We seldom realize, for example that our most private thoughts and emotions are not actually our own. For we think in terms of languages and images which we did not invent, but which were given to us by our society.
The very essence of instinct is that it's followed independently of reason.
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.
A man is literally what he thinks.
We choose our joys and sorrows long before we experience them.
The greatest pride, or the greatest despondency, is the greatest ignorance of one's self.
It was a melancholy secret that reality can arouse desires but never satisfy them.
Nothing is more intolerable than to have to admit to yourself your own errors.
Just remember, once you're over the hill you begin to pick up speed.
You want a love which is born out of meditation, not born out of the mind.
Don't take tomorrow to bed with you.
There are four ways, and only four ways, in which we have contact with the world. We are evaluated and classified by these four contacts: what we do, how we look, what we say, and how we say it.
Medicine heals diseases of the body, wisdom frees the soul from passions.
One just needs a little alertness to see and find out: Life is really a great cosmic laughter.
And this sensitivity will create new friendships for you - friendships with trees, with birds, with animals, with mountains, with rivers, with oceans, with stars. Life becomes richer as love grows.
You cannot truly listen to anyone and do anything else at the same time.
Learning and wisdom are superfluities, the surface glitter merely, but it is the heart that is the seat of all power.
The use of travelling is to regulate imagination by reality, and instead of thinking how things may be, to see them as they are.
Every intelligent individual wants to know what makes him tick, and yet is at once fascinated and frustrated by the fact that oneself is the most difficult of all things to know.
Dark and difficult times lie ahead. Soon we must all face the choice between what is right and what is easy.
Everybody is ignorant, only on different subjects.