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  • #1
    Kurt Vonnegut
    “New knowledge is the most valuable commodity on earth. The more truth we have to work with, the richer we become.”
    Kurt Vonnegut, Breakfast of Champions

  • #2
    Lao Tzu
    “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.”
    Lao Tzu

  • #3
    Dōgen
    “A fool sees himself as another, but a wise man sees others as himself.”
    Dōgen, How to Cook Your Life: From the Zen Kitchen to Enlightenment

  • #4
    Dōgen
    “To study the Buddha Way is to study the self. To study the self is to forget the self. To forget the self is to be actualized by myriad things. When actualized by myriad things, your body and mind as well as the bodies and minds of others drop away. No trace of enlightenment remains, and this no-trace continues endlessly.”
    Dogen

  • #5
    Rumi
    “Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.”
    Rumi

  • #6
    Heraclitus
    “No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it's not the same river and he's not the same man.”
    Heraclitus

  • #7
    Zeena Schreck
    “Shapeshifting requires the ability to transcend your attachments, in particular your ego attachments to identity and who you are. If you can get over your attachment to labeling yourself and your cherishing of your identity, you can be virtually anybody. You can slip in and out of different shells, even different animal forms or deity forms.”
    Zeena Schreck

  • #8
    Marilyn Monroe
    “I've never fooled anyone. I've let people fool themselves. They didn't bother to find out who and what I was. Instead they would invent a character for me. I wouldn't argue with them. They were obviously loving somebody I wasn't.”
    Marilyn Monroe

  • #9
    “First, contrary to popular belief, Buddhists can actually be very anxious people. That’s often why they become Buddhists in the first place. Buddhism was made for the anxious like Christianity was made for the downtrodden or AA for the addicted. Its entire purpose is to foster equanimity, to tame excesses of thought and emotion. The Buddhists have a great term for these excesses. They refer to them as the condition of “monkey mind.” A person in the throes of monkey mind suffers from a consciousness whose constituent parts will not stop bouncing from skull-side to skull-side, which keep flipping and jumping and flinging feces at the walls and swinging from loose neurons like howlers from vines. Buddhist practices are designed explicitly to collar these monkeys of the mind and bring them down to earth—to pacify them. Is it any wonder that Buddhism has had such tremendous success in the bastions of American nervousness, on the West Coast and in the New York metro area?”
    Daniel Smith, Monkey Mind: A Memoir of Anxiety

  • #10
    “I felt so skinless at times! Things hit me so hard!”
    Daniel Smith, Monkey Mind: A Memoir of Anxiety

  • #11
    “In, Out                   Deep, Slow                   Calm, Ease                   Smile, Release                   Present Moment, Wonderful Moment.”
    Kevin Griffin, Recovering Joy: A Mindful Life After Addiction

  • #12
    Mark Epstein
    “There is a yearning that is as spiritual as it is sensual. Even when it degenerates into addiction, there is something salvageable from the original impulse that can only be described as sacred. Something in the person (dare we call it a soul?) wants to be free, and it seeks its freedom any way it can. ... There is a drive for transcendence that is implicit in even the most sensual of desires.”
    Mark Epstein, Open to Desire: Embracing a Lust for Life - Insights from Buddhism and Psychotherapy

  • #13
    Elisabeth Kübler-Ross
    “The reality is that you will grieve forever. You will not ‘get over’ the loss of a loved one; you will learn to live with it. You will heal and you will rebuild yourself around the loss you have suffered. You will be whole again but you will never be the same. Nor should you be the same nor would you want to.”
    Elizabeth Kubler-Ross and David Kessler

  • #14
    Luther Standing Bear
    “The old Lakota was wise. He knew that man's heart away from nature becomes hard; he knew that lack of respect for growing, living things soon led to lack of respect for humans, too.”
    Luther Standing Bear

  • #15
    Jane Hirshfield
    “Zen pretty much comes down to three things -- everything changes; everything is connected; pay attention.”
    Jane Hirshfield

  • #16
    Oscar Wilde
    “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”
    Oscar Wilde

  • #17
    William W. Purkey
    “You've gotta dance like there's nobody watching,
    Love like you'll never be hurt,
    Sing like there's nobody listening,
    And live like it's heaven on earth.”
    William W. Purkey

  • #18
    Mahatma Gandhi
    “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.”
    Mahatma Gandhi

  • #19
    Mahatma Gandhi
    “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”
    Mahatma Gandhi

  • #20
    Eleanor Roosevelt
    “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”
    Eleanor Roosevelt, This is My Story

  • #21
    Friedrich Nietzsche
    “Without music, life would be a mistake.”
    Friedrich Nietzsche, Twilight of the Idols

  • #22
    Jack Kornfield
    “In the end
    these things matter most:
    How well did you love?
    How fully did you live?
    How deeply did you let go?”
    Jack Kornfield, Buddha's Little Instruction Book

  • #23
    John Lennon
    “I believe in God, but not as one thing, not as an old man in the sky. I believe that what people call God is something in all of us. I believe that what Jesus and Mohammed and Buddha and all the rest said was right. It's just that the translations have gone wrong.”
    John Lennon

  • #24
    Gautama Buddha
    “However many holy words you read, however many you speak, what good will they do you if you do not act on upon them?”
    Buddha Siddhartha Guatama Shakyamuni

  • #25
    Gautama Buddha
    “There is nothing more dreadful than the habit of doubt. Doubt separates people. It is a poison that disintegrates friendships and breaks up pleasant relations. It is a thorn that irritates and hurts; it is a sword that kills.”
    Buddha Siddhartha Guatama Shakyamuni

  • #26
    Gautama Buddha
    “All that we are is the result of what we have thought: it is founded on our thoughts and made up of our thoughts. If a man speak or act with an evil thought, suffering follows him as the wheel follows the hoof of the beast that draws the wagon.... If a man speak or act with a good thought, happiness follows him like a shadow that never leaves him.”
    Gautama Buddha

  • #27
    Gautama Buddha
    “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.”
    Buddha

  • #28
    Gautama Buddha
    “Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn't learn a lot at least we learned a little, and if we didn't learn a little, at least we didn't get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn't die; so, let us all be thankful.”
    Buddha

  • #29
    Gautama Buddha
    “Every morning we are born again. What we do today is what matters most.”
    Buddha

  • #30
    Gautama Buddha
    “Three things can not hide for long: the Moon, the Sun and the Truth.”
    Gautama Buddha



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