"The man of virtue...can see where all is dark. He can hear where all is still. In the darkness he alone can see light. In the stillness he alone can hear harmony."
-- Chuang-Tzu

"Unity exists always; Diversity does not exist always; there comes a time when it ceases: two-fold, three-fold, and manifold distinctions arise only through illusion."
-- Shiva Samhita I.46

To know that you do not know is best."
-- Lao Tzu

"He who neither hates nor desires, is to be known as one who constantly renounces. For free from dualities, he is easily released from bondage."
-- Bhagavad Gita V.3

"A tower of nine stories begins with a heap of earth."
-- Lao Tzu

"The man of virtue...can see where all is dark. He can hear where all is still. In the darkness he alone can see light. In the stillness he alone can hear harmony."
-- Chuang-Tzu

Let us live happily then, hating none in the midst of men who hate. Let us dwell free from hate among men who hate."
-- The Buddha

"As a solid rock is not shaken by the wind, so wise men are not moved amidst praise and blame."
-- The Buddha

Whatever is seen among men (whether pleasure or pain) is born of karma (action). All creatures enjoy or suffer, acording to the results of their actions."
-- Shiva Samhita II.39

"A man is not learned simply becuase he talks much. He who is tranquil, free from hatred, free from fear, he is said to be learned."
-- The Buddha

"He who grasps things loses them."
-- Lao Tzu

"Whatever is seen among men (whether pleasure or pain) is born of karma (action). All creatures enjoy or suffer, acording to the results of their actions."
-- Shiva Samhita II.39

Tell me yourself, I challenge you -- answer. Imagine that you are creating a fabric of human destiny with the object of making men happy in the end, giving them peace and rest at last. Imagine that you are doing this, but that it is essential and inevitable to torture to death only one tiny creature -- that child beating her breast with her fist, for instance -- in order to found that ediface upon its unavenged tears. Would you consent to be the architect on those conditions? Answer me. Tell the truth.
---Fyodor Dostoyevsky, _The Brothers Karamazov_
At some ideas you stand perplexed, especially at the sight of human sins, uncertain whether to combat it by force or by human love. Always decide, 'I will combat it with human love.' If you make up your mind about that once and for all, you can conquer the whole world. Loving humility is a terrible force; it is the strongest of all things and there is nothing like it.
Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Innovators and men of genius have almost always been regarded as fools at the beginning (and very often at the end) of their careers.
Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Man is fond of counting his troubles, but he does not count his joys. If he counted them up as he ought to, he would see that every lot has enough happiness provided for it.
Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Much unhappiness has come into the world because of bewilderment and things left unsaid.
Fyodor Dostoyevsky
There are... things which a man is afraid to tell even to himself, and every decent man has a number of such things stored away in his mind.
Fyodor Dostoyevsky
There is no subject so old that something new cannot be said about it.
Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Love the animals, love the plants, love everything. If you love everything, you will perceive the divine mystery in things. Once you perceive it, you will begin to comprehend it better everyday. And you will come to love the whole world with an all-embracing love."
-Fyodor Dostoyevsky (1821-1881) from The Brothers Karamazov, 1880
"Truly man is the king of beasts, for his brutality exceeds theirs. We live by the death of others: We are burial places!"
"I have from an early age adjured the use of meat, and the time will come when men such as I will look upon the murder of animals as they now look upon the murder of men."
Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
"Not to hurt our humble brethren [the animals] is our first duty to them, but to stop there is not enough. We have a higher mission: to be of service to them whenever they require it."
~God's Covenant with Animals, Lantern Books, 2000, xii
"If you have men who will exclude any of God's creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men."
St. Francis of Assisi
"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated."
"To my mind the life of a lamb is no less precious than that of a human being. I should be unwilling to take the life of a lamb for the sake of the human body. I hold that, the more helpless a creature, the more entitled it is to the protection by man from the cruelty of man."
Mohandas Gandhi (1869-1948)
"There is no fundamental difference between man and the higher mammals in their mental faculties ... The difference in mind between man and the higher animals, great as it is, certainly is one of degree and not of kind. The love for all living creatures is the most noble attribute of man. We have seen that the senses and intuitions, the various emotions and faculties, such as love, memory, attention and curiosity, imitation, reason, etc., of which man boasts, may be found in an incipient, or even sometimes a well-developed condition, in the lower animals."
Charles Darwin (1809-1882)
"For as long as man continues to be the ruthless destroyer of lower living beings, he will never know health or peace. For as long as men massacre animals, they will kill each other. Indeed he who sows the seeds of murder and pain cannot reap joy and love."
"The animals share with us the privilege of having a soul." Pythagoras (circa 582-507 BC)
"Non-violence leads to the highest ethics, which is the goal of all evolution. Until we stop harming ALL other living beings, we are still savages." Thomas A. Edison
"The man who regards his own life and that of his fellow creatures as meaningless is not merely unhappy but hardly fit for life."
"The important thing is not to stop questioning."
Albert Einstein (1879-1955
"We must never permit the voice of humanity within us to be silenced. It is man's sympathy with all creatures that first makes him truly a man."
"The human spirit is not dead. It lives on in secret.....It has come to believe that compassion, in which all ethics must take root, can only attain its full breadth and depth if it embraces all living creatures and does not limit itself to mankind." - Nobel Peace Prize Address, "The Problem of Peace in the World Today"
Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965)
"...the deer, the horse, the great eagle, these are our brothers. The rocky crests, the juices in the meadows, the body heat of the pony and man--all belong to the same family... The White Man must treat the beasts of this land as his brothers." Chief Seattle (c.1786-1866)
"While we ourselves are the living graves of murdered beasts, how can we expect any ideal conditions on this earth?" George Bernard Shaw
"...To the Dolphin alone, beyond all other, nature has granted what the best philosophers seek: friendship for no advantage"
"But for the sake of some little mouthful of flesh, we deprive a soul of the sun and light and of that proportion of life and time it had been born into the world to enjoy."
"Though the boys throw stones at the frogs in sport, yet the frogs do not die in sport, but in earnest." Plutarch 46-120 ?)
You think those dogs will not be in heaven! I tell you they will be there long before any of us. Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894)

"When man diverted from the path [of goodness] the animals followed him...If man now would rise to his original nature and would not do evil any longer, then the animals too would return to their original gentle nature."
Bishop of Antioch (A.D. 150)
~God's Covenant with Animals, Lantern Books, 2000, xi
"A human can be healthy without killing animals for food. Therefore if he eats meat he participates in taking animal life merely for the sake of his appetite."
"Man by violating his own feelings becomes cruel. And how deeply seated in the human heart is the injunction not to take life."
"If a man earnestly seeks a righteous life, his first act of abstinence is from animal food..."
Leo Tolstoy
"It is just like man's vanity and impertinence to call an animal dumb because it is dumb to his dull perceptions. Heaven is by favor; if it were by merit your dog would go in and you would stay out. Of all the creatures ever made he (man) is the most detestable. Of the entire brood, he is the only one...that possesses malice. He is the only creature that inflicts pain for sport, knowing it to be pain. The fact that man knows right from wrong proves his intellectual superiority to the other creatures; but the fact that he can do wrong proves his moral inferiority to any creature that cannot."
"If man could be crossed with the cat, it would improve man but deteriorate the cat." Mark Twain(Samuel Clemems)

"I believe in my heart that faith in Jesus Christ can and will lead us beyond an exclusive concern for the well-being of other human beings to the broader concern for the well-being of the birds in our backyards, the fish in our rivers, and every living creature on the face of the earth."
~God's Covenant with Animals, Lantern Books, 2000, xii
"By 'extraordinary strictnesses and severities,' I presume your Lordship means the abstaining from wine and animal food; which, it is sure, Christianity does not require. But if you do, I fear your Lordship is not throughly informed of the matter of fact. I began to do this about twelve years ago, when I had no thought of 'annoying parochial ministers,' or of 'captivating' any 'people' thereby, unless it were the Chicasaw or Choctaw Indians. But I resumed the use of them both, about two years after, for the sake of some who thought I made it a point of conscience; telling them, 'I will eat flesh while the world standeth' rather than 'make my brother to offend.' Dr. Cheyne advised me to leave them off again, assuring me, 'Till you do, you will never be free from fevers.' And since I have taken his advice, I have been free (blessed be God) from all bodily disorders."
~The source: letter to the Dr. Gibson, Bishop of London, LONDON, June 11, 1747, in The Letters of John Wesley Edited by John Telford -- London: Epworth Press, 1931.
John Wesley
"All the creatures - not the higher creatures alone, but also the lower, according to that which each of them has received in itself from God - each one raises its voice in testimony to that which God is...each one after its manner exalts God, since it has God in itself."
~God's Covenant with Animals, Lantern Books, 2000, xii
St. John of the Cross(1582)
"We are the lucky ones - we are not standing day after day in a tiny space, breathing the stench of our own waste, waiting only to be slaughtered. We must do everything possible for those suffering lives of pain and terror." Matt BallVegan Outreach Cofounder
"We need another and a wiser and perhaps a more mystical concept of animals. Remote from universal nature and living by complicated artifice, man in civilization surveys the creature through the glass of his knowledge and sees thereby a feather magnified and the whole image in distortion. We patronize them for their incompleteness, for their tragic fate for having taken form so far below ourselves. And therein do we err. For the animal shall not be measured by man. In a world older and more complete than ours, they move finished and complete, gifted with the extension of the senses we have lost or never attained, living by voices we shall never hear. They are not brethren, they are not underlings: they are other nations, caught with ourselves in the net of life and time, fellow prisoners of the splendour and travail of the earth."
~ "The Outermost House" Henry Beston
Author (1888-1968)
"We should understand well that all things are the work of the Great Spirit. We should know the Great Spirit is within all things: the trees, the grasses, the rivers, the mountains, and the four-legged and winged peoples; and even more important, we should understand that the Great Spirit is also above all these things and peoples. When we do understand all this deeply in our hearts, then we will fear, and love, and know the Great Spirit, and then we will be and act and live as the Spirit intends."
Black Elk
"Life is life's greatest gift. Guard the life of another creature as you would your own because it is your own. On life's scale of values, the smallest is no less precious to the creature who owns it than the largest..."
Lloyd Biggle, Jr.(1923)
"Why would it be necessary for human beings to drink the milk of another mammal to be healthy? A mother cow's milk is designed specifically for her calf; likewise, a human mother's milk is designed specifically for a human baby. Does the calf have to drink the human mother's milk to be healthy? If not, then why should a human being drink the milk of a cow to be healthy?" Jeffrey Brown
"I think that people should start eating less meat. In case you haven't noticed, meat is made out of animals. How would you feel if you were a baby pig separated from your mother and about to be turned into bacon? We don't eat dogs and cats because they are cute. Well, pigs can be just as cute if you give them a chance."
~Isaac Bustos, age 9, Public School 32-Bronx NY Isaac Bustos
"Never believe that animals suffer less than humans.
Pain is the same for them that it is for us.
Even worse, because they cannot help themselves."
Dr. Louis J. Camuti

"Until we have the courage to recognize cruelty for what it is - whether its victim is human or animal - we cannot expect things to be much better in this world…We cannot have peace among men whose hearts delight in killing any living creature. By every act that glorifies or even tolerates such moronic delight in killing we set back the progress of humanity." Rachel Carson
Let me say it openly: we are surrounded by an enterprise of degradation, cruelty, and killing which rivals anything the Third Reich was capable of, indeed dwarfs it, in that ours is an enterprise without end, self-regenerating, bringing rabbits, rats, poultry, livestock ceaselessly into the world for the purpose of killing them.
- from Eternal Treblinka (p. 51) J. M. Coetzee

Loneliness and the feeling of being unwanted is the most terrible poverty.
Mother Teresa
Love is a fruit in season at all times, and within reach of every hand.
Mother Teresa
Peace begins with a smile.
Mother Teresa
The hunger for love is much more difficult to remove than the hunger for bread.
Mother Teresa
People are unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered.Love them anyway.If you do good, people may accuse you of selfish motives.Do good anyway.If you are successful, you may win false friends and true enemies.Succeed anyway.The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow.Do good anyway.Honesty and transparency make you vulnerable.Be honest and transparent anyway.What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight.Build anyway.People who really want help may attack you if you help them.Help them anyway.Give the world the best you have and you may get hurt.Give the world your best anyway.
Mother Teresa
Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.
Mother Teresa
The most terrible poverty is loneliness and the feeling of being unloved.
Mother Teresa
When Christ said: "I was hungry and you fed me," he didn't mean only the hunger for bread and for food; he also meant the hunger to be loved. Jesus himself experienced this loneliness. He came amongst his own and his own received him not, and it hurt him then and it has kept on hurting him. The same hunger, the same loneliness, the same having no one to be accepted by and to be loved and wanted by. Every human being in that case resembles Christ in his loneliness; and that is the hardest part, that's real hunger.
Mother Teresa
We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature - trees, flowers, grass- grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence... We need silence to be able to touch souls.
Mother Teresa
We think sometimes that poverty is only being hungry, naked and homeless. The poverty of being unwanted, unloved and uncared for is the greatest poverty. We must start in our own homes to remedy this kind of poverty.
Mother Teresa
We, the unwilling,led by the unknowing,are doing the impossible for the ungrateful. We have done so much,for so long,with so little,we are now qualified to do anything with nothing.
Mother Teresa
We shall never know all the good that a simple smile can do.
Mother Teresa
We cannot all do great things, but we can do small things with great love.
Mother Teresa
The success of love is in the loving - it is not in the result of loving. Of course it is natural in love to want the best for the other person, but whether it turns out that way or not does not determine the value of what we have done.
Mother Teresa
Let us touch the dying, the poor, the lonely and the unwanted according to the graces we have received and let us not be ashamed or slow to do the humble work.
Mother Teresa
It's not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.
Mother Teresa
It is easy to love the people far away. It is not always easy to love those close to us. It is easier to give a cup of rice to relieve hunger than to relieve the loneliness and pain of someone unloved in our own home. Bring love into your home for this is where our love for each other must start.
Mother Teresa
If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.
Mother Teresa
It is a poverty to decide that a child must die so that you may live as you wish.
Mother Teresa
Intense love does not measure, it just gives.
Mother Teresa
I have found the paradox that if I love until it hurts, then there is no hurt, but only more love.
Mother Teresa
I want you to be concerned about your next door neighbor. Do you know your next door neighbor?
Mother Teresa
Do not think that love, in order to be genuine, has to be extraordinary. What we need is to love without getting tired.
Mother Teresa
At the end of life we will not be judged by how many diplomas we have received, how much money we have made, how many great things we have done. We will be judged by 'I was hungry, and you gave me something to eat, I was naked and you clothed me. I was homeless, and you took me in.' Hungry not only for bread - but hungry for love. Naked not only for clothing - but naked of human dignity and respect. Homeless not only for want of a home of bricks - but homeless because of rejection.
Mother Teresa
Each one of them is Jesus in disguise.
Mother Teresa
Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person.
Mother Teresa
I am a little pencil in the hand of a writing God who is sending a love letter to the world.
Mother Teresa
I know God will not give me anything I can't handle. I just wish that He didn't trust me so much.
Mother Teresa
A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving.
Lao Tzu
A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.
Lao Tzu
A leader is bestWhen people barely know he exists,When his work is done, his aim fulfilled,They will say:We did it ourselves.
Lao Tzu
All difficult things have their origin in that which is easy, and great things in that which is small.
Lao Tzu
At the age of six I wanted to be a cook. At seven I wanted to be Napoleon. And my ambition has been growing steadily ever since.
Lao Tzu
Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength; loving someone deeply gives you courage.
Lao Tzu
Born to be wild - live to outgrow it.
Lao Tzu
Clay is molded to form a cup, But it is on its non-being that the utility of the cup depends. Doors and windows are cut out to make a room, But it is on its non-being that the utility of the room depends. Therefore turn being into advantage, and turn non-being into utility.
Lao Tzu
Fill your bowl to the brim and it will spill. Keep sharpening your knife and it will blunt.
Lao Tzu
From of old the things that have acquired unity are these: Heaven by unity has become clear; Earth by unity has become steady; The Spirit by unity has become spiritual; The Valley by unity has become full; All things by unity have come into existence.
Lao Tzu
From wonder into wonder existence opens.
Lao Tzu
Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach him how to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.
Lao Tzu
Great acts are made up of small deeds.
Lao Tzu
He who knows, does not speak. He who speaks, does not know.
Lao Tzu
He who knows others is wise. He who knows himself is enlightened.
Lao Tzu
Health is the greatest possession. Contentment is the greatest treasure. Confidence is the greatest friend. Non-being is the greatest joy.
Lao Tzu
If the Great Way perishes there will morality and duty. When cleverness and knowledge arise great lies will flourish. When relatives fall out with one another there will be filial duty and love. When states are in confusion there will be faithful servants.
Lao Tzu
If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.
Lao Tzu
In dwelling, live close to the ground. In thinking, keep to the simple. In conflict, be fair and generous. In governing, don't try to control. In work, do what you enjoy. In family life, be completely present.
Lao Tzu
People in their handlings of affairs often fail when they are about to succeed. If one remains as careful at the end as he was at the beginning, there will be no failure.
Lao Tzu

The best man in his dwelling loves the earth. In his heart, he loves what is profound. In his associations, he loves humanity. In his words, he loves faithfulness. In government, he loves order. In handling affairs, he loves competence. In his activities, he loves timeliness. It is because he does not compete that he is without reproach.
Lao Tzu
The career of a sage is of two kinds: He is either honored by all in the world, Like a flower waving its head, Or else he disappears into the silent forest.
Lao Tzu
The higher the sun ariseth, the less shadow doth he cast; even so the greater is the goodness, the less doth it covet praise; yet cannot avoid its rewards in honours.
Lao Tzu
The key to growth is the introduction of higher dimensions of consciousness into our awareness.
Lao Tzu
The more laws and order are made prominent, the more thieves and robbers there will be.
Lao Tzu
The Nameless is the origin of Heaven and Earth; The Named is the mother of all things. Therefore let there always be non-being so we may see their subtlety, And let there always be being so we may see their outcome. The two are the same, But after they are produced, they have different names. They both may be called deep and profound. Deeper and more profound, The door of all subtleties!
Lao Tzu
The sage does not hoard. The more he helps others, the more he benefits himself, The more he gives to others, the more he gets himself. The Way of Heaven does one good but never does one harm. The Way of the sage is to act but not to compete.
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
To see things in the seed, that is genius.
Lao Tzu
To the mind that is still, the whole universe surrenders.
Lao Tzu
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
A man is but the product of his thoughts what he thinks, he becomes.
Mohandas Gandhi
A 'No' uttered from the deepest conviction is better than a 'Yes' merely uttered to please, or worse, to avoid trouble.
Mohandas Gandhi
Don't listen to friends when the Friend inside you says 'Do this.'
Mohandas Gandhi
A dog is not considered a good dog because he is a good barker. A man is not considered a good man because he is a good talker.
All that we are is the result of what we have thought. If a man speaks or acts with an evil thought, pain follows him. If a man speaks or acts with a pure thought, happiness follows him, like a shadow that never leaves him.
All things appear and disappear because of the concurrence of causes and conditions. Nothing ever exists entirely alone; everything is in relation to everything else.
All wrong-doing arises because of mind. If mind is transformed can wrong-doing remain?
Ambition is like love, impatient both of delays and rivals.
An idea that is developed and put into action is more important than an idea that exists only as an idea.
An insincere and evil friend is more to be feared than a wild beast; a wild beast may wound your body, but an evil friend will wound your mind.
Better than a thousand hollow words, is one word that brings peace.
Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.
Hatred does not cease by hatred, but only by love; this is the eternal rule.
He who experiences the unity of life sees his own Self in all beings, and all beings in his own Self, and looks on everything with an impartial eye.
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.
However many holy words you read,However many you speak,What good will they do youIf you do not act on upon them?
I do not believe in a fate that falls on men however they act; but I do believe in a fate that falls on them unless they act.
In a controversy the instant we feel anger we have already ceased striving for the truth, and have begun striving for ourselves.
In the sky, there is no distinction of east and west; people create distinctions out of their own minds and then beleive them to be true.
It is a man's own mind, not his enemy or foe, that lures him to evil ways.
It is better to conquer yourself than to win a thousand battles. Then the victory is yours. It cannot be taken from you, not by angels or by demons, heaven or hell.
Just as a candle cannot burn without fire, men cannot live without a spiritual life.
Just as treasures are uncovered from the earth, so virtue appears from good deeds, and wisdom appears from a pure and peaceful mind. To walk safely through the maze of human life, one needs the light of wisdom and the guidance of virtue.
Let no sleep fall upon thy eyes till thou hast thrice re- viewed the transactions of the past day. Where have I turn-ed aside from rectitude? What have I been doing? What haveI left undone, which I ought to have done? Begin thus from the first act, and proceed; and, in conclusion, at the ill which thou hast done, be troubled, and rejoice for the good.
Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn't learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn't learn a little, at least we didn't get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn't die; so, let us all be thankful.
Misdirected life force is the activity in disease process. Disease has no energy save what it borrows from the life of the organism. It is by adjusting the life force that healing must be brought about, and it is the sun as transformer and distributor of primal spiritual energy that must be utilized in this process, for life and the sun are so intimately connected.
Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.
Teach this triple truth to all: A generous heart, kind speech, and a life of service and compassion are the things which renew humanity.
The foot feels the foot when it feels the ground.
The tongue like a sharp knife... Kills without drawing blood.
The world, indeed, is like a dream and the treasures of the world are an alluring mirage! Like the apparent distances in a picture, things have no reality in themselves, but they are like heat haze.
There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth; not going all the way, and not starting.
There is nothing more dreadful than the habit of doubt. Doubt separates people. It is a poison that disintegrates friendships and breaks up pleasant relations. It is a thorn that irritates and hurts; it is a sword that kills.
This is what should be done By one who is skilled in goodness, And who knows the path of peace: Let them be able and upright, Straightforward and gentle in speech. Humble and not conceited, Contented and easily satisfied. Unburdened with duties and frugal in their ways. Peaceful and calm, and wise and skillful, Not proud and demanding in nature. Let them not do the slightest thing That the wise would later reprove.
Those who are free of resentful thoughts surely find peace.
Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.
Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth.
To understand a holy unity, examine the flame rising from a candle. We see at first two kinds of light, one glistening white and one blue or black. The white light is above and rises in a straight line, the blue or black light is beneath and appears to be the source of the white; yet the two lights are so closely united they form one single flame. But the source formed by the blue or black light is, in turn, attached to the wick under it. The white light never changes, it always remains white; but several shades are distinguishable in the lower light. Moreover, the lower light moves in two opposite directions; above, it is connected to the white light, and below, it is attached to the burning matter; this matter continually consumes itself and rises toward the upper light. It is thus that all that is, reunites with the one unity.
Unity can only be manifested by the Binary. Unity itself and the idea of Unity are already two.
We are formed and molded by our thoughts. Those whose minds are shaped by selfless thoughts give joy when they speak or act. Joy follows them like a shadow that never leaves them.
We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make the world.
What is the appropriate behavior for a man or a woman in the midst of this world, where each person is clinging to his piece of debris? What's the proper salutation between people as they pass each other in this flood?
When one has the feeling of dislike for evil, when one feels tranquil, one finds pleasure in listening to good teachings; when one has these feelings and appreciates them, one is free of fear.
You can search throughout the entire universe for someone who is more deserving of your love and affection than you are yourself, and that person is not to be found anywhere. You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe deserve your love and affection.
Your work is to discover your world and then with all your heart give yourself to it.
The insufferable arrogance of human beings to think that Nature was made solely for their benefit, as if it was conceivable that the sun had been set afire merely to ripen men's apples and head their cabbages.
Cyrano de Bergerac
A casual stroll through the lunatic asylum shows that faith does not prove anything.
Friedrich Nietzsche
A great value of antiquity lies in the fact that its writings are the only ones that modern men still read with exactness.
Friedrich Nietzsche
A pair of powerful spectacles has sometimes sufficed to cure a person in love.
Friedrich Nietzsche
A subject for a great poet would be God's boredom after the seventh day of creation.
Friedrich Nietzsche
Ah, women. They make the highs higher and the lows more frequent.
Friedrich Nietzsche
I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields that it kisses them so gently.
- Lewis Carroll.
All things are subject to interpretation whichever interpretation prevails at a given time is a function of power and not truth.
Friedrich Nietzsche
All truth is simple... is that not doubly a lie?
Friedrich Nietzsche
Altered opinions do not alter a man's character (or do so very little); but they do illuminate individual aspects of the constellation of his personality which with a different constellation of opinions had hitherto remained dark and unrecognizable.
Friedrich Nietzsche
Although the most acute judges of the witches and even the witches themselves, were convinced of the guilt of witchery, the guilt nevertheless was non-existent. It is thus with all guilt.
Friedrich Nietzsche
And be on they guard against the good and the just! They would fain curcify those who devise their own virtue - they hate the lonesome ones.
Friedrich Nietzsche
And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.
Friedrich Nietzsche
And we should consider every day lost on which we have not danced at least once. And we should call every truth false which was not accompanied by at least one laugh.
Friedrich Nietzsche
As regards the celebrated 'struggle for life,' it seems to me for the present to have been rather asserted than proved. It does occur, but as the exception; the general aspect of life is not hunger and distress, but rather wealth, luxury, even absurd prodigality-where there is a struggle it is a struggle for power.
Friedrich Nietzsche
At bottom every man knows well enough that he is a unique being, only once on this earth; and by no extraordinary chance will such a marvelously picturesque piece of diversity in unity as he is, ever be put together a second time.
Friedrich Nietzsche
At times one remains faithful to a cause only because its opponents do not cease to be insipid.
Friedrich Nietzsche
Believe me! The secret of reaping the greatest fruitfulness and the greatest enjoyment from life is to live dangerously!
Friedrich Nietzsche
Blessed are the forgetful: for they get the better even of their blunders.
Friedrich Nietzsche
Can an ass be tragic? To perish under a burden one can neither bear nor throw off? The case of the philosopher.
Friedrich Nietzsche
Character is determined more by the lack of certain experiences than by those one has had.
Friedrich Nietzsche
Convictions are more dangerous enemies of truth than lies.
Friedrich Nietzsche
Courageous, untroubled, mocking and violent-that is what Wisdom wants us to be. Wisdom is a woman, and loves only a warrior.
Friedrich Nietzsche
Does wisdom perhaps appear on the earth as a raven which is inspired by the smell of carrion?
Friedrich Nietzsche
Enduring habits I hate... Yes, at the very bottom of my soul I feel grateful to all my misery and bouts of sickness and everything about me that is imperfect, because this sort of thing leaves me with a hundred backdoors through which I can escape from enduring habits.
Friedrich Nietzsche
Faith: not wanting to know what is true.
Friedrich Nietzsche
For art to exist, for any sort of aesthetic activity to exist, a certain physiological precondition is indispensable: intoxication.
Friedrich Nietzsche
God is a thought who makes crooked all that is straight.
Friedrich Nietzsche
He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby become a monster. Is not life a hundred times too short for us to bore ourselves?
Friedrich Nietzsche
He who has a why to live can bear almost any how.
Friedrich Nietzsche
Hope in reality is the worst of all evils because it prolongs the torments of man.
Friedrich Nietzsche
I cannot believe in a God who wants to be praised all the time.
Friedrich Nietzsche
If there is something to pardon in everything, there is also something to condemn.
Friedrich Nietzsche
In Christianity neither morality nor religion come into contact with reality at any point.
Friedrich Nietzsche
In every real man a child is hidden that wants to play.
Friedrich Nietzsche
In heaven, all the interesting people are missing.
Friedrich Nietzsche
In individuals, insanity is rare; but in groups, parties, nations and epochs, it is the rule.
Friedrich Nietzsche
In music the passions enjoy themselves.
Friedrich Nietzsche
Is man one of God's blunders? Or is God one of man's blunders?
Friedrich Nietzsche
It is hard enough to remember my opinions, without also remembering my reasons for them!
Friedrich Nietzsche
It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages.
Friedrich Nietzsche
Love matches, so called, have illusion for their father and need for their mother.
Friedrich Nietzsche
Many are stubborn in pursuit of the path they have chosen, few in pursuit of the goal.
Friedrich Nietzsche
Morality is the herd-instinct in the individual.
Friedrich Nietzsche
My religion consists of a humble admiration of the unlimitable superior who reveals Himself in the slight details we are able to perceive with our frail and feeble minds. That deeply emotional conviction of the presence of a superior reasoning power, which is revealed in the incomprehensible universe, forms my idea of God.
Friedrich Nietzsche
Necessity is not an established fact, but an interpretation.
Friedrich Nietzsche
No one lies so boldly as the man who is indignant.
Friedrich Nietzsche
Nothing has been purchased more dearly than the little bit of reason and sense of freedom which now constitutes our pride.
Friedrich Nietzsche
Once spirit was God, then it became man, and now it is even becoming mob.
Friedrich Nietzsche
One must still have chaos in oneself to be able to give birth to a dancing star.
Friedrich Nietzsche
One often contradicts an opinion when what is uncongenial is really the tone in which it was conveyed.
Friedrich Nietzsche
One should die proudly when it is no longer possible to live proudly.
Friedrich Nietzsche
People who have given us their complete confidence believe that they have a right to ours. The inference is false, a gift confers no rights.
Friedrich Nietzsche
Perhaps I know best why it is man alone who laughs; he alone suffers so deeply that he had to invent laughter.
Friedrich Nietzsche
Precisely the least, the softest, lightest, a lizard's rustling, a breath, a flash, a moment - a little makes the way of the best happiness.
Friedrich Nietzsche
Talking much about oneself can also be a means to conceal oneself.
Friedrich Nietzsche
The Christian resolution to find the world ugly and bad has made the world ugly and bad.
Friedrich Nietzsche
The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself.
Friedrich Nietzsche
The man of knowledge must be able not only to love his enemies but also to hate his friends.
Friedrich Nietzsche
The surest way to corrupt a youth is to instruct him to hold in higher esteem those who think alike than those who think differently.
Friedrich Nietzsche
There are no facts, only interpretations.
Friedrich Nietzsche
There is always some madness in love. But there is also always some reason in madness.
Friedrich Nietzsche
This secret spoke Life herself unto me: "Behold," said she, "I am that which must ever surpass itself."
Friedrich Nietzsche
To die proudly when it is no longer possible to live proudly. Death of one's own free choice, death at the proper time, with a clear head and with joyfulness, consummated in the midst of children and witnesses: so that an actual leave-taking is possible while he who is leaving is still there.
Friedrich Nietzsche
To use the same words is not a sufficient guarantee of understanding; one must use the same words for the same genus of inward experience; ultimately one must have one's experiences in common.
Friedrich Nietzsche
We should consider every day lost on which we have not danced at least once. And we should call every truth false which was not accompanied by at least one laugh.
Friedrich Nietzsche
Do not say, 'It is morning,' and dismiss it with a name of yesterday. See it for the first time as a newborn child that has no name.
Rabindranath Tagore
Every child comes with the message that God is not yet discouraged of man.
Rabindranath Tagore
Gray hairs are signs of wisdom if you hold your tongue, speak and they are but hairs, as in the young.
Rabindranath Tagore
I have become my own version of an optimist. If I can't make it through one door, I'll go through another door - or I'll make a door. Something terrific will come no matter how dark the present.
Rabindranath Tagore
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
If you shut the door to all errors, truth will be shut out.
Rabindranath Tagore
Let me not pray to be sheltered from dangers but to be fearless in facing them.Let me not beg for the stilling of my pain, but for the heart to conquer it.Let me not look for allies in life's battlefield but to my own strength.Let me not crave in anxious fear to be saved but hope for the patience to win my freedom.Grant me that I may not be a coward, feeling your mercy in my success alone;But let me find the grasp of your hand in my failure.
Rabindranath Tagore
Nirvana is not the blowing out of the candle. It is the extinguishing of the flame because day is come.
Rabindranath Tagore
The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough.
Rabindranath Tagore
Trees are the earth's endless effort to speak to the listening heaven.
Rabindranath Tagore
A man can live and be healthy without killing animals for food; therefore, if he eats meat, he participates in taking animal life merely for the sake of his appetite.

A hypocrite is the kind of politician who would cut down a redwood tree, then mount the stump and make a speech for conservation.
Adlai E. Stevenson
A hypocrite is a person who - but who isn't?
Don Marquis
We ought to see far enough into a hypocrite to see even his sincerity.
Thomas Fuller
Man is the only animal that learns by being hypocritical. He pretends to be polite and then, eventually, he becomes polite.
Jean Kerr

We allow our ignorance to prevail upon us and make us think we can survive alone, alone in patches, alone in groups, alone in races, even alone in genders.
Maya Angelou
Most ignorance is vincible ignorance. We don't know because we don't want to know.
Aldous Huxley

His ignorance is encyclopedic
Abba Eban
It is not ignorance but knowledge which is the mother of wonder.
Joseph Wood Krutch
Not ignorance, but ignorance of ignorance, is the death of knowledge.
Alfred North Whitehead
Reason obeys itself; and ignorance submits to whatever is dictated to it.
Thomas Paine
The small part of ignorance that we arrange and classify we give the name of knowledge.
Ambrose Bierce
An ignorance of means may ministerTo greatness, but an ignorance of aimsMake it impossible to be great at all.
Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Knowledge will forever govern ignorance; and a people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.
James Madison
The mark of your ignorance is the depth of your belief in injustice and tragedy. What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the Master calls the butterfly.
Richard Bach

Leo Tolstoy
All violence consists in some people forcing others, under threat of suffering or death, to do what they do not want to do.
Leo Tolstoy
Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.
Leo Tolstoy
Freethinkers are those who are willing to use their minds without prejudice and without fearing to understand things that clash with their own customs, privileges, or beliefs. This state of mind is not common, but it is essential for right thinking; where it is absent, discussion is apt to become worse than useless.
Leo Tolstoy
Government is an association of men who do violence to the rest of us.
Leo Tolstoy
He never chooses an opinion; he just wears whatever happens to be in style.
Leo Tolstoy
If so many men, so many minds, certainly so many hearts, so many kinds of love.
Leo Tolstoy

If there existed no external means for dimming their consciences, one-half of the men would at once shoot themselves, because to live contrary to one's reason is a most intolerable state, and all men of our time are in such a state.
Leo Tolstoy
It is amazing how complete is the delusion that beauty is goodness.
Leo Tolstoy
It seldom happens that a man changes his life through his habitual reasoning. No matter how fully he may sense the new plans and aims revealed to him by reason, he continues to plod along in old paths until his life becomes frustrating and unbearable - he finally makes the change only when his usual life can no longer be tolerated.
Leo Tolstoy
The two most powerful warriors are patience and time.
Leo Tolstoy
Truth, like gold, is to be obtained not by its growth, but by washing away from it all that is not gold.
Leo Tolstoy
The secret of happiness is freedom. The secret of freedom is courage.
Go not to the elves for counsel, for they will say both yes and no.
J. R. R. Tolkien
All war is deception.
Sun Tzu
For to win one hundred victories in one hundred battles is not the acme of skill. To subdue the enemy without fighting is the acme of skill.
Sun Tzu
It is essential to seek out enemy agents who have come to conduct espionage against you and to bribe them to serve you. Give them instructions and care for them. Thus doubled agents are recruited and used.
Sun Tzu
Now the reason the enlightened prince and the wise general conquer the enemy whenever they move and their achievements surpass those of ordinary men is foreknowledge.
Sun Tzu
Opportunities multiply as they are seized.
Sun Tzu
Pretend inferiority and encourage his arrogance.
Sun Tzu
Strategy without tactics is the slowest route to victory. Tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat.
Sun Tzu
The good fighters of old first put themselves beyond the possibility of defeat, and then waited for an opportunity of defeating the enemy.
Sun Tzu
Thus it is that in war the victorious strategist only seeks battle after the victory has been won, whereas he who is destined to defeat first fights and afterwards looks for victory.
Sun Tzu
Thus, what is of supreme importance in war is to attack the enemy's strategy.
Sun Tzu
An oppressive government is more to be feared than a tiger.
And remember, no matter where you go, there you are.
By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.
Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.
Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.
He who learns but does not think, is lost! He who thinks but does not learn is in great danger.
He who speaks without modesty will find it difficult to make his words good.
Heaven means to be one with God.
I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.
If you look into your own heart, and you find nothing wrong there, what is there to worry about? What is there to fear?
It does not matter how slowly you go, so long as you do not stop.
It is easy to hate and it is difficult to love. This is how the whole scheme of things works. All good things are difficult to achieve; and bad things are very easy to get.
It is more shameful to distrust our friends than to be deceived by them.
Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.
Only the wisest and stupidest of men never change.
Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.
Real knowledge is to know the extent of one's ignorance.
Silence is a true friend who never betrays.
Study the past, if you would divine the future.
They must often change, who would be constant in happiness or wisdom.
To be wronged is nothing unless you continue to remember it.
To know, is to know that you know nothing. That is the meaning of true knowledge.
Wherever you go, go with all your heart.
If you and I are having a single thought of violence or hatred against anyone in the world at this moment, we are contributing to the wounding of the world...
Dr. Deepak Chopra
It is the nature of babies to be in bliss.
Dr. Deepak Chopra
Our thinking and our behaviour are always in anticipation of a response. It is therefore fear-based.
Dr. Deepak Chopra
There is always one moment in childhood when the door opens and lets the future in.
Dr. Deepak Chopra
A tear dries quickly when it is shed for troubles of others.
Marcus Tullius Cicero
Advice in old age is foolish; for what can be more absurd than to increase our provisions for the road the nearer we approach to our journey's end.
Marcus Tullius Cicero
Advice is like snow - the softer it falls, the longer it dwells upon, and the deeper in sinks into the mind.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Common-sense in an uncommon degree is what the world calls wisdom.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Our own heart, and not other men's opinions form our true honor.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
A loving heart is the truest wisdom.
Charles Dickens
I threw my cup away when I saw a child drinking from his hands at the trough.
Most men are within a finger's breadth of being mad.
Have no fear of perfection - you'll never reach it.
Salvador Dali
I believe that the moment is near when by a procedure of active paranoiacthought, it will be possible to systematize confusion and contribute to thetotal discrediting of the world of reality.
Salvador Dali
Mistakes are almost always of a sacred nature. Never try to correct them. On the contrary: rationalize them, understand them thoroughly. After that, it will be possible for you to sublimate them.
Salvador Dali
All men profess honesty as long as they can. To believe all men honest would be folly. To believe none so is something worse.
John Quincy Adams
A human being is part of a whole, called by us the 'Universe,' a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separated from the rest-a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circles of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.
Albert Einstein

A man's ethical behavior should be based effectually on sympathy, education, and social ties and needs; 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
All of us who are concerned for peace and triumph of reason and justice must be keenly aware how small an influence reason and honest good will exert upon events in the political field.
Albert Einstein
Anger dwells only in the bosom of fools.
Albert Einstein
Curiosity has its own reason for existence.
Albert Einstein
Everything is determined, the beginning as well as the end, by forces over which we have no control. It is determined for insects as well as for the stars. Human beings, vegetables or cosmic dust, we all dance to a mysterious tune, intoned in the distance.
Albert Einstein
Few are those who see with their own eyes and feel with their own hearts.
Albert Einstein
Force always attracts men of low morality.
Albert Einstein
Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.
Albert Einstein
He who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead; his eyes are closed.
Albert Einstein
He who joyfully marches to music in rank and file has already earned my contempt. He has been given a large brain by mistake, since for him the spinal cord would suffice.
Albert Einstein
Heroism on command, senseless violence, and all the loathsome nonsense that goes by the name of patriotism - how passionately I hate them!
Albert Einstein
How strange is the lot of us mortals! Each of us is here for a brief sojourn; for what purpose he knows not, though he senses it. But without deeper reflection one knows from daily life that one exists for other people.
Albert Einstein
Humanity has every reason to place the proclaimers of high moral standards and values above the discoverers of objective truth. What humanity own to personalities like Buddha, Moses, and Jesus ranks for me higher than all the achievements of the of the inquiring constructive mind.
Albert Einstein
I am absolutely convinced that no wealth in the world can help humanity forward, even in the hands of the most devoted worker. The example of great and pure individuals is the only thing that can lead us to noble thoughts and deeds. Money only appeals to selfishness and irresistibly invites abuse. Can anyone imagine Moses, Jesus or Ghandi armed with the money-bags of Carnegie?
Albert Einstein
I cannot imagine a God who rewards and punishes the objects of his creation [and] is but a reflection of human frailty.
Albert Einstein
I do not believe in the God of theology who rewards good and punishes evil.
Albert Einstein
If people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed.
Albert Einstein
Information is not knowledge.
Albert Einstein
It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity.
Albert Einstein
It is strange to be known so universally and yet to be so lonely.
Albert Einstein
It was the experience of mystery - even if mixed with fear - that engendered religion.
Albert Einstein
Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.
Albert Einstein
Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.
Albert Einstein
Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.
Albert Einstein
Morality is of the highest importance - but for us, not for God.
Albert Einstein
Most people say that is it is the intellect which makes a great scientist. They are wrong: it is character.
Albert Einstein
My religion consists of a humble admiration of the illimitable superior spirit who reveals himself in the slight details we are able to perceive with our frail and feeble mind.
Albert Einstein
Nationalism is an infantile disease. It is the measles of mankind.
Albert Einstein
Never do anything against conscience even if the state demands it.
Albert Einstein
No amount of experimentation can ever prove me right; a single experiment can prove me wrong.
Albert Einstein
No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.
Albert Einstein
Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.
Albert Einstein
Not until the creation and maintenance of decent conditions of life for all people are recognized and accepted as a common obligation of all people and all countries - not until then shall we, with a certain degree of justification, be able to speak of humankind as civilized.
Albert Einstein
Once we accept our limits, we go beyond them.
Albert Einstein
Only one who devotes himself to a cause with his whole strength and soul can be a true master. For this reason mastery demands all of a person.
Albert Einstein
Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former.
Albert Einstein
"The world is a dangerous place to live;
not because of the people who are evil,
but because of the people who don't do
anything about it."
Albert Einstein
In law a man is guilty when he violates the rights of others. In ethics he is guilty if he only thinks of doing so.
Immanuel Kant
I love you when you bow in your mosque, kneel in your temple, pray in your church. For you and I are sons of one religion, and it is the spirit.
Kahlil Gibran

It may be that the satisfaction I need depends on my going away, so that when I've gone and come back, I'll find it at home.
This is love: to fly toward a secret sky, to cause a hundred veils to fall each moment. First to let go of life. Finally, to take a step without feet.
First they ignore you,
then they laugh at you,
then they fight you,
then you win.
Mohandas Gandhi
If you can't ignore an insult, top it; if you can't top it, laugh it off;
and if you can't laugh it off, it's probably deserved.
Russell Lynes
The trouble with weather forecasting is that it's right too often for us to ignore it and wrong too often for us to rely on it.
Patrick Young
Altered opinions do not alter a man's character (or do so very little); but they do illuminate individual aspects of the constellation of his personality which with a different constellation of opinions had hitherto remained dark and unrecognizable.
Friedrich Nietzsche
My opinions may have changed, but not the fact that I am right.
Ashleigh Brilliant
New opinions are always suspected, and usually opposed, without anyother reason but because they are not already common.
John Locke
The best reason for having dreams is that in dreams no reasons are necessary.
Ashleigh Brilliant
Life may have no meaning. Or even worse, it may have a meaning of which I disapprove.
Ashleigh Brilliant
My life has a superb cast but I can't figure out the plot.
Ashleigh Brilliant
All I want is a warm bed and a kind word and unlimited power.
Ashleigh Brilliant
As long as I have you there is just one other thing I'll always need: tremendous self-control.
Ashleigh Brilliant
By doing just a little every day, I can gradually let the task completely overwhelm me.
Ashleigh Brilliant
I don't have any solution, but I certainly admire the problem.
Ashleigh Brilliant
I either want less corruption, or more chance to participate in it.
Ashleigh Brilliant
I may not be totally perfect, but parts of me are excellent.
Ashleigh Brilliant
I waited and waited, and when no message came, I knew it must have been from you.
Ashleigh Brilliant
If we could all hear one another's prayers, God might be relieved of some of his burdens.
Ashleigh Brilliant
Inform all the troops that communications have completely broken down.
Ashleigh Brilliant
It's good to know that if I behave strangely enough, society will take full responsibility for me.
Ashleigh Brilliant
It's not easy taking my problems one at a time when they refuse to get in line.
Ashleigh Brilliant
Living on Earth may be expensive, but it includes an annual free trip around the sun.
Ashleigh Brilliant
Maybe I'm lucky to be going so slowly, because I may be going in the wrong direction.
Ashleigh Brilliant
My play was a complete success. The audience was a failure.
Ashleigh Brilliant
My sources are unreliable, but their information is fascinating.
Ashleigh Brilliant
No man is an island, but some of us are pretty long peninsulas.
Ashleigh Brilliant
No man is so perfect, so necessary to his friends, as to give them no cause to miss him less.
Ashleigh Brilliant
Please don't ask me what the score is, I'm not even sure what the game is.
Ashleigh Brilliant
Please don't lie to me, unless you're absolutely sure I'll never find out the truth.
Ashleigh Brilliant
Sometimes I need what only you can provide - Your absence.
Ashleigh Brilliant
The time for action is past! Now is the time for senseless bickering!
Ashleigh Brilliant
To be sure of hitting the target, shoot first, and call whatever you hit the target.
Ashleigh Brilliant
Try to be the best of what you are, even if what you are is no good.
Ashleigh Brilliant
Try to relax and enjoy the crisis.
Ashleigh Brilliant
Forgiveness is the key to action and freedom.
Hannah Arendt
"The inexorable working of destiny, imposed on man by the turning of the Zodiac, subjects all human beings to the pain of birth and death. Man's problem is that in his ignorance he believes himself to be just a body, one that will grow old, suffer and eventually die. His sense of injustice at the inevitability of this fate leads him to hurt himself and others, either through lust for more life or fear of approaching death. These crimes serve further to bind the soul to the body and so increase man's suffering."
The Hermetica:
The Lost Wisdom of the Pharaohs
"The Hermetica" is from around 3000 B.C.
written by the Egyptian sage Hermes

As the poet said, 'Only God can make a tree,' probably because it's so hard to figure out how to get the bark on.
Woody Allen
We allow our ignorance to prevail upon us and make us think we can survive alone, alone in patches, alone in groups, alone in races, even alone in genders.
Maya Angelou
It's not till sex has died out between a man and a woman that they can really love. And now I mean affection. Now I mean to be fond of (as one is fond of oneself) -to hope, to be disappointed, to live inside the other heart. When I look back on the pain of sex, the love like a wild fox so ready to bite, the antagonism that sits like a twin beside love, and contrast it with affection, so deeply unrepeatable, of two people who have lived a life together (and of whom one must die) it's the affection I find richer. It's that I would have again. Not all those doubtful rainbow colors.
Jane Austen

Life without sex might be safer but it would be unbearably dull. It is the sex instinct which makes women seem beautiful, which they are once in a blue moon, and men seem wise and brave, which they never are at all. Throttle it, denaturalize it, take it away, and human existence would be reduced to the prosaic, laborious, boresome, imbecile level of life in an anthill.
H. L. Mencken
A fast word about oral contraception. I asked a girl to go to bed with me, she said 'no'.
Woody Allen

The only gift is a portion of thyself.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
The best portion of a good man's life, His little, nameless, unremembered acts, Of kindness and of love.
~William Wordsworth
What greater thing is there for two human souls than
to feel that they are joined together to strengthen each
other in all labour, to minister to each other in all
sorrow, to share with each other in all gladness, to be
one with each other in the silent unspoken memories?
~ George Eliot
The magic of first love is our ignorance
that it can never end.
~Benjamin Disraeli
Sooner or later we begin to understand that love is more than verses on valentines and romance in the movies. We begin to know that love is here and now, real and true, the most important thing in our lives. For love is the creator of our favourite memories and the foundation of our fondest dreams. Love is a promise that is always kept, a fortune that can never be spent, a seed that can flourish in even the most unlikely of places. And this radiance that never fades, this mysterious and magical joy, is the greatest treasure of all - one known only by those who love.
~ Author Unknown
Grow old along with me, the best is yet to be.
~Robert Browning
Love is the passionate and abiding desire on the part of two or more people to produce together conditions under which each can be and spontaneously express, his real self; to produce together an intellectual soil and an emotional climate in which each can flourish, far superior to what either could achieve alone.
~author unknown
There is no instinct like that of the heart.
~Lord Byron
The heart has reasons that reason does not understand.
~Jacques Benigne Bossuel
We are all born for love... it is the principle existence
and it's only end.
I have learned not to worry about love; but to honor its coming with all my heart.
~Alice Walker
If love is a dream, then marriage is the alarm clock.
~John Hagee
To fear love is to fear life, and those who fear life are already three parts dead.
~Bertrand Russell, Earl Russell
Most of us are pawns in a game of love we don't understand.
~Leo Buscaglia
We can only learn to love by loving.
~Iris Murdoch
Love doesn't just sit there, like a stone. It has to be made like bread, remade all the time, made new.
~Ursula K. Leguin
Henceforth there will be such a oneness between us---
that when one weeps the other will taste salt.
~author unknown
May no gift be too small to give, nor too simple to receive,
which is wrapped in thoughtfulness and tied with love.
~L.O. Baird
Spread love everywhere you go: first of all in your own home. Give love to your children, to a wife or husband, to a next-door neighbor.
~Mother Teresa
The dedicated life is the life worth living. You must give with your whole heart.
~Anne Dillard
Love is the master key that opens the gates of happiness.
~Oliver Wendell Holmes
As the ocean is never full of water, so is the heart
never full of love.
~author unknown
Alas! the love of women! it is known
To be a lovely and fearful thing!
~Lord Byron
Don't walk in front of me, I may not follow.
Don't walk behind me, I may not lead.
Just walk beside me and be my friend forever.
Love doesn't make the world go 'round.
Love is what makes the ride worthwhile.
~Franklin P. Jones
In his younger days a man dreams of possessing the heart of the woman whom he loves; later, the feeling that he possesses the heart of a woman may be enough to make him fall in love with her.
~Marcel Proust
The truth [is] that there is only one terminal dignity-love. And the story of a love is not important-what is important is that one is capable of love. It is perhaps the only glimpse we are permitted of eternity.
~ Helen Hayes
What greater things is there for two human souls that to feel that they are joined... to strengthen each other... to be at one with each other in silent unspeakable memories
~George Eliot
The minute I heard my first love story,
I started looking for you, not knowing how blind that was.
Lovers don't finally meet somewhere.
They're in each other all along.
~Maulana Jalalu'ddin Rumi
The loving are the daring.
~Bayard Taylor
If you judge people, you have no time to love them.
~Mother Teresa
Love is an act of endless forgiveness
A tender look which becomes a habit
~Peter Ustinov
Love is eternal - the aspect may change, but not the essence. There is the same difference in a person before and after he is in love as there is in an unlighted lamp and one that is burning. The lamp was there and was a good lamp, but now it is shedding light too, and that is its real function. And love makes one calmer about many things, and that way, one is more fit for one's work.
~Vincent Van Gogh
People who are sensible about love are incapable of it.
~Douglas Yates
Love is merely madness...
~William Shakespeare
One is very crazy when in love.
~Sigmund Freud
Love that is not madness is not love.
~Pedro Calderon
Love is trembling happiness.
~Kahlil Gibran
True love is like a ghost; everyone talks of it,
few have seen it.
~La Rochefoucauld
What is it that love does to a woman?
Without she only sleeps; with it alone, she lives.
Never apologize for showing feeling. When you do so, you apologize for the truth.
~Benjamin Disraeli
The best and most beautiful things in this world cannot be seen or even heard, but must be felt with the heart.
~Helen Keller
Love is like a Rhino, short-sighted, but always willing to find a way.
Among those whom I like or admire, I can find no common denominator, but among those whom I love, I can: all of them make me laugh.
~W.H. Auden
Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others, cannot keep it from themselves.
~James Matthew Barrie
Love is like an hourglass
With the heart filling up
As the brain empties
~Jules Renard
It is only with the heart that one can see rightly.
For that which is essential is invisible to the eye.
~From a book entitled "The Little Prince"
The courses of true love never did run smooth
~William Shakespeare
Yes, I now feel that it was then on that evening of sweet dreams- that the very first dawn of human love burst upon the icy night of my spirit. Since that period I have never seen nor heard your name without a shiver half of delight, half of anxiety. For years your name never passed my lips, while my soul drank in, with a delirious thirst, all that was uttered in my presence respecting you.
~Edgar Allan Poe
Love does not consist of gazing at each other, but looking outward in the same direction.
~Antoine de Saint-Exupery
But true love is a durable fire,
In the mind ever burning,
Never sick, never old, never dead,
From itself never turning.
~Sir Walter Raleigh
What is love?
It is the morning and the evening star.
~Sinclair Lewis
Love seeketh not itself to please, but for another
gives its ease.
~William Blake
We loved with a love that was more than love.
~Edgar Allan Poe
Real love stories never have endings.
~Richard Bach
Some people come into our lives and quickly go. Some people move our souls to dance. They awaken us to new understanding with the passing whisper of their wisdom. Some people make the sky more beautiful to gaze upon. They stay in our lives for awhile, leave footprints on our hearts, and we are never ever the same.
~Flavia Weedn
Love is a fruit in season at all times,
and within the reach of every hand.
~Mother Teresa
To love is to place our happiness
in the happiness of another.
~Van Lubreitz
Love is much like a wild rose, beautiful and calm,
but willing to draw blood in its defense.
~Mark A. Overby
Since love grows within you, so beauty grows.
For love is the beauty of the soul.
~St. Augustine
What we have once enjoyed we can never lose.
All that we love deeply becomes a part of us.
~Helen Keller
What the heart gives away is never gone ...
It is kept in the hearts of others.
~Robin St. John
Line by line, moment by moment, special times are etched into our memories in the permanent ink of everlasting love in our relationships.
~Gloria Gaither
Life is the first gift, love is the second, and understanding the third.
~Marge Piercy
The human heart, at whatever age, opens to the heart that opens in return.
~Maria Edgeworth
Love is the seed of all hope.
It is the enticement to trust, to risk, to try, to go on.
~Gloria Gaither
God's love... is ever and always, eternally present to all who fear him, making everything right for them and their children.
~Psalm 103:17 MSG
We all mold one another's dreams. We all hold each other's fragile hopes in our hands. We all touch others' hearts.
The mark of a true crush
Is that you fall in love first
And grope for reasons afterward
~Shana Alexander
Accept the things
To which fate binds you and
Love the people with whom fate
Brings you together
But do so with all your heart
~Marcus Aurelius
We are all functioning at a small fraction of our capacity to live fully in its total meaning of loving, caring, creating and adventuring. Consequently, the actualizing of our potential can become the most exciting adventure of our lifetime.
~Herbert Otto
Love, you know, seeks to make happy
rather than to be happy.
~Ralph Connor
Love may not make the world spin around, but it certainly makes a lot of people dizzy.
Love is always open arms. If you close your arms about love you will find that you are left holding only yourself.
~Leo Buscaglia
Love never dies of starvation, but often of indigestion.
~French proverb
Nothing spoils the taste of peanut butter
like unrequited love.
~Charlie Brown
Love is a state of mind which has nothing
to do with the mind.
~Bob Phillips
Love is a verb. We can't say it enough. Love must not only be spoken, but must also be shown. The beginning of love is God. He showed his love in the most sacrificial of ways so we could know our incredible value to him. The price of our adoption was the emptying of heaven of its greatest treasure, God the Son, who is our Savior.
~Phil Ware
Love is the triumph of imagination over intelligence.
Love is like a game of chess:
One false move and you're mated.
Love is the only game that is not called on account of darkness.
~Thomas Carlyle
Love does not die easily. It is a living thing. It thrives in the face of all life's hazards, save one - neglect.
~James Bryden
Love is a fabric which never fades, no matter how often it is washed in the water of adversity and grief.
There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear.
~John 4:18
Absence sharpens love, presence strengthens it.
~Thomas Fuller
When love is accompanied wit deep intimacy, it raises us to the highest level of human experience. In this exalted space, we can surrender our egos, become vulnerable and know levels of joy and well-being unique among life experiences. We attain a glimpse of the rapture that can be ours. Boundaries are blurred, there are no limitations and we rejoice in union. We become one and, at the same time, both.
~Leo Buscaglia (Born For Love)
Man has no choice but to love. For when he does not, he finds his alternatives lie in loneliness, destruction and despair.
~Leo Buscaglia
Only when it is a duty to love, only then is love eternally and happily secured against despair.
You cannot be lonely if you like the person
you're alone with.
~Wayne Dyer
One word frees us of all the weight and pain of life;
That word is love.
Jealousy, that dragon which slays love under the pretence
of keeping it alive.
~Havelock Ellis
In jealousy there is more of self-love than love.
~Francois De La Rochefoucauld
Some people never say the words "I love you"
It's not their style to be so bold.
Some people never say those words "I love you"
But, like a child, they're longing to be told...
~Paul Simon, (Something So Right)
The heart of a fool is in his mouth, but the mouth of a wise man is in his heart.
~Benjamin Franklin
Love is the greatest refreshment in life.
~Pablo Picasso
Pains of love be sweeter far
Than any other pleasures are.
~John Dryden
Passion is the element in which we live; without it, we hardly vegetate.
~Lord Byron
Marriage must incessantly contend with a monster that devours everything: familiarity.
~Honoré de Balzac
Marriage is like a cage; one sees the birds outside desperate to get in, and those inside equally desperate to get out.
~Michel de Montaigne
Marriage is like the army. Everybody complains, but you'd be surprised at how many re-enlist.
The reason why all men honor love is because it looks up, and not down; aspires and not despairs.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
A slight touch of friendly malice and amusement towards
those we love keeps our affections for them from turning flat.
~Logan P. Smith
Caresses, expressions of one sort or another, are necessary to the life of the affections as leaves are to the life of a tree. If they are wholly restrained, love will die at the roots.
~Nathaniel Hawthorne
Affection, like melancholy, magnifies trifles; but the magnifying of the one is like looking through a telescope at heavenly objects; that of the other, like enlarging monsters with a microscope.
~Leigh Hunt
The affections are like lightning: you cannot tell where they will strike till they have fallen.
~Jean Baptiste Lacordaire
The moment we indulge our affections, the earth is metamorphosed, there is no winter and no night; all tragedies, all ennuis, vanish, all duties even.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
Talk not of wasted affection; affection never was wasted.
~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Flirting is the act of making a man feel pleased with himself.
~Helen Rowland
Those who restrain desire, do so because theirs is weak enough to be restrained.
~William Blake
The true feeling of sex is that of a deep intimacy, but
above all of a deep complicity.
~James Dickey
Romantic-love relationships are made or broken by the
effectiveness or ineffectiveness of communication. The
essence of mutual self-disclosure is communication.
And no element of communication is more important to
romantic love than that of feelings and emotions.
~Dr. Nathaniel Branden
By ourselves we can enjoy life, but to really appreciate life we must find companionship.
~author unknown
The glory of friendship is not the outstretched hand, nor the kindly smile nor the joy of companionship; it is the spiritual inspiration that comes to one when he discovers that someone else believes in him and is willing to trust him.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
I cannot love as I have loved,
And yet I know not why;
It is the one great woe of life
To feel all feeling die.
The sweetest joy, the wildest woe is love.
~Philip James Bailey
To handle yourself, use your head, to handle others, use your heart.
Some emotions don't make a lot of noise. It's hard to hear pride. Caring is real faint --like a heartbeat. And pure love -- why, some days it's so quiet, you don't even know it's there.
~Erma Bombeck
You who have received so much love, show your love by protecting the sacredness of life. The sacredness of life is the greatest gifts that God has given us.
~Mother Teresa
There is a time for risky love. There is a time for extravagant gestures. There is a time to pour out your affections on one you love. And when the time comes --seize it, don't miss it.
~Max Lucado
Love is energy of life.
~Robert Browning
A smooth and steadfast mind,
Gentle thoughts and calm desires,
Hearts with equal love combined,
Kindle never-dying fires.
~Thomas Carew
The night has a thousand eyes, And the day but one;
Yet the light of the bright world dies, With the dying sun.
The mind has a thousand eyes, And the heart but one;
Yet the light of a whole life dies, When love is done.
~Francis W. Bourdillon
What is life, when wanting love? Night without a morning;
Love's the cloudless summer sun, Nature gay adorning.
~Robert Burns
Paradise is always where love dwells.
~Jean Paul F. Richter
They are but beggars that can count their worth,
But my true love is grown to such excess,
I cannot sum up half my sum of wealth.
~William Shakespeare
To love deeply in one direction
makes us more loving in all others.
~Anne Swetchine
Life is the flower of which love is the honey.
~Jean Baptiste Alphonse Karr
Pleasant fragrances of the breezes of love blow from the lovers even thought they might conceal it. The effects of these breezes bear witness to them even if they disguise it and are apparent even if they hide it.
~Abu Ali Katib
Love is an ocean of emotions, entirely surrounded by expenses.
~Thomas Dewar
No man, or woman, was ever cured of love by discovering the falseness of his or her lover. The living together for three long, rainy days in the country has done more to dispel love than all the perfidies in love that have ever been committed.
~Arthur Helps
Love is like a flower: Once you pick it, it slowly dies
True love is eternal, infinite, and always like itself. It is equal and pure, without violent demonstrations: it is seen with white hairs and is always young in the heart.
~Honore de Balzac
Love, then, hath every bliss in store;
'Tis friendship, and 'tis something more.
Each other every wish they give;
Not to know love is not to live.
~John Gay
Love is like a hunter, who cares not for the game when once caught, which he may have pursued with the most intense and breathless eagerness. Love is strongest in pursuit; friendship in possession.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
To love someone is to acknowledge the goodness of who they are. Through loving a person we awaken their awareness of their own innate goodness. It is as though they cannot know how worthy they are until they look into the mirror of our love and see themselves.
~John Gray, Ph.D.
We are not the same persons this year as last; nor are those we love. It is a happy chance if we, changing, continue to love a changed person.
~Somerset Maugham
Love and desire are the spirit's wings to great deeds.
~Johann W. von Goethe
He who cannot love must learn to flatter.
~Johann W. von Goethe
Darkness cannot drive out darkness;
only light can do that.
Hate cannot drive out hate;
only love can do that.
~Martin Luther King, Jr.
All thoughts, all passions, all delights,
Whatever stirs this mortal frame,
All are but ministers of Love,
And feed his sacred flame.
~Samuel Coleridge
Oh, the miraculous energy that flows between two people who care enough to get beyond surfaces and games, who are willing to take the risks of being totally open, of listening, of responding with the whole heart. How much we can do for each other.
~Alex Noble
The greatest tragedy of life is not that men perish,
but that they cease to love.
~W. Somerset Maugham
Thou art my life, my love, my heart,
The very eyes of me;
And hast command of every part
To live and die for thee.
~Robert Herrick
Romantic love is a passionate spiritual-emotional-sexual attachment between a man and a woman that reflects a high regard for the value of each other's person.
~Nathaniel Branden
How do you spell love?... when you reach the point where the happiness, security, and development of another person is as much of a driving force to you as your own happiness, security, and development, then you have a mature love. True love is spelled G-I-V-E. It is not based on what you can get, but rooted in what you can give to the other person.
~Josh McDowell
People are often lonely because they build walls
instead of bridges.
What do women want? To be treated like a queen;
but by a king, not a pawn.
~James Robison
It is the things in common
that make relationships enjoyable,
but it is the little differences
that make them interesting.
~Todd Ruthman
Love is like quicksilver in the hand.
Leave the fingers open and it stays.
Clutch it, and it darts away.
~Dorothy Parker
Love is, above all, the gift of oneself.
~Jean Anouilh (1910-1987)
The best portion of a good man's life
is his little, nameless, unremembered
acts of kindness and love.
~William Wordsworth
When you put loving thoughts and behavior into
the world, you plant seeds of self-respect. When
you put unloving thoughts and behavior into the
world, you destroy seeds of self-respect.
~Susan Jeffers, in Dare to Connect
They may forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel.
~Carl W. Buechner
All of the beautiful sentiments in the world weigh less than a single lovely action.
~James Russell Lowell
To bring somebody into your life, take a step into theirs.
The ranch is work from sun to sun, but love's work
is never done.
The cost of love is not as important as the value.
~from Just One Fool Thing After Another
My heart to you is given:
Oh, do give yours to me;
We'll lock them up together,
And throw away the key.
~Frederick Saunders
Love Takes Time
Love Makes Time
Now is the Time
~Paul Pearsall
Give expression to the noble desires that lie in your heart
~Gordon B. Hinckley
The breath of divine knowledge is the bellows of divine love, and the flame of divine love is the perfection of divine knowledge.
~Francis Quarles
Divine is love, and scorneth worldly pelf,
And can be bought with nothing but with self.
~Sir Walter Walter Raleigh
Love is not only something you feel.
It is something you do.
~David Wilkerson
If we want a love message to be heard,
it has got to be sent out.
To keep a lamp burning,
we have to keep putting oil in it.
~Mother Teresa
Our love must not be a thing of words and fine talk.
It must be a thing of action and sincerity.
~I John 3:18
They do not love that do not show their love.
~John Heywood
Strong emotions are present in all people. Without feeling, we would not be human. It's unnatural for man to hide what he's feeling, though if taught to do so, he can learn. Love teaches a man to show what he is feeling. Love never presupposes that it can be discerned or felt without expression.
~Leo Buscaglia (Love)
Ah, how skillful grows the hand
That obeyeth Love's command!
It is the heart and not the brain
That to the highest doth attain,
And he who followeth Love's behest
Far excelleth all the rest.
~Henry W. Longfellow
Do not be afraid of showing your affection.
Be warm and tender, thoughtful and affectionate.
Men are more helped by sympathy, than by service;
love is more than money, and a kind word will give
more pleasure than a present.
~Sir John Lubbock
Mysterious love, uncertain treasure,
Hast thou more of pain or pleasure!
Endless torments dwell about thee:
Yet who would live, and live without thee!
~Joseph Addison
The heart is the place where we live our passions. It is frail and easily broken, but wonderfully resilient. There is no point in trying to deceive the heart. It depends upon our honesty for its survival.
~Leo Buscaglia (Born For Love)
One of the best ways to persuade others is
with your ears ... by listening to them.
~Dean Rusk
The only way to speak the truth is to speak lovingly.
~Henry David Thoreau
The number one way a man can succeed in fulfilling a woman's primary love needs is through communication. By learning to listen to a woman's feelings, a man can effectively shower a woman with caring, understanding, respect, devotion, validation, and reassurance.
~John Gray
There is only one happiness in life: to love and be loved.
~George Sand
Love has a hem to her garment
That reaches the very dust.
It sweeps the streets and lanes,
And because it can, it must.
~Mother Teresa
He drew a circle that shut me out-
Heretic, rebel, a thing to flout.
But Love and I had the wit to win;
We drew a circle that took him in!
~Edwin Markham
The most basic of all human needs is the need to understand and be understood.
~Ralph Nichols
We do not believe in ourselves until someone reveals
that deep inside us is valuable, worth listening to, worthy
of our trust, sacred to our touch. Once we believe in our-
selves we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight
or any experience that reveals the human spirit.
~e.e. cummings
Listening is an attitude of the heart, a genuine desire to be
with another which both attracts and heals.
~J. Isham
If you cannot work with love but only with distaste, it is better that you should leave your work.
~Kahlil Gibran
Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength,
While loving someone deeply gives you courage.
~Lao Tzu
When I was a young man,
I vowed never to marry until
I found the ideal woman.
Well, I found her.
But, alas, she was waiting
for the ideal man.
~Robert Schuman
Love can touch us one time and last for a lifetime, and never let go till we're gone.
~Titanic Theme, "My Heart Will Go On"
Two hearts, two minds, in time did find one love, one aim
two paths the same. Hold fast. . . and love will last.
~Matt Buttram
Create the world you dream with every choice you make.
~Stephen C. Paul
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love.
But the greatest of these is love.
~ 1 Corinthians 13:13 NIV
Even though there may be times
It seems I'm far away
Never wonder where I am
'Cause I am always by your side
~Celine Dion (The Power of Love)
We've got this gift of love, but love is like a precious plant. You can't just accept it and leave it in the cupboard or just think it's going to get on by itself. You've got to keep watering it. You've got to really look after it and nurture it.
~John Lennon
Falling in love consists merely in uncorking the imagination and bottling the common-sense.
~Helen Rowland
You may wish to be loving-- you may even try with all your might-but your love will never be pure unless you are free from resentment. When we are free from resentment, loving is effortless. When we have to try hard to love, this is generally a sign that we are repressing our resentments.
~John Gray (Men, Women and Relationships)
Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.
~1 John 4:7-8 NIV
Things base and vile, holding no quantity,
Love can transpose to form and dignity.
Love looks not with the eye, but with the mind,
And therefore is winged Cupid painted blind.
~William Shakespeare
We always believe our first love is our last, and our last love our first.
~George Whyte-Melville
Love is anterior to life,
Posterior to death,
Initial of creation, and
The exponent of breath.
~Emily Dickinson
A happy marriage has in it all the pleasures of
friendships, all the enjoyment of sense and reason -
and indeed all the sweets of life.
~Joseph Addison (The Spectator Magazine)
Love vanquishes time. To lovers, a moment can be eternity, eternity can be the tick of a clock. Across the barriers of time and the ultimate destiny, love persists, for the home of the beloved, absent or present, is always in the mind and heart. Absence does not diminish love.
~Mary Parrish (MaCalls Magazine)
How many loved your moments of glad grace.
And loved your beauty with love false or true.
But one man loved the pilgrim soul in you,
And loved the sorrows of your changing face.
~W.B. Yeats (The Countess Kathleen)
Some pray to marry the man they love, my prayer will somewhat vary: I humbly pray to Heaven above that I love the man I marry.
~Rose Stokes
Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile,
a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the
smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to
turn a life around.
~Leo Buscaglia
One of the characteristics of love relationships that flower is a relatively high degree of mutual self-disclosure-- a willingness to let our partner enter into the interior of our private world and a genuine interest in the private world of that partner. Couples in love tend to show more of themselves to each other than to any other person.
~Nathaniel Branden
If two people who love each other let a single instant wedge itself between them, it grows-it becomes a month, a year, a century; it becomes too late.
~Jean Giraudoux
To love is to enjoy seeing, touching, and sensing with all the senses, as closely as possible, a lovable object which loves in return.
~Stendhal, De l'Amour
[In wise love] each defines the secret self of the other, and refusing to believe in the mere daily self, creates a mirror where the lover or the beloved sees an image to copy in daily life; for love also creates the Mask.
~William Butler Keats
Many people when they fall in love look for a little haven of refuge from the world, where they can be sure of being admired when they are not admirable, and praised when they are not praiseworthy.
~Bertrand Russell
Though we may think we know each other well, when we neglect feelings in a relationship, we neglect the deepest and most intimate part of ourselves ... sharing feelings leads us to great closeness because feelings are very personal, the most intimate part of us. The sharing of a deep feeling is the greatest gift a human being can give to another.
~Fr. Chuck Gallagher
Inside the heart of each and every one of us there is a longing to be understood by someone who really cares. When a person is understood, he or she can put up with almost anything in the world.
~Rev Ed Hird
Love simply cannot spring up without that self-surrender to each other. If either withholds the self, love cannot exist.
~Dr. E. Stanley Jones
We love to the degree we're happy. While we are unhappy and attending to our fears, we are not loving. The self is always crying out for acceptance. When we deny it that acceptance, things get hairy. Our attention gets sucked into a void inside ourselves, leaving nothing left to give to another.
~Jennifer Hautman
Love is but the discovery of ourselves in others, and the delight in the recognition.
~Alexander Smith
Laughter is the closest distance between two people.
~Victor Borge
Love never claims, it ever gives; love never suffers, never resents, never revenges itself. Where there is love there is life; hatred leads to destruction.
~Mahatma Gandhi
True happiness and a fullness of joy can be found only in the tender and intimate relationships of the family. However earnestly we may seek success and happiness outside the home through work, leisure activities, or large bank accounts, we will never be fully satisfied emotionally until we develop deep and loving relationships.
~James J. Jones Ph.D.
Indeed, if one can say that one has built genuinely loving relationships with a spouse and children, then one has already succeeded in accomplishing more than most people accomplish in a lifetime.
~The Road Less Traveled
The most precious possession that ever comes to a man in this world is a woman's heart.
~Josiah G. Holland
Love is never lost. If not reciprocated, it will flow back and soften and purify the heart.
~Washington Irving
The best proof of love is trust.
~Dr. Joyce Brothers
There is but one genuine love-potion - consideration
I like not only to be loved, but to be told I am loved
~George Eliot
Love can hope where reason would despair
~George, Lord Lyttleton
Love is friendship set to music
Love is the great miracle cure.
Loving ourselves works miracles in our lives.
~Louise Hay
What we need to know about loving is no great mystery. We all know what constitutes loving behavior; we need but act upon it, not continually question it. Over-analysis often confuses the issue and in the end brings us no closer to insight. We sometimes become too busy classifying, separating, and examining, to remember that love is easy. It's we who make it complicated.
~Leo Buscaglia
Love is the only way to grasp another human being in the innermost core of his personality.
~Victor Frankel
The greatest weakness of most humans is their hesitancy to tell others how much they love them while they're still alive.
~O. A. Battista
There are no little events with the heart. It magnifies everything; it places in the same scales the fall of an empire of fourteen years and the dropping of a woman's glove, and almost always the glove weighs more than the empire.
~Honore de Balzac
Romantic love reaches out in little ways, showing attention and admiration, Romantic love remembers what pleases a woman, what excites her, and what surprises her. Its actions whisper: you are the most special person in my life.
~Charles Stanley ( A Man's Touch)
Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead.
~Oscar Wilde
The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed.
~C.G. Jung
From every human being there rises a light that reaches straight to heaven. And when two souls that are destined to be together find each other, their streams of light flow together, and a single brighter light goes forth from their united being.
Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact you must give it to no one, not even an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements. Lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket--safe, dark, motionless, airless--it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. To love is to be vulnerable.
~C.S. Lewis
The most eloquent silence;
that of two mouths meeting in a kiss.
In the arithmetic of love, one plus one equals everything,
and two minus one equals nothing.
~Mignon McLaughlin
I love you not only for what you are, but for what I am when I am with you. I love you not only for what you have made of yourself, but for what you are making of me. I love you for the part of me that you bring out.
Love cannot endure indifference. It needs to be wanted. Like a lamp, it needs to be fed out of the oil of another's heart, or its flame burns low.
~Henry Ward Beecher
You will find as you look back upon your life that the moments when you have really lived, are the moments when you have done things in a spirit of love.
~Henry Drummond
Once you have learned to love,
You will have learned to live.
Treasure the love you receive above all. It will survive long after your good health has vanished.
~Og Mandino
The person who tries to live alone will not succeed as a human being. His heart withers if it does not answer another heart. His mind shrinks away if he hears only the echoes of his own thoughts and finds no other inspiration.
~Pearl S. Buck
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
~1 Corinthians 13:4-7
Love works in miracles every day: such as weakening the strong, and stretching the weak; making fools of the wise, and wise men of fools; favouring the passions, destroying reason, and in a word, turning everything topsy-turvy
~ Marguerite De Valois
All love that has not friendship for its base,
is like a mansion built upon the sand.
~Ella Wheeler Wilcox
There are three kinds of love, - unselfish, mutual, and selfish. The unselfish love is of the highest kind. The lover only minds the welfare of the beloved and does not care for his own sufferings. In mutual love the lover not only wants the happiness of his beloved but has an eye towards his own happiness also. It is middling. The selfish love is the lowest. It only looks towards its own happiness, no matter whether the beloved suffers weal or woe.
~Sri Ramakrishna
Love is the emblem of eternity: it confounds all notion of time: effaces all memory of a beginning, all fear of an end.
~Germaine De Stael
Love is the history of a woman's life;
it is an episode in man's.
~Germaine De Stael
There is more hunger for love and appreciation in this world than for bread.
~ Mother Teresa
Loneliness and the feeling of being unwanted is the most terrible poverty.
~ Mother Teresa
Two things you should NEVER say to the one you love:
"I love you, but..." and "If you loved me, you would..."
Should you really qualify love with conditions?
Saying "I Love You" is like a warm fuzzy, it feels good for only a short while. When you tell someone you love them by doing something for them, the message will mean much more and last longer.
Come live in my heart, and pay no rent.
~Samuel Lover
Relationships of all kinds are like sand held in your hand. Held loosely, with an open hand, the sand remains where it is. The minute you close your hand and squeeze tightly to hold on, the sand trickles through your fingers. You may hold on to some of it, but most will be spilled. A relationship is like that. Held loosely, with respect and freedom for the other person, it is likely to remain intact. But hold too tightly, too possessively, and the relationship slips away and is lost.
~ Chicken Soup for the Soul
What does open us is sharing our vulnerabilities. Sometimes we see a couple who has done this difficult work over a lifetime. In the process, they have grown old together. We can sense the enormous comfort, the shared quality of ease between these people. It is beautiful, and very rare. Without this quality of openness and vulnerability, partners don't really know each other; they are one image living with another image.
~Charlotte Joko Beck
The world is no longer a romantic place. Some of its people still are however, and therein lies the promise. Don't let the world win.
~John Cage, "Ally McBeal"
Not all of us have to possess earthshaking talent.
Just common sense and love will do.
~ Myrtle Auvil
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Notice the word *fruit* is singular, yet it list nine.
~ Galatians 5:22 (NIV)
So there is only one fruit of the Spirit. That fruit is love.
The others...

Joy - love smiling
Peace - love resting
Patience - love waiting
Kindness - love showing itself sensitive to others' feelings
Goodness - love making allowances
Faithfulness - love proving constant
Gentleness - love yielding
Self-control - love triumphing over selfish inclinations
~Source Unknown
The life and love we create is the life and love we live.
~Leo Buscaglia
When it comes to giving love, the opportunities are unlimited, and we are all gifted.
~Leo Buscaglia
There is seemingly so little love shared in this world, it is not surprising that we ask, "Where have all the lovers gone?" Since love is the most vital energy for good that is within our power to utilize, it is puzzling why we so seldom do so. Love is just a useless, abstract idea until we put it into action...Unless we are always actively living in love, we are not utilizing the greatest gift we have been given and which we, in turn, have to offer.
~Leo Buscaglia
The truth is that there is only one
Terminal dignity....Love
And the story of a love is not important
What is important is that
One is capable of love
It is perhaps the only glimpse
We are permitted of eternity
~Helen Hayes
Love looks through a telescope; envy through a microscope.
~Josh Billings
Love is a thing, well, its kind of like quicksand:
The more you are in it, the deeper you sink.
And when it hits you, you've just got to fall.
Think about it, there must be higher love
Down in the heart or hidden in the stars above
Without it, life is a wasted time
Look inside your heart, I'll look inside mine.
~Steve Winwood
Somethings are loved because they are valuable;
others are valuable because they are loved.
Love is an electric blanket with somebody
else in control of the switch.
~Cathy Carlyle
Love does not consist in gazing at each other
but in looking together in the same direction.
~Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Romance has been elegantly defined
as the offspring of fiction and love.
~Benjamin Disraeli
Love 'em for what they are
and forgive 'em for what they ain't.
Find the person who will love you because of your differences and not in spite of them and you have found a lover for life.
~Leo Buscaglia
Love creates an "us" without destroying a "me."
For women, "I love you" is the sweetest phrase in the world. But not every man who says it means it. On the other hand, some men may feel it deeply, but still find it hard to say. There are several reasons these words might stick in a man's throat. The first is that, quite commonly, men have a difficult time expressing the emotions they feel most deeply. Another reason is the words "I love you" might be interpreted as a marriage proposal. So that nothing gets lost in the translation, men with this concern will wait for the time in which they can back up their words with a lifetime commitment.
~John Gray
Nobody will ever win the battle of the sexes.
There's too much fraternizing with the enemy.
~Henry Kissinger
Love is like a bazaar: The admittance is free-- but it costs you something before you get out.
You come to love not by finding the perfect person, but by seeing an imperfect person perfectly.
~Sam Keen
To laugh often and love much... to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others, to give one's self... this is to have succeeded.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
Kindness in words creates confidence.
Kindness in thinking creates profoundness.
Kindness in giving creates love.
~Lao Tzu
What the heart has once owned and had,
it shall never lose.
~Henry Ward Beecher
Love is the true means by which the world is enjoyed:
our love to others, and others' love to us.
~Thomas Trahern
The love of a mother is the veil of a softer light
between the heart and the heavenly Father.
~Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Beauty of whatever kind, in its supreme development,
invariably excites the sensitive soul to tears.
~Edgar Allan Poe
Beauty is an experience, nothing else. It is not a fixed pattern or an arrangement of features. It is something felt, a glow or a communicated sense of fineness. What ails us is that our sense of beauty is so bruised and blunted, we miss all the best.
~D. H. Lawrence
For every beauty there is an eye somewhere to see it. For every truth there is an ear somewhere to hear it. For every love there is a heart somewhere to receive it.
~Ivan Panin
Better is a dinner of herbs where love is than a fattened ox and hatred with it.
~Proverbs 15:17
Anyone who marries for money earns every cent of it.
Love puts the fun in together,
The sad in apart,
The hope in tomorrow,
The joy in the heart.
I would like to have engraved inside every wedding band, "Be kind to one another." This is the Golden Rule of marriage and the secret of making love last through the years.
~Randolph Roy
Commitment is what transforms a promise into reality.
Happiness comes when your work and words are of benefit to yourself and others.
We always love those who admire us; we do not always love those whom we admire.
~Francois de La Rochefoucauld
Admiration is a very short-lived passion, that immediately decays upon growing familiar with its object.
~Joseph Addison
When we love, we admire with the heart.
~author unknown
How do you develop a relationship?
One moment at a time!
~Barry Spilchuk
I hope life treats you kind;
And I hope you have all you've dreamed of
And I wish to you, joy and happiness;
But above all this, I wish you love.
~Dolly Parton (I Will Always Love You)
A goal, a love and a dream give you total control over your body and your life.
~John Wayne Schlatter
I confess that I love him
I rejoice that I love him
I thank the maker of Heaven and Earth
that gave him to me
the exultation floods me.
~Emily Dickinson
What counts in making a happy relationshipis not so much how compatible you are, but how you deal with incompatibility.
~Daniel Goleman
Dancing is discovery and recreation,
especially the dance of love.
~Leopol S. Senghor
Opposites attract, but after marriage, opposites attack. Most of the time, we are attracted to people who don't have the things that we have. Incompatibility is why we get married, but it's also used as a reason to divorce.
Incompatibility is just a lack of communication. If we just try to love [our spouse] the way we want to be loved, we are in trouble. Unless you communicate, it's difficult to know how to love another person.
~Dr. Charles Lowery.
Marriage is when a man and woman become as one; the trouble starts when they try to decide which one.
~author unknown
What Is Romance?
1. Romance is a state of mind.
2. Romance is an attitude.
3. Romance is about the little things- small loving gestures, hugs, saying "I love you" (and meaning it), and sincere compliments.
~Gregory Godek (1001 Ways To Be Romantic)
The more extreme and the more expressed that passion is, the more unbearable does life seem without it. It remindsus that if passion dies or is denied, we are partly dead...
~John Boorman
Love is blind only to the eyes.
The heart sees everything clearly.
A loving heart is the truest wisdom.
~Charles Dickens
The motto of chivalry is also the motto of wisdom;
to serve all, but love only one.
~Honore de Balzac
You can't force someone to love you; all you can do is become someone who can be loved; the rest is up the them.
Nuptial love maketh mankind; friendly love perfecteth it; but wanton love corrupteth and embaseth it.
~Francis Bacon
Life is short and we have never too much time for gladdening the hearts of those who are traveling the dark journey with us. Oh be swift to love, make haste to be kind.
~Henri Frederick Amiel
Since you get more joy out of giving joy to others, you should put a good deal of thought into the happiness that you are able to give.
~Eleanor Roosevelt
Life is a journey, and love is what makes that journey worthwhile.
Absence does not make the heart grow fonder,
but it sure heats up the blood.
~Elizabeth Ashley
Love is the only kind of fire which is never covered by insurance.
Laughter is not a bad beginning for a friendship, and it is the best ending for one.
~Oscar Wilde
If one wishes to know love, one must live love, in action. Thoughts, readings and discourse on love are of value only as they present questions to be acted upon.
~Leo Buscaglia
Falling in love is awfully simple, but falling out of love is simply awful.
Love at first sight is possible,
but it pays to take a second look.
When you ask God for a gift,
Be thankful if he sends,
Not diamonds, pearls or riches,
but the love of real true friends."
~Helen Steiner Rice
You can always create your own experience of life in a beautiful and enjoyable way if you keep your love turned on within you- regardless of what other people say or do.
~Ken Keyes
We've got to convince our egos and our minds that if we want to live happy lives, love is more important than anything else!
~Ken Keyes
Love means tearing down the separateness and the boundaries between your heart feelings and another person.
~Ken Keyes
Love is just a feeling of togetherness
and openness in your heart.
~Ken Keyes
Love is not a matter of what happens in life. It's a matter of what's happening in your heart.
~Ken Keyes
What we think is less than what we know:
What we know is less than what we love:
What we love is so much less than what there is:
and to this precise extent,
we are much less than what we are.
~R.D. Laing
Love means to commit oneself without guarantee, to give oneself completely in the hope that our love will produce love in the loved person. Love is an act of faith, and whoever is of little faith is also of little love.
~Erich Fromm
One must never be satisfied with his ability to love.
No matter where he is, it is always just a beginning.
~Leo Buscaglia
A man falls in love through his eyes,
a woman through her ears.
~Woodrow Wyatt
Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind.
Nothing spoils a romance so much
as a sense of humour in the woman.
~Oscar Wilde
(Asked by a gentleman friend why women seemed not to have a sense of humor) "God did it on purpose, so that we may love you men instead of laughing at you."
~Mrs. Pat Campbell
It is not work that kills men; it is worry. Work is healthy; you can hardly put more upon a man than he can bear. Worry is rust upon the blade. It is not the revolution that destroys the machinery, but the friction. Fear secretes acids, but love and trust are sweet juices.
Respect is love in plain clothes.
~Frankie Byrne
Love and work... work and love, that's all there is.
~Sigmund Frued
Of all forms of caution, caution in love is perhaps the most fatal to true happiness.
~Bertrand Russell
I was at a party feeling very shy because there were a lot of celebrities around, and I was sitting in a corner alone and a very beautiful young man came up to me and offered me some salted peanuts and said, "I wish they were emeralds" as he handed me the peanuts and that was the end of my heart. I never got it back.
~Helen Hayes
If it is your time, love will track you down
like a cruise missile.
~Lynda Barry
Most people I ask little from. I try to give them much, and expect nothing in return and I do very well in the bargain.
~Francois FéNelon
Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling.
~1 Peter 4:8-9
Love is giving the gift of oneself.
~author unknown
Love is the magician that pulls man out of his own hat.
~Ben Hecht
True love begins when nothing is looked for in return.
~Antoine De Saint-Exupery
Tell me whom you love, and I'll tell you who you are.
~Creole Proverb
Only love can be divided endlessly and still not diminish.
~Anne Morrow Lindbergh
Love letters are the campaign promises of the heart.
~Robert Friedman
There is much to be known, and above all much to be loved, be it the turn of the seasons or the shape of a river pebble. Indeed, the more we find to love, the more we add to the measure of our hearts.
~Adaon in "The Black Cauldron"
In dreams and in love there are no impossibilities.
~Janos Arany
You can't blame gravity for falling in love.
There are two key principles in learning to understand women--but nobody knows what they are!
~Jon Kardatzke, M.D.
He, who cannot forgive a trespass of malice to his enemy,
has never yet tasted the most sublime enjoyment of love.
~Johann Kaspar Lavater
If you forgive people enough you belong to them, and they to you, whether either person likes it or not - squatter's rights of the heart.
~James Hilton
One forgives to the degree that one loves.
~La Rochefaucould
There are many things in life
That will catch your eye,
But only a few will catch your heart...
Pursue those.
~author unknown
True love is knowing a person's faults, and loving them even more for them.
~Mandy Hampton
If a hug represented how much I loved you,
I would hold you in my arms forever.
~Mandy Hampton
Being with you is like walking on a very clear morning-
definitely the sensation of belonging there.
~E.B. White
A woman would run through fire and water
for such a kind heart.
~William Shakespeare
Nothing can cure the soul but the senses, just as nothing can cure the senses but the soul.
~Oscar Wilde
The romantic embrace can only be compared with music and with prayer.
~Havelock Ellis
Life, the gift of nature
Love, the gift of life
A Kiss, the gift of Love
We are astonished at thought but sensation is equally wonderful.
Nothing awakens a reminiscence like a scent.
~Victor Hugo
If music be the food of love, play on ...
The song that we hear with our ears is only the song that is sung in our hearts.
A loaf of bread, a jug of wine, and thou.
~Omar Khayyam
All I really need is love, but a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt.
~Lucy Van Pelt, "Peanuts"
Drink to me only with thine eyes,
And I will pledge with mine:
Or leave a kiss but in the cup
And I'll not look for wine.
~Ben Jonson
Love withers with predictability; its very essence is surprise and amazement. To make love a prisoner of the mundane is to take its passion and lose it forever.
~Leo Buscaglia
A baby is born with the need to be loved-- and never outgrows it. Children are God's apostles, day by day sent forth to preach of love and hope and peace.
~James Russell Lowell
A bell is no bell till you ring it
A song is no song till you sing it
And love in your heart wasn't put there to stay
Love isn't love till you give it away.
~Oscar Hammerstein II
Smile at each other, smile at your wife, smile at your husband, smile at your children, smile at each other--it doesn't matter who it is--and that will help you to grow up in greater love for each other.
~ Mother Teresa
Smile; it the second best thing one can do with one's lips.
~ author unknown
A smile is the light in your window that tells others
that there is a caring, sharing person inside.
~ Denis Waitley
To love is natural.
To understand the variations of love is wisdom.
~author unknown
Love is a wild bird that no one can tame
It's useless to chase it
If it won't play the game
~From the opera Carmen
I think I would rather possess eyes that know no sight,
ears that know no sound, hands that know no touch
than a heart that knows no love.
~author unknown
Love knows no reasons, love knows no lies.
Love defies all reasons, love has no eyes.
But love is not blind, love sees but doesn't mind.
~author unknown
The most painful love there is, is the love left unshown
A love that cannot be expressed, affection left unknown
The love that withholds touching,
afraid of what it would say
And the most painful thing about unexpressed love is...
it never fades away
~Susan Polis Schutz
...But love is a durable fire
In the mind ever burning;
Never sick, never old, never dead
From itself never turning.
~Sir Walter Raleigh
Love is sometimes denied, sometimes lost, sometimes unrecognized, but in the end, always found with no regrets, forever valued and kept treasured.
Two may talk together under the same roof for many years, yet never really meet, and two others at first speech are old friends.
~author unknown
To love and be loved is to feel the sun on both sides.
~ David Viscott
Sometimes we let affection, go unspoken,
Sometimes we let our love go unexpressed,
Sometimes we can't find words to tell our feelings,
Especially towards those we love the best.
~author unknown
God made many puzzle pieces, but only those two 'cut out' for each other, can fit together to create a perfect and beautiful picture.
~Jessica Cochran
Only our love hath no decay;
This, no tomorrow hath, nor yesterday,
Running it never runs from us away,
But truly keeps his first, last, everlasting day.
~John Donne
May you be grounded and rooted in love.
~ Ephesians 3: 14-19
Put on love, which binds everything together in harmony.
~ Colossians 3: 12-17
Beloved, let us love one another.
~ 1 John 4: 7-8,12
A good wife is more precious than jewels.
~ Proverbs 31: 10-12, 25-31
There are only four questions of value in life . . .
What is sacred? Of what is the spirit made?
What is worth living for? What is worth dying for?
The answer to each is the same. Only love."
~From the film Don Juan DeMarco
Now what is Love, I pray thee, tell?
It is that fountain and that well
Where pleasure and repentance dwell;
It is perhaps the sauncing bell
That tolls all into heaven or hell:
And this is Love, as I hear tell.
~Sir Walter Raleigh
The most wonderful of all things in life is the discovery of
another human being with whom one's relationship has a growing depth, beauty and joy as the years increase. This inner progressiveness of love between two human beings is a most marvellous thing; it cannot be found by looking for it or by passionately wishing for it. It is a sort of divine accident, and the most wonderful of all things in life.
~ Sir Hugh Walpole
Love is always bestowed as a gift --
freely, willingly, and without expectation....
We don't love to be loved; we love to love.
~Leo Buscaglia
It is best to love wisely, no doubt; but to love foolishly is better than not to be able to love at all.
~William Thackeray
Love is the expansion of two natures in such fashion that each include the other, each is enriched by the other.
~Felix Adler
Love is a mutual self-giving which ends in self-recovery.
~Fulton J. Sheen
We find rest in those we love, and we provide a resting place in ourselves for those who love us.
~Saint Bernard of Clairvaux
Love doesn't sit there like a stone. It has to be made like bread; remade all the time, made new.
~Ursula K. Le Guin
Love grows by giving. The love we give away is the only love we keep. The only way to retain love is to give it away.
~Elbert Hubbard
All men and women have an equal need for love. When these needs are not fulfilled it is easy to have our feelings hurt, for which we blame our partner.
~John Gray
Because someone doesn't love you the way you want them to doesn't mean they don't love you with all they have.
The most powerful symptom of love is a tenderness which becomes at times almost insupportable.
~Victor Hugo
For one human being to love another that is perhaps the most difficult of our tasks; the ultimate, the last test and proof; the work for which all other work is but preparation.
~Rainer Maria Rilke
Ramesh Balsekar:

Nature does not know or care about the world or man-made opposites. Nature
is perfectly satisfied and happy to produce a world of infinite, rapturous
variety that knows nothing about pretty or ugly, ethical or unethical.
Nature never apologizes for anything, nor does it see or acknowledge
anything of man's misconceived errors of opposition.
Ramesh Balsekar:

Humankind has not woven the web of life.
We are but one thread within it.
Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves.
All things are bound together.
All things connect.
Chief Seattle Follow Your Bliss.
Joseph Campbell

When you are not, you are light. When you are, the I is trapped in darkness. The less there is of I, the ego, the more there is light. The moment of personal I has melted completely, disappeared and only light is left. The effort of trying is the hindrance...

Every man dies.
Not every man truly lives.

There is more to life than increasing its speed.
Don't smother each other.
No one can grow in the shade.
Leo Buscaglia
Don't go through life, GROW through life.
Eric Butterworth
Our life is what our thoughts make it.
Marcus Aurelius Antonius
We are what we repeatedly do.
I'm not a teacher, but an awakener.
Robert Frost
Even from a dark night songs of beauty can be born.
Maryanne Radmacher-Hershey
People are just about as happy as they make up their minds to be.
Abraham Lincoln
No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.
Eleanor Roosevelt
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
People say "I want peace." If you remove I {ego}, and your want {desire}, you are left with peace.
-- Satya Sai Baba
Talk to a man about himself and he will listen for hours.
-- Benjamin Disraeli
Whenever I dwell for any length of time on my own shortcomings, they gradually begin to seem mild harmless, rather engaging little things, not at all like the staring defects in other people's characters.
-- Margaret Halsey
you are all wrapped up in yourself, you are overdressed
-- Kate Halverson

The nice thing about egotists is that they don't talk about other people.
Lucille S. Harper

Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.
n Carl Gustav Jung
Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.
n James Baldwin
We must become the change we want to see.
n Gandhi
Treat people as if they were what they ought to be, and you help them to become what they are capable of being.
-- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
When we treat man as he is, we make him worse than he is; when we treat him as if he already were what he potentially could be, we make him what he should be.
-- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Conscience is the inner voice which warns us that someone may be looking.
-- H. L. Mencken
You probably wouldn't worry about what people think of you if you could know how seldom they do.
-- Olin Miller
When one find's oneself in a hole of one's own making, it is a good time to examine the quality of the workmanship.
n John Renmerde
One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one's work is terribly important.
n Bertrand Russell
If we were not all so interested in ourselves, life would be so uninteresting that none of us would be able to endure it.
-- Schopenhauer
The only thing worse than being talked about is not being talked about.
-- Oscar Wilde
To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance.
n Oscar Wilde
We had a lot in common. I loved him and he loved him.
-- Shelley Winters
Some birds aren't meant to be caged, their feathers are just too bright. And when they fly away, the part of you that knows it was a sin to lock them up, does rejoice. I guess I just miss my friend.
-Shawshank Redemption

It is well, when judging a friend, to remember that he is judging you with the same godlike and superior impartiality.
-- Arnold Bennett
A friend is one who knows us, but loves us anyway.
-- Fr. Jerome Cummings
It destroys one's nerves to be amiable everyday to the same human being.
-- Benjamin Disraeli
I hate it in friends when they come too late to help.
n Euripides
When a friend is in trouble, don't annoy him by asking if there is anything you can do. Think up something appropriate and do it.
-- E. W. Howe
Friends may come and go, but enemies accumulate.
n Thomas Jones
The real test of friendship is: Can you literally do nothing with the other person? Can you enjoy together those moments of life that are utterly simple? They are the moments people looks back on at the end of life and number as their most sacred experiences.
-- Eugene Kennedy
The imaginary friends I had as a kid dropped me because their friends thought I didn't exist.
-- Aaron Machado
When one is trying to do something beyond his known powers it is useless to seek the approval of friends. Friends are at their best in moments of defeat.
-- Henry Miller
A woman may very well form a friendship with a man, but for this to endure, it must be assisted by a little physical antipathy.
-- Friedrich Nietzsche
When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives mean the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand. The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate now knowing, not curing, not healing and face with us the reality of our powerlessness, that is a friend who cares.
n Henri Nouwen, Out of Solitude
Do not assume that she who seeks to comfort you now, lives untroubled among the simple and quiet words that sometimes do you good. Her life may also have much sadness and difficulty, that remains far beyond yours. Were it otherwise, she would never have been able to find these words.
-- Rainer Maria Rilke
Friends need not agree in everything or go always together, or have no comparable other friendships of the same intimacy. On the contrary, in friendship union is more about ideal things: and in that sense it is more ideal and less subject to trouble than marriage is.
-- George Santayana
Life is to be fortified by many friendships. To love and to be loved is the greatest happiness of existence.
-- Sydney Smith
A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out.
-- Walter Winchell
Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, it only saps today of its joy.
-- Leo Buscaglia
Consciously or unconsciously, every one of us does render some service or other. If we cultivate the habit of doing this service deliberately, our desire for service will steadily grow stronger, and will make, not only our own happiness, but that of the world at large.
n Gandhi
It is easy enough to be friendly to one's friends. But to befriend the one who regards himself as your enemy is the quintessence of true religion. The other is mere business.
-Mohandas Gandhi-
orgasm the bridge between love and consciousness…

Those who do not know how to weep with their whole heart, don't know how to laugh either.
-- Golda Meir
Ask yourself whether you are happy and you cease to be so.
-- John Stuart Mill
The truth is, laughter always sounds more perfect than weeping. Laughter flows in a violent riff and is effortlessly melodic. Weeping is often fought, choked, half strangled, or surrendered to with humiliation.
-- Anne Rice, Taltos
Happiness is inward, and not outward; and so, it does not depend on what we have, but on what we are.
-- Henry Van Dyke
Worrying is like a rocking chair, it gives you something to do, but it doesn't get you anywhere.
-- Anonymous
Not knowing when the dawn will come, I open every door.
-- Emily Dickinson
Everything that is really great and inspiring is created by the individual who can labour in freedom.
-- Albert Einstein
In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.
-- Albert Einstein
Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson
One of the greatest discoveries a man makes, one of his great surprises, is to find he can do what he was afraid he couldn't do.
-- Henry Ford
He that would have the fruit must climb the tree.
-- Thomas Fuller, M.D.
We must become the change we want to see.
-- Gandhi
Whatever you do will be insignificant, but it is most important that you do it.
-- Gandhi
May the road rise to meet you. May the wind always be at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face, the rains fall soft upon your fields and, until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of his hand.
-- Irish Blessing
We are not in a position in which we have nothing to work with. We already have capacities, talents, direction, missions, callings.
-- Abraham Maslow
It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare; it is because we do not dare that they are difficult.
n Seneca
Immature love says: "I love you because I need you." Mature love says: "I need you because I love you."
n Erich Fromm
"Happiness is like a butterfly, which, when you pursue it is always beyond your grasp, but, which, when you sit down may alight upon you."
-Nathaniel Hawthorne
"He who asks a question may be a fool for five minutes, but he who never asks a question remains a fool for ever. "
"We get other peoples approval if we try hard and do our best, but our own approval is worth 100 times more
Believe nothing,
no matter where you read it, or who said it -
even if I have said it -
unless it agrees with your own reason
and your own common sense."

The mystics' words appear in a hundred different forms,
but if God is one and the Way is one,
how can their words be other than one?
They do appear in different guises, but in substance they are one.
"Variety occurs in form; in substance all is unified."
Jalaluddin Rumi (Islamic mystic, 1207 to 1273 CE)

"A man into whom, during childhood, meaningless and contradictory
assertions have been instilled as religious truth -
unless with much effort and suffering he free himself from them -
is a man mentally diseased."
Leo Tolstoy - Thanks, Dianne!

Man stands in his own shadow
and wonders why it is dark.
Ancient Zen saying

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

I do not know whether
I was then a man
dreaming I was a butterfly,
or whether I am now a butterfly
dreaming I am a man.

I awoke this morning
while the day was still new
a different man did I feel
new awareness flooded my mind...
You ask me, where does truth lay?
And I answer,
"This morning, I awoke"
Tao of Earth

"We, as humans, are ALL enlightened.
It is just that some of us actually have the light ON."
Rev. Cassandra Anaya-Bagaço, Ph.D.

"No one Saves us but ourselves,
No one can and no one may.
Others can point us to The Path,
But we ourselves must Walk The Way."
Bhagavad Gita

I am he as you are he as you are me and we are all together.
John Lennon

No tree has branches so foolish as to fight amongst themselves.
Ojibwa Indian saying

Humankind has not woven the web of life,
We are but one thread within it.
Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves.
All things are bound together.
All things connect.
Chief Seattle

Give me a man of scruples;
he chooses to make a choice of mind.
Morals are only a fear of man's GOD.
R.W. Lyle

"Can you tell me, please,
which way I ought to go from here?" asked Alice.
"That depends a good deal
on where you want to get to," said the cat.
Lewis Carroll

In the end, everybody must understand
for themselves.

What if there were no hypothetical questions?
Stephen Wright

Is the glass half empty, half full,
or twice as large as it needs to be?

I quote others only in order the better to express myself.
Michel de Montaigne
A different language is a different vision of life.
Federico Fellini
The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again, who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause; who at best, knows the triumph of high achievement; and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.
Theodore Roosevelt
To a man whose mind is free there is something even more intolerable in the sufferings of animals than in the sufferings of man. For with the latter it is at least admitted that suffering is evil and that the man who causes it is a criminal. But thousands of animals are uselessly butchered every day without a shadow of remorse. If any man were to refer to it, he would be thought ridiculous. And that is the unpardonable crime.
Romain Rolland
Conversation is a meeting of minds with different memories and habits. When minds meet, they don't just exchange facts: they transform them, reshape them, draw different implications from them, engage in new trains of thought. Conversation doesn't just reshuffle the cards: it creates new cards.
Theodore Zeldin
Envy is an insult to oneself.
Yevgeny Yevtushenko

Freedom from the desire for an answer is essential to the understanding of a problem.
Jiddu Krishnamurti

In oneself lies the whole world and if you know how to look and learn, the door is there and the key is in your hand. Nobody on earth can give you either the key or the door to open, except yourself.
Jiddu Krishnamurti

It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.
Jiddu Krishnamurti

So when you are listening to somebody, completely, attentively, then you are listening not only to the words, but also to the feeling of what is being conveyed, to the whole of it, not part of it.
Jiddu Krishnamurti

The moment you have in your heart this extraordinary thing called love and feel the depth, the delight, the ecstasy of it, you will discover that for you the world is transformed.
Jiddu Krishnamurti

What is needed, rather than running away or controlling or suppressing or any other resistance, is understanding fear; that means, watch it, learn about it, come directly into contact with it. We are to learn about fear, not how to escape from it.
Jiddu Krishnamurti

You must understand the whole of life, not just one little part of it. That is why you must read, that is why you must look at the skies, that is why you must sing and dance, and write poems and suffer and understand, for all that is life.
Jiddu Krishnamurti

The moment you have in your heart this extraordinary thing called love and feel the depth, the delight, the ecstasy of it, you will discover that for you the world is transformed.
Jiddu Krishnamurti

In oneself lies the whole world and if you know how to look and learn, the door is there and the key is in your hand. Nobody on earth can give you either the key or the door to open, except yourself.
Jiddu Krishnamurti

You must understand the whole of life, not just one little part of it. That is why you must read, that is why you must look at the skies, that is why you must sing and dance, and write poems and suffer and understand, for all that is life.
Jiddu Krishnamurti

So when you are listening to somebody, completely, attentively, then you are listening not only to the words, but also to the feeling of what is being conveyed, to the whole of it, not part of it.
Jiddu Krishnamurti

What is needed, rather than running away or controlling or suppressing or any other resistance, is understanding fear; that means, watch it, learn about it, come directly into contact with it. We are to learn about fear, not how to escape from it.
Jiddu Krishnamurti

Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength; loving someone deeply gives you courage.
Lao Tzu

Since you cannot do good to all, you are to pay special attention to those who, by the accidents of time, or place, or circumstances, are brought into closer connection with you.
Augustine of Hippo

A book is like a piece of rope; it takes on meaning only in connection with the things it holds together.
Norman Cousins

What loneliness is more lonely than distrust?
George Eliot

Man's loneliness is but his fear of life.
Eugene O'Neill

We gain strength, and courage, and confidence by each experience in which we really stop to look fear in the face... we must do that which we think we cannot.
Eleanor Roosevelt

Have courage for the great sorrows of life and patience for the small ones; and when you have laboriously accomplished your daily task, go to sleep in peace.
Victor Hugo

I love you when you bow in your mosque, kneel in your temple, pray in your church. For you and I are sons of one religion, and it is the spirit.
Kahlil Gibran

Love, the strongest and deepest element in all life, the harbinger of hope, of joy, of ecstasy; love, the defier of laws, of all conventions; love, the freest, the most powerful molder of human destiny; how can such an all-compelling force be synonymous with that poor little State- and church-begotten weed, marriage?
Emma Goldman

Love is the delusion that one woman differs from another.
H. L. Mencken

Love is the thing that enables a woman to sing while she mops up the floor after her husband has walked across it in his barn boots.
Hoosier Farmer

Few Women trust enough to love from the heart, they now love from the head…

The teacher is within,
So you have to learn to be still.
You have to live your life
So that you are listening within
No matter what you are doing.
Try and live your life the way you wish other people would live theirs.
- Raymond Burr (1917-1993)
Always dream and shoot higher than you know how to. Don't bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself.
- William Faulkner