"The beginning is in the end and the end is in the beginning."
"If you have not lived through something, it is not true."
"It is the intensity of the longing that does all the work."
"All know that the drop merges into the ocean, but few know that the ocean merges into the drop."
"Only the moment counts. It determines life."
"From a certain point onward there is no longer any turning back. That is the point that must be reached."
"The future is simply infinite possibility waiting to happen. What it waits on is human imagination to crystallize its possibility."
"Of ten things you would say, leave off nine. Like a fan in winter, like a bell hung in the air, not questioning the wind from all directions- this is a characteristic of people of the Way. Just go by the principal of the teaching, don't care about the person; go by the path and do not congratulate yourself- this is the most important thing to remember."
"Therefore the mind is like the ocean water, the body is like the waves. As there are no waves without water and no water without waves, water and waves are not separate, motion and stillness not different."
"Please subdue the anguish of your soul. Nobody is destined only to happiness or to pain. The wheel of life takes me up and down by turn."
"It is enough."
"The sun is high in the sky, shining on everything. Why is it blocked by a cloud? Everyone has a shadow, with us always. Why can't you step on it? The whole world is a pit of fire. What state of mind can you attain to avoid being burned?"
"You yourself are time- your body, your mind, the objects around you. Plunge into the river of time and swim, instead of standing on the banks and noting the course of the currents."
"The important point of spiritual practice is not to try to escape your life, but to face it- exactly and completely."
"I've stopped thinking all the time of what happened yesterday. And stopped asking myself what's going to happen tomorrow. What's happening today, this minute, that's what I care about. I say: What are you doign at this moment, Zorba? ... I'm kissing a woman. Well, kiss her well, Zorba! And forget all the rest while you're doing it; there's nothing else on earth, only you and her!"
"I fear nothing, I hope for nothing, I am free."
"A man needs a little madness, or else he never dares cut the rope and be free."
"As your walk, you cut open and create that riverbed into which the stream of your descendants shall enter and flow."
"Philosophy will clip an angel's wings."
"The only means of strengthening one's intellect is to make up one's mind about nothing- to let the mind be a thoroughfare for all thoughts."
"Life is but a day; a fragile dew-drop on its perilous way from a tree's summit."
"To be on a quest is nothing more or less than to become an asker of questions."
"To me a lush carpet of pine needles or spongy grass is more welcome than the most luxurious Persian rug."
"Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadows."
"The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen, not touched. but are felt in the heart."
"The most pathetic person in the world is someone who has sight but has no vision."
"I am only one; but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; I will not refuse to do the something I can do."
"I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble."
"The world is moved not only by the mighty shoves of the heroes, but also by the aggregate of the tiny pushes of each honest workers."
"There is no king who has not had a slave among his ancestors, and no slave who has not had a king among his."
"Science may have found a cure for most evils; but it has found no remedy for the worst of them all- the apathy of human beings."
"Everything has its wonders, even darkness and silence, and I learn, whatever state I may be in, therein to be content."
"All that we love deeply becomes a part of us."
"The poor man is not he who is without a cent, but he who without a dream."
"Love makes everything that is heavy light."
"First keep peace with yourself, then you can also bring peace to others."
John F. Kennedy
"There are risks and costs to action. But they are far less than the long range risks of comfortable inaction."
"Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future."
"Mankind must put an end to war, or war will put an end to mankind. War will exist until that distant day when the conscientious objector enjoys the same reputation and prestige that the warrior does today."
Robert F. Kennedy
"Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly."
"Life isn't a matter of milestones, but of moments."
"Life is a succession of moments. To live each one is to succeed."
"We have to get quiet. We have to be still, and that's harder and harder in this century."
"I don't know. I don't care. And it doesn't make any difference."
"Zen is the madman yelling 'If you wanta tell me that the stars are not words, then stop calling them stars!'"
"No man should go through life without once experiencing healthy, even bored solitude in the wilderness, finding himself depending solely on himself and thereby learning his true and hidden strength."
Charles F. Kettering
"Keep on going and the chances are you will stumble on something, perhaps when you are least expecting it. I have never heard of anyone stumbling on something sitting down."
"You can't have a better tomorrow if you are thinking about yesterday all the time."
"Failures, repeated failures, are finger posts on the road to achievement. One fails forward toward success."
"We always have enough to be happy if we are enjoying what we do have - and not worrying about what we don't have."
"To be upset over what you don't have is to waste what you do have."
"All wisdom can be stated in two lines: What is done for you- allow it to be done. What you must do yourself- make sure you do it."
"A fly, when it exists, has as much being as God."
"Life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forward."
"Adversity not only draws people together but also brings forth that beautiful inward friendship, just as the cold winter forms ice-figures on the windowpanes, which the warmth of the sun effaces."
"Be bold, and mighty forces will come to your aid."
"You've got to get up in the morning with a smile on your face, and show the world all the love in your heart."
Ernest J. King
"If a ship has sunk, I can't bring it up. If it is going to be sunk, I can't stop it. I can use my time much better working on tomorrow's problem than fretting about yesterday's. Besides, if I let those things get me, I wouldn't last long."
Martin Luther, Jr. King
"Free at last, free at last, thank God almighty, we are free at last."
"Take the first step in faith. You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step."
"Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice. Now is the time to lift our nation from the quicksand of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood. Now is the time to make justice a reality to all of God's children."
"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that."
"Great people aren't those who are happy at times of convienience and content, but of how they are in times of catastrophy and controversy."
"We must accept finite disappointment, but we must never lose infinite hope."
"We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools."
Darwin P. Kingsley
"You have powers you never dreamed of. You can do things you never thought you could do. There are no limitations in what you can do except the limitations of your own mind."
"Art does not reproduce the invisible; rather it makes it visible."
"To achieve the impossible dream, try going to sleep."
"He who has no opinion of his own, but depends upon the opinion and taste of others, is a slave."
"Always have a plan, and believe in it. Nothing happens by accident."
"When the Many are reduced to One, to what is the One reduced?"
"When you set yourself from life and death, you should know your ultimate destination. SO when the four elements seperate, where will you go?"
"Learn that backward step that turns your light inwardly to illuminate yourself."
"What is the straight within the bent?"
"Do not consciously seek enlightenment."
"Often the search proves more profitable than the goal."
Abraham Isaac Kook
"The higher the truth, the simpler it is."
"All of the significant battles are waged within the self."
"Enlightenment is intimacy with all things."
"You can't stop the waves, but you can learn to surf."
"The trouble is that you think you have time."
"There are no holy places and no holy people, only holy moments, only moments of wisdom."
"The things that matter most in our lives are not fantastic or grand. They are the moments when we touch each other."
"Pick battles big enough to matter, small enough to win."
"Meditation is not the means to an end. It is both the means and the end."
"We all want to be famous people, and the moment we want to be something we are no longer free."
"There is an art of listening. To be able to really listen, one should abandon or put aside all prejudices, preformulations and daily activities... But unfortunately most of us listen through a screen of resistance. We are screened with prejudices, whether religious or spiritual, psychological or scientific; or with our daily worries, desires, and fears. And with these for a screen, we listen. Therefore, we listen really to our own noise, to our own sound, not to what is being said. It is extremely difficult to put aside our training, our prejudices, our inclination, our resistance, and reaching beyond the verbal expression, to listen so that we understand instantaneously."
"Politicians are the same all over. They promise to build bridges even when there are no rivers."
"Should you shield the valleys from the windstorms, you would never see the beauty of their canyons."
"It's only when we truly know and understand that we have a limited time on earth - and that we have no way of knowing when our time is up, we will then begin to live each day to the fullest, as if it was the only one we had."
"Learn to get in touch with the silence within yourself and know that everything in this life has a purpose."
"Pain is a part of being alive, and we need to learn that. Pain does not last forever, nor is it necessarily unbeatable, and we need to be taught that."
"The first mystery is simply that there is a mystery. A mystery that can never be explained or understood. Only encountered from time to time."
"Don't chase after thoughts, and don't push them away. Just let them come in and go out like a swinging door."