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Do you need some inspiration to nourish your Mind, Body, Relationships, or Environment? You can click on the links above to go straight to the quadrant you want, or you can scroll through the entire list for overall nourishment. Do you have a favorite quote you'd like to add? Let us know.

MIND


"If you don't think every day is a good day, just try missing one." – Cavett Robert

"If we do not change our direction, we will end up where we are headed." – Confucius

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

"Be content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you." – Lao Tzu

"Tibetans have a saying: 'If bad news comes, you listen here (points to the right ear) and let it out here (points to the left ear).'" – Dalai Lama

"If you stick with your story, you're stuck with it." – Swami Beyondananda

"You are ruled by everything until you understand the power in doing nothing." – Unknown

"When your heart speaks, take good notes." – Judith Campbell

"Having a great time. Wish I were here." – Unknown

"You need to learn how to select your thoughts just the same way you select your clothes every day." – Elizabeth Gilbert

"What would you do if you knew you could not fail?" – Robert H. Schuller

"It is what it is. It was what it was. It will be what you make it." – Diane Colman

"Not all who wander are lost." – J.R.R. Tolkien

"When it is dark enough, you can see the stars." – Persian Proverb

"Fall seven times, get up eight." – Japanese proverb

"You can’t change yesterday but you can ruin today worrying about tomorrow." – Anonymous

"An ant on the move does more than a dozing ox." – Lao Tzu

"Sometimes the moments that challenge us the most, define us." – Deena Kastor

"Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall." – Confucius

"Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else." – Judy Garland

"It is never too late to be what you might have been." – George Eliot

“When you know better you do better.” – Maya Angelou

"As soon as you trust yourself, you will know how to live." – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"When you don’t know what to do, do nothing. Get quiet so you can hear the still, small voice.” – Oprah

"Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does." – William James

"My life has been full of terrible misfortunes most of which never happened." – Michel de Montaigne

“Whatever we put our attention on will grow stronger in our life.” – Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

"I learned a long time ago life just isn't fair, so you better stop expecting it to be." – Dana Reeve

"Leap, and the net will appear." – John Burroughs

"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

"I don't eat junk foods and I don't think junk thoughts." – Peace Pilgrim

"If you realize that you have enough, you are truly rich." – Lao Tzu

"The power of imagination makes us infinite." – John Muir

"It’s not enough to be busy; so are the ants. The question is, what are we busy about?" – Henry David Thoreau

"We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them." – Albert Einstein

"If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you'll most certainly be right." – Steve Jobs

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.” – Dr. Seuss

"There is no key to happiness. The door is always open." – Mother Teresa

"Each morning we are born again. What we do today is what matters most." – Buddha

"Every human being's essential nature is perfect and faultless, but after years of immersion in the world we easily forget our roots and take on a counterfeit nature." – Lao Tzu

"Bring yourself to everywhere you go." – Anonymous

"I have not failed, just found 10,000 ways that won't work." – Edison

"Don't ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive." – Howard Thurman

"If I have the belief I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning." – Gandhi


BODY


"Grant yourself permission for some 'me' time. It's good for your health." – Dina Colman

"My doctor told me to stop having intimate dinners for four. Unless there are three other people." – Orson Welles

"The second day of a diet is always easier than the first. By the second day you're off it." – Jackie Gleason

"Health is not valued till sickness comes." – Thomas Fuller

"There's a lot of people in this world who spend so much time watching their health that they haven't the time to enjoy it." – Josh Billings

"The doctor has been taught to be interested not in health but in disease. What the public is taught is that health is the cure for disease." – Ashley Montagu

“The doctor of the future will give no medication, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, diet and in the cause and prevention of disease.” – Thomas Edison

"Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food." – Hippocrates

"The genes load the gun, but the environment pulls the trigger." – Dr. Oz

"How beautiful it is to do nothing, and then rest afterwards." – Spanish Proverb

"Cheerfulness and contentment are great beautifiers and are famous preservers of youthful looks." – Charles Dickens

"If it came from a plant, eat it; if it was made in a plant, don't." – Michael Pollan

"The art of medicine is to amuse the patient while nature heals the disease." – Voltaire

"The time to relax is when you don’t have time for it." – Sydney J. Harris

"An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." – Benjamin Franklin

"A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor’s book." – Irish proverb


RELATIONSHIPS


"He who knows, does not speak. He who speaks, does not know." – Lao Tzu

"Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great ones make you feel that you, too can become great." – Mark Twain.

"An ounce of dialogue is worth a pound of monologue." – Anonymous

"Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind." – Dr. Seuss

"It's nice to be important, but it's more important to be nice." – John Cassis

"When you are content to be simply yourself and don't compare or compete, everybody will respect you." – Lao Tzu

"When you look for the good in others, you discover the best in yourself." – Martin Walsh

"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated." – Mahatma Gandhi

"You can't control the other people in your life but you can control your reactions to them." – Dina Colman

"Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none." - William Shakespeare

"Nobody can hurt you without your permission." - Mahatma Gandhi

"If you make friends with yourself you will never be alone." – Maxwell Maltz

"If you judge people, you have no time to love them." – Mother Teresa

"Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can't help them, at least don't hurt them." – Dalai Lama

"Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around." – Leo Buscaglia
 

ENVIRONMENT


"We begin to see, therefore, the importance of selecting our environment with the greatest of care, because environment is the mental feeding ground out of which the food that goes into our minds is extracted." – Napoleon Hill

"A morning-glory at my window satisfies me more than the metaphysics of books." – Walt Whitman

"Earth laughs in flowers." – Ralph Waldo Emerson

"If one way be better than another, that you may be sure is nature's way." – Aristotle

"I frequently tramped eight or ten miles through the deepest snow to keep an appointment with a beech-tree, or a yellow birch, or an old acquaintance among the pines." – Henry David Thoreau

"A weed is a plant whose virtue has not yet been discovered." – Ralph Waldo Emerson'

"Teaching a child not to step on a caterpillar is as valuable to the child as it is to the caterpillar." – Bradley Miller

"Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it because what the world needs is people who have come alive." – Howard Thurman

"If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly, our whole life would change." – Buddha

“We need the tonic of wilderness.” – Henry David Thoreau

"When the well is dry, we know the worth of the water." – Benjamin Franklin

"I believe a leaf of grass is no less than the journey-work of the stars." – Walt Whitman

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