He who is undisturbed by anxiety under afflictions, nor attached to happiness under favorable circumstances; he who is free from worldly loves, fears & anger- is called a sage of steady wisdom
As a boat on the waters is carried off course by a gale, so an individual's discrimination is driven from its intended path when the mind succumbs to the wandering senses.
I know not with what weapons World War 3 will be fought, but World War 4 will be fought with sticks and stones.
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.
You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.
He who hurries through life hurries to his grave.
Short + Wisdom quotes ⇑Short Quotes
Walls of self-protection are also walls of self-imprisonment.
Only when you do not know yourself, the opinion of other people becomes important.
Understanding is the first step to acceptance, and only with acceptance can there be recovery.
The simple things are also the most extraordinary things, and only the wise can see them.
Respect yourself and others will respect you.
They cannot take away our self-respect if we do not give it to them.
Life + Wisdom quotes ⇑Life Quotes
Wisdom comes from experience. Experience is often a result of lack of wisdom.
Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind.
When sounds are in tune, they become music. Out of tune, they become noise. It is the same with you. When all aspects of you are in tune, you become music. Out of tune, you become noise
Never look up to anyone - never look down on anyone. When you see all the way they are, you shall navigate life effectively
The past is a place of reference, not a place of residence; the past is a place of learning, not a place of living.
Don't waste your time with explanations: people only hear what they want to hear.
Successful people are always looking for opportunities to help others. Unsuccessful people are always asking, "What's in it for me?"
The best index to a person's character is how he treats people who can't do him any good, and how he treats people who can't fight back.
Live without pretending, love without depending, listen without defending, speak without offending.
An intelligent person is constantly hesitating with life, with every step he wonders whether what he is doing is okay or not, but a fool is absolutely confident.
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.
Everyone you meet is a part of your journey, but not all of them are meant to stay in your life. Some people are just passing through to bring you gifts; either they're blessings or lessons.
Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it's a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope.
Don't be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.
There are times to stay put, and what you want will come to you, and there are times to go out into the world and find such a thing for yourself.
Inspirational + Wisdom quotes ⇑Inspirational Quotes
Don't depend too much on anyone in this world because even your own shadow leaves you when you are in darkness.
Newt Scamander: My philosophy is that worrying means you suffer twice.
Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.
I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep; I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion.
There's no such thing as ruining your life. Life's a pretty resilient thing, it turns out.
Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, no matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense.
Whatever happens, you getting depressed is not a solution. You getting depressed would be one more problem
If you nurture the root, you don't have to bother about the fruit - it will come naturally.
If you try to give up something, it will rule your mind. But, if you find something deeper in life, the less significant will just fall off
When you see a good person, think of becoming like her/him. When you see someone not so good, reflect on your own weak points.
Reflect upon your present blessings -- of which every man has many -- not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.
We all make mistakes... so just put it behind you. We should regret our mistakes and learn from them, but never carry them forward into the future with us.
Employ your time in improving yourself by other men's writings so that you shall come easily by what others have labored hard for.
The snow goose need not bathe to make itself white. Neither need you do anything but be yourself.
I have never met a man so ignorant that I couldn't learn something from him.
We don't receive wisdom; we must discover it for ourselves after a journey that no one can take for us or spare us.
We could never learn to be brave and patient if there were only joy in the world
A man should never be ashamed to own that he has been in the wrong, which is but saying in other words that he is wiser today than he was yesterday.
Philosophy + Wisdom quotes ⇑Philosophy Quotes
Never explain- your friends do not need it and your enemies will not believe you anyway.
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
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.
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.
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
One who has restrained the senses from their objects is firmly established in wisdom.
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.
The more absent one's personality becomes, the more powerful his presence becomes
If you stop identifying with things that you are not, your mind will become still. That's all it takes to meditate
Your personality is a fake representation of yourself. The more you invest in it, the more incomplete and insecure you feel
If you think you are big, you become small. If you know you are nothing, you become limitless.
Truth + Wisdom quotes ⇑Truth Quotes
If you knew how quickly people forget the dead... you would stop living to impress people.
The world is big enough to satisfy everyones needs, but will always be too small to satisfy everyones greed
New is a trap, old is a cesspool. If you jump out of the cesspool into a new trap, that's not going to help
Doubt is an uncomfortable condition, but certainty is a ridiculous one.
Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
What makes earth feel like hell is our expectation that it should feel like heaven.
The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven..
What is good, what is bad is only contextual for those times and those societies at a certain time, because good and bad is judged by what consequences it generates. It is not by the action
The intellect is a reasonably sharp knife. If you do not know how to hold it, you keep cutting yourself
I am ignorant of absolute truth. But I am humble before my ignorance and therein lies my honor and my reward.
You give your problems too many names because you like to decorate your problems. If you decorate your problems you may not want to get rid of them.
Optimists hallucinate; pessimists get depressed. Both will not get anywhere. You must be willing to see everything the way it is
The choice is either you fix yourself or you try to fix the truth. With one you will attain to the highest, with the other you turn into trash
Individuals should shape their lives according to their particular needs, not according to social trends
Without coming to terms with the limitations and possibilities of who you are, you can't take the next step
Being a seeker means no matter what the Vedas said, what Krishna or Shiva said, you have to know the truth in your own experience
Believing something is not going to transform you. However if you experience the same, it will leave you absolutely transformed. Without being touched by an experience, whatever you believe does not mean anything
If it hurts to hear it, look for the truth in it. If it comforts to hear it, look for the lie in it.
Funny + Wisdom quotes ⇑Funny Quotes
Learn from the mistakes of others. You can never live long enough to make them all yourself.
Never wrestle with pigs. You both get dirty and the pig likes it.
Our presence here is just for a short period of time. We do not have to shorten it by fighting each other
Always acknowledge a fault. This will throw those in authority off their guard and give you an opportunity to commit more.
It's easier to love God because it's always easy to love somebody who is not here now, it's so easy. But if you have to love somebody who is sitting next to you right now, it costs life
If you jump off a tall building You will see it will be very blissful till you hit the ground, ignorance is bliss till you get smashed. In that small period it's wonderful
Is there some aspect of life that human beings are not suffering? If they are poor they suffer their poverty. You make them affluent they suffer that. If they are uneducated they suffer that. If you make them educated they suffer that. If they are unmarried they suffer that. You get them married.. If they don't have children they suffer that. If they have..
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.
Loosen up a bit - laugh more, get involved with people around you, do simple things. If you only do very important things, you will become dead serious
If you learn to laugh at your own stupidity, all your crap will turn into manure very fast. And manure is good for growth
Hell & Heaven are not geographical places, Hell & Heaven are what you make out of yourself. There is too much talk of heaven because too many people have made Hell out of themselves
The most important thing that's happening to you right now is life itself, not the fancy thoughts you have, not the emotions you have, not financial arrangements, nor family or whatever rubbish you have built around you- these are accessories to life, these are all frills. Frills are so much you're missing the skirt, that's the whole problem with you
Sun came up on time today morning. None of the planets in this solar system collided today. In the whole universe no accidents, in this endless cosmos no accidents, everything going great but you have one nasty little thought crawling in your head and it's a bad day, you've completely lost perception with life
Love + Wisdom quotes ⇑Love Quotes
If it is impairing you rather than empowering you, then it is not Love, it is some convoluted idea
When you love someone, you love the person as they are, and not as you'd like them to be.
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
School, politics, sports, and games train us to compete against others. True rewards - wealth, knowledge, love, fitness, and equanimity - come from ignoring others and improving ourselves.
Love is a better master than duty.
If you do things with willpower, you may get to do things, but at the end of the day you will have a long face. Instead of trying to do this with willpower, you do it with devotion, you do it with love. Not because you have to do, but because you really want to do
If you love someone, you should do what they like for them. Not what you like.
If you want your relationship to work, constantly remind yourself that the other is more significant than you
Change + Wisdom quotes ⇑Change Quotes
Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.
Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don't resist them; that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.
You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.
Does money upset the hearts of learned men? He answered, "men whose hearts are changed by money are not learned"
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.
Do not try to fix whatever comes in your life. Fix yourself in such a way that whatever comes, you will be fine
Since you alone are responsible for what goes on in your mind, only you can change your thoughts.
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.
Happiness + Wisdom quotes ⇑Happiness Quotes
If you're betrayed, release disappointment at once. By that way, the bitterness has no time to take root.
Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle. Happiness never decreases by being shared.
Expectations make people miserable, so whatever yours are, lower them. You'll definitely be happier.
if you mortgage your pleasantness to something outside of you, you being pleasant or unpleasant is only by chance.
You don't have to please anybody in this world, if you are truly joyful everybody is pleased by you
Attitude is a choice. Happiness is a choice. Optimism is a choice. Kindness is a choice. Giving is a choice. Respect is a choice. Whatever choice you make makes you. Choose wisely.
There is nobody who has not been happy, Everybody has been happy, the problem is that they have not been able to maintain it
If with every single act that you do, you create what you care for, then whatever you get or do not get, your life is beautiful.
Right now, you believe that something or someone else is the source of your joy, so you are always at their mercy. If you realize and experientially know that you are the source of your joy, wouldn't you be joyous all the time?
The happiness that comes by fits and starts is only tantalizing; pleasures that become monotonous are tiresome; joy that comes momentarily and then flits away, sinking you in a state of deepening indifference, by contrast, is torturing.
Happiness is essentially a human experience. While making our surroundings pleasant, it's important to make our interiority also pleasant
Freedom + Wisdom quotes ⇑Freedom Quotes
When you consciously rise above your likes and dislikes, that's maturity.
The measure of wealth is freedom. The measure of health is lightness. The measure of intellect is judgment. The measure of wisdom is silence. The measure of love is peace.
If you remain a compulsive creature, you cannot call yourself a full-fledged human being, only when you are able to do everything by choice can you call yourself a human being
You don't take anybody's values, anybody's morals, anybody's ethics, just as a human being as you breathe, eat, live, just be conscious and act sensibly, you will be a wonderful human being.
Once there is a distance between you and your thought process, a new freedom is born. With this freedom, a new perception arises
You must enjoy every association and company that you seek, but you do not have to get stuck to anything
All Wisdom Quotes ⇑
He who withdraws his senses from the objects of perception, just as a tortoise withdraws its limbs into its shell, is established in steady wisdom
The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift.
There will always be rocks in the road ahead of us. They will be stumbling blocks or stepping stones; it all depends on how you use them.
Forgiving isn't something you do for someone else. It's something you do for yourself.
When you talk you are only repeating something you already know. But, if you listen you may learn something new.
People swallow the bitter pill of evil because it is sugarcoated with immediate pleasure.
Forget the past, for it is gone from your domain! Forget the future, for it is beyond your reach! Control the present! Live supremely well now! It will whitewash the dark past, and compel the future to be bright! This is the way of the wise
It is our choices... that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.
Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to reform (or pause and reflect).
Anyone who has lost something they thought was theirs forever finally comes to realise that nothing really belongs to them.
Never let hard lessons harden your heart; the hard lessons of life are meant to make you better, not bitter.
You are not special. You're not a beautiful and unique snowflake. You're the same decaying organic matter as everything else. We're all part of the same compost heap. We're all singing, all dancing crap of the world.
We can know only that we know nothing. And that is the highest degree of human wisdom.
The desire to reach for the stars is ambitious. The desire to reach hearts is wise.
The more I read, the more I acquire, the more certain I am that I know nothing.
Truth is, everybody is going to hurt you; you just gotta find the ones worth suffering for.
It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.
If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself, but to your estimate of it; and this you have the power to revoke at any moment.
I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary; the evil it does is permanent.
Success does not consist in never making mistakes but in never making the same one a second time.
If you want to forget something or someone, never hate it, or never hate him/her. Everything and everyone that you hate is engraved upon your heart; if you want to let go of something, if you want to forget, you cannot hate.
Never think of pain or danger or enemies a moment longer than is necessary to fight them.
I ask not for any crown But that which all may win; Nor try to conquer any world Except the one within.
Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.
Attack the evil that is within yourself, rather than attacking the evil that is in others.
It's the questions we can't answer that teach us the most. They teach us how to think. If you give a man an answer, all he gains is a little fact. But give him a question and he'll look for his own answers.
Fear is the main source of superstition, and one of the main sources of cruelty. To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom.
When you begin a journey of revenge, start by digging two graves: one for your enemy, and one for yourself.
By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.
Until he extends the circle of his compassion to all living things, man will not himself find peace.
Conquer the angry one by not getting angry; conquer the wicked by goodness; conquer the stingy by generosity, and the liar by speaking the truth.
The small wisdom is like water in a glass: clear, transparent, pure. The great wisdom is like the water in the sea: dark, mysterious, impenetrable.
Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.
Desire is not the source of all misery, unfulfilled desire is the source of all misery.
Once there is a distance between you and your body, once there is a distance between you and your mind this is the end of suffering, this being cannot suffer any more; question of conflict doesn't arise.
I Do not know is a tremendous possibility, only if you see that you do not know, the longing to know, the seeking to know, possibility of knowing happens
if you are going to make people around you joyful and relieved only when you die, that's not a good way to live.
The intellect is like a knife - the sharper, the better. As long as you know how to handle it.
Power doesn't corrupt. People are corrupt. When they get empowered, it becomes apparent.
If you stand on the garbage heap of your mind, your feet will never touch the ground.
You plant a coconut & a mango tree in your garden, when they were saplings they were of the same height, you thought they will get along pretty well, if both of them remain stunted & never grow, they will remain compatible, same height, everything; But if both of them grow to their full potential, they will grow to different heights, shapes & possibilities
With firm likes and dislikes, you shut your doors to the many possibilities of life
The beginning of all beings is veiled, beings manifest in the middle, and unmanifest again on death. Then, why lament this truth?
He is full with contentment who absorbs all desires within, as the brimful ocean remains unmoved by waters entering into it
He is a wise man whose pursuits are all without selfish plan or longings for results, and whose activities are purified by the fire of wisdom.
Self-realized sages behold with an equal eye a learned and humble Brahmin, a cow, an elephant, a dog, and a dog-eater.
He who is wise does his best to overcome difficulties, but he smiles, first, last, and all the time. There is no better panacea for sorrow, no better revivifying tonic, than smiles.
Surrendering to the demands of the senses does not satisfy them, but rather creates insatiable desires for further sense experiences.
Suffering is a good teacher to those who are quick and willing to learn from it. But it becomes a tyrant to those who resist and resent.
Fulfilled desire is "pleasure" and contradicted desire is "pain" or "sorrow". They are inseparable
Help others without any reason and give without the expectation of receiving anything in return.
Wisdom is not a product of schooling but of the lifelong attempt to acquire it.
Never forget what you are, for surely the world will not. Make it your strength. Then it can never be your weakness. Armour yourself in it, and it will never be used to hurt you.
If someone isn't what others want them to be, the others become angry. Everyone seems to have a clear idea of how other people should lead their lives, but none about his or her own.
Be not afraid of greatness. Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and others have greatness thrust upon them.
A true genius admits that he/she knows nothing.
The best revenge is to be unlike him who performed the injury.
Count your age by friends, not years. Count your life by smiles, not tears.
Let no man pull you so low as to hate him.
You don't have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.
Wonder is the beginning of wisdom.
I am the wisest man alive, for I know one thing, and that is that I know nothing.
A leader is best When people barely know he exists, who talks little, When his work is done, his aim fulfilled, They will say, "We did this ourselves."
I'm not in this world to live up to your expectations and you're not in this world to live up to mine.
To know that you do not know is the best. To think you know when you do not is a disease. Recognizing this disease as a disease is to be free of it.
You shouldn't go through life with a catcher's mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw some things back.
The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.
When you've suffered a great deal in life, each additional pain is both unbearable and trifling.
Fear is the cheapest room in the house. I would like to see you living in better conditions.
You should never give up a happy 'middle' in the hopes of a happy 'ending', because there is no such thing as a happy ending
Do not dispute with anyone in any matter as far as possible. For in argumentation lies much harm and its evil is greater than its benefit.
I believe that what we become depends on what our fathers teach us at odd moments, when they aren't trying to teach us. We are formed by little scraps of wisdom.
Follow the three R's: - Respect for self. - Respect for others. - Responsibility for all your actions.
Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned.
A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life.
I think I've discovered the secret of life -- you just hang around until you get used to it.
It is wise to direct your anger towards problems -- not people; to focus your energies on answers -- not excuses.
When ignorant folks want to advertise their ignorance, you don't really have to do anything, you just let them talk.
Never attempt to win by force what can be won by deception.
You cannot control what happens to you, but you can control your attitude toward what happens to you, and in that, you will be mastering change rather than allowing it to master you.
Mama used to say, you have to know someone a thousand days before you can glimpse her soul.
Forgiveness must be immediate, whether or not a person asks for it. Trust must be rebuilt over time. Trust requires a track record.
I don't think anybody's necessarily ready for death. You can only hope that when it approaches, you feel like you've said what you wanted to say. Nobody wants to go out in mid-sentence.
Complaining does not work as a strategy. We all have finite time and energy. Any time we spend whining is unlikely to help us achieve our goals. And it won't make us happier.
Everyone makes mistakes. The important thing is to not make the same mistake twice.
There are two things a person should never be angry at, what they can help, and what they cannot.
If you have to keep a secret, it's because you shouldn't be doing it in the first place.
When the debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the loser.
It is unwise to be too sure of one's own wisdom. It is healthy to be reminded that the strongest might weaken and the wisest might err.
In the end, it's not what you do for your children but what you've taught them to do for themselves.
But it is the same with man as with the tree. The more he seeks to rise into the height and light, the more vigorously do his roots struggle earthword, downword, into the dark, the deep - into evil.
An optimist is a person who sees a green light everywhere, while a pessimist sees only the red stoplight... the truly wise person is colorblind.
People count with self-satisfaction the number of times they have recited the name of God on their prayer beads, but they keep no beads for reckoning the number of idle words they speak.
The lion cannot protect himself from traps, and the fox cannot defend himself from wolves. One must therefore be a fox to recognize traps, and a lion to frighten wolves.
Accomplish but do not boast, accomplish without show, accomplish without arrogance, accomplish without grabbing, accomplish without forcing.
Pissing people off doesn't mean you're doing the right things, but doing the right things will almost inevitably piss people off.
There are three signs of a knowledgeable person: knowledge, forbearance and silence.
When you realize there is something you don't understand, then you're generally on the right path to understanding all kinds of things.
Positive expectations are the mark of the superior personality.
The oak fought the wind and was broken, the willow bent when it must and survived.
Every choice comes with a consequence. Once you make a choice, you must accept responsibility. You cannot escape the consequences of your choices, whether you like them or not.
Adventures are all very well in their place, but there's a lot to be said for regular meals and freedom from pain.
You cannot help people permanently by doing for them, what they could and should do for themselves.
Misery is not caused by any situation, situations are there, some situations we can handle, some we can not handle; If you want to make yourself miserable for every situation that you can not handle, you have a lot of opportunities, every day
what you pursue, you will never forget. What is imposed upon you will never be useful in your life.
most people do not know what is ease. That's why they have so much disease
It's not just bad things that kill you, good things that you're not ready for can kill you.
a human being will know the beauty, pleasure and the joy of action only when he has no need for activity
There is a difference between seeker and a believer, a believer is who has made a conclusion (from his books), a seeker is wide open. He has realized he doesn't know, that's why he is seeking
only when a human being is in a very extended periods of joyfulness, blissfulness, he will stretch himself to the limits & do what he could do to the fullest. When he's in competition, when he's in fear of failure, he will only do little better than somebody else. So, the human genius is completely missing today. You're destroying the human genius
knowledge is not the burden. Your identity is the burden. You get identified with limited things that you know. That is the problem.
If you try to break a diamond with a hammer its a lot of effort, UV light can make diamond disappear into thin air (it is very important to use the right kind of tools) just bring the right kind of awareness into your life (it will bring transformation)
The most beautiful moments in your life have happened to you only when you kept your logic aside a little bit.
If you do not know how to address the most serious aspects of life lightly, life will sit heavy upon your heart
The most precious thing in life is life itself. Are you getting this now or only on your deathbed?
Fear arises simply because you are not living with life - you are living in your mind
The most important thing in life is balance. If there is no balance, your own body and mind will work against you
You do your best. It doesn't matter somebody approves or disapproves. No two human beings have come alike. Someone may be a back-bencher in school but a frontbencher in life. Exam is not a deciding factor. Strive relentlessly, result is a consequence of competence
The mind is like a mirror. A concave mirror exaggerates. A convex mirror depreciates. A plain mirror shows you life the way it is
If you use the horror of who you are as manure, the beauty of who you could be could flower.
The greatest courage is not in fighting outside battles but in addressing the source of conflict within yourself
Whatever the shape of eyes or nose - a joyful face is always a beautiful face. Become Joy - become Beautiful.
If you don't know what you're talking about, the best thing is to shut up. Silence will breed wisdom.
You may attach much significance to your birth, life, and death, but for Mother Earth, it is just a recycling process
If I give you a sharp knife, if you hold it on the wrong end, if you hold it the harder, more you hold it, it hurts more. That's all you are suffering- your own intelligence.
Leadership should not be an aspiration. It should be a consequence of competence.
The most fundamental aspect on the spiritual path is to be one hundred percent straight with yourself.
Passion is like gasoline in the tank, but you also need a steering wheel to go where you want to go
'Good' and 'bad' are judged by what consequences they generate; it is not by the action.
There is no such thing as ancient wisdom. Wisdom has to be contemporary otherwise it's meaningless
If you know how to deceive, you can have everything, yet you will have nothing
To grow does not mean that you think too much of yourself. Growth is dissolution
Before you and I came here on this planet, a countless number of people have walked on this planet, where are they? All topsoil. You will also be topsoil unless someone buries you real deep fearing you may rise from the dead
Every human being is always working against himself or herself in some way. If you created a moment of anger, you are working against yourself, isn't it?
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
If you had come here like any other creature on this planet, stomach full - life would be settled. But once you come here as a human being, life does not end with survival. Actually, for a human being, life begins only after survival is fulfilled.
If one has to be in this world, transact with this world, be involved with this world, and still go untouched through this world, one must be like a lotus flower. One must learn how to convert the filth into a fragrant flower
The filthier the situations you live in, the wiser and more beautiful you can become if you are willing & if your intelligence is functioning; if you are not reacting, but responding to life consciously. If you are reacting to filth, you will become filth
The only thing that you can do to your child is to give him love and support; his intelligence will grow. That is all. Create a loving atmosphere for him where intelligence will naturally flower.
Be like family to your friends, a friend to strangers, and a stranger to your enemies.
Sharks eat well but live a life surrounded by sharks.
When a man completely relinquishes all desires of the mind and is entirely contented in the self, by the self, he is then considered to be settled in wisdom
As enkindled flame converts firewood into ashes, so does the fire of wisdom consume to ashes all karma.
There is no greater power with which to overcome failure than a real smile. There is no more beautiful ornament one can wear than a genuine smile of peace and wisdom glowing on the face.
Material things cannot be owned by anybody, for at death they must be left behind & given to others. We are only allowed the use of things. It shows a lack of wisdom to be 'possessed' by material things.
It is not necessary to go through every kind of human experience in order to attain the ultimate wisdom. You should be able to learn by studying the lives of others.
Of all qualities the purest is wisdom. Its unpollutable flame of light is the only effective adversary of darkness, ignorance
When suffering comes it is more difficult to detach your consciousness from identification with the body; so be wise and make the effort now, while you have strength and health
Live without being attached. Wherever you are, carry within your bosom a portable heaven of joy. Remember that you are here in this world to be entertained.
These loads (of past) are too heavy for the mind to carry, so we must restrict the amount of the load. The past is gone. Why continue to carry it in the mind?
That's always seemed so ridiculous to me, that people want to be around someone because they're pretty. It's like picking your breakfeast cereals based on color instead of taste.
But magic is neither good nor evil. It is a tool, like a knife. Is a knife evil? Only if the wielder is evil.
It would be possible to describe everything scientifically, but it would make no sense; it would be without meaning, as if you described a Beethoven symphony as a variation of wave pressure.
Anyone who is capable of getting themselves made President should on no account be allowed to do the job.
Seeing, contrary to popular wisdom, isn't believing. It's where belief stops, because it isn't needed any more.
Dear friend, Your heart is a polished mirror. You must wipe it clean of the veil of dust that has gathered upon it, because it is destined to reflect the light of divine secrets.
There are things known and there are things unknown, and in between are the doors of perception.
The man of wisdom is never of two minds; the man of benevolence never worries; the man of courage is never afraid.
You can be gorgeous at thirty, charmimg at forty, and irresistible for the rest of your life.
His grief he will not forget; but it will not darken his heart, it will teach him wisdom.
Stop seeking out the storms and enjoy more fully the sunlight.
Every man is a damn fool for at least five minutes every day; wisdom consists in not exceeding the limit.
Make your ego porous. Will is of little importance, complaining is nothing, fame is nothing. Openness, patience, receptivity, solitude is everything.
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.
Don't sacrifice yourself too much, because if you sacrifice too much there's nothing else you can give and nobody will care for you.
Sometimes it's not enough to know what things mean, sometimes you have to know what things don't mean.
Treachery and violence are spears pointed at both ends; they wound those who resort to them worse than their enemies.
To wisely live your life, you don't need to know much, Just remember two main rules for the beginning: You better starve, than eat whatever And better be alone, than with whoever.
A single conversation across the table with a wise man is better than ten years mere study of books.
If the competence and capability are there, success will come as we deserve it
There is no human being on the planet who has never been joyful. Every human being has been joyful at some point, that means he's capable of joy. It is just that he's unable to stay there, so he needs a technology as to how to maintain the atmosphere within himself. It's possible
it is only because there is conflict within you there is a possibility of conflict outside of you, isn't it? Because there is violence within you, violence is possible in the world. If there was no violence at all in you would violence be possible in the world? No
A spiritual process means just that - that the outside situations need not drive you, the outside situations do not mold you.
Whether misery happens within you or joy happens within you, it only comes from within you, if joy is coming from within you, why can't you have it coming all the time?
If you become a full-fledged life, everything that you do will be useful for everybody around you and everything around you. Instead of becoming a full-fledged life you are trying to pretend with duty, with morality, with ethic and all kinds of things. You're trying to imitate life, you are trying to imitate a good life; it's not going to work.
The frills of life have become larger than life itself. Life is entirely missed; if you touch life within you, then it's an explosion of energy
Children are not your property; they do not belong to you. Just see how to enjoy, nurture, and support them.
Anyway, life makes you do all kinds of circus, juggling, and acrobatics. If you are well prepared, you can do it joyfully
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
If our joy is about being better than someone else, it is not success; it is sickness. To reap the benefits of someone else's failure is a tragic way to live.
The more things hurt you early on your life, the wiser you should have become. But unfortunately most people become wounded, mostly because they just need an excuse to turn their own intelligence against themselves, that's all.
There is a certain time to grow and there is a certain time to live. If you live too early, you will not grow and if you don't grow, the scale and scope of your life will be very limited. That should not happen to you
A rat race is for rats. As a human being, you can consciously create what you want, without being driven by social compulsions
Look at everything as an infant does - absorbing everything, not judging anything, not labeling anyone
Your opinions are a wall, not only for others but also for yourself. A closed mind means closed possibilities
One who does not touch the stillness within and without will invariably get lost in the movement
To be miserable is a horrible crime against yourself and against humanity. You only spread who you are
The experience of life should mature you. It is your choice to transform a memory into a wound or wisdom
You can never get everyone's approval for what you want to do. So, don't worry about it.
The yogic system is about keeping a distance from the past. The fundamental understanding is you cannot fix the past
You are a piece of life. This is not young, this is not old; this has to mature into something bigger
The only way to know life is if you get to the other side of the mirror.
Attachment is a consequence of exclusiveness. The moment you choose between one and the other, you naturally get entangled
The difference between knowledge, knowing, and wisdom: Knowledge can be acquired. Knowing is a realization. Wisdom, you have to earn
In yoga we say, “If your one eye is on the goal, you have only one eye to find your way,” which is an inefficient way
If you feel life is superficial, it means you are living superficially. You just have to go a little deeper into life
If something in you blossoms, people are willing to overlook all the thorns that are there in you.
Ultimate intelligence is when you know how to keep your intellect aside.
Seeing everything just the way it is gives you the power and capability to walk through life effortlessly.
Reality is timeless but wisdom always has to be contemporary because wisdom is gleaned out of present experience
Being spiritual does not mean being dead serious. If you allow life to happen within you exuberantly, unbridled, you will touch the spirit.
Intelligence essentially means that your intellect is sharp enough to see life the way it is
It is the business of every human being, according to your intelligence, understanding, and situation, to do the best you can for yourself and everyone around you
Life is naturally all-embracing. The problems of whom you can embrace and whom you can't are only psychological problems. Even if your enemy is sitting next to you, the life in you has no problem
The quality of your life is not determined by the clothes you wear, the educational qualifications you carry, the family background you come from or the bank balances you hold. Rather, the quality of your life depends upon how peaceful and joyous you are within yourself
The moment you are trapped in "I like this, I don't like this" you are just dividing the world. The moment you fragment the world, your ability to experience it is gone
If you like something you lose touch with reality, If you dislike something you lose touch with reality. Only if you see everything the way it is you are in touch with reality. Reality is the only doorway to the beyond. If you want to go somewhere, you can only start from where you are right you are.
The moment you are born, you have a death sentence upon you. When, where and how is the only question. Your death is confirmed.
If there is no sense of inclusiveness in individual human beings, there is no way that the systems they create, or actions they perform, will lead to inclusiveness.
We have to make this world a beautiful place, not by conquests, not by capturing, but by captivating the world and embracing the world
As power comes into our hands, wisdom also should enter our heads. That has not happened. That's because, once again, we have not worked on individual human beings
It's always better to handle things around you, rather than trying to handle things somewhere else, because then, you'll just dissipate your energies. You'll waste your life talking about it; not doing anything about it.
Whatever action you perform in your life, there is a consequence to it. There is no such thing as you must perform only this type of action and you must not perform another type of action. You can do anything. But you must be in a state to accept the consequences joyously.
Do not aspire to meet a wonderful person. Aspire to become the wonderful person that you expect others to be
If your gentle and loving nature are coming out of your inclusiveness, it is fantastic. But if it is a formula that you have learned to get what you want, it doesn't mean anything.
Usually, you are looking only at that person who is abused as a victim, but the person who is abusing is also a victim because in many ways he is degrading himself. The worst thing that any human being can do to himself is to degrade himself like an animal
Confidence and stupidity are a very dangerous combination, but they often go together.
The more you try to be special, the more you get hurt. Just be, melt and become part of the wind and the earth; become part of everything, as creation intends
It is all right if the world thinks you are weird. Everyone is different, so everyone is weird in someone's eyes. Happily weird or miserably weird - your choice
Persistent, non-specific anxiety is the result of wanting so much, talking so much, and doing so much that you lose touch with the quiet joys of solitude
'There Are No Adults' Everyone's making it up as they go along. Figure it out yourself, and do it
Wisdom is the measure of long-term thinking.
The source of wisdom is pain.
Pain is a prod to remembrance. The way of escape is through wisdom. The tragedy of death is unreal; those who shudder at it are like an ignorant actor who dies of fright on the stage when nothing more has been fired at him than a blank cartridge
The greatest thing you can do to cultivate true wisdom is to practice the consciousness of the world as a dream
He who realizes that happiness is the highest goal, and who seeks happiness in God, follows the path of wisdom
God, the perfect ever-new unending Bliss, is the greatest temptation to the soul of man. He tests His children first with inferior temptations of the senses; when the man has rejected those in a proper spirit of wisdom, the superior divine treasures are revealed to him.
The secret of true religion lies in the cave of stillness, in the cave of wisdom, in the cave of the spiritual eye.
Don't carry the experience of life as a wound - let it become wisdom. The harder life's been on you, the sooner you should become wise
Life is just a slice of time. If one values life, one has to do everything at the right time
The more you know about something, the better you can handle it. The more you know about Yourself, the better you can handle Yourself. This is called self-realization.
What will be worthwhile for you today and after fifty years, however small or big - invest your life into that.
Once you let your past decide how you experience the present, you have destroyed your future
If you are content with who you are right now, you are not aware who you could be if you were willing to strive.
Yoga makes old people young in terms of energy & rejuvenation; and young people old in terms of thought & wisdom
What are you so afraid of? Live totally today and if you fall dead tomorrow out of exhaustion, it's okay
Wisdom fundamentally means conducting your life the way it works. Without clarity, there is no wisdom
Two kinds of fools - those who take religion literally, and those who think it has no value.
The measure of wisdom is how calm you are when facing any given situation.
Everyone starts out innocent. Everyone is corrupted. Wisdom is the discarding of vices and the return to virtue, by way of knowledge.