If your goal is to avoid pain and escape suffering, I would not
advise you to seek higher levels of consciousness or spiritual
evolution. First you cannot achieve them without suffering, and
second, insofar as you do achieve them, you are likely to be called
on to serve in ways more painful to you, or at least demanding
of you, than you can now imagine.
– Scott Peck, The Road Less Traveled
something has to die before a new self can be born. We must come
through something of a mourning phase to emerge and say, "Okay,
now I have a new life; there's a new part of me that is allowed
to grow." – Gail Sheehan, New Passages
are repeated until learned, and since you cannot learn lessons
until you become aware of them, it makes sense that you will need
to cultivate awareness if you are to ever progress from where
you are right now on your path. Ask yourself what patterns you
are repeating; you might be surprised to see how evident they
were all along.
If Life is a Game, These are the Rules:
You can never
get enough of what you don't need to make you happy.
– Eric Hoffer
Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent
will not. Nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent.
Genius will not. Unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education
will not. The world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence
and determination alone are omnipotent."
- Former US President Calvin Coolidge (1872-1933)
can learn nothing except by going from the known to the unknown.”
- Claude Bernard
all manifestations of Power, that which most impresses is restraint.”
"There is a Vitality, a Life Force, an Energy, a Quickening,
that is translated to you into action, and because there is only
one of you in all time, this expression is unique. And if you
block it, it will never exist through any other medium and will
- Martha Graham
who cannot change the very fabric of his thought will never be
able to change reality."
- Anwar Sadat.
did not weave the web of life, he is merely a strand in it. Whatever
he does to the web, he does to himself."
"The man who has no imagination has no wings." -
"Beauty in things lies in the mind which contemplates them."
"People only see what they are prepared to see." -
Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Beauty is eternity gazing at itself in a mirror”
– John Ruskin
“The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious.
It is the source of all true art and all science. He to whom this
emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand
rapt in awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are closed.” -
“Imagination is more important than knowledge.” -
“The voyage of discovery is not in seeking new landscapes
but in having new eyes.”
- Marcel Proust
“Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful,
we must carry it with us, or we find it not.” - Ralph
“The personal life deeply lived always expands into truths
beyond itself.” – Anais Nin
"You must be the change you wish to see in the world."-
"Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating
yourself." - George Bernard Shaw
A reply to
the question, “What is Enlightenment?” by Immanuel
Kant, 5 December 1783, p. 516, Berlinische Monatsschrift
(Journal) July to December 1784
“Enlightenment is the emergence of man out of his self-created
immaturity. Immaturity is the inability to use one’s reason
without the assistance of another. This immaturity is self-inflicted
when it causes lies, not in the lack of intelligence, but in the
lack of decision and the courage to avail oneself of it without
the assistance of someone else. Sapere aude! That you may have
the courage to avail yourself of your own intelligence! This then
is the motto of the Enlightenment.”
"Do not train a child to learn by force or harshness; but
direct them to it by what amuses their minds, so that you may
be better able to discover with accuracy the peculiar bent of
the genius in each."
--- Plato (428 BC-348 BC)
No one is in control of your happiness but you; therefore, you
have the power to change anything about yourself or your life
that you want to change.
-Barbara De Angelis
To live we must conquer incessantly, we must have the courage
to be happy.
-Henri Frederic Amiel
Never discourage anyone w ho continually makes progress, no matter
Flatter me, and I may not believe you.
Criticize me, and I may not like you.
Ignore me, and I may not forgive you.
Encourage me, and I may not forget you.
We are here on earth to do good for others.
What the others are here for, I don't know.
-W. H. Auden
Learn to self-conquest, persevere thus for a time, and you will
perceive very clearly the advantage which you gain from it.
-St. Teresa of Avila
It is easier to fight for one's principles than to live up to
The scars you acquire by exercising courage will never make you
Big egos are big shields for lots of empty space
The greatest dangers of liberty lurk in insidious encroachment
of men of zeal, well-meaning but without understanding.
-Louis D. Brandeis
We say we waste time, but that is impossible. We waste ourselves.
You never know what is enough until you know what is more than
enough. - William Blake
It is easier to forgive an enemy than to forgive a friend. –
improve your lot if you yourself do not.
Take away love, and our earth is a tomb.
Bad habits are like chains that are too light to feel until they
are too heavy to carry.
You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested
in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other
people interested in you.
He that cannot reason is a fool. He that will not is a bigot.
He that dare not is a slave.
Impartiality is a pompous name for indifference, which is an elegant
name for ignorance.
-G. K. Chesterton
In detachment lies the wisdom of uncertainty... in the wisdom
of uncertainty lies the freedom from our past, from the known,
which is the prison of past conditioning. And in our willingness
to step into the unknown, the field of all possibilities, we surrender
ourselves to the creative mind that orchestrates the dance of
People stumble over the truth from time to time,
but most pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing happened.
– Sir Winston Churchill
A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist
sees the opportunity in every difficulty. – Sir Winston
no uninteresting things, only uninterested people.
-Gilbert K. Chesterton
There are two types of people: Those who come into a room and
say, "Well, here I am!", and those who say, "Ah,
there you are".
-Frederick L. Collins
Real knowledge is to know the extent of one's ignorance. -
When you see a good man, try to emulate his example, and when
you see a bad man, search yourself for his faults. - Confucius
It is not the failure of others to appreciate your abilities that
should trouble you, but rather your failure to appreciate theirs.
is acquired during the course of a life is a result of the mind's
tenderness toward the heart. – James Cowan
Wise men contemplate the world, knowing full well that they are
– James Cowan
judge another, you do not define them, you define yourself.
Use what talent you possess: the woods would be very silent if
no birds sang except those that sang best.
-Henry Van Dyke
The only way to find God, is to let go of God. – Meister
is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and
looks like work.
-Thomas Alva Edison
To dream anything that you want to dream, that is the beauty of
the human mind.
To do anything that you want to do, that is the strength of the
To trust yourself, to test your limits, that is the courage to
People seem not to see that their opinion of the world is also
a confession of character.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
The glory of friendship is not the outstretched hand, nor the
kindly smile, nor the joy of companionship; it is the spiritual
inspiration that comes to one when you discover that someone else
believes in you and is willing to trust you with a friendship.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
on practice saying to everything that appears unpleasant: You
are merely an appearance and NOT what you appear to be.
All our lauded technological progress - our very civilization
- is like the axe in the hand of the pathological criminal. It
has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded
our humanity. -Albert
Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age eighteen.
I see only with deep regret that God punishes so many of His children
for their numerous stupidities, for which only He Himself can
be held responsible; in my opinion, only His nonexistence could
Few are those who see with their own eyes and feel with their
It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education.
Only a life lived for others is worth living.
The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a
We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten
There are two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing
is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.
A human being is part of the whole called by us 'Universe', a
part limited in time and space.
We experience ourselves, our thoughts and feelings as something
separate from the rest...
This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our
personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to
us. Our task must be to free ourselves from the prison by widening
our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the
whole of nature in its beauty... We shall require a substantially
new manner of thinking if mankind is to survive.
Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.
As far as the laws of mathematics refer to reality, they are not
certain; and as far as they are certain, they do not refer to
Now he has departed from this strange world a little ahead of
me. That means nothing.
People like us, who believe in physics, know that the distinction
between past, present, and future is only a stubbornly persistent
Self-pity gets you nowhere. One must have the adventurous daring
to accept oneself as a bundle of possibilities and undertake the
most interesting game in the world -- making the most of one's
-Harry Emerson Fosdick
Education's purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one.
-Malcolm S. Forbes
creates closed minds, filled to the brim.
Wink at small faults; remember thou hast great ones.
Faced with the choice between changing one's mind and proving
that there is no need to do so, almost everyone gets busy on the
Eternity is not something that happens after you are dead. It's
going on all the time. We're in it now.
-Charlotte Perkins Gilman
It is so fatally easy to confuse an aesthetic appreciation of
the spiritual life with the life itself - to dream that you have
waked, washed, and dressed & then to find yourself still in
-From a letter by C.S. Lewis to Arthur Greeves
You cannot teach a man anything; you can only help him find it
You must be the change you wish to see in the world.
The only tyrant I accept in this world is the still voice within.
I have learned through bitter experience the one supreme lesson
to conserve my anger,
and as heat conserved is transmuted into energy,
even so our anger controlled can be transmuted into a power that
can move the world.
When you make yourself into zero, your power becomes invincible.
Do not believe in telling people of one's faith, especially with
a view to conversion.
Faith must be lived, and when it is, it becomes self-propagating
- Mahatma Gandhi
To understand the heart and mind of a person, look not at what
he has already achieved, but at what he aspires to. –
Keep me away from the wisdom that does not cry, the philosophy
which does not laugh and the greatness which does not bow before
children. – Kahlil Gibran
Believe those who are seeking the truth.
Doubt those who find it.
Let everyone sweep in front of his own door and the whole world
will be clean.
-Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
If you take fire into your heart, your house is likely to burn.
-Alyson's great grandmother
When in doubt, make a fool of yourself. There is a microscopically
thin line between being brilliantly creative and acting like the
most gigantic idiot on earth. So, what the hell, leap!
Do not take life too seriously. You will never get out of it alive.
– Elbert Hubbard
I wanted to change the world. But I have found that the only thing
one can be sure of changing is oneself.
- Aldous Huxley
My goal is simple. It is complete understanding of the universe,
why it as it is and why it exists as all.
The easy path of aging is to become a thick-skinned, unbudging
curmudgeon, a battle-ax. To grow soft and sweet is the harder
Spiritual evolution occurs as the result of removing obstacles
and not actually acquiring anything new. Devotion enables surrender
of the mind's vanities and cherished illusions so that it progressively
becomes more free and more open to the light of Truth.
-Dr. David R. Hawkins
Although gold dust is precious, when it gets in your eyes, it
obstructs your vision.
The longest journey of any person is the journey inward. - Dag
Do not seek death.
Death will find you.
But seek the road which makes death a fulfillment. - Dag Hammerskjvld
in the form of opportunities, which are easy to recognize, after
they have been wasted...
He who knows nothing is closer to the truth than he whose mind
is filled with falsehoods and errors. – Thomas Jefferson
We should not pretend to understand the world only by the intellect.
The judgment of the intellect is only part of the truth. –
Carl Gustav Jung
The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical
substances: If there is any reaction, both are transformed. –
Carl Gustav Jung
Your vision will become clear when you look into your heart. Who
looks outside, dreams.
Who looks inside awakens. – Carl Gustav Jung
And with love, do what you will, there is no risk; there is no
conflict. Then love is the essence of virtue. And a mind that
is not in a state of love, is not a religious mind at all. –
‘Attention’ implies to attend, that is, to listen,
hear, see, with all the totality of your being... completely.
In that total attention - in which there is no division - you
can do anything.
– J. Krishnamurti
We have invented god. The thinking created god for itself. That
means, due to unhappiness, fear and depression we created something
called god. When you are free of fear, free of suffering, there
is no desire for a god. – J. Krishnamurti
Our system of upbringing is based on what to think not on how
to think. – J. Krishnamurti
The nonviolent approach does not immediately change the heart
of the oppressor, it first does something to the hearts and souls
of those committed to it. It gives them a new self-respect; It
calls up resources of strength and courage that they did not know
It's just as evil to kill Vietnamese as it is to kill Americans.
Never could I advocate nonviolence in this country and not advocate
nonviolence for the whole world.
Nonviolence is the answer to the crucial political and moral questions
of our time: the need for man to overcome oppression and violence.
Man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects
revenge, aggression and retaliation. The foundation for such method
All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and
should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.
As you press on for justice, be sure to move with dignity and
discipline, using only the weapon of love. Let no man pull you
so low as to hate him. Always avoid violence. If you succumb to
the temptation of using violence in your struggle, unborn generations
will be the recipients of a long and desolate night of bitterness,
and your chief legacy to the future will be an endless reign of
Luther King, Jr.
Once in awhile it really hits people that they don't have to experience
the world in the way they have been told to.
Problems are only opportunities in work clothes.
-Henry J. Kaiser
We would have much peace if we would not busy ourselves with the
sayings and doings of others.
-Thomas À Kempis
Yesterday's the past and tomorrow's the future. Today is a gift--
which is why they call it the present.
The only unchangeable certainty in life is that nothing is unchangeable
-John F. Kennedy
To the mind that is still, the whole universe surrenders.
To know yet to think that one does not know is best;
Not to know yet to think that one knows will lead to difficulty.
Kindness in words creates confidence.
Kindness in thinking creates profoundness.
Kindness in giving creates love.
Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom.
Mastering others is strength, mastering yourself is true power.
Fill your bowl to the brim and it will spill.
Keep sharpening your knife and it will blunt.
Chase after money and security and your heart will never unclench.
Care about other people's approval and you will be their prisoner.
Do your work, then step back. The only path to serenity.
The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do
him absolutely no good.
It's not whether you get knocked down; it's whether you get back
Things turn out best for those who make the best of the way things
Of all sad words, of tongue or pen, the saddest are these: "It
might have been."
- John Greenleaf Whittier
If we give
love and sympathy even to those who hate us we fill them so with
mystery they know not how to rate us. – Leaves of Grass
It is surprising what a man can do when he has to, and how little
most men will do when they don't have to.
What actions are most excellent? To gladden the heart of a human
To feed the hungry. To help the afflicted. To lighten the sorrow
of the sorrowful.
To remove the wrongs of the injured. That person is the most beloved
who does the most good to God's creatures.
The Prophet Muhammed
Expose yourself to your deepest fear; After that, fear has no
power. And the fear of freedom shrinks and vanishes. You are free.
Absolute perfection is here and now, not in some future, near
or far. The secret is in action - here and now. It is your behavior
that blinds you to yourself. Disregard whatever you think yourself
to be and act as if you were absolutely perfect - whatever your
idea of perfection may be. All you need is courage.
-Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
Those who are enlightened live in a state of constant amazement.
Those showing amazement however, can be either ignorant or wise.
It's not what happens to you; it's what you do about it that makes
One person with a belief is equal to a force of ninety-nine with
-John Stuart Mill
The ultimate truth is so simple. It is nothing more than being
in the pristine state. This is all that needs to be said. Only
mature minds can grasp the simple truth in all its nakedness.
It is impossible to defeat an ignorant man in argument.
-William G. McAdoo
I assure you, an educated fool is more foolish than an uneducated
-Jean Baptiste Molière
Education costs money, but then so does ignorance.
-Sir Claus Moser
With courage you will dare to take risks, have the strength to
be compassionate and the wisdom to be humble. Courage is the foundation
I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the seashore, 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.
-Sir Isaac Newton
The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance; the wise grows
it under his feet.
Each generation imagines itself to be more intelligent that the
one that went before it, and wiser than the one that comes after
If you always do what you've always done, you'll always get what
you've always gotten!
If you want the rainbow, you gotta’ put up with the rain.
When men speak ill of thee, live so that nobody believes them.
Doubt everything or believe everything: these are two equally
With either we dispense with the need for reflection.
The mind is not a vessel to be filled but a fire to be kindled.
Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do
it from religious conviction.
Stay committed to your decisions, but stay flexible in your approach.
I discovered a long time ago that if I helped people get what
they wanted, I would always get what I wanted and I would never
have to worry.
Every man dies. Not every man lives.
Success is not to be pursued; it is to be attracted by the person
The good life is one inspired by love and guided by knowledge
No one can make you feel inferior without your permission
Quarrels would not last long if the fault were only on one side.
-Francois de La Rochefoucauld
If the heart wanders or is distracted, bring it back to the point
quite gently and replace it tenderly in it's master's presence.
And even if you did nothing during the whole hour but bring your
heart back and place it again in our Lord's presence, though it
went away every time you brought it back, your hour would be very
-St Francois de Sales
Vision is the art of seeing the invisible.
Our own true nature is Infinite Joy! Always happy, always peaceful,
-Sri Swami Satchidananda
This above all; to thine own self be true.
Love does not consist in gazing at each other but in looking outward
together in the same direction.
-Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Like a goldfish who never suspects a greater world beyond the
ponds surface, the limited awareness of humankind floats beneath
the surface of a greater reality; groping, mouth agape in total
ignorance. After studying all major religions, out of body experiences,
near death experiences, hauntings, psychics and memories of previous
lifetimes through regressive hypnosis techniques, I have indeed
deduced that we are not people having spiritual experiences, but
spirits having human experiences.
A ship in harbor is safe -- but that is not what ships are made
-John A. Shedd
Better to do something imperfectly than to do nothing flawlessly.
Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and
more violent. It takes a touch of genius and a lot of courage
to move in the opposite direction.
The people and circumstances around me do not make me what I am,
they reveal who I am.
-Dr. Laura Schlessinger
Don't be afraid of showing your feelings, be afraid of regretting
it when you don't.
We can chart our future clearly and wisely only when we know the
path which has led to the present.
-Adlai E. Stevenson
If only it were all so simple, if only there were evil people
somewhere insidiously committing evil deeds and it were necessary
only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them. But
the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every
human being, and who is willing to destroy a piece of his own
divorced from wisdom is not true discipline,
but merely the meaningless following of custom,
which is only a disguise for stupidity.
Suffering is not a prerequisite for happiness
Spread love everywhere you go: first of all in your own house.
Give love to your children, to your wife or husband, to a next
door neighbor.... Let no one come to you without leaving better
or happier. Be the living expression of God's kindness; kindness
in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile and
kindness in your warm greeting. All that we need to know, all
the wisdom of the cosmos, we will find in our own heart. - Mother
What you keep to yourself, you lose. What you give away, you keep
forever. - Mother Theresa
We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the
ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.
- Mother Theresa
Successful people are always looking for opportunities to help
others. Unsuccessful people are always asking, 'What's in it for
Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun.
-Mao Tse Tung
Without memory, there is no healing. Without forgiveness, there
is no future.
-Archbishop Desmond Tutu
"When may I give you my heart?"
"When it is no longer yours or mine."
Courage is the mastery of fear, not the absence of fear. -
Courage is feeling the fear and doing it anyway. - Unknown
Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people
you are, you aren't.
All the powers in the universe are already ours. It is we who
have put our hands before our eyes and cry that it is dark.
As long as we are persistent in our pursuit of our deepest destiny,
we will continue to grow.
We cannot choose the day or time when we will fully bloom. It
happens in its own time."
We must be courageous but also reasonable. The world admires us
for walking a tightrope without falling off. It asks us to keep
The mediocre teacher tells.
The good teacher explains.
The superior teacher demonstrates.
The great teacher inspires.
-William A. Ward
How far you go in life depends on you being tender with the young,
compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and
tolerant of the weak and the strong. Because someday in life you
will have been all of these.
Failure should be our teacher, not our undertaker.
Failure is delay, not defeat.
It is a temporary detour, not a dead end.
Failure is something we can avoid only by saying nothing, doing
nothing, and being nothing.
Nothing is worse than extreme affliction which destroys the 'I'
from the outside,
because after that we can no longer destroy it ourselves.
Love is the light that dissolves all walls between souls, families
There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man. True
nobility is being superior to your formal (former) self.
What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what
you become by achieving your goals. – Zig Ziglar
It is not your aptitude, but your attitude, that determines your
altitude. – Zig Ziglar
A bowl belongs to whoever needs it.
Native American saying
No one's head aches when he is comforting another
You cannot prevent the birds of sadness from passing
over your head, but you can prevent them from nesting in your
Charity sees the need, not the cause.
Vision without action is a daydream. Action without vision is
Only after settling down one's mind can one obtain peace.
Only after obtaining peace can one think.
Only after carefully thinking can one attain a favorable end.
He who asks a question is a fool for a minute; he who does not
remains a fool forever.
The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected
People in the West are always getting ready to live.
Better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.
He who knows not and knows not he knows not, he is a fool - shun
He who knows not and knows he knows not, he is simple - teach
He who knows and knows not he knows, he is asleep - awaken him.
He who knows and knows that he knows, he is wise - follow him.
There are two rules on the spiritual path: Begin and Continue.
If you always assume the person sitting next to you is the Messiah
waiting for some human kindness, you will soon come to weigh your
words and watch your hands. And if he/she so chooses not to reveal
him/herself in your time, it will not matter.