A collection of thoughts and words on: staying with the not knowing, dancing in the moment, having a beginner’s mind and on kindness…

23 Mar 2020

Over the last few days, amid such unprecedented and sudden change, I have found comfort and inspiration in the wise words of a random selection of people.

I hope the quotes below are all genuine. If they are not, I apologise for the misattribution but in the end, I don’t think it matters if the messages resonate with you.

I thought I would share them with you in the hope that they may be helpful to you, and guide and embolden you in the coming days.

Take care and stay safe.



“Peril, loneliness, an uncertain future, are not oppressive evils, so long as the frame is healthy and the faculties are employed; so long, especially, as Liberty lends us her wings, and Hope guides us by her star.”

Charlotte Bronte


“Not being able to govern events, I govern myself.”

Michel de Montaigne


“May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears”.

Nelson Mandela


“Never let the future disturb you. You will meet it, if you have to, with the same weapons of reason which today arm you against the present.”

Marcus Aurelius


“True genius resides in the capacity for evaluation of uncertain, hazardous, and conflicting information.”

Winston Churchill


“You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson


“There can be no greater gift than that of giving one’s time and energy to help others without expecting anything in return.”

Nelson Mandela


“How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because someday in your life you will have been all of these.”

George Washington Carver


“Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.”

Dalai Lama


“Can I see another's woe, and not be in sorrow too? Can I see another's grief, and not seek for kind relief?”

William Blake


“A person must shrug off lies, embrace the unknown and unknowable, and control personal terror in order to do to discover the right path for leading a worthy life. Dare to be an original. Make your life a vivid example for other people how to live splendidly.”
 Kilroy J. Oldster


The Six Mistakes of Man

  • The illusion that personal gain is made up of crushing others
  • The tendency to worry about things that cannot be changed or corrected
  • Insisting that a thing is impossible because we cannot accomplish it
  • Refusing to set aside trivial preferences
  • Neglecting development and refinement of the mind, and not acquiring the habit of reading and study
  • Attempting to compel others to believe and live as we do