August 15, 2008

Inspirational Quotes

During one of our many annual trips to India while we were residing in Saudi Arabia, I borrowed a book off my grandma (she is a bookworm, mashaAllah). It was a very inspirational book and I loved reading every bit of it. It wasn't a story per se but very uplifting nonetheless. I was so taken by it I wrote down the bits that inspired me the most in a seperate book so I could read it whenever I wanted to. Unfortunately, I cannot recall the name of the book or the author and hence have no records of that but Alhamdulilah I still have the stuff I wrote down. So here I am sharing it with you all...

"Flatter me & I may not believe you, criticize me & I may not like you, ignore me & I make not forgive you. Encourage me & and I will not forget you."

"What lies behind us & what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us".

"No matter how qualified or deserving we are, we will never reach a better life until we can imagine it for ourselves and allow ourselves to have it".

"The pessimist complains abou tthw wind, the optimist expects it to change & the realist adjusts his sails".

"A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices".

"Commerce is idea & choice expressed. Look about you this moment. Everything you see & touch was once an invisible idea until someone chose to bring it into being".

"We are each given a block of marble when we begin a lifetime, & the tools to shape it into sculpture. We can drag it behind us untouched, we can pound it to gravel, we can shape it into glory. Examples from every other life are left for us to see, life works finished & unfinished, guiding and warning. Near the end, our sculpture is nearly finished & we can smooth & polish what we started years before. We can make our greatest progress then, but to do it we must see past the appearance of age".

"Truth like gold is to be obtained not by it's growth, but by washing away from it all that is not gold".

"Learn from the mistakes of others. You can't live long enough to make them all yourself".

"Always forgive your enemies, nothing annoys them more".

"By the time a man realises that maybe his father was right, he usually has a son who thinks he is wrong".

"Age is like mind over matter. If you don't mind, it don't matter".

"Family life is a constant challenge, not a periodic performance we can render on a stage and then run for the privacy of a dressing room to be alone with ourselves."

"The fear of God is the beginning of Wisdom".

"Don't curse darkness, light a candle".

"Hold fast to your dreams for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly".

"To achieve the marvellous it is precisely the unthinkable that must be thought".

"Be like a rose that perfumes the hand that crushes it".

"If we are not responsible for the thoughts that pass our doors, we are atleast responsible for those we admit and entertain."

"Silence makes the real communication between friends. Not the saying, but the never needing to say is what counts."

"Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves".

"What is to give light, must endure burning".

"We are not permitted to choose the frame of our destiny, but what we put into it is ours".

"Sow an act & you reap a habit, sow a habit & you reap a character, sow a character and you reap a destiny".

"The purest ore is produced from the hottest furnace & the brightest thunder bold is elicited from the darkest storm. Nothing splendid has ever been achieved, except by those who dared to believe that something inside them was superior to circumstances".

"Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the tests first & the lessons afterwards".

"The ailment of the body is in sickness & that of the heart is in sins. A delicious meal cannot benefit the body when the person is sick & likewise, when the heart is infested with sins it cannot taste the sweetness of worship".

"Raindrops erode hard rocks not by intensity, but through repitition".

"The weakest of people is the person who could not keep his own secret, the strongest of them is the person who controls his anger & the richest of them is the person who is content with whatever sustenance he gets".


  1. I also used to write down quotes i liked in a small diary but i lost it :(

  2. These were thoughts to really ponder on....Mashallah Nabeela...
    Will share in a few conclusions I have noted down as well..Fatima