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"He who looks outside dreams. He who looks within, awakens."

— Carl Jung
in "Freedom is the realization that it is sufficient to simply be a human being"




"The only real valuable thing is intuition."

— Albert Einstein
in "Freedom is the realization that it is sufficient to simply be a human being"




"Spirituality is a journey inward that connects the Self to yourself. When you know who you are from the inside out, when you do what you sense is right for you, when your thoughts lead you to actions that serve others as well as make you feel good, then you have encountered spirituality."

— Iyanla Vanzant
in "Sit quietly with yourself"




"Nothing has to happen immediately, this minute, or right now. It's okay to pause for just a moment. Just take a breath. Then go quietly inside. Ask life itself to lead you to your best outcome. There's nothing you have to do, really, except get out of your own way."

— Neale Donald Walsch
in "Sit quietly with yourself"




"If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours. He will put some things behind, will pass an invisible boundary; new, universal, and more liberal laws will begin to establish themselves around and within him; or the old laws be expanded, and interpreted in his favor in a more liberal sense, and he will live with the license of a higher order of beings. In proportion as he simplifies his life, the laws of the universe will appear less complex, and solitude will not be solitude, nor poverty poverty, nor weakness weakness. If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them."

— Henry David Thoreau
in "Dreams do come true for those who dare to believe in themselves"




"Spirituality is a journey inward that connects the Self to yourself. When you know who you are from the inside out, when you do what you sense is right for you, when your thoughts lead you to actions that serve others as well as make you feel good, then you have encountered spirituality."

— Iyanla Vanzant
in "Life is so big. Do not try to fill it"




"Nothing has to happen immediately, this minute, or right now. It's okay to pause for just a moment. Just take a breath. Then go quietly inside. Ask life itself to lead you to your best outcome. There's nothing you have to do, really, except get out of your own way."

— Neale Donald Walsch
in "Life is so big. Do not try to fill it"




"The best way to get rid of the pain is to feel the pain. And when you feel the pain and go beyond it, you'll see there's a very intense love that is wanting to awaken itself."

— Deepak Chopra
in "Out of our suffering we emerge"




"When a big change occurs in your life it forces you to change direction. Sometimes the new path may not be easy, but you can be absolutely certain that there is magnificence for you on the new path. You can be absolutely certain that the new path contains things that you could not have experienced otherwise. When we look back at a negative event that occurred in the past, we often see how in fact it transformed our life. We see how that event directed us toward a life that we would not change for anything."

— Rhonda Byrne
in "The tides of change have great purpose in our lives"




"When you come out of the storm, you won't be the same person who walked in. That's what this storm is all about."

— Haruki Murakami
in "Every one of us must eventually face the storm"




"Miracles seldom occur in the lives of those who do not consider them possible. There could be a miracle waiting for you this minute. Please make room for it in your thinking."

— Neale Donald Walsch
in "Hope meets you halfway on a bridge called faith"




"Miracles come in moments. Be ready and willing."

— Wayne Dyer
in "Hope meets you halfway on a bridge called faith"




"There is a place in everyone that yearns to love, that longs to be safe, that wants to treat others and ourselves with respect. Sometimes that place is buried underneath layers of fear, old wounds, cynicism, and pain that we have used to protect ourselves from injury."

— Jack Kornfield, "Meditation for Beginners"
in "Your past is like a bag of bricks; set it down and walk away"




"When you don't flow freely with life in the present moment, it usually means that you're holding on to a past moment. It can be regret, sadness, hurt, fear, guilt, blame, anger, resentment, or sometimes even a desire for revenge. Each one of these states comes from a space of unforgiveness, a refusal to let go and come into the present moment. Only in the present moment can you create your future."

— Louise Hay
in "Your past is like a bag of bricks; set it down and walk away"




"How many of us walk around being weighed down by the baggage of our journey? You can't possibly embrace that new relationship, that new companion, that new career, that new friendship, or that new life you want while you're still holding on to the baggage of the last one. Let go and allow yourself to embrace what is waiting for you right at your feet."

— Steve Maraboli
in "Your past is like a bag of bricks; set it down and walk away"




"From the backstabbing co-worker to the meddling sister-in-law, you are in charge of how you react to the people and events in your life. You can either give negativity power over your life or you can choose happiness instead."

— Anais Nin
in "You cannot save everyone"




"It takes a lot more courage to let something go than it does to hang on to it, trying to make it better. Letting go doesn't mean ignoring a situation. Letting go means accepting what is, exactly as it is, without fear, resistance, or a struggle for control."

— Iyanla Vanzant
in "You cannot save everyone"




"You cannot expect to live a positive life if you hang with negative people."

— Joel Osteen
in "You cannot save everyone"




"Inoculate yourself from dangerous bozos."

— Guy Kawasaki
in "You cannot save everyone"




"The company you keep not only defines you but binds you, strive always to seek the company of the truth"

— Panache Desai
in "You cannot save everyone"




"End it now! Don't waste another minute dealing with a toxic, negative, energy-draining person. Some people are wired for negativity. They love being argumentative, combative and abusive. Run for your life as quickly as possible. Life is too short and unpredictable to deal with these emotional vampires. They feed off of stressing you out, raising hell and creating drama for you. The toxic energy will turn your hair gray overnight, cause you to gain weight and rob you of your health. Don't waste valuable time trying to change them. Change yourself and get them out of your life! Don't say a word; leave all of your belongings if you have to in the middle of the night. Cut off all communication. Don't take their calls. You have heard all the lies before. They will not change. They don't choose to change. It is who they have decided to be. Move to another city, if you must, and start all over again. Your life is worth it. You deserve to have peace of mind, a great relationship and an exciting life. Watch how dramatically your life will change for the better once you get this burden off your back. The air you breathe will become fresh and invigorating. You will feel an infusion of exuberance, energy and love for life. With this stifling, suffocating and controlling person out of your life, get ready to live again and be the person that you've always wanted to be. Live life on your own terms, not having to answer to anyone but yourself. Control your own destiny."

— Les Brown
in "You cannot save everyone"




"Letting go means to come to the realization that some people are a part of your history, but not a part of your destiny."

— Steve Maraboli
in "You cannot save everyone"




"Let go of anything you don't love about your life story and just keep the things you love. If you hold on to negative things from your past, then you keep putting them into your story every time you remember them, and they go back into the pictures of your life --- now!"

— Rhonda Byrne
in "Escaping old patterns to become a better you!"




"The need to be right is the sign of a vulgar mind."

— Albert Camus
in "Becoming Non-Reactive, Releasing Fear and Illusions of Control"




"Care about what other people think and you will always be their prisoner."

— Lao Tzu
in "Becoming Non-Reactive, Releasing Fear and Illusions of Control"




"Once you have disidentified from your mind, whether you are right or wrong makes no difference to your sense of self at all, so the forcefully compulsive and deeply unconscious need to be right, which is a form of violence, will no longer be there. You can state clearly and firmly how you feel or what you think, but there will be no aggressiveness or defensiveness about it. Your sense of self is then derived from a deeper and truer place within yourself, not from the mind."

— Eckhart Tolle
in "Becoming Non-Reactive, Releasing Fear and Illusions of Control"




"If the whole world rejected you and you didn't believe any of your thoughts about it, you'd be completely at peace."

— Byron Katie
in "Becoming Non-Reactive, Releasing Fear and Illusions of Control"




"Each of us face a moment in our lives called 'the breakdown moment.' This is the time when you must stand toe to toe, eyeball to eyeball, with the very thing you have tried desperately to avoid. In that moment, when there is nothing standing between you and the thing you fear the most, you will be forced to step into your greatness, because that is what life is demanding of you."

— Iyanla Vanzant
in "All growth involves choosing love over fear"




"Love is what we are born with. Fear is what we learn. The spiritual journey is the unlearning of fear and prejudices and the acceptance of love back in our hearts. Love is the essential reality and our purpose on earth. To be consciously aware of it, to experience love in ourselves and others, is the meaning of life. Meaning does not lie in things. Meaning lies in us."

— Marianne Williamson
in "All growth involves choosing love over fear"




"Everybody is a genius."

— Albert Einstein
in "Open your eyes to your power and beauty"




"Everyone is born a genius, but the process of living de-geniuses them."

— Buckminster Fuller
in "Open your eyes to your power and beauty"




"Life is too short to waste time waiting for other people's approval on how you live it."

— Steve Maraboli
in "Don't worry about what people think of you"




"People will try to label you not good enough, too slow, too old, too many mistakes. You can't stop negative comments or prevent negative labels, but you can choose to not let them hold you back."

— Joel Osteen
in "Don't worry about what people think of you"




"In every or any situation, regardless of the mitigating factors, you can always change your mind. If what you are thinking, saying or doing in response to any person or experience is not bringing you peace, change your mind! Changing your mind about anything or anyone transforms how those things or persons impact your life."

— Iyanla Vanzant
in "You can change your views, opinions, ideas, and beliefs"




"Forgive the past. It is over. Learn from it and let go. People are constantly changing and growing. Do not cling to a limited, disconnected, negative image of a person in the past. See that person now. Your relationship is always alive and changing."

— Brian L. Weiss
in "You can change your views, opinions, ideas, and beliefs"




"It is not your job to make anyone else happy. You cannot please your parents. You can never please your children! Do what you do, to the best of your ability, with a loving intent, for the good of all involved."

— Iyanla Vanzant
in "If you try to make everyone happy, everyone will be happy but you"




"At the innermost core of all loneliness is a deep and powerful yearning for union with one's lost self."

— Brendan Francis
in "If you want the perfect relationship, start with the one you have with yourself"




"The purpose of relationship is not to have another who might complete you, but to have another with whom you might share your completeness."

— Neale Donald Walsch
in "If you want the perfect relationship, start with the one you have with yourself"




"The love that you search for is already within you. It's not in another person. Through your practice, you have to reach into your own heart and soul and bring out this love and have value for it and grow it, pay attention to it and learn from it, and allow it to expand. When you do this, everything in the universe is going to come to you, because everything in the universe is looking for love."

— Swami Chetanananda
in "If you want the perfect relationship, start with the one you have with yourself"




"Cultivate a vibrant surrounding and commit yourself to making choices that will help you release the greatest expression of your unique beauty and purpose."

— Steve Maraboli
in "Discovering your purpose in life"




"The most powerful weapon on earth is the human soul on fire."

— Ferdinand Foch
in "Your purpose, your passion and your destiny"




"If you're really listening, if you're awake to the poignant beauty of the world, your heart breaks regularly. In fact, your heart is made to break; its purpose is to burst open again and again so that it can hold evermore wonders."

— Andrew Harvey
in "Beauty speaks to us in moments"




"The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitudes."

— William James
in "Your future begins with your next thought"




"Gratitude in advance is the most powerful creative force in the universe. Most people do not know this, yet it is true. Expressing thankfulness in advance is the way of all Masters. So do not wait for a thing to happen and then give thanks. Give thanks before it happens, and watch energies swirl!"

— Neale Donald Walsch
in "If you want more from life start by counting your blessings"




"The most exquisite paradox...as soon as you give it all up, you can have it all. As long as you want power, you can't have it. The minute you don't want power, you'll have more than you ever dreamed possible."

— Ram Dass
in "If you want more from life start by counting your blessings"




"Be content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you."

— Lao Tzu
in "If you want more from life start by counting your blessings"




"Don't talk unless you can improve the silence."

— Jorge Luis Borges
in "The path appears only when you calm your mind"




"In times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act."

— George Orwell
in "The Current State of the Human Family"




"Liberty is the soul's right to breathe, and when it cannot take a long breath laws are girded too tight. Without liberty, man is a syncope."

— Henry Ward Beecher
in "Toward a Civil and Sane World"




"In the problem of women was the germ of a solution, not only for their oppression, but for everybody's. The control of women in society was ingeniously effective. It was not done directly by the state. Instead the family was used---men to control women, women to control children, all to be preoccupied with one another, to turn to one another for help, to blame one another for trouble, to do violence to one another when things weren't going right. Why could this not be turned around? Could women liberating themselves, children freeing themselves, men and women beginning to understand one another, find the source of their common oppression outside rather than in one another? Perhaps then they could create nuggets of strength in their own relationships, millions of pockets of insurrection. They could revolutionize thought and behavior in exactly that seclusion of family privacy which the system had counted on to do its work of control and indoctrination. And together, instead of at odds---male, female, parents, children---they could undertake the changing of society itself."

— Howard Zinn
in "Women and Children, and Rejection of War Consciousness"




"It is will that endows the animal with weapons of defense and with the means of obtaining its food; it is will too that endows the animal with consciousness and man with intellect, for these are weapons like any other contrivance for escaping from the enemy or securing prey. Indeed, intellect is the most perfect of all the weapons with which will has endowed creatures, for as the ink sac of the cuttlefish serves to conceal the animal's flight or approach, so intellect serves to hide the intent of the will and thus to insure its success."

— William Turner on Schopenhauer
in "The True Nature of Violence"




"Western civilization, in spite of claims to support diversity, is promoting a worldwide monoculture---the same basic values, institutions and points of view for everyone---which it calls 'globalization'. Western commercial culture with its pursuit of markets and commodities eliminates all true culture, which is based on quality, not quantity. It creates a culture of money that submerges any true culture of refinement or spirituality, in which everything can be bought and sold, possessed or capitalized on. ... The destruction of cultural diversity, like that of biodiversity, is devastating to living systems. The loss of cultural diversity does to human beings what the destruction of biodiversity does to the world of nature. Just as we are destroying our outer landscape of forests and wilderness, so we are destroying our inner landscape of art and spirituality. Our minds are as polluted as our rivers."

— David Frawley (Vamadeva Shastri)
in "Biodynamics, Anarchy, Consumer Democracy and the Danger of Monocultures"




"We are miseducating the young to believe that military heroism is the noblest form of heroism, when it should be remembered only as the tragic accompaniment of horrendous policies driven by power and profit. The current infatuation with World War II prepares us--- innocently on the part of some, deliberately on the part of others--- for more war, more military adventures, more attempts to emulate the military heroes of the past."

— Howard Zinn
in "Military Chain of Reason Versus Blind Obedience"




"Revolt and revolution both wind up at the same crossroads: the police, or folly."

— Albert Camus
in "The Police: Crucibles of Society and Enforcement"




"I became convinced that noncooperation with evil is as much a moral obligation as is cooperation with good. No other person has been more eloquent and passionate in getting this idea across than Henry David Thoreau. As a result of his writings and personal witness, we are the heirs of a legacy of creative protest."

— Martin Luther King, Jr.
in "True revolution advances consciousness"




"Thank goodness I was never sent to school; it would have rubbed off some of the originality."

— Beatrix Potter
in "The supreme lesson of education is to think for yourself"




"My grandmother wanted me to have an education, so she kept me out of school."

— Margaret Mead
in "The supreme lesson of education is to think for yourself"




"There is no school equal to a decent home and no teacher equal to a virtuous parent."

— Gandhi
in "The supreme lesson of education is to think for yourself"




"Re-examine all you have been told at school or church or in any book, dismiss whatever insults your own soul..."

— Walt Whitman
in "The supreme lesson of education is to think for yourself"




"School is the first impression children get of organized society. Like most first impressions it is the lasting one. Life is dull and stupid, only Coke provides relief. And other products, too, of course."

— John Taylor Gatto
in "The supreme lesson of education is to think for yourself"




"When I think back on all the crap I learned in high school, it's a wonder I can think at all."

— Paul Simon
in "The supreme lesson of education is to think for yourself"




"Emancipate yourself from mental slavery none but ourselves can free our minds."

— Bob Marley
in "The supreme lesson of education is to think for yourself"




"Real wisdom is not the knowledge of everything, but the knowledge of which things in life are necessary, which are less necessary, and which are completely unnecessary to know."

— Leo Tolstoy
in "The supreme lesson of education is to think for yourself"




"Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught."

— Oscar Wilde
in "The supreme lesson of education is to think for yourself"




"All men who have turned out worth anything have had the chief hand in their own education."

— Sir Walter Scott
in "The supreme lesson of education is to think for yourself"




"I hated school so intensely. It interfered with my freedom."

— Sigrid Undset
in "The supreme lesson of education is to think for yourself"




"Education is what remains after one has forgotten everything he learned in school."

— Albert Einstein
in "The supreme lesson of education is to think for yourself"




"Drop out of school before your mind rots from exposure to our mediocre educational system. Forget about the Senior Prom and go to the library and educate yourself if you've got any guts."

— Frank Zappa
in "The supreme lesson of education is to think for yourself"




"Governments don't want a population capable of critical thinking. They want obedient workers, people just smart enough to run the machines and just dumb enough to passively accept their situation."

— George Carlin
in "The supreme lesson of education is to think for yourself"




"The good news is that the moment you decide that what you know is more important than what you have been taught to believe, you will have shifted gears in your quest for abundance. Success comes from within, not from without."

— Ralph Waldo Emerson
in "The supreme lesson of education is to think for yourself"




"The peculiar evil of silencing the expression of an opinion is, that it is robbing the human race; posterity as well as the existing generation; those who dissent from the opinion, still more than those who hold it. If the opinion is right, they are deprived of the opportunity of exchanging error for truth; if wrong, they lose, what is almost as great a benefit, the clearer perception and livelier impression of truth, produced by its collision with error."

— John Stuart Mill, On Liberty, 1859
in "Free Expression as the Master Catalyst of Change"




"For last year's words belong to last year's language / And next year's words await another voice."

— T.S. Eliot
in "Free Expression as the Master Catalyst of Change"




"TO BE HOPEFUL in bad times is not just foolishly romantic. It is based on the fact that human history is a history not only of cruelty, but also of compassion, sacrifice, courage, kindness. What we choose to emphasize in this complex history will determine our lives. If we see only the worst, it destroys our capacity to do something. If we remember those times and places---and there are so many---where people have behaved magnificently, this gives us the energy to act, and at least the possibility of sending this spinning top of a world in a different direction. And if we do act, in however small a way, we don't have to wait for some grand utopian future. The future is an infinite succession of presents, and to live now as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory."

— Howard Zinn
in "A Self Revolution through Love, Intention and Service"




"Civil disobedience becomes a sacred duty when the state has become lawless or corrupt. And a citizen who barters with such a state shares in its corruption and lawlessness."

— Gandhi
in "The Time for Revolution"




"In individuals, insanity is rare; but in groups, parties, nations, and epochs it is the rule."

— Friedrich Nietzsche
in "Excessive nationalism is a form of collective narcissism"




"A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty."

— Albert Einstein
in "The unified whole of yourself"




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