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Humility is not thinking less of yourself, but thinking of yourself less. C. S. Lewis (1898)
The harmony and happiness of man
Yields to the wealth of nations; that which lifts
His nature to the heaven of its pride,
Is bartered for the poison of his soul;
The weight that drags to earth his towering hopes, Blighting all prospect but of selfish gain,
Withering all passion but of slavish fear, Extinguishing all free and generous love
Of enterprise and daring, even the pulse
That fancy kindles in the beating heart
To mingle with sensation, it destroys, -
Leaves nothing but the sordid lust of self,
The groveling hope of interest and gold,
Unqualified, unmingled, unredeemed
Even by hypocrisy.
How vainly seek
The selfish for that happiness denied
To aught but virtue! Blind and hardened, they,
Who hope for peace amid the storms of care,
Who covet power they know not how to use,
And sigh for pleasure they refuse to give,
Madly they frustrate still their own designs;
And, where they hope that quiet to enjoy
Which virtue pictures, bitterness of soul,
Pining regrets, and vain repentances,
Disease, disgust and lassitude pervade
Their valueless and miserable lives.
Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792)
It is impossible to see anything in the real realm unless you become it. Not so in the world. You see the sun without being the sun, see the sky and earth but are not them. This is the truth of the world. In the other truth you are what you see. If you see the spirit, you are the spirit. If you look at the anointed, you are the anointed. If you see the father, you will be the father. In this world you see everything but yourself, but there, you look at yourself and are what you see. Gospel Of Philip (200)
The center of every man's existence is a dream. Death, disease, and insanity are merely material accidents, like a toothache or a twisted ankle. That these brutal forces always besiege and often capture the citadel does not prove that they are the citadel. G. K. Chesterton (1874)
Many people want to serve God, mostly in an advisory capacity. C. S. Lewis (1898)
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)
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)
All of humanity's problems stem from man's inability to sit quietly in a room alone. Blaise Pascal (1623)
If I find in myself desires which nothing in this world can satisfy, the only logical explanation is that I was made for another world. C. S. Lewis (1898)
One of the marvels of the world
is the sight of a soul sitting in prison
with the key in his hand.
Jalal Al Din Rumi (1207)
O Foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you . . . having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh? New Testament
If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading. Lao Tse (604 B.C.E.)
The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing. Edmund Burke (1729)
But when the observer is the observed - when the thinking is the experience - then there is no more thought. Jeanne De Salzmann (1889)
[God to Catherine of Siena:] "Do you know, daughter, who you are and who I am? If you know these two things you will have beatitude within your grasp. You are she who is not, and I AM HE WHO IS." Raymond Of Capua (1330)
Above all, avoid falsehood, every kind of falsehood, especially falseness to yourself. Watch over your own deceitfulness and look into it every hour, every minute. Fyodor Dostoyevsky (1821)
Man is a mystery: if you spend your entire life trying to puzzle it out, then do not say that you have wasted your time. I occupy myself with this mystery, because I want to be a man. Fyodor Dostoyevsky (1821)
The bamboo shadows
Sweep the steps
But raise no dust.
Alan Watts (1915)
Happy is he who bears within himself a god, an ideal of beauty, and obeys it; ideal of art, of science, of patriotism, of the virtues symbolized by the Gospels. These are living sources of great thoughts and great acts. All are lighted by reflection from the infinite. Louis Pasteur (1822)
Pain is God's megaphone to rouse a deaf world. C. S. Lewis (1898)
The man who lies to himself and listens to his own lie comes to such a pass that he cannot distinguish the truth within him. Fyodor Dostoyevsky (1821)
I SON OF SPIRIT!
My first counsel is this: Possess a pure, kindly and radiant heart, that thine may be a sovereignty ancient, imperishable and everlasting.
He who knows others is wise;
He who knows himself is enlightened.
Lao Tse (604 B.C.E.)
In order to become mature, in short, we must not only reject the authority of our parents - but at the same time, in order to replace them, we must kill off our fantasy selves. Only by killing this fantasy self can a man become fully mature. Unless he does so, he is still in a state of rebellion, a perpetual state of immaturity'...
Ultimately, to overcome our fantasy self is the supreme contribution that a man can make to mankind. All the fantasies that are around us, that infect the collective human organism, are in the end just one fantasy, made up of all the separate unresolved images and acts of self assertion that are fed into it form each individual fantasy-self of all the thousands of millions of human beings on earth...
Every man who asserts his ego against the general framework in any way, however small, or adds to the sum of unresolved imagery, however idly, is playing his tiny part in increasing the sum of the world's discords and miseries...
However much one wishes to change the outside world, the only thing one can change or have any control over is ultimately oneself. Which is why the greatest good any man can do to change the world is the least dramatic act of all - to withdraw his own contribution from the general sum of evil.
Christopher Booker (1937)
If you are depressed you are living in the past.
If you are anxious you are living in the future.
If you are at peace you are living in the present.
Lao Tse (604 B.C.E.)
"Give ear to my cry, Eternal Word, and answer me for I am in need of You. Awaken new life in me, as I yearn to do Your will; dispel the ignorance of my ways; as I put my trust in You. You are the Beloved, be gracious to me, Heart of my heart, for with You I would walk all day. My soul is uplifted as I abandon myself into Your hands. "- Old Testament
"The mountain veiled in mist is not a hill; an oak tree in the rain is not a weeping willow. "- Kahlil Gibran
"I said to my soul, be still, and wait without hope. For hope would be hope for the wrong thing. "- T. S. Eliot
"I was born when all I once feared, I could love. "- Rabia Of Basra
"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! "- Thomas Merton
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