I do not believe in the doctrine of the greatest good of the greatest number. The only real, dignified, human doctrine is the greatest good of all. – Mahatma Gandhi

Nothing happens to any man that he is not formed by nature to bear. – Marcus Aurelius

It is curious that physical courage should be so common in the world and moral courage so rare – Mark Twain

The sign of intelligent people is their ability to control emotions by the application of reason – Marya Mannes

“Do not concern yourself with whether or not you will become enlightened. Do not concern yourself with existence and non-existence, with inside and outside and in-between. Do not concern yourself with stopping” and “observing”. Do not concern yourself with whether this method of reciting the [mantra] is the same or not the same as other Buddhist methods. If the feeling of doubt does not arise, do not concern yourself with who it is or who it is not. Simply go on reciting the [mantra] with unified mind and unified intent without a break, pure and unmixed.” – Master Chu-hung

It has been said that to remember oneself one must have a sense of something superior to oneself. Self-Remembering is a lifting up of oneself to another set of influences. – Maurice Nicholl

The great man is he who does not lose his child-heart. He does not think beforehand that his words shall be sincere, nor that his acts shall be resolute; he simply abides in the right. – Mencius

The purpose of learning is growth, and our minds, unlike our bodies, can continue growing as long as we live. – Mortimer Adler

Every woman gives her life for what she believes. Sometimes people believe in little or nothing yet they give their lives to that little or nothing. One life is all we have and we live it as we believe in living it. And then it is gone. But to sacrifice what you are and live without belief, that’s more terrible than dying – Joan of Arc

…I have made the way seem thorny, and have wandered in too many byways, imagining myself into moods which held Thee not. I should have parted the true from the false, but I have not yet passed away from myself… – A.E.

The ability to be in the present moment is a major component of mental wellness. – Abraham H. Maslow

What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make. – Jane Goodall

In order to discover new lands, one must be willing to lose sight of the shore for a very long time. – Andre Gide

We are surrounded by liberating ideas, whether we feel them or not. – Maurice Nicholl

The wise man travels to discover himself – James Russell Lowell

Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love. It will not lead you astray. – Rumi

Everyone is free but thinks that they are bound. In fact all those things that bind them are the expression of their own ignorance. This is what everyone has to understand. Here is an example. A special trick is used to catch monkeys. A round earthen pot with a small mouth is buried in the ground. Pieces of tasty food are put inside. When the monkeys smell them, they come close and put their hands inside and clutch the food, and then they cannot pull them out. The monkey doesn’t know that he can be free. He doesn’t want to release the piece of food, and yet wants to be free, so he cries, and can’t run away. At that moment the man appears from his hiding place and catches the monkey. Most people who think that they are not free are acting like the monkey. They are holding on to something, maybe things of beauty, or fragrance. If only they could release their hold, they would be free, because in truth they are free. You are free and you are made free and a free man knows that everyone is free. – GOOD COMPANY (P. 88)

It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows – Epictetus

Don’t be afraid to take a big step if one is indicated. You can’t cross a chasm in two small jumps. – David Lloyd George

Do not be guilty of possessing a library of learned books while lacking learning yourself. – Desiderius Erasmus

Discipline your thoughts. – Dr. Susan Mendelsohn

In spite of illness, in spite even of the archenemy sorrow, one can remain alive long past the usual date of disintegration if one is unafraid of change, insatiable in intellectual curiosity, interested in big things, and happy in small ways. – Edith Wharton

If he cannot stop the mind that seeks after fame and profit, he will spend his life without finding peace. – Dogen

See with the eyes of love and a thing becomes beautiful. See with the eyes of hate and things are ugly. – Joy Cowley

The Creator made the senses outward-going: they go to the world of matter outside, not to the Spirit within. But a sage who sought immortality looked within himself and found his own Soul.- Katha Upanishad