Quotations, page 2

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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