Say yes to life (quotes)

The ability to say “yes” and “no” is at the heart of our power to choose     

  • Discipline means choices. Every time you say yes to a goal or objective, you say no to many more. Sybil Stanton
  • Every choice moves us closer to or farther away from something. Where are your choices taking your life? What do your behaviors demonstrate that you are saying yes or no to in life? Eric Allenbaugh
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“Yes” and “no” are short words that often require long thought     

  • The oldest, shortest words – “yes’ and “no” – are those which require the most thought. Pythagoras
  • Buy yourself some time. Interrupt the ‘yes’ cycle, using phrases like “I’ll get back to you,” then consider your options. Auliq Ice

Say “yes” to life …     

  • One of the most effective means for transcending ordinary and moving into the realm of extraordinary is saying yes more frequently and eliminating no almost completely. I call it saying yes to life. Say yes to yourself, to your family, your children, your co-workers, and your business. Wayne Dyer
  • There is a life-affirming spark within you which constantly nudges you towards saying yes to life. Create your “yes” list; a list of all the things you want to say “yes” to and be prepared to be amazed. Lucy MacDonald
  • Saying yes means getting up and acting on your belief that you can create meaning and purpose in whatever life hands you. Susan Jeffers
  • The warrior’s approach is to say “yes” to life: “yes” to it all.” Joseph Campbell
  • Say yes to something you always talk yourself out of.
  • Say yes to everything for one full day.
  • Say yes to Life as it is, not as you think it should be.

… as it is, not as you think it should be     

  • When we put down ideas of what life should be like, we are free to wholeheartedly say yes to our life as it is. Tara Brach

Saying “yes” to life means saying “yes” to this present moment     

  • Always say “yes” to the present moment. What could be more futile, more insane, than to create inner resistance to what already is? What could be more insane than to oppose life itself, which is now and always now? Surrender to what is. Say “yes” to life — and see how life suddenly starts working for you rather than against you. Eckhart Tolle 
  • Always say yes to the present moment. Surrender to what is.  Say “yes” to life – and see how life suddenly starts working for you rather than against you.  Eckhart Tolle 
  • To let go of the ego, surrender to the now. Say yes to the form this now takes. Look deeply into the Now. The ego cannot exist in the now. It has an inner urge for the future. Eckhart Tolle
  • Say yes to now, which after all is life. Eckhart Tolle
  • Live in the present

Saying “yes” to life is to accept things as they are, without resistance     

  • Acceptance of one’s life has nothing to do with resignation; it does not mean running away from the struggle. On the contrary it means accepting it as it comes. . . . To accept is to say yes to life in its entirety. Paul Tournier 
  • If I lose all my money, good. If I get cancer, good. If my husband leaves me, good. If he stays, that’s good, too. Who wouldn’t always say yes to reality if that’s what you’re in love with? What can happen that I wouldn’t welcome with all my heart? Byron Katie
  • The word “yes” sums up spirituality and sanity. An unconditional yes to what is frees us from the self- imposed suffering that results when we fear facing the givens of life. When pain enters our life, we activate our potential for facing it without complaint, and we gain compassion for others who also suffer. A yes to this fourth given frees us from the suffering that comes from useless protest.  David Richo
  • Non-resistance

Acceptance doesn’t mean you have to say “yes” to everything, but it does effect how you say “no”     

  • If you resist or fight unconscious behavior in others, you become unconscious yourself. But surrender does not mean that you allow yourself to be used by unconscious people. Not at all. It is perfectly possible to say “no” firmly and clearly to a person or to walk away from a situation and be in a state of complete inner non-resistance at the same time. When you say no to a person or a situation let it come not from reaction but from insight, from a clear realization of what is right or not right for you at that moment. Let it be a nonreactive no, a high-quality no, a no that is free from negativity and so creates no further suffering. Eckhart Tolle 
  • There is a comfort in non-resistance. This does not mean letting yourself be a doormat or saying yes to everything requested of you. In fact, being extremely passive is just another form of resistance. Being overly- accommodating and passive is just resisting having a difficult conversation, disagreeing, or expressing yourself. In essence, you’re just resisting resisting. So what’s there to do? Observe what’s going on, and just let yourself be with it – – the way you are, the way you aren’t, the way the situation is, the way the situation is not. Quite simply, to stop resisting – – stop resisting!  Jeremy Savage

Saying “yes” to life opens you to love     

  • The words “I love you,” spoken in moments of genuine appreciation, wonder, or caring arise from something perfectly pure within us – the capacity to open ourselves and say yes without reserve. Such moments of pure openheartedness bring us as close to natural perfection as we can come in this life. John Welwood 
  • Perhaps the most positive word in the English language and the most conducive to continued growth in love is ‘Yes.’ …A lover says ‘Yes’ to life, ‘Yes’ to joy, ‘Yes’ to knowledge, ‘Yes’ to people, ‘Yes’ to differences. Leo Buscaglia
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Saying “yes” opens you to enthusiasm and fun     

  • Enthusiasm is the genuine Yes! that will uncork your genius, signal your muses to come down, and magnetize the resources you need to be within your reach. Danielle LaPorte 
  • Life is a helluva lot more fun if you say yes rather than no. Richard Branson
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Saying “yes” to life is a path to utopia     

  • Say “Yes” to the seedlings and a giant forest cleaves the sky. Say “Yes” to the universe and the planets become your neighbors. Say “Yes” to dreams of love and freedom. It is the password to utopia. Brooks Atkinson

Saying “yes” to life opens you to more experiences and greater wisdom     

  • When you say “Yes” to something, you include something you do want in your experience. When you say “No” to something, you include something you don’t want in your eperience. Abraham-Hicks 
  • My first word of advice is this, Say yes. In fact, say yes as often as you can. Saying yes begins things. Saying yes is how things grow. Saying yes leads to new experiences, and new experiences will lead to knowledge and wisdom. Yes is for young people, and an attitude of yes is how you will be able to go forward in these uncertain times. Michael Hogan
  • By saying yes, you start improvising your life. It’s an optimistic, courageous act that opens your experiences to people and places you’ve never seen. Fran Sorin
  • Experience,   Wisdom

Say “yes” to what energises you and brings you joy     

  • One way we can know that we are aligned with the life force that is God is that we feel more and more alive. Notice what gives you aliveness and what diminishes you, deadens and numbs you so that you only skim the surface of life. Begin to say yes to what quickens and energizes, to that which brings joy and gratitude. Mary Manin Morrissey
  • Joy

Say “yes” to adventure     


Say “yes” to things you’ve previously said “no” to     

  • Notice your “nos” to life… And then see what happens if you say yes to some of the things you’ve previously said no to. Rick Hanson 
  • There are an infinite number of reasons to say no. Instead, try to focus on one good reason to say yes. Jarod Kintz

Say “yes” to yourself …     

  • There are infinite possibilities within every challenge. My seeds of potential are watered when I say yes to me. I am growing more powerful with every storm I endure. Darren R. Weissman

… to the longings of your heart …   

  • I say NO to the demands of the world. I say YES to the longings of my own heart.  There is nothing I ever need to have.  There is nothing I ever need to do.  Jonathan Lockwood Huie

… to your own needs     

  • Are you balanced? Do you share your time, your energy, your life, as much with yourself as you do with those around you?  Know your limits. You are one of the most important people you need to look after and love.  Balance your time, your energy, your life with those around you.  You’ll be able to give more freely and joyfully as a result, and you’ll be more open to the gifts of the universe.  It’s not wrong to give to others.  But it’s okay to say yes to ourselves, too.  Melody Beattie 

Say yes even when they tell you no   

  • All your life you are told the things you cannot do. All your life they will say you’re not good enough or strong enough or talented enough; they will say you’re the wrong height or the wrong weight or the wrong type to play this or be this or achieve this. THEY WILL TELL YOU NO, a thousand times no, until all the no’s become meaningless. All your life they will tell you no, quite firmly and very quickly. AND YOU WILL TELL THEM YES.   Nike ad

Say “yes” to suffering to transcend it     

  • The truth is that you need to say yes to suffering before you can transcend it. Eckhart Tolle

More thoughts on saying yes   

  • Charm is getting people to say “yes” without ever having to ask them a question. Connie Brockway 
  • If somebody offers you an amazing opportunity but you are not sure you can do it, say yes – then learn how to do it later! Richard Branson
  • Say ‘No’ to distraction so you can say ‘Yes’ to your destiny.
  • Learn to say no but have no fear in saying yes. Nicole Kidman 
  • Say yes, then learn how to do it later. Richard Branson
  • When you do say yes, say it quickly. But always take a half hour to say No, so you can understand the other fellow’s side. Francis Cardinal Spellman
  • Go not to the elves for counsel, for they will say both yes and no. J. R. R. Tolkien
  • I imagine that yes is the only living thing. E. E. Cummings
  • With one solitary rose, we say ‘yes’ to life and ‘no’ to senseless, violent murders. William Cooke
  • There are an infinite number of reasons to say no. Instead, try to focus on one good reason to say yes. Jarod Kintz

On a lighter note     

  • I say no to alcohol, it just doesn’t listen.
  • Say “NO” to drugs. That will bring the prices down.
  • True, I’ve been a long time making up my mind, but now I’m giving you a definite answer. I won’t say yes, and I won’t say no — but I’m giving you a definite maybe. Samuel Goldwyn