Monday, September 7, 2009

Quotes from The Witch of Portobello

I marked off a bunch when I was reading it, and not sure where else to put them. So here you go.

Pity those who seek for shepherds, instead of longing for freedom! An encounter with the superior energy is open to anyone but remains far from those who shift responsibility onto others. Our time on this earth is sacred, and we should celebrate every moment. (11)

What is a teacher? I'll tell you: it isn't someone who teaches something, but someone who inspires the student to give of her best in order to discover what she already knows. (78)

Let go of the idea that the path will lead you to your goal. The truth is that with each step we take, we arrive. (131)

Believe...[...] simply believe that you can.

Reprogram yourself every minute of each day with thoughts that make you grow. When you're feeling irritated or confused, try to laugh at yourself. Laugh out loud at this woman tormented by doubts and anxieties, convinced that her problems are the most important thing in the world. (150)

You are who you believe yourself to be. (152)

The true teacher gives the disciple the courage to throw his or her world off balance, even though the disciple is afraid of things already encountered, and more afraid still of what might be around the next corner. (213)


laura b. said...

Looks like a very inspiring read. I will have to check it out.

Ananda girl said...

That is interesting. Lots of brain food.

Churlita said...

That is a lot to think about. Most of those are things we already know, but keep forgetting when we have a bad day or week or month...