"Better is the sinner who hath thoughts about God, than the saint who hath only the show of sanctity."
"Our mind is like a clear glass of water. If we put salt into the water, it becomes salt water; sugar, it becomes sugar water; shit, it becomes shit water. But originally the water is clear. No thinking, no mind. No mind, no problem."
"A long time ago, Descartes said, "I think, therefore I am." This is where philosophy begins. But if you are not thinking, what? This is where Zen begins."
"If you don't enter the lion's den, you will never capture the lion."
"Don't want anything. Don't make anything. Don't hold anything. Don't attach anything."
"Realize that you know nothing and you are nobody. It is no easy thing to attain this realization. It doesn't come with teaching and instruction, nor can it be sewn on with a needle, or tied with a thread. This is a gift from God and a question of whom He bestows it on and whom He causes to experience it."
"Take one step away from yourself- and behold!- the path!"
"Beginning is not only a kind of action, it is also a frame of mind, a kind of work, an attitude, a consciousness."
Antoine De Saint-Exupery
"Love does not consist in gazing at each other, but in looking together in the same direction."
"How could there be any question of acquiring or possessing, when the one thing needful for a man is to become- to be at last, and to die in the fullness of his being."
"It is only with the heart that one can see. What is essential is invisible to the eyes."
"A single event can awaken within us a stranger totally unknown to us. To be alive is to be slowly born."
"It is in your act that you exist, not in your body. Your act is yourself, and there is no other you."
"What savesa man is to take a step. Then another step. It is always the same step, but you have to take it."
"How could the drops of water know themselves to be a river? Yet the river flows on."
"Each man must look to himself to teach him the meaning of life. It is not something discovered; it is something molded."
"And I would answer you... that to prepare the future is only to found the present... for the sole true invention is to decipher the present under its incoherent aspects and its contradictory language... You do not have to foresee the future, but to allow it..."
Marquis de Saint-Lambert
"Often I am still listening when the song is over."
"In baiting a mousetrap with cheese, always leave room for the mouse."
St. Francis de Sales
"Do not wish to be anything but what you are, and try to be that perfectly."
"While I am busy with little things, I am not required to do greater things."
"Have no fear what tomorrow may bring. The same loving God who cares for you today will care for you tomorrow. He will either shield you from suffering or give unfailing strength to bear it."
"Few men desire liberty, most men wish only for a just master."
"We see that life, composed of this mind and body, is in a state of continual, constant transformation and flux. There is always the possibility of radical change. Every moment- not just poetically of figuratively, but literally- every moment we are dying and being reborn, we and all of life. "
"One changes from day to day... every few years one becomes a new being."
"Simplicity is the most difficult thing to secure in this world; it is the last limit of experience and the last effort of genius."
"There is only one happiness in life, to love and be loved."
"I glory in this world of men and women, torn with troubles, yet living on to love and laugh through it all."
"Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you."
"The night wind with the big dark curves of the night sky in it, the night wind gets inside me and understands all my secrets."
"One real world is enough."
"Character is the basis of happiness and happiness the sanction of character."
"There is no sure cure for birth and death save to enjoy the interval."
"To be interested in the changing seasons is a happier state of mind than to be hopelessly in love with spring."
"Look forward to dreams."
"We cannot banish dangers, but we can banish fears. We must not demean life by standing in awe of death."
"Competition brings out the best in products and the worst in people."
"Try as much as possible to be wholly alive, with all your might, and when you laugh, laugh like hell and when you get angry, get good and angry. Try to be alive. You will be dead soon enough."
"Prose is first of all an attitude of mind."
"Consciousness is a being, the nature of which is to be conscious of the nothingness of its being."
"The only place where success comes before work is in a dictionary."
Marilyn vos Savant
"To acquire knowledge, one must study; but to acquire wisdom, one must observe."
Ruth Ann Schabacker
"Each day comes bearing its own gifts. Untie the ribbons."
"We forfeit three-quarters of ourselves in order to be like other people."
"The closing years of life are like the end of a masquerade party, when the masks are dropped."
"Ideals are like stars; you will not succeed in reaching them with your hands. But like the seafaring man on the desert of waters, you choose them as your guides, and following them you will reach your destiny."
"Anyone who proposes to do good must not expect people to roll stones out of his way, but must accept his lot calmly, even if they roll a few stones upon it."
"Until he extends the circle of his compassion to all living things, man will not himself find peace."
"Truth has no special time of its own. Its hour is now- always."
"As soon as a man does not take his existence for granted, but beholds it as something unfathomably mysterious, thought begins."
"An optimist is a person who sees a green light everywhere, while a pessimist sees only the red stoplight... The truly wise person is color blind."
"Sometimes our light goes out but is blown into a flame by another human being. Each of us owes deepest thanks to those who have rekindled this light."
Cherie Carter Scott
"Ordinary people believe only in the possible. Extraordinary people visualize not what is possible or probable, but rather what is impossible. And by visualizing the impossible, they begin to see it as possible."
Sir Walter Scott
"Is death the last sleep? No, it is the last and final awakening."
Vida D. Scudder
"It is through creating, not possessing, that life is revealed."
"Why not go out on a limb? Isn't that where the fruit is?"
"Seeing death as the end of life is like seeing the horizon as the end of the ocean."
"The earth does not belong to people; people belong to the earth. Everything that happens to the earth happens also to the sons and daughters of the earth."
Emily H. Sell
"Love is a force that connects us to every strand of the universe, an unconditional state that characterizes human nature, a form of knowledge that is always there for us if only we can open ourselves to it."
"Let us learn to appreciate there will be times when the trees will be bare, and look forward to the time when we may pick the fruit."
"Adopting the right attitude can convert a negative stress into a positive one."
"Our plans miscarry because they have no aim. When you don't know what harbor you're aiming for, no wind is the right wind."
"It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare; it is because we do not dare that things are difficult."
"Let us be brave in the face of adversity."
"If we let things terrify us, life will not be worth living."
"We all sorely complain of the shortness of time, and yet have much more than we know what to do with. Our lives are either spent in doing nothing at all, or in doing nothing to the purpose, or in doing nothing that we ought to do. We are always complaining that our days are few, and acting as though there would be no end of them."
"The heart is great which shows moderation in the midst of prosperity."
"What you think about yourself is much more important than what others think of you."
"There is no easy way from the earth to the stars."
"Begin at once to live."
"The acquisition of riches has been to many not an end to their miseries, but a change in them: The fault is not in the riches, but the disposition."
"He who boasts of his ancestry praises the merits of another."
"The hour which gives us life begins to take it away."
"The mind is like water: when it's still, there is reflection when disturbed, no mirror. Middled by folly and craving, fanned by misleading circumstances, it surges and billows, never stopping for a moment. Looking at it this way, where can you go and not be mistaken! It's like trying to look into a flowing spring to see your own appearance- it never forms."
"If only for a moment we see within, we have overcome the emptiness of things."
"Even before I can say it, it is no more."
"To what shall I compare this life of ours? Even before I can say it is like a lightning flash or a dewdrop, it is no more."
"All this universe is in this eye of mine."
"Too many people miss the silver lining because they're expecting gold."
"Every man loves what he is good at."
"The path is smooth that leadeth on to danger."
"All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players; They have their entrances and exits; And one man in his time has many parts."
"This above all: to thine own self be true. And it must follow, as the night the day, Thou canst not then be false to any man."
"Things without remedy, should be without regard; what is done, is done."
"When Love speaks, the voice of all the gods makes heaven drowsy with the harmony."
"Our doubts are traitors and make us lose the good we oft might win by fearing to attempt."
"One touch of nature makes the whole world kin."
"The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool."
"When you worry about the problems of tomorrow, you are creating unhappiness for yourself today."
George Bernard Shaw
"Forgive him, for he believes that the customs of his tribe are the laws of nature."
"Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself."
"There is only one religion though there are a hundred versions of it."
"The man who listens to reason is lost: reason enslaves all whose minds are not strong enough to master her."
"Life is no brief candle to me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got a hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations."
"All great truths begin as blasphemies."
"Life is too short for men to take it seriously."
"When a thing is funny, search it carefully for a hidden truth."
"Democracy is a device that ensures we shall be governed no better than we deserve."
"No question is so difficult to answer as that to which the answer is obvious."
H. W. Shaw
"It is not only the most difficult thing to know oneself, but the most inconvenient one, too."
"The present never ages. Each moment is like a snowflake, unique, unspoiled, unrepeatable, and can be appreciated in its surprisingness."
Fulton J. Sheen
"Each of us comes into life with fists closed, set for aggressiveness and acquisition. But when we abandon life our hands are open; there is nothing on earth that we need, nothing the soul can take with it."
John B. Sheerin
"Happiness is not in our circumstances, but in ourselves. It is not something we see, like a rainbow, or feel, like the heat of a fire. Happiness is something we are."
Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
"Nothing contributes so much to tranquilize the mind as a steady purpose- a point on which the soul may fix its intellectual eye."
Percy Bysshe Shelley
"I believe because I do believe."
Percy Bysshe Shelly
"War is a kind of superstition; the pageantry of arms and badges corrupts the imagination of man."
"Real obstacles don't take you in circles. They can be overcome. Invented ones are like a maze."
"You must go after your wish. As soon as you start to pursue a dream, your life wakes up and everything has meaning."
Richard Brinsley Sheridan
"The surest way not to fail is to determine to succeed."
"Does one really have to fret about enlightenment? No matter what road I travel, I'm going home."
"All that is necessary is to lay down, not just the body, but one's heart and the whole of oneself."
"You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don't try."
"If knowledge does not liberate the self from the self, then ignorance is better than such knowledge."
"Simplicity doesn't mean to live in misery and poverty. You have what you need, and you don't want what you don't need."
Hannah Whitall Smith
"The true secret of giving advice is, after you have honestly given it, to be perfectly indifferent whether it is taken or not and never persist in trying to set people right."
"Awareness of emptiness brings forth the heart of compassion."
"I know that I know nothing."
"From the moment we cease trying to swim upstream and begin to flow with the current, something changes within us."
"It is not the level of prosperity that makes for happiness but the kinship of heart to heart and the way we look at the world. Both attitudes are within the power, so that a man is happy so long as he chooses to be happy, and no one can stop him."
"Let your memory be your travel bag."
"One word frees us of all the weight and pain in life. That word is love."
"When there is no place that you have decided to call your own then no matter where you go you are always heading home."
"Not where I breathe, but where I love, I live; not where I love, but where I am, I die."
"I look out, and snow is falling with a moon still in the sky. A new day begins. And of the dream called yesterday, no trace."
"Pray as if everything depended on God, and work as if everything depended upon man."
"We cannot fully understand the beginning of something until we understand the end."
"Infinitely more important than the answers are the questions, the choice of them, the inner form of them."
"Reality and perfection are synonymous."
Germain de Stael
"Love is a symbol of eternity. It wipes out all sense of time, destroying all memory of a beginning and all fear of an end."
"I embrace emerging experience. I participate in discovery. I am not a butterfly collector. I want the experience of the butterfly."
Elizabeth Cady Stanton
"With age come the inner, the higher life. Who would be forever young, to dwell always in externals?"
"I like a view but I like to sit with my back to it."
"When you get there, there isn't any there there."
"When the word of the poet ceases, a great light begins."
"A very small degree of hope is sufficient to cause the birth of love."
"God is in me or else is not at all."
"The most beautiful thing in the world is, of course, the world itself."
"I am what is around me."
Adlai E. Stevenson
"I believe in the forgiveness of sin and the redemption of ignorance."
Robert Louis Stevenson
"It's deadly commonplace, but, after all, the commonplaces are the great poetic truths."
"The cruelest lies are often told in silence."
"I believe in an ultimate decency of things."
"The wisdom of this world consists in making oneself very little, in order to avoid many knocks; in preferring others, in order that, even when we lose, we shall find some pleasure in the event; in putting our desires outside of ourselves, in another ship, so to speak, so that, when the worst happens, there will be something left."
"The saints are the sinners who keep going."
"The best things in life are nearest. Breath in your nostrils, light in your eyes, flowers at your feet, duties at your hand, the path of right just before you."
"For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel's sake. The great affair is to move."
"Today I know that I cannot control the ocean tides. I can only go with the flow. When I struggle and try to organize the Atlantic to my specifications, I sink. If I fail and thrash and growl and grumble, I go under. But if I let go and float, I am borne aloft."
"Every exit is an entry to somewhere else."
"Maturity is a high price to pay for growing up."
"I do not pretend to understand the universe. It's a great deal bigger than I am."
"Eternity is a terrible thought. I mean, where's it going to end?"
Harriet Beecher Stowe
"The bitterest tears shed over graves are for words left unsaid and deeds left undone."
"Let go. Don't let up."
"This table has four legs. A table with a broken leg remains a table. But a table from which the four legs have been removed becomes only a flat piece of wood. At what moment did it cease to be a table?"
"To love is to receive a glimpse of heaven."
"Not mere talk about water, nor the mere sight of a spring, but an actual mouthful of it gives the thirsty complete satisfaction."
"The individual becomes perfect when he loves his individuality in the all to which he belongs."
"'Childlikeness' has to be restored with long years of training in the art of self-forgetfulness."
"If you attained something, this is the surest proof that you have gone astray. Therefore, not to have is to have, silence is thunder, ignorance is enlightenment."
"When you understand one thing through and through, you understand everything."
"The world is its own magic."
"To give your sheep or cow a large spacious meadow is the way to control him."
"So when you try hard to make your own way, you will help others .... Before you make your own way you cannot help anyone, and no one can help you."
"Our practice should be based on the idea of selflessness. Selflessness is very difficult to understand. If you try to be selfless, that is already a selfish idea. Selflessness will be there when you do not try anything."
"Moment after moment, completely devote yourself to listening to your inner voice."
"Things are always changing, so nothing can be yours."
"Nothing we see or hear is perfect. But right in the imperfection is perfect reality."
"The most important point is to accept yourself and stand on your two feet."
"Life is like stepping onto a boat that is about to sail out to sea and sink."
"As long as you seek for something, you will get the shadow of reality and not reality itself."
"Preparing food is not just about yourself and others. It is about everything."
"Our life and death are the same thing. When we realize this fact, we have no fear of death nor actual difficulty in our life."
"We die, and we do not die."
"To stand on your feet is the most important thing. To sacrifice this moment for your future, for your ideal even, means that you are not standing on your feet. Don't complain; accept things as they are and satisfy yourself with what you have, right now. You should think, 'This is the only reality, the only Buddha I can see, I can experience, I can have, I can worship.'"
"We say 'just sit.' What does it mean, 'just sit'? When we say 'just sit' it includes all of the activity, all of the potential activity which we have; we remain in an inactive state, but we have infinite potentiality. In this sense our practice includes everything."
"This is the ultimate fact: 'I am here.'"
"You can't make a date with enlightenment."
"To find perfect composure in the midst of change is to find nirvana."
"When we realize the everlasting truth of 'everything changes,' and find our composure in it, we find ourselves in nirvana."
"When you do something, you should burn yourself completely, like a good bonfire, leaving no trace of yourself."
"If it's not paradoxical, it's not true."
"Each one of you is perfect as you are. And you all could use a little bit of improvement."
"You will always exist in the universe in one form or another."
"If the teaching doesn't feel like it's forcing something upon you, it's not good teaching."
"Be grateful for the weeds you have in your mind, because eventually they will enrich your practice."
"Just to be alive is enough."
"The more one is absorbed in so-called philosophy, the greater one's delusion and blindness."
"Vision is the art of seeing things invisible."
"May you live all the days of your life."
"Every man desires to live long; but no man would be old."
"If you wish to reach the highest, begin at the lowest."
"Each day should be passed as though it were our last."