Leonardo Da Vinci
"Patience serves as a protection against wrongs as clothes do against cold. For if you put on more clothes as the cold increases, it will have no power to hurt you. So in like manner you must grow in patience when you meet with great wrongs, and they will be powerless to vex your mind."
"Three Classes: Those who see. Those who see when they are shown. Those who do not see."
"As a well spent day brings happy sleep, so life well used brings happy death."
"Once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return."
"Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication."
"A little nonsense now and then is cherished by the wisest men."
"It takes a long time to understand nothing."
"The only difference between me and a madman is that I'm not mad."
"Have no fear of perfection. You'll never reach it."
"I am made of God, through his Grace. Such that your misery touches me not, Nor does flame of that burning assail me."
"Nature is the art of God."
"There is no greater pain than to remember, in our present grief, past happiness."
"A backward glance can often lift the heart."
"A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life."
"It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change."
"The spiritual journey is individual, highly personal. It can't be organized or regulated. It isn't true that everybody should follow one path. Listen to your own truth."
"The quieter you become, the more you can hear."
"When you know how to listen, everyone is the guru."
"You cannot stay on the summit forever. You have to climb down again... One climbs and one sees; one descends and one sees no longer, but one has seen. There is an art of conducting oneself... by the memory of what one saw higher up. When one no longer sees, one can at least still know."
"For millennia mankind has believed that nothing can come out of nothing. Today we can argue that everything has come out of nothing. Nobody has to pay for the universe. It is the ultimate free lunch."
"I shut my eyes in order to see."
"Don't play what's there, play what's not there."
"Dream as if you'll live forever. Live as if you'll die tomorrow."
"I can't change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination."
"The most divine knowledge of God is that which is known by not knowing."
Esther Warner Dendel
"It takes a certain maturity of mind to accept that nature works as steadily in rust as in roses."
"I forgive myself for having believed for so long that... I was never good enough to have, get, be what I wanted."
"Each problem that I solved became a rule which served afterwards to solve other problems."
"To do is to be."
"I think, therefore I am."
"If you would be a real seeker after truth, it is necessary that at least once in your life you doubt, as far as possible, all things."
"In order to improve the mind, we ought less to learn than to contemplate."
"If you are not happy here and now, you never will be."
"Terrible or not, difficult or not, the only thing that is beautiful, noble, religious, and mystical is to be happy."
Nicholas Boileau Despreaux
"Who is content with nothing possesses all things."
"Change happens in the boiler room of our emotions... so find out how to light their fires."
"Have a heart that never hardens, a temper that never tries, and a touch that never hurts."
"Reflect upon your blessings, of which every man has many - not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some."
"Nature gives to every time and season some beauties of its own."
"The whole difference between construction and creation is this; that a thing constructed can only be loved after it is constructed; but a thing created is loved before it exists."
"If I can stop one heart from breaking, I shall not live in vain."
"The truth dazzles gradually, or else the world would be blind."
"Forever is composed of nows."
"To live is so startling it leaves little time for anything else."
"Unable are the loved to die, for love is immortality."
"We turn not older with years, but newer every day."
"The mere sense of living is joy enough."
"Only passions, great passions can elevate the soul to great things."
"Wandering in a vast forest at night, I have only a faint light to guide me. A stranger appears and says to me: 'My friend, you should blow out your candle in order to find your way more clearly.'"
"How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives."
"Cleaning your house while your kids are still growing is like shoveling the walk before it stops snowing."
"We are more curious about the meaning of dreams than about things we see when awake."
"In the end, we conserve only what we love, we will love only what we understand, and we will understand only what we are taught."
"All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them."
"One of the hardest things in this world is to admit you are wrong. And nothing is more helpful in resolving a situation than its frank admission."
"Never apologize for showing feeling. When you do so, you apologize for the truth."
"The greatest good you can do for another is not just to share your riches, but to reveal to him his own."
"Man is only truly great when he acts from his passions."
E. L. Doctorow
"Writing a novel is like driving a car at night. You can see as far as your headlights, but you can make the entire journey that way."
"A flower falls, even though we love it; and a weed grows, even though we do not love it."
"When the old plum tree blooms, the entire world blooms."
"Do not travel far to other dusty lands, forsaking your own sitting place; if you cannot find the truth where you are now, you will never find it."
"Clearly I know, the mind is mountains, rivers, and the great earth; sun, moon, and stars."
"Cease from practice based on intellectual understanding, pursuing words, and following after speech, and learn the backward step that turns your light inward to illuminate your self. Body and mind of themselves will drop away, and your original face will be manifest."
"Since it is the practice of enlightenment, that practice has no beginning and since it is enlightenment within the practice, that realization has no end."
"A fish swims in the ocean, and no matter how far it swims there is no end to the water. A bird flies in the sky, and no matter how far it flies there is no end to the air. However the fish and the bird have never left their elements. Thus each of them totally covers its full range, and each of them totally experiences its realm... Know that water is life and air is life. The bird is life and the fish is life. Life must be the bird and life must be the fish... practice, enlightenment and people are like this."
"That the self advances and confirms the ten thousand things is called delusion; that the ten thousand things advance and confirm the self is called enlightenment."
"Do not think you will necessarily be aware of your own enlightenment."
"Truth is not far away. It is nearer than near. There is no need to attain it, since not one of your steps leads away from it."
"Consider that nirvana is itself no other than our life."
"When both body and mind are at peace, all things appear as they are: perfect, complete, lacking nothing."
"Why abandon a seat in your own home to wander in vain through dusty regions of another land? If you make one false step, you miss what is right before your eyes."
"Realization doesn't destroy the individual any more than the reflection of the moon breaks a drop of water. A drop of water can reflect the whole sky."
"When one first seeks the truth, one separates oneself from it."
"Thou shalt love life more than the meaning of life."
"Brothers, have no fear of men's sin. Love a man even if his sin, for that is the semblance of Divine Love and is the highest love on earth. Love all God's creation, the whole and every grain of sand in it. Love every leaf, every ray of God's light. Love the animals, love the plants, love everything. If you love everything, you will perceive it, you will begin to comprehend it better every day. And you will come at last to love the whole world with an all-embracing love."
"We do not understand that life is paradise, for it suffices only to wish to understand it, and at once paradise will appear in front of us in its beauty."
"You can tell the ideals of a nation by its advertisements."
"The minute you settle for less than you deserve, you get even less than you settled for."
Arthur Conan Doyle
"The world is full of obvious things which nobody by any chance ever observes."
"In your heart, keep one still, secret spot where dreams may go and sheltered so may thrive and grow."
"Love reckons hours for months, and days for years; and every little absence is an age."
"It's not what you see that is art, art is the gap."
"There is no solution, for there is no problem."
"Friendship consists in forgetting what one gives and remembering what one receives."
"Nothing is often a good thing to do and always a good thing to say."
"I have never waited for anything the way I've waited for today, when nothing will happen."
"Truth disappears with the telling of it."
"When you judge another, you do not define them, you define yourself."
"Loving people live in a loving world. Hostile people live in a hostile world. Same world."
"Ah but I was so much older then; I'm younger than that now."