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NOTE:  Some of the quotes on this page were submitted to me by visitors, and not all have been verified for original source or wording. I'm working hard to confirm everything, but in the meantime please be aware of the possibility for errors.   —ღ Terri, March 2021

Muladhara, 1st Chakra

A trembling in the bones may carry a more convincing testimony than the dry documented deductions of the brain.  ~Llewelyn Powers

There is deep wisdom within our very flesh, if we can only come to our senses and feel it.  ~Elizabeth A. Behnke

I think we may safely trust a good deal more than we do.  ~Henry David Thoreau

Our own physical body possesses a wisdom which we who inhabit the body lack.  We give it orders which make no sense.  ~Henry Miller

Every man is the builder of a Temple called his body, nor can he get off by hammering marble instead.  ~Henry David Thoreau

The body never lies.  ~Martha Graham

I send energy to my root chakra when my bare feet touch the earth. ~Rachel Rose Zoller, My Body Is a Rainbow: A Book about Our Chakras, 2016,

What we feel and think and are is to a great extent determined by the state of our ductless glands and viscera.  ~Aldous Huxley

Surely a man needs a closed place wherein he may strike root and, like the seed, become.  But also he needs the great Milky Way above him and the vast sea spaces, though neither stars nor ocean serve his daily needs.  ~Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Wisdom of the Sands, translated from French by Stuart Gilbert

But to fear is one thing. To let fear grab you by the tail and swing you around is another. ~Katherine Paterson, Jacob Have I Loved, 1980

And remember, no matter where you go, there you are.  ~Confucius

Svadhisthana, 2nd Chakra

To give vent now and then to his feelings, whether of pleasure or discontent, is a great ease to a man's heart.  ~Francesco Guicciardini

Trust only movement.  Life happens at the level of events, not of words.  Trust movement.  ~Alfred Adler

Let's not forget that the little emotions are the great captains of our lives and we obey them without realizing it.  ~Vincent Van Gogh, 1889

What is commonly called love, namely the desire of satisfying a voracious appetite with a certain quantity of delicate white human flesh.  ~Henry Fielding

Sex is emotion in motion.  ~Mae West

Love's mysteries in souls do grow,
But yet the body is his book.
~John Donne, "The Ecstasy"  (Note: modern spelling, not original spelling)

Emotion always has its roots in the unconscious and manifests itself in the body.  ~Irene Claremont de Castillejo

The tragedy is when you've got sex in the head instead of down where it belongs.  ~D.H. Lawrence

The truest expression of a people is in its dance and in its music.  Bodies never lie.  ~Agnes de Mille

Movement never lies.  It is a barometer telling the state of the soul's weather.  ~Martha Graham

Often the hands will solve a mystery that the intellect has struggled with in vain.  ~Carl G. Jung

Socrates learned to dance when he was seventy because he felt that an essential part of himself had been neglected.  ~Source Unknown

Movement is a medicine for creating change in a person's physical, emotional, and mental states.  ~Carol Welch

Never apologize for showing feeling.  When you do so, you apologize for the truth.  ~Benjamin Disraeli

Manipura, 3rd Chakra

No man is free who is not a master of himself.  ~Epictetus

They are the weakest, however strong, who have no faith in themselves or their own powers.  ~Christian Bovee

Our remedies oft in ourselves do lie,
Which we ascribe to heaven...
~William Shakespeare, All's Well That Ends Well, c.1602  [I, 1, Helena]

It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves. ~Edmund Hillary, as quoted in The Reader's Digest, 1993

Learning too soon our limitations, we never learn our powers.  ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1963

It is folly for a man to pray to the gods for that which he has the power to obtain by himself.  ~Epicurus

I am not afraid of storms for I am learning how to sail my ship.  ~Louisa May Alcott

Chiefly the mold of a man's fortune is in his own hands.  ~Francis Bacon

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.  ~Eleanor Roosevelt

It's not who you are that holds you back, it's who you think you're not.  ~Attributed to Hanoch McCarty

The way you overcome shyness is to become so wrapped up in something that you forget to be afraid.  ~Lady Bird Johnson

Whether you believe you can do a thing or not, you are right. ~Virgil, et al. See:

Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is of you.  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Put your future in good hands — your own. ~Mark Victor Hansen, Future Diary, 1980

The words "I am" are potent words; be careful what you hitch them to.  The thing you're claiming has a way of reaching back and claiming you.  ~A.L. Kitselman

Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage.  ~Anaïs Nin, Diary, 1969

You have to expect things of yourself before you can do them.  ~Michael Jordan

If you doubt yourself, then indeed you stand on shaky ground.  ~Henrik Ibsen

Lend yourself to others, but give yourself to yourself.  ~Michel de Montaigne

If I am not for myself, who will be?  ~Pirke Avoth

Self is the only prison that can ever bind the soul.  ~Henry Van Dyke, The Prison and the Angel

The greatest hazard of all, losing one's self, can occur very quietly in the world, as if it were nothing at all.  No other loss can occur so quietly; any other loss - an arm, a leg, five dollars, a wife, etc. - is sure to be noticed.  ~The Sickness Unto Death

We are sure to be losers when we quarrel with ourselves; it is civil war.  ~Charles Caleb Colton

A wise man never loses anything if he have himself.  ~Michel de Montaigne, translated

Up to a point a man's life is shaped by environment, heredity, and movements and changes in the world about him.  Then there comes a time when it lies within his grasp to shape the clay of his life into the sort of thing he wishes to be.  Only the weak blame parents, their race, their times, lack of good fortune, or the quirks of fate.  Everyone has it within his power to say, "This I am today; that I will be tomorrow."  ~Louis L'Amour

Not being able to govern events, I govern myself, and apply myself to them, if they will not apply themselves to me.  ~Michel de Montaigne, Essays, 1588

I am,
a king,
because I know how
to rule myself.
~Pietro Aretino, 10 May 1537

Don't compromise yourself.  You're all you've got.  ~Janis Joplin

The value of identity of course is that so often with it comes purpose.  ~Richard Grant

He who knows others is learned;
He who knows himself is wise.
~Lao-tzu, Tao te Ching

Every man is the architect of his own fortune.  ~Sallust

Most powerful is he who has himself in his own power.  ~Seneca

Every time you don't follow your inner guidance, you feel a loss of energy, loss of power, a sense of spiritual deadness.  ~Shakti Gawain

You must have control of the authorship of your own destiny.  The pen that writes your life story must be held in your own hand.  ~Irene C. Kassorla

Life is the sum of all your choices.  ~Albert Camus

Anahata, 4th Chakra

When your heart speaks, take good notes.  ~Judith Campbell

The body is a big sagacity, a plurality with one sense, a war and a peace, a flock and a shepherd.  ~Friedrich Nietzsche

The heart has its reasons that reason knows nothing of.  ~Blaise Pascal, Pensées, 1670

If you want others to be happy, practice compassion.  If you want to be happy, practice compassion.  ~Dalai Lama

If you haven't any charity in your heart, you have the worst kind of heart trouble.  ~Bob Hope

Kindness is the greatest wisdom.  ~Author Unknown

The first and highest law must be the love of man to man.  Homo homini Deus est - this is the supreme practical maxim, this is the turning point of the world's History.  ~Ludwig Feuerbach, The Essence of Christianity

The power of love to change bodies is legendary, built into folklore, common sense, and everyday experience.  Love moves the flesh, it pushes matter around.... Throughout history, "tender loving care" has uniformly been recognized as a valuable element in healing.  ~Larry Dossey

The hunger for love is much more difficult to remove than the hunger for bread.  ~Mother Teresa

Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind;
And therefore is wing'd Cupid painted blind
~William Shakespeare, Midsummer Night's Dream, c.1595  [I, 1, Helena]

Who, being loved, is poor? ~Oscar Wilde

A baby is born with a need to be loved - and never outgrows it.  ~Frank A. Clark

Love is, above all, the gift of oneself.  ~Jean Anouilh

A bell is no bell 'til you ring it,
A song is no song 'til you sing it,
And love in your heart
Wasn’t put there to stay -
Love isn’t love
'Til you give it away.
~Oscar Hammerstein, Sound of Music, "You Are Sixteen (Reprise)"
(Thanks, Krystel)

It is astonishing how little one feels alone when one loves.  ~John Bulwer

While duty measures the regard it owes
With scrupulous precision and nice justice,
Love never reasons, but profusely gives,
Gives, like a thoughtless prodigal, its all,
And trembles then, lest it has done too little.
~Hannah More

Love makes your soul crawl out from its hiding place.  ~Zora Neale Hurston

Love is the poetry of the senses.  ~Honoré de Balzac

A man is not where he lives, but where he loves.  ~Latin Proverb

What "love" is I don't know if it's not the response of our deepest natures to one another.  ~William Carlos Williams

Never look down on anybody unless you're helping him up.  ~Jesse Jackson

It's nice to be important, but it's more important to be nice.  ~Author Unknown

Kindness is a language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see. ~Variation of a saying that has been around since at least 1861, author of original saying is possibly Christian Nestell Bovee, see

Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for a kindness.  ~Seneca

There is one word which may serve as a rule of practice for all one's life — reciprocity.  ~Confucius

You can't live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you.  ~John Wooden

If those who owe us nothing gave us nothing, how poor we would be.  ~Antonio Porchia, Voces, 1943, translated from Spanish by W.S. Merwin

Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. ~Leo F. Buscaglia, "Making love felt," Born for Love: Reflections on Loving, 1992

A bit of fragrance always clings to the hand that gives roses.  ~Chinese Proverb

Beginning today, treat everyone you meet as if they were going to be dead by midnight.  Extend to them all the care, kindness and understanding you can muster, and do it with no thought of any reward.  Your life will never be the same again.  ~Og Mandino

I expect to pass through life but once.  If therefore, there be any kindness I can show, or any good thing I can do to any fellow being, let me do it now, and not defer or neglect it, as I shall not pass this way again.  ~William Penn

Vishudha, 5th Chakra

No one means all he says, and yet very few say all they mean, for words are slippery and thought is viscous.  ~Henry Brooks Adams, The Education of Henry Adams, 1907

To speak and to speak well are two things.  A fool may talk, but a wise man speaks.  ~Ben Jonson

The eloquent man is he who is no beautiful speaker, but who is inwardly and desperately drunk with a certain belief.  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

By swallowing evil words unsaid, no one has ever harmed his stomach.  ~Winston Churchill

The truest expression of a people is in its dance and in its music.  Bodies never lie.  ~Agnes de Mille

There is in a man an upwelling spring of life, energy, love, whatever you like to call it.  If a course is not cut for it, it turns the ground round it into a swamp.  ~Mark Rutherford (William Hale White), More Pages from a Journal, 1910

We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak.  ~Epictetus

Talking is like playing on the harp; there is as much in laying the hands on the strings to stop their vibration as in twanging them to bring out their music.  ~Oliver Wendell Holmes

The most important thing in communication is hearing what isn't being said.  ~Author Unknown

Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.  ~William Wordsworth

To me, the greatest pleasure of writing is not what it's about, but the inner music the words make.  ~Truman Capote, McCall's, November 1967

If I don't write to empty my mind, I go mad.  ~Lord Byron

Every creator painfully experiences the chasm between his inner vision and its ultimate expression.  The chasm is never completely bridged.  We all have the conviction, perhaps illusory, that we have much more to say than appears on the paper.  ~Isaac Bashevis Singer

Every word born of an inner necessity - writing must never be anything else.  ~Etty Hillesum, quoted in Ten Fun Things to Do Before You Die by Karol Jackowski

A writer's mind seems to be situated partly in the solar plexus and partly in the head.  ~Ethel Wilson

Words are but the vague shadows of the volumes we mean.  Little audible links, they are, chaining together great inaudible feelings and purposes.  ~Theodore Dreiser, 1900

Find out the reason that commands you to write; see whether it has spread its roots into the very depth of your heart; confess to yourself you would have to die if you were forbidden to write.  ~Rainer Maria Rilke

Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures.  ~Henry Ward Beecher

Art is the desire of a man to express himself, to record the reactions of his personality to the world he lives in.  ~Amy Lowell

I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn't say any other way - things I had no words for. ~Georgia O'Keeffe

Art is your personal diary where you may color your thoughts and emotions on a page. ~Sara, Los Cerros Middle School, 1999

If you tell the truth you don't have to remember anything. ~Mark Twain, 1894

The truth needs so little rehearsal. ~Barbara Kingsolver, Animal Dreams

Ajna, 6th Chakra

We have five senses in which we glory and which we recognize and celebrate, senses that constitute the sensible world for us.  But there are other senses - secret senses, sixth senses, if you will - equally vital, but unrecognized, and unlauded.  ~Oliver Sacks

It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see.  ~Henry David Thoreau

Trust yourself.  You know more than you think you do.  ~Benjamin Spock, Baby and Child Care, 1977

Intuition is a spiritual faculty and does not explain, but simply points the way.  ~Florence Scovel Shinn

Reasoning at every step he treads,
Man yet mistakes his way,
Whilst meaner things, whom instinct leads,
Are rarely known to stray.
~William Cowper

There is a wisdom of the head, and... a wisdom of the heart.  ~Charles Dickens

The thoughts that come often unsought, and, as it were, drop into the mind, are commonly the most valuable of any we have.  ~John Locke, 16 May 1699

Trust your own instinct.  Your mistakes might as well be your own, instead of someone else's.  ~Billy Wilder

Good instincts usually tell you what to do long before your head has figured it out.  ~Michael Burke

Instinct is intelligence incapable of self-consciousness.  ~John Sterling

Trust your hunches.  They're usually based on facts filed away just below the conscious level.  ~Joyce Brothers

Sahasrara, 7th Chakra

Our crown chakra connects us to all humans, plants, and creatures of the world. ~Rachel Rose Zoller, My Body Is a Rainbow: A Book about Our Chakras, 2016,

A purple light hovers round my head. ~William Hazlitt, 1822

Beyond my body my veins are invisible.  ~Antonio Porchia, Voces, 1943, translated from Spanish by W.S. Merwin

[B]e patient towards all that is unresolved in your heart and to try to love the questions themselves like locked rooms, like books written in a foreign tongue. Do not now strive to uncover answers: they cannot be given you because you have not been able to live them. And what matters is to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps then you will gradually, without noticing it, live your way into the answer... ~Rainer Maria Rilke, 1903 July 16th letter to Franz Xaver Kappus, from Worpswede, translated from German by Charlie Louth

It is only when we silent the blaring sounds of our daily existence that we can finally hear the whispers of truth that life reveals to us, as it stands knocking on the doorsteps of our hearts.  ~K.T. Jong

It is a puzzling thing.  The truth knocks on the door and you say, "Go away, I'm looking for the truth," and so it goes away.  Puzzling.  ~Robert M. Pirsig

God, why do I storm heaven for answers that are already in my heart?  Every grace I need has already been given me.  Oh, lead me to the Beyond within.  ~Macrina Wieherkehr

There are joys which long to be ours.  God sends ten thousands truths, which come about us like birds seeking inlet; but we are shut up to them, and so they bring us nothing, but sit and sing awhile upon the roof, and then fly away.  ~Henry Ward Beecher

Never be afraid to sit awhile and think.  ~Lorraine Hansberry, A Raisin in the Sun

Not all those who wander are lost.  ~J.R.R. Tolkien

We can be Knowledgeable with other men's knowledge, but we cannot be wise with other men's wisdom.  ~Michel de Montaigne

Wisdom begins at the end.  ~Daniel Webster

Patience is the companion of wisdom.  ~St. Augustine

Learning sleeps and snores in libraries, but wisdom is everywhere, wide awake, on tiptoe.  ~Josh Billings

There is no god higher than truth.  ~Mahatma Gandhi

Before enlightenment - chop wood, carry water.  After enlightenment - chop wood, carry water.  ~Zen Buddhist Proverb


My body is a rainbow. I am filled with colors, light and love! ~Rachel Rose Zoller, My Body Is a Rainbow: A Book about Our Chakras, 2016,

Our bodies are our gardens, to the which our wills are gardeners... ~William Shakespeare, Othello, c.1604  [I, 3, Iago]

What fools, indeed, we mortals are
To lavish care upon a Car
With ne'er a bit of time to see
About our own machinery!
~John Kendrick Bangs

Good for the body is the work of the body, good for the soul the work of the soul, and good for either the work of the other.  ~Henry David Thoreau

The... patient should be made to understand that he or she must take charge of his own life.  Don't take your body to the doctor as if he were a repair shop.  ~Quentin Regestein

Health is a large word.  It embraces not the body only, but the mind and spirit as well;... and not today's pain or pleasure alone, but the whole being and outlook of a man.  ~James H. West

Yet this is health:  To have a body functioning so perfectly that when its few simple needs are met it never calls attention to its own existence.  ~Bertha Stuart Dyment

Enough is as good as a feast.  ~English Proverb

Be moderate in order to taste the joys of life in abundance.  ~Epicurus

To go beyond is as wrong as to fall short.  ~Confucius, Analects

The human body is a machine which winds its own springs.  ~Julien Offroy de la Mettrie, L'Homme Machine

Man is an intelligence in servitude to his organs.  ~Aldous Huxley

If the mind, that rules the body, ever so far forgets itself as to trample on its slave, the slave is never generous enough to forgive the injury, but will rise and smite the oppressor.  ~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Dr. Zachary T. Bercovitz told me: “Some people are actually draining into their bodies the diseased thoughts of their minds.” Asked to specify these diseased thoughts, he replied, “Oh, the usual — fear, guilt, worry, frustration, tension, resentment, gloominess, despondency. In fact, if fear and resentment were eliminated from people's minds I believe our hospital population would be reduced by maybe fifty per cent. Certainly by a lot anyway.” ~Norman Vincent Peale

The best and most efficient pharmacy is within your own system.  ~Robert C. Peale

The greatest wealth is health.  ~Virgil

The best six doctors anywhere
And no one can deny it
Are sunshine, water, rest, and air
Exercise and diet.
These six will gladly you attend
If only you are willing
Your mind they'll ease
Your will they'll mend
And charge you not a shilling.
~Nursery rhyme quoted by Wayne Fields, What the River Knows, 1990

A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor's book.  ~Irish Proverb

Water, air, and cleanliness are the chief articles in my pharmacopoeia.  ~Napoleon

I think you might dispense with half your doctors, if you would only consult Doctor Sun more, and be more under the treatment of these great hydropathic doctors, the clouds! ~Henry Ward Beecher, Royal Truths

Know then, whatever cheerful and serene
Supports the mind supports the body too...
~John Armstrong, M.D., The Art of Preserving Health, 1744

Life is not merely to be alive, but to be well.  ~Marcus Valerius Martial

He who has health, has hope; and he who has hope, has everything.  ~Arabian Proverb

Joy and Temperance and Repose
Slam the door on the doctor's nose.
~Friedrich von Logau (1604–1655), "The Best Medicines," translated by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, 1846

We live longer than our forefathers; but we suffer more from a thousand artificial anxieties and cares.  They fatigued only the muscles, we exhaust the finer strength of the nerves.  ~Edward George Bulwer-Lytton

No one can get inner peace by pouncing on it.  ~Harry Emerson Fosdick

A crust eaten in peace is better than a banquet partaken in anxiety.  ~Aesop, Fables

Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.  ~Lao Tzu

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