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Make time for holiday reflections with inspirational quotes

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Use the wisdom in savvy quotes to cast a light on the past, present, and future. Much like Dickens’ spirits of Christmas past, present, and future, wise quotes bring insights to influence perspectives, attitudes, and actions. Quotes, evocative reflections of self and others, are timeless gifts of wisdom in the chaotic holiday season, for as Caroline Kennedy insightfully stated, “Sharing the holiday with other people, and feeling that you’re giving of yourself, gets you past all the commercialism.”

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Quiet reflection inspires meaning

Moments of reflection, quiet and deep, are pivotal. Insightful thinking foundations sincere appreciation for life’s real meaning and lights the path behind, the present, and the road ahead. In the holiday’s chaotic turmoil, step aside and into quiet reflection, for as Stephen Hawking indicated, “Quiet people have the loudest minds.” Reflection helps to build thinking and creativity’s connections, especially in the hectic holiday season, for as John Lennon indicated, “Creativity is a gift. It doesn’t come through if the air is cluttered.”

Share deep insights

Are you making a toast for the holidays? Use the acuity of an outstanding quote from a great musician, an eloquent poet, or an accomplished individual to add depth to your toasting wisdom. Encourage with John Lennon’s words, “Count your life by smiles” and his recognition that “We all shine on.”

Additional quotes for toasts, especially suitable for wedding or family moments, can be found at “Thirty Touchstone Quotes for Wedding Vows and Speeches.”

Deepen connections

Encourage the power of talent of connections with Picasso’s thought that “The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.” Strengths of productive creativity and talent are immeasurable, for as Toni Morrison indicated, “We die. That may be the meaning of life. But we do language. That may be the measure of our lives.”

Increase meaning

Reflection undergirds the power of meaningful giving. It opens doorways to understanding that we are all connected. Our lives affect others, for as J.K. Rowling observed, “We touch other people’s lives simply by existing.”

Taking time to reflect builds appreciations for life’s influential strengths of loving, giving, and caring, for as Rumi stated, “Your acts of kindness are iridescent wings." Actions reflect our thoughtful priorities and important choices. Nelson Mandela recognized the pivotal nature of reflection, insight, and choice when he wished, “May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears.”

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1. “We are our choices.” Sartre

2. “Time is the most valuable coin in your life. You and you alone will determine how that coin will be spent. Be careful that you do not let other people spend it for you.” Carl Sandburg

3. “Courage is found in unlikely places.” J.R.R. Tolkien

4. “If you truly love Nature, you will find beauty everywhere.” Van Gogh

5. “Every saint has a past, and every sinner has a future.” Oscar Wilde

6. “Not all those who wander are lost.” J.R.R. Tolkien

7. “Let yourself be drawn by the strange pull of what you love.” Rumi

8. “Those who contemplate the beauty of earth find resources of strength that will endure as long as life lasts.” Rachel Carson

9. “If you can change your mind, you can change your life.” William James

10. “He who knows all the answers has not asked all the questions.” Confucius

11. “Pursue the things you love doing.” Maya Angelou

12. “Do small things with great love.” Mother Teresa

13. “Home is where one starts from.” T.S. Eliot

14. “We love because it’s the only true adventure.” Nikki Giovanni

15. “Live, travel, adventure, bless, and don’t be sorry.” Jack Kerouac

16. “Don’t be pushed by your problems. Be led by your dreams.” Emerson

17. “Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working.” Pablo Picasso

18. “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” Eleanor Roosevelt

19. “And in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make.” The Beatles

20. “The mountains are calling, and I must go.” John Muir

Rippling rewards

Take time during the holidays to allow the simple eloquence of well-phrased wisdom to ripple across your thoughts and feelings. Take time to share your take on shared and personal wisdom. When quotes and ideas reach out and connect, meaningful bonds are reinforced. Share from within yourself, and your appreciation and gratitude bloom to grace the coming year with beauty.

And in reflection, nurture awe and wonder, to draw on poet Mary Oliver’s resonant reflection, “Keep some room in your heart for the unimaginable.” Each holiday is a milestone, but as writer Lloyd Alexander indicated, “The journey is the treasure.”

Slideshow of inspiring quotes

Let words and images combine for richer inspiration. Explore the slideshow accompanying this article for insightful quotes with thought-provoking perspectives designed to inspire fresh thinking and deep reflection. As William Wordsworth indicated, “Come forth into the light of things” through reflection’s reach during your busy holiday season.

Find the take in this article to be helpful? National and International Travel as well as National and Global Education materials come from a husband and wife creative team, who travel extensively as photonaturalists and writers. One is an experienced scientist with a doctorate in Material Sciences and background in optics research. The other is former Vice President of GKE (Global Knowledge Exchange), who served as a US Web-based Education Commissioner during the Clinton administration, and was a former US National Tech&Learning Teacher of the Year.

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