Tag Archive: Inspirational Quotes


“I want to touch people with my art. I want them to say ‘he feels deeply, he feels tenderly. ”

~ Vincent Van Gogh

 

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“Whatever you resist you become. If you resist anger, you are always angry. If you resist sadness, you are always sad. If you resist suffering, you are always suffering. If you resist confusion,you are always confused. We think that we resist certain states because they are there, but actually they are there because we resist them.”
— Adyashanti

wtaercolor painting  by azhykma

wtaercolor painting by azhykma

Art of Tea

“The ‘art of tea’ is a spiritual force for us to share.”

~ Alexandra Stoddard

watercolor on paper - teapot

watercolor on paper – teapot

“If you want to awaken all of humanity,
then awaken all of yourself,
if you want to eliminate the suffering in the world,
then eliminate all that is negative in yourself.
Truly, the greatest gift you have to give is that
of your own self-transformation.”

— Lao Tzu

watercolor on paper - selfportrait

watercolor on paper – selfportrait

This love is the rose that blooms forever.
~Rumi

watercolor on paper - selfportrait - love

watercolor on paper – selfportrait – love

“Through my love for you,
I want to express my love for the whole cosmos,
the whole of humanity, and all beings.
By living with you,
I want to learn to love everyone and all species.
If I succeed in loving you,
I will be able to love everyone and
all species on Earth… This is the real message of love.”

~ Thích Nhất Hạnh, Teachings on Love

watercolor-selfportrait-the real message of love

watercolor-selfportrait-the real message of love

“Your vision will become clear only
when you can look into your own heart.
Who looks outside, dreams;
who looks inside, awakes.”
~ Carl Jung

watercolor on paper - selfportrait

watercolor on paper – selfportrait

“True art awakens the
Extraordinary
Ovation”

~ Hafez

watercolor on paper - selfportrait

watercolor on paper – selfportrait

“Because you are alive, everything is possible.”
― Thích Nhất Hạnh

watercolor on paper-selfportrait-everything is possible

watercolor on paper-selfportrait-everything is possible

Whatever happens in your life,
no matter how troubling things might seem,
do not enter the neighbourhood of despair.
Even when all doors remain closed,
God will open up a new path only for you.
Be thankful!
It is easy to be thankful when all is well.
A Sufi is thankful not only for
what he has been given
but also for all that he has been denied.

~ Shams of Tabrizi

Whatever happens in your life

Whatever happens in your life

Your body is away from me
But there is a window open
from my heart to yours.
From this window, like the moon
I keep sending news secretly.
~Rumi

watercolor on paper-selfportrait

watercolor on paper-selfportrait

Let yourself be drawn
by the stronger pull of
what you truly love.

~Rumi

watercolor on paper-portrait-what you truly love

watercolor on paper-portrait-what you truly love

Don’t grieve.
Anything you lose
comes round in another form..

~Rumi

watercolor on paper-selfportrait-don’t grieve

watercolor on paper-selfportrait-don’t grieve

When you seek Love
with all your Heart,
you shall find its echoes in the universe.
~Rumi

watercolor on paper-selfportrait-seeking love

watercolor on paper-selfportrait-seeking love

Be empty of worrying…
Why do you stay in prison
when the door is so wide open?
Move outside the tangle of fear-thinking.
~Rumi

watercolor on paper-portrait-empty

watercolor on paper-portrait-empty

I am nowhere again

When it’s cold and raining,
you are more beautiful.
And the snow brings me
even closer to your lips.
The inner secret, that which was never born,
you are that freshness, and I am with you now.
I can’t explain the goings,
or the comings. You enter suddenly,
and I am nowhere again.
Inside the majesty.
~Rumi

watercolor on paper-portrait-I am nowhere again

watercolor on paper-portrait-I am nowhere again

A lover asked his beloved,

Do you love yourself more than you love me?

Beloved replied, I have died to myself and I live for you.

I’ve disappeared from myself and my attributes,

I am present only for you.

I’ve forgotten all my learnings,

but from knowing you I’ve become a scholar.

I’ve lost all my strength, but from your power I am able.

I love myself…I love you.

I love you…I love myself.

watercolor on paper-portrait-bloom

watercolor on paper-portrait-bloom

This love is the rose that blooms forever.
~Rumi

watercolor on paper-portrait-bloom

watercolor on paper-portrait-bloom

“Open your arms to change but don’t let go of your values.”

~ Dalai Lama

Watercolor on paper-Radik Tyulyush-Tuvan Throat Singer

Watercolor on paper-Radik Tyulyush-Tuvan Throat Singer

“Everyday we are engaged in a miracle we don’t even recognize.”

~ Thich Nhat Hanh

Watercolor on paper-Alexey Saryglar

Watercolor on paper-Alexey Saryglar

“Many of the faults
you see in others,
dear reader,
are your own nature
reflected in them. ”

~ Rumi

watercolor - annecy - france - many of the faults you see in others

watercolor – annecy – france – many of the faults you see in others

“Just as a candle cannot burn without fire, men cannot live without a spiritual life.”

~ Buddha

watercolor – water lily – spiritual life

watercolor – water lily – spiritual life

“Your vision will become clear only
when you can look into your own heart.
Who looks outside, dreams;
who looks inside, awakes.”

~ Carl Jung

watercolor - selfportrait - look inside

watercolor – selfportrait – look inside

“If you don’t create change, change will create you.”

~ unknown

watercolor - annecy - create change

watercolor – annecy – create change

“Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.”
― Dalai Lama

watercolor - annecy - happiness

watercolor – annecy – happiness

“The way to know life is to love many things.”

~Vincent van Gogh

watercolor – annecy – france – the way to know life

watercolor – annecy – france – the way to know life

“Wherever you go, go with all your heart.”

― Confucius

watercolor - annecy - france - wherever you go

watercolor – annecy – france – wherever you go

“There is no blue without yellow and without orange.”

~ Vincent Van Gogh

watercolor - annecy - france - there is no blue without

watercolor – annecy – france – there is no blue without

“We spend our whole lives in unconscious exercise of the art of expressing our thoughts with the help of words.”

~ Vincent Van Gogh

watercolor on paper - selfportrait

watercolor on paper – selfportrait

“You are already what you want to become. Why search anymore? You are a wonderful manifestation. The whole universe has come together to make your existence possible. There is nothing that is not you. The kingdom of Heaven, the Pure Land, Nirvana, happiness, and liberation are all you right now.”
~ Thich Nhat Hanh

watercolor on paper - annecy - france -  happiness

watercolor on paper – annecy – france – happiness

“The seed of suffering in you may be strong,
but don’t wait until you have no more suffering
before allowing yourself to be happy.”

― Thích Nhất Hạnh

watercolor on paper – annecy – france – the seed of suffering

watercolor on paper – annecy – france – the seed of suffering

“Do not let the behaviour of others destroy your inner peace.”

~ Dalai Lama

watercolor on paper – annecy – france – inner peace

watercolor on paper – annecy – france – inner peace

“A man should hear a little music, read a little poetry, and see a fine picture every day of his life, in order that worldly cares may not obliterate the sense of the beautiful which God has implanted in the human soul.”

~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

watercolor on  paper - annecy - france

watercolor on paper – annecy – france

“God turns you from one feeling to another
and teaches by means of opposites
so that you will have two wings to fly, not one”

― Rumi

watercolor on paper a annecy - france - passage

watercolor on paper a annecy – france – passage

“When we are mindful, deeply in touch with the present moment, our understanding of what is going on deepens, and we begin to be filled with acceptance, joy, peace and love.”

~ Thích Nhất Hạnh

watercolor - annecy - france -  joy, peace and love

watercolor – annecy – france – joy, peace and love

“Forgiveness is the fragrance the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it.”

~ Mark Twain

watercolor-anncey-france-detail

watercolor-anncey-france-detail

“Science is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life.”

~ Immanuel Kant

watercolor-anncey-france-wisdom is organized life

watercolor-anncey-france-wisdom is organized life

“Dare to be free, dare to go as far as your thought leads, and dare to carry that out in your life… Be not Afraid of anything. You will do Marvelous work. It is Fearlessness that brings Heaven even in a moment… The greatest religion is to be true to your own nature. Have faith in yourselves.”

~ Swami Vivekananda

watercolor-anncey-dare to be free

watercolor-anncey-dare to be free

“The greatest sin is to think yourself weak”

~ Swami Vivekananda

watercolor on paper-annecy-the greatest sin

watercolor on paper-annecy-the greatest sin

“As you start to walk out on the way, the way appears.”

~ Rumi

selfie-the way

selfie-the way

There is a morning inside you waiting to burst open into Light.

~Rumi

raindrops

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All quotes taken from the letters of Van Gogh

“As we advance in life
it becomes more and more difficult,
but in fighting the difficulties
the inmost strength of the heart is developed.”

~ Vincent Van Gogh

Watercolor-Selfportrait-Difficulties

Watercolor-Selfportrait-Difficulties

“Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.”

Aristotle

watercolor-humeur

watercolor-humeur

“Your task is not to seek for love,
but merely to seek
and find all the barriers
within yourself
that you have built against it.”

RUMİ

Watercolor-Annecy-France

Watercolor-Annecy-France

You amuse me with your touch
although I can’t see your hands.
You have kissed me with tenderness
although I haven’t seen your lips
You are hidden from me.
But it is you who keeps me alive
Perhaps the time will come
when you will tire of kisses
I shall be happy
even for insults from you
I only ask that you
keep some attention on me.
Rumi

watercolor-kiss

watercolor-kiss

“Where the spirit does not work with the hand, there is no art. ”
Leonardo da Vinci

watercolor-	autumn

watercolor- autumn

This love is the rose that blooms forever.

~Rumi

watercolor-rose blooms

watercolor-rose blooms

“If no one recognizes you, I do
because you are my Life and Soul.”
~Rumi

watercolor-soul

watercolor-soul

Look into me…

Look into me, for I am the light in your eyes.

~ Rumi

Watercolor-light

Watercolor-light

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