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Grant me the courage to change the things I can change, the serenity to accept the things I can't change, and the wisdom to know the difference. Reinhold Niebuhr

I have been all things unholy; if God can work through me, he can work through anyone. St. Francis of Assisi

The world is not to be put in order, the world is order incarnate. It is up to us to put ourselves in unison with this order. Henry Miller

Nothing is more likely to help a person overcome or endure troubles than the consciousness of having a task in life. Victor Frankl, Auschwitz survivor

Man's many desires are like the small metal coins he carries about in his pocket. The more he has, the more they weigh him down. Satya Sai Baba

Complete possession is proved only by giving. All you are unable to give possess you. Andre Gide

The ancestor to every action is a thought. Ralph Waldo Emerson

We are born into the world of nature; our second birth is into the world of Spirit. Bhagavad Gita

Imagination is more important than knowledge. Albert Einstein

I do not know how to distinguish between our waking life and a dream. Are we not always living the life we imagine we are. Thoreau

The fruit of love is service, which is compassion in action. Mother Teresa

All man's miseries derive from not being able to sit quietly in a room alone. Blaise Pascal

Work on what you support rather than fighting what you oppose. Dr. W. Dyer

What is the choice that will keep me on purpose? Dr. W. Dyer

You will not be punished for your anger, you will be punished by you anger. Buddha

As our case is new, we must think and act anew. Abraham Lincoln

We dance round a ring and suppose, But the secret sits in the middle, and knows. Robert Frost

Therefore, just as we take advantage of what is, we should recognise the usefulness of what is not. Lao Tsu

My intentions create my reality. Dr. W. Dyer

Confession of a fault makes half amend; Denying a fault doubles it. Shakespeare

...all you behold; tho' it appears Without is Within; In your imagination; of which this World of Mortality is but a shadow. William Blake

If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth. Mark 9:23

Circumstances do not make a man, they reveal him. James Allen

Do your work with the welfare of others always in mind. Bhagavad Gita

If one moves confidently in the direction of his own dreams, and endeavours to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours. Henry David Thoreau

The soul never thinks without a picture. Aristotle

It is impossible for me to waste my time in helping another person. Dr. W. Dyer

Possession of material riches, without inner peace, is like dying of thirst while bathing in a lake. Yogananda

It's the repetition of the same chant, the same incantations , the same affirmations, that leads to belief, and once this belief becomes a deep conviction, things begin to happen. Claude Bristol

...whatever things you ask whenever you pray believe that you receive them and you will have them. Mark 11:23-24

There is no way to prosperity, prosperity is the way. Dr. W. Dyer

Our bodies are our gardens, to which our wills are gardeners. Shakespeare

There's only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving and that's your own self. Aldous Huxley

No one knows enough to be a pessimist. Dr. W. Dyer

When enough electrons line up to form a position then all the rest automatically line up in a similar fashion. Law of Physics called Phase Transition

Ask advice of him who governs himself well. Leonardo da Vinci

As a well-spent day brings good sleep, so life well used brings happy death. Leonardo da Vinci

The little done doth vanish to the mind which forward sees how much remains to do. Euripides

You'll see it when you believe it. Dr. W. Dyer

The whole theory of the universe is directed unerringly to one individual - namely You. Walt Whitman

A new idea is first condemned as ridiculous and then dismissed as trivial, until finally it becomes what everybody knows. William James

The significant problems we have cannot be solved at the same level of thinking with which we created them. Albert Einstein

Do not be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment. Ralph Waldo Emerson

If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right. Henry Ford

To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom. Bertrand Russell

Destiny is not a matter of chance; it is a matter of choice. William Jennings Bryan

Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former. Albert Einstein

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 you think you cannot do. Eleanor Roosevelt

Our doubts are traitors and make us lose the good we oft might win by fearing to attempt. Shakespeare

The ancestor of every action is a thought. Ralph Waldo Emerson

When love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece. John Ruskin

Advice is what we ask for when we already know the answer but wish we didn't. Erica Jong

The great thing in this world is not so much where we are, but in what direction we are moving. Oliver Wendall Holmes

Write injuries in dust, benefits in marble. Benjamin Franklin

After ecstasy, the laundry. Zen saying

The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and if they can't find them, make them. George Bernard Shaw

The heights by great men reached and kept Were not attained by sudden flight, But they, while their companions slept Were toiling upward in the night. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

If you are lonely when you are alone you are in bad company. Jean-Paul Satre

Work is much more fun than fun. Noel Coward

We can do no great things - only small things with great love. Mother Teresa

Do the thing and you will have the Power. Ralph Waldo Emerson

...if you don't get any satisfaction from doing it on a small scale you won't get any more satisfaction doing it on a global scale. John-Roger and Peter Mcwilliams

What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail? Dr. Robert Schuller

The method of the enterprising is to plan with audacity, and execute with vigour; to sketch out a map of possibilities; and then to treat them as probabilities. Bovee

If you don't have enough time to accomplish something, consider the work finished once it's begun. John Cage

Comfort zones are most often expanded by discomfort. John-Roger and Peter McWilliams

Unfaithfulness in keeping an appointment is a clear act of dishonesty. Horace Mann

Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Goethe

Put all your eggs in one basket - and watch that basket! Mark Twain

Do your work with all your heart and you will succeed - there's so little competition. Elbert Hubbard

Losers visualise the penalties of failure - winners visualise the rewards of success. Dr.Rob Gilbert

If you want a quality act as if you already have it. William James

You need only look at what's in front of you and find something there to appreciate. John-Roger and Peter McWilliams

The essential conditions of everything you do must be choice, love, passion. Nadia Boulanger

Nothing would be done at all if a man waited until he could do it so well that no one could find fault with it. Cardinal Newman

The superior man thinks always of virtue; the common man thinks of comfort. Confucius

Do the thing you fear and the death of fear is certain. Ralph Waldo Emerson

The greatest obstacle to discovery is not ignorance - it is the illusion of knowledge. Daniel J. Boorstin

Fortune sides with him who dares. Virgil

All men should learn before they die what they are running from, and to, and why. James Thurber

Let your hook always be cast. In the pool where you least expect it will be a fish. Ovid

From error to error one discovers the entire truth. Freud

First we form habits then they form us. Dr Rob Gilbert

Drawing on my fine command of the English language, I said nothing. Robert Benchley

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

It is a rough road that leads to the heights of greatness. Seneca

Our main business is not to see what lies dimly in the distance but to do what lies clearly at hand. Thomas Carlyle

The one unchangeable certainty is that nothing is unchangeable or certain. John F. Kennedy

Act as if it were impossible to fail. Dorothea Brande

Many of life's failures are people who did not know how close they were to success when they gave up Thomas Edison

My strength lies solely in my tenacity. Louis Pasteur

The drops of rain make a hole in the stone, not by violence but by oft falling. Lucretius

Fall seven times stand up eight. Japanese proverb

The way to create joy is to do things joyfully. Anon

A man is rich in proportion to the number of things he can afford to let alone. Henry David Thoreau

Not the fruit of the experience but the experience itself is the end. Walter Patter

Don't repay a kindness, pass it on. Old saying

Try not to become a man of success but rather try to become a man of value. Albert Einstein

The way to be happy is to make others so. Robert Ingersol

He deserves Paradise who makes his companions laugh. The Koran

Among those whom I like or admire I can find no common denominator, but amongst those whom I love I can; all of them make me laugh. W. H. Auden

Fall in love with what you do for a living. It works! George Burns, 100th Birthday

The situation is hopeless, we must take the next step. Pablo Casals

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A relative victory is fragile, but a victory over oneself is absolute. Koichi Tohei

Company is stronger than will. Yogananda

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you've imagined. Henry David Thoreau

If a person refuses to recognise a hardship no hardship exists. Koichi Tohei

Just think out for yourselves, if a man who was good yesterday has become bad after having come in contact with me, is he responsible that he has deteriorated or am I? ... It is well to take the blame sometimes. Mahatma Gandhi

No one likes the glance that pierces the depths of the soul. Koichi Tohei

That by which he is known is his life. S. Radhakrishnan

The pleasure we feel in music springs from the obedience which is in it. Henry David Thoreau

Through want of enterprise and faith men are where they are, buying and selling and spending their lives like servants. Henry David Thoreau

What is tolerance? It is the consequence of humanity. We are all formed of frailty and error; let us pardon reciprocally each other's folly - that is the first law of nature. Voltaire

As is said in the teachings, In an instant, complete enlightenment; in an instant, complete confusion. Sogyal Rinpoche

I am not discouraged, because every wrong attempt discarded is another step forward. Thomas A. Edison

Live each moment completely and the future will take care of itself. Fully enjoy the wonder and beauty of each instant. Practice the presence of peace. The more you do that, the more you will feel the presence of that power in your life. Yogananda

People have an uncanny faculty of hearing but not really listening. Words go in one ear and out the other, especially when they present a challenge. Because of pride or stubbornness or for some other reason, people refuse to really listen to each other. Disputes go unresolved, misunderstandings deepen, chances for peace and happiness and love are lost. If it seems risky to listen with care, there is an equal risk on the other side. By not listening, people risk missing the very words which hold the key to true greatness, self-fulfillment and happiness. Fr. John Castelot

The greatest discovery of my life is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitude. William James

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. Indira Gandhi

We are a product of the choices we make, not the circumstances that we face. Roger Crawford

Wisdom is not a product of schooling but of the lifelong attempt to acquire it. Albert Einstein

Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain and most fools do. Dale Carnegie

Don't let the fear of the time it will take to accomplish something stand in the way of your doing it. The time will pass anyway; we might just as well put that passing time to the best possible use. Earl Nightingale

I am a slow walker...but I never walk backwards. Abraham Lincoln

It is a grand mistake to think of being great without goodness and I pronounce it as certain that there was never a truly great man that was not at the same time truly virtuous. Benjamin Franklin

Listening is an attitude of the heart, a genuine desire to be with another which both attracts and heals. J. Isham

Out of clutter, find Simplicity.
From discord, find Harmony.
In the middle of difficulty lies Opportunity.
Albert Einstein, Three Rules of Work

The great use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it. William James

The worth of knowledge is proportionate to the actions it produces; there is no better sermon than the practice of virtues. St. Francis of Assisi

Water is the only drink for a wise man. Henry David Thoreau

Who begins much, finishes little. German proverb

Acceptance of what has happened is the first step to overcoming the consequences of any misfortunes. William James

Concentrate on the similarities, not on the differences. Yogananda

Goodness is the only investment that never fails. Henry David Thoroau

If we have fighting in our hearts, we make enemies of allies. Koichi Tohei

Laughter is the shortest distance between two people. Victor Borge

Nothing can work me damage except myself; the harm that I sustain I carry about with me, and never am a real sufferer but by my own fault. Saint Bernard

The beauty of the soul shines out when a man bears with composure one heavy mischance after another, not because he does not feel them, but because he is a man of high and heroic temper. Aristotle

The pure heart is the best mirror for the reflection of truth.... All truth in the universe will manifest in your heart, if you are sufficiently pure. Vivekenanda

To dare is to lose one's footing momentarily. Not to dare is to lose oneself. Soren Kierkegaard

What the mind of man can conceive and believe, It can achieve. Napoleon Hill

A life directed chiefly toward the fulfillment of personal desires sooner or later always leads to bitter disappointment. Albert Einstein

Being unwanted, unloved, uncared for, forgotten by everybody I think that is a much greater hunger, a much greater poverty than the person who has nothing to eat. We must find each other. Mother Teresa

I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand. Confucius

It is not the answer that enlightens, but the question. Eugene Ionesco

Love has nothing to do with what you are expecting to get, Only with what you are expected to give...Which is everything. Katherine Hepburn

Regardless of how clever a man's conversation, if his spirit lacks sincerity he will not attract the hearts of others. Koichi Tohei

The one being carried does not know how far the village is. Nigerian Proverb

There is no need to run outside for better seeing...
Rather abide at the center of your being;
For the more you leave it the less you learn.
Search your heart and see...
The way to do is to be. Lao-tzu

You cannot believe in God until you believe in yourself. Vivekenanda

Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear not absence of fear. Mark Twain

Great people are those who make others feel that they, too, can become great. Mark Twain

If you judge people you have no time to love them. Mother Teresa

Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God's kindness: kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile. Mother Teresa

Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind. Ralph Waldo Emerson

The capacity to care is what gives life its most deepest significance. Pablo Casals

The purpose of prayer is not to get what I want, but to become what I should be. Rev. Robert Schuller

To err is human; to forgive, divine. Alexander Pope

Advising is easier than helping. German proverb

Criticizing others is a dangerous thing, not so much because you may make mistakes about them, but because you may be revealing the truth about yourself. Harold Medina

He enjoys true leisure who has time to improve his soul's estate. Henry David Thoreau

Let the beauty you love, be what you do. Rumi

The cost of a thing is the amount of what I will call life which is required to be exchanged for it, immediately or in the long run. Henry David Thoreau

The really efficient laborer will be found not to crowd his day with work, but will saunter to his task surrounded by a wide halo of ease and leisure. Henry David Thoreau

To finish the moment, to find the journey's end in every step of the road, to live the greatest number of good hours, is wisdom. Ralph Waldo Emerson

When any real progress is made, we unlearn and learn anew what we thought we knew before. Henry David Thoreau

All good conversation, manners, and actions come from a spontaneity which forgets usages and makes the moment great. Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Do everything with a mind that lets go. Don't accept praise or gain or anything else. If you let go a little you will have a little peace; if you let go a lot you will have a lot of peace; if you let go completely you will have complete peace. Ajahn Chah

He is a man of sense who does not grieve for what he has not, but rejoices in what he has. Epictetus

If you want to forget something, you should direct your mind entirely to something else. Koichi Tohei

One does not need buildings, money, power, or status to practice the Art of Peace. Heaven is right where you are standing, and that is the place to train. Morihei Ueshiba

The deepest principle in human nature is the craving to be appreciated. William James

The reputation of a thousand years may be determined by the conduct of one hour. Japanese Proverb

When we honestly ask ourselves which persons in our lives mean the most to us, we often find it is those who, instead of giving much advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a gentle and tender hand. Henri Nouwen

Cherish your vision; cherish your ideals; cherish the music that stirs your heart, the beauty that forms in your mind, the loveliness that drapes your purest thoughts, if you remain true to them, your world will at last be built. James Allen

For every one who exalts himself will be humbled, And he who humbles himself will be exalted. Luke 14:11

It seems that one of the most difficult ideas for people to grasp and fully understand is that each of us is responsible for his or her own life, its successes or mediocrity. We become what we think about, and what we think about is strictly up to each of us. Earl Nightingale

Never look down on anybody unless you're helping him up. The Reverend Jesse Jackson

Sometimes our light goes out but is blown into flame by another human being. Each of us owes deepest thanks to those who have rekindled this light. Albert Schweitzer

The parted water reunites behind our hand. Ralph Waldo Emerson

This world is but a canvas to our imagination. Henry David Thoroau

You will recognize your own path when you come upon it, because you will suddenly have all the energy and imagination you will ever need. Jerry Gillies

All good things are cheap: all bad are very dear. Henry David Thoreau

Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. Ralph Waldo Emerson

He who asks is a fool for five minutes, but he who does not ask remains a fool forever. Chinese Proverb

In the long run men hit only what they aim at. Therefore, though they should fail immediately, they had better aim at something high. Henry David Thoreau

Life is like water. Cow drinks water and makes milk. Snake drinks water and makes poison. Old Eastern saying

Only one who devotes himself to a cause with his whole strength and soul can be a true master. For this reason mastery demands all of a person. Albert Einstein

The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. Benjamin Franklin

The teacher's spirit reflects in his students. Koichi Tohei

Treat a man as he is, and he will remain as he is. Treat a man as he could be, and he will become what he should be. Ralph Waldo Emerson

When wealth is lost, nothing is lost; when health is lost, something is lost; when character is lost, all is lost. Billy Graham

Do something...The more you lose yourself in something bigger than yourself, the more energy you will have. Rev. Norman Vincent Peale

He who wrongs no one fears no one. S. Radhakrishnan

Intense love does not measure, it just gives. Mother Teresa

Life is no 'brief candle' to me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations. George Bernard Shaw

Only that day dawns to which we are awake. There is more day to dawn. The sun is but a morning star. Henry David Thoreau

The true follower of the martial way must have eyes benevolent enough to do away with the opponent's spirit to fight. Koichi Tohei

Treat a man with respect and he will respect you, make light of him and he will make light of you. Koichi Tohei

When you deal with roots and foundations, all real progress must be slow. Vivekenanda

Always do what you are afraid to do. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Do the thing, and you shall have the power. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Heaven never helps the men who will not act. Sophocles

Intuition becomes increasingly valuable in the new information society precisely because there is so much data. John Naisbitt

Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be attained. Marie Curie

The fool wanders, a wise man travels. Thomas Fuller

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Trust Thyself; every heart vibrates to that iron string.
Ralph Waldo Emerson.

When you have ears to hear a bird in song, you don't need to look at its credentials. Anthony de Mello

Associate with the noblest people you can find; read the best books; live with the mighty. But learn to be happy alone. Rely upon your own energies, and so do not wait for, or depend on other people. Professor Thomas Davidson

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

It is important to conceal one's own power because boasting of it destroys it. Koichi Tohei

Look at rejection as part of one performance, not as a turndown of the performer. Dennis Waitley

Problems are not always changed; we are. Kamala, The Flawless Mirror

The highest law gives a thing to him who can use it. Henry David Thoreau

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

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit. Aristotle

Associate reverently, as much as you can, with your loftiest thoughts. Henry David Thoreau

Every man I meet is in some way my superior. Ralph Waldo Emerson

I expect to pass through life but once. If there is any kindness, or any good thing I can do to my fellow beings, let me do it now. W. C. Gannett

It is important that people know what you stand for. It is equally important that they know what you won't stand for. Mary H. Waldrip

Live your beliefs and you can turn the world around. Henry David Thoreau

Pleasant words are a honeycomb, Sweet to the soul and healing to the bones. Proverbs 16:24

The heart of a fool is in his mouth, but the mouth of a wise man is in his heart. Benjamin Franklin

There cannot be friendship without equality. Vivekenanda

We are always after Truth, but never want to get it. Vivekenanda

Wishing to be friends is quick work, but friendship is a slow ripening fruit. Aristotle

A man should hear a little music, read a little poetry, and see a fine picture every day of his life, in order that worldly cares may not obliterate the sense of the beautiful which God has implanted in the human soul. Johann von Goethe

Coffee is good for talent, but genius wants prayer. Ralph Waldo Emerson

I will live this day as if it is my last. And what shall I do with this last precious day which remains in my keeping? I will waste not a moment mourning yesterday's misfortunes, defeats or heartaches, for why should I throw good after bad? Og Mandino

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No matter what has happened, we can never go back and start over. Today, however, we can make a decision to begin anew; do it now! Fr. Brian Cavanaugh

The perception of beauty is a moral test. Henry David Thoreau

Though we should soar into the heavens, though we should sink into the abyss, we never go out of ourselves; it is always our own thoughts that we perceive. Condillac, a leading exponent of Materialism, quoted by Emerson, The Transcedentalist

What is once well done is done forever. Henry David Thoreau

A newly married couple said, What shall we do to make our love endure? Said the Master, Love other things together. Anthony de Mello

Coming together is the beginning.
Keeping together is progress.
Working together is success. Henry Ford

Friendships multiply joys and divide grief. Thomas Fuller

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent. Eleanor Roosevelt

Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it. Henry David Thoreau

The person who sends out positive thoughts activates the world around him positively and draws back to himself positive results. Norman Vincent Peale

Thought is the sculptor who can create the person you want to be. Henry David Thoreau

What is to give light must endure burning. Viktor Frankl

A fool vents all his feelings, but a wise man holds them back. Proverbs 29:11

At a laugh, children draw near, but at a frown wild animals flee. Koichi Tohei

I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work. Thomas Alva Edison

It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare, it is because we do not dare that they are difficult. Seneca

Public opinion is a weak tyrant, compared with our private opinion; what a man thinks of himself, that is which determines, or rather indicates his fate. Henry David Thoreau

The most I can do for my friend is simply be his friend. Henry David Thoreau

There is no beautifier of complexion, or form, or behavior, like the wish to scatter joy and not pain around us. Ralph Waldo Emerson

We cannot see things that stare us in the face until the hour arrives; then we behold them and the time we saw them not is like a dream. Emerson

You can guess what happened to people long ago, if you'll just listen to what they say they felt during the past week. Doyle P. Henderson, Amazing Truths About Your Emotions

A man becomes a splendid teacher only when he is the possessor of a humble heart. Koichi Tohei

Benefits are gained through association with others in their environment of success. Yogananda

It is said a supreme practitioner meets death with joy; a mediocre practitioner meets death without apprehension; an ordinary practitioner meets death without regrets. Sogyal Rinpoche

Say what you have to say, not what you ought. Henry David Thoreau

The one thing that doesn't abide by majority rule is a person's conscience. Harper Lee

There is only one road to true human greatness: through the school of hard knocks. Albert Einstein

We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give. Sir Winston Churchill

You cannot depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus. Mark Twain

A shallow river is constantly turbulent. Koichi Tohei

Concentrate on the immortality, not on the changes. Yogananda

God may grant us gifts, but the merit of being able to take and hold them must be our own. Rabindranath Tagore

If we could read the secret history of our enemies we should find in each man's life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility. Longfellow

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

Non-violence is the law of our species, as violence is the law of the brute. Gandhi

That man is richest whose pleasures are cheapest. Henry David Thoreau

The price of greatness is responsibility. Sir Winston Churchill

To affect the quality of the day, that is the highest of arts. Henry David Thoreau

What lies behind us and what lies ahead of us are tiny matters compared to what lives within us. Henry David Thoreau

A man cannot speak but he judges himself. Emerson

But He knows the way that I take. When He has tested me, I will come forth as gold. Job 23:10

I must follow the sage maxim that nothing once begun should be abandoned unless it is proved to be morally wrong. Gandhi

It is said that experience is the worst teacher, because it gives the test before the lesson. Aikido

Mistakes are the portals of discovery. James Joyce

Simplicity of character is the most natural result of profound thought. Chinese Proverb

The only real mistake is the one from which we learn nothing. John Powell

There is only one thing more painful than learning from experience and that is not learning from experience. Archibald McLeish

We must always be conscious of the great importance of preserving our calm in action and of controlling our breathing. Koichi Tohei

You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today. Abraham Lincoln

A man never rises so high as when he knows not whither he is going. Oliver Cromwell, quoted by Emerson, Circles

Character may almost be called the most effective means of persuasion... Aristotle

First, believe in this world - that there is meaning behind every thing. Vivekenanda

It is those who have a deep and real inner life who are best able to deal with the irritations of the outer life. Evelyn Underhill

Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power. Abraham Lincoln

Some look at things that are, and ask why. I dream of things that never were and ask why not? George Bernard Shaw

The only thing that can be possessed by all is non-possession. Gandhi

We should every night call ourselves to an account: What infirmity have I mastered today? What passions opposed? What temptation resisted? What virtue acquired? Our vices will abate of themselves if they be brought every day to the shrift. Seneca

You will find, as you look back upon your life,
That the moments when you really lived
Are the moments when you have done things in the spirit of love. Henry Drummond

Don't let what you cannot do, interfere with what you can. John Wooden

I am not ashamed to confess that I am ignorant of what I do not know. Cicero

It is better to believe than to disbelieve. In so doing you bring everything to the realm of possibility. Albert Einstein

Live as you will wish to have lived when you are dying. Christian Furchtegott Gellert

People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within. Elizabeth Kübler-Ross

The greatest compliment that was ever paid me was when one asked me what I thought, and attended to my answer. Henry David Thoreau

There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root. Henry David Thoreau

We always hope to be praised and we are afraid of being criticized. We are looking for fame and we are afraid of being disgraced. We want to gain something and we are afraid of losing it. We are striving for happiness and we are afraid of misery. Buddhist Teaching

Whoever is careless with truth in small matters cannot be trusted in important affairs. Albert Einstein

A friend is a person with whom I may be sincere. Before him, I may think aloud. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Behave so the aroma of your actions may enhance the general sweetness of the atmosphere. Henry David Thoreau

Experience is not what happens to a man. It is what a man does with what happens to him. Aldous Huxley

I have resolved that from this day on, I will do all the business I can honestly, have all the fun I can reasonably, do all the good I can willingly, and save my digestion by thinking pleasantly. Robert Louis Stevenson

It is not doing the thing we like to do, but liking the thing we have to do, that makes life blessed. Wolfgang Goethe

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. Sivananda

Put your heart, mind, intellect and soul even to your smallest acts. This is the secret of success. Swami Sivananda

The most powerful thing you can do to change the world, is to change your own beliefs about the nature of life, people, reality to something more positive...and begin to act accordingly. Shakti Gawain

There is no more fatal blunderer than he who consumes the greater part of his life getting his living. Henry David Thoreau

We have been called to heal wounds, to unite what has fallen apart, and to bring home those who have lost their way. St. Francis of Assisi

You can have anything you want if you want it badly enough. You can be anything you want to be, do anything you set out to accomplish if you hold to that desire with singleness of purpose. Abraham Lincoln

Anger is a very appropriate and necessary response to an injustice. But stand back now; the truth, clearly spoken, is always your best weapon. Calmly spoken, it can burn a hole through the hardest heart. Bill Chickering, Healing an Angry Heart

Don't wait for some miracle to be performed on you from without, lifting you above fears and doubts and self-centeredness. You help God from within by turning in outgoing love to others, and miraculously your fears and doubts and self-centeredness will vanish. The miracle starts within, not from without. E. Stanley Jones

How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives. Anne Dillard

It is a characteristic of wisdom not to do desperate things. Henry David Thoreau

Listening is a primitive act of love in which a person gives himself to another's word, making himself accessible and vulnerable to that word. William Stringfellow, Friend's Journal

Our truest life is when we are in dreams awake. Henry David Thoreau

The great use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it. William James

The whole secret of existence is to have no fear. Never fear what will become of you, depend on no one. Only the moment you reject all help are you free. Vivekenanda

Wheresoever you go, go with all your heart. Confucius

A man is what he thinks about all day long. Ralph Waldo Emerson

By a long process of prayerful discipline I have ceased for over forty years to hate anybody. Gandhi

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. Confucius

I praise loudly. I blame softly. Catherine the Great

It is the nature of the wise to resist pleasures, but the foolish to be a slave to them. Epictetus

Money is not required to buy one necessity of the soul. Henry David Thoreau

Since the past cannot be changed, begin today with where you are. Yogananda.

There should be less talk; a preaching point is not a meeting point. What do you do then? Take a broom and clean someone's house. That says enough. Mother Teresa

We must have infinite faith in each other. If we have not, we must never let it leak out that we have not. Henry David Thoreau

You don't get to choose how you're going to die, or when. You can decide how you're going to live now.
Joan Baez

Anger hears no counsel. German proverb

Do what you can with what you have where you are. Theodore Roosevelt

How shall I forgive others? If you never condemned, you would never need to forgive. Anthony de Mello

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

Life is too short to be little. Disraeli

Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly. Robert F. Kennedy

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 they discover that someone else believes in them
And is willing to trust them. Ralph Waldo Emerson

The way by which you may get money almost without exception leads downward. Henry David Thoreau

When you have one eye on the goal, you only have one eye on the path. Zen Koan

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Defeat may serve as well as victory
To shake the soul and let the glory out.
When the great oak is straining in the wind,
The boughs drink in new beauty, and the trunk
Sends down a deeper root on the windward side.
Only the soul that knows the mighty grief
Can know the mighty rapture. Sorrows come
To stretch our spaces in the heart for joy.

Edwin Markham.

No end to suffering until
We grasp it with awakened will
Inhale its perfume gratefully,
At length discovering it to be
No foe but friend, a light to see
A brother's heart with charity,
To understand and to forgive.
Through suffering alone we live!
Only through suffering grow wise!
Whom suffering speeds to joy arise!

Phylllis Campbell

Do not feel qualms or despondency or
discomfiture if thou dost not invariably succeed
in acting from right principles; but when thou art
foiled, come back again to them, and rejoice if
on the whole thy conduct is worthy of a man,
and love the course to which thou returnest.

Marcus Aurelius

There was always more in the world than men
could see, walked they ever so slowly;
they will see it no better for going fast.


Think that this day will never come again!
The heavens are calling you and wheel around you,
Displaying to you their eternal beauties,
And still your eye is looking on the ground!


Live your life while you have it. Life is a splendid gift.
There is nothing small in it. For the greatest things
grow by God's law out of the smallest. But to live
your life, you must discipline it. You must not fritter
it away in fair purpose, erring acts, inconsistant will;
but must make your thoughts, your words, your acts,
all your work to the same end, and that end not self,
but God.

Florence Nightingale

How quiet the greatest dramas!
No sign for sleeping mankind
Betrays the wary serpent.
Under the waters of Life.
Only the wise divine and the awakened see
The currents that sweep to Death.

Eleanor Trives

But one thing withdraweth many from
profiting in virtue, and from amendment of life,
that is, a horror and a false worldly dread that
they may not abide the pain and labour that is
needful for the getting thereof.

Thomas a Kempis

The man who does not restrain himself from wantonness
allies himself with the beasts. It is easier to contend
with evil at the beginning than at the end. You can have
no greater and no smaller dominion than over yourself.

Leonardo da Vinci

Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding. Even as the stone of the fruit must break, that its heart may stand in the sun, so you must know pain. And could you keep your heart in wonder at the daily miracles of your life, your pain would not seem less wondrous than your joy; And you would accept the seasons of your heart, even as you have always accepted the seasons that pass over your fields. And you would watch with serenity through the winters of your grief.

Kahil Gibran, The Prophet

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I am wedded to truth, not to consistency. Gandhi

Frustration is attachment to a goal. Ram Dass

Happiness is the way one goes, not something luminous at the end. Arthur C. Danto

Time and space are modes by which we think and not conditions in which we live. Einstein

Even a learned man must bow before an illiterate Sage. The illiterate man is simply ignorant; the learned man is learnedly ignorant; the Sage is also ignorant, because there is nothing for him to know. Ramana Maharshi .

What is real is what we regularly talk about ...When we create a new way of talking about the world, we naturally create a new world. Bruce Gregory, Harvard astrophysicist

The intellect has little to do on the road to discovery. There comes a leap in consciousness, call it intuition or what you will, and the solution comes to you and you don't know how or why. Einstein

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. Einstein

For every one step that you take in the pursuit of higher knowledge, take three steps in the perfection of your own character. Rudolph Steiner

The heights of the spirit can only be climbed by passing through the portals of humility. Rudolph Steiner

One experience is worth a thousand talks. Ajahn Brahmavamso

In the actions of the best men others find their rule of action. The path that a great man follows becomes a guide to the world. Bhagavad Gita .

He sets the seal of his divine nature to the grace he accords. Emerson, The Transcendentalist .

View the other community for the best within it. Rabbi David Rossen.

It is difficult to remain calm without losing power, but it is equally difficult to remain calm in the midst of activity. Koichi Tohei

There is no creature in this world so absorbed in the outer life in the world as man; so man, with greater capability of knowing, knows least of all creatures. Hazrat Inayat Khan

If it is zero degrees today and twice as cold tomorrow, how cold is it tomorrow? An old conundrum

A narrow vision is divisive, a broad vision is expansive, but a supreme vision is all inclusive. Swami Tejomayananda, The Vision of Life

The are two kinds of lives, one is the life of 'values' and the other is the life of 'valuables'. Swami Tejomayananda, The Vision of Life

Actions are the louder expressions of thought. Swami Chinmayananda, The Vision of Life

If I meet a man and blame him for his shortcomings, I rob myself of power to attain higher knowledge; but if I try to enter lovingly into his merits, I gather such power. Rudolph Steiner

Look upon all suffering as growing pains.. Ajahn Brahmavamso

Our present work may be great or small yet the important thing is to do it well. Swami Chinmayananda, The Vision of Life

Man becomes high or low according to his deeds. Swami Chinmayananda, The Vision of Life

Great minds discuss ideas. Mediocre minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people. Swami Chinmayananda, The Vision of Life

To live only for some future goal is shallow. It's the sides of the mountain which sustain life, not the top. Here's where things grow. Robert M. Pirsig, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

Zen is the 'spirit of the valley', not the mountain. The only Zen you find on the tops of moutains is the Zen you bring up there. Robert M. Pirsig, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

Adapt each one of your actions, and frame each one of your words in such a way that you infringe upon no one's free-will. Rudolph Steiner

Every step's an effort, both physically and spiritually, because he imagines his goal to be external and distant. Robert M. Pirsig, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

A goal makes you go further than you would otherwise have gone. Ajahn Brahmavamso

I've never met two miserable people who make each other happy. Fr. Laurence Freeman, Benedictine monk.

A leader is best when people barely know he exists,
Not so good when people obey and acclaim him,
Worse when they despise him.
But of a good leader who talks little,
When his work is done, his aim fulfilled,
They will say: We did it ourselves. Lao-Tzu

I never go to bed without an hour, or half hour's previous reading of something moral, whereon to ruminate in the intervals of sleep. Thomas Jefferson

Difficulty arises when you try to escape the experience of something. Ease is present when you are willing to stop and meet whatever has been haunting you. Gangaji

You are free once you understand that your bondage is of your own making and you cease forging the chains that bind you. Nisargadatta Maharaj

When you finally, completely, face fear itself, it is nowhere to be found. Fear can never survive total meeting with conscious awareness. Gangaji

When you're going through hell, keep going. Winston Churchill

When someone respects you, it is not because you possess some virtues; it is because of their greatness. When you respect someone it shows your own magnanimity. Wise is the one who respects everyone. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Your imagination is your preview of life's coming attractions. Albert Einstein

More! More! is the cry of a mistaken soul. William Blake

Live life simply so that others may simply live. Gandhi

To go beyond the mind, you must be silent and quiet. Peace and silence, silence and peace - this is the way beyond. Stop asking questions. Nisargadatta Maharaj

The tragedy of human history is decreasing happiness in the midst of increasing comforts. Swami Chinmayananda.

Every time you look into the face of fear, it disappears but if you keep looking to the shadow, it grows and grows. Swami Satyananda

If you don't know where you're going, any road will take you there. W.C. Fields

Be always calmly active and actively calm. Yogananda

It's an old rule of logic that the competence of a speaker has no relevance to the truth of what he says. Robert M. Pirsig, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

The best shelter is in the silence of your soul. Yogananda

You are the unchangeable Awareness in which all activity takes place. Always rest in peace. You are eternal Being, unbounded and undivided. Just keep Quiet. All is well. Keep Quiet Here and Now. You are Happiness, you are Peace, you are Freedom. Do not entertain any notions that you are in trouble. Be kind to yourself. Papaji

Worries are simply little fears; put a hundred worries together and you have one big fear ... So repeat the mantram when you are worried, and it will change worry into confidence. Eknath Easwaran

If you can see the obstacle in your meditation then you will see the obstacle in your life. Ajahn Brahmavamso

Happiness is not a result to be attained through action, but a fact to be realised through knowledge. The sphere of action is to express it, not to gain it. Alan Watts

Riches prick us with a thousand troubles for their acquisition, as many cares in their preservation, even more anxiety in their spending, and finally grief with their loss. St. Francis.

The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and the self restraint enough to keep from meddling with them while they are doing it. Theodore Roosevelt

The real leader has no need to lead - he is content to point the way. Henry Miller, The Wisdom of the Heart

Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men. Martin Luther King, Jr., Strength to Love, 1963.

... the best pleasures are those for which we do not plan, and the worst part of pain is expecting it and trying to get away from it when it has come. Alan Watts

... the universe is a system that creeps up on itself and says 'Boo!' and then laughs at itself for jumping. Alan Watts

Like a river, we appear to be - but never are - the same. Swami Ramananda, Hatha as a Tool for Self Discovery

Look not thou on beauty's charming,
Sit thou still when kings are arming,
Vacant heart and hand and eye,
Easy live and quiet die. Author unknown, from The Peace Within You by Paul Brunton

Contemplation in its fullest measure is a rehearsal for death. For in letting all thoughts go we let the world go, we let possessions go, and lastly we let the body go!. Dr. Paul Brunton, Advanced Contemplation.

There is a field beyond right thinking and wrong thinking. I will meet you there. Rumi

Worship virtue instead of knowledge. Ajahn Chah

A rock is only heavy if you pick it up ...
A lemon is only sour if you suck on it. Ajahn Chah.

The door of my heart is always open to you. Ajahn Brahmavamso

You always feel safe and accepted in the presence of great teachers. Author unknown

There will never be a moment more perfect than this one. Eckhart Tolle

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