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68 Inspiring Quotes by Guy Finley

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Wikipedia Summary for Guy Finley

Guy Finley (born February 22, 1949) is an American self-help writer, philosopher, spiritual teacher, and former professional songwriter and musician.

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Anyone or anything that asks you to be untrue to yourself has already acted against you.

--Guy Finley

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Real change isn't found in some new way to think about yourself, but in freedom from the need to think about yourself at all.

--Guy Finley

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No truly conscious human being sabotages himself -- it's impossible, because it's contrary to Nature.

--Guy Finley

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See that any time you feel pained or defeated, it is only because you insist on clinging to what doesn't work. Dare to let go and you won't lose a thing except for a punishing idea.

--Guy Finley

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Once you know what it means to choose in favor of yourself, there is no power in the universe that can make you choose against yourself.

--Guy Finley

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Past mistakes cannot create a present pain; no mistake in life has the power to make us ache any more than the echo of someone crying can shed tears.

--Guy Finley

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The next time you catch yourself starting to feel bad about anything, immediately stop everything you are doing for a moment and, as simply and as honestly as you can, ask yourself: "Is this what I really want?"

--Guy Finley

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Those who dare to try what others only dream of -- never fail to discover that real effort is always rewarded.

--Guy Finley

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The only way to cultivate a quiet mind is by planting seeds of silence.

--Guy Finley



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You must learn to stop thinking in terms of beginnings and endings, successes and failures, and begin to treat everything in your life as a learning experience instead of a proving one.

--Guy Finley

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The smallest effort to remember the Divine, or even one of its timeless truths, connects you to a calmness whose power is in that secret strength found in all things deep.

--Guy Finley

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What world is there for us where our essential nature -- and its right to live free -- is one and the same?

--Guy Finley

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Do the moment-to-moment work of dropping anything that wants to drag you down, and Reality itself will see to it that you rise.

--Guy Finley

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The only world in which "defeat" exists as a reality is the one darkened by the false idea that what may have happened to us a moment ago is the same as what's possible for us to achieve now.

--Guy Finley

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Real freedom isn't subject to how others estimate our value; it is in realizing that none are free who find their sense of worth wondering how others measure their lives.

--Guy Finley


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The greatest power you possess in life is your understanding that life gives you a fresh start any moment you choose.

--Guy Finley

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It isn't something of which most of us are aware, but we human beings are 'marked' with a certain strange feature, and that is: We want to change.

--Guy Finley

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If you love getting gifts -- and who doesn't -- then why not accept, with gratitude, the greatest gift there is: the present moment.

--Guy Finley

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Instead of always asking yourself why so-and-so acts this or that way, learn to ask: "What's inside of me that wants to hurt itself over how anyone else acts?"

--Guy Finley


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If we only knew how many times our seemingly clever comment cut straight into the heart of the person with whom we have just spoken, it is we who would bleed.

--Guy Finley


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Much like the hands of a clock go nowhere fast, anxious thoughts run us round-and-round without taking us anywhere!

--Guy Finley

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Trying to "fix" the people in your life that cause you pain is like massaging your shoes because your feet ache.

--Guy Finley

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Spend everyday casual, but industrious Every moment alert, but relaxed.

--Guy Finley

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Within the human being there exists both the needful and the needed. You know that the needful exists in you. Your own dissatisfaction tells you so. But you believe the needed is somewhere outside of you.

--Guy Finley

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Real prayer, the soul-transformi ng kind, is self-discontinu ity. It is a conscious act of self-suspension arising from the wish for something new to occur.

--Guy Finley

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Never speak out of anger,
Never act out of fear,
Never choose from impatience,
But wait... and peace will appear.

--Guy Finley

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You don't need strength to let go of something. What you really need is understanding.

--Guy Finley

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One way to measure your own fears is to count the number of personal questions you've allowed others to answer for you.

--Guy Finley

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Your past is just that, the past, a place within your psyche with no more reality to it then the picture of a castle on a postcard is made from stone.

--Guy Finley

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All created forms are fractal, as is their purpose, use, and allotted time for existence.

--Guy Finley

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Life isn't a race to win, it's a school for our higher education.

--Guy Finley

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Wasting your time in anxious worry over what you may not have is a good way to waste what you need to get it.

--Guy Finley

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The deepest parts of you know that if freedom from fear was as easy as 'creating a new reality' for yourself, then you would already be the fearless person you know in your heart that you're meant to be.

--Guy Finley

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The strength of any weakness within us is the degree to which it is feared.

--Guy Finley

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Instead of always asking how to get others to approve of you... learn to ask: What do I really want, the applause of the crowds or to quietly have my own life?

--Guy Finley


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The mistake we have made in our lives is that over and over again we've run into the needful moment and then failed to learn its higher lesson. We don't like needful moments and therefore we resist them.

--Guy Finley

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Far better is it for you to go through one small thing that frightens you than to make a thousand plans for an imagined fearless day to come.

--Guy Finley

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Any form of measuring yourself by the unkind action of another towards you is like looking into a badly fractured mirror... and then blaming yourself for the shattered image you see therein.

--Guy Finley

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What is true never fears investigation; what is false... fears everything.

--Guy Finley

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All we will ever know and share about love, humility, compassion, and sacrifice -- the secrets that will reveal and then resolve old sorrows -- awaits us within ourselves.

--Guy Finley


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Don't believe what the spiritual sharks and clever carnival hustlers tell you about fearless living -- they lie.

--Guy Finley

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Since what other people do to you is not in your power to change, you need only concern yourself with what you do to yourself, for that is in your power.

--Guy Finley

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Nothing in the universe can stop you from letting go and starting over.

--Guy Finley

Longer Version:

Nothing in the universe can stop you from letting go and starting over..


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Act on what you love, not from what you fear, and watch how fear fades as love grows.

--Guy Finley

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Talking to yourself proves only one thing: you're still unable to tell the difference between good and bad company.

--Guy Finley

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The only thing worried thoughts have the power to change is what the next thing will be for you to worry over!

--Guy Finley

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You cannot separate the onset of a disturbing moment in life from the appearance of some simultaneous new possibility to know a deeper and more unshakable sense of peace.

--Guy Finley

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Believing that anxious thoughts and feelings can restore order to your life is like using a chain-saw to fold your laundry.

--Guy Finley

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Nothing glows brighter than the heart awakened to the unseen light of Love that lives within it.

--Guy Finley

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The limit of your present understanding is not the limit of your possibilities.

--Guy Finley

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To know that every moment -- regardless of how it comes wrapped -- is a gift greater than you can give yourself, is to be well on your way to a life without fear.

--Guy Finley

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Getting stressed and struggling to change the outcome of any past event is like arguing with an echo to make it see your point of view.

--Guy Finley

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Resistance to revelation, resistance to becoming conscious of all that dwells within us -- high and low, light and dark -- is the anti-change factor. It is also the mainspring of all our psychological fears.

--Guy Finley

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Be still; quietly remember the presence of and within yourself, and you will know, without thinking, that while all around you everything changes, within you lives something unchanging.

--Guy Finley

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Real love cannot be deceived because it wants nothing outside of itself.

--Guy Finley

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Instead of always asking yourself how to clear up your mental fog, learn to ask: "Can confusion know anything about clarity?

--Guy Finley


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Everything passes. There is great beauty in this, both in the passing of pain and in the passing of pleasure. When things present themselves to you as permanent, don't believe it.

--Guy Finley

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Love is effortless attention.

--Guy Finley

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If you don't leap, you'll never know what it's like to fly.

--Guy Finley

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Knowledge without Spirit is like finding yourself on a cold night with all the wood in the world and no flame to ignite it.

--Guy Finley

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