Tom's Favorite Quotes
“Whatever I have tried to do in life, I have tried with all my heart to do it well; whatever I have devoted myself to, I have devoted myself completely. In great aims and small, I have always been thoroughly earnest.”
“Have a heart that never hardens, a temper that never tires, and a touch that never hurts.”
“There is a wisdom of the head and there is a wisdom of the heart”
“To conceal anything from those to whom I am attached is not in my nature. I can never close my lips where I have opened my heart.”
“Suffering has been stronger than all other teaching and has taught me to understand what your heart has to be. I have been bent and broken, but - I hope - into a better shape.”
“Heaven knows we need never be ashamed of our tears, for they are rain upon the blinding dust of the earth, overlying our hard hearts. I was better after I had cried than before--more sorry, more aware of my own ingratitude, more gentle.”
“A soulmate is someone who has locks that fit our keys, and keys to fit our locks. When we feel safe enough to open the locks, our truest selves step out and we can be completely and honestly who we are; we can be loved for who we are and not for who we’re pretending to be. Each unveils the best part of the other. No matter what else goes wrong around us, with that one person we’re safe in our own paradise. Our soulmate is someone who shares our deepest longings, our sense of direction. When we’re two balloons, and together our direction is up, chances are we’ve found the right person. Our soulmate is the one who makes life come to life"
“You have the freedom to be yourself, your true self, here and now, and nothing can stand in your way” - Jonathan Livingston Seagull
“I’m not here because I’m supposed to be, or because I am trapped here but I am here because I’d rather be with you than with anyone else on earth.” – The Bridge Across Forever
“I do not exist to impress the world. I exist to live my life in a way that will make me happy.” – The Bridge Across Forever
“That’s why true love stories don’t have endings! They don’t have endings because love doesn’t end.” -Bridge Across Forever
“Your only obligation is life is to be true to yourself.” - Illusions
“We teach best what we most need to learn.” - Illusions
“Your conscience is the measure of the honesty of your selfishness. Listen to it carefully.” – Illusions
“The bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other's life.” – Illusions
“Argue for your limitations and, sure enough, they're yours.”
“You are never given a wish without also being given the power to make it come true. You may have to work for it, however.”
"A great life is the sum total of all the worthwhile things you have been doing one by one"
“Love is the will to extend one's self for the purpose of nurturing one's own or another's spiritual growth... Love is as love does. Love is an act of will -- namely, both an intention and an action. Will also implies choice. We do not have to love. We choose to love.”
“The truth is that our finest moments are most likely to occur when we are feeling deeply uncomfortable, unhappy, or unfulfilled. For it is only in such moments, propelled by our discomfort, that we are likely to step out of our ruts and start searching for different ways or truer answers.”
“How strange that we should ordinarily feel compelled to hide our wounds when we are all wounded! Community requires the ability to expose our wounds and weaknesses to our fellow creatures. It also requires the ability to be affected by the wounds of others... But even more important is the love that arises among us when we share, both ways, our woundedness.”
“When we love someone our love becomes demonstrable or real only through our exertion - through the fact that for that someone (or for our self) we take an extra step or walk the extra mile. Love is not effortless. To the contrary, love is effortful.”
“We live in a world where we have to hide to make love and violence is practiced in broad daylight.”
“And in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make.”
"We’ve got this gift of love, but love is like a precious plant. You can’t just accept it and leave it in the cupboard or just think it’s going to get on by itself. You’ve got to keep watering it. You’ve got to really look after it and nurture it."
"I believe that what people call God is something in all of us. I believe that what Jesus and Mohammed and Buddha and all the rest said was right. It’s just that the translations have gone wrong."
"We need to learn to love ourselves first, in all our glory and our imperfections. If we cannot love ourselves, we cannot fully open to our ability to love others or our potential to create."
."There are two basic motivating forces: fear and love. When we are afraid, we pull back from life. When we are in love, we open to all that life has to offer with passion, excitement, and acceptance
“There is only one good, knowledge, and one evil, ignorance.”
“The first condition of genuine understanding is the effort to do one’s own thinking to depend no longer on someone else to provide the right answers.”
“To find yourself, think for yourself.”
“To the world you may be one person, but to one person you may be the world”
“Unless someone like you, cares an awful lot, nothings going to get better, it just isn’t.”
“Be what you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t really matter and those who matter don’t mind.”
“I like nonsense. It wakes up the brain cells.”
“Trust is the glue of life. It's the most essential ingredient in effective communication. It's the foundational principle that holds all relationships.”
“Seek first to understand, then to be understood.”
“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”
“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
“One isn't necessarily born with courage, but one is born with potential. Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can't be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest.”
F Scott Fitzgerald
“For what it’s worth... it’s never too late, or in my case too early, to be whomever you want to be. There’s no time limit. Start whenever you want. You can change or stay the same. There are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it. I hope you make the best of it. I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things you’ve never felt before. I hope you meet people who have a different point of view. I hope you live a life you’re proud of, and if you’re not, I hope you have the courage to start over again."
"I love her. And that's the beginning and the end of everything."
"Either you think, or else others have to think for you and take power from you, pervert and discipline your natural tastes, civilize and sterilize you.”
“Life is short, break the rules, forgive quickly, kiss slowly, laugh uncontrollably and never regret anything that makes you smile."
"Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured."
"Never argue with stupid people. They will drag you down to their level so they can beat you with their experience"
"Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear not the absence of fear."
"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime
."The worst loneliness is to not be comfortable with yourself."
"All of us contain music and truth, but most of us can’t get it out. Never share your music or truth with those who are not worthy of it."