Enlightenment must come little by little - otherwise it would overwhelm.
A motto of the human race: Let me do as I like, and give me approval as well.
Knowledge is not gained, it is there all the time. It is the "veils" which have to be dissolved in the mind.
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.
Trying to force something is the best way to stop it happening.
If you can turn a murderer into a mere thief, you are making progress.
You must empty out the dirty water before you fill the pitcher with clean.
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.
When a belief becomes more than an instrument, you are lost. You remain lost until you learn what 'belief' is really for.
Mediation - Before you learn how to meditate, you must unlearn what you think meditation might be.
The stupidest man I ever met had a favourite saying.
'What do you think I am, stupid, or something?
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?
The chicken had his wish, and was magically transformed into a fox. Then he found that he could not digest grain.
Right time, right place, right people equals success. Wrong time, wrong place, wrong people equals most of the real human history.
Opinion is usually something which people have when they lack comprehensive information.
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.
When tomorrow comes, think tomorrow's thoughts.
Materialism, attachment to things of the world, includes pride. Many religious people suffer from pride: taking pleasure or even delight in being good, or religious.
Study the assumptions behind your actions. Then study the assumptions behind your assumptions.
To 'see both sides' of a problem is the surest way to prevent its complete solution. Because there are always more than two sides.
Worry is a cloud which rains destruction.
If you want to make an ordinary man happy, or think that he is happy, give him money, power, flattery, gifts, honours. If you want to make a wise man happy - improve yourself!
To be obsessed by the idea of freedom, for instance, is itself a form of slavery. Such people are in the chains of the hope of freedom, and are therefore able to do little else than struggle with them.
Knowledge is something which you can use. Belief is something which uses you.
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