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If you wish to drown, do not torture yourself with shallow water.

-Bulgarian proverb

It is not the answer that enlightens, but the question.

-Eugene Ionesco

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

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Everything you see or hear or experience in any way at all is specific to you. You create a universe by perceiving it, so everything in the universe you perceive is specific to you.

-Douglas Adams

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.

-Jonathan Swift

There are no dangerous thoughts; thinking itself is dangerous.

-Hannah Arendt

I must write it all out, at any cost. Writing is thinking. It is more than living, for it is being conscious of living.

-A.M. Lindbergh

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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.

-Douglas Adams

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.

-Eugene Ionesco

To enter one’s own self, it is necessary to go armed to the teeth.

-Paul Valery

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.

-C.G. Jung

The enlightened man is capable of perceiving both unity and multiplicity without the least contradiction between them.

-Huang Po

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There is no god higher than truth.

-Mahatma Gandhi

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.

-Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

Learn how to see. Realize that everything connects to everything else.

-Leonardo da Vinci

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

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You are rewarding a teacher poorly if you remain always a pupil.


If you think you’re free, there’s no escape possible.

-Ram Dass

Truth is by nature self-evident. As soon as you remove the cobwebs of ignorance that surround it, it shines clear.

-Mahatma Gandhi

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.

-George Orwell
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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.

-Ramesh Balsekar

Most of one’s life is one prolonged effort to prevent oneself thinking.

-Aldous Huxley

The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.

-Marcel Proust

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.

-Katherine Mansfield

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Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you mad.

-Aldous Huxley

What we need is not the will to believe but the will to find out.

-Bertrand Russell

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.

-Buddhist Proverb

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Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.

-C.G. Jung

If you chase two rabbits, you will not catch either.

-Russian proverb

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.

-Plato, Theaetetus

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.

-Ramesh Balsekar

The perfect man has no self;
the spiritual man has no achievement;
the sage has no name.

-Chuang Tzu

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Truth, like gold, is to be obtained not by its growth, but by washing away from it all that is not gold.

-Leo Tolstoy

All books are either dreams or swords,
You can cut, or you can drug, with words.

-Amy Lowell

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.

-Sufi proverb

I count religion but a childish toy,
And hold there is no sin but ignorance.

-Christopher Marlowe

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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.

-Nisargadatta Maharaj

Thought must be divided against itself before it can come to any knowledge of itself.

-Aldous Huxley

There is nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so.


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To find yourself, think for yourself.


All truly great thoughts are conceived while walking.


If you’re going through hell, keep going.

-Winston Churchill

Eat a live frog first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day.

-Mark Twain

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The best way out is always through.

-Robert Frost

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.

-Oscar Wilde

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.


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Truth is the cry of all, but the game of the few.

-Bishop Berkeley

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.

-Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

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.

-Louis L’Amour

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.

-T.S. Eliot

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What is to give light must endure burning.

-Viktor Frankl

Facing it, always facing it, that’s the way to get through. Face it.

-Joseph Conrad

The only devils in this world are those running around inside our own hearts, and that is where all our battles should be fought.

-Mahatma Gandhi

Sell your cleverness and buy bewilderment.


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.

-Yogi Berra

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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.

-H.L. Mencken

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

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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.

-Soren Kierkegaard

The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of nonessentials.

-Lin Yutang

Magna est veritas et praevalet.
Great is truth, and mighty above all things.


Discontent is the first necessity of progress.

-Thomas Edison

One should respect public opinion insofar as is necessary to avoid starvation and keep out of prison.

-Bertrand Russell

When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.

-Lao Tzu

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The beginning of wisdom is found in doubting.

-Pierre Abelard

Advance and do not fear the thorns in the path, for they draw only corrupt blood.

-Khalil Gibran

No price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself.


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.

-Billy Wilder

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