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Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance and order and rhythm and harmony.

Thomas Merton

Beauty of style and harmony and grace and good rhythm depend on simplicity.

Plato

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

William James

God gave us the gift of life; it is up to us to give ourselves the gift of living well.

Voltaire

True wealth is not measured in money or status or power. It is measured in the legacy we leave behind for those we love and those we inspire.

Cesar Chavez

If you don't get what you want, you suffer; if you get what you don't want, you suffer; even when you get exactly what you want, you still suffer because you can't hold on to it forever. Your mind is your predicament. It wants to be free of change. Free of pain, free of the obligations of life and death. But change is a law, and no amount of pretending will alter that reality.

Dan Millman from The Way of the Peaceful Warrior

You don't learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing, and by falling over.

Richard Branson

A brave man is a man who dares to look the Devil in the face and tell him he is a Devil.

James A. Garfield

Never open the door to a lesser evil, for other and greater ones invariably slink in after it.

Baltasar Gracian

The most complete revenge is not to imitate the aggressor.

Marcus Aurelius

Justice that love gives is a surrender, justice that law gives is a punishment.

Mohandas Gandhi

I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who conquers his enemies; for the hardest victory is over the self.

Aristotle

Those who bring sunshine into the lives of others, cannot keep it from themselves.

James Barrie

To be "viable," livable, or merely practical, life must be lived as a game--and the "must" here expresses a condition, not a commandment. It must be lived in the spirit of play rather than work.

Alan Watts

People only see what they are prepared to see.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

If you believe that feeling bad or worrying long enough will change a past or future event, then you are residing on another planet with a different reality system.

William James

All rising to great place is by a winding stair.

Francis Bacon

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

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

Hate is too great a burden to bear. It injures the hater more than it injures the hated.

Coretta Scott King

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others

Mahatma Gandhi

Sacred refers to that which helps take us out of our little selves into the whole mountains-and-rivers mandala universe.

Gary Snyder

I often compare the mind in meditation to a jar of muddy water: The more we leave the water without interfering or stirring it, the more the particles of dirt will sink to the bottom, letting the natural clarity of the water shine through.

Sogyal Rinpoche

Love is eternal--the aspect may change, but not the essence...love makes one calmer about many things, and that way, one is more fit for one's work.

Vincent Van Gogh

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

Lao-tzu

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

Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.

Thich Nhat Hanh

The highest wisdom is kindness.

Talmud

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

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

Fear is the main source of superstition, and one of the main sources of cruelty. To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom.

Bertrand Russell

We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year's Day.

Edith Lovejoy Pierce

There will come a time when you believe everything is finished. That will be the beginning.

Louis L’Amour

When you stand outside my thatched hut, could you guess how spacious it is inside? There is a galaxy of worlds in here. And space for as much love as I can find.

Ishikawa Jozan

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

Alan Paton

An alive, aware citizenry will not lessen the need for leaders; it will ensure better leadership. Good constituents produce good leaders.

John Gardner

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

The return makes one love the farewell.

Alfred de Musset

The spirit of Christmas is the spirit of love and of generosity and of goodness. It illuminates the picture window of the soul, and we look out upon the world's busy life and become more interested in people than in things.

Thomas S. Monson

It's not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.

Mother Teresa

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

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

Dwight D. Eisenhower

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

Chinese proverb

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

Deepak Chopra

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

Dr. Wayne W. Dyer

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

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

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

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

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

William James


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