A pertinent quotation that fits exactly the moment one needs to hear it sometimes shows the perfect way forward. These are some of mine.
Sir Robert Anderson
Death ends a life. It does not end a relationship.
Mary Catherine Bateson
The timing of death, like the ending of a story, gives a changed meaning to what preceded it.
Everything we call real is made of things that cannot be regarded as real.
If anybody says he can think about quantum physics without getting giddy, that only shows he has not understood the first thing about them.
Life is like arriving late for a movie, having to figure out what was going on without bothering everybody with a lot of questions, and then being unexpectedly called away before you find out how it ends.
We’re not on our journey to save the world but to save ourselves. But in doing that you save the world. The influence of a vital person vitalizes.
The black moment is the moment when the real message of transformation is going to come. At the darkest moment comes the light.
How to get rid of ego as dictator and turn it into messenger and servant and scout, to be in your service, is the trick.
Your sacred space is where you can find yourself over and over again.
Opportunities to find deeper powers within ourselves come when life seems most challenging.
Dreams are today’s answers to tomorrow’s questions.
What happens is consciousness operates in mysterious ways. One of those ways is that the old paradigm suddenly starts to die.
Always go with your passions. Never ask yourself if it’s realistic or not.
Francis Marian Crawford
A cool breeze stirred my hair at that moment, as the night wind began to come down from the hills, but it felt like a breath from another world.
Dalai Lama XIV
There is a saying in Tibetan, ‘Tragedy should be utilized as a source of strength.’ No matter what sort of difficulties, how painful experience is, if we lose our hope, that’s our real disaster.
Charles de Lint
That’s the thing with magic. You’ve got to know it’s still here, all around us, or it just stays invisible for you.
Forever is composed of Nows.
It’s the great mystery of human life that old grief passes gradually into quiet tender joy.
The silence of the night awakens my soul
The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mystery. It is the source of all art and science.
Not everything that counts can be measured. Not everything that can be measured counts.
The eternal mystery of the world is its comprehensibility.
There are two ways to live: you can live as if nothing is a miracle or you can live as if everything is a miracle.
Any intelligent fool can make things bigger and more complex… It takes a touch of genius – and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction.
Strange is our situation here upon earth. Each of us comes for a short visit, not knowing why, yet sometimes seeming to a divine purpose. From the standpoint of daily life, however, there is one thing we do know: That we are here for the sake of others…for the countless unknown souls with whose fate we are connected by a bond of sympathy. Many times a day, I realize how much my outer and inner life is built upon the labors of people, both living and dead, and how earnestly I must exert myself in order to give in return as much as I have received and am still receiving.
You just do the best you can with what you’ve got… and sometimes magic strikes.
I’m sure now that grieving and healing are the same things sometimes, and magic and death are the same thing sometimes, and trusting and failing are the same thing sometimes.
We often dream about people from whom we receive a letter by the next post. I have ascertained on several occasions that at the moment when the dream occurred the letter was already lying in the post-office of the addressee.
There is no coming to consciousness without pain. People will do anything, no matter how absurd, in order to avoid facing their own Soul. One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious.
One way can be learned by starting to see the magic in everything. Sometimes it seems to be hiding but it is always there. The more we can see the magic in one thing, a tiny flower, a mango, someone we love, then the more we are able to see the magic in everything and in everyone. Where does the mango stop and the sky begin?
I believe anything is possible. Research into quantum physics proves that a system changes simply by someone observing it. Therefore, all you have to do is be awake and aware of your environment, and that enables you to transform everything around you. It sounds like hocus pocus, but scientists are coming to realize that just thinking about something can make it happen. Turns out maybe faith can move mountains.
You don’t have a soul. You are a Soul. You have a body.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
And the night shall be filled with music, And the cares, that infest the day, Shall fold their tents like the Arabs, and silently steal away.
The great mystery is not that we should have been thrown down here at random between the profusion of matter and that of the stars; it is that from our very prison we should draw, from our own selves, images powerful enough to deny our own nothingness.
The opposite of courage in our society is not cowardice, it is conformity.
The world rests in the night. Trees, mountains, fields, and faces are released from the prison of shape and the burden of exposure. Each thing creeps back into its own nature within the shelter of the dark. Darkness is the ancient womb. Nighttime is womb- time. Our souls come out to play. The darkness absolves everything; the struggle for identity and impression falls away. We rest in the night.
There’s more to light than the opposite of dark.
I think it’s so foolish for people to want to be happy. Happy is so momentary— you’re happy for an instant and then you start thinking again. Interest is the most important thing in life; happiness is temporary, but interest is continuous.
I’ve been absolutely terrified every moment of my life – and I’ve never let it keep me from doing a single thing I wanted to do.
Whether you succeed or not is irrelevant, there is no such thing. Making your unknown known is the important thing–and keeping the unknown always beyond you.
And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.
Aloneness and selfness are too important to betray for company.
In the beginning, people think vulnerability will make you weak, but it does the opposite. It shows you’re strong enough to care.
We do not create our destiny; we participate in its unfolding. Synchronicity works as a catalyst toward the working out of that destiny.
Love and magic have a great deal in common. They enrich the soul, delight the heart. And they both take practice.
What is wanted is not the will to believe, but the will to find out, which is the exact opposite.
Lemony Snicket, Horseradish
It is a curious thing, the death of a loved one. We all know that our time in this world is limited, and that eventually all of us will end up underneath some sheet, never to wake up. And yet it is always a surprise when it happens to someone we know. It is like walking up the stairs to your bedroom in the dark, and thinking there is one more stair than there is. Your foot falls down, through the air, and there is a sickly moment of dark surprise as you try and readjust the way you thought of things.
Robert Louis Stevenson
Quiet minds cannot be perplexed or frightened, but go on in fortune or misfortune at their own pace, like a clock during a thunderstorm.
Light precedes every transition. Whether at the end of a tunnel, through a crack in the door or the flash of an idea, it is always there, heralding a new beginning.
Happiness comes from within. It is not dependent on external things or on other people. You become vulnerable and can be easily hurt when your feelings of security and happiness depend on the behavior and actions of other people. Never give your power to anyone else.
Inner peace is impossible without patience. Wisdom requires patience. Spiritual growth implies the mastery of patience. Patience allows the unfolding of destiny to proceed at its won unhurried pace.
Understand the nature and influence of repeating patterns, from childhood experiences or even from past lives. Without understanding, patterns tend to repeat, unnecessarily damaging the relationship.
Life isn’t measured by the number of breaths you take but by the number of moments that take your breath away.