I Love How They Said That! — Significant Quotes

Welcome to my Significant Quotes Page.

These touch my heart, strike a chord, grab my interest, start me thinking.


All I have seen teaches me to trust the Creator for all I have not seen. (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God. (Corrie Ten Boom)

Heaven and earth are threads from one loom. (Old Shaker Proverb)

Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken. (Ecclesiastes 4:12 NIV)

When I have opened my heart to a friend, I am more myself than ever. (Thomas Moore)

Faith is the art of holding on to things your reason has once accepted in spite of your changing moods. (C.S. Lewis)

Faith is the strength by which a shattered world shall emerge into the light. (Helen Keller)

Our love to God is measured by our everyday fellowship with others and the love it displays. (Andrew Murray)

Preach the Gospel every day; if necessary, use words. (Francis of Assisi)

Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow; it empties today of its strength. (Corrie Ten Boom)

When you are arguing against Him, you are arguing against the very power that makes you able to argue at all. (C.S. Lewis)

He that loveth not, knoweth not God; for God is love. (John 4:8)

One can give without loving, but one cannot love without giving… (Amy Carmichael)

People in the long run are going to do more to promote peace than governments. (Dwight D. Eisenhower)

Peace cannot be achieved through violence, it can only be attained through understanding. (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

O Holy Spirit, descend plentifully into my heart. Enlighten the dark corners of this neglected dwelling and scatter there Thy cheerful beams. (St. Augustine)

Faith is a journey, not a guilt trip. (Seen on a church sign)

Death is not extinguishing the light; it is putting out the lamp because dawn has come. (Rabindranath Tagore)

One joy scatters a hundred griefs. (Chinese proverb.)

Amid all the easily loved darlings of Charlie Brown’s circle, obstreperous Lucy holds a special place in my heart. She fusses and fumes and she carps and complains. That’s because Lucy cares. And it’s the caring that counts. (Judith Crist, film critic)

Gaze at the promises, glance at the problems. God will always see us through. (Author unknown)

I must write it all out, at any cost. Writing is thinking. It is more than living, for it is being conscious of living.  (Anne Morrow Lindbergh)

To believe and to understand are not diverse things, but the same things in different periods of growth. (Samuel Taylor Coleridge)

Courage does not always roar. Sometimes, it is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying…I will try again tomorrow. (Author Unknown)

We need silence for a lot of reasons. We need silence to try to understand how we are to develop our true selves, to be honest with ourselves. We need silence to stay open to the inner voice, the voice of the universal spirit. (Cecile Andrews)

Vocation is the place where the world’s greatest need and a person’s greatest joy meet. (Frederick Buechner)

Just the knowledge that a good book is awaiting one at the end of the day makes that day happier. (Kathleen Norris)

When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives means the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand. (Henri Nouwen)

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. (Eleanor Roosevelt)

Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage. (Lao Tzu)

When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, “I used everything you gave me”. (Erma Bombeck)

A true friend is someone who reaches for your hand and touches your heart. (Unknown)

Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with yourself. Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfections, but instantly set about remedying them – every day begin the task anew. (St. Francis De Sales)

I truly believe that to stay home, to learn the names of things, to realize who we live among . . . then I believe a politics of place emerges where we are deeply accountable to our communities, to our neighborhoods, to our home . . . If we are not rooted deeply in place, making that commitment to dig in and stay put . . . then I think we are living a life without specificity, and then our lives become abstractions. Then we enter a place of true desolation. (Terry Tempest Williams)

There are no extra pieces in the universe. Everyone is here because he or she has a place to fill, and every piece must fit itself into the big jigsaw puzzle.” (Deepak Chopra)

Have a heart that never hardens, and a temper that never tires, and a touch that never hurts.  (Charles Dickens)

To me, writing is about how we see. The writers I want to read teach me how to see–see the world differently. In my writing there is no separation between how I observe the world and how I write the world. We write through our eyes. We write through our body. We write out of what we know. (Terry Tempest Williams)

Who begins too much accomplishes little. (German Proverb)

In youth we learn; in age we understand. (Marie Ebner von Eschenbaach)

I’ve been a foreigner for the past twenty years. I don’t have roots anymore. My roots are in my memory and my writing. That’s why memory is so important. Who are you but what you can remember? (Isabel Allende)

Shut up and write anyway. Don’t use anything as an excuse. (Natalie Goldberg)

I have come to see that belonging is an aspect of our true nature. It is not just a feeling or a sentimental experience. When true belonging is denied, we suffer a haunting poverty of the soul. (Kali Wendorf)

We should probably all pause to confront our past from time to time, because it changes its meaning as our circumstances alter. (Karen Armstrong)

Patience is the ability to idle your motor when you feel like stripping your gears. (Barbara Johnson)

Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.  (William Wordsworth)

Put down everything that comes into your head and then you’re a writer. But an author is one who can judge [her] own stuff’s worth, without pity, and destroy most of it.  (Colette)

The events in our lives happen in a sequence in time, but in their significance to ourselves they find their own order: the continuous thread of revelation. ( Eudora Welty)

I think over again my small adventures, my fears, those small ones that seemed so big, all those vital things I had to get and to reach, and yet there is only one great thing: to live and see the great day that dawns, and the light that fills the world. (Traditional Inuit Song)

Writing makes a map, and there is something about a journey that begs to have its passage marked. (Christina Baldwin)

Keep your sense of proportion by regularly, preferably daily, visiting the natural world.  ~Catlin Matthews

We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature – trees, flowers, grass- grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence… We need silence to be able to touch souls.  (Mother Teresa)

All shall be well and all shall be well, and all manner of thing shall be well. (Julian of Norwich)

And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom. (Anais Nin)

Cultivating a close, warm-hearted feeling for others automatically puts the mind at ease. This helps remove whatever fears or insecurities we may have and gives us the strength to cope with any obstacles we encounter. It is the ultimate source of success in life.” (Dalai Lama)

Still, I kept writing. I had no guarantee that I would someday win awards for writing. Heavens, the only person during that time who seemed to think I could write something worth publishing was my loyal husband. But I always remembered the professor from graduate school who urged me to write and who recommended me for that first writing assignment in 1964. When I protested to Sara Little that I didn’t want to add another mediocre writer to the world, she gently reminded me that if I didn’t dare mediocrity, I would never write anything at all.  (Katherine Paterson in The Invisible Child)

IMPOSSIBLE is merely another name for “I’M POSSIBLE”  (author unknown)

Grant me daily the grace of gratitude, to be thankful for all my many gifts, and so be freed from artificial needs, that I might lead a joyful, simple life. ( Edward Hays in A Book of Wonders)

Do all the good you can, By all the means you can, In all the ways you can, In all the places you can, At all the times you can, To all the people you can, As long as ever you can! (John Wesley)

At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us. (Albert Schweitzer)

Without sorrow, the heart would never learn the meaning of joy. Without tears, our eyes would never see what we hold inside. Without darkness, we would have no reason to look to the light of heaven. (Irish Proverb)

In a mood of faith and hope my work goes on. A ream of fresh paper lies on my desk waiting for the next book. I am a writer and I take up my pen to write. (Pearl S. Buck)

Out of clutter, find simplicity. From discord, find harmony. In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.  (Albert Einstein)

We must be willing to get rid of the life we planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us. (Joseph Campbell)

Happiness is as a butterfly which, when pursued, is always beyond our grasp, but which if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you. (Nathaniel Hawthorne)

There are years that ask questions and years that answer.  (Zora Neale Hurston)

Darkness deserves gratitude. It is the alleluia point at which we learn to understand that all growth does not take place in the sunlight. (Joan Chittister in Uncommon Gratitude)

I have been wakeful at night and words have come to me out of their deep caves needing to be remembered.  (Wendell Berry)

All things are possible until proved impossible… and even the impossible may only be so, as of now. (Pearl S. Buck)

The great thing about getting older is that you don’t lose all the other ages you’ve been. ( Madeleine L’Engle)

A coincidence is a small miracle where God chose to remain anonymous. (Author Unknown)

Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another, “What, you too? I thought I was the only one.” (C. S. Lewis)

IMPOSSIBLE is merely another name for I’M POSSIBLE” (author unknown)

When things go wrong, don’t go with them. (Anonymous)

May all find simplicity the joyous and practical guide. (Buddhist Text)

Those who love you are not fooled by mistakes you have made or dark images you hold about yourself. They remember your beauty when you feel ugly; your wholeness when you are broken; your innocence when you feel guilty; and your purpose when you are confused.  (African saying)

The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, worry about the future, or anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly. (Buddha)

How is one to live a moral and compassionate existence when one is fully aware of the blood, the horror inherent in life, when one finds darkness not only in one’s culture but within oneself? If there is a stage at which an individual life becomes truly adult, it must be when one grasps the irony in its unfolding and accepts responsibility for a life lived in the midst of such paradox. One must live in the middle of contradiction, because if all contradiction were eliminated at once life would collapse. There are simply no answers to some of the great pressing questions. You continue to live them out, making your life a worthy expression of leaning into the light. (Barry Lopez)

We hold onto today and try to live with as much of the good, the peace, the love, and the grace as possible. ( Bettyann Schmidt, SCN LifeWriters)

It is necessary to write, if the days are not to slip emptily by.  How else, indeed, to clap the net over the butterfly of the moment?  For the moment passes, it is forgotten; the mood is gone; life itself is gone.  That is where the writer scores over his fellows:  he catches the changes of his mind on the hop.  (Vita Sackville-West)

We seldom notice how each day is a holy place/Where the eucharist of the ordinary happens. ( John O’Donohue)

The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it.  (Henry David Thoreau)

When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, “I used everything you gave me.”  (Erma Bombeck)

Here is the test to find whether your mission on earth is finished.  If you’re alive, it isn’t.  (Richard Bach)

There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are messengers of overwhelming grief…and unspeakable love. (Washington Irving)

The need to find meaning…is as real as the need for trust and for love, for relations with other human beings. (Margaret Mead)

The journey between what you once were and who you are now becoming is where the dance of life really takes place. (Barbara DeAngelis)

No matter how dark the tapestry God weaves for us, there’s always a thread of grace. (Jewish Proverb)

You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.  ( C.S. Lewis)

The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.  ( Elisabeth Kubler-Ross)

Don’t ever save anything for a special occasion. Being alive is the special occasion. (Author Unknown)

‎Who will tell whether one happy moment of love or the joy of breathing or walking on a bright morning and smelling the fresh air, is not worth all the suffering and effort which life implies. (Erich Fromm)

Today – If you stumble, pretend it’s part of the dance. (Hannah Reed, author)

For your born writer, nothing is so healing as the realization that he has come upon the right word.  (Catherine Drinker Bowen)

Writing, I think, is not apart from living. Writing is a kind of double living.  The writer experiences everything twice. Once in reality and once in that mirror which waits always before or behind. (Catherine Drinker Bowen )

Not knowing when the dawn will come I open every door.  (Emily Dickinson)

To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children…to leave the world a better place…to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded. (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

We do not grow absolutely, chronologically. We grow sometimes in one dimension, and not in another; unevenly. We grow partially. We are relative. We are mature in one realm, childish in another. The past, present, and future mingle and pull us backward, forward, or fix us in the present. We are made up of layers, cells …constellations. (Anais Nin)

I believe my whole life is a call to worship, and try to live my beliefs in my every moment. (Susan J. Tweit)

You can either give negativity power over your life or you can choose happiness instead.  (Anais Nin)

Inspiration does not come like a bolt, nor is it kinetic, energetic striving, but it comes into us slowly and quietly and all the time, though we must regularly and every day give it a little chance to start flowing, prime it with a little solitude and idleness. (Brenda Ueland)

I am careful not to confuse excellence with perfection. Excellence I can reach for, perfection is God’s business. (Michael J. Fox)

If you don’t go after what you want, you’ll never have it. If you don’t ask, the answer is always no. If you don’t step forward, you’re always in the same place.  (Nora Roberts)

Making the decision to have a child—it’s momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart walking around outside your body.  (Elizabeth Stone)

May we live, so that when we die, we know the difference.  (Michael Bean, son of friend Pat Bean)

Your grief for what you’ve lost lifts a mirror up to where you’re bravely working.  (Rumi)

I thank you God for this most amazing day, for the leaping greenly spirits of trees, and for the blue dream of sky and for everything which is natural, which is infinite, which is yes. (e. e. cummings)

We come to love not by finding a perfect person, but by learning to see an imperfect person perfectly. (Helen Keller)

It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences. ( Audre Lorde)

When you listen generously to people they can hear the truth in themselves, often for the first time. (Rachel Naomi Remen)

Imagine life is a game in which you are juggling five balls. The balls are called work, family, health, friends, and integrity. And you’re keeping all of them in the air. But one day you finally come to understand that work is a rubber ball. If you drop it, it will bounce back. The other four balls—family, health, friends, integrity—-are made of glass. If you drop one of these, it will be irrevocably scuffed, nicked, perhaps even shattered. And once you truly understand the lesson of the five balls, you will have the beginnings of balance in your life.  (in Suzanne’s Diary to Nicholas by James Patterson)

Faith is for that which lies on the other side of reason. Faith is what makes life bearable, with all its tragedies and ambiguities and sudden, startling joys. (Madeleine L’Engle)

For everything you have missed, you have gained something else, and for everything you gain, you lose something else.  ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

If you don’t like something change it; if you can’t change it, change the way you think about it.  ~ Maya Angelou

Change is inevitable, except from vending machines.  ~ Unknown

The person who risks nothing, does nothing, has nothing, is nothing, and becomes nothing. He may avoid suffering and sorrow, but he simply cannot learn and feel and change and grow and love and live. ~Leo F. Buscaglia

The happiness of life is made up of minute fractions – the little, soon forgotten charities of a kiss or smile, a kind look, a heart-felt compliment, and the countless infinitesimals of pleasurable and genial feeling.  ~ Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh  (Posted on FB by Lee Ambrose)

Many of us crucify ourselves between two thieves – regret for the past and fear of the future.  ~Fulton Oursler

It’s not so much that we’re afraid of change or so in love with the old ways, but it’s that place in between that we fear . . . . It’s like being between trapezes. It’s Linus when his blanket is in the dryer. There’s nothing to hold on to.  ~Marilyn Ferguson

To dare is to lose one’s footing momentarily.  To not dare is to lose oneself.  ~Soren Kierkegaard

Hope is the ability to hear the music of the future;  faith is the courage to dance to it today. ~ Kuzmic

This is the Easter message, that awakening is possible, to the goodness of God, the sacredness of human life, the sisterhood and brotherhood of all. ~Anne Lamott

Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art… It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things that give value to survival.  ~C.S. Lewis

To live is to choose. But to choose well, you must know who you are and what you stand for, where you want to go and why you want to get there.   ~Kofi Annan

Begin doing what you want to do now. We are not living in eternity. We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand-and melting like a snowflake…  ~Francis Bacon, Sr.

Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. ~Albert Einstein

Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come.  ~Anne Lamott

Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature – trees, flowers, grass- grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence… We need silence to be able to touch souls.   Mother Teresa

I do not believe that sheer suffering teaches. If suffering alone taught, all the world would be wise, since everyone suffers. To suffering must be added mourning, understanding, patience, love, openness and the willingness to remain vulnerable. ~Anne Morrow Lindbergh

…the opposite of faith is not doubt, but certainty. Certainty is missing the point entirely. Faith includes noticing the mess, the emptiness and discomfort, and letting it be there until some light returns.  ~ Anne Lamott

If one is out of touch with oneself, then one cannot touch others.  ~ Anne Morrow Lindbergh



  1. So many wonderful quotes!

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