Be careless in your dress if you must, but keep a tidy soul – Mark Twain

To live at this time is an inestimable privilege, and a sacred obligation devolves upon you to make right use of your opportunities – Grenville Kleiser

See now the power of truth; the same experiment which at first glance seemed to show one thing, when more carefully examined, assures us of the contrary – Galileo Galilei

I wish I could show you when you are lonely or in darkness the astonishing light of your own being – Hafiz

Our true nationality is mankind – H. G. Wells

By love, serve one another – Galatians 5:13

We must bear our crosses; self is the greatest of them all. If we die in part every day of our lives, we shall have but little to do on the last. O how utterly will these little daily deaths destroy the power of the final dying! – Francois Fenelon

The Vision that you glorify in your mind, the Ideal that you enthrone in your heart – this you will build your life by, this you will become. – James Allen

Many roads lead to the path, but basically there are only two: reason and practice – Bodhidharma

The ignorant mind, with its infinite afflictions, passions, and evils, is rooted in the three poisons. Greed, anger, and delusion – Bodhidharma

Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none – William Shakespeare

When Buddha was on his death bed he noticed his young disciple Anan was weeping. “Why are you weeping, Anan?” he asked. “Because the light of the world is about to be extinguished and we will be in darkness” Anan replied. The Buddha summoned up all his remaining energy and spoke what were to be his final words on earth: “Anan, Anan, be a light unto yourself.” – Trad.

Money may be the husk of many things, but not the kernel. It brings you food, but not appetite; medicine, but not health; acquaintances, but not friends; servants, but not faithfulness; days of joy, but not peace and happiness – Henrik Ibsen

To the quiet mind all things are possible. What is a quiet mind? A quiet mind is one which nothing weighs on, nothing worries, which, free from ties and from all self-seeking, is wholly merged into the will of God and dead to its own – Meister Eckhart

At any given time, we’re thinking a myriad of thoughts, perhaps about what happened before, what’s going to happen later, that awful thing so-and-so said about us. The Buddhists call this kind of thinking the jumping monkey. Thoughts race at one hundred miles an hour, but just because a thought enters your awareness doesn’t mean you have to nourish it with your attention. To create space for a miracle, tame that jumping monkey. Spend a few minutes in stillness. If your mind jumps, sit still anyway. Practice stillness so you begin to establish a center, a point from which you can perceive and move and recognize that empty place – Mary Manin Morrissey

Seven social sins: politics without principles, wealth without work, pleasure without conscience, knowledge without character, commerce without morality, science without humanity, and worship without sacrifice – Mahatma Gandhi

Work while you have the light. You are responsible for the talent that has been entrusted to you – Henri Frederic Amiel

Spread love everywhere you go: first of all in your own house. Give love to your children, to your wife or husband, to a next door neighbour… Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God’s kindness; kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile, kindness in your warm greeting – Mother Teresa of Calcutta

The first step is to look within, the discriminating contemplation of the self. He who remains at this point only half develops. The second step must be a telling look without, independent, sustained contemplation of the external world – Novalis

Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life – Omar Khayyam

Who is it that can tell me who I am? – William Shakespeare

When I am, as it were, completely myself, entirely alone, and of good cheer – say, traveling in a carriage or walking after a good meal or during the night when I cannot sleep – it is on such occasions that my ideas flow best and most abundantly – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

For when the vain imagination and ignorance are turned into an understanding and knowledge of the truth, the claiming anything for our own will cease of itself – Theologia Germanica

I don’t know Who – or what – put the question, I don’t know when it was put. I don’t even remember answering. But at some moment I did answer Yes to Someone – or Something – and from that hour I was certain that existence is meaningful and that, therefore, my life, in self-surrender, had a goal – Dag Hammarskjöld

Life is a place of service. Joy can be real only if people look upon their life as a service and have a definite object in life outside themselves and their personal happiness – Leo Tolstoy