The Native American Indians are known for their connection with the earth, and I believe we have much to learn from them. It’s time for all of us to reawaken to the life force that connects us to our sacred Mother Earth.
~ The Joy Factor
The following is a collection of all the inspirational quotes at the bottom of the pages of this website. Hovering your mouse over the quote area will pause the slideshow.
I will persist until I succeed. I was not delivered into this world into defeat, nor does failure course my veins. I am not a sheep waiting to be prodded by my shepherd. I am a lion, and I refuse to talk, walk, and to sleep with the sheep. I will persist until I succeed.
You can accomplish anything if you do not accept limitations . . . whatever you make up your mind to do, you can do.
~ Paramahansa Yogananda
Come into the garden of life and plant new thoughts and ideas that are beautiful and nourishing. Life loves you and wants you to have the very best. Life wants you to have peace of mind, inner joy, confidence, and an abundance of self-worth and self-love. You deserve to feel at ease at all times with all people and to earn a good living. So plant these ideas in your new garden. You can nourish them and watch them grow into beautiful flowers and fruits that will in turn feed and nourish you all of your life.
People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don’t believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want and if they can’t find them, make them. ~ George Bernard Shaw
To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
The sight of an achievement is the greatest gift a human being could offer others.
~ Ayn Rand
If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets as Michelangelo painted or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, "Here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well."
I still get wildly enthusiastic about little things...I play with leaves. I skip down the street and run against the wind.
~ Leo Buscaglia
Today is life -- the only life you are sure of. Make the most of today. Get interested in something. Shake yourself awake. Develop a hobby. Let the winds of enthusiasm sweep through you. Live today with gusto.
To put the world in order, we must first put the nation in order; to put the nation in order, we must first put the family in order; to put the family in order, we must first cultivate our personal life; we must first set our hearts right.
There is a single magic, a single power, a single salvation, and a single happiness, and that is called loving.
~ James Allen
People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don’t believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want and if they can’t find them, make them.
"Be quick but don't hurry." By that I meant make a decision, take action; decide what you're going to do and do it. Keep this word of caution in mind: Failure to act is often the biggest failure of all.
I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of any thing than of a book! -- When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library. ~ Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
Vanity and pride are different things, though the words are often used synonymously. A person may be proud without being vain. Pride relates more to our opinion of ourselves, vanity to what we would have others think of us. ~ Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
If we listened to our intellect, we'd never have a love affair. We'd never have a friendship. We'd never go into business, because we'd be too cynical. Well, that's nonsense. You've got to jump off cliffs all the time and build your wings on the way down. ~ Annie Dillard
The true measure of an individual is how he treats a person who can do him absolutely no good. ~ Ann Landers
Try not to become a man of success but rather to become a man of value.
~ Albert Einstein
We have all a better guide in ourselves, if we would attend to it than any other person can be.
~ Jane Austen
Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.
~ Rabindranath Tagore
Once the realization is accepted that even between the closest human beings infinite distances continue, a wonderful living side by side can grow, if they succeed in loving the distance between them which makes it possible for each to see the other whole against the sky.
It is well to be up before daybreak, for such habits contribute to health, wealth, and wisdom. ~ Aristotle
All you need to do is wake up to this higher level perspective, and then simply ping this universal consciousness to tell it you’re awake and ready to serve. Ask it for guidance, and guidance will come.
In politics if you want anything said, ask a man. If you want anything done, ask a woman.
~ Margaret Thatcher
The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing.
- Albert Einstein
How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!
~ Maya Angelou
With unflinching steadiness march on your path, believing that the infinite creative Power is behind you.
~ Paramahansa Yogananda
Vanity and pride are different things, though the words are often used synonymously. A person may be proud without being vain. Pride relates more to our opinion of ourselves; vanity, to what we would have others think of us.
~ Jane Austen
Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food. ~Hippocrates
Vegetarianism preserves live, health, peace, the ecology, creates a more equitable distribution of resources, helps to feed the hungry, encourages nonviolence for the animal and human members of the planet, and is a powerful aid for the spiritual transformation of the body, emotions, mind, and spirit ~Gabriel Cousens
The human body system, from hands to teeth to digestive juices, was designed to cope superbly with fruit…nothing fulfills our vitamin, mineral and toxin-cleansing water needs more than fruit. ~Ranulph Fiennes
The longer I live the less confidence I have in drugs and the greater is my confidence in the regulation and administration of diet and regimen. ~John Redman Coxe, 1800
I keep my health by dieting. People gorge themselves with rich foods, use up their time, ruin their digestion, and poison themselves…. If the doctors would prescribe dieting instead of drugs, the ailments of normal man would disappear. Half the people are food drunk all the time. That is the secret of my health.
Doctor, no medicine — we are machines made to live, organized expressly for the purpose. Such is our nature. Do not counteract the living principle. Leave it at liberty to defend itself, and it will do better than your drugs.
~ Napoleon Bonaparte, Fresh Emperor
Keeping off a large weight loss is a phenomenon about as common in American medicine as an impoverished dermatologist.
~ Calvin Trillin, American Journalist, Humorist, and Food Writer
Blood is to the human body what the oceans are to the Earth. Both blood and the sea are comprised mainly of water, transport oxygen and nutrients, and are essential to the vibrant life force of mankind and the planet.
~ Susan Smith Jones, PhD
Spirulina is the most nutritious, concentrated whole food known to humankind. It has a rich, vibrant history, and occupies an intriging biological and ecological niche in the plant kingdom. Spirulina is truly an amazing food, full of nutritional wonders.
The imagination of a boy is healthy, and the mature imagination of a man is healthy; but there is a space of life between, in which the soul is in a ferment, the character undecided, the way of life uncertain, the ambition thick-sighted: thence proceeds mawkishness.
~ John Keats
We can get fuel from fruit, from that shrub by the roadside, or from apples, weeds, saw-dust — almost anything! There is fuel in every bit of vegetable matter that can be fermented. There is enough alcohol in one year's yield of a hectare of potatoes to drive the machinery necessary to cultivate the field for a hundred years. And it remains for someone to find out how this fuel can be produced commercially — better fuel at a cheaper price than we know now.
~ Henry Ford
Love is like a rose. When pressed between two lifetimes, it will last forever.
~ Unknown Author
A single rose can be my garden… a single friend, my world.
~ Leo Buscaglia
But friendship is the breathing rose, with sweets in every fold.
~ Oliver Wendell Holmes
Beauty without virtue is like a rose without scent.
The optimist sees the rose and not its thorns; the pessimist stares at the thorns, oblivious to the rose. ~ Kahlil Gibran
One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming outside our windows today.
~ Dale Carnegie
If I had a rose for every time I thought of you, I’d be picking roses for a lifetime.
A rose is the visible result of an infinitude of complicated goings on in the bosom of the earth and in the air above, and similarly a work of art is the product of strange activities in the human mind.
~ Clive Bell
If I had a flower for every time I thought of you, I could walk in my garden forever.
~ Alfred Lord Tennyson
Full many a flower is born to blush unseen,
And waste it's fragrance on the desert air.
~ Jane Austen
We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop. ~ Mother Teresa
To see a world in a grain of sand and heaven in a wild flower
Hold infinity in the palms of your hand and eternity in an hour. ~ William Blake
I was like a boy playing on the seashore, and diverting myself now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me. ~ Isaac Newton
He whose face gives no light, shall never become a star.
~ William Blake
You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.~ Mahatma Gandhi
What is now proved was once only imagined. ~ William Blake
If we did all the things we were capable of, we would literally astonish ourselves.
~ Thomas Edison
Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
Every moment and every event of every man's life on earth plants something in his soul.
~ Thomas Merton
Doctor, no medicine — we are machines made to live, organized expressly for the purpose. Such is our nature. Do not counteract the living principle. Leave it as liberty to defend itself, and it will do better than your drugs.
A man too busy to take care of his health is like a mechanic too busy to take care of his tools.
~ Spanish Proverb
I keep my health by dieting. People gorge themselves with rich foods, use up their time, ruin their digestion, and poison themselves. . . . If the doctors would prescribe dieting instead of drugs, the ailments of normal man would disappear. Half the people are food drunk all the time. That is the secret of my health.
There is only one thing that people like that is good for them: a good night's sleep.
~ Edgar Watson Howe
I am like a detective about any room in which I must live or work . . . . I will not chance a serious illness just because I'm told that spraying is 'customary.' Of course bugs can be annoying, but I prefer to take my chances with them, if spraying of deadly chemicals into the air I breathe is the only alternative.
Life begets energy. Energy creates energy. It is by spending oneself that one becomes rich.
~ Sarah Bernhardt
Life is a long journey, but busy people make it too short;
The world is a very broad place,
But narrow minded people make it narrow—more than it should be;
Flowers dancing in the wind and moonlight in the snow
are beautiful relaxing sceneries,
but worried people move too hectic
and miss the magic right before their eyes.
When we choose happiness, we choose love. We feel vibrantly alive, in touch with our inner world, conscious of the miracle of being, here. I believe goodness, kindness, empathy, compassion, and forgiveness are at the heart of our essential nature, with love as the driving force. Love is our lifeline. With every heartbeat, with every breath of air we take in, like is new and fresh. Now is the only time, here in the only place, to love and live happy.
~ Alexandra Stoddard
The thoughts we have held and the words we have repeatedly used have created our life and experiences up to this point. Yet, that is past thinking. What we are choosing to think and say today, this moment, will create tomorrow and next week and next month and next year. The point of power is always in the present moment. This is where we begin to make changes. What a liberating idea. We can begin to let the old nonsense go. Right now. The smallest beginning will make a difference.
Joy is my way of life. Gratitude cultivates joy. I give thanks for all the blessings in my life and appreciate each person and animal who is sharing this journey with me. When challenges arise, I breathe deeply and handle them with aplomb. I acknowledge my experiences with a calm assurance that life is good. Today I am friendly and encouraging toward others and myself.