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People seldom do what they believe in. They do what is convenient, then repent.

— Bob Dylan  <link>

In Order To…

In order to arrive at having pleasure in everything,
Desire to have pleasure in nothing.
In order to arrive at possessing everything,
Desire to possess nothing.
In order to arrive at being everything,
Desire to be nothing.
In order to arrive at knowing everything,
Desire to know nothing.

In order to arrive at that point where you take no pleasure,
you must go by a way that gives no pleasure.
In order to arrive at that point where you know nothing,
you must go by a way you do not know.
In order to arrive at that point where you are free of possessing,
you must go by a way you do not possess.
In order to arrive at that point at which you are nothing,
you must go through that which you are not.

— St. John of the Cross, Ascent of Mount Carmel, bk I, ch 13, sect 11  <link>

When you do good, do it quietly, as if you were tossing a pebble into the sea.

— Drana Bojaxhiu, mother of Mother Teresa (Blessed Teresa of Calcutta)  <link>

Everyday Mind

Everyday mind is getting out of bed, eating breakfast, going to work, coming home, going to bed. It is laughing and crying, being anxious and joyful. Everyday mind is walking and talking, sitting down and standing up. It is the mind of suffering, conflict, anger and hatred, love and devotion. How can everyday mind be the way? Everyday mind, we say, is too mundane, too ordinary, and so we want the opposite, we want the magical.

It is our very search, our lust for the miraculous and magical, that hides from us the truth that simply to be, simply to know I am, is already the miracle that we seek. Everything, as it is, is perfect, but you must stop seeing it as if in a mirror, as if in a dream.

— Albert Low [via]  <link>

Be glad of life because it gives you the chance to love, to work, to play, and to look up at the stars.

Henry Van Dyke  <link>

Use the talents you possess,
for the woods would be very silent
if no birds sang except the best.

— Henry Van Dyke  <link>

Do or do not. There is no try.

— Yoda, from Star Wars, Episode V: Empire Strikes Back  <link>

It is better to suffer evil than to do it.

— Socrates  <link>

If a man is called to be a streetsweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause and say, here lived a great streetsweeper who did his job well.

— Martin Luther King Jr.  <link>

Surrender and Obedience

Humanly speaking, it is possible to understand the Sermon on the Mount in a thousand different ways. But Jesus knows only one possibility: simple surrender and obedience—not interpreting or applying it, but doing and obeying it. That is the only way to hear his words. He does not mean for us to discuss it as an ideal. He really means for us to get on with it.

— Dietrich Bonhoeffer  <link>

Advice from a Tree

Stand tall and proud.
Sink your roots deep into the earth.
Be content with your natural beauty.
Go out on a limb.
Drink plenty of water.
Remember your roots.
And enjoy the view.

— Ilan Shamir , seen on a t-shirt/poster  <link>

Advice from a Butterfly

Let your true colors show.
Get out of your cocoon.
Take yourself lightly.
Look for the sweetness in life.
Take time to smell the flowers.
Catch a breeze.
We can’t all be monarchs.

— Ilan Shamir , seen on a t-shirt  <link>