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'" Some day, after we have mastered the winds, the waves, the tides and gravity, we shall harness the energies of love. Then, for the second time in the history of the world, man will have discovered fire." - Pierre Theilhard de Chardin

'Re-examine all you have been told . . . Dismiss what insults your Soul.' - Walt Whitman

'We forfeit three-fourths of ourselves in order to be like other people.' - Arthur Schopenhauer

'The beautiful is a manifestation of the secret laws of nature...When nature begins to reveal her open secret to a person, he feels an irresistible longing for her most worthy interpreter, art.' - Johann Wolfgang Goethe

'Truth has not special time of its own. Its hour is now-always and indeed then most truly when it seems unsuitable to actual circumstances.' - Albert Schweitzer

'Be not astonished at new ideas; for it is well known to you that a thing does not therefore cease to be true because it is not accepted by many.' - Spinoza

'Lose this day loitering, 'Twill be the same story Tomorrow -- and the next more dilatory. Then indecision brings its own delays, and days are lost lamenting over days! Are you earnest? Seize this very minute! What you can do, or dream you can - begin it! Courage has genius, power and magic in it. Only engage, and the mind grows heated. Begin it, and the work will be completed.' - Goethe

'Intuition is the clear conception of the whole at once.' - Johann Lavater

'The dissenter is every human being at those moments of his life when he resigns momentarily from the herd and thinks for himself.' - Archibald MacLeish

'The worlds originate so that truth may come and dwell therein.' - Buddha

'The universe is the externalisation of the soul.' - Ralph Waldo Emerson

'Between whom there is hearty truth, there is love.' - Henry David Thoreau

'Truth is so excellent, that if it praises but small things they become noble.' - Leonardo da Vinci

'Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men.' - Martin Luther King, Jr.

'The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands but seeing with new eyes.' - Marcel Proust

'Delight is the secret. Learn of pure delight and thou shalt learn of God. What then was the commencement of the whole matter? Existence that multiplied itself for sheer delight of being and plunged into numberless trillions of forms so that it might find itself innumerably.' - Sri Aurobindo

'There is turmoil under the heavens. The prospects are excellent.' - Mao Tse-Tung (also Mao Zedong)

'All great truths begin as blasphemies.' - George Bernard Shaw

'One whose intelligence has attained to Unity casts away from him both sin and virtue.' - Bhagavad Gita

'What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters to what lies within us.' - Ralph Waldo Emerson

'Hast thou entered into the springs of the sea? or hast thou walked in the search of the depth?' - Bible (Psalms 38:16)

'This world is a vast unbroken totality. A deep solidarity joins its contrary powers.' - Sri Aurobindo Ghose

'What we are looking for is what is looking.' - St. Francis of Assisi

'The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.' - Aristotle

'Nature uses as little as possible of anything.' - Johannes Kepler

'Live your beliefs and you can turn the world around.' - Henry David Thoreau

'Cease from practice based on intellectual understanding, pursuing words, and following after speech, and learn the backward step that turns your light inward to illuminate your self. Body and mind of themselves will drop away, and your original face will be manifest.' - Dogen

'There is only one thing more powerful than all the armies of the world, that is an idea whose time has come.' - Victor Hugo

'I am not ambitious to appear a man of letters: I could be content the world should think I had scarce looked upon any other book than that of nature.' - Robert Boyle

'Pure essence, and pure matter, and the two joined into one were shot forth without flaw, like three bright arrows from a three-string bow.' - Dante

'One cannot help but be in awe when one contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvellous structure of reality.' - Albert Einstein

'...to know the order of nature, and regard the universe as orderly is the highest function of the mind.' - Baruch Spinoza

'We carry within us the wonders we seek without us.' - Sir Thomas Browne

'...and in the shifting of the winds, and in the clouds that are pressed into service betwixt heaven and earth, are signs to people who can understand.' - Koran

'For the world is not painted or adorned, but is from the beginning beautiful; and God has not made some beautiful things, but Beauty is the creator of the universe.' - Ralph Waldo Emerson

'The miracle is that the universe created a part of itself to study the rest of it, and that this part in studying itself finds the rest of the universe in its own natural inner realities.' - John C. Lilly

'There is nothing pleasurable except what is in harmony with the utmost depths of our divine nature.' - Heinrich Suso

'The perfection of mathematical beauty is such...that whatsoever is most beautiful and regular is also found to be most useful and excellent.' - Sir D'Arcy Wentworth Thompson

'What canst thou see elsewhere which thou canst not see here? Behold the heaven and the earth and all the elements; for of these are all things created.' - Thomas a kempis

'The real mystery of life is not a problem to be solved, it is a reality to be experienced.' - J.J. Van der Leeuw

'Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth.' - Henry David Thoreau

Living in the world without insight into the hidden laws of nature is like not knowing the language of the country in which one was born.' - Hazrat Inayat Khan (Sufi spiritual guide, musician and writer)

'The goal of life is living in agreement with nature.' - Zeno of Elea

'We are born for cooperation' - Marcus Aurelius

'Our biggest failure is our failure to see patterns.' - Marilyn Ferguson

'The visible world is the invisible organization of energy.' - Physicist Heinz Pagels

'Nothing in education is so astonishing as the amount of ignorance it accumulates in the form of inert facts.' - Henry Brooks Adams

'...the only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn, like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars and in the middle you see the blue centerlight pop and everybody goes 'Awww!'" - Jack Kerouac, 'On The Road'

'It is not our purpose to become each other; it is to recognize each other, to learn to see the other and honour him for what he is.' - Hermann Hesse

'The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed.' - Carl Jung

'I once had a sparrow alight upon my shoulder for a moment while I was hoeing in a village garden, and I felt that I was more distinguished by that circumstance than I should have been by any epaulet I could have worn.' - Henry David Thoreau

'The mathematical rules of the universe are visible to men in the form of beauty.' - John Michell

'Preconceived notions are the locks on the door to wisdom.' - Merry Browne

"Your talent is God's gift to you. What you do with it is your gift back to God." - Leo Buscaglia

'To confine our attention to terrestrial matters would be to limit the human spirit.' - Stephen W. Hawking

'Men stumble over the truth from time to time, but most pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing happened.' - Winston Churchill

'The feeling of awe and sense of wonder arises from the recognition of the deep mystery that surrounds us everywhere, and this feeling deepens as our knowledge grows.' - Anagarika Govinda

'On the mountains of truth you can never climb in vain: either you will reach a point higher up today, or you will be training your powers so that you will be able to climb higher tomorrow.' - Friedrich Nietzsche

'True knowledge exists in knowing that you know nothing. And in knowing that you know nothing, that makes you the smartest of all.' - Socrates

'He who joyfully marches 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

'To know all, it necessary to know very little; but to know that very little, one must first know pretty much.' - Georges I. Gurdjieff

'It's surprising how many persons go through life without ever recognizing that their feelings toward other people are largely determined by their feelings toward themselves, and if you're not comfortable within yourself, you can't be comfortable with others.' - Sydney J. Harris

'We should be careful to get out of an experience only the wisdom that is in it - and stop there; lest we be like the cat that sits down on a hot stove lid. She will never sit on a hot stove lid again - and that is well; but also she will never sit down on a cold one anymore.' - Mark Twain

'Wonder is the beginning of wisdom.' - Anonymous (Greek Proverb)

'The world is not a machine. Everything in it is force, life, thought.' - G.W. von Leibnitz

'The opposite of a correct statement is a false statement. But the opposite of a profound truth may well be another profound truth.' - Niels Bohr

'Be humble, if thou would'st attain to Wisdom. Be humbler still, when Wisdom thou hast mastered.' - Helena Petrova Blavatsky

'Wisdom is the reward for a lifetime of listening ... when you'd have preferred to talk' - D.J. Kaufman

'Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants. If we continue to develop our technology without wisdom or prudence, our servant may prove to be our executioner.' - General Omar Bradley

'People will suffer almost anything as long as it means they don't have to change.' - Deepak Chopra, 'Lords of Light'

'...the sole purpose is to provide infinite springs, at which the soul may allay the eternal thirst TO KNOW which is forever unquenchable within it, since to quench it, would be to extinguish the soul's self...' - Edgar Allan Poe

'Love one another but make not a bond of love, let there be a moving sea between the shores of your souls. Sing and dance together and be joyous, but let each one of you be alone.' - Kahlil Gibran

'Follow your bliss. Find where it is and don't be afraid to follow it.' - Joseph Campbell

'It is a fallacy of the old schools to divide man into parcels, elements, thoughts, emotions, intuitions, etc. All human faculties consist of an interconnected whole.' - Alfred Korzybski

'All are but parts of one stupendous whole.' - Alexander Pope

'The opposite is beneficial; from things that differ comes the fairest attunement; all things are born through strife.' - Heraclitus

'The sage is he who has attained the central point of the wheel and proved it without himself participating in the movement and remains bound to the Unvarying Mean.' - Taoist saying

'Whence shall he have grief, how shall he be deluded who see everywhere the Oneness?' - Isha Upanishad

'Oh, grant me my prayer, that I may never lose the touch of the one in the play of the many.' - Rabindranath Tagore

'The one Godhead, secret in all beings, all-pervading, the inner Self of all, presiding over all action, witness, conscious knower and absolute...the One in control over the many who are passive to Nature, fashions one seed in many ways.' - Swetaswatara upanishad

'The wave is not the water. The water merely told us about the wave moving by.' - R. Buckminster Fuller

'All nature's diff'rence keeps all nature's peace.' - Alexander Pope

'The union of the mathematician with the poet, fervour with measure, passion with correctness, this surely is the ideal.' - William James

'The unendurable is the beginning of the curve of joy.' - Djuna Barnes

'A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world.' - Oscar Wilde

'He who knows other is wise, but he who knows himself is enlightened.' - Lao-tzu

'Oh, the difficulty of fixing the attention of men on the world within them!' - Samuel Taylor Coleridge

'In an instant, rise from time and space. Set the world aside and become a world within yourself.' - Shabestari (c. 1250 -1320 Persian Sufi poet)

'We are star-stuff contemplating the stars.' - Carl Sagan

'Choose always the way that seems right; however rough it may be. Practice will make it easy and pleasant.' - attributed to Pythagoras

'When you have been compelled by circumstances to be disturbed in any manner, quickly return to yourself, and do not continue out of tune longer than the compulsion lasts. You will have increasing control over your own harmony by continually returning to it.' - Marcus Aurelius

'Imagination is more important than knowledge.' - Albert Einstein

'There is no quality in this world that is not what it is merely by contrast. Nothing exists in itself.' - Herman Melville

'Everything that originated from the tree of knowledge carries in it duality.' - Zohar

'Every language having a structure, by the very nature of language, reflects in its own structure that of the world as assumed by those who evolved the language. In other words, we read unconsciously into the world the structure of the language we use.' - Alfred Korzybski

'You cannot conceive the many without the one...The study of the unit is among those that lead the mind on and turn it to the vision of reality.' - Plato

'Harmony makes small things grow. Lack of it makes great things decay.' - Sallust

'One principle must make the universe a single complex living creature, one from all.' - Plotinus

'The eye is the first circle, the horizon which it forms is the second: and throughout nature this primary figure is repeated without end.' - Ralph Waldo Emerson

'I offer you peace. I offer you love. I offer you friendship. I see your beauty. I hear your need. I feel your feelings. My wisdom flows from the Highest Source. I salute that Source in you. Let us work together for unity and love.' - Mahatma Gandhi - Prayer for Peace

'Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.' - George Bernard Shaw

'We don't see things as they are, we see them as we are.' - Anais Nin

'Peace is the state where love abides and seeks to share itself.' - Gandhi

'We can chart our future clearly and wisely only when we know... the path which has led to the present.' - Adlai E. Stevenson

'Your prime purpose on earth is to help one another. If you can't help one another at least don't hurt one another.' - Dalai Lama

'If you ask me what I came to do in this world, I, an artist, will answer, 'I am here to live out loud'.' - Emile Zola

'You cannot perceive beauty but with a serene mind.' - Thoreau

'Love, enjoyed by the ignorant, becomes bondage. The very same love, tasted by one with understanding, brings liberation.' - Cittavisuddhiprakarana

'An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind.' - Gandhi

'Forgiveness is the fragrance from the violet beneath the heel which has crushed it.' - Mark Twain

See deep enough, and you see musically; the heart of Nature being everywhere music, if you can only reach it.' - Thomas Carlyle

'Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is the noble art of leaving things undone. The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of non-essentials.' - Lin Yutang

'Never mistake knowledge for wisdom. One helps you make a living, the other helps you make a life.' - Sandra Carey

'There is no reality in the absence of observation.' - The Copenhagen Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics

'No theory of reality compatible with quantum theory can require spatially separate events to be independent.' - J.S. Bell

'If quantum mechanics hasn't profoundly shocked you, you haven't understood it yet.' - Niels Bohr

'Man can learn nothing except by going from the known to the unknown.' - Claude Bernard

'If those who lead you say to you, "See, the Kingdom is in the sky," then the birds of the sky will precede you. If they say to you, "It is in the sea," then the fish will precede you. Rather, the Kingdom is inside of you, and it is outside of you. When you come to know yourselves, then you will become known, and you will realize that it is you who are the sons of the living Father. But if you will not know yourselves, you dwell in poverty and it is you who are that poverty.' - (All the sayings of Jesus gathered from ancient sources and compiled into a single volume for the first time. Compiled by Ricky Alan Mayotte) From The Complete Jesus. (Pg 71) Jesus

'I believe there is no source of deception in the investigation of nature which can compare with a fixed belief that certain kinds of phenomena are impossible.' - William James

'Sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.' - Lewis Carroll

'Your theory is crazy, but it's not crazy enough to be true.' - Niels Bohr

'Few people are capable of expressing with equanimity opinions which differ from the prejudices of their social environment. Most people are even incapable of forming such opinions.' - Albert Einstein

'The opposite of a fact is falsehood, but the opposite of one profound truth may very well be another profound truth.' - Niels Bohr

'...the sense of being which in calm hours arises, we know not how, in the soul, is not diverse from things, from space, from light, from time, from man, but one with them and proceeds obviously from the same source.... Here is the fountain of action and of thought.... We lie in the lap of immense intelligence.' - Ralph Waldo Emerson

'How wonderful that we have met with a paradox. Now we have some hope of making progress.' - Niels Bohr

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

We have actually touched the Borderland where Matter and Force seem to merge into one another, the shadowy realm between the Known and Unknown ... I venture to think that the greatest scientific problems of the future will find their solution in this Borderland, and even beyond; here, it seems to me, lie Ultimate Realities, subtle, far-reaching, wonderful.' - Sir William Crookes, 1879

'Do you remember how electrical currents and "unseen waves" were laughed at? The knowledge about man is still in its infancy.' - Albert Einstein

'It gives me a deep comforting sense that 'things seen are temporal and things unseen are eternal.' - Helen Keller

'You cannot see anything that you do not first contemplate as a reality.' - Ramtha

'The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitudes.' - William James

'We feel and know that we are eternal.' - Edmund Spenser

'As far as we can discern, the sole purpose of existence is to kindle a light in the darkness of being.' - Carl Jung

'Time is not a line, but a series of now points.' - Taisen Deshimaru

'The birth of a man is the birth of his sorrow. The longer he lives, the more stupid he becomes, because his anxiety to avoid unavoidable death becomes more and more acute. What bitterness! He lives for what is always out of reach! His thirst for survival in the future makes him incapable of living in the present.' - Chang-Tzu

'How could there be any question of acquiring or possessing, when the one thing needful for a man is to become - to be at last, and to die in the fullness of his being.' - Antoine De Saint-Exupery

'Consciousness is a being, the nature of which is to be conscious of the nothingness of its being.' - Jean-Paul Sartre

'The spirit down here in man and the spirit up there in the sun, in reality are only one spirit, and there is no other one.' - The Upanishads

'The mystery of life is not a problem to be solved but a reality to be experienced.' - Aart Van Der Leeuw

'Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you've imagined. As you simplify your life, the law of the universe will be simpler.' - Henry David Thoreau

'Although each of us obviously inhabits a separate physical body, the laboratory data from a hundred years of parapsychology research strongly indicate that there is no separation in consciousness.' - Russell Targ

'Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.' - Carl Gustav Jung

'The doer alone learneth.' - Friedrich Nietzsche

'I can see, and that is why I can be happy, in what you call the dark, but which to me is golden. I can see a God-made world, not a manmade world.' - Helen Keller

'The gift of fantasy has meant more to me than my talent for absorbing knowledge.' - Albert Einstein

'The truth dazzles gradually, or else the world would be blind.' - Emily Dickinson

'Everything you see has its roots in the unseen world. The forms may change, yet the essence remains the same. Every wonderful sight will vanish; every sweet word will fade, But do not be disheartened, The source they come from is eternal, growing, Branching out, giving new life and new joy. Why do you weep? The source is within you And this whole world is springing up from it.' - Jelauddin Rumi

'All speech, action, and behaviour are fluctuations of consciousness. All life emerges from, and is sustained in, consciousness. The whole universe is the expression of consciousness. The reality of the universe is one unbounded ocean of consciousness in motion.' - Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

'Consciousness is the basis of all life and the field of all possibilities. Its nature is to expand and unfold its full potential. The impulse to evolve is thus inherent in the very nature of life.' - Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

'Knowledge is structured in consciousness. The process of education takes place in the field of consciousness; the prerequisite to complete education is therefore the full development of consciousness -- enlightenment. Knowledge is not the basis of enlightenment, enlightenment is the basis of knowledge.' - Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

'All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think, we become.' - Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

'It is proof of a base and low mind for one to wish to think with the masses or majority, merely because the majority is the majority. Truth does not change because it is, or is not, believed by a majority of the people.' - Giordano Bruno

'All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them.' - Galileo Galilei

'Perhaps in time the so-called Dark Ages will be thought of as including our own.' - Georg C. Lichtenberg

'That which the dream shows is the shadow of such wisdom as exists in man, even if during his waking state he may know nothing about it... We do not know it because we are fooling away our time with outward and perishing things, and are asleep in regard to that which is real within ourself.' - Philipus Aureolus Paracelsus

'When a man undertakes to create something, he establishes a new heaven, as it were, and from it the work that he desires to create flows into him... For such is the immensity of man that he is greater than heaven and earth.' - Philipus Aureolus Paracelsus

'The universe on a very basic level could be a vast web of particles which remain in contact with one another over distance, and in no time.' - R. Nadeau and M. Kafatos

'Man did not weave the web of life, he is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself. All things are bound together. All things connect.' - Chief Seattle

A man is the whole encyclopaedia of facts. The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn, and Egypt, Greece, Rome, Gaul, Britain, America, lie folded already in the first man.' - Ralph Waldo Emerson

'The state of least excitation of consciousness is the field of all possibilities.' - Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

'I think that modern physics has definitely decided in favour of Plato. In fact the smallest units of matter are not physical objects in the ordinary sense; they are forms, ideas which ca be expressed unambiguously only in mathematical language.' - Werner Heisenberg

'If I could take all your words away and give you but a sparse few, they would be: 'I now know, I am absolute, I am complete, I am God, I am.' If there were no other words but these, you would no longer be limited to this plane.' - Ramtha

'Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity...and I'm not sure about the universe.' - Albert Einstein

'...perhaps there is a pattern set up in the heavens for one who desires to see it, and having seen it, to find one in himself.' - Plato

'Know thyself.' - Socrates

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

'Reality is not only stranger than we suppose but stranger than we can suppose.' - J. B. S. Haldane

'Quit thy childhood, my friend, and wake up!' - Jean-Jacques Rousseau

'I want to know how God created this world. I am not interested in this or that phenomenon, in the spectrum of this or that element. I want to know His thoughts; the rest are details.' - Albert Einstein

'Suddenly, from behind the rim of the moon, in long, slow-motion moments of immense majesty, there emerges a sparkling blue and white jewel, a light, delicate, sky-blue sphere laced with slowly swirling veils of white, rising gradually like a small pearl in a thick sea of black mystery. It takes more than a moment to fully realize this is Earth…home. My view of our planet was a glimpse of divinity.' - Edgar Mitchell, Apollo 14 astronaut and founder, Institute of Noetic Sciences

'All matter originates and exists only by virtue of a force… We must assume behind this force the existence of a conscious and intelligent Mind. This Mind is the matrix of all matter.' - Max Planck, Nobel Prize-winning Father of Quantum Theory
'Mind and intelligence are woven into the fabric of our universe in a way that altogether surpasses our understanding.' - Freeman Dyson

'A man of genius makes no mistakes. His errors are volitional and are the portals of discovery.' - James Joyce, Ulysses

'I have yet to meet a single person from our culture, no matter what his or her educational background, IQ, and specific training, who had powerful transpersonal experiences and continues to subscribe to the materialistic monism of Western science.' - Albert Einstein

'A hundred times every day I remind myself that my inner and outer life depend upon the labors of other men, living and dead, and that I must exert myself in order to give in the measure as I have received and am still receiving.' - Albert Einstein

'The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them.' - Albert Einstein

'Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. Hate multiplies hate, violence multiplies violence, and toughness multiplies toughness, in a descending spiral of destruction. The chain reaction of evil must be broken, or we shall be plunged into the dark abyss of annihilation.' - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

'In the century now dawning, spirituality, visionary consciousness, and the ability to build and mend human relationships will be more important for the fate and safety of this nation than our capacity to forcefully subdue an enemy. Creating the world we want is a much more subtle but more powerful mode of operation than destroying the one we don't want.' - Marianne Williamson

'I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use.' - Galileo Galilei

'To put the world in order, we must first put the nation in order; to put the nation in order, we must put the family in order; to put the family in order, we must cultivate our personal life; and to cultivate our personal life, we must first set our hearts right.' - Confucius

'Observe due measure, for right timing is in all things the most important factor.' - Hesiod (c.800BC, Greek poet)

'The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is.' - Winston Churchill

'Nothing exists except atoms and empty space; everything else is opinion.' - Democritus of Abdera

'When it is time to die, let us not discover that we never lived.' - Henry David Thoreau

'We shall not cease from exploration. And the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.' - T. S. Eliot


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