Inspirational quotes sometimes don't do too much for me, but at other times during my life they spoke to me quite clearly.
I spent a lot of years trying to be inspired by Bible verses and various writings about the Bible. At times I actually was inspired by the Bible.
Both my parents and Joyce's were very much into the Bible - so we were both highly influenced by the inspiring though sometimes confusing words.
There are lots of inspirational quotes in the Bible - verses that say amazing things in a few words.
Just a short piece of the 23rd Psalm, for example, can be very inspiring.
The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.
To the believer Biblical words offer great comfort. If you're questioning or searching, a lot depends on your frame of mind and the depth of understanding of your teachers.
These days Bible teachers are able to gather followers by the hundreds and thousands by their charismatic personalities. But many have crashed and burned after they failed to measure up.
TV is an amazing tool until the famed pulpiteer manages to incur the wrath of that powerful medium.
Not only the rich and famous preachers but many who do well in smaller local congregations are sometimes guilty of beating their congregants over their heads with their Bibles.
Nonetheless there are some meaningful inspirational quotes from the Bible - even if meanings have been distorted by very poor translations.
Blessed is the man who finds wisdom, the man who gains understanding, for she is more profitable than silver and yields better returns than gold. - Proverbs 3:13-14.
Dishonest money dwindles away, but he who gathers money little by little makes it grow. - Proverbs 13:11
The book of Proverbs has a lot of meaningful instruction, but it may or may not actually be inspirational.
A man can do nothing better than to eat and drink and find satisfaction in his work. - Ecclesiastes 2:24
I guess that one might be an inspirational quote - or at least a comforting quote to some.
If I read the following verses, I'm left scratching my head:
This too, I see, is from the hand of God, for without him, who can eat or find enjoyment? To the man who pleases him, God gives wisdom, knowledge and happiness, but to the sinner he gives the task of gathering and storing up wealth to hand it over to the one who pleases God. This too is meaningless, a chasing after the wind.
So I saw that there is nothing better for a man than to enjoy his work, because that is his lot. Ecclesiastes 3:22
I like that one. But I left off the last part: For who can bring him to see what will happen after him?
More head scratching.
Verse 22 is the last verse of chapter 3. Maybe if we look at the entire chapter.
I won't duplicate the whole thing here - but the first part of the chapter is that often-quoted part of the Bible that starts out with There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal, ... and so on.
So, if we read the entire chapter, it does make sense.
Does it inspire? Maybe.
I like Ecclesiastes 7:14.
When times are good, be happy; but when times are bad, consider: God has made the one as well as the other. Therefore, a man cannot discover anything about his future.
So, we shouldn't wring our hands over what we might assume to be tough times in the future, right?
Here's a related inspirational quote from Emerson:
What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters, compared to what lies within us.
The Artist's Way, by Julia Cameron is a book full of inspiration and how to experience it for the sake of creativity.
The author has sprinkled inspirational quotes from lots of successful artists throughout the book
As a musician myself, I like this one from Aaron Copeland - well-known American composer whose music is highly inspirational and exciting. It appears on page 14 of Julia Cameron's book.
Inspiration may be a form of superconsciousness, or perhaps of subconsciousness--I wouldn't know. But I am sure it is the antithesis of self-consciousness.
Many musicians know the truth of this one. Self-consciousness is a form of stage fright, and it puts a strangle hold on creativity during musical performance.
Jazz musician Charlie Parker agreed:
Music is your own experience, your thoughts, your wisdom. If you don't live it, it won't come out your horn.
Some inspirational quotes come from antiquity - even before much of the Bible was completed.
Be really whole
And all things will come to you. - Lao-Tzu
We learn to do something by doing it. There is no other way. John Holt
In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity. - Albert Einstein
The most unprofitable life would be a life in which no mistakes were made. Eckhart Tolle
To me that is an inspirational quote. I've made enough mistakes to have profited profoundly.
Sometimes we bumble along wondering what we're doing or why we're doing it. Then suddenly, seemingly out of the blue, some truth smacks us in the face.
Often it's simple truth - something we've known intuitively for a long time - but something we haven't really thought about.
To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment. Ralph Waldo Emerson
This is particularly applicable these days where health care is concerned.
While everything in western culture is geared toward making allopathic or conventional medicine the only way to go, truly being yourself is a challenge.
Being yourself really means taking responsibility for your own healthy living - making use of ways and means which come most naturally to you.
A normal body has the capacity to keep all cells functioning properly. It prevents any abnormal transformation and growth. Dr. Max Gerson, M.D.
Dr. Gerson was way ahead of his time. He operated a very successful cancer practice which used natural foods, especially juices, along with his cleansing therapies.
Just a year or so ago, Dr. Alejandro Junger wrote Clean, which made the New York Times Best Seller list.
In it, Dr. Junger relates his personal experiences which led him to become thoroughly educated in therapies other than the standard medical approach - especially using organically grown produce and juices from organically grown fruits and vegetables.
I don't know whether Dr. Junger had ever read or heard about the Gerson Therapy, but the similarities are amazing.
The effectiveness of eating really well and practicing great cleansing regimens has been verfied by two fine practitioners working in time frames roughly 50-60 years apart.
There are no incurable diseases, only incurable patients. Dr. Alejandro Junger
This is only one of many gems found in Clean, by Alejandro Junger, M.D.