Healing Quotes 201-300

Do not be too timid and squemish about your actions. All life is an experiment.

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

We must be our own before we can be another’s.

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

A counsel of perfection is very easy advice to give, but it usually quite impractical.

~ Maxwell Knight

Taking a moment to take it easy is being a friend to yourself.

~ Friendships, a book on healing and friendship.

To lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.

~ Sir John Lubbock

And still they gazed, and still the wonder grew.

~ Oliver Goldsmith

I must stay under the old tree in the midst of the long grass, the luxury of the leaves, and the song in the very air. It seems as if I could feel all the glowing life the sunshine gives and the south winds calls into being.

~ Richard Jeffries

It is sweet to let the mind unbend.


Enchanted worlds still exist because the child within us never dies. The doorways may be more obscure, but we can still seek them out. There are still noble adventures to undertake. There are still trees that speak and caverns that lead to nether realms. There will always be faeries and elves within nature because they will always be dancing in our hearts.

~ Ted Andrews

So, like a forgotten fire, a childhood can always flare up again within us.

~ Gaston Bachelard

Trust in yourself. Your perceptions are often far more accurate than you are willing to believe.

~ Claudia Black

Make your own recovery the priority of your life.

Robin Norwood

You have the power in the present moment to change limiting beliefs and consciously plant the seeds for the future of your choosing. As you change your mind you change your experience.

~ Serge Kahili King

Your own words are the bricks and mortar of the dreams you want to realize. Behind every word flows energy.

Sonia Choquette

Do things to make your day precious.

~ Bernie Siegel

We are ourselves our happiness.

~  Letitia Elizabeth Landon

Speaking on the topics of her cancer, her medical insurance, and the struggles of other women with cancer and inadequate medical insurance and other disparities in our society:

I certainly have a lot to lament, as do we all, everybody has their griefs. But the griefs we can fix, shouldn’t we go around fixing them?

~ Elizabeth Edwards

Interview on The Rachel Maddow Show, July 22, 2009.

There is only one journey. Going inside yourself.

~ Rainer Maria Rilke

I was always looking outside myself for strength and confidence but it comes from within. It is there all the time.

~ Anna Freud

When happiness shows up, always give it a comfortable seat.

Feziwigg, in The Christmas Carol.

Everybody gets angry. It’s perfectly normal, but we cannot allow anger to drive the bus. Anger has to sit in the back of the bus, or at the very least it needs to stay behind the yellow line. Because anger is… a terrible driver.

Dr. Julie Waterford, marriage counselor, Monk, episode Monk Gets Married.

In my own life, I know what it’s like to have your judgment, your sense of security undermined by your parents. Because they were hiding a truth or denying it to themselves. You can survive that.

Detective Goran, Law and Order: Criminal Intent, episode 34, Suite Sorrow.

Conquering any difficulty always gives one a secret joy, for it means pushing back a boundary-line and adding to one’s liberty.

Henri Frédéric Amiel

Conquering any difficulty always gives one a secret joy, for it means pushing back a boundary-line and adding to one’s liberty.

Henri Frédéric Amiel

In solitude we give passionate attention to our lives, to our memories, to the details around us.

Virginia Woolf

The power of love to change bodies is legendary, built into folklore, common sense, and everyday experience. Love moves the flesh, it pushes matter around… Throughout history, “tender loving care” has uniformly been recognized as a valuable element in healing.

~ Larry Dossey

My theory is that everyone, at one time or another, has been at the fringe of society in some way: an outcast in high school, a stranger in a foreign country, the best at something, the worst at something, the one who’s different. Being an outsider is the one thing we all have in common.

~ Alice Hoffman

You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.

~ Maya Angelou

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

~ Anais Nin

Wherever you are is the entry point.


Kabir says this: just throw away all thoughts of imaginary things, and stand firm in that which you are.

~ Kabir

Be strong then, and enter into your own body; there you have a solid place for your feet.


One knows what one has lost, but not what one may find.

George Sand

Life is partly what we make it, and partly what it is made by the friends we choose.

~ Tennessee Williams

Some people go to priests; others to poetry; I to my friends.

Virginia Woolf

Friendship isn’t a big thing. It’s a million little things.

~ Unknown

Fortunately psychoanalysis is not the only way  to resolve inner conflicts. Life itself still remains a very good therapist.

Karen Horney

Live so the poems can find you.

~ Patti Digh

Create your own tribe.

Four Word Self Help, by Patti Digh.

If you don’t have a test, you won’t be able to have a testimony.

~ Iyanla Vanzant

Go deep within yourself and see how deep the place is from which your life flows.

Rainer Marie Rilke

It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.

~ e.e. cummings

Our strength grows out of our weaknesses.

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

Mother Teresa

You are alive and that is the only place you need to be to start.

~ Carrie Rainie

Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.

~ Maria Robinson

Think of the world you carry within you.

~ Rainer Maria Rilke

Miss Owen and Miss Burney asked me if I had ever been in love, “with myself,” said I, “yes and most passionately.”

Hester Lynch Piozzi (1781)

Deep in their roots every flower keeps the light.

~ Theodore Roethke

He who has a mind to fight, let him fight, for now is the time.

~ Anacreon

There is such a thing as sacred idleness, the cultivation of which is now near fearfully neglected.

~ George MacDonald

Whether we are poets or parents or teachers or artists or gardeners, we must start where we are and use what we have. In the process of creation and relationship, what seems mundane and trivial may show itself to be a holy, precious, part of a pattern.

~ Luci Shaw

You have been warned against letting golden hours slip by. Yes, but some of them are golden only because we let them slip.

~ J. M. Barrie

Repetition creates the master.

~ Cesar Millan, The Dog Whisperer.

Whatever you do take one more step out of your comfort zone.

~ Jackie Hudson, Catholic nun and activist.

It is easy to look at people and make quick judgments about them, their present and their past, but you’d be amazed at the pain and tears a single smile hides. What a person shows to the world is only one tiny facet of the iceberg hidden from sight. And more often not, it’s lined with cracks and scars that go all the way to the foundation of their soul.

~ Acheron, from the book Acheron by Sherrilyn Kenyon

I love myself when I am laughing. And again when I am looking mean and impressive.

~ Zora Neale Hurston

If I cannot air this pain and alter it, I will surely die of it. That is the beginning of social protest.

~ Audre Lorde

One of the most radical things that you can do is really listen to someone.

~ Katrina vanden Heuvel

Change, when it comes, cracks everything open.

~ Dorothy Allison

Transformation happens in small groups. Each person can speak and all listen.

~ Gloria Steinem

In order to make a choice, you need the power to see there is one.

~ Gloria Steinem

One can never change the past, only the hold it has on you.

~ Merle Shain

No one else has access to the world you carry around within yourself; you are its custodian and entrance. No one else can see the world the way you see it. No one else can feel your life the way you feel it.

John O’Donohue, Anam Cara.

We’re our own dragons as well as our own heroes, and we have to rescue ourselves from ourselves.

~ Tim Robbins

Confront the dark parts of yourself, and work to banish them with illumination and forgiveness. Your willingness to wrestle with your demons will cause your angels to sing.

~ August Wilson

May you experience each day as a sacred gift woven around the heart of wonder.

~ John O’Donohue, Eternal Echoes: Celtic Reflections on Our Yearning to Belong.

You can’t talk about truth unless you talk about yourself.

Dr. Cornell West

One of the deepest longings of the human soul is to be seen.

~  John O’Donohue

We must trust our own thinking. Trust where we’re going. And get the job done.

~ Wilma Mankiller

Let me listen to me and not to them.

~ Gertrude Stein

Learning to listen to ourselves is a way of learning to love ourselves.

~ Joan Borysenko

There’s nothing better than a good friend, except a good friend with chocolate.

~ Linda Grayson

Peace– that was another name for home.

~ Kathleen Norris

To be happy, one must find one’s bliss!

~ Gloria Vanderbilt

Find something you’re passionate about and keep tremendously interested in it.

~ Julia Child

Our duty is to keep moving forward, to keep fighting.

~ From the movie Battle: Los Angeles.

Looking at her, bedraggled and beaten, some might have seen weakness. He saw strength, determination, and a will no one could crush.

~ From Archangel’s Kiss by Nalini Singh.

[She thinks], I failed twice. If I failed twice I’m going to fail forever. No! That is not the law of life. If you failed twice that means you can learn. It’s just a learning experience. It’s an obstacle. An imaginary obstacle. She made it real. She made failing a journey of life… Instead do again and make a journey of your life.

~ Cesar Millan, The Dog Whisperer, Season 3, Episode 3 (Imaginary Walls).

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

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Tonight I’m going to shower  and then just walk for about four hours and look at the moon.

~ Rafer Johnson

Take a music bath once or twice a week for a few seasons. You will find it is to the soul what a water bath is to the body.

~ Oliver Wendell Holmes

There is one word which may serve as a rule of practice for all one’s life – reciprocity.

~ Confucius

That’s the big question, the one the world throws at you every morning. ‘Here you are, alive. Would you like to make a comment?’

~ Mary Oliver, from the foreword of her book Long Life: Essays and other Writing.

We are turning our grief into winnable actions.

~ Mark Ruffalo, environmental activist, actor.

I have found that I can only give from what I have. My own “bucket” must be full to be able to “dip in” and share with others. If I am “empty”, there is nothing to give. So being good to yourself is a way of being good to others.

Granny, blogger of The Village Granny, commenting on my post Healing Quotes Littles 58

Nothing in his touch said he considered her fractured, considered her damaged goods, and that gave her a freedom she wouldn’t have believed possible.

~ Archangel’s Blade by Nalini Singh

Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible.

~ Frank Zappa

I always felt, if I can get to a library, I’ll be OK.

~ Maya Angelou

I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.

~  Jorge Luis Borges

A library is a hospital for the mind.

~ Anonymous

In a good bookroom you feel in some mysterious way that you are absorbing the wisdom contained in all the books through your skin, without even opening them.

~ Mark Twain

Do not read as children do, to amuse yourself, or like the ambitious, for the purpose of instruction. No, read in order to live.

~Gustave Flaubert

Books break the shackle of time, proof that humans can work magic.

~ Carl Sagan

Books can be dangerous. The best ones should be labeled: “This could change your life.”

~ Helen Exler

Just the knowledge that a good book is awaiting one at the end of a long day makes the day happier.

~ Kathleen Norris

There is creative reading as well as creative writing.

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

The book to read is not the one that thinks for you, but the one which makes you think.

~ Harper Lee

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