Be not afraid of growing slowly, be afraid only of standing still.
– Chinese proverb


Knowing others is wisdom; Knowing yourself is enlightenment.
– Lao Zi
Remember, you cannot abandon what you do not know. To go beyond yourself, you must first know yourself.
– Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
He that respects himself is safe from others; He wears a coat of mail that none can pierce.
– Henry Wordsworth Longfellow


Begin to weave and God will give the thread.
– German proverb
Be not afraid of growing slowly, be afraid only of standing still.
– Chinese proverb
A journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step.
– Lao Zi
Do not follow where the path may lead. Go, instead, where there is no path and leave a trail.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
In the long run you hit only what you aim at. Therefore, though you should fail immediately, you had better aim at something high.
– Henry Thoreau
Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.
– Saint Francis of Assisi


Change your thoughts and you change your world.
– Norman Vincent Peale
When you blame others, you give up your power to change.
– Dr Robert Anthony
One must be the change one wishes to see in the world.
– Mahatma Gandhi


You shall be loving the Lord God out of your whole heart, and out of your whole soul, and out of your whole comprehension, and out of your whole strength. This is the foremost precept.
Love your enemies...You, then, shall be perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect.
There can be no true goodness, nor true love, without the utmost clear-sightedness.
– Albert Camus
Love seems the swiftest, but it is the slowest of all growths. No man or woman really knows what perfect love is until they have been married a quarter of a century.
– Mark Twain


Those who live by the sword shall die by the sword.
– Matthew 26:52
It is my view that the vegetarian manner of living by its purely physical effect on the human temperament would most beneficially influence the lot of mankind.
– Albert Einstein
When men speak ill of thee, live so as nobody may believe them.
– Plato


You cannot teach a man anything; you can only help him find it within himself.
– Galileo Galilei


Tell me and I may forget, show me and I may remember, involve me and I will understand.
– Chinese proverb


By letting it go it all gets done. The world is won by those who let it go. But when you try and try, the world is beyond the winning.
– Lao Zi


Keep it simple: as simple as possible, but no simpler.
– Albert Einstein


All truths are old, and all that we have to do is recognize and utter them anew.
– Johann von Goethe


If you tell the truth you don’t have to remember anything.
– Mark Twain


Fortune favors the bold, but abandons the timid.
– Latin proverb


All tremble at the rod. All fear death. Comparing others with oneself, one should neither strike nor cause to strike.
– Buddha


When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love has always won. There have been tyrants and murderers and for a time they seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall – think of it, always.
– Mahatma Gandhi


So I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.
– Mark 11:24


To err is human; to forgive, divine.
– Alexander Pope
Whenever you may be standing praying, be forgiving, if you have anything against anyone, that your Father also, Who is in the heavens, may be forgiving you your offenses.
Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.
– Oscar Wilde
Know all and you will pardon all.
– Thomas von Kempen


He who knows that enough is enough will always have enough.
– Lao Zi


A man is rich in proportion to the number of things which he can afford to let alone.
– Henry Thoreau


Go as far as you can see, and when you get there you’ll see farther.
– Elbert Green Hubbard


Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.
– Helen Keller


It is better to trust someone and get cheated than to cheat yourself by not trusting anyone.
– Unknown


Life must be lived as play.
– Plato


Nothing in the affairs of men is worthy of great anxiety.
– Plato


Nothing is to be preferred before justice.
– Socrates


It takes two to quarrel, but only one to end it.
– Spanish proverb


People think Angels can fly because they have wings. Angels fly because they can take themselves lightly.
– Lynn M. McDougal on alt.astrology


Nearly all spiritual practices are based on attention. In fact, whenever you think you have lost the path, or whenever you feel confused by esoteric terminology or technique, remember that all these techniques or teachings are various ways to help you learn to pay attention.
– Rick Fields (“Chop Wood, Carry Water”)