To achieve the possible, we must attempt the impossible again and again.
Chaos demands to be recognized and experienced before letting itself be converted into a new order.
Learn what is to be taken seriously and laugh at the rest.
The man of power is ruined by power, the man of money by money, the submissive man by subservience, the pleasure seeker by pleasure.
Whoever wants music instead of noise, joy instead of pleasure, soul instead of gold, creative work instead of business, passion instead of foolery, finds no home in this trivial world of ours.
Within you there is a stillness and sanctuary to which you can retreat at any time and be yourself
The true profession of a man is to find his way to himself.
I have always believed, and I still believe, that whatever good or bad fortune may come our way we can always give it meaning and transform it into something of value.
I have no right to call myself one who knows. I was one who seeks, and I still am, but I no longer seek in the stars or in books; I’m beginning to hear the teachings of my blood pulsing within me. My story isn’t pleasant, it’s not sweet and harmonious like the invented stories; it tastes of folly and bewilderment, of madness and dream, like the life of all people who no longer want to lie to themselves.
Some of us think holding on makes us strong; but sometimes it is letting go.
When you like someone, you like them in spite of their faults. When you love someone, you love them with their faults.
Every experience has its element of magic.
There is no reality except the one contained within us. That is why so many people live such an unreal life. They take the images outside them for reality and never allow the world within to assert itself.
The deity is within you, not in ideas and books. Truth is lived, not taught.
To hold our tongues when everyone is gossiping, to smile without hostility at people and institutions, to compensate for the shortage of love in the world with more love in small, private matters; to be more faithful in our work, to show greater patience, to forgo the cheap revenge obtainable from mockery and criticism: all these are things we can do.
No permanence is ours, we are a wave that flows to fit whatever form it finds.
We kill at every step, not only in wars, riots and executions. We kill when we close our eyes to poverty, suffering and shame.In the same way all disrespect for life, all hard-heartedness,all indifference, all contempt is nothing else than killing.
Love your suffering. Do not resist it, do not flee from it. It is only your aversion to it that hurts, nothing else.
Happiness is love, nothing else. A man who is capable of love is happy.
Have you also learned that secret from the river; that there is no such thing as time?” That the river is everywhere at the same time, at the source and at the mouth, at the waterfall, at the ferry, at the current, in the ocean and in the mountains, everywhere and that the present only exists for it, not the shadow of the past nor the shadow of the future.
. . . gentleness is stronger than severity, water is stronger than rock, love is stronger than force.
Because the world is so full of death and horror, I try again and again to console my heart and pick the flowers that grow in the midst of hell.
Loneliness is the way by which destiny endeavors to lead man to himself.
If I know what love is, it is because of you.
We must become so alone, so utterly alone, that we withdraw into our innermost self. It is a way of bitter suffering. But then our solitude is overcome, we are no longer alone, for we find that our innermost self is the spirit, that it is God, the indivisible. And suddenly we find ourselves in the midst of the world, yet undisturbed by its multiplicity, for our innermost soul we know ourselves to be one with all being.