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When the heart weeps because it has lost, the spirit laughs because it has found. Sufi Saying

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The path of sorrow, and that path alone, leads to the land where sorrow is unknown; no traveller ever reached that blessed abode who found not thorns and briers in his road. William Cowper (1731)

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Another thing that people must sacrifice is their suffering. It is very difficult also to sacrifice one's suffering. A man will renounce any pleasures you like but he will not give up his suffering. Man is made in such a way that he is never so much attached to anything as he is to his suffering. And it is necessary to be free from suffering. No one who is not free from suffering, who has not sacrificed his suffering, can work. Later on a great deal must be said about suffering. Nothing can be attained without suffering, but at the same time one must begin by sacrificing suffering. Now, decipher what this means. P. D. Ouspensky (1878)

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The friends of Job appear on the scene as advisers and "consolers," offering Job the fruits of their moral scientia. But when Job insists that his sufferings have no explanation and that he cannot discover the reason for them through conventional ethical concepts, his friends turn into accusers, and curse Job as a sinner. Thus, instead of consolers, they become torturers by virtue of their very morality, and in so doing, while claiming to be advocates of God, they act as instruments of the devil. Thomas Merton (1915)

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It would be a grave error to suppose that Buddhism and Christianity merely offer various explanations of suffering, or worse, justifications and mystifications built on this ineluctable fact. On the contrary both show that suffering remains inexplicable most of all for the man who attempts to explain it in order to evade it, or who thinks explanation itself is an escape. Suffering is not a "problem" as if it were something we could stand outside and control. Suffering as both Christianity and Buddhism see it, each in its own way, is part of our very ego-identity and empirical existence, and the only thing to do about it is to plunge right into the middle of contradiction and confusion in order to be transformed by what Zen calls the "Great Death" and Christianity calls dying and rising with Christ. Thomas Merton (1915)

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If I only knew that I had taken one single step in sincerity, I would give no value to anything else. Abu Yazid Al-Bistami (804)

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We know that when the rich man asked how he could gain eternal life the answer was: "If you will be perfect follow me." The meaning, in the Greek, is to reach one's goal. Sin meant, in the original, "missing the mark." The psychological idea emerges quite clearly when we consider the real meaning of these two words. The goal is to perfect oneself, to become complete, and sin is all that that causes one to miss the goal. Dr. Maurice Nicoll (1884)

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If he falls in this conflict, then he falls by his own hand; for physically and externally understood, I can fall by the hand of another, but spiritually there is only one who can destroy me, and that is myself. Soren Kierkegaard (1813)

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One who excels at moving the enemy deploys in a configuration to which the enemy must respond. He offers something that the enemy must seize. With profit he moves them, with the foundation he awaits them. Sun-Tzu

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Thus it is said if you know them and know yourself, your victory will not be imperiled. If you know Heaven and you know Earth, your victory can be complete. Sun-Tzu

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One who know the enemy and knows himself will not be endangered in a hundred engagements. One who does not know the enemy but knows himself will sometimes be victorious, sometimes meet with defeat. One who knows neither the enemy nor himself will invariably be defeated in every engagement. Sun-Tzu

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In antiquity those that excelled in warfare first made themselves unconquerable in order to await (the moment when) the enemy could be conquered. Being unconquerable lies with yourself; being conquerable lies with the enemy. Sun-Tzu

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Nothing in all creation is so like God as stillness. Meister Eckhart (1260)

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A little time alone in your own room will prove more valuable than anything else that could even be given to you. Jalal Al Din Rumi (1207)

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Silence is a solvent that destroys personality, and gives us leave to be great and universal. Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803)

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Let us be silent, for so are the gods. Ancient Sayings

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You are not surprised at the force of the storm, you have seen it growing...

Now you must go out into your heart as onto a vast plain. Now the immense loneliness begins...

Through the empty branches the sky remains. It is what you have.
Rainer Maria Rilke (1875)

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More than all things, love silence: it brings you a fruit that tongue cannot describe. In the beginning we have to force ourselves to be silent. But then there is born something that draws us to silence. May God give you an experience of this "something" that is born of silence. If you only practice this, untold LIGHT will dawn on you in consequence. ... After a while a certain sweetness is born in the heart of this exercise and the body is drawn almost by force to remain in silence. Isaac Of Nineveh

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Solitude, the safeguard of mediocrity, is to genius the stern friend, the cold, obscure shelter where moult the wings which will bear it farther than suns and stars. He who would inspire and lead his race must be defended from traveling with the souls of other men, from living, breathing, reading, and writing in the daily, time-worn yoke of their opinions. Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803)

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But to come to the land of love, you must pass through the pains of death, for to love persons means to die to the need for persons, and to be utterly alone. Anthony De Mello (1931)

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Eternity alone understands about compassion; if you therefore wish to learn to understand compassion, you must learn it from eternity. But if you wish to understand the eternal, then there must be quiet about you, while you absolutely center your attention on inwardness. Soren Kierkegaard (1813)

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Silence is not the absence of sound, but the absence of self. Anthony De Mello (1931)

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The most powerful prayer, one well-nigh omnipotent and the worthiest work of all, is the outcome of a quiet mind. The quieter it is the more powerful, the worthier, the deeper, the more telling and more perfect the prayer is. To the quiet mind all things are possible. What is a quiet mind? A quiet mind is one which nothing weighs or worries, which, free from ties and all self-seeking, is wholly merged into the will of God, and dead as to its own. Meister Eckhart (1260)

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Love your solitude and bear with sweet-sounding lamentation the suffering it causes you. For those who are near you are far, you say, and that shows it is beginning to grow wide about you. And when what is near you is far, then your distance is already among the stars and very large; rejoice in your growth, in which you naturally can take no one with you, and be kind to those who remain behind, and be sure and calm before them and do not torment them with your doubts and do not frighten them with your confidence or joy which they could not understand. Rainer Maria Rilke (1875)

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But if then you notice that it is great, rejoice because of this, for what (ask yourself) would solitude be that had no greatness. There is but one solitude, and that is great, and not easy to bear, and to almost everybody come hours when they would gladly exchange it for any sort of intercourse, however banal and cheap, for the semblance of some slight accord with the first comer, with the unworthiest... But perhaps those are the very hours when solitude grows, for its growing is painful as the growing of boys and sad as the beginning of spring-times. But that must not mislead you. The necessary thing is after all but this: solitude, great inner solitude. Going into oneself and for hours meeting no one -- this one must be able to attain. Rainer Maria Rilke (1875)

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