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All of us who are human beings are in the image of God. But to be in his likeness belongs only to those who by great love have attached their freedom to God. Diadochus Of Photike (400)

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Happiness does not come into being when you seek it; it is a byproduct; it comes into being when there is goodness, when there is love, when there is no ambition, when the mind is quietly seeking out what is true. J. Krishnamurti (1895)

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Love is, dying every day. Love is not memory; love is not thought. Love is not a thing that continues as duration in time. And, through observation, one must die to the continuity of everything. There is love; and with love, there comes creation. J. Krishnamurti (1895)

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That many do not advance in the Christian progress because they stick in penances and particular exercises, while they neglect the Love of God, which is the end. Brother Lawrence (1611)

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Someone once asked Dhu'lNun, "When does the Sufi reach his goal?"
He said, "When he is as he was where he was before he was."
Dhu'l-Nun Abu Faid Thawban Ibn Ibrahim, Al-Misri (796)

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Of all knowledge the wise and good seek most to know themselves. William Shakespeare (1564)

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The special form of friendship and love which grows between teacher and pupil is simultaneously a bond of friendship between man and God. Such a process is the very reverse of hero-worship. The teacher systematically and very effectively rejects those manifestations from his charges which have their origins in the self. Pupils are weaned at the outset from the tendency to fixate and identify with authority figures. If this first lesson is not learnt, there are no others. The teacher is merely a channel of communication; his presence may elicit love and devotion from those around him, but these are destined not for himself but for the reality his teaching represents. Walled Garden Of Truth (1200)

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Grief should be the instructor of the wise: sorrow is knowledge; they who know the most must mourn the deepest o'er the fatal, truth, -- the tree of knowledge is not that of life. Lord George Gordon Byron (1788)

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There are two basic duties for man in this life; one is to serve nature and the other is to find God. J. G. Bennett (1897)

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The Courage we desire and prize is not the Courage to die decently, but to live manfully. Thomas Carlyle (1795)

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Thinking about sense objects
Will attach you to sense-objects;
Grow attached, and you become addicted;
Thwart your addiction, it turns to anger;
Be angry, and you confuse your mind;
Confuse your mind, you forget the lesson of experience;
Forget experience, you lose discrimination;
Lose discrimination, and you miss life's
only purpose.
Bhaghavad-Gita (500 B.C.E.)

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There arose in her heart the insight into truth clear and stainless which perceives that whatsoever has a beginning has the inherent quality of passing away. King Milinda (140 B.C.E.)

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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

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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)

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Be comforted. Our life is but one day of our Life. If not today, tomorrow! Let go! A. R. Orage (1873)

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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
given enough.
George Gurdjieff (1866)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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The reason people blame things on previous generations is that there's only one other choice. Doug Larson (1902)

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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!
Anonymous

Date added: 09/25/2011

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)

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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)

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