, heal my own wounds, fill my own bucket and let my child fly.”

~ Shefali Tsabary

“This above all; to thine own self be true.”

~ William Shakespeare

“To raise new questions, new possibilities, to regard old problems from a new angle, requires creative imagination and marks real advance in science.”

~ Albert Einstein

“We are all born for love.”

~ Benjamin Disraeli

“It is never too late to become the person you have always been.”

~ John Kimbrough

“One of the greatest moments in anybody’s developing experience is when he no longer tries to hide from himself but determines to get acquainted with himself as he really is.”

~ Norman Vincent Peale

“Men are only as great as they are kind.”

~ Elbert Hubbard

“The fruit of silence is prayer.

The fruit of prayer is faith.

The fruit of faith is love.

The fruit of love is service.

The fruit of service is peace.”

~ Mother Teresa

“Most teachers waste their time by asking questions that are intended to discover what a pupil does not know, whereas the true art of questioning is to discover what the pupil does know or is capable of knowing.”

~ Albert Einstein

“O what profiteth it a man if he should gain the whole world and lose his own soul?”

~ Anonymous

“The hardest thing to do is to love ourselves and to feel free to be ourselves. Others can still guide and teach us, but we must not let them control our lives!”

~ Anonymous

“Man’s heart away from nature becomes hard.”

~ Standing Bear

“You are today where your thoughts have brought you; you will be tomorrow where your thoughts take you.”

~ James Allen

“We are all in this together and have to stop separating ourselves from each other. We are one with each other as the waves are one with the ocean.”

~ Anonymous

“Because we weren’t taught by either our parents or society to access our inner stillness and find the roots of our pain and pleasure within ourselves, we are reactive to external circumstances. Since we didn’t learn to simply observe our emotions, honor them, sit with them, and grow from them, our response to external stimuli became increasingly emotionally toxic, which is the root of our cyclones of drama. When we are raised to suppress our darker emotions, these emotions form a shadow from which we are cut off. When emotions are split from our consciousness, they lie dormant, ready to be activated at a moment’s notice, which is why so many of us erupt out of the blue. Whenever these emotions are triggered by another’s shadow, we find ourselves upset with the person who evoked these emotions in us. Again, let me emphasize that no one could evoke such emotions in us were they not already part of our shadow.”

~ Shefali Tsabary

“With love anything is possible.”

~ Anonymous

“Have keen ears and listen to what someone isn’t saying. If you really want to understand me, please hear what I am not saying, what I may never be able to say.”

~ Anonymous

“In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.”

~ Albert Einstein

“We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.”

~ Albert Einstein

“Meditate deeply…. reach the depth of the source. Sitting alone in a great silence, even though the heavens turn and the earth is upset, you will not even wink.”

~ Nyogen Senzaki

“The more you depend on forces outside yourself, the more you are dominated by them.”

~ Harold Sherman

“The artist does not see things as they are, but as he is.”

~ Alfred Tonnelle

“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.”

~ Mohammad Gandhi

“Wholeness is not about your anatomical body but your spiritual life.”

~ Carmine Birsammato

“Come to the edge,” he said.

They said, “We are afraid.”

“Come to the edge,” he said. They came.

He pushed them…….and they flew.

~ Guillaume Apollinaire

“I ask to be released from the notion that I have any power or jurisdiction over my child’s spirit. I release my child from the need to obtain my approval, as well as from the fear of my disapproval. I will give my approval freely as my child has earned this right. I ask for the wisdom to appreciate the sparkle of my child’s ordinariness. I ask for the ability not to base my child’s being on grades or milestones reached. I ask for the grace to sit with my child each day and simply revel in my child’s presence. I ask for a reminder of my own ordinariness and the ability to bask in its beauty. I’m not here to judge or approve my child’s natural state. I’m not here to determine what course my child’s life should take. I’m here as my child’s spiritual partner. My child’s spirit is infinitely wise and will manifest itself in exactly the way it’s meant to. My child’s spirit will reflect the manner in which I am invited to respond to my own essence.”

~ Shefali Tsabary

“Our children pay a heavy price when we lack consciousness. Overindulged, over-medicated, and over-labeled, many of them are unhappy. This is because, coming from unconsciousness ourselves, we bequeath to them our own unresolved needs, unmet expectations, and frustrated dreams. Despite our best intentions, we enslave them to the emotional inheritance we received from our parents, binding them to the debilitating legacy of ancestors past. The nature of unconsciousness is such that, until it’s metabolized, it will seep through generation after generation. Only through awareness can the cycle of pain that swirls in families end.”

~ Shefali Tsabary