Category Archives: Quotes

Two Roads Diverge

“We stand now where two roads diverge. But unlike the roads in Robert Frost’s familiar poem (link), they are not equally fair. The road we have long been traveling is deceptively easy, a smooth superhighway on which we progress with great speed, but at its end lies disaster. The other fork of the road– the …

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Live Forever

“You will lose someone you can’t live without,and your heart will be badly broken, and the bad news is that you never completely get over the loss of your beloved. But this is also the good news. They live forever in your broken heart that doesn’t seal back up. And you come through. It’s like …

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Mercy Of

“I don’t want to be at the mercy of my emotions. I want to use them, to enjoy them, and to dominate them.” ~Oscar Wilde

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Great Minds Think Alike

I love it when I find a common link between two (seemingly) very different people: “Around us, life bursts with miracles, a glass of water, a ray of sunshine, a leaf, a caterpillar, a flower, laughter, raindrops. If you live in awareness, it is easy to see miracles everywhere. Each human being is a multiplicity …

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Is Only An

“An emotion is only an emotion. It’s just a small part of your whole being. You are much more than your emotion. An emotion comes, stays for a while, and goes away, just like a storm. If you’re aware of that, you won’t be afraid of your emotions.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh I think life gets …

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Don’t Do It

“It’s easy to focus on the negatives in your life and start complaining about what’s not good enough or what’s lacking. Don’t do it. Because it will steal your peace and you’ll never be satisfied with what you have, always wanting more. Don’t let your hearts be troubled.”  ~Ismail ibn Musa Menk

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Without Knowing It

“People have suffering in one place, so they go somewhere else. When suffering arises there, they run off again. They think they’re running away from suffering, but they’re not. Suffering goes with them. They carry suffering around without knowing it. If we don’t know suffering, then we can’t know the cause of suffering. If we …

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Take Inventory

“Buddhism teaches that joy and happiness arise from letting go. Please sit down and take an inventory of your life. There are things you’ve been hanging on to that really are not useful and deprive you of your freedom. Find the courage to let them go.”  ~Thich Nhat Hanh

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So, how you doin’?

“We don’t set out to save the world; we set out to wonder how other people are doing and to reflect on how our actions affect other people’s hearts.”  ~Pema Chödron

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One Thing

“One thing I have learned about love and life:  don’t try to love the big things. You can find your way there only by loving the smallest of things– warm coffee or tea in your hands, a wildflower, the way the light falls, someone’s laugh, a song, a breeze, cooking smells, a touch…”  ~Matthew Dowd …

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Dropping all that

“Enlightenment is not something you achieve. It is the absence of something. All your life you have been going forward after something, pursuing some goal. Enlightenment is dropping all that.”  ~Charlotte Joko Beck And that reminded me of this: Full lyrics HERE.

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Framing the Question

“When we start to feel anxious or depressed, instead of asking, ‘What do I need to get to be happy?’ The question becomes, ‘What am I doing to disturb the inner peace that I already have?’” ~D.T. Suzuki

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