Favourite quotes from book of Spiritual Thought & Provoking quotations.

I got hands on this book as a pass on from someone who was moving countries and knew I love books. It is one of those books, that I would have never picked it up myself. Yet, I must admit, that book have had huge impact on my bookshelf and to my literature life.

The book is collection of spiritual and provoking quotes from known people gathered over centuries. The whole thing has been put together by Des MacHale. As much as it is rather open to all sorts of life path, you can sense out from the book, how dedicated he is to his religion and Christianity. For me, it is little triggering, and not because I have had bad experience with Christianity, but rather because I have been raised to be more spiritual aka earthly, than going to church and follow rules. Yep! I am rebellious Estonian, very much as the small nationality have always been.

But still there was some great quotes that i circled out and use it weekly. May I bring out some of them.

Quotes about life and death

You are here only for a short visit. Don’t hurry, don’t worry. And be sure to smell flowers along the way.

Walter Hagen

Life consists not in holding good cards, but in playing well those you do hold.

Josh Billing

Death is certain – life is not!

Junior Blair

Quotes about God & Satan

I sometimes think that God, in creating man, somewhat overestimated his ability.

Oscar Wilde

Better to rule in Hell than to serve in Heaven

John Milton

No paradise is complete without its snake.

Edith Howie

You’ll never get to be saint if you deny the bit of the devil in you.

Ellis Peter

Every man is his own law court and punishes himsef enough.

Patricia Highsmith

Quotes about Human Behaviour

If you had only six month to live, what would you do, and if you are not doing it now, why not?

Stephen Thomas

In grave difficulties and where there is little hope, the boldest measures are the safest.


I can’t give you the formula for success, but I can give you the formula for failure. Try to please everybody.

Herbert B. Swope

Leave the beaten track occasionally and dive into the woods. You will be certain to find something you have never seen before.

Alexander Graham Bell

The world is for the most part, a collective madhouse, and practically everyone, however ‘normal’ his facade, is faking sanity.

John Astin

Kindness is a language which deaf can hear and the blind can read.

Mark Twain

Wild animals never kill for sport. Man is the only one to whom the torture and death of his fellow creatures is amusing in itself.

James A. Froude

The Mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation.

Henry D. Thoreau

Take a rest; a field that has rested gives a beautiful crop.


Four hugs a day are necessary for survival, eight for maintenance and twelve for growth.

Virginia Satir

I don’t know anyone who wished on his deathbed that he spent more time at the office.

Peter Lynch

Eighty percent of success is just showing up.

Woody Allen

Everyone is a moon and has his dark side which he never shows to anybody.

Mark Twain

I can Pardon everyone’s mistakes but my own.

Marcus Cato

Most people sell their souls and live with good conscience on the proceeds.

Logan P. Smith

Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.

Dale Carnegie

The best preparation for tomorrow is to today’s work superbly well.

William Ostler

I try. I fail. I try again. I fail better.

Samuel Beckett

Age does not protect you from love. But love, to some extent, protects you from age.

Jeanne Moreau

Quotes about Men and Women

A Happy marriage is the union of two good forgivers

Robert Qullen

The Most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother.

Theodore M. Hesburgh

A man does not look behind the door unless he has stood tere himself

Henri Dubois

Where Love is concerned, too much is never enough.

Pierre-Augustin de Beaumachis

A Fellow who waits to get married until he has enough money, isn’t really in love.

Kin Hubbard

Love is like quicksilver in the hand. Leave fingers open and it stays. Clutch it and it darts away.

Dorothy Parker

Quotes about Good and Evil

Men never do evil so thoroughly and cheerfully as when they do it for conscience sake.

Blaise Pascal

It’s easy to have principles when you are rich. The important thing is to have principles when you are poor.

Ray Kroc

Never do anything against Conscience even if the state demands it.

Albert Einstein

Never fear shadows. They simply mean there is light nearby.

Ruth E. Renkel

If we could all confess our sins to each other we would all laugh at one for lack of originality.

Kahil Gibhran

Do always in health what you have often promised to do when you are sick.

Sigmund Freud

Quotes about Mothers and Fathers

Poverty keeps together more homes than it breaks up.

H. H. Munro

A child who is allowed to be disrespectful to its parents will not have true respect for anyone.

Billy Graham

Children and grandparents are natural allies.

H.J. Brown

There is no such thing as non-working mother

Hester Mundis

Being a parent is tough. If you just want a wonderful creature to love, get a puppy.

Barbara Walters

Quotes about Education and Learning

I have never known any trouble that an hour’s reading did not improve.


What we learn with pleasure, we never forget.

Bob Phillips

When you educate a man you educate an individual; when you educate a woman you educate a whole family.

Charles D. McIver

Sixty years ago I knew everything; now I know nothing; education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.

Will Durant

Quotes about Faith and Belief

We can believe what we choose. But we are answerable for what we choose to believe.

John Henry Newman

People Believe only what they want to Believe.

Julius Caesar

The constant assertion of belief is an indication of fear.


A lie can be halfway around the world before the truth has got its boots on.

James Callaghan

Nothing lasts forever: not even your troubles.

Arnold Glasow

It is dangerous to be right in matters on which the established authorities are wrong.


A Ship is safe in harbour, but that is not what ships are for.

Albert J. Nimeth

So these are it; As you can see, some of them are very suitable for our current environment, regardless that people have quoted them were live decades or centuries ago. There was quite a few more in the book, what I left out from this blog, as I think we have quite a few golden nuggets here.

What are your favorite quotes? Let me know in comments.

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