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12/1/17 to the present

What happens to you and what you do are one and the same process. There is no real separation between one thing called you and another quite different thing called the universe. When you stop talking and naming, they are quite obviously one.

Alan Watts

Growth demands a temporary surrender of security.

Gail Sheehy

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.

Eleanor Roosevelt

Do what you can on this plane to relieve suffering by constantly working on yourself to be an instrument for the cessation of suffering. To me, that's what the emerging game is all about.

Ram Dass

Between the banks of pain and pleasure the river of life flows. It is only when the mind refuses to flow with life, and gets stuck at the banks, that it becomes a problem.

Manuel Hernandez

We are all affecting the world every moment, whether we mean to or not. Our actions and states of mind matter, because we are so deeply interconnected with one another.

Ram Dass

Good, the more communicated, more abundant grows.


Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.

Maya Angelou

If you can give your child only one gift, let it be enthusiasm.

Bruce Barton

Education should not be the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.

William Butler Yeats

Life is without meaning. You bring the meaning to it. The meaning of life is whatever you ascribe it to be. Being alive is the meaning.

Joseph Campbell

Everything can be taken from a man or a woman but one thing: the last of human freedoms to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way.

Viktor E. Frankl

It is important to expect nothing, to take every experience, including the negative ones, as merely steps on the path, and to proceed.

Ram Dass

We become just by performing just actions, temperate by performing temperate actions, brave by performing brave actions.


Kindness can become its own motive. We are made kind by being kind.

Eric Hoffer

Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.

Mohandas Gandhi

A person desperately searching for love is like a fish desperately searching for water.

Deepak Chopra

As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.

Marianne Williamson

Barn's burnt down --
I can see the moon.

Mizuta Masahide
(In 1688 Masahide's house was burnt down, prompting him to write his most famous haiku)

What is to give light must endure burning.

Viktor E. Frankl

The greatest discovery of the 20th Century is that our attitude of mind determines our quality of life, not circumstances.

William James

You can learn new things at any time in your life if you're willing to be a beginner. If you actually learn to like being a beginner, the whole world opens up to you.

Barbara Sher

If you were going to die soon and had only one phone call to make, who would you call and what would you say? And why are you waiting?

Stephen Levine

Learn to get in touch with silence within yourself and know that everything in this life has a purpose. There are no mistakes, no coincidences. All events are blessings given to us to learn from.

Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

I believe it is true that humility is the only just response in a confrontation with the universe, but not a humility that prevents us from seeking the nature of the universe we are admiring. If we seek that nature, then love can be informed by truth instead of being based on ignorance or self-deception.

Carl Sagan

I have no doubt whatever that most people live whether physically, intellectually, or morally, in a very restricted circle of their potential being. They make use of a very small portion of their possible consciousness...much like the man who, out of his whole body organism, should get into a habit of using and moving only his little finger...We all have reservoirs of life to draw upon, of which we do not dream!

William James

Out of clutter, find Simplicity. From discord, find Harmony. In the middle of difficulty lies Opportunity.

Albert Einstein

Don't wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect. There will always be challenges, obstacles and less than perfect conditions. So what. Get started now. With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and more self-confident and more and more successful.

Mark Victor Hansen

Whenever you are confronted with an opponent. Conquer him with love.

Mahatma Gandhi

The best preparedness is the one that disarms the hostility of other nations and makes friends of them.

Helen Keller

My humanity is bound up in yours, for we can only be human together.

Archbishop Desmond Tutu

The capacity to care is the thing which gives life its deepest meaning and significance.

Pablo Casals

The world is a spell, an enchantement, an amazement, an arabesque of such stunning rhythm and a plot so intriguing that we are drawn by its web into a state of involvement where we forget that it is a game.

Alan Watts

It is wonderful how much time good people spend fighting the devil. If they would only expend the same amount of energy loving their fellow men, the devil would die in his own tracks of ennui.

Helen Keller

Challenging the meaning of life is the truest expression of the state of being human.

Viktor E. Frankl

People have the power to redeem the work of fools.

Patti Smith

Next to a lost battle, nothing is so sad as a battle that has been won.

Duke of Wellington Arthur Wellesley

Of the desires expressed the one which is most right is the desire to be 'master of oneself,' because without this nothing else is possible.

G. I. Gurdjieff

The various religions are like different roads converging on the same point. What difference does it make if we follow different routes, provided we arrive at the same destination?

Mohandas K. Gandhi

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


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

Thich Nhat Hanh

Difficulties strengthen the mind, as labor does the body.


Adopt the pace of nature, her secret is patience.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Practice no vice because it's trivial. Neglect no virtue because it's so.

Chinese Proverb

Patience is power; with time and patience the mulberry leaf becomes silk.

Chinese Proverb

Let your life lightly dance on the edges of Time like dew on the tip of a leaf.

Rabindranath Tagore

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


I cannot believe that the purpose of life is to be happy. I think the purpose of life is
to be useful
to be responsible
to be compassionate.
It is, above all
to matter
to count
to stand for something
to have made some difference that you lived at all.

Leo Rosten

Let us be silent, that we may hear the whispers of the gods.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

...for most people think they sufficiently understand a thing when they have ceased to wonder at it.

Baruch Spinoza

Deep in the sea are riches beyond compare. But if you seek safety, it is on the shore.

Saadi of Shiraz

Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.

Albert Einstein

It's being here now that's important. There's no past and there's no future. Time is a very misleading thing. All there is ever, is the now. We can gain experience from the past, but we can't relive it; and we can hope for the future, but we don't know if there is one.

George Harrison

How far that little candle throws his beams! So shines a good deed in a naughty world.

Shakespeare, Merchant of Venice

We find comfort among those who agree with us--growth among those who don't.

Frank A. Clark

Everybody, sooner or later, sits down to a banquet of consequences.

Robert Louis Stevenson

Wisdom is oftentimes nearer when we stoop, than when we soar.

William Wordsworth

Christmas is doing a little something extra for someone.

Charles M. Schulz

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

Washington Irving

The meaning of life is to live moment to moment. Just follow the flow of life from childhood to old age. Be born when it is time to be born and die when it is time to die.

Zhuang Zi

The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance; the wise grows it under his feet.

James Oppenheim

One has to keep the mind unruffled and not be affected by the fleeting phenomena around one. When the mind is unmoved, one will not be enslaved by worldly events.


A person's life--a future--hinges on each of a thousand choices. Living is making choices.

Captain Jean-Luc Picard

We are at the very beginning of time for the human race. It is not unreasonable that we grapple with problems. But there are tens of thousands of years in the future. Our responsibility is to do what we can, learn what we can, improve the solutions, and pass them on.

Richard P. Feynman

Men stumble over the truth from time to time, but most pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing happened.

Winston Churchill

Take full account of what excellencies you possess, and in gratitude remember how you would hanker after them, if you had them not.

Marcus Aurelius

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


Respect your efforts, respect yourself. Self-respect leads to self-discipline. When you have both firmly under your belt, that's real power.

Clint Eastwood

One comes to be of just such stuff as that on which the mind is set.


Old minds are like old horses; you must exercise them if you wish to keep them in working order.

John Adams

Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.

Mahatma Gandhi

When you lose touch with inner stillness, you lose touch with yourself. When you lose touch with yourself, you lose yourself in the world. Your innermost sense of self, of who you are, is inseparable from stillness. This is the I Am that is deeper than name and form.

Eckhart Tolle in Stillness Speaks

From the time we are born, there is a wildish urge within us that desires our souls lead our lives, for the ego can only understand just so much.

Clarissa Pinkola Estes

Failure is the opportunity to begin again more intelligently.

Henry Ford

It is because of our attachment to things that we suffer. By letting go we find that we have not lost anything except our attachment.

Sogyal Rinpoche

Gratitude for the present moment and the fullness of life now is true prosperity.

Eckhart Tolle

He is a man of sense who does not grieve for what he has not, but rejoices in what he has.


I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy.

Rabindranath Tagore

Every time and every place is uniquely different. There is no need to compare it with any other time and place. Just carefully taste the present - that is enough!

Zen saying


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