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  • #1
    “the frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element in the classroom.”
    Meena Srinivasan, Teach, Breathe, Learn: Mindfulness in and out of the Classroom

  • #2
    Jhumpa Lahiri
    “That's the thing about books. They let you travel without moving your feet.”
    Jhumpa Lahiri, The Namesake

  • #3
    William Makepeace Thackeray
    “Life is a mirror: if you frown at it, it frowns back; if you smile, it returns the greeting.”
    William Makepeace Thackeray

  • #4
    Neale Donald Walsch
    “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.”
    Neale Donald Walsch

  • #5
    Neale Donald Walsch
    “The deepest secret is that life is not a process of discovery, but a process of creation. You are not discovering yourself, but creating yourself anew. Seek therefore, not to find out Who You Are, but seek to determine Who You Want to Be.”
    Neale Donald Walsch

  • #6
    Neale Donald Walsch
    “If you want the best the world has to offer, offer the world your best.”
    Neale Donald Walsch

  • #7
    Neal Stephenson
    “See, the world is full of things more powerful than us. But if you know how to catch a ride, you can go places,”
    Neal Stephenson, Snow Crash

  • #8
    “Light will someday split you open”
    Hafiz

  • #9
    “Everyone is God speaking. Why not be polite and listen… ?”
    Hāfez

  • #10
    “This place where you are right now,
    God circled on a map for you.”
    Hafiz

  • #11
    “Even
    After
    All this time
    The Sun never says to the Earth,

    "You owe me."

    Look
    What happens
    With a love like that,
    It lights the whole sky.”
    Hafiz

  • #12
    “Ever since happiness heard your name, it has been running through the streets trying to find you.”
    Hafez

  • #13
    Alan W. Watts
    “Trying to define yourself is like trying to bite your own teeth.”
    Alan Watts

  • #14
    Alan W. Watts
    “This is the real secret of life -- to be completely engaged with what you are doing in the here and now. And instead of calling it work, realize it is play.”
    Alan Watts

  • #15
    Alan W. Watts
    “Muddy water is best cleared by leaving it alone.”
    Alan Watts

  • #16
    Alan W. Watts
    “The meaning of life is just to be alive. It is so plain and so obvious and so simple. And yet, everybody rushes around in a great panic as if it were necessary to achieve something beyond themselves.”
    Alan Wilson Watts, The Culture of Counter-Culture: Edited Transcripts

  • #17
    Alan W. Watts
    “The menu is not the meal.”
    Alan Watts

  • #18
    Alan W. Watts
    “Advice? I don’t have advice. Stop aspiring and start writing. If you’re writing, you’re a writer. Write like you’re a goddamn death row inmate and the governor is out of the country and there’s no chance for a pardon. Write like you’re clinging to the edge of a cliff, white knuckles, on your last breath, and you’ve got just one last thing to say, like you’re a bird flying over us and you can see everything, and please, for God’s sake, tell us something that will save us from ourselves. Take a deep breath and tell us your deepest, darkest secret, so we can wipe our brow and know that we’re not alone. Write like you have a message from the king. Or don’t. Who knows, maybe you’re one of the lucky ones who doesn’t have to.”
    Alan Wilson Watts

  • #19
    Milan Kundera
    “Dogs are our link to paradise. They don't know evil or jealousy or discontent. To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring--it was peace.”
    Milan Kundera

  • #20
    Josh Billings
    “A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself.”
    Josh Billings

  • #21
    John Grogan
    “A person can learn a lot from a dog, even a loopy one like ours. Marley taught me about living each day with unbridled exuberance and joy, about seizing the moment and following your heart. He taught me to appreciate the simple things-a walk in the woods, a fresh snowfall, a nap in a shaft of winter sunlight. And as he grew old and achy, he taught me about optimism in the face of adversity. Mostly, he taught me about friendship and selflessness and, above all else, unwavering loyalty.”
    John Grogan, Marley and Me: Life and Love With the World's Worst Dog

  • #22
    Leo Tolstoy
    “If you want to be happy, be.”
    Tolstoy Leo

  • #23
    Amy Tan
    “If you can't change your fate, change your attitude.”
    Amy Tan

  • #24
    Mother Teresa
    “What can you do to promote world peace? Go home and love your family.”
    Mother Teresa

  • #25
    Mahatma Gandhi
    “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”
    Mahatma Gandhi

  • #26
    Cat Cora
    “Even when you have doubts, take that step. Take chances. Mistakes are never a failure—they can be turned into wisdom.”
    Cat Cora

  • #27
    Socrates
    “I cannot teach anybody anything. I can only make them think”
    Socrates

  • #28
    “This body holding me reminds me of my own mortality.
    Embrace this moment, remember: we are eternal
    all this pain is an illusion.”
    Maynard James Keenan

  • #29
    Red Pine
    “Know your mind and see your nature.”
    Red Pine, The Platform Sutra: The Zen Teaching of Hui-neng

  • #30
    Timothy Ferriss
    “For all of the most important things, the timing always sucks. Waiting for a good time to quit your job? The stars will never align and the traffic lights of life will never all be green at the same time. The universe doesn't conspire against you, but it doesn't go out of its way to line up the pins either. Conditions are never perfect. "Someday" is a disease that will take your dreams to the grave with you. Pro and con lists are just as bad. If it's important to you and you want to do it "eventually," just do it and correct course along the way.”
    Timothy Ferriss, The 4-Hour Workweek



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