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There's a basic human weakness inherent in all people which tempts them to want what they can't have and not want what is readily available to them.

Men are anxious to improve their circumstances, but are unwilling to improve themselves; they therefore remain bound.
I became insane, with long intervals of horrible sanity.
Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.
The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don't do anything about it.
Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life's coming attractions.
A human being is part of the whole, called by us 'universe,' a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separate from the rest -- a kind of optical delusion of consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.
Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe.
The only source of knowledge is experience.
Education is the progressive realization of our ignorance.
In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.
We can't all be heroes because someone has to sit on the curb and clap as they go by.
Let every man be respected as an individual and no man idolized.
You can't blame gravity for falling in love.
A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.
To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.
When the solution is simple, God is answering.
The high destiny of the individual is to serve rather than to rule...
I never think of the future. It comes soon enough.
Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.
A man should look for what is, and not for what he thinks should be.
My religion consists of a humble admiration of the unlimitable superior who reveals Himself in the slight details we are able to perceive with our frail and feeble minds. That deeply emotional conviction of the presence of a superior reasoning power, which is revealed in the incomprehensible universe, forms my idea of God.
Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.
The most beautiful emotion we can experience is the mysterious. It is the power of all true art and science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead. To know that what is impenetrable to us really exists, manifesting itself as the highest wisdom and the most radiant beauty, which our dull faculties can comprehend only in their most primitive forms -- this knowledge, this feeling, is at the center of true religiousness. In this sense, and in this sense only, I belong to the rank of devoutly religious men.
You want to kill me? Ha! I'm already dead, have been all my life.
I can't dislike you, but I will say this to you: you haven't got long before you are all going to kill yourselves, because you are all crazy.
Intuition is a spiritual faculty and does not explain, but simply points the way.
When it is dark enough, you can see the stars.
The real trouble with war (modern war) is that it gives no one a chance to kill the right people.
Sometimes your medicine bottle has on it, Shake well before using. That is what God has to do with some of His people. He has to shake them well before they are ever usable.
Be still my heart; thou hast known worse than this.
The harder you fall, the higher you bounce.
You've got to get to the stage in life where going for it is more important than winning or losing.
Failure is success if we learn from it.
Most of the shadows of this life are caused by standing in one's own sunshine
So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today
Forget the times of your distress, but never forget what they taught you.
We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.
If somebody says, I love you, to me, I feel as though I had a pistol pointed at my head. What can anybody reply under such conditions but that which the pistol-holder requires? I love you, too.
There's only one me, and I'm stuck with him.
Peace is a journey of a thousand miles and it must be taken one step at a time.
The better a man is the more mistakes he will make for the more things he will try.
Better indeed is knowledge than mechanical practice. Better than knowledge is meditation. But better still is surrender of attachment to results, because there follows immediate peace.
A man's own self is his friend. A man's own self is his foe.
On this path effort never goes to waste, and there is no failure. Even a little effort toward spiritual awareness will protect you from the greatest fear.
A good conscience is to the soul what health is to the body; it preserves constant ease and serenity within us; and more than countervails all the calamities and afflictions which can befall us from without.
You don't get in life what you want; you get in life what you are.
The hardest job kids face today is learning good manners without seeing any.
Another flaw in the human character is that everybody wants to build and nobody wants to do maintenance.
Live as if everything you do will eventually be known.
Victory lies in the admission of defeat.
Recognize this as a holy gift and celebrate this chance to be alive and breathing.
As soon as you trust yourself, you will know how to live.
Oh how sweet it is to hear one's own convictions from another's lips.
If I had no sense of humor, I would long ago have committed suicide.
Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakens.

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