spiritual practice is self-observation without criticism.
~ Bapuji ~
The one serious
conviction that a man should have is that nothing is to be taken too
seriously. ~ Samuel Butler ~
If I were given
the opportunity to present a gift to the next generation, it would be the
ability for each individual to learn to laugh at himself.
I care not what
others think of what I do, but I care very much about what I think of
the characteristic element of humanity, and the great exercise of it is
in loving relatives.
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.
So give up your
bitterness, and your acidity, and your heavy-heartedness. Don't you realize
how many fruits have already escaped out of sourness into sweetness?
Be happy. It is
a way of being wise.
When you talk
about your troubles, your ailments, your diseases, your hurts, you give
longer life to what makes you unhappy. Talking about your grievances merely
adds to those grievances. Give recognition only to what you desire. Think
and talk only about the good things that add to your enjoyment of your
work and life. If you don't talk about your grievances, you'll be delighted
to find them disappearing quickly.
I used to think
that the brain was the most wonderful organ in my body. Then I realized
who was telling me this.
A great many people
think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices.
Love is, above
all, the gift of oneself.
It is one of the
commonest of mistakes to consider that the limit of our power of perception
is also the limit of all there is to perceive.
Our vision is
more obstructed by what we think we know than by our lack of knowledge.
Argue for your
limitations, and sure enough, they're yours.
The God whom science
recognizes must be a God of universal laws exclusively, a God who does
a wholesale, not a retail business. He cannot accommodate His processes
to the convenience of individuals.
It is a funny
thing about life: if you refuse to accept anything but the best you very
often get it.
must decide whether to walk in the light of creative altruism or the darkness
of selfishness. This is the judgment. Life's most persistent and urgent
question is "What are you doing for others?"
I have never been
able to find out precisely what feminism is: I only know that people call
me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from
We all have a
lifelong habit of inferiority to our full self..."
Do I contradict
myself? Very well then, I contradict myself. I am infinite. I contain multitudes!
Time is nature's
way of making sure everything doesn't happen at once.
Only in growth,
reform, and change, paradoxically enough, is true security to be found.
Nothing can bring
you peace but yourself.
I shall live badly
if I do not write, and I shall write badly if I do not live.
Advice is what
we ask for when we already know the answer but wish we didn't.
Always do right.
This will gratify some people and astonish the rest.
If God made us
in his image, we have certainly returned the compliment.
We are all here
on earth to help others; what on earth others are here for I don't know.
This world, after
all our science and sciences, is still a miracle; wonderful, inscrutable,
magical and more, to whosoever will think of it.
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