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Purity of heart is what enables us to see.”
― Pope Benedict XVI, Jesus of Nazareth: From the Baptism in the Jordan to the Transfiguration
“A visitor is a friend, he brings news, good or bad, which is bread to the hungry minds in lonely places. A real friend who comes to the house is a heavenly messenger, who brings the panis angelorum.”
― Karen Blixen, Out of Africa
“We don’t want to think about our weaknesses. We don’t want to talk about them, and we certainly don’t want anyone else to point them out. This is a classic sign of mediocrity, and this mediocrity has a firm grip on the Church and humanity at this moment in history.”
― Matthew Kelly, Rediscover Catholicism
“The more you look into and understand yourself, the less judgmental you become towards others.”
― Tariq Ramadan
“The past is our definition. We may strive with good reason to escape it or to escape what is bad in it but we will escape it only by adding something better to it.”
― Wendell Berry
“The modern ignorance is in people’s assumption that they can outsmart their own nature. It is in the arrogance that will believe nothing that cannot be proved, and respect nothing it cannot understand, and value nothing it cannot sell . . . The next hard time is just as real to him as the last, and so is the next blessing. The new ignorance is the same as the old, only less aware that ignorance is the same as the old, only less aware that ignorance is what it is. It is less humble, more foolish and frivolous, more dangerous. A man, Old Jack thinks, has no choice but to be ignorant, but he does not have to be a fool. He can know his place, and he can stay in it and be faithful.”
― Wendell Berry
“Everyone’s allowed to be in love with the wrong person at some point. In fact, it’s a mistake not to be.”
― Harriet Evans, Happily Ever After
“The fear of God is not the beginning of wisdom. The fear of God is the death of wisdom. Skepticism and doubt lead to study and investigation, and investigation is the beginning of wisdom.”
― Clarence Darrow, Why I Am an Agnostic and Other Essays
“There are two paths of which one may choose in the walk of life; one we are born with, and the one we consciously blaze. One is naturally true, while the other is a perceptive illusion. Choose wisely at each fork in the road.”
― T.F. Hodge, From Within I Rise: Spiritual Triumph Over Death and Conscious Encounters with “The Divine Presence”
“A virtuos woman is not moved by big names and flamboyance, but only men of profound wisdom and integrity move her.”
― Michael Bassey Johnson

“The topic of compassion is not at all religious business; it is important to know it is human business, it is a question of human survival.”
― Dalai Lama XIV
“The best way to see Faith is to shut the eye of Reason.”
― Benjamin Franklin

“It is born in mind that the tragedy of life does not lie in not reaching the goal. The tragedy of life lies in having no goal to reach.”
― Benjamin E. Mays
“To better understand God we must first shatter our own idea of God – maybe even day after day. Maybe he’s too great to stay compressed in the human mind. Maybe he splits it wide open; this is why pretentious intellectualism so often fails to comprehend the concept of God: it is only accepting of what it can explain while in the process finding higher sources offensive. What we may confidently assert is that faith is the opening that allows God, this unpredictable, unseen power, to travel in and out of the mind without all the pains of confusion.”
― Criss Jami, Killosophy
“Your strength will be found when you stop struggling with yourself, instead of thinking everyone is a struggle worth overcoming. Every obstacle in life is a lesson that teaches us, not others.”
― Shannon L. Alder
“Only a female could be as calculating and have the foresight that destiny requires,’ the gypsy explained. ‘Now fate is a man,’ he went on, ‘no planning, just go with the flow and see what tomorrow brings.”
― Traci Harding, The Dragon Queens
“learn from the past live in the present plan for the future”
― Audrey Farrell
“They say you should know your limits and work within them. But how can you really know your limits unless you try to expand them?”
― Jonathan Cainer
“Fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge. Only Fools despise wisdom and discipline.”

Proverbs 1:7 NLT”
― Eddie Johnson

“We don’t receive wisdom we must discover it for ourselves.”
― Marcel Proust
“Give me the facts and I will determine my own truths.”
― Tanjlisa Marie
“Be beautiful if you can, wise if you want to, but be respected – that is essential.”
― Anna Gould
“He who binds to himself a joy
Does the winged life destroy;
But he who kisses the joy as it flies
Lives in eternity’s sun rise.”
― William Blake
“If we only fell in love with people who were perfect for us…then there wouldn’t be so much fuss about love in the first place.”
― Amor Towles, Rules of Civility
“Some people are like thorns. But you have to let them be thorns, because thorns can’t turn into petals. The trick is not letting them prick you; never let a thorn prick you!”
― C. JoyBell C.
“I observe and remain silent.”
― Elizabeth I
“There are two kinds of fools. One says, “This is old, and therefore good.” And one says, ” This is new, and therefore better.”
― John Brunner, The Shockwave Rider
“It is because of its emptiness that the cup is useful.”
― Carole Wilkinson, Dragon Keeper
“Probably the wisest words that were ever uttered to me. Came from a therapist. I was sitting in her office, crying my eyes out. . . and she said, “So let me get this straight. You base your personal happiness on things entirely out of your control.”
― Laura Munson, This Is Not The Story You Think It Is: A Season of Unlikely Happiness
“Misfortunes make us wise”
― Mary Norton, The Borrowers Afield
“Ordinary people merely think how they shall ‘spend’ their time; a man of talent tries to ‘use’ it.”
― Arthur Schopenhauer
“To pursue wisdom is to live in such a way that one is prepared to face death when it comes. (247)”
― Gregory Bassham, The Ultimate Harry Potter and Philosophy: Hogwarts for Muggles
“[novan]: bassists are very good with their fingers
[novan]: and some of us sing backup vocals, so that means we’re good with our mouths too…

(~ IM chat with Novan Chang, 18, bassist)”
― Jess C. Scott, EyeLeash: A Blog Novel
“Lady Wisdom will be your close friend; and Brother Knowledge will be your pleasant companion.”
― Anonymous, Holy Bible: King James Version
“Grown people know that they do not always know the way of things, and even if they think they know, they do not know where and how they got the proof.”
― Zora Neale Hurston, Dust Tracks on a Road
“A shade of sorrow passed over Taliesin’s face. ‘There are those,’ he said gently, ‘who must first learn loss, despair, and grief. Of all paths to wisdom, this is the cruelest and longest. Are you one who must follow such a way? This even I cannot know. If you are, take heart nonetheless. Those who reach the end do more than gain wisdom. As rough wool becomes cloth, and crude clay a vessel, so do they change and fashion wisdom for others, and what they give back is greater than what they won.”
― Lloyd Alexander, The High King
“what’s right? If you want something, you have the right to take it. If you want to do something, you have the right to do it.”
― Bret Easton Ellis
“Few among men are they who cross to the further shore. The others merely run up and down the bank on this side.”
― Gautama Buddha
“In life, the hardest decisions often have to be made more than once. But each time, it gets easier.”
― Matthew J. Kirby, Icefall
“Your decision to be, have and do something out of ordinary entails facing
difficulties that are out of the ordinary as well. Sometimes your greatest asset is
simply your ability to stay with it longer than anyone else.”
― Brian Tracy
“Don’t assume the world evolved in the order in which you discovered it.”
― Raymond E. Feist
“Night is certainly more novel and less profane than day.”
― Henry David Thoreau
“When you come to see you are not as wise today as you thought you were yesterday, you are wiser today.”
― Anthony de Mello, One Minute Wisdom
“To know when to be generous and when firm—that is wisdom.”
― Edith Wharton
“They say that patriotism is the last refuge to which a scoundrel clings steal a little and they throw you in jail. Steal a lot and then they make you king.”
― Bob Dylan
“Even if you are alone you wage war with yourself.”
― Dejan Stojanovic, The Sun Watches the Sun
“Forget the years, forget distinctions. Leap into the boundless and make it your home!”
― Zhuangzi
“Good morning,” said the little prince.

Good morning,” said the merchant.

This was a merchant who sold pills that had been invented to quench thirst. You need only swallow one pill a week, and you would feel no need for anything to drink.

Why are you selling those?” asked the little prince.

Because they save a tremendous amount of time,” said the merchant. “Computations have been made by experts. With these pills, you save fifty-three minutes in every week.”
And what do I do with those fifty-three minutes?”

Anything you like…”

As for me,” said the little prince to himself, “if I had fifty-three minutes to spend as I liked, I should walk at my leisure toward a spring of fresh water.”
― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince
“Our wisdom comes from our experience,
and our experience comes from our foolishness.”
― Sacha Guitry
“It is a common sentence that knowledge is power; but who hath duly considered or set forth the power of ignorance? Knowledge slowly builds up what ignorance in an hour pulls down.”
― George Eliot, Daniel Deronda
“Men must endure
Their going hence, even as their coming hither.
Ripeness is all.”
― William Shakespeare, King Lear
“Lord, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to hide the bodies of those people I had to kill because they pissed me off!


― Sarah Ferguson
“When every situation which life can offer is turned to the profit of spiritual growth, no situation can really be a bad one.”
― Paul Brunton
“While differing widely in the various little bits we know, in our infinite ignorance we are all equal.”
― Karl R. Popper
“Wisdom can be gathered on your downtime. Wisdom that can change the very course of your life will come from the people you are around, the books you read, and the things you listen to or watch on radio or television. Of course, bad information is gathered in your downtime too. Bad information that can change the very course of your life will come from the people you are around, the books you read, and the things you listen to or watch on radio or television. One of wisdom’s greatest benefits, is accurate discernment- the learned ability to immediately tell right from wrong. Good from evil. Acceptable from unacceptable. Time well spent from time wasted. The right decision from the wrong decision. And many times this is simply a matter of having the correct perspective. One way to define wisdom is THE ABILITY TO SEE, INTO THE FUTURE, THE CONSEQUENCES OF YOUR CHOICES IN THE PRESENT. That ability can give you a completely different perspective on what the future might look like… with a degree of intelligence and a hint of wisdom, most people can tell the difference between good and bad. However, it takes a truly wise person to discern the oh-so-thin line between good and best. And that line…[gives you the] perspective that allows you to see clearly the long-term consequences of your choices. ”
― Andy Andrews, The Noticer: Sometimes, All a Person Needs Is a Little Perspective

“Once a wolf, always a wolf.”
― Aesop, Aesop’s Fables
“Before, you are wise; after, you are wise. In between you are otherwise”
― David Zindell, The Broken God
“Are we being good ancestors?”
― Jonas Salk

“Perhaps the hardest lesson to learn is not to be attached to the results of your actions.”
― Joan Borysenko
“Words rich in meaning can be cheap in sound effects.”
― Dejan Stojanovic
“I’ve been the oldest child since before you were born”
― E.L. Konigsburg, From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

“It is the destiny of the weak to be devoured by the strong.”
― Otto von Bismarck

“The operation of the Church is entirely set up for the sinner; which creates much misunderstanding among the smug.”
(August 9, 1955)”
― Flannery O’Connor
“انني احترم حق كل انسان في ان يؤمن بما يعتقد انه الصواب، وانتظر أن أعامل بالمثل.”
― Malcolm X
“People of limited intelligence are fond of talking about “these days,” imagining that they have discovered and appraised the peculiarities of “these days” and that human nature changes with the times.”
― Leo Tolstoy
“Pull the string and it will follow wherever you wish. Push it, and it will go nowhere at all.”
― Dwight D. Eisenhower
“Where lowland is, that’s where water goes. All medicine wants is pain to cure.”
― Rumi
“The human person finds his perfection “in seeking and loving what is true and good.”
― Pope Benedict XVI
“They were quiet for a while, eating, then Oromis asked, “Can you tell me, What is the most important mental tool a person can possess?”
It was a serious question, and Eragon considered it for a reasonable span before he ventured to say, “Determination.”
Oromis tore the loaf in half with his long white fingers. “I can understand why you arrived at that conclusion-determination has served you well in your adventures-but no. I meant the tool most necessary to choose the best course of action in any given situation. Determination is as common among men who are dull and foolish as it is among those who are brilliant intellects. So, no, determination cannot be what we’re looking for.”
― Christopher Paolini, Eldest
“But what minutes! Count them by sensation, and not by calendars, and each moment is a day.”
― Benjamin Disraeli
“The youth gets together his materials to build a bridge to the moon, or, perchance, a palace or temple on the earth, and, at length, the middle-aged man concludes to build a woodshed with them.”
― Henry David Thoreau
“A day unemployed is like a bagel- even when it’s bad, it’s still pretty good…”
― CrimethInc., Evasion
“why can’t we control our anger? because we love perfection. make a little room for imperfection in our lives.”
― Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
“The ethos of redemption is realied in self-mastery, by means of temperance, that is, continence of desires.”
― John Paul II, Blessed Are the Pure of Heart: Catechesis on the Sermon on the Mount and Writings of St. Paul

“People talk to old people like they’re children.’Oh you’re very old aren’t you?’ Yeah I’m old. I’m not stupid.”
― Craig Ferguson
“Life is not long, and too much of it must not pass in idle deliberation how it shall be spent. ”
― Samuel Johnson
“All pain is the same.”
― Oprah Winfrey
“Ask a deeply religious Christian if he’d rather live next to a bearded Muslim that may or may not be plotting a terror attack, or an atheist that may or may not show him how to set up a wireless network in his house. On the scale of prejudice, atheists don’t seem so bad lately.”
― Scott Adams
“For my own part, I tend to find the doctrinal books often more helpful in devotion than the devotional books, and I rather suspect that the same experience may await others. I believe that many who find that ‘nothing happens’ when they sit down, or kneel down, to a book of devotion, would find that the heart sings unbidden while they are working their way through a tough bit of theology with a pipe in their teeth and a pencil in their hand.”
― C.S. Lewis, God in the Dock: Essays on Theology and Ethics
“In the long run what people think about shepherds and bakers becomes more important for them than their own destinies.”
― Paulo Coelho
“A lot of young girls think that the opposite of fake is rudeness. And just as ugly as fake is, so is saying whatever is on your mind because it’s the truth.”
― Tyra Banks
“Where we fall are the stepping-stones for our journey.”
― Lolly Daskal, Thoughts Spoken From The Heart
“Whatever you want to be in life, you’re training for it right now.”
― Michael Anderson
“We tend to live up to our expectations.”
― Earl Nightingale
“If you rest, you rust.”
― Helen Hayes
“No matter how tiny you look, you can lead huge men if you have what the huge men don’t have.”
― Michael Bassey Johnson
“These are the three stages of enlightenment, the three glimpses of satori.

1. The first stage enlightenment:
A Glimpse of the Whole

The first stage of enlightenment is short glimpse from faraway of the whole. It is a short glimpse of being.
The first stage of enlightenment is when, for the first time, for a single moment the mind is not functioning. The ordinary ego is still present at the first stage of enlightenment, but you experience for a short while that there is something beyond the ego.
There is a gap, a silence and emptiness, where there is not thought between you and existence.
You and existence meet and merge for a moment.
And for the first time the seed, the thirst and longing, for enlightenment, the meeting between you and existence, will grow in your heart.

2. The second stage of enlightenment:
Silence, Relaxation, Togetherness, Inner Being

The second stage of enlightenment is a new order, a harmony, from within, which comes from the inner being. It is the quality of freedom.
The inner chaos has disappeared and a new silence, relaxation and togetherness has arisen.
Your own wisdom from within has arisen.
A subtle ego is still present in the second stage of enlightenment.
The Hindus has three names for the ego:
1. Ahamkar, which is the ordinary ego.
2. Asmita, which is the quality of Am-ness, of no ego. It is a very silent ego, not aggreessive, but it is still a subtle ego.
3. Atma, the third word is Atma, when the Am-ness is also lost. This is what Buddha callas no-self, pure being.
In the second stage of enlightenment you become capable of being in the inner being, in the gap, in the meditative quality within, in the silence and emptiness.
For hours, for days, you can remain in the gap, in utter aloneness, in God.
Still you need effort to remain in the gap, and if you drop the effort, the gap will disappear.
Love, meditation and prayer becomes the way to increase the effort in the search for God.
Then the second stage becomes a more conscious effort. Now you know the way, you now the direction.

3. The third stage of enlightenment:
Ocean, Wholeness, No-self, Pure being

At the third stage of enlightenment, at the third step of Satori, our individual river flowing silently, suddenly reaches to the Ocean and becomes one with the Ocean.
At the third Satori, the ego is lost, and there is Atma, pure being. You are, but without any boundaries. The river has become the Ocean, the Whole.
It has become a vast emptiness, just like the pure sky.
The third stage of enlightenment happens when you have become capable of finding the inner being, the meditative quality within, the gap, the inner silence and emptiness, so that it becomes a natural quality.
You can find the gap whenever you want.
This is what tantra callas Mahamudra, the great orgasm, what Buddha calls Nirvana, what Lao Tzu calls Tao and what Jesus calls the kingdom of God.
You have found the door to God.
You have come home.”
― Swami Dhyan Giten
“Don’t believe everything you think. Thoughts are just that – thoughts.”
― Allan Lokos, Pocket Peace: Effective Practices for Enlightened Living
“From the mouths of the innocents flows truth.”
― Rae Carson, The Girl of Fire and Thorns
“The brightest light casts the darkest shadow.”
― Jess C. Scott, The Darker Side of Life
“Nobody is wired wrong, because there’s no wrong and right in the way we are.”
― Hannah Hart
“Each person you meet
is an aspect of yourself,
clamoring for love.”
― Eric Micha’el Leventhal
“Earthlings went on being friendly, when they should have been thinking instead.”
― Kurt Vonnegut, Breakfast of Champions
“TO the States or any one of them, or any city of the States, Resist much, obey little,
Once unquestioning obedience, once fully enslaved,
Once fully enslaved, no nation, state, city of this earth, ever after-ward resumes its liberty.”
― Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass
“For the wise have always known that no one can make much of his life until self-searching has become a regular habit, until he is able to admit and accept what he finds, and until he patiently and persistently tries to correct what is wrong. – Bill W.”
― Bill W.
“The most dangerous irony is, people are angry with others because of their own incompetence.”
― Amit Kalantri, Wealth of Words
“Love is the wisdom of the fool and the folly of the wise. ”
― Samuel Johnson
“Go slowly, so that you do not bite your tail by accident.”
― Christopher Paolini, Inheritance
“The fool who knows his folly
Becomes wise by that fact.
But the fool who thinks he’s wise –
He’s called ‘a fool’ indeed!”
― Anonymous, The Dhammapada
“Veganism is an act of nonviolent defiance. It is our statement that we reject the notion that animals are things and that we regard sentient nonhumans as moral persons with the fundamental moral right not to be treated as the property or resources of humans.”
― Gary L. Francione
“Cricket Bell.” I smiled into my phone. “How did you get so wise?”
― Stephanie Perkins, Lola and the Boy Next Door
“Incredibly intelligent people always seem odd to those who are not as sharp.”
― Alexei Maxim Russell, Why Not-World
“Love begets wisdom, thus it is, as often misconceived, more than vain layers of tenderness; it is inherently rational and comprehensive of the problem within the problem: for instance, envy is one of the most excused sins in the media of political correctness. Those you find most attractive, or seem to have it all, are often some of the most insecure at heart, and that is because people assume that they do not need anything but defamation.”
― Criss Jami, Killosophy
“Money is the root of all evil.’ Then we hear, ‘A fool and his money are soon parted.’ What are they talking about? If money is so evil, shouldn’t it be, ‘A wise man and his money are soon parted’? And another thing, how does a fool get money in the first place? I know some fools who have a lot of money, but they won’t tell me how they got it, and I won’t tell them.”
― George Burns, Doctor Burns’ Prescription for Happiness
“Throughout our emotional odyssey in the unembellished narrative of our life, we may sense many alluring voices that are enticing us into a beguiling, seamless story. Our inner monologue, however, might start raising consequential questions about the scintillation of that story, about our vulnerability during the tempting process and the danger of losing our real self. The question may be asked, whether the lure might enlighten, weaken or destroy our living. While our interior monologue mostly listens to the wisdom of our experience and the guidance of our memory, it may happen that it prefers not to listen. In that event, however, unreason and passion will be calling all the shots. ( “Woman in progress” )”
― Erik Pevernagie
“What God says is best, indeed is best, though all men in the world are against it. Seeing, then, that God prefers his religion; seeing God prefers a tender conscience; seeing they that make themselves fools for the kingdom of heaven are wisest; and that the poor man that loveth Christ is richer than the greatest man in the world that hates him: Shame, depart, thou art an enemy to my salvation.”
― John Bunyan
“Happiness is never there to stay […] Happiness is merely a respite offered by inquietude.”
― André Maurois, Climats
“The only way to move from your reality to God’s reality is through people who love you.”
― Shannon L. Alder
“What should I do—how should I act now, this very day . . . What she would resolve to do that day did not yet seem quite clear, but something that she could achieve stirred her as with an approaching murmur which would soon gather distinctness.”
― George Eliot
“Dia yang terlalu tinggi di atas singgasana tidak pernah melihat telapak kakinya. Dia tak pernah ingat, pada tubuhnya ada bagian yang bernama telapak kaki. Pendengarannya tidak untuk menangkap suara dewa, juga tidak suara segala yang di bawah telapak kaki. Ia hanya dengarkan diri sendiri. Suara murid Bapa ini takkan sampai kepadanya. Untuknya yang paling tepat hanya dijolok.”
― Pramoedya Ananta Toer, Arok Dedes
“When did you get so clever?”
“When I realized I wasn’t as clever as I thought.”
― John Connolly, The Infernals
“Naive people tend to generalize people as—-good, bad, kind, or evil based on their actions. However, even the smartest person in the world is not the wisest or the most spiritual, in all matters. We are all flawed. Maybe, you didn’t know a few of these things about Einstein, but it puts the notion of perfection to rest. Perfection doesn’t exist in anyone. Nor, does a person’s mistakes make them less valuable to the world.

1. He divorced the mother of his children, which caused Mileva, his wife, to have a break down and be hospitalized.

2.He was a ladies man and was known to have had several affairs; infidelity was listed as a reason for his divorce.

3.He married his cousin.

4.He had an estranged relationship with his son.

5. He had his first child out of wedlock.

6. He urged the FDR to build the Atom bomb, which killed thousands of people.

7. He was Jewish, yet he made many arguments for the possibility of God. Yet, hypocritically he did not believe in the Jewish God or Christianity. He stated, “I believe in Spinoza’s God who reveals himself in the harmony of all that exists, not in a God who concerns himself with the fate and the doings of mankind.”
― Shannon L. Alder

“The greater the gap between self perception and reality, the more aggression is unleashed on those who point out the discrepancy.”
― Stefan Molyneux
“Dubium sapientiae initium (Doubt is the origin of wisdom).”
― René Descartes
“Foolishness sleeps soundly, while knowledge turns with each thinking hour, longing for the dawn of answers.”
― Anthony Liccione

“Empathy nurtures wisdom. Apathy cultivates ignorance.”
― Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem
“Never read a book through merely because you have begun it.”
― John Witherspoon
“It’s not enough to be nice in life. You’ve got to have nerve.”
― Georgia O’Keeffe
“Hats have power. Hats can change you into someone else.”
― Catherynne M. Valente, The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making
“Wise men, when in doubt whether to speak or to keep quiet, give themselves the benefit of the doubt, and remain silent.”
― Napoleon Hill
“The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wiser people so full of doubts.”
― Bertrand Russell
“The closer you come to knowing that you alone create the world of your experience, the more vital it becomes for you to discover just who is doing the creating.”
― Eric Micha’el Leventhal
“I listen with attention to the judgment of all men;
but so far as I can remember,
I have followed none but my own.”
― Michel de Montaigne
“For we have been socialized to respect fear more than our own needs for language and definition, and while we wait in silence for that final luxury of fearlessness, the weight of that silence will choke us.”
― Audre Lorde
“there is only one way under high heaven to get the best of an argument – and that is to avoid it .”
― Dale Carnegie
“Burnout is nature’s way of telling you, you’ve been going through the motions your soul has departed; you’re a zombie, a member of the walking dead, a sleepwalker. False optimism is like administrating stimulants to an exhausted nervous system.”
― Sam Keen, Fire in the Belly: On Being a Man
“If men could learn from history, what lessons it might teach us. But passion and party blind our eyes, and the light which experience gives us is a lantern on the stern, which shines only on the waves behind us.”
― Samuel Taylor Coleridge
“If you’re reading these words, perhaps it’s because something has kicked open the door for you, and you’re ready to embrace change. It isn’t enough to appreciate change from afar, or only in the abstract, or as something that can happen to other people but not to you. We need to create change for ourselves, in a workable way, as part of our everyday lives.”
― Sharon Salzberg, The Power of Meditation: A 28-Day Programme for Real Happiness
“Talk is free but the wise man chooses when to spend his words.”
― Neil Gaiman, Odd and the Frost Giants
“The soul, in its loneliness, hopes only for “salvation.” And yet what is the burden of the Bible if not a sense of the mutuality of influence, rising out of an essential unity, among soul and body and community and world? These are all the works of God, and it is therefore the work of virtue to make or restore harmony among them. The world is certainly thought of as a place of spiritual trial, but it is also the confluence of soul and body, word and flesh, where thoughts must become deeds, where goodness must be enacted. This is the great meeting place, the narrow passage where spirit and flesh, word and world, pass into each other. The Bible’s aim, as I read it, is not the freeing of the spirit from the world. It is the handbook of their interaction. It says that they cannot be divided; that their mutuality, their unity, is inescapable; that they are not reconciled in division, but in harmony. What else can be meant by the resurrection of the body? The body should be “filled with light,” perfected in understanding. And so everywhere there is the sense of consequence, fear and desire, grief and joy. What is desirable is repeatedly defined in the tensions of the sense of consequence.”
― Wendell Berry, The Art of the Commonplace: The Agrarian Essays
“What is grand is necessarily obscure to weak men. That which can be made explicit to the idiot is not worth my care.”
― William Blake
“When love and hate are both absent, everything becomes clear and undisguised. Make the slightest distinction, however, and heaven and earth are set infinitely apart. If you wish to see the truth, then hold no opinions for or against anything. To set up what you like against what you dislike is the disease of the mind.”
― Hsin Hsin Ming

“Wisdom is justified by all her children.
Luke 7:35”
― Anonymous, Holy Bible: New International Version
“Behold, the fool saith, “Put not all thine eggs in the one basket” – which is but a matter of saying, “Scatter your money and your attention”; but the wise man saith, “Pull all your eggs in the one basket and – WATCH THAT BASKET.” – Pudd’nhead Wilson’s Calendar”
― Mark Twain, Pudd’nhead Wilson
“some winters
will never melt

some summers
will never freeze

and some things will only
… live in poems.”
― Sanober Khan, Turquoise Silence
“The very old and the very young have something in common that makes it right that they should be left alone together. Dawn and sunset see stars shining in a blue sky; but morning and midday and afternoon do not, poor things.”
― Elizabeth Goudge
“A sin is nothing more than regret. Not for doing it once, but doing it again when you know you’re going to regret it.”
― Carroll Bryant
“Be aware of the high notes, of the blissful faces and their soft messages, and listen for the silent message of a highly decorated gift.”
― Dejan Stojanovic
“Balt Van Tassel was an easy indulgent soul; he loved his daughter better even than his pipe, and, like a reasonable man and an excellent father, let her have her way in everything.”
― Washington Irving, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

“From whichever side I start, I think I am in an old place where others have been before me.”
― Dejan Stojanovic, The Sun Watches the Sun
“You are happy when you are enthusiastic and action-oriented, not when you are luxury and pleasure oriented.”
― Debasish Mridha
“The possibility of the dream gives strength.”
― Lailah Gifty Akita, Pearls of Wisdom: Great mind
“You think money can solve any problem, but all it s good for is buying the things it can, and leaving you free to pursue the things it can’t.”
― Ann Herendeen, Phyllida and the Brotherhood of Philander
“You push the TRUTH off a cliff, but it will always fly. You can submerge the TRUTH under water, but it will not drown. You can place the TRUTH in the fire, but it will survive. You can bury the TRUTH beneath the ground, but it will arise. TRUTH always prevails!”
― Amaka Imani Nkosazana, Heart Crush
“Live Free or Die; Death is Not the Worst of Evils.”
― John Stark
“Progress is a natural result of staying focused on the process of doing anything.”
― Thomas M. Sterner, The Practicing Mind: Bringing Discipline and Focus into Your Life
“The Master said, “What a worthy man was Yan Hui! Living in a narrow alley, subsisting upon meager bits of rice and water—other people could not have borne such hardship, and yet it never spoiled Hui’s joy. What a worthy man was Hui!”
(Analects 6.11)”
― Confucius
Compulsory

But thou shalt remember the lord thy God: for it is He that giveth thee power to get wealth that He may establish His covenant which He sware unto thy fathers, as it is this day. Deuteronomy 8:18
I can’t be used to obtain the savior and heaven.
-Money agreed.
Here money itself has agreed, I can’t be used to obtain a savior and heaven. What then can I say?
Money is an article which may be used as a universal passport to everywhere except to obtain a savior and heaven – W.F. Kumuyi.
On a leaflet was written, do you know that you’ll outlive the sun? Do you know that when the earth and the stars have all passed away, you’ll just be beginning your endless day – a time without end? Once you are born you’ll never cease to leave. You’ll live forever; you’ll be alive eternally. Eternity has no end. This is solemn and fearful truth. Suppose it were possible to tie a rope from the earth to heaven and an ant were to go to the end and return on this rope, when the ant has done that a hundred times, then a small fraction of eternity has passed. Suppose a small boy were to empty an ocean with a cup, the time it will take the boy to do so is a very tiny part of eternity. If it were possible to gather all the books that have ever been written in all fields of human Endeavour and in all languages, and a student were to read them one by one, the time he’ll spend reading all the books will only amount to a minute fraction of eternity. If a grain of sand at the seashore will represent a year only a small negligible part of eternity will all amount to. If a bird went to sharpen its beak once a year at a mountain, when the bird wears the mountain in this way, only an insignificant part of eternity would have passed. Eternity is the life- time of the never- dying God. And you’ll be alive eternally. Once born, a person remains consciously alive forever.
Eternity doesn’t terminate at the time of death. Death is just another wrung on the ladder of eternity. It’s only a gateway to eternity- eternity in heaven or in hell. There is the resurrection of life and there is the resurrection of damnation. There is no neutral place. These are stark realities you must face.
Choose you this day. Where do you want to spend eternity? You can only answer with an action.
Eternity in hell is sure for every sinner who refuses to repent. Choose you this day. Where’ll you spend eternity? With God in heaven? Then you must repent now. He that covereth his sins shall not prosper but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy. – Proverbs 28:13.

Confession (salvation pill)

Step one:
Place your right hand on your navel, close your eyes and imagine Jesus Christ standing before you.

Step two:
Prayer of salvation
Lord Jesus Christ, thank you for saving me. I believe you died for my sake. I surrender all to you. Purify, sanctify and justify me. Erase the consequences of my sins. Make me rapture able. Write my name in the book of life. Have mercy upon me and let your grace continually abide with me. Amen.

Wow!!! You have just signed into the resurrection of life. See how the hosts of angels are jubilating for you.
From now on:
But Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you. Matthew 6:33.

You shall prosper
…And he (you) shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his (your) fruit in his season, his leaves shall not wither, and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper… Psalm 1:1-3

Now therefore fear the lord, and serve Him in sincerity and in truth: and put away the gods your fathers served… Joshua 24:14.

…as for me and my house (family), we will serve the LORD…Joshua 24:15-16

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