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"The individual may be understood
as one particular focal point
at which the whole universe expresses itself -
as an incarnation of the self, or of the Godhead,
or whatever one may choose to call it."

Alan W. Watts

The same stream of life
that runs through the world
runs through my veins
night and day in rhythmic measure.

It is the same life that shoots in joy
through the dust of the earth
into numberless waves of flowers."

Rabindranath Tagore

If you want others to be happy,
practice compassion.

If you want to be happy,
practice compassion."

The 14th Dalai Lama

The weak can never forgive.
Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.

Mahatma Gandhi

People deal too much with the negative,
with what is wrong...
Why not try and see positive things,
to just touch those things
and make them bloom?

Thich Nhat Hanh

"Do not keep the alabaster box of your friendship
sealed up until your friends are dead.

Fill their lives with sweetness.
Speak approving, cheering words
while their ears can hear them,
and while their hearts
can be thrilled and made happier.

The kind of things you
mean to say when they are gone,
say before they go."

George W. Childs

"The world exists, not for what it means
but for what it is.
The purpose of mushrooms
is to be mushrooms;
wine is in order to be wine:

things are precious before they are contributory."

Father Robert Cadon

Keep me away from the wisdom
which does not cry,
the philosophy
which does not laugh
and the greatness
which does not bow before children.

Kahlil Gibran

When you learn to love Hell, then you will be in Heaven.


My barn having burned to the ground,
I can now see the moon.

Japanese haiku

"Our greatest glory is not in never falling,
But in rising every time we fall."


Do everything with a mind
that lets go.

Don't accept praise or gain
or anything else.

If you let go a little you will have a
little peace;

if you let go a lot you will have
a lot of peace;

if you let go completely you will have
complete peace.

Ajahn Chah

"This is love:
to fly toward a secret sky,
to cause a hundred veils to fall each moment.
First to let go of life.
Finally, to take a step without feet."


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.

Rainer Maria Rilke

"The more we create,
the more we love and lose those whom we love,
the more we escape from death.

With every new work we round and finish,
we escape into the work we have created,
the soul we have loved, the soul that has left us.

When all is told,
Rome is not in Rome;
the best of a man lies outside himself."

Romain Rolland

"All who have meant good work
with their whole hearts,
have done good work,
although they may die
before they have the time to sign it.

Every heart that has beat strong and cheerfully
has left a hopeful impulse behind it in the world,
and bettered the tradition of mankind."

Robert Louis Stevenson

"The only thing that you will take
through those pearly gates
is what youve given away."

Marcia Moore

"God creates each soul differently,
so that when all the mud is finally cleared away,
His light will shine through it
in a beautiful, colorful, totally new pattern."

M. Scott Peck

There will come a time when you believe everything is
finished. That will be the beginning.

Louis L'Amour

To understand the present with its full, rich significance,
the mind must free itself from the habit of self-protecting
acquisition; when it is utterly naked, then there is immortality.


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