One is happy as a result of one’s own efforts, once one knows the necessary ingredients of happiness – simple tastes, a certain degree of courage, self-denial to a point, love of work, and above all, a clear conscience. Happiness is no vague dream – George Sand

The whole idea of compassion is based on a keen awareness of the interdependence of all these living beings, which are all part of one another, and all involved in one another – Thomas Merton

The pursuit of what is true and the practice of what is good are the two most important objects of philosophy – Voltaire

Your daily life is your temple and your religion. When you enter into it, take with you your all – Kahlil Gibran

When the soul contemplates in herself and by herself then she passes into another world, the region of purity and eternity, and immortality, and unchangeableness, which are her kindred, and with them she ever lives, when she is by herself and is not let or hindered; then she ceases from her erring ways, and being in communion with the unchanging is unchanging. And this state of the soul is called wisdom. – Plato, Phaedo 79

Put your thoughts to sleep, do not let them cast a shadow over the moon of your heart. Let go of thinking. ― Rumi

The only true method of action in this world is to be in it, but not of it – Anne Swetchine

To be resolute in the way means from the beginning never to lose sight of it, whether in a place of calm or in a place of strife; to not cling to quiet places nor shun places where there is disturbance – Daikaku

It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it – Aristotle

When we are no longer able to change a situation; we are challenged to change ourselves – Viktor Frankl

Within a person of light there is light, and he illumines the entire world. When he does not shine, there is darkness – The Gospel of Thomas

The one I was searching for on the earth and in heaven, Appeared residing in the recesses of my own heart – Muhammad Iqbal

When you learn how to generate the energy of mindfulness and concentration in order to be present and strong, you will not lose yourself by reacting negatively – Thich Nhat Hanh

You cannot see That which is the Seer of seeing; you cannot hear That which is the Hearer of hearing; you cannot think of That which is the Thinker of thought; you cannot know That which is the Knower of knowledge. This is your Self, that is within all; everything else but This is perishable – Brihadaranyaka Upanishad

Better than a thousand hollow words, Is one word that brings peace – The Dhammapada

Love truth, but pardon error – Voltaire

Good temper is an estate for life… – William Hazlitt

One of the secrets of life is that all that is really worth the doing is what we do for others – Lewis Carroll

Do noble things, not dream them, all day long; And so make Life, and Death, and that For Ever, One grand sweet song – Charles Kingsley

Avarice is as destitute of what it has, as what it has not – Publius Syrus

Cultivate the wish to learn rather than the wish to be taught. Be determined to ‘pick up’ and do not wait for the professor and the pedagogical devices of his or her craft… Do no think that lessons will do it, if you wait for lessons, you will wait a life time… If we want to be taught, we shall never learn – Janet Erskine Stuart

Spiritual success comes by understanding the mystery of life; and by looking on all things cheerfully and courageously, realising that events proceed according to a beautiful divine plan – Paramahansa Yogananda

In these times I don’t, in a manner of speaking, know what I want; perhaps I don’t want what I know and want what I don’t know – Marsilio Ficino

Remember that very little is needed to make a happy life – Marcus Aurelius

There is no man that he is not at some time indebted to his vices, as no plant that is not fed from manures. So we convert the base into the better nature – Ralph Waldo Emerson