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Wisdom

1923

Finding truth

Say not, "I have found the truth", but rather, "I have found a truth".

Viewing life for living life

Your living is determined not so much by what life brings to you as by the attitude you bring to life ; not so much by what happens to you as by the way your mind looks at what happens.

1963

To have humility...

To have humility is to experience reality, not in relation to ourselves, but in its sacred independence. It is to see, judge, and act from the point of rest in ourselves.

Then, how much disappears, and all that remains falls into place. In the point of rest at the center of our being, we encounter a world where all things are at rest in the same way...

Happiness through the pursuit of a goal

If you want to live a happy life tie it to a goal. Not to people or things.

1949

We cannot despair of ourselves

We cannot despair of humanity since we are ourselves human beings.

2011

Governance and philosophy

In ancient times across Greece, China, India, Egypt, and Mesopotamia, philosophy and politics were allies. Philosophical inquiry defined the polis and shaped political discourse. No king saw fit to rule without wise philosophers to counsel him; indeed, the ideal king was often himself a philosopher, in addition to being a spiritual guide and artist or poet...

The Mayonnaise Jar and the Cups of Coffee

When things in your lives seem almost too much to handle, when 24 hours in a day are not enough, remember the mayonnaise jar and the 2 cups of coffee.

Hatchet

Native Americans have the right spirit, when it is finished, they bury the hatchet.

We, on the other hand, bury the warrior but keep the equipment...

Antoine Blondin on a website about Native Americans.