Quotes and Quick Inspiration
From Tom Spencer's Soul of the Garden
Our only security is our ability to change.
- John Lilly
Love, and do what you like.
- Saint Augustine
To look at something as though
we had never seen it before requires great courage.
- Henri Matisse
The foolish man seeks happiness
in the distance; the wise grows it under his feet.
- James Oppenheim
When you have only two pennies
left in the world, buy a loaf of bread with one, and a lily with the other.
- Chinese Proverb
Weeds are flowers, too...when you get to know them.
- W. Pooh
An optimist is the human personification of spring.
- Susan J. Bissonette
When Buddhists say, “A bodhisattva fears not the result, but only the cause,” they mean that we must expend the bulk of our energy planting good roots today, rather than fretting about the plants that are already growing from the roots we planted in the past.
-Master Hsing Yun, "Describing the Indescribable"
The ultimate goal of farming is not the growing of crops,
but the cultivation and perfection of human beings.
- Masanobu Fukuoka
On a certain day, month and
year one should observe the ceremony of tree-planting. Thus, one fulfils one’s
responsibilities, serves one’s fellow-beings which not only brings happiness but
- His Holiness the Dalai Lama
Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy.
- Anne Frank
Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.
- Mahatma Gandhi
A heart is not judged by how much you love, but by how much you are loved by others.
- The Wizard to the Tin Man
If your success is not on your own terms, if it looks good to the world but does not feel good in your heart, it is not success at all.
- Anna Quindlen
I am the ocean.
All the worlds are like waves.
This is the truth.
Nothing to hold on to,
Nothing to let go of,
Nothing to dissolve.
-Ashtavakra Gita 6:2
Things have done their part; it
is for us to do ours...
- R.H. Blyth
It is said that there are only two tragedies in life: not getting what one wants, and getting it.
-Bhanta Henepola Gunaratana, "Eight Mindful Steps to Happiness"
Chance is always powerful. Let your hook be always cast; in the pool where you least expect it, there will be a fish.
A man has made at least a start on discovering the meaning of human life when he plants shade trees under which he knows full well he will never sit.
- Elton Trueblood
First keep the peace within yourself, then you can also bring peace to others.
- Thomas a Kempis
Even as the sun shines and fills all space
With light, above, below, across, so shines
The Lord of Love and fills the hearts of all created beings.
There are thousands upon thousands of students who have practiced meditation and obtained its fruits. Do not doubt its possibilities because of the simplicity of the method. If you cannot find the truth right where you are, where else do you expect to find it?
-“The Practice of Meditation,” Zen Master Dogen
The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one.
- Elbert Hubbard
Treat people as if they were what they ought to be and you help them to become what they are capable of being.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
True religion is the life we live, not the creed we profess.
- J.F. Wright
In the dark of the moon, in
flying snow, in the dead of winter, war
spreading, families dying, the world in danger, I walk the rocky hillside,
- Wendell Berry , 1968
Forgiveness does not change the past, but it does enlarge the future.
- Paul Boese
Those who hear this truth even
once and listen with a grateful heart, treasuring it, revering it, gain
blessings without end.
-Hakuin Zenji, "Song of Zazen"
It is both near and far, both
within and without every creature; it moves and is unmoving. In its subtlety it
is beyond comprehension. It is invisible, yet appears divided in separate
creatures. Know it to be the creator, the preserver, and the destroyer.
Dwelling in every heart, it is beyond darkness. It is called the light of the lights, the object and goal of knowledge, and knowledge itself.
-Bhagavad Gita 13:15-17
There are two ways of spreading
light: To be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.
- Edith Wharton
Only when a man sees this
universe as God does the veil fall from his eyes; then that man, purified and
cleansed, finds his whole vision changed.
Those who see any difference between soul and body have neither.
- Oscar Wilde
Talk as much philosophy as you
worship as many gods as you please,
observe ceremonies and sing devotional hymns,
but liberation will never come, even after a hundred
aeons, without realizing the Oneness.
In your meditation you yourself are the mirror reflecting the solution of your
problems. The human mind has absolute freedom within its true nature. You can
attain your freedom intuitively. Do not work for freedom, rather allow the
practice itself to be liberation.
- “The Practice of Meditation,” Zen Master Dogen
Be an opener of doors for such
as come after thee, and do not try to make the universe a blind alley.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
It takes courage to grow up and turn out to be who you really are.
- e.e. cummings
Learn to pause ... or nothing
worthwhile will catch up to you.
- Doug King
A perfect summer day is when
the sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, the birds are singing, and the lawn
mower is broken.
- James Dent
Those who want the fewest
things are nearest to the gods.
You cannot have everything. I
mean, where would you put it?
- Steven Wright
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