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  • We often teach ourselves to fear, not to protect us from that which is dangerous, but to protect us from the realization, that might be revealed to us, that we aren't what we assumed ourselves to be.

  • The main reason that most remain slaves is because those about us are also slaves and want us to remain with them; those that become free will be forever called weird.

  • The problem isn’t that “All the world’s a stage”; the problem is that all the actors are amateurs without scripts.

  • To be absolutely consistent means that you’ve become absolutely like a rock.

  • To discover great obstacles in one’s path to success means that there will be few competitors ahead.

  • Early in self-realization, we will have brief glimpses of a truth that we don’t recognize, so it is immediately escorted from our awareness and forgotten. When a brief glimpse of an inner-truth is revealed, one needs to be as receptive and as retentive as possible for it to be remembered. Later when another truth is revealed, it can be added to the first, and so on. Eventually that cluster of truths will hatch and become dominant in our personal thoughts that aren’t dominated by external occurrences, and eventually they will permeate our day to day thinking that involves the entire world that is not within.

  • In child rearing, we have learned that it is more productive to reward positive behavior and ignore negative behavior than to punish negative behavior and ignore positive behavior. Undoubtedly the same is true of adult rearing as well.

  • Fear is like an intense dark-emitting sun that absorbs all light and which there is no escape other than its being totally ignored by passing through it.

  • One need not mark well their road to self-discovery and enlightenment as every person’s road to the same destinations will vary greatly from one’s own.

  • There are those among us that we regard as knowledgeable, but even these are ignorant of most of what is known.

  • The greatest tragedy of mankind, not just of this time but for all the times of the past, is what each of us could have been but never were.

  • Every once in a while some bit of our inner self that hasn’t been thoroughly repressed bubbles up to our consciousness, but because it doesn’t conform to what we believe the world will accept, we pass it by as useless; what we should do is use these bits to discover more of what we really are.

  • Our cup of meaningless things can be overflowing and yet we still thirst for more.

  • Much of life’s frustrations come about from our trying to make our pasts a part of our futures.

  • If we build walls around us to keep others away, they also keep us away from them.

  • When we ask another for personal advice we make two errors: We tend to underestimate our own abilities and overestimate other’s.

  • When molten metal or glass is poured into a mold, they conform to the shape of the mold; to the extent that our culture is able, it tries to melt our individuality and pour us into the mold that most fits the culture’s ends, not our own.

  • Why is it that we talk of growing wise but never of what is just as common- “shrinking wise”?

  • If one places the highest priority on long-term goals, mere likes and dislikes become nothing; if one focuses on the short-term goals of satisfying desires and avoiding fears, one tends to lead an impulsive life that seldom goes beyond immediate gratifications.

  • Those that are not happy for the happiness of those about them are undeserving of the same happiness.

  • We reach out for “will be” grasp “is” and let slip “was”.

  • In spite of our education, it is still possible to remain curious to learn, and just as importantly, to unlearn.

  • The most direct route to happiness lies in reducing our wants. The most direct route to unhappiness lies in increasing our wants. The economic basis of our culture is to expand our wants. Is it any wonder that our happiness is so fleeting?

  • If everyone rises to their own level of incompetence, then when a wise person realizes on reaching this level, he should ask to be demoted.

  • Hate, envy, resentment, and anger all take their toll; please deposit one life.


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