For many years I have kept journals with quotes and passages that were inspirational to me. I return to these journals when I need comfort or guidance. For birthdays and special occasions, I look through my journals to find the right quote for a loved one. Now I get to share them with you. Enjoy and I hope it will motivate you to start your own inspiration journal.

This being human is a guest house.  Every morning a new arrival.  A joy, a depression, a meanness, some momentary awareness as an unexpected visitor.  Welcome and entertain them all!  Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows, who violently sweep your house empty of it’s furniture, still, treat each guest honorably.  He may be clearing you out for some new delight.
— Rumi
Hostility keeps us tied to the abuses of the past.
— Anonymous
If our eye is always attuned to where we feel broken we will be unable to see where we are already whole.
— Legacy of The Heart
The source of suffering is constant craving and wanting.
— Buddha
People who are wrapped up in themselves make very small packages.
— Self Realization Fellowship
Just because you’re a wanderer doesn’t mean you’re aimless.
— Mona Lisa Smile
I take comfort that aging happens to everybody.  It connects me with the human race.  Like weather bringing people together, aging brings people together.
— Diane Lane
Letting go is not painful, it’s the resistance to letting go that is.
— Anonymous
There’s beauty in the breakdown. 
— Garden State
We’re either full of love or full of fear. 
— Albert Einstein
To remain connected with the truth that sets us free we must go through an internal hell by remaining present and conscious even through terrible circumstances that we didn’t invite and don’t deserve.
— Anonymous
Wisdom is avoiding all thoughts that weaken you.
— Wayne Dyer
Bear with everything as the earth bares with all that lives on it.
— Anonymous
Mediocrity is not living in the spark of your soul.  Use the darkness to see your own luminosity.  The spark of divinity in you.  Let your spark light up a dark time or world.  It will help you and the world to heal.  Through the dark night you are healed.  You become the wounded healer.
— ‘Dark Night of The Soul’ by Thomas Moore
You can’t find peace by avoiding life.
— The Hours
The important thing is this: to be able at any moment to sacrifice what we are for what we could become.
— Charles Dubois
Find out what a person fears most and that is where they will develop next.
— Carl Jung
We go on.  Because it is the hard thing to do and we owe ourselves the difficulty.
— Nikkie Giovanni
The unfolding of my life is an issue of faith.
— Anonymous
Gratitude is an action that dissolves fear.
— Anonymous
Evolve or die.
— ‘A New Earth’ by Eckhart Tolle
No one can make you feel inferior without your permission.
— Eleanor Roosevelt
The longest journey is the journey inward.
— Dag Hammarskjold
Measure your life in love. 
— Rent
Get busy living, or get busy dying.
— Shawshank Redemption
Just because someone is a little banged up doesn’t mean you throw a whole life away.
— Seabiscuit
One does not discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time.
— Andre Gide
Well-behaved women never make history. 
— Eunice Shriver
The light is too painful for those who choose to stay in the dark.  
— The Power of Now
Be with those who help your being.
— Rumi
I want to be like the waves on the sea…like the clouds in the wind…but I am me. One day I’ll jump out of my skin, I’ll shake the sky like a hundred violins.
— Sandra Cisneros
Give away the fire not the oil. 
— Anonymous
Women have to summon up courage to fulfill dormant dreams.
— Alice Walker
You can uncover wisdom in the murky depths of pain.
— Anonymous
Falling apart or falling into place?  Breakdown or breakthrough?
— Anonymous
We are only capable of receiving what we are able to give.
— Anonymous
Faith is not simply a patience, which passively suffers until the storm is past.  Rather it is a spirit, which bears things ... with blazing serene hope.
— Corazon Aquino
In the darkest times the eyes can see.
— Anonymous
The best way out is always through. 
— Robert Frost
The only things to take away from the past are wisdom & love.
— Tarot Card
Out of our vulnerabilities will come our strength.
— Freud
You are your actions not your thoughts.
— Anonymous
My life is my message. 
— Gandhi
What we resist persists.
— Carl Jung
Follow your bliss.
— Joseph Campbell
We must be willing to give up the live we’ve planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us. 
— Joseph Campbell