Enlightenment must come little by little - otherwise it would overwhelm.
Knowledge is not gained, it is there all the time. It is the "veils" which have to be dissolved in the mind.
A motto of the human race: Let me do as I like, and give me approval as well.
The Sufi way is through knowledge and practice, not through intellect and talk.
Have you noticed how many people who walk in the shade curse the Sun?
The word 'choice' is a fraud while people choose only what they have been taught to choose.
You must empty out the dirty water before you fill the pitcher with clean.
Effort makes some great men famous. Even greater effort enables other great men to remain unknown.
Trying to force something is the best way to stop it happening.
When Fortune knocks, open the door,' they say. But why should one make fortune knock, by keeping the door shut?
There is a Persian proverb: 'To test that which has been tested is ignorance.' To try to test something without the means of testing is even worse.
The chicken had his wish, and was magically transformed into a fox. Then he found that he could not digest grain.
Please, not again what you studied, how long you spent at it, how many books you wrote, what people thought of you - but: what did you learn?
Mediation - Before you learn how to meditate, you must unlearn what you think meditation might be.
Premature independence is the daughter of conceit.
When a belief becomes more than an instrument, you are lost. You remain lost until you learn what 'belief' is really for.
The impatient man is his own enemy; he slams the door on his own progress.
Worry is a cloud which rains destruction.
Opinion is usually something which people have when they lack comprehensive information.
A real secret is something which only one person knows.
Man (and woman) has an infinite capacity for self-development. Equally, he has an infinite capacity for self-destruction. A human being may be clinically alive and yet, despite all appearances, spiritually dead.
Do not try to be humble: learn humility.
Study the assumptions behind your actions. Then study the assumptions behind your assumptions.
The proverb says that 'The answer to a fool is silence'. Observation, however, indicates that almost any other answer will have the same effect in the long run.
If you can turn a murderer into a mere thief, you are making progress.
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