QUOTES OF WISDOM

Welcome to the Quotes of Wisdom! Here you’ll find a personal collection of quotes straight from my phone’s Evernote. I started amassing this database of diamonds in 2015, most of them coming from the books I was reading at the time. The quotes are listed in chronological order i.e. the first quote was from 2015, the last quote is from the present day, therefore they are not based on “wisdom ranking” as the other resources are. My philosophy behind reading/watching/listening is “searching for diamonds”. I’m only looking for the few pieces of wisdom that are going to force me into synthesis mode, these quotes are the diamonds I’ve found so far. Enjoy!

You are the average of the 5 people you spend most of your time with.
— Jim Rohn
80 percent of your results come from 20% of your actions.
— Pareto
Success is about doing the right thing, not about doing everything right.
— Gary Keller
Live with purpose, live by priority and live for productivity.
— Gary Keller
But I believed that the only way to become a leading man, is to treat yourself like a leading man and work your ass off!
— Arnold Schwarzenegger
Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitudes from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.
— Thomas Jefferson
There is very little difference in people, but that little difference makes a big difference. The little difference is attitude. The big difference is whether it is positive or negative.
— John C Maxwell
Discovery consists of seeing what everyone else has seen and thinking what no one else has thought.
— Albert Szent Gyorgi
The greatest asset I possess, and the way to develop the best in people is by appreciation and encouragement.
— Charles Schwab
If there is any one secret of success, it lies in the ability to get the other person’s point if view and see things from that person’s angle as well as from your own.
— Henry ford
Success is...
Knowing your purpose in life,
Growing to reach your maximum potential, and
Sowing seeds that benefit others.
— John C Maxwell
Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.
— Theodore Roosevelt
People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.
— John C Maxwell
This body of ours is just a garage where we park our soul.
— Wayne Dyer
Get on purpose, get off of your outcome, get off of how well you do and how much you’re being paid, get off of all of that and get on to what are you here for?
— Wayne Dyer
As long as you’re green, you’re growing. As soon as you’re ripe you start to rot.
— Ray Kroc
The greatest mistake one can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one.
— Elbert Hubbard
If you don’t like the crop you are reaping, check the seed you are sowing
— Ohio Feed Store (Unknown)
Most people produce only when they feel like it. Leaders produce even when they don’t feel like it.
— Melvin Maxwell
If you meet someone who can profit by your experience, you should share. But if you are merely a wanderer in a crowd of strangers, it is wisdom to be silent.
— Deng Ming-Dao
One of the most common causes of failure is the habit of quitting when one is overtaken by temporary defeat.
— Napoleon hill
The mind comes, finally, to take on the nature of the influences which dominate it.
— Napoleon hill
I will cause others to believe in me because I will believe in them, and in myself.
— Napoleon hill
Wisdom is knowing i am nothing, love is knowing i am everything, and between the two my life moves.
— Nisargadatta Maharaj
Our instincts are the treasure map to our soul’s satisfaction.
— T.D Jakes
The jungle beckons but the cage comforts.
— T.D Jakes
No one would plant a garden and not prepare the soil.
— T.D Jakes
You can’t evolve into what you won’t explore.
— T.D Jakes
Reading is the gymnasium of the mind, it is where thoughts are exercised and minds are stretched.
— T.D Jakes
Learn from the mistakes of others. you can’t live long enough to make them all yourself.
— Eleanor Roosevelt
To rest at the noon hour and meditate love’s ecstasy;
To return home at evening with gratitude;
And then to sleep with a prayer for the beloved in your heart and a song of praise upon your lips.
— Kahlil Gibran
A negative mind will never find success. I have never heard a positive idea come from a person in a negative state.
— Jay Samit
History doesn’t remember those who maintained the status quo.
— Jay Samit
My interest in life comes from setting huge, apparently unachievable challenges and trying to rise above them.
— Sir Richard Branson
You must never confuse faith that you will prevail in the end- which you can never afford to lose- with the discipline to confront the most brutal facts of your current reality, whatever they might be.
— Admiral Stockdale
It is your work in life that is the ultimate seduction.
— Pablo Picasso
If you are empowered enough to have the experience, then you are empowered to know for yourself what the experience means.
— Gregg Braden
Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.
— Abraham Lincoln
Failure is the soil that brings forth the plant of success.
— Elliot Hulse
You don’t take the call to action because of what you are going to get, you do it because of who you are going to become.
— Elliot Hulse
I never worry about the future, it comes soon enough.
— Albert Einstein
Develop the courage to solve those problems that can be solved, the serenity to accept those problems that can’t be solved, and the wisdom to know the difference.
— Dr. Russ Harris
In anyone’s life, your world always shrinks and expands in proportion to your willingness to take risk or try new things.
— Casey Neistat
The greatest hinderance to life is expectancy, which depends upon the morrow’ and wastes today.
— Seneca
It is not that we have a short time to live,
but that we waste a lot of it.
— Seneca
We all live under the same sky, but we don’t all have the same horizon.
— Konrad Adenauer
I never lose. I either win or learn.
— Nelson Mandela
Get around people that give you energy not take energy.
— Chase Jarvis
Life is a series of mentors.
— Daymond John
He or she who has the greatest capacity for discomfort rises the fastest.
— Brene brown
If you only do what you can do, you’ll never be more than you are.
— Master Shifu (Kung Fu Panda)
If you can spend a perfectly useless afternoon in a perfectly useless manner, you have learned how to live.
— Lin Yutang
Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing there is a field. I’ll meet you there. When the soul lies down in that grass the world is too full to talk about.
— Rumi
Perfection is impossible. However, striving for perfection is not. Do the best you can under the conditions that exist. That is what counts.
— John Wooden
How important money is to you, more than money itself, influences your happiness.
— Martin Seligman
It is always wise to look ahead, but difficult to look further than you can see.
— Winston Churchill
Potential improves as you journey towards it.
— John Vamos
Let experience identify what it is you don’t know that you really should know. Then go and learn that.
— John Vamos
When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.
— Paulo Coelho
You don’t even have to understand the desert: all you have to do is contemplate a simple grain of sand, and you will see in it all the marvels of creation.
— Paulo Coelho
If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavours to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.
— David Henry Thoreau
You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future.
— Steve Jobs
Paradoxically, it is when we act freely, for the sake of the action itself rather than for ulterior motives, that we learn to become more than what we were.
— Mihaly Csikszentmihaly
Fulfilling your purpose, and then selling something else.
— Gary Vaynerchuk
The capacity to be alone is the capacity to love. It may look paradoxical to you, but it’s not. It is an existential truth: only those people who are capable of being alone are capable of love, of sharing, of going into the deepest core of another person—without possessing the other, without becoming dependent on the other, without reducing the other to a thing, and without becoming addicted to the other. They allow the other absolute freedom, because they know that if the other leaves, they will be as happy as they are now. Their happiness cannot be taken by the other, because it is not given by the other.
— Osho
Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing at all.
— Helen Keller
It is a principle of Heiho that to know one is to know ten thousand.
— Miyamoto Musashi
Practicing a thousand days is said to be discipline.
Practicing ten thousand days is said to be refining. This should be carefully studied.
— Miyamoto Musashi
When our behaviours match our intentions, when our actions are equal to our thoughts, when our minds and our bodies are working together, when our words and our deeds are aligned... there is an immense power behind any individual.
— Dr. Joe Dispenza
How to get the best of it all? One must conquer, achieve, get to the top; one must know the end to be convinced that one can win the end - to know there’s no dream that mustn’t be dared. . . Is this the summit, crowning the day? How cool and quiet! We’re not exultant; but delighted, joyful; soberly astonished. . . Have we vanquished an enemy? None but ourselves. Have we gained success? That word means nothing here. Have we won a kingdom? No. . . and yes. We have achieved an ultimate satisfaction. . . fulfilled a destiny. . . To struggle and to understand - never this last without the other; such is the law. . .
— George Mallory
You may not know all the specifics of your desired outcome - When it will take place, where and under what circumstances- but you trust in a future you can’t see or otherwise perceive with your senses. To you it has already occured in no space, no time and no place, from which all things material spring forth. You are in a state of knowingness; you can relax into the present and no longer live in survival.
— Dr. Joe Dispenza
The space between failures is a really a huge determining factor of your success. If you can fail fast you can win quicker.
— Dean Graziosi
Learn about yourself. Learn about the world and become stronger!
— Dracule Mihawk (One Piece)
A man’s true greatness lies in the consciousness of an honest purpose in life, founded on a just estimate of himself and everything else, on frequent self-examinations, and a steady obedience to the rule which he knows to be right, without troubling himself about what others may think or say, or whether they do or do not that which he thinks and says and does.
— Marcus Aurelius
Socrates demonstrated long ago, that the truly free individual is free only to the extent of his own self-mastery.
— Steven Pressfield
The more important a call or action is to our soul’s evolution, the more resistance we will feel toward pursuing it.
— Steven Pressfield
Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it.
Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it!
— William H Murray
Did I offer peace today? Did I bring a smile to someone’s face? Did I say words of healing? Did I let go of my anger and resentment? Did I forgive? Did I love? These are the real questions. I must trust that the little bit of love that I sow now will bear many fruits, here in this world and the life to come.
— Henri Nouwen
All these things we do, aren’t for today but for tomorrow.
— Ip man 3
He may have at last found some small measure of peace, that we all seek, and few of us ever find.
— The Last Samurai (2003)
Fortune always favours the brave, and never helps a man who does not help himself.
— P.T Barnum
Like causes produce like effects.
— P.T Barnum
We need the tonic of wildness...At the same time that we are earnest to explore and learn all things, we require that all things be mysterious and unexplorable, that land and sea be indefinitely wild, unsurveyed and unfathomed by us because unfathomable. We can never have enough of nature.
— David Henry Thoreau
All spiritual teachings point to the possibility of finding something in you that is deeper than thinking, a space, a stillness, that’s aways there.
— Eckhart Tolle
Trying to understand is like straining through muddy water. Have the patience to wait! Be still and allow the mud to settle.
— Lao Tzu
And once the storm is over, you won’t remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won’t even be sure, whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what this storm’s all about.
— Haruki Murakami
We don’t rise to the level of our expectations, we fall to the level of our training.
— Archilochus
You have to be prepared to fail, and that’s how you’re going to expand yourself and grow. As you work through that process of failure and learning, then you’ll really deepen into the human being you’re capable of being.
— Sebastian Junger
The tricky thing about life is, on the one hand having the courage to enter into things that aren’t familiar, but to also have the wisdom to stop exploring when you’ve found something that’s worth sticking around for (and that’s true of a place, of a person, of a vocation). In balancing those two things the courage of exploring and the commitment to staying, it’s very hard to get the ratio, the balance of those two things right. And I think my 70 year old self would think “just really be careful that you don’t err on one side or the other because you have an ill-conceived idea of who you are.
— Sebastian Junger
Of this one thing make sure against your dying day - that your faults die before you do.
— Seneca
People love to say ‘knowledge’ is power. But the truth is that knowledge is only potential power. You and I both know that it’s useless if you don’t act on it.
— Anthony Robbins
I don’t look to jump seven-foot bars: I look around for one-foot bars I can step over.
— Warren Buffet
Every day, think as you wake up, “Today I am fortunate to be alive, I have a precious human life, I am not going to waste it.
— The Dalai Lama
You make a living by what you get. You make a life by what you give.
— Winston Churchill
Either you master your mind or it masters you. The secret of living an extraordinary life is to take control of the mind, since this alone will determine whether you live in a suffering state or a beautiful state.
— Anthony Robbins
It is like a man standing for decades on the seashore, embracing certain ‘good waves’ and trying to prevent them from disintegrating, while simultaneously pushing back ‘bad waves’ to prevent them from getting near him. Day in, day out, the man stands on the beach, driving himself crazy with this fruitless exercise. Eventually, he sits down on the sand and just allows the waves to come and go as they please. How peaceful!
— Yuval Noah Harari
A woodpecker can tap twenty times on a thousand trees and get nowhere, but stay busy. Or he can tap twenty thousand times on one tree and get dinner.
— Seth Godin
Sexuality is integral to the quality of our lives, enhancing, enriching and adding meaning to existence. It’s about openness, connectedness and growth, not about one person doing something to another. It’s a voyage of mutual discovery and pleasure.
— Cassandra Lorius
Most people want everyone else in the world to change but themselves. Let me tell you, it’s easier to change yourself than everyone else.
— Robert Kiyosaki
You become what you study.
— Robert Kiyosaki
Don’t aim at success- the more you aim at it and make it a target, the more you are going to miss it. For success, like happiness, cannot be pursued; it must ensue, and it only does so as the unintended side-effect of one’s dedication to a cause greater than oneself or as the by-product of one’s surrender to a person other than oneself. Happiness must happen, and the same holds for success: you have to let it happen by not caring about it. I want you to listen to what your conscience commands you to do and go on to carry it out to the best of your knowledge. Then you will live to see that in the long run—-in the long run, I say!—-success will follow you precisely because you had forgotten to think of it.
— Viktor E. Frankl
Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—-to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.
— Viktor E. Frankl
Ultimately, man should not ask what the meaning of his life is, but rather he must recognise that it is he who is asked.
— Viktor E. Frankl
Love itself is what is left over when being in love has burned away...
— Louis de Bernières
The secret of getting ahead is getting started.
— Mark Twain
A moment’s insight is sometimes worth a life’s experience.
— Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
How ‘spiritual’ you are has nothing to do with what you believe but everything to do with your state of consciousness. This in turn, determines how you act in the world and interact with others.
— Eckhart Tolle
Before you speak, listen. Before you write, think. Before you spend, earn. Before you invest, investigate. Before you criticise, wait. Before you pray, forgive. Before you quit, try. Before you retire, save. Before you die, give.
— William A. Ward
For things to change, you have to change. For things to get better, you have to get better.
— Jim Rohn
Just because you’re doing a lot more, doesn’t mean you’re getting a lot more done.
— Denzel Washington
The key to abundance is meeting limited circumstances with unlimited thoughts.
— Marianne Williamson
You’re not responsible for the hand of cards you were dealt. You’re responsible for maxing out what you were given.
— Christopher Sommer
It’s not that bad things don’t happen to me. I don’t label a lot of things good/bad. [Instead, I ask] can I evolve from this? What do I want now? Where is my centre now?
— Jason Nemer
Knowing yourself deeply has nothing to do with whatever ideas are floating around in your mind. Knowing yourself is to be rooted in Being, instead of lost in your mind.
— Eckhart Tolle
Don’t overestimate the world and underestimate yourself. You are better than you think. And you are not alone.
— Tim Ferriss
What you react to in others is also in you.
— Eckhart Tolle
Acknowledging the good that is already in your life is the foundation for all abundance. The fact is: Whatever you think the world is withholding from you, you are withholding from the world.
— Eckhart Tolle
Only those who have the patience to do simple things perfectly will acquire the skills to do difficult things easily
— Friedrich von Schiller
Stay humble or get humbled.
— Jocko Willink
Action may not always bring happiness, but there is no happiness without action.
— Benjamin Disraeli
To blame someone for not understanding you fully is deeply unfair because, first of all, we don’t understand ourselves, and even if we do understand ourselves, we have such a hard time communicating ourselves to other people. Therefore, to be furious and enraged and bitter that people don’t get all of who we are is a really cruel piece of immaturity.
— Alain De Botton
If you want to improve, be content to be thought foolish and stupid.
— Epictetus
To know who you really are, you must step outside the world you know. Even if that means facing the one who got the better of you.
— Shokugeki No Soma
Robustness is when you care more about the few who like your work than the multitude who hates it (artists); fragility is when you care more about the few who hate your work than the multitude who loves it (politicians).
— Nassim Taleb
They tried to bury us. They didn’t know we were seeds.
— Mexican Proverb
You must want to be a butterfly so badly, that you are willing to give up being a caterpillar.
— Sekou Andrews
So then I set my intention for the day: that this day should be meaningful. Meaningful means, if possible, serve and help others. If not possible, then at least not to harm others. That’s a meaningful day.
— The Dalai Lama
Laugh at yourself and don’t be so pompous and serious. If you start looking for the humour in life, you will find it. You will stop asking, Why me? and start recognising that life happens to all of us. It makes everything easier, including your ability to accept others and accept all that life will bring.
— Archbishop Desmond Tutu
The acceptance of reality is the only place from which change can begin.
— Archbishop Desmond Tutu
One of the key paradoxes in Buddhism is that we need goals to be inspired, to grow, and to develop, even to become enlightened, but at the same time we must not get overly fixated or attached to these aspirations. If the goal is noble, your commitment to the goal should not be contingent on your ability to attain it, and in pursuit of our goal, we must release our rigid assumptions about how we must achieve it. Peace and equanimity come from letting go of our attachment to the goal and the method. That is the essence of acceptance.
— Douglas Abrams
When we accept the present, we can forgive and release the desire for a different past.
— Douglas Abrams
Time never waits.
— The Dalai Lama
Feel what you want to give most as a gift, to your woman and to the world, and do what you can to give it today. Every moment waited is a moment wasted, and each wasted moment degrades your clarity of purpose.
— David Deida
Whatever the specifics of a man’s purpose, he must always refresh the transcendental element of his life through regular meditation and retreat. A man should ever get lost in the details of his life and forget that, ultimately and in truth, life amounts to nothing other than what is the deepest truth of this present moment. Tasks don’t get a man anywhere more conscious or free than he is capable of being in this present moment.
— David Deida
The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.
— Jospeh Campbell
You become excellent when you fly at a level that creates a wide gap between where you were before and where you are now. Fly like the eagle; the eagle flies as if it never remembered it was once an egg!
— Israelmore Ayivor
Don’t spend your life making excuses to yourself. You’re the one who decides how to live your life.
— Mugen, Samurai Champloo, Ep 4 (7mins)
Freedom cannot be forced into existence, nor can it be won through painful struggle. Freedom cannot be bought or sold. It has nothing to do with one’s social status; one’s profession is of no consequence. In order for you to accept yourself as you are and live with your soul at peace, you must simply teach yourself to let it be, only then will you discover freedom.
— Samurai Champloo, 18min, ep12
All encounters happen but once in a life time.
— Samurai Champloo 18m35s, ep 12
Serve the needs of others, and all of your own needs will be fulfilled. Through selfless action, fulfilment is attained.
— Lao Tzu
To keep on filling is not as good as stopping. Overfilled, the cupped hands drip, better to stop pouring.
Sharpen a blade too much and its edge will soon be lost. Fill your house with jade and gold and it brings insecurity. Puff yourself with honour and pride and no one can save you from a fall.
Retire when the work is done;
this is the way of heaven.
— Lao Tzu
One who sees himself as everything is fit to be guardian of the world. One who loves himself as everyone is fit to be teacher of the world.
— Lao Tzu
All growth comes with a shock. When a sprout breaks its casing and forces its way to the surface of the earth, it is the climax to a long and deep accumulation of life force.
We may think that it came up suddenly, but in actuality, it emerged as the product of unseen and subtle cycles.
— Deng Ming-Dao
Good ideas have no value because the world already has too many of them. The market rewards execution, not ideas.
— Scott Adams
Be who you need to be,
to do what you need to do.
— Jim Rohn
When you can release on your ego long enough to view your perceptions as incomplete or misleading, it gives you the freedom to imagine new and potentially more useful ways of looking at the world.
— Scott Adams
I find it helpful to see the world as a slot machine that doesn’t ask you to put money in. All it asks is your time, focus, and energy to pull the handle over and over. A normal slot machine that requires money will bankrupt any player in the long run. But the machine that has rare yet certain payoffs, and asks for no money up front, is a guaranteed winner if you have what it takes to keep yanking until you get lucky.
In that environment, you can fail 99 percent of the time, while knowing success is guaranteed. All you need to do is stay in the game long enough.
— Scott Adams
Success in spiritual life is measured not by spectacular events but by daily devotion. This iron will, this deep sincerity maintains our ascent.
— Deng Ming-Dao
Most of life’s greatest opportunities come out of moments of struggle; it’s up to you to make the most of these tests of creativity and character.
— Ray Dalio
I have been hearing wisdom from tongues I did not want to listen. I have been finding beauty where I did not want to look. And I have learned so much from journeys I did not want to take. Forgive me, O Gracious One; for I have been closing my ears and eyes for too long. I have learned that miracles are only called miracles because they are often witnessed by only those who can can see through all of life’s illusions. I am ready to see what really exists on other side, what exists behind the blinds, and taste all the ugly fruit instead of all that looks right, plump and ripe.
— Suzy Kassem
What facets of your personality are encumbrances? What personal aspects prevent you from being independent? These are the areas that will define your self-cultivation, for you must strive to stand alone. This doesn’t mean that you won’t ever join with others, but you will do so as an individual who will cooperate just as much as is necessary. In this way, you will never be lost in a group, and you will never fear being alone.
— Deng Ming-Dao
Ask yourself, “Am I using my mental ability to make history, or am I using it merely to record history made by others?
— David Schwartz
Don’t be a wishful thinker. Don’t waste your mental muscles dreaming of an effortless way to win success. We don’t become successful simply through luck. Success comes from doing those things and mastering those principles that produce success. Don’t count on luck for promotions, victories, the good things in life. Luck simply isn’t designed to deliver these good things. Instead, just concentrate on developing those qualities in yourself that will make you a winner.
— David Schwartz
This is the substance of the Way of the Samurai: if by setting one’s heart right every morning and evening, one is able to live as though his body were already dead, he gains freedom in the Way.
his whole life will be without blame, and he will succeed in his calling.
— Tsunetomo Yamamoto
The sage knows that nothing dies, that life is mere illusion: Life is but one dream flowing into another.
— Deng Ming-Dao
Ultimately, all relationships are temporary. False attachment to another can become an addiction, a voluntary bondage detrimental to clear perception. We should not bind another to ourselves, should not define ourselves by our marriage, should not force another to stay with us. But if chance allows us to walk together, who is anyone to challenge our choice of walking companions?
When it is time to part, then it is time to part. There should be no regrets. The beauty of marriage is like the fleeting perfection of a snowflake.
— Deng Ming-Dao
How you think determines how you act.
How you act in turn determines:
How others react to you.
— David Schwartz
People who get things done in this world don’t wait for the spirit to move them; they move the spirit.
— David Schwartz
Every day passes whether you participate or not. If you are not careful, years will go by and you will only have regrets. If you cannot solve a problem all at once, at least make a stab at it. Reduce your problems into smaller, more manageable packages, and you can make measurable progress toward achievement. If you wait for everything to be perfect according to your preconceived plans, then you may well wait forever. If you go out and work with the current of life, you may find that success comes from building upon small things.
— Deng Ming-Dao
You may understand that life is but a dream, but that doesn’t free you from the responsibility to act. This dream may not be of your own making, but you must still engage it and operate within the parameters of the fantasy. You must become the producer, director, and actor of a phantasmic stage play. Otherwise, you are aimlessly adrift.
— Deng Ming-Dao
The superheroes you have in your mind (idols, icons, elite athletes, billionaires, etc.) are nearly all walking flaws who’ve maximised one or two strengths. Humans are imperfect creatures. You don’t “succeed” because you have no weaknesses; you succeed because you find your unique strengths and focus on developing habits around them…. Everyone is fighting a battle [and has fought battles] you know nothing about. The heroes in this book are no different. Everyone struggles.
— Tim Ferriss
The keys belong to whoever is inspired, and no specific age, sex, gender, or cultural background has a monopoly on inspiration. When you’re creative, you render competition obsolete, because there is only one you, and no one can do things exactly the way you do. Never worry about the competition. When you’re creative, you can, in fact, cheer others on with full knowledge that their success will undoubtedly be your own.
— Terry Crews
Place all your eggs in one basket and then watch the basket to see that no one kicks it over
— Andrew Carnegie
Inaction leads to atrophy and this, in turn, leads to loss of ambition and self-confidence, and without these essential qualities a man will be carried through life on the wings of uncertainty, just as a dry leaf may be carried here and there on the bosom of the stray winds.
— Napoleon Hill
The human mind is constantly unfolding, like the petals of a flower, until it reaches the maximum of development. What this maximum is, where it ends, or whether it ends at all or not, are unanswerable questions, but the degree of unfoldment seems to vary according to the nature of the individual and the degree to which he keeps his mind at work. A mind that is forced or coaxed into analytical thought every day seems to keep on unfolding and developing greater powers of interpretation.
— Napoleon Hill
If you have tried and met with defeat; if you have planned and watched your plans as they were crushed before your eyes; just remember that the greatest men in all history were the products of courage, and courage you know, is born in the cradle of adversity.
— Napoleon Hill
Don’t put off until tomorrow what you can do today.
— Benjamin Franklin
It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all—- in which case you failed by default.
— J.K. Rowling
You have within your control the power to select the material that constitutes the dominating THOUGHTS of your mind, and just as surely as you are reading these lines, those THOUGHTS which dominate your mind will bring you success or failure, according to their nature.
— Napoleon Hill
Out of resistance comes strength. The strongest oak tree of the forest is not the one
that is protected from the storm and hidden from the sun, but it is the one that stands in the open, where it is compelled to struggle for its existence against the winds and rains and the scorching sun.
— Napoleon Hill
Knowledge is the beginning of practice; doing is the completion of knowing.
— Wang Yang Ming
NOTHING CAN BRING YOU PEACE BUT YOURSELF. NOTHING CAN BRING YOU PEACE BUT THE TRIUMPH OF PRINCIPLES.
— Napoleon Hill
It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.
— Leonardo Da Vinci
To die with one’s sword still sheathed is most regrettable.
— Miyamoto Musashi
Too much is the same as too little.
— Miyamoto Musashi
Do not engage in useless activity.
— Miyamoto Musashi
Do not become tense and do not let yourself go.
— Miyamoto Musashi
In all the martial arts, it is essential to make the everyday stance the combat stance and the combat stance the everyday stance.
You must examine this carefully.
— Miyamoto Musashi
In order to pass through life, there is the need to have a spirit, to be decisive about exerting all of one’s energies to overcome difficulties.
— Miyamoto Musashi
Make Ku your path, and your path as Ku.
— Miyamoto Musashi
So long as space remains,
So long as sentient beings remain,
I will remain,
In order to help, in order to serve,
In order to make my own contribution.
— The Dalai Lama (quoting someone else)
Ultimately all our difficulties arise from one basic illusion. We believe in the inherent existence of ourselves and all other phenomena. We project, and then cling to, an idea of the intrinsic nature of things, an essence that phenomena do not actually possess.
— The Dalai Lama
All things that appear in this world are transient. If you view all things that appear as never having appeared, then you will realise your true self.
— The Diamond Sutra
Across time just as much as across space, the fundamentals of our nature are universally and idiosyncratically human.
— Matt Ridley
As a lamp, a cataract, a star in space an illusion, a dewdrop, a bubble a dream, a cloud, a flash of lightning view all created things like this.
— The Diamond Sutra
When your work is done, don’t involve yourself in what doesn’t concern you.
— Chiang Wei-Nung
There are three kinds of listening. First, we listen to the words. Second, we listen to the meaning. Third, we listen to the truth. As we listen to these words about controlling the mind, we must grasp the truth and forget the words and their meaning. By turning our attention within, we can rediscover our own nature. For we all possess this perfectly still nature. But it is obstructed by ignorance and delusions that rise and fall without cease. Thus, students should concentrate on on turning their hearing within. And they should keep listening until they realise that the Buddha, all beings, and the mind are not three different things.
— Chiang Wei-Nung
The fruit from a seed without limits turns out to be a fruit without limits: what kind of fruit could possibly have no limits?
Chao-ming titles this: The wonderful practice of no attachment.
— Red Pine, The Diamond Sutra
Always doing what you are told doesn’t mean you’ll succeed in life.
— Jiro Ono
Don’t be attached to a self within or to others without or to any gift that passes between. View things as you would in a mirror. When things appear, reflect them. When things disappear, let them go.
— Chi-Fo, Diamond Sutra.
Pride is not the opposite of shame, but its source. True humility is the only antidote to shame.
— General Iroh, Avatar Episode 9 S2, 11mins.
The sea is one, while waves are countless. Billions of waves rise and fall during the morning. Billions of waves rise and fall during the midday. Billions of waves rise and fall during the afternoon. Thus, over the course of millions and trillions of kalpas, the number of illusory waves is far beyond reckoning. But all those illusions can’t compare to the one reality—-they can’t compare to the sea.
— Sheng-yi, pg 254, Diamond Sutra.
Perfectly still, no other thought / empty silence, this is my teacher.
— Pai Chu-yi, pg 291, Diamond Sutra.
Let go your earthly tether. Enter the void. Empty, and become wind.
— Guru Laghima, Avatar Korra, episode 38, 5min
Enlightenment is the fruit that isn’t picked. Teaching is the doctrine that forgets the words.
— Seng-Chao, Pg 371, Diamond Sutra.
When we are deluded, our teacher liberates us. When we are enlightened, we liberate ourselves.
— Hui-neng, Sixth Patriarch Sutra: I.
The beautiful lotus grows out of the mud. Without afflictions and suffering, we cannot make a Buddha.
— Thich Nhat Hanh.
Form itself contains no suffering. It is attachment that contains suffering.
— Sheng-yi, pg 385, Diamond Sutra.
We use dharmas to cultivate. But once we realise the truth, the perception of a dharma is empty. This is called the true perception of a dharma.
— Sheng-yi, pg 426, Diamond Sutra.
Until we meet again, here is something for your empty bowl: regard all things, all beings, this teaching, this sutra, this body of merit, this realisation, regard them all as unreal.
— Red Pine (interpreting The Buddha), pg 433, Diamond Sutra.
The world makes much less sense than you think. The coherence comes mostly from the way your mind works.
— Daniel Kahneman, pg 58, Thinking, Fast and Slow.
Don’t chase with your eyes, feel with your skin.
— You Shunshin, Diamond No Ace. S1, ep26, 6min 27sec