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John O’Donohue Quotes

One of the most beautiful gifts in the world is the gift of encouragement. When someone encourages you, that person helps you over a threshold you might otherwise never have crossed on your own.
Eternal Echoes: Celtic Reflections on Our Yearning to Belong, John O’Donohue

Beauty is the illumination of your soul.
Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom, John O’Donohue

I would love to live
like a river flows,
carried by the surprise
of its own unfolding.
Unfinished Poem, John O’Donohue

Each day a sacred gift Wildly and dangerously free When love awakens in your heart

We do not need to go out and find love; rather, we need to be still and let love discover us.
Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom, John O’Donohue

When our eyes are graced with wonder, the world reveals its wonders to us. There are people who see only dullness in the world and that is because their eyes have already been dulled. So much depends on how we look at things. The quality of our looking determines what we come to see.
Beauty: The Invisible Embrace, John O’Donohue

As high over the mountains the eagle spreads its wings, may your perspective be larger than the view from the foothills.
When the way is flat and dull in times of gray endurance, may your imagination continue to evoke horizons.
For One Who Holds Power, To Bless the Space Between Us: A Book of Blessings, John O’Donohue

Your soul knows the geography of your destiny. Your soul alone has the map of your future, therefore you can trust this indirect, oblique side of yourself. If you do, it will take you where you need to go, but more important it will teach you a kindness of rhythm in your journey.
Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom, John O’Donohue

There is a kindness that dwells deep down in things; it presides everywhere, often in the places we least expect. The world can be harsh and negative, but if we remain generous and patient, kindness inevitably reveals itself. Something deep in the human soul seems to depend on the presence of kindness; something instinctive in us expects it, and once we sense it we are able to trust and open ourselves.
To Bless the Space Between Us: A Book of Blessings, John O’Donohue

The illumination of your soul When one flower blooms Let love discover us

Your soul is the priestess of memory, selecting, sifting, and ultimately gathering your vanishing days toward presence.
Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom, John O’Donohue

Consumerism is the worship of the god of quantity; advertising is its liturgy. Advertising is schooling in false longing.
Eternal Echoes: Celtic Reflections on Our Yearning to Belong, John O’Donohue

Beauty does not linger, it only visits. Yet beauty’s visitation affects us and invites us into its rhythm, it calls us to feel, think, and act beautifully in the world: to create and live a life that awakens the Beautiful. Beauty is a gentle but urgent call to awaken.
Beauty: The Invisible Embrace, John O’Donohue

We do not need to grieve for the dead. Why should we grieve for them They are now in a place where there is no more shadow, darkness, loneliness, isolation, or pain. They are home.
Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom, John O’Donohue

To be human is to belong. Belonging is a circle that embraces everything; if we reject it, we damage our nature. The word ‘belonging’ holds together the two fundamental aspects of life: Being and Longing, the longing of our Being and the being of our Longing.
Eternal Echoes: Celtic Reflections on Our Yearning to Belong, John O’Donohue

There is a kindness that dwells The gift of encouragement Compassion distinguishes

Each of us is an artist of our days; the greater our integrity and awareness, the more original and creative our time will become.
To Bless the Space Between Us: A Book of Blessings, John O’Donohue

We do not need to operate according to the idea of a predetermined program for our lives.
Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom, John O’Donohue

It is a wonderful day in a life when one is finally able to stand before the long, deep mirror of one’s own reflection and view oneself with appreciation, acceptance, and forgiveness. On that day one breaks through the falsity of images and expectations which have blinded one’s spirit. One can only learn to see who one is when one learns to view oneself with the most intimate and forgiving compassion.
Beauty: The Invisible Embrace, John O’Donohue

You are as young as you feel. If you begin to feel the warmth of your soul, there will be a youthfulness in you that no one will be able to take away from you.
Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom, John O’Donohue

May you awaken to the mystery of being here and enter the quiet immensity of your own presence.
May you have joy and peace in the temple of your senses.
May you receive great encouragement when new frontiers beckon.
May you respond to the call of your gift and find the courage to follow its path.
May the flame of anger free you from falsity.
May warmth of heart keep your presence aflame and may anxiety never linger about you.
May your outer dignity mirror an inner dignity of soul.
May you take time to celebrate the quiet miracles that seek no attention.
May you be consoled in the secret symmetry of your soul.
May you experience each day as a sacred gift woven around the heart of wonder.
A Blessing, Eternal Echoes: Celtic Reflections on Our Yearning to Belong, John O’Donohue

Blessed with good friends The more love you give away Let yourself be loved

In this post-modern world the hunger to belong has rarely been more intense, more urgent. With many of the ancient, traditional shelters now in ruins, it is as if society has lost the art of fostering community. Consumerism propels us towards an ever-more lonely and isolated existence – although technology pretends to unite us, more often than not all it delivers are simulated images that distance us from our lives.
John O’Donohue

When you beautify your mind, you beautify your world. You learn to see differently. In what seemed like dead situations, secret possibilities and invitations begin to open before you. In old suffering that held you long paralyzed, you find new keys. When your mind awakens, your life comes alive and the creative adventure of your soul takes off. Passion and compassion become your new companions.
John O’Donohue