My 10 favorite quotes to ease a troubled soul (or at least, give you something to think about)

We all have those periods of time, those “days”.  You know the ones I’m talking about; where it seems that nothing is going right and your best efforts are met with derision, little appreciation and sometimes, outright condemnation.  It’s days like those that will have you talking to yourself (and answering), if you’re not careful.

I say if we’re going to talk to ourselves then let’s make certain that what we’re saying helps us in the long run.

On those days or nights when things are following the proverbial best laid plans, these 10 quotes help me make it through; seriously, I’m not lying in this.  Hopefully, they’ll help you too.

At #10, from a man who should definitely be able to gives voice to the need for the use of fitness to ease a troubled mind, Nelson Mandela“I have always believed that exercise is a key to not only physical health but also to peace of mind.  Exercise dissipates tension and tension is the enemy of serenity.”  

At #9, a quote that speaks for itself; an old adage that your parents tried to tell you but one that you might have since relegated to the recesses of your jaded adult mind.  Theodore Roosevelt “It is hard to fail, but it is worse to never have tried to succeed.” 

Number 8, Aesop“Please all and you will please none.”It’s impossible to please everyone; so don’t stress yourself by trying to do so.

Consider#7 as you watch the evening news.  With religious fanaticism so prevalent on all sides of the spectrum, think on this quote from E.O. Wilson“True character arises from a deeper well than religion”.  The essence of your soul is much more than the Christianity, Islam or Judaism that you embrace.  The same God exists in all of us, regardless.

Elizabeth Kenney“He who angers you, conquers you”.  At #6, Kenney’s statement should be a rallying cry for non-violence.  These days it’s imperative to take it down a notch and de-escalate a situation, wherever and whenever possible, or necessary.

It’s a piece of a song’s chorus but I don’t care.  When the chips are down and you’re on your last leg, don’t despair; it’s alright, you’re going to make it.  At #5, from the British Afro-centric band Cymande – “It’s alright; we can still go on”. 

At #4, Martin Luther King, Jr.  – “A man can’t ride your back unless it’s bent.”  This quote tells you to always holding your head up.  Remember that the respect you want given to you begins with you being in a position able to accept it.  Man or woman, be strong and not someone’s door mat.

Number 3 is Harold MacMillan“No man succeeds without a good woman behind him.  Wife or mother, if it is both, he is twice-blessed, indeed.”  It presents us with a simple question; where would we be without them?  The answer is simple; we wouldn’t “be”.

At #2,a quote that speaks entirely for itself; Aryton Senna“If you have God on your side, everything becomes clear”. 

And finally, the one that dwarfs them all in providing that bit of assistance or the hand that helps you rise above the fray, at #1…

Gandhi“There is nothing that wastes the body like worry, and one who has any faith in God should be ashamed to worry about anything whatsoever.”  Think about what’s being said, the real implications of it.  If you believe, the rest is golden and so very true.

What’s your favorite quote; what helps you ease your mind or calms your soul?  Drop a comment and let me know.

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