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6/1/18 to the present

The surest sign of spiritual progress is a total lack of concern about progress. There is an utter absence of anxiety about anything like liberation and a sort of hollowness in one's being, a kind of looseness and involuntary surrender to whatever might happen.

Ramesh Balsekar

The way to develop self-confidence is to do the thing you fear.

William Jennings Bryan

My atheism, like that of Spinoza, is true piety towards the universe and denies only gods fashioned by men in their own image to be servants of their human interests.

George Santayana

Life is like a game of cards. The hand that is dealt you represents determinism; the way you play it is free will.

Jawaharial Nehru

As for me, I know of nothing else but miracles.

Walt Whitman

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

Mahatma Gandhi

It's not so much how busy you are, but why you are busy. The bee is praised; the mosquito is swatted.

Catherine O'Hara

Hah! The Dark Side -- Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.

Yoda in Star Wars, Episode One: The Phantom Menace

The dust of exploded beliefs may make a fine sunset.

Geoffrey Madan

When we leave this world, how much we have loved will be our true legacy. It is the only thing we will leave behind and carry with us.

Anne Siloy

If you are patient in one moment of anger, you will escape a hundred days of sorrow.

Chinese proverb

He that would make his own liberty secure, must guard even his enemy from opposition; for if he violates this duty he establishes a precedent that will reach himself.

Thomas Paine

I am in the present. I cannot know what tomorrow will bring forth. I can know only what the truth is for me today. That is what I am called upon to serve, and I serve it in all lucidity.

Igor Stravinsky

Think of all sentient beings as buddha, but keep your hand on your wallet.

Tibetan Saying

Let's not forget that the little emotions are the great captains of our lives and we obey them without realizing it.

Vincent van Gogh

By developing a sense of respect for others and a concern for their welfare, we reduce our own selfishness, which is the source of all problems, and enhance our sense of kindness which is a natural source of goodness.

The Dalai Lama

It's amazing how much you can hear when no one is saying anything.

Elaine St. James in Inner Simplicity

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

Saadi of Shiraz

The greatest obstacle to progress is not the absence of knowledge, but the illusion of knowledge.

Daniel Boorstin

When I dare to be powerful -- to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.

Audre Lorde

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

Henry Miller

You may be deceived if you trust too much, but you will live in torment if you don't trust enough.

Frank Crane

You can't separate peace from freedom, because no one can be at peace unless he has his freedom.

Malcom X

Remember, we are all affecting the world every moment, whether we mean to or not. Our actions and states of mind matter, because we're so deeply interconnected with one another. Working on our own consciousness is the most important thing that we are doing at any moment, and being love is the supreme creative act.

Ram Dass

Knowledge is like light, use it and it grows brighter, ignore it and it fades away.

Alexander Everett

Your life works to the degree you keep your agreements.

Werner Erhard

People don't care how much you know until they know how much you care.

John Hanley

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

Aldous Huxley

The mind is its own place, and in itself, can make heaven of Hell, a hell of Heaven.

John Milton

If you don't run your own life, somebody else will.

John Atkinson

It is hard to fight an enemy who has outposts in your head.

Sally Kempton

If rejection destroys your self-esteem, you're letting others hold you as an emotional hostage.

Brian Tracy

Everyone should carefully observe which way his heart draws him, and then choose that way with all his strength.

Hasidic Saying

When you are no longer compelled by desire or fear . . . when you have seen the radiance of eternity in all forms of time . . . when you follow your bliss . . . doors will open where you would not have thought there were doors . . . and the world will step in and help. 

Joseph Campbell

The difference between being knowledgeable and being enlightened is that one who is knowledgeable leads the way with a torch, while an enlightened one is a torch.

Anthony de Mello

The optimist thinks this is the best of all possible worlds. The pessimist fears it's true.

Robert Oppenheimer

In each of us are places where we have never gone. Only by pressing the limits do you ever find them.

Dr. Joyce Brothers

They may forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel.

Carl Buechner

Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is the noble art of leaving things undone. The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of non-essentials.

Lin Yutang

Beauty is but the sensible image of the Infinite. Like truth and justice it lives within us; like virtue and the moral law it is a companion of the soul.

George Bancroft

Nothing is so strong as gentleness, nothing so gentle as real strength.

Francois de Sales

Everybody is unique. Compare not yourself with anybody else lest you spoil God's curriculum.

Baal Shem Tov

The tenacity of a habit is usually in proportion to its absurdity.

Marcel Proust

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

Richard Bach


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