Quotations

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

Purity is absence of contradiction.- Shri Ram Chandra of Shahjahanpur (Babuji 1899-1983)

Maybe you ask, “What will happen to me if I help this stranger? Stand up against for justice against a crowd?” But turn it around and instead ask yourself, “What will happen to that stranger if I don’t help him? What will happen to that victim if I don’t speak up for him?”- Dr. Martin Luther King

It is easier to resist at the beginning than at the end.- Leondardo da Vinci, 1452-1519

A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing. – George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

You cannot have power for good without having power for evil too. A mother’s milk nourishes murderers as well as heroes.- G. B. Shaw

Before God we are all equally wise – and equally foolish. – Albert Einstein

As far as the laws of mathematics refer to reality, they are not certain; and as far as they are certain, they do not refer to reality. – Einstein

Nothing is so good for an ignorant man as silence; and if he were ensible of this he would not be ignorant.- Sa’adi, Persian poet (1184 – 1291)

Question: How would you define the world?Babuji: I can say that the world is the exaggeration of Reality.You see all those bottles? They contain wine but they are not drunk. We must be like that. We must have the world inside us but we must not be drunk with the world.- Babuji

There is no such thing as a great talent without great will-power.- Honore de Balzac, 1799-1850

A conclusion is the place where you got tired of thinking.- Hugo von Hofmannsthal, 1874-1929

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.- Dr. M L King

The well of true wit is truth itself.- George Meredith, 1828-1909

Victorious warriors win first and then go to war, while defeated warriors go to war first and then seek to win.- Sun-tzu, fourth century B.C.

You can tell whether a man is clever by his answers. You can tell whether a man is wise by his questions.”- Naguib Mahfouz, Egyptian Noble Laureate in literature

You can’t separate peace from freedom because no one can be at peace unless he has his freedom.- Malcolm X

Let us be grateful to people who make us happy: They are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom. – Marcel Proust

We may affirm absolutely that nothing great in the world has been accomplished without passion.- Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel 1770-1831

Vision is the art of seeing things invisible.- Jonathan Swift, 1667-1745

It is a profitable thing, if one is wise, to seem foolish.- Aeschylus, 525-456 B.C.E.

Sometimes the best way to convince someone he is wrong is to let him have his way.- Red O’ Donnell, c. 1900-1984

If you hate a person, you hate something in him that is part of yourself. What isn’t part of ourselves doesn’t disturb us.- Herman Hesse, 1877-1962

To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary. To one without faith, no explanation is possible.- Saint Thomas Aquinas, 1225-1274

Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted- Einstein ..if we understand how it is that we participate in the construction of Our own realities, then we can take a more active and purposeful approach toward making this the sort of world in which we want to live.- O’Brien

This world is the world of possibilities;There is, of course, every possibility of a possible event.But the most wonderful thing is that there is also the possibility of an impossible event becoming possible.- Shri Ram Chandra of Fatehgarh (Lalaji)

When it is dark enough, you can see the stars. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Nothing do more hurt in a state than that cunning men pass for wise.- Sir Francis Bacon, 1561-1626

The answer to all the contradictions lies in right education, and results can be achieved in no other way, political or social. It requires the influence of sacred and deep things to move the spirit, and the new children of civilized humanity must be given a profound emotion and enthusiasm for the holy cause of humanity. Religion them will not need to be taught, as indeed it cannot really be; but reverence for truth, inner as well as outer, will grow in natural freedom, and the barriers of language will be allowed to give way before economic forces [ie, material human needs, common needs] arrayed before them, when better mutual understanding of human purposes prevails.”- Dr. Maria Montessori, Educating the Human Potential

The greatest evil is not done in those sordid dens of evil that Dickens loved to paint but is conceived and ordered (moved, seconded, carried,and minuted) in clear, carpeted, warmed, well-lighted offices, by quietmen with white collars and cut fingernails and smooth-shaven cheeks whodo not need to raise their voices. – C.S. Lewis

What will people of the future think of us? Will they say, as RogerWilliams said of some of the Massachusetts Indians, that we were wolveswith the minds of men? That we resigned our humanity? They will have te right. – C.P. Snow

We cannot understand the sun without understanding a stone. – Unknown

A problem cannot be solved with the same level of awareness that created it.- Einstein

Embracing the Way, you become embraced; Breathing gently, you become newborn; Clearing your mind, you become clear; Nurturing your children, you become impartial; Opening your heart, you become accepted; Accepting the world, you embrace the Way. Bearing and nurturing, Creating but not owning, Giving without demanding, This is harmony. – Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

When someone says there’s nothing to do, light the candle in their hand.- Rumi

The classification of constitutions is based on the fact that government may be exercised either for the good of the governed or of the governing, and may be either concentrated in one person or shared by a few or by the many. There are thus three true forms of government: monarchy, aristocracy, and constitutional republic. The perverted forms of these are tyranny, oligarchy and democracy. The difference between the last two is not that democracy is a government of the many, and oligarchy of the few; instead, democracy is the state of the poor, and oligarchy of the rich. Considered in the abstract, these six states stand in the following order of preference: monarchy, aristocracy, constitutional republic, democracy, oligarchy, tyranny. But though with a perfect person monarchy would be the highest form of government, the absence of such people puts it practically out of consideration. Similarly, true aristocracy is hardly ever found in its uncorrupted form. It is in the constitution that the good person and the good citizen coincide. Ideal preferences aside, then, the constitutional republic is regarded as the best attainable form of government, especially as it secures that predominance of a large middle class, which is the chief basis of permanence in any state. With the spread of population, democracy is likely to become the general form of government. – Aristotle

A positive and loving person can alter the impossible to possible; while a hateful and cynical person can convert the possible to impossible. – Anonymous

The highest form of goodness is like water.Water knows how to benefit all things without striving with them. It stays in places loathed by all men, therefore it comes near the Tao. In choosing your dwelling, know how to keep close to the ground.In cultivating your mind, know how to dive in the hidden deeps.In dealing with others, know how to be gentle and kind.In speaking, know how to keep your words.In governing, know how to maintain order.In transacting business, know how to be efficient. In making a move, know how to choose the right moment. If you do not strive with others, you will be free from blame. – Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

The real work is not done by those individuals who go about promising great things to a people in order to arouse them against other people for war and carnage. In cases like this, there are very few survivors, and what do these few get? Nothing. What we must show the children, the future generations, is the aspect of humanity that works and accomplishes, and NOT that humanity that kills. – Maria Montessori

When in despair I remember that all through history the way of truth and love has always won; there have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time they can seem invincible, but in the end they always fall.- Mahatma Gandhi

Nothing will change until you change; nothing will become good until you become good. – A life-time zikr (spiritual repetition) of a wise man

The mountain flows; the river sits. – A Zen Koan

A human being is a part of the whole called by us “the universe”, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separate from the rest – a kind of optical delusion of consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and affection of a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of understanding and compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.- Einstein

True religion is walking alongside the widows and the orphans in their world of oppression, and leaving behind the alluring structures of this world. – James, Jesus’ brother

Living among people, and yet not for one moment forgetting God. – Abu Said abul Khayr, 10th century Sufi

The world but seems to be yet is nothing more than a line drawn between light and shadow. Decipher the message of this dream-script and learn to distinguish time from Eternity. – Fakhruddin Iraqi (d. 1289)

Your body, which is part of and depending on this illusory world, is on the other hand the expression of a hidden inner process. You are yourself the many, appearing in different aspects, forms and modes. Each of them exists in fact to fulfill a particular need. Yours is the give and take of the universe, yours the needs, and yet you yourself are the fulfillment : that hidden process is generated by you. – Matri Vani

It is absolutely necessary for maturity that there should be: 1. Complete simplicity which goes with humility, not in things or possessions, but in the quality of being. 2. Passion with that intensity which is not merely physical. 3. Beauty; not only the sensitivity to outward reality, but being sensitive to that beauty which is beyond and above thought and feeling. 4. Love; the totality of it, not the thing that knows jealousy, attachment, dependence; not that as divided into carnal and divine. The whole immensity of it. 5. And the mind that can pursue, that can penetrate without motive, without purpose, into its own immeasurable depths; that has no barrier, that is free to wander without time-space. – J. Krishnamurti

Nonviolence is absolute commitment to the way of love. Love is not emotional bash; it is not empty sentimentalism. It is the active outpouring of one’s whole being into the being of another. – Mahatma Gandhi

 

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