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“Sometimes one creates a dynamic impression by saying something,
and sometimes one creates a significant impression by remaining silent.”
- The Dalai Lama


“THE PROBLEM IS NOT WHAT
YOU DON’T KNOW –
THE PROBLEM IS WHAT YOU
DON’T PRACTICE.”
- Swami Rama (1925-1996)


“Better to light one candle than to curse the darkness.”
- Ancient Chinese proverb


Kites rise highest against the wind; not with it.
- Winston Churchill


“Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle,
and the life of the candle will not be shortened.
Happiness never decreases by being shared.”
- Gautama Buddha (563-483) Founder of Buddhism


“There are two ways of spreading light:
To be the candle or
the mirror that reflects it.”
- Edith Wharton (1862-1937) Writer


“Good teachers are like candles.
They consume themselves to light the
way for others.”
- Author unknown


“You don’t have to blow out my candle to make yours glow brighter.”
- Author unknown


“All the happiness there is in this world
Arises from wishing others to be happy.
And all the suffering there is in this world
Arises from wishing oneself to be happy.”
- Shantideva (687-763) (Indian Buddhist Scholar)


“When I do good, I feel good;
when I do bad, I feel bad –
and that is my religion.”
- Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)


DELAY GRATIFICATION.
DON’T
TRADE
WHAT
YOU
WANT
NOW
FOR
WHAT
YOU
WANT
MOST!


“A single thankful thought towards heaven is the most perfect of all prayers.”
- Gotthold Ephraim Lessing (1729-1881)


“If the only prayer you ever say in your life is
“Thank you,” it will be enough.”
- Meister Eckhart (1260-1327)


“Gratitude is when memory is stored
in the heart and not in the mind.”
- Lionel Hampton 


“Someone’s sitting in the shade today because someone
planted a tree a long time ago.”
- Warren Buffett


Everything that irritates us about others can lead us
to an understanding of ourselves.”
- Carl Jung


“When in doubt, observe and ask questions.
When certain, observe at length and ask many more questions.”
- George S. Patton (1885-1945)


“Kind words can be short and easy to speak,
but their echoes are truly endless.”
- Mother Teresa (1910-1997)


“The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high
and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it.”
- Michelangelo (1475-1564)


“Treat people as if they were what they ought to be
and you help them to become what they are capable of being.”
- Goethe (1749-1832), German Writer


“THE GREATEST MISTAKE A PERSON CAN MAKE
IS TO BE AFRAID OF MAKING ONE.”
- Elbert Hubbard 

“Each person must live their life as model for others.”
- Rosa Parks


“Most misfortunes are the results of misused time.”
- Napoleon Hill 


“If you want to run fast: run alone.
If you want to run far: run together.”
- African proverb


“When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bounds: 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 become alive, and you discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be.”
- Patanjali (Second century B.C.) Philosopher


“Being kind is better than being right. Keep your words soft and tender
because you may have to eat them tomorrow.”
- Andy Rooney, TV commentator “60 Minutes”


“When I was young, I admired clever people.
Now that I am old, I admire thoughtful people.”
- Abraham Joshua Heschel (1907-1972)


“That is what learning is. You suddenly understand something
you’ve understood all your life, but in a new way.”
- Doris Lessing


“Peace begins with a smile.”
- Mother Teresa (1910-1997)


“Kindness is the only investment that never fails.”
- Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) 


“WE MAKE OUR OWN TRAPS.
WE CONSTRUCT OUR OWN CAGE.
WE BUILD OUR OWN ROADBLOCKS.”
- Douglas Kennedy – Writer


“According to the laws of aerodynamics, the bumblebee is unable to fly.
This is because the size, weight, and shape of its body in relation to the total
wing-span makes flying impossible. The bumblebee, being ignorant of these laws,
goes ahead and flies anyway!”
- Author Unknown


The journey is the reward.
–Chinese Proverb


“When you follow your bliss . . .
doors will open where you would not have thought there would be doors,
and where there wouldn’t be a door for anyone else.”
- Joseph Campbell (1904-1987) – Mythologist


“Chance favors only the prepared mind.”
- Louis Pasteur, French chemist & Microbiologist


I have sometimes been wildly, despairingly, acutely miserable, racked with sorrow,
but through it all, I still know quite certainly that just to be alive is a grand thing.”
- Agatha Christie (1890-1976)


Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart.
Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens.
- Carl Jung


“What a wonderful life I’ve had. I only wish I’d realized it sooner.”
- Colette (1873-1954), French novelist


“It’s a funny thing about life; if you refuse to accept anything
but the best, you very often get it.”
- W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965), Writer


“All the happiness there is in this world
arises from wishing others to be happy.
All the suffering there is in this world
arises from wishing oneself to be happy.”
- Shantideva (687-763)} – Indian Buddhist scholar


“For every problem under the sun,
There is a solution or there is none.
If there’s a solution go and find it.
If there isn’t, never mind it.”
- Unknown


If you chase two rabbits, both will escape.
- Chinese Proverb


“We are visitors on this planet.
We are here for 90 or 100 years at the very most.
During that period, we must try to do something good,
something useful with our lives.
If you contribute to other people’s happiness,
you will find the true goal, the true meaning of life.”
- The Dalai Lama


“Flatter me, and I may not believe you.
Criticize me, and I may not like you.
Ignore me, and I may not forgive you.
Encourage me, and I may not forget you.”
- William Arthur Ward (1921-1994)


“Superior thinking has always overwhelmed superior force.”
- Poster in the office of a Marine Recruiter


“It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble.
It’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so.”
- Mark Twain


“You can change your life by altering your thoughts.”
- Eric Butterworth (1916-2003) – Unity minister


“The greatest discovery of my generation is that human
beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes.”
- William James (1842-1910)


GOOD RULES FOR A GREAT LIFE
#1. If you open it, close it.
#2. If you turn it on, turn it off.
#3. If you unlock it, lock it.
#4. If you break it, repair it.
#5. If you can’t fix it, call someone who can.
#6. If you borrow it, return it.
#7. If you use it, take care of it.
#8. If you make a mess, clean it up.
#9. If you move it, put it back.
#10. If you don’t know how to operate it, leave it alone.
#11. If it belongs to someone else and you want to use it, get permission.
#12. If it doesn’t concern you, mind your own business.
- Unknown


“I would rather be ashes than dust! I would rather that my spark should burn out in a brilliant blaze, than it should be stifled by dry rot. I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet. The proper function of man is to live, not to exist. I shall not waste my days in trying to prolong them. I shall use my time.”
- Jack London (1876-1916), Writer


“If we can’t have all we want, let’s not poison our days with worry and resentment.
Let’s be good to ourselves. Let’s be philosophical. And philosophy according to Epictetus, boils down to this: “The essence of philosophy is that people should so live that their happiness shall depend as little as possible on external things.”
- Dale Carnegie


“Usefulness is not impaired by imperfection;
you can still drink from a chipped cup.”
- Greta K. Nagel, Ph.D.


“Every failure will teach you a lesson that you need to learn
if you will keep your eyes and ears open and be willing to be taught.
Every adversity is usually a blessing in disguise. Without reverses and temporary defeat, you would never know the sort of metal of which you are made.”
- Author unknown


“I believe that only one person in a thousand knows the trick of really living in the present. Most of us spend 59 minutes an hour living in the past, with regret for lost jobs, or shame for things badly done (both utterly useless and weakening) or in the future, which we either long for or dread. Yet the past is gone… There is only one world, the world pressing against you at this minute. There is only one minute in which you are alive, this minute – here and now.”
- Storm Jameson, Writer


“ALWAYS MAKE NEW MISTAKES!”
- Esther Dyson, Journalist


12 PROVEN TECHNIQUES FOR THINKING LIKE A ZEN MONK
1. Keep life simple.
2. Practice being satisfied.
3. Beware of indecision.
4. Practice cheerfulness.
5. Learn to like people.
6. Live and let live.
7. Use adversity.
8. Don’t take yourself so seriously.
9. Have a sense of humor.
10. Practice objectivity.
11. Tolerate your own mistakes.
12. Forgive yourself.
- Author Unknown


“You remember when you were maybe five years old and you went out in the morning and you looked at the day – and it was a very, very beautiful day.
You looked at flowers and they were very beautiful flowers.
Twenty-five years later, you get up in the morning,
you take a look at the flowers – they are wilted.
The day isn’t a happy day.
Well, what’s changed?
You know they are the same flowers, it’s the same world.
Something must have changed.
Well, probably it was you.”
- L. Ron Hubbard’s


THE 12 SYMPTOMS OF INNER PEACE
1. A tendency to think and act spontaneously rather than from fears based on past experience.
2. An unmistakable ability to enjoy each moment.
3. A loss of interest in judging self.
4. A loss of interest in judging others.
5. A loss of interest in conflict.
6. A loss of interest in interpreting the actions of others.
7. A loss of ability to worry. (This is a very serious symptom.)
8. Frequent, overwhelming episodes of appreciation.
9. Contented feelings of connectedness with others and nature.
10. Frequent attacks of smiling through the eyes of the heart.
11. Increasing susceptibility of love extended by others as well as the uncontrollable urge to extend it.
12. An increasing tendency to let things happen rather than to make them happen.
- Jeff Rockwell: Author


“Here is my wish for you and every other child, woman and man on the face of the earth: Spend one week saying only kind, caring things to yourself. Say thank-you at least ten times an hour–direct five toward yourself and five to the world at large.
Compliment yourself (and others) each time an effort is made.
Notice all the wonderful qualities and characteristics about yourself
and those around you. … One week.
You will never go back. And your whole life will be a glorious meditation.”
- Cheri Huber: Zen teacher


“We have bigger houses, but smaller families;
more conveniences, but less time.
We have more degrees, but less sense;
more knowledge, but less judgment;
more experts, but more problems.
More medicines, but less healthiness.
We’ve been all the way to the moon and back,
but have trouble crossing the street to meet
the new neighbor.
We built more computers to hold more
information to produce more copies than ever,
but have less communication.
We have become long on quantity,
but short on quality.
These are times of fast foods,
but slow digestion.
Tall men, but short character.
Steep profits, but shallow relationships.
It’s a time when there is much in the window,
but nothing in the room.”
- The Dalai Lama


“Turn your wounds into wisdom.”
- Oprah Winfrey


“DOUBT WILL TAKE YOU OUT OF ACTION.
ACTION WILL TAKE YOU OUT OF DOUBT.”
- Unknown


“The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.”
- Joseph Campbell (1904-1987), Mythologist

“Let others lead small lives, but not you.
Let others argue over small things, but not you.
Let others cry over small hurts, but not you.
Let others leave their futures in someone else’s hands, but not you.”
- Jim Rohn


“Don’t keep forever on the public road.
Leave the beaten track occasionally and drive into the woods.
You will be certain to find something that you have never seen before.
One discovery will lead to another, and before you know it,
you will have something worth thinking about to occupy your mind.
All really big discoveries are the result of thought.”
- Alexander Graham Bell (1847-1922) Inventor


“It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare;
it is because we do not dare that things are difficult.”
- Seneca (c. 4 BC–65 AD), Roman Philosopher


“Jealousy is when you want something that someone else has.
Envy is when you want them not to have it.”
- Joey Reynolds, Radio Talk-Show Host


“Your thoughts determine what you want.
Your actions determine what you’ll get.”
- Unknown


“When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project,
all your thoughts break their bounds:
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 become alive, and you discover yourself to be
a greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be.”
- Patanjali (second century B.C.) – Philosopher


“IN NATURE, THERE ARE NEITHER REWARDS NOR PUNISHMENTS –
THERE ARE CONSEQUENCES.”
- Robert Ingersoll (1833-1899)


“Satisfaction does not come with achievement, but with effort.
Full effort is full victory.”
- Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948)


“I am an old man and have had many worries,
but most have never come to pass.”
- Marcus Aurelius (121-180), Roman Emperor


“There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle
or the mirror that reflects it.”
- Edith Wharton (1882-1937)


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