10 Quotes to Turn you & me On.

Via Waylon Lewis
on Apr 23, 2014
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10 Quotes to Turn you & me On.

“Eros seizes and shakes my very soul
like the wind on the mountain
shaking ancient oaks.” ~ Sappho

What turns us on? Sex. Food. Adrenaline. 

But what really turns us on? Joy. Feeling genuine. Just being. Appreciating the real things in life. A cool breeze. Love. Coffee. Community. Sunshine.

Or, as the Buddhists would put it, waking up to what is, and serving others, helping to awaken our own innate goodness in the process.

In the end, only kindness matters

So, in that spirit, here are 10 Hot & Steamy Quotes to Turn you (Truly) On…to Life, to Love, to Service, to Sacrifice, to Sadness, to Truth.

Regarding our daily life as a sacred ritual turns us on:

We could learn to stop when the sun goes down and when the sun comes up. We could learn to listen to the wind; we could learn to notice that it’s raining or snowing or hailing or calm. We could reconnect with the weather that is ourselves, and we could realize that it’s sad. The sadder it is, and the vaster it is, the more our heart opens. We can stop thinking that good practice is when it’s smooth and calm, and bad practice is when it’s rough and dark. If we can hold it all in our hearts, then we can make a proper cup of tea.” ~ Pema Chodron

Jesus, and other heroes of peace, compassion and tolerance turn our hearts on:

“For some reason, the most vocal Christians among us never mention the Beatitudes. But, often with tears in their eyes, they demand that the Ten Commandments be posted in public buildings. And of course that’s Moses, not Jesus. I haven’t heard one of them demand that the Sermon on the Mount, the Beatitudes, be posted anywhere. ‘Blessed are the merciful’ in a courtroom? ‘Blessed are the peacemakers’ in the Pentagon?” ~ Kurt Vonnegut

Letting go and moving on turns us on:

“When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.” ~ Lao Tzu 

A life of service, inspired and fueled by compassion, turns us on:

“And while I’m here I’ll do the work.  And what’s the work? To ease the pain of living — everything else, drunken dumbshow.” ~ Allen Ginsberg

Heartbreaking, unthinking heroism turns us on:

“My son made his mother cry, but saved hundreds of mothers from crying for their children.” Mujahid Ali, the father of Aitzaz, who tackled a suicide bomber, saving the lives of his schoolmates. He was 15. 

Imagination turns us on. Refusing to give up turns us on:

“Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It’s an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It’s a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing.” ~ Muhammad Ali

Joy, and Pain, Sadness and Love turn us on:

“What do you want out of life?” I asked, and I used to ask that all the time of girls.
“I don’t know,” she said. “Just wait on tables and try to get along.” She yawned. I put my hand over her mouth and told her not to yawn. I tried to tell her how excited I was about life and the things we could do together; saying that, and planning to leave Denver in two days. She turned away wearily. We lay on our backs, looking at the ceiling and wondering what God had wrought when He made life so sad.”  Jack Kerouac

A sense of humor about ourselves turns us on:

“I’m so glad I never feel important, it does complicate life!” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

Fearlessness turns us on.

“This is the lesson: never give in, never give in, never, never, never, never—in nothing, great or small, large or petty—never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.” ~ Winston Churchill

And, yes, Love turns us on.

“You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.” ~ Dr. Seuss 




About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now elephantjournal.com & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. elephantjournal.com | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


7 Responses to “10 Quotes to Turn you & me On.”

  1. Dhruva says:

    Nice topic…awesome quotes….love the pic!

  2. Amy E says:

    Very inspiring article. I am familiar with, and agree with most of the quotes. If you knew me, you could pick my favorite quote. A sense of humor, especially the ability to laugh at oneself, will get you through life's challenges. Intellect always turns me on…for a number of reasons. The ability to forgive, and to not hold a grudge, reveals one's true character: For you are correct. In the end, kindness (and the people who love you) are all that truly matters.

  3. Jennifer Perry says:


  4. Romita says:

    Nice and Informatics quotes share…

  5. Tim says:

    Love it. Especially fond of the Impossible quote by Muhammad Ali.

  6. Kathy says:

    This is good. So good. I salivated.

  7. Dhruva says:

    Why has the picture changed, bring back the original please.