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inspirational quotes

We've displayed quotes on our web site for a long time now, but recently we decided to devote a complete page to the quotes that make us think, dream, laugh and that which inspires us here at Melis for constant change and improvement.  Below you'll find a sampling of inspirational quotes relating to all areas of life including beauty as well as concepts that we personally love and find extremely interesting and inspiring or humourous...enjoy! 


Happiness is when what you think, what you say and what you do are in harmony. ~ Gandhi

There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of the people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age. ~ Sophia Loren

Beauty is an experience, nothing else. It is not a fixed pattern or an arrangement of features. It is something felt, a glow or a communicated sense of fineness. ~ D. H. Lawrence

Sometimes the most important thing in a whole day is the rest we take between two deep breaths. ~ Etty Hillesum

Imagination is the highest kite one can fly. ~ Lauren Bacall

Nothing happens unless first we dream. ~ Carl Sandburg

Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night. ~ Edgar Allen Poe

If music be the food of love, play on. ~ Twelfth Night, I:1

When I am working on a problem I never think about beauty. I only think about how to solve the problem. But when I have finished, if the solution is not beautiful, I know it is wrong. ~ Buckminster Fuller

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

A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty. ~ Albert Einstein

Those who bring sunshine into the lives of others, cannot keep it from themselves. ~ James M. Barrie

You must be the change you wish to see in the world. ~ Gandhi

There is a higher court than courts of justice and that is the court of conscience. It supercedes all other courts. ~ Gandhi

The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong. ~ Gandhi

Insistence on truth can come into play when one party practices untruth or injustice. Only then can love be tested. True friendship is put to the test only when one party disregards the obligation of friendship.  ~ Gandhi

“If I’m honest I have to tell you I still read fairy-tales and I like them best of all.” ~ Audrey Hepburn

The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen, nor touched... but are felt in the heart. ~ Hellen Keller

The truth is that our finest moments are most likely to occur when we are feeling deeply uncomfortable, unhappy, or unfulfilled. For it is only in such moments, propelled by our discomfort, that we are likely to step out of our ruts and start searching for different ways or truer answers. ~ M. Scott Peck

Personal beauty is a better introduction than any letter. ~ Diogenes Laertius. Circa 200 A.D. 

(It's) like a Parisian punkette. You know, originally the punk (were) English so it's the French version of punk which means a kind of bourgeois. A little chic, elegant and (some kind of) accident (can) happen. ~ Jean Paul Gaultier

I've never been one to run around in Speedos on the beach. ~ Jason Statham

If you truly love Nature, you will find beauty everywhere.  ~ Vincent Van Gogh 

It is not sufficient to see and to know the beauty of a work. We must feel and be affected by it. ~ Voltaire

That which is striking and beautiful is not always good, but that which is good is always beautiful.  ~ Ninon de L'Enclos

I don't like standard beauty - there is no beauty without strangeness.  ~ Karl Lagerfeld

Whoever is happy will make others happy too. ~ Mark Twain

The greatest part of our happiness depends on our dispositions, not our circumstances. ~ Martha Washington

Love is a condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own. ~ Robert Heinlein

Beauty is not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart.  ~ Kahlil Gibran

Happiness is a perfume you cannot pour on others without getting a few drops on yourself. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

A cake of new clean lemon soap arises, diffusing light and perfume. ~ Ulysses

"Where should one use perfume?" a young woman asked. "Wherever one wants to be kissed," I said.  ~ Coco Chanel

If most of us are ashamed of shabby clothes and shoddy furniture, let us be more ashamed of shabby ideas and shoddy philosophies.... It would be a sad situation if the wrapper were better than the meat wrapped inside it.  ~ Albert Einstein

It's always the badly dressed people who are the most interesting.  ~ Jean Paul Gaultier

I don't know who invented the high heel, but all men owe him a lot.  ~ Marilyn Monroe

Just around the corner in every woman's mind - is a lovely dress, a wonderful suit, or entire costume which will make an enchanting new creature of her. ~ Wilhela Cushman

Women usually love what they buy, yet hate two-thirds of what is in their closets.  ~ Mignon McLaughlin

It's not who I am underneath but what I do that defines me. ~ Christian Bale as Batman (Batman Begins).

Yes and no are very powerful words. Mean them when you say them. Respect them when you hear them. ~ Michael Josephson

Tension is who you think you should be. Relaxation is who you are.  ~ Chinese Proverb


A Humanist Code of Ethics ~ Arthur Dobrin

Do no harm to the earth, she is your mother.
Being is more important than having.
Never promote yourself at another's expense.
Hold life sacred; treat it with reverence.
Allow each person the digity of his or her labor.
Open your home to the wayfarer.
Be ready to receive your deepest dreams;
sometimes they are the speech of unblighted conscience.
Always make restitutions to the ones you have harmed.
Never think less of yourself than you are.
Never think that you are more than another.







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