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Quotations for
the Seven Chakras

Muladhara, 1st Chakra

A trembling in the bones carries often a more convincing testimony than the dry documented deductions of the brain. ~Llewelyn Powys, 1930

I think that we may safely trust a good deal more than we do. ~Henry David Thoreau

Our own physical body possesses a wisdom which we who inhabit the body lack. ~Henry Miller

Every man is the builder of a temple, called his body, to the god he worships, after a style purely his own, nor can he get off by hammering marble instead. We are all sculptors and painters, and our material is our own flesh and blood and bones. ~Henry David Thoreau

I send energy to my root chakra when my bare feet touch the earth. ~Rachel Rose Zoller, My Body Is a Rainbow: A Book about Our Chakras, 2016,

For what we think and feel and are is to a great extent determined by the state of our ductless glands and our viscera. ~Aldous Huxley

Surely a man needs a closed place wherein he may strike root and, like the seed, become. But also he needs the great Milky Way above him and the vast sea spaces, though neither stars nor ocean serve his daily needs. ~Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Wisdom of the Sands, translated from French by Stuart Gilbert

But to fear is one thing. To let fear grab you by the tail and swing you around is another. ~Katherine Paterson, Jacob Have I Loved, 1980

Svadhisthana, 2nd Chakra

To give vent now and then to his feelings, whether of pleasure or discontent, is a great ease to a man's heart. ~Francesco Guicciardini, translated from the Italian by Ninian Hill Thomson

Trust only movement. Life happens at the level of events, not of words. Trust movement. ~Alfred Adler

Old man — don't let's forget that the little emotions are the great captains of our lives, and that we obey them without knowing it. ~Vincent Van Gogh, 1889

Our soules, (which to advance their state,
      Were gone out,) hung 'twixt her, and mee....
When love, with one another so
      Interinanimates two soules....
Loves mysteries in soules doe grow,
      But yet the body is his booke....
~John Donne, "The Extasie"

The tragedy is, when you've got sex in your head, instead of down where it belongs, and when you have to go on copulating with your ears and your nose. ~D. H. Lawrence

The truest expression of a people is in its dances and in its music. Bodies never lie. ~Agnes de Mille, 1975

Socrates learned to dance when he was seventy, because he felt that an essential part of himself had been neglected. ~Sydney J. Harris

Never apologize for showing feeling, my friend. Remember that when you do so, you apologize for truth. ~Benjamin Disraeli

Manipura, 3rd Chakra

No man is free who is not master of himself. ~Epictetus, translated by George Long

In the assurance of strength, there is strength, and they are the weakest, however strong, who have no faith in themselves or their powers. ~C. Nestell Bovee

Our remedies oft in ourselves do lie,
Which we ascribe to heaven...
~William Shakespeare, All's Well That Ends Well, c.1602  [I, 1, Helena]

It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves. ~Edmund Hillary, as quoted in The Reader's Digest, 1993

Learning too soon our limitations, we never learn our powers. ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1963

It is folly for a man to pray to the gods for that which he has the power to obtain by himself. ~Epicurus, translated by Russel M. Geer

Lovely weather so far; I don't know how long it will last, but I'm not afraid of storms, for I'm learning how to sail my ship. ~Louisa May Alcott, Little Women, 1869

It cannot be denied, but outward accidents conduce much to fortune; favour, opportunity, death of others, occasion fitting virtue: but chiefly, the mould of a man's fortune is in his own hands: “Faber quisque fortunæ suæ,” saith the poet... ~Francis Bacon

Whether you believe you can do a thing or not, you are right. ~Virgil, et al.  See:

Put your future in good hands — your own. ~Mark Victor Hansen, Future Diary, 1980

The words 'I am' are potent words; be careful what you hitch them to. The thing you're claiming has a way of reaching back and claiming you! ~A. L. Kitselman, E-Therapy, 1950

Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage. ~Anaïs Nin

If you doubt yourself, then you stand on shaky ground indeed. ~Henrik Ibsen, John Gabriel Borkman, 1896

Lend yourself to others, but give yourself to yourself. ~Michel de Montaigne

Self is the only prison that can ever bind the soul... ~Henry Van Dyke

The greatest hazard of all, losing the self, can occur very quietly in the world, as if it were nothing at all. No other loss can occur so quietly; any other loss — an arm, a leg, five dollars, a wife, etc. — is sure to be noticed. ~Søren Kierkegaard, The Sickness Unto Death, 1849, translated by Howard V. Hong and Edna H. Hong, 1980

We are sure to be losers when we quarrel with ourselves; it is a civil war, and in all such contentions, triumphs are defeats. ~C. C. Colton

...and certainly, a wise man never loses any thing, if he have himself. ~Michel de Montaigne, translated by Charles Cotton

Up to a point a man's life is shaped by environment, heredity, and movements and changes in the world about him; then there comes a time when it lies within his grasp to shape the clay of his life into the sort of thing he wishes to be. Only the weak blame parents, their race, their times, lack of good fortune, or the quirks of fate. Everyone has it within his power to say, this I am today, that I shall be tomorrow. The wish, however, must be implemented by deeds. ~Louis L'Amour, The Walking Drum, 1984

Not being able to govern events, I govern myself, and apply myself to them, if they will not apply themselves to me. ~Michel de Montaigne (1533–1592)

I am,
a king,
because I know how
to rule myself.
~Pietro Aretino, 1537

Anahata, 4th Chakra

The body is a big sagacity, a plurality with one sense, a war and a peace, a flock and a shepherd. ~Friedrich Nietzsche, as quoted in What Nietzsche Taught, by Willard Huntington Wright, 1915

The heart has its reasons that reason knows nothing of. ~Blaise Pascal

Open the window in the center of your chest, and let the spirits fly in and out. ~Rumi, as interpreted by Coleman Barks

Kindness is the greatest wisdom. ~Author unknown

If human nature is the highest nature to man, then practically also the highest and first law must be the love of man to man. Homo homini Deus est:— this is the great practical principle:— this is the axis on which revolves the history of the world. ~Ludwig Feuerbach, The Essence of Christianity, 1843, translated from the German by Marian Evans, 1855

Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind;
And therefore is wing'd Cupid painted blind
~William Shakespeare, Midsummer Night's Dream, c.1595  [I, 1, Helena]

Who, being loved, is poor? ~Oscar Wilde

While duty measures the regard it owes
With scrupulous precision and nice justice,
Love never reasons, but profusely gives,
Gives, like a thoughtless prodigal, its all,
And trembles then, lest it has done too little.
~Hannah More

Love is the poetry of the senses. ~Honoré de Balzac

We picture love as heart-shaped because we do not know the shape of the soul. ~Robert Brault,

A man is not where he lives but where he loves. ~Latin proverb

Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for a kindness. ~Seneca

There is one word which may serve as a rule of practice for all one's life — reciprocity. ~Confucius

You cannot live a perfect day
without doing something for someone
Who will never be able to repay you.
~John Wooden, as told to Jack Tobin, They Call Me Coach, 1972

If those who owe us nothing gave us nothing, how poor we would be.~Antonio Porchia (1886–1968), Voces, 1943–1966, translated from the Spanish by W.S. Merwin (1927–2019), c.1968

Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. ~Leo F. Buscaglia, "Making love felt," Born for Love: Reflections on Loving, 1992

A bit of fragrance always clings to the hand that gives roses. ~Author unknown

Vishudha, 5th Chakra

No one means all he says, and yet very few say all they mean, for words are slippery and thought is viscous... ~Henry Adams, "The Grammar of Science (1903)," The Education of Henry Adams: An Autobiography, 1918 speak, and to speak well, are two things. A Fool may talk, but a Wise Man speaks... ~Ben Jonson

The eloquent man is he who is no beautiful speaker, but who is inwardly & desperately drunk with a certain belief; it agitates & tears him, & almost bereaves him of the power of articulation. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

There is in man an upwelling spring of life, energy, love, whatever you like to call it. If a course is not cut for it, it turns the ground round it into a swamp. ~Mark Rutherford (William Hale White)

...fill your paper with the breathings of your heart... ~William Wordsworth

...if I don't write to empty my mind, I go mad. ~Lord Byron, 1821

How true it is that words are but the vague shadows of the volumes we mean. Little audible links, they are, chaining together great inaudible feelings and purposes. ~Theodore Dreiser, Sister Carrie, 1900

And so, every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures. ~Henry Ward Beecher

Art, true art, is the desire of a man to express himself, to record the reactions of his personality to the world he lives in. Great emotion always tends to become rhythmic, and out of that tendency the forms of art have been evolved. Art becomes artificial only when the forms take precedence over the emotion. ~Amy Lowell, "Edwin Arlington Robinson," 1917

I found that I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn't say in any other way — things I had no words for. ~Georgia O'Keeffe

Art is your personal diary where you may color your thoughts and emotions on a page. A person can see what you are feeling when you do art. ~Sara, 6th grade, Los Cerros Middle School, Danville, California, posted by teacher Bunki Kramer to Getty ArtsEdNet, 1999

If you tell the truth you don't have to remember anything. ~Mark Twain, 1894

The truth needs so little rehearsal. ~Barbara Kingsolver, Animal Dreams, 1990

Ajna, 6th Chakra

Yes, keep the eye of the soul open, and you have an asset greater than a great library, for this old world is yours. ~Charles F. Raymond, "The Call to the Young," Just Be Glad, 1907

We have five senses in which we glory and which we recognise and celebrate, senses that constitute the sensible world for us. But there are other senses — secret senses, sixth senses, if you will — equally vital, but unrecognised, and unlauded. ~Oliver Sacks, "On the Level," 1985

The question is not what you look at, but what you see. ~Henry David Thoreau

Trust Yourself... You know more than you think you do. ~Benjamin Spock, M.D., The Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care, 1946

Intuition is a spiritual faculty and does not explain, but simply points the way. ~Florence Scovel Shinn, "Intuition or Guidance," The Game of Life and How to Play It, 1925

Reasoning at every step he treads,
      Man yet mistakes his way,
While meaner things, whom instinct leads,
      Are rarely known to stray...
~William Cowper, "The Doves"

"Some persons hold," he pursued, still hesitating, "that there is a wisdom of the Head, and that there is a wisdom of the Heart..." ~Charles Dickens, Hard Times, 1854

The thoughts that come often unsought, and, as it were, drop into the mind, are commonly the most valuable of any we have, and therefore should be secured, because they seldom return again. ~John Locke

Sahasrara, 7th Chakra

Our crown chakra connects us to all humans, plants, and creatures of the world. ~Rachel Rose Zoller, My Body Is a Rainbow: A Book about Our Chakras, 2016,

A purple light hovers round my head. ~William Hazlitt, 1822

Beyond my body my veins are invisible. ~Antonio Porchia (1886–1968), Voces, 1943–1966, translated from the Spanish by W.S. Merwin (1927–2019), Voices, 1988

      All a man's brains are not contained in his hat. All a man's power of judgment and decision is not in his skull. There are brains distributed all over his body — far more brain, in bulk, than can be found in his head. Not only this, but every cell of his body has a brain of its own. The body is all brain... About you is an aura which contains still finer brains and nerves than any in your head or body. And outside your aura are the still finer brains and nerves commonly called "God," which are yours for the asking. Or, rather, they are yours for the trusting.
      Through these highest and finest brains and nerves you are connected with every other human being... And over all is the Universal Mind in which we live and move and by which we exist... ~Elizabeth Jones Towne, Practical Methods for Self Development, 1904 patient towards all that is unresolved in your heart and to try to love the questions themselves like locked rooms, like books written in a foreign tongue. Do not now strive to uncover answers: they cannot be given you because you have not been able to live them. And what matters is to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps then you will gradually, without noticing it, live your way into the answer... ~Rainer Maria Rilke, 1903 July 16th letter to Franz Xaver Kappus, from Worpswede, translated from German by Charlie Louth

It was a puzzling thing. The truth knocks on the door and you say, “Go away, I'm looking for the truth,” and so it goes away. Puzzling. ~Robert M. Pirsig, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, 1974

There are joys which long to be ours. God sends ten thousand truths, which come about us like birds seeking inlet; but we are shut up to them, and so they bring us nothing, but sit and sing a while upon the roof and then fly away. ~Henry Ward Beecher

Never be afraid to sit awhile and think. ~Lorraine Hansberry, A Raisin in the Sun

All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.
~J. R. R. Tolkien

We can be knowledgeable with other men's knowledge, but we cannot be wise with other men's wisdom. ~Michel de Montaigne (1533–1592)

Before enlightenment — chop wood, carry water. After enlightenment — chop wood, carry water. ~Zen Buddhist proverb


My body is a rainbow. I am filled with colors, light and love! ~Rachel Rose Zoller, My Body Is a Rainbow: A Book about Our Chakras, 2016,

Our bodies are our gardens, to the which our wills are gardeners... ~William Shakespeare, Othello, c.1604  [I, 3, Iago]

What fools, indeed, we mortals are
To lavish care upon a Car
With ne'er a bit of time to see
About our own machinery!
~John Kendrick Bangs

Good for the body is the work of the body, and good for the soul, the work of the soul, and good for either, the work of the other. ~Henry David Thoreau

The... patient should be made to understand that he or she must take charge of his own life. Don't take your body to the doctor as if he were a repair shop. ~Quentin R. Regestein, M.D., quoted in Philip Goldberg & Daniel Kaufman, Natural Sleep, 1978

Every human soul is surrounded with an atmosphere, more or less pure and influential. This atmosphere is an emanation from the individual, just as flowers exhale their fragrance. ~Andrew Jackson Davis (1826–1910), The Great Harmonia, 1850

Enough is as good as a feast. ~English proverb

It would, said Biran, be much nearer the truth to say asservie à des organes. Man is an intelligence, not served by, but in servitude to his organs. ~Aldous Huxley

Dr. Zachary T. Bercovitz told me: “Some people are actually draining into their bodies the diseased thoughts of their minds.” Asked to specify these diseased thoughts, he replied, “Oh, the usual — fear, guilt, worry, frustration, tension, resentment, gloominess, despondency. In fact, if fear and resentment were eliminated from people's minds I believe our hospital population would be reduced by maybe fifty per cent. Certainly by a lot anyway.” ~Norman Vincent Peale

The best six doctors anywhere—
      And no one can deny it—
Are Sunshine, Water, Rest and Air,
      Exercise and Diet.
These six will gladly you attend,
      If only you are willing,
      Your mind they'll cheer,
      Your ills they'll mend,
And charge you not one shilling.
~"Doctors Six," c. 1921

A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor's book. ~Irish proverb

I think you might dispense with half your doctors, if you would only consult Doctor Sun more, and be more under the treatment of these great hydropathic doctors, the clouds! ~Henry Ward Beecher, Royal Truths

Know then, whatever cheerful and serene
Supports the mind supports the body too...
~John Armstrong, M.D., The Art of Preserving Health, 1744

Life is not merely to be alive, but to be well. ~Martial

He who has health, has hope; and he who has hope, has everything. ~Arabian proverb

Joy and Temperance and Repose
Slam the door on the doctor's nose.
~Friedrich von Logau (1604–1655), "The Best Medicines," translated by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, 1846

We live longer than our forefathers, but we suffer more from a thousand artificial anxieties and cares. They fatigued only the muscles; we exhaust the finer strength of the nerves; and, when we send impatiently to the doctor, it is ten to one but what he finds the acute complaint, which is all that we perceive, connected with some chronic mental irritation, or some unwholesome inveteracy of habit. ~Edward George Earle Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton, 1854

But no one can get inner peace by pouncing on it, by vigorously willing to have it. ~Harry Emerson Fosdick

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