My Favourite Quotes About Meditation And Life
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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