Words of the Wise

  1. "The greatest discovery of my generation is that human beings, by changing the inner attitudes of their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives." - William James

  2. "Every morning when I wake up I'm willing to re-adjust my attitude." - The Dali Lama

  3. "One does not discover new lands without first consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time." - Andre Gide

  4. "You can only see you reflection in tranquil waters." - Lao Tzu

  5. "Let your mind be on the actions and never on the fruits." - The Bhagavad-Gita

  6. "To a young heart everything is fun." - Charles Dickens

  7. "Three things cannot be retrieved: The arrow once sped from the bow The word spoken in haste The missed opportunity" - Ali the Lion, Caliph of Islam

  8. "If I am not for me, who will be for me? If I am not for others what am I? And if not now, when?" - Rabbi Nachman of Bratslav

  9. "Memory and Pride were fighting, and Memory said, "It was like this", And Pride said, "It couldn't have been like this", and Memory gives in." - Friedrich Nietzsche

  10. "If you believe everything you think you'll go crazy" - Byron Katie

  11. "Whether you think you can or you think you can't, you're right." - Henry Ford

  12. "The highest form of bliss is living with a certain degree of folly" - Erasmus

  13. "The best thing about the future is that it comes only one day at a time." - Abraham Lincoln

  14. "The best way to cheer yourself is to try to cheer somebody else up." - Mark Twain

  15. "If one is unhappy, one wants to know the reason why. But it never occurs to one to ask why one is happy. It is therefore unhappiness, rather than happiness, that causes us to reflect upon our condition. It is unhappiness that makes us think." - Sangharakshita (Peace is a Fire)

  16. "Everyone who will can hear the Voice. It is within everyone, but like everything else, it requires previous and definite preparation." - Mahatma Gandhi

  17. "Happiness can be attained either when existence accords with our desires, or when our desires are in harmony with existence. True, the second alternative is difficult; but the first is impossible." - Sangharakshita

  18. "The faults of others are easily seen; one's own faults are seen with difficulty. One winnows the faults of others like chaff, but one covers up one's own as a dishonest gambler covers up a losing throw of the dice." - The Buddha (The Dhammapada)

  19. "He who is not contented with what he has, would not be contented with what he would like to have." - Socrates

  20. "Outer achievements should be expressions of inner abundance, not compensation for inner poverty." - Sangharakshita

  21. "The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery every day. Never lose a holy curiosity." - Albert Einstein

  22. "Thus shall you think of all this fleeting world: A star at dawn, a bubble in a stream; A flash of lightening in a summer cloud, A flickering lamp, a phantom, and a dream." - (The Diamond Sutra)

  23. "The happiness that you feel when you satisfy a desire is not due to the satisfaction of the desire but to the momentary cessation of the desire. But the desire returns. Therefore desires can never be satisfied: they can only be overcome, abandoned." - Sangharakshita (Peace is a Fire)

  24. "If you would be a real seeker after truth, it is necessary that at least once in your life you doubt, as far as possible, all things." - Rene Descartes

  25. "There is nothing that remains difficult if it is practiced. So, through practice with minor discomforts, even major discomfort becomes bearable." - Santideva

  26. "Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one." - Albert Einstein

  27. "Patience serves as a protection against wrongs as clothes do against cold. For if you put on more clothes as the cold increases, it will have no power to hurt you. So in like manner you must grow in patience when you meet with great wrongs, and they will then be powerless to vex your mind." - Leonardo da Vinci

  28. "If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself, but to your opinion of it; and this you have the power to revoke at any moment." - Marcus Aurelius

  29. "Internal validation trumps external validation." - Deepak Chopra

  30. "Very few people know the real meaning of friendship. More often than not, there is too much emphasis on sentiment, and too little on action. Metta is something that must be lived." - Sangharakshita (Peace is a Fire)

  31. "The heart is the real fountain of youth." - Mark Twain

  32. "Everything can be taken from a man but one thing; the last of the human freedoms - to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way." - Victor Frankl

  33. " There are no facts, only interpretations." - Friedrich Nietzsche

  34. "The voyage of discovery is not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes." - Marcel Proust

  35. "The highest 'calling and election' is to do without opium and live through all our pain with conscious, clear-eyed endurance." - George Eliot

  36. " What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us. " - Oliver Wendell Holmes

  37. "Our acts of voluntary attending, as brief and fitful as they are, are nevertheless momentous and critical, determining us, as they do, to higher or lower destinies." - William James

  38. "To be able to do one thing at a time is the whole art of life." - Sangharakshita

  39. "It's also helpful to realize that this very body that we have, that's sitting right here right now... with its aches and it pleasures... is exactly what we need to be fully human, fully awake, fully alive. " - Pema Chodron

  40. "The Great Way is not difficult, for one not attached to preferences." - Seng Ts-an , Third Zen Patriarch

  41. "Think for yourself and question authority." - Timothy Leary

  42. "Forever is composed of nows." - Emily Dickinson

  43. "My Karma ran over my Dogma. " - Ram Das

  44. "When we open our eyes, we see a washed world." - Paul Celan

  45. "Renew yourself completely each day; do it again, and again, and forever again." - King Tching-thang (engraved on his bathtub)

  46. " A superior vessel takes a long time to complete. " - Zen Saying

  47. " Love is not a potato; you can't throw it out the window." - Russian saying

  48. "Morning is when I am awake and there is a dawn in me." - Thoreau

  49. "In the beginner's mind there are many possibilities, in the expert's mind there are few." - Zen saying

  50. "As the hand held before the eye conceals the greatest mountain, so the little earthly life hides from the glance the enormous lights and mysteries of which the world is full, and he who can draw it away from before his eyes, as one draws away a hand, beholds the great shining of the inner worlds." - Rabbi Nachmann

  51. "You are the light, you are the way, there is no place to take refuge but yourself." - Inscription over the Buddha's ashes

  52. "All growth is a leap in the dark, a spontaneous, unpremeditated act without benefit of experience." - Henry Miller

  53. "Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it." - Helen Keller

  54. "If you tell the truth you don't have to remember anything." - Mark Twain

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

  56. "We are always the same age inside." - Gertrude Stein

  57. "The "Ah ha" and the "Ha ha "are related." - Mike Meyers

  58. "For the one who has no inner, angry thoughts, Who has gone past being a someone, a this or that. That one is free from fear and is blissful. Even the gods cannot win such serenity." - Buddhist teaching

  59. "To be Self-realized is the best use of our short time here." - eepak Chopra

  60. "Cloquet hated reality but realized it was still the only place to get a good steak." - Woody Allen

  61. "Never lose a chance of saying a kind word." - William Thackeray

  62. "In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: It goes on." - Robert Frost

  63. "With our thoughts we make our world." - The Buddha

  64. "Most people ask for happiness on condition. Happiness can only be felt if you don't set any condition." - Arthur Rubinstein

  65. " Even if our efforts of attention seem for years to be producing no result, one day a light that is in exact proportion to them will flood the soul." - Simone Weil

  66. "Astonishing! Everything is intelligent! " - Pythagoras

  67. "When it's over, I want to say: All my life I was a bride married to amazement. I was the bridegroom, taking the world into my arms….. " - Mary Oliver

  68. "Once, during a talk, Suzuki Roshi said that life was impossible. "If it is impossible" a student asked, "how can we do it?" "You do it every day," " - the Roshi replied.

  69. " Trust God, but keep on rowing." - Russian proverb

  70. "Nothing will work unless you do." - Maya Angelou

  71. "The invariable mark of wisdom is seeing the miraculous in the common." - R.W. Emerson

  72. "You can outdistance that which is running after you, but not what is running inside you." - Rwandan proverb

  73. "The trouble is that you think you have time." - Jack Kornfield

  74. "No one can make you feel inferior without your consent." - Eleanor Roosevelt

  75. "Extreme remedies are very appropriate for extreme diseases. " - Hippocrates

  76. " Unless you are willing to go through the awkward stage, you will never reach mastery." - Milton Erickson

  77. "Great perils have this beauty, that they bring to light the fraternity of strangers." - Victor Hugo

  78. "Kind hearts are gardens; kind thoughts are roots; kind words are flowers; kind deeds are the fruits." - English proverb

  79. "We learn something by doing it. There is no other way." - John Holt

  80. "The main condition for progress is honesty with oneself. " - Helena Roerich

  81. "We are all on Death Row – the only difference is the method of execution and the length of the reprieve." - Deepak Chopra

  82. "Eighty percent of success is showing up." - Woody Allen

  83. "You can no more win a war than you can win an earthquake." - Jeanette Rankin

  84. "Dare to be naïve. " - R. Buckminster Fuller

  85. "I can scarcely wait till tomorrow when a new life begins for me, as it does each day, as it does each day." - Stanley Kunitz

  86. "Genius is eternal patience." - Michelangelo

  87. "People who can not find time for recreation are obliged sooner or later to find time for illness." - John Wanamaker

  88. "Circumstances have a way of putting us on a path we should have taken long ago." - Unknown

  89. "All intellectual improvement arises from leisure." - Samuel Johnson

  90. "There are some things, that if people don't know, you can't tell them." - Yogi Berra

  91. " Angels can fly because they take themselves lightly." - G. K. Chesterton

  92. "We should not make the intellect our god; it has, of course, powerful muscles, but no personality. " - Albert Einstein

  93. "Choose always the way that seems best, however rough it maybe; custom will soon render it easy and agreeable." - Unknown

  94. "Act nothing in a furious passion; it's like putting to sea in a storm. " - Thomas Fuller

  95. "Love is an irresistible desire to be irresistibly desired." - Robert Frost

  96. "There are three possible answers to every question: Yes, No, and Wait." - Byron Katie

  97. "It isn't what people think that is important, but the reason they think what they think." - Ionesco

  98. "Trying to define yourself is like trying to bite your own teeth." - Alan Watts

  99. "Life is not a problem to be solved but a reality to be experienced." - Kierkegaard

  100. "What is it like after you die? Just like it was before you were born. " - Stephen Levine

  101. "He who does not judge by appearances is a fool." - Oscar Wilde

  102. "There is no way you can use the word "reality" without quotation marks around it." - Joseph Campbell

  103. "A monk was asked "what do you do there in the monastery?" He replied, "We fall down and we get up, we fall down and we get up, we fall and we get up." - St. Benedict

  104. "The search for Truth is really a lot of fun." - Vernon Howard

  105. " I'm not afraid of death; I just don't want to be there when it happens." - Woody Allen

  106. "When you doubt, abstain. " - Zoroaster

  107. "It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop." - Confucius

  108. "Inches make champions. " - Unknown

  109. " Don't ask the barber whether you need a haircut." - Daniel Greenberg

  110. "In the presence of eternity, the mountains are as transient as clouds." - Robert Ingersol

  111. "Don't go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing, it was here first." - Mark Twain

  112. "The maxim, 'Nothing avails but perfection', may also be spelled PARALYSIS." - Winston Churchill

  113. "Many know that the drop is in the ocean, but few know that the ocean is in the drop." - Sufi proverb

  114. "Life is just one damn thing after another." - Mark Twain

  115. "For the mind is as difficult to control as the wind, but in this one respect it is good, it frequents places familiar to it- therefore, show it the delight of the Self as often as possible." - The Bhagavad-Gita

  116. "Harboring resentment is like taking poison and expecting the other person to drop dead." - Author Unknown

  117. "Most people dig their grave with their teeth." - Italian proverb

  118. "Believe those who are seeking the truth; doubt those who find it." - Andre Gide

  119. "Poetry is a way of taking life by the throat." - Robert Frost

  120. " I believe in God, only I spell it Nature. " - Frank Lloyd Wright

  121. "The quest for Self- knowledge has been one of the most urgent passions of mankind." - Violet de Lazlo

  122. "The greater the Adept the more complete his personal self surrender. " - Hermetic tradition

  123. "How long does it take to become enlightened? One minute. No matter how long the years of training, or meditation and prayer, the truth comes in a flash. " - Ancient wisdom

  124. "When we remember we are all mad, the mysteries disappear and life stands explained." - Mark Twain

  125. "He who does not marry will live to regret it, and he who marries will live to regret it also" - Socrates

  126. "All growth is a leap in the dark- a spontaneous, unpremeditated act without benefit of experience." - Henry Miller

  127. "One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness visible." - Carl Jung

  128. "Since everything is none other than exactly as it is, one may as well just break out in laughter." - Long Chen Pa

  129. " I believe in the essential unity of all that lives. Therefore I believe that if one person gains spiritually the whole world gains, and if one person falls, the world falls to that extent." - Mohandas Gandhi

  130. "Each day should be passed as though it were our last." - Publilius Syrus

  131. "All beings are born enlightened, but it takes a lifetime to discover this." - The Buddha

  132. "People to whom nothing has ever happened cannot understand the unimportance of events." - T.S. Eliot

  133. "A friend is a present you give yourself." - Robert Louis Stevenson

  134. "I don't like work- no man does- but I like what is in work- the chance to find yourself." - Joseph Conrad

  135. "It is through creating, not possessing, that life is revealed." - Vida D. Scudder

  136. " I yam what I yam, and that's all that I yam. " - Popeye

  137. "Who would you be without your story? " - Byron Katie

  138. "It always benefits to be well prepared." - Common wisdom

  139. "All miracles, magic, para-psychological happenings have one ingredient in common- an attitude of hopeful expectancy." - Carl Jung

  140. "Imagination is like a magnet. " - Paracelsus

  141. "Sometimes great wisdom is expressed in a short proverb." - Socrates

  142. "The Self is the rider in the chariot of the body, of which the horses are the senses and the mind is the reins. " - The Bhagavad-Gita

  143. "Silence is the inner space we need for growth." - Ancient wisdom

  144. "We make vessels out of clay but their true nature is the emptiness within. " - Lao-Tsu

  145. "God is a sphere whose center is everywhere and whose circumference is no-where." - St. Bonadventure ( also Plato )

  146. " The decent into the depths usually precedes the ascent. " - Carl Jung

  147. "What did the Mystic say to the hot dog vendor? "Make me one with everything.""

  148. "Philosophy begins in wonder." - Plato

  149. "I discovered the secret of the sea in meditation upon the dewdrop." - Kahlil Gibran

  150. "As Above, so Below." - Hermetic Aphorism

  151. "Let no one deceive himself. If any one among you thinks he is wise in this age, let him become a Fool- that he may become wise. For the wisdom of this world is Folly before God." - St. Paul to the Corinthians

  152. "The possibility of individual illumination is a universal human potential."

  153. " Life is a process, not a problem. The Tao is a journey, not a goal."

  154. " Sleep is the best meditation." - Dalai Lama

  155. "Your friend is your needs answered. He is your field which you sow with love and reap with thanksgiving. " - Kahlil Gibran

  156. "Nothing will change the fact that I can not produce the least thing without absolute solitude." - Goethe

  157. "Just to be alive is enough." - Shunryu Suzuki

  158. "Life must be lived forwards, but it can only be understood backwards." - Kierkegaard

  159. "The Three Rules of Work: 1. Out of clutter, find simplicity. 2. From discord, find harmony. 3. In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity. " - Albert Einstein

  160. "No great thing is created suddenly. " - Epictetus

  161. "Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced. " - James Baldwin

  162. "It is easier to confess a defect than to claim a quality. " - Max Beerbohm

  163. "The remedy of all blunders, the cure of blindness, the cure of crime, is love." - Emerson

  164. "The best way out is always through." - Robert Frost

  165. "If a man should conquer in battle a thousand and a thousand more, and another man should conquer himself, his would be the greater victory, because the greatest of victories is the victory over oneself." - The Dhammapada

  166. "Life is a candle before the wind." - Japanese proverb

  167. "Where there is great doubt, there will be great awakening; small doubt, small awakening; no doubt, no awakening." - Zen saying

  168. "Prayer is not an old woman's idle amusement. Properly understood and applied, it is the most potent instrument of action." - Mahatma Gandhi

  169. "Paradise is where I am." - Voltaire

  170. " I shut my eyes in order to see." - Paul Gaugin

  171. "Meditation is not an escape from life…but preparation for really being in life." - Thich Nhat Hanh

  172. "The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious." - Albert Einstein

  173. All these submitted on May16,2011

    New Quotes to Add as of Oct 28, 2011

  174. "You never know what is enough until you know what is more than enough." - William Blake

  175. "Every blade of grass has its angel that bends over it and whispers 'grow, grow'." - The Hebrew Torah

  176. "No snowflake ever falls in the wrong place." - Zen saying

  177. "No Mud, No Lotus. " - Thich Nhat Hanh

  178. "Better a diamond with a flaw than a pebble without." - Confucius

  179. "Reality rules! " - Byron Katie

  180. "To enjoy the world without judgment is what a realized life is like." - Charlotte Joko Beck

  181. "In sex you make love with the other; in meditation you make love with God" - Osho

  182. "In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer" - Albert Camus

  183. "Love consists in this: that two solitudes protect and touch and greet each other" - Rilke

  184. "The truth will set you free. But first it will piss you off." - Gloria Steinem