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.
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!
Knowledge is something which you can use. Belief is something which uses you.
Opinion is usually something which people have when they lack comprehensive information.
The chicken had his wish, and was magically transformed into a fox. Then he found that he could not digest grain.
When you realize the difference between the container and the content, you will have knowledge.
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.
The Sufi way is through knowledge and practice, not through intellect and talk.
Right time, right place, right people equals success. Wrong time, wrong place, wrong people equals most of the real human history.
When the ignorant have become numerous or powerful enough, they have been referred to by a special name. This names is 'the Wise'.
Banality is like boredom: bored people are boring people, people who think that things are banal are themselves banal. Interesting people can find something interesting in all things.
History is not usually what has happened. History is what some people have thought to be significant.
If, from time to time, you give up expectation, you will be able to perceive what it is you are getting.
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.
From time to time ponder whether you are unconsciously saying: 'Truth is what I happen to be thinking at this moment.
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?
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.
Effort makes some great men famous. Even greater effort enables other great men to remain unknown.
It is not important to have said a thing first, or best - or even most interestingly. What is important is to say it on the right occasion.
Meditation - Before you learn how to meditate, you must unlearn what you think meditation might be.
You are adrift while you still think that a means is an end.
To 'see both sides' of a problem is the surest way to prevent its complete solution. Because there are always more than two sides.
The Path is not to be found anywhere except in human service
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