Man's sensitivity to the little things and insensitivity to the greatest are the signs of a strange disorder.
The absent are never without fault, nor the present without excuse.
I don't know, I don't care, and it doesn't make any difference.
Experience teaches us that it is much easier to prevent an enemy from posting themselves than it is to dislodge them after they have got possession.
The ethos of redemption is realized in self-mastery, by means of temperance, that is, continence of desires.
Desire is poverty. Desire is the greatest impurity of the mind. Desire is the motive force for action. Desire in the mind is the real impurity. Even a spark of desire is a very great evil.
Immoderate desire is the mark of a child, not a man.
Your inner world has its own taste, has its own fragrance, has its own light. And it is utterly silent.
Those who can not change their minds can not change anything.
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.
So many people have this idea: I want to achieve something great or be somebody great. And they neglect the step that leads to greatness. They don't honor this step at this moment because they have this idea of some future moment where they are going to be great.
Science may set limits to knowledge, but should not set limits to imagination.
You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth.
Adapt what is useful, reject what is useless, and add what is specifically your own.
The experience gathered from books, though often valuable,is but the nature of learning whereas the experience gained from actual life is of the nature of wisdom.
Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things which matter least.
The boundaries which divide Life from Death are at best shadowy and vague. Who shall say where the one ends, and where the other begins?
Stubborn and ardent clinging to one's opinion is the best proof of stupidity.
Energy may be likened to the bending of a crossbow; decision,to the releasing of a trigger.
So whenever a Western seeker reaches to an understanding that ego is the problem, he can easily dissolve it, more easily than any Eastern seeker.
We thought that we had the answers, it was the questions we had wrong.