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It is impossible for the human mind to remain completely without thought for long times. On the other hand, too many small, unimportant thoughts can fill the mind to the extent that no meaningful thought takes place.

Tomio Hirai in Zen Meditation Therapy

Man's mind once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimension.

Oliver Wendell Holmes

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

George Eliot

Every person has free choice. Free to obey or disobey the Natural Laws. Your choice determines the consequences. Nobody ever did, or ever will, escape the consequences of his choices.

Alfred A. Montapert

Our nettlesome task is to discover how to organize our strength into compelling power.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

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

Andrejs Upits

You must learn to be still in the midst of activity and to be vibrantly alive in repose.

Mahatma Gandhi

If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself but to your own estimate of it; and this you have the power to revoke at any moment.

Marcus Aurelius

Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Valor grows by daring, fear by holding back.

Publilius Syrus

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

Alan Paton

Neurosis is the inability to tolerate ambiguity.

Sigmund Freud

Our real blessings often appear to us in the shapes of pains, losses and disappointments; but let us have patience, and we soon shall see them in their proper figures.

Joseph Addison

We lift ourselves by our thought, we climb upon our vision of ourselves. If you want to enlarge your life, you must first enlarge your thought of it and of yourself. Hold the ideal of yourself as you long to be, always, everywhere - your ideal of what you long to attain - the ideal of health, efficiency, success.

Orison Swett Marden

Three candles dispel the darkness: truth, knowledge, and the ways of nature.

Chinese proverb

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

Dwight D. Eisenhower

If you're going through hell, keep going.

Sir Winston Churchill

The state of your life is nothing more than a reflection of your state of mind.

Dr. Wayne W. Dyer

The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it.

Henry David Thoreau

I have never felt that anything really mattered but the satisfaction of knowing that you stood for the things in which you believed and had done the very best you could.

Eleanor Roosevelt

Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could; some blunders and absurdities have crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; you shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

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

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 you listen both to the sound of the bell and to the silence between its strokes, the whole of that listening is attention. Similarly, when someone is speaking, attention is the giving of your mind not only to the words but also to the silence between the words.

Jiddu Krishnamurti in Listening To The Silence

Ignorance of remote causes disposeth men to attribute all events to the causes immediate and instrumental: for these are all the causes they perceive.

Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan

Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope . . . and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.

Robert F. Kennedy

Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.

George Bernard Shaw

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

Choice of attention--to pay attention to this and ignore that--is to the inner life what choice of action is to the outer. In both choices man is responsible for his choices and must accept the consequences.

W. H. Auden

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

Andrew Bonar Law

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

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

Jack Kornfield

Nothing would be done at all if a man or woman waited until they could do it so well that no one could find fault with it.

Cardinal Newman

Things turn out best for the people who make the best out of the way things turn out.

Art Linkletter

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

See everything. Overlook a great deal. Improve a little.

Pope John XXIII

God dances in rapture and waves of form arise from his dance.

Kabir

If the doors of perception were cleansed every thing would appear to man as it is, infinite.

William Blake

What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.

Zig Ziglar

You are what you repeatedly do. Excellence is not an event--it is a habit.

Aristotle

If you judge people, you have no time to love them.

Mother Teresa

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

The key to success is to keep growing in all areas of life - mental, emotional, spiritual, as well as physical.

Julius Erving

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

Friendship with oneself is all-important, because without it one cannot be friends with anyone else in the world.

Eleanor Roosevelt

It is in the shelter of each other that the people live.

Irish proverb

Chance is always powerful. Let your hook be always cast; in the pool where you least expect it, there will be a fish.

Ovid

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

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

Smiling is very important. If we are not able to smile, then the world will not have peace. It is not by going out for a demonstration against nuclear missiles that we can bring about peace. It is with our capacity of smiling, breathing, and being peace that we can make peace.

Thich Nhat Hanh

Celebrate what you want to see more of.

Tom Peters

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

Shakti Gawain

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

Ursula K. LeGuin

Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.

Albert Einstein

Let me not pray to be sheltered from dangers,
but to be fearless in facing them.
Let me not beg for the stilling of my pain,
but for the heart to conquer it.
Let me not crave in anxious fear to be saved,
but hope for the patience to win my freedom.

Rabindranath Tagore

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

Arnold Bennett

If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude.

Maya Angelou

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

Benjamin Disraeli

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

Happy is the man who can endure the highest and lowest fortune. He who has endured such vicissitudes with equanimity has deprived misfortune of its power.

Seneca

I live by one principle: Enjoy life with no conditions! People say, "If I had your health, if I had your money, oh, I would enjoy myself." It is not true. I would be happy if I were lying sick in a hospital bed. It must come from the inside. That is the one thing I hope to have contributed to my children, by example and by talk: to make no conditions, to understand that life is a wonderful thing and to enjoy it, every day, to the full.

Artur Rubenstein

I don't know what your destiny will be, but one thing I do know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve.

Albert Schweitzer

Worry is a thin stream of fear trickling through the mind. If encouraged, it cuts a channel into which all other thoughts are drained.

Arthur Somers Roche

When you take your attention into the present moment, a certain alertness arises. You become more conscious of what's around you, but also, strangely, a sense of presence that is both within and without.

Eckhart Tolle

The real glory of meditation lies not in any method but in its continual living experience of presence.

Sogyal Rinpoche

Immature love says: 'I love you because I need you.' Mature love says 'I need you because I love you.'

Erich Fromm

Mistakes are a fact of life. It is the response to error that counts.

Nikki Giovanni

When you arise in the morning, give thanks for the morning light, for your life and strength. Give thanks for your food and the joy of living.

Tecumseh

To be truly conscious, go beyond the words into the silence within. Be content for it to be beyond description.

John MacEnulty

Love seeketh not itself to please,
Nor for itself hath any care,
But for another gives its ease,
And builds a Heaven in Hell's despair.

William Blake

How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because someday in life you will have been all of these.

George Washington Carver

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

HH the Dalai Lama

The day will come when, after harnessing space, the winds, the tides and gravitation, we shall harness for God the energies of love. And on that day, for the second time in the history of the world, we shall have discovered fire.

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

Meditation is to be aware of what is going on--in our bodies, in our feelings, in our minds, and in the world...Life is both dreadful and wonderful. To practice meditation is to be in touch with both aspects. Please do not think we have to be solemn to meditate. In fact, to meditate well, we have to smile a lot.

Thich Nhat Hanh

Spiritual awakening is the difficult process whereby the increasing realization that everything is as wrong as it can be flips suddenly into the realization that everything is as right as it can be. Or better, everything is as It as it can be.

Alan Watts

That's what I consider true generosity. You give your all and yet you always feel as if it costs you nothing.

Simone de Beauvoir

The two most powerful warriors are patience and time.

Leo Tolstoy

Experience has taught me this, that we undo ourselves by impatience. Misfortunes have their life and their limits, their sickness and their health.

Michel de Montaigne

Real generosity toward the future lies in giving all to the present.

Albert Camus

A quarrel is quickly settled when deserted by one party: there is no battle unless there be two.

Seneca

You cannot have the peace you seek until you let go of what is taking its place.

Beth Johnson

We are all faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as impossible situations.

Charles R. Swindoll

Our choice is to be in love or to be in fear. But to choose to be in love means to have a mountain inside of you, means to have the heart of the world inside you, means you will feel another's suffering inside your own body and you will weep. You will have no protection from the world's pain because it will be your own.

China Galland

Integrity is not a conditional word. It doesn't blow in the wind or change with the weather. It is your inner image of yourself, and if you look in there and see a man who won't cheat, then you know he never will. Integrity is not a search for the rewards for integrity.

John D. MacDonald as Travis McGee from The Turquoise Lament
submitted by Juliette Borchers

While God waits for His temple to be built of love, men bring stones.

Rabindranath Tagore

Love is a fruit in season at all times, and within the reach of every hand.

Mother Teresa

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

There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.

Edith Wharton

Love doesn't just sit there like a stone; it has to be made, like bread, remade all the time, made new.

Ursula K. LeGuin

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

William James

We do not create our destiny; we participate in its unfolding. Synchronicity works as a catalyst toward the working out of that destiny.

David Richo, The Power of Coincidence: How Life Shows Us What We Need to Know

I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true. I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live by the light that I have. I must stand with anybody that stands right, stand with him while he is right, and part with him when he goes wrong.

Abraham Lincoln

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

The best portion of a good man's life are the little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and love.

William Wordsworth

The most important thing I have learned over the years is the difference between taking one's work seriously and taking one's self seriously. The first is imperative, and the second disastrous.

Margaret Fontey

The road to happiness lies in two simple principles: find what it is that interests you and that you can do well, and when you find it, put your whole soul into it -- every bit of energy and ambition and natural ability you have.

John D. Rockefeller III

The best part of life is not just surviving, but thriving -- with passion and compassion, and humor and style, and generosity and kindness.

Maya Angelou

Dwelling on past mistakes is a waste of time. If the Ego needs to rectify a misdeed, have it do something that creates good in the present, this will certainly spawn good will for the future and create balance in your life.

Beth Johnson

What you have become is the price you paid to get what you used to want.

Mignon McLaughlin

Interdependence is and ought to be as much the ideal of man as self-sufficiency. Man is a social being.

Mahatma Gandhi

The Sufis advise us to speak only after our words have managed to pass through three gates. At the first gate, we ask ourselves,"Are these words true?" If so, we let them pass on; If not, back they go. At the second gate, we ask, "Are they necessary?" At the last gate, we ask, "Are they kind?"

Eknath Easwaran

The only myth that's going to be worth thinking about in the immediate future is one talking about the planet -- not this city, not these people, but the planet and everybody on it.

Joseph Campbell

I searched through rebellion, drugs, diets, mysticism, religions, intellectualism and much more, only to begin to find...that truth is basically simple -- and feels good, clean and right.

Chick Corea

The truth that many people never understand until it is too late is that the more you try to avoid suffering the more you suffer.

Thomas Merton

Do not say, "I follow the one true path of the Spirit," but rather, "I have found the Spirit walking on my path," for the Spirit walks on all paths.

Khalil Gibran

At times helping happens simply in the way of things. It's not something we really think about, merely the instinctive response of an open heart. Caring is a reflex...You live, you help.

Ram Dass & Paul Gorman in How Can I Help? Stories and Reflections on Service

It is not hard to live through a day, if you can live through a moment. What creates despair is the imagination, which pretends there is a future, and insists on predicting millions of moments, thousands of days, and so drains you that you cannot live the moment at hand.

Andre Dubus

The horizon leans forward,
Offering you space to place new steps of change.

Maya Angelou

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

Time is a created thing. To say 'I don't have time,' is like saying, 'I don't want to.

Lao Tzu

But what minutes! Count them by sensation, and not by calendars, and each moment is a day.

Benjamin Disraeli

Life will bring you pain all by itself. Your responsibility is to create joy.

Milton Erickson, M.D.

Doubt isn't the opposite of faith; it is an element of faith.

Paul Johannes Tillich

Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.

Eckhart Tolle

Expectancy is the atmosphere for miracles.

Edwin Louis Cole

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

All emotions are pure which gather you and lift you up; that emotion is impure which seizes only one side of your being and so distorts you.

Rainer Maria Rilke

The awakening of consciouness is not unlike the crossing of a frontier--one step and you are in another country.

Adrienne Rich

Life is both dreadful and wonderful. To practice meditation is to be in touch with both aspects.

Thich Nhat Hanh

In the face of uncertainty, there is nothing wrong with hope.

O. Carl Simonton

Hope is not the conviction that something will turn out well, but the certainty that something makes sense regardless of how it turns out.

Vaclav Havel

Old age is like everything else. To make a success of it, you've got to start young.

Fred Astaire

Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come. You wait and watch and work: you don't give up.

Anne Lamott Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life

Love is above all, the gift of oneself.

Jean Anouilh

If you don't know where you are going, you'll end up somewhere else.

Yogi Berra

To fight fear, act. To increase fear, wait, put off, postpone.

David Joseph Schwartz

It is what we think we know already that often prevents us from learning.

Claude Bernard

Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it.

Helen Keller

Friendship improves happiness and abates misery, by the doubling of our joy and the dividing of our grief.

Cicero

I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do. I am free, no matter what rules surround me. If I find them tolerable, I tolerate them; if I find them too obnoxious, I break them. I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do.

Robert A. Heinlein

How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.

Ann Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl, 1947

By the presence of good, evil is cast out, just as by the presence of light, the darkness disappears.

Ernest Holmes

Go to your bosom; Knock there, and ask your heart what it doth know.

William Shakespeare

If we live in peace ourselves, we in turn may bring peace to others. A peacable man does more good than a learned one.

Thomas A Kempis

Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.

Helen Keller

Thoughts lead on to purposes; purposes go forth in action; actions form habits; habits decide character; and character fixes our destiny.

Tryon Edwards

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