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Quotes that Make You Think

Know thyself, and thou shalt know the Universe and God.
- Pythagoras

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Quotes to Make You Think

Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and right doing, there is a field. I will meet you there.
- Rumi


This above all, to thine own self be true.
- William Shakespeare

Life is a mirror and will reflect back to the thinker what he thinks into it.
- Ernest Holmes

Nothing can bring you peace but yourself.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

People only see what they are prepared to see.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

It is impossible to begin to learn that which one thinks one already knows.
- Epictetus

He is richest who is content with the least, for content is the wealth of nature.
- Socrates

The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.
- Joseph Campbell

Life is without meaning.
You bring the meaning to it.
The meaning of life is whatever you ascribe it to be.
Being alive is the meaning.
- Joseph Campbell

Every child comes with the message that God is not yet discouraged of man.
- Rabindranath Tagore

A man must be both stupid and uncharitable who believes there is no virtue or truth but on his own side.
- Joseph Addison

Forgiveness does not change the past, but it does enlarge the future.
- Paul Boese

A wise man can learn more from a foolish question than a fool can learn from a wise answer.
- Bruce Lee

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

The opposite of love is not hate, it's indifference.
- Elie Wiesel

Whenever you find you are on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.
- Mark Twain

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed
by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do.
So throw off the bowlines.
Sail away from the safe harbor.
Catch the trade winds in your sails.
Explore. Dream. Discover.
- Mark Twain

The very ink with which history is written is merely fluid prejudice.
- Mark Twain

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

Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions.
Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.
- Mark Twain

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

Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.
- Mark Twain

It's the friends you can call up at 4 a.m. that matter.
- Marlene Dietrich

Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create the fact.
- William James

If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.
- Mother Teresa

To go against the dominant thinking of your friends,
of most of the people you see every day,
is perhaps the most difficult act of heroism you can perform.
- Theodore H. White

If you love something, set it free; if it comes backs it's yours, if it doesn't, it never was.
- Richard Bach

The words of truth are always paradoxical.
- Lao Tzu

The wise man does not lay up his own treasures.
The more he gives to others, the more he has for his own.
- Lao Tzu

He who knows others is wise. He who knows himself is enlightened.
- Lao Tzu

A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving.
- Lao Tzu

Nothing is softer or more flexible than water, yet nothing can resist it.
- Lao Tzu

When the best leader's work is done the people say, "We did it ourselves."
- Lao Tzu

Silence is a source of great strength.
- Lao Tzu

When you are sorrowful, look again in your heart,
and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.
- Khalil Gibran

Think Twice about These Quotes

If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough.
- Meister Eckhart

Life may not be the party we hoped for, but while we are here we might as well dance.
- Anonymous

Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans.
- John Lennon

Today is the first and last day of forever.
- Stephenie Meyer

Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage.
- Anais Nin

Excellence is the result of caring more than others think is wise,
risking more than others think is safe,
dreaming more than others think is practical,
and expecting more than others think is possible.
- Anonymous

Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace.
- St Francis of Assisi

A 'No' uttered from deepest conviction is better and greater
than a 'Yes' merely uttered to please,
or what is worse, to avoid trouble.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

There is no passion to be found playing small -
in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.
- Nelson Mandela

Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.
- Confucius

Quotes for Contemplation

Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them?
- Abraham Lincoln

Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.
- Confucius

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our Light, not our Darkness, that most frightens us.
- Marianne Williamson

Remember, no matter where you go, there you are.
- Confucius

An invasion of armies can be resisted, but not an idea whose time has come.
- Victor Hugo

History is the version of past events that people have decided to agree upon.
- Napoleon Bonaparte

To manage your mind, know that there is nothing,
and then relinquish all attachment to nothingness.
- Lao Tzu

The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.
- Alvin Toffler

The purpose of our lives is to be happy.
- Dalai Lama

Every wall is a door.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

All things share the same breath - the beast, the tree, the man... the air shares its spirit with all the life it supports.
- Chief Seattle
(attributed)

Believe nothing, no matter where you read it,
or who said it, no matter if I have said it,
unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense.
- The Buddha

Hate is never conquered by hate,
Hate is only conquered by love.
- The Buddha

What we think, we become.
All that we are arises with our thoughts.
With our thoughts, we make the world.
- The Buddha

Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal
with the intent of throwing it at someone else;
you are the one who gets burned.
- The Buddha

Do not mourn for the past, nor to worry about the future,
but to live the present moment wisely and earnestly.
- The Buddha

Let us not pray to be sheltered from dangers b
ut to be fearless when facing them.
- Rabindranath Tagore

I leave no trace of wings in the air,
but I am glad I have had my flight.
- Rabindranath Tagore

Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile,
but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.
- Thich Nhat Hanh

Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is absurd.
- Voltaire

As we light a path for others, we naturally light our own way.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Tradition is the illusion of permanence.
- the Woody Allen movie Deconstructing Harry

There are only two ways to live your life.
One is as though nothing is a miracle.
The other is as though everything is a miracle.
- Albert Einstein

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

God grant me the serenity
To accept the things I cannot change;
Courage to change the things I can;
And wisdom to know the difference.
- Reinhold Niebuhr

Sayings to Think Upon

It all depends on how we look at things, and not how they are in themselves.
- Carl Jung

Advice is what we ask for when we already know the answer but wish we didn't.
- Erica Jong

What you resist persists.
- Carl Jung

Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear - not absence of fear.
- Mark Twain

Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth.
- John F. Kennedy

We cannot change anything until we accept it.
- Carl Jung

Courage is the power to let go of the familiar.
- Raymond Lindquist

Life is a Book of Riddles, with the Real Lessons Writ Small in its Margins.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

When you keep getting the wrong answers, try asking better questions.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Joy increases and suffering decreases as one masters the distinction between events and one's feelings about those events.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

When the vast cathedral of our being becomes a sanctuary for all creation, we become the face of God.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Beware the Rattlesnake of the Mind.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


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