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Words of Wisdom
(Updated 2003)

From my obscurity came forth a light and illumined my path -Kahlil Gibran

If you want to know the past, look at your present life. If you want to know the future, look at your present. - Buddha

We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light. – Plato

Gold is tried in the fire and acceptable men in the furnace of adversity.
Ecclesiasticus. Chapter 2.

The first and highest law must be the love of man to man. Homo homini Deus est- this is the supreme maxim, this the turning point of the world's history. Ludwig Feuerbach

For it is not all of life to live, nor yet all of death to die. For life and death are one, and only those who will consider the experience as one, may come to understand or comprehend what peace indeed means. –Edgar Cayce reading

If there be righteousness in the heart, there will be beauty in the character.
If there is beauty in the character there will be harmony in the home.
If there is harmony in the home, there will be order in the nation.
When there is order in each nation there will be peace in the world.
Old Chinese Proverb

Courage is the ability to keep going, over and over again when tragedy strikes;
And still help others when you are hurting within. – Anon

We need the tonic of wilderness...we can never have enough of nature. - Henry David Thoreau

To open the individual path inward is the most exalted of human endeavors .. - James Perkins

Great souls are they who see that spiritual is stronger than material force, that thoughts rule the world. – Emerson

As one's gifts increase, his friends decrease. Gibran

Of life's two chief prizes, beauty and truth, I found the first in a loving heart and the second in a labourer's hand. – Gibran

As between the soul and the body there is a bond, so are the body and its environment linked together. Gibran

The truly religious man does not embrace a religion; and he who embraces one has no religion. Gibran

You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection. – Buddha

That best portion of a good man's life: his little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and love. - William Wordsworth

The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong. - Gandhi

Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless. - Mother Teresa

Ours souls traverses spaces in Life, which are not measurable by Time, that invention of man. Gibran

Faith is a knowledge within the heart, beyond the reach of proof. Gibran

How far that little candle throws his beams! So shines a good deed in a weary world. - Shakespeare

Until he extends his circle of compassion to include all living things, man will not himself find peace. - Schweitzer

The best way to know God is to love many things. - Vincent Van Gogh

Lift the stone and you will find me, cleave the wood and I am there. - Jesus

The voyage of discovery lies not in finding new landscapes but in having new eyes. - Marcel Proust

I don't know what your destiny will be, but one thing I do know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve. - Schweitzer

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

Intense love does not measure; it just gives. - Mother Teresa

We choose our joys and sorrows long before we experience them. - Kahlil Gibran

There are two ways of spreading light - to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it. - Edith Wharton

The important thing is to be able at any moment to sacrifice what we are for what we could be. - Charles DuBois

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

I destroy my enemy when I make him my friend. - Abraham Lincoln

Whenever you are confronted with an opponent, conquer him with love. - Gandhi

A pessimist is one who makes difficulties of his opportunities, and an optimist is one who makes opportunities of his difficulties." - Harry Truman

We don't see things as they are. We see them as we are. - Talmud

Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius and power and magic in it." - Goethe

Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Where fear is present, wisdom cannot be. - Lactantius

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

You must be the change you want to see in the world. - Gandhi

My friends are my estate. Forgive me then the avarice to hoard them! - Emily Dickinson

He who learns must suffer. And even in our sleep pain cannot forget, falls drop by drop upon the heart, and in our own despair, against our will, comes wisdom to us by the awful grace of God. From the Agamemnon of Aeschylus

The long days store up many things nearer to grief than joy.
Death at the last, the deliverer
Not to be born is past all prizing best.
Next best by far when one has seen the light
Is to go thither swiftly when he came. –Oedipus Tyrannous of Spools

The hour of departure has arrived and we go our ways; I to die and you to live. Which is better? Only God knows. Fear not death, for it’s our destiny. – Socrates

A friend is a present you give yourself;
Hold a true friend with both hands;
In choosing a friend you go up a step. -Unknown

All that is not given with love is lost- Indian proverb

A man with outward courage dares to die. A man with inward courage dares to live. Lao- Tzu

Your work is to discover your work and then, with all you heart, to give yourself to it. - Lord Buddha

Love truth, but pardon error. - Voltaire

It is perfectly possible to be Godlike, even though unrecognised as such. Remember that the needs of a happy life are few. Mastery of dialectics or physics may elude you. But that is no reason to despair of achieving freedom, self-respect, unselfishness and obedience to the Will of God. - Marcus Aurelius

Observe constantly that all things take place by nature, and accustom thyself to consider that the nature of the Universe loves nothing so much as to change things which are, and to make new, things like them. For everything that exists is, in a manner, the seed of that which will be. - Marcus Aurelius

Love means to love that which is unlovable, or it is no virtue at all; forgiving means to pardon that which is unpardonable, or it is no virtue at all. -G.K. Chesterton

Men at some time are Masters of their own Fates; the fault, dear Brutus is not in our stars, but in ourselves. That we are underlings. - From Julius Caesar (Shakespeare)

Many people are ensnared by what we term ties of relationship. It is well for us to remember that our true relatives are not necessarily those who are connected by ties of blood. Our truest relatives are those who are nearest akin to us in mind, soul, and spirit. Our nearest relatives may be those we have not seen, but to whom we will be drawn, either in this form of life or another, through that ever working and never failing law of attraction.
Extract from In Tune with the Infinite by Ralph Waldo Trine

The deeper we get into reality the more numerous will be the questions we cannot answer. - Von Hugel

No matter how difficult the past, you can always begin again today- Lord Buddha.

Live every act fully, as if it were your last. -Lord Buddha

One word frees us of all the weight and pain of life. That word is love. -Sophocles

He who knows others is wise; He who knows himself is enlightened. -Lao Tzu

So of cheerfulness or a good temper- the more it is spent, the more it remains. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

They can because they think they can. - Virgil

Dost thou love Life? Then do not squander Time.
for that's the stuff Life is made of! - Benjamin Franklin

Nothing is impossible to a willing heart. - John Heywood

Let us so live, that when we die, even the undertaker will be sorry. - Mark Twain

If a man will begin with certainties, he shall be in doubt, but if he will be content to begin with doubts, he shall end in certainties. - Francis Bacon

A man should never be ashamed to own he has been in the wrong, which is but saying, in other words, that he is wiser today than he was yesterday. -Alexander Pope

If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer: Let him step to the music he hears, however measured or far away. - Henry David Thoreau

Be Wise, Soar not too high to fall, but stoop to rise. -Philip Massinger

Personality is the supreme realisation of the innate idiosyncrasy of a living being. It is an act of high courage flung in the face of life, the absolute affirmation of all that constitutes the individual, the most successful adaptation to the universal conditions of existence coupled with the greatest possible freedom for self-determination. - Carl Jung

Death is psychologically as important as birth...Shrinking away from it is something unhealthy and abnormal which robs the second half of life of its purpose. -Carl Jung

Love many, trust few, and always paddle your own canoe. (Unknown)

There is only one solution if old age is not to be an absurd parody of our former life, and that is to go on pursuing ends that give our existence meaning-devotion to individuals, to groups, or causes, social, political, intellectual or creative work. One's life has value so long as one attributes value to the life of others, by means of friendship, love, indignation and compassion. - Simone de Beauvoir

Dance like no one is watching, Love like you'll never be hurt, Sing like no one is listening, Live like it's heaven on earth. -William Purkey

People are like stained glass windows: they sparkle and shine when the sun's out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is light within. -Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

God has placed in each soul an apostle to lead us upon the illumined path. Yet many seek life from without, unaware that it is within them. – Kahlil Gibran

Oratory is the cunning of the tongue over the ear, but eloquence is the joining of the heart with the soul- Kahlil Gibran

As between the soul and the body there is a bond, so are the body and its environment linked together- Kahlil Gibran

The tests of life are not to break you, but to make you.- Author unknown

It isn’t all-important what the condition of your body is; the important factor is the condition of your mind and soul. –Author unknown

The attitude you take toward problems and difficulties is far and away the most important factor in controlling and mastering them. – Author unknown