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Center of the Universe

Someday when scientists discover the center of the universe, a lot of people will be unhappy to find out it’s not them.

— Author unknown  <link>

Science has become as full of pride and prejudice as ever religion was.

— John Macmurray  <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>

Each of us can say to the tempter, “Unlike you, I have not yet become an outcast from heaven through my pride. By my baptism I have become one with him. It is you that should fall prostrate before me.”

— St. Gregory Nazianzen (via)  <link>

The present moment, the now, is gift. You can choose to receive it or resist it. Receiving is being; resistance is pride.

— Brother Joseph  <link>

O wondrous exchange, eternal life is promised to us by the humility of the Lord, who bowed himself down to our pride.

— St. Augustine, Confessions  <link>

Flattery is like chewing gum, enjoy it, but don’t swallow it.

— Author unknown  <link>


Gossip is a community killer. It is a cancer. It separates, isolates, and destroys a person. It literally kills something inside, not only for the victim, but those who spread the gossip. In the victim, it kills self-esteem and spreads to other things. In the gossiper, it kills compassion and love, and then spreads to elsewhere. It blackens everyone’s hearts.

It was gossip about God by the snake in the garden that lead Adam and Eve to separation from God and from each other. It literally lead to death for them and for us. Gossip is one of the most subtle and insidious forms of pride.

— Brother Joseph  <link>

Humility, metaphysically, implies the absence of any entity to be either “proud” or “humble”.

— Wei Wu Wei, The Tenth Man  <link>

The Complaining Pattern in the Mind

Every time you complain, you strengthen a little bit of the form identity of me, the complainer, the thought form, the reaction. Your egoic [sense of self] inflates a little bit though the complaint.

Every complaint means you are right, and what you are complaining about is wrong—the situation, the person, the place. You are superior to that which you are complaining about. That is the illusion of how the self-entity inflates continually itself through that. It never lasts for long and then it needs something else. … The self-importance grows through every complaint, the imagined superiority of me as compared to that which I am complaining about.

— Eckhart Tolle, Through the Open Door  <link>