11 Inspiring Book Quotes (Part 1)
One of my favorite things to do is to hang out with my books–350 or so, give or take) and journal early on a Saturday morning. This past weekend, the autumn weather encouraged me to open the window in my library/office and listen to the feisty calls of the blue jays and mockingbirds.
Sitting quietly, my gaze fell upon my bookcases. So many terrific reads, so much wisdom. I decided to share some with you.
I pulled 22 books at random from the shelves, allowed my thumbs to find a page.
There were only two rules for my fun: 1) Open the book randomly, let my eyes scan the two pages, and if nothing spoke to me, close the book and put it back; 2) No double dipping with authors.
Following, in no order of importance are 22 quotes from 22 favorite books. The list soon grew large enough to break into Part 1 and Part 2. You get the first 11 today and the second 11 on Thursday. Enjoy!
Dwell much on this concept that life is lived from inside-out, and that you are a dynamic center in the creative flow which is God, and that you have a built-in capacity for health and success. ~ In the Flow of Life, Eric Butterworth
Reincarnation doesn’t help you if in your next incarnation you still don’t know who you are. ~ Stillness Speaks, Eckhart Tolle
My willingness to change was all I needed . . . I couldn’t conceal my issues in relationships any longer. It was time to shine light on the problem and be willing to release the ego’s stronghold. ~ Spirit Junkie, Gabrielle Bernstein
Help me this day to live a simple, sincere and serene life, repelling promptly anxiety, discouragement, impurity, and self-seeking; magnanimity, charity and the habit of holy silence, exercising economy in expenditure, generosity in giving, carefulness in conversation, diligence in appointed service, fidelity to every trust, and a childlike faith in God. ~ Patches of Godlight, Jan Karon (Father Tim’s Favorite Quotes, this one marked Forward, Day by Day)
One instant, you’re just a regular Joe, schlepping through your mundane life, and then suddenly–what is this?–nothing has changed, yet you feel stirred by grace, swollen with wonder, overflowing with bliss. Everything–for no reason whatsoever–is perfect. ~ Eat, Pray, Love, Elizabeth Gilbert
I sometimes use awareness as a present participle, as if it were a verb: awarenessing. There is a particular flavor to saying it in this way which conveys a tonal feeling that is important for the cultivation of mindfulness. ~ Mindfulness for Beginners, Jon Kabat-Zinn
Just after I got sober, I met a wonderful couple, funny, charming intellectuals. They were spiritual in the same way I was and am, which is to say devout, with a sometimes bad attitude, a black sense of humor, and tendencies toward gossip and character assassination. We hit it off instantly. ~ Grace (Eventually), Thoughts on Faith, Anne Lamott
The spiritual journey involves going beyond hope and fear, stepping into unknown territory, continually moving forward. The most important aspect of being on the spiritual path may be to just keep moving. ~ When Things Fall Apart, Pema Chodron
Over time I surrendered. I became wise in the ways of control. I had none. And it was good. ~ 10 Steps to Finding Your Happy Place (and Staying There), Galen Pearl
What a wondrous kaleidoscope of contradictions, idiosyncrasies, and lovable qualities we women are. Many of the paradoxes and quirks we display actually serve to make us fun and interesting to be around. However, one contradiction that can only breed low self-esteem, discouragement and often depression is treating others with gentleness while heaping judgment on ourselves. You deserve and need your own gentle support and thrive best when you are your own trustworthy cheerleader. ~ The Mindful Woman, Sue Patton Thoele
What if that which feels like trouble, gravel in the mouth, is only that–feeling? What if faith says all is . . . I think it. But do I really mean it? ~ One Thousand Gifts, Ann Voskamp