"Truth is eternal, knowledge is changeable. It is disastrous to confuse them."
"Death never takes the wise man by surprise, he is always ready to go."
"Oh, how daily life is."
"Who is awake and who asleep?"
"The basic condition of human life is happiness."
"Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come. You wait and watch and work: you don't give up."
"Kindness is for all times in all situations - not just when it suits you."
"Two men look out through the same bars: One sees the mud, and one the stars."
"A true friend is one who overlooks your failures and tolerates your successes."
"Love has no errors, for all errors are the want for love."
D. H. Lawrence
"The great virtue in life is real courage that knows how to face facts and live beyond them."
"An artist is usually a damned liar but his art, if it be art, will tell you the truth of his day. And that is all that matters. Away with eternal truth. The truth lives from day to day, and the marvelous Plato of yesterday is chiefly bosh today."
"Life is ours to be spent, not to be saved."
"Life is what one wants in one's soul."
Ursula K. Le Guin
"It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end."
"Life, we learn too late, is in the living, in the tissue of every day and hour."
Stanislaw J. Lec
"Never turn your back on reality. It surrounds you."
"The past is an illusion. You must learn to live in the present and accept yourself for what you are now. What you lack in flexibility and agility you must make up with knowledge and constant practice."
Aart van der Leeuw
"The mystery of life is not a problem to be solved by a reality to be experienced."
"The life of Zen attainment is not like standing on a riverbank watching the current and appreciating the water or the landscape as a witness; it is jumping into the current and becoming one with it."
"The purpose of life is to live a life of purpose."
"Your inside is out and your outside is in."
Peter M. Leschak
"All of us are watchers- of television, of time clocks, of traffic on the freeway- but few are observers. Everyone is looking, but not many are seeing."
"Most of us are pretty good at keeping promises to others and pretty bad at keeping promises to ourselves."
"What's terrible is to pretend that the second-rate is first-rate, that you don't need love when you do or that you like your work when you know quite well you're capable of better."
"You must learn from the mistakes of others. You can't possibly live long enough to make them all yourself."
"Language is a form of human reason and has its reasons which are unknown to man."
"Go to the truth beyond the mind. Love is the bridge."
"The mind creates the chasm which only the heart can cross."
Joe E. Lewis
"You only live once -- but if you work it right, once is enough."
"The secret of contentment is knowing how to enjoy what you have, and to be able to lose all desire for things beyond your reach."
"The moment a student blinks his eye, he's already way off. The moment he tries to think, he's already differed. The moment he arouses a thought, he's already deviated. But for the man who understands, it's always right there before his eyes."
"Living in hell is like taking a walk in a beautiful park."
"Whatever you are, be a good one."
"Better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak and remove all doubt."
"If I care to listen to every criticism, let alone act on them, then this shop may as well be closed for all other businesses. I have learned to do my best, and if the end result is good then I do not care for any criticism, but if the end result is not good, then even the praise of ten angels would not make the difference."
"Commitment is what transforms a promise into reality."
Anne Morrow Lindbergh
"The sea does not reward those who are too anxious, too greedy, or too impatient. To dig for treasures shows not only impatience and greed, but lack of faith. Patience, patience, patience, is what the sea teaches. Patience and faith. One should lie empty, open, choiceless as a beach -- waiting for a gift from the sea."
"If you let yourself be absorbed completely, if you surrender completely to the moments as they pass, you live more richly those moments."
"It isn't for the moment you are stuck that you need courage, but for the long uphill climb back to sanity and faith and security."
"Only love can be divided endlessly and still not diminish."
"Many a time I have wanted to stop talking and find out what I really believed."
"Knowledge will not always take the place of simple observation."
"I have always thought the actions of men the best interpreters of their thoughts."
"Life is not a matter of holding good cards, but sometimes, playing a poor hand well."
"I would rather be ashes than dust; I would rather that my spark should burn out in a brillant blaze than it should be stifled by dry-rot; I would rather be in a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow than in a sleepy and permanent planet; the proper function of man is to live, not to exist; I shall not waste my days in trying to prolong them; I shall USE my time."
"You enemy is never a villain in his own eyes. Keep this in mind, it may offer a way to make him your friend. If not, you can kill him without hate--and quickly."
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
"We judge ourselves by what we feel capable of doing, while others judge us by what we have already done."
"Each dewdrop and raindrop has a whole heaven in it."
"Give what you have to somebody, it may be better than you think."
"Most people would succeed in small things, if they were not troubled with great ambitions."
"In great attempts, it is glorious even to fail."
"What really matters is what you do with what you have."
James Russell Lowell
"Not failure, but low aim, is crime."
"All the beautiful sentiments in the world weigh less than a single lovely action."
"A small trouble is like a pebble. Hold it too close to your eye and it fills the whole world and puts everything out of focus. Hold it at a proper distance and it can be examined and properly classified. Throw it at your feet and it can be seen in its true setting, just one more tiny bump on the pathway of life."
"I have no time for lies or fantasy and neither should you. Enjoy or die."
"The art of acceptance is the art of making someone who has just done you a small favor wish that he might have done you a greater one."