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“We must live each day with a consciousness so acute, and an attention so intense, that we can say to ourselves each evening: I have lived; I have actualized my life, and have had all that I could expect from life.”
“Let us not look back in anger, nor forward in fear, but around in awareness.”
“When we quit thinking primarily about ourselves and our own self-preservation, we undergo a truly heroic transformation of consciousness”.
“We interpret what we see, select the most workable of the multiple choices. We live entirely[...]by the imposition of a narrative line upon disparate images, by the 'ideas' with which we have learned to freeze the shifting phantasmagoria — which is our actual experience.”
“All differences in this world are of degree, and not kind, because oneness is the secret of everything.”
“The dead outnumber the living fourteen to one, and we ignore the accumulated [[Experience]] of such a huge majority of mankind at our peril.”
“We learn not in the school, but in life.”
"What is the first business of one who practices philosophy? To get rid of self-conceit. For it is impossible for anyone to begin to [[Learn]] that which he thinks he already knows.”
"If you want to be a clever person, you have to learn how to ask cleverly, how to listen attentively, how to respond quietly, and how to stop talking when there is nothing more to say."
“I want to learn more and more to see as beautiful what is necessary in things; then I shall be one of those who make things beautiful."
“I do not know what I may appear to the world, but to myself I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the sea-shore, and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me.”
"We become who we are in great part because of the friends we have."
“The vast loneliness up here of the Moon is awe-inspiring, and it makes you realize just what you have back there on Earth. The Earth from here is a grand oasis to the big vastness of space.”
"Driven by the forces of love, the fragments of the world seek each other so that the world may come to being."
“For true love is inexhaustible; the more you give, the more you have. And if you go to draw at the true fountainhead, the more water you draw, the more abundant is its flow.”
“When a man is gripped by love, he feels that this is like being in infinite debt.”
“Love, then do as you like.”
“One can’t love humanity, one can only love people.”
“We never know the love of a parent till we become parents ourselves.”
"In the morning as I meet the dawn, I remember that my heart contains the God, the Beloved, who has not yet been defined and described. I remember that it is He who vibrates within my heart, enables me to breathe, to talk, to listen, to move."
“In the end, only three things matter: how much you Loved, how gently you lived, and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you.”
“We are so accustomed to disguise ourselves to others that in the end we become disguised to ourselves.”
“I think everybody should get rich and famous and do everything they ever dreamed of so they can see that it’s not the answer.”
“Be a loner. That gives you time to wonder, to search for the Truth. Have holy curiosity. Make your life worth living.”
"Can you remember who you were, before the world told you who you should be?"
"For too long, our world has been consumed by defining success as money, power, and fame. At the essence of moral revolution lies the requirement to redefine success away from how much money we have to one based on the lives we’ve positively touched."
“The chief task in life is simply this: to identify and separate matters so that I can say clearly to myself which are externals not under my control, and which have to do with the choices I actually control. Where then do I look for good and evil? Not to uncontrollable externals, but within myself to the choices that are my own."
“Those who are self-aware tend to move into life’s possibilities. Those who are less self-reflective often get mired in negative cycles that can lead to regret.”
“Problems that remain persistently unsolvable should always be suspected as questions asked in the wrong way.”
“You can easily judge the character of a man by how he treats those who can do nothing for him.”
“What one man calls God, another calls the laws of physics.”
“The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two conflicting ideas in mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function."
“If I had an hour to save the world, I’d spend 59 minutes defining the problem and one minute resolving it.”
"Doubt is the beginning, not the end, of wisdom."
“In order to eat, you have to be hungry. In order to learn, you have to be ignorant. Ignorance is a condition of learning. Pain is a condition of health. Passion is a condition of thought. Death is a condition of life.”
“The cleverest of all, in my opinion, is the man who calls himself a fool at least once a month.”
“It's life that matters, nothing but life--the process of discovering the everlasting and perpetual process, not the discovery itself at all.”
“Don't let us forget that the causes of human actions are immeasurably more complex and varied than our subsequent explanations of them.”
“Man is a creature that can get accustomed to anything, and I think this is the best definition of him.”
“Pain and suffering are always inevitable for a large intelligence and a deep heart.”
“The only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it."
“Intimate, loving, and enduring relationships with our family and close friends will be among the sources of the deepest joy in our lives.”
“Changes that seem small and unimportant at first will compound into remarkable results if you’re willing to stick with them for years.”
“It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.”
“He has a right to criticize, who has a heart to help.”
“The further a society drifts from the truth, the more it will hate those who speak it.”
“Remember that very little is needed to make a happy life.”
“Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth.”
“The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts.”
"Once you learn to read, you will be forever be free."
“You have power over your mind — not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.”
“Abundance is not something we acquire. It is something we tune into.”
“The simple act of paying attention can take you a long way.”
“What we have once enjoyed deeply we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes a part of us.”
“How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.”
“Appreciation is a wonderful thing: It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.”
“Love is three-quarters curiosity.”
“If you tell the whole truth about a person, their humanity comes through.”
“Peace is the result of retraining your mind to process life as it is, rather than as you think it should be.”
“Wherever we are, whatever we’re doing and wherever we are going, we owe it to ourselves…to the world to do it well.”
“Is man merely a mistake of God’s? Or God merely a mistake of man?”
“Live each moment completely and the future will take care of itself.”
“Be as simple as you can be; you will be astonished to see how uncomplicated and happy your life can become.”
“The goal of yoga science is to calm the mind, that without distortion it may hear the infallible counsel of the Inner Voice.”
“Listen to yourself and in that quietude you might hear the voice of God.”
“Perhaps now that the Western sciences have reached down into the atom and out into the cosmos finally to realize the extreme vulnerability of all life and value, it is becoming credible, even obvious, that the Inner Science is of supreme importance. Certainly physics designed the bombs, biology, the germ warfare, chemistry the nerve gas and so on, but it will be the unhealthy emotions of individuals that will trigger these horrors.”
“What is the most important thing in the world? It is the people, it is the people, it is the people.”
"Reading is an act of civilization; it’s one of the greatest acts of civilization because it takes the free raw material of the mind and builds castles of possibilities.”
“The Absurd is the product of a collision between our human desire for meaning and the blank, indifferent ‘silence of the universe.’ Here we are: poor creatures desperately seeking meaning in a seemingly meaningless world.”
"The first half of life is devoted to forming a healthy ego; the second half is going inward and letting go of it."
“Meaninglessness inhibits fullness of life and is therefore equivalent to illness.”
"You act like mortals in all that you fear, and like immortals in all that you desire.”
"When you complain, you make yourself a victim. Leave the situation, change the situation, or accept it. All else is madness.”
“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms — to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances.”
"A calm and modest life brings more happiness than the constant pursuit of success combined with constant restlessness."
"The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands but seeing with new eyes."
"Around us, life bursts forth with miracles—a glass of water, a ray of sunshine, a leaf, a caterpillar, a flower, laughter, raindrops. If you live in awareness, it is easy to see miracles everywhere."
“The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn,”
“The world is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good is my religion.”
"It is easy to love your friend, but sometimes the hardest lesson to learn is to love your enemy."
"There are not more than five musical notes, yet the combinations of these five give rise to more melodies than can ever be heard."
"Victorious warriors win first and then go to war, while defeated warriors go to war first and then seek to win."
"The greatest victory is that which requires no battle."
“As far as we can discern, the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light of meaning in the darkness of mere being.”
“Life has no meaning. Each of us has meaning and we bring it to life. It is a waste to be asking the question when you are the answer.”
“Life is a reality to be experienced, not a problem to be solved.”
“God is dead. God remains dead. And we have killed him… This deed is still more distant from them than the most distant stars, yet they have done it themselves.”
“God is in truth the whole universe: what was, what is, and what beyond shall ever be.”
"To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment."
"The way of the superior man may be found, in its simple elements, in the intercourse of common men and women; but in its utmost reaches, it shines brightly through Heaven and Earth."
"What laughter, why joy, when constantly aflame? Enveloped in darkness, don't you look for a lamp?"
"As many colors of the rainbow are an outcome of one pure light, the many religions of the world are an expression of one divine source."
"For this command is a lamp, this teaching is a light, and correction and instruction are the way to life." (Proverbs, 6:23)
"He reveals deep and hidden things; he knows what lies in darkness, and light dwells with him." (Daniel 2:22)
“All religions, all this singing, one song. The differences are just illusion and vanity. The sun’s light looks a little different on this wall than it does on that wall, and a lot different on this other one, but it’s still one light.”
"Unbending strength, resoluteness, simplicity and reticence are close to benevolence."
"For restraint in speech, he shall observe silence; for control over the body, he shall fast; for control over the mind, breath control (pranayama) is prescribed. A being is bound by (worldly) action; he gets liberated by spiritual knowledge. Hence far-seeing ascetics do not perform (worldly) action."
"Wounds of knives can heal, but the wounds of the tongue can never heal".
“A man might speak a word without thinking about its implications, but because of it, he will plunge into the Hellfire further than the distance between the east and west.”
“Without wood a fire goes out; without a gossip a quarrel dies down.”