Quotations, 2013

Anthony’s favorite quotes of the year

O God, help me to believe the truth about myself, no matter how beautiful it is! –Macrina Wiederkehr, a Benedictine nun

… in order to be a realist, you must believe in miracles. –David Ben-Gurion (1886-1973)

Everything we imagine and know is inside. There is no outside. –Jane Roberts (1929-1984)

The only reason we don’t open our hearts and minds to other people is that they trigger confusion in us that we don’t feel brave enough or sane enough to deal with. To the degree that we look clearly and compassionately at ourselves, we feel confident and fearless about looking into someone else’s eyes. –Pema Chödrön (1936- )

If you limit your choices only to what seems possible or reasonable, you disconnect yourself from what you truly want, and all that is left is a compromise. –Robert Fritz (1943- )

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)

Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect. –Chief Seattle (1780-1866)

Giving is not/ An obligation./ Giving is/ Self-expansion.

–Sri Chinmoy (1931-2007)

Nothing is more conducive to peace of mind than not having any opinions at all. –Georg Christoph Lichtenberg (1742-1799)

I, you, he, she, we./ In the garden of mystic lovers,/these are not true distinctions.

–Jalâl ad-Dîn Muhammad Rûmî (1207-1273)

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- )

For things to reveal themselves to us, we need to be ready to abandon our views about them. –Thich Nhat Hanh, Buddhist monk (1926- )

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

Many sensations come, many thoughts or images arise, but they are just waves of your own mind. Nothing comes from outside your mind. –Shunryu Suzuki Roshi (1904-1971)

If you want the truth to stand clear before you, never be for or against. The struggle between “for” and “against” is the mind’s worst disease. –Seng-ts’an (died 606)