Thomas B. Macaulay
"The measure of a man's real character is what he would do if he knew he never would be found out."
"To be trusted is a greater compliment than to be loved."
"Travelers, there is no path, paths are made by walking."
"The deepest words of the wise man teach us the same as the whistle of the wind when it blows or the sound of the water when it is flowing."
"Lightning is the shorthand of a storm, and tells of chaos."
"A poem should not mean, but be."
"The church says that the Earth is flat, but I have seen the shadow on the moon and I have more faith in the shadow than in the church."
"When you truly feel this equal love for all, when your heart has expanded so much that it embraces the whole of creation, you will certainly not feel like giving up this or that. You will simply drop off from secular life as a ripe fruit drops from the branch of a tree. You will feel that the whole world is your home."
"You can tell whether a man is clever by his answers. You can tell whether a man is wise by his questions."
Moses Ben Maimon
"You must accept the truth from whatever source it comes."
Nicholas de Malebranche
"Attentiveness is the natural prayer of the soul."
"As for the outside world, the artist is confronted by what he sees; but what he sees is primarily what he looks at."
"Few things are necessary to make the wise man happy while no amount of material wealth would satisfy a fool. I am not a fool."
"Do all things with love."
"The true practicer of austerities does not fly into nirvana. The monk who breaks the precepts does not slide into hell."
"Risk! Risk anything! Care no more for the opinion of others, for those voices. Do the hardest thing on earth for you. Act for yourself. Face the truth."
"In life we all have an unspeakable secret, an irreversible regret, an unreachable dream and an unforgettable love."
Orison Swett Marden
"There is genius in persistence. It conquers all opposers. It gives confidence. It annihilates obstacles. Everybody believes in a determined man. People know that when he undertakes a thing, the battle is half won, for his rule is to accomplish whatever he sets out to do."
"Procrastination is the art of keeping up with yesterday."
"It is better to be happy for a moment and be burned up with beauty than to live a long time and be bored all the while."
"Small deeds done are better than great deeds planned."
"For the worker, work is not part of his life; it is a sacrifice of his life."
"If the only tool you have is a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail."
"I don't know whether I believe in God or not. I think, really, I'm some sort of Buddhist. But the essential thing is to put oneself in a frame of mind which is close to that of prayer."
"The artist has to look at everything as though he saw it for the first time; he has to look at life as he did when he was a child... The first step toward creation is to see everything as it really is, and that demands a constant effort."
W. Somerset Maugham
"... and he was almighty because he had wrenched from chaos the secret of its nothingness."
"You can do anything in this world if you are prepared to take the consequences."
"It wasn't until quite late that I discovered how easy it is to say 'I don't know!'"
"The tragedy of life doesn't lie in not reaching your goal. The tragedy lies in having no goal to reach."
"One life, one love, but I shall remember thee from one life to the next, for the memory of the living is the dwelling place of the dead."
"What was revealed and what was concealed? And what is the mask and what the mirror?"
"I would rather take charge of my destiny than have it thrust upon me."
"One does not always get what you think you want most and there will be cruel disappointments and anguish. These are all part of the journey. Not getting the thing you want may sometimes take you closer to the thing that you are."
"It's the most unhappy people who most fear change."
"There are no short cuts to Heaven, only the ordinary way of ordinary things."
"Those who don't know how to weep with their whole heart, don't know how to laugh either."
"The great man is he who does not lose his childlike heart."
"If you know the point of balance, You can settle the details. If you can settle the details, You can stop running around. Your mind will become calm. If your mind becomes calm, You can think in front of a tiger. If you can think in front of a tiger, You will surely succeed."
Henry Louis Menckin
"Love is the triumph of imagination over intelligence."
"A cynic is a man who, when he smells flowers, looks around for a coffin."
"Penetrating so many secrets, we cease to believe in the unknowable. But there it sits nevertheless, calmly licking its chops."
"Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want and deserve to get it good and hard."
N. David Mermin
"We now know that the moon is demonstrably not there when nobody looks."
"What can we gain by sailing to the moon if we are not able to cross the abyss that separates us from ourselves? This is the most important of all voyages of discovery, and without it, all the rest are not only useless, but disastrous."
"The spiritual life is, then, first of all a matter of keeping awake."
"Life is this simple: We are living in a world that is absolutely transparent and the Divine is shining through it all the time. This is not just a nice story or a fable. It is true."
"The bird's delirium does not interest the trees."
"Faith in oneself... is the best and safest course."
"My religion is to live- and die- without regret."
"We are dancing in the hollow of nothingness. We are one flesh, but separated like stars."
"Chaos is the score upon which reality is written."
"When you are convinced that all the exits are blocked, either you take to believing in miracles or you stand still like the hummingbird. The miracle is that the honey is always there, right under your nose, only you were too busy searching elsewhere to realize it. The worst is not death but being blind, blind to the fact that everything about life is in the nature of the miraculous."
"Think only what is right there, what is right under your nose to do. It's such a simple thing--that's why people can't do it."
"Through light and joy is the world opened up, revealed for what it is: ineffable beauty, unending creation."
"Every moment is a golden one for him who has the vision to recognize it as such."
"The moment one gives close attention to any thing, even a blade of grass it becomes a mysterious, awesome, indescribably magnificent world in itself."
"Develop interest in life as you see it, in people, things, literature, music--the world is so rich, simply throbbing with rich treasures, beautiful souls and interesting people. Forget yourself."
"It isn't the oceans which cut us off from the world -- it's the American way of looking at things."
"If we have not found heaven within, it is a certainty we will not find it without."
"Usually what is taught in school must be unlearned. Life is the teacher."
"Let each one turn his gaze inward and regard himself with awe and wonder, with mystery and reverence; let each one work his own influence, his own havoc, his own miracles."
"Don't look for miracles. You yourself are the miracle."
"Until we lose ourselves there can be no hope of finding ourselves. We are of the world, and to enter fully into the world we must first lose ourselves in it."
"Example moves the world more than doctrine."
"All growth is a leap in the dark, a spontaneous, unpremeditated act without benefit of experience."
"Each second is a universe of time."
"There is only one great adventure and that is inwards toward the self."
"One's destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things."
"I know what the great cure is: it is to give up, to relinquish, to surrender, so that our little hearts may beat in unison with the great heart of the world."
"If there is to be any peace, it will come through being, not having."
"We invent nothing, truly. We borrow and re-create. We uncover and discover. All has been given, as the mystics say. We have only to open our eyes and hearts, to become one with that which is."
"He who reins within himself and rules passions, desires, and fears is more than a king."
"The simplest things give me ideas."
"I respect faith, but doubt is what gets you an education."
"A good listener is not only popular everywhere, but after a while he gets to know something."
"The greater the obstacle, the more the glory in overcoming it."
"Marriage is like a cage; one sees the birds outside desperate to get in, and those inside desperate to get out."
"A wise man never loses anything if he has himself."
"My trade and art is to live."
"There is nothing useless in nature; not even uselessness itself."
"The greatest thing in the world is to know how to belong to ourselves."
"No one is injured by himself."
"Greatness of soul consists not so much in soaring high and in pressing forward, as in knowing how to adapt and limit oneself."
"When I dance, I dance; when I sleep, I sleep; yes, and when I walk alone in a beautiful orchard, if my thoughts drift to far-off matters for some part of the time for some other part I lead them back again to the walk, the orchard, to the sweetness of this solitude, to myself."
Alfred A. Montapert
"Do not confuse motion and progress. A rocking horse keeps moving but does not make any progress."
"Came but for friendship, and took away love."
"One can travel this world and see nothing. To achieve understanding it is necessary not to see many things, but to look hard at what you do see."
"Without staring death in the eye, as the perpetually reverse side of life, we cannot live fully and completely."
"Read, every day, something no one else is reading. Think, every day, something no one else is thinking. Do, every day, something no one else would be silly enough to do. It is bad for the mind to be always part of unanimity."
"We hide ourselves in our music to reveal ourselves."
Dwight Whitney Morrow
"The world is divided into people who do things and people who get the credit. Try, if you can, to belong to the first class. There's far less competition."
"Just because you made a mistake doesn't mean you are a mistake."
"Accept everything about yourself -- I mean everything. You are you and that is the beginning and the end -- no apologies, no regrets."
"Whoever knows himself knows God."
"The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness."
"The sun shines not on us, but in us. The rivers flow not past, but through us, thrilling, tingling, vibrating every fiber and cell of the substance of our bodies, making them glide and sing."
"When we contemplate the whole globe as one great dewdrop, striped and dotted with continents and islands, flying through space with all other stars all singing and shining together as one, the whole universe appears as an infinite storm of beauty."
"When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world."
"We all travel the Milky Way together, trees and men... trees are travelers, in the ordinary sense. They make journeys, not very extensive ones, it is true; but our own little comings and goings are only little more than tree-wavings- many of them not so much."
"One day's exposure to mountains is better than cartloads of books."
"Stop worrying about the potholes in the road and celebrate the journey."
"A certain amount of opposition is a great help to a man. Kites rise against, not with, the wind."
"Words cannot express things; speech does not convey the spirit. Swayed by words, one is lost; blocked by phrases, one is bewildered."
"Love is the difficult realization that something other than oneself is real."
Marianne Espinosa Murphy
"Often the best way to win is to forget to keep score."
"As far as I'm concerned, I regret nothing."
"Three essentials: Know what you're doing. Love what you're doing. Believe in what you're doing."