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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)
All of humanity's problems stem from man's inability to sit quietly in a room alone. Blaise Pascal (1623)
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)
One of the marvels of the world
is the sight of a soul sitting in prison
with the key in his hand.
Jalal Al Din Rumi (1207)
O Foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you . . . having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh? New Testament
If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading. Lao Tse (604 B.C.E.)
The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing. Edmund Burke (1729)
But when the observer is the observed - when the thinking is the experience - then there is no more thought. Jeanne De Salzmann (1889)
[God to Catherine of Siena:] "Do you know, daughter, who you are and who I am? If you know these two things you will have beatitude within your grasp. You are she who is not, and I AM HE WHO IS." Raymond Of Capua (1330)
Above all, avoid falsehood, every kind of falsehood, especially falseness to yourself. Watch over your own deceitfulness and look into it every hour, every minute. Fyodor Dostoyevsky (1821)
Man is a mystery: if you spend your entire life trying to puzzle it out, then do not say that you have wasted your time. I occupy myself with this mystery, because I want to be a man. Fyodor Dostoyevsky (1821)
The bamboo shadows
Sweep the steps
But raise no dust.
Alan Watts (1915)
Happy is he who bears within himself a god, an ideal of beauty, and obeys it; ideal of art, of science, of patriotism, of the virtues symbolized by the Gospels. These are living sources of great thoughts and great acts. All are lighted by reflection from the infinite. Louis Pasteur (1822)
Pain is God's megaphone to rouse a deaf world. C. S. Lewis (1898)
The man who lies to himself and listens to his own lie comes to such a pass that he cannot distinguish the truth within him. Fyodor Dostoyevsky (1821)
I SON OF SPIRIT!
My first counsel is this: Possess a pure, kindly and radiant heart, that thine may be a sovereignty ancient, imperishable and everlasting.
He who knows others is wise;
He who knows himself is enlightened.
Lao Tse (604 B.C.E.)
In order to become mature, in short, we must not only reject the authority of our parents - but at the same time, in order to replace them, we must kill off our fantasy selves. Only by killing this fantasy self can a man become fully mature. Unless he does so, he is still in a state of rebellion, a perpetual state of immaturity'...
Ultimately, to overcome our fantasy self is the supreme contribution that a man can make to mankind. All the fantasies that are around us, that infect the collective human organism, are in the end just one fantasy, made up of all the separate unresolved images and acts of self assertion that are fed into it form each individual fantasy-self of all the thousands of millions of human beings on earth...
Every man who asserts his ego against the general framework in any way, however small, or adds to the sum of unresolved imagery, however idly, is playing his tiny part in increasing the sum of the world's discords and miseries...
However much one wishes to change the outside world, the only thing one can change or have any control over is ultimately oneself. Which is why the greatest good any man can do to change the world is the least dramatic act of all - to withdraw his own contribution from the general sum of evil.
Christopher Booker (1937)
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 Tse (604 B.C.E.)
The time returns. We are the very people that we have been waiting for, and we always have been. We are the second coming. Gospel Of Philip (200)
What you do when you don't have to, determines what you will be, when you can no longer help it. Rudyard Kipling (1865)
Take the understanding of the East and the knowledge of the West and then seek. George Gurdjieff (1866)
Science cannot solve the ultimate mystery of nature. And that is because, in the last analysis, we ourselves are a part of the mystery that we are trying to solve. Max Planck (1858)
THE WEAVER ?S PRAYER
My life is but a weaving between my Lord and me
I cannot see the colors He worketh steadily.
Oft times He weaveth sorrow and I in foolish pride
Forget He sees the upper and I the underside.
Not till the looms are silent and the shuttles cease to fly
Shall God unroll the canvas and explain the reason why.
The dark threads are as needful in the Weaver's skillful hands
As the threads of gold and silver in the pattern He has planned.
It is all the same to be living and dead, waking and sleeping, young and old, as each of these alternately change into the other. Heraclitus (535 B.C.E.)
"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
"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
"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
"Along the way to knowledge, many things are accumulated... Along the way to wisdom, many things are discarded. "- Lao Tse
"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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