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James Michener : The master in the art of living makes little distinction between his work and his play, his labor and his leisure, his mind and his body, his information and his recreation, his love and his religion. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence at whatever he does, leaving others to decide whether he is working or playing. To him he's always doing both.
"There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow men - true nobility is being superior to your former self."
"No! Try Not -- Do, or Do Not; There is no Try..." -- Yoda, The Empire Strikes Back
John Searle : In general, I feel if you can't say it clearly you don't understand it yourself.
Christopher Wynter : At the end of all Seeking... the Seeker is the one Sought.
Marcel Proust : Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.
Lao Tzu : The way to use life is to do nothing through acting, The way to use life is to do everything through being.
Oliver Goldsmith : You can preach a better sermon with your life than with your lips.
Richard Bach : What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the rest of the world calls a butterfly
Khalil Gibran : No man can reveal to you aught but that which already lies half asleep in the dawning of your knowledge.
Christopher Wynter : "what you are looking for, is what you are looking out of, which is what is looking for you." --- " the the true teacher cannot teach you anything...but can only remind you of what, on some level...you already know."
Voltaire in Freedom of Thought : It rests entirely with you to learn to think. You're born with a mind. You are a bird in the cage of the Inquisition: the Holy Office has clipped your wings, but they can grow back. Whoever doesn't know geometry can learn it; every man can tutor himself: it's shameful to put your soul in the hands of those to whom you'd never trust your money. _Dare to think for yourself._
John Stuart Mill (in On Liberty): If all mankind minus one were of one opinion, and only one person were of the contrary opinion, mankind would be no more justified in silencing that one person than he, if he had the power, would be justified in silencing mankind.
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George Harrison : Everything else can wait but the search for God cannot wait, and love one another
Sogyal Rinpoche : Tomorrow or the next life - which comes first, we never know.
In Illusions (by Richard Bach) : Here is a test to find whether your mission on earth is finished: If you're alive, it isn't.
Martin Luther King, Jr. : If a man hasn't discovered something that he would die for, he isn't fit to live
Janis Joplin? : Don't compromise yourself. You're all you've got.
Zhenzhou : The key to understanding is in oneself. One who pays attention only to knowledge from outside will lose sight of one's own potential.
Confucius : 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.
Ralph Waldo Emerson : Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
Eugene Debs: When great changes occur in history, when great principles are involved, as a rule the majority are wrong. The minority are usually right.
Mahatma Gandhi : When I despair I remember that all through history the way of truth and love has always won. There have been tyrants and murderers and for a time they can seem invincible but in the end, they always fall. Think of it always.
Martin Luther King, Jr. : Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. Hate multiplies hate, violence multiplies violence, toughness multiplies toughness in a descending spiral of destruction... The chain reaction of evil - hate begetting hate, wars producing more wars - must be broken, or we shall be plunged into the darkness... of annihilation.
To ask is a moments shame, not to ask, and remain ignorant, is a lifelong shame.
Gurdjieff used to say to his disciples -- the first thing, the very very first thing, "Find out what your greatest characteristic is, your greatest undoing, your central characteristic of unconsciousness." Each one's is different. Somebody is sex-obsessed. In a country like India, where for centuries sex has been repressed, that has become almost a universal characteristic; everybody is obsessed with sex. Somebody is obsessed with anger, and somebody else is obsessed with greed. You have to watch which is your basic obsession.
E E cummings edward estlin cummings : To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else - means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight, and never stop fighting.
Richard Bach : You are never given a wish without also being given the power to make it true.You may have to work for it, however
Henry Miller, Sexus : Every day we slaughter our finest impulses. That is why we get a heart-ache when we read those lines written by the hand of a master and recognize them as our own, as the tender shoots which we stifled because we lacked the faith to believe in our own powers, our own criterion of truth and beauty. Every man, when he gets quiet, when he becomes desperately honest with himself, is capable of uttering profound truths. We all derive from the same source. There is no mystery about the origin of things. We are all part of creation, all kings, all poets, all musicians; we have only to open up, to discover what is already there.
Helen Keller : I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish humble tasks as though they were great and noble. The world is moved along, not only by the mighty shoves of its heroes, but also by the aggregate of the tiny pushes of each honest worker.
Helen Keller : I am only one; but I am still one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something. I will not refuse to do the something I can do.
Anzia Yezierska : The power that makes the grass grow, fruit ripen, and guides the bird in flight is in us all.
Stephen Palmer : Never attribute to malice what can adequately be explained by incompetence or fear
Stephen Palmer : To attribute an idea to solely one person is naivety; to attribute an idea solely to oneself is arrogance
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