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Tarot and Quotes — Part 4

August 2, 2010

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

About a month ago I posted a few articles about associating inspirational quotes with Tarot cards. Those posts covered the Major arcana: The first one covered the Fool through the Chariot, the second, Strength through Temperance, and the third, the Devil through The World.

Now I want to address the Minor Arcana. However, while I have found several quotes for each of the Major Arcana cards, I haven’t come across a quote for every Minor Arcana card. So here is a partial list of those cards and the quotes I’ve found for them.


RWS 2.0 Three of Wands* Three of Wands:

“When we have done our best, we should wait for the result in peace.” — J. Lubbock

* Six of Wands:

“How often are the laurels worn by those who have had no share in earning them!” — Abigail Adams

“On the whole, it is better to deserve honors and not have them than to have them and not deserve them.” – Mark Twain

* Seven of Wands:

“A dog does not bark at a parked car.” – Unknown

* Nine of Wands:

“Experience is not what happens to a man; it is what a man does with what happens to him.” — Aldous Huxley

“To endure what is unendurable is true endurance.” — Japanese proverb

* Page of Wands:

“The worst bankrupt in the world is the person who has lost his enthusiasm.” — H. W. Arnold

* King of Wands:

“The goal of many leaders is to get people to think more highly of the leader. The goal of a great leader is to help people to think more highly of themselves.” J. Carla Nortcutt

RWS 2.0 Ace of Cups* Ace of Cups:

“The heart has its reasons which reason does not know.” — Blaise Pascal

“Let’s not forget that the little emotions are the great captains of our lives and we obey them without realizing it.” Vincent Van Gogh

“The supreme happiness in life is the conviction that we are loved.” — Victor Hugo

* Two of Cups:

“I always thought that I was me — but no, I was you and never knew it.” – Rumi

“Loving another person awakens the heart and lifts us beyond the narrow confines of our self-interest.” —Rick Fields

“The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed.” – C.G. Jung

* Three of Cups:

“No man is a failure who has friends.” — from It’s a Wonderful Life.

“Snowflakes are one of nature’s most fragile things, but just look what they can do when they stick together.” — Vista M. Kelly

“Remember, we all stumble, every one of us.  That’s why it’s a comfort to go hand in hand.” — Emily Kimbrough

* Four of Cups:

“Boredom is your ‘fuller life’ calling you, and your fear of hearing that call.” — Gary Zukav

* Five of Cups:

“Don’t cry over spilt milk.” — Traditional

“Do not grieve. Anything you lose comes round in another form.” – Rumi

* Six of Cups:

“It’s never too late to have a happy childhood.” — Tom Robbins

“Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.” — Mother Teresa

“The very nature of kindness is to spread. If you are kind to others, today they will be kind to you, and tomorrow to somebody else.” — Sri Chinmoy

* Seven of Cups:

“Everyone should carefully observe which way his heart draws him, and then choose that way with all his strength.” — Hasidic Proverb

“Your vision will become clear only when you look inside your heart.  Who looks outside, dreams.  Who looks inside, awakens.” — Carl Jung

* Nine of Cups:

“The price of getting what you want is getting what you once wanted.” — Neil Gaiman

RWS 2.0 Ace of Swords* Ace of Swords:

“Your mind will be like its habitual thoughts, for the soul becomes dyed with the color of its thoughts.” — Marcus Aurelius

“Concentration is fascination of mind … it is effortless and relaxed, not tense and purposeful.” – Tim Gallwey

“The greatest gift you can give another is the purity of your attention.” — Richard Moss

“If you cannot find the truth right where you are, where else do you expect to find it?” — Dogen, a 13th century Zen master

* Three of Swords:

“The grief that does not speak / Whispers the o’erfraught heart and bids it break.” — Shakespeare (Macbeth, IV. 3.)

“Where there is sorrow, there is holy ground.” — Oscar Wilde

* Five of Swords:

“Do whatever you need to do, but never put someone out of your heart.” — Ram Dass

* Six of Swords:

“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.” — Marcel Proust

* Seven of Swords:

“The measure of a man’s real character is what he would do if he knew he would never be found out.” — T. B. Macaulay

“The arrow you dropped will be collected by someone else.” — African (Ovambo) Proverb

* Nine of Swords:

“In a real dark night of the soul, it is always three o’clock in the morning, day after day.” — F. Scott Fitzgerald

“It is such a secret place, the land of tears.” — Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

“The reason why worry kills more people than work is that more people worry than work.” — Robert Frost

“We are not troubled by things, but by the opinions which we have of things.” — Epictetus

“In our sleep, pain which cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart until, in our own despair, against our will, comes wisdom through the awful grace of God.” – Aeschylus

“How much pain they have cost us, the evils which have never happened.” Thomas Jefferson

* Ten of Swords:

“The death of one man is a tragedy, the death of millions is a statistic.” — Joseph Stalin

* King of Swords:

“In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities; in the expert’s mind there are few.” – Shunryu Suzuki

RWS 2.0 Ace of Pentacles* Ace of Pentacles:

“In the garden, the soul and nature marry.” — Robert Bly

“Acknowledging the good that is already in your life is the foundation for all abundance.” – Eckhart Tolle

* Two of Pentacles:

“Most people struggle with life balance simply because they haven’t paid the price to decide what is really important to them.” – source unknown, although it has been attributed to Stephen Covey

“It takes no more time to see the good side of life than to see the bad.” — Jimmy Buffett

* Five of Pentacles:

“Loneliness and the feeling of being unwanted is the most terrible poverty.” — Mother Teresa

“Grant that I may be given appropriate difficulties and sufferings on this journey so that my heart may be truly awakened and my practice of liberation and universal compassion may be truly fulfilled.” — Tibetan prayer.

The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak. Hans Hofmann

* Six of Pentacles:

“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” — Sir Winston Churchill

“You will never be rich unless you do something for someone who will never be able to repay you.” — Author unknown

“Giving and receiving are one in truth.” – A Course in Miracles

“He who wishes to secure the good of others, has already secured his own.” — Confucius

“The measure of a country’s greatness should be based on how well it cares for its most vulnerable populations.” — Gandhi

* Seven of Pentacles:

“Stop a moment, cease your work, and look around you.” — Thomas Carlyle

* Eight of Pentacles:

“Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.” — Theodore Roosevelt

“You learn by doing a thing; for although you think you know it, you have no certainty until you try.” — Sophocles

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence is not an act but a habit.” — Aristotle

* Page of Pentacles:

“There are no seven wonders of the world in the eyes of a child.  There are seven million.” – Walt Streightiff


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 2
Tarot and Quotes — Part 3











  1. These are awesome! I have to see if you have them for the major arcana. Thx for posting!:)

    • Thanks!
      There are links to the three posts with quotes for the Majors at the top of the article.

  2. Oh, I just saw that u did! Gr8t! This helps a lot for self-tarot reading! Thx again!

  3. Marjorie permalink

    I love quotations.Pairing quotations with the Minor Arcana makes it easier to remember their attributes and makes learning the Minors more delightful and poetic.

    Thank you for sharing this concept with us.



  4. These are lovely, thanks James!

    “The measure of a man’s real character is what he would do if he knew he would never be found out.” I think we had a variation of this one on the wall in the photocopier room at work (= please don’t leave the paper tray empty). A person’s character is determined by what they do (or don’t do) when no-one is watching.

    • Helen,
      Oh, yes! “Please don’t leave the paper tray empty” would be a great piece of advice from the 7/Swords! Or perhaps that card might indicate someone who keeps doing that in a reading about one’s office environment.

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