Favorite Quotes 2


Favorite Quotes 2


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.

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.

― 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
― 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
― 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


I bring ye wine from above,
From the vats of the storied sun;
For every one of yer love,
And life for every one.
Ye shall dance on hill and level;
Ye shall sing in hollow and height
In the festal mystical revel,
The rapurous 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

Trees are sanctuaries. Whoever knows how to speak to them, whoever knows how to listen to them, can learn the truth. They do not preach learning and precepts, they preach undeterred by particulars, the ancient law of life.
— Hermann Hesse

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.
— The Buddha

Grace is the Self. It is not something to be acquired. All that is necessary is to know its existence.
— Ramana Maharshi

The dog is a gentleman; I hope to go to his heaven, not man’s.
— Mark Twain

That alone is Real which exists by itself, which reveals itself by itself and which is eternal and unchanging.
— Sri Ramana Maharshi

The greatest discovery of my generation is that man can alter his life simply by altering his attitude of mind.
— William James

Looking back over the twelve delightful years that I spent on this richly rewarding enterprise, I find that its main result for me has been its confirmation of a thought I have long and faithfully entertained: of the unity of the race of man, not only in its biology but also in its spiritual history, which has everywhere unfolded in the manner of a single symphony, with its themes announced, developed, amplified, turned about, distorted, reasserted, and today, in a grand fortissimo of all sections sounding together, irresitably advancing toward some kind of mighty climax, out of which the next great movement will emerge. And I can see no reason why anyone should suppose that in the future the same motifs already heard will not be sounding still—in new relationships indeed, but ever the same motifs. They are all given here, in these volumes, with many clues, besides, suggesting ways in which they might be put to use by reasonable men to reasonable ends—or by poets to poetic ends—or by madmen to nonsense and disaster.
— Joseph Campbell, on completion of all four volumes of The Masks of God

Love all God’s creation, the whole of it and every grain of sand in it. Love every leaf, every ray of God’s light. Love the animals, love the plants, love everything. If you love everything, you will perceive the divine mystery in things. Once you have perceived it, you will begin to comprehend it better every day, and you will come at last to love the world with an all—embracing love.
— Fyodor Dostoevsky

When we see images of the earth from space, we see no boundaries between us, just this one blue planet, where climate change affects us all, where the global economy brings us all together. In the past, Tibet, surrounded by mountains, cherished its isolation. But, such isolation is outdated. Today, we need to take account of the well—being of the whole of humanity and preserving the health of the planet.
— Dalai Lama

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

A mystic applies the understanding that she or he has acquired, and knows that intuition is an internal expression of themselves. A mystic stays on their guard, and takes care not to get lost in an illusory world that will sweep them away into a frantic and pointless race, and lead them nowhere. To go where? To look for and find what? As perceived by a mystic, Utopia is not an illusion. It is a goal to attain, a search for the absolute, a hope, and a wish expressed.
— Christian Bernard

A word is dead
When it is said,
Some say.
I say it just begins
to live that day.
— Emily Dickinson

If you are depressed, you are living in the past.
If you are anxious, you are living in the future.
If you are at peace, you are living in the present.
— Lao Tzu

What compels some of us to have this spiritual unrest while others have not?
The Shastras attribute it to the evolution and the growth of the individual, and in this we shall find that Vedanta starts where Darwin’s theory ends — a visionary promise that man will still grow to the final stage of evolution: Supermanhood!

Mind is exactly the thoughts in it. Between the thought and the mind there is a relationship — thought alone, however is not the mind. When thoughts flow through us there is the experience of the powerful equipment, MIND.

As the thoughts so the mind. If thoughts are good, mind is good. If thoughts are bad, the mind is called bad.
— Swami Chinmayananda

See what helps you to keep away all other thoughts and adopt that method for your meditation.
— Sri Ramana Maharshi

Change the focus of the eye. When you have done that, then the end of the world as you formerly knew it will have occurred, and you will experience the radiance of the divine presence everywhere, here and now.
— Joseph Campbell, Mythos I, Program 3, On Being Human

Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.
— Albert Einstein

People say that what we’re all seeking is a meaning for life. I don’t think that’s what we’re really seeking. I think that what we’re seeking is an experience of being alive, so that our life experiences on the purely physical plane will have resonances with our own innermost being and reality, so that we actually feel the rapture of being alive.
― Joseph Campbell, The Power of Myth

Every activity of every person is only to satisfy the mind. The mind is the commander. The mind is the king.

If the mind is happy, I am happy. If the mind is unhappy, I am unhappy. My entire life is dependent upon my mind…

But how very few of us know it!

— Swami Chinmayananda

When the power of love replaces the love of power, the world will know peace.
— Jimi Hendrix

Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth.
— John F. Kennedy

It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.
— Harry S. Truman

A real book is not one that we read, but one that reads us.
— W.H. Auden

If we want there to be peace in the world, we have to be brave enough to soften what is rigid in our hearts, to find the soft spot and stay with it. We have to have that kind of courage and take that kind of responsibility. That’s the true practice of peace.
— Pema Chodron, Practicing Peace in Times of War

Old ideas, the Gita would say, are not sloughed by government decisions or in the boardrooms of corporations. They are given up by individuals, who go on to influence other individuals. Because the problems we face look so immense, it is easy to lose faith in this.

I always try to remind people that though we are small, the power that can be released in us is anything but small. Despite appearances it is we, the ordinary people of the world – each of us individually – who have the power to change the circumstances of our lives. We do not often assert that power to choose; therefore we may not believe we truly have it. But it is a tragic misunderstanding to think that human destiny is made by anything other than individuals. We shape history together, all of us, by the total of our desires.
— Eknath Easwaran, from volume 3 of The Bhagavad Gita for Daily Living

I would rather make mistakes in kindness and compassion than work miracles in unkindness and hardness.
— Mother Teresa, A Gift for God: Prayers and Meditations

One of the most interesting histories of what comes of rejecting science we may see in Islam, which in the beginning received, accepted, and even developed the classical legacy. For some five or six rich centuries there is an impressive Islamic record of scientific thought, experiment, and research, particularly in medicine. But then, alas! the authority of the general community, the Sunna, the consensus—which Mohammed the Prophet had declared would always be right—cracked down. The Word of God in the Koran was the only source and vehicle of truth. Scientific thought led to ‘loss of belief in the origin of the world and in the Creator.’ And so it was that, just when the light of Greek learning was beginning to be carried from Islam to Europe—from circa 1100 onward—Islamic science and medicine came to a standstill and went dead …
— Joseph Campbell, Myths to Live By

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

Mindfulness is Enlightenment itself. You only need a few seconds to get enlightened. To be aware that you are alive, with a body that is strong enough and healthy enough — that is Enlightenment. Our body is a wonder.
— Thich Nhat Hanh

As human beings, our job in life is to help people realize how rare and valuable each one of us really is, that each of us has something that no one else has—or ever will have—something inside that is unique to all time. It’s our job to encourage each other to discover that uniqueness and to provide ways of developing its expression.
— Mr. Rogers

Do you know what people really want? Everyone, I mean. Everybody in the world is thinking: I wish there was just one other person I could really talk to, who could really understand me, who’d be kind to me. That’s what people really want, if they’re telling the truth.
— Doris Lessing in The Golden Notebook (1919)

We are afraid to care too much, for fear that the other person does not care at all.
— Eleanor Roosevelt

I live my life, you live yours. If you’re clear about what you want, then you can live any way you please. I don’t give a damn what people say. They can be reptile food for all I care.
— Haruki Murakami — Dance Dance Dance

I learned to write fiction the way I learned to read fiction — by skipping the parts that bored me.
― Jonathan Lethem

If we wait until we’re ready, we’ll be waiting for the rest of our lives.
— Lemony Snicket

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

Where there is the tree of knowledge, there is always Paradise:’ so say the most ancient and the most modern serpents.
― Friedrich Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil

We work on ourselves in order to help others, but also we help others in order to work on ourselves.
— Pema Chodron

As people are walking all the time, in the same spot, a path appears.
— John Locke

We would like to find ways of breaking through the defensiveness which now dominates a large part of conversation.

The individual has not only been disillusioned by prevailing situations, but has become very highly defensive and even aggressive in his conversation.

We must not bring the individual to a state in which he knows it is no use saying anything because it will only be used against him.

He must not be locked within a pattern of intolerances which deny him the right to express himself or to examine the internal motives of others.

Words are a responsibility to be used wisely, and an opportunity to bring growth and hope to other persons.

Our simplest words should bring hope.
Let our more common statements be charitable.
Let all our words reveal our faith in the wisdom of a divine providence.

If we put this leadership upon our own tongues we can do a great deal to make this a better world for all of us.

— Manly P. Hall, from Communication and Compatibility, The Lost Art of Sharing Thoughts

It is a wholesome and necessary thing for us to turn again to the earth and in the contemplation of her beauties to know the sense of wonder and humility.
— Rachel Carson

My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.
— Dalai Lama

If you understand, things are just as they are…
If you do not understand, things are just as they are…
— Zen Saying

Experience is not what happens to you; it’s what you do with what happens to you.
— Aldous Huxley

Fear is the main source of superstition, and one of the main sources of cruelty. To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom.
— Bertrand Russell

For the error bred in the bone
Of each woman and each man
Craves what it cannot have,
Not universal love
But to be loved alone.
— W. H. Auden

When others asked the truth of me, I was convinced it was not the truth they wanted, but an illusion they could bear to live with.
— Anaïs Nin

Defenceless under the night
Our world in stupor lies;
Yet, dotted everywhere,
Ironic points of light
Flash out wherever the Just
Exchange their messages:
May I, composed like them
Of Eros and of dust,
Beleaguered by the same
Negation and despair,
Show an affirming flame.
— W. H. Auden

Life is a process of becoming, a combination of states we have to go through. Where people fail is that they wish to elect a state and remain in it. This is a kind of death. — Anaïs Nin

Without Art, we should have no notion of the sacred; without Science, we should always worship false gods. — W. H. Auden

What a man believes may be ascertained, not from his creed, but from the assumptions on which he habitually acts. — George Bernard Shaw

We are beginning to see the influence of dream upon reality and reality upon dream. — Anaïs Nin

All I have is a voice
To undo the folded lie,
The romantic lie in the brain
Of the sensual man—in—the—street
And the lie of Authority
Whose buildings grope the sky:
There is no such thing as the State
And no one exists alone;
Hunger allows no choice
To the citizen or the police;
We must love one another or die.

Follow, poet, follow right
To the bottom of the night,
With your unconstraining voice
Still persuade us to rejoice;
With the farming of a verse
Make a vineyard of the curse,
Sing of human unsuccess
In a rapture of distress;
In the deserts of the heart
Let the healing fountains start,
In the prison of his days
Teach the free man how to praise.
— W. H. Auden

The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom. — Isaac Asimov

Before I learned martial arts, a punch was just a punch and a kick was just a kick. When I studied martial arts, a punch was no longer just a punch and a kick was no longer just a kick. Now I understand martial arts, and a punch is just a punch and a kick is just a kick.
— Bruce Lee

What’s the point of walking meditation? Why do I practice sitting meditation? Because I like it. There’s no point doing these practices if you don’t enjoy them. It’s not hard labour. Every breath can bring us peace, joy and freedom.
— Thich Nhat Hanh

Where ignorance is our master, there is no possibility of real peace. — Dalai Lama

The purpose of all the major religious traditions is not to construct big temples on the outside, but to create temples of goodness and compassion inside, in our hearts.
— His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Do all the good you can,
By all the means you can,
In all the ways you can,
In all the places you can,
At all the times you can,
To all the people you can,
As long as ever you can.
— John Wesley

It isn’t necessary to go out to the slums to find a lack of love and poverty. There is someone who suffers in every family and in every neighborhood…I want you to be concerned about your next door neighbor. Do you know your next—door neighbor?
— Mother Teresa

I hold the maxim no less applicable to public than to private affairs, that honesty is always the best policy. — George Washington (born 22 February 1732)

Life is short and truth works far and lives long: let us speak the truth. — Arthur Schopenhauer

My candle burns at both ends;
It will not last the night;
But, ah, my foes, and, oh, my friends —
It gives a lovely light.
— Edna St. Vincent Millay

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

No person is your friend who demands your silence, or denies your right to grow.
— Alice Walker

We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.
— Maya Angelou

Try to love the questions themselves as if they were locked rooms or book 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.
— Rainer Maria Rilke, from Letters to a Young Poet, 1927

The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.
— Alice Walker

Hate: it has caused a lot of problems in the world but has not solved one yet.
— Maya Angelou

Never make someone a priority when all you are to them is an option.
— Maya Angelou

Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far they can go.
— T. S. Eliot

Know yourself before you seek to decide about the nature of God and the world.
— Sri Ramana Maharshi

Do everything with a mind that lets go. Don’t accept praise or gain or anything else. If you let go a little you will have a little peace; if you let go a lot you will have a lot of peace; if you let go completely you will have complete peace.
— Ajahn Chah

The more I think it over, the more I feel that there is nothing more truly artistic than to love people. People are often unable to do anything, imprisoned as they are in I don’t know what kind of terrible, terrible, oh such terrible cage. Do you know what makes the prison disappear? Every deep, genuine affection. Being friends, being brothers, loving, that is what opens the prison, with supreme power, by some magic force. Without these one stays dead. But whenever affection is revived, there life revives.

If only we try to live sincerely, it will go well with us, even though we are certain to experience real sorrow, and great disappointments, and also will probably commit great faults and do wrong things, but it certainly is true, that it is better to be high—spirited, even though one makes more mistakes, than to be narrow—minded and all too prudent. It is good to love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love, is well done.

What am I in the eyes of most people — a nonentity, an eccentric, or an unpleasant person — somebody who has no position in society and will never have; in short, the lowest of the low. All right, then — even if that were absolutely true, then I should one day like to show by my work what such an eccentric, such a nobody, has in his heart. That is my ambition, based less on resentment than on love in spite of everything, based more on a feeling of serenity than on passion. Though I am often in the depths of misery, there is still calmness, pure harmony and music inside me. I see paintings or drawings in the poorest cottages, in the dirtiest corners. And my mind is driven towards these things with an irresistible momentum.

That God of the clergymen, He is for me as dead as a doornail. But am I an atheist for all that? The clergymen consider me as such — be it so; but I love, and how could I feel love if I did not live, and if others did not live, and then, if we live, there is something mysterious in that. Now call that God, or human nature or whatever you like, but there is something which I cannot define systematically, though it is very much alive and very real, and see, that is God, or as good as God. To believe in God for me is to feel that there is a God, not a dead one, or a stuffed one, but a living one…

Poetry surrounds us everywhere, but putting it on paper is, alas, not so easy as looking at it. I dream my painting, and then I paint my dream. When I have a terrible need of — shall I say the word — religion. Then I go out and paint the stars.
— Vincent van Gogh

Meditation on a deity opens up in all directions to the various manifestations of the power that that deity personifies. In one of the little chapels devoted to this goddess in Çatal Hüyük are two leopards, the male and the female leopard facing each other. We would have to go between them to get to the Goddess, so they are the threshold guardians. What does this mean, this pair of opposites facing each other? They represent the threshold of passage from the field of secular thinking, where I and you are separate from each other in an Aristotelian sense—that is, a is not not—a—to a world transcendent of that kind of bipolar thinking, more in the way of a dream logic, where the dreamer and the dream, although they seem to be two, are actually one. These are the pairs of opposites between which you must pass when you pass through this active door, called in another context the clashing rocks, the Symplegades.

The ultimate mystery of the universe is transcendence of the phenomenal world, which is made up of pairs of opposites, Kant’s a priori categories of thought. When Adam and Eve fell, the first thing they experienced was the knowledge of good and evil—that is to say, the knowledge of pairs of opposites. Before that they didn’t know any distinctions. We are kept out of the garden by our knowledge of the pairs of opposites. Leaving that behind, going back to the place of innocence—beyond the rational discrimination of this from that—going back to that transcendent realm is the passage past the clashing rocks, beyond the guardianship of the threshold guardians of the temple.
— Joseph Campbell, Goddesses: Mysteries of the Feminine Divine

Like water which can clearly mirror the sky and the trees only so long as its surface is undisturbed, the mind can only reflect the true image of the Self when it is tranquil and wholly relaxed.

— Indra Devi

You’re all geniuses, and you’re all beautiful. You don’t need anyone to tell you who you are. You are what you are.
— John Lennon

Do you not think that there are things which you cannot understand, and yet which are; that some people see things that others cannot? But there are things old and new which must not be contemplate by men´s eyes, because they know —or think they know— some things which other men have told them. Ah, it is the fault of our science that it wants to explain all; and if it explain not, then it says there is nothing to explain. — Bram Stoker

Be honest with yourself. The world of men is not honest with you. The world loves hypocrisy. When you are honest with yourself you find the road to inner peace.
— Paramahansa Yogananda

Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law! Refuse this, and fall under the curse of destiny. Divide will against itself, the result is impotence and strife, strife—in—vain. The Law condemns no man. Accept the Law, and everything is lawful.
— Aleister Crowley, The Master Therion

The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts.
— Marcus Aurelius

Do not look with fear
On the changes and chances of this life;
Rather look to them with full faith that as they arise,
God — whose you are — will deliver you out of them.

He has kept you hith­erto.
Do not but hold fast to His dear hand,
And he will lead you safely through all things;
And when you can­not stand, He will bear you in His arms.

Do not antic­i­pate what will hap­pen tomor­row.
The same ever­last­ing Father who cares for you today
Will take care of you tomor­row and every day.
Either He will shield you from suf­fer­ing or
He will give you unfail­ing strength to bear it.

Be at peace, then, and put aside all anx­ious thoughts
And imaginations.
— St. Fran­cis de Sales from Eaknath Easwaran’s God Makes the Rivers to Flow

A thousand times I have ascertained and found it to be true:
The affairs of this world are really nothing into nothing.

Still though, we should dance.
— Hafiz

Be as simple as you can be; you will be astonished to see how uncomplicated and happy your life can become.
— Paramahansa Yogananda

108 Ways to Awaken your Kundalini:
1 Whatever you do, do it with intensity.
2 Follow your bliss fearlessly.
3 Express your uniqueness to the maximum.
4 Say no to societal conditioning.
5 Be comfortable living in a state of total insecurity.
6 Imbibe the highest truths of existence from all possible sources.
7 Do not give in to the low expectations of others.
8 Find a talent and master it.
9 Think more in images, less with words.
10 Appreciate creativity from all cultures.
11 Enjoy being with yourself.
12 Put your awareness on people/things/ideas that bring silence.
13 Ignore the chatter of comparison.
14 Enjoy the wildness, expansiveness and super abundance of nature.
15 Be prepared to accept the dark night of the soul.
16 Never loose the sense of childlike play in daily life.
17 Become aware of what you put in your body.
18 Fall in love and experience rejection.
19 Push the edges of your so called sanity.
20 Express the inexpressible.
21 Be indifferent to the misunderstandings of others.
22 Always maintain faith in the highest spiritual truths.
23 Feel that you are a force of nature.
24 Find the limits to everything, and break them if you can.
25 Practice lucid dreaming.
26 Do that which makes you feel the most alive.
27 Make what you enjoy your universe in the present moment.
28 Be around kids without mind.
29 Master the supreme art of concentration.
30 Constantly refresh and expand your imagination.
31 Sit with plants, rivers, trees.
32 Don’t be afraid of overwhelming emotion.
33 Cherish, celebrate and create moments of ecstasy.
34 Let go of the past along with your so called failings.
35 Know the process of rejuvenation and transformation in nature and in life.
36 Think holistically, strive to see the big picture.
37 Experience the joy of effortless creation.
38 Discover and follow a discipline from within.
39 Don’t calculate your time, live it.
40 Surrender to the inner quest for knowledge.
41 Live, speak and act with your own authority.
42 Heal yourself before you try to heal others.
43 Fill your life with a sense of global and individual evolution.
44 Live as if you were to die in a week.
45 Have patience with existence when all things seem to be lost.
46 See yourself beyond mind, body and emotions.
47 Go on seeking even when it seems there is nothing left to find.
48 Live without a sense of becoming, just more and more being.
49 Share with others the fruits of your labors.
50 Go into the unknown, face the darkness.
51 Awaken primal energies hidden from mundane awareness.
52 Practice meditation with intense awareness of spinal centers.
53 Consolidate outdrawn energies and focus them within your being.
54 Prepare yourself to meet a living Enlightened Master.
55 Make your longing to be with Him consume everything.
56 Practice His teachings playfully and intensely.
57 Realize your emptiness, ask for inner and outer healing.
58 Have trust as the energy rises in your system.
59 Purge yourself of the trauma of birth.
60 Release all anger and frustration towards conditioned existence.
61 Reclaim innocent, spacious, ever present awareness.
62 Fall in tune at first sight of the Master.
63 Relish the ultimate play of existence, between Master and Disciple.
64 Face tests of trust with a smile and unbroken awareness.
65 Make feeling connection with Master permanent and ever present.
66 Become receptive, make your well of openness into an ocean.
67 Prepare your body with un—habitual physical labor and exercise.
68 Make your desire for fulfillment alive in every muscle and cell of your body.
69 Trust in the supreme identity of Master so that you may realize the same.
70 Surrender to Him all thoughts, actions, body, mind and spirit.
71 Listen to the guidance of angels ready to support you.
72 Immerse yourself in the new—found bliss from the Masters Grace.
73 Fill ever fiber of your being with awe and devotion towards the Supreme.
74 Be ready to give up all conditioned knowledge.
75 Make your life simple and needs few.
76 Trust in the auspicious nature of existence under all circumstances.
77 Yearn for the embrace of the Divine like a child yearns for its mother.
78 Fill all physical activities with the intention of Enlightenment.
79 Drench your nervous system with the Bliss Supreme.
80 Create the strong intention to practice meditation endlessly.
81 Be aware of and extend the gap between breaths.
82 Enjoy the space between thoughts more then the thoughts.
83 Undo the core issues that keep you tangled in knots.
84 Meditate on the Masters image.
85 Have no doubts that your effort for Enlightenment is maximum.
86 Only focus on words from Enlightened Beings.
87 Revel in the Supreme Teachings like a bee in a pool of nectar.
88 Sit in Upanishad as much as possible with an Enlightened Being.
89 Travel in the sacred land of India.
90 Imbibe the body language of an Enlightened Master.
91 Dance in Supreme ecstasy and joy.
92 Laugh with the full sway of shakti.
93 Don’t speak too much about spirituality, be it.
94 Live as a surrendered being, at play with the cosmos.
95 Surrender your talents and knowledge to the divine.
96 Respond to others with their benefit in mind.
97 Achieve the doubtless state, where the I of thought is replaced with Eternal Bliss.
98 Appreciate simple moments as miraculous heavens.
99 Play around with superconscious awareness.
100 Soak yourself into the edges of the unknown.
101 Offer yourself as a humble worker of God.
102 Realize that you are the Universe.
103 Enjoy as you like.
104 Watch the body drift around.
105 Practice non—violence unceasingly.
106 Watch the sunset.
107 Be grateful to the Master.
108 Surrender. OM
— Shiva Shivaya

Charity comes from one’s sense of abundance.
True charity springs from a sense of oneness between the giver and the recipient.
— Swami Chinmayananda

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

Rosicrucian Invocation:

God of my heart, God of my understanding. I know that You are at the origin of the universe, nature, and humanity itself, but do not know what You think and what You feel.

Since Your existence became plain to me, I have been seeking to understand the laws by which You manifest through the visible and invisible planes of Creation.

Your light shines deep within me and continually lights the way for my consciousness on the path of Good.

Your life gives vitality to my body, and makes it the temple that my soul has chosen to bring its spiritual evolution to fruition.

Your love accounts for my existence, and wakens in me the desire to love all people.

May You grant me the will to perfect myself in thought, word, and deed, that I may become an agent of Your wisdom in this world.

So Mote It Be!

Ask nothing; want nothing in return. Give what you have to give; it will come back to you but do not think of that now.
— Swami Vivekananda

Be a noble person in life.
The tides of circumstances and the tussles of happenings may toss us hither and thither, may buffet us up and down, but stay noble in your thoughts and actions and you will ever be safe.
— Swami Chinmayananda

The worst punishment is to throw someone out of your heart.
— Maharaji

We can destroy what we have written, but we cannot unwrite it.
― Anthony Burgess, A Clockwork Orange

Unless the eye catch fire the God will not be seen.
— William Blake

My wish for you is that you continue. Continue to be who and how you are, to astonish a mean world with your acts of kindness. Continue to allow humor to lighten the burden of your tender heart.

Maya Angelou

Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.
— Rumi

There are two ways of spreading light; to be the candle or to be the mirror that reflects it.
— Edith Wharton

What the relationship of the Father and the Son and the Holy Ghost to each other might be, in technical terms, is not half as important as you, the celebrant, feeling the virgin birth within you, the birth of the mystic, mythic being that is your own spiritual life.
— Joseph Campbell, Pathways to Bliss

Try to remain truthful. The power of truth never declines. Force and violence may be effective in the short term, but in the long run it’s truth that prevails. Being honest and truthful engenders trust and trust leads to friendship and a good reputation. Because we all need friends, honesty and transparency are a basic aspect of human nature.
— Dalai Lama

A strong man is one who faces facts.
He is weak who wants to escape from them.
— Swami Chinmayananda

You’ll meet her, she’s very pretty, even though sometimes she’s sad for many days at a time. You’ll see, when she smiles, you’ll love her.
— Pan’s Labyrinth


It doesn’t have to be
the blue iris, it could be
weeds in a vacant lot, or a few
small stones; just
pay attention, then patch

a few words together and don’t try
to make them elaborate, this isn’t
a contest but the doorway

into thanks, and a silence in which
another voice may speak.
― Mary Oliver

The only way to save our dream is to be generous with ourselves.
— Paulo Coelho

Many ideas have come into the world as errors and fancies but have turned out truths, because men have afterward given them a genuine basis to rest upon.
― Friedrich Nietzsche, Human, All too Human
It’s the writing that teaches you.
― Isaac Asimov

Please understand and love me.
— Ernest Hemingway, The Garden of Eden

I love being a writer. What I can’t stand is the paperwork.
― Peter De Vries

All we really want to do is dance.
— Joseph Campbell

March came in that winter like the meekest and mildest of lambs, bringing days that were crisp and golden and tingling, each followed by a frosty pink twilight which gradually lost itself in an elfland of moonshine.
― L.M. Montgomery

There is no friend as loyal as a book.
— Ernest Hemingway

Truth gains more even by the errors of one who, with due study and preparation, thinks for himself, than by the true opinions of those who only hold them because they do not suffer themselves to think. — John Stuart Mill

Every man takes the limits of his own field of vision for the limits of the world.

Hatred comes from the heart; contempt from the head; and neither feeling is quite within our control.
— Arthur Schopenhauer

Real love is a cosmic force which goes through us. If we crystallize it, it becomes the greatest power in the world.
— Gurdjieff

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

What I want is for the two of us to meet somewhere by chance one day, like, passing on the street, or getting on the same bus.
— Haruki Murakami

The exclusivism of there being only one way in which we can be saved . . . that is the world as we know it that must pass away. What is the Kingdom? It lies in our realization of the ubiquity of the divine presence in our neighbors, in our enemies, in all of us.
— Joseph Campbell, Thou Art That: Transforming Religious Metaphor

You only are free when you realize you belong no place — you belong every place — no place at all.
— Maya Angelou
I bear many scars, but I also bear within me many moments that would never have happened if I had not dared to go beyond my limits.

Paulo Coelho

Solitary man, you are going the way to yourself! And your way leads past yourself and your seven devils!

You will be a heretic to yourself and a witch and a prophet and an evil—doer and a villain.

You must be ready to burn yourself in your own flame: how could you become new, if you had not first become ashes?
— Friedrich Nietzsche, Thus Spoke Zarathustra 1885

Whether we follow a religious path or not, as human beings we all need affection. Warm—heartedness gives rise to the self—confidence and inner strength that supports a calm mind. Peace of mind in turn contributes to our physical health. This is based on the fostering of the basic human values that I promote as secular ethics.
— Dalai Lama

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

All too often men are betrayed by the word freedom. And as freedom is counted among the most sublime feelings, so the corresponding disillusionment can be also sublime.
— Franz Kafka

Do one cloud at a time, though. Don’t get greedy. I know it starts working and you say: ‘Well I’m just going to put in a whole, whole colony of clouds.’ Do one at a time. There. Like that. And we’ll just let it float on away …
–— Bob Ross, 1994

Unknowing, if one can be open and vulnerable, will take us down to the very deeps of knowing, not informing the mind but coursing through the whole body, artery and vein–provided one can thrust aside what the world calls common sense, that popular lumpen wisdom that prevents the emerging of the numinous.
— Pamela Travers

What we achieve inwardly will change outer reality.
— Plutarch

The joy of life consists in the exercise of one’s energies, continual growth, constant change, the enjoyment of every new experience. To stop means simply to die. The eternal mistake of mankind is to set up an attainable ideal.
— Aleister Crowley

Rosicrucian Contribution to Peace:

I contribute to Peace when I strive to express the best of myself in my contacts with others.

I contribute to Peace when I use my intelligence and my abilities to serve the Good.

I contribute to Peace when I feel compassion toward all those who suffer.

I contribute to Peace when I look upon all as my brothers and sisters, regardless of race, culture, or religion.

I contribute to Peace when I rejoice over the happiness of others and pray for their well—being.

I contribute to Peace when I listen with tolerance to opinions that differ from mine or even oppose them.

I contribute to Peace when I resort to dialogue rather than to force to settle any conflict.

I contribute to Peace when I respect Nature and preserve it for generations to come.

I contribute to Peace when I do not seek to impose my conception of God upon others.

I contribute to Peace when I make Peace the foundation of my ideals and philosophy.

To live in this world
you must be able
to do three things:

to love what is mortal;
to hold it
against your bones knowing
your own life depends on it;
and, when the time comes to let it go,
to let it go.
— Mary Oliver

According to [Jung's] way of thinking, all the organs of our bodies—not only those of sex and aggression—have their purposes and motives, some being subject to conscious control, others, however, not. Our outward—oriented consciousness, addressed to the demands of the day, may lose touch with these inward forces; and the myths, states Jung, when correctly read, are the means to bring us back in touch. They are telling us in picture language of powers of the psyche to be recognized and integrated in our lives, powers that have been common to the human spirit forever, and which represent that wisdom of the species by which man has weathered the millenniums. Thus they have not been, and can never be, displaced by the findings of science, which relate rather to the outside world than to the depths that we enter in sleep. Through a dialogue conducted with these inward forces through our dreams and through a study of myths, we can learn to know and come to terms with the greater horizon of our own deeper and wiser, inward self. And analogously, the society that cherishes and keeps its myths alive will be nourished from the soundest, richest strata of the human spirit.
— Joseph Campbell, Myths to Live By

A stumbling block to the pessimist is a stepping stone to the optimist.
— Eleanor Roosevelt

I admire anybody who has the guts to write anything at all.
— E. B. White

If you have compassion, justice will follow.
— Dalai Lama

The way out is through the door. Why is it that no one will use this method?
― Confucius

A good snapshot keeps a moment from running away.
― Eudora Welty

When sleep has not yet come,
And the sweet buzz of exhaustion
Permeates the body…
Linger in the Ahhhh of relief
As your head touches the pillow.

Everything in you is yearning to let go,
So let go, let your body fall
Into something deeper than sleep.
With your mind, enter
The soft luminous glow of the Soul.
— Vijnanabhairava Tantra

One act of pure love in
saving life is greater than
spending the whole of one’s
time in religious offerings to
the gods.
— The Buddha

If your mind becomes
firm like a rock And no
longer shakes In a world
where everything is shaking,
Your mind will be your
greatest friend And
suffering will not come your
— The Buddha

Surrender to Him and abide by His Will, whether He appears or disappears; await His pleasure. If you ask Him to do as you like it is not surrender but command to God.
— Sri Ramana Maharshi

As rain falls equally on the just and the unjust, do not burden your heart with judgments but rain your kindness equally on all.
— The Buddha

If you truly love Nature, you will find beauty everywhere.

Vincent Van Gogh

It is our own mental attitude which makes the world what it is for us. Our thoughts make things beautiful, our thoughts make things ugly. The whole world is in our own minds. Learn to see things in the proper light.

Swami Vivekananda

It’s not what you give. It’s how you give it.
— Bruce Lee

Man is first animated by invisible solicitations.

It is only through the heart that one can see rightly, what is essential is invisible to the eye.
— Antoine de Saint—Exupéry

Sometimes, maybe once a month, he would wake at an odd time in the night with a feeling close to panic. I’m never going anywhere, he would tell himself. I can struggle all I want, but I’m never going anywhere. Then, he would either force himself to go to his desk and write, or drink until he could no longer stay awake. Except for these times, he lived a quiet, untroubled life.
— Haruki Murakami

The soul is the same in all living creatures although the body of each is different.
— Hippocrates

Faith is the bird that feels the light and sings when the dawn is still dark.
— Rabindranath Tagore

You and I are the force for transformation in the world. We are the consciousness that will define the nature of the reality we are moving into.
— Ram Dass

We are spinning our own fates, good or evil, and never to be undone. Every smallest stroke of virtue or of vice leaves its never so little scar.
— William James

Within tears, find hidden laughter. Seek treasures amid ruins, sincere one.


It is the function of art to carry us beyond speech to experience.
— Joseph Campbell, Sake & Satori

Practice kindness all day to everybody and you will realize you’re already in heaven now.
— Jack Kerouac

The World is over—armed and peace is under—funded.
— Ban Ki—Moon, UN Secretary—General

Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Dreaming, dreaming, sleeping, awakening—
Rhythms of darkness and light.
Day and night, night and day, wondering…..
….Who am I? Who AM I?
Who is morphing through this
Ever—shifting flow?

Beloved, wake up!
Dance in your true body before time,
Shimmering energy without end.
— Vijnanabhairava Tantra

Words are sacred. They deserve respect. If you get the right ones, in the right order, you can nudge the world a little.
—Tom Stoppard

If you can solve your problem, then what is the need of worrying? If you cannot solve it, then what is the use of worrying?
— Shantideva

For the world to change, each individual must attempt to counter their negative thoughts and emotions and practice compassion for its inhabitants irrespective of whether or not we have direct relationships with them. We must, I believe, take practical steps to acknowledge our responsibility to all others both now and in the future.
— Dalai Lama
Love is the absence of judgment.
— Dalai Lama

True and lasting inner peace can never be found in external things. It can only be found within in. And then, once we find and nurture it with ourselves, it radiates outward.
— The Buddha

Live independently, clinging to nothing in this world.
— The Buddha

One who serves the sick serves me.
— The Buddha

When life knocks us down we have a choice whether or not to get back up again.
— Mr. Han, Karate Kid

We know from our history that our economy grows best from the middle out, when growth is more widely shared. So we’ve got to restore opportunity for all—the idea that with hard work and responsibility, you can get ahead.
— President Obama

Life is a mystery. You cannot understand it unless you surrender, for your intellect cannot grasp its expansive and infinite nature, its real meaning and fullness. Bow down low and be humble; then you will know life’s meaning.
— Amma

Do not believe anything blindly:

Do not believe what you have heard;
Do not believe in traditions just because they have been
handed down for many generations;
Do not believe in anything just because it is rumored and spoken by many;
Do not believe merely because a written statement
of some old sage is produced;
Do not believe in conjectures;
Do not believe in that as truth to which you have become attached by habit;
Do not believe merely the authority of your teachers and elders;

After observation and analysis, when it agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and gain of one and all, then accept it and live up to it.
— The Buddha (Kālāma Sutta)

Love one another, but make not a bond of love: Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls.
— Khalil Gibran

For it would seem … that we write, not with the fingers, but with the whole person. The nerve which controls the pen winds itself about every fibre of our being, threads the heart, pierces the liver.
― Virginia Woolf

I think being a woman is like being Irish … Everyone says you’re important and nice, but you take second place all the time.
― Iris Murdoch

Being Irish, he had an abiding sense of tragedy, which sustained him through temporary periods of joy.
― W. B. Yeats

History cannot be erased or altered. Because that would mean killing yourself.
— Haruki Murakami — Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage

Each day, we wake slightly altered, and the person we were yesterday is dead. So why, one could say, be afraid of death, when death comes all the time?
— John Updike

When I first met you, I felt a kind of contradiction in you. You’re seeking something, but at the same time, you are running away for all you’re worth.
— Haruki Murakami

Love is particular.

When you love someone,
A tangible, touchable someone,
The whole world opens up.
If you want to know the universe,
Dare to love one person.

All the secret teachings are right here—
Go deeper, and deeper still.
The gift of concentration
Is the spaciousness that surrounds it.
Focus illuminates immensity.
— Vijnanabhairava Tantra

Against criticism a man can neither protest nor defend himself; he must act in spite of it, and then it will gradually yield to him.
– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Peace & friendship with all mankind is our wisest policy & I wish we may be permitted to pursue it.
— Thomas Jefferson

Peace is its own reward.
— Mahatma Gandhi

Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul alike.
— John Muir, The Yosemite (1912)

Compassion is not an option. It’s the key to our survival.
— Karen Armstrong

All serious daring comes from within.
— Eudora Welty

The successful warrior is the average man, with laser—like focus.
— Bruce Lee

Life is short and we have never too much time for gladdening the hearts of those who are traveling the dark journey with us. Oh be swift to love, make haste to be kind.
— Henri Frederick Amiel

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

All over the world water is regarded as precious as life itself.
— Nelson Mandela

Perfectionism is the voice of the oppressor, the enemy of the people. It will keep you cramped and insane your whole life.
— Anne Lamott

I think that the movie is the perfect medium for mythological messages. The medium is so plastic and pliable and magic things can happen. And then the combination, you know, of fantastic landscape and possible modes of action and voyaging that we can hardly conceive of in good solid terms … That’s a mythological realm, and movies could handle this kind of thing.
— Joseph Campbell

Honor the sacred.
Honor the Earth, our Mother.
Honor the Elders.
Honor all with whom we
share the Earth:-
Four-leggeds, two-leggeds,
winged ones,
Swimmers, crawlers,
plant and rock people.
Walk in balance and beauty.
— Native American prayer

Flowers are the music of the ground
From earth’s lips spoken without sound.
— Edwin Curran

Humankind is about to enter the floral stage of its evolutionary development.
— Tom Robbins

Do every act of your life as if it were your last.
— Marcus Aurelius

We look into mirrors but we only see the effects of our time on us-not our effects on others.
— Pearl Bailey

The surest way to corrupt a youth is to instruct him to hold in higher esteem those who think alike than those who think differently.
— Friedrich Nietzsche

Irrigators guide the water.
Fletchers shape the arrow shaft.
Carpenters shape the wood.
The wise control
— Buddha, Dhammapada

There am I. I cannot leave. I have nothing to complain about. I do not suffer excessively, for I do not suffer consistently, it does not pile up, at least I do not feel it for the time being, and the degree of my suffering is far less than the suffering that is perhaps my due.
— Franz Kafka, Diaries

The Lord of the universe bears the whole burden. You only imagine that you do. You can hand over all your burdens to Him. Whatever you have to do, you will be made an instrument for doing it at the right time. Do not imagine that you cannot do it unless you have the desire to. It is not desire that gives you the necessary strength. The strength is the Lord’s.
— Ramana Maharshi

1. First write for yourself, and then worry about the audience. When you write a story, you’re telling yourself the story. When you rewrite, your main job is taking out all the things that are not the story.
2. Don’t use passive voice. Timid writers like passive verbs for the same reason that timid lovers like passive partners. The passive voice is safe.
3. Avoid adverbs. The adverb is not your friend.
4. Avoid adverbs, especially after he said and she said.
5. But don’t obsess over perfect grammar. The object of fiction isn’t grammatical correctness but to make the reader welcome and then tell a story.
6. The magic is in you. I’m convinced that fear is at the root of most bad writing.
7. Read, read, read. If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write.
8. Don’t worry about making other people happy. If you intend to write as truthfully as you can, your days as a member of polite society are numbered, anyway.
9. Turn off the TV. TV—while working out or anywhere else—really is about the last thing an aspiring writer needs.
10. You have three months. The first draft of a book—even a long one—should take no more than three months, the length of a season.
11. There are two secrets to success. I stayed physical healthy, and I stayed married.
12. Write one word at a time. Whether it’s a vignette of a single page or an epic trilogy like ‘The Lord of the Rings,’ the work is always accomplished one word at a time.
13. Eliminate distraction. There’s should be no telephone in your writing room, certainly no TV or videogames for you to fool around with.
14. Stick to your own style. One cannot imitate a writer’s approach to a particular genre, no matter how simple what that writer is doing may seem.
15. Dig. Stories are relics, part of an undiscovered pre-existing world. The writer’s job is to use the tools in his or her toolbox to get as much of each one out of the ground intact as possible.
16. Take a break. You’ll find reading your book over after a six-week layoff to be a strange, often exhilarating experience.
17. Leave out the boring parts and kill your darlings. (kill your darlings, kill your darlings, even when it breaks your egocentric little scribbler’s heart, kill your darlings.)
18. The research shouldn’t overshadow the story. Remember that word back. That’s where the research belongs: as far in the background and the back story as you can get it.
19. You become a writer simply by reading and writing. You learn best by reading a lot and writing a lot, and the most valuable lessons of all are the ones you teach yourself.
20. Writing is about getting happy. Writing isn’t about making money, getting famous, getting dates, getting laid or making friends. Writing is magic, as much as the water of life as any other creative art. The water is free. So drink.
— Stephen King

Be yourself and nothing more!

We are peace always. To get rid of the notion that we are not peace is all that is required.
— Sri Ramana Maharshi

Fiction becomes a weird way to countenance yourself and to tell the truth instead of being a way to escape yourself or present yourself in a way you figure you will be maximally likable.
— David Foster Wallace

What acid of sorrow have I not drunk?
Countless my rounds of birth and death.
Lo! Nought but nectar in my cup
Quaffed by the art of breath.
— Lalla Yogeshwari

I always feel it’s not wise to violate rules until you know how to observe them.
— T. S. Eliot

Between the wolf in the tall grass and the wolf in the tall story there is a shimmering go-between. That go-between, that prism, is the art of literature.
— Vladimir Nabokov

You are like a candle. Imagine you are sending light out all around you. All your words, thoughts and actions are going in many directions. If you say something kind, your kind words go in many directions, and you yourself go with them. We are transforming and continuing in a different form at every moment.
—Thich Nhat Hanh

The cause of all pain and suffering is ignorance. Ignorance of not seeing the true nature of things.
— The Buddha

The art of living is more like wrestling than dancing.
— Marcus Aurelius

To cherish what remains of the Earth and to foster its renewal is our only legitimate hope of survival.
— Wendell Berry

It is spring again. The earth is like a child that knows poems by heart.
― Rainer Maria Rilke

Can I see another’s woe, and not be in sorrow too? Can I see another’s grief, and not seek for kind relief?
— William Blake

Just think how many thoughts a blanket smothers while one lies alone in bed, and how many unhappy dreams it keeps warm.
— Franz Kafka

Can obsessing thoughts arise without the ego, or can there be illusion apart from such thoughts? Therefore meditate incessantly upon the Self and obtain the Supreme Bliss of Liberation.
— Sri Ramana Maharshi

We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.
— Kurt Vonnegut

Good morning! he said at last. We don’t want any adventures here, thank you! You might try over The Hill or across The Water. By this he meant that the conversation was at an end.
What a lot of things you do use Good morning for! said Gandalf. Now you mean that you want to get rid of me, and that it won’t be good till I move off.
― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit

A cage went in search of a bird.
— Franz Kafka, The Zurau Aphorisms

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.

Live as if you were living already for the second time and as if you had acted the first time as wrongly as you are about to act now!
— Viktor Frankl

May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears.
— Nelson Mandela

The main practice of all major religions is love and to defend it against obstacles we need tolerance and forgiveness. Consequently, all major religions talk about compassion, tolerance, contentment, and self-discipline. The teachers of our various traditions have been realistic in their advice. Because self-centredness often leads to greed, they all advise cultivating contentment and simplicity in our lives.
— Dalai Lama

Everything terrible is something that needs our love.
— Rainer Maria Rilke

The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.
— Joseph Campbell

If I ran a school, I’d give the average grade to the ones who gave me all the right answers, for being good parrots. I’d give the top grades to those who made a lot of mistakes and told me about them, and then told me what they learned from them.
— Buckminster Fuller

When you stop giving and offering something to the rest of the world, it’s time to turn out the lights.
— George Burns

In such a world of conflict, a world of victims and executioners, it is the job of thinking people not to be on the side of executioners.
— Albert Camus

In dwelling, live close to the ground. In thinking, keep to the simple. In conflict, be fair and generous. In governing, don’t try to control. In work, do what you enjoy. In family life, be completely present.
— Lao Tzu

My task…is, by the power of the written word to make you hear, to make you feel – it is, before all, to make you see. That – and no more – and it is everything.
— Joseph Conrad

For a practitioner of love and compassion, an enemy is one of the most important teachers. Without an enemy you cannot practice tolerance, and without tolerance you cannot build a sound basis of compassion.
— Dalai Lama

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe.
— John Muir

We’re made of star-stuff. We are a way for the cosmos to know itself.
— Carl Sagan

Be clearly aware of the stars and infinity on high. Then life seems almost enchanted after all.

Love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is done well. — Vincent van Gogh

Do you know what makes the prison disappear? Every deep, genuine affection. Being friends, being brothers, loving, that is what opens the prison, with supreme power, by some magic force. Without these one stays dead. But whenever affection is revived, there life revives.
— Vincent van Gogh

The best way of knowing God is to love many things. Love this friend, this person, this thing, whatever you like, and you will be on the right road to understanding Him better, that is what I keep telling myself. But you must love with a sublime, genuine, profound sympathy, with devotion, with intelligence, and you must try all the time to understand Him more, better and yet more.

But my God, how beautiful Shakespeare is, who else is as mysterious as he is; his language and method are like a brush trembling with excitement and ecstasy. But one must learn to read, just as one must learn to see and learn to live. —
— Vincent van Gogh

The meaning I picked, the one that changed my life: Overcome fear, behold wonder.
— Æschylus

Good sense is of all things in the world the most equally distributed, for everybody thinks he is so well supplied with it, that even those most difficult to please in all other matters never desire more of it than they already possess.

So blind is the curiosity by which mortals are possessed, that they often conduct their minds along unexplored routes, having no reason to hope for success, but merely being willing to risk the experiment of finding whether the truth they seek lies there. … I do not deny that sometimes in these wanderings they are lucky enough to find something true. But I do not allow that this argues greater industry on their part, but only better luck.

I think, therefore I am.

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.
— René Descartes

Acceptance looks like a passive state, but in reality it brings something entirely new into this world. That peace, a subtle energy vibration, is consciousness.
— Eckhart Tolle

Concern for others is not just a matter of religious practice; it’s a practical step towards creating a happy society. If you have trouble with your neighbours, try to resolve it. It is possible to transform today’s enemy into tomorrow’s friend. Think about this, discuss it with your friends; try to put it into effect.
— Dalai Lama

The hero adventures out of the land we know into darkness; there accomplishes his adventure or again is simply lost to us, imprisoned, or in danger; and his return is described as a coming back out of that yonder. Nevertheless—and here is a great key to the understanding of myth and symbol—the two kingdoms are actually one. The realm of the gods is a forgotten dimension of the world we know. And the exploration of that dimension, either willingly or unwillingly, is the whole sense of the deed of the hero.
— Joseph Campbell, The Hero with a Thousand Faces, (3rd. edition), p. 188

The other side also has another side.
— Japanese Proverb

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, Reflections on the Art of Living

The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion.
— Albert Camus

How monotonous our speaking becomes when we speak only to ourselves! And how insulting to the other beings – to foraging black bears and twisted old cypresses – that no longer sense us talking to them, but only about them, as though they were not present in our world…Small wonder that rivers and forests no longer compel our focus or our fierce devotion. For we walk about such entities only behind their backs, as though they were not participant in our lives. Yet if we no longer call out to the moon slipping between the clouds, or whisper to the spider setting the silken struts of her web, well, then the numerous powers of this world will no longer address us – and if they still try, we will not likely hear them.
― David Abram, Becoming Animal: An Earthly Cosmology

Contemplate the entire universe
As a magic show
On the grandest scale imaginable.
Fabulous art, an immense painting in motion.
God is a magician whirling galaxies of fire,
Juggling atoms, planets, and us.
Everything, everything is fleeting.
Meditating on this magic,
Great happiness rises in the heart.
— Vijnanabhairava Tantra

O’Goddess Saraswati, salutation to you
O’ Goddess of consciousness
The metaphor of creative faculty, praise to you
O’ goddess, the personification of knowledge and learning
The cornerstone of Upanishads, may she enlighten our conscious!
O’ Goddesss, the faculty of wisdom
The goddess of purity and true knowledge
The bestower of knowledge, we bow to you
O’ discriminator of real and unreal
O’ vakdevi, the goddess of speech,may she live on our tongue!
O’ the essence of sound, by your name the
World of sound and form is realized, we bow to you
O’goddess of cognition purifies our minds and intellects.
O’ muse of creative faculty
The essence of self (swa)
The devotion of artist and ascetic
The giver of self knowledge
The Devi of creative potential
The call of higher self
Let unveil the mystery of life,
And omit the darkness of our lives.
O, Ma Saraswati provider of boon
As we began our lives
Provide success in all our efforts
O’ bestower of learning and skill
Illuminate the world with light of knowledge
O’ Ma Saraswati, salutation to you,salutation to you!
— Unknown Hindu Prayer

Do not forget that the value and interest of life is not so much to do conspicuous things… as to do ordinary things with the perception of their enormous value.
— Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

If I read a book and it makes my whole body so cold no fire can ever warm me, I know that is poetry.
— Emily Dickinson

The eternal principle, which never was born, never will die: it is in all things: it is in you now. You are a wave on the face of the ocean. When the wave is gone, is the water gone? Has anything happened? Nothing has happened. It is a play, a game, a dance.
— Joseph Campbell, Baksheesh & Brahman

That space is bad,
This space is good,
The ride is tough,
Or the going is smooth.
We are thrown into suffering,
We are thrown into joy.

Beloved Soul Mate —
Find the space in the center,
The shimmering spaciousness
Encompassing all opposites.

Here the essences of creation are at play:
Earth, Water, Fire, Air, and Space,
And the senses that perceive them.
The center is the dancing ground.
— Vijnanabhairava Tantra

The Kingdom of God is within us, but we have this idea that the gods act from out there.
The Kingdom of the Father is not going to come through expectation.
We bring it about in our own hearts.
The Kingdom is here.
One looks at the world
and sees the radiance.
The Easter revelation is right there.
We don’t have to wait
for something to happen.
— Joseph Campbell in A Joseph Campbell Companion: Reflections on the Art of Living

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.

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

Rhythm is one of the most powerful of pleasures, and when we feel a pleasurable rhythm we hope it will continue. When it does, it grows sweeter.
— Mary Oliver

The warrior’s approach is to say ‘yes’ to life: say ‘yea’ to it all. Participate joyfully in the sorrows of the world. We cannot cure the world of sorrows, but we can choose to live in joy. When we talk about settling the world’s problems, we’re barking up the wrong tree. The world is perfect. It’s a mess. It has always been a mess. We are not going to change it. Our job is to straighten out our own lives.
— Joseph Campbell in a Joseph Campbell Companion: Reflections on the Art of Living

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you imagined.
— Henry David Thoreau

I’ve got nothing to do today but smile.
— Paul Simon

Man cannot stand a meaningless life.
— Carl Jung

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

I have learned silence from the talkative, tolerance from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind.
— Kahlil Gibran

We are not going in circles, we are going upwards. The path is a spiral; we have already climbed many steps.
— Hermann Hesse

Lift the veil that obscures the heart, and there you will find what you are looking for.
– Kabir

Imagine all the people, living life in peace.
– John Lennon

Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s needs, but not every man’s greed.
― Mahatma Gandhi

As long as you keep a person down, some part of you has to be down there to hold him down, so it means you cannot soar as you otherwise might.
― Marian Anderson

Asserting oneself … doesn’t mean asserting a name and a person. It means asserting oneself with all that one has inside, and what he has inside, underneath that pigeon chest, is taking on more and more precise contours.
― Italo Calvino

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

As rain falls equally on the just and the unjust, do not burden your heart with judgements but rain your kindness equally on all.
― Buddha

My destination is no longer a place, rather a new way of seeing.
― Marcel Proust

There is a magnet in your heart that will attract true friends. That magnet is unselfishness, thinking of others first; when you learn to live for others, they will live for you.
― Paramahansa Yogananda

It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.
― Frederick Douglass

I am so absorbed in the wonder of earth and the life upon it that I cannot think of heaven and angels.
― Pearl S. Buck

Our love was born
outside the walls,
in the wind,
in the night,
in the earth,
and that’s why the clay and the flower,
the mud and the roots
know your name.
― Pablo Neruda

Heaven is under our feet as well as over our heads.
― Henry David Thoreau, Walden

Nothing will stop you being creative so effectively as the fear of making a mistake.
― John Cleese

Your glory lies where you cease to exist. In order to gain that state, you should surrender yourself.
― Sri Ramana Maharshi

The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.
― Isaac Asimov

How to see God? To see Him is to be consumed by Him
― Sri Ramana Maharshi

This tremendous world I have inside of me. How to free myself, and this world, without tearing myself to pieces. And rather tear myself to a thousand pieces than be buried with this world within me.
― Franz Kafka, Diaries

Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.
― Lao Tzu

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.
― Stephen King

I was afraid of my own thoughts and the thoughts behind my thoughts.

Friedrich Nietzsche, from Thus Spoke Zarathustra

Guru is none other than the Self.

Silence changes the hearts of all.
— Sri Ramana Maharshi

If we learn to open our hearts, anyone, including the people who drive us crazy, can be our teacher.
— Pema Chodron

At its best, the sensation of writing is that of any unmerited grace. It is handed to you, but only if you look for it. You search, you break your heart, your back, your brain, and then — and only then — it is handed to you.
— Annie Dillard

The function of science fiction is not always to predict the future but sometimes to prevent it.
— Frank Herbert

Looking up at the moon and stars we are seeing our own mind.
— Thich Nhat Hanh

By having faith, one relies on the dharma; By having wisdom, one truly knows. Of these two, wisdom is the chief; But faith is its prerequisite.
— Nagarjuna

Some things are hard to write about. After something happens to you, you go to write it down, and either you over dramatize it, or underplay it, exaggerate the wrong parts or ignore the important ones. At any rate, you never write it quite the way you want to.
— Sylvia Plath, The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath

My brain is only a receiver, in the Universe there is a core from which we obtain knowledge, strength and inspiration. I have not penetrated into the secrets of this core, but I know that it exists.
― Nikola Tesla

The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven.
― John Milton

There’s nothing you can do that’s more important than being fulfilled. You become a sign, you become a signal, transparent to transcendence; in this way you will find, live, and become a realization of your own personal myth.
― Joseph Campbell, Pathways to Bliss

I have a certain way of being in this world, and I shall not, I shall not be moved.
― Maya Angelou

If only we’d stop trying to be happy we’d have a pretty good time.
― Edith Wharton

Who are we, if not measured by our impact on others?
― Neil deGrasse Tyson

The Holy Spirit upon my left leads my feet without ceasing into the camp of the righteous and into the tents of the free.
― Maya Angelou

Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
― Ralph Waldo Emerson

Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.
― Leo Tolstoy

Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night.
― Edgar Allan Poe

Water does not resist. Water flows. When you plunge your hand into it, all you feel is a caress. Water is not a solid wall, it will not stop you. But water always goes where it wants to go, and nothing in the end can stand against it. Water is patient. Dripping water wears away a stone. Remember that, my child. Remember you are half water. If you can’t go through an obstacle, go around it. Water does.
― Margaret Atwood

The morning wind spreads its fresh smell.
We must get up to take that in,
that wind that lets us live.
Breathe, before it’s gone.
― Rumi

Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one’s definition of your life; define yourself.
― Robert Frost

You know, the whole thing about perfectionism. The perfectionism is very dangerous. Because of course if your fidelity to perfectionism is too high, you never do anything. Because doing anything results in…it’s actually kind of tragic because you sacrifice how gorgeous and perfect it is in your head for what it really is.
― David Foster Wallace

Too often we are entangled in short-sightedness. We need to adopt a more far-reaching view. We forget our basic human values. If we want to live in a better world, who do you think is going to bring it about? Only we human beings. Such change won’t come about if we wait for governments or the UN to take action, but if we take initiative as individuals. What we need is confidence and determination.
― Dalai Lama

Lock up your libraries if you like; but there is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind.
― Virginia Woolf

I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.
― Jorge Luis Borges

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