The walls of protection we build around ourselves to protect from external threat become the very walls of self-imprisonment
The best type of yogi is he who feels for others, whether in grief or pleasure, even as he feels for himself.
if you want flowers to grow in your garden, you don't have to think flowers, you don't have to chant flowers. You just have to think of soil, manure, water, sunlight - nothing to do with flowers; if you handle filth well, flowers will happen
Wise men speak because they have something to say; fools because they have to say something.
One of the penalties of refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.
Never explain- your friends do not need it and your enemies will not believe you anyway.
Never look up to anyone - never look down on anyone. When you see all the way they are, you shall navigate life effectively
The reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.
My concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God's side, for God is always right.
Life + Philosophy quotes ⇑Life Quotes
How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.
Comfort is not what you're seeking. What you're seeking is a deeper experience of life.
This should be your new attitude toward life: no matter what your experiences are, you are going to enjoy them, in the same way, that you enjoy viewing the pleasant or painful experiences of another person in a motion picture.
One of the few good things about modern times: If you die horribly on television, you will not have died in vain. You will have entertained us.
Who are you to judge the life I live? I know I'm not perfect -and I don't live to be- but before you start pointing fingers... make sure you hands are clean!
Those who educate children well are more to be honored than they who produce them; for these only gave them life, those the art of living well.
Every man is a creature of the age in which he lives and few are able to raise themselves above the ideas of the time.
How many slams in an old screen door? Depends how loud you shut it. How many slices in a bread? Depends how thin you cut it. How much good inside a day? Depends how good you live 'em. How much love inside a friend? Depends how much you give 'em.
There are many things worth living for, a few things worth dying for, and nothing worth killing for.
The most beautiful moments in your life have happened to you only when you kept your logic aside a little bit.
The most precious thing in life is life itself. Are you getting this now or only on your deathbed?
People started this philosophy, 'Thank God its Friday!' If you are not enjoying what you are doing five days a week, then why are you doing it? It's a very brief life
The mind is like a mirror. A concave mirror exaggerates. A convex mirror depreciates. A plain mirror shows you life the way it is
The most significant aspect of your life is that you're alive right now. Everything else is secondary and incidental
Make yourself in such a way that you are always looking at how to make someone else's life beautiful
I started my life with a single absolute: that the world was mine to shape in the image of my highest values and never to be given up to a lesser standard, no matter how long or hard the struggle.
Man is a mystery. It needs to be unravelled, and if you spend your whole life unravelling it, don't say that you've wasted time. I am studying that mystery because I want to be a human being.
Take it moment by moment, and you will find that we are all, as I've said before, bugs in amber.
No single event can awaken within us a stranger whose existence we had never suspected. To live is to be slowly born.
Short + Philosophy quotes ⇑Short Quotes
Many atrocities have been done in the name of the greater good.
Contentment is natural wealth, luxury is artificial poverty.
The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.
Don't explain your philosophy. Embody it.
One who has restrained the senses from their objects is firmly established in wisdom.
There are more things in Heaven and Earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.
Youth is a dream, a form of chemical madness.
Inspirational + Philosophy quotes ⇑Inspirational Quotes
Newt Scamander: My philosophy is that worrying means you suffer twice.
Well, I must endure the presence of a few caterpillars if I wish to become acquainted with the butterflies.
One day, in retrospect, the years of struggle will strike you as the most beautiful.
You don't have to be better than everyone else, but you have to be at your best.
To write well, express yourself like the common people, but think like a wise man.
Stop feeling sorry for yourself and you will be happy.
Everything takes time. Bees have to move very fast to stay still.
When you came into this world, you came without a single investment. So whatever happens in your life, anyway you are in profit.
For me, I am driven by two main philosophies: know more today about the world than I knew yesterday and lessen the suffering of others. You'd be surprised how far that gets you.
Life has a certain pace. You should be joyfully in a hurry but never impatient
Being spiritual does not mean being dead serious. If you allow life to happen within you exuberantly, unbridled, you will touch the spirit.
If you are joyful and you have created joy for people around you, then you do not have to go to heaven because you are already there
If what is happening in the world is not the way you want it, at least what is happening within you must be the way you want it.
What are you so afraid of? Live totally today and if you fall dead tomorrow out of exhaustion, it's okay
Wisdom + Philosophy quotes ⇑Wisdom Quotes
For those who have conquered the mind, the mind is their friend. For those who have failed to do so, the mind acts like an enemy.
Misery is always self-created. Misery is caused by you, only by you, nobody else but you.
The mind is like a puzzle with too many pieces missing. Trying to make sense out of it makes no sense
The ideas of heat & cold, pleasure & pain, are produced by the contact of the senses with their objects. Such ideas are limited by a beginning & an end, they are transitory, bear them with patience
Undoubtedly the mind is fickle and unruly; but by yoga practice and by dispassion, the mind may nevertheless be controlled.
A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices.
If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs and blaming it on you, If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you, but make allowance for their doubting too;!
Keep me away from the wisdom which does not cry, the philosophy which does not laugh and the greatness which does not bow before children.
If you stop identifying with things that you are not, your mind will become still. That's all it takes to meditate
Unless there is involvement in what you do, and it means a lot to you, your work is just a waste of time and life for yourself and everybody else
Change + Philosophy quotes ⇑Change Quotes
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.
True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar; it comes to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring.
If your doctor told you that you are going to die tomorrow, that you can't live for more then 24 hours, you will see you will transform yourself so rapidly; minute to minute you will change. So don't wait for your doctor to tell you something horrible (change by yourself)
If you are not willing to be vulnerable, you are not willing to transform. Whatever does not transform is as good as dead.
We are addicted to our thoughts. We cannot change anything if we cannot change our thinking.
The philosophers have only interpreted the world, in various ways. The point, however, is to change it.
Look back over the past, with its changing empires that rose and fell, and you can foresee the future too.
Transformation means just this - that who you are is not determined by other people's opinions or other people's presence. You are like this - whether somebody is there or somebody is not there, this is the way you are - this is transformation
it's time.. If we are concerned about life it's time that we are one hundred percent straight, at least with ourselves. Otherwise, neither yourself nor your life situations will ever get fixed, simply complaining and going on. Life will be a lifelong complaint for a whole lot of people because they don't want to address it, they want to beat around it.
we have to be alive to it every moment and as the context changes, what we do has to change. Morality and mortality are not very different.
Truth + Philosophy quotes ⇑Truth Quotes
Man is always a prey to his truths. Once he has admitted them, he cannot free himself from them.
The most perfidious way of harming a cause consists of defending it deliberately with faulty arguments.
To teach how to live without certainty, and yet without being paralyzed by hesitation, is perhaps the chief thing that philosophy, in our age, can still do for those who study it.
For one moment if you forget that you are mortal, ignorance will sprout, if you forget for a long time, it will bear fruit.
If you place your head in a lion's mouth, then you cannot complain one day if he happens to bite it off.
Joys come and go like a pleasant breeze. It's the miseries that stick in you like thorns - until you realize that it's all your doing.
You need to look at why you want a break from work. If you were doing something that you truly care about, would you want a break?
Your personality is a fake representation of yourself. The more you invest in it, the more incomplete and insecure you feel
The reminder of one's mortality has always been the fundamental force behind the human search for something beyond. If they never knew that they would die, nobody would seek spirituality.
If you lose your humanity just because someone is doing something stupid in the world, have you done any good to yourself or the world that you live in?
To generate untruth, you have to do a lot of things. For truth, there is nothing to do - anyway it is there.
Free yourself from the triple qualities (Sattva, Rajas, Tamas) and from the pairs of opposites, eternally fixed in the truth, harboring no thoughts of receiving and keeping, be settled in the self
Humor + Philosophy quotes ⇑Humor Quotes
Morality is simply the attitude we adopt towards people we personally dislike.
I would never die for my beliefs because I might be wrong.
Grown-ups never understand anything by themselves, and it is tiresome for children to be always and forever explaining things to them
On the whole, human beings want to be good, but not too good, and not quite all the time.
Know thyself? If I knew myself, I'd run away.
A serious and good philosophical work could be written consisting entirely of jokes.
There are two kinds of people in this world: Those who believe there are two kinds of people in this world and those who are smart enough to know better.
It is hard enough to remember my opinions, without also remembering my reasons for them!
If it's true that our species is alone in the universe, then I'd have to say the universe aimed rather low and settled for very little.
I think I am, therefore, I am... I think.
All Philosophy Quotes ⇑
I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who conquers his enemies, for the hardest victory is over self.
if you are going to make people around you joyful and relieved only when you die, that's not a good way to live.
If it is impairing you rather than empowering you, then it is not Love, it is some convoluted idea
Prayer is essentially seeing that your presence here is very minuscule, you are just a speck of dust in this existence, tomorrow if you vanish a few people will cry.. rest of the existence will just go on fine without you
The first method for estimating the intelligence of a ruler is to look at the men he has around him.
Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art.... It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things which give value to survival.
For every action you perform there is a consequence. Most people are not willing to face the consequences when they come; Anybody who is not willing to joyfully accept the consequences that come to them for whatever actions they perform is just a fool
This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness.
if you mortgage your pleasantness to something outside of you, you being pleasant or unpleasant is only by chance.
Do not go gentle into that good night, Old age should burn and rave at close of day; Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
Man suffers only because he takes seriously what the gods made for fun.
Seize the moments of happiness, love and be loved! That is the only reality in the world, all else is folly. It is the one thing we are interested in here.
There is no such a thing as Death, Death is a fiction of the unaware, there is just Life, Life and Life moving from one dimension to another
The opposite of love is not hate, it's indifference. The opposite of art is not ugliness, it's indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it's indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, it's indifference.
The seed of suffering in you may be strong, but don't wait until you have no more suffering before allowing yourself to be happy.
To choose doubt as a philosophy of life is akin to choosing immobility as a means of transportation.
In politics we presume that everyone who knows how to get votes knows how to administer a city or a state. When we are ill... we do not ask for the handsomest physician, or the most eloquent one.
If anyone tells you that a certain person speaks ill of you, do not make excuses about what is said of you but answer, "He was ignorant of my other faults, else he would not have mentioned these alone."
You cannot rise in love, you cannot stand in love, you cannot fly in love, you have to fall. Something of you should fall, otherwise it will not work. You will not know it.
'What I Know, I know, what I do not know, I do not know', once you come to this sincerely, your knowing will constantly go on expanding on a daily basis, otherwise, the moment you believe, you are stagnant
If you win, you need not have to explain... If you lose, you should not be there to explain!
The smallest minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities.
You are an aperture through which the universe is looking at and exploring itself.
Learning does not make one learned: there are those who have knowledge and those who have understanding. The first requires memory and the second philosophy.
Let children read whatever they want and then talk about it with them. If parents and kids can talk together, we won't have as much censorship because we won't have as much fear.
Human folly is that people are always trying to extract joy from the outside.
We love our children just the same even if they are exchanged in the hospital, so it is just your willingness to include somebody, it doesn't have to come from your body, if you are willing it is possible to love anybody
If you want a plant to grow and blossom into beautiful fragrant flowers, you can think you are fighting the earth and getting flowers out of it. Or you can see it as a great love affair, that your involvement with the earth gives out such beauty and fragrance for you
Man is the only creature who refuses to be what he is.
Freedom is the only worthy goal in life. It is won by disregarding things that lie beyond our control.
The easy confidence with which I know another man's religion is folly teaches me to suspect that my own is also.
Death, therefore, the most awful of evils, is nothing to us, seeing that, when we are, death is not come, and, when death is come, we are not.
Problems that remain persistently insoluble should always be suspected as questions asked in the wrong way.
He is full with contentment who absorbs all desires within, as the brimful ocean remains unmoved by waters entering into it
The beginning of all beings is veiled, beings manifest in the middle, and unmanifest again on death. Then, why lament this truth?
It is not true that people stop pursuing dreams because they grow old, they grow old because they stop pursuing dreams.
Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric.
Whether I keep you half alive or you keep yourself half alive, whichever way- it's torture
The evil that is in the world almost always comes from ignorance, and good intentions may do as much harm as malevolence if they lack understanding.
There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest.
One who is in constant journey learns to love and enjoy everything, but not pick up anything on the way.
If there is no love in your heart, you are anyway an adulteress. For convenience and comfort if you have given yourself to any aspect of life, not necessarily a man or a woman for that matter. Without love in your heart, if you have given yourself to any aspect of life you are an adulterer
Challenges are gifts that force us to search for a new center of gravity. Don't fight them. Just find a new way to stand.
Even if you put all the philosophies on the planet together, they do not have the beauty of a single tree leaf, but still, it occupies people for a lifetime because it gives them the kind of explanations that they like to hear
Until we have begun to go without them, we fail to realize how unnecessary many things are. We've been using them not because we needed them but because we had them.
The only way we'll get freedom for ourselves is to identify ourselves with every oppressed people in the world. We are blood brothers to the people of Brazil, Venezuela, Haiti, Cuba -- yes Cuba too.
You are working towards somebody else's idea of success, that is not a success, your success is you as a human being you found your full potential, that is your success
This piece of life is a complete entity by itself. Why is it feeling incomplete? And why is it trying to fulfill itself by making a partnership with another piece of life? reason is that we have not explored this life in its full depth and dimension
Life is not about pushing your way through. Life is about allowing life to push through you.
Life within you should happen like a huge explosion, but outside it is fully controlled. That is how it should be.
If you think you are big, you become small. If you know you are nothing, you become limitless.
We need to create a society where our values are more spread out to all aspects of life. Music, art, love, care, all these things are as important as economics.
I know so many philosophies are being propounded just to support people's sexuality. I don't see why you need a philosophy to have sex, it's just biology. You don't need a philosophy
You have wrapped life in all kinds of philosophies, in your ideas, in your emotions, in (all) things that you created, that you neither see the beauty of it nor the pain of it.
Live long enough, and you'll become a philosopher.
Happiness is evident more by its absence than by its presence.
'Tomorrow' never happened to anybody. But the idea of 'tomorrow' has robbed people of their lives.
Is there anybody who is not a philosopher? everybody has a philosophy for whatever they're doing, just go to the drunkard on the street & ask him 'why are you drinking like this?' he has a solid philosophy as to why he's drinking, you stop a thief & ask him 'why are you a thief?' he's got a solid philosophy as to why he's a thief.
The essence of education is to enhance your perception in such a way that you are able to perceive a blade of grass being as important as the coconut tree, it is different, not less important
A spiritual process means just that - that the outside situations need not drive you, the outside situations do not mold you.
Thought can come to you as simply gossip- It is harmless. Or as an ideology- now it's little strong, or as a philosophy- it's much stronger, the worst form is when it comes to you as the word of God, you cannot deny even the silliest thought. You have lost even the discriminatory process that you cannot even see this is stupid. It's stupid but it's holy
In the whole system of yoga - there are no concepts, there're no philosophies, there're no ideologies, there're no belief systems - only methods to enhance your perception because only what you perceive is real, rest is all made up in your head. You are living in a psychological reality, not in an existential reality.
In my experience I am the richest person on the planet. Maybe I don't have a bank balance but I own the whole cosmos within myself in my experience. I have the richest experience of life and this is important
If you get God's stamp on your philosophy, you don't have to turn back and look, you can just go on doing the same stupid thing endlessly. The moment you get God's stamp on your philosophy you don't have to use your intelligence anymore, you don't have to wonder what nonsense you are doing with your life
The more absent one's personality becomes, the more powerful his presence becomes
If you cannot embrace everything the way it is, if you accept some and reject others, you will only have morality, no spirituality
Do not just think about making money - think about living well. The most important aspect of living well is doing what you truly care for
An intelligent person knows that he is a fool but a fool does not know that he is a fool
You may be wonderful, but you are not loyal to your wonderfulness. If you remain wonderful no matter what life does to you, you are on the way to Enlightenment.
Allowing a slogan to define our life is not a sensible way to live. Nobody should identify with any slogan, regardless of what the slogan is.
I am not sure that I exist, actually. I am all the writers that I have read, all the people that I have met, all the women that I have loved; all the cities I have visited.
It is therefore senseless to think of complaining since nothing foreign has decided what we feel, what we live, or what we are.
Science is not only compatible with spirituality; it is a profound source of spirituality.
Devotion to the truth is the hallmark of morality; there is no greater, nobler, more heroic form of devotion than the act of a man who assumes the responsibility of thinking.
The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.
The more likely we are to assume that the solution comes from the outside, the less likely we are to solve our problems ourselves.
I have gained this by philosophy... I do without being ordered what some are constrained to do by their fear of the law.
I never found beauty in longing for the impossible and never found the possible to be beyond my reach.
If it turns out that there is a God...the worst that you can say about him is that basically he's an underachiever.
Only that day dawns to which we are awake. There is more day to dawn. The sun is but a morning star.
Just as a fire is covered by smoke, a mirror is masked by dust, and an embryo is concealed by the womb; similarly, one's knowledge gets covered by desire
Sense pleasures that arise from contact with the sense objects are ephemeral, they are begetters only of misery. No sage seeks happiness from them.
Only the very weak-minded refuse to be influenced by literature and poetry.
The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion that stands at the cradle of true art and true science.
When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.
It is easy in the world to live after the world's opinion; it is easy in solitude to live after our own; but the great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude.
Perhaps there could be no joy on this planet without an equal weight of pain to balance it out on some unknown scale.
Fair speech may hide a foul heart.
We are all atheists about most of the gods that humanity has ever believed in. Some of us just go one god further.
The real question of life after death isn't whether or not it exists, but even if it does what problem this really solves.
I don't know why we are here, but I'm pretty sure that it is not in order to enjoy ourselves.
It is the obvious which is so difficult to see most of the time. People say 'It's as plain as the nose on your face.' But how much of the nose on your face can you see, unless someone holds a mirror up to you?
The beauty of a living thing is not the atoms that go into it, but the way those atoms are put together.
One's life has value so long as one attributes value to the life of others, by means of love, friendship, and compassion
When you choose one way out of many, all the ways you don't take are snuffed out like candles, as if they'd never existed.
Inside us there is something that has no name, that something is what we are.
The cosmos is within us. We are made of star-stuff. We are a way for the universe to know itself.
The soul is neither born nor does it ever die, having never existed will it ever cease to be. The soul is birthless, eternal, changeless, immortal
You do not write your life with words...You write it with actions. What you think is not important. It is only important what you do.
Perhaps home is not a place but simply an irrevocable condition.
Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need.
To argue with a man who has renounced the use and authority of reason, and whose philosophy consists in holding humanity in contempt, is like administering medicine to the dead, or endeavoring to convert an atheist by scripture.
I don't know what's worse: to not know what you are and be happy, or to become what you've always wanted to be, and feel alone.
One, remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Two, never give up work. Work gives you meaning and purpose and life is empty without it. Three, if you are lucky enough to find love, remember it is there and don't throw it away.
The strongest intellectual foundation is built upon science, math, and philosophy, as they are the search for universal truths.
I shiver, thinking how easy it is to be totally wrong about people-to see one tiny part of them and confuse it for the whole, to see the cause and think it's the effect or vice versa
What will be worthwhile for you today and after fifty years, however small or big - invest your life into that.
Outsource everything except being.
That which is a night (of slumber) to all creatures is (luminous) wakefulness to the man of self-mastery. And what is wakefulness to ordinary men, that is a night to the divinely perceptive sage
All activities are carried out by the three modes of material nature. But in ignorance, the soul, deluded by false identification with the body, thinks itself to be the doer.
Darkness is drawn to light, but light does not know it; light must absorb the darkness and therefore meet its own extinguishment.
If your pleasantness is dependent upon what happens around you, the chances of you being pleasant all the time is remote, in the very nature of things it is not possible.
Emotional moviegoers are too intent on beholding motion pictures to notice overhead the picture-causing beam. Similarly, worldly men are too deeply engrossed in God's dream pictures of life to perceive His taintless omnipresent Beam that is the sole Creator, the only Doer.
You have to awaken in order to perceive that God is everywhere and to realize that you have been dreaming. All of you are sitting here in this dream, and you are part of the dream
The legitimate powers of government extend to such acts only as are injurious to others. It does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods or no god. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg.
The moment we cry in a film is not when things are sad but when they turn out to be more beautiful than we expected them to be.
If you value your life, should you not try to understand the source of life?
There is no sun without shadow, and it is essential to know the night.
I thought the most beautiful thing in the world must be shadow.
I don't want to be a tree; I want to be its meaning.
You're not to be so blind with patriotism that you can't face reality. Wrong is wrong, no matter who does it or says it.
I don't want people to think that they can attain realization simply by listening to others or by reading books. They must practice what they read and hear.
Like all magnificent things, it's very simple.
I am my world.