My Favourite Quotes About Meditation And Life

 
You only live once Joe Lewis quote
 

Each week on social media, I share a meditation quote. It might be a quote from a fellow Vedic Meditator, or from someone that practices a different form of meditation. The reason I share them each Monday is because they resonate for me, or because they convey a message that’s aligned with my teaching here at MindMojo.

In this blog post, I want to share some of my long-time favourite quotes. These I have collected since school days. Sometimes they just jump off the page, because the content rings true at that very moment. And if a quote is pithy and holds a kernel of eternal wisdom it will stand the test of time.

Recently, author Matt Haig shared on Twitter:

“I love an inspirational quote. People get snobby about them but I don't know why. When I had deep depression I couldn't read novels, but I could read lines from my old Collins book of quotations. A succinct line of optimism is literary Prozac. It can reframe your perspective.”

And it is with that sentiment, that I am sharing these. Quotes not just about meditation, but about life. After all, as I find myself saying often, meditation isn’t just about your two 20-minute daily practices – it’s about the other 23 hours of the day.

Quotes on Meditation & Life

“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” – Mhatma Gandhi

“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage.” – Anais Nin

“Being normal is the perfect aspiration for the unsuccessful.” – Karl Jung

“ln times of difficulty take refuge in compassion and truth.” – The Buddha

“You only live once, but if you work it right, once is enough.” – Joe Lewis

“Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood.” – Marie Curie

“Everyone thinks of changing the world. No one thinks of changing himself.” – Leo Tolstoy

“Absorb what is useful, discard what is not, add what is uniquely your own.” – Bruce Lee

“Give less than we think we can, give more than we fear we can.” – Anon

Gandhi's Seven Blunders

And finally, we come back around to one of the most quotable figures of all time: Gandhi.

These are known as ‘Gandhi's Seven Blunders’ or the ‘Seven Social Sins’. Gandhi published the list in his weekly newspaper Young India in1925. He wrote that a "fair friend" had sent the list and provided the following commentary:

“Naturally, the friend does not want the readers to know these things merely through the intellect but to know them through the heart so as to avoid them.”

  • These seven blunders are:
  • Wealth without work.
  • Pleasure without conscience.
  • Knowledge without character.
  • Commerce without morality.
  • Science without humanity.
  • Worship without sacrifice.
  • Politics without principles.

Later, his grandson Arun Gandhi added:

  • Rights without responsibilities.

I wanted to close on these, as they are principles that I find myself coming back to again and again as I reflect on the world – both inside and outside my meditation.


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Anthony Thompson