Wisdom

This page contains an archive of Quotes of the Week and other pieces of wisdom that I want to keep in mind.

“The miracle is not to walk on water. The miracle is to walk on the green earth, dwelling deeply in the present moment and feeling truly alive.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” – Leo Buscaglia

“In our daily lives, we must see that it is not happiness that makes us grateful, but the gratefulness that makes us happy.” – Albert Clarke

“The quickest way to kill the human spirit is to ask someone to do mediocre work.” – Ayn Rand

“I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving he can outwit nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority.” – E.B White

“Out beyond the ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing there is a field. I’ll meet you there.” – Jalal-ad-Din Rumi

“It takes two to speak the truth. One to speak it and one to listen.” – Henry David Thoreau

“Strive for simplicity but learn to mistrust it.” – Alfred North Whitehead

“If imagination is not set to the task of building a creative life, it busies itself with weaving a web of inner fears and doubts, blame and excuse.” – Laurence G. Boldt

“I wanted to change the world. But I have found that the only thing one can be sure of changing is oneself.” – Aldous Huxley

“If everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isn’t thinking.” – George S. Patton

“We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.” – Albert Einstein

“Through right thought and belief, we can greatly influence our environment, its reaction to us, the situations we meet, and the conditions we contact.” – Ernest Holmes

“I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; And because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.” – Helen Keller

“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” – Theodore Roosevelt

“Delusion happens when we see all that is from the viewpoint of ourselves. Enlightenment happens when we see ourselves from the viewpoint of the things in nature.” – Dogen Zenji, Japanese philosopher and Zen Master

“A person of wisdom should be truthful, without arrogance, without deceit, not slanderous and not hateful. The wise person should go beyond the evil of greed and miserliness.
To have your mind set on calmness, you must take power over sleepiness, drowsiness, and lethargy. There is no place for laziness and no recourse to pride.
Do not be led into lying, do not be attached to forms. You must see through all pride and fare along without violence.
Do not get excited by what is old, do not be contented with what is new. Do not grieve for what is lost or be controlled by desire.” – adapted from the Sutta-Nipata, translated by H. Saddhatissa, found in “Teaching of the Buddha” edited by Jack Kornfield.

“Just as the trees look dead in winter, but have awesome potential for life in spring, so do you, who may feel dead at times, have awesome potential for life.” – Teresa Griffith

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Quotes from Ghandi:

It is the law of love that rules mankind. Had violence, i.e. hate, ruled us we should have become extinct long ago. And yet, the tragedy of it is that the so-called civilized men and nations conduct themselves as if the basis of society was violence.

You must be the change you wish to see in the world.

Hatred ever kills, love never dies; such is the vast difference between the two. What is obtained by love is retained for all time. What is obtained by hatred proves a burden in reality for it increases hatred.

A ‘No’ uttered from the deepest conviction is better than a ‘Yes’ merely uttered to please, or worse, to avoid trouble.

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“There never was a good war or a bad peace.” – Benjamin Franklin

“I believe that to meet the challenges of our times, human beings will have to develop a greater sense of universal responsibility. Each of us must learn to work not just for oneself, one’s own family or nation, but for the benefit of all humankind. Universal responsibility is the key to human survival. It is the best foundation for world peace.” – H H the Dalai Lama

“I do not want the peace that passeth understanding. I want the understanding which bringeth peace.” – Helen Keller

“When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace.” – Jimi Hendrix

“A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling 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.” – Albert Einstein

“Regarding Spirituality – Perhaps the greatest problem with this word is the line it seems to imply between spirit and flesh, between some exalted, superior state and the experience of everyday life, when in fact they are all mixed up together. We define ourselves and our deepest values by the choices we make, day by day, hour by hour, over a lifetime.” – Tobias Wolff

“When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.” – Rev. Patrick Cameron, speaking on the book “The Alchemist” written by Paulo Coelho

“One needs something to believe in, something for which one can have whole-hearted enthusiasm. One needs to feel that one’s life has meaning, that one is needed in this world.” – Hannah Senesh

“A committee can make a decision that is dumber than any of its members.”  – David Coblitz

“Little by little, one travels far.” – J. R. R. Tolkien

“I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day.” – E. B. White

“Knowledge without experience is philosophy, and experience without any knowledge is ignorance. The interplay between the two produces wisdom.” – Joe Dispenza, D.C. from his book Evolve Your Brain

“It is common sense to take a method and try it. If it fails, admit it frankly and try another. But above all, try something.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt

“If you only have a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail.” – Abraham Maslow

“Nothing but heaven itself is better than a friend who is really a friend.” – Plautus

“Stop ignorantly and stupidly denying your own capacity.” – Ernest Holmes

“One of the first lessons to learn is not to fix, but to provide opportunities for healing.” – from the MADD Canada Death Notification Training Booklet.

“Refuse to see the negative side of anyone. Refuse to let yourself misunderstand or be misunderstood.” – Ernest Holmes, The Science of Mind

“Who you are speaks so loudly I can’t hear what you’re saying.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Expect nothing, live frugally on surprise.” – Alice Walker

“Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that the stuff life is made of.” – Benjamin Franklin

“We were made to enjoy music, to enjoy beautiful sunsets, to enjoy looking at the billows of the sea, and to be thrilled with a rose that is bedecked with dew. Human beings are actually created for the transcendent, for the sublime, for the beautiful, for the truthful, and all of us are given the task of trying to make this world a little more hospitable to these beautiful things.” – Desmond Tutu

“To be aroused by life is to let our hearts to take us where they are needed. It is not a matter of thinking much, so do whatever most kindles love in you.” – St. Teresa of Avila

“Life is a succession of moments. To live each one is to succeed.” – Corita Kent

“Before you embark on any path ask the question, does this path have a heart? If the answer is no, you will know it and then you must choose another path. The trouble is that nobody asks the question. And when a man finally realizes that he has taken a path without a heart the path is ready to kill him.” 
- Carlos Castaneda

“Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Guts are important. Your guts are what digest things. But it is your brains that tell you which things to swallow and which not to swallow.” – Austin Dacey

“At night I open the window and ask the moon to come and press its face against mine.
Breathe into me… Breathe into me.
Close the language door and open the love window,
the moon won’t use the door, only the window.”
- Jalal-ad-Din Rumi

“There is only one cause of unhappiness: the false beliefs you have in your head, beliefs so widespread, so commonly held, that it never occurs to you to question them.” – Anthony de Mello

“You are today where you thoughts have brought you; you will be tomorrow where you thoughts take you.” -  James Allen

“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.” – Albert Einstein

“Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing. To keep our faces toward change and behave like free spirits in the presence of fate is strength undefeatable.” – Helen Keller

“Think of yourself in a large way, and the little things of life will lose interest for you. See all things from the large viewpoint. Instead of seeing yourself as mere man, see yourself as divine being…” – Charles Fillmore

“Your task is not to seek for love but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.” – Rumi

“You shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free.” – Jesus of Nazareth

“The love of a single heart can make a world of difference.” – Immaculee Ilibagiza, author of Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust

“The calm man, having learned how to govern himself, knows how to adapt himself to others; and they, in turn, reverence his spiritual strength, and feel that they can learn of him and rely upon him. The more tranquil a man becomes, the greater his success, his influence, his power for good.”— James Allen, from <i>As a Man Thinketh</i>

“When you write down your ideas you automatically focus your full attention on them. Few if any of us can write one thought and think another at the same time. Thus a pencil and paper make excellent concentration tools. ” – Michael Leboeuf

“Set out each day believing in your dreams. Know without a doubt that you were made for amazing things.” – Josh Hinds

“When I admire the wonder of a sunset or the beauty of the moon, my soul expands in worship of the Creator.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.” – Helen Keller

“Keep your feet on the ground and your thoughts at lofty heights.” – Peace Pilgrim

“The most amazing experiences in life result from the perfect blend of planning and preparation and a strict adherence to spontaneous serendipity.” – T. Griffith

“If someone thinks that love and peace is a cliche that must have been left behind in the Sixties, that’s his problem. Love and peace are eternal.” – John Lennon

“I measure success by what I give rather than what I have.” – Giovanni Livera

“Dream no small dreams for they have no power to move the hearts of men.” – J.W. Goethe

“Hide not your talents. They for use were made. What’s a sundial in the shade?” – Benjamin Franklin

“Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after.” – Henry David Thoreau

“If we did the things we are capable of, we would astound ourselves.” – Thomas Alva Edison

“Ironically, making a statement with words is the least effective method.” – Grey Livingston

“If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.” – Lao Tzu

“I will mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives, but I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy. Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.” – Martin Luther King Jr

“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive and go do it, because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” – Howard Thurman

“There is nothing like the razor sharp tongue of a good friend to cut through the lies we tell ourselves.” – Laura Moncur

“What you do is not as important as how you do it.” – KB (KtotheB.com)

“Do not do what someone else could do as well as you. Do not say, do not write what someone else could say, could write as well as you. Care for nothing in yourself but what you feel exists nowhere else. And, out of yourself create, impatiently or patiently, the most irreplaceable of beings.” – André Gide

“They always say that time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.” – Andy Warhol

“People that are having outrageous success in relationships and in finance, we promise you, it is not through the leverage of their words or not through the leverage of their action… It’s how cleverly and how clearly and how consistently they turn and get into the rhythm of the stream. And so, your calling is to feel good.” – Abraham-Hicks

“You must be capable of changing your priorities so that your final goal can be achieved. Comfort zones need to be challenged. Create your own realities. Be confident and strong to make your life better. Allow yourself to grow, develop, and find your true sense of purpose in this life. Don’t stand in someone else’s shadow – it is your sunlight that should lead the way.” – Marita Manalo Domingo

“Be you (everyone else is taken).” – Patty K

“When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.” – Henry Ford

“Bad news is something that should be kept secret and never told.” – L. Frank Baum

“Our growth direction is always toward the unknown.” – Rev. Dr. Arthur W. Chang on Mentors of New Thought Radio

“Scar tissue is stronger than regular tissue. Realize the strength, move on.” – Henry Rollins

“Three Rules of Work: Out of clutter find simplicity; From discord find harmony; In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.” – Einstein

“The summit of happiness is reached when a person is ready to be what he is.” – Desiderius Erasmus

“Sometimes you just have to go with your gut feeling and take a step into the unknown, otherwise nothing interesting happens. It’s called trust, and it has to go both ways.” – Will Baillieu

“Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.” – Thomas Jefferson

“You are a hero in your own right.” – Anne-Sophie Reinhardt, amindmedia.com

“If you’re going to doubt something, doubt your limits.” – Don Ward

“Love is just a word until someone comes along and gives it meaning.” – Victor Lee

“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“The mightiest works have been accomplished by men who have kept their ability to dream great dreams.” – Walter Bowie

“You will know that forgiveness has begun when you recall those who hurt you and feel the power to wish them well.” – Lewis B. Smedes

“Each morning when I open my eyes I say to myself: I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn’t arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I’m going to be happy in it.” — Groucho Marx

“Look deep into nature and then you will understand everything better.” – Albert Einstein

“Between stimulus and response, there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.” Victor Frankl

“The goal of the quest for yourself is to find that burning point, that ‘becoming’ thing in yourself which is fearless… and desireless… but just becoming. This is the condition of a warrior going into battle with perfect courage. That’s life in movement.” – Joseph Campbell in The Power of Myth

Wild Geese

You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
for a hundred miles through the desert repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.
Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.

from Dream Work by Mary Oliver published by Atlantic Monthly Press

Native American “10 Commandments”

Treat the Earth and all that dwell therein with respect

Remain close to the Great Spirit

Show great respect for your fellow beings

Work together for the benefit of all Mankind

Give assistance and kindness wherever needed

Do what you know to be right

Look after the well-being of Mind and Body

Dedicate a share of your efforts to the greater Good

Be truthful and honest at all times

Take full responsibility for your actions

The True Friend’s Creed
I will not join you in your despair.
I will hold the higher watch for you, no matter how doing so makes me appear.
I will believe the best for you,
Know the best is coming to you,
And trust that you have everything you need.
You are intelligent, strong, and sweet, all at the same time, and fully resourced to make good decisions in order to thrive.
There is nothing you need from me… You are in control of your own future, your own destiny.
I feel blessed to have been able to come along with you for a time… Time, and life, is precious. Our time together has been amplified — sweet, precious, perhaps in part because we do not know if we will ever see each other again.
My challenge now, as I suppose it always is, is to live in the present and create the future I want to live in without getting bogged down in the past.
– Teresa Griffith


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