For who could live or breathe if there were not this delight of existence as the ether in which we dwell? From Delight all these things are born, by Delight they exist and grow, to Delight they return – Taittiriya Upanishad

All the wonders you seek are within yourself – Thomas Browne

The essence of man lies in this, in his marvellous faculty for seeking truth, seeing it, loving it, and sacrificing himself to it – Giuseppe Prezzolini

Knowledge of Ideal Beauty is not to be acquired. It is born with us. Innate Ideas are in every Man, born with him, they are truly Himself – William Blake

When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things. For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as I am known. And now abideth, faith, hope and charity, these three, but the greatest of these is charity – 1 Corinthians XIII.11

Self-abnegation is about the fullness of living; not its denial. It’s about freedom, about dissemination, it’s about the heart finding its home ground. An anonymous 15th C monk described the process beautifully: “Know thyself, tis half the path to God, then lose thyself and the rest of the way is trod” – Joy Cowley

The ideal man bears the accidents of life with dignity and grace, making the best of the circumstances – Aristotle

The best way to destroy an enemy is to make him a friend – Abraham Lincoln

Make peace with yourself, and heaven and earth will make peace with you. Endeavour to enter your own inner cell, and you will see the heavens; because the one and the other are one and the same, and when you enter one you see the two – St. Isaak of Syria

A moment’s insight is sometimes worth a life’s experience – Oliver Wendell Holmes Snr

Humility is the most difficult of all virtues to achieve; nothing dies harder than the desire to think well of oneself – T.S. Eliot

There is nothing in the world so purifying as wisdom and he who is a perfect saint finds that at last in his own Self – The Bhagavad Gita

To know one’s ignorance is the best part of knowledge – Lao Tzu

Knowledge is proud that he has learn’d so much; Wisdom is humble that he knows no more – William Cowper

Justice is a certain rectitude of mind whereby a man does what he ought to do in circumstances confronting him – St. Thomas Aquinas

You will give yourself peace of mind if you perform every act of life as if it were your last – Marcus Aurelius

Desires are only the lack of something: and those who have the greatest desires are in a worse condition than those who have none, or very slight ones – Plato

So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom – Psalm 90:12

What a wonderful life I’ve had! I only wish I’d realised it sooner – Colette

When the earthly guise has been removed you will at once see pure gold… Then, believe me, you will revere yourself as an eternal ray of the divine sun and moreover you will not venture to contemplate any base or worthless action in your own presence – Marsilio Ficino

Peace is not a relationship of nations. It is a condition of mind brought about by a serenity of soul. Peace is not merely the absence of war. It is also a state of mind. Lasting peace can come only to peaceful people – Jawaharlal Nehru

Do not think that good and evil are two, are two separate essences, for they are one and the same thing appearing in different degrees and in different guises and producing differences of feeling in the same mind – The Vedanta

In seeking wisdom, the first step is silence, the second listening, the third remembering, the fourth practising, the fifth (is) teaching others – Ibn Gabirol (Avicebron)

Learn to get in touch with the silence within yourself and know that everything in this life has a purpose – Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

Lead me from the unreal to the real; Lead me from darkness to light; Lead me from death to immortality – Brihadaranyaka Upanishad