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He who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe,
is as good as dead; his eyes are closed.
- Albert Einstein

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We are not human beings having a spiritual experience.
We are spiritual beings having a human experience.
- Pierre Teilhard de Chardin


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

At the end of a matter ask, "what will I learn from this to make me better?"
- Mary Anne Radmacher

The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious.
It is the source of all true art and all science.
- Albert Einstein

Feel Unity with Spirit and All Creation
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

Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
- Albert Einstein

Whatever you can do, or dream you can, Begin it.
Boldness has genius, power and magic in it, Begin it now.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

A man should look for what is,
and not for what he thinks should be.
- Albert Einstein

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

A man's ethical behavior should be based effectually on sympathy, education, and social ties;
no religious basis is necessary.
Man would indeed be in a poor way if he had to be restrained by fear of punishment and hope of reward after death.
- Albert Einstein

No one knows what he can do until he tries.
- Publilius Syrus

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

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

Knowing your own darkness is the best method for dealing with the darknesses of other people.
- Carl Jung

It is our choices ... that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.
- J. K. Rowling (Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets)

The word "happiness" would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness.
- Carl Jung

If you want others to be happy, practice compassion.
If you want to be happy, practice compassion.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

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

We cannot direct the wind, but we can adjust the sails.
- Bertha Calloway
(attributed)

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

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.
- The Buddha

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

Nobody cares how much you know, until they know how much you care.
- attributed to Theodore Roosevelt, among others, but probably earlier and anonymous

Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.
- Confucius

To err is human, to forgive divine.
- Alexander Pope

Wherever you go, go with all your heart.
- Confucius

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

Study the past, if you would divine the future.
- Confucius

You're only here for a short visit. Don't hurry. Don't worry.
And be sure to smell the flowers along the way.
- Walter Hagen

You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.
- C. S. Lewis

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

The purpose of our lives is to be happy.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

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

If you want others to be happy, practice compassion.
If you want to be happy, practice compassion.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

Life is now. There was never a time when your life was not now, nor will there ever be.
- Eckhart Tolle

I find hope in the darkest of days, and focus in the brightest. I do not judge the universe.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

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

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

Life is an exciting business, and most exciting when it is lived for others.
- Helen Keller

It is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.
- Chinese proverb often quoted by Eleanor Roosevelt

Life is not about waiting for the storms to pass...
It's about learning how to dance in the rain.
- Vivian Greene

Three grand essentials to happiness in this life are
something to do,
something to love,
and something to hope for.
- Joseph Addison

Live with intention.
Walk to the edge.
Listen hard.
Practice wellness.
Play with abandon.
Laugh.
Choose with no regret.
Appreciate your friends.
Continue to learn.
Do what you love.
Live as if this is all there is.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

If you wish to succeed in life,
make perseverance your bosom friend,
experience your wise counselor,
caution your elder brother,
and hope your guardian genius.
- Joseph Addison

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

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

Play with life, laugh with life,
dance lightly with life, and smile at the riddles of life,
knowing that life's only true lessons are writ small in the margin.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If you follow your bliss, doors will open for you that wouldn't have opened for anyone else.
- Joseph Campbell

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

The words of truth are always paradoxical.
- Lao Tzu

Courage doesn't always roar.
Sometimes courage is the quiet voice
at the end of the day saying,
"I will try again tomorrow."
- Mary Anne Radmacher

At the center of your being you have the answer;
you know who you are and you know what you want.
- Lao Tzu

The goal of life is
to make your heartbeat match the beat of the universe,
to match your nature with Nature.
- Joseph Campbell

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.
- Lao Tzu

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

One can not reflect in streaming water.
Only those who know internal peace can give it to others.
- Lao Tzu

The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside,
somewhere where they can be quiet, alone with the heavens, nature and God.
Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be.
- Anne Frank

He who is contented is rich.
- Lao Tzu

Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.
- Helen Keller

When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.
- Lao Tzu

Life is no brief candle to me.
It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got a hold of for the moment,
and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.
- George Bernard Shaw

Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.
- Lao Tzu

Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations.
I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty,
believe in them, and try to follow where they lead.
- Louisa May Alcott

Treat those who are good with goodness,
and also treat those who are not good with goodness.
Thus goodness is attained.
Be honest to those who are honest,
and be also honest to those who are not honest.
Thus honesty is attained.
- Lao Tzu

Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood.
- Helen Keller

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

Life is a song - sing it.
Life is a game - play it.
Life is a challenge - meet it.
Life is a dream - realize it.
Life is a sacrifice - offer it.
Life is love - enjoy it.
- Sai Baba

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

Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood.
Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.
- Marie Curie

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

Life is ten percent what happens to you and ninety percent how you respond to it.
- Lou Holtz

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that.
Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

We must be willing to get rid of the life we've planned,
so as to have the life that is waiting for us.
The old skin has to be shed before the new one can come.
- Joseph Campbell

Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism
or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Always be a first-rate version of yourself,
instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.
- Judy Garland

Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

When one door of happiness closes, another opens,
but often we look so long at the closed door
that we do not see the one that has been opened for us.
- Helen Keller

There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us.
When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

The meaning of life is not simply to exist, to survive,
but to move ahead, to go up, to achieve, to conquer.
- Arnold Schwarzenegger

We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive.
He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

To thine own self be true.
- William Shakespeare

We must become the change we wish to see in the world.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

The unselfish effort to bring cheer to others will be the beginning of a happier life for ourselves.
- Helen Keller

You must not lose faith in humanity.
Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty,
the ocean does not become dirty.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

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

Even if you are a minority of one, the truth is the truth.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

An idea that is not dangerous is unworthy of being called an idea at all.
- Oscar Wilde

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

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

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

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

As we work to create light for others, we naturally light our own way.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

I slept and dreamt that life was joy.
I awoke and saw that life was service.
I acted and behold, service was joy.
- Rabindranath Tagore

Where there is great love there are always miracles.
- Willa Cather

Love is the only reality and it is not a mere sentiment.
It is the ultimate truth that lies at the heart of creation.
- Rabindranath Tagore

Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it.
Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it.
Hatred darkens life; love illumines it.
- Martin Luther King Jr.

Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Lord, grant that I might not so much seek to be loved as to love.
- St. Francis of Assisi

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

Powerful Dreams Inspire Powerful Action.
When you can taste, smell, and touch your dream, you can enroll the world.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Do not follow where the path may lead.
Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

The invariable mark of wisdom is to see the miraculous in the common.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

As we let our light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence actually liberates others.
- Marianne Williamson

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


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