Contemplative quotes


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Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.


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Read, in the name of your Lord who has created (all that exists).

(QS 96:1)


Time is precious, waste it wisely.



Be the best. The best version of you.



One’s destination is never a place but a new way of seeing things.

—Henry Miller—


The question is not what you look at, but what you see.

—Henry David Thoreau—


Manusia hanyalah pengendara di atas punggung usianya.

Digulung hari demi hari, bulan, dan tahun tanpa terasa.

Nafas kita terus berjalan seiring jalannya waktu, setia menuntun kita ke pintu kematian.

Sebenarnya dunialah yang makin kita jauhi dan liang kuburlah yang makin kita dekati.

Satu hari berlalu, berarti satu hari pula berkurang usia kita.

Usia kita yang tersisa di hari ini sungguh tak ternilai harganya, sebab esok hari belum tentu jadi bagian dari diri kita.

Karena itu, jika hari berlalu tapi tiada kebaikan dan kebajikan yang kita lakukan maka akan keringlah batin kita.

Jangan tertipu dgn usia muda, karena syarat untuk mati tidaklah harus tua.

Jangan terperdaya dengan badan sehat, karena syarat untuk mati tidak pula harus sakit.

Teruslah berbuat baik, berkata baik.

Walau tak banyak orang yang mengenalimu, tapi kebaikan dan kebajikan yang kita lakukanlah yang akan menuntun kita pada kebahagiaan, dan akan dikenang oleh mereka yang kita tinggalkan.

—Khalil Gibran—


I keep six honest serving-men…
(they taught me all I knew);
their names are “What” and “Why” and “When”
andhoW” and “Where” and “Who”. 

—The Elephant’s Child—

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Time has a wonderful way of showing us what really matters.

Margaret Peters


Is life just a game?



No man can succeed in a line of endeavor which he does not like.

—Napoleon Hill—


FEAR: False Evidence Appearing Real.



Today I walk away….

I walk away from limiting beliefs, judgments and assumptions that no longer serve me now and in the future.



Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young.

—Henry Ford—


All colours will agree in the dark.

—Francis Bacon—

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“… dan Dia mengetahui apa yang ada di daratan dan di lautan, dan tiada sehelai daun pun yang jatuh melainkan Dia mengetahuinya pula …”

—QS Al An’aam: 59—


Things do not have meaning. We assign meaning to everything.

—Tony Robbins—

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Never get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life.



If you try to do your best there is no failure.

—Mike Farrell—


With endless time, nothing is special. With no loss or sacrifice, we can’t appreciate what we have.

—Mitch Albom—


The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams

—Eleanor Roosevelt—


Change is the only evidence of life.

—Evelyn Waugh—


To realise that you do not understand is a virtue; not to realise that you do not understand is a defect.

—Lao Tzu—


Why struggle to open a door between us when the whole wall is an illusion?



We can not solve our problems with the same level of thinking that created them.

—Albert Einstein—


Today before you say an unkind word—think of someone who can’t speak.

Before you complain about the taste of your food—think of someone who has nothing to eat.

Before you complain about your husband or wife—think of someone who’s crying out to God for a companion.

Today before you complain about life—think of someone who went too early to heaven.

Before whining about the distance you drive—think of someone who walks the same distance with their feet.

And when you are tired and complain about your job—think of the unemployed, the disabled, and those who wish they had your job.

And when depressing thoughts seem to get you down—put a smile on your face and think: you’re alive and still around.



He who knows others is learned; he who knows himself is wise.

—Lao Tse—


An obstacle is often a stepping stone.



You don’ have to be great to start,

But you have to start to be great.

—Zig Ziglar—


Love and appreciate your parents.  We are often so busy growing up, we forget they are also growing old.



A good life is when you assume nothing,

do more, need less, smile often,

dream big, laugh a lot

and realise how blessed you are for what you have.



Every father should remember that one day his son will follow his example instead of his advice.



We all have problems.

The way we solve them is what makes us different.



It is important to learn to appreciate every moment we have before time makes us appreciate the moment we had.


Be happy. Not because everything is good, but because we can see the good side of everything.


Life is a balance of holding on and letting go.



Every single thing that has ever happened in your life is preparing you for a moment that is yet to come.



Today I will do what others won’t, so tomorrow I can accomplish what others can’t.

—Jerry Rice—


We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.

—Pierre Teilhard de Chardin—



*Name of a fishing boat in Lombok


The garden of the world has no limits, except in your mind.


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The only way to do great work is to love what you do.

—Steve Jobs—


Beautiful sunsets need cloudy skies.

—Paulo Coelho—

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The best of you is he who is the best to his wife.

—Prophet Muhammad PBUH—


Our doubts are traitors, and make us lose the good we oft might win, by fearing to attempt.

—William Shakespeare—


You may delay, but time will not.

—Benjamin Franklin—


I do not ask to walk smooth paths.
Nor bear an easy load.
I pray for strength and fortitude.
To climb the rock-strewn road.

Give me such courage I can scale.
The hardest peaks alone.
And transform every stumbling block.
Into a steppingstone.

—Gail Brook Burket—


Never confuse movement with action.

—Ernest Hemingway—


A ship is safe in harbor, but that’s not what ships are for.

—John A. Shedd—


It is not the position where you are standing, but which direction you are going.

—Oliver Wendell Holmes—


Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth.

—Marcus Aurelius—


Who seeks shall find.



Great things are not accomplished by those who yield to trends and fads and popular opinion.

—Jack Kerouac—


What we see depends mainly on what we look for…



Be like a tree. Stay grounded. Connect with your roots. Turn over a new leaf. Bend before you break. Enjoy your unique natural beauty. Keep growing.

—Joanne Rapits—


Change the way you look at things and the things you look at change.

—Wayne W. Dyer—


Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.

—Albert Einstein—


Life can be pulled by goals just as surely as it can be pushed by drives.

—Viktor E. Frankl—


I may not be there yet, but I’m closer than I was yesterday.



It takes sunshine and rain to make a rainbow. There would be no rainbows without sunshine and rain.

—Roy T. Bennett—


Ability may get you to the top, but it takes a character to keep you there.

—John Wooden—


The greatest thing a father can do for his daughter is to love her mother.

—Elaine S. Dalton—


He will say, “How long did you remain on earth in a number of years?”

They will say, “We remained a day or part of a day; ask those who enumerate.”

He will say, “You stayed not but a little – if only you had known.

(QS 23:112-114)


The graveyard is the richest place on earth, because it is here that you will find all the hopes and dreams that were never fulfilled, the books that were never written, the songs that were never sung, the inventions that were never shared, the cures that were never discovered, all because someone was too afraid to take that first step, keep with the problem, or determined to carry out their dream.

—Les Brown—


Smooth seas do not make skilful sailors.

—African proverb—


Sometimes you need to distance yourself to see things clearly.

—Torin Rush—

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We become what we think about.

—Earl Nightingale—


The poorest man in the world is the man without a dream.

The most frustrated man in the world is the man with a dream that never becomes reality.

—Myles Munroe—


Today I shall behave, as if this is the day I will be remembered.

—Dr. Seuss—


Happiness depends more on the inward disposition of mind than on outward circumstances.

—Benjamin Franklin—


In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.

—Robert Frost—


It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness.

—Charles Spurgeon—


Indeed, in the creation of the heavens and the earth and the alteration of the night and the day are signs for those of understanding.

—QS 3:190—


Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.

—George Bernard Shaw—


I don’t think you can ever do your best. Doing your best is a process of trying to do your best.

—Townes Van Zandt—


Three things you cannot recover in life: the word after it’s said, the moment after it’s missed, and the time after it’s gone.



Before you assume, learn the facts.
Before you judge, understand why.
Before you hurt someone, feel.
Before you speak, think.



Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass…It’s about learning to dance in the rain.

—Vivian Greene—


Tie your camel first, then put your trust in Allah.

—Islamic proverb—


Science is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life.

—Immanuel Kant—


Every experience I have is perfect for my growth.


Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.



The fishermen know that the sea is dangerous and the storm terrible, but they have never found these dangers sufficient reason for remaining ashore.

—Vincent Van Gogh—


Kalem wae, urip mung mampir ngombe.



In the end, we only regret the chances we didn’t take.



We do not remember days, we remember moments.

—Cesare Pavese—


Life is very interesting… in the end, some of your greatest pains, become your greatest strengths.

—Drew Barrymore—


Never give up.

Great things take time.



It is looking at things for a long time that ripens you and gives you a deeper meaning.

—Vincent van Gogh—