What you are is God's gift to you, what you do with yourself is your gift to God.
I want to be what I was when I wanted to be what I am now.
It's easier traveling the road of life when I don't have so much to carry on my back.
Simplicity is the seal of truth.
Perfection of means and confusion of goals seem -- in my opinion -- to characterize our age.
If we really think that home is elsewhere and that this life is a wandering to find home, why should we not look forward to the arrival?
Nothing that you have not given away will ever be really yours.
I was young and foolish then; now I am old and foolisher.
Men are disturbed not by things that happen, but by their opinion of the things that happen.
Pain has its own noble joy, when it starts a strong consciousness of life, from a stagnant one.
America is the most grandiose experiment the world has seen, but, I am afraid, it is not going to be a success.
The soul is not where it lives, but where it loves.
As the Fletcher whittles and makes straight his arrows, so the master directs his straying thoughts.
How you think when you lose determines how long it will be until you win.
Tricks and treachery are the practice of fools, that don't have brains enough to be honest.
Keep on sowing your seed, for you never know which will grow -- perhaps it all will.
We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.
Go as far as you can see; when you get there, you'll be able to see farther.
If one wants to abide in the thought-free state, a struggle is inevitable. One must fight one's way through before regaining one's original primal state. If one succeeds in the fight and reaches the goal, the enemy, namely the thoughts, will all subside in the Self and disappear entirely.
It is not enough that one surrenders oneself. Surrender is to give oneself up to the original cause of one's being. Do not delude yourself by imagining such a source to be some God outside you. One's source is within oneself. Give yourself up to it. That means that you should seek the source and merge in it.
Mind is consciousness which has put on limitations. You are originally unlimited and perfect. Later you take on limitations and become the mind.
You need not aspire for or get any new state. Get rid of your present thoughts, that is all.
We wish to be happier than other people; and this is difficult, for we believe others to be happier than they are.
So free we seem, so fettered we are!
Go to the truth beyond the mind. Love is the bridge.
This most beautiful system [The Universe] could only proceed from the dominion of an intelligent and powerful Being.
Believe that each day that shines on you is your last.
To sit in judgment of those things which you perceive to be wrong or imperfect is to be one more person who is part of judgment, evil or imperfection.
Right now I[[#146]]m having amnesia and d[[#233]]j[[#224]] vu at the same time. I think I[[#146]]ve forgotten this before
I was trying to daydream, but my mind kept wandering.
The real meaning of enlightenment is to gaze with undimmed eyes on all darkness.
What we remember can always be changed, what we forget we are always.
It is much easier to repent of sins that we have committed than to repent of those that we intend to commit.
There is no terror in a bang, only in the anticipation of it.
When people are lonely they stoop to any companionship.
Who had deceived thee so often as thyself?
The intellect is a very nice whirligig toy, but how people take it seriously is more than I can understand.
On the whole, human beings want to be good, but not too good, and not quite all the time.
Chance is always powerful. Let your hook be always cast; in the pool where you least expect it, there will be a fish.
Just because everything's different doesn't mean anything's changed.
If confusion is the first step to knowledge, I must be a genius.
Failures are divided into two classes -- those who thought and never did, and those who did and never thought.
Risk more than others think is safe. Care more than others think is wise. Dream more than others think is practical. Expect more than others think is possible.
The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.
We deem those happy who from the experience of life have learnt to bear its ills without being overcome by them.
An inflated consciousness is always egocentric and conscious of nothing but its own existence. It is incapable of learning from the past, incapable of understanding contemporary events, and incapable of drawing right conclusions about the future. It is hypnotized by itself and therefore cannot be argued with. It inevitably dooms itself to calamities that must strike it dead.
There can be no transforming of darkness into light and of apathy into movement without emotion.
The achievements which society rewards are won at the cost of diminution of personality
Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.
Resistance to the organized mass can be effected only by the man who is as well organized in his individuality as the mass itself.
As far as we can discern, the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light in the darkness of mere being.
Mistakes are, after all, the foundations of truth, and if a man does not know what a thing is, it is at least an increase in knowledge if he knows what it is not.
Show me a sane man and I will cure him for you.
If people can be educated to see the lowly side of their own natures, it may be hoped that they will also learn to understand and to love their fellow men better. A little less hypocrisy and a little more tolerance towards oneself can only have good results in respect for our neighbor; for we are all too prone to transfer to our fellows the injustice and violence we inflict upon our own natures.
There is no coming to consciousness without pain.
I don't know, I don't care, and it doesn't make any difference!
He then learns that in going down into the secrets of his own mind he has descended into the secrets of all minds.
You are only what you are when no one is looking.
We are never more discontented with others than when we are discontented with ourselves.
The highest compact we can make with our fellow is --Let there be truth between us two forevermore.
A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.
Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength, mastering yourself is true power.
Nothing in the world is more flexible and yielding than water. Yet when it attacks the firm and the strong, none can withstand it, because they have no way to change it. So the flexible overcome the adamant, the yielding overcome the forceful. Everyone knows this, but no one can do it.
To lead people walk behind them.
If you would take, you must first give, this is the beginning of intelligence.
Manifest plainness, embrace simplicity, reduce selfishness, have few desires.
The snow goose need not bathe to make itself white. Neither need you do anything but be yourself.
Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don't resist them -- that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.
Without stirring abroad, one can know the whole world; Without looking out of the window one can see the way of heaven. The further one goes the less one knows.
As you think, so shall you become.
Notice that the stiffest tree is most easily cracked, while the bamboo or willow survives by bending with the wind.
I am learning to understand rather than immediately judge or to be judged. I cannot blindly follow the crowd and accept their approach. I will not allow myself to indulge in the usual manipulating game of role creation. Fortunately for me, my self-knowledge has transcended that and I have come to understand that life is best to be lived and not to be conceptualized. I am happy because I am growing daily and I am honestly not knowing where the limit lies. To be certain, every day there can be a revelation or a new discovery. I treasure the memory of the past misfortunes. It has added more to my bank of fortitude.
It's not the daily increase but daily decrease. Hack away at the unessential.
I'm not in this world to live up to your expectations and you're not in this world to live up to mine.
We cannot banish dangers, but we can banish fears. We must not demean life by standing in awe of death.
A committee is a cul-de-sac down which ideas are lured and then quietly strangled.
To love someone deeply gives you strength. Being loved by someone deeply gives you courage.
To realize that you do not understand is a virtue; Not to realize that you do not understand is a defect.
Technological progress is like an ax in the hands of a pathological criminal.
Creating a new theory is not like destroying an old barn and erecting a skyscraper in its place. It is rather like climbing a mountain, gaining new and wider views, discovering unexpected connections between our starting points and its rich environment. But the point from which we started out still exists and can be seen, although it appears smaller and forms a tiny part of our broad view gained by the mastery of the obstacles on our adventurous way up.
We shall require a substantially new manner of thinking if mankind is to survive.
When a man sits with a pretty girl for an hour, it seems like a minute. But let him sit on a hot stove for a minute -- then it's longer than any hour. That's relativity!
Whoever undertakes to set himself up as judge in the field of truth and knowledge is shipwrecked by the laughter of the Gods.
It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.
All meaningful and lasting change starts first in your imagination and then works its way out. Imagination is more important than knowledge.
Nothing that I can do will change the structure of the universe. But maybe, by raising my voice I can help the greatest of all causes -- goodwill among men and peace on earth.
The most important human endeavor is the striving for morality in our actions. Our inner balance and even our very existence depend on it. Only morality in our actions can give beauty and dignity to life.
When you examine the lives of the most influential people who have ever walked among us, you discover one thread that winds through them all. They have been aligned first with their spiritual nature and only then with their physical selves.
God always takes the simplest way.
Things should be made as simple as possible, but not any simpler.
Anyone who doesn't take truth seriously in small matters cannot be trusted in large ones either.
The pursuit of truth and beauty is a sphere of activity in which we are permitted to remain children all our lives.
Failure does not count. If you accept this, you'll be successful. What causes most people to fail is that after one failure, they'll stop trying.
You can't know too much, but you can say too much.
The sun, the moon and the stars would have disappeared long ago had they happened to be within the reach of predatory human hands.
He who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe is as good as dead; his eyes are closed.
The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery everyday. Never lose a holy curiosity.
The ideas that have lighted my way and, time after time, have given me new courage to face life cheerfully have been Kindness, Beauty, and Truth.
The distinctions separating the social classes are false; in the last analysis they rest on force.
To understand the world one must not be worrying about one's self.
One need only think of the weather, in which case the prediction even for a few days ahead is impossible.
I do not know with what weapons World War 3 will be fought, but World War 4 will be fought with sticks and stones.
Try not to become a man of success but rather try to become a man of value.
The most incomprehensible thing about the world is that it is comprehensible.
Formal symbolic representation of qualitative entities is doomed to its rightful place of minor significance in a world where flowers and beautiful women abound.
If we knew what we were doing it wouldn't be research.
When you are courting a nice girl an hour seems like a second. When you sit on a red-hot cinder a second seems like an hour. That's relativity.
The only real valuable thing is intuition.
The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.
If men as individuals surrender to the call of their elementary instincts, avoiding pain and seeking satisfaction only for their own selves, the result for them all taken together must be a state of insecurity, of fear, and of promiscuous misery.
Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.
Few are those who see with their own eyes and feel with their own hearts.
Many times a day I realize how much my own life is built on the labors of my fellowmen, and how earnestly I must exert myself in order to give in return as much as I have received.
To know what is impenetrable to us really exists, manifesting itself as the highest wisdom and the most radiant beauty... this knowledge, this feeling is at the center of true religiousness.
All progress is precarious, and the solution of one problem brings us face to face with another problem.
A hundred times every day I remind myself that my inner and outer life are based on the labors of other men, living and dead, and that I must exert myself in order to give in the same measure as I have received and am still receiving.
Knowledge of what is does not open the door directly to what should be.
The difference between what the most and the least learned people know is inexpressibly trivial in relation to that which is unknown.
The only way to escape the personal corruption of praise is to go on working.
Possessions, outward success, publicity, luxury -- to me these have always been contemptible. I assume that a simple and unassuming manner of life is best for everyone, best for both the body and the mind
We all try to escape pain and death, while we seek what is pleasant.
Few people are capable of expressing with equanimity opinions which differ from the prejudices of their social environment. Most people are even incapable of forming such opinions.
Many of the things you can count, don't count. Many of the things you can't count, really count.
There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.
When I examine myself and my methods of thought, I come to the conclusion that the gift of fantasy has meant more to me than my talent for absorbing positive knowledge.
The ideals which have always shone before me and filled me with the joy of living are goodness, beauty, and truth.
Problems cannot be solved at the same level of awareness that created them.
Short lived pleasure is the parent of pain.
Conscience is the window of our spirit, evil is the curtain.
It requires more courage to suffer than to die.
I want you to be everything that's you, deep at the center of your being.
I'm not afraid of storms, for I'm learning to sail my ship.
Men must live and create. Live to the point of tears.
Once we accept our limits, we go beyond them.
At the innermost core of all loneliness is a deep and powerful yearning for union with one's lost self.
The eternal quest of the human being is to shatter his loneliness.
Language has created the word loneliness to express the pain of being alone, and the word solitude to express the glory of being alone.
When any real progress is made, we unlearn and learn anew what we thought we knew before.
Still curious and willing to learn, I hope.
Every adventure requires a first step.
The uninformed must improve their deficit, or die.
Only a few find the way, some don't recognize it when they do - some... don't ever want to.
The proper order of things is often a mystery to me. You, too?
The more I see the less I know for sure.
The basic thing nobody asks is why do people take drugs of any sort? Why do we have these accessories to normal living to live? I mean, is there something wrong with society that's making us so pressurized, that we cannot live without guarding ourselves against it?
Success is like a fart -- only your own smells nice.
Success is sweet and sweeter if long delayed and gotten through many struggles and defeats.
The books that the world calls immoral are the books that show the world its own shame.
Be the change you want to see in the world.
I'm aiming by the time I'm fifty to stop being an adolescent.
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
Lord, let me live until I die.
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.