William Penn
"True silence is the rest of the mind, and is to the spirit what sleep is to the body, nourishment and refreshment. "
Leo Buscaglia
"The fact that I can plant a seed and it becomes a flower, share a bit of knowledge and it becomes another's, smile at someone and receive a smile in return, are to me continual spiritual exercise."
Thomas Cole
"Over all, rocks, wood, and water, brooded the spirit of repose, and the silent energy of nature stirred the soul to its inmost depths."
Fyodor Dostoevsky in "The Possessed"
"One can cross a river on a log, but not on a splinter."
James Irwin, U.S. Astronaut
"The Earth reminded us of Christmas tree ornament hanging in the blackness of space. As we got farther and farther away it diminished in size. Finally it shrank to the size of a marble, the most beautiful marble you can imagine. That beautiful, warm, living object looked so fragile, so delicate, that if you touched it with a finger it would crumble and fall apart. Seeing this has to change a man."
Ezra Pound in "Cantos"
"Remember that I have remembered and pass on the tradition."
Tao Te Ching
"Knowing others is wisdom; Knowing the self is enlightenment. Mastering others requires force; Mastering the self requires strength; He who knows he has enough is rich. Perseverance is a sign of will power. He who stays where he is endures. To die but not to perish is to be eternally present."
Friedrich Nietzsche in "Will to Power"
"To impose the character of being upon becoming is the supreme test of power."
Socrates in "Apology"
"Most excellent man, are you not ashamed to care for the acquisition of wealth and for reputation and honor,when you neither care nor take any thought for wisdom and truth and perfection of your soul."
Carl Sagan
"I had experience I can’t prove, I can’t even explain it, but everything that I know as a human being, everything that I am tells me that's it was real. I was part of something wonderful, something that changed me forever; a vision of the Universe that tells us undeniably how tiny, and insignificant, how rare and precious we all are. A vision that tells us we belong to somthing that is greater than ourselves. That we are not, that none of us, are alone."
The Buddha in "The Diamond Sutras"
"My teaching of the Good Law is to be lnkened unto a raft. Does a man who has safely crossed a flood upon a raft continue his journey carrying that raft upon his head?"
Samsara
Samsāra refers to an understanding of life as blind yearning and as an irrational identification with impermanent aggregates.
Confucius in "The Analects"
"The practice of government by means of virtue may be compared to the polestar,which the multitudinous stars pay homage to while it says in its place."
Fustel de Coulanges in "The Ancient City"
In antiquity what united the members of a family was something more powerful than birth, feelings and physical strength: it was the cult of the hearth and the ancestors. This cult shaped the family into united body, both in this world and in the next.
Laws of Manu
"That this mother and father produced him through mutual desire and he was born in the womb, he should regard and his mere coming into existence. But the birth that a teacher produces from him is real ... free from old age and free from death."
Tao Te Ching
"When the Tao was lost, its attributes appeared; when its attributes were lost, benevolence appeared; when benevolence was lost, righteousness appeared; and when righteousness appeared; and when righteousness was lost, the proprieties appeared. Now propriety is the attenuated form of filial piety and good faith, and is also the commencement of disorder."
Arnold Toynbee in "A Study of History"
"The human race's prospects of survival were considerably better when we were defenceless against tigers than they are today when we have become defenceless against ourselves."
Bhagavad Gita
“Greater is time own work, even if this be humble, than the work of another, even if this be great ... Governing sense, mind and intellect, intent on liberation, free from desire, fear and anger, the sage is forever free ... Little by little, through patience and repeated effort, the mind will become stilled in the Self."
Ancius Manlius Severinus Boethius in "The Consolation of Philosophy"
"This universe would never have been suitably put together into one form from such different parts, unless there were some One who joined such different parts together; and when joined, the very variety of their natures, so discordant among themselves, would break their harmony and tear them asunder unless the One held together what it wove into one whole. Such a fixed order of nature could not continue its course, could not develop motions taking such various directions in place, time, operation, space, and attributes, unless there were One who, being immutable, had the disposal of these various changes."
Eckhart Tolle
"Life will give you whatever experience is most helpful for the evolution of your consciousness. How do you know this is the experience you need? Because this is the experience you are having at the moment."
Bruce Lipton in "The Wisdom of Our Cells"
"Historically, our Judeo-Christian beliefs have led us to think that we are the intelligent creatures who were created in a separate and distinct process from all other plants and animals. This view has us looking down our noses at lesser creatures as non-intelligent life forms, especially those organisms on the lower evolutionary rungs of life. Nothing could be farther from the truth. When we observe other humans as individual entities or see ourselves in the mirror as an individual organism, in one sense, we are correct, at least from the perspective of our level of observation. However, if I brought you down to the size of an individual cell so you could see your body from that perspective, it would offer a whole new view of the world. When you looked back at yourself from that perspective you would not see yourself as a single entity. You would see yourself as a bustling community of more than 50 trillion individual cells."
African Proverb
Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning a lion wakes up. It knows it must outrun the slowest gazelle or it will starve to death. It doesn't matter whether you are a lion or a gazelle. When the sun comes up, you better start running.
Thomas L. Friedman
"The flat-world platform is the product of a convergence of the personal computer (which allowed every individual suddenly to become the author of his or her own content in digital form) with fiber-optic cable (which suddenly allowed all those individuals to access more and more digital content around the world for next to nothing) with the rise of work flow software (which enabled individuals all over the world to collaborate on that same digital content from anywhere, regardless of the distances between them)."

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