Sound Mind Quotations

“Happiness depends upon ourselves.”


“Learn to let go. That is the key to happiness.”


If you can help others, do it, but if you cannot, restrain yourself and at least do not harm anyone.

Dalai Lama

 “Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.


“All the world’s problems can be solved by one man sitting alone at a table.”


“It is by forgiving that one is forgiven.”

Mother Teresa

“The ideal man bears the accidents of life with dignity and grace, making the best of the circumstance.”


“You can not prevent the birds of sorrow from flying over your head, but you can prevent them from building a nest in your hair.”

Chinese Proverb

Good fortune comes through conducting yourself with thoughtfulness and courtesy.

I Ching

“Criticism is something we can avoid easily – by saying nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing.”


I love those who can smile in trouble, who can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. ‘Tis the business of little minds to shrink, but they whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves their conduct, will pursue their principles unto death.

Leonardo da Vinci

“For after all, the best thing that one can do when it is raining is to let it rain.”

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

 Lord grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.”

Saint Francis of Assisi

“The surest test if a man be sane is if he accepts life whole, as it is.”

Lao Tzu

“It is the greatest good for an individual to discuss virtue every day…for the unexamined life is not worth living.”


“The biggest problem in the world could have been solved when it was small.”

Lao Tzu


Chanting is no more holy than listening to the murmur of a stream,
Counting prayer beads no more sacred than simply breathing,
Religious robes no more spiritual than work clothes.

Lao Tzu

“Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal. Nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.”                                                       Thomas Jefferson

“Follow effective action with quiet reflection. From the quiet reflection will come even more effective action.”

Peter Drucker

 “If we are too busy, if we are carried away every day by our projects, our uncertainty, our craving, how can we have the time to stop and look deeply into the situation-our own situation, the situation of our beloved one, the situation of our family and of our community, and the situation of our nation and of the other nations?”

Thich Nhat Hanh

“People travel to wonder at the height of mountains, at the huge waves of the sea, at the long courses of rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motion of the stars; and they pass by themselves without wondering.”

Saint Augustine

“One may go a long way after one is tired.”

French Proverb

“We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.”

Teilhard de Chardin

 “If you act a certain way long enough, it becomes you. When you act loving a funny thing happens. You start to feel loving.”

William James

“He who knows others is wise. He who knows himself is enlightened.”


“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.”

Anne Frank



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