James' Favorite Sayings Page




Some of My Favorite Sayings


"If the message is light it is easy to carry." - James Nihan

"If you judge people, you have no time to love them." - Mother Teresa

Free from desire,
Free from possessions,
Free from attachment and appetite,
Following the seven lights of awakening,
And rejoicing greatly in his freedom,
In this world the wise person
Becomes themselves a light,
Pure, shining, free. -from the Dhammapada

"All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy; for what we
leave behind us is a part of ourselves; we must 'die' to one life before we
can enter another." - Anatole France

Attention is living; inattention is dying.
The attentive never stop; the inattentive are dead already.
-Dhammapada 21, translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu

"You may have a fresh start any moment you choose,
for this thing that we call 'failure' is not the falling down,
but the staying down." - Mary Pickford

"It is hard to fight an enemy who has outposts in your head."
- Sally Kempton

"Aim at the sun and you may not reach it; but your arrow will fly
far higher than if aimed at an object on a level with yourself."
- I. Hawks

"The most important thing is to be whatever you are without shame."
- Rod Steiger

"A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle." - Erin Majors

"Live as if you were to die tomorrow.
Learn as if you were to live forever." - Mohatma Gandhi

"Every man has his own courage, and is betrayed because he seeks
in himself the courage of other persons." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"I believe a point arrives in our lives when we must make a choice
between our hopes and our fears. If we choose our fears, we choose
a living death." -Irving Benig

"Skillful speech not only means that we pay attention to the words
we speak and to their tone but also requires that our words reflect
compassion and concern for others and that they help and heal,
rather than wound and destroy." - Bhante Henepola Gunaratana

"Have courage for the great sorrows of life and patience for the small
ones: and when you have laboriously accomplished your daily task, go to
sleep in peace. God is awake." - Victor Hugo

"Happiness consists not in having, but of being, not of possessing, but
of enjoying. It is the warm glow of a heart at peace with itself."
- Norman Vincent Peale

"We too should make ourselves empty, that the great soul of the universe
may fill us with its breath" - Lawrence Binyon

"Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events.
Small minds discuss people." - Unknown

"If you know from whence you came, there are absolutely no limitations
to where you can go." - James Baldwin

"As naturally as the oak bears an acorn, and the vine a gourd,
a man bears a poem, either spoken or done." - Henry David Thoreau

"There is only one time when it is essential to awaken.
That time is now." - Buddha

"Attachment is the source of all suffering." - Buddha

"Though one man conquers a thousand men, a thousand times in battle,
he who conquers himself is the greatest warrior." - Buddha

"Mere colour, unspoiled by meaning, and unallied with definite form,
can speak to the soul in a thousand different ways." - Oscar Wilde

"He who experiences the unity of life sees his own Self in all beings,
and all beings in his own Self, and looks on everything with an
impartial eye." - Bhagavad Gita

"You can search throughout the entire universe for someone who is more
deserving of your love and affection than you are yourself, and that
person is not to be found anywhere. You, yourself, as much as anybody
in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection." - Buddha

"Direct your eye right inward, and you'll find a thousand regions in
your mind yet undiscovered." - Henry David Thoreau

"When you see a palm tree, the palm tree has seen you." - African

"When there's nothing to see, look." - Dakota

"Our normal expectations about reality are created by a social consensus.
We are taught how to see and understand the world. The trick of
socialization is to convince us that the descriptions we agree upon
define the limits of the real world. What we call reality is only one way
of seeing the world, a way that is supported by social consensus."
- Carlos Castaneda

"Always move toward your demons. They take their power from your retreat."
- Thom Rutledge

"Love takes off masks that we fear we cannot live without
and know we cannot live within." James Baldwin

"The human doesn't see things as they are, but as he is." - Racter

"The knower and that which he knows are both one, and he who unites and
that with which he unites are one, and seer and seen are one.
- Ibn al-'Arabi

"What is meant by light? To gaze with undimmed eyes on all darkness."
- Nikos Kazantzakis

"There are two ways of spreading light: To be the candle
or the mirror that reflects it." - Edith Wharton

"If there is light in the soul, there will be beauty in the person."
- Chinese proverb

"Praying is a power, but just if used in the right way: flying on the
wings of pure intention." - Hans Taeger

"The heart is the hub of all sacred places. Go there and roam in it."
- Sri Nityananda

"Holding anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing
it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned." - The Buddha

"If the only prayer you say in your whole life is 'Thank You,'
that would suffice." - Meister Eckhart

"The only certainties that don't break are those acquired in prayer."
- Goethe

"The true work of art is but a shadow of the divine perfection."
- Michelangelo

"Art is a marriage of the conscious and the unconscious."
- Jean Cocteau

"I've been absolutely terrified every moment of my life, and I've never let
it keep me from doing a single thing I wanted to do." - Georgia O'Keefe

" What strikes me is the fact that in our society, art has become something
which is only related to objects, and not to individuals, or to life. That art
is something which is specialized or which is done by experts who are artists.
But couldn't everyone's life become a work of art? Why should the lamp or the
house be an art object, but not your life?" - Michael Foucault

"One day we'll all find out that all of our songs was just little notes
in a great big song!" - Woody Guthrie

"The best way to predict your future is to create it." - Peter Drucker

"Oh heart, sit with someone who knows the heart; go under the tree
which has fresh blossoms." - Rumi

"My life is my song; I choose to dance to it with Light, Laughter and Love."
- Kathryn~WindWillow

"Love is the music of the Universe...just dance." - author unknown

"Each person is his own judge." - Pima

"In a world where death is, we should have no time to hate."
- author unknown

"Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies
inside us while we live." - Norman Cousins

"Let us not look back in anger or forward in fear, but around
in awareness." - James Thurber

"There are many paths to enlightenment. Be sure to take one with a heart."
- Lao Tzu

"Fear is that little darkroom where negatives are developed."
- Michael Pritchard

"The man who has no imagination has no wings." - Muhammad Ali

"Love does not consist in gazing at each other, but in looking outwards
together in the same direction." - Antoine de Saint-Exupery

"Most people never run far enough on their first wind to find out they've
got a second. Give your dreams all you've got and you'll be amazed at the
energy that comes out of you." - William James

"There is little room left for wisdom when one is full of judgment."
- Malcolm Hein

"The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful
servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has
forgotten the gift." - Albert Einstein

"Intuition is the voice of the spirit within you." - Morgan Llewllyn

"Just living is not enough. One must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower."
- Hans Christian Anderson

"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive
out hate; only love can do that." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

"Love lights it's own path. It never get's lost on it's way home."
- author unknown

"Love is friendship set on fire." - Jeremy Taylor

"Silence has so much meaning." - Yurok

"Love is the music of the Universe...just dance." - author unknown

"To belittle is to be little." - James Nihan

"A man is a little soul carrying around a corpse." - Marcus Aurelius

"Life is a mirror and will reflect back to the thinker what he thinks into it."
- Ernest Holmes

"Life is like a mirror, if you frown at it, it frowns back; if you smile,
it returns the greeting." - author unknown

"Life is not meant to be fair, but meant to be lived." - author unknown

"Living at risk is jumping off the cliff and building your wings
on the way down." - Ray Bradbury

"Let us be silent, that we may hear the whispers of the gods."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Courage is to fear what light is to darkness." - Thom Rutledge

"It is never too late to be what you might have been." - George Eliot

"Truth does not happen, it just is." - Hopi

"Judge not by the eye but by the heart." - Cheyenne

"Laughter is the brush that sweeps away the cobwebs of the heart."
- author unknown

"The smarter a man is the more he needs God to protect him from
thinking he knows everything." - Pima

"Love looks through a telescope; envy, through a microscope."
- author unknown

"Death is not a period but a comma in the story of life." - author unknown

"The meaning of life is in the answer of death." - Emil Wentzzel

"Those secret smiles with the heart can be much more enjoyable than those
which show in the face." Hans Taeger

"Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to a better understanding
of ourselves." - Carl Jung

"Healing proceeds from the depths to the heights." - Carl Jung

"Inner peace and love are the greatest of God's gifts." - Tenton Sioux

"For the Angel of Death spread his wings on the blast,
and breathed in the face of the foe as he pass'd." - Lord Byron

"In relationship lies all the work that needs to be done on the spiritual path:
the confrontation with our holding grief, fear, distrust, and judgement."
- Stephen Levine

"Better keep yourself clean and bright. You are the window through which you
must see the world." - George Bernard Shaw









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