Seth Whitmer’s Favorite Quotes

Life Quotes

Mahatma Gandhi

“Keep your thoughts positive because your thoughts become your words. Keep your words positive because your words become your behavior. Keep your behavior positive because your behavior becomes your habits. Keep your habits positive because your habits become your values. Keep your values positive because your values become your destiny.” 

― Mahatma Gandhi

“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.”

― Mahatma Gandhi

“An eye for an eye will only make the whole world blind.”

― Mahatma Gandhi

“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.”

 Mahatma Gandhi

“When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time, they can seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall. Think of it–always.”

― Mahatma Gandhi

“The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.”

― Mahatma Gandhi

“Prayer is not asking. It is a longing of the soul. It is daily admission of one’s weakness. It is better in prayer to have a heart without words than words without a heart.”

― Mahatma Gandhi

“Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes.”

― Mahatma Gandhi

“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”

― Mahatma Gandhi

“Let the first act of every morning be to make the following resolve for the day:

– I shall not fear anyone on Earth.

– I shall fear only God.

– I shall not bear ill will toward anyone.

– I shall not submit to injustice from anyone.

– I shall conquer untruth by truth. And in resisting untruth, I shall put up with all suffering.”

― Mahatma Gandhi

“The future depends on what you do today.”

 Mahatma Gandhi

“A man is but the product of his thoughts. What he thinks, he becomes.”

― Mahatma Gandhi

“To give pleasure to a single heart by a single act is better than a thousand heads bowing in prayer.”

― Mahatma Gandhi

“Each night, when I go to sleep, I die. And the next morning, when I wake up, I am reborn.”

― Mahatma Gandhi

“Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s needs, but not every man’s greed.”

― Mahatma Gandhi

“To believe in something, and not to live it, is dishonest.”

― Mahatma Gandhi

“There are people in the world so hungry, that God cannot appear to them except in the form of bread.”

― Mahatma Gandhi

“The day the power of love overrules the love of power, the world will know peace.”

― Mahatma Gandhi

“Truth never damages a cause that is just.”

― Mahatma Gandhi

“Whenever you are confronted with an opponent. Conquer him with love.”

― Mahatma Gandhi

“Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.”

― Mahatma Gandhi

“It is easy enough to be friendly to one’s friends. But to befriend the one who regards himself as your enemy is the quintessence of true religion. The other is mere business.”

― Mahatma Gandhi

“To call woman the weaker sex is a libel; it is man’s injustice to woman. If by strength is meant brute strength, then, indeed, is woman less brute than man. If by strength is meant moral power, then woman is immeasurably man’s superior. Has she not greater intuition, is she not more self-sacrificing, has she not greater powers of endurance, has she not greater courage? Without her, man could not be. If nonviolence is the law of our being, the future is with woman. Who can make a more effective appeal to the heart than woman?”

― Mahatma Gandhi

“I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary; the evil it does is permanent.”

― Mahatma Gandhi

“I offer you peace. I offer you love. I offer you friendship. I see your beauty. I hear your need. I feel your feelings.”

― Mahatma Gandhi

“Speak only if it improves upon the silence.”

― Mahatma Gandhi

“There is no school equal to a decent home and no teacher equal to a virtuous parent.”

― Mahatma Gandhi

“In doing something, do it with love or never do it at all.”

― Mahatma Gandhi

“Poverty is the worst form of violence.”

― Mahatma Gandhi

“Always aim at complete harmony of thought and word and deed. Always aim at purifying your thoughts and everything will be well.”

― Mahatma Gandhi

“Power is of two kinds. One is obtained by the fear of punishment and the other by acts of love. Power based on love is a thousand times more effective and permanent than the one derived from fear of punishment.”

― Mahatma Gandhi

“It is wrong and immoral to seek to escape the consequences of one’s acts.”

― Mahatma Gandhi

“Manliness consists not in bluff, bravado or loneliness. It consists in daring to do the right thing and facing consequences whether it is in matters social, political or other. It consists in deeds not words.”

― Mahatma Gandhi

“A thousand candles can be lighted from the flame of one candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness can be spread without diminishing that of yourself.”

― Mahatma Gandhi

“it’s easy to stand in the crowd but it takes courage to stand alone”

― Mahatma Gandhi

“Love never claims, it ever gives. Love ever suffers, never resents never revenges itself.”

― Mahatma Gandhi

“The moment there is suspicion about a person’s motives, everything he does becomes tainted.”

― Mahatma Gandhi

“I should love to satisfy all, if I possibly can; but in trying to satisfy all, I may be able to satisfy none. I have, therefore, arrived at the conclusion that the best course is to satisfy one’s own conscience and leave the world to form its own judgment, favorable or otherwise.”

― Mahatma Gandhi

“In matters of conscience, the law of the majority has no place.”

― Mahatma Gandhi

“I am but a poor struggling soul yearning to be wholly good, wholly truthful and wholly non-violent in thought, word and deed, but ever failing to reach the ideal which I know to be true. It is a painful climb, but each step upwards makes me feel stronger and fit for the next. ”

― Mahatma Gandhi

“It is good to see ourselves as others see us. Try as we may, we are never able to know ourselves fully as we are, especially the evil side of us. This we can do only if we are not angry with our critics but will take in good heart whatever they might have to say.”

― Mahatma Gandhi

“But you can wake a man only if he is really asleep. No effort that you make will produce any effect upon him if he is merely pretending sleep.”

― Mahatma Gandhi

“If you don’t find God in the next person you meet, it is a waste of time looking for him further.”

― Mahatma Gandhi

“Satisfaction lies in the effort, not in the attainment.”

― Mahatma Gandhi

“Compassion is a muscle that gets stronger with use.”

― Mahatma Gandhi

“[I]t seems to me as clear as daylight that abortion would be a crime.”

― Mahatma Gandhi

“Even if you are a minority of one, the Truth is the Truth.”

― Mahatma Gandhi

“To forgive is not to forget. The merit lies in loving in spite of the vivid knowledge that one that must be loved is not a friend. There is not merit in loving an enemy when you forget him for a friend. ”

― Mahatma Gandhi

“An error does not become truth by reason of multiplied propagation, nor does the truth become error because nobody will see it.

― Mahatma Gandhi

“Hatred can be overcome only by love. ”

― Mahatma Gandhi

“Truth has drawn me into the field of politics; and I can say without the slightest hesitation, and yet in all humility, that those who say that religion has nothing to do with politics do not know what religion means.”

― Mahatma Gandhi

“Terrorism and deception are weapons not of the strong, but of the weak.”

― Mahatma Gandhi

“An unjust law is itself a species of violence. Arrest for its breach is more so.”

― Mahatma Gandhi

“What lies ahead of you & what lies behind you is nothing compared to what lies within you.”

― Mahatma Gandhi

“It has always been a mystery to me how men can feel themselves honored by the humiliation of their fellow beings.”

― Mahatma Gandhi

“There are two days in the year that we can not do anything, yesterday and tomorrow”

― Mahatma Gandhi

“The law of love could be best understood and learned through little children.”

― Mahatma Gandhi

“Don’t talk about it. The rose doesn’t have to propagate its perfume. It just gives it forth, and people are drawn to it. Live it, and people will come to see the source of your power.”

― Mahatma Gandhi

“Friendship that insists upon agreement on all things isn’t worth the name.”

― Mahatma Gandhi

“You Christians look after a document containing enough dynamite to blow all civilizations to pieces, turn the world upside down and bring peace to a battle-torn planet. But you treat it as though it is nothing more than a piece of literature.”

― Mahatma Gandhi

“Behaviour is the mirror in which we can display our image.”

― Mahatma Gandhi

“Do not crave to know the views of others, nor base your intent thereon. To think independently for yourself is a sign of fearlessness.”

― Mahatma Gandhi

“All your scholarship would be in vain if at the same time you do not build your character and attain mastery over your thoughts and your actions.”

― Mahatma Gandhi

“One man cannot do right in one department of life whilst he is occupied in doing wrong in any other department. Life is one indivisible whole”

― Mahatma Gandhi

“Cowardice is impotence worse than violence. The coward desires revenge but being afraid to die, he looks to others, maybe to the government of the day, to do the work of defense for him. A coward is less than a man. He does not deserve to be a member of a society of men and women.”

― Mahatma Gandhi

“Peace between countries must rest on the solid foundation of love between individuals.”

― Mahatma Gandhi

“There are only two ways to live your life: as though nothing is a miracle, or as though everything is a miracle.”

― Mahatma Gandhi

“I have also seen children successfully surmounting the effects of an evil inheritance. That is due to purity being an inherent attribute of the soul.”

― Mahatma Gandhi

“If you want something really important to be done you must not merely satisfy the reason, you must move the heart also.”

― Mahatma Gandhi

“I have naturally formed the habit of restraining my thoughts. A thoughtless word hardly ever escaped my tongue or pen. Experience has taught me that silence is part of the spiritual discipline of a votary of truth. We find so many people impatient to talk. All this talking can hardly be said to be of any benefit to the world. It is so much waste of time. My shyness has been in reality my shield and buckler. It has allowed me to grow. It has helped me in my discernment of truth.”

― Mahatma Gandhi

“Intellect takes us along in the battle of life to a certain limit, but at the crucial moment it fails us. Faith transcends reason. It is when the horizon is the darkest and human reason is beaten down to the ground that faith shines brightest and comes to our rescue.”

― Mahatma Gandhi

“Strength of numbers is the delight of the timid. The Valiant in spirit glory in fighting alone.”

― Mahatma Gandhi

“When I admire the wonders of a sunset or the beauty of the moon, my soul expands in the worship of the creator.”

― Mahatma Gandhi

“I have called her beautiful, because it was her moral beauty that at once attracted me. True beauty after all consists in purity of heart.”

― Mahatma Gandhi

“I believe in trusting. Trust begets trust. Suspicion is foetid and only stinks. He who trusts has never yet lost in the world.”

― Mahatma Gandhi

“No matter how explicit the pledge, people will turn and twist the text to suit their own purpose”

― Mahatma Gandhi

“I look upon an increase in the power of the State with the greatest fear because, although while apparently doing good by minimizing exploitation, it does the greatest harm to mankind by destroying individuality which lies at the heart of all progress.”

― Mahatma Gandhi

“A man who is truthful and does not mean ill even to his adversary will be slow to believe charges even against his foes. He will, however, try to understand the viewpoints of his opponents and will always keep an open mind and seek every opportunity of serving his opponents.”

― Mahatma Gandhi

“Sympathy is what you have for someone after they die, pity you have for someone when they don’t have a date to the biggest dance of the year. Empathy is what I do to you when you judge me. Envy is having pity on yourself. Can you discern the rest for yourself?”

― Mahatma Gandhi

“My aim is not to be consistent with my previous statements on a given question, but to be consistent with truth as it may present itself to me at a given moment. The result has been that I have grown from truth to truth.”

― Mahatma Gandhi

“Purification being highly infectious, purification of oneself necessarily leads to the purification of one’s surroundings.”

― Mahatma Gandhi

“A weak man is just by accident. A strong but non-violent man is unjust by accident.”

― Mahatma Gandhi

“Interdependence is and ought to be as much the ideal of man as self-sufficiency. Man is a social being. Without interrelation with society he cannot realize his oneness with the universe or suppress his egotism. His social interdependence enables him to test his faith and to prove himself on the touchstone of reality.”

― Mahatma Gandhi

“Government control gives rise to fraud, suppression of Truth, intensification of the black market and artificial scarcity. Above all, it unmans the people and deprives them of initiative, it undoes the teaching of self-help…”

― Mahatma Gandhi

“We do not need to proselytise either by our speech or by our writing. We can only do so really with our lives. Let our lives be open books for all to study.”

― Mahatma Gandhi

Dante Alighieri 

Consider your origin; you were not formed to live like brutes, but to follow virtue and knowledge.

-Dante, Divine comedy’s

St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross

“Do not accept anything as truth that lacks love and do not accept anything as love that lacks truth. One without the other is a destructive lie.”

-St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross

“love without truth is a destructive lie.”

-St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross

“The world doesn’t need what women have, it needs what women are.” 

“The woman’s soul is fashioned as a shelter in which other souls may unfold.”  

“Each woman who lives in the light of eternity can fulfill her vocation, no matter if it is in marriage, in a religious order, or in a worldly profession.”

-St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross

“During the time immediately before and quite some time after my conversion I … thought that leading a religious life meant giving up all earthly things and having one’s mind fixed on divine things only. Gradually, however, I learnt that other things are expected of us in this world… I even believe that the deeper someone is drawn to God, the more he has to `get beyond himself’ in this sense, that is, go into the world and carry divine life into it.”

-St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross

Richard Nelson Bolles

“Don’t believe everything you think.”

-Richard Nelson Bolles

Victor Hugo

“Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent”

Victor hugo

“Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise.”

Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

“To love another person is to see the face of God.”

Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

“The power of a glance has been so much abused in love stories, that it has come to be disbelieved in. Few people dare now to say that two beings have fallen in love because they have looked at each other. Yet it is in this way that love begins, and in this way only.”

Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

“Not being heard is no reason for silence.”

Hugo, Victor, Les Misérables

“The greatest happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved — loved for ourselves, or rather, loved in spite of ourselves.”

Victor Hugo

“Laughter is sunshine, it chases winter from the human face.”

Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

“To love or have loved, that is enough. Ask nothing further. There is no other pearl to be found in the dark folds of life.”

Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

“Those who do not weep, do not see.”

Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

“If I speak, I am condemned.

If I stay silent, I am damned!”

victor hugos, Les Misérables

“You ask me what forces me to speak? a strange thing; my conscience.”

Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

“People do not lack strength, they lack will.”

Victor Hugo

“Life’s great happiness is to be convinced we are loved.”

Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

“A man is not idle because he is absorbed in thought. There is visible labor and there is invisible labor.”

Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

“The future has several names. For the weak, it is impossible; for the fainthearted, it is unknown; but for the valiant, it is ideal.”

Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

“When love has fused and mingled two beings in a sacred and angelic unity, the secret of life has been discovered so far as they are concerned; they are no longer anything more than the two boundaries of the same destiny; they are no longer anything but the two wings of the same spirit. Love, soar.”

Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

“The pupil dilates in darkness and in the end finds light, just as the soul dilates in misfortune and in the end finds God.”

Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

“Love is the foolishness of men, and the wisdom of God.”

Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

“…Nobody knows like a woman how to say things that are both sweet and profound. Sweetness and depth, this is all of woman; this is Heaven.”

Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

“Love has no middle term; either it destroys, or it saves. All human destiny is this dilemma. This dilemma, destruction or salvation, no fate proposes more inexorably than love. Love is life, if it is not death. Cradle; coffin, too. The same sentiment says yes and no in the human heart. Of all the things God has made, the human heart is the one that sheds most light, and alas! most night.”

Victor Hugo, Les Miserables

“To die for lack of love is horrible. The asphyxia of the soul.”

Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

“Let us study things that are no more. It is necessary to understand them, if only to avoid them.”

Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

“You can give without loving, but you can never love without giving. The great acts of love are done by those who are habitually performing small acts of kindness. We pardon to the extent that we love. Love is knowing that even when you are alone, you will never be lonely again. & great happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved. Loved for ourselves. & even loved in spite of ourselves.”

Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

“Let us say in passing, to be blind and to be loved, is in fact–on this earth where nothing is complete–one of the most strangely exquisite forms of happiness. To have continually at your side a woman, a girl, a sister, a charming being, who is there because you need her, and because she cannot do without you, to know you are indispensable to someone necessary to you, to be able at all times to measure her affection by the degree of the presence that she gives you, and to say to yourself: She dedicates all her time to me, because I possess her whole love; to see the thought if not the face; to be sure of the fidelity of one being in a total eclipse of the world; to imagine the rustling of her dress as the rustling of wings; to hear her moving to and fro, going out, coming in, talking, singing, to think that you are the cause of those steps, those words, that song; to show your personal attraction at every moment; to feel even more powerful as your infirmity increases; to become in darkness, and by reason of darkness, the star around which this angel gravitates; few joys can equal that. The supreme happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved; loved for ourselves–say rather, loved in spite of ourselves; the conviction the blind have. In their calamity, to be served is to be caressed. Are they deprived of anything? No. Light is not lost where love enters. And what a love! A love wholly founded in purity. There is no blindness where there is certainty.”

Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

“What a grand thing, to be loved! What a grander thing still, to love!”

Victor Hugo

“Let us sacrifice one day to gain perhaps a whole life.”

Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

“When you get an idea into your head you find it in everything.”

Victor Hugo, The Hunchback of Notre-Dame

“Diamonds are to be found only in the darkness of the earth, and truth in the darkness of the mind. ”

Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

“What is said about men often has as much influence upon their lives, and especially upon their destinies, as what they do.”

Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

“The first symptom of true love in a man is timidity, in a young woman, boldness. This is surprising, and yet nothing is more simple. It is the two sexes tending to approach each other and assuming each the other’s qualities.”

Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

“For there are many great deeds done in the small struggles of life.”

Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

“Love is the only future God offers.”

Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

“Have no fear of robbers or murderers. They are external dangers, petty dangers. We should fear ourselves. Prejudices are the real robbers; vices the real murderers. The great dangers are within us. Why worry about what threatens our heads or our purses? Let us think instead of what threatens our souls.”

Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

“Being good is easy, what is difficult is being just.”

Victor Hugo

“Nothing is more imminent than the impossible . . . what we must always foresee is the unforeseen.”

Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

“A one-eyed man is much more incomplete than a blind man, for he knows what it is that’s lacking.”

Victor Hugo, The Hunchback of Notre-Dame

“Mothers arms are made of tenderness, And sweet sleep blesses the child who lies therein.”

Victor Hugo

“One can no more keep the mind from returning to an idea than the sea from returning to a shore. For a sailor, this is called the tide; in the case of the guilty it is called remorse. God stirs up the soul as well as the ocean.”

Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

“Change your opinions, keep to your principles; change your leaves, keep intact your roots.”

Victor Hugo, Intellectual Autobiography: Ideas on Literature, Philosophy and Religion

“There is neither a foreign war nor a civil war; there is only just and unjust war.”

Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

“The human soul has still greater need of the ideal than of the real. It is by the real that we exist, it is by the ideal that we live.”

Victor Hugo

“A cannonball travels only two thousand miles an hour; light travels two hundred thousand miles a second. Such is the superiority of Jesus Christ over Napoleon.”

Victor Hugo

“It is a terrible thing to be happy! How pleased we are with it! How all-sufficient we think it! How, being in possession of the false aim of life, happiness, we forget the true aim, duty!”

Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

“To pay compliments to the one we love is the first method of caressing, a demi-audacity venturing. A compliment is something like a kiss through a veil.”

Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

“When a woman is talking to you, listen to what she says with her eyes”

Victor Hugo

“…Man lives by affirmation even more than he does by bread.”

Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

“Children at once accept joy and happiness with quick familiarity, being themselves naturally all happiness and joy. ”

Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

“He who every morning plans the transactions of that day and follows that plan carries a thread that will guide him through the labyrinth of the most busy life.”

Victor Hugo

“To love beauty is to see light.”

Victor Hugo

“When in conversation, do you listen, or do you just wait to talk?”

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