Be the change you wish to see, and remember that Everything is a Test


If, of mortal goods, thou art bereft,
And from thy slender store two loaves
Alone to thee are left,
Sell one and from the dole,
Buy Hyacinths to feed thy soul


Muslihuddin Sadi,




The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts; therefore guard them accordingly.

Marcus Aurelius, Meditations




Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence.
As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others,
even to the dull and ignorant; they too have their story.

Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexatious to the spirit.
If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain or bitter,
for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.

Keep interested in your own career, however humble;
it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs, for the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you to what virtue there is;
many persons strive for high ideals,
and everywhere life is full of heroism.

Be yourself. Especially do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love;
for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is as perennial as the grass.
Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.
But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.

Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself.
You are a child of the universe no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you,
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be.
And whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life,
keep peace in your soul. With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.


Desiderata
Max Ehrmann




Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.

Silence is the language of God; all else is poor translation.

Rumi




He who knows and knows that he knows,
is a wise man: follow him.
He who knows but knows not that he knows,
is a poet: honour him.
He who knows not and knows that he knows not,
is a student man: lead him.
He who knows not but knows not that he knows not,
is a fool: abandon him.


Arab proverb





"God sleeps in the rock.
Dreams in the plant,
Stirs in the animal,
And awakens in Man."


Ibn al Arabi




'Reality is a complex of related hypotheses,' he said pulling up the horses. 'Take they hypotheses yonder.' He pointed to a flock of sheep with the wet end of his sucking straw. 'Now theyse all related in a complex sort of way so theyse got ter be real ain't they.' Ned looked at him very hard. 'Ev you been drinkin' with parson again?'.

Steeleye Span, sleeve notes to Rosebud in June from Below the Salt




You can't stop the waves, but you can learn to surf.

Jon Kabat-Zinn




Whatever you fight, you strengthen and what you resist, persists.

Death is a stripping away of all that is not you. The secret of life is to 'die before you die' and find that there is no death.

The primary cause is of unhappiness is never the situation, but the thoughts about it.
Be aware of the thoughts you are thinking.
Separate them from the situation, which is always neutral.
It is as it is.

Worry pretends to be necessary but serves no useful purpose.

Being spiritual has nothing to do with what you believe and everything to do with your state of consciousness.

I have lived with several Zen masters, all of them cats.

Happiness depends upon conditions being perceived as positive; inner peace does not.

Pleasure is always derived from something outside you, whereas joy arises from within.

Eckhart Tolle


We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking up at the stars.

Oscar Wilde



You are you, and I am me
You are not in this world to live up to my expectations
And I am not in this world to live up to yours
If we meet, its beautiful
If not, it can`t be helped

The Gestalt Prayer
Fritz Perls



I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer.
Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.
I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me
And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path.
Where the fear has gone, there will be nothing. Only I will remain.


Bene Gesserit Litany against Fear.
Dune
Frank Herbert



It ain`t what you don`t know that gets you into trouble.
It`s what you know for sure that just ain`t so.


Mark Twain (attr.)



Happiness is peace in motion,
Peace is happiness at rest.

Yvan Amar



In the end, just three things matter:
How well we have lived
How well we have loved
How well we have learned to let go

Jack Kornfield



The Sufi says this whole universe was made in order that God might know Himself.
The seed wished to realize what it is, what is in it, and therefore became the tree.

Hazrat Inayat Khan



No man is an island,
Entire of itself.
Each is a piece of the continent,
A part of the main.
If a clod be washed away by the sea,
Europe is the less.
As well as if a promontory were.
As well as if a manor of thine own
Or of thine friend's were.
Each man's death diminishes me,
For I am involved in mankind.
Therefore, send not to know
For whom the bell tolls,
It tolls for thee.


For Whom the Bell Tolls
John Donne



Every lie we tell incurs a debt to the truth. Sooner or later that debt is paid.

Valery Legasov
Chernobyl, S1.Ep5: Vichnaya Pamyat


The road goes on forever
Down from the door where it began
Now far ahead the road has gone,
And I must follow if I can
Pursuing it with eager feet
Until it joins some larger way
Where many paths and errands meet
And wither then, I cannot say.

(from) The Fellowship of the Ring
J R R Tolkein





Our birth is but a sleep and a forgetting:
The Soul that rises with us, our life's Star,
Hath had elsewhere its setting,
And cometh from afar:
Not in entire forgetfulness,
And not in utter nakedness,
But trailing clouds of glory do we come
From God, who is our home:
Heaven lies about us in our infancy!
Shades of the prison-house begin to close
Upon the growing Boy,
But he beholds the light, and whence it flows,
He sees it in his joy;
The Youth, who daily farther from the east
Must travel, still is Nature's priest,
And by the vision splendid
Is on his way attended;
At length the Man perceives it die away,
And fade into the light of common day.

Ode - Intimations of Immortality from Recollections of Early Childhood
William Wordsworth



“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. I did not wish to live what was not life, living is so dear; nor did I wish to practise resignation, unless it was quite necessary.”

If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let hum step to the music he hears, however measured or far away.

Walden
Henry David Thoreau



"The map is not the territory ... the word is not the thing"

Alfred Korzybski


"Love only that which happens to you and is spun as the thread of your destiny;
for what could be better suited to you?"


Meditations 7.57
Marcus Aurelius



"Let no man be unworthy of the angel who stands over him."

Stephen Donaldson



"It is only with the heart that on can see rightly;
What is essential is invisible to the eye"

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry



"The snake which cannot shed its skin must perish."

Friedrich Nietzsche



"He who despises himself nevertheless esteems himself as a self-despiser."

Friedrich Nietzsche




"If my devils are to leave me, then I am afraid my angels are to take flight as well."

Rainer Maria Rilke




"Men can only be happy when they do not assume that the object of life is happiness."

George Orwell



"How often it is that the angry man rages denial of what his inner self is telling him."

"The Collected Sayings of Muad'Dib"
By The Princess Irulan
Dune
Frank Herbert











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