About Me – Peace Love Understanding Art Philosophy Alchemy of the Heart – Astral Voyager

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Peace Love Understanding Art Philosophy Alchemy of the Heart – Astral Voyager

 

Dream Poetry Visions Inspirations Imagination Story Creation

 

Waystation Cosmic Key of the Ancients Temple House Library Inn Between Worlds Spiral City of Silver Gold Diamond Angels of Light Nature Spirits Faeries Elves Dwarves Templars Sky Gardens Holy Mountain Home Galaxy Sea of Stars and Beyond Our Local Universe Cosmos

 

Peace Beauty Life Light Love Balance Imagination Transcendence

 

Endor Nine Worlds Dream Poetry Visions Prose Poetry Worldbuilding

 

World Peace Universal Love Earth Solar System Orion Spiral Galaxy Local Universe Cosmos One in Two and Two in One Unity in Diversity Wisdom of the Ancients Upanishads Milky Way Sky Home Earth Galaxies Combining Parting Coming Together Again Source Highest Heaven Unity of Life Full Enlightenment Metaverse Multiverse Omniverse Silver Star of Earth Water Fire Air Spirit Sky Wind Magic Vision Alchemy of the Heart

 

Peace Life Light Love Balance Understanding Imagination Transcendent Truth Consciousness Bliss Enlightenment

 

Tree of Life Endor Nine Worlds of Earth Sun System of Atlanteans Templars Light Elves Dwarves Wizards Witches Nature Spirits Frost and Storm Giants Titans Dragons Trolls Orcs and Dark Elves Aliens Elementals Vampires Fire Demons and Giants Shadows Ghosts Wraiths Faeries of Light and Darkness Demigods Angels Eternals Gods and Goddesses Devas and Asura Asgardians Olympians Guardians of Nature Earth Middle World Otherworld Metaverse Universe Cosmos Celestials Multiversal Guardians Tribunal Balance of Good and Evil Light and Darkness Chaos and Order Eleventh Dimensional Realm of Dreams and the Source of Light and Life Creation and Preservation of the Omniverse of Life Waystation Twelfth Dimension House Temple School Inn Between Worlds

1 Earth Humans

2 Eldren Dwarves in Service to the Ancient Wizards and Nature Spirits

3 Alfheim Elves

4 Vanaheim Ancient Wizards and Nature Spirits Asura

5 Asgard Creating the Future Olympians Asgardians Devas

6 Jottunheim Awakening in the Future World of Frost and Storm Giants

7 Svartalfheim Time Travel Forwards Backwards

8 Muspelheim World of Fire Demons and Giants

9 Hel Lands of the Dead Deepest Underworlds

10 Tenth Dimension Gateway to the World of Dream Fractal Spiral Samurai for Peace & Justice

11 World of Dream Magic Science and the Future of Humanity North and South East and West Balance Becoming Being Peace Love Understanding More Light

12 Cosmic Universal Waystation Meta Universal Progression Tarot Archetypes Spiral Evolution Transcendence Immanence Peace Balance Perfection Sister Sunshine

13 Multiversal Nexus Leiden Adventures the Sleeper Awakens

14 Megaversal White Lighthouse Tower and Wizard City of the Mountain Sky Way Between Earth and the Summerlands Otherworld Faery Valinor Undying Lands Third and Fourth Dimensional Planar Worlds on the Tree of Life Lattice of Creation Multiverse the Twilight Artist

15 Omniverse Colors of Beauty Unity in Diversity Silence and Contemplation Music Dream Awake Silence at the Edge of the World(s)

16 Unrequited Love Adventures in the Trade City Crossroads of North America North and South East and West the Journey Northward Joseph the Reluctant World Hero

17 Tarot Tree of Life Chakras Wheels of Light Drawings Somewhere Between Knoxville and Paris

18 Childhood Journals of Green Turquoise Sky Blue Sea Blue Reflecting Infinity of Space Silver and Gold of Stars Everlasting Starflower Fractal Mandala Diamond Soul Dreams

19 Past Present and Future of Earth Arda Sol Humanity and Elvenhome Tree of Life Wheels of Light Legends and Myths Geography of the Ancient Past and Future My Life in Progress a Beginning

20 Spirit Journeys Pathways Gateways Portals in Time and Space Between and Among the Many Worlds of Matter Mind and Spirit Soul of Nature Infinity and Eternity Morningstar Brothers and Sisters of the Sun Moon and Stars Book of Questions and Memories of Parting and Coming Together Again

21 Dreams of the Fair Folk Faeries of Light and Darkness Elves Dwarves Trolls Demons Angels Those Who Dream Awake Life with Helen Spring Lily Sophia Eleanor

22 Nova City

23 Dreamworks

24 Eldren Dragon People

25 Abraxas Cosmic Rainbow Dragon

26 Peace of Hope Springs Eternal Immanence

27 Beauty of Life

28 Flower of Life

29 Love of Life Ancient Knowledge and Wisdom

30 Balance of Understanding

31 Intuition Imagination Iridescence Vision

32 Enlightenment Evolution Transcendence

33 Eleven Dimensions of the Universe

34 Multiverse

35 Megaverse

36 Omniverse Joseph’s Dream

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Magic Words

 

Tree of Life Endor Nine Worlds of Earth Sun System of Atlanteans Templars Light Elves Dwarves Wizards Witches Nature Spirits Frost and Storm Giants Titans Dragons Trolls Orcs and Dark Elves Aliens Elementals Vampires Fire Demons and Giants Shadows Ghosts Wraiths Faeries of Light and Darkness Demigods Angels Eternals Gods and Goddesses Devas and Asura Asgardians Olympians Guardians of Nature Earth Middle World Otherworld Metaverse Universe Cosmos Celestials Multiversal Guardians Tribunal Balance of Good and Evil Light and Darkness Chaos and Order Eleventh Dimensional Realm of Dreams and the Source of Light and Life Creation and Preservation of the Omniverse of Life Waystation Twelfth Dimension House Temple School Inn Between Worlds

 

Dreams Stars Magic Science Wilderness Cities Mountains Forests Oceans Moon Beauty Truth Balance Self World Cosmos Compassion Justice Freedom Environment Ecology Planetology Wisdom Dreams Alchemy Heart Astral Voyager Visions Perception Knowledge Information Complexity Simplicity Balance Creation Preservation Progress Peace Information Knowledge Wisdom Community Organization Writing Editing Storytelling Education Environment Art Imagination Compassion World Mythology Poetry Fiction Philosophy Truth Love Librarian Writer Author Artist Philosopher Student Teacher

 

Gardening Writing Listening Reading Loving Native American Mother Earth Spirituality Art Poetry Myth Religion Storytelling Truth Science Alchemy Energy Balance Philosophy History Integration Systems Complexity Ontology Interdisciplinarity Transdisciplinarity Visions Consciousness Worldviews Holism Humanity Landscape Psychology Ecosophy Transcendentalism Pragmatism Magic Butterflies Evolution Transformation Valleys Rivers Lakes Gardens Macro Meso Micro Meta Total Human Ecosystems Deep Ecology Red Green Blue Alliances Holarchy Understanding Psychological Illumination Sustainable Development Ecological Economics Balance Peace

 

Social Democracy and Transcendental Pragmatism Student of Peace Love Understanding Light Life Health Art Writing Reading Poetry Fiction Gardening Imagination Dreams Stars Magic Science Wilderness Cities Mountains Forests Oceans Moon Sun Stars Galaxies Clusters Superclusters Walls Bubbles Membranes Universe of Universes Beauty Truth Balance Self World Cosmos Compassion Justice Freedom Environment Ecology Planetology Wisdom of Dreams Alchemy of the Heart Astral Voyager Visions Perception Knowledge Information Complexity Simplicity Balance Creation Preservation Progress Peace Information Knowledge Wisdom Community Organization Writing Editing Storytelling Education Environment Art Imagination Compassion World Mythology Poetry Fiction Philosophy Truth Love Integrative Information Ecology Librarian Writer Author Artist Philosopher Student Teacher World Peace Universal Beauty Life Love Balance Insight Understanding Dreams Poetry Vision Imagination Storytelling Light Truth Consciousness Being Bliss Perfection Diamond Soul Dreams Fractal Mandala Visions Imagination Art Friendship Creation Preservation Storytelling Heart Peace Beauty Life Love Balance Insight Understanding Dream Poetry Visions Imagination Storytelling Balance Peace Beauty Life Love Understanding Imagination Transcendence Truth Consciousness Bliss Spiral Samurai Peace Love Compassion Lapis Sapphire Amethyst Diamond Soul Power

 

World Peace Universal Love Earth Solar System Orion Spiral Galaxy Local Universe Cosmos One in Two and Two in One Unity in Diversity Wisdom of the Ancients Upanishads Milky Way Sky Home Earth Galaxies Combining Parting Coming Together Again Secret Source Highest Heaven Unity of Life Full Enlightenment Metaverse Multiverse Omniverse Silver Star of Earth Water Fire Air Spirit Sky Wind Magic Vision Alchemy of the Heart Astral Voyager Emerald Sapphire Amethyst

 

World Peace Universal Love Earth Solar System Orion Spiral Galaxy Local Universe Cosmos One in Two and Two in One Unity in Diversity Wisdom of the Ancients Upanishads Milky Way Sky Home Earth Galaxies Combining Parting Coming Together Again Source Highest Heaven Unity of Life Full Enlightenment Metaverse Multiverse Omniverse Silver Star of Earth Water Fire Air Spirit Sky Wind Magic Vision Alchemy of the Heart

 

Student of Peace Love Understanding Light Life Good Health Balance Art Writing Gardening Drawing Imagination Dreams Stars Poetry Magic Wilderness Oceans Moon Sun Beauty Truth Balance Justice Freedom Compassion Environment Sustainability Wisdom Visions Creativity Knowledge Information Complexity Simplicity Unity Diversity of Self World Universe Multiverse Omniverse Cosmos Peace Love Understanding Justice Freedom Compassion Environment Sustainability Wisdom Dreams Visions Creativity Imagination Knowledge Wisdom Information Complexity Simplicity Duality Hope Perseverance Patience Universe World Growth Change Learning Study Silence Music Poetry Storytelling Art Politics Policy People Helping Beauty Ocean Moon Star Stars Sky Earth Fire Air Wind Magic Language Creation Preservation Life Love

 

Peace Beauty Life Light Love Balance Insight Understanding Imagination Truth Consciousness Bliss Being Story

 

Social Democracy Transcendental Pragmatism Peace Love Understanding Light Life Health Art Writing Reading Poetry Fiction Gardening Imagination Dreams Stars Magic Science Wilderness Cities Mountains Forests Oceans Moon Sun Stars Galaxies Clusters Superclusters Walls Bubbles Membranes Universe of Universes Beauty Truth Balance Self World Cosmos Compassion Justice Freedom Environment Ecology Planetology Wisdom of Dreams Alchemy of the Heart Astral Voyager Visions Perception Knowledge Information Complexity Simplicity Balance Creation Preservation Progress Peace Information Knowledge Wisdom Community Organization Writing Editing Storytelling Education Environment Art Imagination Compassion World Mythology Poetry Fiction Philosophy Truth Love Integrative Information Ecology Librarian Student Teacher World Peace Universal Beauty Life Love Balance Insight Understanding Dreams Poetry Vision Imagination Storytelling Light Truth Consciousness Being Bliss Perfection

 

World Peace Universal Love Earth Solar System Orion Spiral Galaxy Local Universe Cosmos One in Two and Two in One Unity in Diversity Wisdom of Ancients Upanishads Milky Way Sky Home Earth Galaxies Combining Parting Coming Together Again Source Highest Heaven Unity of Life Full Enlightenment Metaverse Multiverse Omniverse Silver Star of Earth Water Fire Air Spirit Sky Wind Magic Vision Alchemy of Heart Astral Voyager Emerald Sapphire Amethyst

 

Dream Poetry Visions Love Everyone Often Peace Life Light Love Balance Intuition Sky Magic

 

Universal Peace Beauty Love Compassion Understanding Light Life Health Balance Art Writing Gardening Drawing Imagination Dream Star Poetry Magic Wilderness Ocean Moon Sun Beauty Truth Balance Justice Freedom Compassion Environment Sustainability Wisdom Vision Creativity Knowledge Information Complexity Simplicity Unity Diversity Self World Dimensions Universes Multiverse Megaverse Cosmos Omniverse

 

World Peace Beauty Life Light Love Balance Spirit Insight Intuition Imagination Perception Being Truth Understanding Justice Freedom Order Compassion Environment Sustainability Wisdom Dream Visions Creativity Imagination Knowledge Wisdom Information Complexity Simplicity Duality Unity Hope Perseverance Patience Universe World Growth Change Learning Study Silence Music Poetry Storytelling Art Politics Policy People Helping Others Ocean Moon Stars Sky Earth Fire Air Wind Magic Heart Spirit Sun Language Creation Preservation Mountain Valley Garden Temple Peace Overcoming Transcending Darkness Light Balance Ocean Doorway Window Circle Open Faery Five Dimension Gateway Tunnel Chaos Order Portal Labyrinth Flowers Life Visions Imagination Beauty Mind Spirit Soul Mandala Smiling Dancing Garden Dream Lover Poetry Alchemy Future

 

Tree of Life Endor Nine Worlds of Earth Sun System of Atlanteans Templars Elves Dwarves Wizards Witches Nature Spirits Frost and Storm Giants Titans Dragons Trolls Orcs and Dark Elves Aliens Elementals Vampires Fire Demons and Giants Shadows Ghosts Wraiths Faeries of Light and Darkness Demigods Angels Eternals Gods and Goddesses Devas and Asura Asgardians Olympians Guardians of Nature Earth Middle World Otherworld Universe Cosmos Metaverse Celestials Multiversal Guardian Tribunal Balance of Good and Evil Light and Darkness Chaos and Order Dimensional Realm of Dreams and the Source of Light and Life Creation and Preservation of the Omniversal Reality Life

 

Diamond Soul Dreams Fractal Mandala Visions Imagination Art Friendship Creation Preservation Storytelling Heart Peace Beauty Life Love Balance Insight Understanding Dream Poetry Visions Imagination Storytelling Social Democracy Transcendental Pragmatism Student of Peace Love Understanding Light Life Health Art Writing Reading Poetry Fiction Gardening Imagination Dreams Stars Magic Science Wilderness Cities Mountains Forests Oceans Moon Sun Stars Galaxies Clusters Superclusters Wall Bubbles Membranes Universe Universes Beauty Truth Balance Self World Cosmos Compassion Justice Freedom Environment Ecology Planetology Wisdom of the Dream Alchemy of the Heart Astral Voyager Visions Perception Knowledge Information Complexity Simplicity Balance Creation Preservation Progress Peace Information Knowledge Wisdom Community Organization Writing Editing Storytelling Education Environment Art Imagination Compassion World Mythology Poetry Fiction Philosophy Truth Love Integrative Information Ecology Librarian Writer Author Artist Philosopher Student Teacher Peace Love Understanding World Peace Universal Balance Peace Beauty Life Love Understanding Imagination Transcendence Truth Consciousness Bliss Spiral Samurai Peace Love Compassion Lapis Sapphire Diamond Soul Power Fractal Mandala Art Friendship Creativity Storytelling Imagination Silver and Gold Ruby Emerald Lapis Lazuli Sapphire Diamond Spiral City Fractal Mandala Towers of Earth Sun Orion Spiral Arm of Stars Pleiades Milky Way Home Galaxy Local Group Virgo Supercluster Cosmos Metaverse Multiverse Omniverse Earth Wind Fire Water Elements of Nature and Universe Philosophy of the Ancients Astral Voyager Tree of Life Nine Realms and Eleven Dimensions of Reality Alchemy of Heart Stars Moon Preservation Balance of Chaos Order Peace and Love World Peace Beauty Light Love Understanding Future Past Eternity Island Continent Planet Sky Magic Imagination Truth Bliss Being Becoming Evolution Transcendence Health Insight Intuition Progress Ultramarine Communication Synthesis Creativity Omniscience Consciousness Community Futurism Social Democracy Transcendental Pragmatism Student of Peace Love Understanding Light Life Health Art Writing Reading Poetry Fiction Gardening Imagination Dreams Stars Magic Science Wilderness Cities Mountains Forests Oceans Moon Sun Stars Galaxies Clusters Superclusters Walls Bubbles Membranes Universe Universes Beauty Truth Balance Self World Cosmos Compassion Justice Freedom Environment Ecology Planetology Wisdom of the Dream Alchemy of the Heart Astral Voyager Visions Perception Knowledge Information Complexity Simplicity Balance Creation and Preservation Progress Peace Library Information Knowledge Wisdom Community Organization Writing Editing Storytelling Education Art Imagination Compassion World Mythology Poetry Fiction Philosophy Love Integrative Information Ecology Librarian Writer Author Artist Philosopher Student Teacher Peace Love Understanding World Peace Universal Love Earth Solar System Orion Spiral Arm Galaxy Local Group Cosmos Balance Beauty Life Understanding Imagination Transcendence Truth Consciousness Bliss Love Everyone Life Beauty Balance Sky Magic Universal Peace Love Compassion Understanding Light Life Good Health Balance Art of Writing Gardening Drawing Imagination Dreams Stars Poetry Magic Wilderness Oceans Moon Sun Beauty Truth Balance Justice Freedom Compassion Environment Sustainability Wisdom Visions Creativity Knowledge Information Complexity Simplicity Unity Diversity of Self World Dimensional Plane Universe Multiverse Metaverse Megaverse Omniverse Cosmos Imagination

 

Peace Beauty Light Love Understanding Dream Poetry Vision Future Past Eternity Myth Sky Island Continent Magic Imagination Truth Cosmos Bliss Being Becoming Evolution Transcendence

 

Light Love Health Insight Intuition Life Progress Alchemy Transcendence Starlight Moon Sun Universe Cosmos Peace Love Understanding Beauty Preservation Balance Truth Art Dream Poetry Visions Future Past Eternity Myth Sky Magic Imagination World Peace Love Understanding Ultramarine Heart Communication Balance Synthesis Creativity

 

World Peace Interconnection Transcendence Love Total Human Environmental Sustainability Social and Economic Justice Balance Beauty Art Light Truth Wisdom Equality Freedom Cooperation Unity Diversity

 

Everlasting Starflower Fractal Mandala Peace Love Sustainability Freedom Justice Equality Wisdom Indigenous Myth Psyche Music Ocean Sun Moon Earth Sky Politics Environment Progressive Change Inspiration Poetry Magic Beauty World Understanding Consciousness Compassion Creativity Imagination Integration Ecology Network Diamond Lotus Spirit Soul Dreams Disarmament Stars Future Journeys Art Communication Society Creativity Truth Self Discovery Journey Visions

 

Truth Necessity Kindness Peace Love Understanding Art Philosophy Astral Voyager One in Two and Two in One Unity in Diversity Alchemy of the Heart Galaxies Lovers Friends Combining Parting Coming Together Again World Peace Universal Love Earth Solar System Orion Spiral Arm Galaxy Local Group Universe Cosmos Beauty Love Peace Imagination Diamond Soul Dreams Fractal Mandala Visions Imagination Beauty Art Friendship Creativity Storytelling Poetry Alchemy Peace Love Understanding Justice Freedom Magic Omniscience Alchemy of the Heart Peace Beauty Light Love Health Balance Transcendence Truth Fiction Planet Earth Solar System Orion Spiral Arm of Stars Milky Way Galaxy Local Group Virgo Supercluster Local Universe Metaverse Multiverse Omniverse Peace Beauty Light Love Balance Dreams Poetry Visions Imagination Art Writing Life World Peace Love Understanding Art and Philosophy Peace Love Understanding Mythology Art Music Movies Magick Religion Philosophy Writing Politics Science Environment Economics Peace Love Understanding Light Life Good Health Writing Gardening Imagination Dreams Stars Poetry Magic Wilderness Oceans Moon Sun Beauty Truth Balance Self World & Cosmos

Peace Justice Love Poetry Inspiration Beauty Wisdom Future World Vision Understanding World Peace Beauty Light Love Truth Understanding Justice Freedom Order Compassion Environment Sustainability Wisdom Dream Visions Creativity Imagination Knowledge Wisdom Information Complexity Simplicity Duality Unity Hope Perseverance Patience Universe World Growth Change Learning Study Silence Music Poetry Storytelling Art Politics Policy People Helping Others Ocean Moon Stars Sky Earth Fire Air Wind Magic Heart Spirit Sun Language Creation Preservation Mountain Valley Garden Temple Peace Overcoming Transcending Darkness Light Balance Ocean Doorway Window Circle Open Faery Five Dimension Gateway Tunnel Chaos Order Portal Labyrinth Flowers Life Visions Imagination Beauty Mind Spirit Soul Mandala Smiling Dancing Drawing Garden Dreams Lovers Poetry Alchemy Future Guardian Storm River Life Abyss Creation Imagination Black Hole Chaotic Heart Dancing Star Tunnel Consciousness Awareness Action Vision Order Chaos Sun Moon Ocean Fire Sky Divine Guardians Cat Turtle Vision Human Raven Butterfly Hawk Star Water Air Earth Energy Spirit Wholeness Peace Love Ecology Equality Balance Green Blue Turquoise Purple Diamond Silver Gold Shadow Light Water Earth Fire Air Spirit Vision Thought Jade Onyx Opal Amber Violet Lapis Coral Marble Diamond Lotus Love Peace Health Ecology Understanding Justice Compassion Integration Music Life Duality Individual Ineffable Mystery Beauty Sublimation of Conflict Waking Dream Vision Consciousness Growing Transforming Becoming Light and Shadow Golden Dust Moon Blue Sky Morning Dark Five Dimensions Chorus Star Children of Forest Island Avatar World Hero Appearance Serpent King and Queen Night Day Paradise Water Lovers Twins Quartet Bull Balance Horns Ladder Staircase Doorway Star Butterfly Blue Green Turquoise Purple Moon White Light Sky Spirit Seven Dimensional Intuitive Earth Water Emotion Imagination Soul Fire Breath Truth Knowledge Wisdom

 

Transparency Honesty Truth Balance Joy Hope Divinity Heart Consciousness History Existence Peace Beauty Light Love Health Understanding Insight Intuition Life Preservation Balance Sky Magic Progress Alchemy Transcendence Imagination Starlight Moon Sun World Dimension Universe Metaverse Multiverse Omniverse Cosmos Drawings Alchemy Heart Imagination Storytelling Poetry Dreams Visions Mythology World Religion Peace Love Understanding Beauty Preservation Balance Truth Art Dream Poetry Visions Future Past Eternity Myth Sky Magic Imagination World Peace Universal Love Earth Solar System Orion Spiral Galaxy Local Universe Cosmos One in Two and Two in One Unity in Diversity Wisdom of the Ancients Upanishads Milky Way Sky Home Earth Galaxies Combining Parting Coming Together Again Source Highest Heaven Unity of Life Full Enlightenment Metaverse Multiverse Omniverse Silver Star of Earth Water Fire Air Spirit Sky Wind Magic Vision Alchemy of the Heart World Peace and Universal Love Earth Orion Spiral Arm Galaxy Cluster Universe Cosmos

 

Voyages in Worlds of Light and Darkness Astral Plane Above and Below Earth Local Universe

Silver Golden Sapphire World City of Humans and Elves Wizards Gods Demons Giants

Galaxies Combining Parting Coming Together Again Wisdom of the Ancients Upanishads

Planet Earth Solar System Orion Spiral Arm of Stars Milky Way Galaxy Local Group

 

Virgo Supercluster Local Universe Metaverse Multiverse Omniverse Alchemy of the Heart

Archetypes of Peace Love Compassion Knowledge Understanding Wisdom Light

Philosophy Astral Voyager One in Two and Two in One Unity in Diversity

Galaxies Lovers and Friends Combining Parting and Coming Together Again

 

Democratic Socialism and Transcendental Pragmatism Progress Towards Perfection

Peace in Opposition Nonviolence in Resolution Interconnection in Community

Transcendence in Work Beauty in Art Sustainability in Balance Light in Truth

Wisdom in Equality Love in Cooperation Unity in Diversity Freedom in Preservation

 

Dream Poetry Visions Future Past Eternity Myth Sky Island Continent Magic Imagination

Peace Beauty Light Love Health Understanding Insight Intuition Life Preservation Balance

Sky Magic Alchemy Transcendence Imagination Starlight Moon Sun Multidimensional Cosmos

Imagination Art Life Storytelling Creation Preservation Understanding Progress Alchemy

 

Diamond Soul Dreams Fractal Mandala Visions Imagination Beauty Art Friendship Creativity Storytelling Poetry Alchemy Peace Love Understanding Justice Freedom Magic

Art Peace Love Life Light Balance Writing Storytelling Creation Imagination Heart Mind

Julia Eleanor Lotus Andromeda Lily Spring Holly Emily Jasmine Starflower Sophia Parvati

 

Second Universe Faery Astral Planar Realm Fifth Dimensional Metaverse Arcadia

Eldren Eldar Otherworld Summerlands Hyperborea Numenor Atlantis Avalon Stormhold

Tears Rain Falling Soul Spirit Beauty Hope One in Two and Two in One Unity in Diversity

Milky Way Sky Home Earth Diamond Soul Dreams Fractal Mandala Visions Imagination

 

Friendship Creativity Storytelling Poetry Peace Love Understanding Justice Freedom Magic Omniscience Imagination Art Life Creation Preservation Understanding Progressive Alchemy World Peace Universal Love Understanding Art Philosophy Creation Preservation Destruction

Blue Violet Rose Peacock Eye Mandala Spell Peace Love Poetry Magic Labyrinth Beautiful

 

Earth Water Fire Air Spirit Garden Ocean Heart Philosophy Art Magic Dreams Truth

Imagination Nature Universe Cosmos Self World Light Life Love Imagination Beauty

 

Understanding Beauty Art Dream Poetry Visions Imagination

 

Student of Peace Love Understanding Light Life Good Health Balance Art Writing Gardening Drawing Imagination Dreams Stars Poetry Magic Wilderness Oceans Moon Sun Beauty Truth Balance Justice Freedom Compassion Environment Sustainability Wisdom Visions Creativity Knowledge Information Complexity Simplicity Unity Diversity of Self World Universe Multiverse Omniverse Cosmos Peace Love Understanding Justice Freedom Compassion Environment Sustainability Wisdom Dreams Visions Creativity Imagination Knowledge Wisdom Information Complexity Simplicity Duality Hope Perseverance Patience Universe World Growth Change Learning Study Silence Music Poetry Storytelling Art Politics Policy People Power Helping Beauty Ocean Moon Star Stars Sky Earth Fire Air Wind Magic Language and Creation

 

Everlasting Starflower Fractal Mandala Peace Love Sustainability Freedom Equality Wisdom Indigenous Myth Psyche Music Ocean Sun Moon Earth Sky Politics Environment Progressive Change Inspiration Poetry Magic Beauty World Understanding Consciousness Compassion Creativity Imagination Integration Ecology Diamond Lotus Spirit Soul Dreams Disarmament Stars Future Journeys Art Communication Society Creativity Truth Self Discovery Journey Visions Consciousness Flowering Spiral Galaxy Mind Diamond Soul Dreams Fractal Mandala Visions Imagination Beauty Art Friendship Creativity Storytelling Poetry Alchemy Peace Love Understanding Justice Freedom Magic Peace Justice Love Poetry Inspiration Beauty Wisdom Future World Vision Understanding Networking Light World Peace Beauty Light Love Truth Understanding Justice Freedom Order Compassion Environment Sustainability Wisdom Dream Visions Creativity Imagination Knowledge Wisdom Information Complexity Simplicity Duality Unity Hope Perseverance Patience Universe World Growth Change Learning Study Silence Music Poetry Storytelling Art Politics Policy People Helping Others Ocean Moon Stars Sky Earth Fire Air Wind Magic Heart Spirit Sun Language Creation Preservation Mountain Valley Garden Temple Peace Overcoming Transcending Darkness Light Balance Ocean Doorway Window Circle Open Faery Five Dimension Gateway Tunnel Chaos Order Portal Labyrinth Flowers Life Visions Imagination Beauty Mind Spirit Soul Mandala Smiling Dancing Drawing Garden Dreams Lovers Poetry Alchemy Future Guardian Storm River Life Abyss Creation Imagination Black Hole Chaotic Heart Dancing Star Tunnel Consciousness Awareness Action Vision Order Chaos Sun Moon Ocean Fire Sky Divine Guardians Cat Turtle Vision Human Raven Butterfly Hawk Star Water Air Earth Energy Spirit Wholeness Peace Love Ecology Equality Balance Green Blue Turquoise Purple Diamond Silver Gold Shadow Light Water Earth Fire Air Spirit Vision Thought Jade Onyx Opal Amber Violet Lapis Coral Marble Diamond Lotus Love Peace Health Ecology Understanding Justice Compassion Integration Music Life Duality Individual Ineffable Mystery Beauty Sublimation of Conflict Waking Dream Vision Consciousness Growing Transforming Becoming Light and Shadow Golden Dust Moon Blue Sky Morning Dark Five Dimensions Chorus Star Children of Forest Island Avatar World Hero Appearance Serpent King and Queen Night Day Paradise Water Lovers Twins Quartet Bull Balance Horns Ladder Staircase Doorway Star Butterfly Blue Green Turquoise Purple Moon White Light Sky Spirit Seven Dimensional Intuitive Earth Water Emotion Imagination Soul Fire Breath Truth Knowledge Wisdom Life Vision Perception Consciousness Thought Words Communication Integration Individuation Circle Wheel Cycle Seas Centuries Mountain Valley Shadow Moon Sailor Ship Green Heart Begin Again and Again Purple Blue Flowers Life Mandala Circle Wheel Cycle Turning Teach Tradition Novelty Love Towards Understand Know Imagine Human Educate Spirit Clouds Sail Fly Sing Learn Love Act Dance Open Self Knock Door Truth Realization Connect Music Sound Vibrate Spheres Commune Language Art Write Draw Mathematical Hierarchy Structure Circle System Distribute Direct Network Democracy Represent Mirror Reflect Light Relate Above Below Thought Emotion Beyond Within Numbers Colors Words Reality Wonder I We You Me Us Discover Create Depart Journey Adventure Far Close Dark Eyes Man Woman Child Love Flames Hands Feet Knowledge Alchemy Peace Love Understanding Justice Freedom Compassion Environment Sustainability Wisdom Dreams Visions Creativity Imagination Knowledge Wisdom Information Complexity Simplicity Duality Hope Perseverance Patience Universe World Growth Change Learning Study Silence Music Poetry Storytelling Art Politics Policy People Helping Beauty Ocean Moon Star Stars Sky Earth Fire Air Wind Magic Language Creation

 

Gardening Writing Listening Reading Loving Native American Mother Earth Spirituality Art Poetry Myth Religion Storytelling Truth Science Alchemy Energy Balance Philosophy History Integration Systems Complexity Ontology Interdisciplinarity Transdisciplinarity Visions Consciousness Worldviews Holism Humanity Landscape Psychology Ecosophy Transcendentalism Pragmatism Magic Butterflies Evolution Transformation Valleys Rivers Lakes Gardens Macro Meso Micro Meta Total Human Ecosystem Deep Ecology Red Green Blue Alliances Holarchy Understanding Psychological Illumination Sustainable Development Ecological Economics Balance Peace Peace Peace Love Love Love Truth Consciousness Bliss Shanti Shanti Shanti Sat Chit Ananda Silver Clouds Blue Sky Wholeness Peace Ecology Equality Balance Beauty Art Poetry Myth Religion Storytelling Truth Science Alchemy Good Philosophy History Integration Systems Chaos Transdisciplinarity Visions Consciousness Worldviews Perspectives Focusing Holism Humanity Landscape Ecopsychology Ecology Ecosophy Peace Love Light Life Good Health Justice Environment Sustainability Freedom Joy Creation Imagination Dreams Poetry Art Wondering Universe Earth Spirit Nature Family Community Intuition Vision Awareness Compassion Understanding Emotion Thought Feelings Victory World Mountain Center Ocean Sea Boat King Gandhi Thoreau Peace Love Light Life Health Community Ecological Wisdom Social Justice Equality Beauty Truth Good Creativity Generalism Systems Theory Transdisciplinarity History Philosophy Humanity Emergence Immanence Dialectics Certainty Uncertainty Great Memory Universality Large Scale Structure Physical Energetic One Multiple All Universe Chaos Order Duality Unity Trinity Collaboration Networks Tribes Transformation Cooperation Sharing Compassion Goals Consensus Coalitions Distribution Decentralization Direct Grassroots Democracy Sustainability Resilience Biodiversity Intellectual Curiosity Honesty Comparative World Mythology Philosophical Alchemy Esoteric Perennial Wisdom Mysticism Traditions Interfaith Dialogue Holistic Education Fractals Time Space Dimensions Reality Organization Categorization Being Becoming Passion White Violet Indigo Blue Green Transcendence Relationships Rainbows Rain Politics Global Green Parties Civility Liberties Democratic Socialism Individuality Transcendental Pragmatism Environment Nature Growth Positive Social Ecological Political Economic Change Simplicity Complexity Dreams Psychology Consciousness Synchronicity Collective Unconscious Archetypes Intelligence Imagination Emotion Communication Information Fantasy Speculation Poetry World Sky Spirit Earth Water Fire Air Mountains Beauty Sun Moon Shinto Holism Complex Simplicity Disarmament Progress Future Positive Human Gaia Cycle Web Circle Information Knowledge Wisdom Activism You Me We Ethics Stars Systems Philosophy Ecology Transcendence Immanence Reflecting Earth Water Fire Air Ether Space Time Wind Sunshine Moon Star Unity Bliss Exist Grow Be Learn Teach Writing Peace Excited About Learning Growing Changing Peace Love Understanding Justice Freedom Compassion Environment Sustainability Wisdom Dreams Visions Creativity Imagination Music Transparent Honest Truth Balance Joy Hope Divine Heart Conscious History Existence Becoming

 

Diamond Soul Dreams Fractal Mandala Visions Imagination Art Friendship Creation Preservation Storytelling Heart Peace Beauty Life Love Balance Insight Understanding Dream Poetry Visions Imagination Storytelling Balance Peace Beauty Life Love Understanding Imagination Transcendence Truth Consciousness Bliss Spiral Samurai Peace Love Compassion Lapis Sapphire Amethyst Diamond Soul Power Fractal Mandala Art Friendship Creativity Storytelling Imagination Silver Gold Ruby Emerald Lapis Lazuli Sapphire Diamond Spiral City Fractal Mandala Towers of Earth Sun Orion Spiral Arm of Stars Pleiades Milky Way Home Galaxy Local Group Virgo Supercluster Cosmos Metaverse Multiverse Omniverse Earth Wind Fire Water Elements of Nature and the Universe Philosophy of the Ancients Astral Voyager Tree of Life Nine Realms and Eleven Dimensions of Reality Alchemy of the Heart Stars Moon Preservation Balance of Chaos Order Peace and Love World Peace Beauty Light Love Understanding Future Past Eternity Island Continent Planet Sky Magic Imagination Truth Bliss Being Becoming Evolution Transcendence Health Insight Intuition Progress Ultramarine Communication Synthesis Creativity Omniscience Consciousness Community Futurism Peace Social Democracy Transcendental Pragmatism Student of Peace Love Understanding Light Life Health Art Writing Reading Poetry Fiction Gardening Imagination Dreams Stars Magic Science Wilderness Cities Mountains Forests Oceans Moon Sun Stars Galaxies Clusters Superclusters Walls Bubbles Membranes Universe Universes Beauty Truth Balance Self World Cosmos Compassion Justice Freedom Environment Ecology Planetology Wisdom of the Dream Alchemy of the Heart Astral Voyager Visions Perception Knowledge Information Complexity Simplicity Balance Creation Preservation Progress Peace Information Knowledge Wisdom Community Organization Writing Editing Storytelling Education Environment Art Imagination Compassion World Mythology Poetry Fiction Philosophy Truth Love Integrative Information Ecology Librarian Writer Author Artist Philosopher Student Teacher Peace Love Understanding World Peace Universal Love Earth Solar System Orion Spiral Arm Galaxy Local Group Cosmos Balance Beauty Life Understanding Imagination Transcendence Truth Consciousness Bliss Love Everyone Often Life Beauty Balance Sky Magic Universal Peace Love Compassion Understanding Light Life Good Health Balance Art of Writing Gardening Drawing Imagination Dreams Stars Poetry Magic Wilderness Oceans Moon Sun Beauty Truth Balance Justice Freedom Compassion Environment Sustainability Wisdom Visions Creativity Knowledge Information Complexity Simplicity Unity Diversity of Self World Universe Multiverse Omniverse Cosmos Social Democracy Transcendental Pragmatism Student of Peace Love Understanding Light Life Health Art Writing Reading Poetry Fiction Gardening Imagination Dreams Stars Magic Science Wilderness Cities Mountains Forests Oceans Moon Sun Stars Galaxies Clusters Superclusters Wall Bubbles Membranes Universe Universes Beauty Truth Balance Self World Cosmos Compassion Justice Freedom Environment Ecology Planetology Wisdom of the Dream Alchemy of the Heart Astral Voyager Visions Perception Knowledge Information Complexity Simplicity Balance Creation Preservation Progress Peace Information Knowledge Wisdom Community Organization Writing Editing Storytelling Education Environment Art Imagination Compassion World Mythology Poetry Fiction Philosophy Truth Love Integrative Information Ecology Librarian Writer Author Artist Philosopher Student Teacher Peace Love Understanding World Peace Universal Peace Beauty Light Love Understanding Dream Poetry Vision Future Past Eternity Myth Sky Island Continent Magic Imagination Truth Cosmos Bliss Being Becoming Evolution Transcendence Light Love Health Insight Intuition Life Progress Alchemy Transcendence Starlight Moon Sun Universe Cosmos Peace Love Understanding Beauty Preservation Balance Truth Art Dream Poetry Visions Future Past Eternity Myth Sky Magic Imagination World Peace Love Understanding Ultramarine Heart Communication Balance Synthesis Creativity Dream Poetry Visions Love Everyone Often Life Beauty Balance Sky Magic Universal Peace Love and Compassion Student of Peace Love Understanding Light Life Good Health Balance Art of Writing Gardening Drawing Imagination Dreams Stars Poetry Magic Wilderness Oceans Moon Sun Beauty Truth Balance Justice Freedom Compassion Environment Sustainability Wisdom Visions Creativity Knowledge Information Complexity Simplicity Truth Peace Library Information Knowledge Wisdom Community Organization Writing Editing Storytelling Education Environment Art Imagination Compassion World Mythology Poetry Fiction Philosophy Truth Love Tree of Life Endor Nine Worlds of Earth Sun System of Atlanteans Templars Elves Dwarves Wizards Witches Nature Spirits Giants Titans Dragons Trolls Orcs and Dark Elves Aliens Elementals Vampires Fire Demons Shadows Wraiths Faeries of Light and Darkness Demigods Angels Eternals Gods and Goddesses Devas and Asura Asgardians Olympians Guardians of Nature Earth Middle World Otherworld Universe Cosmos Metaverse Celestials Multiversal Guardians Balance of Good and Evil Light and Darkness Chaos and Order Dimensional Realm of Dreams and Source of Light and Life Creation and Preservation of the Omniverse Activism Politics Equality History Education Nuclear Disarmament Enlightenment Buddhism Hinduism Taoism Compassion World Religion Mythology Social Movements Democracy Dreams Visions Futurism Justice Social Justice Civil Rights Peace Love Understanding Nonviolence World Peace Global Democracy Ecology Planetology Humanity Truth Wisdom Cosmos Humanism Pragmatism Transcendentalism Liberalism Society Government Culture Freedom Writing Imagination Creativity Storytelling Economics Sustainability Music Movies Television Books Poetry Fiction Positive Progressive Social Change Meditation Women’s Rights Psychology Environmentalism Gardening Art Social Democracy Democratic Socialism Transcendence Immanence Transcendental Pragmatism Peace Silver and Golden Ruby Emerald Lapis Lazuli Sapphire Diamond Spiral Tower Cities Soul Dreams Fractals Mandalas Visions Imagination Art Friendship Creation Preservation Storytelling Dream Poetry Visions Imagination Universal Peace Love Compassion Earth Sun Orion Spiral Arm of Stars Pleiades Milky Way Home Galaxy Local Group Virgo Supercluster Universe Cosmos Metaverse Multiverse Omniverse Social Democracy Transcendental Pragmatism Student of Peace Love Understanding Light Life Health Art Writing Reading Poetry Fiction Gardening Imagination Dreams Stars Magic Science Wilderness Cities Mountains Forests Oceans Moon Sun Stars Galaxies Clusters Superclusters Walls Bubbles Membranes Universe Universes Beauty Truth Balance Self World Cosmos Compassion Justice Freedom Environment Ecology Planetology Wisdom of the Dream Alchemy of the Heart Astral Voyager Visions Perception Knowledge Information Complexity 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Artists and Philosophers – Musicians and Groups

 

Peter Gabriel, Kate Bush, David Bowie, Van Halen, U2, Talking Heads, Neil Young, Swans, Angels of Light, Velvet Underground, Vangelis, Dire Straits, Utopia, Todd Rundgren, Tangerine Dream, Tears for Fears, Queen, The Cure, Bob Dylan, Dead Can Dance, Yes, Johnny Cash, Alice Coltrane, CSNY & Y, Cream, Of Montreal, Jackson Browne, Elton John, Lou Reed, 13th Floor Elevators, Roky Erickson, The Beatles, John Lennon, George Harrison, Leonard Cohen, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Patti Smith, Nina Hagen, Genesis, The Smashing Pumpkins, Cocteau Twins, Pink Floyd, Syd Barrett, The Doors, Roxy Music, Brian Eno, King Crimson, Robert Fripp, Hall & Oates, Stevie Wonder, Bruce Springsteen, Black Sabbath, Iggy and the Stooges, Iggy Pop, John Cale, Vangelis, Iron Maiden, Dio, Tangerine Dream, The Rolling Stones, T Rex, Marc Bolan, Mike Oldfield, Blind Faith, Parliament, Funkadelic, Parliament Funkadelic, Johnny Cash, Billy Joel, Blondie, Paul Simon, Simon & Garfunkel, Led Zeppelin, Tom Petty, The Traveling Wilburys, Alan Parsons Project, Fleetwood Mac, Michael Jackson, Prince, Willie Nelson, Steve Earle, The Outlaws, Electric Light Orchestra, Aphrodite’s Child, Echo & the Bunnymen, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Big Star, Steve Miller Band, Michael Cretu, Van Morrison, Al Green, Marvin Gaye, Curtis Mayfield, Rick James, The Who, Jimi Hendrix, Joan Baez, The Band, Miles Davis, Bob Dylan, Mozart, Vivaldi, Stevie Wonder, Simon & Garfunkel, The Beatles, George Harrison, Vangelis, Dead Can Dance, Bach, Ravi Shankar, Wire, Jefferson Airplane, Roxy Music, T Rex, Ludwig Van Beethoven, 13th Floor Elevators, Ringo Starr, Architecture in Helsinki, Of Montreal, John Coltrane, Woody Guthrie, Sun Kil Moon, Arthur Brown, Fleet Foxes, Yeasayer, The Moody Blues, Joy Division, Frank Zappa, Explosions in the Sky, Big Star, Neil Young, Handel, The Cure, Alejandro Jodorowsky, Talking Heads, Fela Kuti, Black Sabbath, Cat Stevens, Belle and Sebastian, Arcade Fire, Buffalo Springfield, Blondie, Kronos Quartet, Flaming Lips, Jimi Hendrix, Yo La Tengo, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Harry Nilsson, Television, Jefferson Airplane, Brian Eno, The Kinks, John Cale, The Jam, Stevie Wonder, The New Pornographers, Queen, Prince, Cream, Echo & The Bunnymen, Yes, Caribou, Elvis Costello, INXS, Miles Davis, Nick Lowe, Traveling Wilburys, Sun Ra, Joan Baez, Elton John, The Fall, The Band, Love, King Crimson, X, Return to Forever, Jesus & Mary Chain, Fleetwood Mac, 13th Floor Elevators, The Velvet Underground, Tchaikovsky, Pharoah Sanders, Ornette Coleman, The Olivia Tremor Control, Cat Power, My Morning Jacket, XTC, Mission of Burma, Nina Hagen, Woody Guthrie, Traffic, Mike Oldfield, Enigma, Tangerine Dream, Krishna Das, Hari Om Sharan, Roky Erickson, Natalie Merchant, Journey, Boston, The Flamin’ Groovies, Television, Richard Hell and the Voidoids, Blue Oyster Cult, The Magnetic Fields, Camel, Gentle Giant, The Moody Blues, Deep Purple, Quiet Riot, Joe Walsh, Nick Cave, Frank Zappa, Jimi Hendrix, Swans, Van Halen, Caravan, Gong, Land of Talk, XTC, Gandalf, Enigma, Triumph, Pixies, Irfan, Johnny Cash, Yes, M83, Fleetwood Mac, Queen, Yeasayer, Joni Mitchell, Genesis, Peter Gabriel, Steve Hackett, Led Zeppelin, Grateful Dead, Parliament Funkadelic, Yes, Mike Oldfield, Vangelis, Tangerine Dream, Jackson Browne, Sigur Ros, Jesus and Mary Chain, Robert Fripp, Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen, Brian Eno, Tears for Fears, Rolling Stones, Black Sabbath, Neil Young, U2, David Bowie, Guns N Roses, Talking Heads, Journey, Dead Can Dance, Camel, Allman Brothers, Nine Inch Nails, Smashing Pumpkins, Leonard Cohen, The Beatles, Television, Velvet Underground, Van Morrison, Bob Dylan, The Cure, and Many More …

 

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Baruch Spinoza, Carl Sagan, Carl Jung, Rainer Maria Rilke, Hafiz, Rumi, William Shakespeare, Joseph Campbell, Pablo Neruda, Jack Gilbert, William S. Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg, Lou Reed, Bob Dylan, Stephen King, Leonard Cohen, Bruce Springsteen, Neil Gaiman, Alan Moore, Lao Tzu, H. P. Lovecraft, Brian Eno, David Byrne, Mark Knopfler, Thomas Jefferson, Peter Gabriel, William Butler Yeats, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Virginia Woolf, William Blake, Ezra Pound, Sri Aurobindo, Rabindranath Tagore, Albert Einstein, Edgar Allan Poe, Confucius, Martin Luther King, Anais Nin, Henry Miller, Stephen Hawking, Richard Feynman, Ernest Hemingway, John Stuart Mill, William James, Arthur Schopenhauer, Friedrich Nietzsche, Robert Graves, Hunter S. Thompson, Alan Watts, Soren Kierkegaard, Anne Sexton, Vaclav Havel, Novalis, Walt Whitman, Herman Hesse, Alice Walker, Maya Angelou, John Lennon, George Harrison, Vincent Van Gogh, Frank Herbert, Buckminster Fuller, Rene Descartes, David Hume, Ramana Maharshi, Jiddu Krishnamurti, Leo Tolstoy, Mahatma Gandhi, Aldous Huxley, George Santayana, John F Kennedy, Parmenides, Pablo Picasso, Kurt Vonnegut, Henry David Thoreau, Gopi Krishna, Helena Blavatsky, G. I. Gurdjieff, Manly Palmer Hall, Margaret Mead, Franz Kafka, Michel Foucault, Jorge Luis Borges, Gregory Bateson, Arthur Koestler, W. H. Auden, T. S. Eliot, Harlan Ellison, Plato, Roger Zelazny, Neil Gaiman, Aristotle, Sophocles, Arthur Rimbaud, Oscar Wilde, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Robert Louis Stevenson, Richard Wilhelm, Wilhelm Reich, Heraclitus, Eratosthenes, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Pseudo-Dionysius the Areopagite, Hermes Trismegistus, Israel Regardie, Petronius, Jean Cocteau, Chuang Tzu, Charles Baudelaire, Ursula K. Le Guin, Blaise Pascal, Gottfried Leibniz, Ervin Laszlo, Douglas Hofstadter, George Orwell, Bertrand Russell, David Bohm, Eknath Easwaran, Italo Calvino, Sappho, Basho, Dogen, Ram Dass, Patti Smith, Abraham Lincoln, Frank Lloyd Wright, Thich Nhat Hanh, Dalai Lama, Martin Luther King Jr, Kahlil Gibran, John Muir, Siddhartha Gautama Buddha, George Eliot, Christina Rossetti, Ogden Nash, E. E. Cummings, Howard Zinn, Nicola Tesla, Paramahansa Yogananda, Monty Python, Joyce Carol Oates, Bruce Lee, St. Francis of Assisi, Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke, Malcom X, Tecumseh, Ba Jin, Goethe, Hume, Kant, Spinoza, Laozi, and Many More …

 

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Babylon 5, Sandman Series, Mahabharata, Moribito – Guardian of the Spirit, 7 Samurai, Avatar – Last Airbender, Morrowind, The Sopranos, Gurren Lagann, Mass Effect 2, Farscape, Lexx, Carnivale, Mushishi, Skyrim, FLCL, Eloy, Fellini 8 ½, Dragon Age – Origins, Farscape, Lexx, Jodoverse, Bergman’s 7th Seal, Wild Strawberries, Through a Glass Darkly, Final Fantasy I, VI, VII, XII, Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle, Shinto, Twelve Kingdoms, Evangelion, Inuyasha, Supernatural, Babylon 5, Rome, Battlestar Galactica, Kingdoms of Amalur, Shadowrun, Stargate Universe, Doctor Who, Baldur’s Gate Trilogy, Philip K. Dick Universe – VALIS, Blade Runner, Invisibles, Firefly / Serenity, Clash of the Titans, The Wire, Chrono Trigger, Dune Chronicles, Labyrinth, Dragon Warrior IV, Terence McKenna Cosmology, Michael Moorcock Multiverse, Boardwalk Empire, Saragossa Manuscript, Star Trek, Barker – Imagica, Weaveworld, Abarat, Hellbound Heart, Books of Blood, Samurai 7, Seven Samurai, Zelazny – Lord of Light, Chronicles of Amber, Sword of Shinnara, Tolkien’s Hobbit, Lord of the Rings, Silmarillion, Stephen King – Dark Tower, Talisman, Eyes of the Dragon, Planescape – Torment, Icewind Dale 1 and 2, Star Wars Universe, Jodoverse – The Holy Mountain, Incal, Native American Mythology – The People and Spirits, Grandfather Sky and Mother Earth, Trickster and Raven, FLCL, Gurren Lagann, Harry Potter, Pan’s Labyrinth, Chronos, Kabbalah – Tree of Life, Sephiroth, Templars, Rosicrucianism, Tolkien’s Middle Earth Arda and Aman / Valinor, D & D Elves, Faeries, Demons, Faery / Arcadia and Underverse, Light and Shadows, Game of Thrones / Song of Ice and Fire, Afro Samurai, Mahabharata, Constantine, Dragon Age – Origins, Cowboy Bebop, Tibetan Buddhism, Hellboy 1 and 2, Morrowind, Skyrim, Darker than Black, Scorsese – Casino, Color of Money, Goodfellas, Gangs of New York, Kundun, Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, Wolf of Wall Street, The Departed, The Last Temptation of Christ, Camel, Allman Brothers, Final Fantasy, Shadowrun, Philip K. Dick – Blade Runner, VALIS, Fullmetal Alchemist, Chrono Trigger, Dragon Warrior, Hellsing Ultimate, Saragossa Manuscript, Baldur’s Gate Trilogy, Samurai Champloo, Roger Zelazny – Lord of Light, Chronicles of Amber, Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, Hobbit, Silmarillion, Carnivale, Harry Potter, Mahabharata, Tibetan Buddhism, Moribito – Guardian of the Spirit, Marvel Multiverse – Fourth World, New and Old Gods, Swans, Angels of Light, William Shakespeare, Scorsese – Color of Money, Kundun, Last Temptation of Christ, Casino, Goodfellas, Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, Bob Dylan, Farscape / Lexx, Neil Gaiman – Stardust, Sandman – Vertigo Fantasy Elf Infinite Universes, Dungeons and Dragons Forgotten Realms, Spelljammer, Planescape Multiverse, Andromeda, William Blake, Deadwood, Tales From the Crypt, True Blood, Fellini 8 ½, La Dolce Vita, Amarcord – Theosophy – Esoteric Fourth Way, Man Who Wasn’t There, Walking Dead, Mahatma Gandhi, Bergman Wild Strawberries, 7th Sign, Through a Glass Darkly, Thelema – Hermeticism – Golden Dawn – Rosicrucianism – Philosophical Magical Alchemy – A. A., Might and Magic / Heroes of Might and Magic, Martin Luther King, Jr., Andromeda, Walking Dead, Returned, Twelve Kingdoms, Evangelion, and Miyazaki – Spirited Away, Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind, Ponyo, Howl’s Moving Castle, My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Mononoke, Anachronox, Dalai Lama, Might and Magic, Heroes of Might and Magic, Inuyasha, Supernatural, True Blood, Neverwinter Nights, Thich Nhat Hanh, Anachronox, Dune Chronicles, Babylon 5, Reus, Torchlight, Arcanum, Jorge Luis Borges, Rome, Vikings, Riddick, Doctor Who Universe, Botanicula, Democracy 3, Battlestar Galactica, Shinto, Taoism, Dungeons and Dragons Cosmology, Firefly / Serenity, Anodyne, Alpha Centauri, Age of Wonders, Michael Moorcock Multiverse – Eternal Champion Saga, Mass Effect, Zork, Imagica, Weaveworld, Abarat – Barker Multiverse, Deadwood, Stephen King Multiverse – Dark Tower, Tales From the Crypt, Native American Sun Dance Cosmos, Tree of Life, Kabbalah, Five Worlds, Templars, Elves, Vampires, Aliens – Game of Thrones /  Song of Ice and Fire, Deadwood, The Master, Prometheus, Thor: Dark World, and Many More …

 

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“When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.”

— John Muir

 

“We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.”

— Kurt Vonnegut

 

“The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.”

— Pablo Picasso

 

“All religions, arts and sciences are branches of the same tree… Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.”

— Albert Einstein

 

“Human history can be viewed as a slowly dawning awareness that we are members of a larger group.”

— Carl Sagan

 

“Dreams are the touchstones of our characters.”

— Henry David Thoreau

 

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. This is the interrelated structure of reality.”

— Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

“Happiness is neither virtue nor pleasure nor this thing nor that but simply growth. We are happy when we are growing.”

— William Butler Yeats

 

“By Being, It Is.”

— Parmenides

 

“Without music, life would be a mistake.”

— Friedrich Nietzsche

 

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”

— George Santayana

 

“As far as we can discern, the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light of meaning in the darkness of mere being.”

— Carl Jung

 

“If you would be a real seeker after truth, it is necessary that at least once in your life you doubt, as far as possible, all things.”

— Rene Descartes

 

“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 Feynman

 

“Then he said ‘Remember Bob: no fear, no envy, no meanness,’ and I said ‘hmmm, right.’”

— Bob Dylan

 

“The reverse side also has a reverse side.”

— Japanese Proverb

 

“We are like islands in the sea, separate on the surface but connected in the deep.”

— William James

 

“If success or failure of this planet and of human beings depended on how I am and what I do… How would I be? What would I do?”

— Buckminster Fuller

 

“The most vital issue of the age is whether the future progress of humanity is to be governed by the modern economic and materialistic mind of the West or by a nobler pragmatism guided, uplifted and enlightened by spiritual culture and knowledge….”

— Sri Aurobindo

 

“The Self alone exists; and the Self alone is real. Verily the Self alone is the world, the I-I and God. All that exists is but the manifestation of the Supreme Being.”

— Ramana Maharshi

 

“It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.”

— Jiddu Krishnamurti

 

“Mankind must put an end to war or war will put an end to mankind.”

— John F. Kennedy

 

“Peace is not an absence of war, it is a virtue, a state of mind, a disposition for benevolence, confidence, justice.”

— Baruch Spinoza

 

“It’s wonderful to be alive and to walk on earth.

 

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You are a miracle, and everything you touch could be a miracle.”

— Thich Nhat Hanh

 

“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.

 

I offer you peace. I offer you love. I offer you friendship. I see your beauty. I hear your need. I feel your feelings. My wisdom flows from the Highest Source. I salute that source in you. Let us work together for unity and love.

 

Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”

— Mahatma Gandhi

 

“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.”

— Lao Tzu / Laozi

 

“Peace is the only battle worth waging.”

— Albert Camus

 

“Peace is the one condition of survival in this nuclear age.”

— Adlai E. Stevenson

 

“I love you not only for what you are, but for what I am when I’m with you.”

— Elizabeth Barrett Browning

 

“Human feeling is like the mighty rivers that bless the earth: it does not wait for beauty — it flows with resistless force and brings beauty with it.”

George Eliot

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Social Democracy and Transcendental Pragmatism

 

World Peace, Interconnection, Transcendence, Love, Total Human Environmental Sustainability, Social & Economic Justice, Balance, Beauty, Art, Light, Truth, Wisdom, Equality, Freedom, Cooperation, Unity, and Diversity

 

Everlasting Starflower Fractal Mandala Peace Love Sustainability Freedom Equality Wisdom Indigenous Myth Psyche Music Ocean Sun Moon Earth Sky Politics Environment Progressive Change Inspiration Poetry Magic Beauty World Understanding Consciousness Compassion Creativity Imagination Integration Ecology Diamond Lotus Spirit Soul Dreams Disarmament Stars Future Journeys Art Communication Society Creativity Truth Self Discovery Journey Visions Consciousness Flowering Spiral Galaxy Mind Diamond Soul Dreams Fractal Mandala Visions Imagination Beauty Art Friendship Creativity Storytelling Poetry Alchemy Peace Love Understanding Justice Freedom Magic Peace Justice Love Poetry Inspiration Beauty Wisdom Future World Vision Understanding Networking Light World Peace Beauty Light Love Truth Understanding Justice Freedom Order Compassion Environment Sustainability Wisdom Dream Visions Creativity Imagination Knowledge Wisdom Information Complexity Simplicity Duality Unity Hope Perseverance Patience Universe World Growth Change Learning Study Silence Music Poetry Storytelling Art Politics Policy People Helping Others Ocean Moon Stars Sky Earth Fire Air Wind Magic Heart Spirit Sun Language Creation Preservation Mountain Valley Garden Temple Peace Overcoming Transcending Darkness Light Balance Ocean Doorway Window Circle Open Faery Five Dimension Gateway Tunnel Chaos Order Portal Labyrinth Flowers Life Visions Imagination Beauty Mind Spirit Soul Mandala Smiling Dancing Drawing Garden Dreams Lovers Poetry Alchemy Future Guardian Storm River Life Abyss Creation Imagination Black Hole Chaotic Heart Dancing Star Tunnel Consciousness Awareness Action Vision Order Chaos Sun Moon Ocean Fire Sky Divine Guardians Cat Turtle Vision Human Raven Butterfly Hawk Star Water Air Earth Energy Spirit Wholeness Peace Love Ecology Equality Balance Green Blue Turquoise Purple Diamond Silver Gold Shadow Light Water Earth Fire Air Spirit Vision Thought Jade Onyx Opal Amber Violet Lapis Coral Marble Diamond Lotus Love Peace Health Ecology Understanding Justice Compassion Integration Music Life Duality Individual Ineffable Mystery Beauty Sublimation of Conflict Waking Dream Vision Consciousness Growing Transforming Becoming Light and Shadow Golden Dust Moon Blue Sky Morning Dark Five Dimensions Chorus Star Children of Forest Island Avatar World Hero Appearance Serpent King and Queen Night Day Paradise Water Lovers Twins Quartet Bull Balance Horns Ladder Staircase Doorway Star Butterfly Blue Green Turquoise Purple Moon White Light Sky Spirit Seven Dimensional Intuitive Earth Water Emotion Imagination Soul Fire Breath Truth Knowledge Wisdom Life Vision Perception Consciousness Thought Words Communication Integration Individuation Circle Wheel Cycle Seas Centuries Mountain Valley Shadow Moon Sailor Ship Green Heart Begin Again And Again Purple Blue Flowers Life Mandala Circle Wheel Cycle Turning Teach Tradition Novelty Love Towards Understand Know Imagine Human Educate Spirit Clouds Sail Fly Sing Learn Love Act Dance Open Self Knock Door Truth Realize Connect Music Sound Vibrate Spheres Commune Language Art Write Draw Mathematical Hierarchy Structure Circle System Distribute Direct Network Democracy Represent Mirror Reflect Light Relate Above Below Thought Emotion Beyond Within Numbers Colors Words Reality Wonder I We You Me Us Discover Create Depart Journey Adventure Far Close Dark Eyes Man Woman Child Love Flames Hands Feet Knowledge Alchemy Peace Love Understanding Justice Freedom Compassion Environment Sustainability Wisdom Dreams Visions Creativity Imagination Knowledge Wisdom Information Complexity Simplicity Duality Hope Perseverance Patience Universe World Growth Change Learning Study Silence Music Poetry Storytelling Art Politics Policy People Helping Beauty Ocean Moon Star Stars Sky Earth Fire Air Wind Magic Language Creation

 

Peace Beauty Light Love Balance Transcendence Dreams Poetry Visions Imagination Art Writing Life Everlasting Starflower Fractal Mandala Diamond Soul Sky Magic Progression Alchemy

 

Dream Poetry Visions Future Past Eternity Myth Sky Island Continent

 

Imagination Art Life Storytelling Creation Preservation Understanding Progress Alchemy

 

Art Peace Love Life Light Balance Writing Storytelling Creation Imagination Heart Mind

 

Peace Love Understanding Beauty Preservation Life Balance Sky Magic Progress Alchemy

 

Underworld – First and Second Dimensions – Go and Chess Boards of Reality

Encompassing First World Midgard Arda Earth Physical Creation Planar Realm

Midworld and Surrounding Universes of Fire and Ice – Third Dimensional Universe

Humans, Wizards, Elves, Giants, Elementals, Dwarves, Dark Elves, Faeries, Gods, Demons

Descent and Rise – Spiral Galactic Supercluster – Transformation Change Growth Evolution Transcendence – Pushing and Pulling – Time Space Identity

Imagination Art Writing Life Storytelling Creation Preservation Understanding

Sky Magic Progress Alchemy – Home – Paradise – Heaven on Earth

Science Fiction Fantasy in Progress – Poems and Stories – Future of Humanity

Soul Spirit Expressions – Art Peace Love Understanding Balance Beauty Consciousness

Love of Life – Dreams of the Future – Light and Shadow – Finding What Is Hidden

Star Peace Warrior Light Love Life Balance Progression World House Cosmic Waystation

Sixth Dimensional Perspective Archetypes of God and Goddess – Unity of Realities

World Hero Lotus Light Love Laughter Longing Learning Illuminating Becoming Being

Immanence and Transcendence, Unity Within Duality, Door of Perception, Eye of Love Window of Heart – Child Love Flames Hands Feet Knowledge Alchemy

Flower of Life Art Intuition Creativity Visions Dreams Imagination Wonder Childhood

World Healing Compassion Hope Balance Nature Protectors Librarians Wizards

Black Hole Doorway Window Soul Dark and Light Complexity – Bright Eyes Woman

Process of Life – Shadow Light Process Life Organic Growth Change

Shiva Shakti Emanation Creation Combination Balance Synthesis

Magic Blue Beautiful Violet Rose Peacock Eye Labyrinth Mandala

Paradise Dream Map River Garden Temple House Mountains

Green Nature Spirit Friend Guardian Defender Tears Rain Falling Soul Spirit Beauty Hope

Purple Lotus Blossoming – Hope Springs Eternal – Consciousness

Mysterious Self World Unconscious Collective Knowledge Myth

Labyrinth Duality Perfection Balance Deep Good Life Flowing Growing Loving

Magic Is Possible, Necessary – Bounded Yet Infinite Stars Eyes Serpents Vision

Unity Light and Dark Shadow Angels and Angel Shadows – Communication

All One Within Without Illusion Life Destruction Resurrection Rebirth

Secret Ancient Pathway Pain Change Night Day Duality Love

Library of Alexandria – Mountain Valley Garden Temple Peace Overcoming Transcending Ocean Shore Doorway Circle Open Faery Interdimensional Gateway Star Heart Portal Light Truth Consciousness Bliss Dream Creation – Shadow Alchemy Eyes Vision Heart Emanation Balance Integration Wisdom Environment – Earth Water Fire Air Spirit Elements Symbols Integration Alchemy Guardians Garden Ocean Heart Philosophy Art Magic Beauty Dreams Imagination Nature Universe Self World Cosmos World Peace

Love Understanding Ultramarine Heart Communication Balance Synthesis Creativity

Singing Nature Spirit Fire Flame of Knowledge and Wisdom Guardian Protector

New Fifth Element Spirit Creative Discovery Art Poetry Intuition Inspiration Truth Love

Sea Doorway Window Vision Window Soul Paradise Earth Night Stars Poetry Poems

Labyrinth Flower Heart Life Vision Flowers Hearts Visions Imagination Beauty Mind Spirit Soul Mandala Path Smile Dance Drawing Garden Dream Dreams Love Lovers Loved Magic

Change Love Peace – Cosmic Consciousness – New Ancient Stories – The Fool

Archetypes of Peace, Love, Compassion, Knowledge, Understanding, Wisdom

Peace Within Without – Diverse Threads Weaving Webs Fractals Mandalas Tapestries

 

The Magician – Message of Love, Spirit of Fire

Earth – Home – First Through Fourth Worlds

Creation and Preservation of Life – Progression

New Ancient Community – Light, Life, Love

Bridging West and East, Valleys and Mountains, Cities and Forests

The High Priestess – Flower of Love

Now People – Evolution and Involution

Human Beings, Animals, Spirits, Magical Creatures of Light and Shadow

Chaos, Order, The Balance ― Love, Peace, Preservation of Life Above All Concerns

All Worlds, Universes in the Tree of Life ― Lattice of Creation, Preservation, Destruction

The Empress – Visions of Past and Future – Love and Loss – Magic and Wonder

The Emperor – Eye of the World – Soul of the Self – Heart of the Universe

The Hierophant – Serpent of Wisdom – Eye of Truth

The Lovers – Eye of Consciousness – Cosmic Ocean – Between Earth and Sky

The Chariot – Vision of Beauty

Strength – Passion – Mandala of Spirit

The Hermit – Blue World Universe Self Love

Wheel of Fortune – Eye of the World

Justice – Adjustment – Knowledge Self Wisdom Truth Light

The Hanged Man – Tree of Life – Flower of Consciousness

Multiverse of Possibilities – Evolution and Involution

Death – The Washer at the Ford

Temperance – Art – Lovers Seekers Artists Friends Companions

The Green Man – Cosmic Self Ocean of Love Light Truth Imagination Dreams

The Spiral Tower – Love

The Star – Sophia – Evolution Growth Change – Imagination of the Future Past

The Moon – Isis – Resurgence

The Sun – Apollo

The Aeon – World – Cosmic Songbirds

The World – Universe – Multiverse – Secret Messages – Light in Eyes, Truth, Letters of Love

 

Peace in Opposition – Nonviolence in Resolution – Interconnection in Community

Transcendence in Work – Beauty in Art – Sustainability in Balance – Light in Truth

Wisdom in Equality – Love in Cooperation – Unity in Diversity – Freedom in Preservation

Blue Violet Rose Peacock Eye Mandala Spell Peace Love Understanding Beauty Art

Poetry Magic Labyrinth Beautiful Friend – Earth Water Fire Air Spirit

Garden Ocean Heart Philosophy Art – Magic Beauty Dreams Imagination

Nature Universe Cosmos – Self and World – Light Life Love Imagination Beauty

 

Peace Love Light Life Good Health Justice Environment Sustainable Free Joy Create Imagine Dream Poet Art Wonder Universe Earth Spirit Nature Family Commune Intuition Visions Awareness Compassion Understand Emotion Thought Feel Victory World Mountain Center Ocean Sea Boat King Gandhi Thoreau Holism Complex Simple Disarm Progress Future Positive Human Gaia Cycle Web Circle Inform Know Wisdom Activism Music Transparent Honest Truth Balance Hope Divine Heart Conscious History Exist You-Me-We Ethics Star

Dream Poetry Visions Imagination Everlasting Starflower Fractal Mandala Diamond Soul

Peace Justice Disarmament Poetry Inspiration Quotes Beauty Wisdom Future World Vision

Peace Beauty Light Love Balance Dreams Poetry Visions Imagination Art Writing Life

Peace Love Poetry Inspiration Beauty Wisdom Future World Vision Understanding

 

Social Networking Communication Integration Love Music Peace Understanding Beauty Dreams Imagination Art Visions Poetry Art Mythology Psychology Writing Storytelling Artist Writer for Peace, Love, and Understanding Creative Writing and Organization

Global Peace Security, Sustainability, Economic Equality, and Social Justice

Mythology Art Music Movies Magick Religion Philosophy Writing Politics Science Environment Economics Progressive Liberalism Gardening Life Light Love Art Truth Wisdom

Peace Justice Love Poetry Inspiration Beauty Wisdom Future World Vision Understanding

 

Peace, Love, Understanding, Justice, Freedom, Compassion, Environment, Sustainability, Wisdom, Dreams, Visions, Creativity, Imagination, Knowledge, Wisdom, Information, Complexity, Simplicity, Duality, Hope, Perseverance, Patience, Universe, World, Growth, Change, Learning, Study, Silence, Music, Poetry, Storytelling, Art, Politics, Policy, People, Helping, Beauty, Ocean, Moon, Star, Stars, Sky, Earth, Fire, Air, Wind, Magic, Language, Creation

 

activism, air, art, art of writing, astronomy, balance, beauty, change, compassion, complexity, cosmos, creation, creativity, diversity of self, drawing, dreams, duality, earth, environment, fire, freedom, gardening, good health, growth, helping, history, hope, imagination,information, justice, knowledge, language, learning, life, light, love, magic, moon, multiverse, music, ocean, oceans, omniverse, patience, peace, people, perseverance, poetry, policy, politics, silence, simplicity, sky, star, stars, storytelling, study, sun, sustainability,transformation, truth, understanding, unity, universe, visions, wilderness, wind, wisdom, world

 

Libraries, Communication, Creative Writing, Editing, Publication, Storytelling

 

Writing Stories and Poems for Peace, Love, and Understanding

 

peace, world peace, inner peace, outer peace, in between peace, education, health, interconnection, transcendence, love, humanity, environment, environmental, sustainability, justice, balance, beauty, art, light, truth, wisdom, equality, freedom, cooperation, unity, diversity, energy, writing, poetry, art, music, climate, humanitarianism, ecology, alchemy, history, mythology, philosophy, activism, spirituality, politics, liberalism, freedom, economics, literature, books, quotations, quotes, understanding, compassion, earth, stars, galaxies, universe, cosmos, psychology, life, light, good, magic, language, movies, psychedelia, fiction, creativity, dreams, evolution, fantasy, fractals, sacred geometry, gardening, growth, healing, hope, humor, satire, imagination, moon, mysticism, oceans, skies, songs, spirits, stories, suns, taoism, hinduism, buddhism, thoughts, elements, water, fire, wind, spirit, women, world, visions, dream, complexity, sex, progressive, liberal, democracy, postmodernism, sharing, earth, unity in diversity

 

I want to help communicate holistic ideals of ecology and social justice to all communities on local, national, and international levels in the pursuit of peace and total human ecology and sustainability. My current goal is to learn through personal as well as structured interdisciplinary education, write story poems and poetic stories, draw, visit as many places in the world as possible, contribute to society through public service, teach myself and others what I have learned, establish a successful garden with vegetables and wildflowers, be successful enough to support vital causes and organizations, and to learn as much as possible about everything related to humanity and cosmos.

 

I am interested in peace, love, & understanding. & music & art. All things that are interesting. I like lots of things, such as nature, love, & peace. & good people & places & times & food & drink & medicine. Especially magic, dream, & myth, both shared & personally experienced. Everything really, that’s good. Especially magic, poetry, beauty, dreams, mythology, psychology, reading, writing, literature, learning, growing, changing, loving, dancing, listening, meeting new people, falling in love, praying for world peace, peace in general, inner peace, outer peace, compassion, understanding, & wisdom.

 

I like writing and reading science fiction, fantasy, poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, history, memoirs, essays, everything ….

 

air, art, art of writing, balance, beauty, change, compassion, complexity, cosmos, creation, creativity, diversity of self, drawing, dreams, duality, earth, environment, fire, freedom, gardening, good health, growth, helping, hope, imagination, information, justice, knowledge, language, learning, life, light, love, magic, moon, multiverse, music, ocean, oceans, omniverse, patience, peace, people, perseverance, poetry, policy, politics, silence, simplicity, sky, star, stars, storytelling, study, sun, sustainability, truth, understanding, unity, universe, visions, wilderness, wind, wisdom, world, activism, air, art, beauty, change, compassion, complexity, creation, creativity, dream, dreams, duality, earth, economics, environment, equality, evolution, fantasy, feeling, fiction, film, fire, food of the gods, fractals, freedom, fun, galaxy, gardening, ghostbusters, good,goodness, growth, health, helping, hobbit, hope, hopi, humor, imagination, information, integrating, jazz, justice, kindness, knowledge, language, laughter, learning, life, light, love, magic, moon, mother earth, movies, music, mysticism, myth,mythology, neverending story, objective reality, ocean, patience, peace, people, perseverance, philosophy, poems, poetry, politics, psyche, psychedelic, psychology, reading, rock, rolling stones, silence, simplicity, singing, sky, songs, spirit, spirituality, stanley kubrick, star, stars, stories, storytelling, study, sun, sustainability, taoism, terry gilliam, thinking, truth, understanding, unity, universe, vangelis, vision, visions, water, wind, wisdom, women, world, worlds, writing

 

Afterworld, Alchemy, Alternative, Art, astral, astral realm, Atlantic Ocean, Atlantis, Atlantis Avalon Stormhold, Avalon, Balance, beauty, City of Dreams, climate, compassion, complexity, Cooperation, Cosmos, Creative Writing, creativity, Dimensions,dream, dream poetry visions, dreams, dreams of the future, earth, ecology, eldar, eldren, Elements, Energy, environment, Evolution, Faery, Fantasy, Fiction, Fire, Fractals, freedom, future, Futurism,galaxies, Gardening, Good, Growth, healing, health, hinduism, hope, humanitarianism, Humanity, imagination, inner peace, interconnection, Language, Lemuria, Life, Light, Literature, love, magic, Moon, music, Mysticism, Mythology, new age, Oceans, Otherworld, outer peace, peace, Philosophy, planes, poetry, Psychology, sacred geometry, sex, Sharing, skies, Sky Island Continent, Spirit, Spirits, Spirituality, Stars, Stories, Stormhold, Summerlands, Sun, suns, sustainability, taoism, Thoughts, Transcendence, truth, understanding, Unity, universe, visions, Water, Wind, wisdom, Wizard City, women, world, world peace, worldbuilding, Writing, ACTIVISM, ANN DRUYAN, ASTRONOMY, BEAUTY, CARLSAGAN, COSMOS, HISTORY, IMAGINATION, MUSIC, NASA,NEIL DEGRASSE TYSON, PEACE, PEOPLE, TRANSFORMATION, TRUTH, UNDERSTANDING, WISDOM, WORLD, Art, Consciousness,Consciousness Studies,Cosmic Consciousness,dreams, esoteric cosmology, magic, new age, Philosophy,Philosophy of Mind,poetry, Religion and Spirituality, storytelling,worldbuilding

 

activism, politics, equality, occupy wall street, history, education, disarmament, enlightenment, occupy your mind, compassion, movements, democracy, dreams, visions, futurism, jobs, justice, social justice,civil rights, youth, technology, peace, love, understanding, nonviolence, global peace, global democracy, planet earth, humanity, truth, wisdom, cosmos, humanism, pragmatism, transcendentalism, liberalism, society, government, culture, mythology, freedom, writing, imagination, creativity, storytelling,economics, sustainability, economics, music, film, poetry, progressive social change, meditation, women’s rights, psychology

 

Democracy · Democracy for America · Dream interpretation · Liberal democracy · Love · Peace · Peace symbols · Social democracy · Understanding · World peace · Writing

 

 

Inner Alchemy, Esoteric Freemasonry Occult Alchemy Hermetic Rosicrucian,The western mystery tradition in literature; alchemical theater; explication of works associated with John Dee and Edward Kelley. Alchemy in Shakespeare. Neo-Latin alchemical poetry. Magical realism and surrealism in contemporary American literature.,Indian alchemy, Daoist Alchemy,Esoteric Studies and Creative Arts. Art and Symbol. Alchemy. Philosophia perenne. Emblematic. history of Hermeticism. Art. 20th century art.,Traditional Witchcraft; Folk Magic; Esoteric Prayer; Magical Fetishism; Charming Traditions; Alchemy; Grimoire Tradition; Western Magical Tradition,Alchemy, Esotericism, History of Science, Alchemy, Graeco-Roman religion; Greek and Roman epigraphy; ancient magic; Greek and Roman social history; Near Eastern archaeology,Witchcraft, Religion and Magic,Archaeology of Ritual and Magic, Magic and the Occult (Anthropology Of Religion), Magic, World Mythology,World History, Social Sciences,Sociology, Social Psychology,Psychology, Ancient Greek Mythology,Hindu Mythology, Norse mythology,Mythology (Old Norse Literature),Classical Mythology, Comparative mythology, Mythology And Folklore,Mythology, Philosophy, Religion, Politics,Library and Information Science,Information Retrieval, Information Science, Library Science, Digital Storytelling, Storytelling, and Prose Poetry

 

Peace, Love, Understanding, Light, Life, Good Health, Balance, Art of Writing, Gardening, Drawing, Imagination, Dreams, Stars, Poetry, Magic, Wilderness, Oceans, Moon, Sun, Beauty, Truth, Balance, Justice, Freedom, Compassion, Environment, Sustainability, Wisdom, Visions, Creativity, Knowledge, Information, Complexity, Simplicity, Unity, Diversity of Self, World, Universe, Multiverse, Omniverse, Cosmos

 

Writing and selling books online ― Stories, poems, and novels ― Drawings

 

Peace Beauty Light Love Health Balance Transcendence

 

Everlasting Starflower Fractal Mandala Diamond Soul Dream Sky Magic Visions Imagination Beauty Art Friendship Creativity Storytelling Truth

 

Consciousness Flowering Spiral Galaxy Mind

 

Peace in Opposition, Nonviolence in Resolution, Interconnection in Community, Transcendence in Work, Love in Art, Sustainability in Balance, Beauty in Love, Light in Truth, Wisdom in Equality, Freedom in Cooperation, Unity in Diversity, Freedom in Creation and Preservation

 

Student of Peace, Love, Understanding, Light, Life, Good Health, Writing, Gardening, Imagination, Dreams, Stars, Poetry, Magic, Wilderness, Land, Oceans, Moon, Sun, Beauty, Truth, Balance, Sky, Wind, Rain, Spirit, Self, World, Universe, & Cosmos <3

 

Peace Justice Disarmament Poetry Inspiration Quotes Beauty Wisdom Future World Vision

 

Peace Spiritual Music Love All One Krishna Narayana Shiva – All One

 

Peace Disarmament Justice Freedom Magic Politics Green

 

Peace Integrative Information Art Interviews Universe Love Magic Movies Film Creativity Imagination Dreams

 

Everything, Nonviolence, Gandhi, King, Thoreau, Civil Disobedience, Carl Sagan, Carl Jung, Van Jones, etc.

 

Peace Magic Movies Film Creativity Imagination Dreams

 

Peace Love Light Life Health Rock Beauty Truth Music

 

Love Life Beauty Balance Sky Magic Juliet

 

Religious Views – Universal Love Earth Sun Galaxy Universe Cosmos

 

Political Views – Democratic Socialism and Transcendental Pragmatism

 

Peace in Opposition, Nonviolence in Resolution, Interconnection in Community, Transcendence in Work, Beauty in Art, Sustainability in Balance, Light in Truth, Wisdom in Equality, Love in Cooperation, Unity in Diversity, Freedom in Preservation

 

Diamond Soul Dreams Fractal Mandala Vision Imagination Beauty Art Friendship Creativity Storytelling Poetry Alchemy Peace Love Understanding

 

Peace Beauty Light Love Balance Dreams Poetry Visions Imagination Art Writing Life

 

Universal Peace, Love, and Compassion

 

Student of Peace, Love, Understanding, Light, Life, Good Health, Balance, Art of Writing, Gardening, Drawing, Imagination, Dreams, Stars, Poetry, Magic, Wilderness, Oceans, Moon, Sun, Beauty, Truth, Balance, Justice, Freedom, Compassion, Environment, Sustainability, Wisdom, Visions, Creativity, Knowledge, Information, Complexity, Simplicity, Unity, Diversity of Self, World, Universe, Multiverse, and Omniverse ― Cosmos <3

 

Social Democracy and Transcendental Pragmatism

 

World Peace, Interconnection, Transcendence, Love, Total Human Environmental Sustainability, Social and Economic Justice, Balance, Beauty, Art, Light, Truth, Wisdom, Equality, Freedom, Cooperation, Unity, and Diversity

 

Peace Justice Love Poetry Inspiration Beauty Wisdom Future World Vision Understanding

 

Artist, Writer, Philosopher, Gardener, Lover, Peace Samurai, Friend

 

JOSHUA OAKLEY – PEACE BEAUTY LIGHT LOVE HEALTH BALANCE TRANSCENDENCE

 

DREAM POETRY VISIONS FUTURE PAST ETERNITY MYTH SKY ISLAND CONTINENT IMAGINATION ART LIFE STORYTELLING CREATION PRESERVATION UNDERSTANDING PROGRESS ALCHEMY PLANET EARTH, SOLAR SYSTEM, ORION SPIRAL ARM OF STARS, MILKY WAY GALAXY, LOCAL GROUP, VIRGO SUPERCLUSTER, LOCAL UNIVERSE, METAVERSE, MULTIVERSE, OMNIVERSE DIAMOND SOUL DREAMS FRACTAL MANDALA VISIONS IMAGINATION BEAUTY ART FRIENDSHIP CREATIVITY STORYTELLING POETRY ALCHEMY PEACE LOVE UNDERSTANDING JUSTICE FREEDOM MAGIC ART PEACE LOVE LIFE LIGHT BALANCE WRITING STORYTELLING CREATION IMAGINATION HEART MIND PEACE LOVE UNDERSTANDING BEAUTY PRESERVATION LIFE BALANCE SKY MAGIC PROGRESS ALCHEMY

 

Diamond Soul Dreams Fractal Mandala Vision Imagination Beauty Art Friendship Creativity Storytelling Poetry Alchemy Peace Love Understanding Omniscience – Alchemy of the Heart

 

World Peace, Interconnection, Transcendence, Love, Total Human Environmental Sustainability, Social and Economic Justice, Balance, Beauty, Art, Light, Truth, Wisdom, Equality, Freedom, Cooperation, Unity, and Diversity

 

Student of Peace, Love, Understanding, Light, Life, Health, Writing, Gardening, Food, Clean Land, Water, Air, Oceans, Earth, Sun, Moon, Compassion, Justice, Equality, Freedom, Environment, Sustainability, Wisdom, Ecology, Creativity, Imagination, Dreams, Stars, Poetry, Magic, Wilderness, Beauty, Truth, Balance, Sky, Self, World, and Universe

 

Peace, Love, Understanding, Light, Life, Good Health, Balance, Art, Writing, Gardening, Drawing, Imagination, Dreams, Stars, Poetry, Magic, Wilderness, Oceans, Moon, Sun, Beauty, Truth, Balance, Justice, Freedom, Compassion, Environment, Sustainability, Wisdom, Visions, Creativity, Knowledge, Information, Complexity, Simplicity, Unity, Diversity of Self, World, Universe, Multiverse, Omniverse, Cosmos

 

Peace, Love, Understanding, Justice, Freedom, Compassion, Environment, Sustainability, Wisdom, Dreams, Visions, Creativity, Imagination, Knowledge, Wisdom, Information, Complexity, Simplicity, Duality, Hope, Perseverance, Patience, Universe, World, Growth, Change, Learning, Study, Silence, Music, Poetry, Storytelling, Art, Politics, Policy, People, Helping, Beauty, Ocean, Moon, Star, Stars, Sky, Earth, Fire, Air, Wind, Magic, Language, Creation

 

Gardening, Writing, Listening, Reading, Loving, Native American, Mother Earth Spirituality, Art, Poetry, Myth, Religion, Storytelling, Truth, Science, Alchemy, Energy, Balance, Philosophy, History, Integration, Systems, Complexity, Ontology, Interdisciplinarity, Transdisciplinarity, Visions, Consciousness, Worldviews, Holism, Humanity, Landscape, Psychology, Ecosophy, Transcendentalism, Pragmatism, Magic, Butterflies, Evolution, Transformation, Valleys, Rivers, Lakes, Gardens, Maco, Meso, Micro, Meta, Total Human Ecosystem, Deep Ecology, Red-Green-Blue Alliances, Holarchy, Understanding, Psychological Illumination, Sustainable Development, Ecological Economics, Balance, Peace, Peace, Peace, Love, Love, Love, Truth, Consciousness, Bliss, Shanti, Shanti, Shanti, Sat, Chit, Ananda, Silver, Clouds, Blue, Sky, Wholeness, Peace, Ecology, Equality, Balance, Beauty, Art, Poetry, Myth, Religion, Storytelling, Truth, Science, Alchemy, Good, Philosophy, History, Integration, Systems, Chaos, Transdisciplinarity, Visions, Consciousness, Worldviews, Perspectives, Focusing, Holism, Humanity, Landscape, Ecopsychology, Ecology, Ecosophy, Peace, Love, Light, Life, Good, Health, Justice, Environment, Sustainability, Freedom, Joy, Creation, Imagination, Dreams, Poetry, Art, Wondering, Universe, Earth, Spirit, Nature, Family, Community, Intuition, Vision, Awareness, Compassion, Understanding, Emotion, Thought, Feelings, Victory, World, Mountain, Center, Ocean, Sea, Boat, King, Gandhi, Thoreau, Peace, Love, Light, Life, Health, Community, Ecological Wisdom, Social Justice, Equality, Beauty, Truth, Good, Creativity, Generalism, Systems, Theory, Transdisciplinarity, History, Philosophy, Humanity, Emergence, Immanence, Dialectics, Certainty, Uncertainty, Great Memory, Universality, Large, Scale, Structure, Physical, Energetic, One, Multiple, All, Universe, Chaos, Order, Duality, Unity, Trinity, Collaboration, Networks, Tribes, Transformation, Cooperation, Sharing, Compassion, Goals, Consensus, Multi-Tendency, Coalitions, Distribution, Decentralization, Direct, Grassroots, Democracy, Sustainability, Resilience, Biodiversity, Intellectual, Curiosity, Honesty, Comparative, World, Mythology, Philosophical, Alchemy, Esoteric, Perennial, Wisdom, Mysticism, Traditions, Interfaith, Dialogue, Holistic, Education, Fractals, Time, Space, Dimensions, Reality, Organization, Categorization, Being, Becoming, Passion, White, Violet, Indigo, Blue, Green, Transcendence, Relationships, Rainbows, Rain, Politics, Global, Green, Parties, Civility, Liberties, Democratic, Socialism, Individuality, Transcendental, Pragmatism, Environment, Nature, Growth, Positive, Social, Ecological, Political, Economic, Change, Simplicity, Complexity, Dreams, Psychology, Consciousness, Synchronicity, Collective, Unconscious, Archetypes, Intelligence, Imagination, Emotion, Communication, Information, Fantasy, Speculation, Poetry, World, Sky, Spirit, Earth, Water, Fire, Air, Mountains, Beauty, Sun, Moon, Shinto, Holism, Complex, Simplicity, Disarmament, Progress, Future, Positive, Human, Gaia, Cycle, Web, Circle, Information, Knowledge, Wisdom, Activism, You, Me, We, Ethics, Stars, Systems, Philosophy, Ecology, Transcendence, Immanence, Reflecting, Earth, Water, Fire, Air, Ether, Space, Time, Wind, Sunshine, Moon, Star, Unity, Bliss, Exist, Grow, Be, Learn, Teach, Writing, Peace, Excited, About, Learning, Growing, Changing, Peace, Love, Understanding, Justice, Freedom, Compassion, Environment, Sustainability, Wisdom, Dreams, Visions, Creativity, Imagination, Music, Transparent Honest Truth Balance Joy Hope Divine Heart Conscious History Existence

 

Student of Peace, Love, Understanding, Light, Life, Good Health, Writing, Gardening, Imagination, Dreams, Stars, Poetry, Magic, Wilderness, Land, Oceans, Moon, Sun, Beauty, Truth, Balance, Sky, Wind, Rain, Spirit, Self, World, Universe, & Cosmos <3

 

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Favorite Quotations

 

“Peace is not an absence of war, it is a virtue, a state of mind, a disposition for benevolence, confidence, justice.”

— Baruch Spinoza

 

“Peace is every step.” — Thich Nhat Hanh

 

Be the change that you wish to see in the world.

 

Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”

— Mahatma Gandhi

 

“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.”

— Lao Tzu / Laozi

 

“Peace is the only battle worth waging.”

— Albert Camus

 

“Peace is the one condition of survival in this nuclear age.”

— Adlai E. Stevenson

 

“I love you not only for what you are, but for what I am when I’m with you.”

— Elizabeth Barrett Browning

 

“Human feeling is like the mighty rivers that bless the earth: it does not wait for beauty — it flows with resistless force and brings beauty with it.”

George Eliot

 

“Our global civilisation is clearly on the edge of failure and the most important task it faces, preserving the lives and well-being of its citizens and the future habitability of the planet. […] Shouldn’t we consider in every nation major changes in the traditional ways of doing things, a fundamental restructuring of economic political social and religious institutions. We’ve reached a point where there can be no more special interests or special cases, nuclear arms threaten every person on the Earth. Fundamental changes in society are sometimes labelled impractical or contrary to human nature, as if nuclear war were practical or as if there’s only one human nature. But fundamental changes can clearly be made, we’re surrounded by them. In the last two centuries abject slavery which was with us for thousands of years has almost entirely been eliminated in a stirring worldwide revolution. Women, systematically mistreated for millennia are gradually gaining the political and economic power traditionally denied them and some wars of aggression have recently been stopped or curtailed because of a revulsion felt by the people in the aggressor nations. The old appeals to racial sexual religious chauvinism and to rabid nationalist fervor are beginning not to work. A new consciousness is developing which sees the earth as a single organism and recognizes that an organism at war with itself is doomed. We are one planet. One of the great revelations of the age of space exploration is the image of the earth finite and lonely, somehow vulnerable, bearing the entire human species through the oceans of space and time.”

— Carl Sagan

 

“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 Feynman

 

“May all beings be filled with joy and peace.

May all beings everywhere,

The strong and the weak,

The great and the small,

The mean and the powerful,

The short and the long,

The subtle and the gross:

May all beings everywhere,

Seen and unseen,

Dwelling far off or nearby,

Being or waiting to become:

May all be filled with lasting joy.

Let no one deceive another,

Let no one anywhere despise another,

Let no one out of anger or resentment

Wish suffering on anyone at all.

Just as a mother with her own life

Protects her child, her only child, from harm,

So within yourself let grow

A boundless love for all creatures.

Let your love flow outward through the universe,

To its height, its depth, its broad extent,

A limitless love, without hatred or enmity.

Then, as you stand or walk,

Sit or lie down,

As long as you are awake,

Strive for this with a one-pointed mind;

Your life will bring heaven to earth.

 

If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly, our whole life would change.

 

Dream as if you will live forever, live as if you will die today.

 

Neither fire nor wind, birth nor death can erase our good deeds.

 

If you want to understand the causes that existed in the past, look at the results as they are manifested in the present. And if you want to understand what results will be manifested in the future, look at the causes that exist in the present.

 

Words do not express thoughts very well; everything immediately becomes a little different, a little distorted, a little foolish. And yet it also pleases me and seems right that what is of value and wisdom of one man seems nonsense to another.

 

Words have the power to both destroy and heal. When words are both true and kind, they can change our world.

 

Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.

 

When you realize how perfect everything is you will tilt your head back and laugh at the sky.

If you light a lamp for somebody, it will also brighten your own path.

 

Every morning we are born again. What we do today is what matters most.

 

Better than a thousand hollow words

Is one word that brings peace.

Better than a thousand hollow verses

Is one verse that brings peace.

Better than a hundred hollow lines

Is one line of the law, bringing peace.

 

We are what we think.

All that we are arises with our thoughts.

With our thoughts we make the world.

 

All that we are is the result of what we have thought: it is founded on our thoughts, it is made up of our thoughts. If a man speaks or acts with an evil thought, pain follows him, as the wheel follows the foot of the ox that draws the carriage… If a man speaks or acts with a pure thought, happiness follows him, like a shadow that never leaves him.

 

Mind precedes all mental states. Mind is their chief; they are all mind-wrought. If with an impure mind a person speaks or acts suffering follows him like the wheel that follows the foot of the ox.

 

Hatred does not cease by hatred, but only by love. This is the eternal rule.

 

You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.

 

All things appear and disappear because of the concurrence of causes and conditions.

 

Nothing ever exists entirely alone; everything is in relation to everything else.”

— Siddhartha Gautama Buddha

 

“Be content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.

 

“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.”

— Lao Tzu

 

If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.

 

To be awake is to be alive.”

— Henry David Thoreau

 

“Faith is taking the first step even when you can’t see the whole staircase.”

― Martin Luther King Jr.

 

“Never memorize something that you can look up.”

― Albert Einstein

 

“We need to strengthen such inner values as contentment, patience and tolerance, as well as compassion for others. Keeping in mind that it is expressions of affection rather than money and power that attract real friends, compassion is the key to ensuring our own well-being.”

— Dalai Lama

 

“Follow the voice of your heart, even if it leads you off the path of timid souls. Do not become hard and embittered, even if life tortures you at times. There is only one thing that counts: to live one’s life well and happily…”

— Wilhelm Reich

 

“It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them.”

― Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

“May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness. I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you’re wonderful, and don’t forget to make some art — write or draw or build or sing or live as only you can. And I hope, somewhere in the next year, you surprise yourself.”

— Neil Gaiman

 

“Perhaps all the dragons in our lives are princesses who are only waiting to see us act, just once, with beauty and courage. Perhaps everything that frightens us is, in its deepest essence, something helpless that wants our love.”

— Rainer Maria Rilke

 

“It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.”

— Confucius

 

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

— Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

“We have no reason to harbor any mistrust against our world, for it is not against us. If it has terrors, they are our terrors; if it has abysses, these abysses belong to us; if there are dangers, we must try to love them. And if only we arrange our life in accordance with the principle which tells us that we must always trust in the difficult, then what now appears to us as the most alien will become our most intimate and trusted experience. How could we forget those ancient myths that stand at the beginning of all races, the myths about dragons that at the last moment are transformed into princesses? Perhaps all the dragons in our lives are princesses who are only waiting to see us act, just once, with beauty and courage. Perhaps everything that frightens us is, in its deepest essence, something helpless that wants our love.”

— Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet

 

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”

— Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

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

— Plato

 

“I usually say the aim of life is to be happy. Our existence is based on hope. Our life is rooted in the opportunity to be happy, not necessarily wealthy, but happy within our own minds. If we only indulge in sensory pleasure, we’ll be little different from animals. In fact, we have this marvellous brain and intelligence; we must learn to use it.

 

As you breathe in, cherish yourself. As you breathe out, cherish all beings.

 

Some people consider the practice of love and compassion is only related to religious practice and if they are not interested in religion they neglect these inner values. But love and compassion are qualities that human beings require just to live together.”

— Dalai Lama

 

“Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.”

— Theodore Roosevelt

 

“After the summer’s yield, Lord, it is time

to let your shadow lengthen on the sundials

and in the pastures let the rough winds fly.

As for the final fruits, coax them to roundness.

Direct on them two days of warmer light

to hale them golden toward their term, and harry

the last few drops of sweetness through the wine.

Whoever’s homeless now, will build no shelter;

who lives alone will live indefinitely so,

waking up to read a little, draft long letters,

and, along the city’s avenues,

fitfully wander, when the wild leaves loosen.”

— Rainer Maria Rilke, Day in Autumn

 

“Imagine there’s no heaven

It’s easy if you try

No hell below us

Above us only sky

Imagine all the people

Living for today…

Imagine there’s no countries

It isn’t hard to do

Nothing to kill or die for

And no religion too

Imagine all the people

Living life in peace…

You may say I’m a dreamer

But I’m not the only one

I hope someday you’ll join us

And the world will be as one

Imagine no possessions

I wonder if you can

No need for greed or hunger

A brotherhood of man

Imagine all the people

Sharing all the world…

You may say I’m a dreamer

But I’m not the only one

I hope someday you’ll join us

And the world will live as one”

— John Lennon, “Imagine”

 

“Calmness is the criterion of spiritual progress. Plunge the purified mind into the Heart. Then the work is over.”

— Ramana Maharshi

 

“Ignorance can be compared to a dark room in which you sleep. No matter how long the room has been dark, an hour or a million years, the moment the lamp of awareness is lit the entire room becomes luminous. You are that luminosity. You are that clear light.”

— Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche

 

“Creative artists … are mankind’s wakeners to recollection: summoners of our outward mind to conscious contact with ourselves, not as participants in this or that morsel of history, but as spirit, in the consciousness of being. Their task, therefore, is to communicate directly from one inward world to another, in such a way that an actual shock of experience will have been rendered: not a mere statement for the information or persuasion of a brain, but an effective communication across the void of space and time from one center of consciousness to another.”

— Joseph Campbell, The Masks of God, Volume IV: Creative Mythology

 

“Look: the trees exist; the houses

we dwell in stand there stalwartly.

Only we

pass by it all, like a rush of air.

And everything conspires to keep quiet

about us,

half out of shame perhaps, half out of

some secret hope.”

— Rainer Maria Rilke, Duino Elegies

 

“Grace is within you. Grace is your self. Grace is not something to be acquired from others. If it is external, it is useless. All that is necessary is to know its existence is in you. You are never out of its operation.”

— Ramana Maharshi

 

“Ultimately there is light and love and intelligence in this universe. And we are it, we carry that within us, it’s not just something out there, it is within us and this is what we are trying to re-connect with, our original light and love and intelligence, which is who we are, so do not get so distracted by all this other stuff, you know, really remember what we are here on this planet for.”

— Tenzin Palmo

 

“In the Middle Ages, a favorite image that occurs in many, many contexts is the wheel of fortune. There’s the hub of the wheel, and there is the revolving rim of the wheel. For example, if you are attached to the rim of the wheel of fortune, you will be either above going down or at the bottom coming up. But if you are at the hub, you are in the same place all the time. That is the sense of the marriage vow—I take you in health or sickness, in wealth or poverty: going up or going down. But I take you as my center, and you are my bliss, not the wealth that you might bring me, not the social prestige, but you. That is following your bliss.”

— Joseph Campbell, The Power of Myth, with Bill Moyers

 

“I thought the earth remembered me,

she took me back so tenderly,

arranging her dark skirts, her pockets

full of lichens and seeds.

I slept as never before, a stone on the river bed,

nothing between me and the white fire of the stars

but my thoughts, and they floated light as moths

among the branches of the perfect trees.

All night I heard the small kingdoms

breathing around me, the insects,

and the birds who do their work in the darkness.

All night I rose and fell, as if in water,

grappling with a luminous doom. By morning

I had vanished at least a dozen times

into something better.”

— Mary Oliver, Sleeping In The Forest

 

“In the past, destruction of your neighbour might have been considered a victory, but today we are all interdependent. We live in a global economy; we face problems like climate change that affect us all. The 7 billion human beings alive today belong to one human family. In the context that others’ interests are in our interest and our interest is in their interest, the use of force is self-destructive.”

— Dalai Lama

 

“Peace is the only battle worth waging.”

— Albert Camus

 

“Each one of us is responsible for other living beings’ happiness, besides our own. As a result, your loving kindness is the most wish-fulfilling thing in life, more precious than anything else in this world. That makes for a most satisfying, fulfilling life.”

— Lama Zopa Rinpoche

 

“The most precious gift we can offer others is our presence. When mindfulness embraces those we love, they will bloom like flowers.

People usually consider walking on water or in thin air a miracle. But I think the real miracle is not to walk either on water or in thin air, but to walk on earth. Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don’t even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child — our own two eyes. All is a miracle.”

— Thich Nhat Hanh

 

“Your naked body should only belong to those who fall in love with your naked soul.”

— Charlie Chaplin in a letter to his daughter, Geraldine

 

“A compassionate community will not be achieved only through prayer; I pray myself, but I accept its limitations. We need to take action to develop compassion, to create inner peace within ourselves and to share that inner peace with our family and friends. Peace and warm-heartedness can then spread through the community just as ripples radiate out across the water when you drop a pebble into a pond.”

— Dalai Lama

 

“The war against war is going to be no holiday excursion or camping party.”

— William James

 

“The realms of the gods and demons — heaven, purgatory, hell — are of the substance of dreams. Myth, in this view, is the dream of the world.”

— Joseph Campbell, Myths of Light

 

“There is one story and one story only.

Dwell on her graciousness, dwell on her smiling,

Do not forget what flowers

The great boar trampled down in ivy time.

Her brow was creamy as the long ninth wave,

Her sea-blue eyes were wild.

But nothing promised that is not performed.”

— Robert Graves

 

“Once you realize that the road is the goal and that you are always on the road, not to reach a goal, but to enjoy its beauty and its wisdom, life ceases to be a task and becomes natural and simple, in itself an ecstasy.”

— Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

 

“I think it’s much more interesting to live not knowing than to have answers which might be wrong. I have approximate answers and possible beliefs and different degrees of uncertainty about different things, but I am not absolutely sure of anything, and there are many things I don’t know anything about, such as whether it means anything to ask why we’re here. I don’t have to know an answer. I don’t feel frightened not knowing things, by being lost in a mysterious universe without any purpose, which is the way it really is as far as I can tell.”

— Richard Feynman

 

“There is nothing to do. Just be. Do nothing. Be. No climbing mountains and sitting in caves. I do not even say: ‘be yourself’, since you do not know yourself. Just be. Having seen that you are neither the ‘outer’ world of perceivables, not the ‘inner’ world of thinkables, that you are neither body nor mind, just be.”

— Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

 

“We are healed of a suffering only by experiencing it to the full.”

— Marcel Proust

 

“Universal peace as a result of cumulative effort through centuries past might come into existence quickly — not unlike a crystal that suddenly forms in a solution which has been slowly prepared.

Science is but a perversion of itself unless it has as its ultimate goal the betterment of humanity.”

— Nikola Tesla

 

“The only true voyage of discovery, the only fountain of Eternal Youth, would be not to visit strange lands but to possess other eyes, to behold the universe through the eyes of another, of a hundred others, to behold the hundred universes that each of them beholds, that each of them is.”

— Marcel Proust

 

“All that was great in the past was ridiculed, condemned, combatted, suppressed — only to emerge all the more powerfully, all the more triumphantly from the struggle.”

— Nikola Tesla

 

“Each day is a little life: every waking and rising a little birth, every fresh morning a little youth, every going to rest and sleep a little death.”

— Arthur Schopenhauer

 

“Lead me from the unreal to the real.

Lead me from darkness to light.

Lead me from death to immortality.”

— Brihadaranyaka Upanishad

 

“The wave is the same as the ocean, though it is not the whole ocean. So each wave of creation is a part of the eternal Ocean of Spirit. The Ocean can exist without the waves, but the waves cannot exist without the Ocean.”

— Paramahansa Yogananda

 

“I wanted to change the world. But I have found that the only thing one can be sure of changing is oneself.”

— Aldous Huxley

 

“Everyone wants a happy life without difficulties or suffering. We create many of the problems we face. No one intentionally creates problems, but we tend to be slaves to powerful emotions like anger, hatred and attachment that are based on misconceived projections about people and things. We need to find ways of reducing these emotions by eliminating the ignorance that underlies them and applying opposing forces.”

— Dalai Lama

 

“Beneath the surface level of conditioned thinking in every one of us there is a single living spirit. The still small voice whispering to me in the depths of my consciousness is saying exactly the same thing as the voice whispering to you in your consciousness. ‘I want an earth that is healthy, a world at peace, and a heart filled with love.’ It doesn’t matter if your skin is brown or white or black, or whether you speak English, Japanese, or Malayalam – the voice, says the Gita, is the same in every creature, and it comes from your true self.”

— Eknath Easwaran

 

“We are like the spider. We weave our life and then move along in it. We are like the dreamer who dreams and then lives in the dream.This is true for the entire universe.”

— Upanishads

 

“Although we live in the colony of time, we owe our allegiance to the empire of eternity.”

— Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.”

— Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

 

“Thus I spoke, more and more softly; for I was afraid of my own thoughts and the thoughts behind my thoughts.”

— Nietzsche, Thus Spoke Zarathustra

 

“If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself, but to your estimate of it; and this you have the power to revoke at any moment.”

— Marcus Aurelius

 

“If your mind is happy, then you happy anywhere you go. When wisdom awakens within you, you will see Truth wherever you look. Truth is all there is. It’s like when you’ve learned how to read, you can then read anywhere you go.”

— Ajahn Chah

 

“Stories make us more alive, more human, more courageous, more loving.”

— Madeleine L’Engle

 

“The morning breezes have secrets to tell; don’t go back to sleep.”

— Rumi

 

“You, yourself, are the eternal energy which appears as this universe. You didn’t come into this world; you came out of it. Like a wave from the ocean.”

— Alan Watts

 

“It would not be too much to say that myth is the secret opening through which the inexhaustible energies of the cosmos pour into human cultural manifestation. Religions, philosophies, arts, the social forms of primitive and historic man, prime discoveries in science and technology, the very dreams that blister sleep, boil up from the basic, magic ring of myth.”

— Joseph Campbell, The Hero with a Thousand Faces (1949)

 

“You don’t look out there for God, something in the sky, you look in you.”

— Alan Watts

 

“Don’t limit a child to your own learning, for he was born in another time.”

— Rabindranath Tagore

 

“Make your God transparent to the transcendent, and it doesn’t matter what his name is.”

— Joseph Campbell, Pathways to Bliss

 

“I’ve learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision. I’ve learned that even when I have pains, I don’t have to be one. I’ve learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back. I’ve learned that I still have a lot to learn.

 

If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude. Don’t complain.

 

I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.

 

Have enough courage to love.

 

You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.”

— Maya Angelou

 

“Words ought to be a little wild for they are the assault of thoughts on the unthinking.

The difficulty lies, not in the new ideas, but in escaping from the old ones, which ramify, for those brought up as most of us have been, into every corner of our minds.”

— John Maynard Keynes

 

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

— Mahatma Gandhi

 

“I hope that real love and truth are stronger in the end than any evil or misfortune in the world.”

— Charles Dickens

 

“Education is the best way to train ourselves that we will secure our own well-being by concerning ourselves with others. It is possible to create a better world, a more compassionate, more peaceful world, which is not only in everyone’s interest, but is everyone’s responsibility to achieve.”

— Dalai Lama

 

“Let everything happen to you

Beauty and terror

Just keep going

No feeling is final”

— Rainer Maria Rilke

 

My solitude doesn’t depend on the presence or absence of people; on the contrary, I hate who steals my solitude without, in exchange, offering me true company.

― Friedrich Nietzsche

 

“Be not afraid of greatness. Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and others have greatness thrust upon them.”

― William Shakespeare

 

“I can never read all the books I want; I can never be all the people I want and live all the lives I want. I can never train myself in all the skills I want. And why do I want? I want to live and feel all the shades, tones and variations of mental and physical experience possible in life. And I am horribly limited.”

― Sylvia Plath

 

“I, with a deeper instinct, choose a man who compels my strength, who makes enormous demands on me, who does not doubt my courage or my toughness, who does not believe me naïve or innocent, who has the courage to treat me like a woman.”

― Anaïs Nin

 

“I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge. That myth is more potent than history. That dreams are more powerful than facts. That hope always triumphs over experience. That laughter is the only cure for grief. And I believe that love is stronger than death.”

― Robert Fulghum

 

“I’ve never fooled anyone. I’ve let people fool themselves. They didn’t bother to find out who and what I was. Instead they would invent a character for me. I wouldn’t argue with them. They were obviously loving somebody I wasn’t.”

― Marilyn Monroe

 

“To love. To be loved. To never forget your own insignificance. To never get used to the unspeakable violence and the vulgar disparity of life around you. To seek joy in the saddest places. To pursue beauty to its lair. To never simplify what is complicated or complicate what is simple. To respect strength, never power. Above all, to watch. To try and understand. To never look away. And never, never to forget.”

― Arundhati Roy

 

“The unfolding through time of all things from one is the simple message, finally, of every one of the creation myths reproduced in the pages of these volumes—including that of our contemporary biological view, which becomes an effective mythic image the moment we recognize its own inner mystery. By the same magic, every god that is dead can be conjured again to life, as any fragment of rock from a hillside, set respectfully in a garden, will arrest the eye.”

― Joseph Campbell

 

“For most of history, Anonymous was a woman.”

― Virginia Woolf

 

“Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know.”

― Ernest Hemingway

 

“Seven Deadly Sins

Wealth without work

Pleasure without conscience

Science without humanity

Knowledge without character

Politics without principle

Commerce without morality

Worship without sacrifice.”

― Mahatma Gandhi

 

“If you can’t explain it to a six year old, you don’t understand it yourself.”

― Albert Einstein

 

“Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.”

― Neil Gaiman

 

“I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past.”

― Thomas Jefferson

 

“Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.”

― William Shakespeare

 

“I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where. I love you simply, without problems or pride: I love you in this way because I do not know any other way of loving but this, in which there is no I or you, so intimate that your hand upon my chest is my hand, so intimate that when I fall asleep your eyes close.”

― Pablo Neruda

 

“It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages.”

― Friedrich Nietzsche

 

“Do what you feel in your heart to be right – for you’ll be criticized anyway.”

― Eleanor Roosevelt

 

“I believe that everything happens for a reason. People change so that you can learn to let go, things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they’re right, you believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself, and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.”

― Marilyn Monroe

 

“If you don’t know where you’re going, any road’ll take you there”

― George Harrison

 

“We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.”

― Kurt Vonnegut

 

“If all mankind minus one were of one opinion, and only one person were of the contrary opinion, mankind would be no more justified in silencing that one person, than he, if he had the power, would be justified in silencing mankind.”

― John Stuart Mill

 

“A quiet mind is all you need. All else will happen rightly, once your mind is quiet. As the sun on rising makes the world active, so does self-awareness affect changes in the mind. In the light of calm and steady self-awareness, inner energies wake up and work miracles without any effort on your part.”

— Nisargadatta Maharaj

 

“When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.”

— John Muir

 

“The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.”

― Pablo Picasso

 

“All religions, arts and sciences are branches of the same tree… Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.

 

The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion that stands at the cradle of true art and true science. Whoever does not know it and can no longer wonder, no longer marvel, is as good as dead, and his eyes are dimmed. It was the experience of mystery ― even if mixed with fear ― that engendered religion. A knowledge of the existence of something we cannot penetrate, our perceptions of the profoundest reason and the most radiant beauty, which only in their most primitive forms are accessible to our minds: it is this knowledge and this emotion that constitute true religiosity. In this sense, and only this sense, I am a deeply religious man… I am satisfied with the mystery of life’s eternity and with a knowledge, a sense, of the marvelous structure of existence ― as well as the humble attempt to understand even a tiny portion of the Reason that manifests itself in nature.

The release of atom power has changed everything except our way of thinking… The solution to this problem lies in the heart of mankind. If only I had known, I should have become a watchmaker.

 

Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds…”

— Albert Einstein

 

“Ultimately, humanity is one, and this small planet is our only home. If we are to protect this home of ours, each of us needs to feel a vivid sense of universal altruism. It is only this feeling that can remove the self-centered motives that cause people to deceive and misuse one another. If you have a sincere and open heart, you naturally feel self-worth and confidence, and there is no need to be fearful of others.

 

For the rest of your life to be as meaningful as possible, engage in spiritual practice if you can. It is nothing more than acting out of concern for others. If you practice sincerely and with persistence, little by little, step by step you will gradually reorder your habits and attitudes so as to think less about your own narrow concerns and more about others’ – and thereby find peace and happiness yourself.”

— Dalai Lama

 

“A religion old or new, that stressed the magnificence of the universe as revealed by modern science, might be able to draw forth reserves of reverence and awe hardly tapped by the conventional faiths. Sooner or later, such a religion will emerge.

 

Human history can be viewed as a slowly dawning awareness that we are members of a larger group.

 

The Cosmos is all that is or ever was or ever will be. Our feeblest contemplations of the Cosmos stir us — there is a tingling in the spine, a catch in the voice, a faint sensation of a distant memory, as if we were falling from a great height. We know we are approaching the greatest of mysteries.

 

The size and age of the Cosmos are beyond ordinary human understanding. Lost somewhere between immensity and eternity is our tiny planetary home. In a cosmic perspective, most human concerns seem insignificant, even petty. And yet our species is young and curious and brave and shows much promise. In the last few millennia we have made the most astonishing and unexpected discoveries about the Cosmos and our place within it, explorations that are exhilarating to consider. They remind us that humans have evolved to wonder, that understanding is a joy, that knowledge is prerequisite to survival. I believe our future depends powerfully on how well we understand this Cosmos in which we float like a mote of dust in the morning sky.

 

For the first time, we have the power to decide the fate of our planet and ourselves. This is a time of great danger, but our species is young, and curious, and brave. It shows much promise.

 

We wish to pursue the truth no matter where it leads. But to find the truth, we need imagination and skepticism both. We will not be afraid to speculate, but we will be careful to distinguish speculation from fact. The cosmos is full beyond measure of elegant truths; of exquisite interrelationships; of the awesome machinery of nature.

 

The truth may be puzzling. It may take some work to grapple with. It may be counterintuitive. It may contradict deeply held prejudices. It may not be consonant with what we desperately want to be true. But our preferences do not determine what’s true.

 

We on Earth have just awakened to the great oceans of space and time from which we have emerged. We are the legacy of 15 billion years of cosmic evolution. We have a choice: We can enhance life and come to know the universe that made us, or we can squander our 15 billion-year heritage in meaningless self-destruction. What happens in the first second of the next cosmic year depends on what we do, here and now, with our intelligence and our knowledge of the cosmos.

 

From this distant vantage point, the Earth might not seem of particular interest. But for us, it’s different. Consider again that dot. That’s here, that’s home, that’s us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every “superstar,” every “supreme leader,” every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there – on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.

 

The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that, in glory and triumph, they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of this pixel on the scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner, how frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds.

 

Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the Universe, are challenged by this point of pale light. Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity, in all this vastness, there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves.

 

The Earth is the only world known so far to harbor life. There is nowhere else, at least in the near future, to which our species could migrate. Visit, yes. Settle, not yet. Like it or not, for the moment the Earth is where we make our stand.

 

It has been said that astronomy is a humbling and character-building experience. There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another, and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we’ve ever known.

 

Those worlds in space are as countless as all the grains of sand on all the beaches of the earth. Each of those worlds is as real as ours and every one of them is a succession of incidents, events, occurrences which influence its future. Countless worlds, numberless moments, an immensity of space and time. And our small planet at this moment, here we face a critical branch point in history, what we do with our world, right now, will propagate down through the centuries and powerfully affect the destiny of our descendants, it is well within our power to destroy our civilization and perhaps our species as well. If we capitulate to superstition or greed or stupidity we could plunge our world into a time of darkness deeper than the time between the collapse of classical civilisation and the Italian Renaissance. But we are also capable of using our compassion and our intelligence, our technology and our wealth to make an abundant and meaningful life for every inhabitant of this planet.

 

As the ancient myth makers knew, we are children equally of the earth and the sky.

 

We make our world significant by the courage of our questions and by the depth of our answers.

 

I am convinced that there are genuine and valid levels of perception available with cannabis (and probably with other drugs) which are, through the defects of our society and our educational system, un-available to us without such drugs.

 

…The illegality of cannabis is outrageous, an impediment to full utilization of a drug which helps produce the serenity and insight, sensitivity and fellowship so desperately needed in this increasingly mad and dangerous world.

 

There is a myth about such highs: the user has an illusion of great insight, but it does not survive scrutiny in the morning. I am convinced that this is an error, and that the devastating insights achieved when high are real insights; the main problem is putting these insights in a form acceptable to the quite different self that we are when we’re down the next day.

 

The surface of the Earth is the shore of the cosmic ocean. Recently we have waded a little way out, and the water seems inviting.

 

For small creatures such as we the vastness is bearable only through love.

 

In the vastness of the Cosmos there must be other civilizations far older and more advanced than ours.

 

Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.

 

Every one of us is precious in the cosmic perspective. If a human disagrees with you, let him live. In a hundred billion galaxies, you will not find another.

 

Science is not only compatible with spirituality; it is a profound source of spirituality.

 

But the fact that some geniuses were laughed at does not imply that all who are laughed at are geniuses. They laughed at Columbus, they laughed at Fulton, they laughed at the Wright brothers. But they also laughed at Bozo the Clown.

 

Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were, but without it we go nowhere.”

— Carl Sagan

 

“It is only in the act of contemplation when words and even personality are transcended, that the pure state of the Perennial Philosophy can actually be known. The records left by those who have known it in this way make it abundantly clear that all of them, whether Hindu, Buddhist, Hebrew, Taoist, Christian, or Mohammedan, were attempting to describe the same essentially indescribable Fact.

 

The phenomenal world of matter and of individualized consciousness — the world of things and animals and men and even gods — is the manifestation of a Divine Ground within which all partial realities have their being, and apart from which they would be non-existent.

 

Human beings are capable not merely of knowing about the Divine Ground by inference; they can also realize its existence by a direct intuition, superior to discursive reasoning. This immediate knowledge unites the knower with that which is known.

 

Something inexpressively lovely and wonderful advances through the crystal, nearer, nearer. And, oh, inexpressively terrifying…

 

Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.

 

Experience is not what happens to a man; it is what a man does with what happens to him.

 

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

 

Every man’s memory is his private literature.”

— Aldous Huxley

 

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. This is the interrelated structure of reality.”

— Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

“I offer you peace. I offer you love. I offer you friendship. I see your beauty. I hear your need. I feel your feelings. My wisdom flows from the Highest Source. I salute that source in you. Let us work together for unity and love.

 

“I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.

Poverty is the worst form of violence.

 

Every moment of your life is infinitely creative, and the universe is endlessly bountiful. Just put forth a clear enough request, and everything your heart desires must come to you”

— Mahatma Gandhi

 

“Happiness is neither virtue nor pleasure nor this thing nor that but simply growth. We are happy when we are growing.”

— William Butler Yeats

 

“By Being, It Is.”

— Parmenides

 

“Without music, life would be a mistake.

 

For art to exist, for any sort of aesthetic activity to exist, a certain physiological precondition is indispensable: intoxication.”

— Friedrich Nietzsche

 

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”

— George Santayana

 

“As far as we can discern, the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light of meaning in the darkness of mere being.

 

Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart … Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens.

 

The dream is the small hidden door in the deepest and most intimate sanctum of the soul, which opens to that primeval cosmic night that was soul long before there was conscious ego and will be soul far beyond what a conscious ego could ever reach.”

— Carl Gustav Jung

 

“I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.

 

I have known uncertainty: a state unknown to the Greeks.

 

In the order of literature, as in others, there is no act that is not the coronation of an infinite series of causes and the source of an infinite series of effects.

 

Reading is an activity subsequent to writing: more resigned, more civil, more intellectual.

 

Reality is not always probable, or likely.

 

The truth is that we live out our lives putting off all that can be put off; perhaps we all know deep down that we are immortal and that sooner or later all men will do and know all things.

 

There is a concept that is the corrupter and destroyer of all others. I speak not of Evil, whose limited empire is that of ethics; I speak of the infinite.

 

Time is the substance from which I am made. Time is a river which carries me along, but I am the river; it is a tiger that devours me, but I am the tiger; it is a fire that consumes me, but I am the fire.

 

To be immortal is commonplace; except for man, all creatures are immortal, for they are ignorant of death; what is divine, terrible, incomprehensible, is to know that one is immortal.

To die for a religion is easier than to live it absolutely.

 

To fall in love is to create a religion that has a fallible god.

 

Writing is nothing more than a guided dream.”

— Jorge Luis Borges

 

“If you would be a real seeker after truth, it is necessary that at least once in your life you doubt, as far as possible, all things.”

— Rene Descartes

 

“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 Feynman

 

“Then he said ‘Remember Bob, No Fear, No Envy, No Meanness’” “And I said ‘hmmm, right.’”

— Bob Dylan

 

“The reverse side also has a reverse side.”

— Japanese Proverb

 

“We are like islands in the sea, separate on the surface but connected in the deep.”

— William James

 

“If success or failure of this planet and of human beings depended on how I am and what I do… How would I be? What would I do?

 

We may now care for each Earthian individual at a sustainable billionaire’s level of affluence while living exclusively on less than 1 percent of our planet’s daily energy income from our cosmically designed nuclear reactor, the Sun, optimally located 92 million safe miles away from us.”

— Buckminster Fuller

 

“The most vital issue of the age is whether the future progress of humanity is to be governed by the modern economic and materialistic mind of the West or by a nobler pragmatism guided, uplifted and enlightened by spiritual culture and knowledge….”

— Sri Aurobindo

 

“The Self alone exists; and the Self alone is real. Verily the Self alone is the world, the I-I and God. All that exists is but the manifestation of the Supreme Being.”

— Ramana Maharshi

 

“It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.

We have lost it, or we have never had it; and, because we do not know how to judge anything, we have been led here and pushed there, beaten up, driven, politically, religiously and socially. We don’t know, but it is difficult to say we don’t know”.

— Jiddu Krishnamurti

 

“The noblest pleasure is the joy of understanding.”

— Leonardo da Vinci

 

“No great thing is created suddenly.”

— Epictetus

 

“All life is an experiment.

 

Place yourself in the middle of the stream of power and wisdom which animates all whom it floats, and you are without effort impelled to truth, to right and a perfect contentment.

 

I wish to write such rhymes as shall not suggest a restraint, but contrariwise the wildest freedom.

 

Immortality. I notice that as soon as writers broach this question they begin to quote. I hate quotation. Tell me what you know.”

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

“A classic is a book that has never finished saying what it has to say.”

— Italo Calvino

 

“I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where. I love you straightforwardly, without complexities or pride; so I love you because I know no other way.”

— Pablo Neruda

 

“A beginning is a very delicate time ….

 

Bless the Maker and all His Water. Bless the coming and going of Him, May His passing cleanse the world. May He keep the world for his people.— Fremen saying, recited by Liet-Kynes, in the presence of Paul Atreides.

 

I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.

 

Governments, if they endure, always tend increasingly toward aristocratic forms. No government in history has been known to evade this pattern. And as the aristocracy develops, government tends more and more to act exclusively in the interests of the ruling class whether that class be hereditary royalty, oligarchs of financial empires, or entrenched bureaucracy.

Deep in the human unconscious is a pervasive need for a logical universe that makes sense. But the real universe is always one step beyond logic.

We are generalists. You can’t draw neat lines around planet-wide problems. Planetology is a cut-and-fit science.”

— Frank Herbert, Dune

 

“The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few, or the one… I have been… and always shall be… your friend. Live long… and prosper.”

— Spock

 

“An idea is salvation by imagination.”

— Frank Lloyd Wright

 

“Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.”

— Maya Angelou

 

“I feel that there is nothing more truly artistic than to love people.”

— Vincent van Gogh

 

“God is that infinite All of which man knows himself to be a finite part.

 

God alone exists truly. Man manifests Him in time, space and matter.

 

I know that most men — not only those considered clever, but even those who are very clever and capable of understanding most difficult scientific, mathematical, or philosophic, problems — can seldom discern even the simplest and most obvious truth if it be such as obliges them to admit the falsity of conclusions they have formed, perhaps with much difficulty — conclusions of which they are proud, which they have taught to others, and on which they have built their lives.

 

The indubitable, eternal truth inherent in man, which is one and the same in all the great religions of the world. It will in due time emerge and make its way to general recognition, and the nonsense that has obscured it will disappear of itself, and with it will go the evil from which humanity now suffers.

 

We acknowledge God only when we are conscious of His manifestation in us.”

— Leo Tolstoy

 

“The meaning of our self is not to be found in its separateness from God and others, but in the ceaseless realisation of yoga, of union.”

— Rabindranath Tagore

 

“Legends can be now and forever

Teaching us to love for goodness sake.

Legends can be now and forever

Loved by the sun, loved by the sun.”

— Jon Anderson

 

“This that we are now … The human body and the universe grew from this, not this from the universe and the human body.

 

Love said to me, there is nothing that is not me. Be silent.

 

Love is the ark appointed for the righteous,

Which annuls the danger and provides a way of escape.

 

Sell your cleverness and buy bewilderment.

Cleverness is mere opinion, bewilderment intuition.

 

Observe the wonders as they occur around you.

Don’t claim them. Feel the artistry

moving through, and be silent.

 

Reason is like an officer when the King appears;

The officer then loses his power and hides himself.

 

Reason is the shadow cast by God; God is the sun.

 

If in thirst you drink water from a cup, you see God in it. Those who are not in love with God will see only their own faces in it.

 

Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing,

there is a field. I will meet you there.

 

When the soul lies down in that grass,

the world is too full to talk about

language, ideas, even the phrase each other

doesn’t make any sense.”

— Mevlana Rumi

 

“We’re playing those mind games together

Pushing the barriers, planting seeds

Playing the mind guerrilla

Chanting the mantra, Peace on Earth.

We all been playing those mind games forever

Some kinda druid dudes lifting the veil.

Doing the mind guerrilla,

Some call it magic — the search for the grail.

Love is the answer and you know that for sure.

Love is a flower, you got to let it — you got to let it grow.

Yes is the answer and you know that for sure.

Yes is surrender, you got to let it, you got to let it go…

So keep on playing those mind games together

Doing the ritual dance in the sun.

Millions of mind guerrillas

Putting their soul power to the karmic wheel.

I want you to make love, not war — I know you’ve heard it before.”

— John Lennon

 

“The truth is that my work — I was going to say my mission — is to shatter the faith of men here, there, and everywhere, faith in affirmation, faith in negation, and faith in abstention in faith, and this for the sake of faith in faith itself; it is to war against all those who submit, whether it be to Catholicism, or to rationalism, or to agnosticism; it is to make all men live the life of inquietude and passionate desire.”

— Miguel de Unamuno

 

“Bid me discourse, I will enchant thine ear,

Or like a fairy trip upon the green,

Or, like a nymph, with long dishevell’d hair,

Dance on the sands, and yet no footing seen:

Love is a spirit all compact of fire,

Not gross to sink, but light, and will aspire.

Foul words and frowns must not repel a lover;

What though the rose have prickles, yet ’tis pluck’d:

Were beauty under twenty locks kept fast,

Yet love breaks through and picks them all at last.

For where Love reigns, disturbing Jealousy

Doth call himself Affection’s sentinel;

Gives false alarms, suggesteth mutiny.

This carry-tale, dissentious Jealousy,

That sometime true news, sometime false doth bring.

Love comforteth like sunshine after rain.

Lo! here the gentle lark, weary of rest,

From his moist cabinet mounts up on high,

And wakes the morning, from whose silver breast

The sun ariseth in his majesty.”

— William Shakespeare

 

“There are people that can’t go to Fantastica. There are those who can but never return. And there are just a few who go to Fantastica and come back. And they make both worlds well again.”

— Michael Ende

 

“Here is a doctrine at which you will laugh. It seems to me, Govinda, that Love is the most important thing in the world. It may be important to great thinkers to examine the world, to explain and despise it. But I think it is only important to love the world, not to despise it, not for us to hate each other, but to be able to regard the world and ourselves and all beings with love, admiration and respect.

 

Love does not entreat; or demand. Love must have the strength to become certain within itself. Then it ceases merely to be attracted and begins to attract.

 

One never reaches home. But whenever friendly paths intersect, the whole world looks like home for a time.”

— Hermann Hesse

 

“It is the way of the superior man to prefer the concealment of his virtue, while it daily becomes more illustrious, and it is the way of the mean man to seek notoriety, while he daily goes more and more to ruin. It is characteristic of the superior man, appearing insipid, yet never to produce satiety; while showing a simple negligence, yet to have his accomplishments recognized; while seemingly plain, yet to be discriminating. He knows how what is distant lies in what is near. He knows where the wind proceeds from. He knows how what is minute becomes manifested. Such a one, we may be sure, will enter into virtue.”

— Confucius

 

“Activism is my rent for living on the planet.”

— Alice Walker

 

“God is alive. Magic is afoot. God is alive. Magic is afoot. God is afoot. Magic is alive. Alive is afoot. Magic never died. God never sickened. Many poor men lied. Many sick men lied. Magic never weakened. Magic never hid. Magic always ruled. God is afoot. God was ruler though his funeral lengthened. Though his mourners thickened Magic never fled…”

— Leonard Cohen

 

“I was still blind, but twinkling stars did dance

Throughout my being’s limitless expanse,

Nothing had yet drawn close, only at distant stages

I found myself, a mere suggestion sensed in past and future ages.”

— Novalis

 

“Grand is the seen, the light, to me — grand are the sky and stars,

Grand is the earth, and grand are lasting time and space,

And grand their laws, so multiform, puzzling, evolutionary;

But grander far the unseen soul of me, comprehending, endowing all those,

Lighting the light, the sky and stars, delving the earth, sailing the sea,

(What were all those, indeed, without thee, unseen soul? of what amount without thee?)

More evolutionary, vast, puzzling, O my soul!

More multiform far — more lasting thou than they.

I stand as on some mighty eagle’s beak,

Eastward the sea absorbing, viewing,

(nothing but sea and sky,)

The tossing waves, the foam,

the ships in the distance,

The wild unrest, the snowy, curling caps ―

that inbound urge and urge of waves….”

— Walt Whitman

 

“I don’t take drugs: I am drugs.

 

Every morning when I wake up, I experience an exquisite joy – the joy of being Salvador Dalí – and I ask myself in rapture: What wonderful things this Salvador Dalí is going to accomplish today?

 

The sole difference between myself and a madman is the fact that I am not mad.”

— Salvador Dali

 

“Our earth is round, and, among other things, that means that you and I can hold completely different points of view and both be right. The difference of our positions will show stars in your window I cannot even imagine. Your sky may burn with light, while mine, at the same moment, spreads beautiful to darkness. Still we must choose how we separately corner the circling universe of our experience. Once chosen, our cornering will determine the message of any star and darkness we encounter.”

— June Jordan

 

“People come and go all the time; the world has always been in movement.”

— V. S. Naipaul

 

“One can’t build little white picket fences to keep nightmares out.”

— Anne Sexton

 

“Do not interrupt the flight of your soul; do not distress what is best in you; do not enfeeble your spirit with half wishes and half thoughts. Ask yourself and keep on asking until you find the answer, for one may have known something many times, acknowledged it; one may have willed something many times, attempted it — and yet, only the deep inner motion, only the heart’s indescribable emotion, only that will convince you that what you have acknowledged belongs to you, that no power can take it from you — for only the truth that builds up is truth for you.”

— Søren Kierkegaard

 

“He that loveth not, Knoweth not God; for God is Love. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and His love is perfected in us. God is Love; and he that dwelleth in love, dwelleth in God and God in him.”

— Yeshua (Jesus Christ)

 

“Hope is not the conviction that something will turn out well but the certainty that something makes sense, regardless of how it turns out”

— Vaclav Havel

 

“Mankind must put an end to war or war will put an end to mankind.”

— John F. Kennedy

 

“If you realize what the real problem is—losing yourself, giving yourself to some higher end, or to another—you realize that this itself is the ultimate trial. When we quit thinking primarily about ourselves and our own self-preservation, we undergo a truly heroic transformation of consciousness. And what all the myths have to deal with is transformations of consciousness of one kind or another. You have been thinking one way, you now have to think a different way.”

― Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth

 

“I love sleep. My life has the tendency to fall apart when I’m awake, you know?”

― Ernest Hemingway

 

“An eye for an eye will only make the whole world blind.”

― Mohandas Gandhi

 

“This is our time — to put our people back to work and open doors of opportunity for our kids; to restore prosperity and promote the cause of peace; to reclaim the American dream and reaffirm that fundamental truth, that, out of many, we are one; that while we breathe, we hope. And where we are met with cynicism and doubts and those who tell us that we can’t, we will respond with that timeless creed that sums up the spirit of a people: Yes, we can! “

― Barack Obama (2008)

 

“My father used to say, “Don’t raise your voice. Improve your argument.”

— Archbishop Desmond Tutu

 

“We Hear what you say

One Earth, one Mother

One does not sell the Earth

The people walk upon

We are the land

How do we sell our Mother?

How do we sell the stars?

How do we sell the air?”

— John Trudell, “Crazy Horse”

 

“Psychological type is nothing static — it changes in the course of life.

 

We need more understanding of human nature, because the only danger that exists is man himself — he is the great danger, and we are pitifully unaware of it. We know nothing of man — far too little.

 

I think there will be a reaction — a reaction will set in against this communal dissociation. You know, man doesn’t stand forever, his nullification. Once, there will be a reaction, and I see it setting in, you know, when I think of my patients, they all seek their own existence and to assure their existence against that complete atomization into nothingness or into meaninglessness. Man cannot stand a meaningless life.”

— Carl Jung, Face to Face BBC Interview (1959)

 

“The first time someone shows you who they are, believe them.”

― Maya Angelou

 

“What’s meant to be will always find a way.”

― Trisha Yearwood

 

“Two people in love, alone, isolated from the world, that’s beautiful.”

― Milan Kundera

 

“May you live every day of your life.”

― Jonathan Swift

 

“Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night.”

― Edgar Allan Poe

 

“Anyone who aspires to a writing career, before developing his talent, would be wise to develop a thick hide.”

― Harper Lee

 

“Life will break you. Nobody can protect you from that, and living alone won’t either, for solitude will also break you with its yearning. You have to love. You have to feel. It is the reason you are here on earth. You are here to risk your heart. You are here to be swallowed up. And when it happens that you are broken, or betrayed, or left, or hurt, or death brushes near, let yourself sit by an apple tree and listen to the apples falling all around you in heaps, wasting their sweetness. Tell yourself you tasted as many as you could.”

― Louise Erdrich

 

“Whoever gossips to you will gossip about you.”

― Spanish Proverb

 

“So, I love you because the entire universe conspired to help me find you.” ― Paulo Coelho

 

“To love yourself right now, just as you are, is to give yourself heaven. Don’t wait until you die. If you wait, you die now. If you love, you live now.” ― Alan Cohen

 

“There are two basic motivating forces: fear and love. When we are afraid, we pull back from life. When we are in love, we open to all that life has to offer with passion, excitement, and acceptance. We need to learn to love ourselves first, in all our glory and our imperfections. If we cannot love ourselves, we cannot fully open to our ability to love others or our potential to create. Evolution and all hopes for a better world rest in the fearlessness and open-hearted vision of people who embrace life.”

― John Lennon

 

“Sex appeal is fifty percent what you’ve got and fifty percent what people think you’ve got.”

― Sophia Loren

 

“One day I had to sit down with myself and decide that I loved myself no matter what my body looked like and what other people thought about my body. I got tired of hating myself.”

― Gabourey Sidibe

 

“To love yourself right now, just as you are, is to give yourself heaven. Don’t wait until you die. If you wait, you die now. If you love, you live now.”

― Alan Cohen

 

“Sex appeal is fifty percent what you’ve got and fifty percent what people think you’ve got.”

― Sophia Loren

 

“You can never be overdressed or overeducated.”

― Oscar Wilde

 

“The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.”

― Mahatma Gandhi

 

“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

“The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.”

― Socrates

 

“How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.”

― A.A. Milne

 

“If there is a magic in story writing, and I am convinced there is, no one has ever been able to reduce it to a recipe that can be passed from one person to another. The formula seems to lie solely in the aching urge of the writer to convey something he feels important to the reader. If the writer has that urge, he may sometimes, but by no means always, find the way to do it. You must perceive the excellence that makes a good story good or the errors that makes a bad story. For a bad story is only an ineffective story.”

― John Steinbeck

 

“The ideal reader of my novels is a lapsed Catholic and failed musician, short-sighted, color-blind, auditorily biased, who has read the books that I have read. He should also be about my age.”

― Anthony Burgess

 

“Of course I thought I was Jo in Little Women. But I didn’t want to write what Jo wrote. Then in Martin Eden I found a writer-protagonist with whose writing I could identify, so then I wanted to be Martin Eden—minus, of course, the dreary fate Jack London gives him. I saw myself as (I guess I was) a heroic autodidact. I looked forward to the struggle of the writing life. I thought of being a writer as a heroic vocation.”

― Susan Sontag

 

“I’ve always been keenly aware of the passing of time. I’ve always thought that I was old. Even when I was twelve, I thought it was awful to be thirty. I felt that something was lost. At the same time, I was aware of what I could gain, and certain periods of my life have taught me a great deal. But, in spite of everything, I’ve always been haunted by the passing of time and by the fact that death keeps closing in on us. For me, the problem of time is linked up with that of death, with the thought that we inevitably draw closer and closer to it, with the horror of decay. It’s that, rather than the fact that things disintegrate, that love peters out.”

― Simone de Beauvoir

 

“Now, if you don’t like that, Berrigan, that’s the history of my family. They don’t take no shit from nobody. In due time I ain’t going to take no shit from nobody. You can record that.”

― Jack Kerouac

 

“You can’t learn to write in college. It’s a very bad place for writers because the teachers always think they know more than you do—and they don’t. They have prejudices.”

― Ray Bradbury

 

“It’s a wonderful thing to be able to create your own world whenever you want to. Writing is very pleasurable, very seductive, and very therapeutic. Time passes very fast when I’m writing—really fast. I’m puzzling over something, and time just flies by. It’s an exhilarating feeling. How bad can it be? It’s sitting alone with fictional characters. You’re escaping from the world in your own way and that’s fine. Why not?”

― Woody Allen

 

“I would be a liar, a hypocrite, or a fool—and I’m not any of those—to say that I don’t write for the reader. I do. But for the reader who hears, who really will work at it, going behind what I seem to say. So I write for myself and that reader who will pay the dues.”

― Maya Angelou

 

“When I began to lose my sight, the last color I saw, or the last color, rather, that stood out, because of course now I know that your coat is not the same color as this table or of the woodwork behind you—the last color to stand out was yellow because it is the most vivid of colors. That’s why you have the Yellow Cab Company in the United States. At first they thought of making the cars scarlet. Then somebody found out that at night or when there was a fog that yellow stood out in a more vivid way than scarlet. So you have yellow cabs because anybody can pick them out. Now when I began to lose my eyesight, when the world began to fade away from me, there was a time among my friends… well they made, they poked fun at me because I was always wearing yellow neckties. Then they thought I really liked yellow, although it really was too glaring. I said, ‘Yes, to you, but not to me, because it is the only color I can see, practically!’ I live in a gray world, rather like the silver-screen world. But yellow stands out.”

― Jorge Luis Borges

 

“The idea that addiction is somehow a psychological illness is, I think, totally ridiculous. It’s as psychological as malaria. It’s a matter of exposure.”

― William S. Burroughs

 

“You can write any time people will leave you alone and not interrupt you. Or rather you can if you will be ruthless enough about it. But the best writing is certainly when you are in love.”

― Ernest Hemingway

 

“Art is a revolt against fate.“

— André Malraux

 

“Only the liberation of the natural capacity for love in human beings can master their sadistic destructiveness.”

— Wilhelm Reich

 

“Once the masterpiece has emerged, the lesser works surrounding it fall into place; and it then gives the impression of having been led up to and foreseeable, though actually it is inconceivable — or, rather, it can only be conceived of once it is there for us to see it.”

— André Malraux

 

“History may clarify our understanding of the supreme work of art, but can never account for it completely; for the Time of art is not the same as the Time of history.”

— André Malraux

 

“All a poet can do today is warn. That is why the true Poets must be truthful. “

— Wilfred Owen

 

“Years ago I recognized my kinship with all living beings, and I made up my mind then that I was not one bit better than the meanest on earth. I said then, and I say now, that while there is a lower class, I am in it; and while there is a criminal element, I am of it; and while there is a soul in prison, I am not free. “

— Eugene V. Debs

 

“I may not be able to say all I think; but I am not going to say anything that I do not think. I would rather a thousand times be a free soul in jail than to be a sycophant and coward in the streets. “

— Eugene V. Debs

 

“Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born. “

— Anaïs Nin

 

“I found a book on how to be invisible —

On the edge of the labyrinth —

Under a veil you must never lift —

Pages you must never turn —

In the Labyrinth.”

— Kate Bush

 

“The evil that is in the world always comes of ignorance, and good intentions may do as much harm as malevolence, if they lack understanding. On the whole men are more good than bad; that, however, isn’t the real point. But they are more or less ignorant, and it is this that we call vice or virtue; the most incorrigible vice being that of an ignorance which fancies it knows everything and therefore claims for itself the right to kill. There can be no true goodness, nor true love, without the utmost clear-sightedness. “

— Albert Camus

 

“All systems of morality are based on the idea that an action has consequences that legitimize or cancel it. A mind imbued with the absurd merely judges that those consequences must be considered calmly. It is ready to pay up. In other words, there may be responsible persons, but there are no guilty ones, in its opinion. At very most, such a mind will consent to use past experience as a basis for its future actions. “

— Albert Camus

 

“I don’t know whether this world has a meaning that transcends it. But I know that I cannot know that meaning and that it is impossible for me just now to know it. What can a meaning outside my condition mean to me? I can understand only in human terms. What I touch, what resists me — that I understand. And these two certainties — my appetite for the absolute and for unity and the impossibility of reducing this world to a rational and reasonable principle — I also know that I cannot reconcile them. What other truth can I admit without lying, without bringing in a hope I lack and which means nothing within the limits of my conditions?”

— Albert Camus

 

“In that daily effort in which intelligence and passion mingle and delight each other, the absurd man discovers a discipline that will make up the greatest of his strengths. The required diligence and doggedness and lucidity thus resemble the conqueror’s attitude. To create is likewise to give a shape to one’s fate. For all these characters, their work defines them at least as much as it is defined by them. The actor taught us this: There is no frontier between being and appearing.”

— Albert Camus

 

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

 

It’s not all bad. Heightened self-consciousness, apartness, an inability to join in, physical shame and self-loathing—they are not all bad. Those devils have been my angels. Without them I would never have disappeared into language, literature, the mind, laughter and all the mad intensities that made and unmade me.

― Stephen Fry

 

To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.

― Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

“In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.”

― Albert Camus

 

“We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.”

― Maya Angelou

 

“Those who prefer their principles over their happiness, they refuse to be happy outside the conditions they seem to have attached to their happiness.”

― Albert Camus

 

“Talent hits a target no one else can hit. Genius hits a target no one else can see.”

― Arthur Schopenhauer

 

“Always do what you are afraid to do.”

― Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

“If you find me not within you, you will never find me. For, I have been with you, from the beginning of me.”

― Rumi

 

“Combinatory play seems to be the essential feature in productive thought.

 

How strange is the lot of us mortals! Each of us is here for a brief sojourn; for what purpose he knows not, though he sometimes thinks he senses it. But without deeper reflection one knows from daily life that one exists for other people — first of all for those upon whose smiles and well-being our own happiness is wholly dependent, and then for the many, unknown to us, to whose destinies we are bound by the ties of sympathy. A hundred times every day I remind myself that my inner and outer life are based on the labors of other men, living and dead, and that I must exert myself in order to give in the same measure as I have received and am still receiving.

 

One becomes sharply aware, but without regret, of the limits of mutual understanding and consonance with other people. No doubt, such a person loses some of his innocence and unconcern; on the other hand, he is largely independent of the opinions, habits, and judgments of his fellows and avoids the temptation to build his inner equilibrium upon such insecure foundations.

 

When we survey our lives and endeavors we soon observe that almost the whole of our actions and desires are bound up with the existence of other human beings. We see that our whole nature resembles that of the social animals. We eat food that others have grown, wear clothes that others have made, live in houses that others have built. The greater part of our knowledge and beliefs has been communicated to us by other people through the medium of a language which others have created. Without language our mental capacities would be poor indeed, comparable to those of the higher animals; we have, therefore, to admit that we owe our principal advantage over the beasts to the fact of living in human society. The individual, if left alone from birth would remain primitive and beast-like in his thoughts and feelings to a degree that we can hardly conceive. The individual is what he is and has the significance that he has not so much in virtue of his individuality, but rather as a member of a great human society, which directs his material and spiritual existence from the cradle to the grave.

 

A man’s value to the community depends primarily on how far his feelings, thoughts, and actions are directed towards promoting the good of his fellows. We call him good or bad according to how he stands in this matter. It looks at first sight as if our estimate of a man depended entirely on his social qualities.

 

And yet such an attitude would be wrong. It is clear that all the valuable things, material, spiritual, and moral, which we receive from society can be traced back through countless generations to certain creative individuals. The use of fire, the cultivation of edible plants, the steam engine — each was discovered by one man.

 

Only the individual can think, and thereby create new values for society — nay, even set up new moral standards to which the life of the community conforms. Without creative, independently thinking and judging personalities the upward development of society is as unthinkable as the development of the individual personality without the nourishing soil of the community.

 

The health of society thus depends quite as much on the independence of the individuals composing it as on their close social cohesion.

 

Everybody has certain ideals which determine the direction of his endeavors and his judgments. In this sense I have never looked upon ease and happiness as ends in themselves — such an ethical basis I call more proper for a herd of swine. The ideals which have lighted me on my way and time after time given me new courage to face life cheerfully, have been Truth, Goodness, and Beauty. Without the sense of fellowship with men of like mind, of preoccupation with the objective, the eternally unattainable in the field of art and scientific research, life would have seemed to me empty.”

― Albert Einstein

 

“A writer, or any artist, can’t expect to be embraced by the people [but] you just keep doing your work — because you have to, because it’s your calling.

 

Build a good name. Keep your name clean. Don’t make compromises, don’t worry about making a bunch of money or being successful — be concerned with doing good work and make the right choices and protect your work. And if you build a good name, eventually, that name will be its own currency.

 

To be an artist — actually, to be a human being in these times — it’s all difficult. … What matters is to know what you want and pursue it.

Life is like a roller coaster. It’s never going to be perfect — it is going to have perfect moments, and then rough spots, but it’s all worth it.

 

Secretly I knew I had been transformed, moved by the revelation that human beings create art, that to be an artist was to see what others could not.

 

William Burroughs was simultaneously old and young. Part sheriff, part gumshoe. All writer. He had a medicine chest he kept locked, but if you were in pain he would open it. He did not like to see his loved ones suffer. If you were infirm he would feed you. He’d appear at your door with a fish wrapped in newsprint and fry it up. He was inaccessible to a girl but I loved him anyway.

 

He camped in the Bunker with his typewriter, his shotgun, and his overcoat. From time to time he’d slip on his coat, saunter our way, and take his place at the table we reserved for him in front of the stage.”

― Patti Smith

 

“I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.”

― Albert Einstein

 

“If there is a soul, it is a mistake to believe that it is given to us fully created. It is created here, throughout a whole life. And living is nothing else but that long and painful bringing forth.”

—Albert Camus

 

“Every heart sings a song, incomplete, until another heart whispers back. Those who wish to sing always find a song. At the touch of a lover, everyone becomes a poet.”

― Plato

 

“In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.”

― Robert Frost

 

“There are two motives for reading a book; one, that you enjoy it; the other, that you can boast about it.”

― Bertrand Russell

 

“I think it’s very healthy to spend time alone. You need to know how to be alone and not be defined by another person.” ― Oscar Wilde

 

“That’s home. That’s us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives.

 

From this distant vantage point, the Earth might not seem of any particular interest. But for us, it’s different. Consider again that dot. That’s here. That’s home. That’s us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every ‘superstar,’ every ‘supreme leader,’ every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there — on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.

 

The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that in glory and triumph they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of this pixel on the scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner. How frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds. Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the universe, are challenged by this point of pale light. Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity — in all this vastness — there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves. The Earth is the only world known, so far, to harbor life. There is nowhere else, at least in the near future, to which our species could migrate. Visit, yes. Settle, not yet. Like it or not, for the moment, the Earth is where we make our stand. It has been said that astronomy is a humbling and character-building experience. There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we’ve ever known.”

― Carl Sagan

 

“Books may well be the only true magic.”

― Alice Hoffman

 

“If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first create the universe.

 

Widespread intellectual and moral docility may be convenient for leaders in the short term, but it is suicidal for nations in the long term. One of the criteria for national leadership should therefore be a talent for understanding, encouraging, and making constructive use of vigorous criticism.”

― Carl Sagan

 

“To love another is something

like prayer and it can’t be planned, you just fall

into its arms because your belief undoes your disbelief.”

― Anne Sexton

 

“Every one of us is precious in the cosmic perspective. If a human disagrees with you, let him live. In a hundred billion galaxies, you will not find another.

 

History is full of people who out of fear, or ignorance, or lust for power have destroyed knowledge of immeasurable value which truly belongs to us all. We must not let it happen again.

 

Since, in the long run, every planetary society will be endangered by impacts from space, every surviving civilization is obliged to become spacefaring — not because of exploratory or romantic zeal, but for the most practical reason imaginable: staying alive.

 

The size and age of the Cosmos are beyond ordinary human understanding. Lost somewhere between immensity and eternity is our tiny planetary home. In a cosmic perspective, most human concerns seem insignificant, even petty. And yet our species is young and curious and brave and shows much promise. In the last few millennia we have made the most astonishing and unexpected discoveries about the Cosmos and our place within it, explorations that are exhilarating to consider. They remind us that humans have evolved to wonder, that understanding is a joy, that knowledge is prerequisite to survival. I believe our future depends powerfully on how well we understand this Cosmos in which we float like a mote of dust in the morning sky.

 

For small creatures such as we the vastness is bearable only through love.”

― Carl Sagan

 

“A man so painfully in love is capable of self-torture beyond belief.”

— John Steinbeck

 

“When his life was ruined, his family killed, his farm destroyed, Job knelt down on the ground and yelled up to the heavens, “Why god? Why me?” and the thundering voice of God answered, There’s just something about you that pisses me off.”

― Stephen King

 

None of us will ever accomplish anything excellent or commanding except when he listens to this whisper which is heard by him alone.

― Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

Continue to plant a kiss of concern on the cheek of the sick and the aged and infirm and count that actions as natural and to be expected.

― Maya Angelou

 

“This above all: to thine own self be true,

And it must follow, as the night the day,

Thou canst not then be false to any man.”

― William Shakespeare

 

“Indifference and neglect often do much more damage than outright dislike.”

― J.K. Rowling

 

“It’s a strange thing, how you can love somebody, how you can be all eaten up inside with needing them – and they simply don’t need you. That’s all there is to it, and neither of you can do anything about it. And they’ll be the same way with someone else, and someone else will be the same way about you and it goes on and on – this desperate need – and only once in a rare million do the same two people need each other.”

— Madeleine L’Engle

 

“The thing is you have to fight the whole time. You can’t stop. Otherwise you just end up somewhere, bobbing in the middle of a life you never wanted.”

— Alexander Maksik

 

“Every man has his secret sorrows which the world knows not; and often times we call a man cold when he is only sad.”

― Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

 

“Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it’s a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope.”

― Dr. Seuss

 

“It is hard enough to remember my opinions, without also remembering my reasons for them!”

― Friedrich Nietzsche

 

“Oh my God, does art engender humanity? It awakens your humanity. But humanity has nothing to do with political theory. Political theory is in the interests of one group of humanity, or one ideal for humanity. But humanity—my heavens, that’s what proper art renders. We have a paradox. Going into the deepest aspects of inner space connects you with something that is the most vital for the outer realm.”

― Joseph Campbell, interviewed by Joan Marler for the Yoga Journal (1987)

 

“When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.”

― John Lennon

 

“Never forget what you are, for surely the world will not. Make it your strength. Then it can never be your weakness. Armour yourself in it, and it will never be used to hurt you.”

― George R.R. Martin

 

“But who prays for Satan? Who, in eighteen centuries, has had the common humanity to pray for the one sinner that needed it most?”

― Mark Twain

 

“I love you as certain dark things are to be loved,

in secret, between the shadow and the soul.”

― Pablo Neruda

 

“I can’t go back to yesterday because I was a different person then.”

― Lewis Carroll

 

‘We are all visitors to this time, this place. We are just passing through. Our purpose here is to observe, to learn, to grow, to love & then to return Home.’

– Aboriginal Proverb

 

“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”

― Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

“We love the things we love for what they are.”

― Robert Frost

 

“When you are courting a nice girl an hour seems like a second. When you sit on a red-hot cinder a second seems like an hour. That’s relativity.”

― Albert Einstein

 

“He never went out without a book under his arm, and he often came back with two.”

― Victor Hugo

 

“It is not necessary to accept the choices handed down to you by life as you know it.”

― Hunter S. Thompson

 

“We are always living in the final days. What have you got? A hundred years or much, much less until the end of your world.”

― Neil Gaiman

 

“Rarely do we arrive at the summit of truth without running into extremes; we have frequently to exhaust the part of error, and even of folly, before we work our way up to the noble goal of tranquil wisdom.”

― Friedrich Schiller

 

“There’s never been a true war that wasn’t fought between two sets of people who were certain they were in the right. The really dangerous people believe they are doing whatever they are doing solely and only because it is without question the right thing to do. And that is what makes them dangerous.”

― “Mr. Wednesday” in American Gods by Neil Gaiman

 

“The dignity of mankind is in your hands; protect it!

It sinks with you! With you it will ascend.

 

He who has done his best for his own time has lived for all times.

 

Man only plays when in the full meaning of the word he is a man, and he is only completely a man when he plays.”

― Friedrich Schiller

 

“All we have to believe with is our senses, the tools we use to perceive the world: our sight, our touch, our memory. If they lie to us, then nothing can be trusted. And even if we do not believe, then still we cannot travel in any other way than the road our senses show us; and we must walk that road to the end.”

― Neil Gaiman in American Gods

 

“Dare to be wise! Energy and spirit is needed to overcome the obstacles which indolence of nature as well as cowardice of heart oppose to our instruction. It is not without significance that the old myth makes the goddess of Wisdom emerge fully armed from the head of Jupiter; for her very first function is warlike. Even in her birth she has to maintain a hard struggle with the senses, which do not want to be dragged from their sweet repose. The greater part of humanity is too much harassed and fatigued by the struggle with want, to rally itself for a new and sterner struggle with error. Content if they themselves escape the hard labor of thought, men gladly resign to others the guardianship of their ideas, and if it happens that higher needs are stirred in them, they embrace with a eager faith the formulas which State and priesthood hold in readiness for such an occasion.”

― Friedrich Schiller

 

“For things to reveal themselves to us,

we need to be ready to abandon our

views about them.”

 

― Thích Nhất Hạnh

 

“One way or another, we all have to find what best fosters the flowering of our humanity in this contemporary life and dedicate ourselves to that.”

― Joseph Campbell

 

“The truth is, we know so little about life, we don’t really know what the good news is and what the bad news is.

 

All the people of all the nations which had fought in the First World War were silent during the eleventh minute of the eleventh hour of Armistice Day, which was the eleventh day of the eleventh month. It was during that minute in nineteen hundred and eighteen, that millions upon millions of human beings stopped butchering one another. I have talked to old men who were on battlefields during that minute. They have told me in one way or another that the sudden silence was the Voice of God. So we still have among us some men who can remember when God spoke clearly to mankind.

 

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

― Kurt Vonnegut

 

“I have seen the truth; I have seen and I know that people can be beautiful and happy without losing the power of living on earth. I will not and cannot believe that evil is the normal condition of mankind. And it is just this faith of mine that they laugh at. But how can I help believing it? I have seen the truth — it is not as though I had invented it with my mind, I have seen it, seen it, and the living image of it has filled my soul for ever. I have seen it in such full perfection that I cannot believe that it is impossible for people to have it. And so how can I go wrong? I shall make some slips no doubt, and shall perhaps talk in second-hand language, but not for long: the living image of what I saw will always be with me and will always correct and guide me. Oh, I am full of courage and freshness, and I will go on and on if it were for a thousand years! Do you know, at first I meant to conceal the fact that I corrupted them, but that was a mistake — that was my first mistake! But truth whispered to me that I was lying, and preserved me and corrected me. But how establish paradise — I don’t know, because I do not know how to put it into words. After my dream I lost command of words. All the chief words, anyway, the most necessary ones. But never mind, I shall go and I shall keep talking, I won’t leave off, for anyway I have seen it with my own eyes, though I cannot describe what I saw. But the scoffers do not understand that. It was a dream, they say, delirium, hallucination. Oh! As though that meant so much! And they are so proud! A dream! What is a dream? And is not our life a dream? I will say more. Suppose that this paradise will never come to pass (that I understand), yet I shall go on preaching it. And yet how simple it is: in one day, in one hour everything could be arranged at once! The chief thing is to love others like yourself, that’s the chief thing, and that’s everything; nothing else is wanted — you will find out at once how to arrange it all. And yet it’s an old truth which has been told and retold a billion times — but it has not formed part of our lives! The consciousness of life is higher than life, the knowledge of the laws of happiness is higher than happiness — that is what one must contend against. And I shall. If only everyone wants it, it can be arranged at once.”

― Fyodor Dostoevsky in The Dream of a Ridiculous Man

 

“There are plenty of good reasons for fighting, but no good reason ever to hate without reservation, to imagine that God Almighty Himself hates with you, too. Where’s evil? It’s that large part of every man that wants to hate without limit, that wants to hate with God on its side.

 

I didn’t learn until I was in college about all the other cultures, and I should have learned that in the first grade. A first grader should understand that his or her culture isn’t a rational invention; that there are thousands of other cultures and they all work pretty well; that all cultures function on faith rather than truth; that there are lots of alternatives to our own society. Cultural relativism is defensible and attractive. It’s also a source of hope. It means we don’t have to continue this way if we don’t like it.”

― Kurt Vonnegut

 

“What is a friend? A single soul dwelling in two bodies.”

― Aristotle

 

“I used to take pride in the fact that i am not a belief philosopher: I am primarily interested in ideas, in theories, and I find it comparatively unimportant whether or not anybody ‘believes’ in them. And I suspect that the interest of philosophers in belief results from that mistaken philosophy which I call ‘inductivism’. They are theorists of knowledge, and starting from subjective experiences they fail to distinguish between objective and subjective knowledge. This leads them to believe in belief as the genus of which knowledge is a species (‘justification’ or perhaps a ‘criterion of truth’ such as clarity and distinctness, or vivacity, or ‘sufficient reason’, providing the specific difference).

This is why, like E.M. Forster, I do not believe in belief”

― Karl Popper, ‘Objective Knowledge’

 

“So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.”

― F. Scott Fitzgerald

 

“Faithless is he that says farewell when the road darkens.”

― J.R.R. Tolkien

 

“Kiss me, and you will see how important I am.”

― Sylvia Plath

 

“Don’t classify me, read me. I’m a writer, not a genre.”

― Carlos Fuentes

 

“God created war so that Americans would learn geography.”

― Mark Twain

 

“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”

― Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

The reward of one duty is the power to fulfill another.

― George Eliot

 

“Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy.”

― Anne Frank

 

“Being crazy isn’t enough.”

― Dr. Seuss

 

“The secret of success is… to be fully awake to everything about you.”

― LeRoy Pollock

 

“When I look at my room, I see a girl who loves books.”

― John Green

 

“I still catch myself feeling sad about things that don’t matter anymore.

 

The most damning revelation you can make about yourself is that you do not know what is interesting and what is not.”

— Kurt Vonnegut

 

“Everyone who is seriously involved in the pursuit of science becomes convinced that some spirit is manifest in the laws of the universe, one that is vastly superior to that of man.”

— Albert Einstein

 

“Educate yourself, welcome life’s messiness, read Chekhov, avoid becoming an architect at all costs.”

― Kurt Vonnegut

 

“Everyone sees what you appear to be, few experience what you really are.”

― Niccolò Machiavelli

 

“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.”

― Dalai Lama

 

“It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.”

― Aristotle

 

“What is the point of being alive if you don’t at least try to do something remarkable?”

― John Green

 

“If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, of what, then, is an empty desk a sign?”

― Albert Einstein

 

“The human spirit is not dead. It lives on in secret. It has come to be believed that compassion, in which all ethics must take root, can only attain its full breadth and depth if it embraces all living creatures and does not limit itself to mankind.”

 

― Albert Schweitzer

 

“Never love anyone who treats you like you’re ordinary.”

― Oscar Wilde

 

“I believe in human dignity as the source of national purpose, human liberty as the source of national action, the human heart as the source of national compassion, and in the human mind as the source of our invention and our ideas.”

― John F. Kennedy

 

“We are always hoping for an Utopian world, and most people have at least a few Utopian dreams.

 

We would like to see the world around us as beautiful as we know it could be, but this cannot be achieved until the soul world within us is as beautiful as it must be to transform the outer surface of things.”

― Manly P. Hall Lecture #195 – “The Soul as the Immortal Mortal”

 

“You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’ You must do the thing you think you cannot do.”

― Eleanor Roosevelt

 

“The responsibility of tolerance lies in those who have the wider vision.”

― T. S. Eliot

 

“It is not for him to pride himself who loveth his own country, but rather for him who loveth the whole world. The earth is but one country and mankind its citizens.

 

If the learned and worldly-wise men of this age were to allow mankind to inhale the fragrance of fellowship and love, every understanding heart would apprehend the meaning of true liberty, and discover the secret of undisturbed peace and absolute composure.

 

Justice and equity are twin Guardians that watch over men. From them are revealed such blessed and perspicuous words as are the cause of the well-being of the world and the protection of the nations.”

― Bahá’u’lláh

 

“Once for all, then, a short precept is given thee: Love, and do what thou wilt: whether thou hold thy peace, through love hold thy peace; whether thou cry out, through love cry out; whether thou correct, through love correct; whether thou spare, through love do thou spare: let the root of love be within, of this root can nothing spring but what is good.”

― Augustine of Hippo

 

“The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well-meaning but without understanding.

 

Crime is contagious. If the government becomes a lawbreaker, it breeds contempt for law; it invites every man to become a law unto himself; it invites anarchy.”

― Louis Brandeis

 

“It is better to be a fool than to be dead. It is better to emit a scream in the shape of a theory than to be entirely insensible to the jars and incongruities of life and take everything as it comes in a forlorn stupidity. Some people swallow the universe like a pill; they travel on through the world, like smiling images pushed from behind. For God’s sake give me the young man who has brains enough to make a fool of himself!”

― Robert Louis Stevenson

 

“The good man, though a slave, is free; the wicked, though he reigns, is a slave, and not the slave of a single man, but — what is worse — the slave of as many masters as he has vices.

 

Since love grows within you, so beauty grows. For love is the beauty of the soul.

 

I do not fear but that He will go on to supply what is yet wanting when once I have begun to use what He has already given. For a possession which is not diminished by being shared with there, if it is possessed and not shared, is not yet possessed as it ought to be possessed.”

― Augustine of Hippo

 

“All who have meant good work with their whole hearts, have done good work, although they may die before they have the time to sign it. Every heart that has beat strong and cheerfully has left a hopeful impulse behind it in the world, and bettered the tradition of mankind.

 

“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant.”

― Robert Louis Stevenson

 

“I try to create sympathy for my characters, then turn the monsters loose.”

― Stephen King

 

“Ordinary life does not interest me. I seek only the high moments. I am in accord with the surrealists, searching for the marvelous. I want to be a writer who reminds others that these moments exist; I want to prove that there is infinite space, infinite meaning, infinite dimension. But I am not always in what I call a state of grace. I have days of illuminations and fevers. I have days when the music in my head stops. Then I mend socks, prune trees, can fruits, polish furniture. But while I am doing this I feel I am not living.”

― Anaïs Nin

 

“If you can love someone with your whole heart, even one person, then there’s salvation in life. Even if you can’t get together with that person.

 

No matter how far you travel, you can never get away from yourself.

 

Knowledge and ability were tools, not things to show off.”

― Haruki Murakami

 

“Compassion is not just about kind acts; actually it is about being aware of the suffering of other sentient beings from the view of the actual nature of things.”

― 17th Karmapa

 

“And just as in the past each civilization was the vehicle of its own mythology, developing in character as its myth became progressively interpreted, analyzed, and elucidated by its leading minds, so in this modern world—where the application of science to the fields of practical life has now dissolved all cultural horizons, so that no separate civilization can ever develop again—each individual is the center of a mythology of his own, of which his own intelligible character is the Incarnate God, so to say, whom his empirically questing consciousness is to find. The aphorism of Delphi, ‘Know thyself,’ is the motto. And not Rome, not Mecca, not Jerusalem, Sinai, or Benares, but each and every ‘thou’ on earth is the center of this world, in the sense of that formula quoted from the twelfth-century Book of the Twenty-four Philosophers, of God as ‘an intelligible sphere, whose center is everywhere.’”

― Joseph Campbell, The Masks of God, Vol. IV: Creative Mythology

 

There is nothing heavier than compassion. Not even one’s own pain weights so heavy as the pain one feels for someone, pain intensified by the imagination and prolonged by a hundred echoes.”

― Milan Kundera

 

“Words belong to each other.”

― Virginia Woolf

 

“Taking crazy things seriously is a serious waste of time.”

― Haruki Murakami

 

“For you, the world is weird because if you’re not bored with it you’re at odds with it. For me the world is weird because it is stupendous, awesome, mysterious, unfathomable; my interest has been to convince you that you must assume responsibility for being here in this marvelous time.”

― Carlos Castaneda

 

“When the ear hears,

observe the mind. Does it

get caught up and make a

story out of the sound? Is it

disturbed? You can know

this, stay with it, be aware.

At times you may want to

escape from the sounds, but

that is not the way out. You

must escape through

awareness.”

― Ajahn Chah

 

“A thing is not necessarily true because a man dies for it.”

― Oscar Wilde

 

“The heart of the question is whether all Americans are to be afforded equal rights and equal opportunities, whether we are going to treat our fellow Americans as we want to be treated.’’

― President John F. Kennedy

 

“I think you still love me, but we can’t escape the fact that I’m not enough for you. I knew this was going to happen. So I’m not blaming you for falling in love with another woman. I’m not angry, either. I should be, but I’m not. I just feel pain. A lot of pain. I thought I could imagine how much this would hurt, but I was wrong.”

― Haruki Murakami

 

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.”

― Pablo Picasso

 

“The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves.”

― William Shakespeare

 

“You wouldn’t worry so much about what others think of you if you realized how seldom they do.”

― Eleanor Roosevelt

 

“Some people feel the rain. Others just get wet.”

― Bob Marley

 

“The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug.”

― Mark Twain

 

“Being tender and open is beautiful. As a woman, I feel continually shhh’ed. Too sensitive. Too mushy. Too wishy washy. Blah blah. Don’t let someone steal your tenderness. Don’t allow the coldness and fear of others to tarnish your perfectly vulnerable beating heart. Nothing is more powerful than allowing yourself to truly be affected by things. Whether it’s a song, a stranger, a mountain, a rain drop, a tea kettle, an article, a sentence, a footstep, feel it all – look around you. All of this is for you. Take it and have gratitude. Give it and feel love.”

— Zooey Deschanel

 

“This life is what you make it. No matter what, you’re going to mess up sometimes, it’s a universal truth. But the good part is you get to decide how you’re going to mess it up. Girls will be your friends – they’ll act like it anyway. But just remember, some come, some go. The ones that stay with you through everything – they’re your true best friends. Don’t let go of them. Also remember, sisters make the best friends in the world. As for lovers, well, they’ll come and go too. And baby, I hate to say it, most of them – actually pretty much all of them are going to break your heart, but you can’t give up because if you give up, you’ll never find your soulmate. You’ll never find that half who makes you whole and that goes for everything. Just because you fail once, doesn’t mean you’re gonna fail at everything. Keep trying, hold on, and always, always, always believe in yourself, because if you don’t, then who will, sweetie? So keep your head high, keep your chin up, and most importantly, keep smiling, because life’s a beautiful thing and there’s so much to smile about.”

― Marilyn Monroe

 

“Compassionate action involves working with ourselves as much as working with others.”

― Pema Chodron

 

“The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.”

― Mark Twain

 

“The best supply of raw materials now available is inside of us.

Here there is apparently an unlimited amount of what we might call energy reserve.

 

Here we have the capacity to change all things by changing ourselves, by releasing into manifestation the tremendous potential that we have.

 

And by gradually simplifying our pattern of living and making greater use of our internal potential.

 

We can reach a point where our way of life again has the dignities and the values which make living important.”

― Manly P. Hall, Lecture #203, “The Economy that will not Economize: Inflation in the Light of Philosophy”

 

“Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.”

― Dalai Lama

 

“This is how it works. I love the people in my life, and I do for my friends whatever they need me to do for them, again and again, as many times as is necessary. For example, in your case you always forgot who you are and how much you’re loved. So what I do for you as your friend is remind you who you are and tell you how much I love you. And this isn’t any kind of burden for me, because I love who you are very much. Every time I remind you, I get to remember with you, which is my pleasure.”

― James Lecesne

 

“To laugh often and love much; to win the respect of intelligent persons and the affection of children; to earn the approbation of honest citizens and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to give of one’s self; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to have played and laughed with enthusiasm and sung with exultation; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived—this is to have succeeded.”

― Bessie Anderson Stanley

 

“Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.”

― The Buddha

 

“Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.”

― Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

“We live in a world of theophanies. Holiness comes wrapped in the ordinary. There are burning bushes all around you. Every tree is full of angels. Hidden beauty is waiting in every crumb. Life wants to lead you from crumbs to angels, but this can only happen if you are willing to unwrap the ordinary by staying with it long enough to harvest its treasure.”

― Macrina Wiederkehr

 

“When we feel love and kindness toward others, it not only makes others feel loved and cared for, but it helps us also to develop inner happiness and peace.”

― Dalai Lama

 

“As a writer you should not judge. You should understand.”

― Ernest Hemingway

 

“Think before you speak. Read before you think.”

― Fran Lebowitz

 

“You don’t love someone for their looks, or their clothes, or for their fancy car, but because they sing a song only you can hear.”

― Oscar Wilde

 

“The secret of life, though, is to fall seven times and to get up eight times.”

― Paulo Coelho

 

“This book is for

ALL:

for every man, woman, and child.

My former work has been misunderstood, and its scope limited, by my use of technical terms. It has attracted only too many dilettanti and eccentrics, weaklings seeking in “Magic” an escape from reality. I myself was first consciously drawn to the subject in this way. And it has repelled only too many scientific and practical minds, such as I most designed to influence.

But

MAGICK

is for

ALL.”

― Aleister Crowley, Liber ABA, Part III: Magick in Theory and Practice

 

“The Self is the one Reality that always exists, and it is by the light of the Self that all other things are seen.”

― Ramana Maharshi

 

“Not recognizing natural mind is simply an example of the mind’s unlimited capacity to create whatever it wants.”

― Mingyur Rinpoche

 

“The crowd is the gathering place of the weakest; true creation is a solitary act.

 

Go to Tibet

Ride a camel.

Read the bible.

Dye your shoes blue.

Grow a beard.

Circle the world in a paper canoe.

Subscribe to The Saturday Evening Post.

Chew on the left side of your mouth only.

Marry a woman with one leg and shave with a straight razor.

And carve your name in her arm.

Brush your teeth with gasoline.

Sleep all day and climb trees at night.

Be a monk and drink buckshot and beer.

Hold your head under water and play the violin.

Do a belly dance before pink candles.

Kill your dog.

Run for mayor.

Live in a barrel.

Break your head with a hatchet.

Plant tulips in the rain.

But don’t write poetry.”

― Charles Bukowski

 

“Like your bedroom, your writing room should be private, a place where you go to dream. Your schedule — in at about the same time every day, out when your thousand words are on paper or disk — exists in order to habituate yourself, to make yourself ready to dream just as you make yourself ready to sleep by going to bed at roughly the same time each night and following the same ritual as you go.

 

In both writing and sleeping, we learn to be physically still at the same time we are encouraging our minds to unlock from the humdrum rational thinking of our daytime lives. And as your mind and body grow accustomed to a certain amount of sleep each night — six hours, seven, maybe the recommended eight — so can you train your waking mind to sleep creatively and work out the vividly imagined waking dreams which are successful works of fiction.

 

The space can be humble … and it really needs only one thing: A door you are willing to shut. The closed door is your way of telling the world that you mean business. . . .

If possible, there should be no telephone in your writing room, certainly no TV or videogames for you to fool around with. If there’s a window, draw the curtains or pull down the shades unless it looks out at a blank wall. For any writer, but for the beginning writer in particular, it’s wise to eliminate every possible distraction. If you continue to write, you will begin to filter out these distractions naturally, but at the start it’s best to try and take care of them before you write. … When you write, you want to get rid of the world, don’t you? Of course you do. When you’re writing, you’re creating your own worlds.”

― Stephen King

 

“People use drugs, legal and illegal, because their lives are intolerably painful or dull. They hate their work and find no rest in their leisure. They are estranged from their families and their neighbors. It should tell us something that in healthy societies drug use is celebrative, convivial, and occasional, whereas among us it is lonely, shameful, and addictive. We need drugs, apparently, because we have lost each other.”

― Wendell Berry

 

“You cannot protect yourself from sadness without protecting yourself from happiness.”

― Jonathan Safran Foer

 

“What should young people do with their lives today? Many things, obviously. But the most daring thing is to create stable communities in which the terrible disease of loneliness can be cured.”

― Kurt Vonnegut

 

“I need to tell a story. It’s an obsession. Each story is a seed inside of me that starts to grow and grow, like a tumor, and I have to deal with it sooner or later. Why a particular story? I don’t know when I begin. That I learn much later. Over the years I’ve discovered that all the stories I’ve told, all the stories I will ever tell, are connected to me in some way. If I’m talking about a woman in Victorian times who leaves the safety of her home and comes to the Gold Rush in California, I’m really talking about feminism, about liberation, about the process I’ve gone through in my own life, escaping from a Chilean, Catholic, patriarchal, conservative, Victorian family and going out into the world.

 

Storytelling and literature will exist always, but what shape will it take? Will we write novels to be performed? The story will exist, but how, I don’t know. The way my stories are told today is by being published in the form of a book. In the future, if that’s not the way to tell a story, I’ll adapt.

 

It’s worth the work to find the precise word that will create a feeling or describe a situation. Use a thesaurus, use your imagination, scratch your head until it comes to you, but find the right word.

 

When you feel the story is beginning to pick up rhythm—the characters are shaping up, you can see them, you can hear their voices, and they do things that you haven’t planned, things you couldn’t have imagined—then you know the book is somewhere, and you just have to find it, and bring it, word by word, into this world.

 

When you tell a story in the kitchen to a friend, it’s full of mistakes and repetitions. It’s good to avoid that in literature, but still, a story should feel like a conversation. It’s not a lecture.”

― Isabel Allende

 

“The discoveries of yesterday are the truisms of tomorrow, because we can add to our knowledge but cannot subtract from it.”

― Arthur Koestler

 

“Plainly there is no way back. Like it or not, we are stuck with science. We had better make the best of it. When we finally come to terms with it and fully recognize its beauty and its power, we will find, in spiritual as well as in practical matters, that we have made a bargain strongly in our favor.

 

But superstition and pseudoscience keep getting in the way, distracting us, providing easy answers, dodging skeptical scrutiny, casually pressing our awe buttons and cheapening the experience, making us routine and comfortable practitioners as well as victims of credulity.

In its encounter with Nature, science invariably elicits a sense of reverence and awe. The very act of understanding is a celebration of joining, merging, even if on a very modest scale, with the magnificence of the Cosmos. And the cumulative worldwide build-up of knowledge over time converts science into something only a little short of a trans-national, trans-generational meta-mind.

 

“Spirit” comes from the Latin word “to breathe.” What we breathe is air, which is certainly matter, however thin. Despite usage to the contrary, there is no necessary implication in the word “spiritual” that we are talking of anything other than matter (including the matter of which the brain is made), or anything outside the realm of science. On occasion, I will feel free to use the word. Science is not only compatible with spirituality; it is a profound source of spirituality. When we recognize our place in an immensity of light years and in the passage of ages, when we grasp the intricacy, beauty and subtlety of life, then that soaring feeling, that sense of elation and humility combined, is surely spiritual. So are our emotions in the presence of great art or music or literature, or of acts of exemplary selfless courage such as those of Mohandas Gandhi or Martin Luther King Jr. The notion that science and spirituality are somehow mutually exclusive does a disservice to both.

 

Not every branch of science can foretell the future — paleontology can’t — but many can and with stunning accuracy. If you want to know when the next eclipse of the Sun will be, you might try magicians or mystics, but you’ll do much better with scientists. They will tell you where on Earth to stand, when you have to be there, and whether it will be a partial eclipse, a total eclipse, or an annular eclipse. They can routinely predict a solar eclipse, to the minute, a millennium in advance. You can go to the witch doctor to lift the spell that causes your pernicious anaemia, or you can take vitamin Bl2. If you want to save your child from polio, you can pray or you can inoculate. If you’re interested in the sex of your unborn child, you can consult plumb-bob danglers all you want (left-right, a boy; forward-back, a girl – or maybe it’s the other way around), but they’ll be right, on average, only one time in two. If you want real accuracy (here, 99 per cent accuracy), try amniocentesis and sonograms. Try science.

 

Think of how many religions attempt to validate themselves with prophecy. Think of how many people rely on these prophecies, however vague, however unfulfilled, to support or prop up their beliefs. Yet has there ever been a religion with the prophetic accuracy and reliability of science? There isn’t a religion on the planet that doesn’t long for a comparable ability — precise, and repeatedly demonstrated before committed skeptics — to foretell future events. No other human institution comes close.”

― Carl Sagan

 

“Stop thinking about art works as objects, and start thinking about them as triggers for experiences.”

― Brian Eno

 

“Attachments are of great seriousness. Choose your attachments carefully. Choose your temple of fanaticism with great care. What you wish to sing of as tragic love is an attachment not carefully chosen. Die for one person? This is a craziness. Persons change, leave, die, become ill. They leave, lie, go mad, have sickness, betray you, die. Your nation outlives you. A cause outlives you.”

— David Foster Wallace

 

“When things get tough, this is what you should do: Make good art. I’m serious. Husband runs off with a politician — make good art. Leg crushed and then eaten by a mutated boa constrictor — make good art. IRS on your trail — make good art. Cat exploded — make good art. Someone on the Internet thinks what you’re doing is stupid or evil or it’s all been done before — make good art. Probably things will work out somehow, eventually time will take the sting away, and that doesn’t even matter. Do what only you can do best: Make good art. Make it on the bad days, make it on the good days, too.

 

I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes.

 

Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re Doing Something.

 

So that’s my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody’s ever made before. Don’t freeze, don’t stop, don’t worry that it isn’t good enough, or it isn’t perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life.

 

Whatever it is you’re scared of doing, Do it.

 

Make your mistakes, next year and forever.”

— Neil Gaiman

 

“Requirements for Creativity:

Space (“You can’t become playful, and therefore creative, if you’re under your usual pressures.”)

Time (“It’s not enough to create space; you have to create your space for a specific period of time.”)

Time (“Giving your mind as long as possible to come up with something original,” and learning to tolerate the discomfort of pondering time and indecision.)

Confidence (“Nothing will stop you being creative so effectively as the fear of making a mistake.”)

Humor (“The main evolutionary significance of humor is that it gets us from the closed mode to the open mode quicker than anything else.”)

 

Creativity is not a talent. It is a way of operating.

 

We need to be in the open mode when pondering a problem — but! — once we come up with a solution, we must then switch to the closed mode to implement it. Because once we’ve made a decision, we are efficient only if we go through with it decisively, undistracted by doubts about its correctness.

 

To be at our most efficient, we need to be able to switch backwards and forward between the two modes. But — here’s the problem — we too often get stuck in the closed mode. Under the pressures which are all too familiar to us, we tend to maintain tunnel vision at times when we really need to step back and contemplate the wider view.

 

This is particularly true, for example, of politicians. The main complaint about them from their nonpolitical colleagues is that they’ve become so addicted to the adrenaline that they get from reacting to events on an hour-by-hour basis that they almost completely lose the desire or the ability to ponder problems in the open mode.

 

This is the extraordinary thing about creativity: If just you keep your mind resting against the subject in a friendly but persistent way, sooner or later you will get a reward from your unconscious.”

— John Cleese

 

“There is always some madness in love. But there is always, also, some method in madness.”

— Friedrich Nietzsche

 

“Everything you can imagine is real.”

― Pablo Picasso

 

“The growing good of the world is partly dependent on unhistoric acts; and that things are not so ill with you and me as they might have been, is half owing to the number who lived faithfully a hidden life, and rest in unvisited tombs.”

― George Eliot

 

“If I want to understand something, I must observe, I must not criticize, I must not condemn, I must not pursue it as pleasure or avoid it as non-pleasure. There must merely be the silent observation of a fact.”

― J. Krishnamurti

 

“The ambition of the greatest men of our generation has been to wipe every tear from every eye. That may be beyond us, but so long as there are tears and suffering, so long our work will not be over.

 

Peace has been said to be indivisible; so is freedom, so is prosperity now, and so also is disaster in this One World that can no longer be split into isolated fragments.

 

A moment comes, which comes but rarely in history, when we step out from the old to the new, when an age ends, and when the soul of a nation, long suppressed, finds utterance.

 

To be in good moral condition requires at least as much training as to be in good physical condition.

 

The world of today has achieved much, but for all its declared love for humanity, it has based itself far more on hatred and violence than on the virtues that make one human. War is the negation of truth and humanity. War may be unavoidable sometimes, but its progeny are terrible to contemplate. Not mere killing, for man must die, but the deliberate and persistent propagation of hatred and falsehood, which gradually become the normal habits of the people. It is dangerous and harmful to be guided in our life’s course by hatreds and aversions, for they are wasteful of energy and limit and twist the mind and prevent it from perceiving truth.

 

Culture is the widening of the mind and of the spirit. It is never a narrowing of the mind or a restriction of the human spirit or the country’s spirit.

 

Where freedom is menaced or justice threatened or where aggression takes place, we cannot be and shall not be neutral.

 

Most of us seldom take the trouble to think. It is a troublesome and fatiguing process and often leads to uncomfortable conclusions. But crises and deadlocks when they occur have at least this advantage, that they force us to think.”

― Jawaharlal Nehru

 

“Every now and then a clear harmonic cry gave new suggestions of a tune that would someday be the only tune in the world and would raise men’s souls to joy.”

― Jack Kerouac in On The Road

 

“Every painful event contains in itself a seed of growth and liberation. In the light of this truth return to your life now and take a look at one or another of the events that you are not grateful for, and see if you can discover the potential for growth that they contain which you were unaware of and therefore failed to benefit from. Now think of some recent event that caused you pain, that produced negative feelings in you. Whoever or whatever caused those feelings was your teacher, because they revealed so much to you about yourself that you probably did not know. And they offered you an invitation and a challenge to self-understanding, self-discovery, and therefore to growth and life and freedom.”

— Anthony de Mello

 

“In the Confucian tradition is a simple formula that appeals to me deeply: ‘If there is righteousness in the heart, there will be beauty in the character. If there is beauty in the character, there will be harmony in the home. If there is harmony in the home, there will be order in the nation. If there is order in the nation, there will be peace in the world.’ I urge everyone to reflect deeply on these words, as simple as they are profound.”

— Eknath Easwaran

 

“The only environment the artist needs is whatever peace, whatever solitude, and whatever pleasure he can get at not too high a cost.”

— William Faulkner

 

“The present is always invisible because it’s environmental and saturates the whole field of attention so overwhelmingly; thus everyone but the artist, the man of integral awareness, is alive in an earlier day.”

— Marshall McLuhan

 

“And now I have to confess the unpardonable and the scandalous. I am a happy man. And I am going to tell you the secret of my happiness. It is quite simple. I love mankind. I love love. I hate hate. I try to understand and accept.”

— Jean Cocteau

 

“I was always hungry for love. Just once, I wanted to know what it was like to get my fill of it — to be fed so much love I couldn’t take any more. Just once.”

Haruki Murakami

 

“I am convinced that most people do not grow up … our real selves, the children inside, are still innocent and shy as magnolias.”

— Maya Angelou

 

“Breathe. It’s okay. You’re going to be okay. Just breathe. Breathe, and remind yourself of all the times in the past you felt this scared. All of the times you felt this anxious and this overwhelmed. All of the times you felt this level of pain. And remind yourself how each time, you made it through. Life has thrown so much at you, and despite how difficult things have been, you’ve survived. Breathe and trust that you can survive this too. Trust that this struggle is part of the process. And trust that as long as you don’t give up and keep pushing forward, no matter how hopeless things seem, you will make it.”

— Daniell Koepke

 

“But when I know that the glass is already broken, every minute with it is precious.”

— Ajahn Chah

 

“Experience is merely the name men gave to their mistakes.”

― Oscar Wilde

 

“Only the very weak-minded refuse to be influenced by literature and poetry.”

― Cassandra Clare

 

“It is only necessary to destroy in oneself the roots of those motives which determine a man’s course, in order to enjoy the omnipotence and immunity of a god.”

― Aleister Crowley

 

“You know, when real trouble comes your humanity is awakened. The fundamental human experience is that of compassion.”

― Joseph Campbell, The Hero’s Journey

 

“We live in an age where we feel guilt whenever we have to cut someone off but the reality is that some relationships do need to die, some people do need to be unfollowed and defriended. We aren’t meant to be this tethered to the people in our past. The Internet mandates that we don’t burn bridges and keep everyone around like relics but those expectations are unrealistic and unhealthy. Simply put, we don’t need to know what everyone else is up to. We’re allowed to be choosy about who we surround ourselves with online and in real life, even if it might hurt people’s feelings.”

― Ryan O’Connell

 

“Man surprised me most about humanity. Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived.”

― Dalai Lama XIV

 

“I’m in love with cities I’ve never been to and people I’ve never met.”

― John Green

 

“Religion has convinced people that there’s an invisible man … living in the sky. Who watches everything you do every minute of every day. And the invisible man has a list of ten specific things he doesn’t want you to do. And if you do any of these things, he will send you to a special place, of burning and fire and smoke and torture and anguish for you to live forever, and suffer, and suffer, and burn, and scream, until the end of time. But he loves you. He loves you. He loves you and he needs money.”

― George Carlin

 

“If you are going through hell, keep going.”

― Winston Churchill

 

The Divine in us can little by little gain authority if we give it a chance.

 

The simplest way to give it a chance is to subside those things which destroy its chance, which frustrate its purpose, and which lend themselves to an infinite delay.

 

By small steps we reach a point where we come to the gate of the “the shut place of the king”, as it was called in alchemy.

 

When we open the door we go not into a strange place but we stand in the presence of the altar of our own soul.

― Manly P Hall, Lecture #271 – “The Third Eye in the Soul”

 

There’s a lot of things wrong with this country, but one of the few things still right with it is that a man can steer clear of the organized bullshit if he really wants to. It’s a goddamned luxury, and if I were you, I’d take advantage of it while you can.

― Dr. Hunter S. Thompson

 

“To lament that we shall not be alive a hundred years hence, is the same folly as to be sorry we were not alive a hundred years ago.”

― Michel de Montaigne

 

“All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.”

― Leo Tolstoy

 

“Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; Truth isn’t.”

― Mark Twain

 

“Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.”

― Carl Sagan

 

“When I am among the trees,

especially the willows and the honey locust,

equally the beech, the oaks, and the pines,

they give off such hints of gladness.

 

I would almost say that they save me, and daily.

I am so distant from the hope of myself,

in which I have goodness, and discernment,

and never hurry through the world

but walk slowly, and bow often.

Around me the trees stir in their leaves

and call out, “Stay awhile.”

 

The light flows from their branches.

And they call again, “It’s simple,”

they say, “and you, too, have come

into the world to do this, to go easy,

to be filled with light, and to shine.””

― Mary Oliver

 

“When you have eliminated all which is impossible, then whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.”

― Arthur Conan Doyle

 

“Love doesn’t just sit there, like a stone, it has to be made, like bread; remade all the time, made new.”

― Ursula K. Le Guin

 

“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.”

― Dalai Lama

 

“If the mind is happy, not only the body but the whole world will be happy. So one must find out the way of becoming happy oneself. One cannot do this except by finding out about oneself by Self-enquiry. To think of reforming the world without doing that is like thinking of covering the whole world with leather to avoid the pain caused by walking on stones and thorns when the much simpler method of wearing leather shoes is available. When by holding an umbrella over your head you can avoid the sun, will it be possible to cover the face of the whole earth by tying a cloth over it to avoid the sun?

 

If a person realises his position and stays in his own self, things that are to happen will happen. Things that are not to happen will not happen. The shakti that is in the world, is only one. All these troubles arise if we think that we are separate from that shakti.”

― Ramana Maharshi

 

“This day shall be the best day of my life. Today I will start with a new determination to dedicate my devotion forever at the feet of omnipresence.”

― Paramahansa Yogananda

 

“I read so I can live more than one life in more than one place.”

― Anne Tyler

 

“You don’t love someone for their looks, or their clothes, or for their fancy car, but because they sing a song only you can hear.”

― Oscar Wilde

 

“We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.

You only are free when you realize you belong no place — you belong every place — no place at all.”

― Maya Angelou

 

“Sometimes you climb out of bed in the morning and you think, I’m not going to make it, but you laugh inside — remembering all the times you’ve felt that way.”

― Charles Bukowski

 

“In the case of good books, the point is not to see how many of them you can get through, but rather how many can get through to you.”

― Mortimer J. Adler

 

“The test of a writer is whether you want to read him again years after he should by the rules be dated.”

― Raymond Chandler

 

“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.”

― Robert Louis Stevenson

 

“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.”

― Jane Austen

 

“I once read a good aphorism from Buckminster Fuller: ‘We are not nouns,’ he says, pointedly; ‘we are verbs.’ People who are content with rigid images of others are thinking of themselves and others as nouns, as things. Those who keep trying to get closer to others, to understand and appreciate them more all the time, are verbs: active, creative, dynamic, able to change themselves and to make changes in the world around them.”

― Eknath Easwaran, from “Conquest of Mind”

 

“If we have a good motivation then

whatever we do with our body and

speech will reflect that. It will

change the way we lead our lives,

and benefit everyone and everything

to which we are connected.”

― 17th Karmapa

 

“Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes.”

― Mahatma Gandhi

 

“And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.”

― Sylvia Plath

 

“You know, one of the tragedies of real life is that there is no background music.”

― Annie Proulx

 

“Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.”

― Oscar Wilde

 

“I like to live always at the beginnings of life, not at their end. We all lose some of our faith under the oppression of mad leaders, insane history, pathologic cruelties of daily life. I am by nature always beginning and believing and so I find your company more fruitful than that of, say, Edmund Wilson, who asserts his opinions, beliefs, and knowledge as the ultimate verity. Older people fall into rigid patterns. Curiosity, risk, exploration are forgotten by them. You have not yet discovered that you have a lot to give, and that the more you give the more riches you will find in yourself. It amazed me that you felt that each time you write a story you gave away one of your dreams and you felt the poorer for it. But then you have not thought that this dream is planted in others, others begin to live it too, it is shared, it is the beginning of friendship and love.

 

You must not fear, hold back, count or be a miser with your thoughts and feelings. It is also true that creation comes from an overflow, so you have to learn to intake, to imbibe, to nourish yourself and not be afraid of fullness. The fullness is like a tidal wave which then carries you, sweeps you into experience and into writing. Permit yourself to flow and overflow, allow for the rise in temperature, all the expansions and intensifications. Something is always born of excess: great art was born of great terrors, great loneliness, great inhibitions, instabilities, and it always balances them. If it seems to you that I move in a world of certitudes, you, par contre, must benefit from the great privilege of youth, which is that you move in a world of mysteries. But both must be ruled by faith.”

― Anais Nin

 

“A million salutations at Thy petaled feet, O Lotus of Light! I pour my heart at Thy feet. I pour all my soul at Thy feet. I pour all the fragrant musk of my love at Thy feet of omnipresence.”

― Paramahansa Yogananda

 

“If you obey all of the rules, you miss all of the fun.”

― Katharine Hepburn

 

“Here’s what I think, Mr. Wind-Up Bird,” said May Kasahara. “Everybody’s born with some different thing at the core of their existence. And that thing, whatever it is, becomes like a heat source that runs each person from the inside. I have one too, of course. Like everybody else. But sometimes it gets out of hand. It swells or shrinks inside me, and it shakes me up. What I’d really like to do is find a way to communicate that feeling to another person. But I can’t seem to do it. They just don’t get it. Of course, the problem could be that I’m not explaining it very well, but I think it’s because they’re not listening very well. They pretend to be listening, but they’re not, really. So I get worked up sometimes, and I do some crazy things.”

— Haruki Murakami – The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

 

“One day I will find the right words, and they will be simple.” ― Jack Kerouac

 

“I am the owner of my actions (kamma), inheritor of my actions, born of my actions, created by my actions, and have my own actions as my judge! Whatever I do, good or evil, I will feel the resulting effects of that …”

— The Buddha

 

“I do have one great hope. It is that with the disappearance of Marxism, we may succeed in eliminating the pressure of ideologies as the centre of politics. Marxism needed an anti-Marxist ideology, so what you had was the clash between two ideologies which were both in a sense completely mad. There was nothing real behind them – only wrong problems. What I hope from the open society is that we will re-establish a list of priorities of the things which have to be done in society.”

— Karl Popper, interviewed by Giancarlo Bosetti, in “The Lesson of this Century”

 

“Morality can muddle mystical understanding and virtue is only necessary in so far as it favours success. All wisdom must be encompassed in order to achieve enlightenment.”

— Aleister Crowley

 

“No medicine cures what happiness cannot.”

― Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

 

“If you expect nothing from anybody, you’re never disappointed.”

― Sylvia Plath

 

“Friendship is the hardest thing in the world to explain. It’s not something you learn in school. But if you haven’t learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven’t learned anything.”

― Muhammad Ali

 

“Over and over again I sail towards joy, which is never in the room with me, but always near me, across the way, like those rooms full of gayety one sees from the street, or the gayety in the street one sees from a window. Will I ever reach joy? It hides behind the turning merry-go-round of the traveling circus. As soon as I approach it, it is no longer joy. Joy is a foam, an illumination. I am poorer and hungrier for the want of it. When I am in the dance, joy is outside in the elusive garden. When I am in the garden, I hear it exploding from the house. When I am traveling, joy settles like an aurora borealis over the land I leave. When I stand on the shore I see it bloom on the flag of a departing ship. What joy? Have I not possessed it? I want the joy of simple colors, street organs, ribbons, flags, not a joy that takes my breath away and throws me into space alone where no one else can breathe with me, not the joy that comes from a lonely drunkenness. There are so many joys, but I have only known the ones that come like a miracle, touching everything with light.”

― Anais Nin

 

“If my life is going to mean anything, I have to live it myself.”

― Rick Riordan

 

“I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read in the train.”

― Oscar Wilde

 

“If all else perished, and he remained, I should still continue to be; and if all else remained, and he were annihilated, the universe would turn to a mighty stranger.”

― Emily Brontë

 

“Whatever I do, I do with the greatest love that I have in me. Try this, and you will see that you do not become fatigued at all. Love is one of the greatest stimulants to the will. Under the influence of love the will can do almost anything.”

― Paramahansa Yogananda

 

“Tell the truth, or someone will tell it for you.”

― Stephanie Klein

 

“Dionysus

 

I bring ye wine from above,

From the vats of the storied sun;

For every one of your love,

And life for everyone.

Ye shall dance on hill and level;

Ye shall sing in hollow and height

In the festal mystical revel,

The rapturous Bacchanal rite!

The rocks and trees are yours,

And the waters under the hill,

By the might of that which endures,

The holy heaven of will!

I kindle a flame like a torrent

To rush from star to star;

Your hair as a comet’s horrent,

Ye shall see things as they are!

I lift the mask of matter;

I open the heart of man;

For I am of force to shatter

The cast that hideth -Pan!

Your loves shall lap up slaughter,

And dabbled with roses of blood

Each desperate darling daughter

Shall swim in the fervid flood.

I bring ye laughter and tears,

The kisses that foam and bleed,

The joys of a million years,

The flowers that bear no seed.

My life is bitter and sterile,

Its flame is a wandering star.

Ye shall pass in pleasure and peril

Across the mystic bar

That is set for wrath and weeping

Against the children of earth;

But ye in singing and sleeping

Shall pass in measure and mirth!

I lift my wand and wave you

Through hill to hill of delight :

My rosy rivers lave you

In innermost lustral light..

I lead you, lord of the maze,

In the darkness free of the sun;

In spite of the spite that is day’s

We are wed, we are wild, we are one.

 

At Shigar Baltistan.”

― Aleister Crowley

“We’re in a world now where it’s not enough to be smart. You have to be curious.”

― Barry Diller

 

“Right now I’m having amnesia and déjà vu at the same time. I think I’ve forgotten this before.” ― Steven Wright

 

“We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect.”

― Anaïs Nin

 

“I have heard there are troubles of more than one kind. Some come from ahead and some come from behind. But I’ve bought a big bat. I’m all ready you see. Now my troubles are going to have troubles with me!”

― Dr. Seuss

 

A beginning is the time for taking the most delicate care that the balances are correct. This every sister of the Bene Gesserit knows. ― Frank Herbert in Dune

 

There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root. ― Henry David Thoreau

 

It seems to me that any sensible person must see that violence does not change the world and if it does, then only temporarily. ― Martin Scorsese

 

It’s a feature of our age that if you write a work of fiction, everyone assumes that the people and events in it are disguised biography — but if you write your biography, it’s equally assumed you’re lying your head off. ― Margaret Atwood

 

Whatever the scientists may come up with, writers and artists will continue to portray altered mental states, simply because few aspects of our nature fascinate people so much. The so-called mad person will always represent a possible future for every member of the audience — who knows when such a malady may strike? ― Margaret Atwood

 

War is what happens when language fails. ― Margaret Atwood

 

A lot of being a poet consists of willed ignorance. If you woke up from your trance and realized the nature of the life-threatening and dignity-destroying precipice you were walking along, you would switch into actuarial sciences immediately. ― Margaret Atwood

 

“Ideas, unlike solid structures, do not perish. They remain immortal, immaterial and everywhere, like all Divine things. Ideas are a golden, savage landscape that we wander unaware, without a map. Be careful: in the last analysis, reality may be exactly what we think it is.

 

Life isn’t divided into genres. It’s a horrifying, romantic, tragic, comical, science-fiction cowboy detective novel … with a bit of pornography if you’re lucky.

 

It doesn’t even matter if we ever fire these missiles or not. They are having their effect upon us because there is a generation growing up now who cannot see past the final exclamation mark of a mushroom cloud. They are a generation who can see no moral values that do not end in a crackling crater somewhere. I’m not saying that nuclear bombs are at the root of all of it, but I think it is very, very naïve to assume that you can expose the entire population of the world to the threat of being turned to cinders without them starting to act, perhaps, a little oddly.

 

I believe in some sort of strange fashion that the presence of the atom bomb might almost be forcing a level of human development that wouldn’t have occurred without the presence of the atom bomb. Maybe this degree of terror will force changes in human attitudes that could not have occurred without the presence of these awful, destructive things. Perhaps we are faced with a race between the Four Horseman of the Apocalypse in one line and the 7th Calvary in the other. We have not got an awful lot of mid ground between Utopia and Apocalypse, and if somehow our children ever see the day in which it is announced that we do not have these weapons any more, and that we can no longer destroy ourselves and that we’ve got to do something else to do with our time than they will have the right to throw up their arms, let down their streamers and let forth a resounding cheer.

― Alan Moore, in England Their England : Monsters, Maniacs and Moore (1987)

 

There are people. There are stories. The people think they shape the stories, but the reverse is often closer to the truth.”

Alan Moore

 

So… all of time and space, everything that ever happened or ever will — where do you want to start?

― Steven Moffat

 

“The fact that we live at the bottom of a deep gravity well, on the surface of a gas covered planet going around a nuclear fireball 90 million miles away and think this to be normal is obviously some indication of how skewed our perspective tends to be.”

― Douglas Adams

 

The danger is not in possessing things, but in being possessed by things.

 

It is not that the person loses, but the fact that he is part of his own loss and in losing, loses himself.

 

So, it is not the fact of renunciation that solves the problem.

 

It is the ability to accept or release with equal gentleness of spirit.

 

Very often it is easy to hold on and difficult to let go.

 

In this case, the two must be perfectly balanced.

 

―Excerpted from Manly P Hall Lecture #114 – “Does the Universal Plan for Living Require Personal Suffering? Is Growth Possible Without Pain?”

 

“We’re all going to die, all of us, what a circus! That alone should make us love each other but it doesn’t. We are terrorized and flattened by trivialities, we are eaten up by nothing.”

- Bukowski

 

“To love and win is the best thing. To love and lose is the next best.”

– William Makepeace Thackeray

 

“Never ignore a person who loves you, cares for you, and misses you. Because one day, you might wake up from your sleep and realize that you lost the moon while counting the stars.”

— Nico Lang

 

“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.”

― Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

 

“Sometimes we say that we met people at the wrong time. But maybe we meet them when we are the wrong person, when we have not yet met and fallen in love with ourselves. We are only half of a thing—even if we can imagine that there is a better version of us out there—and we are hoping that someone else will fill in the missing parts so that we don’t have to.”

― Chelsea Fagan

 

“For what it’s worth: it’s never too late to be whoever you want to be. I hope you live a life you’re proud of, and if you find you’re not, I hope you have the strength to start over again.”

— F. Scott Fitzgerald

 

“Writing isn’t about making money, getting famous, getting dates, getting laid, or making friends. In the end, it’s about enriching the lives of those who will read your work, and enriching your own life, as well. It’s about getting up, getting well, and getting over. Getting happy, okay? Getting happy.”

― Stephen King

 

Know the personal,

yet keep to the impersonal:

accept the world as it is.

If you accept the world,

the Tao will be luminous inside you

and you will return to your primal self.

 

The world is formed from the void,

like utensils from a block of wood.

The Master knows the utensils,

yet keeps to the the block:

thus she can use all things.

― Lao Tzu

 

“You are a Buddha, and so is everyone else. I didn’t make that up. It was the Buddha himself who said so. He said that all beings had the potential to become awakened. To practice walking meditation is to practice living in mindfulness. Mindfulness and enlightenment are one. Enlightenment leads to mindfulness and mindfulness leads to enlightenment.”

― Thich Nhat Hanh

 

If we are demoralized, sad and only complain, we’ll not solve our problems. If we only pray for a solution, we’ll not solve our problems. We need to face them, to deal with them without violence, but with confidence – and never give up. If you adopt a non-violent approach, but are also hesitant within, you’ll not succeed. You have to have confidence and keep up your efforts – in other words, never give up.

― Dalai Lama

 

“There may be a great fire in our soul, yet no one ever comes to warm himself at it, and the passers-by see only a wisp of smoke.”

― Vincent van Gogh

 

“The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.”

― Mark Twain

 

“The rush and pressure of modern life are a form, perhaps the most common form, of its innate violence. To allow oneself to be carried away by a multitude of conflicting concerns, to surrender to too many demands, to commit oneself to too many projects, to want to help everyone in everything is to succumb to violence. More than that, it is cooperation in violence. The frenzy of the activist…destroys his own inner capacity for peace. It destroys the fruitfulness of his own work, because it kills the root of inner wisdom which makes work fruitful.”

- Thomas Merton

 

“A real work of art destroys, in the consciousness of the receiver, the separation between himself and the artist.”

― Leo Tolstoy

 

“Sadness gives depth. Happiness gives height. Sadness gives roots. Happiness gives branches. Happiness is like a tree going into the sky, and sadness is like the roots going down into the womb of the earth. Both are needed, and the higher a tree goes, the deeper it goes, simultaneously. The bigger the tree, the bigger will be its roots. In fact, it is always in proportion. That’s its balance.”

― Osho

 

“The most important knowledge is that which guides the way you lead your life.”

― Leo Tolstoy

 

Expose yourself to aloneness.

When a person is left alone, he starts thinking of higher reality – about death, life, soul, God and the mystery of all.

Swami Chinmayananda

 

He drew a circle that shut me out —

 

Heretic, rebel, a thing to flout.

 

But Love and I had the wit to win:

 

We drew a circle that took him in!

 

― Edwin Markham

 

“Inspiration is for amateurs — the rest of us just show up and get to work.”

― Chuck Close

 

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

 

―Victor Frankl

 

“I have to create a circle of reading for myself: Epictetus, Marcus Aurelius, Lao-Tzu, Buddha, Pascal, The New Testament. This is also necessary for all people.”

― Leo Tolstoy

 

*****

 

Universe #1

 

Mahatma Gandhi:

 

“I offer you peace. I offer you love. I offer you friendship. I see your beauty. I hear your need. I feel your feelings. My wisdom flows from the Highest Source. I salute that source in you. Let us work together for unity and love.

 

If your heart acquires strength, you will be able to remove blemishes from others without thinking evil of them.

 

A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history.

 

In a gentle way, you can shake the world.

 

I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.

 

There are several causes for which I’d die, but none for which I’d kill.

 

You must be the change you wish to see in the world.

 

First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you… then you win.

 

Truth alone will endure, all the rest will be swept away before the tide of time. I must continue to bear testimony to truth even if I am forsaken by all. Mine may today be a voice in the wilderness, but it will be heard when all other voices are silenced, if it is the voice of Truth.

 

One of the objects of a newspaper is to understand popular feeling and to give expression to it, another is to arouse among the people certain desirable sentiments, and the third is fearlessly to expose popular defects.

 

The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.

 

If India adopted the doctrine of love as an active part of her religion and introduced it in her politics.Swaraj would descend upon India from heaven. But I am painfully aware that that event is far off as yet.

 

The cry for peace will be a cry in the wilderness, so long as the spirit of nonviolence does not dominate millions of men and women.

 

The non-violent state will be an ordered anarchy. That State is the best governed which is governed the least.

 

Religions are different roads converging to the same point. What does it matter that we take different road, so long as we reach the same goal. Wherein is the cause for quarrelling?”

 

http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Mohandas_Karamchand_Gandhi

 

*****

 

Martin Luther King, Jr.:

 

“When we look at modern man, we have to face the fact that modern man suffers from a kind of poverty of the spirit, which stands in glaring contrast with a scientific and technological abundance. We’ve learned to fly the air as birds, we’ve learned to swim the seas as fish, yet we haven’t learned to walk the Earth as brothers and sisters.

 

We must combine the toughness of the serpent and the softness of the dove, a tough mind and a tender heart. – Strength to Love, 1963.

 

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

 

This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism. Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy.

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. Hate multiplies hate, violence multiplies violence, and toughness multiplies toughness in a descending spiral of destruction.

 

Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into friend.

 

At the center of nonviolence stands the principle of love.

 

Almost always, the creative dedicated minority has made the world better.

 

A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual doom.

 

Have we not come to such an impasse in the modern world that we must love our enemies – or else? The chain reaction of evil – hate begetting hate, wars producing more wars – must be broken, or else we shall be plunged into the dark abyss of annihilation.

 

History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people.

 

Human salvation lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted.

 

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

 

If we are to go forward, we must go back and rediscover those precious values – that all reality hinges on moral foundations and that all reality has spiritual control.

 

In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.

 

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.

 

It is not enough to say we must not wage war. It is necessary to love peace and sacrifice for it.

 

Man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love.

 

Means we use must be as pure as the ends we seek.

 

Never forget that everything Hitler did in Germany was legal.

 

Never succumb to the temptation of bitterness.

 

Nonviolence is a powerful and just weapon. which cuts without wounding and ennobles the man who wields it. It is a sword that heals.

 

Nonviolence means avoiding not only external physical violence but also internal violence of spirit. You not only refuse to shoot a man, but you refuse to hate him.

 

Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.

 

One of the greatest casualties of the war in Vietnam is the Great Society… shot down on the battlefield of Vietnam.

 

Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’

 

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.

 

The means by which we live have outdistanced the ends for which we live. Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men.

 

Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal.

 

Rarely do we find men who willingly engage in hard, solid thinking. There is an almost universal quest for easy answers and half-baked solutions. Nothing pains some people more than having to think.

 

Science investigates religion interprets. Science gives man knowledge which is power religion gives man wisdom which is control.

 

Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will.

 

Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.

 

That old law about ‘an eye for an eye’ leaves everybody blind. The time is always right to do the right thing.

 

The first question which the priest and the Levite asked was: “If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?” But… the good Samaritan reversed the question: “If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?”

 

The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.

 

The hope of a secure and livable world lies with disciplined nonconformists who are dedicated to justice, peace and brotherhood.

 

The hottest place in Hell is reserved for those who remain neutral in times of great moral conflict.

 

The limitation of riots, moral questions aside, is that they cannot win and their participants know it. Hence, rioting is not revolutionary but reactionary because it invites defeat. It involves an emotional catharsis, but it must be followed by a sense of futility.

 

The past is prophetic in that it asserts loudly that wars are poor chisels for carving out peaceful tomorrows.

 

The question is not whether we will be extremists, but what kind of extremists we will be… The nation and the world are in dire need of creative extremists.

 

The time is always right to do what is right.

 

There can be no deep disappointment where there is not deep love.

 

We may have all come on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now.

 

We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.

 

We must build dikes of courage to hold back the flood of fear.

 

We must concentrate not merely on the negative expulsion of war but the positive affirmation of peace.

 

We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.

 

We must use time creatively.

 

We who in engage in nonviolent direct action are not the creators of tension. We merely bring to the surface the hidden tension that is already alive.

 

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. This is the interrelated structure of reality.

 

When you are right you cannot be too radical; when you are wrong, you cannot be too conservative.

 

He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it.

 

We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies.

 

No, no, we are not satisfied, and we will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream.

 

I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant.

 

As you press on for justice, be sure to move with dignity and discipline, using only the weapon of love. Let no man pull you so low as to hate him. Always avoid violence. If you succumb to the temptation of using violence in your struggle, unborn generations will be the recipients of a long and desolate night of bitterness, and your chief legacy to the future will be an endless reign of meaningless chaos.

 

Men often hate each other because they fear each other; they fear each other because they don’t know each other; they don’t know each other because they cannot communicate; they cannot communicate because they are separated.

 

The moral arc of the universe bends at the elbow of justice.

 

* We must reaffirm our commitment to nonviolence. I want to stress this. The futility of violence in the struggle for racial justice has been tragically etched in all the recent Negro riots. Yesterday, I tried to analyze the riots and deal with their causes. Today I want to give the other side. There is certainly something painfully sad about a riot. One sees screaming youngsters and angry adults fighting hopelessly and aimlessly against impossible odds. And deep down within them, you can see a desire for self-destruction, a kind of suicidal longing.

Occasionally Negroes contend that the 1965 Watts riot and the other riots in various cities represented effective civil rights action. But those who express this view always end up with stumbling words when asked what concrete gains have been won as a result.

 

* Nowhere have the riots won any concrete improvement such as have the organized protest demonstrations. When one tries to pin down advocates of violence as to what acts would be effective, the answers are blatantly illogical. Sometimes they talk of overthrowing racist state and local governments and they talk about guerrilla warfare. They fail to see that no internal revolution has ever succeeded in overthrowing a government by violence unless the government had already lost the allegiance and effective control of its armed forces. Anyone in his right mind knows that this will not happen in the United States.

 

* It is perfectly clear that a violent revolution on the part of American blacks would find no sympathy and support from the white population and very little from the majority of Negroes themselves. This is no time for romantic illusions and empty philosophical debates about freedom. This is a time for action. What is needed is a strategy for change, a tactical program that will bring the Negro into the mainstream of American life as quickly as possible. So far, this has only been offered by the nonviolent movement. Without recognizing this we will end up with solutions that don’t solve, answers that don’t answer and explanations that don’t explain.

 

* I say to you today that I still stand by nonviolence. And I am still convinced that it is the most potent weapon available to the Negro in his struggle for justice in this country. And the other thing is that I am concerned about a better world. I’m concerned about justice. I’m concerned about brotherhood. I’m concerned about truth. And when one is concerned about these, he can never advocate violence. For through violence you may murder a murderer but you can’t murder murder. Through violence you may murder a liar but you can’t establish truth. Through violence you may murder a hater, but you can’t murder hate. Darkness cannot put out darkness. Only light can do that.

 

* I know that love is ultimately the only answer to mankind’s problems. And I’m going to talk about it everywhere I go. I know it isn’t popular to talk about it in some circles today. I’m not talking about emotional bosh when I talk about love, I’m talking about a strong, demanding love. And I have seen too much hate. I’ve seen too much hate on the faces of sheriffs in the South. I’ve seen hate on the faces of too many Klansmen and too many White Citizens Councilors in the South to want to hate myself, because every time I see it, I know that it does something to their faces and their personalities and I say to myself that hate is too great a burden to bear. I have decided to love. If you are seeking the highest good, I think you can find it through love. And the beautiful thing is that we are moving against wrong when we do it, because John was right, God is love. He who hates does not know God, but he who has love has the key that unlocks the door to the meaning of ultimate reality.

 

* Communism forgets that life is individual. Capitalism forgets that life is social, and the kingdom of brotherhood is found neither in the thesis of communism nor the antithesis of capitalism but in a higher synthesis. It is found in a higher synthesis that combines the truths of both. Now, when I say question the whole society, it means ultimately coming to see that the problem of racism, the problem of exploitation, and the problem of war are all tied together. These are the triple evils that are interrelated.

 

Man is man because he is free to operate within the framework of his destiny. He is free to deliberate, to make decisions, and tochoose between alternatives. He is distinguished from animals by his freedom to do evil or to do good and to walk the high roadof beauty or tread the low road of ugly degeneracy.

 

I am aware that there are many who wince at a distinction between property and persons―who hold both sacrosanct. Myviews are not so rigid. A life is sacred. Property is intended to serve life, and no matter how much we surround it with rights andrespect, it has no personal being. It is part of the earth man walks on; it is not man.

 

It may be true that the law cannot make a man love me, but it can keep him from lynching me, and I think that’s pretty important.

 

The hope of a secure and livable world lies with disciplined nonconformists who are dedicated to justice, peace and brotherhood.

 

Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice. Justice at its best is love correcting everything that stands against love.

 

Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. This is the interrelated structure of reality.

 

A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.

 

Law and order exist for the purpose of establishing justice and when they fail in this purpose they become the dangerously structured dams that block the flow of social progress.

 

Man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love.

 

Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.

 

Whatever your life’s work is, do it well. A man should do his job so well that the living, the dead, and the unborn could do it no better.

 

Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men.

 

When you are right you cannot be too radical; when you are wrong, you cannot be too conservative.

 

The good neighbour looks beyond the external accidents and discerns those inner qualities that make all men human and, therefore, brothers.

 

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.

 

We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.

 

I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream. I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: – ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.’

 

I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. That is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant.

 

I submit to you that if a man hasn’t discovered something he will die for, he isn’t fit to live.

 

All progress is precarious, and the solution of one problem brings us face to face with another problem.

 

In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.

 

Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.

 

At the center of nonviolence stands the principle of love.

 

Nonviolence is a powerful and just weapon. which cuts without wounding and ennobles the man who wields it. It is a sword that heals.

 

Nonviolence means avoiding not only external physical violence but also internal violence of spirit. You not only refuse to shoot a man, but you refuse to hate him.

 

It is no longer a choice between violence and nonviolence in this world; it’s nonviolence or nonexistence.”

 

http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Martin_Luther_King,_Jr

 

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William James:

 

The plain fact is that men’s minds are built, as has been often said, in water-tight compartments. Religious after a fashion, they yet have many other things in them beside their religion, and unholy entanglements and associations inevitably obtain. The basenesses so commonly charged to religion’s account are thus, almost all of them, not chargeable at all to religion proper, but rather to religion’s wicked practical partner, the spirit of corporate dominion. And the bigotries are most of them in their turn chargeable to religion’s wicked intellectual partner, the spirit of dogmatic dominion, the passion for laying down the law in the form of an absolutely closed-in theoretic system. The ecclesiastical spirit in general is the sum of these two spirits of dominion.

* Lectures XIV and XV, “The Value of Saintliness”

 

Individuality is founded in feeling; and the recesses of feeling, the darker, blinder strata of character, are the only places in the world in which we catch real fact in the making, and directly perceive how events happen, and how work is actually done.

 

Our esteem for facts has not neutralized in us all religiousness. It is itself almost religious. Our scientific temper is devout.

 

Our faith is faith in someone else’s faith, and in the greatest matters this is most the case.

 

Pessimism leads to weakness, optimism to power.

 

Success or failure depends more upon attitude than upon capacity successful men act as though they have accomplished or are enjoying something. Soon it becomes a reality. Act, look, feel successful, conduct yourself accordingly, and you will be amazed at the positive results.

 

The god whom science recognizes must be a God of universal laws exclusively, a God who does a wholesale, not a retail business. He cannot accommodate his processes to the convenience of individuals.

 

The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitudes.

 

The greatest enemy of any one of our truths may be the rest of our truths.

 

The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.

 

The ideas gained by men before they are twenty-five are practically the only ideas they shall have in their lives.

 

The sway of alcohol over mankind is unquestionably due to its power to stimulate the mystical faculties of human nature, usually crushed to earth by the cold facts and dry criticisms of the sober hour.

 

The world we see that seems so insane is the result of a belief system that is not working. To perceive the world differently, we must be willing to change our belief system, let the past slip away, expand our sense of now, and dissolve the fear in our minds.

 

There is but one cause of human failure. And that is man’s lack of faith in his true Self.

 

There must be something solemn, serious, and tender about any attitude which we denominate religious. If glad, it must not grin or snicker; if sad, it must not scream or curse.

 

To be radical, an empiricism must neither admit into its constructions any element that is not directly experienced, nor exclude from them any element that is directly experienced.

 

We are all ready to be savage in some cause. The difference between a good man and a bad one is the choice of the cause.

 

We have to live today by what truth we can get today and be ready tomorrow to call it falsehood.

 

We never fully grasp the import of any true statement until we have a clear notion of what the opposite untrue statement would be.

 

Whatever universe a professor believes in must at any rate be a universe that lends itself to lengthy discourse. A universe definable in two sentences is something for which the professorial intellect has no use. No faith in anything of that cheap kind!

 

Whenever you’re in conflict with someone, there is one factor that can make the difference between damaging your relationship and deepening it. That factor is attitude.

 

Why should we think upon things that are lovely? Because thinking determines life. It is a common habit to blame life upon the environment. Environment modifies life but does not govern life. The soul is stronger than its surroundings.

 

All our scientific and philosophic ideals are altars to unknown gods.

 

Be not afraid of life. Believe that life is worth living, and your belief will help create the fact.

 

There is but one indefectibly certain truth, and that is the truth that pyrrhonistic scepticism itself leaves standing, — the truth that the present phenomenon of consciousness exists.

 

Pluralism lets things really exist in the each-form or distributively. Monism thinks that the all-form or collective-unit form is the only form that is rational.

 

We are spinning our own fates, good or evil, and never to be undone…

 

Creatures extremely low in the intellectual scale may have conception. All that is required is that they should recognize the same experience again…

 

The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook.

 

An unlearned carpenter of my acquaintance once said in my hearing: “There is very little difference between one man and another; but what little there is, is very important.” This distinction seems to me to go to the root of the matter.

 

The divine shall mean for us only such a primal reality as the individual feels impelled to respond to solemnly and gravely, and neither by a curse nor a jest.

 

The world is all the richer for having a devil in it, so long as we keep our foot upon his neck.

 

Take the happiest man, the one most envied by the world, and in nine cases out of ten his inmost consciousness is one of failure.

 

The real witness of the spirit to the second birth is to be found only in the disposition of the genuine child of God, the permanently patient heart, the love of self eradicated.

 

This sense of clean and beautiful newness within and without one is one of the commonest entries in conversion records.

 

I am no lover of disorder and doubt as such. Rather do I fear to lose truth by this pretension to possess it already wholly.

 

If things are ever to move upward, some one must take the first step, and assume the risk of it.

 

Stoic, Christian, and Buddhist saints are practically indistinguishable in their lives. The theories which Religion generates, being thus variable, are secondary; and if you wish to grasp her essence, you must look to the feelings and the conduct as being the more constant elements.

 

Who knows whether the faithfulness of individuals here below to their own poor over-beliefs may not actually help God in turn to be more effectively faithful to his own greater tasks?

 

I feel bound to say that religious experience, as we have studied it, cannot be cited as unequivocally supporting the infinitist belief. The only thing that it unequivocally testifies to is that we can experience union with something larger than ourselves and in that union find our greatest peace.

 

A chain is no stronger than its weakest link, and life is after all a chain.

 

A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices.

 

A man has as many social selves as there are individuals who recognize him.

 

Be willing to have it so. Acceptance of what has happened is the first step to overcoming the consequences of any misfortune.

 

Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.

 

Action may not bring happiness but there is no happiness without action.

 

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.

 

An act has no ethical quality whatever unless it be chosen out of several all equally possible.

 

An idea, to be suggestive, must come to the individual with the force of revelation.

 

Begin to be now what you will be hereafter.

 

Belief creates the actual fact.

 

Common sense and a sense of humor are the same thing, moving at different speeds. A sense of humor is just common sense, dancing.

 

Compared to what we ought to be, we are half awake.

 

Could the young but realize how soon they will become mere walking bundles of habits, they would give more heed to their conduct while in the plastic state.

 

Do something everyday for no other reason than you would rather not do it, so that when the hour of dire need draws nigh, it may find you not unnerved and untrained to stand the test.

 

Every man who possibly can should force himself to a holiday of a full month in a year, whether he feels like taking it or not.

 

Faith means belief in something concerning which doubt is theoretically possible.

 

The war-function has grasped us so far; but the constructive interests may some day seem no less imperative, and impose on the individual a hardly lighter burden.

 

The war against war is going to be no holiday excursion or camping party.

 

The war-party is assuredly right in affirming and reaffirming that the martial virtues, although originally gained by the race through war, are absolute and permanent human goods.

 

First, you know, a new theory is attacked as absurd; then it is admitted to be true, but obvious and insignificant; finally it is seen to be so important that its adversaries claim that they themselves discovered it.

 

Most people live, whether physically, intellectually or morally, in a very restricted circle of their potential being.

 

The union of the mathematician with the poet, fervor with measure, passion with correctness, this surely is the ideal.”

 

http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/William_James

 

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Leo Tolstoy:

 

“Love hinders death. Love is life. All, everything that I understand, I understand only because I love. Everything is, everything exists, only because I love. Everything is united by it alone. Love is God, and to die means that I, a particle of love, shall return to the general and eternal source.

Thoughts of Prince Andrew Bk XII, Ch. 16

 

I know that most men — not only those considered clever, but even those who are very clever and capable of understanding most difficult scientific, mathematical, or philosophic, problems — can seldom discern even the simplest and most obvious truth if it be such as obliges them to admit the falsity of conclusions they have formed, perhaps with much difficulty — conclusions of which they are proud, which they have taught to others, and on which they have built their lives.

 

Spiritual beauty or the good, generally not only does not coincide with the typical meaning of beauty, it is its opposite.

 

The hero of my tale, whom I love with all the power of my soul, whom I have tried to portray in all his beauty, who has been, is, and will be beautiful, is Truth.

Sevastopol in May 1855 (1855)

 

Martin’s soul grew glad. He crossed himself put on his spectacles, and began reading the Gospel just where it had opened; and at the top of the page he read: I was an hungered, and ye gave me meat; I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink; I was a stranger, and ye took me in. And at the bottom of the page he read: Inasmuch as ye did it unto one of these my brethren even these least, ye did it unto me (Matt. xxv). And Martin understood that his dream had come true; and that the Saviour had really come to him that day, and he had welcomed him.

“Where Love Is, God Is” (1885), also translated as “Where Love is, There God is Also”

 

The vocation of every man and woman is to serve other people.

 

God is that infinite All of which man knows himself to be a finite part.

God alone exists truly. Man manifests Him in time, space and matter.

 

We acknowledge God only when we are conscious of His manifestation in us.

 

Seize the moments of happiness, love and be loved! That is the only reality in the world, all else is folly. It is the one thing we are interested in here.

Book IV, ch. 11, War and Peace

 

Everything comes in time to him who knows how to wait.

 

The strongest of all warriors are these two — Time and Patience.

 

History is the life of nations and of humanity. To seize and put into words, to describe directly the life of humanity or even of a single nation, appears impossible.

 

All happy families resemble one another, each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.

 

Learn What dwells in man, What is not given to man, and What men live by. When thou hast learnt these things, thou shalt return to heaven.

 

The only significance of life consists in helping to establish the kingdom of God; and this can be done only by means of the acknowledgment and profession of the truth by each one of us.

 

Art is a human activity having for its purpose the transmission to others of the highest and best feelings to which men have risen.

 

By words one transmits thoughts to another, by means of art, one transmits feelings.

 

The activity of art is… as important as the activity of language itself, and as universal.

 

Humanity unceasingly strives forward from a lower, more partial and obscure understanding of life to one more general and more lucid.

 

Amid this life based on coercion, one and the same thought constantly emerged among different nations, namely, that in every individual a spiritual element is manifested that gives life to all that exists, and that this spiritual element strives to unite with everything of a like nature to itself, and attains this aim through love.

 

A commercial company enslaved a nation comprising two hundred millions. Tell this to a man free from superstition and he will fail to grasp what these words mean.

 

As soon as men live entirely in accord with the law of love natural to their hearts and now revealed to them, which excludes all resistance by violence, and therefore hold aloof from all participation in violence — as soon as this happens, not only will hundreds be unable to enslave millions, but not even millions will be able to enslave a single individual.

 

What is now happening to the people of the East as of the West is like what happens to every individual when he passes from childhood to adolescence and from youth to manhood

 

The law of love is in accord with the nature of man. But men can only recognize this truth to its full extent when they have completely freed themselves from all religious and scientific superstitions and from all the consequent misrepresentations and sophistical distortions by which its recognition has been hindered for centuries

 

If people only … freed themselves from all this harmful, stupefying ballast — the simple law of love, natural to man, accessible to all and solving all questions and perplexities, would of itself become clear and obligatory.

 

One thing only is needful: the knowledge of the simple and clear truth which finds place in every soul that is not stupefied by religious and scientific superstitions — the truth that for our life one law is valid — the law of love, which brings the highest happiness to every individual as well as to all mankind.

 

The indubitable, eternal truth inherent in man, which is one and the same in all the great religions of the world. It will in due time emerge and make its way to general recognition, and the nonsense that has obscured it will disappear of itself, and with it will go the evil from which humanity now suffers.

 

God is the infinite ALL. Man is only a finite manifestation of Him.

Or better yet:

God is that infinite All of which man knows himself to be a finite part.

God alone exists truly. Man manifests Him in time, space and matter. The more God’s manifestation in man (life) unites with the manifestations (lives) of other beings, the more man exists. This union with the lives of other beings is accomplished through love.

God is not love, but the more there is of love, the more man manifests God, and the more he truly exists…

We acknowledge God only when we are conscious of His manifestation in us. All conclusions and guidelines based on this consciousness should fully satisfy both our desire to know God as such as well as our desire to live a life based on this recognition.

Entry in Tolstoy’s Diary (1 November 1910)

 

To love life is to love God. Harder and more blessed than all else is to love this life in one’s sufferings, in undeserved sufferings.

Bk. XIV, ch. 15

 

Vronsky, meanwhile, in spite of the complete realization of what he had so long desired, was not perfectly happy. He soon felt that the realization of his desires gave him no more than a grain of sand out of the mountain of happiness he had expected. It showed him the mistake men make in picturing to themselves happiness as the realization of their desires. For a time after joining his life to hers, and putting on civilian dress, he had felt all the delight of freedom in general, of which he had known nothing before, and of freedom in his love — and he was content, but not for long. He was soon aware that there was springing up in his heart a desire for desires — longing. Without conscious intention he began to clutch at every passing caprice, taking it for a desire and an object.

There is one evident, indubitable manifestation of the Divinity, and that is the laws of right which are made known to the world through Revelation.

Pt. VII, ch. 19

One can insult an honest man or an honest woman, but to tell a thief that he is a thief is merely la constation d’un fait [The establishing of a fact.]

Pt. IV, ch. 4, Anna Karenina

 

Then I remembered the first lesson God had set me: “Learn what dwells in man.” And I understood that in man dwells Love! I was glad that God had already begun to show me what He had promised, and I smiled for the first time.

Ch. XI, What Men Live By (1881)

 

When the woman showed her love for the children that were not her own, and wept over them, I saw in her the living God, and understood What men live by.

Ch. XI, What Men Live By (1881)

 

And the angel’s body was bared, and he was clothed in light so that eye could not look on him; and his voice grew louder, as though it came not from him but from heaven above. And the angel said:

I have learnt that all men live not by care for themselves, but by love.

It was not given to the mother to know what her children needed for their life. Nor was it given to the rich man to know what he himself needed. Nor is it given to any man to know whether, when evening comes, he will need boots for his body or slippers for his corpse.

I remained alive when I was a man, not by care of myself, but because love was present in a passer-by, and because he and his wife pitied and loved me. The orphans remained alive, not because of their mother’s care, but because there was love in the heart of a woman a stranger to them, who pitied and loved them. And all men live not by the thought they spend on their own welfare, but because love exists in man.

I knew before that God gave life to men and desires that they should live; now I understood more than that.

I understood that God does not wish men to live apart, and therefore he does not reveal to them what each one needs for himself; but he wishes them to live united, and therefore reveals to each of them what is necessary for all.

I have now understood that though it seems to men that they live by care for themselves, in truth it is love alone by which they live. He who has love, is in God, and God is in him, for God is love.

Ch. XII, What Men Live By (1881)

 

The Christianity of the first centuries recognized as productions of good art, only legends, lives of saints, sermons, prayers, and hymn-singing evoking love of Christ, emotion at his life, desire to follow his example, renunciation of worldly life, humility, and the love of others; all productions transmitting feelings of personal enjoyment they considered to be bad, and therefore rejected … This was so among the Christians of the first centuries who accepted Christ teachings, if not quite in its true form, at least not yet in the perverted, paganized form in which it was accepted subsequently.

But besides this Christianity, from the time of the wholesale conversion of whole nations by order of the authorities, as in the days of Constantine, Charlemagne and Vladimir, there appeared another , a Church Christianity, which was nearer to paganism than to Christ’s teaching. And this Church Christianity … did not acknowledge the fundamental and essential positions of true Christianity — the direct relationship of each individual to the Father, the consequent brotherhood and equality of all people, and the substitution of humility and love in place of every kind of violence — but, on the contrary, having founded a heavenly hierarchy similar to the pagan mythology, and having introduced the worship of Christ, of the Virgin, of angels, of apostles, of saints, and of martyrs, but not only of these divinities themselves but of their images, it made blind faith in its ordinances an essential point of its teachings.

However foreign this teaching may have been to true Christianity, however degraded, not only in comparison with true Christianity, but even with the life-conception of the Romans such as Julian and others, it was for all that, to the barbarians who accepted it, a higher doctrine than their former adoration of gods, heroes, and good and bad spirits. And therefore this teaching was a religion to them, and on the basis of that religion the art of the time was assessed. And art transmitting pious adoration of the Virgin, Jesus, the saints, and the angels, a blind faith in and submission to the Church, fear of torments and hope of blessedness in a life beyond the grave, was considered good; all art opposed to this was considered bad.

-What is Art? (1896)

 

The whole world knows that virtue consists in the subjugation of one´s passions, or in self-renunciation. It is not just the Christian world, against whom Nietzsche howls, that knows this, but it is an eternal supreme law towards which all humanity has developed, including Brahmanism, Buddhism, Confucianism, and the ancient Persian religion. And suddenly a man appears who declares that he is convinced that self-renunciation, meekness, submissiveness and love are all vices that destroy humanity (he has in mind Christianity, ignoring all the others religions).

One can understand why such a declaration baffled people at first. But after giving it a little thought and failing to find any proof of the strange propositions, any rational person ought to throw the books aside and wonder if there is any kind of rubbish that would not find a publisher today. But this has not happened with Nietzsche´s books. The majority of pseudo-enlightened people seriously look into the theory of the Übermensch, and acknowledge its author to be a great philosopher, a descendant of Descartes, Leibniz and Kant. And all this has come about because the majority of pseudo-enlightened men of today object to any reminder of virtue, or to its chief premise: self-renunciation and love -virtues that restrain and condemn the animal side of their life. They gladly welcome a doctrine, however incoherently and disjointedly expressed, of egotism and cruelty, sanctionaning the idea of personal happiness and superiority over the lives of others, by which they live.

Chapter 11,What is Religion, of What does its Essence Consist? (1902)

 

Amid this life based on coercion, one and the same thought constantly emerged among different nations, namely, that in every individual a spiritual element is manifested that gives life to all that exists, and that this spiritual element strives to unite with everything of a like nature to itself, and attains this aim through love.

II, A Letter to a Hindu (1908)

 

The recognition that love represents the highest morality was nowhere denied or contradicted, but this truth was so interwoven everywhere with all kinds of falsehoods which distorted it, that finally nothing of it remained but words. It was taught that this highest morality was only applicable to private life — for home use, as it were — but that in public life all forms of violence — such as imprisonment, executions, and wars — might be used for the protection of the majority against a minority of evildoers, though such means were diametrically opposed to any vestige of love.

III

 

People continued — regardless of all that leads man forward — to try to unite the incompatibles : the virtue of love, and what is opposed to love, namely, the restraining of evil by violence. And such a teaching, despite its inner contradiction, was so firmly established that the very people who recognize love as a virtue accept as lawful at the same time an order of life based on violence and allowing men not merely to torture but even to kill one another.

III

 

In former times the chief method of justifying the use of violence and thereby infringing the law of love was by claiming a divine right for the rulers: the Tsars, Sultans, Rajahs, Shahs, and other heads of states. But the longer humanity lived the weaker grew the belief in this peculiar, God-given right of the ruler. That belief withered in the same way and almost simultaneously in the Christian and the Brahman world, as well as in Buddhist and Confucian spheres, and in recent times it has so faded away as to prevail no longer against man’s reasonable understanding and the true religious feeling. People saw more and more clearly, and now the majority see quite clearly, the senselessness and immorality of subordinating their wills to those of other people just like themselves, when they are bidden to do what is contrary not only to their interests but also to their moral sense.

III

 

These new justifications are termed “scientific”. But by the term “scientific” is understood just what was formerly understood by the term “religious”: just as formerly everything called “religious” was held to be unquestionable simply because it was called religious, so now all that is called “scientific” is held to be unquestionable. In the present case the obsolete religious justification of violence which consisted in the recognition of the supernatural personality of the God-ordained ruler (“there is no power but of God”) has been superseded by the “scientific” justification which puts forward, first, the assertion that because the coercion of man by man has existed in all ages, it follows that such coercion must continue to exist. This assertion that people should continue to live as they have done throughout past ages rather than as their reason and conscience indicate, is what “science” calls “the historic law”. A further “scientific” justification lies in the statement that as among plants and wild beasts there is a constant struggle for existence which always results in the survival of the fittest, a similar struggle should be carried on among human beings, that is, who are gifted with intelligence and love; faculties lacking in the creatures subject to the struggle for existence and survival of the fittest. Such is the second “scientific” justification. The third, most important, and unfortunately most widespread justification is, at bottom, the age-old religious one just a little altered: that in public life the suppression of some for the protection of the majority cannot be avoided — so that coercion is unavoidable however desirable reliance on love alone might be in human intercourse. The only difference in this justification by pseudo-science consists in the fact that, to the question why such and such people and not others have the right to decide against whom violence may and must be used, pseudo-science now gives a different reply to that given by religion — which declared that the right to decide was valid because it was pronounced by persons possessed of divine power. “Science” says that these decisions represent the will of the people, which under a constitutional form of government is supposed to find expression in all the decisions and actions of those who are at the helm at the moment. Such are the scientific justifications of the principle of coercion. They are not merely weak but absolutely invalid, yet they are so much needed by those who occupy privileged positions that they believe in them as blindly as they formerly believed in the immaculate conception, and propagate them just as confidently. And the unfortunate majority of men bound to toil is so dazzled by the pomp with which these “scientific truths” are presented, that under this new influence it accepts these scientific stupidities for holy truth, just as it formerly accepted the pseudo-religious justifications; and it continues to submit to the present holders of power who are just as hard-hearted but rather more numerous than before.

IV

 

When the Indians complain that the English have enslaved them it is as if drunkards complained that the spirit-dealers who have settled among them have enslaved them. You tell them that they might give up drinking, but they reply that they are so accustomed to it that they cannot abstain, and that they must have alcohol to keep up their energy. Is it not the same thing with the millions of people who submit to thousands or even to hundreds, of others — of their own or other nations? If the people of India are enslaved by violence it is only because they themselves live and have lived by violence, and do not recognize the eternal law of love inherent in humanity.

V

 

As soon as men live entirely in accord with the law of love natural to their hearts and now revealed to them, which excludes all resistance by violence, and therefore hold aloof from all participation in violence — as soon as this happens, not only will hundreds be unable to enslave millions, but not even millions will be able to enslave a single individual.

V

 

The inherent contradiction of human life has now reached an extreme degree of tension: on the one side there is the consciousness of the beneficence of the law of love, and on the other the existing order of life which has for centuries occasioned an empty, anxious, restless, and troubled mode of life, conflicting as it does with the law of love and built on the use of violence. This contradiction must be faced, and the solution will evidently not be favourable to the outlived law of violence, but to the truth which has dwelt in the hearts of men from remote antiquity: the truth that the law of love is in accord with the nature of man. But men can only recognize this truth to its full extent when they have completely freed themselves from all religious and scientific superstitions and from all the consequent misrepresentations and sophistical distortions by which its recognition has been hindered for centuries.

VI

 

If only people freed themselves from their beliefs in all kinds of Ormuzds, Brahmas, Sabbaoths, and their incarnation as Krishnas and Christs, from beliefs in Paradises and Hells, in reincarnations and resurrections, from belief in the interference of the Gods in the external affairs of the universe, and above all, if they freed themselves from belief in the infallibility of all the various Vedas, Bibles, Gospels, Tripitakas, Korans, and the like, and also freed themselves from blind belief in a variety of scientific teachings about infinitely small atoms and molecules and in all the infinitely great and infinitely remote worlds, their movements and origin, as well as from faith in the infallibility of the scientific law to which humanity is at present subjected: the historic law, the economic laws, the law of struggle and survival, and so on, — if people only freed themselves from this terrible accumulation of futile exercises of our lower capacities of mind and memory called the “Sciences”, and from the innumerable divisions of all sorts of histories, anthropologies, homiletics, bacteriologics, jurisprudences, cosmographies, strategies — their name is legion — and freed themselves from all this harmful, stupefying ballast — the simple law of love, natural to man, accessible to all and solving all questions and perplexities, would of itself become clear and obligatory.

VI

 

What are wanted for the Indian as for the Englishman, the Frenchman, the German, and the Russian, are not Constitutions and Revolutions, nor all sorts of Conferences and Congresses, nor the many ingenious devices for submarine navigation and aerial navigation, nor powerful explosives, nor all sorts of conveniences to add to the enjoyment of the rich, ruling classes; nor new schools and universities with innumerable faculties of science, nor an augmentation of papers and books, nor gramophones and cinematographs, nor those childish and for the most part corrupt stupidities termed art — but one thing only is needful: the knowledge of the simple and clear truth which finds place in every soul that is not stupefied by religious and scientific superstitions — the truth that for our life one law is valid — the law of love, which brings the highest happiness to every individual as well as to all mankind. Free your minds from those overgrown, mountainous imbecilities which hinder your recognition of it, and at once the truth will emerge from amid the pseudo-religious nonsense that has been smothering it: the indubitable, eternal truth inherent in man, which is one and the same in all the great religions of the world. It will in due time emerge and make its way to general recognition, and the nonsense that has obscured it will disappear of itself, and with it will go the evil from which humanity now suffers.

- A Letter to a Hindu (1908)

 

Love is life. All, everything that I understand, I understand only because I love. Everything is, everything exists, only because I love. Everything is united by it alone. Love is God, and to die means that I, a particle of love, shall return to the general and eternal source.

 

Truth, like gold, is to be obtained not by its growth, but by washing away from it all that is not gold.

 

I sit on a man’s back, choking him, and making him carry me, and yet assure myself and others that I am very sorry for him and wish to ease his lot by any means possible, except getting off his back.

 

A man is like a fraction whose numerator is what he is and whose denominator is what he thinks of himself. The larger the denominator the smaller the fraction.

 

Without knowing what I am and why I am here, life is impossible.

 

The sole meaning of life is to serve humanity.

 

One of the first conditions of happiness is that the link between Man and Nature shall not be broken.

 

Even in the valley of the shadow of death, two and two do not make six.

 

There is no greatness where there is no simplicity, goodness and truth.

 

The two most powerful warriors are patience and time.

 

And all people live, Not by reason of any care they have for themselves, But by the love for them that is in other people.

 

We lost because we told ourselves we lost.

 

To say that a work of art is good, but incomprehensible to the majority of men, is the same as saying of some kind of food that it is very good but that most people can’t eat it.

 

Music is the shorthand of emotion.

 

What a strange illusion it is to suppose that beauty is goodness.

 

Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.

 

It is not beauty that endears, it’s love that makes us see beauty.

 

There is no greatness where there is not simplicity.

 

War is so unjust and ugly that all who wage it must try to stifle the voice of conscience within themselves.

 

Without knowing what I am and why I am here, life is impossible.

 

If you want to be happy, be. (Disputed)”

 

- Leo Tolstoy

 

“Leo Tolstoy – Wikiquote”

http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Leo_Tolstoy

*****

 

Henry David Thoreau:

 

“We shall see but a little way if we are required to understand what we see. How few things can a man measure with the tape of his understanding! How many greater things might he be seeing in the meantime?

 

Aim above morality. Be not simply good, be good for something.

 

To speak practically and as a citizen, unlike those who call themselves no-government men, I ask for, not at once no government, but at once a better government. Let every man make known what kind of government would command his respect, and that will be one step toward obtaining it. After all, the practical reason why, when the power is once in the hands of the people, a majority are permitted, and for a long period continue, to rule, is not because they are most likely to be in the right, nor because this seems fairest to the minority, but because they are physically the strongest. But a government in which the majority rule in all cases cannot be based on justice, even as far as men understand it. Can there not be a government in which majorities do not virtually decide right and wrong, but conscience? — in which majorities decide only those questions to which the rule of expediency is applicable? Must the citizen ever for a moment, or in the least degree, resign his conscience to the legislator? Why has every man a conscience, then? I think that we should be men first, and subjects afterward. It is not desirable to cultivate a respect for the law, so much as for the right. The only obligation which I have a right to assume is to do at any time what I think right. It is truly enough said that a corporation has no conscience; but a corporation of conscientious men is a corporation with a conscience. Law never made men a whit more just; and, by means of their respect for it, even the well-disposed are daily made the agents of injustice.

-”On Civil Disobedience” (1849)

 

Already we begin to anticipate spring, and this is an important difference between this time and a month ago. We begin to say that the day is springlike. Is not January the hardest month to get through? When you have weathered that, you get into the gulfstream of winter, nearer the shores of spring. (2-Feb-1854)

 

The oldest Egyptian or Hindoo philosopher raised a corner of the veil from the statue of the divinity; and still the trembling robe remains raised, and I gaze upon as fresh a glory as he did, since it was I in him that was then so bold, and it is he in me that now reviews the vision. No dust has settled on that robe; no time has elapsed since that divinity was revealed. That time which we really improve, or which is improvable, is neither past, present, nor future.

- As quoted in “True Principles of Freemasonry, 1916″

 

There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root.

- “Walden”

 

How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live.

 

Any fool can make a rule, and any fool will mind it.

 

Talk of mysteries! — Think of our life in nature, — daily to be shown matter, to come in contact with it, — rocks, trees, wind on our cheeks!

 

It is not enough to be industrious; so are the ants. What are you industrious about?

 

If a man believes and expects great things of himself, it makes no odds where you put him, or what you show him … he will be surrounded by grandeur.

 

To listen with one ear to each summer sound, to behold with one eye each summer scene, our visual rays so to meet and mingle with the object as to be one bent and doubled…

 

You might as well think to go in pursuit of the rainbow, and embrace it on the next hill, as to embrace the whole of poetry even in thought.

 

Our life revolves unceasingly, but the centre is ever the same, and the wise will regard only the seasons of the soul.

 

For many years I was self-appointed inspector of snowstorms and rainstorms, and did my duty faithfully, though I never received one cent for it.

 

Nothing is so much to be feared as fear. Atheism may comparatively be popular with God himself.

 

The bluebird carries the sky on his back.

 

Nature is full of genius, full of the divinity; so that not a snowflake escapes its fashioning hand.

 

That man is richest whose pleasures are the cheapest.

 

I heartily accept the motto, “That government is best which governs least”; and I should like to see it acted up to more rapidly and systematically.

 

A government in which the majority rule in all cases cannot be based on justice, even as far as men understand it…

 

Any man more right than his neighbors constitutes a majority of one.

 

There will never be a really free and enlightened State until the State comes to recognize the individual as a higher and independent power, from which all its own power and authority are derived, and treats him accordingly.

 

A State which bore this kind of fruit, and suffered it to drop off as fast as it ripened, would prepare the way for a still more perfect and glorious State, which also I have imagined, but not yet anywhere seen.

 

To some extent, mythology is only the most ancient history and biography. So far from being false or fabulous in the common sense, it contains only enduring and essential truth…

 

In the mythus a superhuman intelligence uses the unconscious thoughts and dreams of men as its hieroglyphics to address men unborn.

 

You can hardly convince a man of an error in a lifetime, but must content yourself with the reflection that the progress of science is slow. If he is not convinced, his grandchildren may be.

 

The great god Pan is not dead, as was rumored. No god ever dies. Perhaps of all the gods of New England and of ancient Greece, I am most constant at his shrine.

 

It is remarkable that, notwithstanding the universal favor with which the New Testament is outwardly received, and even the bigotry with which it is defended, there is no hospitality shown to, there is no appreciation of, the order of truth with which it deals.

 

The unconsciousness of man is the consciousness of God.

 

Only that day dawns to which we are awake. There is more day to dawn. The sun is but a morning star.

 

I hear many condemn these men because they were so few. When were the good and the brave ever in a majority?

 

In wildness is the preservation of the world.

 

The greatest compliment that was ever paid me was when one asked me what I thought, and attended to my answer.

 

If a man walk in the woods for love of them half of each day, he is in danger of being regarded as a loafer…

 

A little thought is sexton to all the world.

 

It requires more than a day’s devotion to know and to possess the wealth of a day.

 

Where there is a lull of truth, an institution springs up. But the truth blows right on over it, nevertheless, and at length blows it down.

 

Why should we not meet, not always as dyspeptics, to tell our bad dreams, but sometimes as eupeptics, to congratulate each other on the ever glorious morning?

 

Who could believe in prophecies of Daniel or of Miller that the world would end this summer, while one milkweed with faith matured its seeds?

 

A grain of gold will gild a great surface, but not so much as a grain of wisdom.

 

You must get your living by loving.

 

Read not the Times. Read the Eternities.

 

All good things are wild and free.

 

If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours … In proportion as he simplifies his life, the laws of the universe will appear less complex, and solitude will not be solitude, nor poverty poverty, nor weakness weakness.

- Walden

 

My desire for knowledge is intermittent; but my desire to bathe my head in atmospheres unknown to my feet is perennial and constant. The highest that we can attain to is not Knowledge, but Sympathy with Intelligence. I do not know that this higher knowledge amounts to anything more definite than a novel and grand surprise on a sudden revelation of the insufficiency of all that we called Knowledge before — a discovery that there are more things in heaven and earth than are dreamed of in our philosophy.

- Walking

 

We may well be ashamed to tell what things we have read or heard in our day. I do not know why my news should be so trivial, — considering what one’s dreams and expectations are, why the developments should be so paltry. The news we hear, for the most part, is not news to our genius. It is the stalest repetition.

 

- Life Without Principle

 

Why should we not meet, not always as dyspeptics, to tell our bad dreams, but sometimes as eupeptics, to congratulate each other on the ever glorious morning?

 

In the mythus a superhuman intelligence uses the unconscious thoughts and dreams of men as its hieroglyphics to address men unborn.

 

Humility like the darkness, reveals the heavenly lights.

 

Dreams are the touchstones of our characters.”

 

Henry David Thoreau – Wikiquote (12 July 1817 – 6 May 1862)

 

http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Henry_David_Thoreau

 

*****

 

Universe #2

 

“Love’s Call: At every instant and from every side, resounds the call of Love:

We are going to sky, who wants to come with us?

We have gone to heaven, we have been the friends of the angels,

And now we will go back there, for there is our country.”

- Rumi

 

“Come, come again, whoever you are, come!

Heathen, fire worshipper or idolatrous, come!

Come even if you broke your penitence a hundred times,

Ours is the portal of hope, come as you are.”

- Rumi

 

“Be like a river in generosity and giving help. Be like a sun in tenderness and pity. Be like night when covering others’ faults. Be like a dead when furious and angry. Be like earth in modesty and humbleness. Be like a sea in tolerance. Be as you are or as you look like!..” – Mevlana Celalettin Rumi

 

“Reason is powerless in the expression of Love. Love alone is capable of revealing the truth of Love and being a Lover. The way of our prophets is the way of Truth. If you want to live, die in Love; die in Love if you want to remain alive. A lifetime without Love A lifetime without Love is of no account Love is the Water of Life Drink it down with heart and soul!” ―Rumi

 

“I died as a mineral and became a plant, I died as plant and rose to animal, I died as animal and I was Man. Why should I fear? When was I less by dying?” ―Rumi

 

Are you searching for your soul? Then come out of your own prison Leave the little stream and join the river that flows to the ocean. Like an Ox, don’t pull the wheel of this world on your back Take off the burden whirl and circle Rise above the wheel of the world There is another view.” ―Rumi

 

I searched for God among the Christians and on the Cross and therein I found Him not.

 

Then I directed my search to the Kaaba, the resort of old and young; God was not there even.

 

Finally, I looked into my own heart and there I saw Him; He was nowhere else.

 

When we are dead, seek not our tomb in the earth, but find it in …the hearts of people.

 

But what is that ear inside me that hears my thoughts? Who see with my eyes? What is the soul? I can’t stop asking…

 

I am sick and tired of everything but love.

 

Love, be it real or metaphorical, Ultimately takes humans to God.

 

This is love: to fly toward a secret sky, to cause a hundred veils to fall each moment. First to let go of life. finally, to take a step without feet.

 

We don’t have to follow the pressure-flow of wanting. We can be led by the guide. Wishes may or may not come true in this house of disappointment. Let’s push the door open together and leave…

 

Be a lamp, a lifeboat, a ladder. Help someone’s soul heal. Walk out of your house like a shepherd.

 

Why are you so enchanted by this world, when a mine of gold lies Within YOU?

 

Lovers don’t finally meet somewhere. They’re in each other all along.

 

What was said to the rose that made it open was said to me here in my chest.

 

The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you. Don’t go back to sleep. You must ask for what you really want. Don’t go back to sleep. People are going back and forth across the doorsill where the two worlds touch. The door is round and open. Don’t go back to sleep.

 

There is only one time when it is essential to awaken. That time is now.

 

In your light I learn how to love.

In your beauty, how to make poems.

 

You dance inside my chest,

where no one sees you,

 

but sometimes I do,

and that sight becomes this art.

 

The universe and the light of the stars come through me.

I am the crescent moon put up

over the gate to the festival.”

- Rumi

 

*****

 

“Nature abhors a vacuum, and if I can only walk with sufficient carelessness I am sure to be filled.”

- Henry David Thoreau

 

“I am a passenger on Spaceship Earth.”

- R. Buckminster Fuller

 

“All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think we become.

 

Bhikkus, this Dharma is visible here and now, immediately effective, inviting inspection, onward leading, to be experienced by the wise for themselves.

 

What I know is like the leaves on that tree; what I teach is only a small part. But I offer it to all with an open hand. What do I not teach? Whatever is fascinating to discuss, divides people against each other, but has no bearing on putting an end to sorrow. What do I teach? Only what is necessary to take you to the other shore.

 

Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, no matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense.

 

All living beings have the Buddha nature and can become Buddhas.

 

Those who are free of resentful thoughts surely find peace.

 

Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.

 

Love yourself and be awake – today, tomorrow, always. First establish yourself in the way, then teach others, and so defeat sorrow. To straighten the crooked you must first do a harder thing – straighten yourself. You are the only master. Who else? Subdue yourself, and discover your master.

 

Live in Joy, in Love, Even among those who hate. Live in Joy, in Health, Even among the afflicted. Live in Joy, in Peace, Even among the troubled. Look within. Be still. Free from fear and attachment, Know the sweet joy of the way. Master your senses, What you taste and smell, What you see, What you hear. In all things Be a Masterof what you do, and say, and think. BE FREE. Are you quiet? Calm your body. Calm your mind. By your own efforts Waken yourself, Watch yourself, And live Joyfully. Follow the truth of The Way. Reflect upon it. Make it your own. Live it. It will always sustain you.

 

Meditation brings wisdom; lack of meditation leaves ignorance. Know well what leads you forward and what hold you back, and choose the path that leads to wisdom.

 

On life’s journey Faith is nourishment, Virtuous deeds are a shelter, Wisdom is the light by day and Right mindfulness is the protection by night. If a man lives a pure life nothing can destroy him; If he has conquered greed nothing can limit his freedom.

 

However many holy words you read, however many you speak, what good will they do you if you do not act on upon them?

 

This is what should be done By one who is skilled in goodness, And who knows the path of peace: Let them be able and upright, Straightforward and gentle in speech. Humble and not conceited, Contented and easily satisfied. Unburdened with duties and frugal in their ways. Peaceful and calm, and wise and skillful, Not proud and demanding in nature. Let them not do the slightest thing That the wise would later reprove. Wishing: In gladness and in safety, May all beings be at ease. Whatever living beings there may be; Whether they are weak or strong, omitting none, The great or the mighty, medium, short or small, The seen and the unseen,Those living near and far away, Those born and to-be-born, May all beings be at ease! Let none deceive another, Or despise any being in any state. Let none through anger or ill-willWish harm upon another. Even as a mother protects with her life Her child, her only child, So with a boundless heart Should one cherish all living beings: Radiating kindness over the entire world Spreading upwards to the skies, And downwards to the depths; Outwards and unbounded, Freed from hatred and ill-will. Whether standing or walking, seated or lying down Free from drowsiness, One should sustain this recollection. This is said to be the sublime abiding. By not holding to fixed views, The pure-hearted one, having clarity of vision, Being freed from all sense desires, Is not born again into this world.”

- Siddhārtha Gautama

 

“My friend, what are you? Are you a celestial being or a god?” “No,” said the Buddha.” Well, then, are you some kind of magician or wizard?” Again the Buddha answered, “No.” “Are you a man?” “No.” “Well, my friend, then what are you?” The Buddha replied, “I am awake.”

 

“A religion old or new, that stressed the magnificence of the universe as revealed by modern science, might be able to draw forth reserves of reverence and awe hardly tapped by the conventional faiths. Sooner or later, such a religion will emerge.

 

“The truth may be puzzling. It may take some work to grapple with. It may be counterintuitive. It may contradict deeply held prejudices. It may not be consonant with what we desperately want to be true. But our preferences do not determine what’s true.”

- Carl Sagan

 

“We begin to think cosmically…”

- Nicola Tesla

 

“Why should things be easy to understand?”

- Thomas Pynchon

 

“It was an All-in-One and One-in-All of limitless being and self — not merely a thing of one Space-Time continuum, but allied to the ultimate animating essence of existence’s whole unbounded sweep…”

- H. P. Lovecraft

 

“The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion that stands at the cradle of true art and true science…”

- Albert Einstein

 

“A beginning is the time for taking the most delicate care that the balances are correct…

 

I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration…

 

Bless the Maker and all His Water. Bless the coming and going of Him, May His passing cleanse the world. May He keep the world for his people.

 

A process cannot be understood by stopping it. Understanding must move with the flow of the process, must join it and flow with it.

 

Does the prophet see the future or does he see a line of weakness, a fault or cleavage that he may shatter with words or decisions as a diamond-cutter shatters his gem with a blow of a knife?

 

You can’t draw neat lines around planet-wide problems. Planetology is a cut-and-fit science.

 

The highest function of ecology is the understanding of consequences.

 

All men must see that the teaching of religion by rules and rote is largely a hoax…

 

The proper teaching is recognized with ease. You can know it without fail because it awakens within you that sensations which tells you this is something you’ve always known.

 

What senses do we lack that we cannot see and cannot hear another world all around us?

 

Symbols endure when their meaning is lost … there is no summa of all attainable knowledge.

 

The eye that looks ahead to the safe course is closed forever.

 

Try looking into that place where you dare not look! You’ll find me there, staring out at you!

 

You do not take from this universe. It grants you what it will.

 

Transient life, even the self-aware and reasoning life which we call sentient, holds only fragile trusteeship on any portion of the wholeness.

 

This is the fallacy of power: ultimately it is effective only in an absolute, a limited universe. But the basic lesson of our relativistic universe is that things change. Any power must always meet a greater power.

 

You will learn the integrated communication methods as you complete the next step in your mental education.

 

The future of prescience cannot always be locked into the rules of the past. The threads of existence tangle according to many unknown laws.

 

God’s command comes; so seek not to hasten it. God’s it is to show the way; and some do swerve from it.

 

Some actions have an end but no beginning; some begin but do not end. It all depends upon where the observer is standing.

 

I have come to believe that holy boredom is good and sufficient reason for the invention of free will.

 

The trance state of prophecy is like no other visionary experience. It is not a retreat from the raw exposure of the senses (as many trance states) but an immersion in a multitude of new movements.

 

The realization of what I am occurs in the timeless awareness which does not stimulate nor delude. I create a field without self or center, a field where even death becomes only analogy. I desire no results.

 

In all of my universe I have seen no law of nature, unchanging and inexorable. This universe presents only changing relationships which are sometimes seen as laws by short-lived awareness.

 

Much depends on what people dream in the secrecy of their hearts. I have always been as concerned with the shaping of dreams as with the shaping of actions.

 

This is the awe-inspiring universe of magic: There are no atoms, only waves and motions all around.

 

This universe cannot be seen, cannot be heard, cannot be detected in any way by fixed perceptions.

 

When strangers meet, great allowances should be made for differences of custom and training.

 

Live the best life you can. Life is a game whose rules you learn if you leap into it and play it to the hilt.

 

Give me the judgment of balanced minds in preference to laws every time.

 

To know a thing well, know it limits. There’s no secret to balance. You just have to feel the waves.

 

Deep in the human unconscious is a pervasive need for a logical universe that makes sense. But the real universe is always one step beyond logic.

 

There always come interludes of lonely power when the course of humankind, depends upon the relatively simple actions of single individuals.

 

The wise person … views history as a set of lessons to be learned, choices and ramifications to be considered and discussed, and mistakes that should never again be made.”

- Dune, Frank Herbert

“Read not the Times. Read the Eternities.”

- Henry David Thoreau

 

“You might as well think to go in pursuit of the rainbow, and embrace it on the next hill, as to embrace the whole of poetry even in thought.”

- Henry David Thoreau

 

“Someone who has set out in the vehicle of a Bodhisattva should decide that `I must lead all the beings to nirvana, into that realm of nirvana which leaves nothing behind’. What is this realm of nirvana which leaves nothing behind?”

- (Hindu Prince Gautama Siddharta, the founder of Buddhism, 563-483 B.C.)

 

“A bodhisattva is someone who has compassion within himself or herself and who is able to make another person smile or help someone suffer less. Every one of us is capable of this.”

- Thich Nhat Hanh (Vietnamese Monk, Activist and Writer. b.1926)

“A little thought is sexton to all the world.”

 

- Henry David Thoreau

 

“Every passing hour brings the Solar System forty-three thousand miles closer to Globular Cluster M13 in Hercules — and still there are some misfits who insist that there is no such thing as progress.”

 

- Kurt Vonnegut

 

“This is the awe-inspiring universe of magic: There are no atoms, only waves and motions all around.”

- Frank Herbert

 

“The universe is a big place, perhaps the biggest.”

- Philip José Farmer

 

“I’ve seen the promised land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people will get to the promised land.”

- Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

“It is absurd to hold that a man ought to be ashamed of being unable to defend himself with his limbs but not of being unable to defend himself with speech and reason, when the use of reason is more distinctive of a human being than the use of his limbs.”

- Aristotle

 

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

 

Earth’s crammed with heaven, and every common bush afire with God: but only he who sees, takes off his shoes, the rest sit round it, and pluck blackberries, and daub their natural faces unaware… ― Elizabeth Barrett Browning (born 6 March 1806)

 

Give thought to life and liberty. ― Cyrano de Bergerac (born 6 March 1619)

 

For all eternity has God not occupied His intellect with the cabbage’s birth as well as yours? It also seems that He has necessarily provided more for the birth of the vegetable than for the thinking being… Will anyone say that we are born in the image of the Sovereign Being, while cabbages are not? ― Cyrano de Bergerac

 

You imagine that what you can’t understand is either spiritual or does not exist. The conclusion is quite wrong; rather there are obviously a million things in the universe that we would need a million quite different organs to understand … someone blind from birth cannot imagine the beauty of a landscape, the colors of a painting or the shadings of an iris. He will imagine them as something palpable, edible, audible or olfactory. Likewise, if I were to explain to you what I perceive by the senses you do not have, you would interpret it as something that could be heard, seen, touched, smelled or tasted; but it is not like that. ― Cyrano de Bergerac

 

Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

Who watches the Watchmen?

― Juvenal ―

 

May Heaven exist, even if my place is Hell. ― Jorge Luis Borges

 

Man is constituted as a speculative being; he contemplates the world, and the objects around him, not with a passive indifferent eye, but as a system disposed with order and design. ― John Herschel

 

Burn all the statutes and their shelves:

They stir us up against our kind;

And worse, against ourselves.

We have a passion — make a law,

Too false to guide us or control!

And for the law itself we fight

In bitterness of soul.

And, puzzled, blinded thus, we lose

Distinctions that are plain and few:

These find I graven on my heart:

That tells me what to do.

― William Wordsworth in “Rob Roy’s Grave”

 

Everything that depends on the action of nature is by nature as good as it can be, and similarly everything that depends on art or any rational cause, and especially if it depends on the best of all causes. To entrust to chance what is greatest and most noble would be a very defective arrangement. ― Aristotle (date of death)

 

Games give you a chance to excel, and if you’re playing in good company you don’t even mind if you lose because you had the enjoyment of the company during the course of the game. ― Gary Gygax (recent death)

 

Three things are necessary for the salvation of man: to know what he ought to believe; to know what he ought to desire; and to know what he ought to do. ― Thomas Aquinas

 

True compassion is not just an emotional response but a firm commitment founded on reason. Therefore, a truly compassionate attitude towards others does not change even if they behave negatively. Through universal altruism, you develop a feeling of responsibility for others: the wish to help them actively overcome their problems.

 

- Dalai Lama

*****

 

Universe #3

 

“Dreams are the touchstones of our characters.”

- Henry David Thoreau

 

“Time is the substance from which I am made. Time is a river which carries me along, but I am the river; it is a tiger that devours me, but I am the tiger; it is a fire that consumes me, but I am the fire.”

- Jorge Luis Borges

 

“The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you. Don’t go back to sleep. You must ask for what you really want. Don’t go back to sleep. People are going back and forth across the doorsill where the two worlds touch. The door is round and open. Don’t go back to sleep.”

- Rumi

 

“We are made of star stuff…

 

A religion old or new, that stressed the magnificence of the universe as revealed by modern science, might be able to draw forth reserves of reverence and awe hardly tapped by the conventional faiths. Sooner or later, such a religion will emerge.”

- Carl Sagan

 

“I believe that the Universe is one being, all its parts are different expressions of the same energy, and they are all in communication with each other, therefore parts of one organic whole.”

-Robinson Jeffers

 

“The truth may be puzzling. It may take some work to grapple with. It may be counterintuitive. It may contradict deeply held prejudices. It may not be consonant with what we desperately want to be true. But our preferences do not determine what’s true.”

- Carl Sagan

 

“We begin to think cosmically…”

- Nicola Tesla

 

“Why should things be easy to understand?”

- Thomas Pynchon

 

“It was an All-in-One and One-in-All of limitless being and self — not merely a thing of one Space-Time continuum, but allied to the ultimate animating essence of existence’s whole unbounded sweep…”

- H. P. Lovecraft

 

“The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion that stands at the cradle of true art and true science…”

- Albert Einstein

 

“A beginning is the time for taking the most delicate care that the balances are correct…

 

I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration…

 

Bless the Maker and all His Water. Bless the coming and going of Him, May His passing cleanse the world. May He keep the world for his people.

 

A process cannot be understood by stopping it. Understanding must move with the flow of the process, must join it and flow with it.

 

Does the prophet see the future or does he see a line of weakness, a fault or cleavage that he may shatter with words or decisions as a diamond-cutter shatters his gem with a blow of a knife?

 

You can’t draw neat lines around planet-wide problems. Planetology is a cut-and-fit science.

 

The highest function of ecology is the understanding of consequences.

 

All men must see that the teaching of religion by rules and rote is largely a hoax…

 

The proper teaching is recognized with ease. You can know it without fail because it awakens within you that sensations which tells you this is something you’ve always known.

 

What senses do we lack that we cannot see and cannot hear another world all around us?

 

Symbols endure when their meaning is lost … there is no summa of all attainable knowledge.

 

The eye that looks ahead to the safe course is closed forever.

 

Try looking into that place where you dare not look! You’ll find me there, staring out at you!

 

You do not take from this universe. It grants you what it will.

 

Transient life, even the self-aware and reasoning life which we call sentient, holds only fragile trusteeship on any portion of the wholeness.

 

This is the fallacy of power: ultimately it is effective only in an absolute, a limited universe. But the basic lesson of our relativistic universe is that things change. Any power must always meet a greater power.

 

You will learn the integrated communication methods as you complete the next step in your mental education.

 

The future of prescience cannot always be locked into the rules of the past. The threads of existence tangle according to many unknown laws.

 

God’s command comes; so seek not to hasten it. God’s it is to show the way; and some do swerve from it.

 

Some actions have an end but no beginning; some begin but do not end. It all depends upon where the observer is standing.

 

I have come to believe that holy boredom is good and sufficient reason for the invention of free will.

 

The trance state of prophecy is like no other visionary experience. It is not a retreat from the raw exposure of the senses (as many trance states) but an immersion in a multitude of new movements.

 

The realization of what I am occurs in the timeless awareness which does not stimulate nor delude. I create a field without self or center, a field where even death becomes only analogy. I desire no results.

 

In all of my universe I have seen no law of nature, unchanging and inexorable. This universe presents only changing relationships which are sometimes seen as laws by short-lived awareness.

 

Much depends on what people dream in the secrecy of their hearts. I have always been as concerned with the shaping of dreams as with the shaping of actions.

 

This is the awe-inspiring universe of magic: There are no atoms, only waves and motions all around.

 

This universe cannot be seen, cannot be heard, cannot be detected in any way by fixed perceptions.

 

When strangers meet, great allowances should be made for differences of custom and training.

 

Live the best life you can. Life is a game whose rules you learn if you leap into it and play it to the hilt.

 

Give me the judgment of balanced minds in preference to laws every time.

 

To know a thing well, know it limits. There’s no secret to balance. You just have to feel the waves.

 

Deep in the human unconscious is a pervasive need for a logical universe that makes sense. But the real universe is always one step beyond logic.

 

There always come interludes of lonely power when the course of humankind, depends upon the relatively simple actions of single individuals.

 

The wise person … views history as a set of lessons to be learned, choices and ramifications to be considered and discussed, and mistakes that should never again be made.”

- Dune, Frank Herbert

 

*****

 

“The holiness of the real

Is always there, accessible

In total immanence. The nodes

Of transcendence coagulate

In you, the experiencer,

And in the other, the lover.

 

All night I lay awake beside you,

Leaning on my elbow, watching your

Sleeping face, that face whose purity

Never ceases to astonish me.

 

All the reality that we can know is contingent, created out of nothing, and hence of an inferior order of reality. Faced with the “utterly other,” the contingent soul can finally only respond with fear and trembling.

 

The existence of the creature, in so far as it exists, is the existence of God, and the creature’s experience of God is therefore in the final analysis equally unpredicable. Neither can even be described; both can only be indicated. We can only point at reality, our own or God’s.

 

Stars cluster around our table like fireflies.

 

The contemporary world is being pulled apart by two contrary tendencies — one toward social death, one toward the birth of a new society.

 

A mystery in the other we cannot know will respond to a mystery in the self we cannot understand. The only full satisfaction life offers us is this sense of communion. We seek it constantly. Sometimes we find it. As we grow older we learn that it is never complete and sometimes it is entirely illusory.

 

Nothing looks funnier than an otter having a good time, unless it’s a sea otter, which looks even more cherubic.

 

You learn nothing if you carry with you a journalistic system of values, which is invented to save reporters from experience.”

- Kenneth Rexroth

 

“Reality is nothing but a collective hunch.

 

The best mind-altering drug is truth.”

- Jane Wagner

 

“Nobody is here without a reason. … I like a huge range of comedy … but I always wanted my comedy to be more embracing of the species rather than debasing of it.

 

I have always felt that humor was a wonderful vehicle to let us become connected with each other and ourselves…

 

I feel some part of me can wake up and be very existential and the next day wake up and be sort of in love with the universe.”

- Lily Tomlin

 

Peace, Peace, Peace!

 

*****

 

“Dare to be naïve.

 

Don’t fight forces, use them.

 

God is a verb.

 

Thinking is a momentary dismissal of irrelevancies.

 

The Things to do are: the things that need doing, that you see need to be done, and that no one else seems to see need to be done.

 

We must do away with the absolutely specious notion that everybody has to earn a living.

 

I live on Earth at present, and I don’t know what I am. I know that I am not a category. I am not a thing — a noun. I seem to be a verb, an evolutionary process — an integral function of the universe.

 

Nature is trying very hard to make us succeed, but nature does not depend on us. We are not the only experiment.

 

The most important thing to teach your children is that the sun does not rise and set. It is the Earth that revolves around the sun. Then teach them the concepts of North, South, East and West, and that they relate to where they happen to be on the planet’s surface at that time. Everything else will follow.

 

The Universe consists of non-simultaneously apprehended events.

 

The opposite of nature is impossible.

 

As a consequence of the slavish “categoryitis” the scientifically illogical, and as we shall see, often meaningless questions “Where do you live?” “What are you?” “What religion?” “What race?” “What nationality?” are all thought of today as logical questions. By the twenty-first century it either will have become evident to humanity that these questions are absurd and anti-evolutionary or men will no longer be living on Earth.

 

Synergy is the only word in our language that means behavior of whole systems unpredicted by the separately observed behaviors of any of the system’s separate parts or any subassembly of the system’s parts.

 

Universe is synergetic. Life is synergetic.

 

The procedure we are pursuing is that of true democracy. Semi-democracy accepts the dictatorship of a majority in establishing its arbitrary, ergo, unnatural, laws. True democracy discovers by patient experiment and unanimous acknowledgement what the laws of nature or universe may be for the physical support and metaphysical satisfaction of the human intellect’s function in universe.

 

Take the initiative. Go to work, and above all co-operate and don’t hold back on one another or try to gain at the expense of another. Any success in such lopsidedness will be increasingly short-lived. These are the synergetic rules that evolution is employing and trying to make clear to us.

 

All of humanity is in peril of extinction if each one of us does not dare, now and henceforth, always to tell only the truth, and all the truth, and to do so promptly — right now.

 

I am convinced that human continuance depends entirely upon: the intuitive wisdom of each and every individual . . .

 

Whether it is to be Utopia or Oblivion will be a touch-and-go relay race right up to the final moment. . . . Humanity is in ‘final exam’ as to whether or not it qualifies for continuance in Universe.

 

The nearest each of us can come to God is by loving the truth.

 

It is the integrity of each individual human that is in final examination. On personal integrity hangs humanity’s fate.

 

Humans have always unknowingly affected all Universe by every act and thought they articulate or even consider. . . .

 

There are no solids. There are no things. There are only interfering and noninterfering patterns operative in pure principle, and principles are eternal.

 

The youth of humanity all around our planet are intuitively revolting from all sovereignties and political ideologies.

 

All the great metaphysical integrity of all the individuals, which is potential and inherent in the complex interactions of generalized principles, will always and only coexist eternally.

 

Humanity is now experiencing history’s most difficult evolutionary transformation.

 

Critical threshold-crossing of the inevitable revolution is already underway.

 

We are here as local information harvesters, local problem-solvers in support of the integrity of eternally regenerative Universe. The fact that we get away from physical problems doesn’t mean we go away from problems. The problems are really rarely physical.

 

I have to say, I think that we are in some kind of final examination as to whether human beings now, with this capability to acquire information and to communicate, whether we’re really qualified to take on the responsibility we’re designed to be entrusted with.

 

The question of integrity will get finer and finer and more delicate and more beautiful.

 

We must progress to the stage of doing all the right things for all the right reasons instead of doing all the right things for all the wrong reasons.

 

Dear reader, traditional human power structures and their reign of darkness are about to be rendered obsolete.

 

If success or failure of this planet and of human beings depended on how I am and what I do… How would I be? What would I do?”

- Buckminster Fuller

 

“It is not enough to be industrious; so are the ants. What are you industrious about?”

- Henry David Thoreau

 

“We are on a mission: we are called to the cultivation of the earth.”

- Novalis

 

“Gamble everything for love, if you are a true human being.

 

Christ is the population of the world,

and every object as well. There is no room

for hypocrisy. Why use bitter soup for healing

when sweet water is everywhere?”

- Rumi

 

“The war against war is going to be no holiday excursion or camping party.

 

The war-party is assuredly right in affirming and reaffirming that the martial virtues, although originally gained by the race through war, are absolute and permanent human goods.

 

The war-function has grasped us so far; but the constructive interests may some day seem no less imperative, and impose on the individual a hardly lighter burden.”

- William James

 

“The last fact which knowledge can discover is that the world is a manifestation, and in every way a puzzling manifestation, of the universal will to live.”

- Albert Schweitzer

 

“To save the world requires faith and courage: faith in reason, and courage to proclaim what reason shows to be true.”

- Bertrand Russell

 

*****

 

Universe #4

 

“I and this mystery here we stand…

 

Do not call the tortoise unworthy because she is not something else.

 

Mine is no callous shell, I have instant conductors all over me whether I pass or stop…

 

Magnifying and applying come I, outbidding at the start the old cautious hucksters…

 

I do not know what is untried and afterward,But I know it will in its turn prove sufficient, and cannot fail.

 

What is known I strip away, I launch all men and women forward with me into the Unknown. The clock indicates the moment — but what does eternity indicate?

 

Immense have been the preparations for me, faithful and friendly the arms that have help’d me.

 

All forces have been steadily employ’d to complete and delight me, Now on this spot I stand with my robust soul.

 

Not I, not any one else can travel that road for you,You must travel it for yourself.

 

Wonderful cities and free nations we shall fetch as we go.

 

Long enough have you dream’d contemptible dreams… You must habit yourself to the dazzle of the light and of every moment of your life.

 

If you would understand me go to the heights or water-shore, the nearest gnat is an explanation, and a drop or motion of waves a key…

 

There is no object so soft but it makes a hub for the wheel’d universe…

 

I hear and behold God in every object, yet understand God not in the least…

 

In the faces of men and women I see God, and in my own face in the glass…

 

I too am not a bit tamed, I too am untranslatable, I sound my barbaric yawp over the roofs of the world.

 

From pent-up aching rivers,From that of myself without which I were nothing,From what I am determin’d to make illustrious, even if I stand sole among men…

 

I sing the body electric,

The armies of those I love engirth me and I engirth them,

They will not let me off till I go with them, respond to them,

And discorrupt them, and charge them full with the charge of the soul.

 

Life of the great round world, the sun and stars, and of man, I, the general soul, Here the square finishing, the solid, I the most solid, Breathe my breath also through these songs.

 

Beautiful world of new superber birth that rises to my eyes, like a limitless golden cloud filling the western sky, emblem of general maternity lifted above all…

 

They each and all shall lift and pass away and cease from thee, while thou, Time’s spirals rounding, out of thyself, thyself still extricating, fusing, equable, natural, mystical Union thou, (the mortal with immortal blent,) shalt soar toward the fulfilment of the future, the spirit of the body and the mind, the soul, its destinies…

 

I know before the fitting man all Nature yields, though answering not in words, the skies, trees, hear his voice…

 

Blow again trumpeter! and for thy theme, take now the enclosing theme of all, the solvent and the setting, Love … No other theme but love..

 

Love, that is day and night — love, that is sun and moon and stars, Love, that is crimson, sumptuous, sick with perfume, no other words but words of love, no other thought but love.

 

The ocean fill’d with joy — the atmosphere all joy!Joy! joy! in freedom, worship, love! joy in the ecstasy of life!

 

Henceforth I will go celebrate any thing I see or am, and sing and laugh and deny nothing.

 

From unsuspected parts a fierce and momentary proof, (The sun there at the centre though conceal’d, Electric life forever at the centre,) Breaks forth a lightning flash.

 

O soul, we have positively appear’d — that is enough.

 

I see this day the People beginning their landmarks, (all others give way;)Never were such sharp questions ask’d as this day…

 

Dearest comrades, all is over and long gone, But love is not over…

 

I too carol the sun, usher’d or at noon, or as now, setting, I too throb to the brain and beauty of the earth and of all the growths of the earth, I too have felt the resistless call of myself.

 

Wonderful how I celebrate you and myself How my thoughts play subtly at the spectacles around!

 

I say Nature continues, glory continues,I praise with electric voice,For I do not see one imperfection in the universe.

 

I announce the Union more and more compact, indissoluble, I announce splendors and majesties to make all the previous politics of the earth insignificant.

 

I announce justice triumphant, I announce uncompromising liberty and equality, I announce the justification of candor and the justification of pride…

 

I announce the great individual, fluid as Nature, chaste, affectionate, compassionate, fully arm’d.

 

As the days take on a mellower light, and the apple at last hangs really finish’d and indolent-ripe on the tree, then for the teeming quietest, happiest days of all! The brooding and blissful halcyon days!

 

I am the Poem of Earth, said the voice of the rain…

 

Sometimes how strange and clear to the soul,That all these solid things are indeed but apparitions, concepts, non-realities.

 

In every object, mountain, tree, and star — in every birth and life, As part of each — evolv’d from each… A mystic cipher waits infolded.

 

Although I come and unannounc’d, in horror and in pang, in pouring flood and fire, and wholesale elemental crash, (this voice so solemn, strange,) I too a minister of Deity.

 

Thou! thou! the vital, universal, giant force resistless, sleepless, calm, holding Humanity as in thy open hand, as some ephemeral toy, how ill to e’er forget thee!

 

Allah is all, all,all — immanent in every life and object, may-be at many and many-a-more removes — yet Allah, Allah, Allah is there…

 

Not to exclude or demarcate, or pick out evils from their formidable masses (even to expose them,) but add, fuse, complete, extend — and celebrate the immortal and the good.

 

After the countless songs, or long or short, all tongues, all lands, still something not yet told in poesy’s voice or print — something lacking, (Who knows? the best yet unexpress’d and lacking.)

 

Grand is the seen, the light, to me — grand are the sky and stars, Grand is the earth, and grand are lasting time and space, And grand their laws… But grander far the unseen soul of me…

 

Unseen buds, infinite, hidden well, under the snow and ice, under the darkness, in every square or cubic inch, germinal, exquisite, in delicate lace, microscopic, unborn, like babes in wombs, latent, folded, compact, sleeping; Billions of billions, and trillions of trillions of them waiting…

 

Good-bye — and hail! my Fancy.”

Leaves of Grass, Walt Whitman

 

*****

 

“All mass is interaction.

 

To those who do not know mathematics it is difficult to get across a real feeling as to the beauty, the deepest beauty, of nature…

 

I learned very early the difference between knowing the name of something and knowing something.

 

What I cannot create, I do not understand.

 

Stuck on this carousel my little eye can catch one-million-year-old light. A vast pattern — of which I am a part… What is the pattern or the meaning or the why? It does not do harm to the mystery to know a little more about it.

 

We have found it of paramount importance that in order to progress, we must recognize our ignorance and leave room for doubt.

 

Science is the belief in the ignorance of experts.”

- Richard Feynman

 

“We are near waking when we dream that we dream.

 

There are ideal series of events which run parallel with the real ones. They rarely coincide.

 

I was still blind, but twinkling stars did dance throughout my being’s limitless expanse…

 

We do not know the depths of our own spirit. — The mysterious path leads within…

 

Before abstraction everything is one, but one like chaos; after abstraction everything is united again, but this union is a free binding of autonomous, self-determined beings.

 

Love works magic. It is the final purpose of the world story, the Amen of the universe.

 

The seat of the soul is where the inner world and the outer world meet. Where they overlap, it is in every point of the overlap.

 

Men travel in manifold paths: whoso traces and compares these, will find strange Figures come to light; Figures which seem as if they belonged to that great Cipher-writing which one meets with everywhere…

 

Whoso speaks truly is full of eternal life, and wonderfully related to genuine mysteries does his Writing appear to us, for it is a Concord from the Symphony of the Universe.

 

He watches in our eyes whether the star has yet risen upon us, which is to make the Figure visible and intelligible

 

Long, unwearied intercourse, free and wise Contemplation, attention to faint tokens and indications; an inward poet-life, practised senses, a simple and devout spirit: these are the essential requisites of a true Friend of Nature

 

Moral Action is that great and only Experiment, in which all riddles of the most manifold appearances explain themselves.

 

Metaphysical ideas stand related to one another, like thoughts without words.

 

We had to abide by metaphysical Logic, and logical Metaphysic, but neither of them was as it should be.

 

There is but one temple in the Universe and that is the Body of Man.

 

All Fabulous Tales are merely dreams of that home world, which is everywhere and nowhere.

 

Man consists in Truth. If he exposes Truth, he exposes himself. If he betrays Truth, he betrays himself.”

- Novalis

 

“There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root.

 

I am a parcel of vain strivings tiedBy a chance bond together…

If a man believes and expects great things of himself, it makes no odds where you put him, or what you show him … he will be surrounded by grandeur.

 

Talk of mysteries! — Think of our life in nature, — daily to be shown matter, to come in contact with it, — rocks, trees, wind on our cheeks!

 

It is not enough to be industrious; so are the ants. What are you industrious about?

 

Nothing is so much to be feared as fear. Atheism may comparatively be popular with God himself.

 

The bluebird carries the sky on his back.

 

Nature is full of genius, full of the divinity; so that not a snowflake escapes its fashioning hand.

 

That man is richest whose pleasures are the cheapest.

 

A State which bore this kind of fruit, and suffered it to drop off as fast as it ripened, would prepare the way for a still more perfect and glorious State, which also I have imagined, but not yet anywhere seen.

 

To some extent, mythology is only the most ancient history and biography. So far from being false or fabulous in the common sense, it contains only enduring and essential truth…

 

In the mythus a superhuman intelligence uses the unconscious thoughts and dreams of men as its hieroglyphics to address men unborn.

 

The great god Pan is not dead, as was rumored. No god ever dies. Perhaps of all the gods of New England and of ancient Greece, I am most constant at his shrine.

 

It is remarkable that, notwithstanding the universal favor with which the New Testament is outwardly received, and even the bigotry with which it is defended, there is no hospitality shown to, there is no appreciation of, the order of truth with which it deals.

 

Dreams are the touchstones of our characters.

 

The unconsciousness of man is the consciousness of God.

 

Only that day dawns to which we are awake. There is more day to dawn. The sun is but a morning star.

 

In wildness is the preservation of the world.

 

The greatest compliment that was ever paid me was when one asked me what I thought, and attended to my answer.

 

You must get your living by loving.

 

A grain of gold will gild a great surface, but not so much as a grain of wisdom.

 

A little thought is sexton to all the world.

 

It requires more than a day’s devotion to know and to possess the wealth of a day.

 

Read not the Times. Read the Eternities.

 

Where there is a lull of truth, an institution springs up. But the truth blows right on over it, nevertheless, and at length blows it down.

 

Why should we not meet, not always as dyspeptics, to tell our bad dreams, but sometimes as eupeptics, to congratulate each other on the ever glorious morning?

 

Who could believe in prophecies of Daniel or of Miller that the world would end this summer, while one milkweed with faith matured its seeds?”

- Henry David Thoreau

 

“Tho’ thou wert scatter’d to the wind, yet is there plenty of the kind. This truth within thy mind rehearse, that in a boundless universe is boundless better, boundless worse…”

- The Two Voices, Alfred Tennyson

 

*****

 

“I am old. I am young. I am Gwion, I am universal, I am possessed of penetrating wit…

 

Which was first, is it darkness, is it light?

 

Multitudes, of beautiful works, believed, served with us…

 

They worship, they deserve a portion, In heaven they will not be angry.

I have been a torrent on the slope, I have been a wave on the extended shore…

 

I am a harmonious one; I am a clear singer. I am steel; I am a druid.

It is not evil to hope Nor does any man see what supports him…

 

I am a cell, I am a cleft, I am a restoration, I am the depository of song…

You must not grieve so heavily. Better are good than evil omens.

 

I love not him that causes contention; He that speaks ill of the skilful shall not possess mead.

 

Pleasant, the eagle on the shore of the sea when it flows; Also pleasant, sea-gulls playing.

 

Pleasant, a horse with gold-enamelled trappings; Also pleasant to be honest in a breach.

 

Pleasant, the time when calves draw milk; Also pleasant, foamy horsemanship.

 

Pleasant, the hero that destroys not the yielding…

 

The praising thy mercy. There hath not been here; O supreme Ruler…

 

I have been in a multitude of shapes, Before I assumed a consistent form…

 

In the expectation of not being trees, The trees uttered their voices From strings of harmony, The disputes ceased.

 

The dawn smiles, repelling gloom…

 

I have been a torrent on the slope, I have been a wave on the extended shore…

 

The extensive booty of the ashen shaft is my fair Awen

 

It is not evil to hope Nor does any man see what supports him…

 

You must not grieve so heavily. Better are good than evil omens.

 

Primary chief poet Am I to Elphin. And my native country Is the place of the Summer Stars.”

- Taliesin

 

“Upon a darkened night the flame of love was burning in my breast…

 

And by a lantern bright I fled my house while all in quiet rest.

 

O guiding night! O night more lovely than the dawn!

 

In search of my Love I will go over mountains and strands…

 

A thousand graces diffusing He passed through the groves in haste, and merely regarding them as He passed clothed them with His beauty.

 

O crystal well! Oh that on Thy silvered surface Thou wouldest mirror forth at once those eyes desired which are outlined in my heart!

 

My Beloved is the mountains…

 

My sole occupation is love.

 

The little white dove has returned to the ark with the bough…

 

Let us rejoice, O my Beloved! Let us go forth to see ourselves in Thy beauty, To the mountain and the hill, Where the pure water flows…

 

God is pleased with nothing but love … All our works, and all our labours, how grand soever they may be, are nothing in the sight of God…

 

All the powers of soul and body, memory, understanding, and will, interior and exterior senses, the desires of spirit and of sense, all work in and by love…

 

There is nothing better or more necessary than love.

 

In a word, it is for this love that we are all created.

 

The very pure spirit does not bother about the regard of others or human respect, but communes inwardly with God, alone and in solitude as to all forms, and with delightful tranquility, for the knowledge of God is received in divine silence.”

- John of the Cross

 

“There’s enough sorrow in the world, isn’t there, without trying to invent it.

 

Only connect! … Only connect the prose and the passion, and both will be exalted, and human love will be seen at its height. Live in fragments no longer. Only connect, and the beast and the monk, robbed of the isolation that is life to either, will die.

 

Poetry is a spirit; and they that would worship it must worship in spirit and in truth.

 

Romance only dies with life. No pair of pincers will ever pull it out of us.

 

She might yet be able to help him to the building of the rainbow bridge that should connect the prose in us with the passion..

 

Connect — connect without bitterness until all men are brothers.

 

If God could tell the story of the Universe, the Universe would become fictitious.

 

If human nature does alter it will be because individuals manage to look at themselves in a new way…

 

Think before you speak is criticism’s motto; speak before you think is creation’s.

 

To make us feel small in the right way is a function of art; men can only make us feel small in the wrong way.

 

Tolerance, good temper and sympathy — they are what matter really, and if the human race is not to collapse they must come to the front before long.

 

The people I respect most behave as if they were immortal and as if society was eternal.

 

One must be fond of people and trust them if one is not to make a mess of life.”

- E. M. Forster

 

“I write from instinct, from inexplicable sparkle. … I wait till I come across a pleasing accident. Then I start to develop it.

 

We have to be able to expand the vocabulary to express more complex thoughts…

 

Hello darkness, my old friend I’ve come to talk with you again…

 

In the naked light I saw ten thousand people maybe more — people talking without speaking — people hearing without listening…

 

And the people bowed and prayed to the neon god they made…

 

I am a rock. I am an island.

 

And a rock feels no pain. And an island never cries.

 

Orangutans are skeptical of changes in their cages…

 

I get all the news I need from the weather report.

 

When times get rough and friends just can’t be found like a bridge over troubled water I will lay me down…

 

I’m on my way, I don’t know where I’m goin’,

I’m on my way, I’m takin’ my time, but I don’t know where…

 

Far above the golden clouds, the darkness vibrates…

 

The earth is blue. And everything about it is a love song.

 

Who’s gonna love you when your looks are gone?

 

God will. Like He waters the flowers on your window sill.

 

I’m trying to tap into some wisdom. Even a little drop will do…

 

Maybe the heart is part of the mist.

And that’s all that there is or could ever exist.

 

Nothing is different, but everything’s changed…

 

Trust your intuition … you don’t need to waste your time worrying about the marketplace, try to help the human race…”

- Paul Simon

 

*****

 

Universe #5

 

“The Divine Light is always in man, presenting itself to the senses and to the comprehension, but man rejects it.

 

If all things are in common among friends, the most precious is Wisdom…

 

Anything we take in the Universe, because it has in itself that which is All in All, includes in its own way, the entire soul of the world, which is entirely in any part of it.

 

Everything that consists in generation, decay, alteration and change is not an entity, but a condition and circumstance of entity and being…

 

This whole which is visible in different ways in bodies, as far as formation, constitution, appearance, colors and other properties and common qualities, is none other than the diverse face of the same substance…

 

What you receive from others is a testimony to their virtue; but all that you do for others is the sign and clear indication of your own.

 

That which others saw from afar, I leave far behind me.

 

Divinity reveals herself in all things… everything has Divinity latent within itself.

 

The fools of the world have been those who have established religions, ceremonies, laws, faith, rule of life…

 

The infinity of All ever bringing forth anew, and even as infinite space is around us, so is infinite potentiality, capacity, reception, malleability, matter.

 

Eternity maintaineth her substance throughout time, immensity throughout space, universal form throughout motion.

 

The single spirit doth simultaneously temper the whole together; this is the single soul of all things; all are filled with God.”

- Giordano Bruno

 

“This poetry. I never know what I’m going to say. I don’t plan it. When I’m outside the saying of it, I get very quiet and rarely speak at all.

 

Love is the ark appointed for the righteous, Which annuls the danger and provides a way of escape.

 

Sell your cleverness and buy bewilderment. Cleverness is mere opinion, bewilderment is intuition.

 

I died as a mineral and became a plant, I died as plant and rose to animal, I died as animal and I was Man. Why should I fear? When was I less by dying?

 

Everyone has been made for some particular work, and the desire for that work has been put in every heart.

 

Come even though you have broken your vows a thousand times, Come, and come yet again. Ours is not a caravan of despair.

 

I want a heart which is split, part by part, because of the pain of separation from God, so that I might explain my longing and complaint to it.

 

You were born with wings. Why prefer to crawl through life?

 

God turns you from one feeling to another and teaches by means of opposites, so that you will have two wings to fly, not one.

 

The lion who breaks the enemy’s ranks is a minor hero compared to the lion who overcomes himself.

 

Whoever gives reverence receives reverence.

 

If you wish to shine like day, burn up the night of self-existence. Dissolve in the Being who is everything.

 

What is the body? That shadow of a shadow of your love, that somehow contains the entire universe.

 

There is a community of the spirit Join it, and feel the delight of walking in the noisy street, and being the noise.

 

There is no reality but God, says the completely surrendered sheik, who is an ocean for all beings.

 

I can’t stop pointing to the beauty. Every moment and place says, “Put this design in your carpet!”

 

Gamble everything for love, if you are a true human being.

 

Every object and being in the universe is a jar overflowing with wisdom and beauty, a drop of the Tigris that cannot be contained by any skin.

 

Christ is the population of the world, and every object as well.

 

The miracle of Jesus is himself, not what he said or did about the future.

 

Good and bad are mixed. If you don’t have both,you don’t belong with us.

 

Learn from Ali how to fight without your ego participating.

 

God’s lion did nothing that didn’t originate from his deep center.

 

This that we are now … The human body and the universe grew from this, not this from the universe and the human body.

 

Do not grieve. Anything you lose comes round in another form.

 

Observe the wonders as they occur around you. Don’t claim them. Feel the artistry moving through, and be silent.

 

Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field. I will meet you there.

 

Are you fleeing from Love because of a single humiliation? What do you know of Love except the name? Love has a hundred forms of pride and disdain, and is gained by a hundred means of persuasion.

 

Come, seek, for search is the foundation of fortune: every success depends upon focusing the heart.

 

That which God said to the rose, and caused it to laugh in full-blown beauty, He said to my heart, and made it a hundred times more beautiful.

 

To Love is to reach God.

 

Love rests on no foundation. It is an endless ocean, with no beginning or end.

 

My head is bursting with the joy of the unknown.

 

This is a gathering of Lovers. In this gathering there is no high, no low, no smart, no ignorant, no special assembly, no grand discourse, no proper schooling required…

 

Love said to me, there is nothing that is not me. Be silent.

 

Even if you lose yourself in wrath for a hundred thousand years, at the end you will discover, it is me, who is the culmination of your dreams.

 

Didn’t I tell you?They will accuse you of all the wrongdoings, they will call you ugly names, they will make you forget it is me, who is the source of your happiness.

 

The branch might seem like the fruit’s origin: In fact, the branch exists because of the fruit.”

- Rumi

 

“No other sense can make up for your missing sense of taking part. Even sight heightened to become all-seeing will do you no good without a sense of taking part.

 

Inspiration is not the exclusive privilege of poets or artists…

 

Whatever else we might think of this world — it is astonishing.

 

I’m sorry that my voice was hard. Look down on yourselves from the stars, I cried, look down on yourselves from the stars…

 

We, my lord, are your dream, which finds you innocent for now.

 

Everything the dead predicted has turned out completely different. Or a little bit different — which is to say, completely different.

 

My apologies to great questions for small answers.

 

How can we talk of order overall when the very placement of the stars leaves us doubting just what shines for whom?

 

Secret codes resound. Doubts and intentions come to light…

 

We call it a grain of sand but it calls itself neither grain nor sand…

 

The view doesn’t view itself. It exists in this world colorless, shapeless, soundless, odorless, and painless.

 

There’s no life that couldn’t be immortal if only for a moment…

 

Nothing’s a gift, it’s all on loan…

 

For the sake of research, the big picture and definitive conclusions, one would have to transcend time, in which everything scurries and whirls.

 

I’d have to be really quick to describe clouds — a split second’s enough for them to start being something else.”

- Wislawa Szymborska

 

“Knowing others is intelligence;

knowing yourself is true wisdom.

Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power.

 

There is a thing inherent and natural,

Which existed before heaven and earth.

Motionless and fathomless,

It stands alone and never changes;

It pervades everywhere and never becomes exhausted.

It may be regarded as the Mother of the Universe.

I do not know its name. If I am forced to give it a name, I call it Tao, and I name it as supreme.

 

The Tao that can be told is not the eternal Tao;

The name that can be named is not the eternal name.

The nameless is the beginning of heaven and earth.

The named is the mother of ten thousand things.

Ever desireless, one can see the mystery.

Ever desiring, one can see the manifestations.

These two spring from the same source but differ in name;

this appears as darkness.

Darkness within darkness.

The gate to all mystery.

 

The Tao is called the Great Mother:

empty yet inexhaustible,

it gives birth to infinite worlds.

 

The Tao is like a well:

used but never used up.

It is like the eternal void:

filled with infinite possibilities.

 

A leader is best when people barely know that he exists, not so good when people obey and acclaim him, worst when they despise him. Fail to honor people, They fail to honor you. But of a good leader, who talks little, when his work is done, his aims fulfilled, they will all say, “We did this ourselves.”

 

Since before time and space were,

the Tao is.

It is beyond is and is not.

How do I know this is true?

I look inside myself and see.

 

A good traveler has no fixed plans

and is not intent upon arriving.

A good artist lets his intuition

lead him wherever it wants.

 

Without the laughter, there would be no Tao.

 

By letting it go it all gets done. The world is won by those who let it go. But when you try and try, the world is beyond the winning.

 

A journey of a thousand li starts with a single step.

 

The mark of a moderate man

is freedom from his own ideas.

Tolerant like the sky,

all-pervading like sunlight,

firm like a mountain,

supple like a tree in the wind,

he has no destination in view

and makes use of anything

life happens to bring his way.

 

Wise men don’t need to prove their point;

men who need to prove their point aren’t wise.

The Master has no possessions.

The more he does for others, the happier he is.

The more he gives to others, the wealthier he is.

The Tao nourishes by not forcing.

By not dominating, the Master leads.”

- Lao Tzu / Laozi

 

Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding.

Even as the stone of the fruit must break, that its heart may stand in the sun, so must you know pain.

And could you keep your heart in wonder at the daily miracles of your life, your pain would not seem less wondrous than your joy;

And you would accept the seasons of your heart, even as you have always accepted the seasons that pass over your fields.

And you would watch with serenity through the winters of your grief.

Much of your pain is self-chosen.

It is the bitter potion by which the physician within you heals your sick self.

Therefore trust the physician, and drink his remedy in silence and tranquillity:

For his hand, though heavy and hard, is guided by the tender hand of the Unseen,

And the cup he brings, though it burn your lips, has been fashioned of the clay which the Potter has moistened with His own sacred tears.

― Kahlil Gibran

 

In the woods, we return to reason and faith. There I feel nothing can befall me in life – no disgrace, no calamity, (leaving me my eyes) which Nature cannot repair. Standing on the bare ground – my head bathed by the blithe air, and uplifted into infinite space – all mean egotism vanishes. I become a transparent eye-ball; I am nothing; I see all; the currents of the Universal Being circulate through me; I am part or particle of God.

 

―Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

There is no enlightenment outside of daily life.

 

― Thich Nhat Hanh

 

“The true hero is one who conquers his own anger and hatred.”

 

― Dalai Lama

 

“The wise adapt themselves to circumstances, as water molds itself to the pitcher.”

 

―Buddhist Proverb

 

However much fighting there is in the world, however much darkness there is, we must be able to serve as small lamps in that darkness.

 

― 17th Karmapa

 

“A fine quotation is a diamond in the hand of a man of wit and a pebble in the hand of a fool.” ―Joseph Roux

 

Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything… ―George Bernard Shaw

 

Truly, those who are good people are thankful and grateful.

 

― The Buddha

 

One’s philosophy is not best expressed in words; it is expressed in the choices one makes. In the long run, we shape our lives and we shape ourselves. The process never ends until we die. And, the choices we make are ultimately our own responsibility.

Eleanor Roosevelt

 

Only those who dare to fail greatly, can ever achieve greatly. … Few men are willing to brave the disapproval of their fellows, the censure of their colleagues, the wrath of their society. Moral courage is a rarer commodity than bravery in battle or great intelligence. Yet it is the one essential, vital quality of those who seek to change a world which yields most painfully to change. ―Robert F. Kennedy

 

A revolution is coming — a revolution which will be peaceful if we are wise enough; compassionate if we care enough; successful if we are fortunate enough — But a revolution which is coming whether we will it or not. We can affect its character; we cannot alter its inevitability. ― Robert F. Kennedy

 

My life seemed to be a series of events and accidents. Yet when I look back I see a pattern. ― Benoît Mandelbrot

 

An extraordinary amount of arrogance is present in any claim of having been the first in “inventing” something. It’s an arrogance that some enjoy, and others do not. Now I reach beyond arrogance when I proclaim that fractals had been pictured forever but their true role remained unrecognized and waited for me to be uncovered. ― Benoît Mandelbrot

 

For most of my life, one of the persons most baffled by my own work was myself. ― Benoît Mandelbrot

It is from numberless diverseacts of courage and belief that humanhistory is shaped. Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.

― Robert F. Kennedy

 

Fame is something which must be won; honor is something which must not be lost. ― Arthur Schopenhauer

 

“I think what you ought to do is start by thinking about the simplest things and go from there. For example, you could stand on a street corner somewhere day after day and look at the people who come by there. You’re not in any hurry to decide anything. It may be tough, but sometimes you’ve got to just stop and take time. You ought to train yourself to look at things with your own eyes until something comes clear. And don’t be afraid of putting some time into it. Spending plenty of time on something can be the most sophisticated form of revenge.”

— Haruki Murakami – The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

 

“Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.” ― Maya Angelou

 

“I think a good way to conceive of sacred space is as a playground. If what you’re doing seems like play, you are in it. But you can’t play with my toys, you have to have your own. Your life should have yielded some. Older people play with life experiences and realizations or with thoughts they like to entertain. In my case, I have books I like to read that don’t lead anywhere. One great thing about growing old is that nothing is going to lead to anything. Everything is of the moment”

 

― Joseph Campbell, “A Joseph Campbell Companion: Reflections on the Art of Living”

 

If you are still following your likes

and dislikes,

you have not even begun to practise Dhamma.

 

― Ajahn Chah

 

“Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.” ― Steve Jobs

 

“The man of taste will read only what is good; but the statesman will permit both bad and good.

― Voltaire

 

“A mind that is fast is sick. A mind that is slow is sound. A mind that is still is divine.”

 

- From Meher Baba, quoted by Easwaran in “Words to Live By”

 

“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

 

The one who practices

loving-kindness sleeps and

wakes in comfort and has no

bad dreams; he is dear to both

humans and creatures; no

danger harms him. His mind

can be quickly concentrated,

his expression is happy and

serene. He dies without any

confusion of mind. Loving-

kindness protects him.

 

― The Buddha

 

“Let us read, and let us dance; these two amusements will never do any harm to the world.”

― Voltaire

 

“Wherever a person goes, his deeds, like a shadow, will follow.”

 

― The Buddha

 

“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.” ― Apple Inc.

 

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

― William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice

 

“Again, you can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something – your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.” — Steve Jobs

 

“People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.”

 

― Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

 

Without sattva you can never reach the Supreme.

Wherever you are, in whatever station, from there you have to reach sattva in varying degrees because tamas will be reduced only when the mind’s agitations, vikshepas are quietened. As agitations quieten, sattva increases slowly.

Swami Chinmayananda

 

“Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth.”

― John F. Kennedy

 

“Try not to become a man of success. Rather become a man of value.” ― Albert Einstein

 

“It is said that your life flashes before your eyes just before you die. That is true, it’s called Life.” ― Terry Pratchett

 

“Hard to hold down,

nimble,

alighting wherever it likes:

the mind.

The mind well-tamed,

brings ease.

So hard to see,

so very, very subtle,

alighting wherever it likes:

the mind.

The wise should guard it.

The mind protected brings ease.”

 

- Dhammapada, Buddha

 

Existence precedes and rules essence. » Sartre

 

When another person makes you suffer, it is because he suffers deeply within himself, and his suffering is spilling over. He does not need punishment; he needs help. That’s the message he is sending. Thích Nhất Hạnh

 

Live a good life. If there are gods and they are just, then they will not care how devout you have been, but will welcome you based on the virtues you have lived by. If there are gods, but unjust, then you should not want to worship them. If there are no gods, then you will be gone, but will have lived a noble life that will live on in the memories of your loved ones. Marcus Aurelius

 

You are the universe experiencing itself. Alan Watts

 

Life is a tragedy when seen in close-up, but a comedy in a long-shot. Charlie Chaplin

 

If they can get you asking the wrong questions, they don’t have to worry about answers.

―Thomas Pynchon, “Gravity’s Rainbow”

“Before you talk, listen.

Before you react, think.

Before you spend, earn.

Before you criticize, wait.

Before you pray, forgive.

Before you quit, try.”

Ernest Hemingway

 

“Innocence has a single voice that can only say over and over again, “I didn’t do it.” Guilt has a thousand voices, all of them lies.”

― Leonard Peltier, Prison Writings

 

“I think the big mistake in schools is trying to teach children anything, and by using fear as the basic motivation. Fear of getting failing grades, fear of not staying with your class, etc. Interest can produce learning on a scale compared to fear as a nuclear explosion to a firecracker.” ― Stanley Kubrick

 

“Have you ever been in love? Horrible isn’t it? It makes you so vulnerable. It opens your chest and it opens up your heart and it means that someone can get inside you and mess you up. You build up all these defenses, you build up a whole suit of armor, so that nothing can hurt you, then one stupid person, no different from any other stupid person, wanders into your stupid life…You give them a piece of you. They didn’t ask for it. They did something dumb one day, like kiss you or smile at you, and then your life isn’t your own anymore. Love takes hostages. It gets inside you. It eats you out and leaves you crying in the darkness, so simple a phrase like ‘maybe we should be just friends’ turns into a glass splinter working its way into your heart. It hurts. Not just in the imagination. Not just in the mind. It’s a soul-hurt, a real gets-inside-you-and-rips-you-apart pain. I hate love.” ― Neil Gaiman

 

“If you have no critics you’ll likely have no success.” – Malcolm X

Today, every inhabitant of this planet must contemplate the day when this planet may no longer be habitable. Every man, woman and child lives under a nuclear sword of Damocles, hanging by the slenderest of threads, capable of being cut at any moment by accident, or miscalculation, or by madness. The weapons of war must be abolished before they abolish us.

― John F. Kennedy

 

“Be the silent watcher of your thoughts and behavior. You are beneath the thinker. You are the stillness beneath the mental noise. You are the love and joy beneath the pain.”

 

― Eckhart Tolle

 

If man makes himself a worm he must not complain when he is trodden on. ― Kant

 

I’d rather be a climbing ape than a falling angel. ― Terry Pratchett

 

O may I join the choir invisible of those immortal dead who live again in minds made better by their presence; live in pulses stirred to generosity, in deeds of daring rectitude, in scorn for miserable aims that end with self, in thoughts sublime that pierce the night like stars, and with their mild persistence urge men’s search to vaster issues. ― George Eliot

 

“The very essence of romance is uncertainty.” ― Oscar Wilde

 

What do we live for, if it is not to make life less difficult to each other? ― George Eliot

 

This is life to come, —

Which martyred men have made more glorious

For us who strive to follow. May I reach

That purest heaven, — be to other souls

The cup of strength in some great agony,

Enkindle generous ardor, feed pure love,

Beget the smiles that have no cruelty,

Be the sweet presence of a good diffused,

And in diffusion ever more intense!

So shall I join the choir invisible

Whose music is the gladness of the world.

George Eliot

 

Human feeling is like the mighty rivers that bless the earth: it does not wait for beauty — it flows with resistless force and brings beauty with it. ― George Eliot

 

It is well known to all experienced minds that our firmest convictions are often dependent on subtle impressions for which words are quite too coarse a medium. ― George Eliot

 

It is better to be hated for what you are than loved for what you are not. ― André Gide

 

subtle impressions for which words are quite too coarse a medium. ― George Eliot

 

It is better to be hated for what you are than loved for what you are not. ― André Gide

 

It should be clear by now that a nation can be no stronger abroad than she is at home. Only an America which practices what it preaches about equal rights and social justice will be respected by those whose choice affects our future. Only an America which has fully educated its citizens is fully capable of tackling the complex problems and perceiving the hidden dangers of the world in which we live. And only an America which is growing and prospering economically can sustain the worldwide defenses of freedom, while demonstrating to all concerned the opportunities of our system and society.

― John F. Kennedy

 

The growing good of the world is partly dependent on unhistoric acts; and that things are not so ill with you and me as they might have been, is half owing to the number who lived faithfully a hidden life, and rest in unvisited tombs. ― George Eliot

I like not only to be loved, but also to be told that I am loved. I am not sure that you are of the same mind. But the realm of silence is large enough beyond the grave. This is the world of light and speech, and I shall take leave to tell you that you are very dear. ― George Eliot

 

Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns. ― George Eliot

 

“The surface of the earth is the shore of the cosmic ocean. On this shore we’ve learned most of what we know. Recently we’ve waded a little way out, maybe ankle-deep, and the water seems inviting.

 

For the first time, we have the power to decide the fate of our planet and ourselves. This is a time of great danger, but our species is young, and curious, and brave. It shows much promise.

 

Some part of our being knows this is where we came from. We long to return. And we can. Because the cosmos is also within us. We’re made of star-stuff. We are a way for the cosmos to know itself.

 

We wish to pursue the truth no matter where it leads. But to find the truth, we need imagination and skepticism both. We will not be afraid to speculate, but we will be careful to distinguish speculation from fact. The cosmos is full beyond measure of elegant truths; of exquisite interrelationships; of the awesome machinery of nature.

 

The cosmic calendar compresses the local history of the universe into a single year. If the universe began on January 1st it was not until May that the Milky Way formed. Other planetary systems may have appeared in June, July and August, but our Sun and Earth not until mid-September. Life arose soon after.

 

We humans appear on the cosmic calendar so recently that our recorded history occupies only the last few seconds of the last minute of December 31st.

 

We on Earth have just awakened to the great oceans of space and time from which we have emerged. We are the legacy of 15 billion years of cosmic evolution. We have a choice: We can enhance life and come to know the universe that made us, or we can squander our 15 billion-year heritage in meaningless self-destruction. What happens in the first second of the next cosmic year depends on what we do, here and now, with our intelligence and our knowledge of the cosmos.”

― Carl Sagan, Cosmos – Episode One, A Personal Voyage

 

“The unexamined life is not worth living.”

― Socrates

 

“Life has no meaning. Each of us has meaning and we bring it to life. It is a waste to be asking the question when you are the answer.”

― Joseph Campbell

 

“I was asked to memorise what I did not understand; and, my memory being so good, it refused to be insulted in that manner.”

Aleister Crowley

 

“I have decided to stick to love…Hate is too great a burden to bear.” ― Martin Luther King Jr.

 

“Our species needs, and deserves, a citizenry with minds wide awake and a basic understanding of how the world works.”

― Carl Sagan

 

“Silently, one by one, in the infinite meadows of heaven,

Blossomed the lovely stars, the forget-me-nots of the angels.”

― Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Evangeline: A Tale of Acadie

 

“Where there is love there is life.”

 

― Mahatma Gandhi

 

“Some people care too much. I think it’s called love.”

― A.A. Milne

 

“Resist much, obey little.” ― Walt Whitman

 

A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.

― Maya Angelou

 

“I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.”

― Frank Herbert

 

A man may die, nations may rise and fall, but an idea lives on.

- John F. Kennedy

 

“It hurts to let go. Sometimes it seems the harder you try to hold on to something or someone the more it wants to get away. You feel like some kind of criminal for having felt, for having wanted. For having wanted to be wanted. It confuses you, because you think that your feelings were wrong and it makes you feel so small because it’s so hard to keep it inside when you let it out and it doesn’t come back. You’re left so alone that you can’t explain. Damn, there’s nothing like that, is there? I’ve been there and you have too. You’re nodding your head.”

― Henry Rollins

 

“I believe that even ‘returning-to-nature’ and anti pollution activities, no matter how commendable, are not moving toward a genuine solution if they are carried out solely in reaction to the overdevelopment of the present age.”

― Masanobu Fukuoka, The One-Straw Revolution

 

Hope is definitely not the same thing as optimism. It is not the conviction that something will turn out well, but the certainty that something makes sense, regardless of how it turns out. ― Václav Havel

 

As good almost kill a man as kill a good book. Who kills a man kills a reasonable creature, God’s image; but he who destroys a good book, kills reason itself, kills the image of God, as it were in the eye. ― Areopagitica by John Milton

 

Though all the winds of doctrine were let loose to play on the earth, so Truth be in the field, we do injuriously by licensing and prohibiting misdoubt her strength. Let her and Falsehood grapple; who ever knew Truth put to the worse in a free and open encounter? ― John Milton in Areopagitica

 

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” ― Eleanor Roosevelt

 

“You have your way. I have my way. As for the right way, the correct way, and the only way, it does not exist.” ― Friedrich Nietzsche

 

“Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal.” ― Albert Camus

 

“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 feeling 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

 

“Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.” ― Haruki Murakami

 

“If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician. I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music.” ― Albert Einstein

 

“If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.” ― Cicero

 

“A coward is incapable of exhibiting love; it is the prerogative of the brave.”

Mahatma Gandhi

What

Do Sad people have in

Common?

It seems

They have all built a shrine

To the past

And often go there

And do a strange wail and

What is the beginning of

Happiness?

It is to stop being

So religious

Like That.

 

― Hafiz

 

The universe is change; our life is what our thoughts make it. ― Marcus Aurelius

 

Hatred which is completely vanquished by love passes into love: and love is thereupon greater than if hatred had not preceded it. ― Baruch Spinoza

 

The ultimate aim of government is not to rule, or restrain, by fear, nor to exact obedience, but contrariwise, to free every man from fear, that he may live in all possible security; in other words, to strengthen his natural right to exist and work without injury to himself or others. 
No, the object of government is not to change men from rational beings into beasts or puppets, but to enable them to develop their minds and bodies in security, and to employ their reason unshackled; neither showing hatred, anger, or deceit, nor watched with the eyes of jealousy and injustice. In fact, the true aim of government is liberty. ― Baruch Spinoza

 

The superior man is modest in his speech, but exceeds in his actions.

― The Buddha

 

“Individual things are nothing but modifications of the attributes of God, or modes by which the attributes of God are expressed in a fixed and definite manner.”

Baruch Spinoza

 

“As men’s habits of mind differ, so that some more readily embrace one form of faith, some another, for what moves one to pray may move another to scoff, I conclude … that everyone should be free to choose for himself the foundations of his creed, and that faith should be judged only by its fruits; each would then obey God freely with his whole heart, while nothing would be publicly honoured save justice and charity.”

Baruch Spinoza

 

“Schisms do not originate in a love of truth, which is a source of courtesy and gentleness, but rather in an inordinate desire for supremacy. From all these considerations it is clearer than the sun at noonday, that the true schismatics are those who condemn other men’s writings, and seditiously stir up the quarrelsome masses against their authors, rather than those authors themselves, who generally write only for the learned, and appeal solely to reason. In fact, the real disturbers of the peace are those who, in a free state, seek to curtail the liberty of judgment which they are unable to tyrannize over.”

Baruch Spinoza

 

“I have laboured carefully, not to mock, lament, or execrate human actions, but to understand them.”

Baruch Spinoza

 

“You exist in time, but you belong to eternity. You are a penetration of eternity into the world of time. You are deathless, living in a body of death. Your consciousness knows no death, no birth, it is only your body that is born and dies, but you are not aware of your consciousness. You are not conscious of your consciousness, and that is the whole art of meditation; becoming conscious of consciousness itself.”

― Osho

 

“Those who know do not talk.

Those who talk do not know.

 

Keep your mouth closed.

Guard your senses.

Temper your sharpness.

Simplify your problems.

Mask your brightness.

Be at one with the dust of the earth.

This is primal union.

 

He who has achieved this state

Is unconcerned with friends and enemies,

With good and harm, with honour and disgrace.

This therefore is the highest state of man.”

― Lao Tzu

 

“The soul becomes dyed with the color of its thoughts.”

― Marcus Aurelius

 

“Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind.”

― Rudyard Kipling

 

Everything in the world is purchased by labor.

― David Hume

 

“He’s not a friend,

who’s always wary,

suspecting a split,

focusing just on your weakness.

But him on whom you can depend,

like a child on its parent’s breast,

that’s a true friend,

whom others can’t split from you.”- Hiri Sutta

―Buddha

 

The surest defense against evil is extreme individualism, originality of thinking, whimsicality, even eccentricity. Evil is a sucker for solidarity. It always goes for big numbers, for confident granite, for ideological purity, for drilled armies and balance sheets.”

—Joseph Brodsky

 

“The privilege of a lifetime is to become who you truly are.”

 

― C.G. Jung

 

“Two possibilities exist: either we are alone in the Universe or we are not. Both are equally terrifying.”

― Arthur C. Clarke

 

“The only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible.”

Arthur C. Clarke

 

“I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.”

Frank Herbert, Dune

“Deep in the human unconscious is a pervasive need for a logical universe that makes sense. But the real universe is always one step beyond logic.”

Frank Herbert, Dune – Book Three: The Prophet

“God has no religion.”

― Mahatma Gandhi

 

Screenplay is the toughest form of writing for me, because you need to be in present tense. You need to be describing things as they occur.

― Guillermo del Torro

 

Never memorize what you can look up in books.

― Albert Einstein

“A hundred times every day I remind myself that my inner and outer life are based on the labors of other men, living and dead, and that I must exert myself in order to give in the same measure as I have received and am still receiving…”

— Albert Einstein

 

Pure Consciousness, which is the Heart, includes all, and nothing is outside or apart from it. That is the ultimate Truth.

― Sri Ramana Maharshi

 

“The most difficult subjects can be explained to the most slow-witted man if he has not formed any idea of them already; but the simplest thing cannot be made clear to the most intelligent man if he is firmly persuaded that he knows already, without a shadow of doubt, what is laid before him.”

― Leo Tolstoy

 

“Love hinders death. Love is life. All, everything that I understand, I understand only because I love. Everything is, everything exists, only because I love. Everything is united by it alone. Love is God, and to die means that I, a particle of love, shall return to the general and eternal source.”

― Leo Tolstoy

 

True Silence is really endless speech.

― Ramana Maharshi

What Do Sad people have in Common? It seems They have all built a shrine… To the past And often go there And do a strange wail and Worship. What is the beginning of Happiness? It is to stop being So religious Like That.  ― Hafiz

 

“People are afraid of themselves, of their own reality; their feelings most of all. People talk about how great love is, but that’s bullshit. Love hurts. Feelings are disturbing. People are taught that pain is evil and dangerous. How can they deal with love if they’re afraid to feel? Pain is meant to wake us up. People try to hide their pain. But they’re wrong. Pain is something to carry, like a radio. You feel your strength in the experience of pain. It’s all in how you carry it. That’s what matters. Pain is a feeling. Your feelings are a part of you. Your own reality. If you feel ashamed of them, and hide them, you’re letting society destroy your reality. You should stand up for your right to feel your pain.” ― Jim Morrison

If the doors of perception were cleansed everything would appear to man as it is, infinite.

― William Blake

 

“It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.”

― Herman Melville

 

“Every night, and every morn,

Some to misery are born.

Every morn, and every night,

Some are born to sweet delight.

Some are born to sweet delight.

Some are born to endless night.”

― William Blake

 

When I feed the hungry, they call me a saint. When I ask why people are hungry, they call me a Communist.

Dom Helder Camara

 

The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.

― John Muir

 

“The greater the love, the greater the tragedy when it’s over.” ― Nicholas Sparks

 

“When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.” ― John Muir

 

“We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.” ― Kurt Vonnegut

 

“The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.” ― Pablo Picasso

 

“All religions, arts and sciences are branches of the same tree… Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.” ― Albert Einstein

 

“Human history can be viewed as a slowly dawning awareness that we are members of a larger group.”

― Carl Sagan

 

“Dreams are the touchstones of our characters.” ― Henry David Thoreau

 

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. This is the interrelated structure of reality.” ― Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

“I offer you peace. I offer you love. I offer you friendship. I see your beauty. I hear your need. I feel your feelings. My wisdom flows from the Highest Source. I salute that source in you. Let us work together for unity and love.” ― Mahatma Gandhi

 

“Happiness is neither virtue nor pleasure nor this thing nor that but simply growth. We are happy when we are growing.” ― William Butler Yeats

 

“By Being, It Is.” ― Parmenides

 

“Without music, life would be a mistake.” ― Friedrich Nietzsche

 

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” ― George Santayana

 

“As far as we can discern, the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light of meaning in the darkness of mere being.” ― Carl Jung

 

“If you would be a real seeker after truth, it is necessary that at least once in your life you doubt, as far as possible, all things.” ― Rene Descartes

 

“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 Feynman

 

“Then he said ‘Remember Bob: no fear, no envy, no meanness,’ and I said ‘hmmm, right.’” ― Bob Dylan

 

“The reverse side also has a reverse side.” ― Japanese Proverb

 

“We are like islands in the sea, separate on the surface but connected in the deep.” ― William James

 

“If success or failure of this planet and of human beings depended on how I am and what I do… How would I be? What would I do?” ― Buckminster Fuller

 

“The most vital issue of the age is whether the future progress of humanity is to be governed by the modern economic and materialistic mind of the West or by a nobler pragmatism guided, uplifted and enlightened by spiritual culture and knowledge….” ― Sri Aurobindo

 

“The Self alone exists; and the Self alone is real. Verily the Self alone is the world, the I-I and God. All that exists is but the manifestation of the Supreme Being.” ― Ramana Maharshi

 

“It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.” ― Jiddu Krishnamurti

 

“Mankind must put an end to war or war will put an end to mankind.” ― John F. Kennedy

 

The three states come and go, but you are always there. It is like a cinema. The screen is always there but several types of pictures appear on the screen and then disappear. Nothing sticks to the screen, it remains a screen. Similarly, you remain your own Self in all the three states. If you know that, the three states will not trouble you, just as the pictures which appear on the screen do not stick to it. On the screen, you sometimes see a huge ocean with endless waves; that disappears. Another time, you see fire spreading all around; that too disappears. The screen is there on both occasions. Did the screen get wet with the water or did it get burned by the fire? Nothing affected the screen. In the same way, the things that happen during the wakeful, dream and sleep states do not affect you at all; you remain your own Self.

― Ramana Maharshi

 

“It’s wonderful to be alive and to walk on earth.

 

You are a miracle, and everything you touch could be a miracle.”

― Thich Nhat Hanh

 

“I never change, I simply become more myself.”

― Joyce Carol Oates

 

“Prayer is not asking. It is a longing of the soul. It is daily admission of one’s weakness. It is better in prayer to have a heart without words than words without a heart.”

― Mahatma Gandhi

 

“I’ve never been lonely. I’ve been in a room ― I’ve felt suicidal. I’ve been depressed. I’ve felt awful ― awful beyond all ― but I never felt that one other person could enter that room and cure what was bothering me…or that any number of people could enter that room. In other words, loneliness is something I’ve never been bothered with because I’ve always had this terrible itch for solitude. It’s being at a party, or at a stadium full of people cheering for something, that I might feel loneliness. I’ll quote Ibsen, “The strongest men are the most alone.” I’ve never thought, “Well, some beautiful blonde will come in here and give me a fuck-job, rub my balls, and I’ll feel good.” No, that won’t help. You know the typical crowd, “Wow, it’s Friday night, what are you going to do? Just sit there?” Well, yeah. Because there’s nothing out there. It’s stupidity. Stupid people mingling with stupid people. Let them stupidify themselves. I’ve never been bothered with the need to rush out into the night. I hid in bars, because I didn’t want to hide in factories. That’s all. Sorry for all the millions, but I’ve never been lonely. I like myself. I’m the best form of entertainment I have. Let’s drink more wine!”

― Charles Bukowski

 

Truth in philosophy means that concept and external reality correspond. » Hegel

 

“He’s more myself than I am. Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.” ― Emily Brontë

 

“Today, more than ever before, life must be characterized by a sense of Universal responsibility, not only nation to nation and human to human, but also human to other forms of life.”

― Dalai Lama

 

“When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.”

― Jimi Hendrix

 

“Act without expectation.”

― Lao Tzu

 

“All the darkness in the world cannot extinguish the light of a single candle.”

― St. Francis of Assisi

 

“A painter should begin every canvas with a wash of black, because all things in nature are dark except where exposed by the light.” ― Leonardo da Vinci

 

The Present is the womb of the future.

A greater future happiness can be had only by investing in the present correctly.

Look after the present and the future will look after itself.

Swami Chinmayananda

 

Call it by any name, God, Self, the Heart, or the Seat of Consciousness, it is all the same.

― Sri Ramana Maharshi

 

“I think hell is something you carry around with you. Not somewhere you go.”

 

Neil Gaiman

 

Presently we have to train our unconscious to function better. Then we can depend upon our instincts, that will be noble instincts. At this moment, our instincts are very impure.

When we have practiced for a long time, living the higher values of life and following the instructions of great masters or the Scriptures, that is when you have trained your unconscious.

Then when a situation comes, you can to an extent, depend on your inner voice.

Swami Chinmayananda

 

Footfalls echo in the memory

Down the passage which we did not take

Towards the door we never opened

Into the rose-garden. My words echo

Thus, in your mind.

But to what purpose

Disturbing the dust on a bowl of rose-leaves

I do not know.

― T. S. Eliot

 

“Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.”

― Steve Jobs

 

Show respect to all people and grovel to none. When you arise in the morning give thanks for the food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason for giving thanks, the fault lies only in yourself. Abuse no one and no thing, for abuse turns the wise ones to fools and robs the spirit of its vision.

 

Listen to the voice of duty, of honor, of nature and of your endangered country. Let us form one body, one heart, and defend to the last warrior our country, our homes, our liberty, and the graves of our fathers.

Tecumseh

 

If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich.

― John F. Kennedy

 

“Home is everything you can walk to.”

― Jerry Spinelli

 

“Compassion for animals is intimately associated with goodness of character, and it may be confidently asserted that he who is cruel to animals cannot be a good man.”

Arthur Schopenhauer, The Basis of Morality

 

“A sense of humour is the only divine quality of man.”

Arthur Schopenhauer

 

“When we speak of man, we have a conception of humanity as a whole, and before applying scientific methods to the investigation of his movement we must accept this as a physical fact. But can anyone doubt today that all the millions of individuals and all the innumerable types and characters constitute an entity, a unit? Though free to think and act, we are held together, like the stars in the firmament, with ties inseparable. These ties cannot be seen, but we can feel them. I cut myself in the finger, and it pains me: this finger is a part of me. I see a friend hurt, and it hurts me, too: my friend and I are one. And now I see stricken down an enemy, a lump of matter which, of all the lumps of matter in the universe, I care least for, and it still grieves me. Does this not prove that each of us is only part of a whole?

For ages this idea has been proclaimed in the consummately wise teachings of religion, probably not alone as a means of ensuring peace and harmony among men, but as a deeply founded truth. The Buddhist expresses it in one way, the Christian in another, but both say the same: We are all one. Metaphysical proofs are, however, not the only ones which we are able to bring forth in support of this idea. Science, too, recognizes this connectedness of separate individuals, though not quite in the same sense as it admits that the suns, planets, and moons of a constellation are one body, and there can be no doubt that it will be experimentally confirmed in times to come, when our means and methods for investigating psychical and other states and phenomena shall have been brought to great perfection. Still more: this one human being lives on and on. The individual is ephemeral, races and nations come and pass away, but man remains. Therein lies the profound difference between the individual and the whole.”

Nikola Tesla

 

We all have the potential to show others love and affection, but as we progress in our materialistic world, these values tend to remain dormant. We can develop them on the basis of common sense, common experience and scientific findings. The response to the recent tragedy in the Philippines is an example of how such values are awakened; people helped simply because others are suffering and in need of support.

― Dalai Lama

 

http://www.facebook.com/DalaiLama

 

“Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart, it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude.”

― A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

 

The training of children is a profession, where we must know how to waste time in order to save it.

― Rousseau

 

“God gave you a gift of 86 400 seconds today. Have you used one to say thank you ”

― William Arthur

 

When a person doesn’t have gratitude, something is missing in his or her humanity. A person can almost be defined by his or her attitude toward gratitude. ― Elie Wiesel

 

If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, ‘Thank You’, that would suffice. ― Meister Eckhart

 

“It is the mark of an educated mind to entertain a thought without accepting it.”

- Aristotle

 

“You know what I want to think of myself? As a human being. Because, I mean I don’t want to be like “As Confucius say,” but under the sky, under the heavens there is but one family. It just so happens that people are different.”

― Bruce Lee

 

“l know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me dream.” ― Van Gogh

 

All power is within you. You can do anything and everything. Believe in that. Do not believe that you are weak; do not believe that you are half-crazy lunatics, as most of us do nowadays. Stand up and express the divinity within you.

 

― Swami Vivekananda

 

“In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing. The worst thing you can do is nothing.” ― Teddy Roosevelt

 

“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” ― Mr. Rogers

 

“You are the universe experiencing itself.” ― Alan Watts

 

“I have noticed that people who claim everything is predestined, and we can do nothing to change it, look both ways before crossing the road.” ― Stephen Hawking

 

“Stay strong. Depression lies.” ― Wil Wheaton

 

“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” ― Mr. Rogers

 

“Think of how stupid the average person is, and realize half of them are stupider than that.” ― George Carlin

 

“Believe those who are seeking the truth. Doubt those who find it.” ― André Gide

 

“Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the universe.” ― Albert Einstein

 

“Two possibilities exist: either we are alone in the Universe or we are not. Both are equally terrifying.” ― Arthur C. Clarke

 

“Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.” ― Eleanor Roosevelt

 

“It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change.” ― Charles Darwin

 

“There are 1,000 lessons in defeat. But only one in victory.” ― Confucious

 

“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” ― Edmund Burke

 

“Treat the Earth Well. It was not given to you by your parents, it was loaned to you by your children.” ― Kenyan Proverb

 

In order to stick to our convictions, we need spiritual energy to nurture and nourish our fatigued morale. This inner energy welling up in a well integrated personality is called fortitude and forbearance.

 

The strength of faith, conviction in the goal, consistency of purpose, vivid perception of the ideal, and a bold spirit of sacrifice cultivated diligently all form the source from which fortitude trickles down to remove our exhaustion and despair.

Swami Chinmayananda

 

“Develop the mind of equilibrium. You will always be getting praise and blame, but do not let either affect the poise of the mind: follow the calmness, the absence of pride.”

― Siddhartha Gautama Buddha

 

“Everything in the universe is within you. Ask all from yourself.”

― Rumi

 

Surrender itself is a mighty prayer. ― Sri Ramana Maharshi

 

Through the round of many births I roamed

without reward,

without rest,

seeking the house-builder.

Painful is birth

again & again.

 

House-builder, you’re seen!

You will not build a house again.

All your rafters broken,

the ridge pole destroyed,

gone to the Unformed, the mind

has come to the end of craving.

― Buddha, Dhammapada

 

“There is an urge to say: I was here, I felt this, and it matters!”

— Alain de Botton

 

“The best way to keep a prisoner from escaping is to make sure he never knows he’s in prison.”

— Fyodor Dostoevsky

 

“I believe that reading and writing are the most nourishing forms of meditation anyone has so far found. By reading the writings of the most interesting minds in history, we meditate with our own minds and theirs as well. This to me is a miracle.”

― Kurt Vonnegut

 

“People usually consider walking on water or in thin air a miracle. But I think the real miracle is not to walk either on water or in thin air, but to walk on earth. Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don’t even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child ― our own two eyes. All is a miracle.”

Thích Nhất Hạnh

 

“By eating meat we share the responsibility of climate change, the destruction of our forests, and the poisoning of our air and water. The simple act of becoming a vegetarian will make a difference in the health of our planet.”

― Thích Nhất Hạnh, The World We Have: A Buddhist Approach to Peace and Ecology

 

Put every great teacher together in a room, and they’d agree about everything, put their disciples in there and they’d argue about everything. ― Bruce Lee

 

Don’t get set into one form, adapt it and build your own, and let it grow, be like water. Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless — like water. Now you put water in a cup, it becomes the cup; You put water into a bottle it becomes the bottle; You put it in a teapot it becomes the teapot. Water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend. ― Bruce Lee

 

Do not deny the classical approach, simply as a reaction, or you will have created another pattern and trapped yourself there. ― Bruce Lee

 

Flow in the living moment. — We are always in a process of becoming and NOTHING is fixed. Have no rigid system in you, and you’ll be flexible to change with the ever changing. OPEN yourself and flow, my friend. Flow in the TOTAL OPENNESS OF THE LIVING MOMENT. If nothing within you stays rigid, outward things will disclose themselves. Moving, be like water. Still, be like a mirror. Respond like an echo. ― Bruce Lee

 

When there is freedom from mechanical conditioning, there is simplicity. The classical man is just a bundle of routine, ideas and tradition. If you follow the classical pattern, you are understanding the routine, the tradition, the shadow — you are not understanding yourself. ― Bruce Lee

 

Truth has no path. Truth is living and, therefore, changing. Awareness is without choice, without demand, without anxiety; in that state of mind, there is perception. To know oneself is to study oneself in action with another person. Awareness has no frontier; it is giving of your whole being, without exclusion.

― Bruce Lee

 

Bad means can never bring good results even if the motive were great. Because by mixing potassium cyanide and hydrochloric acid one cannot get nice edible chutney! THINK!

Swami Chinmayananda

 

Fortune sides with he who dares. ― Virgil

 

“You must have chaos within you to give birth to a dancing star.”

Friedrich Nietzsche

 

Where they burn books, sooner or later they will also burn people

―Heinrich Heine

 

“Love is an irresistible desire to be irresistibly desired.” ― Robert Frost

 

“Knowing ignorance is strength; ignoring knowledge is sickness.

 

To a mind that is still, the whole universe surrenders.”

― Lao Tzu

 

“Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn’t learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn’t learn a little, at least we didn’t get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn’t die; so, let us all be thankful.”

– Buddha

 

Security is mostly a superstition… Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing. ― Helen Keller

 

A fool sees not the same tree that a wise man sees. ― William Blake

 

To see a World in a Grain of Sand

And a Heaven in a Wild Flower,

Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand

And Eternity in an hour.

William Blake (28 November 1757 – 12 August 1827)

 

One must be very naïve or dishonest to imagine that men choose their beliefs independently of their situation. ― Claude Lévi-Strauss

 

Enthusiastic partisans of the idea of progress are in danger of failing to recognize — because they set so little store by them — the immense riches accumulated by the human race on either side of the narrow furrow on which they keep their eyes fixed; by underrating the achievements of the past, they devalue all those which still remain to be accomplished. ― Claude Lévi-Strauss

 

Truth can never be told so as to be understood and not be believed. ― William Blake

 

If the doors of perception were cleansed every thing would appear to man as it is: Infinite. For man has closed himself up, till he sees all things thro’ narrow chinks of his cavern. ― William Blake

 

We are the light inside light that fuses into the atoms of our bodies; we are the fire that whirls across the stellar deeps and dances all things into being.

 

If the brain were so simple we could understand it, we would be so simple we couldn’t.

― David Zindell

 

We must keep on clearing out daily-accumulating mental rubbish. This inner “garbage-disposal” is achieved only by study of the scriptures for a short time daily and through our regular introspection and mediation.

Swami Chinmayananda

 

“If it is right, it happens — The main thing is not to hurry. Nothing good gets away.”

― John Steinbeck

 

“Let no man pull you so low as to hate him.” ― Martin Luther King Jr.

 

“A man may die, nations may rise and fall, but an idea lives on.” – John F. Kennedy

 

“The ornament of a house is the friends who frequent it.”

― Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

“I am grateful for what I am and have. My thanksgiving is perpetual…O how I laugh when I think of my vague indefinite riches. No run on my bank can drain it, for my wealth is not possession but enjoyment.”

― Henry David Thoreau

 

The Great Vehicle path requires the vast motivation of a Bodhisattva, who, not seeking just his or her welfare, takes on the burden of bringing about the welfare of all sentient beings.

― Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama

 

“Above all, don’t lie to yourself. The man who lies to himself and listens to his own lie comes to a point that he cannot distinguish the truth within him, or around him, and so loses all respect for himself and for others. And having no respect he ceases to love.”

― Fyodor Dostoyevsky

 

If the unripe mind does not feel His Grace, it does not mean that God’s Grace is absent.

 

Surrender, and all will be well.

― Sri Ramana Maharshi

 

“That which is instinctive in instinct cannot be expressed in terms of intelligence, nor, consequently, can it be analyzed.”

― Henri Bergson

 

“The ivory tower of the artist may be the only stronghold left for human values, cultural treasures, man’s cult of beauty.”

― Anais Nin

 

“It is true Wisdom

For the ‘mind’ to turn away

From outer objects and behold

Its own effulgent form.

When unceasingly the ‘mind’

Scans its own form

There is nothing of the kind.

‘Thoughts’ alone make up the ‘mind’.

What is called ‘mind’ is but the notion ‘I’.

When one turns within and searches

Whence this ‘I’-thought arises,

The shamed ‘I’ vanishes ―

And, Wisdom’s quest begins.

Where this ‘I’-notion faded

Now there as “I”-”I” arises

The ONE, the very SELF,

The Infinite.

 

If we unceasingly investigate the form of the mind, we find there is no such thing as the mind. This is the direct path open to all.

 

Even though the reality of the Self has been explained in many ways, the truth of it remains unspoken because it can only be known by directly experiencing it. Those who seek liberation are prevented from having this direct experience by their minds which hold onto the deeply-rooted conviction ‘I am the body / mind’.”

― Sri Ramana Maharshi

 

“After a good dinner one can forgive anybody, even one’s own relations.”

― Oscar Wilde

 

Discipline yourself to work and strive without the shackles of likes and dislikes, love and hatred, joy and sorrow. These come and go; ignore them with a mere side glance.

Narayana likes the smell of sweat and the panting breath of one who is very diligent in performing duties.

Swami Chinmayananda

 

Experience without theory is blind, but theory without experience is mere intellectual play. » Kant

 

Knowing others is wisdom, knowing yourself is Enlightenment.

― Lao Tzu

 

“The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook”.

William James

 

“Be not afraid of life. Believe that life is worth living, and your belief will help create the fact.”

― William James

 

“My ambition is handicapped by laziness” ― Charles Bukowski

 

“Nobody ever figures out what life is all about, and it doesn’t matter. Explore the world. Nearly everything is really interesting if you go into it deeply enough.” ― Richard P. Feynman

 

We are in our Self. We are not in the world.

 

When the mind becomes extinguished, the supreme state, in which this world once and for all ceases to appear [as real], is won.

 

If one’s mind has peace, the whole world will appear peaceful.

― Sri Ramana Maharshi

 

For myself, I am an optimist — it does not seem to be much use being anything else. ― Winston Churchill

 

Ooh, with a little luck — December will be magic again.

 

December will be magic again.

Don’t miss the brightest star.

Kiss under mistletoe.

I want to hear you laugh.

Don’t let the mystery go now.

― Kate Bush

 

“Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible.” ― Frank Zappa

 

Everything is as it is. It

has no name other than the

name we give it. It is we

who call it something; we

give it a value. We say this

thing is good or it’s bad, but

in itself, the thing is only as

it is. It’s not absolute; it’s

just as it is. People are just

as they are.

 

― Ajahn Sumedho

 

“There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.” ― William Shakespeare

 

“Courage is the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can’t practice any other virtue consistently.” ― Maya Angelou

 

“Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia.” ― E.L. Doctorow

 

“I think we dream so we don’t have to be apart for so long. If we’re in each other’s dreams, we can be together all the time.” ― A.A. Milne

 

“Of all forms of caution, caution in love is perhaps the most fatal to true happiness.” ― Bertrand Russell

 

“Compassion is not a relationship between the healer and the wounded. It’s a relationship between equals. Only when we know our own darkness well can we be present with the darkness of others. Compassion becomes real when we recognize our shared humanity.”  ― Pema Chödrön

 

“A human being is an immense spiritual force barely contained in a physical form. When all his hopes, all his desires, all his drive, all his will fuse together and become one, this force is released even in his own lifetime, and not even the death of his body can imprison it again. Gandhi made himself the force of nonviolence. He is a force which cannot die, which awakens again when a person or a community or a nation turns to nonviolence with all its strength and all its will.”

 

- Eknath Easwaran, from page 166 of “Gandhi the Man: How One Man Changed Himself to Change the World.”

 

“Maybe we’re here only to say: house,

bridge, well, gate, jug, olive tree, window —

at most, pillar, tower … but to say them, remember,

oh, to say them in a way that the things themselves

never dreamed of existing so intensely.”

― Rainer Maria Rilke

 

Knowledge of the Self, which knows all, is Knowledge in perfection. ― Sri Ramana Maharshi

 

Cease to be a knower, then there is perfection.

― Ramana Maharshi

 

“A different world cannot be built by indifferent people.”

― Peter Marshall

 

Let what comes come, let what goes go. Why do you worry?

― Sri Ramana Maharshi

 

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

Mahatma Gandhi

 

Although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcoming of it. My optimism, then, does not rest on the absence of evil, but on a glad belief in the preponderance of good and a willing effort always to cooperate with the good, that it may prevail. ― Helen Keller

 

I have never let my schooling get in the way of my education. ― Mark Twain

 

Let whatever strange things happen, happen; let us see! ― Sri Ramana Maharshi

 

The Self is the Heart. The Heart is Self-luminous. ― Sri Ramana Maharshi

 

“The most important kind of freedom is to be what you really are. You trade in your reality for a role. You trade in your sense for an act. You give up your ability to feel, and in exchange, put on a mask. There can’t be any large-scale revolution until there’s a personal revolution, on an individual level. It’s got to happen inside first.” ― Jim Morrison

 

“I beg you, to have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and to try to love the questions themselves as if they were locked rooms or books written in a very foreign language. Don’t search for the answers, which could not be given to you now, because you would not be able to live them. And the point is to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer.”

― Rainer Maria Rilke

 

Everybody sees the world through the idea he has of himself. As you think yourself to be, so you think the world to be. If you imagine yourself as separate from the world, the world will appear as separate from you and you will experience desire and fear. I do not see the world as separate from me and so there is nothing for me to desire, or fear.

 

― Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

 

“Why didn’t I learn to treat everything like it was the last time. My greatest regret was how much I believed in the future.” ― Jonathan Safran Foer

 

Your true nature is that of infinite spirit ― Sri Ramana Maharshi

 

Who, if I cried out, would hear me among the angels’

hierarchies? and even if one of them suddenly

pressed me against his heart, I would perish

in the embrace of his stronger existence.

For beauty is nothing but the beginning of terror

which we are barely able to endure and are awed

because it serenely disdains to annihilate us.

Each single angel is terrifying.

Rainer Maria Rilke

 

Make your ego porous. Will is of little importance, complaining is nothing, fame is nothing. Openness, patience, receptivity, solitude is everything. ― Rainer Maria Rilke

 

“When a man is denied the right to live the life he believes in, he has no choice but to become an outlaw.”

― Nelson Mandela

 

“Our human compassion binds us the one to the other ― not in pity or patronizingly, but as human beings who have learnt how to turn our common suffering into hope for the future.”

― Nelson Mandela

 

“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

 

“Now, the energies of nature are present in the outer world, but also inside ourselves, because we are particles of nature. So when you are meditating on a deity, you are meditating on powers of your own spirit and psyche, and on powers that are also out there. One finds in practically all the religious traditions of the world (with a few excep- tions) that the aim is for the individual to put himself into accord with nature, with his nature, and that’s both physical and psychological health. These are what in our traditions are called the nature religions, and the deities are not final terms; they are references to spiritual ener- gies. So when mythology is properly understood, the object that is revered and venerated is not a final term; the object venerated is a personification of an energy that dwells within the individual, and the reference of mythology has two modes—that of consciousness and that of the spiritual potentials within the individual.”

 

― Joseph Campbell, Goddesses: Mysteries of the Sacred Feminine

 

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”

― Lao Tzu

 

Give up the sense of doership. Karma will go on automatically. Or Karma will drop away from you. ― Sri Ramana Maharshi

“Love is an untamed force. When we try to control it, it destroys us. When we try to imprison it, it enslaves us. When we try to understand it, it leaves us feeling lost and confused.” ― Paulo Coelho

 

“You can’t measure the mutual affection of two human beings by the number of words they exchange.” ― Milan Kundera

 

We wonder why some have no difficulty whatsoever in leading rather selfish lives and are concerned from beginning to end largely with the advancement of their own private purposes.

 

In contrast to these is a small but ever unfolding minority seemingly born with a different destiny.

This is the group from which the heroes come. On a very high level of integration they become great leaders of world progress.

 

They are perfectly willing at any time to give up what they have for others.

This is their way of life.

These are the Bodhisattvas.

 

The Bodhisattva represents the highest attainment possible to individual consciousness.

Here is the source of wisdom, love, faith, hope, charity, and compassion.

 

Seeking within himself the source of these attributes, the individual finally comes to the luminous center of his own being.

 

So the Bodhisattva, having come as far along the path as it is possible to come, pauses at the gate of the Eternal and turns back.

 

Instead of choosing to go into the infinite, he chooses to return as a teacher of his fellow creatures.

 

The Bodhisattva is the one who has taken the obligation that he will not seek the great peace until the smallest gnat floating in a sunbeam can go with him.

It is absolute life.

 

―Excerpted from Manly P Hall Lecture #195 – “The Soul as The Immortal Mortal.”

 

“Every year as Christmas approaches, I like to see how people are celebrating. Each season seems to bring more lights strung over homes and fences. But putting up hundreds of lights does not mean we are celebrating Christmas. One light is enough: one light, right inside, dispelling the darkness of anger, fear, and greed.

 

“India has a great festival called Dipavali, from dipa, light, and avali, rows. Homes all over India will be lit by rows of lights. It’s a beautiful sight, but in every religion the real festival of lights is the display within: patience, sympathy, good will, security, selflessness, love, wisdom. What a long row! We can go in the midst of people and they will receive the benefit of this light.

 

“One person being patient brightens everything around. Being patient with those who differ from us, with those who oppose us, with those who aren’t patient with us – this is the real meaning of spiritual growth.”

 

- Eknath Easwaran

 

“…among human beings jealousy ranks distinctly as a weakness; a trademark of small minds; a property of all small minds, yet a property which even the smallest is ashamed of; and when accused of its possession will lyingly deny it and resent the accusation as an insult.”

― Mark Twain, Letters from the Earth

 

“Live to the point of tears.” ― Albert Camus

 

“Life is a shipwreck, but we must not forget to sing in the lifeboats.” ― Voltaire

 

“I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way (s)he handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights.” ― Maya Angelou

 

“Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power. If you realize that you have enough, you are truly rich.” ― Lao Tzu

 

“What you do speaks so loudly that I cannot hear what you say.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

“You never know what worse luck your bad luck has saved you from.” ― Cormac McCarthy

 

“To burn with desire and keep quiet about it is the greatest punishment we can bring on ourselves.” ― Federico García Lorca

 

“Never, never be afraid to do what’s right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake. Society’s punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way.” ― Martin Luther King Jr.

 

“There is no spectacle on earth more appealing than that of a beautiful woman in the act of cooking dinner for someone she loves.”

― Thomas Wolfe

 

“It’s a sad thing not to have friends, but it is even sadder not to have enemies.” ― Che Guevara

 

“Only in the darkness can you see the stars.”

Martin Luther King Jr.

 

“Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens.”

― Jimi Hendrix

 

“… [B]lunders are not the merest chance. They are the results of suppressed desires and conflicts. They are ripples on the surface of life, produced by unsuspected springs. And these may be very deep—as deep as the soul itself. The blunder may amount to the opening of a destiny.”

 

Joseph Campbell, The Hero with a Thousand Faces

 

There are differences between us of faith and nationality and within those groups there are individuals who are rich and others who are poor; all of us have a right to live in peace. The idea of human rights is what freedom is about. It takes for granted the idea that human nature is gentle. This is why concern for the well-being of others makes us free.

― Dalai Lama

 

“Why do people have to be this lonely? What’s the point of it all? Millions of people in this world, all of them yearning, looking to others to satisfy them, yet isolating themselves. Why? Was the earth put here just to nourish human loneliness?”

― Haruki Murakami

 

“It will not be easy, but you will be able to forget many things once a certain amount of time has passed. Without a true self, though, a person can not go on living. It is like the ground we stand on. Without the ground, we can build nothing.”

 

— Haruki Murakami – The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

 

Meditation is your true nature. ― Sri Ramana Maharshi

 

Self Realisation is not however a state which is foreign to you, which is far from you, and which has to be reached by you. You are always in that state. ― Sri Ramana Maharshi

 

The inner self is something that is always telling us to do it right, whereas the outer self is trying to get us to advance our own causes regardless of circumstances.

 

Inner reality is always at peace because there is nothing that can assail it.

 

Outside reality cannot assail it; it can only go in conflict with it, but it can never change it or diminish it or destroy it because the higher reality is the highest thing in existence so far as we know, and nothing can take it away.

 

Through various attitudes we can restrict its manifestation, but it will continue to be there and come through as it can if it takes a thousand lives to do it.

 

Reality, the divine reality of peace, happiness, truth, understanding, love, service ― these things must ultimately rule the world, and until then the world will never have complete peace.

 

This fact that it will rule the world is the result of the fact that it will rule human beings who inhabit the world.

 

It will make possible for society to gradually come into harmony with the higher realities of existence.

― Excerpted from Manly P Hall Lecture # 321 – “Christmas, the Day when Divine Love was made Flesh.”

 

“You have to grow from the inside out. None can teach you, none can make you spiritual. There is no other teacher but your own soul.”

― Swami Vivekananda

 

The world is in a very feverish

state. The mind changes from like

to dislike with the feverishness of

the world. If we can learn to make

the mind still, it will be the

greatest help to the world.

― Ajahn Chah

 

“Love the earth and sun and the animals, despise riches, give alms to every one that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labor to others, hate tyrants, argue not concerning God. Have patience and indulgence toward the people, take off your hat to nothing known or unknown or to any man or number of men, go freely with powerful uneducated persons and with the young and with the mothers of families.

 

Read these leaves in the open air every season of every year of your life, re-examine all you have been told at school or church or in any book, dismiss whatever insults your own soul, and your very flesh shall be a great poem and have the richest fluency not only in its words but in the silent lines of its lips and face and between the lashes of your eyes and in every motion and joint of your body…”

 

― Walt Whitman

 

“A pain stabbed my heart, as it did every time I saw a girl I loved who was going the opposite direction in this too-big world.” ― Jack Kerouac

 

“In the spring of her twenty-second year, Sumire fell in love for the first time in her life. An intense love, a veritable tornado sweeping across the plains—flattening everything in its path, tossing things up in the air, ripping them to shreds, crushing them to bits. The tornado’s intensity doesn’t abate for a second as it blasts across the ocean, laying waste to Angkor Wat, incinerating an Indian jungle, tigers and everything, transforming itself into a Persian desert sandstorm, burying an exotic fortress city under a sea of sand. In short, a love of truly monumental proportions.” ― Haruki Murakami

 

“Do what you feel in your heart to be right – for you’ll be criticized anyway.”

― Eleanor Roosevelt

 

“Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive.”

― Dalai Lama

 

“I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels.”

― Maya Angelou

 

“Air and light and time and space have nothing to do with it and don’t create anything except maybe a longer life to find new excuses for.”

― Charles Bukowski

 

“There is in every true woman’s heart, a spark of heavenly fire, which lies dormant in the broad daylight of prosperity, but which kindles up and beams and blazes in the dark hour of adversity.” ― Washington Irving

 

“Wherever you stand,

Be the soul of that place.”

― Rumi

 

“Your friends will notice at once that glib vacuities fail to impress, and hate you, and tell lies about you. It’s worth it.”

Aleister Crowley – Magick Without Tears

 

“In modern society most of us don’t want to be in touch with ourselves; we want to be in touch with other things like religion, sports, politics, a book – we want to forget ourselves. Anytime we have leisure, we want to invite something else to enter us, opening ourselves to the television and telling the television to come and colonize us.

 

Many people think excitement is happiness … But when you are excited you are not peaceful. True happiness is based on peace. When we are mindful, deeply in touch with the present moment, our understanding of what is going on deepens, and we begin to be filled with acceptance, joy, peace and love.”

― Thich Nhat Hanh

 

Fulfillment of desire is an illusion;

desire leads to more desire, not satisfaction.

― Buddha

 

“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” Arthur Ashe

 

“Break down the fortress of thine Individual Self, that thy Truth may spring free from the ruins!”

Aleister Crowley

 

In spite of all our best efforts, we may slip now and then. But that need not worry us. We are imperfect ones trying our best to gain perfection. Let every slip in us be an education for us.

Let us grow and expand, ultimately to improve, to shine out.

Swami Chinmayananda

 

“The Universe is under no obligation to make sense to you.” — Neil deGrasse Tyson

 

“In order to write about life first you must live it.” ― Ernest Hemingway

 

“At some point in life, the world’s beauty becomes enough. You don’t need to photograph, paint or even remember it. It is enough.”

― Toni Morrison

 

“Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

“How wrong is it for a woman to expect the man to build the world she wants, rather than to create it herself?” ― Anaïs Nin

 

“In the end, just three things matter: How well we have lived. How well we have loved. How well we have learned to let go.”

Jack Kornfield

 

Better than a thousand hollow words

Is one word that brings peace.

Better than a thousand hollow verses

Is one verse that brings peace.

Better than a hundred hollow lines

Is one line of the law, bringing peace.

Gautama Buddha

 

Just as a solid rock is not shaken by the storm, even so the wise are not affected by praise or blame. ― Gautama Buddha

 

Love alone is capable of uniting living beings in such a way as to complete and fulfill them, for it alone takes them and joins them by what is deepest in themselves. ― Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

 

Give me the liberty to know, to utter, and to argue freely according to my conscience, above all liberties. ― John Milton

 

Tell all the Truth but tell it slant —

Success in Circuit lies

Too bright for our infirm Delight

The Truth’s superb surprise

As Lightning to the Children eased

With explanation kind

The Truth must dazzle gradually

Or every man be blind —

Emily Dickinson

 

If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality. ― Desmond Tutu

 

“Hope” is the thing with feathers —

That perches in the soul —

And sings the tune without the words —

And never stops — at all —

And sweetest — in the Gale — is heard —

And sore must be the storm —

That could abash the little Bird

That kept so many warm —

Emily Dickinson

 

We despise and abhor the bully, the brawler, the oppressor, whether in private or public life, but we despise no less the coward and the voluptuary. No man is worth calling a man who will not fight rather than submit to infamy or see those that are dear to him suffer wrong. ― Theodore Roosevelt

 

The history of the human race has generated several papers articulating basic moral imperatives, or fundamental principles, of human coexistence that… substantially influenced the fate of humanity on this planet. Among these historic documents, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights … holds a very special, indeed, unique position. It is the first code of ethical conduct that was not a product of one culture, or one sphere of civilization only, but a universal creation, shaped and subscribed to by representatives of all humankind. Since its very inception, the Declaration has thus represented a planetary, or global commitment, a global intention, a global guideline. For this reason alone, this exceptional document — conceived as a result of a profound human self-reflection in the wake of the horrors of World War II, and retaining its relevance ever since — deserves to be remembered today. ― Václav Havel

 

THE BLUNDER is to estimate,—

“Eternity is Then,”

We say, as of a station.

Meanwhile he is so near,

He joins me in my ramble,

Divides abode with me,

No friend have I that so persists

As this Eternity.

- Emily Dickinson

 

Dreams — are well — but Waking’s better,

If One wake at morn

If One wake at Midnight — better —

Dreaming — of the Dawn

― Emily Dickinson

 

Existence is a mystery, and one should accept it as a mystery and not pretend to have any explanation. No, explanation is not needed — only exclamation, a wonderingheart, awakened, surprised,feeling the mystery of life each moment. Then, and only then, you know what truth is. And truth liberates.

― Osho

 

Every single moment of a person’s life, both of the understanding and of the will, is a new beginning. ― Emanuel Swedenborg

 

The most glorious moments in your life are not the so-called days of success, but rather those days when out of dejection and despair you feel rise in you a challenge to life, and the promise of future accomplishments. ― Gustave Flaubert

 

What is beautiful is moral, that is all there is to it. ― Gustave Flaubert

 

An author in his book must be like God in the universe, present everywhere and visible nowhere. ― Gustave Flaubert

 

“Wheresoever you go, go with all your heart.” ― Confucius

 

“You speak an infinite deal of nothing.” ― William Shakespeare

 

Distracted as we are by various thoughts, if we would continuously contemplate the Self, which is Itself God, this single thought would in due course replace all distraction and would itself ultimately vanish; the pure Consciousness that alone finally remains is God. This is Liberation.

― Sri Ramana Maharshi

 

“If you want everything to be nice and straight all the time, then go live in a world made with a triangular ruler.”

— Haruki Murakami – Kafka on the Shore

 

“An honorable human relationship — that is, one in which two people have the right to use the word “love” — is a process, delicate, violent, often terrifying to both persons involved, a process of refining the truths they can tell each other.

It is important to do this because it breaks down human self-delusion and isolation.

It is important to do this because in doing so we do justice to our own complexity.

It is important to do this because we can count on so few people to go that hard way with us.”

― Adrienne Rich

 

“Do not stop thinking of life as an adventure. You have no security unless you can live bravely, excitingly, imaginatively; unless you can choose a challenge instead of competence.”

― Eleanor Roosevelt

 

“We have such a young culture that there is an opportunity to contribute wonderful new myths to it, which will be accepted.”

― Kurt Vonnegut

 

Your nature is Bliss

― Sri Ramana Maharshi

 

“The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars.” ― Jack Kerouac

 

Let not your choice leave behind a sense of guilt.

Try to be good, never mind if you fail.

Every good thought sent out rebounds with a hundred times its force upon the sender himself.

Swami Chinmayananda

 

“The patience we show at work, on errands, and at home is our insurance against all the distressing ailments brought about by hurry.

 

“Patience means good digestion; impatience means poor digestion, even gastrointestinal disorders. Patience means slow, deep breathing; impatience means poor lungs and irregular breathing. Patience means a slow, steady pulse; impatience means – well, find out for yourself by taking your pulse rate when you become angry. When you are patient, all the vital processes work smoothly.

 

“In the present context, patience means not hurrying when dealing with others and giving them as much of our time as they can profit from.”

- Eknath Easwaran, from “Passage Meditation”

 

“Let gratitude be the pillow upon which you kneel to say your nightly prayer. And let faith be the bridge you build to overcome evil and welcome good.”

― Maya Angelou

 

You do not grow by acquiring something nor wither away by losing it. You remain what you always are. ― Ramana Maharshi

 

“The only truth is music.” ― Jack Kerouac

 

Do not follow the ideas of others, but learn to listen to the voice within yourself. Your body and mind will become clear and you will realize the unity of all things.

― Zen Master Dogen

 

“Human speech is like a cracked kettle on which we tap crude rhythms for bears to dance to, while we long to make music that will melt the stars.”

― Gustave Flaubert, Madame Bovary

 

“I have the choice of being constantly active and happy or introspectively passive and sad. Or I can go mad by ricocheting in between.” ― Sylvia Plath

 

“It’s the fire in my eyes,

And the flash of my teeth,

The swing in my waist,

And the joy in my feet.

I’m a woman

Phenomenally.”

Maya Angelou

“We often feel that we lack something, and seem to see that very quality in someone else, promptly attributing all our own qualities to him too, and a kind of ideal contentment as well. And so the happy mortal is a model of complete perfection—which we have ourselves created.”

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, The Sorrows of Young Werther

 

“This is what happens to speeded-up people. They become automatic, which means they have no freedom and no choices, only compulsions. Since they take no time to reflect on things, they gradually lose the capacity for reflection. Without reflection, how can we change? We first have to be able to sit back, examine ourselves with detachment, and search out our patterns of behavior. Paradoxically, people who hurry are actually stuck in the same spot.”

 

- Eknath Easwaran, from “Passage Meditation”

 

“There is no saint without a past, no sinner without a future.” Augustine of Hippo

 

“There is neither past nor future. There is only the present.

 

Seek the mind. On being sought, it will disappear.”

― Sri Ramana Maharshi

 

“Perfectionism is the voice of the oppressor, the enemy of the people. It will keep you cramped and insane your whole life.

 

One of the gifts of being a writer is that it gives you an excuse to do things, to go places and explore. Another is that writing motivates you to look closely at life, at life as it lurches by and tramps around.

 

To be a good writer, you not only have to write a great deal but you have to care. You do not have to have a complicated moral philosophy. But a writer always tries, I think, to be a part of the solution, to understand a little about life and to pass this on.”

― Anne Lamott

 

“There was nowhere to go but everywhere, so just keep on rolling under the stars.” ― Jack Kerouac

 

All knowledge is meant only to lead the person to the realisation of the Self. The scriptures or religions are well-known to be for that purpose. What do they all mean? Leave alone what they say of the past or of the future; for it is only speculative. But the present existence is within the experience of all. Realise the pure Being. There is an end to all discourses and disputes.

― Sri Ramana Maharshi

 

“A real Magical Oath cannot be broken: you think it can, but it can’t. This is the advantage of a real Magical Oath.”

Aleister Crowley

 

“Everything comes to us that belongs to us if we create the capacity to receive it.” ― Rabindranath Tagore

 

The way to renewal lies through destruction. You must melt down the old jewelry into formless gold before you can mold a new one. Only the people who have gone beyond the world can change the world. It never happened otherwise. The few whose impact was long lasting were all knowers of reality. Reach their level, and then only talk of helping the world.

― Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

 

“My heartfelt wish for you: as you get older, your self will diminish and you will grow in love.”

― George Saunders

 

“Promise me you’ll never forget me because if I thought you would, I’d never leave.” ― A.A. Milne

 

“An expert is a person who has made all the mistakes that can be made in a very narrow field.” ― Niels Bohr

 

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.

― Leonardo da Vinci

 

“Suddenly I realize

That if I stepped out of my body I would break

Into blossom. ”

― James Wright, Above the River: The Complete Poems

 

“We are all connected; To each other, biologically. To the earth, chemically. To the rest of the universe atomically.”

― Neil deGrasse Tyson

 

“My soul will find yours.” ― Jude Deveraux

 

“People who deny the existence of dragons are often eaten by dragons. From within.” ― Ursula K. Le Guin

 

Faith is the belief in what we don’t know, so that we may come to know what we believe in.

It is the secret strength in the scientist, in the explorer, in all creative artists, without which they will not find any consistent enthusiasm in their continued search for the unknown.

Faith is the secret power in all spiritual students with which they steam forth on their path of seeking the ‘Unknown and the Unknowable’.

Without this Faith born out of true and deep understanding, no consistent spiritual sadhana is ever possible.

Swami Chinmayananda

 

“There is more to sex appeal than just measurements. I don’t need a bedroom to prove my womanliness. I can convey just as much sex appeal, picking apples off a tree or standing in the rain.” ― Audrey Hepburn

 

Words are easy, like the wind; Faithful friends are hard to find.” ― William Shakespeare

 

“In order to control myself I must first accept myself by going with and not against my nature.”

― Bruce Lee

 

“The best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them.” ― Ernest Hemingway

 

“One of the worst misconceptions about the spiritual life is that we have to drop out of the world to pursue it – turn our back upon our family, go away from society, get into a cave and sit there for twelve years until illumination dawns. In my eyes, the spiritual life is one of selfless action and rich relationships with everyone around, extending not merely to a few among family and friends, but wider and wider until our love embraces the whole of life.”

 

- Eknath Easwaran, from “The Bhagavad Gita for Daily Living”, Volume 2

 

The most important things are the hardest things to say. They are the things you get ashamed of, because words diminish them-words shrink things that seemed limitless when they were In your head to no more than living size when they’re brought out. But it’s more than that, isn’t it? The most important things lie too close to wherever your secret heart is buried, like landmarks to a treasure your enemies would love to steal away. And you may make revelations that cost you dearly only to have people look at you in a funny way, not understanding what you’ve said at all, or why you thought it was so important that you almost cried while you were saying it. That’s the worst, I think. When the secret stays locked within not for want of a teller but for want of an understanding ear.

Stephen King, The Body, Different Seasons

No growth is possible unless there is a willingness to drop out of our previous conditions and accept the ampler status of the new conditions.

If the bud is not ready to end its present state, how can it grow and unfold itself to become flower?

Swami Chinmayananda

 

“Fear is the cheapest room in the house. I’d like to see you in better living conditions.”

― Hafiz

 

There is but one cause of human failure. And that is man’s lack of faith in his true Self. » William James

 

“What a strange illusion it is to suppose that physical beauty is goodness.” – Leo Tolstoy

 

The great man brushes off a flea ! Do not be personally offended by your critics. ― Deepak Chopra

 

It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see. ― Henry David Thoreau

 

“There are no limits. There are plateaus, but you must not stay there. You must go beyond them. If it kills you, it kills you. A man must constantly exceed his level.” – Bruce Lee

 

Loving kindness is greater than laws; and the charities of life are more than all ceremonies. ― The Talmud

 

Instructors can impart only a fraction of the teaching. It is through your own devoted practice that the mysteries of the Art of Peace are brought to life.

 

Move like a beam of light;

Fly like lightning,

Strike like thunder,

Whirl in circles around

A stable center.

 

The Art of Peace is not easy. It is a fight to the finish, the slaying of evil desires and all falsehood within. On occasion the Voice of Peace resounds like thunder, jolting human beings out of their stupor.”

Morihei Ueshiba

 

Someday, after mastering the winds, the waves, the tides and gravity, we shall harness for God the energies of love, and then, for a second time in the history of the world, man will have discovered fire. ― Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

 

There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle. ― Albert Einstein

 

Trouble arises when either science or religion claims universal jurisdiction, when either religious dogma or scientific dogma claims to be infallible. Religious creationists and scientific materialists are equally dogmatic and insensitive. By their arrogance they bring both science and religion into disrepute. ― Freeman Dyson

 

To talk about the end of science is just as foolish as to talk about the end of religion. Science and religion are both still close to their beginnings, with no ends in sight. ― Freeman Dyson

 

It appears that mind, as manifested by the capacity to make choices, is to some extent inherent in every atom. The universe as a whole is also weird, with laws of nature that make it hospitable to the growth of mind. I do not make any clear distinction between mind and God. God is what mind becomes when it has passed beyond the scale of our comprehension. ― Freeman Dyson

 

A good cause can become bad if we fight for it with means that are indiscriminately murderous. A bad cause can become good if enough people fight for it in a spirit of comradeship and self-sacrifice. In the end it is how you fight, as much as why you fight, that makes your cause good or bad. ― Freeman Dyson

 

“The Universe is made of stories, not of atoms.

 

In time of crisis, we summon up our strength.

 

Then, if we are lucky, we are able to call every resource, every forgotten image that can leap

to our quickening, every memory that can make us know our power. And this luck is more than it seems to be: it depends on the long preparation of the self to be used.

 

In time of the crises of the spirit, we are aware of all our need, our need for each other and our need for ourselves. We call up, with all the strength of summoning we have, our fullness.

 

Belief has its structures, and its symbolschange. Its tradition changes. All the relationships within these forms are inter-dependent. We look at the symbols, we hope to read them, we hope for sharing and communication.”

Muriel Rukeyser

 

“The greatest wisdom is in simplicity. Love, respect, tolerance, sharing, gratitude, forgiveness. It’s not complex or elaborate. The real knowledge is free. It’s encoded in your DNA. All you need is within you. Great teachers have said that from the beginning. Find your heart, and you will find your way.”

― Carlos Barrios, Mayan elder and Ajq’ij of the Eagle Clan

 

The heights of popularity and patriotism are still the beaten road to power and tyranny. » David Hume

 

The Self is ever-present. ― Sri Ramana Maharshi

 

“But I don’t want comfort. I want poetry. I want danger. I want freedom. I want goodness. I want sin.”

Aldous Huxley, Brave New World

 

“The real you is timeless and beyond life and death.”

― Nisargadatta Maharaj

 

The rich will do anything for the poor but get off their backs. » Karl Marx

 

“Love is a funny thing. You expect it to be easy. You expect it to be a world of roses and laughs and perfect moments that you find only in movies. You expect him to always say the right thing, and always know exactly how you feel, or exactly how to react to it. You expect him to calm you down when you’re yelling or to chase you when you run away. You expect so much that you feel entirely, and utterly defeated when something doesn’t exactly match up with all your plans. But that’s the thing, love isn’t a plan. It doesn’t have a certain beginning and it certainly has no end or visible finish line to those deeply in it. Love happens, and it is so incredibly messy.” ― Andrew Landon

 

“A ritual is the enactment of a myth. And, by participating in the ritual, you are participating in the myth. And since myth is a projection of the depth wisdom of the psyche, by participating in a ritual, participating in the myth, you are being, as it were, put in accord with that wisdom, which is the wisdom that is inherent within you anyhow. Your consciousness is being re-minded of the wisdom of your own life.

 

“I think ritual is terribly important.”

― Joseph Campbell, “The Wisdom of Joseph Campbell,” New Dimensions Radio Interview with Michael Toms, Tape I, Side 2

 

“Pour yourself a drink, put on some lipstick, and pull yourself together.” — Elizabeth Taylor

 

We choose our Joys and Sorrows

Long before we experience them.

Swami Chinmayananda

 

“Fairness is a concept that holds only in limited situations. Yet we want the concept to extend to everything, in and out of phase. From snails to hardware stores to married life. Maybe no one finds it, or even misses it, but fairness is like love. What is given has nothing to do with what we seek.” ― Haruki Murakami

 

“I try to practice what I preach; I’m not always that good at it but I really do try. The other night, I was getting hard-hearted, closed-minded, and fundamentalist about somebody else, and I remembered this expression that you can never hate somebody if you stand in their shoes. I was angry at him because he was holding such a rigid view. In that instant I was able to put myself in his shoes and I realized, “I’m just as riled up, and self-righteous and closed-minded about this as he is. We’re in exactly the same place!” And I saw that the more I held on to my view, the more polarized we would become, and the more we’d be just mirror images of one another—two people with closed minds and hard hearts who both think they’re right, screaming at each other. It changed for me when I saw it from his side, and I was able to see my own aggression and ridiculousness.”

― Pema Chodron

 

Direct knowledge does not require intellectual discourses.

― Ramana Maharshi

 

Find GOD now

Deprogram yourself!

- Carlos Santana

 

“Love sometimes wants to do us a great favor: hold us upside down and shake all the nonsense out.”

― Hafiz

 

“Good, better, best. Never let it rest. Until your good is better and your better is best.”

― Tim Duncan

 

“The earth does not belong to us. We belong to the earth.”

― Chief Seattle

 

“In the attitude of silence the soul finds the path in a clearer light, and what is elusive and deceptive resolves itself into crystal clearness.”

― Mahatma Gandhi

 

Without fear, we are able to see more

clearly our connections to others.

Without fear, we have more room for

understanding and compassion.

Without fear, we are truly free.

― Thich Nhat Hanh

 

“We can’t choose where we come from,but we can choose where we go from there.” ― Stephen Chbosky

 

“Forgiveness is the greatest weapon.”

― Neem Karoli Baba

 

“What really knocks me out is a book that, when you’re all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it. That doesn’t happen much, though.”

― J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye

 

Determination should not turn into arrogance and resolution into obstinacy. Often they do…

… Love is the antidote.

Swami Chinmayananda

 

All that is gold does not glitter,

Not all those who wander are lost;

The old that is strong does not wither,

Deep roots are not reached by the frost.

― J. R. R. Tolkien

 

☮ There is no such thing as defeat in non-violence. ― César Chávez

 

“To avoid criticism say nothing, do nothing, be nothing.”

― Aristotle

 

For enquiry into one’s real nature as it actually is in the Heart, the best guide is the unrejectable true light of the Self ['I am"]

― Ramana Maharshi

 

“He has a right to criticize, who has a heart to help.”

― Abraham Lincoln

 

“The more man meditates upon good thoughts, the better will be his world and the world at large.”

― Confucius

 

You are the sky. Everything else – it’s just the weather.

― Pema Chödrön

 

“Wisdom says we are nothing. Love says we are everything. Between these two our life flows.”

― Nisargadatta Maharaj

 

“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.”

― Rumi

 

“Everything has its wonders, even darkness and silence, and I learn, whatever state I may be in, therein to be content.”

― Helen Keller

 

When the mind is identified with any sense sensation, it finds itself unable to understand the difference between its own happiness and the pleasures of the senses. When the yogi learns how to withdraw his mind and energy from the senses, his mind concentrates on its own real joy found in the soul contact and interiorization; the pleasures of the senses by comparison then seem foreign and repugnant.

 

If a hungry person feeds somebody else he can never thus appease his own hunger. Similarly when the soul is hungry to find its own lost happiness, it cannot do so through the senses. All sense addicts find themselves disillusioned and dissatisfied because they are seeking happiness in foreign territory hostile to soul bliss.

― Paramahansa Yogananda

 

“Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old.”

― Franz Kafka

 

“Yes, Grace is both the beginning and the end.”

― Sri Ramana Maharshi

 

It is true that one or two can get rid of the ‘I’ through samadhi; but these cases are very rare. You may indulge in thousands of reasonings, but still the ‘I’ comes back. You may cut the peepal-tree to the very root today, but you will notice a sprout springing up tomorrow. Therefore if the ‘I’ must remain, let the rascal remain as the ‘servant I’. As long as you live, you should say, ‘O God, Thou art the Master and I am Thy servant.’ The ‘I’ that feels, ‘I am the servant of God, I am His devotee’ does not injure one.

― Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa

 

“Without music, life would be a mistake.” ― Friedrich Nietzsche

 

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’”

― Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

The faculty of discrimination, this power of judgment, this ability to discern what is right and what is wrong, what is to be done and what is not to be done, is the function of the intellect.

The dignity and culture of mankind lie in the exercise of this faculty and when this wondrous equipment is left neglected, man is bound to deteriorate to the status of an animal and suffer the consequences thereof.

Swami Chinmayananda

 

“If Newton were restricted, in working through the theory of gravitation, to apples and forbidden to look at the motion of the Moon or the Earth, it is clear he would not have made much progress. It is precisely being able to look at the effects down here, look at the effects up there, comparing the two, which permits, encourages, the development of a broad and general theory. If we are stuck on one planet, if we know only this planet, then we are extremely limited in our understanding even of this planet. If we know only one kind of life, we are extremely limited in our understanding even of that kind of life. If we know only one kind of intelligence, we are extremely limited in knowing even that kind of intelligence. But seeking out our counterparts elsewhere, broadening our perspective, even if we do not find what we are looking for, gives us a framework in which to understand ourselves far better.

I think if we ever reach the point where we think we thoroughly understand who we are and where we came from, we will have failed. I think this search does not lead to a complacent satisfaction that we know the answer, not an arrogant sense that the answer is before us and we need do only one more experiment to find it out. It goes with a courageous intent to greet the universe as it really is, not to foist our emotional predispositions on it but to courageously accept what our explorations tell us.”

― Carl Sagan

 

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

― Lao Tzu

 

There is no greater deception than believing that liberation, which is ever present as one’s own nature, will be attained at a later stage.

― Ramana Maharshi

 

“Heart” is merely another name for the Supreme Spirit, because He [She] is in all hearts.

― Sri Ramana Maharshi

 

You want to be loved because you do not love; but the moment you love, it is finished, you are no longer inquiring whether or not somebody loves you.

― Jiddu Krishnamurti

 

Let’s sit in the profound silence for a while. Just be still. If your mind attacks you just look at it. In a loving way just leave it alone. Don’t try to stop your thoughts, change your thoughts. Just be still. Be quiet. Do not think of anything in particular. Become aware of the thoughts that come to you. Just watch them. Do not give them any attention or change them, do no not try to change them. Just be yourself.

― Robert Adams

 

“Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. Who looks outside, dreams, who looks inside, awakens.”

- Carl Jung

 

“I wanted to talk with her about so many things, hear her opinion. If she didn’t want to say a thing about herself, fine by me. Just to be able to see her, to talk with her, that was enough.”

— Haruki Murakami – South of the Border, West of the Sun

 

The dark night of the soul comes just before revelation. When everything is lost, and all seems darkness, then comes the new life and all that is needed.

Joseph Campbell

 

We are not afraid to follow truth wherever it may lead, nor to tolerate any error so long as reason is left free to combat it.

Thomas Jefferson

 

Think that ‘I am only the instrument in the Lord’s hands and my reward is in the mere fact that I am being used by him in His lila’.

Swami Chinmayananda

 

“Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.” ― Dr. Seuss

 

“We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect.”

― Anaïs Nin

 

“We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.” ― Anaïs Nin

 

“Winter garden,

the moon thinned to a thread,

insects singing.”

― Matsuo Bashō

 

Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding. ― Kahlil Gibran

 

“Melancholy were the sounds on a winter’s night.”

― Virginia Woolf, Jacob’s Room

 

“In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.” ― Robert Frost

 

“If you want to be happy, be.”

Leo Tolstoy

 

“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” ― Eleanor Roosevelt

 

When you cherish others,

all your wishes are fulfilled.

― Lama Zopa Rinpoche

 

“You are at once

both

the quiet

and

the confusion

of my heart.”

— Franz Kafka, from Letters To Felice

 

Experience is always changing, like the movement of clouds against the sky. Realization – the stable awareness of the true nature of your mind – is like the sky itself, an unchanging background against which shifting experience occur.

― Mingyur Rinpoche

 

That is the ego which rises and sinks periodically. But you exist always. That which lies beyond the ego is consciousness – the Self.

― Ramana Maharshi

 

“To whom can I expose the urgency of my own passion?”

— Virginia Woolf, The Waves

 

“We often refuse to accept an idea merely because the tone of voice in which it has been expressed is unsympathetic to us.”

— Friedrich Nietzsche

 

When even the subtle mind is destroyed, the experience of Bliss as such also ceases. He [She] is drowned and dissolved in the fathomless Ocean of Bliss and is unaware of anything apart. This is videhamukti. There is nothing beyond it. It is the end of all. ― Sri Ramana Maharshi

 

Those who wish to sing always find a song. » Plato

 

That which is, is peace. All that we need do is to keep quiet.

― Ramana Maharshi

 

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” ― Mahatma Gandhi

 

It is never too late.

Even if you are going to die tomorrow,

Keep yourself straight and clear and be a happy human being today.

If you keep your situation happy day by day,

you will eventually reach the greatest happiness of enlightenment.

― Lama Yeshe

 

An unjust peace is better than a just war. » Cicero

 

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” ― Maya Angelou

 

“Productivity is never an accident. It is always the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning, and focused effort.”

― Paul J. Meyer

 

Enlightenment is ego’s ultimate disappointment.

― Chögyam Trungpa

 

Steady mind moulded through devoted sadhana is a power of peace.

Swami Chinmayananda

 

“It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all – in which case, you fail by default.” ― J.K. Rowling

 

“The real lover is the man who can thrill you by kissing your forehead or smiling into your eyes or just staring into space.” ― Marilyn Monroe

 

“Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.” ― Mark Twain

 

“Beauty is not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart.”

― Kahlil Gibran

 

Concentrate on the seer and not on the seen, not on the objects, but on the Light which reveals them.

― Sri Ramana Maharshi

 

☮The fight is never about grapes or lettuce. It is always about people. ― César Chávez

 

Keeping a noble and divine ideal constantly in our mind’s eye is to inspire us to action.

Swami Chinmayananda

 

“I wish I were a girl again, half-savage and hardy, and free.”

- Emily Brontë

 

Friendship is certainly the finest balm for the pangs of disappointed love.”

- Jane Austen

 

“When we remember we are all mad, the mysteries disappear and life stands explained.”

― Mark Twain

 

“Once more the ancient feast returns,

And the bright hearth domestic burns

With Yuletide’s added blaze;

So, too, may all your joys increase

Midst floods of mem’ry, love, and peace,

And dreams of Halcyon days.”

― H.P. Lovecraft

 

“Worse even than your maddening song, your silence.”

Sylvia Plath

 

“If you can love someone with your whole heart, even one person, then there’s salvation in life. Even if you can’t get together with that person.”

- Haruki Murakami

 

“The entrance to the sanctuary is inside you.”

― Rumi

 

Time is not a line but a dimension, like the dimensions of space.

― Margaret Eleanor Atwood

 

“Whatever it is you’re seeking won’t come in the form you’re expecting.”

— Haruki Murakami

 

“We’re neither pure, nor wise, nor good; we do the best we know.”

Voltaire

 

‘A cold coming we had of it,

Just the worst time of the year

For a journey, and such a long journey:

The was deep and the weather sharp,

The very dead of winter.’

And the camels galled, sore-footed, refractory,

Lying down in the melting snow.

There were times we regretted

The summer palaces on slopes, the terraces,

And the silken girls bringing sherbet.

Then the camel men cursing and grumbling

And running away, and wanting their liquor and women,

And the night-fires gong out, and the lack of shelters,

And the cities hostile and the towns unfriendly

And the villages dirty, and charging high prices.:

A hard time we had of it.

At the end we preferred to travel all night,

Sleeping in snatches,

With the voices singing in our ears, saying

That this was all folly.

 

Then at dawn we came down to a temperate valley,

Wet, below the snow line, smelling of vegetation;

With a running stream and a water-mill beating the darkness,

And three trees on the low sky,

And an old white horse galloped away in the meadow.

Then we came to a tavern with vine-leaves over the lintel,

Six hands at an open door dicing for pieces of silver,

And feet kicking the empty wine-skins.

But there was no information, and so we continued

And arrived at evening, not a moment too soon

Finding the place; it was (you may say) satisfactory.

 

All this was a long time ago, I remember,

And I would do it again, but set down

This set down

This: were we lead all that way for

Birth or Death? There was a Birth, certainly,

We had evidence and no doubt. I have seen birth and death,

But had thought they were different; this Birth was

Hard and bitter agony for us, like Death, our death.

We returned to our places, these Kingdoms,

But no longer at ease here, in the old dispensation,

With an alien people clutching their gods.

I should be glad of another death.

—T. S. Eliot

 

“Whether you know it or not, whether you are aware of it or not, your life is a trust. Every faculty that you have, all the training that you receive, is a trust granted to you so that you may give to the world, which stands badly in need of your contribution. Don’t go by what the media say. We are in a very, very difficult situation all over the world, and it’s not enough to talk about peace; you have to live in peace, and you have to help others live in peace too.”

- Eknath Easwaran, from “With My Love and Blessings”

 

If we live our lives continually motivated by anger and hatred, even our physical health deteriorates.

― Dalai Lama

 

Our smile affirms our awareness and determination to live in peace and joy.

― Thich Nhat Hanh

 

“If you want to make peace with an enemy, one must work with that enemy and that enemy becomes your partner.”

Nelson Mandela from Long Walk to Freedom, 1994

 

My own experience and development deepen every day my conviction that our moral progress may be measured by the degree in which we sympathize with individual suffering and individual joy. ― George Eliot

 

It takes great labor to uncover the convincing simple speech of the heart. Poetic candor comes with hard labor, so even does impetuosity and impudence. ― Kenneth Rexroth

 

The holiness of the real

Is always there, accessible

In total immanence. The nodes

Of transcendence coagulate

In you, the experiencer,

And in the other, the lover.

Kenneth Rexroth

 

While you live … you have a duty to life. … The fey wonders of the world only exist while there are those with the sight to see them. … Otherwise they fade away. ― Charles de Lint

 

That’s the thing with magic. You’ve got to know it’s still here, all around us, or it just stays invisible for you. ― Charles de Lint

 

God is not, as in scholasticism, the final subject of all predicates. He is being as unpredicable. The existence of the creature, in so far as it exists, is the existence of God, and the creature’s experience of God is therefore in the final analysis equally unpredicable. Neither can even be described; both can only be indicated. We can only point at reality, our own or God’s. The soul comes to the realization of God by knowledge, not as in the older Christian mysticism by love. Love is the garment of knowledge. The soul first trains itself by systematic unknowing until at last it confronts the only reality, the only knowledge, God manifest in itself. The soul can say nothing about this experience in the sense of defining it. It can only reveal it to others.

 

For one heart beat the

Heart was free and moved itself. O love,

I who am lost and damned with words,

Whose words are a business and an art,

I have no words. These words, this poem, this

Is all confusion and ignorance.

But I know that coached by your sweet heart,

My heart beat one free beat and sent

Through all my flesh the blood of truth.

Kenneth Rexroth

 

By enlarging your knowledge of things, you will find your knowledge of self is enlarged.

 

When all‘s said and done, all roads lead to the same end. So it’s not so much which road you take, as how you take it.

Charles de Lint

 

The final frontier is perhaps the most difficult, but it’s also the most important — and that’s the frontier of the human spirit. For too long, people have allowed differences on the surface — differences of color, ethnicity, and gender — to tear apart the common bonds they share. And the human spirit suffers as a result.

Imagine a world in which we saw beyond the lines that divide us, and celebrated our differences, instead of hiding from them. Imagine a world in which we finally recognized that, fundamentally, we are all the same. And imagine if we allowed that new understanding to build relations between people and between nations. ― Wesley Clark

 

I think we should be very clear on this… this country was founded on the principles of the Enlightenment… It was the idea that people could talk, reason, have dialogue, discuss the issues. It wasn’t founded on the idea that someone would get struck by a divine inspiration and know everything right from wrong. I mean, people who founded this country had religion, they had strong beliefs, but they believed in reason, in dialogue, in civil discourse. We can’t lose that in this country. We’ve got to get it back. ― Wesley Clark

 

Working together, we can build a world in which the rule of law — not the rule of force — governs relations between states. A world in which leaders respect the rights of their people, and nations seek peace, not destruction or domination. And neither we nor anyone else should live in fear ever again. ― Wesley Clark

 

Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven. ― Yeshua (Jesus Christ)

 

A few minutes ago every tree was excited, bowing to the roaring storm, waving, swirling, tossing their branches in glorious enthusiasm like worship. But though to the outer ear these trees are now silent, their songs never cease. Every hidden cell is throbbing with music and life, every fiber thrilling like harp strings, while incense is ever flowing from the balsam bells and leaves. No wonder the hills and groves were God’s first temples, and the more they are cut down and hewn into cathedrals and churches, the farther off and dimmer seems the Lord himself. ― John Muir

 

Nature is ever at work building and pulling down, creating and destroying, keeping everything whirling and flowing, allowing no rest but in rhythmical motion, chasing everything in endless song out of one beautiful form into another. ― John Muir

 

For poetry the idea is everything; the rest is a world of illusion, of divine illusion. Poetry attaches its emotion to the idea; the idea is the fact. The strongest part of our religion today is its unconscious poetry. ― Matthew Arnold

 

You shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free. ― Yeshua (Jesus Christ)

 

The only real blind person at Christmas-time is he who has not Christmas in his heart. ― Helen Keller

 

A very MerryChristmas

And a happy New Year

Let’s hope it’s a good one

Without any fear.

War is over,

If you want it —

War is over now.

John Lennon & Yoko Ono

 

Peace is present right here and now, in ourselves and in everything we do and see. The question is whether or not we are in touch with it. We don’t have to travel far away to enjoy the blue sky. We don’t have to leave our city or even our neighborhood to enjoy the eyes of a beautiful child. Even the air we breathe can be a source of joy.

― Thich Nhat Hanh

 

“Freedom is not given to us by anyone; we have to cultivate it ourselves. It is a daily practice… No one can prevent you from being aware of each step you take or each breath in and breath out.”

― Thich Nhat Hanh

 

Guru’s grace is always there. ― Sri Ramana Maharshi

 

Hatred does not cease by hatred, but only by love; this is the eternal rule.

― The Buddha

 

As in a pile of rubbish

cast by the side of a highway

a lotus might grow

clean-smelling

pleasing the heart,

so in the midst of the rubbish-like,

people run-of-the-mill & blind,

there dazzles with discernment

the disciple of the Rightly

Self-Awakened One.

― Buddha, Dhammapada

 

“I have the true feeling of myself only when I am unbearably unhappy.”

- Franz Kafka, Diaries

 

“The problem with the world is that the intelligent people are full of doubts, while the stupid ones are full of confidence.”

― Charles Bukowski

 

“I used to think I was the strangest person in the world but then I thought there are so many people in the world, there must be someone just like me who feels bizarre and flawed in the same ways I do. I would imagine her, and imagine that she must be out there thinking of me too. Well, I hope that if you are out there and read this and know that, yes, it’s true I’m here, and I’m just as strange as you.”  ― Frida Kahlo

 

“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.”

― Lao Tzu

 

“If neurotic is wanting two mutually exclusive things at one and the same time, then I’m neurotic as hell. I’ll be flying back and forth between one mutually exclusive thing and another for the rest of my days.”

Sylvia Plath

 

“Our distrust is very expensive.”

― Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

“The beautiful thing about learning is that nobody can take it away from you”

- B.B. King

 

“If every man would help his neighbor, no man would be without help.”

Bruce Lee

 

“I tell you, my friend, all happiness depends on courage and work. I have had many periods of wretchedness, but with energy, and above all, with illusions, I pulled through them all. That is why I still hope, and hope much. “

Honoré de Balzac

 

If you cannot be a poet, be the poem.

― David Carradine

 

The spark of the divine

Again as always

We are immortal souls

Indestructible spirits

Everlasting light and love

Forever perfect quality consciousness

Yes the kingdom of heaven is US

Not hidden or buried

I am not the body

I am not the mind

I am the soul- bird that flies

In the infinite bosom-sky

Of my lord supreme

Today and everyday let us will

Peace forgiveness and compassion

― Carlos Santana

 

“It begins with a character, usually, and once he stands up on his feet and begins to move, all I can do is trot along behind him with a paper and pencil trying to keep up long enough to put down what he says and does.”

William Faulkner

 

“The trouble with having an open mind, of course, is that people will insist on coming along and trying to put things in it.” ― Terry Pratchett

 

“You may give them your love but not your thoughts. For they have their own thoughts. You may house their bodies but not their souls, for their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.”

― Kahlil Gibran

 

“The wise adapt themselves

to circumstances, as water

molds itself to the pitcher.”

― Zen Proverb

 

“I enjoy talking to you. Your mind appeals to me. It resembles my own mind except that you happen to be insane.”

― George Orwell, 1984

 

Don’t worry if you feel you can only do one tiny good thing in one small corner of the cosmos. Just be a Buddha body in that one place.

― Thích Nhất Hạnh

 

“Love never dies a natural death. It dies because we don’t know how to replenish its source. It dies of blindness and errors and betrayals. It dies of illness and wounds; it dies of weariness, of witherings, of tarnishings.” ― Anaïs Nin

 

I love the dark hours of my being.

My mind deepens into them.

There I can find, as in old letters,

the days of my life, already lived,

and held like a legend, and understood.

 

Then the knowing comes:

I can open to another life

that’s wide and timeless.

― Rainer Maria Rilke

 

Neither a space station nor an enlightened mind can be realized in a day.

― Dalai Lama

 

“The secret of change is to focus all your energy, not on fighting the old, but in building the new.”

― Socrates

 

“Where the myth fails, human love begins. Then we love a human being, not our dream, but a human being with flaws.”

― Anais Nin

 

“I would rather die of passion than of boredom.”

— Vincent Van Gogh

 

“Humility will come as one progresses in sadhana (spiritual practices). Humility means seeing God in everything or perceiving one’s own Self everywhere. Humility means accepting the will of the Supreme. Humility means self-surrender, surrendering our will to the will of God. Once that is done, one can only be humble because one sees that whatever happens in his life, whether positive or negative, is His will. In this state, all reactions disappear. There are no more reactions, only acceptance. Therefore, humility can also be interpreted as total acceptance.”

— Amma

 

“Don’t be satisfied with stories, how things have gone with others. Unfold your own myth.”

Rumi

 

“Do not let the behavior of others destroy your inner peace.” ― Dalai Lama

 

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.” ― Albert Einstein

 

“Show up, show up, show up, and after a while the muse shows up, too.”

― Isabel Allende

 

“There is one other reason for dressing well, namely that dogs respect it, and will not attack you in good clothes.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

“There is nothing better than a friend, unless it is a friend with chocolate.” ― Linda Grayson

 

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do, so throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore, Dream, Discover.”

- Mark Twain

 

“Optimism is a perfectly legitimate response to failure.”

Stephen King

 

“Infinite patience yields immediate results.”

― Marianne Williamson

 

“Love blurs your vision; but after it recedes, you can see more clearly than ever. It’s like the tide going out, revealing whatever’s been thrown away and sunk: broken bottles, old gloves, rusting pop cans, nibbled fishbodies, bones. This is the kind of thing you see if you sit in the darkness with open eyes, not knowing the future.”

- Margaret Atwood

 

How can we be saved from this Love?

Even the sky is on a big bow string.

It’s stretched like Lovers, upside down.

It is amazingly beautiful, amazingly charming,

This Love which gives joy to our Soul.

― Rumi

 

In the Years of the Primal Course, in the dawn of terrestrial

birth,

Man mastered the mammoth and horse, and Man was the

Lord of the Earth.

 

He made him an hollow skin from the heart of an holy tree,

He compassed the earth therien, and Man was the Lord of

the Sea.

 

He controlled the vigour of steam, he harnessed the light-

ning for hire;

He drove the celestial team, and man was the Lord of the

 

Deep-mouthed from their thrones deep-seated, the choirs

of the æeons declare

The last of the demons defeated, for Man is the Lord of

the Air.

 

Arise, O Man, in thy strength! the kingdom is thine to

inherit,

Till the high gods witness at lenght that Man is the Lord

of his spirit.

― Aleister Crowley

 

Divine love is the rarest thing in the world. He, who can love God as a devoted wife loves her husband, attains to divine love. Pure love is difficult to acquire. In pure love the whole heart and soul must be absorbed in God. Then will come ecstasy. In ecstasy a man remains dumb with wonder. In divine love one entirely forgets the external world with all its charms and attractions; even one’s own body, which is so dear to one, is easily forgotten. In ecstasy the whole mind remains absolutely fixed upon the supreme. Those who are mere scholars and have not attained divine love, confound the minds of others.

― Sri Ramakrishna Paramhamsa

 

Make the best use of what is in your power, and take the rest as it happens. » Epictetus

 

Your life will be blessed if you need nothing until you have it.

Swami Chinmayananda

 

“I’ve been making a list of the things they don’t teach you at school. They don’t teach you how to love somebody. They don’t teach you how to be famous. They don’t teach you how to be rich or how to be poor. They don’t teach you how to walk away from someone you don’t love any longer. They don’t teach you how to know what’s going on in someone else’s mind. They don’t teach you what to say to someone who’s dying. They don’t teach you anything worth knowing.” ― Neil Gaiman

 

“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” ― George Bernard Shaw

 

“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.”

― Dalai Lama

 

“There is help & hope in other spells. Wisdom says: be strong! Then canst thou bear more joy. Be not animal; refine thy rapture! If thou drink, drink by the eight and ninety rules of art: if thou love, exceed by delicacy; and if thou do aught joyous, let there be subtlety therein!”

― Aleister Crowley

 

“Life is not interested in good and evil. Don Quixote was constantly choosing between good and evil, but then he was choosing in his dream state. He was mad. He entered reality only when he was so busy trying to cope with people that he had no time to distinguish between good and evil. Since people exist only in life, they must devote their time simply to being alive.”

- William Faulkner

 

“There is nothing I would not do for those who are really my friends. I have no notion of loving people by halves, it is not my nature.” ― Jane Austen

 

“Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.” ― Albert Einstein

 

“We are living in an information-driven society which bombards us indiscriminately with data – all treated as being of equal importance – and which leads to remarkable superficiality in the area of moral discernment.” ― Pope Francis

 

“One morning, as Gregor Samsa was waking up from

anxious dreams, he discovered that in bed he had been

changed into a monstrous verminous bug.”

― Franz Kafka

 

The cosmos springs into view simultaneously with the seer. There is no creation by stages or steps. ― Sri Ramana Maharshi

 

A person’s fears are lighter when the danger is at hand. » Seneca

 

“It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.” ― E.E. Cummings

 

Virtue is a habit of the mind, consistent with nature and moderation and reason. » Cicero

 

God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him.

― Ramana Maharshi

 

“It is a very poor evaluation of human beings to think that impatience and violent reactions are part of human nature. We have to look to people like Mahatma Gandhi, kind under any provocation, to see what human nature is really like. Gandhi’s life showed over and over that even a violent person will respond if exposed to someone who, by being always kind, focuses consistently on the highest in our nature.

- Eknath Easwaran

 

“I have always thought of Christmas time, when it has come round, as a good time; a kind, forgiving, charitable time; the only time I know of, in the long calendar of the year, when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely, and to think of people below them as if they really were fellow passengers to the grave, and not another race of creatures bound on other journeys.”

― Charles Dickens

 

All the evils and miseries of human existence begin when the soul forgets to use the body and the senses as its instruments and servants. When the soul becomes identified with the body, its consciousness is turned senseward, away from the inner intuitive perception of truth. After once attaining ecstasy and communion with God, all devotees must try their uttermost to be conscious of the divine state even during the egoistic or human state. This steady centering of the consciousness will preclude all confusion between good and bad actions.

― Paramahansa Yogananda

 

“The world is beautiful, but has a disease called man.”

Friedrich Nietzsche

 

So long, however, as man identifies himself with his material body and fails to find repose in his true Self, he feels his wants according to his heart’s desires remain unsatisfied. To satisfy them he has to appear often in flesh and blood on the stage of life, subject to the influence of Darkness, Maya, and has to suffer all the troubles of life and death not only in the present but in the future as well.

― Swami Sri Yukteswar

 

“As long as there’s such a thing as time, everybody’s damaged in the end, changed into something else. It always happens, sooner or later.”

― Haruki Murakami

 

‘Fight this battle. Lust is something

which keeps following you life after

life and it is a very deep sankhara.

Whenever sexual desire arises in the

mind don’t focus on the object of the

lust. Just accept the fact of lust as

lust. “At this moment my mind is full

of lust.” Accept this, and see what

sensation you have. At that moment

start observing whatever sensation

predominates anywhere in the body,

and keep understanding,”This is not

permanent, this is not permanent.

This lust that has come is also not

permanent; let me see how long it

lasts.” In this way the sexual desire

becomes weaker and weaker and

passes away.’

― S. N. Goenka

 

“It snowed last year too: I made a snowman and my brother knocked it down and I knocked my brother down and then we had tea.”

― Dylan Thomas

 

It is not how you compare to others that is important, but rather how you compare to who you were yesterday. If you’ve advanced even one step, then you’ve achieved something great.

― Daisaku Ikeda

 

Life is a game of Hide & Seek.

Laugh on and play the game.

When you ‘discover’, laugh; when you cannot, laugh.

The one who laughs the most wins even when he loses.

Swami Chinmayananda

 

“There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.” ― Ernest Hemingway

 

“A world where it is safe to love is a world where it is safe to live.”

― Serena Anderlini-D’Onofrio

 

“The best cure for a bad hangover was to watch a morning talk show, according to one friend.”

— Haruki Murakami – All God’s Children Can Dance

 

“The mind is like a parachute, works better when it is open.”

― Tsogni Rinpoche

 

“I heard the bells on Christmas Day

Their old, familiar carols play,

And wild and sweet

The words repeat

Of peace on earth, good-will to men!”

― Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

 

“And in that moment, I swear we were infinite.” ― Stephen Chbosky

 

“It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.

― Dalai Lama

 

Religion is the recognition of all our duties as divine commands. » Kant

 

In the end, only three things matter

How much you loved

How gently you lived

And how gracefully you let go

Of things not meant for you

― Buddha

 

The essence of motherhood is not restricted to women who have given birth; It is a principle inherent in both women and men. It is an attitude of the mind. It is LOVE ― and LOVE is the very breath of life.

― Amma

 

“I felt overstuffed and dull and disappointed, the way I always do the day after Christmas, as if whatever it was the pine boughs and the candles and the silver and gilt-ribboned presents and the birch-log fires and the Christmas turkey and the carols at the piano promised never came to pass.”

― Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar

 

Today is a precious and holy day

On planet earth

It is a day when the world

Calls a halt to insanity

And acknowledges the presence of divinity

The most important message of Christmas

Is that the Christ is born in you

Through you as you

The birth of Christ is the emergence

of a new consciousness

Of your own holiness

― Alan Cohen

 

“The greatest prayer is patience.”

― Gautama Buddha

 

“Creativity is knowing how to hide your sources” ― Albert Einstein

 

“We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.” ― Kurt Vonnegut

 

“True peace is not a balance of opposing forces. It is not a lovely “façade” which conceals conflicts and divisions… Wars shatter and hurt so many lives!” – Pope Francis, Christmas Message 2013

 

“And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.” ― Paulo Coelho

 

The sage does not ‘know’ the Self, because he is the Self. ― Sri Ramana Maharshi

 

“The way we respond to small matters reflects the way we will respond to the larger matters of life. If we can begin to release ourselves from our little likes and dislikes, we will find that we are gaining the capacity to weather emotional storms. Then we can begin to face whatever comes calmly and courageously.”

- Eknath Easwaran

 

If you want to know something,

go elsewhere.

 

If you want to un-know everything

then sit and listen.

― Adyashanti

 

“All the best essays are epistemological journeys from ignorance or curiosity to knowledge.” — Geoff Dyer

 

“Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.” ― Aristotle

 

“If you don’t know where you’re going, any road’ll take you there” ― George Harrison

 

Man’s very nature is to desire the Real, Supreme Wisdom, Divine Joy – to return home when the play is over. The field of the play is His, the play His as well, and so are those who take part in it – friends and fellow-beings. All is He alone. Ignorance, surely, is not what you seek. To aspire to Immortality is man’s true nature – or is death desirable? The world is concerned with the knowledge that is ignorance.

 

To long for the cessation of want is your very nature and to explore and penetrate to the root of whatever you perceive. When you buy clothes, you choose durable material, which will not wear out quickly; even this is an indication of your innate tendency to seek the Everlasting. It is your nature to crave for the revelation of That which Is, for the Eternal, for Truth, for limitless Knowledge. This is why you do not feel satisfied with the evanescent, the untrue, with ignorance and limitation.

 

To yearn for the revelation of “What You Are” is your true nature.

― Sri Anandamayi Ma

 

“Please don’t wait until the doctors tell you that you are going to have a baby to begin to take care of it. It is already there. Whatever you are, whatever you do, your baby will get it. Anything you eat, any worries that are on your mind will be for him or her. Can you tell me that you cannot smile? Think of the baby, and smile for him, for her, for the future generations. Please don’t tell me that a smile and your sorrow just don’t go together. It’s your sorrow, but what about your baby? It’s not his sorrow, its not her sorrow.”

― Thích Nhất Hạnh

 

“Cut down

the forest of desire,

not the forest of trees.

From the forest of desire

come danger & fear.

Having cut down this forest

& its underbrush, monks,

be deforested.”

― Buddha, Dhammapada

 

Love is a state of Being.

Your love is not outside;

it is deep within you.

You can never lose it,

and it cannot leave you.

― Eckhart Tolle

 

Spirit has many, many meanings in the dictionary, but to the ancients it meant one thing….conscious life.

 

It meant life, purpose; life containing within itself the archetypes of all living; life that survives every form that exists even in the cosmos itself; but life that is infinitely mindful of the sparrow’s fall.

 

This spirit was therefore an infinite life, a life centering everywhere, its circumference nowhere.

 

This one life – unlimited, unbounded, beyond definition – becomes not only a spirit, a tremendous, all-pervading life power, but within the mysterious depths of this spirit we find the infinite will, the infinite wisdom, and the infinite love.

― Excerpted from Manly P Hall Lecture # 192 – “The Magnetic Field of the Earth: A Study of Energy Resources.”

 

God illumines the mind and shines within it. One cannot know God by means of the mind. One can but turn the mind inwards and merge it in God.

― Ramana Maharshi

 

“A book lying idle on a shelf is wasted ammunition.”

― Henry Miller, The Books in My Life

 

“Develop an interest in life as you see it; the people, things, literature, music – the world is so rich, simply throbbing with rich treasures, beautiful souls and interesting people. Forget yourself.”

― Henry Miller

 

“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” ― Mahatma Gandhi

 

“Your inner strength is your outer foundation”

 

― Allan Rufus

 

“I’ve always had one dream. That is, within this century the world become a really happy human family. In order to do that we need a sense of oneness of humanity. I think through education, through more holistic and realistic thinking. I have confidence, through education, through awareness, I think we can develop a sense of oneness of humanity. Then the very basis of violence, the very basis of war, is no longer there. Then this century can be the century of peace, of nonviolence.”

Dalai Lama

 

I feel optimistic about the future because humanity seems to be growing more mature; scientists are paying more attention to our inner values, to the study of mind and the emotions. There is a clear desire for peace and concern for the environment.

― Dalai Lama

 

“Life has been some combination of fairy-tale coincidence and joie de vivre and shocks of beauty together with some hurtful self-questioning.”

― Sylvia Plath

 

Heroism of the seeker is in rejecting the whisperings of immediate happiness and in living nobly, fulfilling one’s larger duties.

Swami Chinmayananda

 

Since I learned how to love you,

the door of my heart has been left wide open

to the winds of the four directions.

― Thich Nhat Hanh

 

“Ushikawa knew that Eriko Fukada had literally shaken him to his core. Her unwavering, pointed gaze shook him not only physically, but to the center of his being, like someone who had fallen passionately in love. He had never felt this way before in his life.”

— Haruki Murakami – 1Q84

 

“In certain situations, manifesting anger is the right attitude; in others it is not the right thing to manifest because it will only add to the violence. In the first case, anger unblocks the conflict and causes another to become more conscious. In the latter, it only adds to the unconsciousness and inflames the conflict.”

― Jean-Yves Leloup

 

Looking inside our own natures we find that the search for the eternal life is not much more difficult than the search in ourselves for personal life.

 

We are, we exist, we are beings.

 

We are creatures possessing the mysterious power of self-awareness.

 

We know that we are, we believe that we are, but what we are we do not know, and why we are we can only guess.

 

This thing within us, and which we call “I”, is so elusive that we seemingly never have the direct experience of it.

 

We learn what it does, sometimes to our sorrow, but what it is we do not know.

 

We can no more isolate the “I” in ourselves than we can the vast “I” in space, and the reason we cannot isolate it as a concept, or examine it by detection, is because it is on a higher level of function than man.

 

―Excerpted from Manly P Hall Lecture #192 – “The Magnetic Field of the Earth: A Study of Energy Resources.”

 

“The best way to take care of the future is to take care of the present moment.”

― Thich Nhat Hanh

 

“The consciousness in you and the consciousness in me, apparently two, really one, seek unity and that is love.” ― Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

 

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” — Maya Angelou

 

“The only thing that revealed that he was alive was this silent, slow movement in and out. Occasionally a nurse would shave his beard with an electric razor and use a tiny pair of scissors with rounded-off tips to clip the white hairs growing out of his ears and nose. She would trim his eyebrows as well. Even though he was unconscious, these continued to grow. As he watched his father, Tengo started to have doubts about the difference between a person being alive and being dead. Maybe there really wasn’t much of a difference to begin with, he thought. Maybe we just decided, for convenience’s sake, to insist on a difference.”

— Haruki Murakami – 1Q84

 

Bliss is not added to your nature, it is merely revealed as your true and natural state, eternal and imperishable. ― Sri Ramana Maharshi

 

“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” — Teddy Roosevelt

 

“The difference between genius and stupidity is; genius has its limits.” — Albert Einstein

 

“I felt very still and very empty, the way the eye of a tornado must feel, moving fully along in the middle of the surrounding hullabaloo.”

— Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar

 

“For most of history, Anonymous was a woman.” — Virginia Woolf

 

“There are many names for the Source of Wisdom — the Absolute, the Cosmic, God, the Divine Spirit, the Transcendent—yet the concept is one: it is the universal manifestation, the spiritual essence, that prevades all things. And, it is this entity, this Universal Oneness, that the mystic seeks to know.” Rosicrucian Manuscript

 

Better remain silent, better not even think, if you are not prepared to act. – Annie Besant

 

“Don’t bend; don’t water it down; don’t try to make it logical; don’t edit your own soul according to the fashion. Rather, follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly.”

- Franz Kafka

 

Happiness and suffering are in your own hands;

no one else gives them to you.

One who understands this truth

has attained wisdom.

― S.N. Goenka

 

Those who desire to understand, who are looking to find that which is eternal, without beginning and end, will walk together with greater intensity, will be a danger to everything which is unessential, to unrealities, to shadows. They will concentrate. They will become the flame, because they understand.

― Jiddu Krishnamurti

 

Education is what remains when you have forgotten everything you have learned in school. – ― Albert Einstein

 

Every moment is a gift of life.

― Thich Nhat Hanh

 

I usually consider the planet to be a living system. I think of it like the mother earth, as being a loving, gentle goddess.

― Karmapa

 

“I am” alone is; and not “I am so and so”, or “I am such and such”. When existence is absolute it is right; when it is particularised it is wrong. That is the whole truth.

― Sri Ramana Maharshi

 

When everything is clean-clear in your own mind, nobody can create obstacles for you.

― Lama Thubten Yeshe― [The Bliss of Inner Fire]

 

What you meet in life is destiny;

How you meet is free-will.

Swami Chinmayananda

 

I have been a seeker and I still am, but I stopped asking the books and the Stars I started listening to the teaching of my Soul ― Rumi

 

“Water will run by rule; the actual sun

Will scrupulously rise and set;

No little man lives in the exacting moon

And that is that, is that, is that.”

Sylvia Plath

 

“Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m possible’!” ― Audrey Hepburn

 

Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create the fact. – William James

 

Yet the Teaching is simple.

Do what is right.

Be pure.

At the end of the way is freedom.

― Buddhist Wisdom

 

We live by the sun, We feel by the moon,

We move by the stars,

We live in all things, All things live in us,

We eat from the earth, We drink from the rain,

We breathe of the air,

We live in all things, All things live in us,

We call to each other, We listen to each other,

Our hearts deepen with love and compassion,

We depend on the trees and animals,

We depend on the earth,

Our minds open with wisdom and insight,

We live in all things, All things live in us,

We dedicated our practice to others,

We include all forms of life,

We celebrate the joy of living-dying,

We live in all things, All things live in us,

We are full of life, We are full of death,

We are grateful for all beings and companions.

― Stephanie Kaza

 

I will tell you the secret. The cycle of births and deaths is from time immemorial caused by ignorance, which displays itself as pleasure and pain, and yet is only a dream and unreal. Being so, the wise say that it can be ended by knowledge. By what kind of knowledge? Wisdom born of realisation (viz., `I am That’).

― Tripura Rahasya, chapter XVII

 

“A non-writing writer is a monster courting insanity.”

Franz Kafka

 

“You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment.”

― Henry David Thoreau

 

“I meant to write about death, only life came breaking in as usual.”

- Virginia Woolf

 

“If only I knew what I wanted I could try to see about getting it.”  ― Sylvia Plath

 

Pure consciousness is beyond limitations. ― Sri Ramana Maharshi

 

“There is no such thing as maturity. There is instead an ever-evolving process of maturing. Because when there is a maturity, there is a conclusion and a cessation. That’s the end. That’s when the coffin is closed. You might be deteriorating physically in the long process of aging, but your personal process of daily discovery is ongoing. You continue to learn more and more about yourself every day.” ― Bruce Lee

 

Our life is frittered away by detail.

Simplify, simplify.

― Henry David Thoreau

 

“Coincidence is God’s way of remaining anonymous.” ― Albert Einstein

 

“I love you as certain dark things are to be loved, in secret, between the shadow and the soul.” ― Pablo Neruda

 

One who gives knowledge gains knowledge,

one who serves, gets served;

one who gives wisdom, gets wisdom.

Swami Chinmayananda

 

“The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.” ― Socrates

 

“They call you heartless; but you have a heart and I love you for being ashamed to show it.”

- Friedrich Nietzsche

 

“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

 

The time is always right to do what is right ― Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

I am on the edge of mysteries and the veil is getting thinner and thinner. ― Louis Pasteur

 

I am utterly convinced that Science and Peace will triumph over Ignorance and War, that nations will eventually unite not to destroy but to edify, and that the future will belong to those who have done the most for the sake of suffering humanity. ― Louis Pasteur

 

Science knows no country, because knowledge belongs to humanity, and is the torch which illuminates the world. ― Louis Pasteur

 

One does not ask of one who suffers: What is your country and what is your religion? One merely says: You suffer, that is enough for me… ― Louis Pasteur

 

Let me tell you the secret that has lead me to my goal. My strength lies solely in my tenacity. ― Louis Pasteur

 

I will make company with creators, with harvesters, with rejoicers; I will show them the rainbow and the stairway to the Superman. ― Friedrich Nietzsche in Thus Spoke Zarathustra

 

For one human being to love another: that is perhaps the most difficult of all our tasks, the ultimate, the last test and proof, the work for which all other work is but preparation. ― Rainer Maria Rilke

 

If your daily life seems poor, do not blame it; blame yourself, tell yourself that you are not poet enough to call forth its riches. ― Rainer Maria Rilke

 

Yes, the springtime was in need of you. Often a star

waited for you to espy it and sense its light.

A wave rolled toward you out of the distant past,

or as you walked below an open window,

a violin gave itself to your hearing.

All this was trust. But could you manage it?

Were you not always distraught by expectation,

as if all this were announcing the arrival

of a beloved?

Rainer Maria Rilke

 

If you can keep your head when all about you

Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,

If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,

But make allowance for their doubting too…

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,

Or walk with Kings — nor lose the common touch,

If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,

If all men count with you, but none too much;

If you can fill the unforgiving minute

With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,

Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,

And — which is more — you’ll be a Man, my son!

Rudyard Kipling

 

The greatest book is not the one whose message engraves itself on the brain, as a telegraphic message engraves itself on the ticker-tape, but the one whose vital impact opens up other viewpoints, and from writer to reader spreads the fire that is fed by the various essences, until it becomes a vast conflagration leaping from forest to forest. ― Romain Rolland

 

It is the artist’s business to create sunshine when the sun fails. ― Romain Rolland

 

Justice has nothing to do with victor nations and vanquished nations, but must be a moral standard that all the world’s peoples can agree to. To seek this and to achieve it — that is true civilization. ― Hideki Tojo

 

One makes mistakes; that is life. But it is never a mistake to have loved. ― Romain Rolland

 

I am not all that is. I am Life fighting Nothingness. I am not Nothingness, I am the Fire which burns in the Night. I am not the Night. I am the eternalLight; I am not an eternal destiny soaring above the fight. I am freeWill which struggles eternally. Struggle and burn with Me. ― Romain Rolland

 

Never do I hesitate to look squarely at the unexpected face that every passing hour unveils to us, and to sacrifice the false images of it formed in advance, however dear they may be. In me, the loveof life in general predominates over love of my own life (that, indeed, would never have sufficed to bear me up). May life herself speak! However inadequate I may be in listening to her, and in repeating her words, I shall try to record them, even if they contradict my most secretdesires. In all that I write, may her will, not mine, be done! ― Romain Rolland

 

The trueVedanticspirit does not start out with a system of preconceived ideas. It possesses absolute liberty and unrivaled courage among religions with regard to the facts to be observed and the diverse hypotheses it has laid down for their coordination. Never having been hampered by a priestly order, each man has been entirely free to search wherever he pleased for the spiritualexplanation of the spectacle of the universe. ― Romain Rolland

 

I cannot believe in a God who wants to be praised all the time. ― Friedrich Nietzsche

 

When a thing is done, it’s done. Don’t look back. Look forward to your next objective. ― George Marshall

 

For my part I have never avoided the influence of others. I would have considered it cowardice and a lack of sincerity toward myself. ― Henri Matisse

 

The only way human beings can win a war is to prevent it. ― George Marshall

 

At each stage I reach a balance, a conclusion. At the next sitting, if I find that there is a weakness in the whole, I make my way back into the picture by means of the weakness — I re-enter through the breach — and I reconceive the whole. Thus everything becomes fluid again. ― Henri Matisse

 

I have always tried to hide my efforts and wished my works to have the light joyousness of springtime which never lets anyone suspect the labors it has cost me. ― Henri Matisse

 

The most important thing for the worldtoday in my opinion is a spiritual regeneration which would reestablish a feeling of goodfaith among men generally. Discouraged people are in sore need of the inspiration of greatprinciples. Such leadership can be the rallying point against intolerance, against distrust, against that fatalinsecurity that leads to war. It is to be hoped that the democraticnations can provide the necessary leadership.

― George Marshall

 

“To be an artist — actually, to be a human being in these times — it’s all difficult. … What matters is to know what you want and pursue it.”

― Patti Smith

 

“I would rather walk with a friend in the dark, than alone in the light.” ― Helen Keller

 

“To Alef, the letter

that begins the alphabets

of both Arabic and Hebrew-

two Semitic languages,

sisters for centuries.

 

May we find the language

that takes us

to the only home there is -

one another’s hearts.

 

Alef knows

That a thread

Of a story

Stitches together

A wound.”

― Ibtisam Barakat

 

Real service to the Teacher is to try and understand his words and ideas, and strive our best to live up to them.

Swami Chinmayananda

 

“I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes.

 

Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re Doing Something.

 

So that’s my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody’s ever made before. Don’t freeze, don’t stop, don’t worry that it isn’t good enough, or it isn’t perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life.

 

Whatever it is you’re scared of doing, Do it.

 

Make your mistakes, next year and forever.”

― Neil Gaiman

 

“This… moon principle is that of life engaged in the field of time and space, in the field of phenomenal apparitions and dis-apparitions of forms. The sun, on the other hand, is never shadowed except in eclipse, and so does not carry its death within it; thus is represents consciousness disengaged from the field of time and space.

 

“…The great mystic realization is that these two aspects of consciousness are in fact one consciousness, so that your consciousness here in the field of life is at the same time disengaged from this field. The paradox of relating oneself to these two aspects of one’s own true being and entity is the great mystical balancing act. It is a dangerous path― the sharp edge of the razor― the path between the knowledge of yourself as consciousness in the field and knowledge of yourself as consciousness in disengagement from the field. You can tip either way― and then there comes an inappropriate attitude, inflation or deflation of one kind or another.

 

“The goal of all meditation and mystery journeys is to go between the pair of opposites.”

― Joseph Campbell, Goddesses: Mysteries of the Feminine Divine, pg. 51

 

We are all seeking to know, and in order to achieve knowledge we must refine or cleanse the organisms that we possess.

 

Refinement is the creation of bodies, minds and hearts capable of response to ever more sensitive message from within ourselves.

 

As we purify the source of our life’s supply, as we cleanse the material from which the mind’s emotions, vitalities and bodies are fashioned and by which they are sustained – these bodies or forms become more finely tuned.

 

They become better receiving sets giving clearer images, more perfect tones and are superior in all respects.

 

Cultivation of the superior potentials of all sensory perceptions and all organic structures contribute to our enlightenment.

 

They make it possible for the light to shine through until finally illumination is the experience of total light.

― Manly P Hall Lecture #182 – “Prayer as a Mystic Rite: Building Internal Resources.”

 

“The beginning of love is the will to let those we love be perfectly themselves, the resolution not to twist them to fit our own image.”

― Thomas Merton

 

“Our speech has power. If we are careless in the words we choose – or even deliberately negative – we can set in motion damaging forces that are as threatening as a viral epidemic. Or we can add our voice to the harmony that underlies all life by choosing our words with care, honesty, and – above all – kindness.”

- Eknath Easwaran, “Strength in the Storm”

 

“Those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.”

― Nietzsche

 

“Do not read, as children do, to amuse yourself, or like the ambitious, for the purpose of instruction. No, read in order to live.” ― Gustave Flaubert

 

Yield and overcome, empty and be full. Have little and gain, have much and be confused. Not putting on a display, not justifying, not boasting, not bragging. Be really whole and all things will come to you.

― Lao Tsu

 

“The lack of money is the root of all evil.” ― Mark Twain

 

The best way to conduct oneself may be observed in the behavior of water. —Tao Te Ching

 

“Never be afraid to raise your voice for honesty and truth and compassion against injustice and lying and greed. If people all over the world…would do this, it would change the Earth.” ― William Faulkner

 

Hindu Prayers for Peace

 

Oh God, lead us from the unreal to the Real.

Oh God, lead us from darkness to light.

Oh God, lead us from death to immortality.

Shanti, Shanti, Shanti unto all.

 

Oh Lord God almighty, may there be peace in celestial regions.

May there be peace on earth.

May the waters be appeasing.

May herbs be wholesome, and may trees and plants bring peace to all.

May all beneficent beings bring peace to us.

May thy Vedic Law propagate peace all through the world.

May all things be a source of peace to us.

And may thy peace itself, bestow peace on all,

and may that peace come to me also.

 

Today, as we wish each other a Happy New Year, let us determine to be more sincere, compassionate, warm-hearted human beings, trying to make our world a more equal place. That way we’ll actually make it a happy year.

― Dalai Lama

 

“The person, who is in tune with the universe, becomes like a radio receiver through which the voice of the universe is transmitted.” ― Hazrat Khan

 

“It is not your passing thoughts or brilliant ideas so much as your plain everyday habits that control your life….Live simply. Don’t get caught in the machine of the world— it is too exacting. By the time you get what you are seeking your nerves are gone, the heart is damaged, and the bones are aching. Resolve to develop your spiritual powers more earnestly from now on. Learn the art of right living. If you have joy you have everything,so learn to be glad and contented….Have happiness now.”

― Paramahansa Yogananda

 

“If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” ― Toni Morrison

 

“Hope

Smiles from the threshold of the year to come,

Whispering ‘it will be happier’…”

― Alfred Tennyson

 

“All things can be mastered by mindfulness.”

― The Buddha

 

“An artist’s only concern is to shoot for some kind of perfection, and on his own terms, not anyone else’s.”

― J.D. Salinger, Franny and Zooey

 

I have lived with several Zen Masters.

All of them cats.

― Eckhart Tolle

 

“Letting go gives us freedom and

freedom is the only condition for

happiness.”

― Thich Nhat Hanh

 

Jainist Prayer for Peace:

 

Peace and Universal Love is the essence of the Gospel preached by all the Enlightened Ones.

The Lord has preached that equanimity is the Dharma.

Forgive do I creatures all, and let all creatures forgive me.

Unto all have I amity, and unto none enmity.

Know that violence is the root cause of all miseries in the world.

Violence, in fact, is the knot of bondage.

“Do not injure any living being.”

This is the eternal, perennial, and unalterable way of spiritual life.

 

A weapon howsoever powerful it may be, can always be superseded by a superior one;

but no weapon can, however, be superior to non-violence and love.

 

There are three ways of seeing life. In one people stick fast. In another they go to excess. In the third they see correctly. In the first way, people take pleasure in all the things of life―in possessions and happenings, in families and continuation. When a teaching is proclaimed that advises nonattachment and going beyond the dictates of the self, their heart does not leap up and they are not drawn to it. In the second way, people are afflicted by hatred of life. Just as attached to life, they nonetheless revile it and make a bad thing of it to excess. In the third way, people see life as it is―forever being and ceasing to be. They accept it willingly but are not attached and do not despair. It is they who begin to know the unconditioned.

― The Buddha

 

The snow falls, each flake in its appropriate place.

― Zen Proverb

 

What people expect to happen

Is often different from what actually happens.

Thus does disappointment arise.

This is the way the world works.

― The Buddha

 

People who believe they’ll be happy if they go and live somewhere else, learn it doesn’t work that way. Wherever you go, you take yourself with you.” — Neil Gaiman

 

“…the care of the earth is our most ancient and most worthy and, after all, our most pleasing responsibility. To cherish what remains of it, and to foster its renewal, is our only legitimate hope.”

― Wendell Berry

 

Jewish Prayer for Peace

 

Come let us go up to the mountain of the Lord,

that we may walk the paths of the Most High.

And we shall beat our swords into ploughshares,

and our spears into pruning hooks.

Nation shall not lift up sword against nation—

neither shall they learn war any more.

And none shall be afraid,

for the mouth of the Lord of Hosts has spoken.

 

“Dhamma is the secret of nature which must be understood in order to develop life to the highest possible benefit.”

― Buddhadasa Bhikkhu

 

What is necessary at the moment is the mastery over Mind and not only mastery over Matter.

― Sayagyi U Ba Khin

 

“May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness. I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you’re wonderful, and don’t forget to make some art ― write or draw or build or sing or live as only you can. And I hope, somewhere in the next year, you surprise yourself.” ― Neil Gaiman

 

“Count your age by friends, not years. Count your life by smiles, not tears.” ― John Lennon

 

Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, but concentrate the mind on the present moment.

― Buddha

 

“The Buddha’s original teaching is not a religion as the word is conventionally understood. The Buddha taught Dhamma – a Moral, wholesome way of life which is universal. and can be practiced by anyone of any particular sect. He did not teach ‘Buddhism’ and was not interested in making anyone a ‘Buddhist’. “

― S. N. Goenka

 

“If my doctor told me I had only six minutes to live, I wouldn’t brood. I’d type a little faster.”

― Isaac Asimov

 

The way a man does one thing is the way he does everything.

― Zen Saying

 

Shinto Prayer for Peace

 

Although the people living across the ocean surrounding us,

I believe, are all our brothers and sisters,

why are there constant troubles in this world?

Why do winds and waves rise in the ocean surrounding us?

I only earnestly wish that the wind will soon puff away

all the clouds which are hanging over the tops of the mountains.

 

We must come to realize that a world in trouble is a world that has broken faith with reality.

 

The individual in trouble is one to whom reality has not been available or he has not been able to attain it.

 

By going inside, by being quiet, by visualizing, …we put an inner universe back together again.

 

We go beneath the surface of the things as they seem to be and search valiantly and with all our heart and spirit for the shape of things as they really are.

 

We discover as we go inward from the surface if we are truly unselfish, dedicated persons, that we do approach a quietude, a sense of peace, a sense of the eternal rightness of things even though nothing appears to be right.

 

We must finally outgrow the idea that we can solve problems from the outside alone.

 

We have to go further into our own natures until we come to that core point in which we find there is external quietude, and that this eternal quietude is the beginning of an ordered existence.

 

― Manly P Hall Lecture #223 – “The Mystical Therapy of Meditation.”

 

“To love. To be loved. To never forget your own insignificance. To never get used to the unspeakable violence and the vulgar disparity of life around you. To seek joy in the saddest places. To pursue beauty to its lair. To never simplify what is complicated or complicate what is simple. To respect strength, never power. Above all, to watch. To try and understand. To never look away. And never, never to forget.” ― Arundhati Roy

 

Sikh Prayers for Peace

 

God adjudges us according to our deeds, not the coat that we wear:

that Truth is above everything, but higher still is truthful living.

Know that we attaineth God when we loveth,

and only that victory endures in consequence of which no one is defeated.

 

Know that we attain God when we love,

and only that victory endures in consequence of which no one is defeated.

― Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

 

“Where there is love there is life.” ― Mahatma Gandhi

 

You can’t test courage cautiously.” ― Annie Dillard

 

Nationalism is an infantile disease. It is the measles of mankind. ― Albert Einstein

 

Each comprehended only that part of the mind of Ilúvatar from which he came, and in the understanding of their brethren they grew but slowly. Yet ever as they listened they came to deeper understanding, and increased in unison and harmony. ― J. R. R. Tolkien in The Silmarillion

 

The rule of no realm is mine, neither of Gondor nor any other, great or small. But all worthy things that are in peril as the world now stands, those are my care. And for my part, I shall not wholly fail of my task, though Gondor should perish, if anything passes through this night that can still grow fair or bear fruit and flower again in days to come. ― “Gandalf” in The Lord of the Rings : The Return of the King by J. R. R. Tolkien

 

This is an ancient hallow, and ere the kings failed or the Tree withered in the court, a fruit must have been set here. For it is said that, though the fruit of the Tree comes seldom to ripeness, yet the life within may then lie sleeping through many long years, and none can foretell the time in which it will awake. ― Gandalf in The Return of the King by J. R. R. Tolkien

 

Of the theme that I have declared to you, I will now that ye make in harmony together a Great Music. And since I have kindled you with the Flame Imperishable, ye shall show forth your powers in adorning this theme, each with his own thoughts and devices, if he will. But I will sit and hearken, and be glad that through you great beauty has been wakened into song. ― J. R. R. Tolkien in The Silmarillion

 

He who looks on a true friend looks, as it were, upon a kind of image of himself: wherefore friends, though absent, are still present; though in poverty, they are rich; though weak, yet in the enjoyment of health; and, what is still more

difficult to assert, though dead, they are alive. ― Cicero

 

It is not our part to master all the tides of the world, but to do what is in us for the succour of those years wherein we are set, uprooting the evil in the fields that we know, so that those who live after may have clean earth to till. What weather they shall have is not ours to rule.

 

The world is changing: I feel it in the water, I feel it in the earth, and I smell it in the air. ― J. R. R. Tolkien in The Return of the King

 

“There are two basic motivating forces: fear and love. When we are afraid, we pull back from life. When we are in love, we open to all that life has to offer with passion, excitement, and acceptance. We need to learn to love ourselves first, in all our glory and our imperfections. If we cannot love ourselves, we cannot fully open to our ability to love others or our potential to create. Evolution and all hopes for a better world rest in the fearlessness and open-hearted vision of people who embrace life.” ― John Lennon

 

Skeptical scrutiny is the means, in both science and religion, by which deep thoughts can be winnowed from deep nonsense. ― Carl Sagan

 

I can not do everything, but I can do something. I must not fail to do the something that I can do. ― Helen Keller

 

Evil spreads with the wind; truth is capable of spreading even against it. ― Paramahansa Yogananda

 

“Reading is the sole means by which we slip, involuntarily, often helplessly, into another’s skin, another’s voice, another’s soul.”

― Joyce Carol Oates

 

Tibetan Buddhist Prayer

 

May you be at peace,

May your heart remain open.

May you awaken to the light of your own true nature.

May you be healed,

May you be a source of healing for all beings.

Elegy

 

So come then,

Let us speak of young men,

Their promise not yet filled,

But only intimated;

Who strike trees in the dark,

And enter it alone-

 

As we all must. Admit

That we are subjugated

To that stillness, which will take us

As we stand, or sit, or rise

Along this solemn arc

That ever leads towards light.

 

So what to fear? Departure?

It is ordinary. None escape

The leaving.

Open arms invite the Lord

Better than the eyes

Or a certain sharpness of the mind.

 

Love cannot be lost.

It finds itself

And never leaves:

The one thing durable.

Trust, and love will be there with it.

 

For Callum Reid, 1991-2013

- Lee van Laer

 

“As for me, I am a watercolor.

I wash off.”

― Anne Sexton

 

“In every outthrust headland, in every curving beach, in every grain of sand there is the story of the earth.”

― Rachel Carson

 

“In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.”

― Albert Camus

 

“It is a sign of great inner insecurity to be hostile to the unfamiliar.”

― Anaïs Nin

 

“Writing is like going to bed with a beautiful woman and afterwards she gets up, goes to her purse and gives me a handful of money.”

― Charles Bukowski

 

“Identity is something that you are constantly earning. It is a process that you must be active in.”

― Joss Whedon

 

“You should know that there is little you can seek in this world, that there is no need for you to be so greedy, in the end all you can achieve are memories, hazy, intangible, dreamlike memories which are impossible to articulate. When you try to relate them, there are only sentences, the dregs left from the filter of linguistic structures.”

― Gao Xingjian, Soul Mountain

 

“Faith is taking the first step even when you can’t see the whole staircase.” ― Martin Luther King Jr.

 

“Don’t let pain keep you out of the garden.”

― Welwyn Wilton Katz

 

Truth alone will endure; all the rest will be swept away before the tide of time.

Mahatma Gandhi

 

True Love in this differs from gold and clay, That to divide is not to take away. Love is like understanding, that grows bright, Gazing on many truths. ― Percy Bysshe Shelley

 

The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them: that’s the essence of inhumanity. ― George Bernard Shaw

 

For millions of years mankind lived just like the animals. Then something happened which unleashed the power of our imagination. We learned to talk. ― Stephen Hawking

 

Some marry the first information they receive, and turn what comes later into their concubine. Since deceit is always first to arrive, there is no room left for truth. ― Baltasar Gracián

 

If you cannot make knowledge your servant, make it your friend. ― Baltasar Gracián

 

I would rather have a mind opened by wonder than one closed by belief. ― Gerry Spence

 

My intent is to tell the truth as I know it, realizing that what is true for me may be blasphemy for others. ― Gerry Spence

 

Some would be sages if they did not believe they were so already. ― Baltasar Gracián

 

The people of a nation are enslaved when, together, they are helpless to institute effective change, when the people serve the government more than the government serves them. ― Gerry Spence

 

Each time a person stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, these ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance. ― Robert F. Kennedy

 

“Up here, the feeling that nature has its own psychic presence is very strong. Sometimes, all bundled up against the cold when I stop to look, sitting in a grotto, the first ray of sunshine that illuminates the peaks of glaciers and slowly lifts the veil of darkness, bringing out the chains and other chains of mountains from the bottom of the milky valleys, an air of immense joy pervades the world and I too am wrapped, along with the trees, the birds, the ants, the same life in so many different, beautiful forms.”

― Tiziano Terzani, Letters Against the War, 1938

 

“Not all those who wander are lost.” ― J.R.R. Tolkien

 

“Get busy living or get busy dying.” ― Stephen King

 

“Whenever a negative emotion calls, put it on hold. Do not listen to its arguments.”

- Eknath Easwaran

 

Close your eyes so the heart may become your eye,

and with that vision look upon another world.

― Rumi

 

“The master considers himself always a student.” So, therefore, whatever one may have attained, in this as in Art, there is always so much more possible that one can never be satisfied. Much less, then, satiated.”

― Aleister Crowley – Liber DCCCLX

 

“People feel panicky at the thought that we might all have something in common, that they are giving up some exclusive hold on the truth. It is something like discovering you are a Frenchman and a human being at the same time. That is exactly the challenge that the great religions face in the Space Age.”

― Joseph Campbell, Thou Art That: Transforming Religious Metaphor

 

“The French have a phrase for it. The bastards have a phrase for everything and they are always right. To say goodbye is to die a little.”

— Raymond Chandler, The Long Goodbye

 

This morning, as I kindle the fire on my hearth,

I pray that the flame of God’s love may burn

in my heart and in the hearts of all I meet today.

 

I pray that no envy or malice,

no hatred or fear, may smother the flame.

 

I pray that indifference and apathy, contempt and pride,

may not pour like cold water on the fire.

 

Instead, may the spark of God’s love

light the love in my heart,

that it may burn brightly through the day.

 

And may I warm those who are lonely,

whose hearts are cold and lifeless,

so that all may know the comfort of God’s love.

- “God Makes the Rivers to Flow: An Anthology of the World’s Sacred Poetry and Prose” selected by Eknath Easwaran

 

“You are not useless. You are not hopeless. And no matter how scared you are, you will never be alone. And deep down, somewhere, in the part of you that decided the good days and your happiness and your health were all worth fighting for, you know that, too. Hold onto that knowledge. It will see you through the worst.” — Ella Ceron

 

“One night I will say to it:

Heart, be still,

and it will.”

― Margaret Atwood

 

“I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.” ― Albert Einstein

 

“Understanding that Stability is Change, and Change Stability, that Being is Becoming, and Becoming Being, is the Key to the Golden Palace of this Law.”

― Aleister Crowley – De Lege Libellum

 

“Every Star has its own Nature, which is “Right” for it. We are not to be missionaries, with ideal standards of dress and morals, and such hard-ideas. We are to do what we will, and leave others to do what they will. We are infinitely tolerant, save of intolerance.”

― Aleister Crowley

 

“I formulated my will somewhat as follows: “I must find a material in which to work which is immune from the forces of change.”

― Aleister Crowley – The Confessions of Aleister Crowley

 

There needs to be understanding that anger never helps to solve a problem. It destroys our peace of mind and blinds our ability to think clearly. Anger and attachment are emotions that distort our view of reality.

― Dalai Lama

 

“Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet.”

― Thích Nhất Hạnh, Peace Is Every Step

 

“The Love of Liber Legis is always bold, virile, even orgiastic. There is delicacy, but it is the delicacy of strength. Mighty and terrible and glorious as it is, however, it is but the pennon upon the sacred lance of Will, the damascened inscription upon the swords of the Knight-monks of Thelema.”

― Aleister Crowley – Liber II – The Message of The Master Chaos Therion

 

“Be the witness of your thoughts.”

― The Buddha

 

“None but ourselves can free our minds.” ― Bob Marley

 

“Why fit in when you were born to stand out?” ― Dr. Seuss

 

Realisation is not acquisition of anything new nor it is a new faculty. It is only removal of all camouflage.

― Ramana Maharshi

 

“You cannot protect yourself from sadness without protecting yourself from happiness.”

― Jonathan Safran Foer

 

“Good writing is supposed to evoke sensation in the reader—not the fact that it is raining, but the feeling of being rained upon.”

― E.L. Doctorow

 

“True change is within;

leave the outside as it is.”

― Dalai Lama

 

Take care of things, and they will take care of you.

― Shunryu Suzuki

 

When we do not expect anything we can be ourselves. That is our way, to live fully in each moment.

― Shunryu Suzuki

 

“I believe this: You just do it. You force yourself to get up. You force yourself to put one foot before the other, and goddamn it, you refuse to let it get to you. You fight. You cry. You curse. Then you go about your business of living. That’s how I’ve done it. There’s no other way.”

― Marilyn Monroe

 

“Sometimes you climb out of bed in the morning and you think, I’m not going to make it, but you laugh inside — remembering all the times you’ve felt that way.” ― Charles Bukowski

 

Truth exists; only lies are invented. – Georges Braque

 

“Initiation is never what you think it is going to be; if it were, you would already be Initiated.”

― Aleister Crowley

 

“It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you’ll do things differently.” ― Warren Buffett

 

Just as the tree whose root remains intact will grow again,

Anger that is not rooted out will re-emerge.

― The Buddha

 

Character develops itself in the stream of life. – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

 

“The cure for anything is saltwater: sweat, tears, or the sea.” – Isak Dinesen

 

“More than ever, it is time now for us to move from religiosity to spirituality, which means replacing the sole belief in God with the knowledge of divine laws – that is, universal, natural, and spiritual laws. The well-being we seek, including on a material plane, is to be found in this knowledge and in the wisdom that ensues. An ancient Rosicrucian adage says, “It is from ignorance and ignorance alone that humans must free themselves.” It is indeed at the

origin of the worst things a person can do to oneself, to others, and to one’s environment. It is also the source of different superstitions that demean humanity and prevent it from finding complete fulfillment. So give a spiritual direction to your life. In other words, do not be just a living thing, be a living soul.”

― Manifesto Appellatio

 

“My general formula for my students is ‘Follow your bliss.’ Find where it is, and don’t be afraid to follow it … If the work you are doing is the work that you chose to do because you are enjoying it, that’s it. But if you think, ‘Oh no, I couldn’t do that!’ that’s the dragon locking you in. ‘No, no, I couldn’t be a writer,’ or ‘No, no, I couldn’t possibly be doing what So-and-so is doing.’

 

“Any world is a valid world if it’s alive. The thing to do is to bring life to it, and the only way to do that is to find in your own case where the life is and become alive yourself.”

― Joseph Campbell, The Power of Myth

 

“Who said nights were for sleep?” ― Marilyn Monroe

 

“There are years that ask questions and years that answer.”

― Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God

 

“Poetry is a soul inaugurating a form.” — Pierre-Jean Jouve

 

“It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.” ― Aristotle

 

It is very rare or almost impossible that an event can be negative from all points of view.

― Dalai Lama

 

“Read, read, read. Read everything ― trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You’ll absorb it.

Then write. If it’s good, you’ll find out. If it’s not, throw it out of the window.”

― William Faulkner

 

Some birds are not meant to be caged, that’s all. Their feathers are too bright, their songs too sweet and wild. So you let them go, or when you open the cage to feed them they somehow fly out past you. And the part of you that knows it was wrong to imprison them in the first place rejoices, but still, the place where you live is that much more drab and empty for their departure.

― Stephen King

 

“I tell my students—and this is a time when they come in very worried with a sense of ecological catastrophe, which an earlier generation of students didn’t have—I tell them that part of their job is to have more fun. They’ve got to get out and enjoy themselves in the world. The first part of that job of reclaiming is to walk in the world. Look at this creature life. Watch the sunrise, watch the sun go down. Look at the stars and smell wet earth after rain and stand by a river. Stand by a living river and then go stand by the Huangpu or some other river, and you have to notice that there are no birds there to understand what’s happened, and that takes some experience.”

― Robert Hass

 

“Always trust yourself and your own feeling, as opposed to argumentations, discussions, or introductions of that sort; if it turns out that you are wrong, then the natural growth of your inner life will eventually guide you to other insights. Allow your judgments their own silent, undisturbed development, which, like all progress, must come from deep within and cannot be forced or hastened. Everything is gestation and then birthing. To let each impression and each embryo of a feeling come to completion, entirely in itself, in the dark, in the unsayable, the unconscious, beyond the reach of one’s own understanding, and with deep humility and patience to wait for the hour when a new clarity is born: this alone is what it means to live as an artist: in understanding as in creating.”

― Rainer Maria Rilke

 

“I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.” ― Frank Herbert

 

“Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.” — Mark Twain

 

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.” ― Pablo Picasso

We have to continue to learn. We have to be open. And we have to be ready to release our knowledge in order to come to a higher understanding of reality.

― Thich Nhat Hanh

 

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”

― John Quincy Adams

 

“Wisdom is knowing that I am nothing, Love is knowing that I am everything, and between the two my life moves.”

― Nisargadatta Maharaj

 

“Never allow someone to be your priority while allowing yourself to be their option.”

― Mark Twain

 

Life stands before me like an eternal spring with new and brilliant clothes. – Carl Friedrich Gauss

 

Awareness Is Your Refuge

 

Awareness of the changingness of

feelings, of attitudes, of moods, of

material change and emotional

change: Stay with that, because it’s

a refuge that is indestructible. It’s

not something that changes. It’s a

refuge you can trust in. This refuge

is not something that you create.

It’s not a creation. It’s not an ideal.

It’s very practical and very simple,

but easily overlooked or not

noticed. When you’re mindful,

you’re beginning to notice, it’s like

this.

― Ajahn Chah

 

“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 feeling 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

 

“People are afraid of themselves, of their own reality; their feelings most of all. People talk about how great love is, but that’s bullshit. Love hurts. Feelings are disturbing. People are taught that pain is evil and dangerous. How can they deal with love if they’re afraid to feel? Pain is meant to wake us up. People try to hide their pain. But they’re wrong. Pain is something to carry, like a radio. You feel your strength in the experience of pain. It’s all in how you carry it. That’s what matters. Pain is a feeling. Your feelings are a part of you. Your own reality. If you feel ashamed of them, and hide them, you’re letting society destroy your reality. You should stand up for your right to feel your pain.” ― Jim Morrison

 

God has two dwellings; one in heaven, and the other in a meek and thankful heart. – Izaak Walton

 

“He who seeds a thought, harvests a destiny.”

― Zen Proverb

 

“We are builders of our own characters. We have different positions, spheres, capacities, privileges, different work to do in the world, different temporal fabrics to raise; but we are all alike in this, ― all are architects of fate.”

― John Fothergill Waterhouse Ware

 

“It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.” ― Herman Melville

 

If you are telling the truth, then you can speak gently, and your words will have power.

― Chogyam Trungpa

 

“Don’t waste your life in doubts and fears: spend yourself on the work before you, well assured that the right performance of this hour’s duties will be the best preparation for the hours or ages that follow it.”

― Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

“No one is free whose mind is not like a door with a double-hinge swinging outward to release their own ideas, and inward to receive the worthy thoughts of others.” ― Validivar

 

“Once you realize that the road is the goal and that you are always on the road, not to reach a goal, but to enjoy its beauty and its wisdom, life ceases to be a task and becomes natural and simple, in itself an ecstasy.”

― Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

 

“True romance lies not in roses and candlelight, but in developing the patience, selflessness, and strength we need for rich relationships and for making a wiser, more meaningful contribution to all around us.”

- Eknath Easwaran

 

“For the majority of us, uncertainty is worse than disaster, because disaster comes to us only rarely; worry depletes us often. We never know whether we are going to get a brick or a bouquet. If we knew for certain a brick was on its way, there would be no anxiety. We would just say, ‘Throw it and be done with it.’

 

“We can learn how to handle both bricks and bouquets, praise and censure, success and defeat. When we can say, ‘Whatever comes, we will not be afraid because the divine Self is within us,’ then this resoluteness and faith will enable us to work free from tension, agitation, and fear of defeat.

 

“The person who works in this way is at peace, because he or she is not anxious about results.”

- Eknath Easwaran, from “Words to Live By”

 

“I am too intelligent, too demanding, and too resourceful for anyone to be able to take charge of me entirely. No one knows me or loves me completely. I have only myself”

― Simone de Beauvoir

 

”I am a soul in the world: in

the world of my soul the whirled

light from the day

the sacked land

of my father.”

- Amiri Baraka

 

“There is nothing I cannot live without. I learned this attitude as a child.”

- His Holiness the Dalai Lama

 

When you touch one thing with deep awareness,

you touch everything.

― Thich Nhat Hanh

 

Unless you see your nature, all this talk about cause & effect is nonsense. Buddhas don’t practice nonsense.

― Bodhidharma

 

“After one look at this planet any visitor from outer space would say ‘I want to see the manager.”

- William S. Burroughs

 

“Old age … represents a change in one’s existence, a change that is manifested by the loss of a great number of things. If one isn’t sorry to lose them it’s because one didn’t love them. I think that people who glorify old age or death too readily are people who really don’t love life. Of course, in present-day France you have to say that everything’s fine, that everything’s lovely, including death.”

— Simone de Beauvoir

 

“Am I right in suggesting that ordinary life is a mean between these extremes, that the noble man devotes his material wealth to lofty ends, the advancement of science, or art, or some such true ideal; and that the base man does the opposite by concentrating all his abilities on the amassing of wealth?”

― Aleister Crowley

 

“Success is your proof;

courage is your armour;

go on, go on, in my strength;

& ye shall turn not back for any!”

― Liber AL vel Legis III:46

 

“If your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete.”

― Jack Kornfield

 

“Of course I’ll hurt you. Of course you’ll hurt me. Of course we will hurt each other. But this is the very condition of existence. To become spring, means accepting the risk of winter. To become presence, means accepting the risk of absence.”

— The Little Prince

 

Becoming ‘awake’ involves seeing our confusion more clearly.

― Chogyam Trungpa

 

Peace is present right here and now, in ourselves and in everything we do and see. Every breath we take, every step we take, can be filled with peace, joy, and serenity. The question is whether or not we are in touch with it. We need only to be awake, alive in the present moment.

― Thich Nhat Hanh

 

“I believe that man will not merely endure: he will prevail. He is immortal, not because he alone among creatures has an inexhaustible voice, but because he has a soul, a spirit capable of compassion and sacrifice and endurance. The poet’s, the writer’s, duty is to write about these things. It is his privilege to help man endure by lifting his heart, by reminding him of the courage and honor and hope and pride and compassion and pity and sacrifice which have been the glory of his past. The poet’s voice need not merely be the record of man, it can be one of the props, the pillars to help him endure and prevail.”

― William Faulkner

 

“Mysticism can heighten our creativity and help us develop the greater sense of confidence that comes from knowing how to tap into our inner wisdom to find answers to life’s challenges. Mysticism is humanity’s deepest quest for Self Knowledge.” Rosicrucian Manuscript

 

“The hero journey is one of the universal patterns through which that radiance shows brightly. What I think is that a good life is one hero journey after another. Over and over again, you are called to the realm of adventure, you are called to new horizons. Each time, there is the same problem: do I dare? And then if you do dare, the dangers are there, and the help also, and the fulfillment or the fiasco. There’s always the possibility of a fiasco.

But there’s also the possibility of bliss.”

― Joseph Campbell, Pathways to Bliss

 

Beating one’s own drum is worldly outlook.

Beating oneself into shape is spiritual effort.

Swami Chinmayananda

 

“I never change, I simply become more myself.” ― Joyce Carol Oates

 

“The external world, so fascinating, so infinite in its variety, has us firmly in hand and thoroughly mesmerized. Lasting happiness is almost ours – over there, just ahead of us, right around the next corner. When we round that corner and find it has eluded us, something in us says, ‘Keep running! It’s just around the next corner.’ Finally, our life becomes a continual pilgrimage around corners. Such is human credulity that even after rounding a thousand corners, we still say, ‘The thousand and first, that is the corner.’

 

“If we believe that happiness arises only when some external condition is fulfilled, we consign ourselves to a perpetual state of discontent. For even when our expectations are fulfilled, sooner or later the little voice inside starts again, ‘More! More!’ It is this habit, this almost mechanical fixation of the mind, that keeps us forever chasing rainbows, until at last we begin to suspect that the kingdom of heaven is within.”

- Eknath Easwaran

 

There are many windows through

which we can look out into the

world, searching for meaning …

 

…Most of us, when we ponder on the

meaning of our existence,

peer through but one of these

windows onto the world.

And even that one is often misted over

by the breath of our finite humanity.

 

We clear a tiny peephole and stare through.

 

No wonder we are confused by the

tiny fraction of a whole that we see.

 

It is, after all, like trying to

comprehend the panorama of the

desert or the sea through

a rolled-up newspaper.”

— Jane Goodall

 

“By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.” ― Confucius

 

I do indeed disbelieve that we or any other mortal men can attain on a given day to absolutely incorrigible and unimprovable truth about such matters of fact as those with which religions deal. But I reject this dogmatic ideal not out of a perverse delight in intellectual instability. I am no lover of disorder and doubt as such. Rather do I fear to lose truth by this pretension to possess it already wholly. ― William James

 

Be not afraid of life. Believe that life is worth living, and your belief will help create the fact. ― William James

 

There is but one indefectibly certain truth, and that is the truth that pyrrhonistic scepticism itself leaves standing, — the truth that the present phenomenon of consciousness exists. ― William James

 

This is what you shall do; Love the earth and sun and the animals, despise riches, give alms to everyone that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labor to others, hate tyrants, argue not concerning God, have patience and indulgence toward the people, take off your hat to nothing known or unknown or to any man or number of men, go freely with powerful uneducated persons and with the young and with the mothers of families, read these leaves in the open air every season of every year of your life, re-examine all you have been told at school or church or in any book, dismiss whatever insults your own soul, and your very flesh shall be a great poem and have the richest fluency not only in its words but in the silent lines of its lips and face and between the lashes of your eyes and in every motion and joint of your body.

― Walt Whitman

 

“When the mind is still, we can become an instrument of peace.”

― Eknath Easwaran, Strength in the Storm

 

Maybe, he thought, there aren’t any such things as good friends or bad friends—maybe there are just friends, people who stand by you when you’re hurt and who help you feel not so lonely. Maybe they’re always worth being scared for, and hoping for, and living for. Maybe worth dying for, too, if that’s what has to be. No good friends. No bad friends. Only people you want, need to be with; people who build their houses in your heart.

― Stephen King

 

“Three things in human life are important: the first is to be kind; the second is to be kind; and the third is to be kind.”

― Henry James

 

“The bravest people are the ones who don’t mind looking like cowards.”

― T.H. White

 

“He who controls the past controls the future. He who controls the present controls the past.” ― George Orwell

 

“What’s made up in the head is the fiction. What comes out of the heart is a myth.”

― Joseph Campbell, The Hero’s Journey

 

“Losing too is still ours; and even forgetting

still has a shape in the kingdom of transformation.

When something’s let go of, it circles; and though we are

rarely the center

of the circle, it draws around us its unbroken, marvelous

curve.”

― Rainer Maria Rilke

 

“In the moment of crisis, the wise build bridges and the foolish build dams.”

― Nigerian Proverb

 

“Are the days of winter sunshine just as sad for you, too? When it is misty, in the evenings, and I am out walking by myself, it seems to me that the rain is falling through my heart and causing it to crumble into ruins.”

― Gustave Flaubert

 

“Nobody ever figures out what life is all about, and it doesn’t matter. Explore the world. Nearly everything is really interesting if you go into it deeply enough.”

― Richard P. Feynman

 

“You are never too old to be what you might have been.”

― George Eliot

 

“We have to have a purpose greater than the endless struggle to satisfy personal desires.”

― Eknath Easwaran

 

“A novel is a commodity that fulfills a certain need; people need to buy daydreams like they need to buy ice cream or aspirin or gin. They even need to buy a pinch of intellectual catnip now and then to liven up their thoughts…”

― John Dos Passos

 

“Every day, think as you wake up, today I am fortunate to be alive, I have a precious human life, I am not going to waste it.”

― Dalai Lama

 

“Forgiveness is the remission of sins. For it is by this that what has been lost, and was found, is saved from being lost again.”

― Saint Augustine

 

“Though we live in the colony of time, we are ultimately responsible to the empire of eternity.”

― Martin Luther King Jr.

 

“There is a light that shines beyond all things on earth, beyond the highest, the very highest heavens. This is the light that shines in your heart.”

― Chandogya Upanishad

 

There is no seeing. Seeing is only being.

― Sri Ramana Maharshi

 

“The capacity to be alone is the capacity to love. It may look paradoxical to you, but it is not. It is an existential truth: only those people who are capable of being alone are capable of love, of sharing, of going into the deepest core of the other person—without possessing the other, without becoming dependent on the other, without reducing the other to a thing, and without becoming addicted to the other.”

— Osho

 

“For just as the figments of a dream derive from the life energy of one dreamer, representing only fluid splittings and complications of that single force, so do all the forms of all the worlds, whether terrestrial or divine, reflect the universal force of a single inscrutable mystery: the power that constructs the atom and controls the orbit of the stars.

 

“That font of life is the core of the individual, and within himself he will find it—if he can tear the coverings away.”

― Joseph Campbell, The Hero With a Thousand Faces

 

“My library is an archive of longings.”

― Susan Sontag

 

None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free.

― Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

 

“Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children. This is not a way of life at all in any true sense. Under the clouds of war, it is humanity hanging on a cross of iron.”

― Dwight D. Eisenhower

 

“To be whole and free is to live and manifest on the material and immaterial planes in harmony with the spiritual laws that govern all that there is. It then becomes our duty and responsibility to transmit and reflect in our daily lives, and to our utmost ability, the highest vibrations of the universe and of our Creator.”

― Dr. Lonnie Edwards

 

“You don’t have to think very hard to realize that our dread of both relationships and loneliness … has to do with angst about death, the recognition that I’m going to die, and die very much alone, and the rest of the world is going to go merrily on without me.”

― David Foster Wallace

 

“The most powerful weapon on earth is the human soul on fire.”

— Ferdinand Foch

 

To be spiritual means to be solid,

calm, and peaceful and to be able to look deeply inside and around us.

― Thích Nhất Hạnh

 

“One is loved because one is loved. No reason is needed for loving.”

— Paulo Coelho

 

“A writer’s work is the product of laziness.”

― Borges

 

Writing is nothing more than a guided dream.

― Jorge Luis Borges

 

“Where does peace arise? Peace arises whenever we let something go.”

― Ajahn Chah

 

“What I expect from writers—and from myself as a writer—is to articulate a complex view of things. To incite us to be more compassionate. To orchestrate our mourning. And to celebrate ecstasy.”

― Susan Sontag

 

“I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where. I love you simply, without problems or pride: I love you in this way because I do not know any other way of loving but this, in which there is no I or you, so intimate that your hand upon my chest is my hand, so intimate that when I fall asleep your eyes close.”

— Pablo Neruda

 

“You can, you should, and if you’re brave enough to start, you will.”

— Stephen King

 

“Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.”

― Rabindranath Tagore

 

Those who mistake the unessential to

be essential and the essential to be unessential,

dwelling in wrong thoughts,

never arrive at the essential.

― The Buddha

 

“In other traditions, good and evil are relative to the position in which you are standing. What is good for one is evil for the other. And you play your part, not withdrawing from the world when you realize how horrible it is, but seeing that this horror is simply the foreground of a wonder: a ‘mysterium tremendum et fascinans.’

 

“‘All life is sorrowful’ is the first Buddhist saying, and so it is. It wouldn’t be life if there weren’t temporality involved, which is sorrow – loss, loss, loss. You’ve got to say yes to life and see it as magnificent this way; for this is surely the way God intended it …

 

“It is joyful just as it is. I don’t believe there was anybody who intended it, but this is the way it is. James Joyce has a memorable line: ‘History is a nightmare from which I am trying to awake.’ And the way to wake from it is not to be afraid, and to recognize that all of this, as it is, is a manifestation of the horrendous power that is of all creation. The ends of things are always painful. But pain is part of there being a world at all …

 

“I will participate in the game. It is a wonderful, wonderful opera – except that it hurts.”

― Joseph Campbell, The Power of Myth

 

“You must give up the life you planned in order to have the life that is waiting for you.”

― Joseph Campbell

 

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

― Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

“What we need in the United States is not division; what we need in the United States is not hatred…but love and wisdom, and compassion toward one another.”

― Robert F. Kennedy

 

“Never, never be afraid to do what’s right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake. Society’s punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way.”

― Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

“Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane.”

― Martin Luther King

 

“There’s something strangely inconsistent about a nation and a press that will praise you when you say ‘Be non-violent toward Jim Clark,’ but will curse and damn you when you say ‘Be non-violent toward little brown Vietnamese children.’ There’s something wrong with that press!”

- Martin Luther King Jr., April 30, 1967

 

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

― Martin Luther King Jr.

 

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”

― Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

“When the Soul wants to experience something she throws out an image in front of her and then steps into it.”

― Meister Eckhart

 

“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I cam to die, discover that I had not lived.”

―Henry David Thoreau

 

“The more we care for the happiness of others, the greater our own sense of well-being becomes. Cultivating a close, warm-hearted feeling for others automatically puts the mind at ease. This helps remove whatever fears or insecurities we may have and gives us the strength to cope with any obstacles we encounter. It is the ultimate source of success in life.”

― Dalai Lama

 

“The Waste Land, let us say then, is any world in which (to state the problem pedagogically) force and not love, indoctrination, not education, authority, not experience, prevail in the ordering of lives, and where the myths and rites enforced and received are consequently unrelated to the actual inward realizations, needs, and potentialities of those upon whom they are impressed.”

― Joseph Campbell, Creative Mythology (Vol. IV of The Masks of God), p.388

 

“Most of us want to have a positive influence. Why do our lives seem to have so little effect? The answer is that most of us have minds that are scattered or distracted: sometimes positive, sometimes negative, constantly changing with our shifting moods and desires. If we don’t seem to have much effect on the world we live in, it’s because the signals we broadcast are weak and confused. It is the concentrated, focused mind that reaches people.”

- Eknath Easwaran, from “Strength in the Storm”

 

“When a man is denied the right to live the life he believes in, he has no choice but to become an outlaw.”

— Nelson Mandela

 

“Look deep, deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.”

— Albert Einstein

 

“We are sun and moon, dear friend; we are sea and land. It is not our purpose to become each other; it is to recognize each other, to learn to see the other and honor him for what he is: each the other’s opposite and complement.”

— Hermann Hesse

 

“It is the mark of an educated mind to entertain a thought without accepting it.”

— Aristotle

 

“The roots of all goodness lie in the soil of appreciation for goodness.”

― His Holiness the Dalai Lama XIVth

 

“When we get upset, it’s not because life upsets us. We get upset because we’re upsettable. With practice, everyone can develop a mind that’s unupsettable. One of the best ways to do this is to give complete attention and respect to those around us – particularly when we differ.”

- Eknath Easwaran, from “Strength in the Storm”

 

“Science is not only compatible with spirituality; it is a profound source of spirituality.” ― Carl Sagan

 

“Do you know what it means to attend, to pay attention? When you pay attention, you see things much more clearly. You hear the bird singing much more distinctly. You differentiate between various sounds. When you look at a tree with a great deal of attention, you see the whole beauty of the tree. You see the leaves, the branch, you see the wind playing with it. When you pay attention, you see extraordinarily clearly. Have you ever done it? Attention is something different from concentration. When you concentrate, you don’t see everything. But when you are paying attention, you see a great deal. Now, pay attention. Look at that tree and see the shadows, the slight breeze among the leaves. See the shape of the tree. See the proportion of the tree in relation to other trees. See the quality of light that penetrates through the leaves, the light on the branches and the trunk. See the totality of the tree. Look at it that way, because I am going to talk about something to which you have to pay attention. Attention is very important, in the class, as well as when you are outside, when you are eating, when you are walking. Attention is an extraordinary thing”

- Krishnamurti

 

“We have neglected the truth that a good farmer is a craftsman of the highest order, a kind of artist.”

― Wendell Berry

 

“We cross our bridges when we come to them and burn them behind us, with nothing to show for our progress except a memory of the smell of smoke, and a presumption that once our eyes watered.”

― Tom Stoppard

 

“Mythology—and therefore civilization—is a poetic, supernormal image, conceived, like all poetry, in depth, but susceptible of interpretation on various levels. The shallowest minds see in it the local scenery; the deepest, the foreground of the void; and between are all the stages of the Way from the ethnic to the elementary idea, the local to the universal being, which is Everyman, as he both knows and is afraid to know. For the human mind in its polarity of the male and female modes of experience, in its passages from infancy to adulthood and old age, in its toughness and tenderness, and in its continuing dialogue with the world, is the ultimate mythogenetic zone—the creator and the destroyer, the slave and yet the master, of all the gods.”

― Joseph Campbell, The Masks of God, Volume I: Primitive Mythology, p. 472

 

As adults we try to relax from the never ending quest for reason and order by drinking a little whiskey or smoking whatever works for us, but the wisdom isn’t in the whiskey or the smoke. The wisdom is in the moments when the madness slips away and we remember the basics.

― Willie Nelson

 

“Be it mine to look up to thy light, even from afar, even from the depths. Teach me to seek thee, and reveal thyself to me when I seek thee, for I cannot seek thee except thou teach me, nor find thee, except thou reveal thyself. Let me seek thee in longing, let me long for thee in seeking; let me find thee in love, and love thee in finding.”

― Eknath Easwaran

 

“There are two basic motivating forces: fear and love. When we are afraid, we pull back from life. When we are in love, we open to all that life has to offer with passion, excitement, and acceptance. We need to learn to love ourselves first, in all our glory and our imperfections. If we cannot love ourselves, we cannot fully open to our ability to love others or our potential to create. Evolution and all hopes for a better world rest in the fearlessness and open-hearted vision of people who embrace life.”

— John Lennon

 

“Excellence is never an accident. It is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, and intelligent execution; it represents the wise choice of many alternatives – choice, not chance, determines your destiny.”

— Aristotle

 

“The aim of all religious exercises is a psychological transformation. You can make up your own meditations and rites based on knowing, loving, and serving the deity in caring for your children, doctoring drunks, or writing books. Any work whatsoever can be a meditation if you have the sense that everything is ‘brahman’: the process, the doing, the thing that is being looked at, the one that is looking—everything.”

― Joseph Campbell, A Joseph Campbell Companion: Reflections on the Art of Living

 

In gratitude for Pete Seeger

 

Realize that little things lead to bigger things. That’s what Seeds is all about. And this wonderful parable in the New Testament: the sower scatters seeds. Some seeds fall in the pathway and get stamped on, and they don’t grow. Some fall on the rocks, and they don’t grow. But some seeds fall on fallow ground, and they grow and multiply a thousand fold. Who knows where some good little thing that you’ve done may bring results years later that you never dreamed of?

―-Pete Seeger

 

”On the simplest level, then, the Goddess is the Earth. On the next, archaic level, She is the surrounding sky. On the philosophic level, She is Maya, the forms of sensibility, the limitations of the senses that enclose us so that all of our thinking takes place within her bounds—She is IT. The Goddess is the ultimate boundary of consciousness in the world of time and space.”

― Joseph Campbell, Goddesses: Mysteries of the Feminine Divine

 

“Old friends pass away, new friends appear. It is just like the days. An old day passes, a new day arrives. The important thing is to make it meaningful: a meaningful friend – or a meaningful day.”

― Dalai Lama

 

“I am at one with a sea of sensations; glitter, silk, skin, eyes, mouths, desire.”

― Anaïs Nin

 

To make discoveries, you have to be curious about why the universe is the way it is.

― Isaac Asimov

 

“When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.”

— John Lennon

 

“Creative fantasy, because it is mainly trying to do something else … may open your hoard and let all the locked things fly away like cage-birds.”

― J. R. R. Tolkien

 

“Mythology is very fluid. Most of the myths are self-contradictory. You may even find four or five myths in a given culture, all giving different versions of the same mystery. Then theology comes along and says it has got to be just this way. Mythology is poetry, and the poetic language is very flexible.

 

“Religion turns poetry into prose. God is literally up there, and this is literally what he thinks, and this is the way you’ve got to behave to get into proper relationship with that god up there.”

― Joseph Campbell, “The Power of Myth” (with Bill Moyers)

 

“Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens.”

― Carl Jung

 

“The Buddha’s teachings on love are clear. It is possible to live twenty four hours a day in a state of love. Every movement, every glance, every thought, and every word can be infused with love.”

― Thich Nhat Hanh

 

Neither mother, father, nor any

other relative can do one greater

good than one’s own well-directed

― The Buddha

 

“Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing there is a field. I’ll meet you there. When the soul lies down in that grass the world is too full to talk about.”

― Rumi

 

“The same stream of life that runs through the world runs through my veins night and day and dances in rhythmic measure. It is the same life that shoots in joy through the dust of the earth into the numberless blades of grass and breaks into tumultuous waves of flowers.”

― Rabindranath Tagore

 

“Be patient with everyone, but above all with yourself. I mean, do not be disheartened by your imperfections, but always rise up with fresh courage. How are we to be patient in dealing with our neighbor’s faults if we are impatient in dealing with our own? He who is fretted by his own failings will not correct them. All profitable correction comes from a calm, peaceful mind.”

― St. Francis de Sales

 

Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.

― William Shakespeare

 

You don’t need to rely on anybody else’s goodness. You have a resource already, which is your own goodness. Your are already good, and you can actually transmit that goodness to others. In buddhism, we call this buddha-nature. Examine yourself and your state of being. You will find that you have the heart of goodness in you.

― Chögyam Trungpa

 

“Form is emptiness, emptiness is form. Emptiness is not separate from form; form is not separate from emptiness. Whatever is form is emptiness, whatever is emptiness is form. Form and emptiness are the same. From the buddhas above down to the smallest insect below, every creature is basically empty. The myriad things we know and feel all depend on our six senses. But form and emptiness are not separate.”

― The Heart Sutra, Red Pine Translation

 

The one who practices

loving-kindness sleeps and

wakes in comfort and has no

bad dreams; he is dear to both

humans and creatures; no

danger harms him. His mind

can be quickly concentrated,

his expression is happy and

serene. He dies without any

confusion of mind. Loving-

kindness protects him.

― The Buddha

 

“Things are not what they appear to be,

nor are they otherwise.”

― The Lankavatara Sutra

 

“Love is verily the heart of all religions.”

― Sri Ramana Maharshi

 

“Each day of human life contains joy and anger, pain and pleasure, darkness and light, growth and decay. Each moment is etched with nature’s grand design ― do not try to deny or oppose the cosmic order of things.”

― Morihei Ueshiba, Ōsensei

 

“I think we dream so we don’t have to be apart for so long. If we’re in each other’s dreams, we can be together all the time.”

— A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

 

“The world has only as much power over you as you give it. Rebel. Go beyond duality.”

— Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

 

Knowing one’s own Self is knowing God.

― Sri Ramana Maharshi

 

“Today the man of knowledge might well feel like God become animal.”

― Friedrich Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil

 

“Me, I’ve seen forty-five years, and I’ve only figured out one thing. That’s this: if a person would just make the effort, there’s something to be learned from everything. From even the most ordinary, commonplace things, there’s always something you can learn. I read somewhere that they say there’s even different philosophies in razors. Fact is, if it weren’t for that, nobody’d survive.”

— Haruki Murakami – Pinball, 1973

 

“We must have a pure, honest, and warm-hearted motivation, and on top of that, determination, optimism, hope, and the ability not to be discouraged. The whole of humanity depends on this motivation.”

― The Dalai Lama

 

“Each element of the cosmos is positively woven from all the others…The universe holds together, and only one way of considering it is really possible, that is, to take it as a whole, in one piece.”

― Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

 

If one’s mind has peace, the whole world will appear peaceful.

― Sri Ramana Maharshi

 

Be not afraid of life. Believe that life is worth living, and your belief will help create the fact.

― William James

 

“The mystic uses their intuition a great deal, and endeavors to see into the future and to look beyond appearances. She or he reads others’ souls and hearts. A mystic does everything they can to rise up above suffering and despair; they go past the clouds and so glimpse the Sun; being both on their own and connected to the great All, they never forget that to accomplish great things we must be able to do small ones perfectly. The mystic knows that duty well carried out is an act of love and of service; and that for the

service to have its full meaning, it must be selfless. It must be a gift of oneself to others, joyously agreed to, and not undergone as a great sacrifice. Love and giving should not be likened to suffering and renunciation, quite the reverse: were this the case, it would no longer be a question of love, but of masochistic behavior. True service only gives rise to

good feelings, and expects nothing in return.”

― Christian Bernard

 

You must be ready to accept all things as natural with quiet cheer.

― Swami Chinmayananda

 

“Happiness is like a butterfly; The more you chase it, the more it will elude you, but if you turn your attention to other things, it will come and sit softly on your shoulder.”

― Henry David Thoreau

 

“Guru is none other than the Self.”

― Sri Ramana Maharshi

 

“Scatter joy!”

― Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

“Real love is a cosmic force which goes through us. If we crystallize it, it becomes the greatest power in the world.”

― Gurdjieff

 

“The purpose of evolution is to attain understanding of the necessity of doing good and living in harmony with Cosmic Laws; and to express your Divine Nature in everything you think, say and do.”

― Rosicrucian Manuscript

 

“Some part of our being knows this is where we came from. We long to return. And we can. Because the cosmos is also within us. We’re made of star-stuff. We are a way for the cosmos to know itself.”

― Carl Sagan

 

“Initiation means the Journey Inwards: nothing is changed or can be changed; but all is trulier understood with every step.”

— Aleister Crowley – Little Essays Towards Truth, “Mastery”

 

the winter waves:

I can’t stop this feeling

could it be love…

― fuyunami ni omoi yamazaru koi to iuka

 

“I have often regretted my speech, but never my silence.”

― Publilius Syrus

 

“To me a book is a message from the gods to mankind; or, if not, should never be published at all.”

― Aleister Crowley

 

“Man surprised me most about humanity. Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived.”

― Dalai Lama

 

“The snow doesn’t give a soft white damn whom it touches.”

― E.E. Cummings

 

“There is a tender sense of silence, without prayer to or from. In the moments of our own silence we are welcomed, as both stranger and friend.”

― Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee

 

“All too often women believe it is a sign of commitment, an expression of love, to endure unkindness or cruelty, to forgive and forget. In actuality, when we love rightly we know that the healthy, loving response to cruelty and abuse is putting ourselves out of harm’s way.”

― Bell Hooks

 

“While the mystic is therefore a thinking individual, she or he must also be an active one. Fully aware of what the purpose of their life is, their behavior comprises service, tolerance, generosity, understanding, compassion, and love, so as to set an example within Humanity. To be this good example, and therefore a positive testimony to the principles referred to as “mystical,” the mystic must throughout their life seek within themselves that which needs to be strengthened and improved. We are all a long way from perfection; but we can be radiant, and show the way, providing we do not try to reform others’ conduct at any price, tempting though this may be when we see others losing their way, and embarking on a dangerous route. Being an active mystic can be straightforward. All that is required is, first of all, to be genuine with oneself and with others, to be true in all circumstances. To be true does not mean speaking brusquely or rudely, or showing a lack of politeness or tact; it means being the true reflection of what we are, and not playing on the feelings of others, or saying one thing and doing another.”

― Christian Bernard

 

“You cannot transmit wisdom and insight to another person. The seed is already there. A good teacher touches the seed, allowing it to wake up, to sprout, and to grow.”

― Thich Nhat Hanh

 

External circumstances can contribute to one’s happiness and well-being, but ultimately happiness and suffering depend on the mind.

― Dalai Lama

 

The rule of friendship means there should be mutual sympathy between them, each supplying what the other lacks and trying to benefit the other, always using friendly and sincere words.

 

Think of Metta: Happy, at rest,

may all beings be happy at heart.

Whatever beings there may be,

weak or strong, without exception,

long, large,

middling, short,

subtle, blatant,

seen & unseen,

near & far,

born & seeking birth:

May all beings be happy at heart.

 

Let no one deceive another

or despise anyone anywhere,

or through anger or irritation

wish for another to suffer.

 

As a mother would risk her life

to protect her child, her only child,

even so should one cultivate a limitless heart

with regard to all beings.

With good will for the entire cosmos,

cultivate a limitless heart:

Above, below, & all around,

unobstructed, without enmity or hate.

Whether standing, walking,

sitting, or lying down,

as long as one is alert,

one should be resolved on this mindfulness.

This is called a sublime abiding

here & now.

 

MAY ALL BEINGS BE HAPPY!!!

Buddhism – Path To Peace

 

“The global economy has made our world one. We need a corresponding sense of the oneness of humanity. If we are realistic, truthful and honest, we can communicate with anyone and everyone. Secular ethics are not opposed to religion but inclusive of those with faith and those with none. We have to recognize others as human beings like us. Everyone wants to be happy and everyone has a right to fulfill that goal. This is why, in the context of 7 billion human beings, our need is to introduce secular ethics.”

― Dalai Lama

 

“If we learn to open our hearts,

anyone, including the people

who drive us crazy, can be our

teacher.”

― Pema Chödrön

 

All of old. Nothing else ever. Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.

― Samual Beckett

 

“Memory is the sense of loss, and loss pulls us after it.”

― Marilynne Robinson

 

“What is the meaning of life? That was all- a simple question; one that tended to close in on one with years, the great revelation had never come. The great revelation perhaps never did come. Instead, there were little daily miracles, illuminations, matches struck unexpectedly in the dark; here was one.”

― Virginia Woolf, To the Lighthouse

 

“I don’t like people who have never fallen or stumbled. Their virtue is lifeless and it isn’t of much value. Life hasn’t revealed its beauty to them.” – Boris Pasternak

 

Do what you can, with what you have, where you are. ― Theodore Roosevelt

 

Misunderstandings and neglect occasion more mischief in the world than even malice and wickedness. At all events, the two latter are of less frequent occurrence. ― Johann Wolfgang von Goethe in The Sorrows of Young Werther

 

Fanaticism consists in redoubling your effort when you have forgotten your aim. ― George Santayana

 

When writing about transcendental issues, be transcendentally clear. ― René Descartes

 

If we cannot end now our differences, at least we can make the world safe for diversity. ― John F. Kennedy

 

In this moment, I need to be needed,

With this darkness all around me, I like to be liked,

In this emptiness and fear, I want to be wanted,

‘Cause I love to be loved,

I love to be loved.

Peter Gabriel

 

“Through humor, you can soften some of the worst blows that life delivers. And once you find laughter, no matter how painful your situation might be, you can survive it.”

― Bill Cosby

 

“There are two aspects of the hero, I think. The hero is somebody whom you can lean on and who is going to rescue you; he is also an ideal. To live the heroic life is to live the individual adventure, really. One of the problems today is that with the enormous transformations in the forms of our lives, the models for life don’t exist for us. In a traditional society—the agriculturally based city—there were relatively few life roles, and the models were there; there was a hero for each life role. But look at the past twenty years and what has come along in the way of new life possibilities and requirements. The hero-as-model is one thing we lack, so each one has to be his own hero and follow the path that’s no-path. It’s a very interesting situation.”

― Joseph Campbell

 

The really poor man is not the one who lacks money, but the one who lacks the joy of the heart.

― Swami Chinmayananda

 

“The faster I write the better my output. If I’m going slow I’m in trouble. It means I’m pushing the word instead of being pulled by them.”

― Raymond Chandler

 

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

― Kurt Vonnegut

 

“The best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them.”

— Ernest Hemingway

 

“Sit still, O my body, like an icy pond frozen at attention, at rest yet alert.”

― Edward Hays

 

“The unfolding of the bare human soul…that is what interests me.”

― Bruce Lee

 

Anger is the energy people use to

act, but when you are angry you are

not lucid and you might do wrong

things. That is why compassion is a

better energy. And the energy of

compassion is very strong.

― Thích Nhất Hạnh

 

‘You need chaos in your soul to give birth to a dancing star.’

Friedrich Nietzsche

 

Suffering isn’t dependent on

the world being good or bad,

but on how willing we are to

use wisdom in this moment.

― Ajahn Sumedho

 

“Ah, but what can we take along

into that other realm? Not the act of looking,

which is learned so slowly, and nothing that happened here. Nothing.

The sufferings, then. And above all, the heaviness,

and long experience of love, – just what is wholly

unsayable.”

― Rainer Maria Rilke

 

“During the day – not only at work, but in the post office, restaurant, or bank – you can also combat the fast pace of others. Good spiritual manners require that you say to people who help you, ‘Take your time. I’m in no hurry.’ ”

― Eknath Easwaran, from “Passage Meditation”

 

“You are a divine being. You matter, you count. You come from realms of unimaginable power and light, and you will return to those realms.”

Terence McKenna

 

Is it the world that says “I am real”, or is it you?

― Sri Ramana Maharshi

 

Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.

― John Dewey

 

“It has long been an axiom of mine that the little things are infinitely the most important.”

― Arthur Conan Doyle, The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes

 

“A little talent is a good thing to have if you want to be a writer. But the only real requirement is the ability to remember every scar.”

― Stephen King

 

Thank you, always say thank you; it’s the greatest gift you can give someone; because thank you is what you say to God.

― Maya Angelou

 

“Let us learn to let go, to not allow ourselves to be overwhelmed by the circumstances and conditions of this world. Let us constantly remember that at the heart of ourselves, as at the heart of all human beings, there forever stands a silent and watchful guardian: the Master Within.”

― Christian Bernard

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