"The finding of God is the coming to one's own self."
"Dying's part of the wheel, right there next to being born.... Being part of the whole thing, that's the blessing."
"Learning is finding out what you already know. Doing is demonstrating that you know it. Teaching is reminding others that they know it just as well as you. You are all learners, doers, teachers."
"What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls a butterfly."
"The simplest questions are the most profound. Where were you born? Where is your home? Where are you going? What are you doing? Think about these once in a while and watch your answers change."
"A synonym is a word you use when you can't spell the word you first thought of. "
"Knowledge itself is power."
"Here is a test to see if your mission on earth is finished. If you are alive, it isn't."
"If a man be gracious and courteous to strangers, it shows he is a citizen of the world, and that his heart is no island, cut off from other lands, but a continent that joins to them."
"They are ill discoverers that think there is no land, when they can see nothing but sea."
"The desire of power in excess caused the angels to fall; the desire of knowledge in excess caused man to fall."
"A wise man will take more opportunities than he finds."
"If we are to achieve results never before accomplished, we must expect to employ methods never before attempted."
"Wonder is the basis of worship."
"It is a miserable state of mind to have few things to desire and many things to fear."
"The greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do."
"Only those who have felt the knife can understand the wound, only the jeweller knows the nature of the jewel."
"Sometimes I would almost rather have people take away years of my life than take away a moment."
"The world is round and the place which may seem like the end may also be the beginning."
"Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world."
"The farther you enter into the truth, the deeper it is."
"Searching for words, hunting for phrases, when will it end? Esteeming knowledge and gathering information only maddens the spirit. Just entrust yourself to your own nature, empty and illuminating- beyond this, I have nothing to teach."
"Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending."
"Vision without action is merely a dream. Action without vision just passes time. Vision with action can change the world. A true leader must first see an idea as opportunity, then choose to act upon it."
"Longing becomes more poignant if in the distance you can't tell whether your friend is going away or coming back. The pushing away pulls you in."
"I think we all have a core that's ecstatic, that knows and that looks up in wonder. We all know that there are marvelous moments of eternity that just happen. We know them."
J. M. Barrie
"I'm not young enough to know everything."
"Dreams do come true, if we only wish hard enough, You can have anything in life if you will sacrifice everything else for it."
"Learn how to listen as things speak for themselves."
"How I long to see among the morning flowers the face of God."
"To have nothing in mind is noble. To have no skill and no knowledge is supreme. No abiding, no hermitage, comes next."
"Nothing's worth noting that is not seen with fresh eyes."
"The skylark sings all day, and day is too short."
"Dying cricket, his song so full of life."
"A tree is known by its fruit; a man by his deeds. A good deed is never lost; he who sows courtesy reaps friendship, and he who plants kindness gathers love."
"We cannot choose whether to engage with the world, only how to."
"Awakening is the purpose that enfolds all purposes."
Orlando A. Battista
"An error doesn't become a mistake until you refuse to correct it."
Thomas Haynes Bayly
"Absence makes the heart grow fonder."
"Travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living."
"We should have no regrets. The past is finished. There is nothing to be gained by going over it. Whatever it gave us in the experiences it brought us was something we had to know."
Simone de Beauvoir
"Society cares about the individual only insofar as he is profitable."
"Existence must be asserted in the present if one does not want all life to be defined as an escape toward nothingness."
"I wish that every human life might be pure transparent freedom."
Charlotte Joko Beck
"You cannot avoid paradise. You can only avoid seeking it."
"To enjoy the world without judgment is what a realized life is like."
"Enlightenment is not something you achieve. It is the absence of something. All your life you have been going forward after something, pursuing some goal. Enlightenment is dropping all that."
"Nothing is more real than nothing."
Henry Ward Beecher
"It is not what we read, but what we remember that makes us learned. It is not what we intend but what we do that makes us useful. And, it is not a few faint wishes but a lifelong struggle that makes us valiant."
"No man can tell whether he is rich or poor by turning to his ledger. It is the heart that makes a man rich. He is rich or poor according to what he is, not according to what he has."
"It is the heart that makes a man rich. He is rich according to what he is, not according to what he has."
"Our best success comes after our greatest disappointments."
Ludwig Van Beethoven
"Never shall I forget the time I spent with you. Please continue to be my friend, as you will always find me yours."
"The fragrance always stays in the hand that gives the rose."
"When the striving ceases, there is life waiting as a gift."
"With the power of conviction, there is no sacrifice."
William John Bennett
"Sometimes we need to remind ourselves that thankfulness is indeed a virtue."
"It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light."
"A kiss is a lovely trick designed by nature to stop speech when words become superfluous."
"If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door."
"Time is a great teacher, but unfortunately it kills all its pupils."
"You owe it to everyone (including yourself) to find pockets of tranquility in your busy world."
"Man can learn nothing except by going from the known to the unknown."
"The cloud is free only to go with the wind. The rain is free only in falling."
"To go in the dark with a light is to know the light. To know the dark, go dark."
"Don't drink by the water's edge. Throw yourself in. Become the water. Only then will your thirst end."
"Life is raw material. We are artisans. We can sculpt our existence into something beautiful, or debase it into ugliness. It's in our hands."
"At a given moment I open my eyes and exist. And before that, during all eternity, what was there? Nothing."
"Your own soul is nourished when you are kind; it is destroyed when you are cruel."
"Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrong doing, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things."
"All rivers run into the sea, yet the sea is not full."
"The weak have one weapon: the errors of those who think they are strong."
"The thing we tell of can never be found by seeking, yet only seekers find it."
"In the end, inspiration is everything."
"To see the world in a grain of sand, And a heaven in a wild flower; Hold infinity in the palm of your hand, And eternity in an hour."
"If the doors of perception were cleansed, everything would appear to man as it is, infinite."
"To generalize is to be an idiot."
"If others had not been foolish, we should be so."
"One thought fills immensity."
"You never know what is enough unless you know what is more than enough."
"As a man is, so he sees."
"A fool sees not the same tree that a wise man sees."
R. H. Blyth
"Perfect does not mean perfect actions in a perfect world, but appropriate actions in an imperfect one."
"Art is frozen Zen."
"We that change, hate change. And we that pass, love what abides. Ashes, darkness, dust."
"Zen is poetry; poetry is Zen."
"The establishment of inner harmony is to be attained neither in the past nor in the future, but where the past and future meet, which is the now. When you have attained that point, neither future nor past, neither birth nor death, neither time nor space exist. It is that NOW which is liberation, which is perfect harmony, to which the men of the past and the men of the future must come."
"All know the way, few actually walk it."
"An expert is a man who has made all the mistakes which can be made, in a narrow field."
"A great truth is a truth whose opposite is also a great truth."
"The opposite of a correct statement is a false statement. But the opposite of a profound truth may well be another profound truth."
"Predictions are hard, especially about the future."
"No, no, you're not thinking, you're just being logical."
Sarah Knowles Bolton
"Be glad today. Tomorrow may bring tears. Be brave today. The darkest night will pass. And golden rays will usher in the dawn."
"Truth alone wounds."
Edward de Bono
Louis E. Boone
"Don't fear failure so much that you refuse to try new things. The saddest summary of a life contains three descriptions: could have, might have, and should have."
"Life is painful, suffering is optional."
"Don't just do something. Sit there."
Jorge Luis Borges
"Any life, no matter how long and complex it may be, is made up of a single moment- the moment in which a man finds out once and for all who he is."
"I cannot walk through the suburbs in the solitude of night without thinking that the night pleases because it suppresses idle details, just as our memory does."
"A frontier is never a place; it is a time and a way of life."
"The question is not whether we will die, but how we will live."
John Christian Bovee
"A sound discretion is not so much indicated by never making a mistake, as by never repeating it."
"A failure establishes only this, that our determination to succeed was not strong enough."
"We are an impossibility in an impossible universe."
"The first thing you learn in life is you're a fool. The last thing you learn is you're the same fool. Sometimes I think I understand everything. Then I regain consciousness."
"Bravery is the capacity to perform properly even when scared half to death."
"To define a thing is to substitute the definition for the thing itself."
"Always behave like a duck - keep calm and unruffled on the surface but paddle like the devil underneath."
"Count no day lost in which you waited your turn, took only your share, and sought advantage over no one."
"Everyone chases after happiness, not noticing that happiness is at their heels."
"There are words which sever hearts more than sharp swords; there are words the point of which sting the heart through the course of a whole life. "
"Genuine beginnings begin within us, even when they are brought to our attention by external opportunities."
"Let's dare to be ourselves, for we do that better than anyone else."
"No one's death comes to pass without making some impression, and those close to the deceased inherit part of the liberated soul and become richer in their humanness."
"The world can only be grasped by action, not by contemplation. The hand is more important than the eye... The hand is the cutting edge of the mind."
"If we would build on a sure foundation in friendship, we must love our friends for their sakes rather than for our own."
"Let's have a merry journey, and shout about how light is good and dark is not. What we should do is not future ourselves so much. We should now ourselves more. 'Now thyself' is more important than 'Know thyself.' Reason is what tells us to ignore the present and live in the future. So all we do is make plans. We think that sometwhere there are going to be green pastures. It's crazy. Heaven is nothing but a grand, monumental instance of the future. Listen, now is good. Now is wonderful."
"Be such a man, and live such a life, that if every man were such as you, and every life like yours, this earth would be a God's Paradise."
"You don't always get what you ask for, but you never get what you don't ask for... unless it's contagious!"
Helen Gurley Brown
"My success was not based so much on any great intelligence but on great common sense."
"Sometimes the highest form of action is inaction."
John Mason Brown
"The only true happiness comes from squandering ourselves for a purpose."
"Other people's opinion of you does not have to become your reality."
"If you don't stand up for something, you may fall for anything."
"Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears."
Rita Mae Brown
"About all you can do in life is be who you are. Some people will love you for you. Most will love you for what you can do for them, and some won't like you at all."
Sir Thomas Browne
"Be able to be alone. Lose not the advantage of solitude."
"A minute's success pays the failure of years."
"Our reach should exceed our grasp, or what's a heaven for?"
"We find great things are made of little things, and little things go lessening till at last comes God behind them."
"It is best to be yourself, imperial, plain and true."
"There are times when silence has the loudest voice."
Jean De La Bruyere
"Out of difficulties grow miracles."
"A person's worth in this world is estimated according to the value they put on themselves."
"Play is the exultation of the possible."
Robert Williams Buchanan
"Believing hath a core of unbelieving."
Pearl S. Buck
"All things are possible until they are proved impossible - and even the impossible may only be so, as of now."
"The less you have, the less you have to worry about."
"The man who foolishly does me wrong, I will return to him the protection of my most ungrudging love; and the more evil comes from him, the more good shall go from me."
"The mind precedes all things, the mind dominates all things, the mind creates all things."
"He who never thinks of anything as 'mine' does not feel the lack of anything: he is never worried by a sense of loss."
"Let yourself be open and life will be easier. A spoon of salt in a glass of water makes the water undrinkable. A spoon of salt in a lake is almost unnoticed."
"Explanation of the unspeakable cannot be finished."
"The seeker is that which is being sought."
"Be a lamp to yourself. Be your own confidence. Hold to the truth within yourself, as to the only truth."
"If you do not follow the right path, you will be lost."
"Overcoming yourself is better than overcoming a million enemies in battle."
"Work out your own salvation. Do not depend on others."
"When one has the feeling of dislike for evil, when one feels tranquil, one finds pleasure in listening to good teachings; when one has these feelings and appreciates them, one is free of fear."
"It is our very search for perfection outside of ourselves that causes our suffering."
"One moment, ten thousand years. Ten thousand years, one moment."
"We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thought. With our thoughts, we make our world."
"Everything is burning. The eye is burning and visible sights are burning. The ears and the sounds they hear are burning, the nose, the tongue, the body, the mind. With what fires are they burning? With the fires of greed, of hate, of ignorance, burning with anxiety, jealousy, loss, decay and grief. Considering this suffering, a follower of the way becomes weary of the fires, weary of the greed and hate that fuel the grasping at sights, sounds, smells, tastes, body or mind. Being weary, one divests oneself of this grasping and by the absence of this grasping one becomes free."
"Like the moon, come out from behind the clouds! Shine."
"Stop, stop. Do not speak. The ultimate truth is not even to think."
"Truth is always truth, untruth is always untruth. This is what matters, this is right desire."
"When words are both true and kind, they can change our world."
"Believe nothing, no matter where you read it or who has said it, not even if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense."
"In the end, only three things matter: how much you loved, how gently you lived, and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you."
"Who can untangle the tangle of this world?"
"Genius might be the ability to say a profound thing in a simple way."
"Die while you're alive and be absolutely dead. Then do whatever you want: it's all good."
"I am content with what I have, be it little, or much."
"Failure does not count. If you accept this, you'll be successful. What causes most people to fail is that after one failure, they'll stop trying."
"Nobody makes a greater mistake than he who does nothing because he could only do a little."
"We must all obey the great law of change. It is the most powerful law of nature."
"Only I can change my life. No one can do it for me."
"Curiosity about life in all of its aspects, I think, is still the secret of great creative people."
"Suspense is worse than disappointment."
"The lesson which life repeats and constantly enforces is 'look under foot.' Every place is under the stars, every place is the center of the world."
"Nature teaches more than she preaches. There are no sermons in stones. It is easier to get a spark out of a stone than a moral."
"To find universal elements enough; to find the air and the water exhilarating; to be refreshed by a morning walk or an evening saunter... to be thrilled by the stars at night; to be elated over a bird's nest or a wildflower in spring- these are some of the rewards of the simple life."
"A blow with a word strikes deeper than a blow with a sword."
"Your talent is God's gift to you. What you do with it is your gift back to God."
"Why do some people always see beautiful skies and grass and lovely flowers and incredible human beings, while others are hard-pressed to find anything or any place that is beautiful?"
"Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around."
"Love is life. And if you miss love, you miss life."
"What you want to acquire, you should dare to acquire by any means. What you want to see, even though it is with difficulty, you should see. You should not let it pass, thinking there will be another chance to see it or acquire it. It is quite unusual to have a second chance to materialize your desire."
"I came to the flowers; I slept beneath them; this was my leisure."
Edward B. Butler
"One man has enthusiasm for 30 minutes, another for 30 days, but it is the man who has it for 30 years who makes a success of his life."
"The one serious conviction that a man should have is that nothing is to be taken too seriously."
"Praise, like gold and diamonds, owes its value only to its scarcity."
"To do great work a man must be very idle as well as very industrious."
"More important than learning how to recall things is finding ways to forget things that are cluttering the mind."
"You will never find time for anything. If you want time you must make it."
Richard E. Byrd
"Give wind and tide a chance to change."
"Sometimes it's a form of love just to talk to somebody that you have nothing in common with and still be fascinated by their presence."
"But words are things, and a small drop of ink, falling like dew, upon a thought, produces that which makes thousands, perhaps millions, think."
"Adversity is the first path to truth."