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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


If you want to awaken all of humanity, then awaken all of yourself. If you want to eliminate the suffering in the world, then eliminate all that is dark and negative in yourself. Truly, the greatest gift you have to give is that of your own self-transformation.

Lao Tzu (570 – 490 B.C.E.)

To affect a quality, and to plume yourself upon it, is just to confess that you do not have it. Whether it is courage, or learning, or intellect, or wit, or success with women, or riches, or social position, or whatever else it may be that a man boasts of, you may conclude by his boasting about it that this is precisely the direction in which he is rather weak, for if a man really possesses any faculty to the full, it will not occur to him to make a great show of affecting it; he is quite content to know that he has it.

Arthur Schopenhauer (1788 – 1860)

Men shall you find whose sorrow they themselves have created.
Wretches who see not the Good that is too near, nothing they hear;
That is the fate that blinds humanity;
In circles, hither and yon they run in endless sorrows;
For they are followed by a grim companion,
Disunion within themselves.

Pythagoras (570 – 495 B.C.E.)

When your presence flooded me with its light I hoped that within it I might find Ultimate Reality at its most tangible. But now that I have in fact laid hold on you, you who are utter consistency, and feel myself borne by you, I realize that my deepest hidden desire was not to possess you, but to be possessed.

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (1881 – 1955)