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When a person responds to the joys and sorrows of others as though they were his own, he or she has attained the highest spiritual union.

Bhagavad Gita

The sun and the moon are not mirrored in cloudy water. Thus the almighty cannot be mirrored in a heart that is obsessed by the idea of me and mine.

Ramakrishna

The highest wisdom is kindness.

Talmud

Our deeds determine us as much as we determine our deeds.

George Eliot

The Zen master Ling Chi said that the miracle is not to walk on burning charcoal or in the thin air or on the water; the miracle is just to walk on earth. You breathe in. You become aware of the fact that you are alive. You are still alive and you are walking on this beautiful planet...The greatest of all miracles is to be alive.

Thich Nhat Hanh

The spiritual thirst that is latent in everybody can never come to a place of fulfillment unless people begin to think of each other as potential brothers and sisters.

Malidoma Some'


You can observe a lot just by watching.

Yogi Berra

All things are connected like the blood that unites us. We did not weave the web of life, we are merely a strand in it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves.

Chief Seattle

Friendship is so much more than a word, a handshake,and a smile. It's the ability to see the inner beauty in someone.

Vonda K. Van Dyke

No man can know where he is going unless he knows exactly where he has been and exactly how he arrived at his present place.

Maya Angelou

Forgiveness is man's deepest need and highest achievement.

Horace Bushnell

Love is not getting, but giving. Not a wild dream of pleasure and a madness of desire--oh, no--love is not that! It is goodness and honor and peace and pure living--yes, love is that and it is the best thing in the world and the thing that lives the longest.

Henry Van Dyke

A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. 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 this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.

Albert Einstein

A human being is like a television set with millions of channels... If we turn sorrow on, we are sorrow. If we turn a smile on, we really are the smile. We cannot let just one channel dominate us. We have the seed of everything in us, and we have to seize the situation in our hand, to recover our own sovereignty.

Thich Nhat Hanh

True silence is the rest of the mind; it is to the spirit what sleep is to the body, nourishment and refreshment.

William Penn

If we could read the secret history of our enemies we should find in each man's life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.

Nelson Mandela

Evil (ignorance) is like a shadow-it has no real substance of its own, it is simply a lack of light. You cannot cause a shadow to disappear by trying to fight it, stomp on it, by railing against it, or any other form of emotional or physical resistance. In order to cause a shadow to disappear, you must shine light on it.

Shakti Gawain

If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.

The Dalai Lama

A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it, bearing within him the image of a cathedral.

Antoine De Saint-Exupery

The burden of self is lightened when I laugh at myself.

Rabindranath Tagore

It's a funny thing about life; if you refuse to accept anything but the best, you very often get it...

Somerset Maugham

Meditation is not a technique of practice but a universal state of Being, where the Soul abides in the Ocean of the Now.

Aziz Kristof

Accustomed long to contemplating Love and Compassion, I have forgotten all difference between myself and others.

Milarepa

The great man is one who never loses his child's heart.

Mencius

It may be necessary temporarily to accept a lesser evil, but one must never label a necessary evil as good.

Margaret Mead

Hold fast to time! Use it! Be conscious of each day, each hour! They slip away unnoticed all too easily and swiftly.

Thomas Mann

Mindfulness refers to keeping one's consciousness alive to the present reality. It is the miracle by which we master and restore ourselves.

Thich Nhat Hanh

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.

John Fitzgerald Kennedy

I do not think of all the misery, but of the glory that remains. Go outside into the fields, nature and the sun, go out and seek happiness in yourself and in God. Think of the beauty that again and again discharges itself within and without you and be happy.

Anne Frank

The meaning of life is not to be found in a distant world of abstraction, but in paying attention to everyday happenings and details in one's life. One's perception has to be in the field of living. In contemplating where the truth may be found, it just might be right before you.

Yuezhou Quianfeng

When we do the best we can, we never know what miracle is wrought in our life, or in the life of another.

Helen Keller

Action seems to follow feeling, but really action and feeling go together; and by regulating the action, which is under the more direct control of the will, we can indirectly regulate the feeling, which is not.

William James

Life is thickly sown with thorns, and I know no other remedy than to pass quickly through them. The longer we dwell on our misfortunes, the greater is their power to harm us.

Voltaire

Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind.

Dr. Seuss

The secret of forming a successful relationship is for both parties to win.

John Gray

In all affairs it's a healthy thing now and then to hang a question mark on the things you have long taken for granted.

Bertrand Russell

The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook.

William James

Happy the man, and happy he alone, he who can call today his own; he who, secure within, can say, tomorrow do thy worst, for I have lived today.

John Dryden

The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook.

William James

Only our concept of time makes it possible for us to speak of the Day of Judgment by that name; in reality it is a summary court in perpetual session.

Franz Kafka

I have realized that the past and the future are real illusions, that they exist only in the present, which is what there is and all that there is.

Alan Watts

The most powerful thing you can do to change the world is to change your own beliefs about the nature of life, people and reality to something more positive...and begin to act accordingly.

Shakti Gawain

All you have shall some day be given; Therefore give now, that the season of giving may be yours and not your inheritors.

Kahlil Gibran

Somebody has to do something, and it's just incredibly pathetic that it has to be us.

Jerry Garcia, of the Grateful Dead

Mercy has no enemies. In the face of compassion, all perverse and evil forces melt into nothingness.

Venerable Master Hsing Yun

Do not become attached to the things you like; do not maintain an aversion to the things you dislike. Sorrow, fear and bondage come from likes and dislikes.

Gautama Buddha

When water surrenders to the flow of the river it reaches the ocean, so also must we surrender in order to reach our Source.

Anonymous


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