Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.
- Mahatma Gandhi
Either war is obsolete or men are.
- Buckminster Fuller
It always seems impossible until it’s done.
- Nelson Mandela
The psyche is the greatest of all cosmic wonders and the “sine qua non” of the world as an object. It is in the highest degree odd that Western man, with but very few — and ever fewer — exceptions, apparently pays so little regard to this fact. Swamped by the knowledge of external objects, the subject of all knowledge has been temporarily eclipsed to the point of seeming nonexistence.
- Carl Jung
Live truth instead of professing it.
- Elbert Hubbard
Every man’s memory is his private literature.
- Aldous Huxley
Hold fast to dreams, For if dreams die, Life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly, Hold fast to dreams, For if dreams go, Life is a barren field, Frozen with snow.
- Langston Hughes
Us sing and dance, make faces and give flower bouquets, trying to be loved. You ever notice that trees do everything to git attention we do, except walk?
- Alice Walker
Read as you taste fruit or savor wine, or enjoy friendship, love or life.
- George Herbert
Heaven means to be one with God.
No one could ever paint a too wonderful picture of my heart or God.
I tried to drown my sorrows, but the bastards learned how to swim.
- Frida Kahlo
You and I are all as much continuous with the physical universe as a wave is continuous with the ocean.
- Alan Watts
Never put off until tomorrow what you can do the day after tomorrow.
- Mark Twain
Who, if I cried out, would hear me among the angels’
hierarchies? and even if one of them suddenly
pressed me against his heart, I would perish
in the embrace of his stronger existence.
For beauty is nothing but the beginning of terror
which we are barely able to endure and are awed
because it serenely disdains to annihilate us.
Each single angel is terrifying.
Make your ego porous. Will is of little importance, complaining is nothing, fame is nothing. Openness, patience, receptivity, solitude is everything.
For one human being to love another: that is perhaps the most difficult of all our tasks, the ultimate, the last test and proof, the work for which all other work is but preparation.
The work of the eyes is done. Go now and do the heart-work on the images imprisoned within you.
Beauty is nothing but the beginning of terror, which we still are just able to endure, and we are so awed because it serenely disdains to annihilate us…
If only we arrange our life according to that principle which counsels us that we must hold to the difficult, then that which now still seems to us the most alien will become what we most trust and find most faithful.
Just as language has no longer anything in common with the thing it names, so the movements of most of the people who live in cities have lost their connexion with the earth; they hang, as it were, in the air, hover in all directions, and find no place where they can settle.
You, Beloved, who are all
the gardens I have ever gazed at,
longing. An open window
in a country house-, and you almost
stepped out, pensive, to meet me.
Streets that I chanced upon,—
you had just walked down them and vanished.
And sometimes, in a shop, the mirrors
were still dizzy with your presence and, startled,
gave back my too-sudden image. Who knows?
perhaps the same bird echoed through both of us
yesterday, separate, in the evening…
Already my gaze is upon the hill, the sunny one,
at the end of the path which I’ve only just begun.
So we are grasped, by that which we could not grasp,
at such great distance, so fully manifest—
and it changes us, even when we do not reach it,
into something that, hardly sensing it, we already are;
a sign appears, echoing our own sign…
But what we sense is the falling winds.
I am much too alone in this world, yet not alone
to truly consecrate the hour.
I am much too small in this world, yet not small
to be to you just object and thing,
dark and smart.
I want my free will and want it accompanying
the path which leads to action;
and want during times that beg questions,
where something is up,
to be among those in the know,
or else be alone.
Rose, oh pure contradiction, desire,
To be no one’s sleep under so many
He was a poet and hated the approximate.
Death is the side of life which is turned away from us.
Everywhere I am folded, there I am a lie.
- Rainer Maria Rilke (Born December 4, 1875)
Dream always of a peaceful, warless, disarmed world.
- Robert Muller
There was never a good war or a bad peace.
- Ben Franklin
Let us be silent that we may hear the whispers of the gods.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
Peace is rarely denied to the peaceful.
- Johann von Schiller
No sadder proof can be given by a man of his own littleness than disbelief in great men.
- Thomas Carlyle
You don’t get very far in life without having to be brave an awful lot. Because we all have our frightening moments and difficult trials and we don’t have much of a choice but to get through them, and it takes a lot of bravery to do that. The most important thing about bravery is this — It’s not about not being scared — it’s about being scared and doing it anyway — that’s bravery.
- Ysabella Brave
Is there any religion whose followers can be pointed to as distinctly more amiable and trustworthy than those of any other? If so, this should be enough. I find the nicest and best people generally profess no religion at all, but are ready to like the best men of all religions.
- Samuel Butler
That there should one Man die ignorant who had capacity for Knowledge, this I call a tragedy.
- Thomas Carlyle
Standing as I do in view of God and eternity, I realize that patriotism is not enough. I must have no hatred or bitterness towards any one.
- Edith Cavell
I’m completely in favor of the separation of Church and State. My idea is that these two institutions screw us up enough on their own, so both of them together is certain death.
- George Carlin
Write down your wishes on a piece of paper. Read them after a year. Read them after 10 years. Read them after 20 years … Let’s visualize all the people living life in peace. 10 seconds. One hour. All day. Anywhere and anytime of the day … Negative thinking is a luxury we can’t afford … Let’s carry the clearest vision of a peaceful world. And do it with a spirit of fun and joy. Not with anger, not with fear … Let’s sing, dance and hug each other to bring in the new year, and with it, a new world … Let’s report to the Universe how glad we are that our planet is part of such a beautiful constellation … Find peace in your heart. It will spread over the world. The effect of it is strong and immediate … Smile to the future and it will smile back to you … Keep your quiet centre and stand for peace. We can do it. – Yoko Ono
A dream you dream alone is only a dream.
A dream you dream together is reality.
- Yoko Ono
Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures. ~ Henry Ward Beecher
Looking at various means of developing compassion, I think empathy is an important factor: the ability to appreciate others’ suffering.
The efforts we make sincerely to transform ourselves spiritually are what make us genuine practitioners.
The ultimate factor determining whether we have a healthy mind and a healthy body lies within.
We need to make an effort to develop our inner values, irrespective of whether we are religious or not.
Looking at the pattern of our existence from birth to death, we can see the way in which we are fundamentally nurtured by other’s affection.
Although I personally believe that our human nature is fundamentally gentle and compassionate, I feel it is not enough that this is our underlying nature; we must also develop an appreciation and awareness of that fact. And changing how we perceive ourselves, through learning and understanding, can have a very real impact on how we interact with others and how we conduct our daily lives.
- Dalai Lama
The only people with whom you should try to get even are those who have helped you.
- John E. Southard
Unfortunately, when hope diminishes, the hate is often turned most bitterly toward those who originally built up the hope.
- Martin Luther King Jr.
Peace is the one condition of survival in this nuclear age.
- Adlai E. Stevenson
God sleeps in the minerals, awakens in plants, walks in animals, and thinks in man.
- Arthur Young
I have always wanted my colours to sing.
- Paul Delvaux
A nation afraid to let its people judge truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation afraid of its people.
- John F. Kennedy
Meditating on beach, the ocean waves are like my thoughts coming and going. Neither one affects my stillness
In meditation as in life thoughts come & go. They shld have no bearing on yr happiness. Happiness sits in the heart not the mind
- Russell Simmons
Love is a catalyst for change. When you love on folk, people can change.
- Cornel West
Faith is a commitment to live as if life is a wondrous mystery…as if we are responsible for the well-being of those around us.
Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding.
Self is a sea boundless and measureless.
- Khalil Gibran
Listen to the ocean inside your body.
- Yoko Ono
Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone.
- Pablo Picasso
So many gods, so many creeds, so many paths that wind and wind, while just the art of being kind is all the sad world needs.
- Ella Wheeler Wilcox
In philosophy if you aren’t moving at a snail’s pace you aren’t moving at all.
- Iris Murdoch
I don’t mind making jokes, but I don’t want to look like one.
- Marilyn Monroe
It is very important to generate a good attitude, a good heart, as much as possible. From this, happiness in both the short term and the long term for both yourself and others will come.
No matter what activity or practice we are pursuing, there isn’t anything that isn’t made easier through constant familiarity
Material development only brings us physical comfort; mental development depends on training the mind.
You need self-confidence and determination: feeling depressed and losing hope will never really help to correct any situation.
If you use violence, you may get some temporary satisfaction. But the nature of violence is unpredictable – unexpected results often happen.
A calm mind helps our human intelligence to assess the situation realistically.
I look at people from a positive angle, seeking positive aspects. This immediately creates a feeling of affinity, a kind of connectedness.
In the practice of tolerance, one’s enemy is the best teacher.
I believe that whether a person follows any religion or not is unimportant, he or she must have a good heart, a warm heart.
- Dalai Lama
Dream always of a peaceful, warless, disarmed world.
- Robert Muller
Fair flowers are not left standing along the wayside long.
- German Proverb
True wisdom comes to each of us when we realize how little we understand about life, ourselves, & the world around us.
In dwindling twilight
at an August day’s end,
these broad dark bands appeared in the sky for a moment, seen from
Smithson’s Spiral Jetty on
the eastern shore of Utah’s
rays, they are actually shadows cast by
clouds near the distant western horizon, the setting Sun having
disappeared from direct view behind them.
The cloud shadows are parallel, but seem to converge in the distance
Coiled in the salt-encrusted lake surface,
Read more at apod.nasa.gov