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This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
As an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they're a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.
The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
meet them at the door laughing,
and invite them in.
Be grateful for whoever comes,
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.
Jalal Al Din Rumi (1207)
Freedom is not a constant attribute which we either "have" or "have not." In fact, there is no such thing as "freedom" except as a word and an abstract concept. There is only one reality: the act of freeing ourselves in the process of making choices. In this process the degree of our capacity to make choices varies with each act, with our practice of life. Erich Fromm (1900)
Genius is eternal patience. Michelangelo (1475)
I am done with great things and big things, great institutions and big success, and I am for those tiny, invisible molecular moral forces that work from individual to individual, creeping through the crannies of the world like so many rootlets, or like the capillary oozing of water, yet which if you give them time, will rend the hardest monuments of man's pride. William James (1842)
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful , committed citizens can change the world ; indeed , it's the only thing that ever has. Margaret Mead (1901)
Along the way to knowledge, many things are accumulated... Along the way to wisdom, many things are discarded. Lao Tse (604 B.C.E.)
I've never had a sorrow that one hour's reading wouldn't allay. Montesquieu (1689)
Wander all alone, with nothing to call upon, nothing to depend on, and God, who exists, will keep his promise to you. Vernon Howard (1918)
God, the divine Principle of man, and man in God's likeness are inseparable, harmonious, and eternal......... God is the parent mind and man is God's spiritual offspring. Mary Baker Eddy (1821)
All of humanity's problems stem from man's inability to sit quietly in a room alone. Blaise Pascal (1623)
I never found a companion that was so companionable as solitude. Henry David Thoreau (1817)
To be united with the Beloved is to love all, for in all dwelleth the Beloved. J. Krishnamurti (1895)
The spiritual path wrecks the body and afterwards restores it to health.
It destroys the house to unearth the treasure, and with that treasure builds it better than before.
Jalal Al Din Rumi (1207)
Who keeps one thing in view makes all things serve. Robert Browning (1812)
More radiant than the sun, purer than the snow, subtler than the ether, is the Self, the spirit within my heart. I am that Self, that Self am I. Ancient Prayer
Because every thought enters the heart in the form of a mental image of some sensible object, the blessed light of the Divinity will illumine the heart only when it is completely empty of everything, and so free from all form. Indeed, this light reveals itself to the pure intellect in the measure to which the intellect is purged of all concepts. Philokalia (300)
Do I not destroy my enemies when I make them my friends? Abraham Lincoln (1809)
Ring the bell that still can ring.
Forget the perfect offering.
There is a crack in everything.
That's how the light gets in.
Leonard Cohen (1934)
I'm done with great things and big things, great intentions and big success, and I am all for those tiny invisible molecular moral forces that work from individual to individual, creeping through the crannies of the world like so many rootlets, or like the capillary oozing of water. Yet which, if you give them time, will rend the hardest monuments of our pride. William James (1842)
Only the descent into hell of self-knowledge can pave the way to godliness. Immanuel Kant (1724)
If most of us remain ignorant of ourselves, it's because self-knowledge is painful and we prefer the illusion of pleasure. Aldous Huxley (1894)
If I find in myself desires which nothing in this world can satisfy, the only logical explanation is that I was made for another world. C. S. Lewis (1898)
I beg you, to have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and to try to love the questions themselves as if they were locked rooms or books written in a very foreign language. Don't search for the answers, which could not be given to you now, because you would not be able to live them. And the point is to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer. Rainer Maria Rilke (1875)
He who does not have attention in himself and does not regard his mind, cannot become pure in heart, and so cannot see God. He who does not have attention in himself cannot be poor in spirit, cannot be contrite, nor be gentle and meek, nor hunger and thirst after righteousness, nor be merciful, nor a peacemaker, nor suffer persecution for the righteousness sake. St. Simeon, The New Theologian (949)
Our strength grows out of our weakness. The indignation which arms itself with secret forces does not awaken until we are pricked and stung and sorely assailed. A great man is always willing to be little. Whilst he sits on the cushion of advantages, he goes to sleep. When he is pushed, tormented, defeated, he has a chance to learn something; he has been put on his wits, on his manhood; he has gained facts; learns his ignorance; he is cured of the insanity of conceit; he's got moderation and real skill. The wise man throws himself on the side of his assailants. It is more his interest that it is theirs to find his weak point. Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803)
"I have held many things in my hands, and I have lost them all; But whatever I have placed in God's hands, that I still possess."- Martin Luther
"Freedom is not a constant attribute which we either "have" or "have not." In fact, there is no such thing as "freedom" except as a word and an abstract concept. There is only one reality: the act of freeing ourselves in the process of making choices. In this process the degree of our capacity to make choices varies with each act, with our practice of life. "- Erich Fromm
"Genius is eternal patience. "- Michelangelo
"I am done with great things and big things, great institutions and big success, and I am for those tiny, invisible molecular moral forces that work from individual to individual, creeping through the crannies of the world like so many rootlets, or like the capillary oozing of water, yet which if you give them time, will rend the hardest monuments of man's pride. "- William James
"Give thanks for unknown blessings already on their way. "- American Indian
""Is there anything that I can do to make myself enlightened?" "As little as you can do to make the sun rise in the morning." "Then of what use are the spiritual exercises you prescribe?" "To make sure you are not asleep when the sun begins to rise." "- Anthony De Mello
"If you persist in trying to attain what is never attained (It is Tao's Gift!), If you persist in making effort to obtain what effort cannot get, If you persist in reasoning about what cannot be understood, You will be destroyed by the very thing you seek. To know when to stop, To know when you can get no further by your own action, This is the right beginning! "- Lao Tse
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