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Tarot and Quotes — Part 2

June 26, 2010

Whenever I come across a good quote, I try to relate it to a Tarot card.

.A couple of days ago I posted an article about associating inspirational quotes with Tarot cards.  That one covered the Fool through the Chariot. Today I’m posting PART 2 – Strength through Temperance. .

RWS 2.0 Strength* Strength:
“There is nothing so strong as gentleness and nothing so gentle as real strength.” — St. Francis de Sales
“The lion who breaks the enemy’s ranks is a minor hero compared to the lion who overcomes himself.” — Rumi
“The only thing worthy of you is compassion
invincible, limitless, unconditional.
Hatred will never let you face the beast in man.”
— Thich Nhat Hanh (From Call me by My True Names)
“I was always looking outside myself for strength and confidence, but it comes from within.  It is there all the time.” — Anna Freud
“Opportunities to find deeper powers within ourselves come when life seems most challenging.” — Joseph Campbell
“Strong men can always afford to be gentle.  Only the weak are intent on ‘giving as good as they get.’” — Elbert Hubbard
“God created the cat so that man might caress the tiger.” – The attribution for this quote seems uncertain. I have seen it attributed to Fernand Mery and to Victor Hugo.

* Hermit:
“I’m not a teacher: only a fellow traveler of whom you asked the way. I pointed ahead – ahead of myself as well as you.” — George Bernard Shaw
“You are that which you are seeking.” — Saint Francis
“Do not follow in the footsteps of the old masters, but seek what they sought.” — Basho
“If you light a lamp for somebody, it will also brighten your path.” — Buddhist Saying
“….in my solitude I have woven for myself a silken web or chrysalis, and, nymph-like, shall ere long burst forth a more perfect creature, fitted for a higher society.” — Henry David Thoreau

* Wheel of Fortune:
“Tempt not the stars, young man, thou canst not play with the severity of fate.”  — John Ford
“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.” — Ecclesiastes 3:18
“Destiny is a matter of choice; it is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.” — William Jennings Bryan
“There is a lesson–sometimes delightful and sometimes painful–in everything that happens to you.” — Rick Fields, Chop Wood, Carry Water

* Justice:
“Rigid justice is the greatest injustice.” — Thomas Fuller, MD
“Everyone loves justice in the affairs of another.” — Italian Proverb
“Man, when perfected, is the best of animals, but, when separated from law and justice, he is the worst of all.” — Aristotle
“The future depends on what we do in the present.” — Mahatma Gandhi
“Every decision you make is not a decision about what to do; it’s a decision about who you are.” — Neale Donald Walsch, Friendship with God
“Shallow men believe in luck. Strong men believe in cause and effect.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

* Hanged Man:
“You will come to know that what appears to be a sacrifice will prove instead to be the greatest investment you will ever make.” — Gordon B. Hinkley
“Self-sacrifice is the real miracle out of which all the reported miracles grew.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Nonresistance is the key to the greatest power in the universe.” – Eckhart Tolle, A New Earth
“When you let go of possessions and pride, you let go of a principle source of stress in your life.” — Rick Fields, Chop Wood, Carry Water
“A zen master remarked, ‘Renunciation is not giving up the things of this world, it is accepting that they go away.’ The result of such acceptance is fulfillment, not deprivation.” – Arthur Deikman, MD, The Observing Self

* Death:
“It’s the unhappiest people who most fear change.” — Mignon McLaughlin
“Death is the dark backing a mirror needs if we are to see anything.” — Saul Bellow
“Whatever prepares you for death enhances life.” – Stephen Levine
“Death is nothing but the redemption of life.” — Damian
“Life is a great sunrise. I do not see why death should not be an even greater one.” — Vladimir Nobokov
“In the midst of winter, I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer.” — Albert Camus

RWS 2.0 Temperance* Temperance:
“Moderation is a virtue only in those who are thought to have an alternative.” — Henry Kissinger
“It is circumstances and proper measure that give an action its character, and make it either good or bad.” — Plutarch
“Our real blessings often appear to us in the shapes of pains, losses and disappointments; but let us have patience, and we soon shall see them in their proper figures.” — Joseph Addison
“Use what seems like poison as medicine. Use your personal suffering as the path to compassion for all beings.” — Pema Chödrön


I hope these quotes give you all some food for thought about the meanings of the cards that I have associated with them. Thinking about what cards you would associate with them is a great exercise too.



For more Tarot & Quotes, see:

Tarot and Quotes — Part 1
Tarot and Quotes — Part 3
Tarot and Quotes — Part 4












  1. Tantalizing! I especially loved the Hanged Man’s:
    “You will come to know that what appears to be a sacrifice will prove instead to be the greatest investment you will ever make.” — Gordon B. Hinkley

    We forget that our greatest triumphs come from our greatest difficulties.

    These are all wonderful, James. I am so inspired by these and love how they relate to tarot.

    Thank you for doing these!

  2. These are great. I like this technique but have a difficult time finding quotes that I like. I really need to find some better sources for quotes, yours are good!

    • Thanks Koneta.
      The books that I have cited and linked to in these Quotes articles are great sources for such quotes… Especially the Chop Wood, Carry Water book, which is a great book in any case.

  3. Great! James….really inspirational.
    thanks for doing the work, and serving it up to us in such a lovely manner.

  4. I really like this one:

    “Strong men can always afford to be gentle. Only the weak are intent on ‘giving as good as they get.’” — Elbert Hubbard

    Very thoughtful choices, great post.

  5. Fantastic ! I’ll be practicing this on my own 🙂 Thanks for being an inspiration!

    • Glad you like it, Chanel. It’d be interesting to see which cards in your new A King’s Journey deck you associate some of these quotes with. 😀

  6. Melissa Tarot permalink

    This is lovely, thanks. 🙂

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