Inspirational Quotes…

God is the ally of those who believe; He leads them out of the darkness into the light: As for those who reject, their allies are idols and devils, who lead them from the light into the darkness; these are those stranded in the Fire and there they will remain.”
– Holy Qur’an 2:257

Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.”
– Holy Bible, Matthew 7:7-8, NIV.

Get up! Wake up! Seek the guidance of an illumined teacher and realize the Self. Sharp like a razor’s edge is the path, the sages say, difficult to traverse. The supreme Self is beyond name and form, beyond the senses, inexhaustible, without beginning, without end, beyond time, space, and causality, eternal, immutable. Those who realize the Self are forever free from the jaws of death.”
– The Katha Upanishad

All mankind is from Adam and Eve, an Arab has no superiority over a non-Arab nor a non-Arab has any superiority over an Arab; also a white has no superiority over a black nor a black has any superiority over white, except by piety and good action.”
– Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, in his last sermon.

Master, which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”
– Holy Bible, Matthew 22:36-40, KJV.

None of you truly believes until he desires for others that which he desires for himself.”
– Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, (40 Hadith of an-Nawawi 13).

Whoever wishes to be delivered from the Fire and enter the Garden should die with faith in God and the Last Day and should treat the people as he wishes to be treated by them.”
– Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, (Muslim, Book 20, Number 4546).

Religion is very easy and whoever overburdens himself in his religion will not be able to continue in that way. So you should not be extremists, but try to be near to perfection and receive the good tidings that you will be rewarded; and gain strength by worshipping in the mornings, the nights.”
– Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, (Bukhari Volume 1, Book 2, Number 38).

Either you are just or unjust. If you are just, then you will not keep aloof from the people, but will listen to them and meet their requirements. But if you are unjust, the people themselves will keep away from you.”
– Imam Ali ibn Abu Talib, peace be upon him.

‎“Loving one another is half of wisdom.”
– Imam Ali ibn Abu Talib, peace be upon him.

There is no greater wealth than wisdom; no greater poverty than ignorance; no greater heritage than culture; and no greater friend and helpmate than consultation.”
– Imam Ali ibn Abu Talib, peace be upon him.

I swear by my life that after me your tribulations will increase manifold because you will have abandoned the truth behind your backs, severed your ties with your near ones and established relations with remote ones. Be informed that if you had followed the one who was calling you (to guidance), he will have let you tread the ways of the Prophet (peace be upon him), then you will have been spared the difficulties of misguidance, and you will have thrown away the crushing burden from round your necks.”
– Imam Ali ibn Abu Talib, peace be upon him.

Run away from greatness and greatness will surely follow you.”
– Sayyidina Abu Bakr as-Siddiq, may Allah bless him.

Sufyaan Ibn Abdullah related that he asked, “Oh Messenger of God, tell me something about Islam which I can ask of no one (present or in the future) but you.” Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him said, “Say, ‘I believe in God and thereafter be upright, firm and steadfast.'” [Muslim]
– 40 Hadith of Imam Nawawi 21.

We must avoid with our utmost endeavour, and amputate with fire and sword, and by all other means, from the body, sickness; from the soul, ignorance; from the belly, luxury; from a city, sedition; from a family, discord; and from all things, excess.”
– Pythagoras [M. P. Hall]

‎“As long as man continues to be the ruthless destroyer of lower living beings he will never know health or peace. For as long as men massacre animals, they will kill each other. Indeed, he who sows the seed of murder and pain cannot reap joy and love.”
– Pythagoras [Ovid]

Beware of confining yourself to a particular belief and denying all else, for much good would elude you – indeed, the knowledge of reality would elude you. Be in yourself a matter for all forms of belief, for God is too vast and tremendous to be restricted to one belief rather than another.”
– Ibn Arabi

My heart can be pasture for deer and a convent for monks, a temple for idols and a Kaaba for the pilgrims. It is both the tables of the Torah and the Koran. It professes the religion of Love wherever its caravans are heading. Love is my law. Love is my faith.”
– Ibn Arabi

Each soul and spirit, prior to its entering into this world, consists of a male and female, united into one being. When it descends on this earth the two parts separate and animate two different bodies. At the time of marriage, the Holy One, blessed be He, who knows all souls and spirits, unites them again, as they were before, and they again constitute one body and one soul, forming as it were the right and left of one individual… This union is influenced by the deeds of man and by the ways in which he walks. If the man is pure and his conduct is pleasing in the sight of God, he is united with that female part of his soul, which was his component part prior to his birth.”
– The Zohar, 1:91b

Love blinds us to faults, hatred to virtues.”
– Moses Ibn Ezra

Sages have one mind and the same truth. In all parts of the world, sages arise who possess this uniformity of mind and truth. Muhammad, the Great Sage of the West, lived in Arabia long after Confucius, the Sage of China. Though separated by ages and countries, they had the same mind and Truth.”
– An inscription found in some mosques in China, Dr T. J. Winter.

Upon suffering beyond suffering: the Red Nation shall rise again and it shall be a blessing for a sick world. A world filled with broken promises, selfishness and separations. A world longing for light again. I see a time of Seven Generations when all the colors of mankind will gather under the Sacred Tree of Life and the whole Earth will become one circle again. In that day, there will be those among the Lakota who will carry knowledge and understanding of unity among all living things and the young white ones will come to those of my people and ask for this wisdom. I salute the light within your eyes where the whole Universe dwells. For when you are at that center within you and I am that place within me, we shall be one.”
– Crazy Horse (Tȟašúŋke Witkó), Oglala Sioux Chief. (This statement was taken from Crazy Horse as he sat smoking the Sacred Pipe with Sitting Bull for the last time, four days before he was assassinated.)

The stronger one is the one who can absorb the violence and anger from the other and change it to love and understanding. It is not easy; it is a lot of work. But this is the real jihad.”
– Sheikh Abdul Aziz Bukhari

When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.”
– Jimi Hendrix

Not Christian or Jew or Muslim, not Hindu, Buddhist, Sufi, or Zen. Not any religion or cultural system. I am not from the east or the west, not out of the ocean or up from the ground, not natural or ethereal, not composed of elements at all”
– Mevlana Jalal ad-Din Rumi

“If everyone could see what love is, each would set up a tentpole in the ocean. The world’s population pitched and living easily within the sea! What if inside every lover’s tear you saw the face of the friend: Muhammad, Jesus, Buddha, the impossible-possible philosopher, the glass diamond one, Shams Tabriz?”
– Mevlana Jalal ad-Din Rumi

“Without demolishing religious schools (madrassahs) and minarets and without abandoning the beliefs and ideas of the medieval age, restriction in thoughts and pains in conscience will not end. Without understanding that unbelief is a kind of religion, and that conservative religious belief a kind of disbelief, and without showing tolerance to opposite ideas, one cannot succeed. Those who look for the truth will accomplish the mission.”
– Mevlana Jalal ad-Din Rumi

You were born with wings. Why prefer to crawl through life?”
– Mevlana Jalal ad-Din Rumi

Come, come, whoever you are. Wanderer, worshipper, lover of leaving — it doesn’t matter, ours is not a caravan of despair. Come, even if you have broken your vows a hundred times, come, come again, come.”
– Mevlana Jalal ad-Din Rumi

Everyone has been made for some particular work, and the desire for that work has been placed in every heart.”
– Mevlana Jalal ad-Din Rumi

I want to teach you to turn to the Creator, rather than to me, because He is the only strength, the only Source of all that exists, the only One who can really help you, and He awaits your prayers for help. When you seek help in your search for freedom from the bondage of this world, help in elevating yourself above this world, help in finding the self, and help in determining your purpose in life, you must turn to the Creator, who sends you all those aspirations in order to compel you to turn to Him.”
– Rabbi Baruch Shalom Halevi Ashlag

A sin committed does not harm an individual so much as the looking down with contempt upon one’s own fellow beings.”
– Hazrat Khawaja Moinuddin Chishti

I lived in the West, I saw Islam, but I never saw any Muslims. I lived in the East, and I saw the Muslims, but I never saw Islam”
– Sayyid Jamal-ad-Din Asadabadi

Tear down the mosque and temple too, break all that divides, but do not break the human heart, as it is there that God resides.”
– Shaykh Bulleh Shah

‎“O fools awake! The rites ye sacred hold
Are but a cheat contrived by men of old
Who listed after wealth and gained their lust
And died in baseness and their law is dust”

– Al Ma’arri

The suppression of the truth is famous throughout the Earth; governments hide information from the people to fortify their position of power – religion does the same thing with the ancient spiritual knowledge, skewing of perception of the populace through counterfeit claims.”
– Dovid Krafchow

I don’t expect that the scientific community now embraces and kisses me ‘Oh wonderful, great you did!’ we have to live with critics, this is normal. Chariots of the Gods was full of speculation, I had 238 question marks. Nobody read the question mark. They always said: Mr. Von Daniken is saying… I did not say, I asked the questions, would that be a posibility? In Chariots of the Gods, I made clear difference between a speculations and facts.”
– Erich von Däniken

‎‎“It is preoccupation with possession, more than anything else, that prevents men from living freely and nobly.”
– Bertrand Russell

‎‎“Man is born free, and everywhere he is in chains.”
– Jean-Jacques Rousseau

‎‎“Most ignorance is vincible ignorance. We don’t know because we don’t want to know.”
– Aldous Huxley

I hold it true, whate’er befall; I feel it, when I sorrow most; ‘Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.”
– Alfred Lord Tennyson

“When we compare the present life of man on earth to that time of which we have no knowledge, it seems to me like the swift flight of a single sparrow through the banqueting hall where you are sitting at dinner on a winter’s day with your thanes and counsellors. In the midst there is a comforting fire to warm the hall; outside, the storms of winter rain or snow are raging. This sparrow flies swiftly in through one door of the hall, and out through another. While he is inside, he is safe from the winter storms; but after a few moments of comfort, he vanishes from sight into the wintry world from which he came. Even so, man appears on earth for a little while; but of what went before this life or of what follows, we know nothing.”
– The Venerable Bede; Historia Ecclesiastica Gentis Anglorum (Ecclesiastical History of the English People, Book II, Chapter 13)

I have no desire to make windows into men’s souls”
– Queen Elizabeth I

Was I not born in this realm? Were my parents born in any foreign country? Is there any cause I should alienate myself from being careful over this country? Is not my kingdom here?”
– Queen Elizabeth I to Parliament

He that will forget God, will also forget his benefactors.”
– Queen Elizabeth I to William Lambarde.

My son, the Prophet is not our leader, he is our master, the source of our spiritual nourishment. Leaders are for political movements, which Islam is not. The Koran is his articulation, as inspired by God, not a political document. It is not a constitution, but guidance and serenity for the believing heart.”
– a father’s wisdom – The Islamist by Ed Husain.

If someone goes down into the water and comes up having received nothing and says, ‘I am a Christian’, he has borrowed the name at interest. But if he receives the Holy Spirit, he has taken the name as a gift. If someone has received a gift, it is not taken back. But he who has borrowed something at interest has to meet the payment.”
– The Gospel of Philip, verse 59.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.”
– US Declaration of Independence

‎‎“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.”
– Steve Jobs, Apple Inc.

I was no chief and never had been, but because I had been more deeply wronged than others, this honour was conferred upon me, and I resolved to prove worthy of the trust.”
– Goyahkla (Geronimo)

I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. That is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant.”
– Martin Luther King, Jr

Like an unchecked cancer, hate corrodes the personality and eats away its vital unity. Hate destroys a man’s sense of values and his objectivity. It causes him to describe the beautiful as ugly and the ugly as beautiful, and to confuse the true with the false and the false with the true.”
– Martin Luther King, Jr

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”
– Martin Luther King, Jr

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
– Martin Luther King, Jr

The hope of a secure and livable world lies with disciplined nonconformists who are dedicated to justice, peace and brotherhood.”
– Martin Luther King, Jr

Nonviolence is the answer to the crucial political and moral questions of our time; the need for mankind to overcome oppression and violence without resorting to oppression and violence. Mankind must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression, and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love.”
– Martin Luther King, Jr

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
– Martin Luther King, Jr

Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men.”
– Martin Luther King, Jr

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”
– Martin Luther King, Jr

Never, never be afraid to do what’s right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake. Society’s punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way.”
– Martin Luther King, Jr

Now, I say to you today my friends, even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream. I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.’”
– Martin Luther King, Jr

Everybody can be great… because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”
– Martin Luther King, Jr

…And I’ve looked over, and I’ve seen the promised land. I may not get there with you, but I want you to know tonight that we as a people will get to the promised land. So I’m happy tonight. I’m not worried about anything. I’m not fearing any man.”
– Martin Luther King, Jr (the day before he was assassinated)

Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today.”
– El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz (Malcolm X)

Educate a man and you educate one person; Educate a woman and you educate and liberate an entire generation!”
– El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz (Malcolm X)

I believe in Islam. I am a Muslim and there is nothing wrong with being a Muslim, nothing wrong with the religion of Islam. It just teaches us to believe in Allah as the God. Those of you who are Christian probably believe in the same God, because I think you believe in the God Who created the universe. That’s the One we believe in, the One Who created universe–the only difference being you call Him God and we call Him Allah. The Jews call Him Jehovah. If you could understand Hebrew, you would probably call Him Jehovah too. If you could understand Arabic, you would probably call Him Allah….”
– El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz (Malcolm X)

America needs to understand Islam, because this is the one religion that erases from its society the race problem. Throughout my travels in the Muslim world, I have met, talked to, and even eaten with people who in America would have been considered white, but the white attitude was removed from their minds by the religion of Islam. I have never before seen sincere and true brotherhood practiced by all together, irrespective of their color.”
– El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz (Malcolm X)

I’m for truth, no matter who tells it. I’m for justice, no matter who it is for or against. I’m a human being, first and foremost, and as such I’m for whoever and whatever benefits humanity as a whole.”
– El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz (Malcolm X)

I believe in recognizing every human being as a human being – neither white, black, brown, or red; and when you are dealing with humanity as a family there’s no question of integration or intermarriage. It’s just one human being marrying another human being or one human being living around and with another human being.”
– El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz (Malcolm X)

Anytime you see someone more successful than you are, they are doing something you aren’t.”
– El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz (Malcolm X)

I for one believe that if you give people a thorough understanding of what confronts them and the basic causes that produce it, they’ll create their own program, and when the people create a program, you get action.”
– El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz (Malcolm X)

Here I am, back in Mecca. I am still traveling, trying to broaden my mind, for I’ve seen too much of the damage narrow-mindedness can make of things, and when I return home to America, I will devote what energies I have to repairing the damage.”
– El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz (Malcolm X)

I know that societies often have killed people who have helped to change those societies. And if I can die having brought any light, having exposed any meaningful truth that will help destroy the racist cancer that is malignant in the body of America then, all of the credit is due to Allah. Only the mistakes have been mine.”
– El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz (Malcolm X)

For my confirmation, I didn’t get a watch and my first pair of long pants, like most Lutheran boys. I got a telescope. My mother thought it would make the best gift.”
– Wernher von Braun

Nature does not know extinction; all it knows is transformation. Everything science has taught me, and continues to teach me, strengthens my belief in the continuity of our spiritual existence after death.”
– Wernher von Braun

Our sun is one of 100 billion stars in our galaxy. Our galaxy is one of billions of galaxies populating the universe. It would be the height of presumption to think that we are the only living things in that enormous immensity.”
– Wernher von Braun

For me, the idea of a creation is not conceivable without invoking the necessity of design. One cannot be exposed to the law and order of the universe without concluding that there must be design and purpose behind it all.”
– Wernher von Braun

My experiences with science led me to God. They challenge science to prove the existence of God. But must we really light a candle to see the sun?”
– Wernher von Braun

There is just one thing I can promise you about the outer-space program — your tax-dollar will go further.”
– Wernher von Braun

Research is what I’m doing when I don’t know what I’m doing.”
– Wernher von Braun

We can lick gravity, but sometimes the paperwork is overwhelming.”
– Wernher von Braun

Man is the best computer we can put aboard a spacecraft, and the only one that can be mass produced with unskilled labor”
– Wernher von Braun

Don’t tell me that man doesn’t belong out there. Man belongs wherever he wants to go — and he’ll do plenty well when he gets there.”
– Wernher von Braun

A man can face the most dangerous challenge so long as he believes he can master it.”
– Esteban, The Mysterious Cities of Gold

An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind.”
– Mohandas Gandhi

The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”
– Edmund Burke

It is a general popular error to suppose the loudest complainers for the publick to be the most anxious for its welfare.”
– Edmund Burke

Men are qualified for civil liberty in exact proportion to their disposition to put moral chains upon their own appetites, — in proportion as their love to justice is above their rapacity, — in proportion as their soundness and sobriety of understanding is above their vanity and presumption, — in proportion as they are more disposed to listen to the counsels of the wise and good, in preference to the flattery of knaves. Society cannot exist, unless a controlling power upon will and appetite be placed somewhere; and the less of it there is within, the more there must be without. It is ordained in the eternal constitution of things, that men of intemperate minds cannot be free. Their passions forge their fetters.”
– Edmund Burke

‎“Liberty cannot be preserved without a general knowledge among the people.”
– John Adams

‎“There’s a reason you separate military and the police. One fights the enemies of the state, the other serves and protects the people. When the military becomes both, then the enemies of the state tend to become the people.”
– Commander William Adama, Battlestar Galactica (2004).

‎“God forbid we should ever be twenty years without such a rebellion. The people cannot be all, and always, well informed. The part which is wrong will be discontented, in proportion to the importance of the facts they misconceive. If they remain quiet under such misconceptions, it is lethargy, the forerunner of death to the public liberty…. And what country can preserve its liberties, if its rulers are not warned from time to time, that this people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms. The remedy is to set them right as to the facts, pardon and pacify them. What signify a few lives lost in a century or two? The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time, with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure.”
– Thomas Jefferson

Difference of opinion is advantageous in religion.”
– Thomas Jefferson

He who knows nothing is closer to the truth than he whose mind is filled with falsehoods and errors.”
– Thomas Jefferson

Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better man.”
– Benjamin Franklin

Who is wise? He that learns from everyone. Who is powerful? He that governs his passions. Who is rich? He that is content. Who is that? Nobody.”
– Benjamin Franklin

Being ignorant is not so much a shame, as being unwilling to learn.”
– Benjamin Franklin

For having lived long, I have experienced many instances of being obliged, by better information or fuller consideration, to change opinions, even on important subjects, which I once thought right but found to be otherwise.”
– Benjamin Franklin

God helps those who help themselves.”
– Benjamin Franklin

When will mankind be convinced and agree to settle their difficulties by arbitration?”
– Benjamin Franklin

Energy and persistence conquer all things.”
– Benjamin Franklin

He that can have patience can have what he will.”
– Benjamin Franklin

All my life I have tried to pluck a thistle and plant a flower wherever the flower would grow in thought and mind.”
– Abraham Lincoln

The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. To be your own man is a hard business. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself.”
– Rudyard Kipling

You don’t believe that the Earth is round only if you’re an astronaut. You don’t believe Napoleon existed only if you’re a historian. You believe these things because they’re facts, proved by evidence.”
– Prof Richard Dawkins

By God, Mr Chairman, at this moment I stand astonished at my own moderation”
– Robert Clive, 1st Baron Clive of Plassey

Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names.”
– John F. Kennedy

‎“A nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people.”
– John F. Kennedy

Great spirits have always found violent opposition from mediocrities. The latter cannot understand it when a man does not thoughtlessly submit to hereditary prejudices but honestly and courageously uses his intelligence.”
– Albert Einstein

Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.”
– Albert Einstein

In our civilization, and under our republican form of government, intelligence is so highly honored that it is rewarded by exemption from the cares of office.”
– Ambrose Bierce

A Jedi’s strength flows from the Force. But beware of the dark side. Anger, fear, aggression; the dark side of the Force are they. Easily they flow, quick to join you in a fight. If once you start down the dark path, forever will it dominate your destiny, consume you it will, as it did Obi-Wan’s apprentice.”
– Yoda, Star Wars: Episode V.

Powerful you have become Dooku, the dark side I sense in you.”
– Yoda, Star Wars: Episode II.

Religion is flawed, but only because man is flawed. All men, including this one.”
– Cardinal Strauss, in ‘Angels and Demons’ (2009).

If you don’t integrate, society disintegrates.”
– Mark Durden-Smith, 3@three, ITV1, 04.08.2010.

Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.”
– George Bernard Shaw

The greatest treasures are not gold, nor jewels, nor works of art. They cannot be held in your hands; they’re held within your heart. For worldly things will fade away, as seasons come and go, but the treasure of true friendship will never lose its glow.”
– Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure (2009)