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What you need is not sincerity, but the daring of the gambler. Not solid ground to stand on, but the dexterity of the swimmer.

— Anthony de Mello, Awakenings  <link>

The Three Most Difficult Things

The three most difficult things for a human being are not physical feats or intellectual achievements. They are, first, returning love for hate; second, including the excluded; third, admitting that you are wrong.

— Anthony de Mello, Awareness  <link>


The devil once went for a walk with a friend. They saw a man ahead of them stoop down and pick up something from the ground.

“What did that man find?” asked the friend.

“A piece of the truth,” said the devil.

“Doesn’t that disturb you?” asked the friend.

“No,” said the devil, “I shall let him make a belief out of it.”

— Anthony de Mello  <link>