When we think about “the holidays,” many of us think about December — a time of celebration but also of materialistic desire and frenzy. But for millions of people, the springtime holidays are a break from the Hallmark chaos and represent an important spiritual time. With Holy Week and Passover upon us, here are 9 quotes to put you in a ruminative mood and prompt some personal reflection.  

Deepak Chopra
Author of The Soul of Leadership

“Enlightened leadership is spiritual if we understand spirituality not as some kind of religious dogma or ideology but as the domain of awareness where we experience values like truth, goodness, beauty, love and compassion, and also intuition, creativity, insight and focused attention.”

Elie Wiesel
Nobel Prize-winning author, professor and activist

“The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference. The opposite of art is not ugliness, it’s indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it’s indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, it’s indifference.”

Oprah Winfrey
Author of The Wisdom of Sundays : Life-Changing Insights from Super Soul Conversations

“I believe I don’t know what the future holds, but I know who holds the future. I know who and what holds the future. I trust that beyond this space and time, all is well, and all will be well.”

James Martin
Author of Jesus: A Pilgrimage’ and ‘Building a Bridge

“What might our lives feel like if we didn’t march through them with a scorecard, keeping a tally of our failures and successes? How would it be to stop pretending omniscience? Can you imagine being able to trust that the outcome of your efforts will be right, whatever the outcome? Even when it looks as though every effort is marked with failure?”

Pope Francis
Leader of the Catholic Church

“Perfect families do not exist. This must not discourage us. Quite the opposite. Love is something we learn; love is something we live; love grows as it is ‘forged’ by the concrete situations which each particular family experiences. Love is born and constantly develops amid lights and shadows.”

Paulo Coelho
Author of The Alchemist

“Whoever you, or whatever it is that you do, when you really want something, it’s because the desire originated in the soul of the universe. It’s your mission on earth.”

Eckhart Tolle
Author of The Power of Now and A New Earth: Awakening to your Life’s Purpose

“Life will give you whatever experience is most helpful for the evolution of your consciousness. How do you know this is the experience you need? Because this is the experience you are having at the moment.”

Arianna Huffington
Founder & CEO of Thrive Global

“Whenever you become aware of anything (thoughts, feelings, perceptions, images, associations), simply return to your sacred word, your anchor. It’s remarkable how similar the pathways that connect us with our own being are: the symbols and the mantras differ, but the essence and the truth remain through the ages and across many different continents, religions, and psychological practices.”

Rhonda Byrne
Author of The Secret

“When you look at yourself and feel dissatisfaction about any part of you, you will continue to attract feelings of dissatisfaction, because the law mirrors back to you exactly what you are holding inside. Be in awe and wonder at the magnificence of you.”


  • Alexandra Hayes

    Content Director, Product & Brand, at Thrive

    Alexandra Hayes is a Content Director, Product & Brand, at Thrive. Prior to joining Thrive, she was a middle school reading teacher in Canarsie, Brooklyn.