by Lisa H.

It never ceases to amaze me how so few words can have such a profound impact on the way we think. A simple quote can sometimes be the difference between having a bad day and having one that rocks your socks off!

Please enjoy some of my favorite tender morsels of inspirational chewy below. Also, visit Getting to Zen on Facebook for more inspiration and community. And show us some love by “Liking” us while you are there. :-)


“There are two ways of spreading light: to be The candle or the mirror that reflects it.”
― Edith Wharton

If you have to turn down the magic, you are working the wrong crowd. Unknown

The only way of finding the limits of the possible is by going beyond them into the impossible.
Arthur C. Clarke

Without inspiration the best powers of the mind remain dormant. There is a fuel in us which needs to be ignited with sparks.
Johann Gottfried Von Herder

And all may do what has by man been done.
Edward Young

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit.


It is not enough to take steps which may some day lead to a goal; each step must be itself a goal and a step likewise.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The more goals you set – the more goals you get.
Mark Victor Hansen

When you determine what you want, you have made the most important decision in your life. You have to know what you want in order to attain it. Douglas Lurtan

People with goals succeed because they know where they’re going. Earl Nightingale

We are at our very best, and we are happiest, when we are fully engaged in work we enjoy on the journey toward the goal we’ve established for ourselves. It gives meaning to our time off and comfort to our sleep. It makes everything else in life so wonderful, so worthwhile. Earl Nightingale

Our goal should be that we’re going to live life to the fullest, pursuing our passions and dreams, and when it comes our time to go, we will have used as much of our potential as possible.  Joel Osteen from “Become a Better You”

One reason we don’t attain our goals is that we often focus on how far away we are from feeling satisfaction rather than how far we’ve come. Fred Pryor

The one step, choosing a goal and sticking to it, changes everything. Scott Reed

If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will take you there –George Harrison


You can discover what your enemy fears most by observing the means he uses to frighten you. Eric Hoffer

If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself, but to your estimate of it; and this you have the power to revoke at any moment. Marcus Aurelius

Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right. Henry Ford

If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours. Henry David Thoreau

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

Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear. Redmoon

Oprah Winfrey’s 2012 Lifeclass

If you are holding a grudge, that grudge is really holding you. Oprah Winfrey

You are not your thoughts. Oprah Winfrey

You have to live with the consequences of the actions you have taken in the past. Deepak Chopra

Until you heal the wounds of your past you will continue to bleed. You can bandage that bleeding with food and alcolhol and drugs you can bandage it w with work and sex, but eventually it will stain your life and you will continue to bleed. Iyanla Vanzant

How many people who are holding a grudge against somebody, dont realize someone is on a threapists couch because of them. Iyanla Vanzant

Forgiveness is giving up the hope that the past could be any different. Unknown

Now is the moment that never ends. Deepak Chopra

Your presence is enough.Iyanla Vanzant

Martin Luther King Jr.

All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Almost always, the creative dedicated minority has made the world better.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Everything that we see is a shadow cast by that which we do not see.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that by the good people.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Eckhart Tolle

“Being spiritual has nothing to do with what you believe and everything to do with your state of consciousness.”  ―   Eckhart Tolle

“Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.”  ―    Eckhart Tolle

“You can only lose something that you have, but you cannot lose something that you are.”  ―    Eckhart Tolle

“Death is a stripping away of all that is not you. The secret of life is to “die before you die” —  and find that there is no death.”  ―    Eckhart Tolle

“Only the truth of who you are, if realized, will set you free.”  ―    Eckhart Tolle

“Awareness is the power that is concealed within the present moment. … The ultimate purpose of human existence, which is to say, your purpose, is to bring that power into this world.”  ―    Eckhart Tolle

“You become most powerful in whatever you do if the action is performed for its own sake rather than as a means to protect, enhance, or conform to your role identity.”  ―    Eckhart Tolle


“Those who say life is knocking them down and giving them a tough time are usually the first to beat themselves up. Be on your own side.” ― Rasheed Ogunlaru

Uncertainty is the only certainty there is,and knowing how to live with insecurity is the only security – John Allen Paulos.

You are not in this world to live up to other people’s expectations, nor should you feel the world must live up to yours – F Perl.

Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one’s definition of your life; define yourself – Harvey Fierstein.

Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are – John Wooden.

In the end, it’s not going to matter how many breaths you took, but how many moments took your breath away – Shing Xiong

Life is either a daring adventure or nothing – Helen Keller

“There is nothing like returning to a place that reminds unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.” ~ Nelson Mandela

Would you rather be right or free? Byron Katie

If you have life, you have purpose. Carolyn Myss

When our actions create discord in another person, we, ourselves, in this lifetime or another, will feel that discord. Likewise, if our actions create harmony and empowerment in another, we also come to feel that harmony and empowerment. Gary Zukav

When you need to be loved, you take love wherever you can find it. When you are desperate to be loved, feel love, know love, you seek out what you think love should look like. When you find love, or what you think love is, you will lie, kill, and steal to keep it. But learning about real love comes from within. It cannot be given. It cannot be taken away. It grows from your ability to re-create within yourself, the essence of loving experiences you have had in your life.” ― Iyanla Vanzant

It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see. Henry David Thoreau