Phenomenal Quotes to Take into the New Year

♥♥♥“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that frightens us most. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and famous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that people won’t feel insecure around you.
We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in all of us. And when we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” Attributed to Nelson Mandela's Inaugural Speech and via Marianne Williamson

Quotes are like bright sunflowers, adding color and wit to our day

What's your favorite quote, and why?
I regularly add quotes from all over the planet to both of my blogs, here and here, and I enjoy finding new ones to add and learn from. I do love quotes because they express, succinctly, much wisdom about the human condition. When I recently re-read the blog prompt above from Wordpress' Plinky, I thought it would be impossible to find one quote that tops them all; even one quote that embodies all the powerful wisdom that I find in quotes.

I started sifting through my blogs and added several below. I added the quote above because it has always resonated powerfully with me and encapsulates every thought, word of wisdom, and encouraging advice we can share with each other... What do you think of that long quote above? There are more...

I must confess that I do have favorite authors/poets/mystics that I reference more often than others. People like Kahlil Gibran, Rumi, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Martin Luther King Jr, Eleanor Roosevelt, and a handful of others. But I am hard-pressed to say, this one or that one tops them all. Below, I have added several that I love. Add yours to the list and start the year with some wise words... The New Year awaits.

As I mulled over the exercise today, I decided to offer you several of my favorites and to, at least, start with a beautiful speech/quote/body of wisdom that has always encouraged me to live with purpose and grace; see a few of my favorites below for your enjoyment. Please add yours in a comment

♥♥♥“The teacher who is indeed wise does not bid you to enter the house of his wisdom but rather leads you to the threshold of your mind.” Kahlil Gibran
“It is wrong to think that love comes from long companionship and persevering courtship. Love is the offspring of spiritual affinity and unless that affinity is created in a moment, it will not be created for years or even generations” Kahlil Gibran
“When you love you should not say, “God is in my heart,” but rather, “I am in the heart of God.” And think not you can direct the course of love, for love, if it finds you worthy, directs your course.” Kahlil Gibran♥♥♥

♥♥♥“In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” Martin Luther King, Jr
"You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step." Martin Luther King, Jr♥♥♥

♥♥♥“This is love: to fly toward a secret sky, to cause a hundred veils to fall each moment, first to let go of life, finally, to take a step without feet.” Jalal Ad-Din Rumi
“The roads are different; the goal is one. When people reach the goal, all quarrels or disputes that flared along the road are resolved … There all hearts sing in unison.” Rumi♥♥♥

♥♥♥"To leave the world a better place... to know even one life has breathed easier because you lived. this is to have succeeded."  Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Your own mind is a sacred enclosure into which nothing harmful can enter except by your permission.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Every great and commanding moment in the annals of the world is the triumph of some enthusiasm.” Ralph Waldo Emerson♥♥♥

♥♥♥“One single grateful thought towards heaven, is the most perfect prayer.” Minna von Barnhelm
“There is a terrible hunger for love. We all experience that in our lives – the pain, the loneliness. We must have the courage to recognize it…” Mother Teresa
“Many of the problems that arise in life are due to our having said ‘yes’ in situations where we should have said ‘no.’ Life is like a game of cards. No matter what cards we are dealt, we should use them to try to win the game.” Amma♥♥♥

♥♥♥"Humility is not thinking less of yourself; it is thinking of yourself less." Rick Warren
“No person is your friend who demands your silence, or denies your right to grow.” Alice Walker
You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you think you cannot do.” Eleanor Roosevelt♥♥♥

♥♥♥“The only way to reach the mountain peaks of life is to forget about self and help other people reach greater heights.” Zig Ziglar
“Everything can be taken from a man but … the last of the human freedoms – to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.” Viktor E. Frankl
“Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school.” Albert Einstein♥♥♥

♥♥♥”Men, their rights, and nothing more; women, their rights, and nothing less.” Susan B. Anthony
"If you think you're too small to have an impact, try going to bed with a mosquito." Anita Roddick OBE
"There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it." Edith Wharton♥♥♥

♥♥♥“Whatever is at the center of our life will be the source of our security, guidance, wisdom, and power.” Stephen Covey
“To attract attractive people, you must be attractive. To attract powerful people, you must be powerful. To attract committed people, you must be committed. Instead of going to work on them, you go to work on yourself. If you become, you can attract.” Jim Rohn
"Succession plan. Mentor, mentor, mentor. Encourage and cultivate the next generation of leaders." Tom Peters♥♥♥

♥♥♥“Creative ideas do not spring from groups. They spring from individuals. The divine spark leaps from the finger of God to the finger of Adam.” A. Whitney Griswold
"Tell a person they are brave and you help them become so." Thomas Carlyle
"Success is a journey, not a destination. It requires constant effort, vigilance and re-evaluation." Mark Twain♥♥♥

Do you like quotes and have a favorite? What quotes come to mind for you... Do you use them regularly in your communications? Do share!  
Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!

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Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank


  1. Thanks for sharing such great quotes! I actually blogged today about a quote I found this weekend that I really enjoyed: "Happiness is not a station you arrive at, but a manner of traveling." - Margaret Lee Runbeck

  2. Stopping by via the Monday hops to say hello and follow.
    Have a great day!

  3. Returning the follower love! Thanks for visiting Giveaways 4 Mommy. I'd love if you'd come back next Sunday for the Sunday Followed & Featured Blog Hop for a chance to win a $20 Gift Card!

  4. Great blog! I am returning the follow! Thanks so much for stopping by!

  5. Hi, Elizabeth. Thanks for sharing these great quotes with us. I would like to share with you the quote that I always practice "The way to happiness - keep your heart free from hate, your mind from worry, live simply; expect little, give much" I don't know who wrote that but it always work for me :)

  6. Thanks so much for the Blog Hop! I am now following your blog!
    I am hosting a new blog hop over on my blog Resolutions Blog Hop I hope you will join in the fun!

  7. Thanks for hopping over to my blog! Your blog is awesome. My current fb quote is "How lucky I am to have known someone who was so hard to say goodbye to” ~Unknown

  8. Thank you for stopping by! I'm already following from the week before. Have a great Tuesday!

    Heather From and Mommy Only Has Two Hands! and Lynhea Designs

  9. Hi there, happy 'Follow Me Bak Tuesday!'I'm your new Google Friend Connect Follower, as well as following you via NetworkedBlogs and 'Like'ing you on Facebook (I'm Shilo Michelle)
    If you have time, please check out my blog at http://meremusings.com. I love Rumi, also Thich Nhat Hahn, Thomas Merton... oh and so many others. Wisdom. It's universal. :)

  10. Hi,

    thanks for stopping by and following my blog, I'm now following you too :)


  11. following you back from my little blogspot :o) thanks for stopping by!

  12. Great post...I needed to read that. Wonderful quote!! Have a wonderful day.

  13. Great post...I needed to read that. Wonderful quote!! Have a wonderful day.

  14. Love the quotes. I recently posted a couple of my favorites on my blog too.
    I'm your newest follower!
    I'd love for you to visit my blog too!

  15. HI There!
    I've followed you here from the Monday blog hops! I'm your newest follower. Drop by my blog and say hi!

  16. Quotes are little grains of wisdom and often times the inspiration needed to face life's uncertain challenges. Following you back. Mega thanks for coming by on Monday and am looking forward to repeat visits to your site and from you.

    Please come on over to http://cathykennedystories.blogspot.com

  17. Good morning! New follower here from FMBT! Great blog and I love those quotes! Stop by and see me if you get the chance, thanks!


  18. Hi Elizabeth,. Swinging by to thank ya for linking up to the hop and being such a faithful stalker.. (=... I don;t have a favorite quote.. there are so many wonderful, and inspiring ones... and I thoroughly enjoy reading your posts.. happy hopping..

  19. Hello Elizabeth! I also love quotes and use them often in one of my blogs.

    My favorite . . .

    "You have succeeded in life when all you really want is only what you really need." Vernon Howard

    Why? It best describes the philosophy of life that changed my life. All I want is what I need . . . anything extra is like icing on a cake that is already good.

    Thank you for visiting and following my blog . . . I love your blog and following you back!

    Happy holidays to you and your family :)

    . . . and many more blogs!

  20. Nice post...A new follower from follow me back Tuesday.

  21. thanks for visiting my blog yesterday! following back :)

  22. Thank you for stoppin gby yesterday, and I am following you back. I am going to have to sit down when Monk is sleeping and really look over your site. I LOVE the quotes I've seen so far. Have a great rest of your morning!

    Ashley E

  23. What a LOVELY blog! So glad you stopped by the Everyday Mommy and introduced yourself!

    My favorite quote is from Earl Nightingale "We become what we think about." I first read his Strangest Secret book while in my twenties and I always come back to it... a Tony Robbins follow up helps too... "Change your thoughts, change your life."

    I'll definitely be back! Following you now. Thanks for the inspiration!

  24. Following you back from www.everydayphilanthropistblog.com

  25. Hi Elizabeth,
    Stopping by to say hello from FMBT.
    My favorite quote ever is
    " Be the Change, you wish to see in the world "
    B/c it helps to remind me to lead by example. :)

    Happy Holiday's,

  26. I'm your latest follower through the Tuesday Blog Hops. I'd love if you would follow me back at www.diybydesign.blogspot.com. Thanks

  27. My favorite quote is "a lie told even with the best intentions is still a lie." Please don't ask me the source. I have forgotten. I am your newest follower from FMBT. I would love a follow back at my blog!

  28. I've been thinking about adding a quote day to my blog. Can't wait to see more of yours!

  29. I'm blog hopping today and thought I would stop by your blog. Hope you will visit either or both of my blogs and say hello and follow (if you aren't already a follower).

    Jessicas Lil Corner is my family blog at http://jessicaslilcorner.blogspot.com

    So Stylilized is where I am currently offering FREE custom blog designs at http://sostylilized.blogspot.com

    Have a VERY VERY blessed Tuesday!! :0)

  30. Happy Holidays!
    Buone vacanze!
    Joyeuses Fêtes!
    أعيادا سعيدة!
    С праздником!
    تعطیلات مبارک!
    हैप्पी छुट्टियाँ!
    ¡Felices Fiestas!
    גליקלעך האָלידייַס!
    Շնորհավոր Տոն!
    Boas festas!
    Happy Holidays everyone and thank you for your comments!

  31. I love your quote! I totally agree that we need to feel that way about ourselves!

    My favorite quote: "There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it" -Edith Wharton

    P.S. I am a newbie blogger and am SO HAPPY that I found the FMBT! I follow you and would love if you could follow me back! Thanks!


  32. Following you and wishing you a Happy Holiday season.

  33. Thanks for linking up to Friendly Wednesday!

    Great Qoutes! I love reading quotes, it puts me in such a great mood.


  34. One of my favorites is: "When you know better you do better" Maya Angelou.
    I also like: "If you're not living on the edge you're taking up too much space." anonymous.
    And my mantra is: "All I have is all I need." Sarah Ban Breathnach

  35. Hmmm....my favorite quotes usually tend towards the comic or satirical side. I've always been a fan of Sam Clemens and Oscar Wilde. I suppose it's because I believe that the ability to laugh our own foibles and hypocrisy is a very valuable skill. It's in recognizing our faults that we can strive to become better.

  36. Hi! Such a wonderful post! I have a lot of favorite quotes or just quotes I use often. lol I have too many to list here.

    Happy Holidays!!

  37. Hi,
    Thank you for stopping by our blog.
    I'm following you back.
    Have a blessed weekend.

  38. Thanks for stopping by my blog! This quote is such a good one, one of my all time favorites!

  39. Just wanted to contact you to let you know that you are my "Super-Blogger" this weeks Friend Finding Friday. That means you automatically put in the #2 spot!!! Congrats!

    xo, Supermom Alysha

  40. GOsh, I love sooooo many quotes! One that I really, really like is: "The only Zen you'll find on the top of a mountain, is the Zen you carry up there." Offhand I cannot remember who to attribute this too though.

  41. I like the quote by rick warren. Nice post by the way.

  42. I really like inspirational quotes. Thanks for sharing them they brightened my day.


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