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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

 

This is the true joy of life: being used up for a purpose recognized by yourself as a might one. I am of the opinion that my life belongs to others, and as long as I live, it is my privilege to do for them whatever I can. I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work the more I live. Life is no brief candle for me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for a moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.

George Bernard Shaw (1856 – 1950)

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)