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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.

“Summer’s lease hath all too short a date.” William Shakespeare

8.1 “But if you have nothing at all to create, then perhaps you create yourself.” Carl Jung

8.2 “What a wonderful life I have had! I only wish I’d realized it sooner.” Colette

8.3 “A schedule defends from chaos within. It is a net for catching days.” Annie Dillard

8.4 “There are days when any electrical appliance in the house seems to offer more entertainment possibilities than the TV.” Harriet Van Horne

8.5 “Work is not always required, there is such a thing as sacred idleness, the cultivation of which is now fully neglected.” George MacDonald

8.6 “A schedule is a mock-up of reason and order – willed, faked, and so brought into being.” Annie Dillard

8.7 “Our perfect companions never have fewer than four feet.” Colette

8.8 “It is not that i belong to the past, but the past belongs to me.” Mary Antin

8.9”Explore daily the will of God.” Carl Jung

8.10 “Do not weep; do not wax indignant. Understand.” Baruch Spinoza

8.11 “Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it; Boldness has genius, power, & magic in it.” Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

8.12 “We can’t take credit for our talents. It’s how we use them that counts.” Madeleine L’Engle

8.13 “Become willing to see the hand of God and accept it as a friend’s offer to help you with what you are doing.” Julia Cameron

8.14 “No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise for the writer, not surprise for the reader.” Robert Frost

8.15 “Ignorance gives one a large range of probabilities.” George Eliot

8.16 “To believe your own though, to believe what is true for you in your private heart ti true for all men – that is genius.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

8.17 “To live fully, outwardly & inwardly, not to ignore external reality for the sake of the inner life, or the reverse – that’s quite a task.” Etty Hillesum

8.18 “Each time I write a book, every time I face that yellow pad, the challenge is so great. I have written 11 books, but each time I think “Uh, oh, they’re going to find out now. I’ve run a game on everybody & there going to find me out.” Maya Angelou

8.19 “Stories are medicine… They have such power; they do not require that we do, be act anything – we need only listen. The remedies for repair or reclamation of any lost psychic drive are contained in stories.” Clarissa Pinkola Estes, Ph. D.

8.20 “Infinite riches are all around you if you will open your mental eyes & behold the treasure house of the infinity within you. There is a gold mine within you from which you can extract everything you need to live life gloriously, joyously, & abundantly.” Joseph Murphy

8.21 “We read books to find out who we are. What other people, real or imaginary, do & think & feel is an essential guide to our understanding of what we ourselves are & may become.” Ursula K. LeGuin

8.22 “Poetry affords us a respite in which we may gather renewed strength for the old struggle to adapt ourselves to reality.” Robert Haven Schauffler

8.23 “I think I should have no other mortal wants, if I could always have plenty of music. It seems to infuse strength into my limbs & ideas into my brain. Life seems to go on without effort, what I am filled with music.” George Eliot

8.24 “The work of art which I do not make, none other will ever make.” Simone Weil

8.25 “I seem to wish to have some importance in the play of time… What is deep, as love is deep, I’ll have Deeply. What is good, as love is good, I’ll have well. Then if time & space have any purpose, I shall belong to it.” Jennet Jourdemayne (Christopher Fry)

8.26 “Good movies make you care, make you believe in possibilities again.” Pauline Kael

8.27 “Hands to work, hearts to God.” Shaker Axiom

8.28 “Home is the heart of life… Home is where we feel at ease, where we belong, where we can create surroundings that reflect our tastes and pleasures… Making a home is a form of creativity open to everyone.” Terence Conran

8.29 “Love is the spirit that motivates the artist’s journey. The love may sublime, raw, obsessive, passionate, awful. or thrilling, but whatever its quality, it’s a powerful motive in the artist’s life.” Eric Maisel

8.30 “Procrastination is the thief of time.” Edward Young

8.31 “One must also accept that one has “uncreative” moments. The more honestly one can accept that, the quicker these moments will pass. One must have the courage to call a halt, to feel empty and discouraged.” Etty Hillesum

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