For all that has been, Thanks. To all that shall be, Yes.
Our work for peace must begin within the private world of each of us. To build for man a world without fear, we must be without fear. To build a world of justice, we must be just.
God does not die on the day when we cease to believe in a personal deity, but we die on the day when our lives cease to be illumined by the steady radiance, renewed daily, of a wonder, the source of which is beyond all reason.
I don’t know Who, or what, put the question, I don’t know when it was put. I don’t even remember answering. But at some moment I did answer Yes to Someone, or Something,and from that hour I was certain that existence is meaningful and that, therefore, my life, in self-surrender, had a goal.
The UN wasn’t created to take mankind into paradise, but rather, to save humanity from hell.
We’ve got to learn hard things in our lifetime, but it’s love that gives you the strength. It’s being nice to people and having a lot of fun and laughing harder than anything, hopefully every single day of your life.
Forgiving is forgetting, in spite of remembering.
Each morning we must hold out the chalice of our being to receive, to carry, and give back. It must be held out empty – for the past must only be reflected in its polish, its shape, its capacity.
Unless there is a spiritual renaissance, the world will know no peace.
To have humility is to experience reality, not in relation to ourselves, but in its sacred independence. It is to see, judge, and act from the point of rest in ourselves. Then, how much disappears, and all that remains falls into place. In the point of rest at the center of our being, we encounter a world where all things are at rest in the same way. Then a tree becomes a mystery, a cloud a revelation, each man a cosmos of whose riches we can only catch glimpses. The life of simplicity is simple, but it opens to us a book in which we never get beyond the first syllable.
For all that has been, Thank you. For all that is to come, Yes!
He who wants to keep his garden tidy doesn’t reserve a plot for weeds.
Never, for the sake of peace and quiet, deny your own experience or convictions.
You cannot play with the animal in you without becoming wholly animal, play with falsehood without forfeiting your right to truth, play with cruelty without losing your sensitivity of mind. He who wants to keep his garden tidy does not reserve a plot for weeds
‘Freedom from fear’ could be said to sum up the whole philosophy of human rights.
Constant attention by a good nurse may be just as important as a major operation by a surgeon.
Never measure the height of a mountain until you have reached the top. Then you will see how low it was.
Humility is just as much the opposite of self-abasement as it is of self-exaltation.
We are not permitted to choose the frame of our destiny. But what we put into it is ours.
Creative people have to be fed from the divine source.
You are merely the lens in the beam. You can only receive, give, and possess the light as the lens does. If you seek yourself, you rob the lens of its transparency. You will know life and be acknowledged by it according to your degree of transparency – your capacity, that is, to vanish as an end and remain purely as a means.
In the last analysis, it is our conception of death which decides our answers to all the questions that life puts to us.
The concept of loyalty is distorted when it is understood to mean blind acceptance. It is correctly interpreted when it is assumed to cover honest criticism.
The more faithfully you listen to the voices within you, the better you will hear what is sounding outside.
It is more important to understand the ground of your own behavior than to understand the motives of another.