Quotes

Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to test you.

— 1 Peter 4:12

To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.

— 1st Corinthians 12:7

Now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

— 1st Corinthians: 13:13

Let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.

— 1st John 3:18

If this plan or this undertaking is of human origin, it will fail; but if it is of God, you will not be able to overthrow it.

— Acts 5:38,39 (adapted)

Feeling grateful for each thing in your life is a great way to open the heart and let the Spirit slip in

— Adapted from Awakening Your Spirituality, Jonathan Robinson

Spirituality – Whole living by nurturing every component – physical, emotional, and certainly spiritual – of whom you are

— Adapted from Staying Strong by Sara Lomax Reese, Kirk Johnson and Therman Evans, M.D.

Hope is a beautiful treasure.

— Adapted from Unknown Source

Aint gonna let nobody turn me around.

— African American Spiritual

Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.

— Albert Einstein

To be who you are and become what you are capable.

— Alvin Ailey

When we show our respect for other living things, they respond with respect for us.

— Ancient Arapaho proverb

It doesn’t have to glitter to be gold

— Arthur Ashe

True power comes through cooperation and silence.

— Ashanti proverb

Divide and empower, in our world, must become define and empower.

— Audre Lorde

If you are going to play the game properly, you’d better know every Rule.

— Barbara Jordan

It is more important to understand than to be understood.

— Bill Russell

You must dare to interrupt the cycle of the present; to move into the cycle of the future.

— Bishop E. Bernard Jordan

Everything an Indian does is in a circle, and that is because the power of the world always works in circles, and everything tries to be round. In the old days when we were a strong and happy people, all our power came to us from the sacred hoop of the nation, and so long […]

— Black Elk

One love, one heart. Let’s get together and feel alright

— Bob Marley

All that we are is the result of what we have thought.

— Buddha

The fight is never about grapes or lettuce. It is always about people

— Cesar Chavez

If you win non-violently, then you have a double victory; you not only won your fight, but you remain free.

— Cesar Chavez

No one is useless in this world who lightens the burden of it for anyone else

— Charles Dickens

When we lose the right to be different, we lose the privilege to be free.

— Charles Evans Hughes

Set yourself as the standard.

— Chinese Proverbs

Man’s schemes are inferior to those made by heaven.

— Chinese Proverbs

Tall trees experience strong winds.

— Chinese Proverbs

I hear and I forget, I see and I remember, I do and I understand.

— Chinese Proverbs

To know what is right and not to do it is the worst cowardice.

— Confucius

No investigation. No right to speak.

— Confucius

One does not sell the land people walk on.

— Crazy Horse

A very great vision is needed and the man who has it must follow it as the eagle seeks the deepest blue of the sky.

— Crazy Horse

Tell me whom you love, and I’ll tell you who you are.

— Creole proverb

We should acknowledge differences, we should greet differences, until difference makes no difference anymore.

— Dr. Adela A. Allen

We are prone to judge success by the index of our salaries or the size of our automobiles, rather than by the quality of our service and relationship to humanity.

— Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.

— Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.

— Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Courage faces fear and thereby masters it. Cowardice represses fear and is thereby mastered by it.

— Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.

— Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Life has two rules: Number 1, Never Quit! Number 2, Always remember rule Number 1

— Duke Ellington

For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.

— Ecclesiastes 3:1 (adapted)

To meet everything and everyone through stillness instead of mental noise is the greatest gift you can offer to the universe.

— Eckart Tolle

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.

— Eleanor Roosevelt

Learn to get in touch with the silence within yourself and know that everything in life has a purpose.

— Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

The thing we surround ourselves with most frequently, becomes our power.

— Ernest Holmes

I am sick and tired of being sick and tired.

— Fannie Lou Hamer

Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.

— Frederick Douglas

he fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

— Galatians 5:22

I change myself, I change the world.

— Gloria Anzaldua

Don’t find fault, find remedy.

— Henry Ford

Failure is only an opportunity to begin again, more intelligently.

— Henry Ford

Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is a process; working together is a success

— Henry Ford

But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

— Isaiah 40:31 (adapted)

Everybody is born to fulfill a divine purpose, and God has given us everything we will ever need to fulfill that purpose.

— Iyanla Vanzant

Meditation: When we quiet the conscious mind to hear the Divine presence.

— Iyanla Vanzant

If you always do what you always did, you will always get what you always got

— Jackie “Moms” Mabley

It’s interesting to see how we are all uniquely different.

— Jai Rodriguez

The greatest thing you have is your self image, a positive opinion of yourself. You must never let anyone take it from you.

— Jaime Escalante

What doth it profit, my brethren (sisters), though one say he (she) hath faith, and have not works?

— James 2:14 (adapted)

Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and the Lord shall lift you up.

— James 4:10 (adapted)

Those who say it can’t be done are,and also usually interrupted by others doing it.

— James Baldwin

You cannot fix what you will not face

— James Baldwin

If you’re afraid to die, you will not be able to live.

— James Baldwin

You don’t get to choose how you’re going to die. Or when. You only decide how you’re going to live. Now.

— Joan Baez

If we cannot end our differences, at least we can help make the world safe for diversity.

— John F. Kennedy

I get by with a little help from my friends.

— John Lennon

I get by with a little help from my friends.

— John Lennon

For a love to grow through the tests of everyday living, one must respect that zone of privacy where one retires to relate to the inside instead of the outside.

— Kahlil Gibran

Friendship is always a sweet responsibility, never an opportunity.

— Kahlil Gibron

I used to want the words “She tried” on my tombstone. Now I want “She did it”.

— Katherine Dunham

Don’t you set down on the steps’ Cause you finds it’s kinder hard. Don’t you fall now . . .For I’s still goin’, honey, I’s still climbin’, And life for me aint been no crystal stair.

— Langston Hughes

Before you run, check to see if the bulldog has teeth

— Les Brown

You’ve got to continue to grow, or you’ll find yourself like last night’s cornbread: STALE and DRY.

— Loretta Lynn

Where there is no difference, there is only indifference.

— Louis Nizer

Because thou hast been faithful in a very little, have thou authority over ten cities.

— Luke 19:17

Because thou hast been faithful in a very little, have thou authority over ten cities.

— Luke 19:17

Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.

— Mahatma Gandhi

If you have no critics, you’ll likely have no success.

— Malcolm X

If you have no critics, you’ll likely have no success.

— Malcolm X

If you don’t stand for something, you will fall for anything.

— Malcolm X

And the Lord said unto them, Come aside into the desert place; and rest awhile.

— Mark 6:31 (adapted)

If you cannot find peace within yourself, you will never find it anywhere else

— Marvin Gaye

Anything worth having is worth working for.

— Mary Kay Ash

Just as you did it to one of the least of these …you did it to me.

— Matthew 25:40 (adapted)

Let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your God in heaven.

— Matthew 5:16 (adapted)

Ask, and it shall be given you…

— Matthew 7:7

Nothing can dim the light which shines from within

— Maya Angelou

As soon as healing takes place, go out and heal somebody else.

— Maya Angelou

Everyone in the world smiles in the same language.

— Mexican-American Proverb

Go behind the apparent circumstances of the situation and locate the love in yourself and in all others involved in the situation

— Mother Teresa

The success of love is in the loving, it is not in the result of loving.

— Mother Teresa

To show great love for God and our neighbor we need not do great things. It is how much love we put in the doing that makes our offering something beautiful for God.

— Mother Teresa

Every act of love is a work of peace no matter how small.

— Mother Teresa

Love is a fruit in season at all times, and within the reach of every hand

— Mother Teresa

I know God will not give me anything I can’t handle.

— Mother Teresa

Do not follow the path. Go where there is no path to begin the trail.

— Multiple Sources

Deal with yourself as an individual worthy of respect, and make everyone else deal with you the same way.

— Nikki Giovanni

Surround yourself with only people who are going to lift you higher.

— Oprah Winfrey

If you are willing to deal with the past, you can make the moment you are in rich

— Oprah Winfrey

Follow your instincts. That’s where true wisdom manifests itself.

— Oprah Winfrey

You cannot belong to anyone else, until you belong to yourself

— Pearl Bailey

Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect; but …I press toward the mark.

— Philippians 3:12,14

The high note is not the only thing.

— Placido Domingo

This is the day the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.

— Psalm 118:24

Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for the Lord is good! The Lord’s mercy endures forever.

— Psalm 136:1 (adapted)

I will praise Thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.

— Psalm 139:14

I will fear no evil, for thou art with me

— Psalm 23:4

The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?

— Psalm 27:1

Plead my cause, O Lord, with them that strive with me: fight against them that fight against me.

— Psalm 35:1

He(she) is fallen into the ditch which he (she) made. His (her) mischief shall return upon his (her) head.

— Psalm 7:15,16 (adapted)

We must protect the forests for our children, grandchildren and children yet to be born. We must protect the forests for those who can’t speak for themselves such as the birds, animals, fish and trees.

— Qwatsinas

It takes a deep commitment to change and an even deeper commitment to grow

— Ralph Ellison

Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

The only way to have a friend is to be one

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

If you don’t know where you come from, it’s difficult to assess where You are. It’s even more difficult to plan where you are going.

— Reverand Joseph Lowery

A delay is not a denial

— Reverend James Cleveland

Bigger than life is not difficult for me. I am bigger than life.

— Rita Moreno

We know that all things work together for good to those who love God.

— Romans 8:28

The greatest gift is not being afraid to question.

— Ruby Dee

You don’t always have to have something to say

— Sammy Davis, Jr.

Don’t pray when it rains if you don’t pray when the sun shines.

— Satchel Paige

No one can give you wisdom. You must discover it for yourself, on the journey through life, which no one can take for you.

— Sun Bear

The most sacred place isn’t the church, the mosque or the temple; it’s the temple of the body. That’s where the spirit lives

— Susan Taylor

Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.

— T. S. Elliott

If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he(she) hears a different drummer. Let him (her) step to the music which he(she) hears, however measured or far away. (adapted)

— Thoreau

He who controls images controls everything

— Townsend

If you sail without a chart, you may return without a ship

— Unknown Source

A mind is like a parachute; it only serves it purpose when it’s open.

— Unknown Source

Success sometimes depends on having a chance, or taking one.

— Unknown Source

Go within and find what you’ve been searching outside yourself to find.

— Unknown Source

The best place to find a helping hand is at the end of your arm.

— Unknown Source

Make time and space for quiet time, and then use it.

— Unknown Source

If there is anything better than being loved, it’s loving.

— Unknown Source

Always keep people in your life that charge your battery, not those who will drain it!

— Unknown Source

Friendships are treasures to be cherished, so be sure to value them.

— Unknown Source

Faith keeps me calm during the storms of life.

— Unknown Source

Life shrinks or expands, according to our belief.

— Unknown Source

Let your imagination guide your work.

— Unknown Source

The only thing that is constant in life is change

— Unknown Source

Wisdom is knowing what to do; skill is knowing how to do it, and virtue is doing it.

— Unknown Source

There are three kinds of people in the world: Those who make things happen, those who watch things happen, and those who wonder what happened.

— Unknown Source

Being happy doesn’t mean everything is perfect, it means that you’ve decided to see beyond the imperfections.

— Unknown Sources

Spirit works on a full-time basis

— Unknown Sources

Serenity isn’t freedom from the storm, but peace within the storm.

— Unknown Sources

I’m trying to arrange my life so that I don’t even have to be present.

— Unknown Sources

Persistence breaks down resistance.

— Unknown Sources

When one door closes, another one opens.

— Unknown Sources

God is the friend of silence. See how nature – Trees, flowers, grass grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence. We need silence to be able to touch souls.

— Unknown Sources

Life shrinks or expands, according to our belief.

— Unknown Sources

When you’re down to nothing, God is up to something.

— Unknown Sources

Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity

— Unknown Sources

If you’re not a competitor, You’ve just got to go home.

— Venus Williams

In my mind, I’m always the best. If I walk out on the court (and) I think the next person is better, I’ve already lost.

— Venus Williams

If you’re not a competitor, You’ve just got to go home.

— Venus Williams

Spiritual growth results from absorbing and digesting truth and putting it to practice in daily life

— White Eagle

Where you will sit when you are old shows where you stood in youth

— Yoruba Proverbs

No one can uproot the tree which God has planted.

— Yoruba proverbs

If rain doesn’t fall, corn does not grow.

— Yoruba proverbs