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Boredom is the feeling that everything is a waste of time; serenity, that nothing is.

Thomas Szasz

Someday perhaps the inner light will shine forth from us, and then we'll need no other light.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The intuitive part of our being is equally as significant, and from my point of view perhaps more significant, and the rational mind is a beautiful instrument to be used with wisdom and discriminately. But knowledge must be used with wisdom.

Ram Dass

How is one to live a moral and compassionate existence when one finds darkness not only in one's culture but within oneself? There are simply no answers to some of the great pressing questions. You continue to live them out, making your life a worthy expression of leaning into the light.

Barry Lopez, Arctic Dreams

A life directed chiefly toward the fulfillment of personal desires will sooner or later always lead to bitterness.

Albert Einstein

I will love the light for it shows me the way. Yet I will endure the darkness for it shows me the stars.

Og Mandino

Quite often a flash of enlightenment will give you this message: Go back to where you started and learn to love it more.

Thaddeus Golas

If you don't set a baseline standard for what you'll accept in life, you'll find it's easy to slip into behaviors and attitudes or a quality of life that's far below what you deserve.

Anthony Robbins

I have accepted fear as a part of life—specifically the fear of change… I have gone ahead despite the pounding in the heart that says turn back.

Erica Jong

Human beings who leave behind them no great achievements, but only a sequence of small kindnesses, have not had wasted lives.

Charlotte Gray

Perhaps a man's character was like a tree, and his reputation like its shadow; the shadow is what we think of it, the tree is the real thing.

Abraham Lincoln

He does not seem to me to be a free man who does not sometimes do nothing.

Marcus T. Cicero

Anything becomes interesting if you look at it long enough.

Gustave Flaubert

Kindness is more important than wisdom, and the recognition of this is the beginning of wisdom.

Theodore Isaac Rubin

Life without idealism is empty indeed. We must have hope or starve to death.

Pearl Buck

The truth is that our finest moments are most likely to occur when we are feeling deeply uncomfortable, unhappy, or unfulfilled. For it is only in such moments, propelled by our discomfort, that we are likely to step out of our ruts and start searching for different ways or truer answers.

M. Scott Peck

If it's never our fault, we can't take responsibility for it. If we can't take responsibility for it, we'll always be its victim.

Richard Bach

When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.

Viktor Frankl - from Man's Search For Meaning

The world is not to be put in order; the world is order, incarnate. It is for us to harmonize with this order.

Henry Miller

Truth alone will endure, all the rest will be swept away before the tide of time.

Mahatma Gandhi

The formula for achieving a successful relationship is simple: you should treat all disasters as if they were trivialities but never treat a triviality as if it were a disaster.

Quentin Crisp

Never apologize for showing feeling. When you do so, you apologize for the truth.

Benjamin Disraeli

It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.

Ursula K. LeGuin

Surely all art is the result of one's having been in danger, of having gone through an experience all the way to the end, where no one can go any further.

Rainer Maria Rilke

The more willing you are to surrender to the energy within you, the more power can flow through you.

Shakti Gawain

It is easier to go down a hill than up, but the view is from the top.

Arnold Bennett

Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace and gratitude.

Denis Waitley

Enlightenment consciously chosen means to relinquish your attachment to past and future and to make the Now the main focus of your life.

Eckhart Tolle

When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love has always won. There have been tyrants and murderers and for a time they seem invincible but in the end, they always fall - think of it, ALWAYS.

Mahatma Gandhi

Most true happiness comes from one's inner life, from the disposition of the mind and soul. Admittedly, a good inner life is hard to achieve, especially in these trying times. It takes reflection and contemplation and self-discipline.

William L. Shirer

A step in the wrong direction is better than staying on the spot all your life. Once you're moving forward you can correct your course as you go. Your automatic guidance system cannot guide you when you're standing still.

Maxwell Maltz

Love is infallible; it has not errors, for all errors are the want of love.

Andrew Bonar Law

We were made to enjoy music, to enjoy beautiful sunsets, to enjoy looking at the billows of the sea and to be thrilled with a rose that is bedecked with dew...Human beings are actually created for the transcendent, for the sublime, for the beautiful, for the truthful...and all of us are given the task of trying to make this world a little more hospitable to these beautiful things.

Desmond Tutu

Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.

George Bernard Shaw

Truth lives, in fact, for the most part on a credit system. Our thoughts and beliefs pass, so long as nothing challenges them, just as bank-notes pass so long as nobody refuses them.

William James

Millions of items in the outward order are present to my senses which never properly enter into my experience. Why? Because they have no interest for me. My experience is what I agree to attend to. Only those items which I notice shape my mind—without selective interest, experience is an utter chaos.

William James, Principles of Psychology

If your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete.

Jack Kornfield

The more I can love everything--the trees, the land, the water, my fellow men, women and children, and myself—the more health I am going to experience and the more of myself I am going to be.

Carl Simonton

We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory will swell when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.

Abraham Lincoln

Power without love is reckless and abusive, and love without power is sentimental and anemic.

Martin Luther King Jr

A man needs self-acceptance or he can't live with himself; he needs self-criticism or others can't live with him.

James A. Pike

Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.

Philo

When you hear the words renunciation and austerity, they refer to this—the renunciation of the insanity of the ego. That's what has to be given up. And that's where true freedom is found.

Andrew Cohen

When a deep injury is done us, we can never recover until we forgive.

Alan Paton

The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.

Dr. Seuss

Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them.

James A. Baldwin

A sense of humor is part of the art of leadership, of getting along with people, of getting things done.

Dwight D. Eisenhower

I'm erecting a barrier of simplicity between myself and the world.

Andre' Gide

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 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

All beings are owners of their Karma. Whatever volitional actions they do, good or evil, of those they shall become their heir.

Gautama Buddha

In the midst of movement and chaos, keep stillness inside of you.

Deepak Chopra

Openness, respect, integrity - these are principles that need to underpin pretty much every other decision that you make.

Justin Trudeau

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

William Penn

To develop understanding, you have to practice looking at all living beings with the eyes of compassion. When you understand, you love. And when you love, you naturally act in a way that can relieve the suffering of people.

Thich Nhat Hanh

The door to the human heart can be opened only from the inside.

Spanish proverb

All things are parts of one single system, which is called Nature; the individual life is good when it is in harmony with Nature.

Zeno of Citium (300-260 BC)

Year's end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us.

Hal Borland

O Mother Earth, You are the earthly source of all existence. The fruits which you bear are the source of life for the Earth peoples. You are always watching over Your fruits as does a mother. May the steps which we take in life upon You be sacred and not weak.

Oglala Sioux prayer

The outward freedom that we shall attain will only be in exact proportion to the inward freedom to which we may have grown at a given moment. And if this is a correct view of freedom, our chief energy must be concentrated on achieving reform from within.

Mahatma Gandhi

Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.

Winston Churchill

The wise man does not lay up his treasures. The more he gives to others, the more he has for his own.

Lao-tzu

We must all live so that our children do not have to pay for our deeds.

Andrejs Upits

Good for the body is the work of the body, good for the soul is the work of the soul, and good for either is the work of the other.

Henry David Thoreau

We cannot cure the world of sorrows, but we can choose to live in joy.

Joseph Campbell

Family life is too intimate to be preserved by the spirit of justice. It can be sustained by a spirit of love which goes beyond justice.

Reinhold Niebuhr

Optimism is essential to achievement and it is also the foundation of courage and true progress.

Nicholas Murray Butler

There can be no transforming of darkness into light and of apathy into movement without emotion.

Carl Jung

Live more and more in the Present, which is ever beautiful and stretches away before and beyond the limits of the past and the future.

Meher Baba

This very moment is the perfect teacher, and it's always with us.

Pema Chodron

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

Live in each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influences of each.

Henry David Thoreau

It is not the mountain that we conquer but ourselves.

Sir Edmund Hillary

First there must be order and harmony within your own mind. Then this order will spread to your family, then to the community, and finally to your entire kingdom.

Confucius

This being human is a guest house. Every morning a new arrival. A joy, a depression, a meanness, some momentary awareness comes as an unexpected visitor. Welcome and entertain them all!

Rumi

The mind should be a vastness like the sky. Mental events should be allowed to disperse like clouds.

Longchenpa

My fine strong horse can pull a heavy plough and never tire. Yet it can also gallop through a wild country. I am working hard at love, with the wind in my hair.

José Morazán

There is in the body a current of energy, affection and intelligence, which guides, maintains and energizes the body and mind. Discover that current and stay with it.

Nisargadatta Maharaj

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

Thinking, or more precisely identification with thinking, gives rise to and maintains the ego, which, in our Western society in particular, is out of control. It believes it is real and tries hard to maintain its supremacy. Negative states of mind, such as anger, resentment, fear, envy, and jealousy, are products of the ego.

Eckhart Tolle

The most precious gift we can offer others is our presence. When mindfulness embraces those we love, they will bloom like flowers.

Thich Nhat Hanh

If you want to build a ship, don't drum up people together to collect wood and don't assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.

Antoine de Saint-Exupery

It's common to say that trees come from seeds. But how can a tiny seed create a huge tree? Seeds do not contain the resources need to grow a tree. These must come from the medium or environment within which the tree grows. But the seed does provide something that is crucial: a place where the whole of the tree starts to form. As resources such as water and nutrients are drawn in, the seed organizes the process that generates growth. In a sense, the seed is a gateway through which the future possibility of the living tree emerges.

Peter Senge

Disappointment to a noble soul is what cold water is to burning metal; it strengthens, tempers, intensifies, but never destroys it.

Eliza Tabor

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

Rabindranath Tagore

The more intensely we feel about an idea or a goal, the more assuredly the idea, buried deep in our subconscious, will direct us along the path to its fulfillment.

Earl Nightingale

The obvious is that which is never seen until someone expresses it simply.

Kahlil Gibran

We are not going to be able to operate our Spaceship Earth successfully nor for much longer unless we see it as a whole spaceship and our fate as common. It has to be everybody or nobody.

R. Buckminster Fuller


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