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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

There's only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving and that's your own self.

Aldous Huxley

Most people don't really need advice. They just need support and discipline in doing what they already know works.

Marianne Williamson

Not one of us knows what effect his life produces, and what he gives to others; that is hidden from us and must remain so, though we are often allowed to see some little fraction of it, so that we may not lose courage. The way in which power works is a mystery.

Albert Schweitzer

Peace is a daily, a weekly, a monthly process, gradually changing opinions, slowly eroding old barriers, quietly building new structures.

John F. Kennedy

The first proof of a well-ordered mind is to be able to pause and linger with itself.

Seneca

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

Everybody can be great...because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.

Martin Luther King Jr.

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

We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts we make our world.

The Buddha (Poor translation of the opening lines of the Dhammapada)

We know what we are, but we know not what we may be.

William Shakespeare

If we face our unpleasant feelings with care, affection, and nonviolence, we can transform them into the kind of energy that is healthy and has the capacity to nourish us.

Thich Nhat Hanh

Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.

Lao Tzu

Cultivate peace first in the garden of your heart by removing the weeds of lust, hatred, greed, selfishness, and jealousy. Then only you can manifest it externally. Then only, those who come in contact with you, will be benefited by your vibrations of peace and harmony.

Sivananda

Moral courage is a rarer commodity than bravery in battle or great intelligence. Yet it is the one essential, vital quality for those who seek to change a world that yields most painfully to change.

Robert F. Kennedy

Each of us as we journey through life, has the opportunity to find and give his or her unique gift. Whether this gift is quiet or small in the eyes of the world does not matter at all-- not at all; it is through finding and the giving that we may come to know the joy that lies at the center of both the dark times and the light.

Helen Luke

Here is the test to find whether your mission on earth is finished: If you're alive, it isn't.

Richard Bach

A wise man is he who does not grieve for the thing which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.

Epictetus

What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls a butterfly.

Richard Bach

The practice of peace and reconciliation is one of the most vital and artistic of human actions.

Thich Nhat Hanh

Sow an act and you reap a habit. Sow a habit, and you reap a character. Sow a character, and you reap a destiny.

Charles Reade

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

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

Carl Jung

The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, not to worry about the future, or not to anticipate troubles, but to live the present moment wisely and earnestly.

Buddha

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

Nicholas Murray Butler

You can't wring your hands and roll up your sleeves at the same time.

Patricia Schroeder

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

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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