Serious and Funny Picture Quotes
– Wise and Pretty Image Quotes

This page is dedicated to showing some quotes with pictures that I have created for the sheer joy of it.

Some of the quotes are famous quotes or funny life quotes by wise and/or humorous characters from history and others are by, well, myself, yours truly (Soren Lauritzen).

Creating graphic quotes such as these is a bit of an art form, I think. It’s a mix of image and text, and of course you need to find or create the quote as well as the photo, painting or drawing, but furthermore I prefer not to let the text interfere with the beauty of picture, and I try to let the colors and the shapes of the letters (the font) be ones that enhance or remain faithful to the image.

This being art of sorts, I prefer to retain the copyright to all these quotes with images and ask that you do not change them, BUT you are most welcome to share them anywhere you like, including on your website/blog, or social media like Pinterest, WeHeartIt, FaceBook, Instagram, Google+, Twitter or the social medium of your choice – I do consider them social media graphics.

Enough said, here we go:

So Much to Explore – Picture Quote by Soren Lauritzen

Picture quote by Soren Lauritzen - Let's Explore! Hummingbird on twig.

This first picture quote (above) shows a beautiful little hummingbird sitting on a twig, and the text reads:

“There’s so much to explore – in life and inside ourselves. Let’s explore, accept, play, learn and grow.”

~ Soren Lauritzen ~

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Who and What Is Your True Self? – Picture Quote by Soren Lauritzen

Life alchemy (conscious life [style] design) and authenticity is all about daring to be ourselves. But what and who exactly is that? We’ve all been thoroughly socialized and, well, indoctrinated with tons of cultural beliefs and habits (and probably religious beliefs and habits, too). But our true self remains unchanged by all this. And as you’ll see by the graphic quote our true self is well worth exploring:

Picture quote by Soren Lauritzen: Who is your true self? Photo: Closeup of brown human eye.

The second photo quote (above) shows a closeup of a human face with focus on a brown eye – doorway to the soul, and the text reads:

“Who and what is your true self?

You can find the answer by letting go of everything that you possibly can. What’s left will be the real, true and authentic you.

You’ll find that your true self is:
Consciousness. Love. Freedom. Wholeness. Joy. Truth. Inner peace. And, of course, very much YOU.”

~ Soren Lauritzen ~

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You Are the Universe – Photo Quote by Eckhart Tolle

Closely related to the previous quote comes this image quote:

Quote with picture by Eckhart Tolle. You are the universe. Rusty metal background.

The third image quote is based on something a very famous contemporary spiritual teacher tells us. Eckhart Tolle was actually born Ulrich Leonard Tölle but after he became what is commonly referred to as spiritually enlightened he changed his name, apparently partly to the honor the German philosopher and mystic, Meister Eckhart and partly because of a dream where he (fore)saw books written by him, under the name of Eckhart Tolle. By now Tolle is the author of several wonderful consciousness enhancing books, including “The Power of Now” and “A New Earth“.

The second photo quote (above) shows a closeup of rusty metal plate, and the text reads:

“You are the universe expressing itself as a human being for a little while.”

~ Eckhart Tolle ~

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Don’t Believe Anything You Read on the Net
– Photo Quote by Douglas Adams

Critical thinking is, well, critical. Always has been, always will be, but perhaps critical thinking is more important in this day and age than it ever has been before, and it gets more important with each passing year.

We have very nearly all the information in the world at our fingertips, but is it correct?

Certainly not always. In fact, it’s very often only partially correct, and sometimes it’s pure fabrication. Nasty-ass politicians and corporations as well as unscrupulous individuals spread lies for profit, power, vanity or whatever other less-than-savoury motive they may have.

Critical thinking and in depth research and verification is the solution. Or part of it.

Another part of it is simply listening to the still voice within yourself. Your intuition, your heart, your gut, your inner “truth bell”. Does what you’re being told ring true? Does it “feel right”?

Quote with picture by author Douglas Adams: Don't believe anything you read on the net. Portrait photo by Michael Hughes. Creative Commons attribution share alike license.

Douglas Adams is the author of a number of incredibly irrelevant and extremely funny books, the most famous of which are the ones in the series “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy“. These books actually started out as a comedy radio play on the British BBC as far back as 1978. (And yes, this radio play is well worth a listen, too).

Can a book really be good if it’s close to being totally irrelevant to anything and everything? Sure. In fact, their very irrelevance and whimsical-ness tend to make them surprising deep, philosophically speaking. Read his books and find out just how true that is.

“Don’t believe anything you read on the net.

Except this.

Well, including this, I suppose.”

~ Douglas Adams ~

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I’d Far Rather Be Happy … Quote with Image by Douglas Adams

So many people think it’s awfully important to be right. They will never back down in a discussion, they will keep on fighting until their last argument has fallen upon ears so tired that the other party would rather give up than keep listening.

In truth, being right or wrong are meaningless concepts, because right and wrong are completely relative terms, just like big and small, skinny and fat, smart and stupid, ugly and beautiful. None of those terms have any objective or absolute value. Nor any of the many other polarized, duality based terms that exist. Or, to put that differently, ugly is only ugly because of beautiful, skinny is only skinny because of fat, and right is only right because of wrong. Take away one part of the dichotomy and the other part is rendered meaningless.

Generally speaking always wanting to be right is a sign of a deep-felt insecurity, which stems from whatever childhood traumas one has suffered and a resulting over-reliance on the coping mechanism that is the ego. Relying too much on our ego is a sure-fire way to ensure an unpleasant life experience. Or, in the words of Douglas Adams:

 Quote with image by Douglas Adams: Be happy, not right. Happy dog on the beach.

This quote with image is of a happy looking dog on a beach. Dogs are the kings and queens of frolicking. And of unconditional love. In short, there is much we can learn from them. The text on the photo reads:

“I’d far rather be happy than right any day.”

~ Douglas Adams ~

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Let’s Allow Life to Happen – Picture Quote by Soren Lauritzen

Speaking of ways to be happy, one such way is the ultra-simple method of allowing life to happen:

Picture quote by Soren Lauritzen: Let's allow life to happen. A stack of Zen stones on still, reflective water.

Here’s the text of the picture quote:

“Let’s allow life to happen! It’s going to, in any case. So why lot let it?”

~ Soren Lauritzen ~

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Life Is a Process – Picture Quote by Soren Lauritzen

We want to feel safe, it’s one of our basic needs (there are seven of those). The problem is, we want to use our egos to help us feel safe, which is inherently impossible, because the ego is fear based. Feeling fear and feeling safe don’t really go together. Nevertheless we try, and one of the primary ways we try is by trying to make life predictable.

Once we feel that we’re able to predict things to a more-or-less satisfactory degree, we want things to stay the same. Conserve the status quo. Because look, we just spent a lot of time, attention and effort figuring things out, right, so there should be NO CHANGING things!

Things do change, though, and for no apparent reason. All the time. There’s really no end to the change. Status quo is pretty much a myth. And that is because life is a process. There’s nothing static about it:

Picture quote by Soren Lauritzen: Life is a process. Photo of smooth liquid-like colored glass.

The older we get the more clear it becomes to us that everything in the physical world is transient, what with people and pets around us getting old and dying and our own physical body getting older, weaker and more frail with each passing year. This of course being preceded by pretty much any and all of our material things getting worn out, breaking down and needing to be replaced.

“Life is a process. Of constant change. So everything is transient. And letting go is paramount.”

~ Soren Lauritzen ~

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Challenging the Status Quo – Quote with Picture by Soren Lauritzen

Most of us kind of like the status quo, even if it isn’t a very good one. Why? Because it feels safe. We know what we’ve got, we don’t know what we’re going to get. But. Given that life is a process of constant change the idea of a status quo is actually kind of amusing. Because hey, no matter what you do, the status quo is going to change. Sooooo:

Picture quote by Soren Lauritzen: To grow we must challenge the status quo. Photo of young green leaves.

The text reads:

“To grow as a child, or a parent, a lover or a friend, an employee or a leader, or indeed as a human being, you must accept challenges to the status quo … and challenge it yourself.”

~ Soren Lauritzen ~

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Comfort Zone Choice – Quote Image by Soren Lauritzen

Speaking of our comfort zone … here’s the choice we have to make:

Quote image by Soren Lauritzen: Inside vs. outside our comfort zone. Photo: Small tree by the sea.

The text on the quote image reads:

“Inside our comfort zone we have the soothing illusion of predictability and safety, but we also have limitations, boredom and stagnation.

Outside our comfort zone we find the unsettling reality of change and uncertainty, but we also find possibilities, creativity and growth.”

~ Soren Lauritzen ~

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Brain Picture Quote by Emo Philips

The human brain is a most intriguing piece of wetware. An average brain weighs about 1.400 grams (3 pounds) which is around 2% of our body weight, but in terms of consumption it uses no less than 20% of the oxygen and energy that we take in. This is for good reason.

Imagine a grain of sand. Now, imagine a piece of brain tissue the same size. Brain cells are called neurons, and their connections to other neurons are called synapses. How many neurons and synapses do you think there’s room for in that tiny piece of brain?

The answer is 100,000 neurons. To make it even more fun, each neuron connects to about 10,000 other neurons by means of an average of 40,000 synapses per neuron, making that grain of brain tissue contain around one billion synapses. That’s one heck of an intricate network!

In the words of American comedian Emo Philips:

Quote with picture by Emo Philips about the brain. Blue and purple bubbles.

The text reads:

“I used to think that the brain was the most wonderful organ in my body.

Then I realized who was telling me this.”

~ Emo Philips ~

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In other words, don’t believe everything you think.

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Who and What Is Life about? – Quote Image by Soren Lauritzen

At first glance this seems like a hard to answer question. It’s not that hard, though, because the answer is very much simpler and more straightforward than most of us tend to expect.

Quote image by Soren Lauritzen: Are things about us? Nope, they are about life. Photo: Lightning bolt at night outside an old barn.

Here’s the text from the quote image:

“Most of us tend to think that things that happen are about us.
Or we make them be about us. Well, they’re not.

Things that happen are actually about life as a whole.
Which, of course, you and I are each a part of.

Here’s the apparently counter-intuitive truth of how it works:

• If we insist that things are about us …
we end up as scared, powerless, unhappy victims of circumstance.

• If we surrender to being small parts of the whole …
we experience joy, love, inner peace, freedom, meaning and empowerment.

Strange, but true.”

~ Soren Lauritzen ~

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In some cultures we’re taught that the family is paramount, in other cultures it’s a different kind of group that’s important, and in yet other cultures it’s the individual that’s highly valued.

It’s obvious that these teachings (beliefs) are contradictory and cannot all be correct. So which one is right?

None of them. Ultimately all of these teachings / beliefs are wrong.

To reiterate, then, this is the answer to the question in the headline:

Life isn’t about you or me, or anyone else. It’s not even about planet Earth, or about the Milky Way galaxy, or even about all of the physical universe. Life is much bigger than that, and life is about life! As a whole.

Since you and I and all the galaxies and everything else, too, are parts of life, this means that our existence is also about life as a whole. Did you get that? It’s kind of a weird thought, really: That you are about life as a whole, and I am, too.

Interestingly, once you get used to this strange idea, it actually makes a lot of sense. In fact, it’s the only explanation that makes sense.

Life as a whole exists and is self sustaining and self contained. The fact that life exists is also the reason why life exists. Life IS because it IS.

We humans are parts of life, so we exist too. Why do we exist? Same answer: We ARE because we ARE.

Life as a whole also has consciousness, in fact one way to put it is that life IS consciousness, which in turn means that everything inside life has consciousness, too. In varying degrees, of course.

Most cats seem to have more consciousness than most rocks, but most humans seem to have more consciousness than most cats. (Even though most of us can probably think of a person or two whose consciousness seems dwarfed by most cats).

Either way the old adage “I AM that I AM” is the whole point. We are because we are. We exist because we exist. Which makes total sense, provided we relax and ALLOW it to make sense.

Those of us who just cannot reconcile with relaxing and allowing “I AM that I AM” to make sense may try instead to consider the thought that we – and everything else – exist because this allows life to experience itself. That thought isn’t as precise as “I AM that I AM” or “We ARE because we ARE”, but in a pinch it will do. 🙂

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What’s the Optimal amount of Beliefs? – Image Quote by Soren Lauritzen

If you’re not fascinated by the subject of beliefs it is most likely because you haven’t realized how important they are. No, I don’t just mean religious beliefs, I mean ALL the beliefs we hold about every little thing. And every big thing. Everything.

Most of us hold tons of beliefs, the thing is though, we hold those beliefs subconsciously, so we’re not even aware of it. And yet: beliefs form our personal reality. They set the boundaries beyond which we very nearly cannot pass. Those boundaries are self-imposed to be sure, but that doesn’t make them any less potent.

If you believe something very firmly, then your life experience will tend to conform to that belief. And you will, subconsciously of course, tend to seek out “evidence” that supports your belief, as well as tend to completely ignore anything that does not conform to that belief.

Beliefs, however, are NOT reality. In fact, beliefs can only exist in the absence of sure knowledge (knowing). If you KNOW something to be so, you don’t need to believe it.

Which is why most of us don’t go about believing in things like houses, or cars, or little old ladies who speak their mind regardless of the consequences. These things are pretty hard to ignore, so we all KNOW they’re there – no belief needed.

If you do need belief, it has to be because you don’t actually KNOW for sure, but you WANT it to be true. That’s as good a definition of belief as any.

So, then, what does this say about beliefs and ACTUAL truth? Nothing in and of itself, but it does say this:

Image quote by Soren Lauritzen: Fewer beliefs make for a happier life. Photo: Girl by a lake with forest and mountains in the background.

The above image quote specifies the simple correlation:

“The fewer beliefs we hold, the more open to life, the more open to love, and the happier we are.”

~ Soren Lauritzen ~

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If we keep letting go of belief after belief, where do we end up?

Well, for each belief we shed, we take one step out of our make-believe reality and one step closer to that-which-is – a more absolute version of reality.

The nice thing about that-which-is, as opposed to make-believe realities, is that it’s based on love. And inclusion, acceptance, spaciousness, wholeness, oneness, happiness, meaning, inner peace and several other concepts, which all in all make for a very pleasant experience.

So if we ever succeed in letting ALL our beliefs about everything go, we’ll end up experiencing unconditional love, happiness, wholeness, inner peace and those other neat things. This is what is meant by “spiritual enlightenment” or “spiritual awakening” – we awaken from our make-believe reality into that-which-is.

Which feels pretty darn good. And has the added bonus of allowing us to not take everything in the generally accepted make-believe consensus reality so seriously anymore.

It’s like lucid dreaming – waking up inside a dream. You suddenly realize that you’re dreaming and you can proceed to have a lot of fun with your dream. Only here we’re talking about waking up from our personal reality as well as the generally accepted consensus reality.

For some reason that type of awakening, full or partial, is something that’s getting more readily available to each of us with every passing day. Happily.

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Image Quote on Success by Soren Lauritzen

The primary measurement of success, in my opinion, is authenticity … in both beingness (being yourself) and doingness (doing what comes naturally when you’re being who you really are).

Not only is this also a recipe for happiness and a good life, this definition of success has the added advantage of making success a lot more attainable (and easy to live with) than the usually sought-after fame, popularity, money and material possessions. It allows us to start being successful today!

quote by Soren Lauritzen: Authenticity equals success. (Photo of orange blossom flower).

The text reads:

Authenticity: the only real measurement of success.

Being successful means being you and doing it too.

~ Soren Lauritzen ~

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The Final Image Quote for now: A Success Picture Quote by Dr. Seuss

A doctor whom everybody knew wasn’t a doctor at all, but rather an American son of German immigrants by the name of Theodor Seuss Geisel (1904-1991) who made a living as an artist, animator, cartoonist, book publisher and author of much beloved children’s books under the nom de plume (pen name) of Dr. Seuss. His texts were often a mixture of nonsense and surprisingly deep life wisdom. Like this:

Picture quote on success by Dr. Seuss. (Photo of wood grain).

The text reads:

And will you succeed?
Yes! You will indeed!
(98 and 3/4 percent guaranteed)

~ Dr. Seuss ~

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(End-of-text divider, drawing of two feathers).

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