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Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy by Sarah Ban Breathnach is a great book for women of all ages. There are inspirational quotes and stories that help women reflect to create a more productive and balanced life. We often share some of these quotes on twitter. (We have not included every quote.)

Each month there is a theme that drives the quotes and essays. We hope to share these quotes with you in the upcoming months. We hope you enjoy. If you like them please share with others and visit back for more inspirational quotes for women.

We hope to have a complete list of quotes in the next few weeks. Enjoy!


“And now let us welcome the New Year full of things that have never been.”

Rainer Maria Rilke

  1. “There are years that ask questions and years that answer.” Zora Neale Hurston
  2. “You only live once – but if you work it right, once is enough.” Joe E. Lewis
  3. simple, adj. 1: without embellishment; 2. clarity of form and thought; fundamental abundance, n. 1: an ample quantity, profusion; 2: wealth; 3. plentifulness simple abundance, 1: an inner journey; 2. a spiritual and practical course in creative living; 3: a tapestry of contentment
  4. “When you perform… you are yourself – larger and more potent, more beautiful. you are for minutes heroic. This is power. This is glory on earth. And it is yours, nightly.” Agnes de Mille
  5. “Many women today feel a sadness we cannot name. Though we accomplish much of what we set out to do, we sense that something is missing in our lives and -fruitlessly – search “out there” for the answers. What is often wrong is that we are disconnected from an authentic sense of self.” Emily Hancock
  6. “The thirst after happiness is never extinguished in the heart of [woman].” Jean-Jacques Rousseau
  7. “Perhaps if one really knew when one was happy one would know the things that were necessary in one’s life.” Joanna Field
  8. “There is a no duty we so much underrate as the duty of being happy. Be being happy we sow anonymous benefits on the world.” Robert Louis Stevenson
  9. “In my life’s chain of events nothing was accidental. Everything happened according to an inner need.” Hannah Senesh
  10. “Begin to live each day to the fullest, as if it were the only one we had.” Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
  11. “No pessimist ever discovered the secrets of the stars, or sailed to an uncharted land, or opened a new heaven to the human spirit.” Hellen Keller
  12. “Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” Melody Beattie
  13. “The eyes of my eyes are opened.” e.e. cummings
  14. “Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more.” Melody Beattie
  15. “‘Tis a gift to be simple, ‘Tis a gift to be free, Tis a gift to come down Where we ought to be, And when we find ourselves in a place that’s right, ‘twill be in the valley of love and delight.” 19th Century Shaker Hymn
  16. “Order is the shape upon which beauty depends.” Pearl Buck
  17. “The notes I handle no better than many pianists. But the pauses between the notes – ah, that is where the art resides.” Artur Schnabel
  18. “You agree – I’m sure you agree, that beauty is the only thing worth living for.” Agatha Christie
  19. “Your diamonds are not in far distant mountains or in yonder seas; they are in your own backyard, if you but dig for them.” Russell Conwell
  20. “I like living. I have sometimes been wildly, despairingly, acutely miserable, racked with sorrow, but through it all I still know quite certainly that just to be alive is a grand thing.” Agatha Christie
  21. “Woman must be the pioneer in this turning inward for strength. In a sense she has always been the pioneer.” Anne Morrow Lindbergh
  22. “Everything in life that we really accept undergoes a change.” Katherine Mansfield
  23. “Bless a thing and it will bless you. Curse it and it will Curse you.” Emmet Fox
  24. “Take the gentle path.” George Herbert
  25. “I will write myself into well-being.” Nancy Mair
  26. “Knowledge of what you love somehow comes to you; you don’t have to read nor analyze nor study.” Jessamyn West
  27. “If you love a thing enough, knowledge of it seeps into you, with particulars more real than any chart can furnish.” Jessamyn West
  28. “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” Matthew 6:21
  29. “Almost always it is the fear of being ourselves that brings us to the mirror.” Antonio Porchia
  30. “Each year we need all the more to seek peace and comfort in the joyful simplicities.” Woman’s Home Companion December 1915


  1. “I celebrate myself, and sing myself, I loafe and invite my soul…” Walt Whitman
  2. “Perhaps loving something is the only starting place there is for making your life your own.” Alice Koller
  3. “To love onself is the beginning of a life-long romance.” Oscar Wilde
  4. “My business is not to remake myself, but make the absolute best of what God made.” Robert Browning
  5. “What I mean by living to one’s self is living in the world, as in it, not of it.” William Hazlitt
  6. “I have made my world and it is a much better world than I ever saw outside.” Louise Nevelson
  7. “Living is a form of not being sure, not know what next or how… The artists never entirely knows.” Agnes De Mille
  8. “Inside of you there’s an artist you don’t know about.”  Jalai Ud-Din Rumi
  9. “It is a funny thing about life; if you refuse to accept anything but the best, you very often get it.” Somerset Maugham
  10. “Grace strikes us when we are in great pain and restlessness.” Paul Johannes Tillich
  11. “Just trust yourself, then you will know how to live.” Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
  12. “A sobering thought; what if, right at this very moment, I am living up to my potential?” Jane Wagner
  13. “Where there is great love there are always miracles.” Willa Cather
  14. “There is only one journey. Going inside yourself.” Rainer Maria Rilke
  15. “The heart is a lonely hunter that hunts on a lonely hill.” Fiona MacLeod
  16. “Sometimes a person has to go back, – to have a sense, an understanding or that’s gone to make them – before they can go forward.” Paule Marshall
  17. “Maybe being oneself is always and acquired taste.” Patricia Hampl
  18. “God is in the details.” Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe
  19. “Sometime in your life you will go on a journey. It will be the longest journey… It is the journey to find yourself.” Katherine Sharp
  20. “Learn to get in touch with the silence within yourself and know that everything in this life has a purpose.” Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
  21. “Let knowledge grow from more to more.” Alfred, Lord Tennyson
  22. “I don’t believe; I know.” Carl Jung
  23. “If you have a sacred place and use it, take advantage of it, something will happen.” Joseph Campbell


“It is the 1st mild day of March. Each minute sweeter than before… there is a blessing in the air.” William Wordsworth

  1. “God grant us the grace to accept with serenity the things that cannot be changed; courage to change the things that should be changed.” R Niebuhr
  2. “Meditation is simply about being yourself and know about who that is.” Jon Kabat-Zinn
  3. “Anybody can observe the Sabbath but making it holy sure takes the rest of the week.” Alice Walker
  4. “The well of Providence is deep. It’s the buckets we bring to it that are small.” Mary Webb
  5. ”Hope” is the thing with feathers – that perches the soul.” Emily Dickinson
  6. “I pray you… your play needs no excuse. Never excuse.” William #Shakespeare
  7. “A little of what you fancy does you good.” Marie Lloyd
  8. “Until you make peace with who you are, you’ll never be content with what you have.” Doris Mortman
  9. “So many women just don’t know how great they really are. The come to us all vogue outside and vague inside.” Mary Kay Ash
  10. “The tragedy of our time is that we are so eye centered, so appearance besotted.” Jessamyn West
  11. “If you resolve to work each day for self-realization, your whole world.” Pond’s Cold Cream Advertisement 1947
  12. “Seek not outside yourself, heaven is within.” Mary Lou Cook
  13. “I did not lose myself all at once.” Amy Tan
  14. “Any little bit of experimenting in self-nurturance is very frightening for most of us.” Julia Cameron
  15. “If you want to find the answers to the Big Questions about your soul, you’d best begin with the Little Answers about your body.” G Sheehan
  16. “If one is a greyhound, why try to look like a Pekingese?” Dame Edith Sitwell
  17. “We are the hero of our own story.” Mary McCarthy
  18. “Repose is a quality too many undervalue.” Good House Keeping 1947
  19. “My after forty face felt far more comfortable than anything I lived with previously.” Nancy Collins
  20. “I was thought to be “stuck up.” I wasn’t. i was just sure of myself.” Better Davis
  21. “Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.” Judy Garland
  22. “Listening to your heart is not simple. Finding out who you are is not simple.” Sue Bender
  23. “It takes a lot of hard work and courage to get to know who you are and what you want.” Sue Bender
  24. “To choose clothes, either in a store or at home, is to define and describe ourselves.”
  25. “It is never to late to be what you might have been.” George Eliot
  26. “It’s never to late – in fiction or in life – to revise.” Nancy Thayer
  27. “I base my fashion taste on what doesn’t itch.” Gilda Radner
  28. “Style moves by fits and starts and is ocassionally glorious.” Kennedy Fraser
  29. “Fashion fades. Only style remains.” Coco Chanel


“April, the Angel of the Months.” Vuta Sackville-West

  1. “Learn the craft of knowing how to open your heart & to turn on your creativity. There’s a light inside you.” Judith Jamison
  2. “The should should always stand ajar, ready to welcome the ecstatic experience.” Emily Dickinson
  3. “Inside myself is a place where I live alone & that’s where you renew your springs that never dry up.” Pearl Buck
  4. “ For me, elegance is not to pass unnoticed but to get to the very soul of what one is.” Christian LaCroix
  5. “Undoubtedly we become what we envision.” Claude M. Bristol
  6. “Adornment is never anything but a reflection of the self.”
  7. “Start moving, a step at a time, step after step. The positive momentum will take you from there.” Sarah Ban Breathnach, Simple Abundance
  8. “I will tell you what I learned myself. For me a long, 5-mile walk helps. And one must go alone and every day.” Brenda Ueland
  9. “Genius is of small use to a woman who does not know how to do her hair.” Edith Wharton
  10. “The most beautiful make-up of a woman is passion. But cosmetics are easier to buy.” Yves Saint Lauren
  11. “Let your mind be quiet, realizing the beauty of the world, and the immense boundless treasures that it holds.” Edward Carpenter
  12. “There might be quite a few things a hot bath won’t cure, but I don’t know many of them.” – Sylvia Plath
  13. “Smells are surer than sounds and sights to make the heartstrings crack.” – Rudyard Kipling
  14. “Nothing can cure the soul but the sense, just as nothing can cure the senses but the soul.” Oscar Wilde
  15. “The sense of smell. almost more than any other, has the power to recall memories and it’s a pity that we use it so little.” Rachel Carson
  16. “I wish you all manner of prosperity, with a little more taste.” Alain-Rene Le Sage
  17. “The greatest thing a human does in this world is to see something…to see clearly is poetry, prophecy, and religion all in one.” J. Ruskin
  18. “With stammering lips and insufficient sounds,  I strive and struggle to deliver right the music of my nature.” Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  19. “Oh invisible, we view thee, O world intangible, we touch thee, o world unknowable, we know thee.’ Francis Thompson
  20. “Intuition is a spiritual faculty, and does not explain, but simply points the way.” Florence Scovel Shinn
  21. “Taking joy in life is a woman’s best cosmetic.” Rosalind Russell
  22. “The most radiant woman in the room is one full of life and experience.” Sharon Stone


“Let all the joys be as the month of May.” Francis Quarled

  1. “Today a new sun rises for me; everything lives, everything is animated, everything seems to speak to me of my passion, everything invites me to cherish.” Anne De Lenclos
  2. “Drink very good tea out of a thin Wocester cup of colour between apricot and pink….” Rumer Godden
  3. “Every spirit builds itself a house, and beyond its house a world, and beyonds its world a heaven. Know then that world exists for you.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
  4. “A house is who you are, not who you ought to be.” Jill Robinson
  5. “Your house is your home only when you feel you have jurisdiction over the space.” Joan Kron
  6. “Home is the definition of God.” Emily Dickinson
  7. “The ordinary arts we practice every day at home are the most important to the should than their simplicity might suggest.” Thomas Moore
  8. “My life will always have dirty dishes. If this sink can become a place of contemplation, let me learn constancy here.” Gunilla Norris