Nothing is hidden.
If you wish to drown, do not torture yourself with shallow water.
It is not the answer that enlightens, but the question.
People mistakenly assume that their thinking is done by their head; it is actually done by the heart which first dictates the conclusion, then commands the head to provide the reasoning that will defend it.
-Anthony de Mello
I must write it all out, at any cost. Writing is thinking. It is more than living, for it is being conscious of living.
If somebody thinks they’re a hedgehog, presumably you just give them a mirror and a few pictures of hedgehogs and tell them to sort it out for themselves.
I am not quite sure whether I am dreaming or remembering, whether I have lived my life or dreamed it. Just as dreams do, memory makes me profoundly aware of the unreality, the evanescence of the world, a fleeting image in the moving water.
To enter one’s own self, it is necessary to go armed to the teeth.
One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious. The latter procedure is disagreeable and therefore not popular.
The enlightened man is capable of perceiving both unity and multiplicity without the least contradiction between them.
There is no god higher than truth.
For those who seek to understand it, death is a highly creative force. The highest spiritual values of life can originate from the thought and study of death.
WINSTON SMITH: How can I help seeing what is in front of my eyes? Two and two are four.
O’BRIEN: Sometimes, Winston. Sometimes they are five. Sometimes they are three. Sometimes they are all of them at once. You must try harder. It is not easy to become sane.
-George Orwell, 1984
You are rewarding a teacher poorly if you remain always a pupil.
This is the true joy in life, being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; being a force of nature instead of a feverish selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy.
-George Bernard Shaw
To see what is in front of one’s nose needs a constant struggle.
The man of wisdom is devoid of ego even though he may appear to use it. His vacant or fasting mind is neither doing anything nor not doing anything. He is outside of volition, neither this nor that. He is everything and nothing.
Risk! Risk anything! Care no more for the opinions of others, for those voices. Do the hardest thing on earth for you. Act for yourself. Face the truth.
Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you mad.
What we need is not the will to believe but the will to find out.
A thought, even a possibility, can shatter and transform us.
There is Buddha for those who don’t know what he is.
There is no Buddha for those who know what he is.
Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.
If you chase two rabbits, you will not catch either.
How can you determine whether at this moment we are sleeping, and all our thoughts are a dream; or whether we are awake, and talking to one another in the waking state.
The Sages, men of vision, have never asked anyone to believe anything. Belief is nothing but concept. The Sages have always merely pointed at the Truth, which the disciple must then realize himself.
The perfect man has no self;
the spiritual man has no achievement;
the sage has no name.
Truth, like gold, is to be obtained not by its growth, but by washing away from it all that is not gold.
All books are either dreams or swords,
You can cut, or you can drug, with words.
I do not know how to distinguish between our waking life and a dream. Are we not always living the life that we imagine we are?
A donkey with a load of holy books is still a donkey.
I count religion but a childish toy,
And hold there is no sin but ignorance.
I prayed for twenty years but received no answer until I prayed with my legs.
-Frederick Douglass, escaped slave
It is always the false that makes you suffer, the false desires and fears, the false values and ideas, the false relationships between people. Abandon the false and you are free of pain; truth makes happy, truth liberates.
Thought must be divided against itself before it can come to any knowledge of itself.
There is nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so.
To find yourself, think for yourself.
All truly great thoughts are conceived while walking.
If you’re going through hell, keep going.
The best way out is always through.
Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.
-George Bernard Shaw
The books we need are the kind that act upon us like a misfortune, that make us suffer like the death of a person we love more than ourselves, that make us feel as though we were on the verge of suicide, or lost in a forest remote from all human habitation–a book should serve as the ax for the frozen sea within us.
All thought is immoral. Its very essence is destruction. If you think of anything, you kill it. Nothing survives being thought of.
Books, not which affords us a cowering enjoyment, but in which each thought is of unusual daring; such as an idle man cannot read, and a timid one would not be entertained by, which even make us dangerous to existing institutions — such I call good books.
Truth is the cry of all, but the game of the few.
It is not the end of the physical body that should worry us. Rather, our concern must be to live while we’re alive — to release our inner selves from the spiritual death that comes with living behind a facade designed to conform to external definitions of who and what we are.
I honor those who try to rid themselves of any lying,
who empty the self and have only clear being there.
There will come a time when you believe everything is
finished. That will be the beginning.
We shall not cease from exploring,
And the end of our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.
What is to give light must endure burning.
Facing it, always facing it, that’s the way to get through. Face it.
Most of one’s life is one prolonged effort to prevent oneself thinking.
The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.
The only devils in this world are those running around inside our own hearts, and that is where all our battles should be fought.
Sell your cleverness and buy bewilderment.
If you think you’re free, there’s no escape possible.
Truth is by nature self-evident. As soon as you remove the cobwebs of ignorance that surround it, it shines clear.
Of all that is written, I love only what a person has written with his own blood.
You can see a lot by just looking.
Here the ways of men part: if you wish to strive for peace of soul and pleasure, then believe; if you wish to be a devotee of truth, then inquire.
Nothing is so firmly believed as what we least know.
The average man never really thinks from end to end of his life. The mental activity of such people is only a mouthing of clichés.
Few people think more than two or three times a year; I have made an international reputation for myself by thinking once a week.
-George Bernard Shaw
WINSTON SMITH: What is in Room 101?
O’BRIEN: You know what is in Room 101, Winston. Everyone knows what is in Room 101.
-George Orwell, 1984
People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought, which they seldom use.
The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of nonessentials.
Magna est veritas et praevalet.
Great is truth, and mighty above all things.
Discontent is the first necessity of progress.
One should respect public opinion insofar as is necessary to avoid starvation and keep out of prison.
When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.
The beginning of wisdom is found in doubting.
Advance and do not fear the thorns in the path, for they draw only corrupt blood.
No price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself.
What you’re looking for is what is looking.
-Wei Wu Wei
It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing he was never reasoned into.
War is cruel. There is no use trying to reform it. But the crueler it is, the sooner it’s over.
-General W.T. Sherman
If you’re going to tell people the truth, be funny or they’ll kill you.