For one person to love another, that is perhaps the most difficult of all our tasks, the last test and proof, the work for which all else is but preparation.
Only in relationship can you know yourself, not in abstraction and certainly not in isolation. The movement of behavior is the sure guide to yourself. It's the mirror of your consciousness, this mirror will reveal its content, the images, the attachments, the fears, the loneliness, the joy and sorrow. Poverty lies in running away from this, either in its sublimations or its identities.
Living, love and death are one thing, not divisive, not separated, not divorced, not in the field of time but it is completely a living, moving thing, indivisible. And that is immortal.
You cannot live without dying. You cannot live if you do not die psychologically every minute. This is not an intellectual paradox. To live completely, wholly, every day as if it were a new loveliness, there must be dying to everything of yesterday, otherwise you live mechanically, and a mechanical mind can never know what love is or what freedom is.
Most of us are frightened of dying because we don't know what it means to live. We don't know how to live, therefore we don't know how to die. As long as we are frightened of life we shall be frightened of death.
The man who lives without conflict, who lives with beauty and love, is not frightened of death because to love is to die.
It is only when we die each day to all that is old that there can be the new.
Freedom from the known is death, and then you are living.
Find out what it means to die - not physically, that's inevitable - but to die to everything that is known, to die to your family, to your attachments, to all the things that you have accumulated, the known, the known pleasures, the known fears. Die to that every minute and you will see what it means to die so that the mind is made fresh, young, and therefore innocent, so that there is incarnation not in a next life, but the next day.
Death is something not only mysterious but a great act of purgation. That which continues in a repetitive pattern is degeneration. The pattern may vary according to country, according to climate, according to circumstance, but it is a pattern. Moving in any pattern brings about a continuity and that continuity is part of the degenerating process of man. When there is an ending of continuity, something new can take place. One can understand it instantly if one has understood the whole movement of thought, of fear, hate, love - then one can grasp the significance, instantly, of what death is.
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We have a problem. ''Congratulations. '' But it's a tough problem. ''Then double congratulations. ''
W. Clement Stone
The pessimist complains about the wind. The optimist expects it to change. The leader adjusts the sails.
A smile is a light in the window of the soul indicating that the heart is at home.
With vision, every person, organization and country can flourish. The Bible says, 'Without vision we perish.
Mark Victor Hansen
Love is not selfish.
It's showtime !
Joe Gideon, All That Jazz (1979)
How can you tell the difference between a run-over snake and a run-over lawyer? There are skid marks in front of the snake.
The ready back gets all the loads.
It doesn't matter which side of the fence you get off on sometimes. What matters most is getting off. You can not make progress without making decisions.
If you aren't going all the way, why go at all ?
I am speaking now of the highest duty we owe our friends, the noblest, the most sacred that of keeping their own nobleness, goodness, pure and incorrupt. . . . If we let our friend become cold and selfish and exacting without a remonstrance, we are no true lover, no true friend.
Harriet Beecher Stowe
Surmounting difficulty is the crucible that forms character.
The person who says it can not be done should not interrupt the person who is doing it.
Strength and growth come only through continuous effort and struggle.
Speak what you think today in words as hard as cannon-balls and tomorrow speak what tomorrow thinks in hard words again, though it contradict every thing you said today.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
If our thoughts and hopes are elsewhere, it is impossible to set our faces steadily toward the work required of us.
Its so hard when contemplated in advance, and so easy when you do it.
Robert M. Pirsig
Times of great calamity and confusion have ever been productive of the greatest minds. The purest ore is produced from the hottest furnace, and the brightest thunderbolt is elicited from the darkest storm.
Charles Caleb Colton
Many of life's failures are experienced by people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.
Learning acquired in youth is an inscription on stone.
Platitudes ? Yes, there are platitudes. Platitudes are there because they are true.
Deep down inside of all of us is the power to accomplish what we want to, if we'll just stop looking elsewhere.
We must be the change we wish to see.
Ask nothing, want nothing in return. Give what you have to give, it will come back to you, but do not think of that now.
The worst thing you can try to do is cling to something that is gone, or to recreate it.
Our inventions are wont to be pretty toys, which distract our attention from serious things. They are but improved means to an unimproved end, an end which was already but too easy to arrive at
Henry David Thoreau
Marcel Marceau, Silent Movie (1976)
Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant.
Robert Louis Stevenson
It is not enough to have a good mind, the main thing is to use it well.
There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.
The last miracle I did was the 1969 Mets. Before that, I think you have to go back to the Red Sea.
God, Oh God (1977)
The miracle power that elevates the few is to be found in their industry, application and perseverance, under the promptings of a brave determined spirit.
Knowledge is proud that she knows so much , wisdom is humble that she knows no more.
There are those who give with joy, and that joy is their reward.
For every beauty there is an eye somewhere to see it. For every truth there is an ear somewhere to hear it. For every love there is a heart somewhere to receive it.
The unselfish effort to bring cheer to others will be the beginning of a happier life for ourselves.
Don't go through life, grow through life.
Honesty pays, but it doesn't seem to pay enough to suit some people.
Our love is here to stay.
If you would live your life with ease, do what you ought, not what you please.
The more you venture to live greatly, the more you will find within you what it takes to get on top of things and stay there.
Norman Vincent Peale
You are never given a wish without also being given the power to make it true. You may have to work for it, however.
Every action that helps us manifest our divine nature more and more is good, every action that retards it is evil.
If what you did yesterday seems big, you haven't done anything today.
There is no real excellence in all this world which can be separated from right living.
David Starr Jordan
Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.
In learning you will teach, and in teaching you will learn.
Many of us spend half of our time wishing for things we could have, if we didn't spend half of our time wishing.
Some succeed because they are destined. Some succeed because they are determined.
Love means to love that which is unlovable, or it is no virtue at all.
Gilbert K. Chesterton
Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.
Robert A. Heinlein
Who, being loved, is poor ?
It's not whether you get knocked down, it's whether you get back up.
Winning isn't everything , it's the only thing.
A human being is a part of a whole, called by us _universe_ , a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest... a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.
Defeat is not defeat unless accepted as a reality in your own mind.
Little strokes fell great oaks.
Friends are made by many acts and lost by only one.
Out of need springs desire, and out of desire springs the energy and the will to win.
You think of yourself as a colored man. I think of myself as a man.
John Wade Prentice, Guess Who's Coming To Dinner (1967)
Love is the universal thirst for a communion not merely of the senses, but of our whole nature.
Percy Bysshe Shelley
Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so.
A small house will hold a hundred friends.
Enthusiasm releases the drive to carry you over obstacles and adds significance to all you do.
Norman Vincent Peale
Love can be understood only from the inside, as a language can be understood only by someone who speaks it, as a world can be understood only by someone who lives in it.
Robert C. Solomon
The power is detested, and miserable the life, of him who wishes to be feared rather than to be loved.
Anyone can hold the helm when the sea is calm.
Heroism on command, senseless violence, and all the loathsome nonsense that goes by the name of patriotism -- how passionately I hate them !
Seduce my mind and you can have my body, find my soul and I'm yours forever.
Follow love and it will flee, flee love and it will follow thee.
Whatever happens, take responsibility !
Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.
Always bear in mind, that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other thing.
Look at every situation as if you were in the future and you were looking back on it.
General Peter Schoomaker
Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.
Obstacles are those frightful things you can see when you take your eyes off your goal.
I am a great believer in luck and I find that the harder I work the more I have of it.
Procrastination is opportunities natural assassin.
If you want things to be different, perhaps the answer is to become different yourself.
Norman Vincent Peale
A ship is safe in harbor, but thats not what ships are for.
Don't be afraid to take a big step if one is indicated , you can't cross a chasm in two small jumps.
David Lloyd George
I have nipples, Greg. Could you milk me ?
Jack Byrnes, Meet The Parents (2000)
Imitate until you emulate, match and surpass those who launched you. It's the highest form of thankfulness.
Mark Victor Hansen
Don't wish it were easier, wish you were better.
Power is not really good or bad , it is neutral. Power itself is not negative or positive, although our feelings about it may be. Power is the potential to influence others for good or evil, to be a blessing or a scourge. Like nuclear energy, it can provide the electricity to light a city, or it can fuel the bomb that destroys it.
Think of me as a sex symbol for men who don't give a damn.
When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced. Live your life so that when you die, the world cries and you rejoice.
Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot, but make it hot by striking.
William B. Sprague
Some people enter our lives and leave almost instantly. Others stay, and forge such an impression on our heart and soul, we are changed forever.
Besides the short catnaps I take each day, I average about four to five hours of sleep per night.
Love in its essence is spiritual fire.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca
The great pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do.
If you ever feel like having a child, go to a restaurant and sit next to one.
Winners never quit and quitters never win !
If I accept you as you are, I will make you worse , however if I treat you as though you are what you are capable of becoming, I help you become that.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
It takes a minute to find a special person, an hour to appreciate them, a day to love them and a lifetime to forget them.
We more frequently fail to face the right problem than fail to solve the problem we face.
Gravitation can not be held responsible for people falling in love.