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It is the going out from oneself that is love and not the accident of its return. It is the expedition, whether it fail or succeed. H. G. Wells (1866)

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Unless he attains inner unity man can have no "I", can have no will. The concept of "will" in relation to a man who has not attained inner unity is entirely artificial. The whole of life is composed of small things which we continually obey and serve. Our "I" continually changes as in a kaleidoscope. Every external event which strikes us, every suddenly aroused emotion, becomes caliph for an hour, begins to build and govern, and is, in its turn, as unexpectedly deposed and replaced by something else. And the inner consciousness, without attempting to disperse the illusory designs created by the shaking of the kaleidoscope and without understanding that in reality the power that decides and acts is not itself, endorses everything and says about these moments of life in which different external forces are at work, "This is I, this is I." P. D. Ouspensky (1878)

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Energy is spent chiefly on unnecessary and unpleasant emotions, on the expectation of unpleasant things, possible and impossible, on bad moods, on unnecessary haste, nervousness, irritability, imagination, day-dreaming, and so on. Energy is wasted on the wrong work of centers, on unnecessary tension of the muscles out of all proportion to the work produced, on perpetual chatter which absorbs an enormous amount of energy, on the "interest" continually taken in things happening around us or to other people and having in fact no interest whatever, on the constant waste of the force of "attention," and so on, and so on. P. D. Ouspensky (1878)

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Being overly concerned with your faults is worse for your spiritual condition than the fault itself. Jeanne Guyon (1647)

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The mercy of God has no limits, nothing is too great for it. That is the reason why anyone who despairs of it is the author of his own death. John Climacus (525)

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Once upon a time there was a Greek philosopher who told one of his disciples to give money to anyone who insulted him, for three years. At the end of this period of testing the master said to him, 'Now you may go to Athens to learn wisdom.' Entering Athens the disciple met a wise man who was sitting by the city gate insulting all the passers-by. He did the same to the disciple who immediately burst out laughing. 'Why do you laugh when I insult you?' demanded the wise man. 'Because for three years I have been giving money to those who insulted me, and now you are doing it for nothing.' "Come into the city; it belongs to you", replied the wise man. Abba John who was in the habit of recounting this story would add: "That is the gateway to God." Desert Fathers (400)

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It was the very essence of Gurdjieff's teaching that the pupil must stand on his own feet and he took every measure, sometimes apparently harsh and brutal, to break down any tendency towards dependence upon himself. He would go to the length of depriving himself of much-needed helpers in his work rather than allow a relationship of dependence, or subordination. At the same time, he took for granted that a teacher is necessary and made it clear why this is so. No man can work alone until he knows himself, and no one can know himself until he can be separate from his own egoism. The teacher is always needed to apply the knife, to sever the true from the false, but he can never work for his pupil, nor understand for him, nor be for him. We must work, and understand, and be, for ourselves. J. G. Bennett (1897)

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What we do during our working hours determines what we have; what we do in our leisure hours determines what we are. George Eastman (1854)

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It is said that if Noah's Ark had had to be built by a company, they would not have laid the keel yet; and it may be so. What is many men's business is nobody's business. The greatest things are accomplished by individuals. Charles Spurgeon (1834)

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Men make little effort to exercise their intellect, or they imagine they possess knowledge before they really learn, the consequence being that they never begin to have knowledge. Origen (185)

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When he tries to extend his power over objects
Those objects gain control of him.
He who is controlled by objects
Loses possession of his inner self:
If he no longer values himself,
How can he value others?
If he no longer values others,
He is abandoned.
He has nothing left
Chuang Tzu (399 B.C.E.)

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The world is not a collection of separate objects but rather appears as a web of relations between the various parts of a unified whole. Fritjof Capra (1939)

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Everything I say must be understood not as an affirmation but as a question. Neils Bohr (1885)

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The crosses which we make for ourselves by over- anxiety as to the future are not Heaven-sent crosses. We tempt God by our false wisdom, seeking to forestall His arrangements, and struggling to supplement His Providence by our own provisions
The crosses actually laid upon us always bring their own special grace and consequent comfort with them; we see the Hand of God when It is laid upon us. But the crosses wrought by anxious foreboding are altogether beyond God's dispensations.
Francois Fenelon (1651)

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The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the same mind at the same time. F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896)

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Bring all of yourself to his door; bring only a part, and you've brought nothing at all. Hakim Sanai (1080)

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In a Dark time, the Eye Begins to See. Theodore Roethke (1908)

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In this patient, though uncheered obedience, we become prepared for light. The soul gathers force. William E. Channing (1780)

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Many think that dying to themselves is what causes them so much pain. But it is actually part of them that still lives that causes the problem. Death is only painful to you when you resist it. Your imagination exaggerates how bad death will be. Self-love fights with all of its strength to live. Die inwardly as well as outwardly. Let all that is not born of God within you die. Francois Fenelon (1651)

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Die before ye die! Jalal Al Din Rumi (1207)

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To be nothing is the precondition of being. Jalal Al Din Rumi (1207)

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It is the prerogative of man's spiritual nature that he can yield himself up to a thought and will that are infinitely larger than his own. Edward Caird (1835)

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To realize that you have not got something and that you need it, this is real asking. Dr. Maurice Nicoll (1884)

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It is useless for the "self" to try to "purify itself," or for the "self" to "make a place in itself" for God. Dr. Suzuki (1936)

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Exercise yourself unceasingly in mystical contemplation; abandon feelings; renounce intellectual activities; reject all that belongs to the perceptible and the intelligible; strip yourself totally of non-being and being and lift yourself as far as you are able to the point of being united in unknowing with him who is beyond all being and all knowledge. For it is by passing beyond everything yourself included, irresistibly and completely, that you will be exalted in pure ecstasy right up to the dark splendour of the divine Superessence, after having abandoned all, and stripped yourself of everything. Dionysius, Arepagite

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"The only way to avoid death is not to be born in the first place. In death there is union with the Beloved. The real skill is to reach the secret of death before dying. "

- John Algeo

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- American Indian

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- Anthony De Mello

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- Lao Tse

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