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What is the hardest task in the world? To think. Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803)

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You must find out what happens when the impossible wish for change meets the intractable self. Guy Finley (1949)

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Time present and time past are both perhaps present in time future. And time future contained in time past. T. S. Eliot (1888)

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If there are phenomena, the reality of which we cannot deny but which cannot be fitted into our accepted conceptual framework, then something is wrong with that framework and we must look for another. George Gurdjieff (1866)

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But by never coming to an end it seems to make some attempt at rivialing that which it can never fully realize in its being. Anicius Manilius Severinus Boethius (525 B.C.E.)

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All the efforts of the human mind cannot exhaust the essence of a single fly. Thomas Aquinas (1225)

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Very religious people always shock slightly religious people by their blasphemous attitude to religion; and it was precisely for blasphemy that Jesus was crucified. R. G. Collingwood (1889)

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Set aside all reflection, for you will find it hard to reason about how God leads you. If you are determined to pursue reasoning you may become very good at it and convince yourself to follow your own way. Or worse, you will reason that you are following God. Jeanne Guyon (1647)

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On Reincarnation: Ego reincarnates with each thought but dies between them -- here lies secret power of being still. Anonymous

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During the gap -- infinitesimal though it be -- between two thoughts, the ego vanishes. Hence it may truly be said that with each thought it reincarnates anew. There is no real need to wait for the series of long-lived births to be passed through before liberation can be achieved. The series of momentary births also offers this opportunity, provided a man knows how to use it. Paul Brunton (1898)

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And we see that with all our imagined unworthiness and fear, with all our doubt and desire, it's hard to be loving all the time. But it's harder not be loving. Stephen Levine (1937)

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Doubt brings about lasting understanding; doubt is not an end in itself. What is true is revealed only through doubt, through questioning the many illusions, traditional values and ideals. J. Krishnamurti (1895)

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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 (604 B.C.E.)

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The first step to self-knowledge is self-distrust. Nor can we attain to any kind of knowledge, except by a like process. Diogenes (415)

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To know means to know all. Not to know all means not to know. In order to know all, it is only necessary to know a little. But in order to know this little, it is first necessary to know pretty much. George Gurdjieff (1866)

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A man must relate himself to new forces, coming from that which he has not realized, through seeing things differently, through touching ideas that have transforming power and that can only be proved by his own experience of them and never evidentially, by an appeal to the outer world of the sense. Dr. Maurice Nicoll (1884)

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No need to wait until we die!
There's more to want here than money
and being famous and bites of roasted meat.
Jalal Al Din Rumi (1207)

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When we first seek the truth, we think we are far from it. When we discover that the truth is already in us, we are all at once our original self. If we watch the shore from a boat, it seems that the shore is moving. But when we watch the boat directly, we know it is the boat that is moving. If we look at the world with a deluded body and mind, we will think that our self is permanent. But if we practice correctly and return to our true self, we will realize that nothing is permanent. Dogen (1200)

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From all these discoveries, each of which plunges him a little deeper into the ocean of energy, the mystic derives an unalloyed delight, and his thirst for them is unquenchable. Pierre Teilhard De Chardin (1881)

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All the doors that lead inward to the secret place of the most high are doors outward; out of self -- out of smallness -- out of wrong. George MacDonald (1824)

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If you don't believe in ghosts, you have never been to a family reunion! A. Brilliant (1934)

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Every further stage of ourselves is within us, above us. Below us lies what we are already, what we have done before. Below us, behind us, is the passive surrender to things, the inertia of the past, the habits of years, and the passive, sensual mind -- the mind of the senses -- with its sole belief in appearances and passing time. At any point in our lives we are thus between two opposing forces: the force of the realized and the force of the unrealized, what we are and have been, and what we may be. And what we may be is already there, as unhappy feeling, as incompleteness. Dr. Maurice Nicoll (1884)

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We would be quite surprised if we knew what the soul sometimes says to God, who seems to take such great pleasure in these conversations that He permits the soul complete freedom, provided that it wishes to remain always with Him and rely on Him. And, as though He were afraid that the soul might return to created things, God takes care to supply it so well with all that it can desire that over and over it finds deep within itself a source of nourishment that is very savory and delicious to its taste, although it never desired it or procured it in any way, and without its having contributed anything on its part other than its consent. Brother Lawrence (1611)

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There is no rest in this work: the highest serves most lovingly; the wisest listens best; the one who has seen gives his whole life to help others to see. This is the divine way. Mother Meera (1960)

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A human being is a part of the whole, called by us the Universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest- a kind of optical delusion of his 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 circles of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty Albert Einstein (1879)

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