It takes years to develop into the kind of human being you want to be.
Everything here, but the soul of man, is a passing shadow. The only enduring substance is within.
Only solitary men know the full joys of friendship. Others have their family; but to a solitary and an exile, his friends are everything.
If I could define enlightenment briefly I would say it is the quiet acceptance of what is.
Everything you need you already have. You are complete right now, you are a whole, total person, not an apprentice person on the way to someplace else. Your completeness must be understood by you and experienced in your thoughts as your own personal reality.
Spiritual beings do not allow their thoughts and feelings to flow from their actions, they understand that their thoughts create their physical world.
View any and all obstacles as lessons, not indications of failure. Keep in mind that you are practicing patience and detachment from outcome. When anything appears to be an obstacle, do not use that material fact to deny the existence of the universal energy that is your essence. Everything that shows up in your life is supposed to; this includes the falls in your life, which provide you with the energy to propel yourself to a higher state of awareness.
The sages do not consider that making no mistakes is a blessing. They believe, rather, that the great virtue of man lies in his ability to correct his mistakes and continually make a new man of himself.
Most true happiness comes from ones inner life, from the disposition of the mind and soul. Admittedly, a good inner life is hard to achieve, especially in these trying times. It takes reflection and contemplation and self discipline.
And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.
Ultimately, man should not ask what the meaning of his life is, but rather must recognize that it is he who is asked. In a word, each man is questioned by life; and he can only answer to life by answering for his own life; to life he can only respond by being responsible.
The dead-weight of conservatism, largely a lazy and cowardly distaste for the strenuous and painful activity of real thinking, has undoubtedly retarded human progress…