Quotes


"I would like to beg you dear Sir, as well as I can, to have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and to try to love the questions themselves as if they were locked rooms or books written in a very foreign language. Don't search for the answers, which could not be given to you now, because you would not be able to live them. And the point is to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer."
-- Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet, 1903


"The reason birds can fly and we can't is simply because they have perfect faith, for to have faith is to have wings."
-- J.M. Barrie, author of Peter Pan


"I write in my study, where I also have my prayer altar. I believe that keeps me focused and gives me positive energy and reminds me that I'm merely the instrument of greater creative forces."
-- Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni


"Meditation is not to escape from society, but to come back to ourselves and see what is going on. Once there is seeing, there must be acting. With mindfulness, we know what to do and what not to do to help."
-- Thich Nhat Hanh


"Music is your own experience, your thoughts, your wisdom. If you don't live it, it won't come out of your horn."
-- Charlie Parker


"The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek."
-- Joseph Campbell


"When you are already in Detroit, you don't have to take a bus to get there."
-- Ram Dass


"There is a Light that shines beyond all things on earth, beyond us all, beyond the heavens, beyond the highest heavens. This is the Light that shines in our hearts."
-- Chandogya Upanishad


"Everything has its music. Everything has genes of love inside."
-- Hafiz


"To be spiritual means to be solid, calm, and peaceful, and to be able to look  deeply inside and around us."
-- Thich Nhat Hanh


"You're always on my mind: I was talking to someone yesterday and said something about, "Yeah, I had you in the back of my mind," and my friend said, "Oh, is that your medulla oblongata?""
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"Something is not a secret just because you don’t know about it"
-- Jon Stewart


"Since we cannot change reality, let us change the eyes which see reality."
-- Nikos Kazantzakis


"Just wait a while, turn your back and remember what you have forgotten. Try to find if you've lost, apologize if you've hurt, forgive if you have been hurt. Because life is too short."
-- Shams Tabrizi


"You ever hear people say that? 'I'm not religious, but I'm spiritual.' I like to reply with, 'I'm not honest, but you're interesting.'"
-- Daniel Tosh


"To be spiritual means to be solid, calm, and peaceful and to be able to look deeply inside and around us."
-- Thich Nhat Hanh


"Don't own so much clutter that you will be relieved to see your house catch fire."
-- Wendell Berry


"Look at the animals roaming the forest: God's spirit dwells within them. Look at the birds flying across the sky: God's spirit dwells within them. Look at the tiny insects crawling in the grass: God's spirit dwells within them. Look at the fish in the river and sea: God's spirit dwells within them. There is no creature on earth in whom God is absent...When God pronounced that his creation was good, it was not only that his hand had fashioned every creature; it was that his breath had brought every creature to life...The presence of God's spirit in all living things is what makes them beautiful; and if we look with God's eyes, nothing on the earth is ugly."
-- Peligius


"It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven."
-- Jesus, in the Gospel According to St. Matthew


"We can deceive ourselves into thinking we are developing spirituality when instead we are strengthening our egocentricity through spiritual techniques."
-- Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche


"A person who thinks all the time has nothing to think about except thoughts. So they lose touch with reality, and live in a world of illusion."
-- Alan Watts


"There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self."
-- Ernest Hemingway


"Breathing in, I calm body and mind. Breathing out, I smile. Dwelling in the present moment I know this is the only moment."
-- Thich Nhat Hanh


"We are like islands in the sea, separate on the surface but connected in the deep."
-- William James


"Now and again, it is necessary to seclude yourself among deep mountains and hidden valleys to restore your link to the source of life. Breathe in and let yourself soar to the ends of the universe; breathe out and bring the cosmos back inside. Next, breathe up all fecundity and vibrancy of the earth. Finally, blend the breath of heaven and the breath of earth with your own, becoming the Breath of Life itself."
-- Morihei Ueshiba

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