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Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish.
John Quincy Adams

To care for anyone else enough to make their problems one's own, is ever the beginning of one's real ethical development.
Felix Adler

No one is in control of your happiness but you; therefore, you have the power to change anything about yourself or your life that you want to change.
Barbara De Angelis

People forget what you say, they forget what you did,
but they never forget how you made them feel.
Maya Angelou

Patience is the companion of wisdom.
Saint Augustine

St. Francis of Assisi

Make me an instrument of your peace;
Where there is hatred let me sow love;
Where there is injury pardon;
Where there is doubt faith;
Where there is despair hope;
Where there is darkness light;
Where there is sadness joy.

O Divine Master,
Grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console,
To be understood as to understand,
To be loved as to love,
For it is in giving that we receive,
It is in pardoning, that we are pardoned,
It is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

Where there is charity and wisdom, there is neither fear nor ignorance.
Where there is patience and humility, there is neither anger nor vexation.
Where there is poverty and joy, there is neither greed nor avarice.
Where there is peace and meditation, there is neither anxiety nor doubt.

Lord, may I do much while appearing to do nothing at all.

To live we must conquer incessantly, we must have the courage to be happy.
Henri Frederic Amiel

Never discourage anyone who continually makes progress, no matter how slow.

Flatter me, and I may not believe you.
Criticize me, and I may not like you.
Ignore me, and I may not forgive you.
Encourage me, and I may not forget you.
William Arthur

We are here on earth to do good for others.
What the others are here for, I don't know.
W. H. Auden

If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself but to your own estimate of it;
and this you have the power to revoke at any moment.
Marcus Aurelius

Learn to self-conquest, persevere thus for a time, and you will perceive very clearly the advantage which you gain from it.
St. Teresa of Avila

It is easier to fight for one's principles than to live up to them.
Alfred Adler


The bread which you do not eat is the bread of the hungry; the garment hanging in your wardrobe is the garment of him who is naked; the shoes that you do not wear are the shoes of the one who is barefoot; the money that you keep locked away is the money of the poor; and the acts of charity that you do not perform are so many injustices that you commit.
St. Basil

The scars you acquire by exercising courage will never make you feel inferior.
D.A. Battista

Big egos are big shields for lots of empty space.
Diana Black

The greatest dangers of liberty lurk in insidious encroachment of men of zeal, well-meaning but without understanding.
Louis D. Brandeis

We say we waste time, but that is impossible. We waste ourselves.
Alice Bloch

William Blake

You never know what is enough until you know what is more than enough.

It is easier to forgive an enemy than to forgive a friend.

In great matters men show themselves as they wish to be seen; in small matters, as they are.
Gamaliel Bradford

It is possible to give without loving, but it is impossible to love without giving.
Richard Braunstein

None will improve your lot if you yourself do not.
Bertolt Brecht

Conventionality is not morality.
Charlotte Bronte

H. Jackson Browne

Don't say you don't have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michaelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein.

People take different roads seeking fulfillment and happiness. Just because they're not on your road doesn't mean they've gotten lost.

Take away love, and our earth is a tomb.
Robert Browning

An insincere and evil friend is more to be feared than a wild beast; a wild beast may wound your body, but an evil friend will wound your mind.
Shakyamuni Buddha

Bad habits are like chains that are too light to feel until they are too heavy to carry.
Warren Buffet

I myself am made entirely of flaws, stitched together with good intentions.
Augusten Burroughs


I have 3 things I’d like to say today.
First, while you were sleeping last night, 30,000 kids died of starvation or diseases related to malnutrition.
Second, most of you don’t give a shit.
What’s worse is that you’re more upset with the fact that I said 'shit' than the fact that 30,000 kids died last night.
Tony Campolo

In a controversy the instant we feel anger we have already ceased striving for the truth, and have begun striving for ourselves.
Thomas Carlyle

You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you.
Dale Carnegie

He that cannot reason is a fool. He that will not is a bigot. He that dare not is a slave.
Andrew Carnegie

Anger makes you smaller, while forgiveness forces you to grow beyond what you were.
Cherie Carter-Scott

Some day, after we have mastered the winds, the waves, the tides and gravity, . . . we shall harness . . . the energies of love.
Then, for the second time in the history of the world, man will have discovered fire.
Teilhard de Chardin

Impartiality is a pompous name for indifference, which is an elegant name for ignorance.
G. K. Chesterton

All over the place, from the popular culture to the propaganda system, there is constant pressure to make people feel that they are helpless, that the only role they can have is to ratify decisions and to consume.
Noam Chomsky

To be wronged is nothing unless you continue to remember it.

In detachment lies the wisdom of uncertainty... in the wisdom of uncertainty lies the freedom from our past, from the known, which is the prison of past conditioning. And in our willingness to step into the unknown, the field of all possibilities, we surrender ourselves to the creative mind that orchestrates the dance of the universe.
Deepak Chopra

Sir Winston Churchill

People stumble over the truth from time to time,
but most pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing happened.

A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.


Gilbert K. Chesterton

There are no uninteresting things, only uninterested people.

Fallacies do not cease to be fallacies because they become fashions.

There are two types of people: Those who come into a room and say, "Well, here I am!", and those who say, "Ah, there you are".
Frederick L. Collins


Real knowledge is to know the extent of one's ignorance.

When you see a good man, try to emulate his example, and when you see a bad man, search yourself for his faults.

It is not the failure of others to appreciate your abilities that should trouble you, but rather your failure to appreciate theirs.

Only the wisest and the stupidest of men never change.

By three methods we may learn wisdom:
First, by reflection, which is noblest;
Second, by imitation, which is easiest;
and third by experience,which is the bitterest.

Love thy neighbor as thyself:
Do not do to others what thou wouldst not wish be done to thyself:
Forgive injuries.
Forgive thy enemy,
be reconciled to him, give him assistance, invoke God in his behalf.

First there must be order and harmony within your own mind.
Then this order will spread to your family, then to the community, and finally to your entire kingdom.
Only then can you have peace and harmony.

James Cowan

What wisdom is acquired during the course of a life is a result of the mind's tenderness toward the heart.

Wise men contemplate the world, knowing full well that they are contemplating themselves.


Consider the following.
We humans are social beings.
We come into the world as the result of others' actions.
We survive here in dependence on others.
Whether we like it or not, there is hardly a moment of our lives when we do not benefit from others' activities.
For this reason it is hardly surprising that most of our happiness arises in the context of our relationships with others.
HH the Dalai Lama

The best thing to do with the best things in life is to give them up.
Dorothy Day

A Humanist Code of Ethics:
Do no harm to the earth, she is your mother.
Being is more important than having.
Never promote yourself at another's expense.
Hold life sacred; treat it with reverence.
Allow each person the digity of his or her labor.
Open your home to the wayfarer.
Be ready to receive your deepest dreams;
sometimes they are the speech of unblighted conscience.
Always make restitutions to the ones you have harmed.
Never think less of yourself than you are.
Never think that you are more than another.
Arthur Dobrin

The important thing is this: To be able at any moment to sacrifice what we are for what we could become.
Charles DuBois

When you judge another, you do not define them, you define yourself.
Wayne Dyer

Henry Van Dyke

There is a loftier ambition than merely to stand high in the world. It is to stoop down and lift mankind a little higher.

Use what talent you possess: the woods would be very silent if no birds sang except those that sang best.

A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and gets to bed at night,
and in between he does what he wants to do.
Bob Dylan


Meister Eckhart

I have sought earnestly and with great diligence that good and high virtue by which man may draw closest to God... and as far as my intelligence would permit, I find that high virtue to be pure disinterest, that is, detachment from creatures. Our Lord said to Martha 'Unum est necessarium', which is to say; to be untroubled and pure, one thing is necessary and that is disinterest.

The only way to find God, is to let go of God

It is a primitive form of thought, that things either exist or do not exist.
Sir Arthur Eddington

Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.
Thomas Alva Edison

To dream anything that you want to dream, that is the beauty of the human mind.
To do anything that you want to do, that is the strength of the human will.
To trust yourself, to test your limits, that is the courage to succeed.
Bernard Edmonds

Ralph Waldo Emerson

You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.

The only way to have a friend is to be one.

People seem not to see that their opinion of the world is also a confession of character.

The glory of friendship is not the outstretched hand, nor the kindly smile, nor the joy of companionship;
it is the spiritual inspiration that comes to one when you discover that someone else believes in you and is willing to trust you with a friendship.

From now on practice saying to everything that appears unpleasant: You are merely an appearance and NOT what you appear to be.

Albert Einstein

All our lauded technological progress - our very civilization - is like the axe in the hand of the pathological criminal.

Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age eighteen.

I see only with deep regret that God punishes so many of His children for their numerous stupidities,
for which only He Himself can be held responsible; in my opinion, only His nonexistence could excuse Him.

Few are those who see with their own eyes and feel with their own hearts.

It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education.

Only a life lived for others is worth living.

The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant.
We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift.

There are two ways to live your life.
One is as though nothing is a miracle.
The other is as though everything is a miracle.

A human being is part of a whole, called by us the `Universe,' a part limited in time and space.
He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separated from the rest- a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circles of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.
We shall require a substantially new manner of thinking if mankind is to survive.

It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity.

Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.

As far as the laws of mathematics refer to reality, they are not certain; and as far as they are certain, they do not refer to reality.

Now he has departed from this strange world a little ahead of me. That means nothing.
People like us, who believe in physics, know that the distinction between past, present, and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion.

Keep it simple; as simple as posible, but no simpler.


The idea that some lives matter less is the root of all that's wrong with the world.
Paul Farmer

It is no good to try to stop knowledge from going forward. Ignorance is never better than knowledge.
Enrico Fermi

Self-pity gets you nowhere. One must have the adventurous daring to accept oneself as a bundle of possibilities and undertake the most interesting game in the world -- making the most of one's best.
Harry Emerson Fosdick

Education's purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one.
Malcolm S. Forbes
(School instead tends to create closed minds, filled to the brim. Rudyh)

Wink at small faults; remember thou hast great ones.
Benjamin Franklin


Faced with the choice between changing one's mind and proving that there is no need to do so, almost everyone gets busy on the proof.
Galbraith's Law

You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist.
Indira Gandhi

Anger and intolerance are the twin enemies of correct understanding.
Mahatma Gandhi

The society which scorns excellence in plumbing because plumbing is a humble activity, and tolerates shoddiness in philosophy because philosophy is an exalted activity, will have neither good plumbing nor good philosophy. Neither its pipes nor its theories will hold water.
John W. Gardner

Eternity is not something that happens after you are dead. It's going on all the time. We're in it now.
Charlotte Perkins Gilman

It is so fatally easy to confuse an aesthetic appreciation of the spiritual life with the life itself - to dream that you have waked, washed, and dressed & then to find yourself still in bed.
From a letter by C.S. Lewis to Arthur Greeves

You cannot teach a man anything; you can only help him find it within himself.

Mahatma Gandhi

You must be the change you wish to see in the world.

The only tyrant I accept in this world is the still voice within.

I have learned through bitter experience the one supreme lesson to conserve my anger,
and as heat conserved is transmuted into energy,
even so our anger controlled can be transmuted into a power that can move the world.

When you make yourself into zero, your power becomes invincible.

Do not believe in telling people of one's faith, especially with a view to conversion.
Faith must be lived, and when it is, it becomes self-propagating

Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.

Indira Gandhi

There are two kinds of people, those who do the work and those who take the credit.
Try to be in the first group; there is less competition there.

You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist.

Kahlil Gibran

Trickery succeeds sometimes, but it always commits suicide.

To understand the heart and mind of a person, look not at what he has already achieved, but at what he aspires to.

Keep me away from the wisdom that does not cry, the philosophy which does not laugh and the greatness which does not bow before children.

Believe those who are seeking the truth.
Doubt those who find it.
Andre Gide

Let everyone sweep in front of his own door and the whole world will be clean.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

Fantasy, abandoned by reason, produces impossible monsters; united with it, she is the mother of the arts and the origin of marvels.
Francisco de Goya

If you take fire into your heart, your house is likely to burn.
Alyson's great grandmother

Love is man's natural endowment, but he doesn't know how to use it.
He refuses to recognize the power of love because of his love of power.
Dick Gregory


Dag Hammerskjold

The longest journey of any person is the journey inward.

Do not seek death.
Death will find you.
But seek the road which makes death a fulfillment.

Whenever I dwell for any length of time on my own shortcomings, they gradually begin to seem mild, harmless, rather engaging little things, not at all like the staring defects in other people's characters.
Margaret Halsey

My goal is simple. It is complete understanding of the universe, why it as it is and why it exists as all.
Stephen Hawking

Spiritual evolution occurs as the result of removing obstacles and not actually acquiring anything new. Devotion enables surrender of the mind's vanities and cherished illusions so that it progressively becomes more free and more open to the light of Truth.
Dr. David R. Hawkins

When in doubt, make a fool of yourself.
There is a microscopically thin line between being brilliantly creative and acting like the most gigantic idiot on earth.
So, what the hell, leap!
Cynthia Heimel

If you hate a person, you hate something in him that is part of yourself. What isn't part of ourselves doesn't disturb us.
Hermann Hesse

The easy path of aging is to become a thick-skinned, unbudging curmudgeon, a battle-ax. To grow soft and sweet is the harder way.
James Hillman

If you worry, you die.
If you don't worry, you also die.
So why worry?
Mike Horn

Elbert Hubbard

One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men.
No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man.

Do not take life too seriously. You will never get out of it alive.

If men could only know each other, they would neither idolize nor hate.

I wanted to change the world. But I have found that the only thing one can be sure of changing is oneself.
Aldous Huxley

Although gold dust is precious, when it gets in your eyes, it obstructs your vision.


Life comes in the form of opportunities, which are easy to recognize, after they have been wasted...

Thomas Jefferson

We confide in our strength, without boasting of it; we respect that of others, without fearing it.

He who knows nothing is closer to the truth than he whose mind is filled with falsehoods and errors.

Carl Gustav Jung

We should not pretend to understand the world only by the intellect. The judgement of the intellect is only part of the truth.

The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: If there is any reaction, both are transformed.

Your vision will become clear when you look into your heart.
Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside awakens.

Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.


If you have no love, do what you will - go after all the gods on earth, do all the social activities, try to reform the poor, the politics, write books, write poems - you are a dead human being. Without love your problems will increase, multiply endlessly.


And with love, do what you will, there is no risk; there is no conflict.
Then love is the essence of virtue.
And a mind that is not in a state of love, is not a religious mind at all.

‘Attention’ implies to attend, that is, to listen, hear, see, with all the totality of your being...completely.
In that total attention - in which there is no division - you can do anything.

We have invented god.
The thinking created god for itself.
That means, due to unhappiness, fear and depression we created
something, called god. When you are free of fear,
free of suffering, there is no desire for a god.

Our system of upbringing is based on what to think not on how to think.

It is our earth, not yours or mine or his. We are meant to live on it, helping each other, not destroying each other.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

The nonviolent approach does not immediately change the heart of the oppressor, it first does something to the hearts and souls of those committed to it. It gives them a new self-respect; It calls up resources of strength and courage that they did not know they had.

It's just as evil to kill Vietnamese as it is to kill Americans.

Never could I advocate nonviolence in this country and not advocate nonviolence for the whole world.

Nonviolence is the answer to the crucial political and moral questions of our time: the need for man to overcome oppression and violence. Man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation. The foundation for such method is love.

All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.

As you press on for justice, be sure to move with dignity and discipline, using only the weapon of love. Let no man pull you so low as to hate him. Always avoid violence. If you succumb to the temptation of using violence in your struggle, unborn generations will be the recipients of a long and desolate night of bitterness, and your chief legacy to the future will be an endless reign of meaningless chaos

Once in awhile it really hits people that they don't have to experience the world in the way they have been told to.
Alan Keightley

Problems are only opportunities in work clothes.
Henry J. Kaiser

Science is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life.
Immanuel Kant

We would have much peace -
if we would not busy ourselves with the sayings and doings of others.
Thomas À Kempis

Yesterday's the past and tomorrow's the future. Today is a gift-- which is why they call it the present.
Bill Keane

We are so much the victims of abstraction that with the Earth in flames we can barely rouse ourselves to wander across the room and look at the thermostat.
Terrance McKenna

The only unchangable certainty in life is that nothing is unchangable or certain.
John F. Kennedy

You won't be happy with more until you're happy with what you've got.
Viki King


To handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart.
Donald Laird


To the mind that is still, the whole universe surrenders.

To know yet to think that one does not know is best;
Not to know yet to think that one knows will lead to difficulty.

Kindness in words creates confidence.
Kindness in thinking creates profoundness.
Kindness in giving creates love.

Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom.
Mastering others is strength, mastering yourself is true power.

Fill your bowl to the brim and it will spill.
Keep sharpening your knife and it will blunt.
Chase after money and security and your heart will never unclench.
Care about other people's approval and you will be their prisoner.
Do your work, then step back. The only path to serenity.

A lot of people mistake a short memory for a clear conscience.
Doug Larson

Leaves of Grass

Of all sad words, of tongue or pen, the saddest are these: "It might have been."
Let's add this thought, unto this verse: "It might have been a great deal worse."

If we give love and symphathy even to those who hate us we fill them so with mystery they know not how to rate us.

Abraham Lincoln
Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them?

Things turn out best for those who make the best of the way things turn out.
Art Linkletter

It is surprising what a man can do when he has to, and how little most men will do when they don't have to.
Walter Linn

I just want to make everyone happy, but I can't; but I haven't yet accepted that I can't.

The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good.
Ann Landers It's not whether you get knocked down; it's whether you get back up.
Vince Lombardi

We are apart and alone, as we must,
but at least we are alone together.
Jason Lutes


There is a wonderful mythical law of nature that the three things we crave most in life -- happiness, freedom, and peace of mind -- are always attained by giving them to someone else.
Peyton Conway March

What is necessary to change a person is to change his awareness of himself.
Abraham H. Maslow

What actions are most excellent?
To gladden the heart of a human being.
To feed the hungry.
To help the afflicted.
To lighten the sorrow of the sorrowful.
To remove the wrongs of the injured.
That person is the most beloved of God
who does the most good to God's creatures.
The Prophet Muhammed

Expose yourself to your deepest fear;
After that, fear has no power,
And the fear of freedom shrinks and vanishes.
You are free.
Jim Morrison

Absolute perfection is here and now, not in some future, near or far.
The secret is in action - here and now.
It is your behavior that blinds you to yourself.
Disregard whatever you think yourself to be and act as if you were absolutely perfect
- whatever your idea of perfection may be.
All you need is courage.
Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

It's not what happens to you; it's what you do about it that makes the difference.
W. Mitchell

One person with a belief is equal to a force of ninety-nine with only interests.
John Stuart Mill

The ultimate truth is so simple. It is nothing more than being in the pristine state. This is all that needs to be said.
Only mature minds can grasp the simple truth in all its nakedness.
Ramana Maharshi

It is impossible to defeat an ignorant man in argument.
William G. McAdoo

The beginning of love is to let those we love be perfectly themselves, and not to twist them to fit our own image.
Otherwise we love only the reflection of ourselves we find in them.
Thomas Merton

You probably wouldn't worry about what people think of you if you could know how seldom they do.
Olin Miller

I assure you, an educated fool is more foolish than an uneducated one.
Jean Baptiste Molière

Michel de Montagne

A man never speaks of himself without losing thereby. His self-accusations are always believed; his slef-praise disbelieved.

Even on the most exalted throne in the world we are only sitting on our own bottom.

Education costs money, but then so does ignorance.
Sir Claus Moser


With courage you will dare to take risks, have the strength to be compassionate and the wisdom to be humble. Courage is the foundation of integrity.
Keshavan Nair

I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the seashore, and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me.
Sir Isaac Newton

A bowl belongs to whoever needs it.
Native American saying


The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance; the wise grows it under his feet.
James Oppenheim

Each generation imagines itself to be more intelligent that the one that went before it, and wiser than the one that comes after it.
George Orwell

The greater the ignorance the greater the dogmatism.
Sir William Osler


If you always do what you've always done, you'll always get what you've always had!
Lesley P.

If you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain.
Dolly Parton

Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction.

What we do for ourselves dies with us. What we do for others and the world remains and is immortal.
Albert Pine

When men speak ill of thee, so live that nobody believe them.

The mind is not a vessel to be filled but a fire to be kindled.

Doubt everything or believe everything: these are two equally convenient strategies.
With either we dispense with the need for reflection.
Henri Poincare

To have a good enemy, choose a friend: he knows where to strike.
Diane de Poitiers

The presence of those seeking the truth is infinitely to be preferred to the presence of those who think they've found it.
Terry Pratchett

We don't receive wisdom; we must discover it for ourselves after a journey that no one can take for us or spare us.
Marcel Proust


He who knows not and knows not he knows not, he is a fool - shun him.
He who knows not and knows he knows not, he is simple - teach him.
He who knows and knows not he knows, he is asleep - awaken him.
He who knows and knows that he knows, he is wise - follow him.

Only after settling down one's mind can one obtain peace.
Only after obtaining peace can one think.
Only after carefully thinking can one attain a favorable end.

He who asks a question is a fool for a minute; he who does not remains a fool forever.

The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trials.

People in the West are always getting ready to live.

Better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.

Despise not a small wound, a poor kinsman, or a humble enemy.

Charity sees the need, not the cause.

No one's head aches when he is comforting another

Vision without action is a daydream. Action without vision is a nightmare.

If you always assume the person sitting next to you is the Messiah waiting for some human kindness,
You will soon come to weigh your words and watch your hands.
And if he/she so chooses not to reveal him/herself in your time -
It will not matter.
A Rabbi's Proverb

You cannot prevent the birds of sadness from passing over your head, but you can prevent them from nesting in your hair.

There are two rules on the spiritual path:
Begin and Continue.
Sufi saying


Anthony Robbins

Every man dies. Not every man lives.

Stay committed to your decisions, but stay flexible in your approach.

I discovered a long time ago that if I helped people get what they wanted, I would always get what I wanted and I would never have to worry.

Quarrels would not last long if the fault were only on one side.
Francois de La Rochefoucauld

Success is not to be pursued; it is to be attracted by the person you become.
Jim Rohn

Eleanor Roosevelt

You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you think you cannot do.

No one can make you feel inferior without your permission

There is only one basic human right, the right to do as you damn well please.
And with it comes the only basic human duty, the duty to take the consequences.
P. J. O'Rourke

It is our choices...that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.
J. K. Rowling

The problem is not that there are problems. The problem is expecting otherwise and thinking that having problems is a problem.
Theodore Rubin

When rich and craving, you are poor.
When poor and content, you are rich.

Bertrand Russell

It is preoccupation with possession, more than anything else, that prevents men from living freely and nobly.

The good life is one inspired by love and guided by knowledge

If there were in the world today any large number of people who desired their own happiness more than they desired the unhappiness of others, we could have paradise in a few years


If the heart wanders or is distracted, bring it back to the point quite gently and replace it tenderly in it's master's presence. And even if you did nothing during the whole hour but bring your heart back and place it again in our Lord's presence, though it went away every time you brought it back, your hour would be very well employed.
St Francois de Sales

Our own true nature is Infinite Joy!
Always happy, Always peaceful, Always free.
Sri Swami Satchidananda

Love does not consist in gazing at each other but in looking outward together in the same direction.
Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Talent hits a target no one else can hit; Genius hits a target no one else can see.
Arthur Schopenhauer

Like a goldfish who never suspects a greater world beyond the ponds surface, the limited awareness of humankind floats beneath the surface of a greater reality; groping, mouth agape in total ignorance.
After studing all major religions, out of body experiences, near death experiences, hauntings, psychics and memories of previous lifetimes through regressive hypnosis techniques, I have indeed deduced that we are not people having spiritual experiences, but spirits having human experiences.
Paul Schroeder

Better to do something imperfectly than to do nothing flawlessly.
Robert Schuller

Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent.
It takes a touch of genius and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction.

The people and circumstances around me do not make me what I am, they reveal who I am.
Dr. Laura Schlessinger

There must be more to life than having everything.
Maurice Sendak

Good deeds are the best prayer.
Serbian proverb

This above all; to thine own self be true.

George Bernard Shaw

I never thought much of the courage of a liontamer. Inside the cage he is at least safe from people.

You see things; and you say "Why?"
But I dream things that never were; and I say "Why not?"

A ship in harbor is safe -- but that is not what ships are made for.
John A. Shedd

Some will not look on suffering because it creates responsibility.
Archbishop Fulton Sheen

Love expects no reward. Love knows no fear. Love Divine
gives - does not demand. Love thinks no evil; imputes no
motive. To Love is to share and serve.

To grasp the ungraspable, we must practise non-grasping.
How can you hold the sky in your hand?
Leave your hand open.
Dean Sluyter

If only it were all so simple, if only there were evil people somewhere insidiously committing evil deeds and it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them. But the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being, and who is willing to destroy a piece of his own heart?
Alexander Solzhenitsyen

Don't be afraid of showing your feelings, be afraid of regretting it when you don't.
Laura Springer

We can chart our future clearly and wisely only when we know the path which has led to the present.
Adlai E. Stevenson


One is only as spiritually great
as one is mindful of one's spiritual faults
which are not at all great.

Minding the mind, one becomes mindful.
Not minding the mind, one becomes mindless.

The war to end all wars is the battle against our delusions.

Wisdom renounces defilements, while Compassion embraces the defiled.

It is a weakness to require others to thank or apologise.
It is a strength to require oneself to thank or apologise.

You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.
Dr. Seuss

Vision is the art of seeing the invisible.
Jonathan Swift


Discipline divorced from wisdom is not true discipline,
but merely the meaningless following of custom,
which is only a disguise for stupidity.
Rabindranath Tagore

Suffering is not a prerequisite for happiness
Judy Tatelbaum

Mother Teresa

Spread love everywhere you go:
first of all in your own house.
Give love to your children, to your wife or husband,
to a next door neighbor....
Let no one come to you without leaving better or happier.
Be the living expression of God's kindness;
kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes,
kindness in your smile and kindness in your warm greeting.

all that we need to know
all the wisdom of the cosmos
we will find in our own heart

If you give what you do not need, it isn't giving.

The fruit of silence is prayer.
The fruit of prayer is faith.
The fruit of faith is love.
The fruit of love is service.
The fruit of service is peace.

What can you do to promote world peace?
Go home and love your family.

Love cannot remain by itself - it has no meaning.
Love has to be put into action and that action is service.
Whatever form we are, able or disabled, rich or poor, it is not how much we do,
but how much love we put in the doing; a lifelong sharing of love with others.

Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.

What you keep to yourself, you lose.
What you give away, you keep forever

We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean.
But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop

We think we do so much for the poor, but it is they who make us rich

These days it is fashionable to talk about the poor.
Unfortunately, it is not fashionable to talk to them.

The more you have, the more you are occupied, the less you give. But the less you have the more free you are. Poverty for us is a freedom. It is not a mortification, a penance. It is joyful freedom. There is no television here, no this, no that. But we are perfectly happy.

Life is a promise; fulfill it.

Let no one ever come to you
without leaving better.

Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.

It is a poverty to decide that a child must die so that you may live as you wish.

Henry David Thoreau

If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost. That is where they should be.
Now put the foundation under them.

Men have become the tools of their tools.

Successful people are always looking for opportunities to help others.
Unsuccessful people are always asking, 'What's in it for me?'
Brian Tracy

Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun.
Mao Tse Tung

Without memory, there is no healing.
Without forgiveness, there is no future.
Archbishop Desmond Tutu

"When may I give you my heart?"
"When it is no longer yours or mine."

Mark Twain

Courage is the mastery of fear, not the absence of fear.

Always do right - this will gratify some and astonish the rest.

When we remember we are all mad, the mysteries disappear and life stands explained.

Trustable words are not beautiful; beautiful words are not trustable.
Lao Tze

The birth of a man is the birth of his sorrow. The longer he lives, the more stupid he becomes, because his anxiety to avoid unavoidable death becomes more and more acute. What bitterness! He lives for what is always out of reach! His thirst for survival in the future makes him incapable of living in the present.
Chuang Tzu



Weigh, within your heart, the true advantages of the energies of Love, Compassion and Forgiveness, against those of Anger, Fear and Resentment.
Then Choose.

Do not keep searching for the Truth – just let go of your opinions.

There is only one time when it is essential to awaken.
That time is now.

The trouble is that you think you have time.

Learn to respond, and not to react.

Don't cry because it is over, smile because it happened.

How can you love God whom you have never seen, and hate your brother you see every day?
Or is that why?

Anything anyone does anywhere
affects everything everywhere.

Live simply, so that others may simply live.

Join the army, meet people, make new friends.... and kill them.

If your aim in life is nothing; you can't miss.
And you can't win

A man with one watch will always know the time.
A man with two watches will always be in doubt.

Don't let your victories go to your head, or your failures go to your heart

The test of tolerance comes when we are in a majority.
The test of courage comes when we are in a minority.

Just because someone doesn't love you the way that you want, doesn't mean that they don't love you the best way they know how.

Everyone is crazy, some people just hide it better than others.

Failure is not the worst thing in the world, the very worst is not to try.

Love is not about finding the perfect person.
It is about seeing an imperfect person perfectly.

Unanswered questions are far less dangerous than unquestioned answers.

Hapiness would be perfect
if we would not be afraid to lose it.

Even if you are on the right track, you will get run over if you just sit there.

I cried because I had no shoes. Then I met a man who had no feet.

Health is merely the slowest possible rate at which one can die.

Don't take for granted the things closest to your heart, cling to them as you would your life...For without them, life is meaningless..

The best way to have what you want, is to want what you have. If you do what you've always done, you'll get what you've always got.

A wise man knows how to laugh at himself. If he cannot, others will.

If you can't control your mouth, there's no way you can hope to control your mind.

Dreaming about who you want to be is
forgetting who you are

In a controversy, the instant we feel anger,
we have already ceased striving for the truth,
and have begun striving for ourselves.

Though you cannot return to the past to make a brand new start,
you can always make a brand new start now, and a brand new ending.

Contradiction in terms: civil war

All the darkness in the world could not put out the light of one small candle.

"Silent" and "listen" are spelled with the same letters.

A friend is someone who is there for you when he'd rather be somewhere else

The only alternative to coexistence is codestruction.

Knowledge is a treasure, but practice is the key to it.

Science can explain how the universe works, but it cannot explain why it works like that.
(Philosophers try to explain why the universe works like that, but have no idea how it works.)

How other's treat me is their path.
How I respond is mine.


All the powers in the universe are already ours. It is we who have put our hands before our eyes and cry that it is dark.
Swami Vivekananda


As long as we are persistent in our pursuit of our deepest destiny, we will continue to grow.
We cannot choose the day or time when we will fully bloom.
It happens in its own time.
Denis Waitley

We must be courageous but also reasonable. The world admires us for walking a tightrope without falling off. It asks us to keep our balance.
Lech Walesa

The mediocre teacher tells.
The good teacher explains.
The superior teacher demonstrates.
The great teacher inspires.
William A. Ward

How far you go in life depends on you being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and the strong.
Because someday in life you will have been all of these.
George Washington

Failure should be our teacher, not our undertaker.
Failure is delay, not defeat.
It is a temporary detour, not a dead end.
Failure is something we can avoid only by saying nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing.
Denis Waitley

Simone Weil

Attachment is the great fabricator of illusions; reality can be attained only by someone who is detached

Nothing is worse than extreme affliction which destroys the "I" from the outside,
because after that we can no longer destroy it ourselves.

I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world.
This makes it hard to plan the day.
E. B. White

Take sides.
Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim.
Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.
Elie Wiesel

Oscar Wilde

We teach people how to remember, we never teach them how to grow.

Men always want to be a womans first love - women like to be a mans last romance.

Furious activity is no substitute for understanding.
H. H. Williams

We tell lies when we are afraid, ... afraid of what we don't know, afraid of what others will think, afraid of what will be found out about us. But every time we tell a lie, the thing that we fear grows stronger.
Tad Williams

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


Love is the light that dissolves all walls between souls, families and nations.
Paramahansa Yogananda

There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man. True nobility is being superior to your formal self.
Thom Yorke


When you're deluded, every statement is an ulcer; when you're enlightened, every word is wisdom.

Zig Ziglar

What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.

It is not your aptitude, but your attitude, that determines your altitude.

Last updated: August 5, 2010

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