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

"All things are already complete in us. There is no greater delight than to be conscious of right within us. If one strives to treat others as he would be treated by them, he shall not fail to come near the perfect life." - Meng-tse (Mencius) (b. 371 or 372 B.C.)

"Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen." - John Steinbeck

"The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn." - Alvin Toffler

"If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality." - Bishop Desmond Tutu

"I will permit no man to narrow and degrade my soul by making me hate him." - Booker T. Washington

"He only has freedom who ideally loves freedom himself and is glad to extend it to others. He who cares to have slaves must chain himself to them. He who builds walls to create exclusion for others, builds walls across his own freedom." - Rabindranath Tagore

"In all affairs it's a healthy thing now and then to hang a question mark on the things you have long taken for granted." - Bertrand Russell

"Finally, you see that there is nothing you can trust--nobody, no authority--except the process itself. Finally the trust is. . .trusting reality. It is just trust--confidence in the essence itself." - A.H. Almaas

"It is easy enough to be friendly to one's friends. But to befriend the one who regards himself as your enemy is the quintessence of true religion. - The other is mere business." - Mohandas K. Gandhi

"Let us not look back in anger or forward in fear but around in awareness." -  James Thurber

"To know that you do not know is the best. To pretend to know when you do not know is disease." - Lao Tzu

"We are what our thoughts have made us: so take care about what you think. Words are secondary. Thoughts live; they travel far." -  Swami Vivekananda

"Respond intelligently even to unintelligent treatment." -  Lao Tsu, Tao Te Ching

"A happy person is not a person in a certain set of circumstances but rather a person with a certain set of attitudes." - Hugh Downs

"The period of greatest gain in knowledge and experience is the most difficult period in one's life." ...HH the Dalai Lama

"Those who wear clothes look to the launderer, but the naked soul wears illumination. Either withdraw from the naked 
or take off your clothes like them. If you can't become wholly naked, take the middle way and take off at least some
of what you wear." -  Rumi

"Acceptance is not fatalistic passivity where we believe that we just have to endure. Acceptance is to acknowledge a situation for what it is and to calm down inside of it. If we then find we can bring about change, very good! If not, then we must acknowledge and accept that. In both cases, a clear and open heart and mind are useful." - Svein Myreng

"Pure love and suspicion cannot dwell together: at the door where the latter enters, the former makes its exit." - Alexandre Dumas

"The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook." - William James

"The greatest miracle is the discovery that all is miraculous. And the nature of the miraculous is--utter simplicity." - Henry Miller

"Great Spirits have often encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds" - Albert Einstein

"The greatest enemy of science is a closed mind." - Albert Einstein

"True individual freedom cannot exist without economic security and independence. People who are hungry and out of a job are the stuff of which dictatorships are made." - Franklin D. Roosevelt

 "To understand truth one must have a very sharp, precise, clear mind; not a cunning mind, but a mind that is capable of looking without any distortion, a mind innocent and vulnerable." - Krishnamurti

"Slow down and enjoy life. It’s not only the scenery you miss by going too fast – you also miss the sense of where you are going and why." - Eddie Cantor

"Stillness, insight, and wisdom arise only when we can settle into being complete in this moment, without having to seek or hold on to or reject anything." - Jon Kabat-Zinn

"A mind all logic is like a knife all blade. It makes the hand bleed that uses it." - Rabindranath Tagore

"Nothing great is created suddenly, any more than a bunch of grapes or a fig. If you tell me that you desire a fig, I answer you that there must be time. Let the tree first blossom, then bear fruit, then ripen." - Epictetus

"To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong." - Joseph Chilton Pearce

"Lives based on having are less free than lives based on either doing or on being." - William James

"I am an old man and have known a great many troubles but most of them never happened." - Mark Twain

"If you judge people you have no time to love them." - Mother Theresa

"The first rule is to keep an untroubled spirit. The second is to look things in the face and know them for what they are. " - Marcus Aurelius

"Take someone who doesn't keep score, who's not looking to be richer, or afraid of losing, who has not the slightest interest even in his own personality: he's free." - Rumi

"I have learnt silence from the talkative, toleration from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind; yet strange, I am ungrateful to these teachers." - Khalil Gibran

"Worry is a form of fear, and all forms of fear produce fatigue. A man who has learned not to fear will find the fatigue of daily life enormously diminished." - Bertrand Russell

"In order to experience fearlessness, it is necessary to experience fear. The essence of cowardice is not acknowledging the reality of fear." - Chogyam Trungpa

"When we are on the verge of making a deep promise, it is not uncommon for great resistances and fears to arise. Whatever threatens our reality or present way of life, whatever we know will profoundly change us, often seems more terrifying than inviting." - Sherry Anderson and Patricia Hopkins

"The broadminded only see the goodness in people and in things; the narrow-minded only perceive the evil." - Chinese parable

"Once our hearts are open, all existence appears naturally beautiful and harmonious." - Tarthang Tulku

"Is not prayer a study of truth, a sally of the soul into the unfound infinite? No man ever prayed heartily without learning something." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Even a happy life cannot be without a measure of darkness, and the word happy would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness. It is far better to take things as they come along with patience and equanimity." - Carl Gustav Jung

"If you affirm the positive, the negatives will drop off by themselves." - Ramana Maharishi

"What was once called the objective world is a sort of Rorschach ink blot, into which each culture, each system of science and religion, each type of personality, reads meaning only remotely derived from the shape and color of the blot itself." - Lewis Mumford

"It is an illusion to think that more comfort means more happiness. Happiness comes of the capacity to feel deeply, to enjoy simply, to think freely, to risk life, to be needed." - Storm Jameson

"The Zen master Ling Chi said that the miracle is not to walk on burning charcoal or in the thin air or on the water; the miracle is just to walk on earth. You breathe in. You become aware of the fact that you are alive. You are still alive and you are walking on this beautiful planet. The greatest of all miracles is to be alive." -  Thich Nhat Hanh

"Do not seek to follow in the footsteps of the men of old; seek what they sought." -  Basho

"Old cranks have practiced all their lives, just as old saints have likewise practiced all their lives. They just practiced different life principles." -  John Powell

"The mystery of life is not a problem to be solved but a reality to be experienced." -  Aart Van Der Leeuw

"All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think, we become." - Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

"Any concern too small to be turned into a prayer is too small to be made into a burden." -  Corrie Ten Boom

"In the healthiest organizations the taboo is not on making mistakes, it's on concealing them." - John Cleese

"Good work and joyous play go hand in hand. When play stops, old age begins. Play keeps you from taking life too seriously." - George Byron

"Once we open up to the flow of energy within our body, we also open up to the flow of the energy in the universe." - Wilhelm Reich

"The road uphill and the road downhill are one and the same." - Heraclitus

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