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Endo Blog: How Much Can Quotes & Artwork Heal, Comfort, And Enlighten Us??

Sometimes when we’re chronically ill, we tend to focus on our physical and emotional pain. While this is certainly an understandable part of being chronically ill, sometimes it’s nice to distract ourselves from the pain by focusing our energy on uplifting materials!! Today I thought I’d write a post that IS NOT focused on endometriosis, interstitial cystitis, fibromyalgia, or any other chronic illness. Instead, I thought I’d post some quotes and artwork to shift the focus off of our illnesses for a bit!

If you’re anything like me, you love quotes! I find them insightful, uplifting and thought-provoking. Of course, not all quotes are uplifting in nature. Some clarify bitter truths, cause the reader to examine history, and act to educate us in how we can all be better people by helping others.

I’ve decided to list quotes from a wide variety of sources… in random order. Hopefully something in this list will inspire you, comfort you or support you. Also, I’ve included some mandala art. Hopefully you’ll find this uplifting!

All mandala art contained in this post is courtesy of Jennifer at

“Beauty” Mandala

Here are some quotes that resonate with me in some way:


“Each one has to find his peace from within. And peace to be real must be unaffected by outside circumstances.”
— Mahatma Gandhi (Indian Philosopher, internationally esteemed for his doctrine of nonviolent protest, 1869-1948)

“Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.”
— Albert Einstein (1875-1955), theoretical physicist, philosopher

“Life’s most urgent question is: What are you doing for others?”

— Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968), American civil rights leader

“Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.”
— Buddha

“Insight” Mandala

“Love is all we have, the only way that each can help the other.”
— Euripides (484 BC – 406 BC), Greek tragedian

“When you cease to make a contribution, you begin to die.”
— Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962), U.S. First Lady, diplomat, human rights activist

“Neither fire nor wind, birth nor death can erase our good deeds.”
— Buddha

“If it fails, admit it frankly and try another. But above all, try something.”
— Franklin D. Roosevelt

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
— Maya Angelou (b. 1928), poet

“Joy” Mandala

“True heroism is remarkably sober, very undramatic. It is not the courage to surpass others at whatever cost, but the courage to serve others at whatever the cost.”
— Arthur Ashe (1943-1993), professional tennis player, civil rights supporter

“There was never a good war or a bad peace.”
— Benjamin Franklin

“If mankind recognizes that war is impossible…that all national rivalries are foolish…if they get together any kind of an extension of detente… then we may pull out of it all the better for it.”
— Tori Amos (musician, singer, songwriter, pianist)

“Happy Days” Mandala

“The greatest virtues are those which are most useful to other persons.”
— Aristotle (384-322 B.C.), philosopher

“I simply can’t build my hopes on a foundation of confusion, misery and death … I think peace and tranquillity will return again.”
— Anne Frank (German Jewish girl and author of a diary of her family’s two years in hiding during World War II, 1929-1945)

“If the white man wants to live in peace with the Indian he can live in peace. There need be no trouble. Treat all men alike. Give them all the same law. Give them all an even chance to live and grow. All men were made by the same Great Spirit Chief. They are all brothers. The earth is the mother of all people, and all people should have equal rights upon it.”
Chief Joseph (Native American Quote)

“Native American” Mandala

“You know that saying, bad things don’t happen to good people? That’s a lie.”
— Tori Amos (musician, singer, songwriter, pianist)

“Trouble no one about their religion; respect others in their view, and demand that they respect yours. Love your life, perfect your life, and beautify all things in your life. Seek to make your life long and its purpose in the service of your people. Prepare a noble death song for the day when you go over the great divide. Always give a word or a sign of salute when meeting or passing a friend, even a stranger … Show respect to all people and bow to no one …”
— Tecumseh, Shawnee (Native American Quote)

“Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, it’s at the end of your arm. As you get older, remember you have another hand: The first is to help yourself, the second is to help others.”
— Audrey Hepburn (1929-1993), actress, humanitarian

“Heal The Earth” Mandala

When a white army battles Indians and wins, it
is called a great victory, but if they lose it
is called a massacre.

— Chiksika, Shawnee (Native American Quote)

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”
— John Fitzgerald Kennedy (American 35th US President (1961-63), 1917-1963)


Peace to each one of you!!

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1 Jessica { 09.17.08 at 5:57 pm }

Wow, these mandalas are beautiful. You spent a lot of time to gather the info for this post. I appreciate you. -Jessica

2 Jeanne { 09.17.08 at 6:04 pm }


Thank you for your kind words! I just love that mandala site I mentioned in this post. It’s just beautiful.

By the way, your recent posts on peace were very interesting. 🙂


3 Mckay K { 09.18.08 at 3:07 am }

I loved the beautiful mandalas. The quotes were beautiful as well as thought provoking.

It is good to lighten up our heavy topics sometimes. You did an excellent job of that.

This post made me smile!

Be well

4 Jeanne { 09.18.08 at 6:18 am }

Mckay k,

I’m glad you enjoyed the mandalas and quotes.

I agree that it is helpful to take a break from the heavy topics occasionally. Thank you for your kind words, as always.

I’m glad it made you smile! 🙂

Take care,


5 Shauna { 09.18.08 at 11:15 am }


What a great change from 'our usual!' You helped me to relax, and the Mandalas are truly beautiful.

Thanks for your insight J.

Luv & Gentle Hugs……..
Shauna 🙂

6 Jeanne { 09.18.08 at 12:33 pm }


I’m glad you found it relaxing! I happened upon the mandala site mentioned in this post awhile ago and the mandalas there had just blown me away.

I had emailed Jennifer, who designs the mandalas, for permission to use them on my blog awhile back and she said yes. I had used one in a previous post but thought this would be a nice break from focusing on illness all the time.

I’m glad you enjoyed it. I’m sending some hugs and positive energy back your way! 🙂


7 Maureen Hayes { 09.19.08 at 5:54 pm }


I am trying this again! I loved the quotes, but of course you know I am a quote person too! to see one of my favorite quotes on friendship, go to my post on Friendship & Invisible Illness at

I get excited when I find a quote that say exactly what I am feeling about some subject, it's like an instant connection that makes you feel part of something bigger than just yourself.

As far as artwork goes, I believe the beauty we see in art is a reflection of God's love for us, so I find that uplifting to know. I also feel that a piece of artwork can transform me and transport me.

I thought your post on the healing, comforting & enlightening power of quotes and artwork was very important. We can use these as tools to connect to something outside of our pain or illness and to re-connect us to the larger society as a whole, from which our illness sometimes makes us feel apart. I find that using either artwork or quotes takes me out of the moment and brings me to a place of transformation.

Thanks for a wonderful post.


8 Jeanne { 09.20.08 at 12:51 am }


Hi! I got your comment just fine this time. 🙂

Yes, I have noticed on your blog that you share my love of quotes.

I'm glad you liked the artwork and quotes.

I thought it was about time to lighten things up. I don't like to be too "gloom & doom".

Sometimes it's nice to NOT focus on illness and pain!

Illnesses can be quite isolating and I do find these helpful tools make things a little more pleasant.

Have a great weekend!


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