Quotations, page 3

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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