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Imperfection is not our personal problem–it is a natural part of existing.

Tara Brach

Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything beautiful, for beauty is God's handwriting.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Beauty is truth's smile when she beholds her own face in a perfect mirror.

Rabindranath Tagore

What a father says to his children is not heard by the world, but it will be heard for posterity.

Richter

We waste time looking for the perfect lover, instead of becoming the perfect love.

Tom Robbins

When we quit thinking primarily about ourselves and our own self-preservation, we undergo a truly heroic transformation of consciousness.

Joseph Campbell

We are here to awaken from the illusion of our separateness.

Thich Nhat Hanh

The faculty of imagination is both the rudder and the bridle of the senses

Leonardo da Vinci

Do unto others 20% better than you would expect them to do unto you, to correct for subjective error.

Linus Pauling

Consciousness is a phase of mental life which arises in connection with the formation of new habits. When habit is formed, consciousness only interferes to spoil our performance.

William Ralph Inge

The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct acting from inner necessity. The creative mind plays with the objects it loves.

Carl Jung

Because our entire universe is made up of consciousness, we never really experience the universe directly we just experience our consciousness of the universe, our perception of it, so right, our only universe is perception.

Alan Moore

It must be obvious…that there is a contradiction in wanting to be perfectly secure in a universe whose very nature is momentariness and fluidity.

Alan Watts

The probability that we may fail in the struggle ought not to deter us from the support of a cause we believe to be just.

Abraham Lincoln

There is sometimes a peculiar confusion in the West that equates progress to whatever is recent or whatever is new, and it is time we understood that progress has nothing to do with the chronology of an idea.

Barbara Amiel

If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door.

Milton Berle

The world is indeed a mixture of truth and make-believe. Discard the make-believe and take the truth.

Ramakrishna

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

Play consists of whatever a body is not obligated to do.

Mark Twain

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

Mahatma Gandhi

Nature gave us one tongue and two ears so we could hear twice as much as we speak.

Epictetus

You can't control things by being nervous about it.

Tina Fey

Anger is mistaken as a friend because it brings extra energy, but the consequences are almost always negative.

The Dalai Lama

Peace cannot be achieved through violence, it can only be attained through understanding.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

To love another person is to see the face of God.

Victor Hugo

Let us always meet each other with smile, for the smile is the beginning of love.

Mother Teresa

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.

Aristotle

The aspects of things that are most important to us are hidden because of their simplicity and familiarity.

Ludwig Wittgenstein

Men are not punished for their sins, but by them.

Elbert Hubbard

There is a destiny that makes us brothers: none goes his way alone,
All that we send into the lives of others comes back into our own.

Edwin Markham

There can never be peace between nations until there is first known that true peace which…is within the souls of men.

Black Elk

Here it is–right now. Start thinking about it and you miss it.

Huang Po

Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.

Mother Teresa

The values by which we are to survive are not rules for just and unjust conduct, but are those deeper illuminations in whose light justice and injustice, good and evil, means and ends are seen in fearful sharpness of outline.

Jacob Bronowski

Why should we look to the past in order to prepare for the future? Because there is nowhere else to look.

James Burke

Every great advance in natural knowledge has involved the absolute rejection of authority.

Thomas Huxley

It is our attitude at the beginning of a difficult task which, more than anything else, will affect its successful outcome.

William James

No matter how insignificant the thing you have to do, do it as well as you can, give it as much of your care and attention as you would give to the thing you regard as most important. For it will be by those small things that you shall be judged.

Mahatma Gandhi

The remarkable thing we have is a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past. We cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude.

Charles Swindoll

Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, and working together is success.

Henry Ford

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

Anne Frank

Great works are performed not by strength but by perseverance.

Samuel Johnson

In the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter, and sharing of pleasures. For in the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed.

Kahlil Gibran

One of the most lasting pleasures you can experience is the feeling that comes over you when you genuinely forgive an enemy–whether he knows it or not.

O. A. Battista

When you choose one way out of many, all the ways you don't take are snuffed out like candles, as if they'd never existed.

Philip Pullman

Love is the condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.

Robert Heinlein

Only in quiet waters do things mirror themselves undistorted. Only in a quiet mind is adequate perception of the world.

Hans Margolius

Success is not built on what we accomplish for ourselves. Its foundation lies in what we do for others.

Danny Thomas

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 only way to find the limits of the possible is by going beyond them to the impossible.

Arthur C. Clarke

The mature person pays attention to what is happening in the innermost self.

Tzu Ssu

Love is the only sane and satisfactory answer to the problem of human existence.

Erich Fromm

People wish to be settled. It is only as far as they are unsettled that there is any hope for them.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

The habit of viewing things cheerfully, and of thinking about things hopefully, may be made to grow in us like any other habits.

Samuel Smiles

The ultimate value of life depends upon awareness and the power of contemplation rather than upon mere survival.

Aristotle

There is no chance, no destiny, no fate, that can hinder or control the firm resolve of a determined soul.

Ella Wheeler Wilcox

We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.

Thornton Wilder

Better keep yourself clean and bright; you are the window through which you must see the world.

George Bernard Shaw

Our life is what our thoughts make it.

Marcus Aurelius

The mark of a good action is that it appears inevitable in retrospect.

Robert Louis Stevenson

Our minds are finite, and yet even in these circumstances of finitude we are surrounded by possibilities that are infinite, and the purpose of life is to grasp as much as we can out of that infinitude.

Alfred North Whitehead, in Time/Infinity

Nature uses only the longest threads to weave her patterns, so that each small piece of her fabric reveals the organization of the entire tapestry.

Richard P. Feynman

Your success and happiness lies in you. Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties.

Helen Keller

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

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Tell me to what you pay attention and I will tell you who you are.

Jose Ortega y Gasset

Master, will you please write for me some maxims of the highest wisdom? Ikkyu immediately took his brush and wrote the word "Attention."

Zen story

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

Mohandas Gandhi

When the idea of any pleasure strikes your imagination, make a just computation between the duration of the pleasure and that of the repentance that is likely to follow it.

Epictetus

Love only grows by sharing. You can only have more for yourself by giving it away to others.

Brian Tracy

Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas.

Calvin Coolidge

Ultimately, human intentionality is the most powerful evolutionary force on this planet.

George Leonard

If instead of a gem, or even a flower, we should cast the gift of a loving thought into the heart of a friend, that would be giving as the angels give.

George MacDonald

You will find, as you look back on your life, that the moments that stand out are the moments when you have done things for others.

Henry Drummond

Once we recognize what it is we are feeling, once we recognize we can feel deeply, love deeply, can feel joy, then we will demand that all parts of our lives produce that kind of joy.

Audre Lorde

Happiness exists on earth, and it is won through prudent exercise of reason, knowledge of the harmony of the universe, and constant practice of generosity.

Jose Marti

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

Lao Tzu

The habit of looking to the future and thinking that the whole meaning of the present lies in what it will bring forth is a pernicious one. There can be no value in the whole unless there is value in the parts.

Bertrand Russell

Every time you do a good deed you shine the light a little farther into the dark. And the thing is, when you're gone that light is going to keep shining on, pushing the shadows back.

Charles de Lint

If we take eternity to mean not infinite temporal duration but timelessness, then eternal life belongs to those who live in the present.

Ludwig Wittgenstein

Follow effective action with quiet reflection. From the quiet reflection will come even more effective action.

Peter F. Drucker

If you understand, things are as they are.
If you do not understand, things are as they are.

Gensha

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

One resolution I have made, and try always to keep, is this: To rise above the little things.

John Burroughs

You will find as you look back upon your life that the moments when you have really lived are the moments when you have done things in the spirit of love.

Henry Drummond

We go here, there, to this place, to that one, always looking for happiness that is there inside.

Satchidananda

Peace starts within each one of us. When we have inner peace, we can be at peace with those around us. When our community is in a state of peace, it can share peace with neighboring communities, and so on. When we feel love and kindness towards others, it not only makes others feel loved and cared for, but it helps us also to develop inner happiness and peace.

Dalai Lama

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

Is there a difference between happiness and inner peace?
Yes. Happiness depends on conditions being perceived as positive; inner peace does not.

Eckhart Tolle

A purpose of human life, no matter who is controlling it, is to love whoever is around to be loved.

Kurt Vonnegut, Sirens of Titan

You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.

Mae West

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

Carl Jung

All great changes are preceded by chaos.

Deepak Chopra

Live your life each day as you would climb a mountain. An occasional glance toward the summit keeps the goal in mind, but many beautiful scenes are to be observed from each new vantage point. Climb slowly, steadily, enjoying each passing moment; and the view from the summit will serve as a fitting climax for the journey.

Harold B. Melchart

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

When you give a lesson in meanness to a critter or a person don't be surprised if they learn their lesson.

Will Rogers

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