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The root of all moral obligation is the obligation to become capable of morality. Jacob Needleman (1934)
When the heart weeps for what it has lost, the spirit rejoices for what it has found. Sufi Saying
The Fourth Striving: From the beginning of one's existence, to pay as quickly as possible for one's arising and individuality, in order afterward to be free to lighten as much as possible the sorrow of our Common Father. George Gurdjieff (1866)
Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another, "What! You too? I thought I was the only one." C. S. Lewis (1898)
This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
As an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they're a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.
The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
meet them at the door laughing,
and invite them in.
Be grateful for whoever comes,
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.
Jalal Al Din Rumi (1207)
Freedom is not a constant attribute which we either "have" or "have not." In fact, there is no such thing as "freedom" except as a word and an abstract concept. There is only one reality: the act of freeing ourselves in the process of making choices. In this process the degree of our capacity to make choices varies with each act, with our practice of life. Erich Fromm (1900)
Genius is eternal patience. Michelangelo (1475)
I am done with great things and big things, great institutions and big success, and I am for those tiny, invisible molecular moral forces that work from individual to individual, creeping through the crannies of the world like so many rootlets, or like the capillary oozing of water, yet which if you give them time, will rend the hardest monuments of man's pride. William James (1842)
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful , committed citizens can change the world ; indeed , it's the only thing that ever has. Margaret Mead (1901)
Along the way to knowledge, many things are accumulated... Along the way to wisdom, many things are discarded. Lao Tse (604 B.C.E.)
I've never had a sorrow that one hour's reading wouldn't allay. Montesquieu (1689)
Wander all alone, with nothing to call upon, nothing to depend on, and God, who exists, will keep his promise to you. Vernon Howard (1918)
God, the divine Principle of man, and man in God's likeness are inseparable, harmonious, and eternal......... God is the parent mind and man is God's spiritual offspring. Mary Baker Eddy (1821)
All of humanity's problems stem from man's inability to sit quietly in a room alone. Blaise Pascal (1623)
I never found a companion that was so companionable as solitude. Henry David Thoreau (1817)
To be united with the Beloved is to love all, for in all dwelleth the Beloved. J. Krishnamurti (1895)
The spiritual path wrecks the body and afterwards restores it to health.
It destroys the house to unearth the treasure, and with that treasure builds it better than before.
Jalal Al Din Rumi (1207)
Who keeps one thing in view makes all things serve. Robert Browning (1812)
More radiant than the sun, purer than the snow, subtler than the ether, is the Self, the spirit within my heart. I am that Self, that Self am I. Ancient Prayer
Because every thought enters the heart in the form of a mental image of some sensible object, the blessed light of the Divinity will illumine the heart only when it is completely empty of everything, and so free from all form. Indeed, this light reveals itself to the pure intellect in the measure to which the intellect is purged of all concepts. Philokalia (300)
Do I not destroy my enemies when I make them my friends? Abraham Lincoln (1809)
Ring the bell that still can ring.
Forget the perfect offering.
There is a crack in everything.
That's how the light gets in.
Leonard Cohen (1934)
I'm done with great things and big things, great intentions and big success, and I am all for those tiny invisible molecular moral forces that work from individual to individual, creeping through the crannies of the world like so many rootlets, or like the capillary oozing of water. Yet which, if you give them time, will rend the hardest monuments of our pride. William James (1842)
Only the descent into hell of self-knowledge can pave the way to godliness. Immanuel Kant (1724)
If most of us remain ignorant of ourselves, it's because self-knowledge is painful and we prefer the illusion of pleasure. Aldous Huxley (1894)
"Who is there who can make muddy waters clear? But if allowed to remain still, it will gradually clear itself. "- Lao Tse
"The root of all moral obligation is the obligation to become capable of morality. "- Jacob Needleman
"When the heart weeps for what it has lost, the spirit rejoices for what it has found. "- Sufi Saying
"The Fourth Striving: From the beginning of one's existence, to pay as quickly as possible for one's arising and individuality, in order afterward to be free to lighten as much as possible the sorrow of our Common Father. "- George Gurdjieff
"Give thanks for unknown blessings already on their way. "- American Indian
""Is there anything that I can do to make myself enlightened?" "As little as you can do to make the sun rise in the morning." "Then of what use are the spiritual exercises you prescribe?" "To make sure you are not asleep when the sun begins to rise." "- Anthony De Mello
"If you persist in trying to attain what is never attained (It is Tao's Gift!), If you persist in making effort to obtain what effort cannot get, If you persist in reasoning about what cannot be understood, You will be destroyed by the very thing you seek. To know when to stop, To know when you can get no further by your own action, This is the right beginning! "- Lao Tse
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