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.
From time to time ponder whether you are unconsciously saying: 'Truth is what I happen to be thinking at this moment.
Knowledge is something which you can use. Belief is something which uses you.
When you realize the difference between the container and the content, you will have knowledge.
Opinion is usually something which people have when they lack comprehensive information.
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!
Trying to force something is the best way to stop it happening.
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?
Right time, right place, right people equals success. Wrong time, wrong place, wrong people equals most of the real human history.
The Sufi way is through knowledge and practice, not through intellect and talk.
The word 'choice' is a fraud while people choose only what they have been taught to choose.
If, from time to time, you give up expectation, you will be able to perceive what it is you are getting.
You have not forgotten to remember; You have remembered to forget. But people can forget to forget. That is just as important as remembering to remember - and generally more practical.
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.
The more you look at 'common knowledge', the more you realise that it is more likely to be common than it is to be knowledge. No real knowledge is common.
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.
History is not usually what has happened. History is what some people have thought to be significant.
A motto of the human race: Let me do what I like, and give me approval as well.
Meditation - Before you learn how to meditate, you must unlearn what you think meditation might be.
Study the assumptions behind your actions. Then study the assumptions behind your assumptions.
Worry is a cloud which rains destruction.
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.
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