Quotes that inspire me to values-based living…

“Everybody knows if you are too careful you are so occupied in being careful that you are sure to stumble over something.” – Gertrude Stein

“Where there is no imagination, there is no horror.” – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

“Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. The fearful are caught as often as the bold.” – Helen Keller

“I keep sailing on in this middle passage. I am sailing into the wind and the dark. But I am doing my best to keep my boat steady and my sails full.” – Arthur Ashe

“It is easier to resist at the beginning than at the end.” – Leonardo da Vinci

“A man who fears suffering is already suffering from what he fears.” – Michel de Montaigne

“What is needed, rather than running away or controlling or suppressing or any other resistance, is understanding fear; that means, watch it, learn about it, come directly into contact with it. We are to learn about fear, not how to escape from it.” – Jiddu Krishnamurti

“I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear.”
Rosa Parks

“Present fears are less than horrible imaginings.” – Shakespeare, from Macbeth

“The only thing that makes life possible is permanent, intolerable uncertainty: not knowing what comes next.” – Ursula K. Le Guin

“The best way out is always through.” – Robert Frost

“None of us knows anything, not even whether we know or do not know, nor do we know whether not knowing and knowing exist, nor in general whether there is anything or not.” – Metrodorus of Chios (4th Century B.C. Greek philosopher)

“You cannot find peace by avoiding life.” – Virginia Woolf

“A just man falleth seven times and riseth up again.” – Proverbs XXIV, 16

“I do not fear Satan half so much as I fear those who fear him.” – Teresa of Avila

“Mistakes are portals of discovery.” – James Joyce

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” – Maya Angelou

“Self-Compassion is approaching ourselves, our inner experience with spaciousness, with the quality of allowing which has a quality of gentleness. Instead of our usual tendency to want to get over something, to fix it, to make it go away, the path of compassion is totally different. Compassion allows.” – Robert Gonzales

“I was given the freedom to discover my own inclination and talents, to fashion my inmost pleasures and sorrows myself and to regard the future not as an alien higher power but as the hope and product of my own strength.” – Herman Hesse

“Be patient toward all this is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves. Do not seek the answers that cannot be given to you because you would not be able to live them, and the point is to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer.” – Rainer Maria Rilke

“Faith is what makes life bearable, with all its tragedies and ambiguities and sudden, startling joys.” – Madeleine L’Engle