Words shape our reality, and a song or poem has that power in a potently condensed form. Likewise a pithy quotation can say it all – and lodge in the mind to drip-feed our own purpose and courage. Here are the quotations that appear throughout this website – they will change from time to time as new ones find and inspire me.
Action rightly renounced brings freedom; Action rightly performed brings freedom: Both are better than mere shunning of action.
The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honours the servant and has forgotten the gift.
Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable. We are faced now with the fact that tomorrow is today. We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now.
Everybody experiences far more than he understands. Yet it is experience rather than understanding that influences behaviour.
There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening, that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique … No artist is pleased. There is only a queer divine dissatisfaction, a blessed unrest that keeps us marching…
It is the loss of connection with the past, our uprootedness, which has given rise to the discontents of civilization and to such a flurry and haste, that we live more in the future and its chimerical promises of a golden age, than in the present.
The kind of hope that I often think about … I understand above all as a state of mind, not a state of the world… [Hope] is not the conviction that something will turn out well, but the certainty that something makes sense, regardless of how it turns out.
In many shamanic societies, if you came to a medicine person complaining of being disheartened, dispirited, or depressed, they would ask one of four questions. When did you stop dancing? When did you stop singing? When did you stop being enchanted by stories? When did you stop finding comfort in the sweet territory of silence?
You can never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.
Life is no brief candle to me; it is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.
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