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*These quotes are meant to provoke thought and discussion; not all are ideas which I totally agree with,
but they all have caused me to think about life and reality.


"I shall tell you a great secret, my friend. Do not wait for the last judgment. It takes place every day." - Albert Camus; 1913-1960

"As soon as you trust yourself, you will know how to live." - Goethe

"The shining spark of truth cometh forth only after the clash of differing opinions." - `Abdu'l-Bahá

"Do not stand at my grave and weep.
I am not there.
I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glint on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the autumn rain.
When you awake in the morning hush,
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of birds circling in flight.
I am the stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and weep.
I am not there.
I do not sleep." - Author Unknown

"The Maze of Life" - Unknown

"We need 4 hugs a day for survival. We need 8 hugs a day for maintenance. We need 12 hugs a day for growth." - Virginia Satir

"We're alone in the universe or we're not; either idea is mind-boggling." - Unknown

"One cannot teach another any thing - one can only make them think." - Socrates

"Believing as I do in the theory of rebirth, I live in the hope that if not in this birth, in some other birth I shall be able to hug all humanity in friendly embrace." - Mohandas K. Gandhi

"Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius - and a lot of courage - to move in the opposite direction." - Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that frightens is. We ask ourselves, 'Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?'. Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn't serve the world. There's nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were meant to manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us, it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we're liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others." - Marianne Williamson

"I learn by going where I have to go." - Theodore Roethke

"Learning is movement from moment to moment." - J. Krishnamurti

"Often people attempt to live their lives backwards: they try to have more things, or more money, in order to do more of what they want so that they will be happier. The way it actually works is the reverse. You must first be who you really are, then, do what you need to do, in order to have what you want." - Margaret Young

"Reality is the cage of those who lack imagination." - J. B. S. Haldane

"Where'er I find the Good, the True, the Fair,
I ask no names - God's spirit dwelleth there!
The unconfounded, undivided Three,
Each for itself, and all in each, to see
In man and Nature, is Philosophy." - Coleridge, "The Philosophical Trinity"

"To stay young requires unceasing cultivation of the ability to unlearn old falsehoods." - From The Notebooks of Lazarus Long-Heinlein

"You will recognize your own path when you come upon it, because you will suddenly have all the energy and imagination you will ever need." - Jerry Gillies

"To listen to some devout people, one would imagine that God never laughs." - Ghose Aurobindo (1872-1950)

"We are drowning in information, while starving for wisdom." - Edward O. Wilson in Consilience

"Letting Go" - Unknown

"I Have Learned..." - Unknown

"Civilization is doomed, children no longer obey their parents, crime is rampant, the world is becoming polluted and everywhere people fight unnecessary wars." - From a 4000 year old Babylonian Tablet.

"Grant that peace may defeat discord, unselfishness may conquer greed, sincere words may overcome deceit and that respect may surmount insults." - Kuramadera prayer

"It is easier to perceive error than to find truth,
for the former lies on the surface and is easily seen,
while the latter lies in the depth,
where few are willing to search for it." - Goethe (1749-1832)

"All roses fall prey to December.
All intellect falls prey to love's glory." - Rumi

"Emptiness does not differ from form,
form does not differ from emptiness;
whatever is form, that is emptiness,
whatever is emptiness, that is form." - Prajna Paramita Hrdaya Sutra - (Sutra of the Essence of Perfect Wisdom)

"Set me a task in which I can put something of my very self and it is a task no longer; it is joy; it is art." - Bliss Carmen

"I think that wherever your journey takes you, there are new gods waiting there, with divine patience - and laughter." - Susan M. Watkins

"The spiritual journey is one of continually falling on your face, getting up, brushing yourself off, looking sheepishly at God, and taking another step." - Aurobindo

"When action grows unprofitable, gather information; when information grows unprofitable, sleep." - Ursula K. Le Guin

"I would not interfere
With any creed of yours
Or want it to appear
That I have all the cures

There is so much to know
So many things are true
The way my feet must go
May not be best for you

So I give you this spark
Of what light is to me
To guide you through the dark
But not tell you what to see" - Unknown

"Do not meddle in the affairs of dragons, for you are crunchy and taste good with ketchup." - Anonymous

"Fill the cup of happiness for others, and there will be enough overflowing to fill yours to the brim." - Rose Pastor Stokes

"If I were to wish for anything, I should not wish for wealth and power, but for the passionate sense of the potential, for the eye which, ever young and ardent, sees the possible." - Søren Kierkegaard

"When you come to the edge of all that you know, you must believe one of two things: There will be earth upon which to stand, or, You will be given wings to fly." - Author Unknown

"Success - To rise from the illusion of pursuit to the disillusion of possession." - Elbert Hubbard (1859-1915)

"With the acquisition of language, a vast range of perception is disregarded. A child soon comes to believe that if there is no word for something it does not exist. Sensory input that is not reinforced is de-emphasized, until eventually the child accepts the cultural viewpoint, with all of its biases and underlying assumptions. In the process something valuable is lost.
The benefits of language are obvious. Without it, each new generation would repeat the mistakes and forego the learning of the past. Without it, our race could not advance. But the view of ourselves and our world that comes to us through the language is but a thin sliver of the multidimensional reality we inhabit." - Ken Carey, Return of the Bird Tribes

"Everything is obvious in retrospect." - Irving Gribbish

"Time" - Unknown

"The worst disasters due to failure happen in the minds of those who fail." - Unknown

"25 Things you learn after High School" - Emery Styron

"If you don't go within, you go without." - Neale Donald Walsh - Conversations With God

"Each atom, each image is a seer and a prophet
Alive, on fire, with our pain and love.
Open your eyes! Make your life an ear!
The news must go on arriving." - Andrew Harvey - Love's Fire, Re-Creations of Rumi

"A wise man remembers the lesson, and forgets the experience. A foolish man remembers the experience, and forgets the lesson." - Unknown

"A Essay on Postmodernism" - Christopher Drysdale

"You are given the gifts of the gods;
you create your reality
according to your beliefs.

Yours is the creative energy
that makes your world.

There are no limitations
to the self
except those you believe in." - Jane Roberts - The Nature of Personal Reality

"Beliefs either limit us or empower us." - John Shango, Reiki Master

"Forgiveness is better than punishment; for the one is the proof of a gentle, the other of a savage nature." - Diogenes Laertius. Circa 200 A. D.(Quoted by Epictetus)

"I have learned silence from the talkative, toleration from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind; yet strangely, I am ungrateful to these teachers." - Kahlil Gibran

"Healing yourself, embarking on a path to self-illumination, whatever the discipline by which you accomplish it - prayer, meditation, yoga, the practice of love, inner emotional work, dancing, body-building, psychotherapy - is the highest gift of love that you can ever give yourself."

"Make a commitment to your own becoming by making a commitment to your own healing. Coming into the presence of your purest essence will deliver you to the greatest sense of joy that you can ever feel, the union of the God in you with the God in everyone else." - Daphne Rose Kingma, "A Garland of Love"

"There never was in the world two opinions alike....the most universal quality is diversity." - Montaigne

"Miracles do not happen in contradiction to nature, but only in contradiction to that which is known to us in nature." - St. Augustine

"The golden light of a candle flame sits upon the throne of its dark light that clings to the wick." - The Zohar

"An Essay on Balanced Development" - Christopher Drysdale

"When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have him around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned." - Mark Twain

"Anyone who takes himself too seriously always runs the risk of looking ridiculous; anyone who can consistently laugh at himself does not." - Vaclav Havel

"The human race has only one really effective weapon, and that's laughter. The moment it arises, all our irritations and resentments slip away, and a sunny spirit takes their places." - Mark Twain

"The Backbone of the U.S. Constitution" - Unknown

"On the Understanding of Metaphysics" - Christopher Drysdale

"Something to think about...."

"If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away." - Henry David Thoreau

"And ever has it been that love knows not its own depth until the hour of separation." - Kahlil Gibran

"Death is just infinity closing in." - Jorge Luis Borges

"How to be Unhappy" - Unknown

"Science without religion is lame; Religion without science is blind." - Albert Einstein

"Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction." - Quoted in Sam J. Ervin, Jr. - "Protecting the Constitution"

"Orthodoxy is a response to a religion's loss of piety. Fundamentalism is a religion's response to a loss of power." - Unknown

"Only two things in this world are infinite: The Universe and human stupidity...and, I'm not sure about the former".- Albert Einstein

"Happiness is a butterfly. When pursued, it is always beyond your grasp, but if you will sit down quietly, it may alight upon you." - Nathaniel. Hawthorne

"To explore is to expand the horizon. Through this process we have found more questions to pose… But in this grand effort, we have fallen in closer step with the Tao.” - Dr. Edgar Mitchell

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