Quotations, 2012

The author’s choices to ring in the new year

Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to a better understanding of ourselves. –Carl G. Jung (1875–1961)

Spend the afternoon. You can’t take it with you. –Annie Dillard (1945– )

The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others. –Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (1869–1948)

Men are men, but Man is a woman. –Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874–1936)

If others seem deceitful to you, it is because you deceive yourself, and then project this outward upon others. –Seth

Life is a handful of short stories, pretending to be a novel. –Anonymous

A beauty is a woman you notice, a charmer is one who notices you. –Adlai Ewing Stevenson (1900–1965)

Peace is the result of retraining your mind to process life as it is, rather than as you think it should be. –Wayne W. Dyer (1940– )

Life begins at the end of your comfort zone. –Neale Donald Walsch (1943– )

If you can learn to make the mind still, it will be the greatest help to the world. –Ajahn Chah (1918–1992)

The function of prayer is not to influence God but rather to change the nature of the one who prays. –Søren Aabye Kierkegaard (1813–1855)

The truth will set you free, but not until it is finished with you. –David Foster Wallace (1962–2008)

The trick is in what one emphasizes. We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves happy. The amount of work is the same. –Carlos Castaneda (1925–1998)

Do not search for the truth; only cease to cherish opinions. –Seng-Ts’an ( ? –606)

He will always be a slave who does not know how to live upon a little. –Horace (65–8 bce)

We can’t plan life. All we can do is be available for it. –Lauryn Hill (1975– )

Think enough and you won’t know anything. –Kenneth Patchen (1911–1972)

What most of us think of as fear is primarily a mental process of imagining situations that do not exist in the moment. –Cheri Huber (1944– )

Transformation always involves the falling away of things we have relied on, and we are left with a feeling that the world as we know it is coming to an end, because it is. –Mark Nepo (1951– )