Those who bring joy to the life of others cannot keep it from themselves – Sir James Barrie

The only conquests which are permanent and leave no regrets are our conquests over ourselves – Napoleon Bonaparte

Many of us, when we accomplish what we set out to do, exclaim, “See what I have done!” instead of saying, “See where I have been led.” – Henry Ford

When we feel needy and empty, it’s natural to look to others to fill the void. But receiving can never fulfill us as giving can. When we are spiritually generous, our relationship account never runs dry. The secret to enriching relationships is to give more of ourselves – Mary Manin Morrissey

Doubt limits you from what is already yours, but faith unlocks the door allowing you to walk in and receive it – Jeannette Tyson Gregory

Sometimes life’s shadows are caused by our standing in our own sunshine – Ralph Waldo Emerson

The mind is everything; what you think, you become – Buddha

We must alter our lives in order to alter our hearts, for it is impossible to live one way and pray another – William Law

Because philosophy arises from awe, a philosopher is bound in his way to be a lover of myths and poetic fables. Poets and philosophers are alike in being big with wonder – St. Thomas Aquinas

There are no new truths, but only truths that have been recognised by those who have perceived them without noticing – Mary McCarthy

It matters not what you are thought to be, but what you are – Publius Syrus

Don’t put the key to your happiness in someone else’s pocket – Swami Chinmayananda

Men stumble over the truth from time to time, but most pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing had happened – Sir Winston Churchill

Everything that happens happens as it should, and if you observe carefully, you will find this to be so – Marcus Aurelius

So long as a man seeks his self-will and his best as his, and for his own sake, he will never find it…. For as long as he does this, he seeks himself, and imagines that he is himself the Best – Theologia Germanica

Sometimes when you’re in a dark place, you think you’ve been buried. What if you’ve just been planted? – Christine Caine

Plunge into the deep without fear, with the gladness of April in your heart – Rabindranath Tagore

Life is a journey. When one travels by night from one place to another one comes across lampposts on the road. When light from one lamp ends the other shows at a distance, but there remains a patch of darkness between them. Similarly on the journey of life one needs energy, light and knowledge, but due to many engagements and activities one can forget the source of energy and feel tired. In the stormy involvement of rajas it is necessary to keep the memory of the source of all energies which powers the universe. When you remember, the energy becomes available again. Help is readily available from that universal source to meet all occasions and is acquired from that and stored through the act of being still. All one needs is to pause for a minute and remind oneself of that life-giving source energy. The act of reminding oneself of the mantra should help to relieve tension and tiredness and make one fresh – Sri Shantanand Saraswati

Meditation is like a single log of wood. Insight and investigation are one end of the log; calm and concentration are the other end. If you lift up the whole log, both sides come up at once. Which is concentration and which is insight? Just this mind – Ajahn Chah

I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy – Rabindranath Tagore

All truly wise thoughts have been thought already thousands of times; but to make them truly ours, we must think them over again honestly, till they take root in our personal experience – Johann von Goethe

Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. Abstain from all appearance of evil – 1 Thessalonians 5:21-22

It is only in exceptional moods that we realize how wonderful are the commonest experiences of life. It seems to me sometimes that these experiences have an “inner” side, as well as the outer side we normally perceive. At such moments one suddenly sees everything with new eyes; one feels on the brink of some great revelation. It is as if we caught a glimpse of some incredibly beautiful world that lies silently about us all the time – J.W.N. Sullivan

If you judge people you will have no time to love them – Mother Teresa of Calcutta

“Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself”. Why? Because every human being has a root in the Unity, and to reject the minutest particle of the Unity is to reject it all – The Baal-shem