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That which sings in me dwells within the first moment which scattered the stars into space.

Kahlil Gibran

Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.


Life consists in what a man is thinking of all day.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

When the mind is thinking, it is talking to itself.


The first step to knowledge is to know that we are ignorant.

Lord David Cecil

Originality does not consist in saying what no one has ever said before, but in saying what you think yourself.

James Stephens

An idea is a feat of association.

Robert Frost

The brain is as strong as its weakest think.

Eleanor Doan

A belief is not merely an idea the mind possesses; it is an idea that possesses the mind.

Robert Bolton

To believe your own thought, to believe that what is true for you in your heart is true for all men - that is genius.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Change your thoughts and you change your world.

Norman Vincent Peale

Predominant opinions are generally the opinions of the generation that is vanishing.

Benjamin Disraeli

The philosophy of one century is the common sense of the next.

Henry Ward Beecher

It is an old maxim of mine that when you have excluded the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

As scarce as truth is, the supply has always been in excess of the demand.

Josh Billings

Between whom there is hearty truth, there is love.

Henry David Thoreau

There are only two ways of telling the complete truth - anonymously and posthumously.

Thomas Sowell

The obligation to endure gives us the right to know.

Jean Rostand

All that I know I learned after I was thirty.

Georges Clemenceau

In philosophy an individual is becoming himself.

Bernard Lonergan

No man can reveal to you aught but that which already lies half asleep in the dawning of your knowledge.

Kahlil Gibran

The collective unconscious contains the whole spiritual heritage of mankind's evolution born anew in the brain structure of every individual.

C.G. Jung

It's what you learn after you know it all that counts.

John Wooden

I was thrown out of college for cheating on the metaphysics exam; I looked into the soul of the boy next to me.

Woody Allen

I prefer the errors of enthusiasm to the indifference of wisdom.

Anatole France

The computer is the most extraordinary of man's technological clothing; it is an extension of our central nervous system. Beside it the wheel is a mere hula-hoop.

Marshall McLuhan

Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell.

Edward Abbey

What does not destroy me, makes me strong.


Each waking day is a stage dominated for good or ill, comedy, farce, or tragedy, by a dramatis personae, the 'self', and so it will be until the curtain drops.

Sir Charles Sherrington

One may understand the cosmos, but never the ego; the self is more distant than any star.

G.K. Chesterton

The Self is a circle whose centre is everywhere and whose circumference is nowhere.

C.G. Jung

Religion is a defence against a religious experience.

C.G. Jung

My theology, briefly, is that the universe was dictated but not signed.

Christopher Morley

I maintain the cosmic religious feeling is the strongest and noblest motive for scientific research.

Albert Einstein

If God did not exist He would have to be invented.


To some of us the thought of God is like a sort of quiet music playing in the background of the mind.

William James

The finding of God is the coming to one's own self.

Meher Baba

Many people fear nothing more terribly than to take a position which stands out sharply and clearly from prevailing opinion. The tendency of most is to adopt a view that is so ambiguous that it will include everything and so popular that it will include everybody. Not a few men who cherish lofty and noble ideals hide them under a bushel for fear of being called different.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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

Marcel Proust

It is right noble to fight with wickedness and wrong; the mistake is in supposing that spiritual evil can be overcome by physical means.

Lydia Maria Child

The most beautiful things are those that madness prompts and reason writes.

Andre Gide

It is not the length of life, but the depth of life.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

The truth isn't always beauty, but the hunger for it is.

Nadine Gordimer

Nature does not bestow virtue; to be good is an art.


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