Nothing will prove the existence of God to an Atheist, yet to a true believer everything is proof.
Desires must be purified and idealized, not exterminated.
- Rav Eliyahu of Vilna (The Vilma Gaon)
The most damaging phrase in the language is: 'It's always been done that way.'
- Grace Murray Hopper
"Fathom the hypocrisy of a Government
that requires every citizen to prove
they are insured...but not everyone
must prove they are a citizen."
-I'm not sure of the author
The deepest truth blooms only from the deepest love.
- Heine, English Fragments, 1828
The ultimate way is without difficulty; those who seek it make their own hardship. The true mind is originally pure; those who exercise it make their own defilement.
Seeing ourselves plainly, we can change, and as we do so, it brings a feeling of great relief, as if we had dropped a heavy load.
- Ayya Khema, "Who is My Self?"
Neglecting valuable advice, an ignorant man becomes the cause of his own misery. That soul who neither follows another's orders nor fathoms what to do himself creates nothing but torment until he leaves this life.
- Tirukkural 847-848
Man never acts in a manner more resembling God than when he bestows benefits.
- Philo, Special Laws
We arent what we ought to be. We arent what were going to be. We arent what we want to be. But, thank God, we arent what we were.
If you think, I breathe, the I is extra. There is no you to say I. What we call I is just a swinging door which moves when we inhale and when we exhale. It just moves; that is all. When your mind is pure and calm enough to follow this movement, there is nothing: no I, no world, no mind nor body; just a swinging door.
- Shunryu Suzuki, "Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind"
is not those who lack energy or refrain from action, but those who work without expectation of reward who attain the goal of meditation. Theirs is true renunciation.
- Bhagavad Gita 6:1
True divine religion needs neither arms nor fingers for its use; it is all spirit and heart.
- Moses Mendelssohn
Never go to a doctor whose office plants have died.
- Erma Bombeck
A mind unshaken when touched by the worldly states, sorrowless, stainless, and secure, this is the blessing supreme. Those who have fulfilled all these are everywhere invincible; they find well-being everywhere, theirs is the blessing supreme.
- (adapted from) Mangala Sutta
A real friend never gets in your way--unless you happen to be on the way down.
- Dr. Wayne Dyer
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