The mind without passions is a fortress. No place is more secure.
Who you think you are each day, completely determines the universe you live in.
What you really value is what you miss, not what you have.
You know, there are two good things in life, freedom of thought and freedom of action.
Everything happens for me, not to me.
A good life is a surprising life. A surprising life is one with few expectations.
Thoughts are overrated. Intuition is underrated.
You're never too important to be nice to people.
In a complex world, intelligence consists in ignoring things that are irrelevant.
The most important thing is to find out what is the most important thing.
The game is to be where you are. Be it honestly and as consciously as you know how.
We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.
Embrace discomfort. That's how you'll learn, grow, become strong, and ultimately, become free.
The most important thing for learning is doing. The most important thing for success is saying no. The most important thing for happiness is saying yes.
Thinking is easy, acting is difficult, and to put one's thoughts into action is the most difficult thing in the world.
One gains by losing and loses by gaining.
Your desire for pleasure or happiness makes you unhappy.
No matter how much you try to hold on to something, it will all be gone.
If we are facing in the right direction, all we have to do is keep on walking.
Slow reading, most enjoyable reading. Slow learning, deepest understanding. Slow to conclusions, deepest thinking. Rushing can make you waste time and life.
Drop the idea of becoming someone, because you are already a masterpiece. You cannot be improved. You have only to come to it, to know it, to realize it.
If you look deeply into the palm of your hand, you will see your parents and all generations of your ancestors. All of them are alive in this moment. Each is present in your body. You are the continuation of each of these people.
Wisdom tells me I am nothing, love tells me I am everything. Between the two, my life flows.
When you become a lover of what is, the war is over.
The key to everything: give yourself permission to be who you really are.
We think too much and feel too little.
Where does a thought go when it's forgotten?
We experience ourselves our thoughts and feelings as something separate from the rest. A kind of optical delusion of consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us.
Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else's opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.
Presence is when you're no longer waiting for the next moment, believing that the next moment will be more fulfilling than this one.
Man is born free, but everywhere he is in chains.
We have never arrived. We are in a constant state of becoming.
I never learned anything when I was talking.
A clear rejection is always better than a fake promise.
As human beings, all 7 billion of us are born the same way and die the same way. Physically, mentally and emotionally we are the same. We all want to live a happy life and avoid problems, but in a materialistic culture we overlook the importance of love and affection.
The only shame is to have none.
Don't push the river; let the river flow.
Ignorance is bold.
No clinging, no seeking.
Direction matters more than speed.
Recognize and honor your uniqueness.
To think for yourself, question yourself.
You are still guided by your expectations.
A meditator is both an artist and a warrior.
Some lose yet gain, others gain and yet lose.
Those who stand for nothing fall for anything.
Talking is overrated. Listening is underrated.
Remember: eventually, no one will remember you.
Where all think alike, no one thinks very much.
You always admire what you really don't understand.
The really important thing is not to reject anything.
Growth is the art of failing without self-destructing.
Think long term. Execute short term. Appreciate the present.
A thought, even a possibility, can shatter and transform us.
Everything in your life is there as a vehicle for your transformation. Use it.
The fool has many thoughts, dramatize them and becomes agitated. The wise has many thoughts, ignore most of them and stay cool-headed.
A man is literally what he thinks, his character being the complete sum of all his thoughts.
Look at the moon. It travels in the sky completely free, and this freedom produces beauty and happiness.
No one can see their reflection in running water. It is only in still water that we can see.
If you miss the present moment, you miss your appointment with life.
There is the mud, and there is the lotus that grows out of the mud. We need the mud in order to make the lotus.
If you follow wisdom, fun follows you. If you follow fun, misery follows you.
The most important things in life are so simple: be good to people, cherish your friends and family, do what makes you happy, be present.
The present moment. It's where high performance is expressed and wisdom is revealed.
The power is in you. The answer is in you. And you are the answer to all your searches: you are the goal. You are the answer. It's never outside.
Life's meaning is not in following someone else, it is in the unfolding of one's own self. It is not a process of becoming like someone else, it is to be oneself.
No one is born with self-confidence. No one is born with a clear mind. No one is born with courage. They are all acquired. Decades of efforts. Just keep going.
If you never write, you never think. If you never instruct, you never master. If you never give, you never bond. If you never travel, you never notice. If you never create, you never live.
Most people feel that they become more and more authentic over the course of their lives. I think that the older we get, the less we give a damn who we're supposed to be.
Our practice is to cultivate good seeds in the soil of our mind, knowing that they will mature and bloom in their own time.
Our quality of being determines our quality of doing.
There are years that ask questions, and years that answer.
Our deepest nature is to awaken and flower.
To err is human; to admit it, superhuman.
The fool laughs of others. The wise laughs with others. The wiser laughs at himself.
If you want your children to listen, try talking softly to someone else.
Men marry women with the hope they will never change. Women marry men with the hope they will change. Invariably they are both disappointed.
As you get older, three things happen. The first is your memory goes, and I can't remember the other two.
That's funny is a nice way of letting someone know it really wasn't.
How many people here have telekenetic powers? Raise my hand.
Always and never are two words you should always remember never to use.
Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence in society.
Abundance is harder for us to handle than scarcity.
Little things console us because little things afflict us.
If only humanity made its loving as frequent and as detailed as its complaining.
The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out for himself, without regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos. Almost inevitably he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane, and intolerable. H.L.
Money isn't the goal. Freedom is. Kids aren't the goal. Loving is. Talent isn't the goal. Growth is. The goal isn't the goal. Meaning is.
Modern medicine is more about money than about health. Modern education is more about credentials than about learning. Modern traveling is more about social signaling than about discovery.
If you don't crave for joy, misery won't touch you. If you don't crave for peace, nothing will disturb you.
What makes you 'you'? If you find this out, your life becomes an eternal celebration.
Nothing in the world can bother you as much as your own mind, I tell you. In fact, others seem to be bothering you, but it is not other, it is your own mind.
We are prisoners of the present, in perpetual transition from an inaccessible past to an unknowable future.
If you look for truth, you may find comfort in the end: if you look for comfort you will not get either comfort or truth - only soft soap and wishful thinking to begin with and, in the end, despair.
To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best day and night to make you like everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight and never stop fighting.
In a society that profits from your self-doubt, liking yourself is a rebellious act.
Your perspective on life comes from the cage you were held captive in.
What you are aware of, you are in control of; what you are not aware of, is in control of you.
The more you meditate, the more you understand yourself. The more you understand yourself, the more peaceful you can be.
The fools have busy minds and busy calendars. The wise have quiet minds and quiet calendars. The wiser have fulfilled minds and no calendar.
You should be far more concerned with your current trajectory than with your current results.
Conquer the angry man by love. Conquer the ill-natured man by goodness. Conquer the liar with truth.
The way of the sage is to act but not to compete.
Three treasures I cherish: The first is fathomless love, the second is frugality, and the third is reluctance to lead.
When people do not ignore what they should ignore, but ignore what they should not ignore, this is ignorance.
Continuous eloquence wearies. Grandeur must be abandoned to be appreciated. Continuity in everything is unpleasant. Cold is agreeable, that we may get warm.
The future is being made out of the present, so the best way to take care of the future is to take care of the present moment. This is logical and clear.
The truly smart don't care about looking smart. The truly rich don't care about looking rich. The truly happy don't care about looking happy.
Food fasting fixes the body. Thought fasting fixes the mind. Judgment fasting fixes relationships. Have the courage to get less: you will get more.
Never assume it's too late, but remember you don't have forever.
Darkness is an absence of light. Ego is an absence of awareness.
The power of man's virtue should not be measured by his special efforts, but by his ordinary doings.
A man who is never foolish is not as wise as he thinks.
Surround yourself with people who focus more on improving others than proving themselves.
Make life more beautiful by telling hard truths. Avoid making life more illusory by telling comforting lies.
Those who flow as life flows know they need no other force.
Who is stiff and inflexible is a disciple of death. Whoever is soft and yielding is a disciple of life.
Trying to control leads to ruin. Allow your life to unfold naturally, knowing that it too is a vessel of perfection.
People who learn to control inner experience will be able to determine the quality of their lives.
The world is nothing but my perception of it. I see only through myself. I hear only through the filter of my story.
If all men knew what others say of them, there would not be four friends in the world.
Thought can never capture the movement of life, it is much too slow.
The art of life is to stay wide open and be vulnerable, yet at the same time to sit with the mystery and the awe and with the unbearable pain - to just be with it all.
The quality of your life is driven by how you respond to what you don't know and the principles by which you live.
It's the quality of our life that is important, not how long we live.
Life is only available in the present moment. The past is already gone; the future is not yet here.
A life well-lived is a life well-edited. Prune away the inessential. Pour yourself into what remains.
We are very good at preparing to live, but not very good at living. We know how to sacrifice ten years for a diploma, and we are willing to work very hard to get a job, a car, a house, and so on. But we have difficulty remembering that we are alive in the present moment, the only moment there is for us to be alive.
Trying times bring the best out of you. Rewarding times give the best of the world to you. Life is combination of both. Move on with zeal.
You fail to build relationships when you are too scared to trust. You fail to build wealth when you are too scared to invest. You fail to build happiness when you are too scared to live.
I am only interested in people engaged in a project of self-transformation.
If you don't know where the days go, you won't know where your life went.
Life is half spent before we know what it is.
Small minds are concerned with the extraordinary, great minds with the ordinary.
Rather than act like the lord of the manor, I would rather behave like a guest.
The moment that judgment stops through acceptance of what is, you are free of the mind. You have made room for love, for joy, for peace.
The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation, but you thoughts about it. Be aware of the thoughts you are thinking.
Time is a box formed by thoughts of the past and future. When you're not dwelling in the past or anticipating the future, but you are just right here, right now - you're outside of time.
Our whole spiritual transformation brings us to the point where we realize that in our own being, we are enough.
Real freedom is freedom from past and future. When you offer everything as it arises in you then nothing can take you away from your centre.
Everything is impermanent. Knowing this, just relax. Be happy and spread happiness. Be free minded and high spirited.
If we are not fully ourselves, truly in the present moment, we miss everything.
There is no end of craving. Hence contentment alone is the best way to happiness. Therefore, acquire contentment.
You want successful relationships, just be honest. You want talent, just be disciplined. You want money, just provide people what they want. You want health, just skip sugar and stress, and get sun and sleep. You want happiness, just be mindful.
You read less once you understand the value of writing your own thoughts. Fulfillment doesn't come from consumption, but from creation.
Happiness is a state of nonillusion, of dropping the illusion.
What you read doesn't matter if you don't think. What you think doesn't matter if you don't do. What you do doesn't matter if you aren't happy.
People think they are smart because they think constantly, but intelligence is about figuring out how to stop thoughts that make you miserable.
Be silent and watch the world of delusions melt away.
You gotta remember that the ego is built on fear. It's not built on love.
We're fascinated by the words, but where we meet is in the silence behind them.
It is nice to be important, but it's more important to be nice.
Even if you win in ego, it is a loss. Even if you lose in love, it is a victory.
Don't let people pull you into their storm. Pull them into your peace.
You are not responsible for how people feel about themselves.
Never feel guilty about spending time with people you love.
You can't find mutual love if you haven't found self-love.
The less you want from others, the more honest and authentic you become, and the better all your relationships.
In true dialogue, both sides are willing to change.
True education consists in this: to feel joy and grief at the right things.
The greater intellect one has, the more originality one finds in men. Ordinary persons find no difference between men.
The truth you believe and cling to, makes you unavailable to hear anything new.
Ornate language has so long been taken for deep learning that it is not easy to show that such words often conceal ignorance.
The master is her own physician. She has healed herself of all knowing, thus she is truly whole.
Usually when we hear or read something new, we just compare it to our own ideas. If it is the same, we accept it and say that it is correct. If it is not, we say it is incorrect. In either case, we learn nothing.
For a few centuries man has tried to make himself like a machine. He's learned to arrive on time. He's learned to repeat after teacher. He's learned to do repetitious tasks reliably. Machines are now better at being machines than man is. Man must now relearn how to be man.
You will grow faster once you have the courage to spend more time alone.
Focus on timeless learning, not on learning in less time.
The best teachers constantly learn. The best learners constantly teach. The best thinkers do both.
Eloquence stems from thousands of hours discussing ideas. Self-confidence stems from thousands of hours applying ideas. Clear thinking stems from thousands of hours simplifying ideas.
If I have ventured wrongly, very well, life corrects me with a penalty. But if I haven't ventured at all, who can help me then?
You have to be willing to look like an idiot in the short run to outperform in the long run. While copying what others already do helps achieve average results quickly, common approaches never outperform. What ends as better, starts as different.
Employ your time in improving yourself by other men's writings, so that you shall gain easily what others have labored hard for.
The most valuable insights can't be bought. They must be earned.
Education is what someone tells you to do. Learning is what you do for yourself.
To be more original, spend more time with yourself.
Smart colleagues show self-confidence. Smarter colleagues show vulnerability.
Learn to be peaceful in uncomfortable situations. The calmer you'll be, the clearer you'll think.
The real art of communication is not in making yourself impressive, but in making yourself understood. It is a rarer skill than you might think.
Once you make peace with the fact that all decisions are made by real people - not logical people - life gets easier.
Only once you give yourself permission to stop trying to do it all, to stop saying yes to everyone, can you make your highest contribution towards the things that really matter.
The things that matter most can't be copied. You can copy goals, you can't copy discipline. You can copy ideas, you can't copy execution. You can copy answers, you can't copy understanding. You can copy thinking, you can't copy thinking for yourself.
If they call you weird, you are onto something. Sparks of revolution, scientific discoveries, technological breakthroughs: they never come from normal people.
Become a great businessman, but don't forget to be a great son, a great husband, and a great dad. No point in bettering yourself if you lose yourself in the process.
If you're not tired at the end of the day, work harder. If you're too tired at the end of the day, work smarter.
Genius isn't about knowing more, it's about thinking differently.
Everyone can work hard for a few weeks, few can do it for a few years.
Success is as dangerous as failure. Hope is as hollow as fear.
Don't waste your time playing games you don't care about winning.
The wise will use self-discipline to achieve success. The wiser will choose meaning to achieve fulfillment.
Concentration produces wealth. Diversification protects wealth.
Be the designer of your world and not merely the consumer of it.
If you want to win once, focus on the outcome. If you want to win often, focus on the process.
The things that matter aren't sexy. Culture teaches us to seek money, power, and fame. And yet, we are no happier with these things. What fulfills us is being a mom or a dad, a son or a daughter, a partner, a soul mate, a trusted friend, ... to the people in our lives.
The road to success is dotted with many tempting parking spaces.
In always wanting to be comfortable, you become lazy. In always wanting perfection, you become angry. In always wanting to be rich, you become greedy.
Measure wealth in friendship, love and integrity. Only the soulless keep score with money. It's quantifiable nature provides them with the superiority they crave.
If you want to be well liked - be nice and mediocre. Large success brings hate, jealousy, and admiration - not public acceptance.
Confidence comes from one place and one place only - your self-talk.
Success is when you no longer compare yourself to anyone else.
Success is the art of fasting. Food fasting. Information fasting. Entertainment fasting. Social fasting. Only consume what you need.
Those who are confident without knowledge are not courageous, but mad.
Repetition either leads to boredom/slumber or elevates you to perfection.
It might sound pessimistic, but I remember one teacher saying to always live life with death on the side, the idea of remembering how precious life is. I think about it every day, like, Wow, life will end for all of us.