Hey there, dear readers! Today, I’m opening the book of my life to a chapter that might just resonate with you and sharing these life changing quotes (in my opinion). Picture this: about six years ago, I was navigating through what felt like an endless night. Sick, lost, and wrapped in a blanket of blues, I wondered if there was anything in life to look forward to. But, amidst the shadows, my love for books – my sanctuary – shone like a beacon.
Books have been my lifelong companions, so it was to their pages I turned in my hour of need. And, oh boy, did they deliver! I’m about to share with you five quotes that did more than just inspire me; they transformed me. Ready? Let’s dive in.
I have collected these quotes from several of my favourite books, and I hope you find some inspiration in them as well.
Shel Silverstein’s Whispering Wisdom:
“There is a voice inside of you That whispers all day long, ‘I feel this is right for me, I know that this is wrong.'”Shel Silverstein – Falling Up
This quote was a gentle reminder that amidst the cacophony of life, the quiet voice within me is the most authentic guide. In moments of doubt, it taught me to tune into my inner wisdom, affirming that true guidance comes from within, not from the noise of the world. It’s a lesson in trusting oneself, a realization that we possess an innate knowledge about what is right for our path.
Don Miguel Ruiz’s Lesson on Personal Freedom:
“Don’t Take Anything Personally. Nothings others do is because of you. What others say and do is a projection of their own reality, their own dream. When you are immune to the opinions of others, you won’t be the victim of needless suffering.”– Don Miguel Ruiz – The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom
Ruiz’s words were a revelation that the opinions and actions of others are reflections of their own stories, not mine. This understanding liberated me from the weight of taking things personally, reducing unnecessary emotional turmoil and leading to a profound sense of peace and detachment.
Eckhart Tolle’s Call to Authenticity:
“Give up defining yourself — to yourself or to others. You won’t die. You will come to life. And don’t be concerned with how others define you. When they define you, they are limiting themselves, so it’s their problem. Whenever you interact with people, don’t be there primarily as a function or a role, but as the field of conscious Presence. You can only lose something that you have, but you cannot lose something that you are.” – Eckhart Tolle, A New Earth: Awakening to your life’s purpose
Tolle’s invitation to shed the labels we attach to ourselves opened my eyes to the beauty of just being. It encouraged me to live more authentically, not confined by self-imposed definitions or societal expectations, but free to explore the essence of my true self.
Paulo Coelho’s Encouragement to Dream:
“Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams, because every second of the search is a second’s encounter with God and with eternity.” ~ Paulo Coelho, Alchemist
Coelho instilled in me the courage to face my fears and chase after my dreams. His words reassured me that the journey towards our dreams is filled with divine encounters and self-discovery, making every step worth the potential heartache.
And the crown jewel, the quote that has become my mantra:
Marrianne Williamson’s Empowering Mantra:
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” ~ Marrianne Williamson, A Return To Love
This quote served as a powerful reminder of my inherent worth and potential. It shifted my perspective from fearing my light to embracing and sharing it, inspiring me to live more boldly and with purpose, and to encourage others to do the same.
These quotes have been more than just sentences on a page; they’ve been the catalysts for growth, self-reflection, and transformation. They’ve taught me lessons about trust, detachment, authenticity, bravery, and empowerment, shaping the person I am today.
I’m curious to know, what quotes have touched your life in profound ways? Share them with us in the comments below and let’s continue to inspire each other with the wisdom that moves us.
Until next time, Love the life you’re living! xoxo