Quotes

Pythagoras

As long as Man continues to be the ruthless destroyer of lower living beings, he will never know health or peace. For as long as men massacre animals, they will kill each other. Indeed, he who sows the seed of murder and pain cannot reap joy and love.

None but God is wise.

Evil destroyeth itself.

A scientific knowledge of God causes a man to use few words.

To use many words when speaking of God, produces an ignorance of God.

The man who possesses a knowledge of God, will not be very ambitious.

The erudite. chaste, and wise soul, is the prophet of the truth of God.

Accustom yourself always to look to Divinity.

Rest satisfied with doing well, and leave others to talk of you as they please.

Silence is better than unmeaning words.

Better be mute, than dispute with the Ignorant.

As soon as laws are necessary for men, they are no longer fit for freedom.

Do not say a little in many words but a great deal in a few.

The oldest, shortest words — yes and no — are those which require the most thought.

It is better to suffer, than to do, wrong.

Happy is that City that hath a wise man to govern it.

Despise all those things which when liberated from the body you will not want; invoke the Gods to become your helpers.

Those alone are dear to Divinity who are hostile to injustice.

Order thyself so, that thy Soul may always be in good estate; whatsoever become of thy body.

True and perfect Friendship is, to make one heart and mind of many hearts and bodies.

By Silence, the discretion of a man is known: and a fool, keeping Silence, seemeth to be wise.

A fool is known by his Speech; and a wise man by Silence.

The King that followeth Truth, and ruleth according to Justice, shall reign quietly: but he that doth the contrary, seeketh another to reign for him.

Tell not abroad what thou intendest to do; for if thou speed not, thou shalt be mocked!

Science is got by diligence; but Discretion and Wisdom cometh of GOD.

What you say about somebody else, anybody else, reveals you.

Christopher Alexander

There is no greater vision of what it is that we are doing when we make a thing. We try to reach a structure which, in all its possible complexity, is ultimately so simple that it shares the structure of emptiness and is derived from it.

Great work requires not-separateness, a loss of individual ego. This requires a quietness in the maker. The creation must lose its personal identity to become one with things that surround it and stand out shining with extraordinary power, which can never be reached under any other circumstances.

As things become more unified, less separate, they also become most individual, and most precious.

The simplest thing which can be created, in real terms, is that thing which goes furthest to resolve, complete, hence to elaborate and underpin the structure of the world, it’s wholeness, which exists in that place.

Simplicity is the state in which all structure is removed, except exactly that structure which is required.

A structure which has life is one in which there were only those differentiations that were called for, and no others. This is a perfectly simple system.

If the balance of symmetries and asymmetries is off, this is the surest and fastest intuitive way of telling something is wrong – either with the wholeness, or with the process that produced it.

Nature creates asymmetry only when necessity forces it.

The creation of simplicity is a constant struggle.

Nature teaches us what is truly simple.

It’s not so much content, but pure organisation, which connects us to the universe, to induce deep feeling, to connect is to ourselves.

The drive toward simplicity, is possibly the deepest feature of a living process, and its most essential feature. Anything that does not have this drive towards simplicity cannot, really, be taken seriously as a living process.

Incoherence should be continually boiled away, to produce living structure.

The forms that arises from a bad transform may be forever damaged, requiring huge effort to bring back in line, very very hard to repair.

Anything simple, whole, can be reached from nothingness, and is a transform of nothingness.

A thing wrongly made will always be partly isomorphic to something else (not nothing).

A great thing approaches nothing, it is nothing. It’s depth comes from it’s kinship with the great Void. It rests tranquil in it’s simplicity, because it has, ultimately, no structure and it disappears.

The ground, in some fashion, is nothing-like. It is the original emptiness. A thing which is truly whole, respects that nothingness. That nothingness is still visible in it. Only a wrongly made thing which is too complicated, too filled with who, disturbs this nothingness, and let’s itself be seen and felt.

True simplicity, the thing which is truly whole, leaves nothing undisturbed, quiet, like a lake.

There is a ground of existence lying below what we normally perceive.

we ask people to compare two buildings, or two doorways, and to decide which one is ­closer to God, different people will answer this ­question in the same way, and with a remarkably high ­reliability.

Successful architecture ultimately leads us to see God and to know God. If we pay attention to the beauty of those places that are suffused with God in each part, then we can conceive of God in a down-to-earth way.

Do one small good thing; then do another small good thing; then do another good thing.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

God has come to you to save the sinner. Be glad! This message is liberation through truth. You can hide nothing from God. The mask you wear before others will do you no good before him. He wants to see you as you are; he wants to be gracious to you. You do not have to go on lying to yourself and your brothers, as if you were without sin; you can dare to be a sinner. Thank God for that; he loves the sinner but he hates the sin.

It is only because he became like us that we can become like him.

Your life as a Christian should make non believers question their disbelief in God.

The only way to overcome our enemy is by loving him.

Nikola Tesla

The mind is sharper and keener in seclusion and uninterrupted solitude. No big laboratory is needed in which to think. Originality thrives in seclusion free of outside influences beating upon us to cripple the creative mind. Be alone, that is the secret of invention; be alone, that is when ideas are born. That is why many of the earthly miracles have had their genesis in humble surroundings.

Socrates

The secret of happiness is not found in seeking more, but in developing the capacity to enjoy less.

Mises

There is no more dangerous menace to civilization than a government of incompetent, corrupt, or vile men. The worst evils which mankind ever had to endure were inflicted by bad governments. The state can be and has often been in the course of history the main source of mischief and disaster.

James Dorn

The moral state of the union can be improved by following two simple rules: Do no harm and Do good at your own expense. Those rules are perfectly consistent in the private moral universe. It is only when the second rule is replaced by Do good at the expense of others that social harmony turns into chaos as interest groups compete at the public trough for society’s scarce resources.

Thomas Sowell

Helping those who have been struck by unforeseeable misfortunes is fundamentally different from making dependency a way of life.

Evan Sayet

There is no explanation for success if nothing is better than anything else and the greater the success the greater the injustice. Conversely and for the same reason, failure is de facto proof of victimization and the greater the failure, the greater the proof of the victim is, or the greater the victimization.

Rachel Fulton Brown

Evil does not exist except as a corruption of the Good. Every falsehood or lie contains something of Truth.

Don Colacho

In modern society, capitalism is the only barrier to the spontaneous totalitarianism of the industrial system.

What draws us away from God is not sensuality but abstraction.

I would not live for even a fraction of second if§ I stopped feeling the protection of God’s existence.

To be a Christian is to not be alone, no matter the solitude that surrounds us.

For God there are only individuals.

Intelligent optimism is never faith in progress, but hope in a miracle.

Man is important only if it is true that a God has died for him.

Nobody, nothing, in the end forgives. Except Christ.

Nobody who knows himself can absolve himself.

Only the soul of the contemplative does not die before the body.

If one does not believe in God, the only honest alternative is vulgar utilitarianism. The rest is rhetoric.

Error does not seed well except in the shadow of the truth. Even the devil becomes bored and excuses himself from where Christianity is being extinguished.

Envy tends to be the true force behind moral indignation.

The writer arranges for syntax to return to thought the simplicity which words take away.

George MacDonald

What springs from myself and not from God is evil: It is a perversion of something of God’s. Whatever is not of faith is sin; it is a stream cut off –a stream that cuts itself off from its source and thinks to run on without it.

There is a bewilderment about the very nature of evil which only He who made us capable of evil that we might be good, can comprehend.

Albert Einstein

Where there is love there’s no imposition.

G.K. Chesterton

Love means loving the unlovable – or it is no virtue at all.

And even in the act of saying that things change, we say that there is something unchangeable.

Phillips Brooks

The more we love, the more near we are to God and His Love.

M. Scott Peck

Speaking the truth – particularly when it requires some risk to do so – is an act of love. It diminishes the darkness and confusion, increasing the light the world so desperately needs.

We should always be able to love and value ourselves, even if we shouldn’t always esteem ourselves.

Loving ourselves requires the capacity to recognize that there is something about us we need to work on

The will to grow is in essence the same phenomenon as love.  Genuinely loving people are, by definition, growing people.

We are, in a sense, creating God, not only for ourselves but also for others who will see God reflected in our beliefs, our actions, and in our very spirit.

It’s important to clarify what I mean by the word “radical.” It comes from the Latin radix, “root.” Thus, to be radical is to get down to the root of things, penetrating their essence and not being distracted by superficialities. The closest synonym for “radical” is “fundamental,” which means basic or essential. Fundamentals are what is really important. Curiously, the noun “radical” is used to describe a left-wing, bomb-throwing anarchist, while the noun “fundamentalist” is used to describe a ring-wing extremist. I mean to imply neither of those mind-sets in my use of these words. Rather, I mean that anyone who thinks deeply about fundamentals will, by definition, be a radical. And the actions that stem from that kind of thinking will also be radical in the sense that they will address and seek to solve life’s most important problems. The same holds true for prayer. Prayer is useless unless it is translated into meaningful action.

knowing happiness to be either a side effect of some deeper pursuit or else the result of self-delusion, I’m not sure how worthy a pursuit happiness is.

Nobility might be defined as the capacity not to regress in response to degradation, not to become blunted in the face of pain, to tolerate the agonizing and remain intact. As I have said elsewhere, ‘one measure—and perhaps the best measure—of a person’s greatness is the capacity for suffering.’

Then what prevents the destruction of that soul? If one takes the evil itself into one’s heart, like a spear, how can one’s goodness still survive? Even if the evil is vanquished thereby, will not the good be also? What will have been achieved beyond some meaningless trade-off? I cannot answer this in language other than mystical. I can say only that there is a mysterious alchemy whereby the victim becomes the victor. As C. S. Lewis wrote: ‘When a willing victim who had committed no treachery was killed in a traitor’s stead, the Table would crack and Death itself would start working backwards.’ I do not know how this occurs. But I know that it does. I know that good people can deliberately allow themselves to be pierced by the evil of others—to be broken thereby yet somehow not broken—to even be killed in some sense and yet still survive and not succumb. Whenever this happens there is a slight shift in the balance of power in the world.

Although evil is antilife, it is itself a form of life. If we kill those who are evil, we will become evil ourselves; we will be killers. If we attempt to deal with evil by destroying it, we will also end up destroying ourselves, spiritually if not physically.truly evil people actively avoid extending themselves ordinary laziness is nonlove, evil is antilove.

Those who are evil go another way. They fail to suffer. Because they lash out at others and use them as scapegoats, it is the people around them who must suffer.

Charles Darwin

The safest conclusion seems to me to be that the whole subject is beyond the scope of man’s intellect; but man can do his duty.

Ayn Rand

The question is not who is going to let me, its who is going to stop me.

Salvador Dali

I never took drugs because I am drugs.

Thoreau

Only that which is loved can be understood.

Robert Frost

Shallow brooks are noisy, still waters run deep.

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

And now here is my secret, a very simple secret: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.

All grown-ups were once children… but only few of them remember it.

True love begins when nothing is looked for in return.

Vilfredo Pareto

For many events, roughly 80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes.

The world has always belonged to the stronger, and will belong to them for many years to come. Men only respect those who make themselves respected. Whoever becomes a lamb will find a wolf to eat him.

It is a know fact that almost all revolutions have been the work, not of the common people, but of the aristocracy, and especially of the decayed part of the aristocracy.

Rainer Maria Rilke

A billion stars go spinning through the night, blazing high above your head. But in you is the presence that will be, when all the stars are dead.

Love consists in this, that two solitudes protect and touch and greet each other.

I’m so glad you’re here. . .it helps me realize how beautiful my world is.

This is the miracle that happens every time to those who really love; the more they give, the more they possess.

The purpose of life is to be defeated by greater and greater things.

Simone Weil

The desire to love the beauty of the world in a human being is essentially the desire for the Incarnation. If we think it is something else, we are mistaken. The Incarnation alone can satisfy it.

One cannot imagine St. Francis of Assisi talking about rights.

Creative attention means really giving our attention to what does not exist.

To die for God is not a proof of faith in God. To die for an unknown and repulsive convict who is a victim of injustice, that is a proof of faith in God.

The social order, though necessary, is essentially evil, whatever it may be.

Attention is the rarest and purest form of generosity.

Imaginary evil is romantic and varied; real evil is gloomy, monotonous, barren, boring. Imaginary good is boring; real good is always new, marvelous, intoxicating.

All sins are attempts to fill voids.

Love is not consolation. It is light.

Human existence is so fragile a thing and exposed to such dangers that I cannot love without trembling.

To be rooted is perhaps the most important and least recognized need of the human soul.

A mind enclosed in language is in prison.

A science which does not bring us nearer to God is worthless.

The supernatural greatness of Christianity lies in the fact that it does not seek a supernatural remedy for suffering but a supernatural use for it.

History is a tissue of base and cruel acts in the midst of which a few drops of purity sparkle at long intervals.

Cut away ruthlessly everything that is imaginary in your feelings.

Real genius is nothing else but the supernatural virtue of humility in the domain of thought.

Thomas Kempis

Try, moreover, to turn your heart from the love of things visible and bring yourself to things invisible. For they who follow their own evil passions stain their consciences and lose the grace of God.

Vanity of vanities and all is vanity, except to love God and serve Him alone.

It is good for us to have trials and troubles at times, for they often remind us that we are on probation and ought not to hope in any worldly thing. It is good for us sometimes to suffer contradiction, to be misjudged by men even though we do well and mean well. These things help us to be humble and shield us from vainglory. When to all outward appearances men give us no credit, when they do not think well of us, then we are more inclined to seek God Who sees our hearts. Therefore, a man ought to root himself so firmly in God that he will not need the consolations of men.

Josemaría Escrivá

It is not a matter of hurriedly fulfilling your obligations, but of bringing them to a finish without pause, at God’s pace.

With order, your time will be multiplied and you will be able to give more glory to God by doing more work in his service.

Everything done for the sake of love acquires greatness and beauty.

If obedience doesn’t give you peace, it’s because you’re proud.

Parents should find time to spend with their children, to talk with them. They are the most important thing — more important than business or work or rest. In their conversations, parents should make an effort to listen, to pay attention, to understand, to recognize the fact that their children are sometimes partly right — or even completely right — in some of their rebellious attitudes. At the same time, they should help their children to direct their efforts and to carry out their projects properly, teaching them to consider things and to reason them out. It is not a matter of imposing a line of conduct, but rather of showing the human and supernatural motives for it. In a word, parents have to respect their children’s freedom, because there is no real education without personal responsibility, and there is no responsibility without freedom.

Don’t argue. Arguments usually bring no light because the light is smothered by emotion.

Anything that does not lead you to God is a hindrance. Root it out and throw it far from you.

James Hollis

As the Greek tragedians noted, it is only through suffering that we come to wisdom. No ego seeks suffering, but in every suffering occasion there is an invitation to growth, if we can bear it.

Robert Johnson

When one is discouraged and certain he will never have the intelligence to find the answer to insoluble riddles, he can remember that although it is the duty of the ego to ask a well-formulated question, he is not required to answer it.

Epicurus

It is pointless to ask from the gods what one is fully able to supply for oneself.

John von Neumann

There probably is a God. Many things are easier to explain if there is than if there isn’t.

Goethe

Love does not rule; but it trains, and that is more.

Quintus Sextius

He best honours God who makes his intellect as like God as possible.

God dwells in the sage’s intellect

Faith leads a soul from Earth to GodNever unknowingly share a word of God with someone of a sordid nature

Not death but an evil life destroys the soul

Let the words of faithful people be few but their works many

A faithful person fond of learning is a worker of truth

The one who conforms his intellect to God as much as possible honours God best

Whenever there is answer to your prayer by God, then consider that you have that power before God

The foundation of reverence for God is love for humanity

Do bit incite the anger of the multitude

Evil demons do not impede a faithful and good soul on its way to God

There is nothing that can harm a sage

Do whatever you do from the beginning for God

You will not find a multitude of those with faith, for goodness is scarce.

Deem the purpose of life to live in accordance with God

A wise intellect is the mirror of God.

A king rejoices in those whom he governs, and therefore God rejoices in the wise man. He who governs likewise, is inseparable from those whom he governs; and therefore God is inseparable from the soul of the wise man, which he defends and governs.

You should not dare to speak of God to an impure soul.

It is not death, but a bad life, that destroys the soul.

He honours God in the best manner who renders his intellect as much as possible similar to God.

The man who is worthy of God is also a God among men.

The bad man does not think there is a providence.

Invoke God as a witness to whatever you do.

Fly from intoxication as you would from insanity.

Endure all things, in order that you may live conformably to God.

By honouring a wise man, you will honour yourself.

In all your actions place God before your eyes.

Use all men in such a way, as if you were the common curator of all things after God. He who uses mankind badly, uses himself badly.

Be persuaded that the end of life is to live conformably to divinity.

When you preside over men, remember that divinity also presides over you.

Possess those things which no one can take from you.

Before you do anything think of God, that his light may precede your energies.

A good intellect is the choir of divinity.
A bad intellect is the choir of evil dæmons.

Honour God above all things, that He may rule over you.

Consider all the time to be lost to you in which you do not think of divinity.

The man that somehow manages to love God, becomes all the more lovable to God. God loves him back a hundredfold.

Let the words of faithful people be few but their works many.

Knowledge of God produces a person of few words.

Cicero

Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others.

A man of courage is also full of faith.

The good of the people is the greatest law.

John Owen

A minister may fill his pews, his communion roll, the mouths of the public, but what that minister is on his knees in secret before God Almighty, that he is and no more.

Plotinus

Once you have uttered ‘The Good,’ add no further thought: by any addition, and in proportion to that addition, you introduce a deficiency.

It is by the Good or through beauty that we recognize the One, in material things and then in the Forms.

Those incapable of thinking gravely read gravity into frivolties which correspond to their own frivolous nature.

The purification of the Soul is simply to allow it to be alone; it is pure when it keeps no company.

Bad men rule by the feebleness of the ruled; and this is just; the triumph of weaklings would not be just.

Kierkegaard

Purity of heart is to will one thing.

To need God is a human being’s highest perfection.

God relates inversely to the outward show of externals.

The Christian rule for action is simple: Venture to act in accordance with the truth and at the same moment through this action you will collide with the environing world. Your action will be such that you will discover the collisions of the essentially Christian. In no other way can one enter into the situation where faith can come into existence. Venture right into the middle of actuality. Risk – and then God will truly come.

Though it is not absolutely certain that he who walks with chains around his ankles is in fact a criminal (for there are many cases when the powers that be have condemned an innocent man), it is eternally certain that he who by preaching Christianity wins honor and prestige is a liar, a deceiver, who at one point or another has falsified the truth.   It is simple: It is impossible to preach Christianity in truth without having to suffer for it in this world.

Suffering is inseparable from following Christ, from telling the truth.

The proud person always wants to do the right thing, the great thing. But because he wants to do it in his own strength, he is fighting not with man but with God.

Christ abandoned an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth, and turned the relationship around. He introduced a different like- for-like: as you relate yourself to others, so God relates himself to you. Forgiveness is to forgive.

The need for forgiveness is a sign that one loves God. But both parts correspond to one another – when a person does not comprehend what a great sinner he is, he cannot love God; and when he does not love God, he cannot comprehend how great a sinner he is. The consciousness of sin is the very passion of love. Truly the law makes one a sinner, but love makes one a far greater sinner! It is true that the person who fears God and trembles feels himself to be a sinner, but the person who in truth loves feels himself to be an even greater sinner.

Every time you remember his forgiveness, your sins are forgotten. But when you forget his forgiveness, your sins are not forgotten, and then his forgiveness is wasted.

Is this the test, to love Christ more dearly than mother and father, than gold and goods, than honour and reputation? No, the test is this: to love the Savior more than your sin.

The passion of faith lies not in testifying to an eternal happiness but in transforming one’s own existence into a testimony to it.

Not until a person has become so wretched that his only wish, his only consolation, is to die – not until then does Christianity truly begin.

A person’s conception of God is essentially determined by the kind of person he is.

The inward person looks not upon the gifts but upon the Giver. He knows that God not only gives gifts, but gives himself with the gifts. And that alone is what is important.

The goal is not to merge into God through some fading away or in some divine ocean. No, in an intensified consciousness a person must render account for every careless word he has uttered. Even though grace blots out sin, the union with God still takes place in the personality clarified and intensified to the utmost.

Omnipotence is not merely able to produce the most imposing phenomenon, the totality of the visible universe, but also the most fragile thing of all: a being that in the very face of omnipotence is independent. It is but a worthless and worldly conception of the dynamic of power that it is greater and greater in proportion as it can compel and make dependent. No, the art of true power is precisely to make free.

Is this the test: to love Christ more dearly than mother and father, than gold and goods, than honor and reputation? No, the test is this: to love the Savior more than your sin.

Where reconciliation takes place, there the altar is.

To forgive sins is divine not only in the sense that no one is able to do it except God, but also because no one can do it without God.

Enormous treatises have been written that try to demonstrate the truth of Christianity. Behind these we feel perfectly convinced and secure against all attack. With every demonstration we end with: Ergo, Christ was the one he claimed to be. It is just as certain as two plus two equals four and as easy as putting one’s foot in a sock. With this irrefutable “ergo” the professor bids defiance, and the missionary confidently goes forth to convert the unbelieving. But not Christ! He never says: Ergo, I am the expected one. No, he says, “Blessed is he who is not offended at me.” That is, we do not come to him by means of proofs, but by picking up his cross.

Only the person who grasps the fact that guilt is something completely different from and more terrible than the consequences of guilt (regarded as misfortune, suffering), only he repents, only he is forgiven.

The opposite of freedom is not necessity, but guilt.

To forgive sins is divine not only in the sense that no one is able to do it except God, but also because no one can do it without God.

Man is not conscious of guilt because he sins, but consciously sins because of his guilt.

What faith it takes to believe that this life is noticed by God and that this is enough!

Perhaps just in this weakness God will meet you and come to your aid. This much is certain: the greatest thing each person can do is to give himself to God utterly and unconditionally – weaknesses, fears, and all. For God loves obedience more than good intentions or second-best offerings, which are all too often made under the guise of weakness.

Christ is not love, according to the human notion of love. He is the truth, absolute truth. Therefore he does not defend himself. He permits us to become guilty of his death which reveals the truth in the most radical way.

A Christian is a person of will who no longer wills his own will but with the passion of his crushed will – radically changed – wills another’s will. He must be in such a state of agony that if he were an unbeliever he would at no time hesitate to commit suicide. But in this state he must – live. Only in this state can he love God.

God is spirit – only one who has died to the world can speak this language at all. If you do not wish to die to the world, then you cannot love God either. You are talking about entirely different matters than he is.

That a person wants to sit and brood and stare at his sin and is unwilling to have faith that it is forgiven is itself a further guilt. It simply ignores what Christ has done.

As soon as the least bit of worldly advantage is gained by preaching or following Christ, then the fox is in the chicken house.

Christ is not love, according to the human notion of love. He is the truth, absolute truth. Therefore he does not defend himself. He permits us to become guilty of his death which reveals the truth in the most radical way.

To forgive sins is divine not only in the sense that no one is able to do it except God, but also because no one can do it without God.

The anguished conscience alone understands Christ.

When a person does not comprehend what a great sinner he is, he cannot love God; and when he does not love God, he cannot comprehend how great a sinner he is.

Adversities do not make a person weak, they reveal what strength he has.

When the world shuts itself against a witness, heaven opens for him.

When there is suffering, but also obedience in suffering, then you are being educated for eternity.

For he who loves God without faith reflects on himself, while the person who loves God in faith reflects on God.

The moment I speak I express the universal, and when I do not no one can understand me.

What is Christianity? Simple: to be like Christ.

Rarely do we ever really try to understand why Christ collided with those around him or why he was crucified. Perhaps we fear getting to know anything of the proof of the existence of evil in the world.

It is perfectly true, as the philosophers say, that life must be understood backwards. But they forget the other proposition, that it must be lived forwards.

Spiritually the truth is one can only fall by his own hand. No one can corrupt you except yourself.

When a person suffers and wills to learn from what he suffers, he continually comes to know only something about himself and about his relationship to God; this is the sign that he is being educated for eternity.

Christianity does not unite people – no, it separates them – in order to unite every single one with God. And when a person is able to belong to God, he has died away from what unites people.

The unconditioned, everything that provides the criterion of unconditionality, is eo ipso the sacrifice.

Admittance is only through the consciousness of sin; to want to enter by any other road is high treason against Christianity.

Only the consciousness of sin is absolute respect.

You do not dare for the sake of suffering, but you dare in order not to betray the truth.

A person’s conception of God is essentially determined by the kind of person he is.

The humility in love is the secret of its power.

Who is the authentic individual? One whose life, in the fruit of long silence, gains character and whose actions acquire the power to excite and arouse.

The genius differs from us men in being able to endure isolation, his rank as a genius is proportionate to his strength for enduring isolation, whereas we men are constantly in need of the others, the herd; we die, or despair, if we are not reassured by being in the herd, of the same opinion as the herd.

When someone is sick or indisposed, the first thing he does is to see a physician. It is medication he wants. Spiritually it is just the opposite when a person has sinned, the last thing he wants is the physician and medicine.

What else has a memory like that of a bad conscience?

Do not despair because you were weak enough to betray men, be strong enough to believe both that God will forgive you entirely and that I have entirely forgiven you.

To forgive sins is divine not only in the sense that no one is able to do it except God, but also because no one can do it without God.

When I hate someone or deny that God is his Father, it is not he who loses, it is I. It is I who have no Father. With unforgiveness there is always the reversed echo.

You may think that the sin remains just as great whether it is forgiven or not, since forgiveness neither adds nor subtracts. But this is not so. Rather, when you refuse to forgive you increase the sin. Does not your hardness of heart become yet one more sin? Ought this not be brought into the reckoning as well?

Is this the test: to love Christ more dearly than mother and father, than gold and goods, than honor and reputation? No, the test is this: to love the Savior more than your sin.

Every time you remember his forgiveness, your sins are forgotten.

He who loves God without faith reflects upon himself; he who loves God in faith reflects upon God.

The one who remains in the world to suffer for the truth is always in the right over against the hermit’s flight from the world. But the sociable, happy-go-lucky person who remains in the world to enjoy himself in the completely ordinary human sense has absolutely no right to castigate the monastic. Let us not deceive ourselves.

What is Christianity? Simple: to be like Christ.

I must, by some action, be marked in some measure by conformity to Christ, and thus collide with the world. Without some kind of situational tension, there is no real opportunity of becoming a believer.

Imitation is not a requirement of the law, for then we would have the burden of law again. No, imitation begins with the joy over being loved – and then comes the striving to please.

Genuine faith is never satisfied with the religious way of doing things – Sabbath worship or an hour or a half-hour of each day. Christianity is nothing else but faith right in the middle of actual life and weekdays. But we have reduced it to quiet hours, thereby indirectly admitting that we are not really being Christians. That we should have quiet times to think about God – this seems so elevated and beautiful, so solemn. It is so hypocritical, because in this way we exempt daily life from the authentic worship of God.

It is in the living room that the battle must be fought, because the victory must be that the home becomes a shrine.

Forgiveness is to forgive.

Where reconciliation takes place, there the altar is.

Faith simply means that what I am seeking is not here, and for that very reason I believe it. Faith expressly signifies the deep, strong, blessed restlessness that drives the believer so that he cannot settle down at rest in this world. He who has settled down has ceased to be a believer, because a believer cannot sit still – a believer travels forward in faith.

What is the eternal power in a human being? It is faith. What is the expectancy of faith? Victory – or, as Scripture teaches, that all things work together for good for those who love God. Faith is an expectancy of the future that expects victory. Faith con- quers the future. The believer, therefore, is finished with the fu- ture before he begins with the present, and this victory can only make him stronger for the present work.

What faith it takes to believe that this life is noticed by God and that this is enough!

One person can do much for another, but he cannot give him faith.

Faith wants the absolute; the understanding wants prolongation of thought.

Love builds up simply because it knows beyond any doubt that love is present. Have you not experienced this yourself? If anyone has ever spoken to you in such a way or acted toward you in such a way that you felt yourself built up, was it not because you quite vividly perceived that he or she presupposed love to be present in you? We know that no one can bestow the ground of love in another person’s heart. Love is the ground, and we build only from the ground up, only by presupposing love. Take love away, cease from presupposing it – then there is no one who builds up nor is there anyone who is built up.

The passion of faith lies not in testifying to an eternal happiness but in transforming one’s own existence into a testimony to it.

Seeking the truth means that the seeker himself is changed, so that he may become the place where the object of his search can be.

The eternal is acquired only in the difficult way.

In relation to existing there is for all persons one schoolmaster – existence itself.

If you suffer because you do good, because you are in the right, because your are loving; if it is because you are for a good cause that you live despised, persecuted, ridiculed, in poverty, then you will find that you do not doubt Christ’s resurrection. Why? Because you need it.

Christianity has become a worldview. Thus, before I get involved I must first justify it. Good night to Christianity! Now doubt has surely conquered. And this doubt can never be halted by reasons…No, doubt can only be halted by imitation.

Christ continually declares that we must do what he says – and then we will know that it is truth.

God cannot be an object of study, since God is subject. For this very reason, when you deny God, you do not harm God but destroy yourself. When you mock God, you mock yourself.

In making a resolution, therefore, let God overawe probability and render it speechless.

In the world of the spirit, there is neither luck nor chance. The only one who is shut out is the one who shuts himself out. In the world of the spirit, all are invited; if spirit pertains to one single person it pertains to all.

By God’s help and by your own faithfulness something good will always come from the uncompromising beginning.

Putting all you have into something is vastly different from a high total of fractional efforts. The one is dedication, it is spirit – the other is human muddling.

What interests angels and demons most is that a person is actually involved with God – for this one single human being is enough.

As soon as the least bit of worldly advantage is gained by preaching or following Christ, then the fox is in the chicken house.

For God is a spirit of power and love and self-control, and it is before God and for him that every decision is to be made.

If you are ashamed of your own imperfections, then cast your eyes down before God, not man.

One can tell the age of a tree by looking at its bark. One can also tell a person’s age in the Good by the intensity and inwardness of his repentance.

The terms of salvation differ for every individual, every single solitary human being. There is a general proclamation of Christianity, but as far as the conditions of salvation are concerned every single individual must relate to God as a single individual.

It is no good for you to say that the world is immersed in evil, and then slip through it easily. If you do this, your life expresses that it is really a very good world and simply cannot be done without your also being an accomplice in one way or another.

It is precisely our consciousness of sin that can lead us nearer to God. For there is hope of conquering the evil, if only, every time sin attacks us, it leads us nearer to God.

Force ought never be used; this is the mind of Christ. Instead you ought to endure injustice, witnessing also to the truth until the other party cannot hold out in doing wrong and voluntarily gives up doing it. Suffering can have a paralyzing effect. Just as a hypnotist puts his subject to sleep, and one limb after another loses its vitality, so suffering endurance paralyzes injustice. No evil can ultimately hold out against it.

Adversities do not make a person weak, they reveal what strength he has.

The only thing the group secures is the abolition of conscience.

The advantages and benefits of earthly life are bound up in mediocrity. But genuine religion has an inverse relationship to the finite. Its aim is to raise human beings up so as to transcend what is earthly. It is a matter of either/or. Either prime quality, or no quality at all; either with all your heart, all your mind, and all your strength, or not at all. Either all of God and all of you, or nothing at all!

God punishes the ungodly simply by ignoring them. This is why they have success in the world – the most frightful punishment, because in God’s view this world is immersed in evil. But God sends suffering to those whom he loves, as assistance to enable them to become happy by loving him.

Once despair makes itself known, however, it becomes apparent that the person was already in despair. Unlike a fever, which comes and goes, when someone falls into despair, it is immediately evident that he was already in despair. This is because despair is a characteristic of the spirit. It is related to the eternal, and therefore has something of the eternal in its dynamic.

When is despair completely eradicated? It occurs when the self, in relating to itself and in wanting to be itself, is grounded nakedly in the power that established it. In other words, when it is related openly to and dependently on God. To transcend despair is neither to become finite nor to become infinite but to become an individual in their synthesis, which God alone holds together. In 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.

What interests angels and demons most is that a person is actually involved with God – for this one single human being is enough.

When there is suffering, but also obedience in suffering, then you are being educated for eternity.

Learn first how to be alone, and you will doubtless also learn the true worship of God, which is to think highly of God and humbly of yourself.

When the world shuts itself against a witness, heaven opens for him.

A witness to the truth is a person who in poverty witnesses to the truth. For him there is never promotion, except in an inverse sense, downward, step by step.

See to it that you take your life’s examination, obediently submitting to the final test, to be sacrificed. Don’t worry about the ill treatment that will be meted out to you by your contemporaries. No, see to it that you take your examination. If you take it, this is eternally and infinitely decisive.

The Christian conception of self-renunciation, however, is to give up your selfish desires and longings, give up your arbitrary plans and purposes and then submit to being treated as a criminal, scorned and ridiculed for this very reason. Christian self-renunciation knows in advance that this will happen and chooses it freely.

Act just once in such a manner that your action expresses that you fear God alone you will in some measure or another, instantly cause a scandal.

Truth does not consist of an approximation.

The important thing is to be honest towards God, until he himself gives the explanation; which, whether it is the one you want or not, is always the best.

God cannot be an object of study, since God is subject. For this very reason, when you deny God, you do not harm God but destroy yourself. When you mock God, you mock yourself.

To become objective, to become preoccupied with the what of Christianity, instead of with the how of being Christian, is nothing but a retrogression.

God is spirit. Only one who has died to the world can speak this language at all. If you do not wish to die to the world, then you cannot love God either. You are talking about entirely different matters than he is.

The reason why preachers are so eager to preach in a chock-full church is that if they were to say what they have to say in an empty room they would become anxious and afraid, for they would notice that it pertains to themselves.

Not until a person has become so wretched that his only wish, his only consolation, is to die not until then does Christianity truly begin.

Distinction between good and evil is purity. Confused unity is duplicity.

To sin against God is to punish yourself.

A person rarely amounts to anything, either good or evil, who has never lived in solitude. In solitude there is the Absolute, but also the absolute danger.

There is only one way in which rest is to be found: to let God rule in everything.

When there is suffering, but also obedience in suffering, then you are being educated for eternity.

The opposite of freedom is not necessity, but guilt.

Spirit is precisely this: not to be like others.

A good decision is our will to do everything we can within our power. It means to serve God with all we’ve got, be it little or much. Every person can do that.

it is by sin and in sin that selfishness comes into being.

To need God is to become new.

If you are ashamed of your own imperfections, then cast your eyes down before God, not man.

A good decision is our will to do everything we can within our power. It means to serve God with all we’ve got, be it little or much. Every person can do that.

An ethic which ignores sin is an absolutely idle science. Allowing oneself to be transformed by God is, in short, more important than fulfilling one’s duty.

subjectivity is truth, and objectivity is repelled by it – by virtue of the absurd.

Good seed grows only in patience.

Spirit is the true independent.

Character is essentially continuity.

What is talkativeness? It is the result of doing away with the vital distinction between talking and keeping silent. Only some one who knows how to remain essentially silent can really talk–and act essentially. Silence is the essence of inwardness, of the inner life. Mere gossip anticipates real talk, and to express what is still in thought weakens action by forestalling it. But some one who can really talk, because he knows how to remain silent, will not talk about a variety of things but about one thing only, and he will know when to talk and when to remain silent. Where mere scope is concerned, talkativeness wins the day, it jabbers on incessantly about everything and nothing…In a passionate age great events (for they correspond to each other) give people something to talk about. And when the event is over, and silence follows, there is still something to remember and to think about while one remains silent. But talkativeness is afraid of the silence which reveals its emptiness.

Only he who can keep silence can really act, for silence is of the heart.

The one who is truly resolved is silent. It is not as if being resolute were one thing and being silent another. No. To be resolute means to be silent; for silence alone is the measure of power to act.

The demonic manifests itself clearly only when it is in contact with the good.

‘Do not fear those who can kill the body.’ Physically it is indeed true that one can fall by the hand of another. Spiritually the truth is that one can fall only by his own hand. No one can corrupt you except yourself.

Jacquelyn K. Heasley

The Word of God is a Person. When you read it, do you see words or do you see Him?

Isaac Newton

Opposition to godliness is atheism in profession and idolatry in practice. Atheism is so senseless and odious to mankind that it never had many professors.

There are more sure marks of authenticity in the Bible than in any profane history.

Truth is the offspring of silence and unbroken meditation.

Jesus

If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.

Blessed is the person who has struggled. He has found life.

Dosteovesky

I want to say to you, about myself, that I am a child of this age, a child of unfaith and scepticism, and probably (indeed I know it) shall remain so to the end of my life. How dreadfully has it tormented me (and torments me even now) this longing for faith, which is all the stronger for the proofs I have against it. And yet God gives me sometimes moments of perfect peace; in such moments I love and believe that I am loved; in such moments I have formulated my creed, wherein all is clear and holy to me. This creed is extremely simple; here it is: I believe that there is nothing lovelier, deeper, more sympathetic, more rational, more manly, and more perfect than the Saviour; I say to myself with jealous love that not only is there no one else like Him, but that there could be no one. I would even say more: If anyone could prove to me that Christ is outside the truth, and if the truth really did exclude Christ, I should prefer to stay with Christ and not with truth.

Above all, don’t lie to yourself. The man who lies to himself and listens to his own lie comes to a point that he cannot distinguish the truth within him, or around him, and so loses all respect for himself and for others. And having no respect he ceases to love.

Martin Luther King Jr.

Hate begets hate; violence begets violence; toughness begets a greater toughness. We must meet the forces of hate with the power of love… Our aim must never be to defeat or humiliate the white man, but to win his friendship and understanding.[6]The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy, instead of diminishing evil, it multiplies it. Through violence you may murder the liar, but you cannot murder the lie, nor establish the truth. Through violence you may murder the hater, but you do not murder hate. In fact, violence merely increases hate. Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.

Hans Boersma

Memorization is a Lenten practice, reshaping our memories to be like God’s. When our memories are reshaped and reordered according to the immutable faithfulness of God in Christ, we re-appropriate God’s character—his steadfast love, his mercy, his compassion. Repentance, therefore, is a turning back to the virtues of God as we see them in Christ. Being united to him, we are united to the very character of God, for it is in the God-man that God’s virtue and human virtue meet. The hypostatic union is the locus of our repentance: In Christ human memory is re-figured to the memory of God.We have heard the fact; let us seek the mystery

Gracian

Never open the door to a lesser evil, for other and greater ones invariably slink in after it.

Giordano Bruno

Perhaps you pronounce this sentence against me with greater fear than I receive it.

It is proof of a base and low mind for one to wish to think with the masses or majority, merely because the majority is the majority. Truth does not change because it is, or is not, believed by a majority of the people.

They dispute not in order to find or even to seek Truth, but for victory, and to appear the more learned and strenuous upholders of a contrary opinion. Such persons should be avoided by all who have not a good breastplate of patience.

I await your sentence with less fear than you pass it. The time will come when all will see what I see.

It’s a poor mind that would think with the multitude, because it is multitude. Truth is not altered by the opinions of the vulgar, or by confirmations of the many.

C.S. Lewis

When a willing victim who had committed no treachery was killed in a traitor’s stead, the Table would crack and Death itself would start working backwards.

God can’t give us peace and happiness apart from Himself because there is no such thing.

Shakespeare

There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.

Bertrand Russel

Much that passes as idealism is disguised hatred or disguised love of power.

Friedrich Nietzsche

Nobody is more inferior than those who insist on being equal.

Sometimes people don’t want to hear the truth because they don’t want their illusions destroyed.

He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how.

In individuals, insanity is rare; but in groups, parties, nations and epochs, it is the rule.

The surest way to corrupt a youth is to instruct him to hold in higher esteem those who think alike than those who think differently.

What, if some day or night a demon were to steal after you into your loneliest loneliness and say to you: ‘This life as you now live it and have lived it, you will have to live once more and innumerable times more’ … Would you not throw yourself down and gnash your teeth and curse the demon who spoke thus? Or have you once experienced a tremendous moment when you would have answered him: ‘You are a god and never have I heard anything more divine.

Ajaan Jotiko Fuang

So just use up your old karma debts as they come. There’s no need to create any more karma by getting into arguments.

Don’t criticize whoever did it. If they hadn’t thrown the trash here, we wouldn’t have the opportunity to earn the merit that comes from cleaning it up.

Peter Theil

In some sense, startups can’t be democracies because none are. None are because it doesn’t work. If you try to submit everything to voting processes when you’re trying to do something new, you end up with bad, lowest common denominator type results.

Bono

They love their boss, and he loves them. What the competitors don’t seem to understand is you cannot get people this smart to work this hard just for money.

Robert Brunner

They play together, they work together, and they protect each other

Carl Jung

The spirit does not dwell in concepts, but in deeds and in facts. Words butter no parsnips; nevertheless, this futile procedure is repeated ad infinitium.

The healthy man does not torture others – generally it is the tortured who turn into torturers.

The way I am and the way I write are a unity. All my ideas and all my endeavours are myself. Thus, the autobiography is merely the dot on the i.

John Stuart Mill

The power of compelling others into [a particular way] is not only inconsistent with the freedom and development of all the rest [of a people], but corrupting to the strong man himself.

Saint Augustine

The truth is like a lion; you don’t have to defend it. Let it loose; it will defend itself.

To fall in love with God is the greatest romance; to seek him the greatest adventure; to find him, the greatest human achievement.

H.L. Mencken

The most costly of all follies is to believe passionately in the palpably not true. It is the chief occupation of mankind.

Conscience is the inner voice that warns us somebody may be looking.

The urge to save humanity is almost always only a false-face for the urge to rule it. Power is what all messiahs really seek: not the chance to serve. This is true even of the pious brethren who carry the gospel to foreign parts.

Lao Tzu

To see things in the seed, that is genius.

The best fighter is never angry.

Jonathan Haidt

Only when you commit to truth can you actually achieve justice.

Horace

Adversity reveals genius, prosperity conceals it.

Don’t think, just do.

He who is greedy is always in want.

He will always be a slave who does not know how to live upon a little.

Whatever advice you give, be brief.

Seize the day.

Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.

Genius does not herd with genius.

The mind of a bigot is like the pupil of the eye. The more light you shine on it, the more it will contract.

Goethe

Geniuses experience a second adolescence, whereas other people are only young once.

If children grew up according to early indications, we should have nothing but geniuses.

So, waiting, I have won from you the end: God’s presence in each element.

Jonathan Swift

When a true genius appears in this world, you may know him by this sign, that the dunces are all in confederacy against him.

It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing he was never reasoned into.

No wise man ever wished to be younger.

For in reason, all government without the consent of the governed is the very definition of slavery.

May you live every day of your life.

Nicholas Nassim Taleb

What matters isn’t what a person has or doesn’t have; it is what he or she are afraid of losing.

Risk takers can be socially unpredictable people. Freedom is always associated with risk taking, whether it led to it or came from it. You take risks, you feel part of history. And risk takers take risks because it is in their nature to be wild animals.

Those who use foul language on social networks (such as Twitter) are sending an expensive signal that they are free—and, ironically, competent. You don’t signal competence if you don’t take risks for it—there are few such low-risk strategies. So cursing today is a status symbol, just as oligarchs in Moscow wear blue jeans at special events to signal their power.

I am never bothered by normal people; it is the bull***tter in the “intellectual” profession who bothers me. 

If you can’t put your soul into something, give it up and leave that stuff to someone else.

Too many academics are essentially lecturing birds on how to fly.

Einstein

I speak to everyone in the same way, whether he is the garbage man or the president of the university.

C.S. Lewis

Readers are advised to remember the devil is a liar.

If devils exist, their first aim is to give you an anesthetic — to put you off your guard. Only if that fails, do you become aware of them.

Through pride the devil became the devil. Pride leads to every vice, it’s the complete anti-God state of mind.

Timothy Keller

The essence of forgiveness is absorbing pain instead of giving it.

St Francis of Assisi

…he who is truly poor in spirit, hates himself and loves those who strike him on the cheek.

True progress quietly and persistently moves along without notice.

It is in dying to self that we are born to eternal life.

Holy humility confounds pride and all the men of this world and all things that are in the world.

Preach the Gospels everyday & only if you have to…use words.

But if any are gloomy and think that they are abandoned in their sorrow, gloominess will continuously tear at them or else they will waste away in empty diversions. When gloominess takes root, evil grows. If it is not dissolved by tears, permanent damage is done.

Benjamin Disraeli

Never argue. In society nothing must be; give only results. If any person differs from you, bow, and turn the conversation.

Never apologize for showing feeling. When you do so, you apologize for the truth.

Mencius

Integrity, wisdom, skill, intelligence – such things are forged in adversity.

Mark Twain

I have learned that human existence is essentially tragic. It is only the love of God, disclosed and enacted in Christ, that redeems the human tragedy and makes it tolerable. No, more than tolerable. Wonderful.

Mainlander

If I take away the thinking subject, the whole material world must vanish, for it is nothing but an appearance in the sensibility of our subject, and a class of its representations.

Jim Caviezel

Every time we sin we deny him.

I’d rather be an unknown here and have my name up there.

Thomas Edison

I do not believe in the God of the theologians; but that there is a Supreme Intelligence I do not doubt

Norman Vincent Peale

The Gateway to Christianity is not through an intricate labyrinth of dogma, but by a simple belief in the person of Christ.

Nicolas Chamfort

Pleasure can be supported by illusion, but happiness rests upon truth.

There aren’t many benefactors who don’t say, like Satan: All these things will I give you if you bow down and worship me.

He dwells in truth, and smiles at the stumbling of others who grope in falsehood. He watches from a lighted place the ludicrous antics of those who walk in a dim room at random. Laughing, he breaks the false weight and measure of men and things.

The perfect man … is in a well-lit area watching the foolish antics of people stumbling around in the dark. He can demolish with a laugh the false standards and judgments which others apply to people and things.

Public opinion is the worst of all opinions.

Every day I add to the list of things I refuse to discuss. The wiser the man, the longer the list.

There are more fools than wise men, and even in a wise man there is more folly than wisdom.

Nature never said to me: Do not be poor; still less did she say: Be rich; her cry to me was always: Be independent.

I only study the things I like; I apply my mind only to matters that interest me. They’ll be useful-or useless-to me or to others in due course, I’ll be given-or not given-the opportunity of benefiting from what I’ve learned. In any case, I’ll have enjoyed the inestimable advantage of doing things I like doing and following my own inclinations.

One can be certain that every generally held idea, every received notion, will be idiocy because it has been able to appeal to the majority.

He who leaves the game wins it.

Anyone whose needs are small seems threatening to the rich, because he’s always ready to escape their control.

Marriage, as practised by high society, is arranged indecency.

Too elevated qualities often unfit a man for society. We do not go to market with ingots, but with silver and small change.

Contemptuous people are sure to be contemptible.

Swallow a toad in the morning and you will encounter nothing more disgusting the rest of the day.

Real worth requires no interpreter: its everyday deeds form its emblem.

Where violence reigns, reason is weak.

Preoccupation with money is the great test of small natures, but only a small test of great ones.

It is commonly supposed that the art of pleasing is a wonderful aid in the pursuit of fortune; but the art of being bored is infinitely more successful.

Conviction is the conscience of intellect.

In great matters, men behave as they are expected to; in little ones, as they would naturally.

It’s a question of prudence. Nobody has a high opinion of fishwives but who would dare offend them while walking through the fish market.

Wicked people sometimes perform good actions. I suppose they wish to see if this gives as great a feeling of pleasure as the virtuous claim for it.

Scandal is an importunate wasp, against which we must make no movement unless we are quite sure that we can kill it; otherwise it will return to the attack more furious than ever.

Remorse turns us against ourselves.

What one knows best is … what one has learned not from books but as a result of books, through the reflections to which they have given rise.

Ernest Becker

If men kill out of animal fears, then conceivably fears can always be examined and calmed; but if men kill out of lust, then butchery is a fatality for all time.

Scott Adams

Set up systems, not goals.

Benjamin Franklin

Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God.

Tolkien

The Shadow that bred them can only mock, it cannot make: not real new things of its own. I don’t think it gave life to the orcs, it only ruined them and twisted them; and if they are to live at all, they have to live like other living creatures.

James Dyson

Don’t listen to experts.

I made 5,127 prototypes of my vacuum before I got it right. There were 5,126 failures. But I learned from each one. That’s how I came up with a solution. So I don’t mind failure. I’ve always thought that schoolchildren should be marked by the number of failures they’ve had. The child who tries strange things and experiences lots of failures to get there is probably more creative.

We are a private company so we can do it when we are ready.

Peter Drucker

the “Commissar” gives up the entire realm of the spirit for the sake of power and effectiveness; the “Yogi” assigns human existence in time (that is, social life) to the devil and is willing to see millions lose their lives and their souls if only his own “I” be saved. Both are impossible positions for any religious man to take, but especially for a Christian who must live in the spirit and yet must maintain that true faith is effective in and through charity (i.e., in and through social responsibility).

1. What is our mission? 2. Who is our customer? 3. What does the customer value? 4. What are our results? 5. What is our plan?

Leaders do not lead by ‘charisma’- an abomination and phoney, even when it is not a press agent’s invention. The truly strong man leads by hard work and dedication. He does not centralise everything in his hands but builds a team. He dominates through integrity, not through manipulation. He is not clever, but simple and honest.

developing talent is business’s most important task

Employees may be our greatest liability, but people are our greatest opportunity.

The less an organisation has to do to produce results, the better it does its job.

Roger Scruton

The important person in a free economy is not the manager but the entrepreneur – the one who takes risks and meets the cost of them.

When truth cannot make itself known in words, it will make itself known in deeds.

Rumi

The wound is the place where the Light enters you.

The cure for pain is in the pain.

Shakespeare

brevity is the soul of wit

O, it is excellent to have a giant’s strength, but it is tyrannous to use it like a giant.

Winston Churchill

In wartime, truth is so precious that she should always be attended by a bodyguard of lies.

Continuous effort – not strength or intelligence – is the key to unlocking our potential

Dalai Lama

There is a saying in Tibetan, ‘Tragedy should be utilized as a source of strength.’ No matter what sort of difficulties, how painful experience is, if we lose our hope, that’s our real disaster.

Otto Weininger

The ideal of an artistic genius is to live in all men, to lose himself in all men, to reveal himself in multitudes; and so also the aim of the philosopher is to discover all others in himself, to fuse them into a unit which is his own unit.

that person alone is hated who reminds one unpleasantly of oneself.

Man must act in such a way that the whole of his individuality lies in each moment.

The highest expression of all morality is: Be!

Every true, eternal problem is an equally true, eternal fault; every answer an atonement, every realisation an improvement.

It is only by suffering that the genius understands men. And the genius suffers most because he suffers with and in each and all; but he suffers most through his understanding.

All sin seeks to multiply itself

Coming into consciousness of the elements is accompanied by a kind of secretion of characterisation.

The cross in Golgotha cannot redeem thee from evil, Where it is not also erected in thee.

All morality is creative; that is why the criminal is not industrious and not productive (he has no will to value).

The criminal is the polar opposite of the man who feels guilty. For the latter takes his guilt upon himself, while the criminal gives it to another.

He takes revenge upon and punishes the other for himself: That is how murder is explained.

Whoever makes the end into a means, and treats the effect as a cause, reverses time; and the reversal of time is evil.

The criminal and the insane live discontinuously.

the human being lives as long as he hopes.

Jeff Bezos

Cleverness is a gift, kindness is a choice.

It’s harder to be kind than clever.

Gifts are easy — they’re given after all. Choices can be hard. You can seduce yourself with your gifts if you’re not careful, and if you do, it’ll probably be to the detriment of your choices.

Kant

Act only according to that maxim whereby you can, at the same time, will that it should become a universal law.

Wittgenstein

Uttering a word is like striking a note on the keyboard of the imagination

Stevie Wonder

True love asks for nothing.

Heaven help the man who kicks the man who has to crawl.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Art is a jealous mistress, and, if a man have a genius for painting, poetry, music, architecture, or philosophy, he makes a bad husband, and an ill provider, and should be wise in season, and not fetter himself with duties which will imbitter his days and spoil him for his proper work.

Pythagoras was misunderstood, and Socrates, and Jesus, and Luther, and Copernicus, and Galileo, and Newton, and every pure and wise spirit that ever took flesh. To be great is to be misunderstood.

Jordan Peterson

The smallest minority is the individual.

They will be angry if you look at them, because your gaze makes them more aware of their terrible state.

We can also create heaven — but we cannot force other people to create it. Heaven is created locally, by example, and then distributed, to those who will accept it.

The next step is to consciously attempt only to say and do things that produce a feeling of strength and integrity. This requires continual practice — perhaps over the course of years. However, the benefits that accrue cannot be garnered by any other means.

When people are shielded completely from the consequences of bad decisions, then it is very hard for them to learn the difference between wisdom and foolishness.

Be careful who you share good news with.

Be careful who you share bad news with.

Work as hard as you possibly can on at least one thing and see what happens.

Do not try to rescue someone who does not want to be rescued, and be very careful about rescuing someone who does.

Set your house in perfect order before you criticize the world.

Notice that opportunity lurks where responsibility has been abdicated.

The idea of the divine individual, that is the West.

The highest ideal a person holds – that’s their God.

Evil is the commission of harm for harm’s sake (so, for example, torture for the sake of the pain it causes). It is by no means a ‘social construct’ — and no one ever acts as if it is, even though they may mouth such an unforgivable phrase in the depths of some state of ideological possession. No one familiar with the excesses of Nazi Germany, Maoist China, or Stalinist Russia would ever claim that evil is a social construct. There is in fact nothing more real than good and evil; nothing material, nothing philosophical. At the most profound level of analysis, evil is revenge against God for the sin of engendering creation. But this is not a statement that modern people are inclined — or prepared — to understand.

We simply do not understand how neural structures give rise to consciousness — if they do — or why some do and others don’t.

As Christ said, in the Gospel of Thomas: The Kingdom of Heaven is spread out upon the earth, but men do not see it. What does this mean? Heaven and hell exist now. We move between them, constantly. Some people are in hell. You can see them, if you pay attention, when you are walking down any major street in any city. Most people are in heaven, some of the time — but they are not fully conscious of it, because they don’t know to think that way (and they don’t know that they should strive above all to stay there).

Don’t lie. No one ever ‘gets away’ with anything. You cannot twist the fabric of reality, without it snapping back. You might not notice what the lie cost you, because you aren’t smart enough to put cause and effect together, particularly if the effect happens much later. But you don’t get away with anything. Period. Ever. And neither does anyone else. You might be ignorant and arrogant enough to think you can bend the rules, but that just means you’re ignorant and arrogant, not that you can break the rules.

Plato

Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools, because they have to say something. 

Howard Thurman

Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive, and go do that, because what the world needs is people who come alive.

Kurt Vonnegut

Every successful creative person creates with an audience of one in mind. That’s the secret of artistic unity. Anybody can achieve it, if he or she will make something with only one person in mind.

Albert Camus

The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion.

Eric S. Raymond

when can you feel confident that you’re ahead of the experts? There may be other answers, but mine is this: when you have identified a false premise that they don’t know they rely on.

If you want to be successfully creative, your insights need you to keep your nerve.

Plutarch

I never aspired to please the multitudes, for what is pleasing to them I do not teach, and what I know is beyond their understanding.

Van Gogh

To suffer without complaint is the only lesson we have to learn in this life.

There is peace even in the storm.

Pascal

All of man’s troubles come from not knowing how to sit still, alone in a room

Derek Sivers

None of your customers will ask you to turn your attention to expanding. They want you to keep your attention focused on them. It’s counterintuitive, but the way to grow your business is to focus entirely on your existing customers. Just thrill them, and they’ll tell everyone.

Make sure everyone who deals with us leaves with a smile.

Schopenhauer

Talent hits a target no one else can hit; Genius hits a target no one else can see.

On the heights we must expect to be solitary.

they are not sensitive to noise; it is precisely these people, however, who are not sensitive to argument, thought, poetry or art, in short, to any kind of intellectual impression.

a great intellect has no more power than an ordinary one as soon as it is interrupted, disturbed, distracted, or diverted; for its superiority entails that it concentrates all its strength on one point and object, just as a concave mirror concentrates all the rays of light thrown upon it. Noisy interruption prevents this concentration.

Willingly, and even with satisfaction, he endures the pain caused by the cure, since he knows that the more he suffers, the more is the substance of the disease destroyed; and thus the present pain is the measure of his cure.

A man can be himself only so long as he is alone; and if he does not love solitude, he will not love freedom; for it is only when he is alone that he is really free.

Treat a work of art like a prince: let it speak to you first.

Truth, my friend, truth alone holds firm, endures and stays steadfast: truth’s consolation is the only solid consolation: it is the indestructible diamond.

Therefore deceive no one, but rather confess ignorance of what you do not know, and leave each man to devise his own articles of faith for himself.

Thomas Edison

If I find 10,000 ways something won’t work, I haven’t failed. I am not discouraged, because every wrong attempt discarded is another step forward.

Colonel John Boyd

Peopleideasmachines — in that order!

Anon

One thing I have learnt nothing occupies the mind forever you will bore it inevitable it’s the grand design which drives you to that which is infinite.

Evelyn Underhill

On every level of life, from housework to heights of prayer, in all judgment and efforts to get things done, hurry and impatience are sure marks of the amateur.” 

In mysticism that love of truth which we saw as the beginning of all philosophy leaves the merely intellectual sphere, and takes on the assured aspect of a personal passion. Where the philosopher guesses and argues, the mystic lives and looks; and speaks, consequently, the disconcerting language of first-hand experience, not the neat dialectic of the schools. Hence whilst the Absolute of the metaphysicians remains a diagram —impersonal and unattainable—the Absolute of the mystics is lovable, attainable, alive.

Thomas Jefferson

Nothing gives one person so much advantage over another as to remain always cool and unruffled under all circumstances

I had rather be shut up in a very modest cottage with my books, my family and a few old friends, dining on simple bacon, and letting the world roll on as it liked, than to occupy the most splendid post, which any human power can give.

Oscar Wilde

What Jesus meant, was this. He said to man, ‘You have a wonderful personality. Develop it. Be yourself. Don’t imagine that your perfection lies in accumulating or possessing external things. Your perfection is inside of you. If only you could realise that, you would not want to be rich. Ordinary riches can be stolen from a man. Real riches cannot. In the treasury-house of your soul, there are infinitely precious things, that may not be taken from you. And so, try to so shape your life that external things will not harm you. And try also to get rid of personal property. It involves sordid preoccupation, endless industry, continual wrong. Personal property hinders Individualism at every step.

Hannah Arendt

The essence of totalitarian government, and perhaps the nature of every bureaucracy, is to make functionaries and mere cogs in the administrative machinery out of men, and thus to dehumanize them.

Bible

It is the spirit that gives life, the flesh has nothing to offer.
The words I have spoken to you are spirit and they are life.

Whoever claims to live in him must live as Jesus did.

for everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.

You say that I am a king. In fact, the reason I was born and came into the world is to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.

And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.

Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.

The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.

No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the Kingdom of God.

His peace, the peace of God which passeth all understanding.

Knowledge puffeth up, but charity edifieth.

To set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the spirit is life and peace.

Cast your cares upon the Lord, and he will sustain you.

And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.


By standing firm you will gain life.


Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.

Your interests, however, are not in the unspiritual, but in the spiritual, since the Spirit of God has made his home in you.

We walk by faith, not by sight.

If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first.

Get thee behind me, Satan: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but the things that be of men.

Do not be deceived: “Bad company ruins good morals.

The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak.

Then I heard a voice from heaven say, “Write: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.” “Yes,” says the Spirit, “they will rest from their labor, for their deeds will follow them.

Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein.

Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall.

Speak the truth but speak it in love.

Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for You are with me…

But they which shall be accounted worthy to obtain that world and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry, nor are given in marriage: Neither can they die any more: for they are equal unto the angels: and are the children of God, being the children of the resurrection.

 I can do all things in Him who strengthens me.

And this world is fading away, along with everything that people crave. But anyone who does what pleases God will live forever.

And do not bring us to the time of trial, but rescue us from the evil one.

So don’t worry about tomorrow for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.

And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.

The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.

Truly I tell you, no prophet is accepted in his hometown.

all things work together for good for those who love God.

The opposite of sin is not virtue, it is faith.

For to set  the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. For the mind that is set on the flesh is  hostile to God, for it does not submit to God’s law; indeed, it cannot. Those who are in the flesh cannot please God.

Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.

We are from God. Whoever knows God listens to us; whoever is not from God does not listen to us. By this we know the Spirit of truth and the spirit of error.

From now on we know no one according to the flesh.

Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men.

Now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves to God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life.

You adulterous people! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.

Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you.

For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, so also faith apart from works is dead.

And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.

Their end will correspond to their deeds.

I desire mercy, not sacrifice

Do not be overcome by evil, it overcome evil with good.

I say to the LORD, “You are my Lord; I have no good apart from you.”

Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

We love because he first loved us.

You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.

Brothers and sisters, do not slander one another. Anyone who speaks against a brother or sister or judges them speaks against the law and judges it. When you judge the law, you are not keeping it, but sitting in judgment on it.

Are you bound to a wife? Do not seek to be free. Are you free from a wife? Do not seek marriage.

Beloved, follow not that which is evil, but that which is good. He that doeth good is of God: but he that doeth evil hath not seen God.

Never pay back evil for evil to anyone. If possible, as much as it depends on you, be at peace with all men. Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord. But if your enemy is hungry, feed him; and if he is thirsty, give him a drink; for in so doing you will heap burning coals upon his head. Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God.

Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.

O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?

For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

Be calm but vigilant, because your enemy the devil is prowling around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to eat. ·Stand up to him, strong in faith and in the knowledge that your brothers all over the world are suffering the same things.

If you make my word your home you will indeed be my disciples, you will learn the truth
and the truth shall make you free.

The sheep that belong to me listen to my voice;
I know them and they follow me.
I give them eternal life;
they will never be lost
and no one will ever steal them from me.

Karl Barth

Joy is the simplest form of gratitude.

…The cry of revolt against such a god [a god which just affirms the world as it is] is nearer the truth than is the sophistry with which men attempt to justify him….

When we are at our wits’ end for an answer, then the Holy Spirit can give us an answer. But how can He give us an answer when we are still well supplied with all sorts of answers of our own?

True theology is an actual determination and claiming of man by the acting God.

political correctness jeopardizes more than it should the human capacity to speak the truth

Dorothy Day

I have long since come to believe that people never mean half of what they say, and that it is best to disregard their talk and judge only their actions.

I really only love God as much as I love the person I love the least.

The best things to do with the best things in life is to give them away.

Mikhail Gorbachev

We have retreated from the perennial values. I don’t think that we need any new values. The most important thing is to try to revive the universally known values from which we have retreated.
As a young man, I really took to heart the Communist ideals. A young soul certainly cannot reject things like justice and equality. These were the goals proclaimed by the Communists. But in reality that terrible Communist experiment brought about repression of human dignity. Violence was used in order to impose that model on society. In the name of Communism we abandoned basic human values. So when I came to power in Russia I started to restore those values; values of “openness” and freedom.

Alexander Solzhenitsyn in his speech accepting the Nobel Prize: “Violence has no way to conceal itself except by lies, and lies have no way to maintain themselves except through violence. Anyone who has proclaimed violence his method inexorably must choose lying as his principle.

David Hume

It is an absurdity to believe that the Deity has human passions, and one of the lowest of human passions, a restless appetite for applause

Liberty of any kind is never lost all at once.

John Stott

Pride is your greatest enemy, humility is your greatest friend.

Husayn ibn Ali

One who reveals your faults to you like a mirror is your true friend, and one who flatters you and covers up your faults is your enemy.

Associating with corrupt people makes you subject to suspicion.

Patience in a person glows like a jewel.

One who pursues a goal through sinful ways, will ironically distance himself from that goal, and will approach what he was afraid of.

Death with honor is better than a life of degradation.

Those who worship God for the hope of gaining, they’re not real worshippers, they’re merchants. Those who worship God out of fear (of punishment), they’re slaves. And those who worship God to be grateful towards their creator, they are the free people, and their worship is a real one.

The most generous person is the one who offers help to those who do not expect him to help.

Ananda Coomeraswamy

The inferior man regulates his life by externals: inasmuch as he is constrained by desire for long life, reputation, riches, rank or offspring, he is not free. The superior man is of another sort, and of him it may be said, with Chuan Tzu, ‘that they live in accordance with their own nature. In the whole world they have no equal. They regulate their life by inward things.

Let us tell them the painful truth, that most of these works of art are about God, whom we never mention in polite society.

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