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Man is not some simple object, nor is he cast in one pattern, but God has made to dwell in the constitution of a single creature a host of forces mingled together and with full-toned voices. We are, I think, a monstrous animal more extraordinary than the Hydra and still more many-headed. For not with the same part of our nature, of course, do we think and desire or feel pain and suffer anger, nor is our fear from the same source as our pleasure. Again you will observe how there is a male element in these organs and a female, and that there is courage and also cowardice. There are, in sooth, all kinds of opposites within us and a certain medial force of nature runs through them which we call Mind. Synesius Of Cyrene
We have no right to believe that our ordinary level of consciousness is the highest form of consciousness, or the sole mode of experience possible to man. We cannot say that the range of the internal experience of oneself is necessarily limited either to dream-states or to ordinary consciousness. We have to consider the possibility, not only that there is a level above our ordinary level of consciousness, to which we are only occasionally awakened, but that our ordinary consciousness becomes integrated into a larger system when this happens. Dr. Maurice Nicoll (1884)
Be comforted. Our life is but one day of our Life. If not today, tomorrow! Let go! A. R. Orage (1873)
Such is the nature of man,
that for your first gift--he prostrates himself;
for your second--kisses your hand;
for the third--fawns;
for the fourth--just nods his head once;
for the fifth--becomes too familiar;
for the sixth--insults you;
and for the seventh--sues you because he was not
Georges Gurdjieff (1866)
A person can be said to have grown up on the day
he does not need to be lied to about anything.
Anthony De Mello (1931)
Every man's condition is a solution in hieroglyph to those inquiries he would put. He acts it as life before he apprehends it as truth. Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803)
But there is no substance under the things I have gathered together about me. I am hollow, and my structure of pleasures and ambitions has no foundation. I am objectified in them. But they are all destined by their very contingency to be destroyed. And when they are gone there will be nothing left of me but my own nakedness and emptiness and hollowness, to tell me that I am a mistake. Thomas Merton (1915)
The shell must be cracked apart if what is in it is to come out, for if you want the kernel you must break the shell. And therefore if you want to discover nature's nakedness you must destroy its symbols, and the farther you get in the nearer you come to its essence. When you come to the One that gathers all things up into itself, there you must stay. Meister Eckhart (1260)
Do not look for rest in any pleasure, because you were not created for pleasure, you were created for Joy. And if you do not know the difference between pleasure and spiritual joy you have not yet begun to live. Thomas Merton (1915)
The reason people blame things on previous generations is that there's only one other choice. Doug Larson (1902)
All the water in the world,
However hard it tried,
Could never, never sink a ship,
Unless it got inside.
And all the evil in the world,
The blackest kind of sin.
Can never hurt you one least bit --
Unless you let it in!
There is only one thing for which God sent me into this world and that is to perfect my nature in all sorts of virtue or strength, and there is no thing that I cannot use for that purpose. Epictetus (55)
It is required, You do awake your faith. Then all stand still. On those that think it is unlawful business I am about, let them depart. William Shakespeare (1564)
My grace is sufficient for thee because my strength is made perfect in thy weakness. II Corinthians 12:9 (55)
All things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so them; for this is the law and the prophets. Matthew 7:12 (80)
Surely it is the maxim of loving-kindness: Do not do unto others what you would not have done unto you. Confucius (551 B.C.E.)
What is hateful to you, do not to your fellow man. That is the entire Law; all the rest is commentary. Talmud, Shabbat (200)
Follow my advice, and leave off your difficult seeking for the knowledge of God by means of your selfish will and reasoning; throw away that imaginary reason, which your mortal self thinks to possess, and your will shall then be the will of God. If He finds His will to be in His, then will is will become manifest in your will as in His own property. He is All, and whatever you with to know in the All is in Him. There is nothing hidden before Him, and you will see in His own light. Jacob Boehme (1575)
The mind should be kept independent of any thoughts that arise within it. If the mind depends on anything, it has no sure haven. Buddha (560 B.C.E.)
If a man would find the Key of Knowledge, let him find himself. James Allen (1864)
If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them. Henry David Thoreau (1817)
He who knows not,
And knows not that he knows not,
Is a fool -- shun him.
He who knows not,
And knows that he knows not,
Is a child -- teach him.
He who knows,
And knows not that he knows,
Is asleep -- wake him.
He who knows,
And knows that he knows,
Is wise -- follow him.
Whatever forms Christianity assumed in later times, however distorted it became, it must be remembered that its introduction was heralded by John the Baptist preaching change of mind as the first step towards "eternal" life. And this change of mind was connected by him with the teaching on the Kingdom of Heaven -- an idea so difficult to grasp and so contrary to all sense-thinking and external evidence that it remains a new idea for all time. Dr. Maurice Nicoll (1884)
God will not only show you how physically weak you are, but how spiritually weak you are without Him. How strong you will be when you see that you are completely weak. Then you will always be able to believe that you are mistaken. Open yourself to the insight of others. Do not be dogmatic. Speak the truth simply.
Allow others to evaluate you, but judge no one. Offer advice only to those who ask for it. Mention the faults of others without being heavy handed or legalistic. And do not speak to gain a good reputation for yourself.
Francois Fenelon (1651)
Don't grieve for what doesn't come.
Some things that don't happen
Keep disasters from happening.
Jalal Al Din Rumi (1207)
"In a Dark time, the Eye Begins to See. "- Theodore Roethke
"Keep me away from the wisdom which does not cry, the philosophy which does not laugh, and the greatness which does not bow before children. "- Kahlil Gibran
"In deepest solitude I found the narrow way; a secret giving such release that I was stunned and stammering rising above all science. "- St. John Of The Cross
"Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work. "- Thomas A. Edison
"Give thanks for unknown blessings already on their way. "- American Indian
"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
""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
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