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12/1/18 to the present



I object to violence because, when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary, the evil it does is permanent.

Mahatma Gandhi

The wisest keeps something of the vision of a child. Though he may understand a thousand things that a child could not understand, he is always a beginner, close to the original meaning of life.

John Macy

The quieter you become the more you can hear.

Ram Dass

We must find our own particular way of loving the world and put our energy into it. Decide your way of loving and you will be rewarded.

Bernie Siegel

The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the Heart.

Helen Keller

The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.

Marcel Proust

For my part I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me dream.

Vincent Van Gogh

First you must learn to control your self. The rest follows. Blessed is he who knows himself and commands himself, for the world is his and love and happiness and peace walk with him wherever he goes.

Robert A. Heinlein

Look at every path closely and deliberately. Try it as many times as you think necessary. Then ask yourself, and yourself alone, one question...Does this path have a heart? If it does, the path is good; if it doesn't it is of no use. Both paths lead nowhere; but one has a heart, the other doesn't. One makes for a joyful journey; as long as you follow it, you are one with it. The other will make you curse your life. One makes you strong; the other weakens you.

Carlos Castaneda

The last of the human freedoms is to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances.

Victor Frankl

You will find as you look back upon your life that the moments when you have truly lived are the moments when you have done things in the spirit of love.

Henry Drummond

You can't see the light in others until you see it in yourself. Once you see it in yourself, there is no one in whom you do not see the light. It does not matter if they see it or not. You know it's there. And it is the light you address when you speak to them.

Paul Ferrini

The past is to learn from and not to live in.

Richard L. Evans

Oh, my friend, it's not what they take away from you that counts. It's what you do with what you have left.

Hubert Humphrey

Cherish your vision and your dreams, as they are the children of your soul; the blue prints of your ultimate achievements.

Napoleon Hill

Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time; for that's the stuff life is made of.

Ben Franklin

I have never met a person whose greatest need was anything other than real, unconditional love. You can find it in a simple act of kindness toward somone who needs help. There is no mistaking love. You feel it in your heart. It is the common fiber of life, the flame that heals our soul, energizes our spirit and supplies passion to our lives. It is our connection to God and to each other.

Elizabeth Kubler-Ross.

People become really quite remarkable when they start thinking that they can do things. When they believe in themselves they have the first secret of success.

Norman Vincent Peale

On matters of style, swim with the current, on matters of principle, stand like a rock.

Thomas Jefferson

Do not anticipate trouble, or worry about what may never happen. Keep in the sunlight.

Benjamin Franklin

The problem with people who have no vices is that generally you can be pretty sure they're going to have some pretty annoying virtues.

Elizabeth Taylor

Nothing is so strong as gentleness, nothing so gentle as real strength.

Francois de Sales

Everybody is unique. Compare not yourself with anybody else lest you spoil God's curriculum.

Baal Shem Tov

The tenacity of habit is usually in proportion to its absurdity.

Marcel Proust

We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men; and among those fibers, as sympathetic threads, our actions run as causes, and they come back to us as effects.

Herman Melville

The chief pang of most trials is not so much the actual suffering itself as our own spirit of resistance to it.

William Grimshaw

Christmas is a season for kindling the fire for hospitality in the hall, the genial flame of charity in the heart.

Washington Irving

Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love.

Hamilton Wright Mabie

The more virtuous any man is, the less easily does he suspect others to be vicious.

Cicero

Love rules the court, the camp, the grove,
And men below, and saints above:
For love is heaven, and heaven is love.

Walter Scott

A hundred times every day I remind myself that my inner and outer life are based on the labors of other men, living and dead, and that I must exert myself in order to give in the same measure as I have received and am still receiving.

Albert Einstein

Be not afraid of life. Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create the fact.

William James

Enlightenment is a rare combination of innocence and intelligence, having words for expression and, at the same time, being very silent. In that state, the mind is fully in the present moment. Whatever is necessary is revealed to you in such a natural and spontaneous way, you just sit and the song of the nature flows through you.

Sri Sri Ravishankar

Everything is dependent on everything else, everything is connected, nothing is separate. Therefore everything is going in the only way it can go. If people were different everything would be different. They are what they are, so everything is as it is.

G.I. Gurdjieff

Human beings only learn and evolve through relationship. The only way we can see ourselves objectively is through the reflection of others. We can go off and sit in a cave and meditate for years, but we only really find out what happened in that cave when we come out and get involved with other people. So we need each other if we want to evolve.

Andrew Cohen

We all came into this world gifted with innocence, but gradually, as we became more intelligent, we lost our innocence. We were born with silence and as we grew up, we lost the silence and were filled with words. We lived in our hearts and as time passed, we moved into our heads.

Now the reversal of this journey is enlightenment. It is the journey from the head back to the heart, from words back to silence; getting back to our innocence in spite of our intelligence. Although very simple, this is a great achievement.

Eckhart Tolle

Science may have found a cure for most evils, but it has found no remedy for the worst of them all - the apathy of human beings.

Helen Keller

Friendship is a mysterious power: you show your friend your weakness, and somehow you are both the stronger.

Martin Amis

Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls... A joyful heart is the inevitable result of a heart burning with love.

Mother Teresa

Happiness is a how, not a what; a talent, not an object.

Hermann Hesse

Happiness is not having what you want, but wanting what you have.

Hyman Judah Schachtel

Life is not a problem to be solved but a reality to be experienced.

Soren Kierkegaard

When defeat comes, accept it as a signal that your plans are not sound. Rebuild those plans and set sail once more toward your coveted goal.

Napoleon Hill

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.

George Washington Carver

The real things haven't changed. It is still best to be honest and truthful; to make the most of what we have; to be happy with simple pleasures; and have courage when things go wrong.

Laura Ingalls Wilder

From contentment with little comes happiness.

African Proverb

All that we send into the lives of others comes back into our own.

Edwin Markham

The surest sign of spiritual progress is a total lack of concern about progress. There is an utter absence of anxiety about anything like liberation and a sort of hollowness in one's being, a kind of looseness and involuntary surrender to whatever might happen.

Ramesh Balsekar

The way to develop self-confidence is to do the thing you fear.

William Jennings Bryan

My atheism, like that of Spinoza, is true piety towards the universe and denies only gods fashioned by men in their own image to be servants of their human interests.

George Santayana

Life is like a game of cards. The hand that is dealt you represents determinism; the way you play it is free will.

Jawaharial Nehru



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