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Chapter 1:

Chapter 2:

Chapter 3:

Chapter 4:

Life

Humanity

Modernity

Friendship

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9.

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47.

47.

41.

Chapter 17:

Chapter 16:

The journey we follow

51.

Chapter 18:

Dreams

Love & Care

Wisdom

Chapter 15:

Creativity


Chapter 5:

Chapter 6:

Chapter 8:

Chapter 7:

Loneliness

Searching

Thought

13.

17.

17.

Freedom

19. 25.

25. 37.

Chapter 14:

Inspiration

33.

Chapter 13:

Inner strength

27.

Chapter 12:

Chapter 9:

Learning

Chapter 10:

Patience

27.

Peace within

Chapter 11:

Change


Dedication To my dear friend Svitlana Tereschenko

I would like to dedicate this book to my dear friend, Svitlana, who died in a bicycle accident in London last year. She was one of my closest friends, a friend who would share our views about this world, humanity, we would always get confused about the evils of this world, and would try to find answers to our questions together. She had a very big influence on my life and my development as I spent most of my life with her when working at Grosvenor House (from 2002-2005). She was the kindest person I have ever known, someone who would always inspire everyone around her with her inner strength, will-power, and most importantly, with her absolute innocence. I have a feeling she was someone who has never sinned, she had never had a negative thought about anything, her mind and thoughts were most pure. At the same time she was a 4.


very confused person, but a person who was ready to take that life challenge and to fight hard to find answers to her fundamental questions. She was a very religious person as Christian, but became very much fascinated by Buddhism in her later years as it was helping her to find peace within herself. She have decided to go to Tibet one day, as she thought it could help her in her spiritual journey. It was always a comforting thought knowing that I had a friend who shared my passions, my questions and my confusions. Then her death left me fight and search on my own. It has also made me start on this book, as I stopped questioning myself why do I want to publish this book, questioning the purpose and overthinking the whole process of publishing. I realized that now I had a purpose, I just wanted to do it for her, to prove to her and make her proud, show her that this kind of project can inspire others and maybe help others on their journeys of growing up. When one loses someone they loved dearly, life suddenly seems different.We are not afraid anymore, we know that life challenges are nothing compare to the pain of loss. 5.


The journey we all follow The book is based on my personal journey of stuggles, sufferings and many questions I wanted answers to. The book is based on my personal journey of stuggles, sufferings and many questions I wanted answers to.

1. Life The book will start with quotes on life. Thinking about Life is when one start seeing life different from how we envisioned it in our childhood. This is when we come to a realisation about ..... questioning life, this is when we get confused for the first time n our lives, when the realisation of something bigger, and our relative thinking about it that was when my long journey of being lost has started.

2. Humanity Quotes about humanity

3. Modernity 6.


Questions have arisen about out our modern world, the childish perception of the world have been replaced by a confused mind. Much youth these days are confused about our world, society, some try to run around in search of answers, others chut off from the rest of thr world. Our generations is exposed to excessive amounts of informations, older generation’s expectations are sometimes too high for the young to cope with. Modern society makes us work without questioning its reasons. We are brough up feeling guilty as we know that ‘others’ in this world are less fortunate. we are brought up into thinking that by achieving material stability we should be complete and ‘happy’ in ths life. The reality is not as we would like it to be. Many are lost, as ever. The worst thing is that they find themselves fighting on the own, searching for the truth on thwir own in this modern lonely world of questions.

4. Friendship Friendhsip is a rather biased definition. The definition is different accross cultures. Many philiosophers tried to understand the concept of friendship, some looked at it as something selfish, 7.


others as a projection of ouseves onto someone else. What is a friend after all? We change our understanding of it as we grow older, with our values changing we find our relationship to people around us changes too. We leave childhood friends in our past, and we meet people on our life path as we go along. We can call friends people who we connect to on a higher level, sometimes we only see them once or twice in our life, but they holding us together and inspiring us.

5. Loneliness Quotes about loneliness

6. Searching Quotes about loneliness

7. Thought Quotes about out thoughts

8. Freedom Quotes about freedom

8.


9. Learning Quotes about learning

10. Patience Quotes about patience

11. Change Quotes about change

12. Peace within Quotes about peace within

13. Inner Strength Quotes about strength

14. Inspiration Quotes about inspiration

15. Creativity Quotes about creativity

16. Wisdom 9.


Quotes about wisdom

17. Love and Care Quotes about love and care

18. Dreams Quotes about dreams

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11.


Chapter 1:

Modernity


Tim Jackson

P

eople are being persuaded to spend money they don’t have, on things they don’t need, to create impressions that won’t last, on people they don’t care about.

13.


Chapter 2:

Care & Love


Antoine de Saint-Exupery

“

Y

ou are beautiful, but you are empty. One could not die for you. To be sure, an ordinary passerby would think that my rose looked just like you--the rose that belongs to me. But in herself alone she is more important than all the hundreds of you other roses: because it is she that I have watered.

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15.


Paolo Coelho

D

on’t allow your mind tell your heart what to do. The mind gives up easily.

16.


Unknown

“

A

llow all others to experience what they need to experience in order to find their way to Knowledge of Self for that is the only avenue upon which one can truly absorb the Living Light. But ever remain ready, willing and able, to embrace, with open arms and Unconditional Love, the one who find their way to Truth.

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17.


Raner Maria Rilke

“

B

e patient towards all that is unsolved in your heart. And try to love the questions themselves.

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18.


Jimi Hendrix

“

When

the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.

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19.


Hermann Hesse

“

Love

is the most important thing in the world. It may be important to great thinkers to examine the world, to explain and despise it...it is only important to love the world, not to despise it, not for us to hate each other, but to be able to regard the world and ourselves and beings with love, admiration and respect.

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20.


Nikolai Berdyaev

“

T

he Kabbala contains the profound doctrine of the Androgyne. The Lohar says: “No form which does not contain both the masculine and the feminine principle is a complete or a higher form. The holy finds its plea only where these two elements are completely united. The name person (man) maybe be given only to mand and woman united in one being.

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21.


Helen Rowland

“

T

o be happy with a man you must understand him a lot and love him a little. To be happy with a woman you must love her a lot and not try to understand her at all.

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22.


Sam Keen

“

W

e come to love not by finding a perfect person but by learning to see an imperfect person perfectly.

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23.


Vincent Van Gogh

“

L

ove many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is done well.

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24.


Luciano de Crescenzo

“

W

e are, each of us angels with only one wing; and we can only fly by embracing one another.

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25.


Sir Hugh Walpole

T

he most wonderful of all things in life is the discovery of another human being with whom one’s relationship has a growing depth, beauty and joy as the years increase. This inner progressiveness of love between two human beings is a most marvellous thing; it cannot be found by looking for it or by passionately wishing for it. It is a sort of divine accident, and the most wonderful of all things in life.

26.


Douglas Yates

P

eople who are sensible about love are incapable of it.

27.


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

“

N

either a lofty-degree of intelligence nor imagination nor both together go to the making of genius. Love love love that is the soul of genius.

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28.


M.Scott Peek

“

Nirvana

or lasting enlightment or true spiritual growth can be achieved only through persisted exercise of love.

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29.


Alexander Smith

“

L

ove is but the discovery of ourselves in others, and the delight is the recognition.

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30.


Richard Bach

I

f you love someone, set them free. If they come back they’re yours; if they don’t they never were.

31.


Maya Angelou

I

’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.

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Chapter 3:

Peace within


Michel de Montaigne

W

e are never “at home”: we are always outside ourselves. Fear, desire, hope, impel us towards the future; they rob us of feelings and concern for what now is, in order to spend time over what will be – even when we ourselves shall be no more..

35.


Robert M. Pirsig

T

o live for some future goal is shallow. It’s the sides of the mountain that sustain life, not the top.

36.


Lin-Chi

“S

tudents today can’t get anywhere: what ails you? Lack of faith in your self is what ails you. If you lack in yourself, you’ll keep on tumbling along, following after all kinds of circumstances through transformation, and never be your self. Bring to rest the thoughts of the ceaselessly seeking mind, and you’ll not differ from the Patriarch - Buddha.

37.


Chapter 4:

Inspiration


Patanjali

“

W

hen you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bonds:Your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction, and you find yourself in a new, great, and wonderful world. Dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive, and your discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be.

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39.


Edmund Burke

“

N

obody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little.

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40.


Fredrich Nietzsche

“

A

ll truly great thoughts are conceived while walking.

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41.


Paulo Coelho

“

If your mind

remains unchanged, you are re-creating every day the same world and the same devils. To see angels flying around, use your wings.

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42.


Joan of Arc

“

O

ne life is all we have and we live it as we believe in living it. But to sacrifice what you are and to live without belief, that is a fate more terrible than dying..

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43.


R. Fulghum

“

I

believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge -- myth is more potent than history -- dreams are more powerful than facts -- hope always triumphs over experience -- laughter is the cure for grief -- love is stronger than death.

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44.


Plato

“

M

usic is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything.

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45.


Jack Canfield

“

L

ife is not about achievement, it’s about learning and growth, and developing qualities like compassion, patience, perseverance, love, and joy, and so forth. And so if that is the case, then I think our goals should include something which stretches us.

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46.


Pien Hein

To be brave is to

behave bravely when your heart is faint. So you can be really brave only when you really ain’t.

47.


Albert Einstein

“

T

here are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle; the other is as though everything is a miracle.

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48.


49.


Chapter 5:

Humanity


Antoine de Saint-Exupery (Le Petit Prince)

W

here are the people?” resumed the little prince at last. “It’s a little lonely in the desert...””It is lonely when you’re among people, too,” said the snake.

51.


Oscar Wilde

“

T

he smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention.

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52.


Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama

O

ur prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them.

53.


Piet Hein

“

The

noble art of Losing Face may one day save the Human Race and turn into eternal merit what weaker minds would call disgrace.

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54.


Leo Tolstoy

“

The

greater the state, the more wrong and cruel its patriotism, and the greater is the sum of suffering upon which its power is founded.

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55.


Lou Holtz

t

D

on’t tell your problems to people; 80% don’t care and the other 20% are glad you have them.

56.


Fyodor Dostoyevsky

“

W

e can love a far person but cannot love a near person.

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57.


Douglas Adams

“

M

an had always assumed that he was more intelligent than dolphins because he had achieved so much...the wheel, New York, wars and so on, whilst all the dolphins had ever done was muck about in the water having a good time. But conversely the dolphins believed themselves to be more intelligent than man for precisely the same reasons.

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58.


Goethe

“

W

e do not have to visit a madhouse to find disordered minds, our planet is the mental institution of the universe.

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59.


Dalai Lama

“

W

hat surprises me most about humanity? Man. Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being he does not live in the present or the future; as if he is never going to die, and the dies having never really lived.

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60.


Leo Tolstoy

“

I

n all history, there is no war which was not hatched by the governments, the governments alone, independant of the interests of the people, to whom war is always pernicious even when successful.

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61.


Chapter 6:

Searching


Lawrence Block

S

erendipity. Look for something, find something else, and realize that what you’ve found is more suited to your needs than what you thought you were looking for.

63.


Nikolai Berdyaev

“

T

he man of modern times has had to pass through critical doubt, through solitude in knowing, through times when he felt deserted by all his fellows. The transition from the comfortable knowledge in Kant was fruitful. There can be no return to the old, childish dogmatism - we must turn to a new, mature, creative dogmatism.

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64.


Leo Tolstoy

“

T

ruth, like gold, is to be obtained not by its growth, but by washing away from it all that is not gold.

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65.


Daisette Suzuki

“E

xpectations are the very things that keep one from achieving one’s expectations. Expecting to achieve enlightement stops one from achieving enlightement. Only when one stops expecting to have faith can one have faith.

66.


Hermann Hesse

“

W

hen someone is seeking... it happens quite easily that he only sees the thing that he is seeking, that he is unable to find anything, unable to absorb anything, because he is only thinking of the thing he is seeking, because he has a goal, because he is obsessed with his goal. Seeking means to have a goal, but finding means, to be free, to be receptive, to have no goal.

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67.


Benjamin Hoff (Tao of Pooh)

“A

saying from the area of Chinese medicine would be appropriate to mention here: “One disease, long life; no disease, short life.” In other words, those who know what’s wrong with them and take care of themselves accordingly will tend to live a lot longer than those who consider themselves perfectly happy and neglect their weakness. So, in that sense at least, a Weakness of some sort can do you a big favor, if you acknowledge that it’s there.

68.


Søren Kierkegaard

E

ncouragement: veracity, true simplicity of heart, how valuable are these always! He that speaks what is really in him, will find men to listen, though under never such impediments.

69.


Marcel Proust

“

T

he real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.

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70.


Debbie Ford

“

R

emember, all the answers you need are inside of you; you only have to become quiet enough to hear them.

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71.


Nikolai Berdyaev

“

T

ruth is comprehension and liberation of being, it presupposes the creative act of the knower within being; truth is meaning and may not deny meaning. To deny meaning in the world means to deny truth, to recognize nothing but darkness. Truth makes us free. To deny freedom is to deny truth.

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72.


Anais Nin

W

e don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.

73.


Dr. Seuss

B

e who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.

74.


Benjamin Hoff (Tao of Pooh)

E

verything has its own place and function. That applies to people, although many don’t seem to realize it, stuck as they are in the wrong job, the wrong marriage, or the wrong house. When you know and respect your Inner Nature, you know where you belong.You also know where you don’t belong.

75.


Nikolai Berdyaev

“

P

hylosophic knowledge cannot have its source in books or in schools. The source of phylosophy is not Aristotle or Kant, but being itself, the intuition of being.

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76.


77.


Chapter 7:

Wisdom


Antoine de Saint-Exupery

“

A

single event can awaken within us a stranger totally unknown to us. To live is to be slowly born.

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79.


Benjamin Hoff (Tao of Pooh)

Y

ou’d be surprised how many people violate this simple principle every day of their lives and try to fit square pegs into round holes, ignoring the clear reality that Things Are As They Are.

80.


81.


Albert Einstein

A

man should look for what is, and not for what he thinks should be. If the facts don’t fit the theory, change the facts.

82.


Winston Churchill

“

A

pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.

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83.


Benjamin Hoff (Tao of Pooh)

“R

abbit’s clever,” said Pooh thoughtfully. “Yes,” said Piglet, “Rabbit’s clever.” “And he has Brain.” “Yes,” said Piglet, “Rabbit has Brain.” “I suppose,” said Pooh, “that that’s why he never understands anything.

84.


85.


J.Campbel

L

ife is without meaning.You bring the meaning to it.

86.


David Russell

“

T

he hardest thing in life is knowing which bridges to cross and which bridges to burn.

�

87.


Epictetus

“

H

e is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.

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88.


Benjamin Hoff (Tao of Pooh)

T

he wise are not learned; the learned are not wise.

89.


Chapter 8:

Friendship


Frank Crane

“

W

hat is a friend? I will tell you. It is a person with whom you dare to be yourself.

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91.


Chapter 9:

Inner Self


Buddha

“B

elieve nothing no matter where you read it, or who said it, no matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and common sense.

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93.


Søren Kierkegaard

I

n so far as the self does not become itself in this way, it is not itself. And not to be oneself, as God created you, is despair.

94.


Hermann Hesse

“

T

he reason why I do not know anything about myself, the reason why Siddhartha has remained alien and unknown to myself is due to one thing, to one single thing I was afraid of myself, I was fleeing from myself.

�

95.


Chapter 10:

Change


Andy Warhol

“

T

hey say that time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.

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97.


Paulo Coelho

“

C

hange happen when we go against everything we are used to doing.

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98.


99.


Chapter 11:

Thought


Blaise Pascal

M

an’s greatness lies in his power of thought.

101.


Hermann Hesse

“

I

n every truth the opposite is equally true...a truth can only be expressed and enveloped in words if it is onesided. Everything that is thought and expressed in words in onesided, only half the truth; it all lacks totality, completeness, unity.

�

102.


Nikolai Berdyaev

M

an’s consciousness of himself as the centre of the world, bearing within himself the secret of the world, and rising above all the things of the world, is a prerequisite of all philosophy: without it one could not dare to philosophize.

103.


Buddha

“

A

ll that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think we become.

�

104.


Hermann Hesse

“

W

ords do not express thoughts very well. They always become a little different immediately they are expressed, a little distorted, a little foolish.

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105.


Nikolai Berdyaev

“

M

an is a meeting point of two worlds...Man is conscious at once of his greatness and power and of his worthlessness and weakness, of his imperial freedom and his slavish dependance: he knows himself as the image and likeness of God and as a drop in the ocean of the necessities of nature.

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106.


107.


108.


Nikolai Berdyaev

“

O

nce the idea is realized, i. e. the statue is built or the book is written, it becomes objective. It is now a part of the material world, separated from the mind. It exists by itself. It is also less perfect than the idea that it originated from, just as a translation of a book into another language is always less perfect than the original. Something always gets lost.

�

109.


Chapter 12:

Loneliness


Antoine de Saint-Exupery (Le Petit Prince)

Where

are the people?” resumed the little prince at last. “It’s a little lonely in the desert...””It is lonely when you’re among people, too,” said the snake.

111.


Chapter 13:

Creativity


Pablo Picasso

E

verything you can imagine is real.

113.


Nikolai Berdyaev (Creative Act)

“

A

philosophy of creativeness can be the philosophy only of these who create; i.e. those who in a creative act pass beyond the boundaries of the given world. A philosophy of creativeness predicates, as well, a philosophy of freedom-it is a philosophy of liberated men. Creative philosophy cannot be academic, or state or bourgeois philosophy. The philosopher is a free man, independant of the world, a man who refuses to adapt himself. The philosopher cannot serve the nation or political parties, he cannot serve academic otr professional aims. The philosopher cannot serve the good of mankind; he cannot be in service to anyone or any personal human purposes.

114.

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115.


Chapter 14:

Freedom


Bhagavad Gita

I

t is better to live your own destiny imperfectly than to live an imitation of somebody else’s life with perfection.

117.


Chapter 15:

Learning


Benjamin Hoff (Tao of Pooh)

“

A

well-frog cannot imagine the ocean, nor can a summer insect conceive of ice. How then can a scholar understand the Tao? He is restricted by his own learning.

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119.


Uchimura

T

he true knowledge of Life comes only by living it.

120.


Hermann Hesse

“

A

s a child I learned that pleasures of the world and riches were not good. I have known it for a long time, but I have only just experienced it. Now I know it is not only with my intellect, but with my eyes, with my heart, with my stomach. It is a good thing that I know this.

�

121.


Hermann Hesse

“

A

true seeker could not accept any teachings, not if he sincerely wished to find something.

�

122.


(Sherlock Holmes)

“I

consider that a man’s brain originally is like a little empty attic, and you have to stock it with such furniture as you choose. A fool takes in all the lumber of every sort that he comes across, so that the knowledge which might be useful to him gets crowded out, or at best is jumbled up with a lot of other things, so that he has a difficulty in laying his hands upon it.

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123.


Buddha

“H

owever many holy words you read, however many you speak, what good will they do if you do not act upon them?

124.


Kahlil Gibran

“

I

have learned silence from the talkative, tolerance from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind; yet strangely, I am ungrateful to these teachers.

�

125.


Chapter 16:

Patience

126.


Benjamin Hoff (Tao of Pooh)

A

nd when you try too hard, it doesn’t work. Try grabbing something quickly and precisely with a tensed-up arm; then relax and try it again. Try doing something with a tense mind. The surest way to become Tense, Awkward, and Confused is to develop a mind that tries too hard--one that thinks too much.

127.


Hermann Hesse (Kumala)

“

I

t is the same when Siddhartha has an aim, a goal. Siddhartha does nothing; he waits, he thinks, he fasts, but he goes through the affairs of the world like the stone through water, without doing anything, without bestirring himself, he is drawn and lets himself fall. He is drawn by his goal, for he does not allow anything to enter his mind which opposes his goal...Nothing is caused by demons; there are no demons. Everyone can perform magic, everyone can reach his goal, if he can think, wait and fast.

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128.


Leo Tolstoy

T

he two most powerful warriors are patience and time.

129.


130.


Hermann Hesse

“

M

ost people are like a falling leaf that drifts and turns in the air, flatters, and falls to the ground. But a few others are like starts which travel one defined path: no wind reaches them, they have within themselves their guide and path.

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131.


Chapter 17:

Life

132.


James Giles (Kierkegaard and Japanese Thought)

“

W

hat is important in our lives is not what we experience but how we experience it.

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133.


RalphWaldo Emerson

“

Do

not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.

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134.


135.


Chapter 18:

Dreams

136.


Paulo Coelho

W

hen we renounce our dreams and find peace, we go through a short period of tranquility. But the dead dreams begin to rot within us and to infect our entire being. We become cruel to those around us, and then we begin to direct this cruelty against ourselves. And one day, the dead, spoiled dreams make it difficult to breathe, and we actually seek death. It’s death that frees us from our certainties, from our work, and from that terrible peace of our Sunday afternoons.

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