Lawton's Musings - Some quotes from around the Web

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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.


"Learn to get in touch with the silence within yourself and know that everything in this life has a purpose." - Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

"Reverence for life is the ethic of love expanded to embrace the universe." - Albert Schweitzer

"The real purpose of humanity's spiritual evolution is not transcendence but wholeness. We are not here to abandon the body but to unify body and spirit." - Irving Feurst




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"To bring forth the soul of our being, we must be in our bodies, rooted to Earth, able to draw from the universal source of energy." - Diane Mariechild

"Love has been described as the physician of the universe; as the medicine that heals all disease." Catherine Ponder

"Hold fast to your dreams. For if dreams die, life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly." - Langston Hughes

"If fifty million people say a foolish thing, it is still a foolish thing." - Anatole France

"You don't change the old by resisting it. You change the old by making it obsolete through superior methodology." - Buckminster Fuller

"A human being is part of the whole, called by us "Universe"; a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts, and feelings as something separated from the rest - a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures, and the whole of nature in its beauty." - Albert Einstein

"There is no quiet place in the white man's cities. No place to hear the unfurling of the leaves in spring or the rustle of insects' wings....what is there to life if a man cannot hear the lonely cry of the whippoorwill or the arguments of the frogs around a pond at night?" - Chief Seattle

"You cannot transcend what you do not know. To go beyond yourself, you must know yourself." - Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

"When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bonds. Your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction, and you find yourself in a new, great and wonderful world. Dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive and you discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be." - Patanjali, third century, B.C.E.

"One who possesses the source of Enthusiasm will achieve great things. Doubt not. You will gather friends around you as a hair clasp gathers hair." - I Ching

"The greatest thing in the world is to know how to belong to ourselves." - Michel de Montaigne

"Since everything is ultimately made out of the same atoms, there's no reason why we can't put them together to create whatever we want." - Tsering Dorje

"The basis of the spiritual path is the development in ourselves of what is truly balanced, natural, and meaningful." - Tarthang Tulku

"The final mystery is oneself. When one has weighed the sun in the balance, and measured the steps of the moon and mapped out the seven heavens star by star, there still remains oneself." - Oscar Wilde

"This may shock you, but I believe the single most significant decision I can make on a day-to-day basis is my choice of attitude. It is more important than my past, my education, my bankroll, my success or failures, fame, or pain. What other people think of me or say about me, my circumstances, or my position. Attitude is that 'single string' that keeps me going or cripples my progress. It alone fuels my fire or assaults my hope. When my attitudes are right, there's no barrier too high, no valley too deep, no dream too extreme, no challenge to great for me." - Charles R. Swindell

"Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is the noble art of leaving things undone. The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of non-essentials. - Lin Yutang

"People are about as happy as they make up their minds to be." - Abraham Lincoln

"Have a great day, unless you've already decided otherwise..." - Unknown

"Time is a companion who goes with us on the journey--reminds us to cherish every moment, because they'll never come again. What we leave behind is not as important as how we've lived." - Captain Jean Luc Picard

"Bliss is independent of "outcomes" because life is a process of eternal change and evolution. There are no outcomes. True Bliss comes from trusting and fearlessly opening to the richness of the process." - Linda White Dove

“What is needed, rather than running away or controlling or suppressing or any other resistance, is understanding fear; that means, watch it, learn about it, come directly into contact with it. We are to learn about fear, not how to escape from it.” - Jiddu Krishnamurti

"I gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which I must stop and look fear in the face...I say to myself, I've lived through this and can take the next thing that comes along...We must do the things we think we cannot do." - Eleanor Roosevelt

"Where fear is present, wisdom cannot be." - Lactantius (260-340 A.D.)

"Experience, which destroys innocence, also leads one back to it." - James Baldwin

"Demand not that events should happen as you wish, but wish them to happen as they do, and you will go on well." - Epictetus

"Do what you can, with what you have, where you are." - Teddy Roosevelt

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