When you are inspired by some great purpose,
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 come alive,
and you discover yourself to be
a greater person by far
than you ever dreamed yourself to be.
~ Pantanjali ~
Have no fear of robbers or murderers.
They are external dangers, petty dangers.
We should fear ourselves.
Prejudices are the real robbers;
vices the real murderers.
The great dangers are within us.
Why worry about what threatens our heads or purses?
Let us think instead of what threatens our souls.
~ Victor Hugo ~
Every piece of marble has a statue in it
waiting to be released
by a man of sufficient skill
to chip away the unnecessary parts.
Just as the sculptor is to the marble,
so is education to the soul.
It releases it.
For only educated men are free men.
You cannot create a statue
by smashing the marble with a hammer,
and you cannot by force of arms
release the spirit or the soul of man.
~ Confucius ~
What counts now is not just
what we are against,
but what we are for.
Who leads us is less important
than what leads us –
what faith –
win or lose.
~ Adlai Stevenson ~
How seldom we weigh our neighbor
in the same balance with ourselves.
~ Thomas A Kempis ~
Keep away from people
who try to belittle your ambitions.
Small people always do that,
but the really great make you feel
that you, too, can become great.
~ Mark Twain ~
Last, but by no means least,
the courage of one’s convictions,
the courage to see things through.
The world is in a constant
conspiracy against the brave.
It’s the age-old struggle –
the roar of the crowd on one side
and the voice of your conscience on the other.
~ Douglas MacArthur ~
The world has no room for cowards.
We must all be ready somehow
to toil, to suffer, to die.
And yours is not the less noble
because no drum beats before you
when you go out to your daily battlefields,
and no crowds shout your coming
when you return
from your daily victory and defeat.
~ Robert Louis Stevenson ~
I can see how it might be possible
for a man to look down upon the earth
and be an atheist,
but I cannot conceive
how he can look up into the heavens
and say there is no God.
~ Abraham Lincoln ~
No man is an island entire of itself.
Every man is a piece of the continent,
a part of the main…
Any man’s death diminishes me,
because I am involved in mankind.
Therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls.
It tolls for thee.
~ John Donne ~
If civilization is to survive,
we must cultivate the science of
human relationships –
the ability of all peoples,
of all kinds,
to live together,
in the same world at peace.
~ Franklin D. Roosevelt ~
Making the decision to have a child –
It is to decide forever
to have your heart
walking outside your body.
~ Elizabeth Stone ~
A baby is God’s opinion that life should go on.
Never will a time come
when the most marvelous recent invention
is as marvelous as a newborn baby.
The finest of our precision watches,
the most supercolossal of our supercargo planes,
don’t compare with a newborn baby
in the number and ingenuity of coils and springs,
in the flow and change of chemical solutions,
in timing devices and interrelated parts
that are irreplaceable.
~ Carl Sandburg ~
I am closer to you than yourself,
than your soul,
than your own breath.
Why do you not see me?
Why do you not hear me?
~ Ibn Al Arabi ~
mystic, philosopher, poet
We are not separate from Being,
we are in it…
~ Plotinus ~
Ennead V, i, 3
Your own self-realization
is the greatest service
you can render the world.
~ Sri Ramana Maharshi ~
The Earth, its life am I,
The Earth, its feet are my feet,
The Earth, its legs are my legs,
The Earth, its body is my body,
The Earth, its thoughts are my thoughts,
The Earth, its speech is my speech.
~ Navajo Chant ~
There is one common flow,
one common breathing,
all things in sympathy.
~ Hippocrates ~
Old men ought to be explorers;
here and there does not matter.
We must be still and still moving
into another intensity
for another union, a deeper communion.
~ T.S. Eliot ~