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Here you will read the innermost thoughts and feelings of inspired seekers who have gone before you. Some names you may know… others you will be glad to meet!

One Journey Quotations

 

Our thinking machine possesses the capacity to be convinced of anything you like, provided it is repeatedly and persistently influenced in the required direction. A thing that may appear absurd to start with will in the end become rationalized, provided it is repeated sufficiently often and with sufficient conviction.

G. I. Gurdjieff (1866 – 1949)

What comfort, what strength, what economy there is in order — material order, intellectual order, moral order. To know where one is going and what one wishes — this is order; to keep one’s word and one’s engagements — again order; to have everything ready under one’s hand to be able to dispose of all one’s forces, and to have all one’s means of whatever kind under command — still order; to discipline one’s habits, one’s efforts, one’s wishes; to organize one’s life, to distribute one’s time… all this belongs to and is included in the word order. Order means light and peace, inward liberty and free command over oneself; order is power.

Henri Amiel (1821 – 1881)

Always check your inner state
with the lord of your heart.
Copper doesn’t know it’s copper,
until it’s changed to gold.

Your loving doesn’t know its majesty,
until it knows its helplessness.

If the beloved is everywhere,
the lover is a veil,
but when living itself becomes
the Friend, lovers disappear.

Jalal al-Din Rumi (1207 – 1273)

A man of intellect is like an artist who gives a concert without help from anyone else, playing on a single instrument — perhaps a piano, which is a small orchestra in itself. Such a man is a small world in himself, and the effects produced by various instruments together, he produces all by himself, in the unity of his own consciousness.

Arthur Schopenhauer (1788 – 1860)