By Eric Metcalf, for GalTime.com
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Inspirational words can serve as a guidepost to point you back in the right direction when the world has thrown obstacles all around you. They can be the instruction book that reminds you where to find your hope after you’ve lost it. And they can give you a new set of glasses to help you find the things in life that are truly important.
Here are a few passages that deep thinkers and enlightened wordsmiths have shared over the centuries that have the power to soothe your soul.
don't judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds that you plant.
Robert Louis Stevenson, author, Treasure Island
thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. happiness never decreases by being shared.
Attributed to Buddha, spiritual teacher.
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sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.
Thich Nhat Hanh, monk and author
happiness is the settling of the soul into its most appropriate spot.
laughter is wine for the soul - laughter soft, or loud and deep, tinged through with seriousness - the hilarious declaration made by man that life is worth living.
Seán O'Casey, playwright
let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.
Marcel Proust, author, Remembrance of Things Past
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i'm choosing happiness over suffering, i know i am. i'm making space for the unknown future to fill up my life with yet-to-come surprises.
happiness is a perfume you cannot pour on others without getting some on yourself.
Ralph Waldo Emerson, writer
the more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.