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12/1/21 to the present

Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.

Jalal ad-Din Rumi

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

Mohandas Gandhi

I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

No sensible decision can be made any longer without taking into account not only the world as it is, but the world as it will be.

Isaac Asimov

Beliefs have the power to create and the power to destroy. Human beings have the awesome ability to take any experience of their lives and create a meaning that disempowers them or one that can literally save their lives.

Tony Robbins

I am done with great things and big plans, great institutions and big success. I am for those tiny, invisible loving human forces that work from individual to individual, creeping through the crannies of the world like so many rootlets, or like the capillary oozing of water, which, if given time, will rend the hardest monuments of pride.

William James

Change the changeable, accept the unchangeable, and remove yourself from the unacceptable.

Denis Waitley

A finger points at the moon, but the moon is not at the tip of the finger. Words point at the truth, but the truth is not in words. To seek illumination through words is to get lost in the web of words and not see the truth.


When one realises one is asleep, at that moment one is already half-awake.

P.D. Ouspensky

The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one.

Mark Twain

Man's task is to become conscious of the contents that press upward from the unconscious.

Carl Jung

You can never get enough of what you don't need to make you happy.

Eric Hoffer

The great awareness comes slowly, piece by piece. The path of spiritual growth is a path of lifelong learning. The experience of spiritual power is basically a joyful one.

M. Scott Peck

Seek out that particular mental attribute which makes you feel most deeply and vitally alive, along with which comes the inner voice which says, "This is the real me," and when you have found that attitude, follow it.

William James

Placing the blame or judgment on someone else leaves you powerless to change your experience. Taking responsability for your beliefs and judgments gives you the power to change them.

Byron Katie

Once gone, a day will never return.
Therefore, one must strive to do good in every moment.
We reach the goal of the great life by good works.

from the Jain scriptures

We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude.

Cynthia Ozick

Healing may not be so much about getting better, as about letting go of everything that isn't you—all of the expectations, all of the beliefs - and becoming who you are.

Rachel Naomi Remen

There is neither happiness nor misery in the world; there is only the comparison of one state with another, nothing more. He who has felt the deepest grief is best able to experience supreme happiness. We must have felt what it is to die, Morrel, that we may appreciate the enjoyments of life. Live, then, and be happy, beloved children of my heart, and never forget, that until the day God will deign to reveal the future to man, all human wisdom is contained in these two words, 'Wait and Hope.'

Alexandre Dumas

I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver.

Maya Angelou

To educate yourself for the feeling of gratitude means to take nothing for granted, but to always seek out and value the kindness that stands behind the action. Nothing that is done for you is a matter of course. Everything originates in a will for the good, which is directed at you. Train yourself never to put off the word or action for the expression of gratitude.

Albert Schweitzer

Humor is perhaps a sense of intellectual perspective: an awareness that some things are really important, others not; and that the two kinds are most oddly jumbled in everyday affairs.

Christopher Morley

The best way to do good to ourselves is to do it to others; the right way to gather is to scatter.


Visualize this thing that you want, see it, feel it, believe in it. Make your mental blue print, and begin to build.

Robert Collier

I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.

Gilbert K. Chesterton

Every gift which is given, even though it be small, is in reality great, if it is given with affection.


Christmas is built upon a beautiful and intentional paradox; that the birth of the homeless should be celebrated in every home.

G.K. Chesterton

The more you love, the more you'll find that life is good and friends are kind, for only what we give away enriches us from day to day.

Helen Steiner Rice

The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honours the servant and has forgotten the gift.

Albert Einstein

Enjoy when you can, and endure when you must.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

While you are walking, smile and be in the here and now, and you will transform that place into paradise.

Thich Nhat Hanh

To undertake a genuine spiritual path is not to avoid difficulties but to learn the art of making mistakes wakefully, to bring to them the transformative power of our heart.

Jack Kornfield

If, with the rope of mindfulness,
You bind firm the elephant of the mind,
You will let go of every fear
And find virtue close at hand.

Shantideva in Engaging in the Conduct of a Bodhisattva, V, 3

The less you open your heart to others, the more your heart suffers.

Deepak Chopra

We are sick with fascination for the useful tools of names and numbers, of symbols, signs, conceptions and ideas. Meditation is therefore the art of suspending verbal and symbolic thinking for a time, somewhat as a courteous audience will stop talking when a concert is about to begin.

Alan Watts

This is the way of peace: Overcome evil with good, falsehood with truth, and hatred with love.

Peace Pilgrim

Common sense dictates that we evaluate our beliefs on the basis of how they affect us. If they make us more loving, creative, and wise, they are good beliefs. If they make us cruel, jealous, depressed and sick, they cannot be good beliefs.

Barbara Marx Hubbard

If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner.

Nelson Mandela

We are not permitted to choose the frame of our destiny. But what we put into it is ours.

Dag Hammarskjold

One's first step in wisdom is to question everything–and one's last is to come to terms with everything.

Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

When the will and imagination are in conflict, the imagination invariably wins the day.

Emile Coue

You must accept the truth from whatever source it comes.


One of the most misleading representational techniques in our language is the use of the word “I.”

Ludwig Wittgenstein

When your values are clear to you, making decisions becomes easier.

Roy E. Disney

The greatest gift we can give one another is rapt attention to one another's existence.

Sue Atchley Ebaugh

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

Anne Frank

Real generosity is doing something nice for someone who'll never find out.

Frank A. Clark

No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.


No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.


There is one spectacle grander than the sea; that is the sky. And there is one spectacle grander than the heavens; that is the interior of the psyche.

Victor Hugo in Les Misérables

If we examine every stage of our lives, we find that from our first breath to our last we are under the constraint of circumstances. And yet we still possess the greatest of all freedoms, the power of developing our innermost selves in harmony with the moral order of the Universe, and so winning peace at heart whatever obstacles we meet.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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