Healing Quotes 101-200

I believe the lasting revolution comes from deep changes in ourselves which influence our collective life.

~ Anais Nin

We are here to witness the creation and to abet it.

~ Annie Dillard

Your body is the ground metaphor of your life, the expresssion of your existence. It is your Bible, your encyclopedia, your life story.

If you just set people in motion, they’ll heal themselves.

~ Gabrielle Roth

Hope begins in the dark.

~ Anne Lamott

The life you have led doesn’t need to be the only life you have.

~ Anna Quindlen

What is life for? Life is for you.

~ Abraham Maslow

Listen to your life.

~ Frederick Buechner

The sun shines not on us, but in us. The river flows not past, but through us, thrilling, tingling, vibrating every fiber  and cell of the substance of our bodies, making them glide and sing.

~ John Muir

Life is playfulness. We need to play so we can rediscover the magic all around us.

~ Flora Colao

As a rule, it was the pleasure-haters who became unjust.

~ W. H. Auden

Art is not just ornamentation, an enhancement of life, but a path in itself, a way out of the predicatable and conventional, a map to self-discovery.

~ Gabrielle Roth

I have learned silence from the talkative, toleration from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind; yet strange, I am ungrateful to those teachers.

~ Kahlil Gibran

If we are lucky, if we manage to find good support systems among our families, friends, and subsequent therapists, or havens such as the TELL network, and most important, if we can locate those places inside ourselves that are strong, then ultimately the lessons we learn from our abusers will not be those they set out to teach us.  Instead, we will have learned honesty from the dishonest, sensitivity from the insensitive, mental health from the perverse, and kindness from the unkind.

And, we need not be grateful to those teachers.

~ Jan Wohlberg at Tell: Therapy Exploitation Link Line

You can search throughout the entire universe for someone who is more deserving of your love and affection than you are yourself, and that person is not to be found anywhere. you yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe deserves your love and affection.

~ The Buddha

Fall seven times,
stand up eight.

~ Japanese Proverb

Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and learn to love the questions themselves.

~ Rainer Maria Rilke

The best way out is always through.

~ Robert Frost

Like an ability or a muscle, hearing your inner wisdom is strengthened by doing it.

~ Robbie Gass

It always seems impossible until it’s done.

~ Nelson Mandela

True life is lived when tiny changes occur.

~ Leo Tolstoy

Here in this body are the sacred rivers; here are the sun and moon as well as all the pilgrimage places… I have not encountered another temple as blissful as my own body.

~ Sahara

A bend in the road is not the end of the road.


In difficult times always carry something beautiful inside.

~ Blaise Pascal

Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit; wisdom is not trying to put it into a fruit salad.

~ Anonymous

We can learn a lot from trees: they are always grounded but never stop reaching heavenward.

~ Everett Mamor

If I keep a green bough in the heart, the singing bird will come.

~ Chinese Proverb

Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul.

~ John Muir

This the last of human freedoms–to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.

~ Viktor Frankl

The stars are always there, even in the day time. Sometimes you just don’t see them.

~ Anonymous

What we play is life.

~ Louis Armstrong

At the height of laughter, the universe is flung into a kaleidoscope of new possibilities.

~ Jean Houston

The problem is to be open enough and safe enough at the same time.

M.A. Mathieu

Try again and again with self-forgiveness. Be the kind parent to yourself you may not have had.


Play a little; it will change your life a lot.

~ Julia Cameron

No matter how sophisticated our lives may be we need to think of ourselves as creative children.

~ Julia Cameron

Heroism isn’t achieved by remote control.

J. D. Robb in Purity in Death.

Saying no can be the ultimate self-care.

~ Claudia Black

For me, singing sad songs often has a way of healing a situation. It gets the hurt out into the open, into the light, out of the darkness.

~ Reba McIntire

You know that saying, bad things don’t happen to good people? That’s a lie.

~ Tori Amos

Life is to be fortified by many friendships. To love and to be loved is the greatest happiness of existence.

~ Sydney Smith

Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant.

~ Robert Louis Stevenson

I will take the ring, though I do not know the way.

Frodo, The Fellowship of the Ring

Anyone can give up, it’s the easiest thing in the world to do. But to hold it together when everyone else would understand if you fell apart, that’s true strength.

~ Tori Amos

The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing… not healing, not curing… that is a friend who cares.

~ Henri Nouwen

Make the most of yourself… for that is all there is of you.

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

The heart of the person before you is a mirror. See there your own form.

~ Socrates

Each one of us was sent here for a special destiny.

~ John O’Donohue

The bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other’s life. Rarely do members of one family grow up under the same roof.

~ Richard Bach

Not knowing when the dawn will come, I open every door.

~ Emily Dickinson

Healing yourself is connected with healing others.

~ Yoko Ono

If you have knowledge, let others light their candles in it.

~ Margaret Fuller

To heal from the inside out is the key.

~ Wynonna Judd

A lot of people say they want to get out of pain, and I’m sure that’s true, but they aren’t willing to make healing a high priority. They aren’t willing to look inside to see the source of their pain in order to deal with it.

~ Lindsay Wagner

I have a couple of girlfriends who are like, healing. We take care of each other. They know when I need to be taken care of.

~Maggie Gyllenhaal

All healing is first a healing of the heart.

~ Carl Townsend

We don’t see things as they are, we see things as we are.

~ Anais Nin

It takes as much energy to wish as it does to plan.

~ Eleanor Roosevelt

Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.

~ Theodore Roosevelt

Take your needle, my child, and work at your pattern– it will come out a rose by and by. Life is like that… one stitch at a time, taken patiently.

~  Oliver Wendell Holmes

When you really listen to yourself, you can heal yourself.

Ceanne Derohan

Sometimes a person has to go back, really back– to have a sense, an understanding of all that’s gone to make them– before they can go forward.

Paule Marshall

What you are is what you have been, what you will be is what you do now.

~ The Buddha

Perhaps loving something is the only starting place there is for making your life your own.

Alice Koller

Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air…

Ralph Waldo Emerson

As soon as you find you can do anything, do something you can’t.

~ The Old Law

To keep a lamp burning we have to put oil in it.

~ Mother Teresa

People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing– that’s why we recommend it daily.

~Zig Ziglar

When we honestly ask ourselves which people in our lives mean the most to us, we often find that is is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand.

~ Henri Nouwen

What the myths say, is that you have to be the hero of your own life. You’re the one who has to take charge of who you are, you’re the one who has to take control. And also, you’re the one who can bring something to the community.

~ Jeanette Winterson

Plunge deeply into the thick of life.

~ Goethe

I would believe only in a god who could dance.

Friedrich Nietzsche

Nobody cares if you can’t dance well.

~ Martha Graham

If I can’t dance, I don’t want to be part of your revolution.

~ Emma Goldman

Living well is a courageous act.

Alexandra Stoddard

After self-nurturance, listening to the whispers of our hearts is
probably the hardest task we’ve ever attempted.

Sarah Ban Breathnach

Listening to your heart is not simple. Finding out who you are is
not simple. It takes a lot of hard work and courage to get to know who you are and what you want.

~ Sue Bender

As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind. To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again. To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate our lives.

~  Henry David Thoreau

If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping in a closed room with a mosquito.

~ African proverb

Every spirit builds itself a house, and beyond its house, a world, and beyond its world, a heaven. Know then that world exists for you.

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

I dreamed the other night of music boxes hidden all over my garden. I
think of us as music boxes– beautiful and full of music… especially
when we open up.

~ Sark

Connections are made slowly, sometimes they grow underground.

Marge Piercy

The snow goose need not bathe to make itself white.
Neither need you do anything but be yourself.

~Lao Tzu

A friend is someone who knows the song in your heart and can sing it back to you when you have forgotten the words.

~ Unknown

Friends are kisses blown to us by angels.

~ Unknown

An angel can illuminate the darkest path.

~ Kathryn Schein

We all hold each others’ souls in our hearts’ centers, and if you
temporarily lose sight of your soul, or can’t locate it, someone can help
you see it.

~ Sark

Others are deeply touched by you, even when you don’t realize it.

~ Sark

As we move through our lives, we will all be taught by our pain. Let’s
remember that pleasure is essential too.

~ Sark

The ordinary arts we practice every day at home are of more importance to the soul than their simplicity might suggest.

~ Thomas Moore

How beautiful it is to do nothing, and then rest afterward.

~ Spanish proverb.

Stories are signposts to help the world choose between the darkness and the light.

Arago, “The Secret Adventures of Jules Verne”

Until lions start writing down their own stories, tales of the hunt shall always glorify the hunter.

African Proverb, (The Courage to Heal, pg. 409).

We must not, in trying to think about how we can make a big difference, ignore the small daily differences we can make.

Marion Wright Edelman

I will act as if what I do makes a difference.

William James

True life is lived when tiny changes occur.

Leo Tolstoy

Every man takes the limits of his field of vision for the limits of the world.

~ Arthur Schopenhauer

What saves a man is to take a step. Then another step.

~ C. S. Lewis

Every person must believe in something. Try believing in yourself for a change.

~ Sefra Pitzele

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