Inspirational Quotations (Full List)

Realising that I have a tendency to post inpirational quotes to my twitter and facebook often I thought that my website would be a great place to keep a record of some of the real gems. Randomly selected quotes are displayed in other areas of the site but this page contains a full of archive of them.

They are listed below in alphabetical order. Enjoy.

Life is a process of becoming, a combination of states we have to go through. Where people fail is that they wish to elect a state and remain in it. This is a kind of death.

— Anais Nin, “From D. H. Lawrence: An unprofessional study,” in P. K. Jason (ed.), Anais Nin reader, Chicago, IL: The Swallow Press Inc.

I must not fear.
Fear is the mind-killer.
Fear is the little death that brings total obliteration.
I will face my fear.
I will permit it to pass over me and through me.
And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path.
Where the fear has gone there will be nothing.
Only I will remain.

— Bene Gesserit, “Litany Against Fear” from the novel “Dune”

It’s just a ride. And we can change it anytime we want. It’s only a choice. No effort, no work, no job, no savings, and money. A choice, right now, between fear and love. The eyes of fear want you to put bigger locks on your doors, buy guns, close yourselves off. The eyes of love, instead, see all of us as one.

— Bill Hicks, “Revelations”, 1993

This is the Myth of our lives. “In the beginning was the Word [logos: the account, the telling, the story!] and the Word was with God, and the Word was a God.” (John 1:1) Imagination and Language are the tools of creation and we are the storytellers, the audience AND the stories themselves. Together we are the weaver and the weaved and we have the power to imagine … any … thing. And so it shall Be.

— Cavan McLaughlin

Music is a recondite arithmetical exercise carried out by the soul, which is unaware that it is counting.

— Gottfried Leibniz, From a letter to Goldbach, 27 April 1712, quoted in “O Sacks, The Man who Mistook his Wife for a Hat”

That is not dead which can eternal lie.
And with strange aeons even death may die.

— H. P. Lovecraft, “The Call of Cthulhu”, 1928

Men do not sufficiently realise that their future is in their own hands. Theirs is the task of determining first of all whether they want to go on living or not. Theirs is the responsibility, then, for deciding if they want merely to live, or intend to make just the extra effort required for fulfilling […] the essential function of the universe, which is a machine for the making of gods.

— Henri Bergson, “The Two Sources of Morality and Religion”, trans, by R. Audra and C. Brereton. New York, 1935

You could not step twice into the same river, for new waters are ever flowing on to you.

— Heraclitus, as quoted in Barlett’s “Familiar Quotations”, 1980

The kingdom of God is inside of you, and it is outside of you. When you come to know yourselves, then you will become known, and you will realize that it is you who are the sons of the living father. But if you will not know yourselves, you dwell in poverty and it is you who are that poverty.

— Jesus of Nazareth, “The Gospel of Thomas”

The most important kind of freedom is to be what you really are. You trade in your reality for a role. You trade in your sense for an act. You give up your ability to feel, and in exchange, put on a mask. There can’t be any large-scale revolution until there’s a personal revolution, on and individual level. It’s got to happen inside first.

— Jim Morrison, [unknown]

Enlightenment is finding that there is nothing to find. Enlightenment is to come to know that there is nowhere to go. Enlightenment is the understanding that this is all, that this is perfect, that this is it. Enlightenment is not an achievement, it is an understanding that there is nothing to achieve, nowhere to go. You are already there — you have never been away.

— Osho, “Zen: The Path of Paradox, Vol. 1” Chapter 4: Learn from the Peacocks

Someday after mastering the winds, the waves, the tides and gravity, we shall harness for God the energies of love and then for the second time in the history of the world man shall have discovered fire.

— Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, “On love and happiness”. San Francisco, CA: Harper & Row Publishers Inc., 1984.

Who, if I cried out, would hear me among the angels’ hierarchies?
And even if one of them pressed me suddenly against his heart:
I would be consumed in that overwhelming existence.
For beauty is nothing but the beginning of terror, which we still are just able to endure,
and we are so awed because it serenely disdains to annihilate us.

— Rainer Maria Rilke, Duino Elegies

If you think you know what the hell is going on, you’re probably full of shit. Our world is controlled by belief systems – BS. My advice to anyone living in the world would be: don’t believe totally in anybody’s BS. The second commandment is like unto the first: don’t believe totally in your own BS.

When you begin to believe in your own BS, you enter the state that I call self-hypnotic, ideational trance, and pretty soon you’ve got a headful of self-hypnotic ideational trance, or S-H-I-T.

— Robert Anton Wilson, Various posthumous interviews conducted after his death through the arcane power of paraphrasement. All thoughts used belong to Mr. Wilson.

I regard any behavior we indulge in as a game. The soul is beyond not only three-dimensional space but beyond the illusion of linear time. Any method we use to move through three- or four- dimensional space is a game. It doesn’t matter how serious we take it, or how serious its consequences are.

— Ron Post (fictional character), in Douglas Rushkoff’s “Cyberia: Life in the Trenches of Cyberspace”, 2002

I choose to live and to
Lie, kill and give and to
Die, learn and love and to
Do what it takes to step through.

— Tool, “Forty-six & 2”, Ænima, 1997

My Heart is just my Heart,
Fragile and Doubtful,
But my Life continues to guide me,
Through and Through,
To Self Mastery,
Developing into the Greatest Individual,
To better serve the World.
– Nam Myoho Renge Kyo (Oneness with the Cosmic Law of Life)

— unknown, n.d.

When you dance, your purpose is not to get to a certain place on the floor. It’s to enjoy each step along the way.

— Wayne Dyer, [unknown]

The Imagination is not a State: it is Human Existence itself.

— William Blake, “Milton a Poem”, 1811